Hillary Clinton is the gift that keeps on giving…as federal investigators go.
She survived two FBI investigations into her private email server during her presidential campaign, but her campaign did not. The FBI also launched a probe into the Clinton Foundation while she was still a presidential candidate, and the investigation is still ongoing.
Those who believe that the FBI was playing politics in letting Hillary off the hook will be pleased to learn that it’s not the FBI finding themselves under investigation, and it’s because of how they handled the Clinton email probe. As Reuters reported:
A U.S. government watchdog said on Thursday it would examine whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation followed proper procedures in its probe of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
The inspector general’s announcement comes amid outcry from Democrats who say Clinton’s loss to President-elect Donald Trump was in part due to Comey’s bringing Clinton’s emails back into the public spotlight less than two weeks before the 2016 election.
The Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General said its probe would focus in part on decisions leading up to public communications by FBI Director James Comey regarding the Clinton investigation, and whether underlying investigative decisions may have been based on “improper considerations.”
In July, Comey held a press conference and testified before Congress to explain why the FBI had decided not to refer Clinton for prosecution, explaining that she was “extremely careless” but should not be charged with gross negligence or any other federal crime. In October, less than two weeks before the Nov. 8 election, Comey said the FBI was continuing the investigation because of new emails found on the computer of disgraced former Representative Anthony Weiner, the husband of one of Clinton’s top aides. On Nov. 6, Comey said the investigation into Weiner’s computer produced no new evidence that would incriminate Clinton.
Historically, the FBI has indicted people for doing far less than Hillary has allegedly done. Here are just a few examples:
> Bill Clinton’s national security adviser guilty of destroying documents in national archives: “Sandy Berger…pleaded guilty in 2005 to illegally sneaking classified documents from the National Archives by stuffing papers in his suit. He later destroyed some of them in his office and lied about it.”
> Bill Clinton’s CIA Director was pardoned during plea negotiations for storing classified data on home computer: John Deutch, CIA director under President Clinton, was found to have classified information on a government-owned computer in his home several days after he left the CIA. He had to be pardoned in the middle of plea negotiations by Hillary’s husband.
> Low level submarine shipmate prosecuted for less serious crime than Clinton: Petty Officer First Class Kristian Saucier allegedly used a cellphone camera to take photos in the classified engine room of the nuclear submarine where he worked as a mechanic, the USS Alexandria, then destroyed a laptop, camera and memory card after learning he was under investigation. He was indicted on one felony count of unlawful retention of national defense information and another felony count of obstruction of justice.
> State Deptartment official steals classified docs: Donald Willis Keyser earned over a year in prison when he “pleaded guilty to a three-count Criminal Information in which he admitted that he willfully and unlawfully removed classified documents and digital memory devices from the Department of State to his residence.” United States Attorney Chuck Rosenberg stated that Keyser “had an absolute obligation to safeguard the classified information entrusted to him and utterly failed to do so.”
When Hillary spoke at the DNC and lambasted our criminal justice system for applying the law unequally, she failed to note she was exhibit A.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]