On Wednesday, several members of the House Freedom Caucus held a press conference as they promised they would do on Tuesday regarding the special treatment afforded Hillary Clinton by the Mueller team.
Rep. Matt Gaetz made the announcement on Tuesday that a number of Caucus members would be sharing the podium on Wednesday and calling for specific action to be taken immediately.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Holding a Press Conference tomorrow, alongside 8 Congressmen, calling for Investigation on @FBI’s “Special” Treatment of @HillaryClinton. Joining: @Jim_Jordan @RepMarkMeadows @RepDeSantis @RepTedYoho @RepScottPerry @CongressmanHice @RepAndyBiggsAZ @replouiegohmert
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) December 5, 2017
During Wednesday’s press conference, members of the Caucus called on the Justice Department to investigate the FBI’s ‘special’ treatment during the Hillary Clinton investigation.
Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina tweeted:
“Lady Justice wears a blindfold–and no American, regardless of wealth or political status, should be given a free pass under the law.”
Lady Justice wears a blindfold–and no American, regardless of wealth or political status, should be given a free pass under the law.
The Justice Department must investigate the FBI's 'special treatment' of the Hillary Clinton investigation. pic.twitter.com/NPkWuC2HuP
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) December 6, 2017
The call for the DOJ to investigate came after learning that Peter Strzok, special counsel Robert Muller’s top FBI agent, received a demotion in August after allegedly texting messages to top FBI attorney, Lisa Page with whom he was reportedly having an extramarital affair.
The text messages was first discovered by the DOJ’s inspector general as part of an investigation that it is conducting into the FBI and DOJ’s handling of the Clinton email investigation.
Apparently, information about the anti-Trump messages from Strzok was kept hidden from House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) who claims he had several meetings with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the FBI in October and November, but his questions about Strzok went unanswered. A claim Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores denies.
Strzok, a former Army officer was also the lead FBI investigator under former FBI Director James Comey. Strzok conducted a July 2, 2016 interview with Hillary Clinton and may have given her a pass.
He was also reportedly one of the top FBI officials who was asked to review a rough draft of remarks that former Comey planned to make in the Clinton case. Comey later made the infamous Hillary exoneration speech on July 5, 2016. Comey previously circulated the rough draft of the speech in May.
In addition, Strzok interviewed Clinton associates Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, who both allegedly faced legal consequences for their misleading statements.
Reports indicate that Mills and Abedin told Strzok they were unaware of Hillary’s private server until after it was revealed to the public, but emails show them both discussing her server prior to the time the information was released to the public.
Neither Mills nor Abedin faced any criminal liability.
Fast-forward to former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during questions about two conversations he reportedly had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Many, including the Freedom House Caucus members are calling for fairness and equal justice. They believe Hillary and her associates received ‘special’ treatment based upon the perceived bias of Strzok and others on Mueller’s team, including Andrew Weissmann and Jeannie Rhee.
Mueller’s hired team of ‘lieutenants or pitbulls’ (as Strzok was supposedly nicknamed), reportedly donated to Hillary’s presidential campaign, the Clinton Foundation, and emailed praise to one former Obama holdover who refused to support President Trump’s directives.
How many more biased, anti-Trump members still remain on Mueller’s team?
While the Freedom Caucus took a good step forward in seeking justice, in addition, they should have called for the end of the entire Mueller investigation because, as Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch puts it, the investigation has been “irredeemably compromised”.
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