Newly released communication records between former FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page revealed preferential treatment was given to the attorney representing Hillary Clinton’s aides.
Clinton’s lawyer, Beth Wilkinson, met with senior FBI officials and was given special treatment, including being given a “heads up” on any pending media coverage and possibly holding “discreet” meetings, according to emails obtained by Judicial Watch that were part of 35 pages of communication between Strzok, the former FBI counterintelligence agent and Page, the FBI lawyer who was involved in an affair with him.
Tim Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, described the “in your face obstruction” on Fox News revealed in the emails, which show that Wilkinson, who was representing Clinton aides Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson, Jake Sullivan and Philippe Reines, was given favorable treatment by the FBI officials investigating Clinton’s private server.
“What an outrage,” Fitton said on Fox News’ “Hannity” on Friday, noting that it is another reason the Justice Department should be required to open a criminal investigation.
.@JudicialWatch Obtains Strzok-Page Emails Showing FBI’s Special Accommodation of Clinton Email Witnesses – https://t.co/Srk6wrIFZZ
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) November 23, 2019
The documents, part of the Strzok-Page communications that are being released to Judicial Watch through 2021 following a lawsuit filed by the watchdog group in January 2018, showed 2016 emails revealing a discussion between then-FBI General Counsel James Baker, then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and FBI officials.
“She appreciated the heads up about the pending press articles. She wants to meet with the DD [Deputy Director] but can only meet on the weekends right now. I will check his availability tomorrow,” Baker replied in a March 1, 2016 email to a question by an unidentified official from the FBI Office of General Counsel who asked if he had met with Wilkinson.
After speaking with the lawyer, Baker wrote to top FBI officials in a follow-up March 4, 2016 email.
“I think we are now back on track. She is going to call [redacted] today or tomorrow about scheduling the next interview. Given the witness’s personal schedule, Beth said that it may not happen for a few weeks but she will work that out with [redacted],” he wrote.
“We also discussed making sure that this is done [meeting] in a secure location in a discreet way; she will work with [redacted] and the FBI team on that as well but I said that we will make sure that it happens in a high quality way,” Baker said.
Writing in another email directly to Strzok, Baker discussed the various accommodations that were being considered for the attorney.
“She understands that it needs to be in a SCIF [Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility]. She seems more comfortable with NYFO [New York Field Office], but I think would be open to WFO [Washington Field Office] if she can get in and out in a discreet manner (i.e., no chance of a press stakeout or too many people in the office seeing them and having awareness of what is going on). Is there an offsite somewhere in the DC area that might be better? If so, don’t tell me where it is,” he wrote.
Clinton’s 60,000 emails, which were reportedly on personal laptops belonging to Mills and Samuelson, were also brought up and seemed to cause some “frustration” for Strzok.