Thursday, June 14, 2018

DOJ Watchdog Report to Shine Light on FBI Handling of Clinton Case

The following article appeared in Breitbart on June 13th

By Kristina Wong

The Justice Department Inspector General’s long-awaited report on the Obama DOJ  and Federal Bureau of Investigation’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation is set to be released Thursday, and will likely spark new questions over whether she should be prosecuted.
Loretta Lynch and James Comey

The report is expected to address controversial decisions made at the highest echelons within the Obama DOJ and the FBI, including by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, fired FBI Director James Comey, fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and other former and current senior officials.

“We’re going to find out exactly how compromised the FBI and DOJ were. We’ll have some insights there as it relates to the mangling of the Clinton email investigation and the corruption associated with that cover up,” said Tom Fitton, president of the conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch.

“I think we’re going to get additional details that will probably be devastating to anyone who frankly has been defending the Obama DOJ/FBI conduct. There’s a reason Comey got a book out early,” Fitton said.

The report is expected to address Lynch’s private tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton on June 27, 2016, just eight days before FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI concluded that Clinton should not face any charges. It is also expected to address Comey’s decision to make a public announcement about the FBI’s conclusion on the case, which Clinton has partially blamed for her election loss.

The report will also likely examine when Comey concluded Clinton should not be recommended for prosecution. The former FBI director drafted and passed around an exoneration of Clinton statement several months before he announced his decision.

But perhaps most significantly, it will also examine how Comey came to his conclusion — which could have major repercussions for Clinton, since it potentially allowed her to avoid felony charges.
Hillary and Comey

“Hillary Clinton may get some satisfaction of criticism of James Comey or his handling of her case and publicity around it. But it’s going to put the focus back on the Justice Department as to what it’s going to do about the Clinton email issue,” Fitton said.

Comey had argued that Clinton was “extremely careless” in handling classified information on her server, although in an earlier statement draft, he had used the words “grossly negligent” — a phrase that could have held legal repercussions.

He argued that Clinton showed no “criminal intent.”

Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, senior contribution for National Review, has argued that Clinton’s intent should not have mattered. In a column last year, he wrote:

Prosecutors are not required to prove motive. The question is whether she knew classified information would end up on the server, and her set-up made that inevitable.

This line of reasoning is fatuous — and it’s another instance of the Justice Department adopting Clinton campaign cant. Petreaus shared his classified diaries with a single person, a paramour who actually had a security clearance (albeit not one high enough to view what she was shown). Clinton’s offense was more extensive in duration and seriousness.

Fitton predicted the DOJ IG’s report will put pressure on the Justice Department as to whether they will endorse Comey’s decision.

“The IG I’m sure is going to reaffirm the conclusion that most of us have, that Hillary Clinton got an improper get-out-of-free jail card from the Obama administration, and the challenge for the FBI and the Justice Department now is are they going to endorse that?” Fitton said.

(Article continues HERE)

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