Judicial Watch reveals that it has proof that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was targeted last year by a federal grand jury in an effort to get more information about her private email server. The conservative watchdog released documents to prove that the grand jury provided FBI agents with the subpoena related to Clinton's Blackberry email accounts.
FBI Special Agent E.W. Priestap, the agency's supervisor behind the investigation into Clinton's email activities declared that the subpoenas' produced no responsive materials, as the required data was outside the retention time utilized by those providers.
The documents were produced because of the legal action was taken by Judicial Watch in an effort to get Clinton's emails. It had been speculated before that a grand jury investigation into Clinton's emails had been conducted. In February, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz pressed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to convene a grand jury or charge Bryan Pagliano, the IT aide who worked on Clinton"s email server.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton finds it questionable that while the FBI convened a grand jury to investigate Clinton in 2016, the information is being released only now. He also finds it disturbing that the State Department, Justice Department, and FBI are still trying to protect Clinton. He issues a request to President Donald Trump to clean house at all these agencies.
The FBI conducted an investigation into the unauthorized private email server Hillary used while serving as secretary of state to conduct official business, a move that potentially put national interest at risk as she was dealing with security matters at the time. The FBI discovered over a hundred emails that contained classified information over tens of thousands of emails it reviewed. Because Hillary was running for president at that time, FBI Director James Comey recommended to the Justice Department not to prosecute the Democratic nominee. Comey cited a supposed lack of evidence at that time that would show Hillary intentionally mishandled classified information. He merely criticized Clinton's email situation as "extremely careless". There were speculations at the time of pressure for Comey to protect Hillary coming from former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other Democrats as high and far as those in the White House.
Citing new evidence, Comey later reopened the investigation weeks before the 2016 presidential election. A few days before the election, Comey announced that they found no new conclusions about the Clinton case, raising eyebrows how it could reach such a new finding in so short a time. Again, speculations were raised if Hillary was being protected again. After the election, however, when Trump scored an upset win against Hillary who remained dominant in the polls until the very end of the campaign, Hillary blamed Comey for her devastating loss. Hillary claimed that the reopening of the FBI probe into her email scandal has hurt her chances of winning. She also blamed other factors, though, including Russia's supposed interference in the election, fake news, and others.