Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows raised the dark possibility this week that the FBI may have tampered with witness statements in their investigations of Hillary Clinton and Russian collusion. In remarks made during the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees’ questioning of Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Tuesday, Meadows also asked whether the FBI might have led the IG down the primrose path in an effort to protect employees who were busted sending partisan, anti-Trump text messages.
“The other thing that I would ask you to look into, there is growing evidence that 302s were edited and changed,” Meadows said in his remarks to Horowitz. “Those 302s, it is suggested that they were changed to either prosecute or not prosecute individuals. And that is very troubling.”
In mentioning “302s,” Meadows was referencing the witness interviews collected by FBI agents in their pursuit of the Clinton email investigation. In his report, Horowitz said that he had some evidence that these 302s were changed after the fact – and not just in the Clinton matter. The inspector general said he had uncovered information which led him to suspect it had been done in the Russia probe as well. In other words, in two of the most important investigations of the last three years, the FBI may have edited witness testimony to reflect the predetermined outcome they wanted to arrive at.
Horowitz confirmed that his office was still looking into the troubling signs of tampering.
Then, in an even more shocking moment, Meadows asked Horowitz directly – in a fully public hearing – if the FBI agents kept anonymous in the inspector general’s report were named Sally Moyer and Kevin Clinesmith. Horowitz would not confirm the agents’ identities, however, and the FBI has likewise refused to do so, citing counterintelligence concerns.
“They don’t work in counterintelligence,” Meadows said. “If that’s the reason the FBI is giving, they’re giving you false information, because they work for the general counsel.”
We almost feel sorry for Meadows and the rest of the Republicans in the House and Senate who have to sift through the lies and the coverups and the half-baked attempts to soft-peddle the misdeeds of the FBI/DOJ. They’ve got their work cut out for them, and we doubt any of them went into public service with the idea that they would spend a healthy chunk of their career unravelling this nonsense. Unfortunately for them, history is thrust upon you when you least expect it, and they now owe it to their constituents and their sworn oath to get to the bottom of this massive miscarriage of justice.
We hope they’re up to the task.