E. Randol Schoenberg is an attorney famous for recovering artwork stolen by Nazi soldiers during the Holocaust. This week, however, he filed an entirely different kind of lawsuit.
No one who supported Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency took the news of a reopening of the FBI investigation into her emails as secretary of state lightly when the reopening was announced just a handful of days before the election in November. In fact, it seemed odd and possibly even partisan at the time, but Schoenberg says it may have also been an impeachable offense on the part of the new president-elect.
In a Facebook post, Schoenberg explained:
‘So, I filed a lawsuit today against the US Department of Justice seeking immediate disclosure of the FBI search warrant for the e-mails of Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin on Anthony Weiner’s laptop. As I explained in my blog http://schoenblog.com/?p=1008, I think we need to see what “probable cause” was shown for obtaining the search warrant, because whoever thought there was going to be evidence of a crime was obviously mistaken. And that mistake probably changed the outcome of the election.’
The FBI needed “probable cause” in order to obtain a warrant to investigate the emails found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop, and a copy of the warrant would show what probable cause the FBI listed in order to conduct the investigation. Schoenberg proposes, for the first time, that the probable cause may have come directly from people inside the Trump campaign.
In his blog, the attorney explains why that may have been an impeachable offense for President-elect Trump.
‘What if the allegations were intentionally false? During the nine days when the investigation was underway, Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani made public statements suggesting he was in communication with the FBI about the ongoing investigation. It does not seem too far-fetched to believe that politically-motivated individuals might have tried to get the FBI to re-open the investigation of Clinton by making false allegations. Finding Huma Abedin’s e-mails on Weiner’s laptop might have been just an opportunity to carry out their wishes.’
Since the “probable cause” obviously turned out to be based on evidence that did not pan out, Schoenberg wonders whether or not intentionally false allegations and information were communicated to the FBI by people in the Trump campaign such as Rudy Guiliani, Chris Christie, and former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey. Should the information in the warrant prove in any way that Trump’s camp was responsible for the reopening of the FBI investigation, and especially if they offered statements they knew to be false in order to reopen the inquiry in order to influence the U.S. presidential election, Trump’s campaign could be in a lot of legal trouble.
In fact, it could spell the end of Trump’s victory and the impeachment of yet another U.S. president for fraud and illegal activity during an election campaign.
Knowing now that none of the emails investigated were either new to the FBI, nor did they contain any evidence of wrongdoing, Schoenberg says that:
‘It’s more likely something criminal happened in the obtaining of the search warrant than… Hillary Clinton did something wrong.’
Buckle up, folks. 2017 is likely to be an awfully bumpy ride.
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