Ex-FBI official: ‘No conspiracy’ to prevent Trump’s election

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page arrive Iing for her House Judiciary Committee deposition

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page arrive Iing for her House Judiciary Committee deposition

Former FBI attorney Lisa Page told congressional investigators past year that Peter Strzok - a senior FBI agent in the probes into the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns - joined special counsel Robert Mueller's team because if it resulted in impeachment it could be good for his career. She became a subject of great public interest after texts surfaced in which she appeared to describe the Russian Federation investigation as an "insurance policy" against the potential for then-candidate Trump to upsete Hillary Clinton in the general election.

Strzok also alleged that, once the Federal Bureau of Investigation got its hands on Clinton's private email servers, it was only allowed to search them with the consent of Clinton's legal team.

Strzok also said Comey initially concluded Clinton had shown "gross negligence" in how she handled classified information - a finding that could lead to charges - but dialed that back to "extreme carelessness" by the time he finished his memo.

In spite of text exchanges between Page and Strzok where they both expressed their personal dislike of President Trump, Page insisted Strzok was not pursuing the investigation because of any political bias.

Reacting to the development Wednesday, President Donald Trump said that Page's testimony confirmed the Obama-era Justice Department was a "broken and corrupt machine".

The Justice Department's internal watchdog conducted an exhaustive review of the FBI's investigation of Clinton's handling of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

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The transcript of Page's second day of testimony before the committee can be found here.

Shortly thereafter, disgraced and fired former FBI Director James Comey would hold a press conference, just a few months prior to the 2016 election, in which he infamously stated that "no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case" against Clinton.

Then-FBI official Peter Strzok testifies before House lawmakers in July.

Page makes clear in her testimony that Justice Department officials "did not feel they could sustain a charge" against Clinton, but that "nobody had a closed mind". "And that's, as I said, the advice that we got from the Department was that they did not think - that it was constitutionally vague and not sustainable". Strzok argued that he "never took resources off one and put it onto the other" but that "a hostile foreign power. seeking to clandestinely influence our presidential election" was a far graver threat than the charge that Clinton was mishandling classified information.

But Page explained those FBI officials were not directly involved in any decision-making about the Clinton investigation and it had no effect on the overall investigation result.

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