by WorldTribune Staff, April 19, 2018
A group of lawmakers on April 18 made a criminal referral to the Department of Justice against Hillary Clinton and other senior Obama administration officials.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee member Rep. Ron DeSantis, Florida Republican, and 10 colleagues sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray criminally referring Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for their involvement in the investigations into President Donald Trump and alleged violations of federal law, investigative journalist Sara Carter noted in an April 18 report.
FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, whose anti-Trump text messages were obtained by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, were also included in the criminal referral.
“We write to refer the following individuals for investigation of potential violation(s) of federal statutes,” the lawmakers say in the letter to Sessions, which Carter obtained. “In doing so, we are especially mindful of the dissimilar degrees of zealousness that has marked the investigations into Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, respectively. Because we believe that those in positions of high authority should be treated the same as every other American, we want to be sure that the potential violations of law outlined below are vetted appropriately.”
The criminal referral also raises significant concerns regarding the Steele dossier, and the “presentation of false and/or unverified information to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in connection with the former Trump aide Carter Page warrant application to conduct surveillance through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).”
The lawmakers said that “A lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid Washington firm Fusion GPS to conduct research that led to the Steele dossier, according to an October 24, 2017, report in The Washington Post. Accordingly, for disguising payments to Fusion GPS on mandatory disclosures to the Federal Election Commission, we refer Hillary Clinton to DOJ for potential violation(s) of 52 USC 30121 and 52 USC 30101.”
The lawmakers said that Comey had “engaged in questionable conduct vis-à-vis President Donald Trump,” pointing to memos Comey gave to a friend to leak to The New York Times.
“In light of the fact that four of the seven memos were classified, it would appear that former Director Comey leaked classified information when sharing these memos with Professor Richman. Accordingly, we refer James Comey to DOJ for potential violation(s) of 18 USC 641, 18 USC 793, and 18 USC 1924(a),” the letter states.
Carter noted that Lynch was referred “after concerns were made regarding her decision to threaten with reprisal the former FBI informant, William Douglas Campbell, who first came forward in 2016 with insight into the sale of the Canadian firm Uranium One, which controlled nearly 20 percent of uranium mining interests in the United States.”
As for Strzok and Page, the lawmakers seek the criminal referral based on their “interference in the Hillary Clinton investigation regarding her use of a personal email server.”