A lawsuit by Washington watchdog Judicial Watch is seeking documents to determine whether or not Intelligence Community Inspector General officials informed FBI agent Peter Strzok they had discovered Hillary Clinton’s private email server was hacked by a foreign power.
The Daily Caller previously reported, citing two sources familiar with the matter, that the foreign power was a Chinese government-owned company with operations in Washington.
The Chinese embedded code in the server that generated a “courtesy copy” of every Clinton email and forwarded it, the sources said.
Judicial Watch filed its lawsuit after the Office of the Director of National Intelligence didn’t respond adequately to a FOIA request submitted last summer.
“Our lawsuit could further expose how anti-Trump activists like disgraced FBI official Peter Strzok bent over backwards to protect Hillary Clinton from having to answer for her national security crimes,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
“The scandal of the illicit Trump spying is directly tied to the Deep State protection of Hillary Clinton.”
The meeting between IG officials and Strzok was brought up by Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, during Strzok’s testimony before a House committee last year.
The Texas Republican explained the ICIG found an “anomaly on Hillary Clinton’s emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list.”
“It was a compartmentalized bit of information that was sending it to an unauthorized source,” the congressman said.
Strzok acknowledged the meeting but claimed he didn’t remember being told about the major security breach.
Gohmert told the FBI agent: “Let me refresh your memory. The Intelligence Community Inspector General Chuck McCullough sent his investigator Frank Rucker along with an IGIC attorney Janette McMillan to brief you and Dean Chapelle and two other FBI personnel who I won’t name at this time, about an anomaly they had found on Hillary Clinton’s emails that were going to the private unauthorized server that you were supposed to be investigating?”
Strzok, who later was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team for anti-Trump bias and eventually fired, also was revealed, along with FBI attorney Lisa Page, to have used “unsecure devices in discussion how the U.S. could improve the sharing of sensitive data with the European Union.”
Judicial Watch has filed a separate lawsuit against the ODNI asking for a report on how Clinton’s email practices damaged U.S. national security.
The Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak, who reported the Judicial Watch lawsuit, wrote via Twitter that the story “describes one of the biggest smoking guns of the DOJ’s election rigging, IMO.”
“The Intelligence Community IG – better positioned to assess Hillary’s server than the FBI – told Peter Strzok all 30,000 emails were hacked by Chinese, but Strzok somehow forgot about that.”
That July 2014 lawsuit was filed after the State Department refused to respond to FOIA requests for information about talking points given to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice by the White House and other agencies regarding the 2012 Benghazi attack.
“President Trump, frankly, should demand to know why the State and Justice Department are colluding with Clinton allies and trying to protect Hillary Clinton and themselves from court-ordered questions on the Clinton email scandal,” said Fitton.