During the summer of 2016, as the Hillary Clinton email scandal was unfolding in a painfully slow manner that had just about all interested parties confused given the severity of the crimes related to what was available to any hacker on the planet due to her personal server being unencrypted properly, it turns out that the wheels of justice were being forcibly stopped by colluding forces.
In closed-door testimony in the summer of 2018, of the now disgraced FBI team who had knowledge of all that was going on, let the cat out of the bag. Peter Strzok told a congressional committee what kept the FBI from advancing the investigation.
Under questioning from Judiciary Committee General Counsel Zachary Somers, Strzok acknowledged that Clinton’s private personal email servers contained a mixture of emails related to the Clinton Foundation, her work as secretary of state and other matters.
“Were you given access to [Clinton Foundation-related] emails as part of the investigation?” Somers asked.
“We were not. We did not have access,” Strzok responded. “My recollection is that the access to those emails were based on consent that was negotiated between the Department of Justice attorneys and counsel for Clinton.”
Although the FBI eventually took possession of the servers, Strzok continued, the possession was “based upon the negotiation of Department of Justice attorneys for consent.”
“A significant filter team” was employed at the FBI, Strzok said, to “work through the various terms of the various consent agreements.” Limitations imposed on agents’ searches included date ranges, and names of domains and people, Strzok said, among other categories.
The agreement was reached, Strzok said, because “according to the attorneys, we lacked probable cause to get a search warrant for those servers and projected that either it would take a very long time and/or it would be impossible to get to the point where we could obtain probable cause to get a warrant.”
So, Hillary Clinton and the Department of Justice led at the time by Loretta Lynch made a deal to keep the investigative arm from having the materials needed to actually do the investigation. And then when the emails were turned over, a team other than the investigators weeded out what Hillary Clinton agreed to turn over which is what she wanted to turn over.
Pretty neat trick.
No other American could get away with having beyond top secret material on a server and not have that be probable cause for a search warrant.