According to a bombshell new report from The Hill, Republicans seated on congressional investigation committees have found new information that could trigger the Justice Department to re-open the Hillary Clinton email case. Citing “irregularities and contradictions” within the original FBI investigation, insiders told The Hill that it is becoming ever clearer that the former Secretary of State received a “Get Out of Jail Free” card on her way to becoming the Democratic nominee for president in 2016.
From The Hill:
For the first time, investigators say they have secured written evidence that the FBI believed there was evidence that some laws were broken when the former secretary of State and her top aides transmitted classified information through her insecure private email server, lawmakers and investigators told The Hill.
That evidence includes passages in FBI documents stating the “sheer volume” of classified information that flowed through Clinton’s insecure emails was proof of criminality as well as an admission of false statements by one key witness in the case, the investigators said.
The name of the witness is redacted from the FBI documents but lawmakers said he was an employee of a computer firm that helped maintain her personal server after she left office as America’s top diplomat and who belatedly admitted he had permanently erased an archive of her messages in 2015 after they had been subpoenaed by Congress.
Republican lawmakers are also concerned about much of what they learned in their December 21st interrogation of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Throughout the day of questioning, the congressmen learned that Hillary Clinton benefited from a number of instances in which the FBI deviated from its typical investigatory protocol. For example, in the normal course of an investigation, the local FBI field office is responsible for investigating a case and reporting back to the Bureau chiefs in Washington. But in this case, a small group of top FBI officials in D.C. controlled the case and the field office in New York, where Clinton’s server was located, was reduced to taking orders from the capital.
Faced with overwhelming evidence, even Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee were forced to acknowledge that the FBI treated the Clinton case in an unusual way, but they insist that it does not prove that the former secretary received favorable treatment.
“To the extent that the Assistant Director of the FBI was involved in that investigation, and recognizing that the investigation itself presented a unique set of circumstances, his testimony did not raise any concerns that would justify the Republicans’ outsized obsession with Hillary Clinton’s emails two years after the fact,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).
Well, you can call it an “outsized obsession” all you want, but if lawmakers are convinced that a top Obama Administration cabinet member was essentially given a free pass to break the law, then we would not call that an unusual focus of continued inquiry. Certainly, this investigation makes a lot more sense to us than the Mueller investigation, which is, as of now, still a prosecution in search of a crime.