FBI Lawyer: Hillary's Aides Attending Her FBI Interview Was 'Not Appropriate'
Lisa Page told congress that 'fact witnesses' not necessary at interview
Disgraced former top attorney at the FBI, Lisa Page, last year told Congress it was not appropriate for two of Hillary Clinton’s aides to be present in her FBI interview as part of the email investigation.
“I would agree with you that it is not typically appropriate or operationally necessary to have fact witnesses attend the interview,” Page told lawmakers in an interview in July 2018.
Page was replying to questions regarding the FBI ’s approach of the investigation into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled sensitive government information using a private email server.
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The FBI interviewed Clinton as part of the investigation on July 2, 2016, days prior to the then FBI Director James Comey announcement he would be recommending that Clinton is charged.
According to Western Journal: Both lawyers were also witnesses in the FBI’s probe, having been interviewed various times independently by FBI agents about their handling of Clinton’s classified emails.
As Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department, Mills was both sender and recipient of numerous classified emails that landed on Clinton’s private email server.
Samuelson conducted the review of Clinton’s server that concluded which emails Clinton would turn over to the State Department.
Page, who served as counsel to former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, testified that Justice Department officials approved Mills and Samuelson’s attendance in the Clinton interview against the requests of the FBI.
Page also revealed an internal debate over how to obtain laptops that Mills and Samuelson used to sort through Clinton’s emails.
“There were, I think, months of disagreement concerning obtaining the Mills and Samuelson laptops,” Page testified, according to The Epoch Times.
“We, the FBI, felt very strongly that we had to acquire and attempt to review the content of the Mills and Samuelson laptops because, to the extent, the other 30,000 existed anywhere, that is the best place that they may have existed.”
Mills and Samuelson were finally awarded immunity as part of a negotiation to obtain the laptops.
“Having done this for many, many years, a grand jury subpoena for a lawyer’s laptop would have likely entangled us in litigation over privilege for a very long time,” then-FBI Director James Comey said during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on Sept. 27, 2016.
“And so by June of this year I wanted that laptop, our investigators wanted that laptop, and the best way to get it was through negotiation,” he added.
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