Trump Lays Down the Law on Sessions, DOJ, and the FBI

The President stepped up his pressure on the Department of Justice and the FBI to do their job and seriously investigate Hillary Clinton’s “China Hacking” scandal. He tweeted that if they don’t “they’ll lose the last shred of credibility they have (which isn’t much.)”

On August 25 Trump tweeted, “Jeff Sessions said he wouldn’t allow politics to influence him only because he doesn’t understand what is happening underneath his command position. Highly conflicted Bob Mueller and his gang of 17 Angry Dems are having a field day as real corruption goes untouched. No Collusion!”

That tweet is an obvious response to a recent quote from Sessions when he was asked by reporters if pressure from the White House motivated his actions as Attorney General. Sessions response was that he would “not be influenced by political pressure.”

Trump has broached the idea of firing Sessions a number of time since he recused himself from the Russia probe. To date, his legal teams have convinced him such an act might cause further problems with the Mueller investigation.

It may be however that the “China Hacking” scandal Trump referred to in his tweet may be the issue that becomes the put up or get out for Sessions.

That scandal refers to information revealed by The Daily Caller in an exclusive report. According to the report, the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) met with top FBI officials on three separate occasions to warn the bureau of an “anomaly” they found in the 30,000 inbound and outgoing emails from Hillary Clinton’s illegal private server. The anomaly was a code embedded in Clinton’s server that produced in real time a “courtesy copy” to a third party.

According to sources with inside knowledge, the third party is a Chinese state-owned company based just outside of Washington, D.C. in Northern Virginia. According to two separate sources with direct knowledge of the matter the company was part of an ongoing Chinese government intelligence operation.

The mainstream media was quick to ridicule Trump, saying he had no factual evidence. Democrats said it was to take the focus of Robert Mueller’s investigation. That was to be expected. But what probably prompted Trump’s latest tweet was what appears to be more shenanigans in our intelligence community.

Earlier in the week the FBI released what appeared to be a categorical statement about the Clinton server saying: “The FBI has not found any evidence the servers were compromised.” In that statement the FBI seemed to be debunking Trump’s statement.

One day later, when asked if Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) officials — including Frank Rucker, its chief investigator — briefed top bureau officials about evidence of penetration of Clinton’s private server by a Chinese government intelligence operation, the official FBI response was “We have no comment.”

Understanding this background helps put Trump’s tweets in context. The president posted his first tweet on the subject on Tuesday night and the second on Wednesday morning.

First he tweeted, “Report just out: ‘China hacked Hillary Clinton’s private Email Server.’ Are they sure it wasn’t Russia (just kidding!)? What are the odds that the FBI and DOJ are right on top of this? Actually, a very big story. Much classified information!”

He followed up that tweet with this one that provided more details, “ Hillary Clinton’s Emails, many of which are Classified Information, got hacked by China. Next move better be by the FBI & DOJ or, after all of their other missteps (Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr, FISA, Dirty Dossier etc.), their credibility will be forever gone!”

Representative Louie Gohmert (Rep – TX), who originally disclosed the ICIG had found a foreign government breach of Clinton’s server, said the FBI statement that the bureau had “not found any evidence” her server had been compromised was “just wrong”.

The congressman said in a statement Wednesday: “It was the Obama-appointed Intelligence Community Inspector General that discovered the breach. It was not the FBI that found it, so their statement was technically correct but very deceptive in its omission.”

Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department IG, reported an intrusion by foreign intelligence services was possible. He wrote at that time:

The FBI investigation successfully determined classified information was improperly stored and transmitted on Clinton’s email server, and classified information was compromised by unauthorized individuals, to include foreign government’s or intelligence services, via cyber intrusion or other means.

Now we know there was indeed a compromise and the FBI and the DOJ deserves President Trump’s wrath.

~ American Liberty Report