In 2015. those with knowledge of the FBI inquiry into the activities of the Clinton Foundation, claim that certain FBI agents were pushing for a broader investigation but became frustrated when their efforts were stymied by management. Finally, in protest, they escalated their case to the public integrity prosecutors, explaining why they should proceed with a probe looking broadly as to whether donors to the Clinton family charity were given improper benefits (“pay for play”) by the Hillary Clinton-led State Department.
Their efforts went nowhere as detailed by the 11/3/16, Washington Post article, “He’s got to get control of the ship again’: How tensions at the FBI will persist after the election,” by Matt Zapotosky, Rosalind S. Heldetman, Sari Horwitz and Ellen Nakashima:
“The Justice Department attorneys and FBI officials in Washington viewed the agents’ presentation as lacking substantive evidence. The attorneys felt it relied too heavily on public reports and the book “Clinton Cash,”( a Breitbart far right book) and denied the agents authority to move forward. The 2015 book, by conservative author Peter Schweizer, relied heavily on public records and presented a largely circumstantial case that State Department actions were driven by donations to the Clinton Foundation and payments to Bill Clinton.”
To find out more about this “Clinton Cash” book, I referred to the 4/27/15 Business Insider. Colin Campbell penned an article “Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is highlighting a new interview with “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer as proof that his upcoming book is nothing more than a partisan smear.” Here are excerpts:
“By finally admitting that he omitted key details and has no direct evidence, the author of ‘Clinton Cash’ just confirmed what many media reports had already made clear.” Clinton campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin told Business Insider on Sunday (4/26/15), “‘Clinton Cash’ is nothing more than a tangled web of conspiracy theories backed by no actual evidence.”
“Schweizer has been generating a flood of critical headlines battering Clinton’s campaign since last Thursday (4/23/15), when multiple news organizations published their investigations based on his work. Schweizer’s book, out May 5, alleges that Clinton doled outState Department favors in exchange for speaking fees to her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and for donations to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.”
“Schweizer was on the defensive on Sunday (4/26/15), however, when ABC News host George Stephanopoulos grilled him on the book’s ability to deliver hard evidence that Clinton broke the law. Stephanopoulos, who served in the Clinton administration, also called Schweizer out for not including a fact in his book that might have made the Clintons seem less nefarious.”
“You have produced no evidence. And I still haven’t heard any direct evidence,” Stephanopoulos said at one point.”
“Stephanopoulos placed much of his focus on whether Schweizer had any “direct evidence” that Hillary Clinton acted improperly in one of the most headline-grabbing portions of his book. Using some of Schweizer’s information, The New York Times’ Jo Becker and Mike McIntire called attention to the State Department’s approval of a deal that sold US uranium-production rights to a Russian state agency. Many of those who stood to benefit from the deal, the story said, gave millions of undisclosed dollars to the Clinton foundation at the time.”
“The author insisted his more circumstantial evidence, taken together, does ultimately provide a “smoking gun” that should be investigated as a potential crime. He compared his evidence to what often leads law enforcement authorities to investigate other crimes like insider trading.”
Fast forward to October 2016, some of these agents are the same ones who have been pushing hard to continue the investigation into Clinton’s email handling of confidential material via her private server while she was secretary of state from 2009-2013, even though the case was supposedly closed in July 2016 due to insufficient evidence.
The frequent guest on FOX TV News shows, Judge Andrew Napolitano has stated the following for the record: “Comey’s progress report to Congress (10/28) is prohibited by the internal regulations of the DOJ and the FBI — and by the canons of legal ethics that regulate lawyers. Comey had no obligation to send the letter at any time; moreover, sending it last week was a direct violation of DOJ and FBI rules that prohibit all public announcements about candidates for public office within 60 days of Election Day.”
On 11/4/16 Mollie Reilly of the Huffington Post posted the article, ” Rudy Giuliani Confirms FBI Insiders Leaked Information To The Trump Campaign,” and here are some excerpts:
“The former New York City mayor and Trump surrogate has recently dropped a series of hints that he knew in advance that the FBI planned to look at emails potentially connected to Clinton’s private server. The agency discovered the messages while investigating former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) for allegedly sexting with a minor. (Weiner’s estranged wife, Huma Abedin, is a top aide to Clinton.)”
“Giuliani has bragged about his close ties to the FBI for months, mentioning in interviews that “outraged FBI agents” have told him they’re frustrated by how the Clinton investigation was handled. And two days before FBI Director James Comey announced that the agency was reviewing the newly uncovered emails, Giuliani teased that Trump’s campaign had “a couple of surprises left.”
“You’ll see, and I think it will be enormously effective,” he said in an interview with Fox News.”
“All of this has led to suspicion that someone in the FBI is leaking information to Giuliani and the Trump campaign. The Daily Beast’s Wayne Barrett explored those suspicions on Thursday (11/3/16), detailing how Rudy Giuliani’s ties to the agency date back to his days as a U.S. attorney in the 1980s.”
“Giuliani confirmed that notion Friday (11/4/16) during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”
“I did nothing to get it out, I had no role in it,” he said. “Did I hear about it? You’re darn right I heard about it, and I can’t even repeat the language that I heard from the former FBI agents.”
“I had expected this for the last, honestly, to tell you the truth, I thought it was going to be about three or four weeks ago, because way back in July this started, they kept getting stymied looking for subpoenas, looking for records,” he said.
“FBI officials knew about the newly discovered emails weeks before Comey’s announcement, according to multiple reports.”
“Giuliani insisted he had nothing to do with Comey’s decision to announce the probe prior to Election Day ― a move that both Republicans and Democrats have condemned. He also insisted his information comes from “former FBI agents.”(Mr. Giuliani cannot successfully continue this line of defense because ultimately he knows that he is accessing confidential data that he should not have. As a former prosecutor in the 1980s, he knows better.)
“I’m real careful not to talk to any on-duty, active FBI agents. I don’t want to put them in a compromising position. But I sure have a lot of friends who are retired FBI agents, he said. All I heard were former FBI agents telling me that there’s a revolution going on inside the FBI and it’s now at a boiling point.”
UPDATE: Rudy Giuliani attempted to take back his statements about foreknowledge of the FBI’s October Surprise on 11/4/16 with Chris Matthews on MSNBC, and with Wolf Blitzer on CNN, but this is only after U.S. congress representatives are demanding an investigation of FBI’s rampant leaking and this would include checking out Mr. Giuliani because of his bragging. Incidentally, he added on MSNBC that he is a fan of the Breibart type book, “Clinton Cash.”
(Source: 11/4/16 The Fifth Column blog at kstreet607.com.) Rudy Giuliani was on a radio show when he stated “I know that from former agents. I know that even from a few active agents.” Along with Giuliani’s other connections to New York FBI agents, his former law firm, then called Bracewell Giuliani, has long been general counsel to the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA), which represents 13,000 former and current agents.