Opinion| Former FBI attorney Lisa Page testified in front of Congress, claiming that the Department of Justice under former President Barack Obama had ordered the FBI against prosecuting former Secretary of State and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for “gross negligence” in her mishandling of classified government information.
Breitbart News reports, “Transcripts of Page’s closed-door testimony in July 2018 were released Tuesday by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) on Tuesday.”
Republican Representative John Ratcliffe of Texas and Page had the following exchange:
Ratcliffe stated: So let me if I can, I know I’m testing your memory. But 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 …
Page answered: That is correct.
Ratcliffe stated: …bring a case based on that.
The Republican mentioned the exchange in a tweet.
Lisa Page confirmed to me under oath that the FBI was ordered by the Obama DOJ not to consider charging Hillary Clinton for gross negligence in the handling of classified information. pic.twitter.com/KPQKINBtrB
— John Ratcliffe (@RepRatcliffe) March 13, 2019
Lisa Page stated that the Department of Justice led by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch had “multiple conversations” regarding charging Hillary Clinton with “gross negligence,” however they decided that this would be a “rare decision.”
“[T]hey did not feel they could sustain a charge,” she stated, speaking about the Department of Justice.
President Donald Trump gave his reaction to the reports this Wednesday.
“The just revealed FBI Agent Lisa Page transcripts make the Obama Justice Department look exactly like it was, a broken and corrupt machine,” he wrote on Twitter. “Hopefully, justice will finally be served. Much more to come!”
The just revealed FBI Agent Lisa Page transcripts make the Obama Justice Department look exactly like it was, a broken and corrupt machine. Hopefully, justice will finally be served. Much more to come!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2019