The newly-released transcripts of Lisa Page’s testimony to Congress shows that the Department of Justice under President Barack Obama never had the slightest intention of prosecuting Hillary Clinton’s crimes against the United States. Page, who became infamous last year when her secret texts with FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok became public and showed insidious bias against Donald Trump inside the Bureau, spoke to Congress behind closed doors. Now that testimony has been released and we have a better understanding of what kind of pressure the Obama administration brought to bear on behalf of the Democratic nominee for president.
Page testified that DOJ officials repeatedly discouraged the FBI from developing a criminal case against Clinton for the crime of “gross negligence” in relation to her handling of classified information. This dovetails with what we already know about early drafts of James Comey’s memorandum, which did indeed mention Clinton’s “gross negligence.” This wording was later changed to “extreme carelessness,” which is, significantly, not a charge to be found under U.S. law.
On the other hand, gross negligence is right there under Section 793 (f) of the U.S. Code. Under the category of “Espionage and Censorship” lies a law prohibiting a caretaker of national secrets from removing sensitive information from “its proper place of custody.” If that’s not what Clinton did by harboring an off-the-books email server at her New York home, we’re not sure what would qualify. This was gross negligence by any standard, including the standard under the law. The Department of Justice was not only justified in bringing charges against Clinton, they were obligated to do so.
Instead, they actively interfered in the FBI’s investigation and essentially demanded that Comey & Co. exonerate Clinton of all criminal wrongdoing. That interference saved Hillary Clinton from spending up to the next ten years of her life in a federal prison.
“The just revealed FBI Agent Lisa Page transcripts make the Obama Justice Department look exactly like it was, a broken and corrupt machine,” President Trump tweeted this week. “Hopefully, justice will finally be served. Much more to come!”
We’re beyond the word “hopefully” at this point. It is incumbent on Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray to right the wrongs of the Obama administration. And that doesn’t just mean re-investigating Hillary Clinton’s crimes, although that would not be a bad thing to do. It means, more urgently, investigating and prosecuting any officials in the Obama administration – from the president on down – who put their thumbs on the scales of justice in 2016.