An FBI agent joked about how a witness who lied in the Hillary Clinton email investigation would never be charged, according to a Justice Department inspector general report released Thursday.
The witness had obviously lied to the FBI about handling sensitive information, the agent told one of his colleagues, but it didn’t matter, because regardless of what the Clinton associate said, the FBI wasn’t going to do “sh-t” about it. Here’s the exchange:
FBI Employee: “boom…how did the [witness] go”
Agent 1: “Awesome. Lied his -ss off. Went from never inside the scif [sensitive compartmented information facility] at res, to looked in when it was being constructed, to removed the trash twice, to troubleshot the secure fax with HRC a couple times, to everytime there was a secure fax i did it with HRC. Ridic,”
FBI Employee: “would be funny if he was the only guy charged n this deal”
Agent 1: “I know. For 1001. Even if he said the truth and didnt have a clearance when handling the secure fax – aint noone gonna do sh-t”
The agent has since told investigators he doesn’t recall this February 2016 conversation about the witness, who assisted the Clintons at their Chappaqua residence. Here’s how he explained the exchange to investigators:
Yeah, I, I don’t think I can say there’s a specific person that I worked with in this case that wouldn’t charge him for that. I think it’s a general complaint of, you know, of FBI agents that are kind of, kind of being emotional and, and complaining that no one is going to do something about, about something. … But there’s nothing specific that I, that I can tell you.
The IG report deals with the FBI and DOJ’s handling of the Clinton email investigation. Read the full report here.