More bombshells coming today, this from a House report.
From Fox News:
“Foreign actors” obtained access to some of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails — including at least one email classified as “secret” — according to a new memo from two GOP-led House committees and an internal FBI email.
Fox News obtained the memo prepared by the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, which lays out key interim findings ahead of next week’s hearing with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. The IG, separately, is expected to release his highly anticipated report on the Clinton email case later Thursday.
The House committees, which conducted a joint probe into decisions made by the DOJ in 2016 and 2017, issued several interim findings in their own memo.
“Documents provided to the Committees show foreign actors obtained access to some of Mrs. Clinton’s emails — including at least one email classified ‘Secret,'” the memo says, adding that foreign actors also accessed the private accounts of some Clinton staffers.
The report doesn’t say who the foreign actors were or what the secret information that they got access to was. But they concluded that it could do “serious damage to the national security.”
And they noted that no one has been held accountable in any way for it.
Relatedly, Fox News has obtained a May 2016 email from FBI investigator Peter Strzok — who also is criticized in the House memo for his anti-Trump texts with colleague Lisa Page. The email says that “we know foreign actors obtained access” to some Clinton emails, including at least one “secret” message “via compromises of the private email accounts” of Clinton staffers.
This appears to contradict Comey, who said that we did not know whether or not any of her emails had been accessed by foreign actors, only that they gained access to accounts of people with whom she was in regular contact.
Strzok was advised that that metadata showed a possible breach but it was never followed up, according to Fox.
In the House memo, lawmakers questioned whether the DOJ and FBI properly analyzed and interpreted the law surrounding mishandling of classified information.
“Officials from both agencies have created a perception they misinterpreted the Espionage Act by stating Secretary Clinton lacked the requisite ‘intent’ for charges to be filed,” the memo says, before pointing to statements by Comey that indicated a belief that intent was required — which the memo says ignored “meaningful aspects” of the law.
The committees’ memo also says it appears the outcome of the investigation was “predetermined” in May, two months before Comey’s press conference and before multiple interviews had taken place.
Violation of the law didn’t require intent. The suggestion that it did by Comey shows either ignorance or a bias to not prosecute, the House memo found.
It also finds that he improperly assumed the role of making a prosecutorial decision in the case of Hillary Clinton when it was not his decision to make.