During a House hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) asserted that there is “growing evidence” indicating that FBI officials altered documentation of witness interviews in the Hillary Clinton and Russia probes.
Not only that, Meadows provided the name of an FBI attorney he believes Special Counsel Robert Muller removed after the official was found to have sent anti-Trump text messages.
Meadows made the revelations in a round of questioning with Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
On Thursday, Horowitz’s office released a scathing report that documented FBI officials’ mishandling of the Clinton investigation. It also laid out a slew of text messages that FBI officials and attorneys sent criticizing Donald Trump.
“I think the other thing that I would ask you to look into, there is growing evidence that 302s were edited and changed,” Meadows said. “Those 302s, it is suggested that they were changed to either prosecute or not prosecute individuals. And that is very troubling.”
Meadows was referring to forms that FBI agents use to summarize witness interviews. He told reporters after Tuesday’s hearing that he has seen evidence that 302s filled out during the Clinton and Russia investigations have been changed. He also said he has “more information” about the alleged alterations.
Horowitz appeared to acknowledge that he is aware of allegations about edited 302s.
“If I could just mention, we have been getting those kind of referrals and as often happens when we issue reports like this we get other information coming to us, and we are intending to follow up on that,” Horowitz said.
Meadows was not finished dropping bombshells.
He also threw out the name of the person he believes is identified as “FBI Attorney 2” in the IG report released on Thursday. The report cited text messages that the lawyer sent shortly before and after the 2016 election criticizing Trump.
“I am numb,” the attorney wrote on Election Day.
“Viva le resistance,” he wrote to another FBI attorney on Nov. 22, 2016.
The lawyer worked on both the Clinton and Russia investigations. On the latter, he served as the FBI’s top attorney on the Russia probe as of 2017 and worked on Mueller’s team until February. He was removed from that investigation after the discovery of his anti-Trump texts.
Meadows, who is chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations, said that it’s time to “circle back” to U.S. Attorney John Huber’s investigation with the DOJ.
The Dallas Observer reported back in November that the Clinton Foundation has been under investigation since 2016.
Meadows says that it's time for Huber to update Congress concerning his findings, and “expects him to be one of the witnesses at the hearing,” per The Hill. Additionally Meadows said that his committee is trying to secure testimonies from whistleblowers who can provide more information about potential wrongdoing surrounding the Clinton Foundation.
“We’re just now starting to work with a couple of whistleblowers that would indicate that there is a great probability, of significant improper activity that’s happening in and around the Clinton Foundation,” he added.
The Clinton Foundation – also under FBI investigation out of the Arkansas field office, has denied any wrongdoing.
Launched in January, the Arkansas FBI probe, is focused on pay-for-play schemes and tax code violations, according to The Hill at the time, citing law enforcement officials and a witness who wishes to remain anonymous.
The officials, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the probe is examining whether the Clintons promised or performed any policy favors in return for largesse to their charitable efforts or whether donors made commitments of donations in hopes of securing government outcomes.
The probe may also examine whether any tax-exempt assets were converted for personal or political use and whether the Foundation complied with applicable tax laws, the officials said. –The Hill
The witness who was interviewed by Little Rock FBI agents said that questions focused on “government decisions and discussions of donations to Clinton entities during the time Hillary Clinton led President Obama's State Department,” and that the agents were “extremely professional and unquestionably thorough.”