RUSH: Lisa Page continues to be a gold mine of information. She also testified that Peter Strzok Smirk believed the special counsel investigation could end in impeachment and would boost his career! She is just full of information that the Congress has known, the committee has known for a year, that hasn’t leaked, that hasn’t found its way to the public domain. Now it is, as we are winding down here.
But she was the lover. They had an affair. They were doing the textual tango, if you will. And she said that Peter Strzok Smirk believed that the Mueller investigation could end in impeachment and thus boost his career.
RUSH: Let’s move on to the Lisa Page news here today because it’s voluminous. The first story here from the Washington Examiner. Lisa Page said the FBI discussed charging Hillary Clinton with gross negligence in 2016 and the Department of Justice, the Obama DOJ, told them “no.”
“Page testified last year that officials in the bureau, including then-FBI Director James Comey, discussed Espionage Act charges against Hillary Clinton, citing ‘gross negligence,’ but the Justice Department shut them down. … Page told the committee that the FBI ‘did not blow over gross negligence.’
“Responding to a question from Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, Page testified the FBI, including Comey, believed Clinton may have committed gross negligence. ‘We, in fact — and, in fact, the Director — because, on its face, it did seem like, well, maybe there’s a potential here for this to be the charge. And we had multiple conversations, multiple conversations with the Justice Department about charging gross negligence,’ she said.
“Page further testified the DOJ put a stop to that: ‘The Justice Department’s assessment was that it was both constitutionally vague, so that they did not actually feel that they could permissibly bring that charge.’ The specific statute being referenced, 18 U.S. Code § 793, deals in part with ‘gross negligence’ in the handling of national defense information, which Clinton came under scrutiny for possibly violating. Page said Comey and the FBI spoke with DOJ about a gross negligence charge for Clinton multiple times, but that the DOJ—” Those two paragraphs are saying the same thing.
“Ratcliffe asked if the decision not to charge Clinton with gross negligence was a direct order from the DOJ. ‘When you say advice you got from the Department, you’re making it sound like it was the Department that told you: “You’re not going to charge gross negligence because we’re the prosecutors and we’re telling you we’re not going to,” he said. Page responded: ‘That’s correct.’”
Now, this is viewed as the biggest revelation from the 370-page transcript of her testimony. What’s interesting here is that even Comey believed Hillary may have committed gross negligence, but then it was McCabe — you know, when Comey had that July 5th press conference, he was actually going to reference her having committed gross negligence, and McCabe scratched that out and replaced it with “carelessness” or some such thing.
So it was clear that the DOJ was the one standing in the way. But the idea that Comey also thought this, that she had committed gross negligence — you know, this explains a lot. It explains a lot. Now, we’re gonna assume her testimony is truthful, 370-page transcript that they weren’t going to treat Hillary as exempt because she was the Democrat nominee, but in fact they did.
And Comey, in his July 5th press conference, took it all on himself and made it look like he was the one that made these decisions. Remember, Loretta Lynch had met with Slick Willie on the tarmac at an airport in Phoenix on Slick Willie’s private jet. So she had to recuse but she basically turned it over and said, “Look, I can’t be involved in this now.”
So Comey goes out on July 5th, does this press conference, lists all the crimes, not gross negligence, talked about just careless and then made the point that they couldn’t find where she intended to do any of this so that they weren’t gonna charge her. The transcript reveals also that Page testified that everyone at the FBI opposed letting Hillary’s lawyers attend her FBI interview.
Now, remember, Hillary was accompanied by nine lawyers. She was interviewed, and she was even exonerated before the interview. The interview happened on a Saturday. She’s exonerated the following Tuesday. They let her bring nine lawyers in, including Cheryl Mills, who was not a lawyer, and Heather Samuelson. Then they took Cheryl Mills’ lawyer and they destroyed it because it had evidence. It was obvious at this point they were doing everything they can to protect her, and Lisa Page’s point is that all of this was demanded of them from the DOJ.
Now, that would have been Loretta Lynch, gang. I mean, she was the attorney general at the time. It would have been Loretta Lynch with a pipeline to Obama. This had to be a pipeline to the White House telling them, Comey and the bunch, “Leave her alone.” And obviously, I mean, she’s the Democrat nominee in waiting, all practical purposes.
And Obama wasn’t gonna take her out. They didn’t want Crazy Bernie in there. They already rigged the Democrat primaries for Hillary, if you remember. I mean, you want to talk about election rigging and meddling, it was the DNC meddling in their own primaries to make sure Crazy Bernie was never gonna get enough delegates to be a factor.
Now we learn that nobody at the FBI wanted to let that many people in her interview to act as lawyers. And then the latest reveal from Lisa Page today is that Peter Strzok was excited about the Mueller investigation because he was certain it would lead to impeachment of Donald Trump, which would give him,, a tremendous career boost, which, of course, that hasn’t happened, and Strzok Smirk is now out.
Now, this testimony occurred over a year ago, and it has not leaked. It occurred when the Republicans ran the committee — what’s the specific committee where she’s testifying before here? This was the House Judiciary Committee. It was last summer. And that was obviously before the Democrats took over, and it’s only coming out now. It’s fascinating to put all this in perspective here in the aftermath of the Manafort sentencing today.
And if you’re just joining us, New York pouncing immediately, charging Manafort with state crimes the minute he had been sentenced in federal court. And this is designed to make sure that a Donald Trump pardon does not get Manafort out of jail because presidents cannot pardon state or local convictions. Only federal.