Case 1:19-cv-02367-ABJ Document 30-5 Filed 11/18/19 Page 3 of 27
Mr. Peter P. Strzok II
On July 10, 2015, the FBI opened an investigation into the storage and transmission of classified information on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's unclassified private servers (Clinton Email investigation). The FBI interviewed numerous witnesses and obtaines and analyzed servers and devices used by Clinton, as well as the contents of private email accounts.
In August 2015, you were assigned to lead the Clinton Email investigation and, according to your signed, sworn statement (SSS), you "build a team" to conduct the investigation. You made the day-to-day investigative decisions and kept then-FBI Director (D) and the then-FBI Deputy Director (DD) informed of ongoing developments.
The Clinton Email investigation culminated on July 6, 2016, with a press conference by D announcing that the FBI had completed its investigation and would recommend to the Justice Department that prosecution of Clinton be declined despite her having been "extremly careless" in handling classified information.⁴ In late September 2016, the Clinton Email investigation was reopened following the discovery of Clinton emails on the laptop of former Congressman Antony Weiner, the ex-husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin, during an unrelated criminal investigation.
However, from September 28 through October 28, no action was taken by the Clinton Email investigation team to obtain a search warrant to review the emails on Weiner's laptop. On October 28. 2016, eleven days before the 2016 presidential election, D sent a letter to Congress disclosing the existence of these additional emails as "appear[ing] to be pertinent" to the Clinton Email investigation. On October 30, thirty-two days after the Clinton Email team learned of the existence of the emails, the FBI obtained a search warrant to review the emails. On November 6, just two days before the presidential election, D sent a second letter to Congress advising that there was, in fact, no new information in the emails and that the FBI's decision remain unchanged - to wit, that criminal charges against Clinton were unwarrented.
In July 2016, you were assigned to lead the FBI's investigation into Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election (Russia Investigation). On May 17, 2017, former FBI Director Mueller III was appointed Special Counsel over the Russia Investigation. From May 2017 to July 28, 2017, you worked on the Special Counsel's staff. You worked closely with former FBI General Attorney (GA).⁵ GA served as counsel to DD, was his liaison to the Clinton Email investigation starting February 2016⁶ and to the Russia investigation beginning in July 2016,
and worked on the Special Counsel's staff from May 22 to July 15, 2017.
In early 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of the Inspector General (OIG), began a review of various actions taken by DOJ and the FBI in connection with the Clinton Email investigation. During the course of its ivestigation, the OIG intervied more than 100
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