During the highly irregular July 2016 news conference in which he inexplicably exonerated Hillary Clinton, James Comey said something that did not get nearly the attention it warranted at the time or since.
He said that during the course of the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s criminal mishandling of classified information, agents were all but convinced that a foreign government had gained access to the unsecured private email server she was using during her tenure as secretary of state.
He noted then:
With respect to potential computer intrusion by hostile actors, we did not find direct evidence that Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail domain, in its various configurations since 2009, was successfully hacked. But, given the nature of the system and of the actors potentially involved, we assess that we would be unlikely to see such direct evidence. We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private commercial e-mail accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account. We also assess that Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail domain was both known by a large number of people and readily apparent. She also used her personal e-mail extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related e-mails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries. Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.
Fast-forward to last week, when Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his much-anticipated report regarding how the FBI handled the Clinton email investigation.
As reported by Fox News, the FBI ascertained that during the investigation agents were certain “foreign actors” got access to some of Clinton’s emails, including one classified as “secret,” according to an internal bureau email and two House committees.
And, unsurprisingly, that email was written by none other than Trump hater and Hillary sycophant Peter Strzok.
The network’s Catherine Herridge claims she obtained the memo which was prepared by the House Judiciary and Oversight committees laying out the key findings in Horowitz’s report ahead of testimony he is scheduled to provide to Congress this week regarding his probe. (Related: POTUS Trump on James Comey: ‘What he did seems CRIMINAL to me.’)
“Documents provided to the Committees show foreign actors obtained access to some of Mrs. Clinton’s emails — including at least one email classified ‘Secret,'” said the memo. The committees also said, based on information obtained from the FBI, that foreign agents accessed the private email accounts of some of Clinton’s former staffers.
And let’s never forget that then-President Obama — who once claimed he only learned about Clinton’s private server through ‘news reports’ — actually emailed her at her private server address.
The congressional memo doesn’t say who likely gained access to the accounts of Clinton and her associates, but it’s not hard to figure out that China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea are probably on the list. There may even be others that would surprise most Americans, such as European allies or the Israelis.
The point is that the FBI knew that her server had been hacked when Comey gave his 2016 press conference, but of course he didn’t tell us that. Nor did he tell us why, after finding “110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains,” he still believed “no reasonable prosecutor” would pursue the case, given that U.S. military personnel and intelligence agency staffers have gone to jail for compromising far less.
Along that line, the congressional memos also pointed out that up to this point no one has been held accountable for Clinton’s careless compromising of U.S. national security. What’s more, even Horowitz’s report doesn’t recommend that someone be held accountable.
If Hillary Clinton did not violate the Espionage Act six ways to Sunday, then there can be no violations of the Espionage Act — ever. By anyone.
Read more about James Comey’s corruption at JamesComey.news.
J.D. Heyes is also editor-in-chief of The National Sentinel.