Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) went on the offensive against embattled FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Friday, claiming that his congressional committee gathered enough evidence to conclude that former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received preferential treatment from the FBI involving probes into her unauthorized email server and matters regarding the Clinton Foundation.
During an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Gaetz said that the House Judiciary Committee had unearthed proof that Clinton would receive an “HQ special” from the FBI that would shield her from a full investigation.
“I can certainly say that my impression after these interviews is that there was extreme pro-Hillary Clinton bias that benefitted her in this investigation and that she received special treatment as a consequence of her candidacy for president,” he charged.
“That shouldn’t happen. The law should apply equally to all Americans whether they’re political candidates or not. And so, we need to institute reforms through the Judiciary Committee for more oversight, for more transparency so that this never happens again.”
Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly revived a probe into the controversial Uranium One deal that saw the Clinton State Department sign off on a transfer of uranium production capacity to Russia – followed by millions of dollars in donations to the Clinton Foundation by parties linked to the deal.
Gaetz suggested that the initial investigation into Uranium One was compromised by actors within the FBI who were sympathetic to the former secretary of state.
“[O]ur view is we need to find out if whether or not the procedures were departed from,” he said. “And we have email evidence from Andrew McCabe indicating that Hillary Clinton was going to get an ‘HQ Special,’ a headquarters special.”
“That meant that the normal processes of the Washington field office weren’t followed and he had a special,” Gaetz explained. “And he had a very small group of people that had a pro-Hillary Clinton bias who had a direct role in changing that investigation from one that likely should have been criminal to one where she was able to walk.”