A group of U.S. congressmen has demanded an investigation into what he called the “special treatment” of former Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by the FBI.
In 2016, the FBI investigated Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state, but then-FBI Director James Comey did not recommend criminal charges against Clinton.
Clinton was then running for president, and blamed Comey’s investigation and public statements — among other things — for her loss to Donald Trump.
Rep. Matt Gaetz told Laura Ingraham on Friday’s “The Ingraham Angle” that he had sent a letter to Christopher Wray, the current head of the FBI, asking for an explanation as to why the FBI had assigned only a “small team” to the Clinton investigation.
“We now have smoking gun evidence that Hillary Clinton got special treatment,” the Florida Republican, who is also a lawyer, told Ingraham.
“In six days, the FBI director, Christopher Wray, will be before the House Judiciary Committee, and we need answers, because Hillary Clinton didn’t deserve special treatment.
“She should’ve been treated like every American,” he added, “and now we know she was not.”
Gaetz listed a number of ways in which he said Clinton received treatment from the FBI that it would not have afforded an average American citizen, including then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s infamous “tarmac meeting” with former President Bill Clinton and Lynch’s instruction to Comey that he was to refer to the department’s inquiry into the private email server as a “matter” and not an investigation.
He also claimed that Comey kept the investigation out of the hands of the FBI’s Washington, D.C., field office, choosing instead to handle the matter through the FBI’s national headquarters.
Comey has also been accused of drafting his memo exonerating Clinton before she had been interviewed, which Gaetz also mentioned.
The letter to Wray, which was also signed by Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert and Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, also dealt with the issues of now widely discredited “Russian dossier” and requested answers to six questions:
Can you define the meaning of “special,” as it pertained to the Hillary Clinton email investigation?
Who approved of the “special” status of this investigation?
Who decided that the investigation would be handled “at HQ with a small team” rather than by the Washington Field Office?
What processes are in place at the FBI to ensure that “special” treatment is not given to other political figures?
Did the FBI, directly or indirectly, pay for the dossier or reimburse Christopher Steele or Fusion GPS for preparing the dossier?
Has the dossier been used to obtain FISA warrants to conduct surveillance on American citizens?
The full text of the letter is available here.
“When you look at the recent documents released about the tarmac meeting between (then-Attorney General) Loretta Lynch and (former President) Bill Clinton, the FBI was more worried about spin control and public relations and punishing the person who released this information than they were about the improper conduct of the attorney general of the United States,” he explained.
“And so, time and again, we see from the Obama era that they were determining the outcomes before actually conducting the investigation,” Gaetz said.
“That’s not what the American people deserve, and that’s why we’re going to fight for a real investigation,” he concluded.