This simply confirms what we know about the FBI’s refusal to prosecute Hillary for her crimes.
When Andrew McCabe, former deputy director of the FBI, was fired in disgrace in 2018, it was commonly assumed it was because of the “Russiagate” investigation.
After all, he essentially ran that fiasco, which Special Counsel John Durham definitively noted this week was a baseless farce.
But no. McCabe was fired because he serially lied to investigators that he wasn’t leaking investigative information to the media.
More telling was what he was lying about: an FBI investigation of foreign efforts to influence a presidential campaign.
Not Donald Trump’s campaign. Hillary Clinton’s.
It’s just part of the many ways the FBI went easy on Clinton, as Durham reveals the agency dropped at least four criminal investigations related to her.
The Clinton Foundation was understandably suspected by FBI agents in three different field offices — Little Rock, Washington, and New York — as a dodgy vehicle enabling donors, very much including foreign regimes and their operatives, to give goo-gobs of money to Hillary and Bill Clinton without appearing to violate the campaign finance laws.
But McCabe was infuriated, during the stretch run of the 2016 campaign, when the Wall Street Journal reported that he had tied the hands of investigators on the Clinton Foundation case.
Because McCabe’s wife, in her run for state office in Virginia, had received a hefty contribution from a fund tied to Clinton crony Terry McAuliffe, there was a strong suggestion of partisanship on McCabe’s part.
To push back against that, McCabe had his subordinates leak that the Obama Justice Department had pressured him to shutter the Clinton Foundation probe.
This was true. In fact, it is substantiated by Durham. He found that the bureau had meetings with top Obama DOJ officials who were hostile to the investigation.
One of them played down as “de minimis” evidence the FBI’s New York office’ obtained from an informant about the amounts of money involved.
Without making any finding of criminality, Durham found that the transactions in question actually “totaled hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
The Obama DOJ, including its appointed U.S. attorneys in Manhattan and Brooklyn, made clear to the FBI that they had no interest in a Clinton Foundation case.
McCabe may not have been especially interested either, but it was a lot easier for him to direct his subordinates to stand down when he knew the prosecutors wouldn’t touch it.
This was a pattern. As Durham found, even when there may have been evidence that foreign powers were trying to cultivate Clinton and possibly try to bring her under their influence, the same FBI that couldn’t open a case on Trump fast enough became paralyzed.
Durham noted that in 2014 — i.e., before Clinton even formally announced her candidacy — the bureau got information about a foreign government’s effort to have one of its operatives contribute to Clinton’s campaign.
But when agents in one of field office sought to conduct FISA counterintelligence surveillance, their request sat at FBI headquarters for months with no action taken.
One unidentified agent told Durham that the bureau was “super more careful” and “scared with the big name [Clinton] involved.”
FBI officials, a supervisor recalled, “were pretty tippy-toeing around HRC because there was a chance she would be the next president.”
……After 11 months of bureau handwringing, her aides were given a “defensive briefing” about the foreign approach, and the matter was quietly closed. Unlike in Russiagate, the FBI was unconcerned that by bringing the Clinton campaign into the loop, their investigation would be compromised.
In a second case of a foreign government seeking to donate to Clinton, the FBI warned one of its informants, who had made an illegal contribution, to cease and desist attending Clinton-related events.
The informant’s handling agent did even not document the illegal contribution in the bureau’s files.
In late July 2016, the FBI’s then-director, James Comey, was briefed that U.S. spy agencies had intercepted a Russian intelligence analysis that Clinton had approved a plan by her campaign to smear Trump as an asset of the Kremlin.
Durham provides no reason to believe the FBI investigated the Russian analysis; indeed, he finds that the bureau essentially ignored it.
Rank and file FBI and DOJ investigators were infuriated with the decision not to indict Hillary for her crimes.
The New York Post reported that agents were pretty pissed and ready to revolt over the “cowardly” whitewash of Hillary’s deliberate mishandling of classified information.
All kinds of federal laws were broken.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with Bill Clinton on board her private jet in what was clearly a conflict of interest and a conversation on whether or not the DOJ would indict Hillary for her crimes.
After that, the fix was in.
James Comey gave immunity to five Clinton State Department aides and IT experts. Those aides include Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s former chief of staff, along with two other State Department staffers, John Bentel and Heather Samuelson, Bryan Pagliano, Clinton’s former IT aide, and Paul Combetta, an employee at Platte River Networks, the firm hired to manage her server after she left the State Department.
Combetta, who went on Reddit requesting technical advice on how to strip a “VIP (VERY VIP)” email address from archives stored on a server he has “full access to“, posed as ‘Stonetear’ on the site, and the ‘VIP’ was indeed Hillary. Combetta used the computer program “Bleachbit” to destroy Clinton’s records, despite an order from Congress to preserve them, and Samuelson also destroyed Clinton’s emails.
Obama also knew about Clinton’s clandestine email server and participated in the email exchange.
Pagliano created Hillary’s email server over a series of months while working in a room on K Street in D.C. After he constructed the server, Pagliano stated that he “rented a minivan and drove to Chappaqua New York to install the email server in the Clinton residence.”
This bullshit is further proof that agencies tasked with upholding the law are infected with malfeasance, likewise the Obama regime, which considered themselves to be untouchable.
You know it’s bad when foreign hackers come up with more documents than you’re willing to release.
Hillary’s money-laundering Clinton Foundation, the $145 million in donations she received from people connected to the Uranium One deal, her illegal use of an unsecured email server to transmit classified information, perjury before Congress, and tampering with evidence, is sufficient enough to indict, convict and sentence her to prison.
Comey was the quintessential corrupt bureaucrat. But then, laws are for little people.