Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a Friday interview with Fox News host Dana Perino that the State Department has former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails and plans to release them to the public.
“We got the emails, we’re going to get all this information out so that the American people can see it,” he told Perino on her Fox News program The Daily Briefing.
Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State was a constant source of contention for her 2016 candidacy for president, haunting her campaign up through Election Day. Experts and critics have said that using a private email server to discuss official State Department business was a major national security threat.
Sec. Clinton, claiming that many of the emails were personal, instructed her team in 2014 to delete over 30,000 emails from the private server. Republicans have been eager to get their hands on these emails for many years now, claiming that there likely is proof of criminality on the part of Clinton while she served as secretary of state.
James Comey, who was the director of the FBI in 2016, reopened the FBI’s investigation into her emails after an investigation by the Inspector General into her emails pertaining to illegal activity by her campaign vice chair’s husband, disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner. Importantly, he announced this on October 28—just days before the 2016 election.
When asked by Perino if these will be released before the November 3 election, he said, “We’re doing it as fast as we can. I certainly think that there’ll be more to see before the election.”
With 25 days until the 2020 presidential election, this carries the potential to shake things up. All of this will depend on if the emails can be published before the election and on whether the emails incriminate anybody or tarnish someone’s image.
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Ranking GOP Member Exposes Pelosi’s Obstruction to Jan 6 Security Records
As the one year anniversary of the January 6th riots on the U.S. Capitol approach, more information comes to light, particularly with regard to Democrats’ desperate attempts to prove something sinister was planned.
However, Ranking Member for the House Administration Committee Rodney Davis (R-IL) has unveiled new evidence that Pelosi is obstructing access to records relating to the security preparedness of the Capitol on that infamous day.
Davis wrote a letter to speaker Pelosi on January 3, 2022 laying out the timeline as proof for his accusations against Pelosi’s obstruction:
“In the immediate aftermath of January 6th, Republicans began an examination of the Capitol’s security vulnerabilities. On January 13, 2021, as the Ranking Republican Member of the House Administration Committee, I sent letters to the Acting House Sergeant-at-Arms, the House Chief Administrative Officer, and the Acting Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) asking them to preserve all records relating to January 6th” the letter states.
“Although the USCP immediately complied with my request to preserve and produce relevant documents, the House Sergeant-at-Arms and Chief Administrative Officer—the two House officers who report directly to you—responded jointly that they were ‘unable to comply with the request at this time.’ Now, nearly a year after this request, the House Sergeant-at-Arms and Chief Administrative Officer have yet to comply with my request.”
“Mr. Irving’s attorneys informed the Senate that ‘the relevant records are the property of the U.S. House of Representatives, and we have therefore referred the Senators’ request for records to the House Office of General Counsel for transmission to the appropriate House officials.’”
“I subsequently wrote to Douglas Letter, the House General Counsel appointed by and responsible to you, to request that he produce Mr. Irving’s communications. However, like the other two House officers who report directly to you, Mr. Letter has not complied—or even responded—to my request for Mr. Irving’s records.”
“Republicans again sought relevant records from House Sergeant-at-Arms and the House Chief Administrative Officer in March 2021 and, once again, the House officers who report to you ignored our requests. At that time, as various federal entities began to produce January 6 material to several House committees, Republicans made requests—including to the House Sergeant-at- Arms and the House Chief Administrative Officer—that all such material be shared equally with Democrats and Republicans. Both the Sergeant-at-Arms and the Chief Administrative Officer failed to produce any documents to Republicans pursuant to our requests, suggesting that these House officers may be providing documents only to Democrats on a partisan basis.”
“As Speaker of the House, you are the most senior elected official in the House of Representatives and therefore ultimately responsible for all House operations, not just those of your party. You appoint all House officers, who serve at your pleasure. You yield enormous institutional power over how Congress operates, including the security posture of the Capitol complex.”
“There is irony in the fact that at the same time House Democrats are holding witnesses in criminal contempt of Congress for raising genuine questions of legal privilege, you continue to obstruct Republican access to House records relating to the security preparedness of the Capitol complex on January 6th, 2021. This double standard only adds to the evidence that Democrats are weaponizing events of January 6th against their political adversaries.”
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