Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson has requested “all email communications” between Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama, just as House Democrats won the vote for moving on to the next stage of their impeachment proceedings against Trump.
An earlier report by State Department regarding Clinton’s private mail server found up to 600 security violations and Johnson said in his letter that previously revealed 2016 communications between FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok and FBI Director James Comey’s Chief of Staff James Rybicki could potentially lead to Clinton-Obama messages, which had much to do with issues raised by her private server.
“I write to request email communications between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama. In January 2018, I requested the Department of Justice produce emails Secretary Clinton sent to President Obama while she was located in the ‘territory of a sophisticated adversary,’” Johnson’s letter said, further adding a deadline of Nov. 14, 2019, for the documents to be released.
“Given that DOJ acknowledged that they ‘are not in a position’ to produce emails to the committee that contain ‘equities of other executive branch entities,’ I ask that, pursuant to the Presidential Records Act, you please provide all email communications between Secretary Clinton and President Obama,” he included in the letter.
Emails obtained by Fox News last year have shown quite a bit of trouble surrounding Clinton’s emails, with a 2016 email from aforementioned Peter Strzok, saying that “we know foreign actors obtained access” to some emails “via compromises of the private email accounts” of Clinton staffers. Possible intrusions into Clinton’s non-government email server have had some evidence to back it up, however, agencies seemed indifferent to the matter.
A large batch of redacted and classified emails from Clinton’s server were released this March, in addition to ones released previously. There have been massive troves of documents turned over to the State Department at this point, however one contradiction came when a group of documents was revealed in a lawsuit by Judicial Watch, hinting at the possibility that Clinton lied under oath in 2015, when she said she had turned over all of her work-related emails.
Many of the former Secretary of State and 2016 candidate’s emails include discussions regarding foreign policy, such as a “private, 100% off-the-record” back channel to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, chats with former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair about classified foreign policy and connections to a Georgian oligarch.