Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) dropped two major bombshells this week in a House hearing. He claimed that there is “growing evidence” that corrupt FBI officials altered documents of witness interviews in the Russia probe and Hillary Clinton email investigation. He also revealed who he believes is the anti-Trump lawyer who was removed from the Robert Mueller special counsel investigation.
This was in response to the explosive DOJ Inspector General’s report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
“I think the other thing that I would ask you to look into, there is growing evidence that 302s were edited and changed,” Meadows explained. “Those 302s, it is suggested that they were changed to either prosecute or not prosecute individuals. And that is very troubling.”
Meadows was talking about forms that FBI agents use to document witness interviews. He explained to reporters that he has seen evidence that some of these 302s regarding the Russia and Clinton investigations were changed after the fact. Inspector General Michael Horowitz said he was aware of this evidence and is looking into the matter.
“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 also went fishing trying to name the anti-Trump attorney who was removed from the Russia probe. His name was redacted in the report because he supposedly works on counterintelligence issues. Meadows named two people because he believes this name had been redacted incorrectly:
Horowitz said early on in Tuesday’s hearing that the lawyer was not identified in the IG report at the request of the FBI. The bureau claimed that the individual’s identity was sensitive because he worked on counterintelligence matters.
“Is the other one Kevin Clinesmith?” Meadows asked in an attempt to get Horowitz to identify FBI Attorney 2.
Horowitz did not take the bait.
Meadows also asked Horowitz whether an FBI lawyer named Sally Moyer was also referenced in the IG report.
“They don’t work in counterintelligence. If that’s the reason the FBI is giving, they’re giving you false information because they work for the general counsel,” Meadows said.