The Fix is In: Hillary Campaign contact with Justice Department revealed by Wikileaks
A new batch of Hillary Clinton emails was released by Wikileaks yesterday and one of them appears to confirm that the Clinton campaign had contact with the Justice Department during its ongoing investigation into her private email server.
The campaign employee in question was a former spokesman for DoJ and still had several contacts within the department.
In an email from May 2015, Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said that “DOJ folks” had “inform[ed]” him about an upcoming status conference in one of the lawsuits regarding Clinton’s private email setup.
The information about an upcoming court event would have been public knowledge and open for all to attend. And it’s unclear whether the people Fallon spoke to at the Justice Department were officials who regularly communicate with the public.
However, the fact that Fallon — a former spokesman with the Justice Department — remained in contact with anyone from the department is likely to renew allegations that the Obama administration maintained an especially cozy relationship with Clinton’s presidential campaign.The email “shows a level of collusion which calls into question the entire investigation into her private server,” Trump spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The Department of Justice must release all communications with the Clinton campaign and her allies as soon as possible in order to definitively prove their investigation was completely above board.”
The email from Fallon was contained in a collection of more than 1,000 messages allegedly stolen from campaign chairman John Podesta and posted to WikiLeaks on Tuesday.
Trump may be pointing to the message in an effort to redirect attention to the email release, following an increasingly bitter split from top leaders in the Republican Party and intense scrutiny over taped comments that appeared to show the nominee bragging about sexual assault.
Trump and other critics of the administration have lambasted the Justice Department for its decisionnot to press charges against Clinton or her allies for mishandling classified information. They were especially incensed by an apparently impromptu June meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton on the tarmac at the Phoenix airport.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus also attacked the apparent connection, suggesting that the GOP senses a vulnerability for Clinton as Trump struggles in the polls.
“Emails showing the Department of Justice was giving Hillary Clinton’s campaign inside information about an ongoing investigation into her email server is deeply disturbing and raises even more questions about Bill Clinton’s tarmac meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch,” Priebus said in a statement.
“Instead of facing consequences for her actions like others have, she’s been protected at every turn by the Obama Administration so she can continue the failed policies of the last eight years."
The criminal investigation connected to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server was not underway at the time that Fallon sent his message and would not begin for another two months.
Even though the email shows contact between DoJ and the campaign which was not related to a criminal investigation, it raises the question of how much more communication there was between the Clinton campaign and DoJ once the criminal investigation got underway. Are we to believe that Mr. Fallon cut off all contact with DoJ once the criminal investigation began? Not likely.
The Trump campaign is correct in demanding all communication between DoJ and the Clinton campaign be released. There is the stink of corruption about it - especially when you take another look at the "chance" meeting of Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch on the tarmac in Phoenix. It is now entirely plausible that the campaign coordinated the meeting. It always seemed odd that the AG was sitting on a plane when Bill Clinton - who just happened to be in town - swung by the airport for a 40 minute meeting. Now, the possibility that the meeting was set up via some kind of backchannel from the campaign to DoJ can no longer be dismissed as some crazy conspiracy theory.
You won't find much of this and other stories about the Clinton email leaks in major media outlets. That's because as I show here, there was broad collusion and cooperation between the media and the Clinton campaign.