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Inspector General Michael Horowitz returned to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to answer questions at a joint hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, one day after he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

While Monday's testimony by Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray was certainly eye-opening - Congressional Investigators uncovered several game-changing bombshells on Tuesday that will re-frame the entire discussion. Hat-tip to Paul Sperry for reporting these stunning developments in real time.

  • There were no actual subjects of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, meaning that neither Hillary nor any of her top aides - including Huma Abedin and the IT guys who set up her illegal server and then used "bleachbit" to destroy evidence (for which they received immunity) - were ever under any direct FBI scrutiny. Horowitz found this "surprising." 
  • There is at least one and possibly more original drafts of the OIG report, which were subsequently redlined by DOJ/FBI higher-ups

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) has sent a formal letter to Horowitz requesting "the various drafts of the report, particularly the draft provided to the DOJ and FBI, before those agencies made any changes to the draft report." 

  • Horowitz is no longer convinced that the FBI was collecting all of Strzok and Page's texts, even outside the five-month window in which a technical "glitch" (after the 2016 election) prevented archiving
  • Horowitz is investigating allegations that FBI officials "edited" agents' 302 forms - which doument an interview with a suspect or a witness. 

This is particularly illuminating, as is has been long suspected that fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe had agents edit or delete the "302" forms created after former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's interview

Journalist Sara Carter - known of late for her access to leaks by "white hat" actors in the intelligence community, sat down with Sean Hannity in late January where she discussed McCabe's firing and suggested "there's indicators right now that McCabe may have asked FBI agents to actually change their 302's

Hannity: A source of mine told me tonight that when Wray read this, it shocked him to his core.

Sara Carter: Shocked him to his core, and not only that, the Inspector General's report - I have been told tonight by a number of sources, there's indicators right now that McCabe may have asked FBI agents to actually change their 302's - those are their interviews with witnesses. So basically every time an FBI agent interviews a witness, they have to go back and file a report. 

It may also explain why the judge in Flynn's case ordered Special Counsel Robert Mueller to turn over any "exculpatory evidence" to Flynn's defense team. Flynn's legal team did not make this request. Instead, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan issued the order "sua sponte," or at his discretion, invoking the "Brady Rule" - which requires prosecutors to turn over previously unfiled evidence that might have a material impact on a defendant's case. Interestingly, two days before the order Mueller filed a motion for an agreed-upon protective order regarding the use of evidence in the case, including "sensitive materials," provided to Flynn's lawyers by the office of the Special Counsel.

This may also explain why Mueller has agreed to postpone Flynn's sentencing "due to the status of the special counsel's investigation." 

  • The two anti-Trump / pro-Clinton agents we reported on Friday who were having an extramarital affair were "unmasked" by House Judiciary member Mark Meadows (R-NC) after Horowitz testified that one of the two - who interviewed Hillary Clinton - was referred for discipline. 

The unmasked agents are Sally Moyer ("Agent 1") and Kevin Kleinsman ("Agent 5). As reported on Friday, Moyer  referred to Clinton as "the President" in a text exchange with another FBI employee four days after interviewing her, according to Thursday's DOJ Inspector General report.

Then, in a different text exchange with one of the other three Clinton email investigators (not Peter Strzok or Lisa Page), another agent wrote "screw you trump" after the first agent admitted "You should know...that I'm...with her." 

This means that all four FBI case agents working the Hillary Clinton email investigation - the other two being Peter Strzok and Lisa Page - were ardent Clinton supporters, and at least three harbored animus towards Trump. 

The report released yesterday by the inspector general for the Department of Justice referred to these two FBI agents not by their names but as “Agent 1” and “Agent 5.”

The report said of these FBI agents that “we identified two instant message exchanges that appeared to combine a discussion of politics with the Midyear investigation.” (The FBI referred to the Clinton email investigation as “Midyear Exam,” “Midyear,” or “MYE.”) -CNS News

The same agent who texted "screw you trump" - "Agent 5" - also wrote "she better win... otherwise i'm gonna be walking around with both of my guns... and likely quitting on the spot," as well as "fuck trump" on December 6. 

Clinton was interviewed by FBI agents on July 2 about her use of a private, unsecured email server which housed classified information while she was Secretary of State. According to the IG report, however, the FBI had already decided against recommending prosecution unless Clinton lied or confessed

By the time of Clinton’s interview on July 2, we found that the Midyear agents and prosecutors, along with Comey, had decided that absent a confession or false statements by Clinton, the investigation would be closed without charges,” reads the IG report.

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