A troubling new revelation in Hillary Clinton’s email probe could seriously undermine America’s faith in its justice system.
According to a letter sent by a senior deputy to FBI Director James Comey to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, FBI agents involved in Hillary Clinton’s email investigation were made to sign unprecedented non-disclosure agreements and were subject to lie-detector tests. The agreement, or the “Case Briefing Acknowledgement,” as it was termed in the letter, did not only prohibit the agents from discussing the case with the wider public or the media, but made certain that the officials involved in the case were unable to bounce ideas off of other FBI agents, something of a norm within the agency.
While FBI agents are made to sign vanilla non-disclosure agreements, according to The Federalist, even former and present law enforcement officials admitted that they are not aware of a “Case Briefing Acknowledgement.” Speaking to the New York Post, a former FBI chief admitted that such a move was “very unusual” on the agency’s part.
“This is very, very unusual. I’ve never signed one, never circulated one to others,” said the retired chief.
Another FBI agent currently on the job concurred, telling the media organization that something was fishy about the way the agency handled the investigation.
“I have never heard of such a form. Sounds strange,” he said.
The information, apart from revealing that the FBI was very secretive about Hillary Clinton’s investigation even within its own ranks, also quashes repeated claims by Clinton and her aides that the email probe was merely part of a wider “security review.”
Moreover, the manner in which the FBI did not recommend an indictment for Hillary Clinton, despite claiming that the former Secretary of State had been “extremely careless” while handling classified information, has led FBI agents to believe that a deal might have been struck between her and the Department of Justice.
Speaking to the Post on conditions of anonymity, a source close to the investigation suggested that FBI agents believe that an “inside deal” was made between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former president Bill Clinton when they met at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport on June 28, 2016.
“FBI agents believe there was an inside deal put in place after the Loretta Lynch/Bill Clinton tarmac meeting,” claimed the source.
The encounter, which would have gone unnoticed had a local reporter not received a tip-off, landed both Lynch and Bill Clinton in trouble, with the American media widely suggesting that something dubious could have transpired during the meeting.
BREAKING: FBI agents believe there was an inside deal put in place after the Loretta Lynch/Bill Clinton tarmac meeting (NY Post)— Breaking News Feed (@pzf) July 13, 2016
Both Republicans and Democrats had criticized the “chance” encounter, with Senator Chris Coons saying on CNN that AG Loretta Lynch should have “steered clear” of the meeting.
“I do agree with you that it doesn’t send the right signal. I am impressed with Attorney General Loretta Lynch … I’m convinced that she is an independent attorney general. But I do think that this meeting sends the wrong signal, and I don’t think it sends the right signal. I think she should have steered clear, even of a brief, casual, social meeting with the former president.”
Both Bill Clinton and Lynch, however, continued to maintain that the awkward encounter had been impromptu and that the two had only discussed personal affairs.
“I did see President Clinton at the Phoenix airport as I was leaving, and he spoke to myself and my husband on the plane. Our conversation was a great deal about his grandchildren. It was primarily social and about our travels,” Lynch had said in the face of overwhelming criticism.
Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that Hillary Clinton is planning to keep Lynch on as Attorney General if she becomes the next president of the United States.
But in light of the recent revelations, the meeting between Lynch and Clinton assume new proportions. While we may perhaps never know what precisely was discussed during the meeting, the suggestion from within the FBI that it compromised the integrity of the investigation is something which could come to haunt Hillary Clinton again.
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