With Robert Mueller’s two-year investigation of possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, every leak and revelation has consistently driven the 24/7 cable-news cycle. In contrast, when we look into what could have (and perhaps should have) been the investigation into possible collusion between Hillary Clinton’s campaign and Barack Obama’s Justice Department to cover up Clinton’s misdeeds, we get mere droplets of information generally reported only by conservative-leaning outlets. So it was with the recent release of testimony presented by former FBI attorney Lisa Page to the House Judiciary Committee last July. You probably remember Page as being romantically involved with another member of that Mueller investigative team, disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok.
In these transcripts of Page’s testimony, released by ranking minority committee member Rep. Doug Collins, we learned, among other things, that Strzok looked at the Mueller investigation as his ticket to advancement in an FBI leading the impeachment effort against President Trump.
But more important, and perhaps more damning in an honest nation’s capital, was Page’s assertion that a probe into Clinton’s “gross negligence” regarding her clandestine home email server was quashed by the Obama administration. In response to a question by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), Page stated, “We had multiple conversations with the Justice Department about bringing a gross-negligence charge. And that’s — as I said, the advice we got from the Department was that they did not think — that it was constitutionally vague and not sustainable.”
Page went on to reveal that there was a significant assumption being made. It could be construed as a convenient excuse for a cover-up, but she continued, “The Clinton investigation was whether she mishandled classified information. That’s important. It matters, but it does not matter like a person associated with a presidential campaign receiving and potentially accepting … an offer of assistance from Russia, which I view as sort of our most treacherous adversary.” (Never mind that any of our treacherous adversaries may have gained access to Hillary’s server.)
It may be symptomatic of the FBI being a “broken and corrupt machine,” as President Trump would later assert, or it could be appropriate concern about a rogue operator within the White House. Again, it’s worth noting that most of the meatier coverage came from Trump-friendly outlets like Fox News. On the other hand, CNN explained away Page’s testimony as another GOP witch hunt, so the average person may see this finger-pointing as politics as usual.
But a better case might be made that the rogue operators were residing in the Obama Justice Department. Page’s statement “makes former U.S. attorney general Loretta Lynch look blatantly dishonest,” says the Washington Examiner’s Quin Hillyer. It also rekindled concerns over the infamous tarmac meeting between Lynch and Bill Clinton in June 2016.
And consider that the DOJ is still “slow-walking” the case, according to Rep. Collins. Weariness about the department’s timetable has led to the release of both Page’s testimony and that of DOJ attorney Bruce Ohr, who was revealed to be the intelligence conduit between the FBI and Trump dossier creator Christopher Steele. Ohr’s wife Nellie works for Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that was paid by the Clinton campaign to fund Steele’s phony “Trump dossier.”
Page’s testimony does shine a bit more light on the rank corruption that existed within the Obama Justice Department, but not enough to wake the mainstream media from its partisan slumber.
Meanwhile, House Democrats are throwing still more mud at the wall, with 81 document requests scattered out to Trump associates and supporters in their latest obstruction/impeachment subterfuge. And more than two years into Donald Trump’s presidency, a much-needed investigation into the actual, honest-to-goodness cover-up perpetrated on behalf of Hillary Clinton is being all but ignored.