The FBI's Clinton Files: 'What Difference Does It Make?'
The Case on Clinton's Illegal Off-Grid Communications Re-Opened
Recall for a moment that just four days prior to the 1992 election, as President George H.W. Bush was surging in the polls against his opponent Bill Clinton, a special prosecutor and his FBI investigators issued charges against Ronald Reagan era Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. At the time, Clinton applauded the charges and claimed that Reagan’s then-vice president personifies a “culture of corruption.” Those charges were later dismissed, but the well-timed damage was done.
Fast forward to the new notice given Congress by FBI Director James Comey that his agents are reviewing newly discovered communications found on a computer that Hillary Clinton’s senior advisor and key confidant for the last 20 years, Huma Abedin, shared with her husband, former New York Rep. and current sex offender, Anthony Weiner. In effect, Comey put Congress on notice that he is re-opening the case.
Comey previously announced the conclusion of his investigation into Clinton’s illegal off-grid communication concealment last July, well ahead of the election — ostensibly in order not to have undue influence on a presidential election. However, now, in a separate investigation into Weiner’s “sexting” activities with minors, the FBI discovered 650,000 emails on a computer he and Abedin shared. It has been determined that thousands of those communications may be relevant to Clinton’s illegal activities. Indeed, some of Clinton’s 32,000 “bleached” emails may be on Abedin’s computer. The FBI has now obtained appropriate warrants to search for those.
The twisted irony: While Clinton’s campaign has spent enormous political capital promoting her faux outrage at Trump’s crude sexual remarks, which pale in comparison to Bill Clinton’s rapes and assaults, the FBI’s new discovery comes while investigating the crude sexual actions of the husband of Hillary’s senior advisor.
At best, these new concealed emails violate Abedin’s compliance with FBI subpoenas associated with Clinton’s illegal classified communications. That discovery voids Abedin’s prosecution immunity agreement. At worst for Clinton, if some of the communications concealed by Abedin implicate Clinton in a scheme to obstruct justice (which is precisely why she erased 32,000 emails), then she may yet face an indictment.
Clinton immediately endeavored to politicize the new findings, insisting that Comey only gave notice to Republican House Leaders, but in fact his letter went to all ranking Democrats on those House committees as well. The “only Republican” lie has been repeated in the days since, by Clinton surrogates.
There are two indications of how serious this new discovery is:
First, it is highly unusual for Comey to revive this investigation just 11 days prior to a presidential election — and to do so in defiance of his Justice Department superiors, who have been running interference to protect Clinton. But Comey’s decision may have more to do with ongoing investigations of the Clinton’s pay-to-play political graft and influence schemes associated with their foundation fundraising. (Could an appeal to close those investigations be the reason for Bill Clinton’s secret meeting with AG Loretta Lynch?)
Predictably, Sen. Harry Reid, who had nothing but praise for Comey in July, fired off a protest letter charging, “I’m writing to inform you that my office has determined that these actions may violate the Hatch Act, which bars FBI officials from using their official authority to influence an election. Through your partisan actions, you may have broken the law. … Your actions have demonstrated a disturbing double standard for the treatment of sensitive investigation and what appears to be a clear intent to aid one political party over another.”
Asked to respond to Reid’s charges, Rep. Trey Gowdy, who chaired the House Benghazi Committee, quipped, “I did not know Mormons used drugs.” He added, “Comey is not responsible for a single one of the facts. He didn’t tell [Clinton] to use a private server. He didn’t tell Houma not to turn over all of her devices. He didn’t tell Anthony Weiner to send sexually explicit texts to a minor.”
Notably, while Comey can’t say more about the investigation, former New York FBI chief James Kallstrom can: “The Clintons, that’s a crime family. It’s like organized crime, basically.”
Second, when asked about the new developments, Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, said he’s “got to read a little more” about it before commenting. Kaine did NOT dismiss the new developments. And Barack Obama’s spokesman Josh Earnest said on behalf of his boss, “The president doesn’t believe that Director Comey is intentionally trying to influence the outcome of the election. The president doesn’t believe he is secretly strategizing to benefit one candidate or one political party.” Of course, Obama’s affirmation of Comey could mean he already knows that Comey will announce, by the end of the week, that the FBI has completed a preliminary review of the new emails and that Comey will, again, clear Clinton of any wrongdoing.
Meanwhile, Clinton has refused to answer any questions about the reopened inquiry, only offering this observation: “It’s pretty strange to put something like that out … right before an election. In fact, it’s unprecedented.” She knows that is a lie – I refer you back to the first paragraph of this commentary… Clinton insists, “I am sure they will reach the same conclusion they did when they looked at my emails for the past year. There is no case here.” (Nothing to see here – move along.)
Regarding the new inquiry, this is what we know.
Hillary Clinton is a pathological liar who kept all of her official communications as secretary of state off grid in order to conceal them from public scrutiny. She has thus far succeeded in concealing her role in political shenanigans, including the deadly Benghazi cover-up ahead of Obama’s 2012 re-election, so such information would not interfere with her 2016 presidential aspirations. The Clintons are masters at the art of maintaining plausible deniability, and when her secret communication servers were discovered, she ordered her staff to destroy any emails that might create problems for her campaign — a day after subpoenas for those communications were issued.
It is also clear that Democrats have lost their love connection with Comey. It is equally clear that Comey’s decision exposes a civil war brewing between the FBI and Obama’s Justice Department fixers.
Here is what we don’t know.
It’s not clear that the newly discovered communications contain anything that would indicate criminal activity by Clinton, and Comey’s notice to congressional investigators could be characterized as a formality, not an indication of indictable discoveries.
However, according to our sources within the FBI, there are many agents who have protested that Comey’s original investigation was rigged in Clinton’s favor. That brewing mutiny will not cease with yet another Comey exoneration of Clinton.
And a final note — Hillary Clinton can’t blame this one on “Russian hackers,” but she might claim the FBI is trying to “rig the election.” However, as she might recall, Comey was appointed by Obama in September of 2013 – and its a 10-year appointment…
Update: On Sunday, a letter, ostensibly from former DoJ officials, with Eric H. Holder, Obama’s criminal co-conspirator topping the list, was circulated castigating Comey: “Justice Department officials are instructed to refrain from commenting publicly on the existence, let alone the substance, of pending investigative matters, except in exceptional circumstances and with explicit approval from the Department of Justice officials responsible for ultimate supervision of the matter. … Director Comey’s letter is inconsistent with the prevailing Department policy, and it breaks with longstanding practices followed by officials of both parties during past elections.” Except, again, by Democrats four days ahead of Bill Clinton’s election in 1992. I know you will be shocked to learn that letter was drafted by Clinton campaign hacks.