A Justice Department investigation into accusations of corruption involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never turned up anything of consequence because her attorneys got special treatment, according to a conservative government watchdog.
Judicial Watch obtained 211 pages of new emails via a Freedom of Information Act request including emails from anti-Trump FBI officials Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page.
The The emails “detail special accommodations given to the lawyers of Hillary Clinton and her aides during the FBI investigation of the Clinton email controversy,” the watchdog said.
“It is quite apparent why the FBI is slow-rolling the release of these Strzok-Page emails – as they dramatically show how senior officials at the Obama DOJ and FBI gave special and favorable treatment to Clinton and her lawyers,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said January 9.
“As the Obama Justice Department and FBI bent over backwards to protect Hillary Clinton, these agencies broke every law under the sun to spy on her political opponent, Donald J. Trump,” he added.
“AG [Attorney General William] Barr and [FBI] Director [Christopher] Wray must stop the stonewalling about this corruption and reopen the Clinton email investigation.”
Clinton was accused of mishandling a number of classified emails through her use of a personal, unsecured server she kept in her Chappaqua, N.Y. home.
In July 2016, in an usual press conference, then-FBI Director James Comey highlighted aspects of the FBI probe into the email abuses, but then declared that “no reasonable prosecutor” would have charged Clinton with any crimes.
Also, Clinton has repeatedly claimed that she has turned over all relevant emails to authorities, but groups like Judicial Watch continue to find new ones.
DOJ’s special treatment of the lawyers representing Clinton and her aides may have been what prompted the department charged with the enforcement of the law not to pursue charges against the former secretary of state.
“The new emails include a discussion about negotiations with Beth Wilkinson, a lawyer for the Clinton aides who gathered and then deleted 33,000 emails for Hillary Clinton, over the destruction of laptops provided to the FBI,” Judicial Watch noted.
In recent days, according the to theWashington Post, the more than two-year investigation into corruption allegations against Hillary Clinton “has effectively ended with no tangible results, and current and former law enforcement officials said they never expected the effort to produce much of anything.”
But the Post report did not take into account the new emails recovered by Judicial Watch.