Here are some of the highlights, or lowlights depending on your perspective, from the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General’s (IG’s) report into the FBI’s and DOJ’s conduct during the Hillary Clinton email probe.
According to Greg Re of Fox News, “In a combative exchange at a hearing Friday in Washington, D.C., a federal judge unabashedly accused career State Department officials of lying and signing ‘clearly false’ affidavits to derail a series of lawsuits seeking information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server and her handling of the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.”
Please note: Lying in an affidavit is the same as lying in court testimony, and constitutes a crime called perjury. When a person is convicted of committing perjury under federal law, that individual can be sentenced to up to five years in prison. States also have their own laws regarding perjury, with their own varying sentences.
Why does NOTHING ever happen to these people?
Why do we NEVER see any of the people being charged with a crime?
Why do all of these politicians/lawyers/government workers seem to operate under a different set of laws from the rest of us?
I’ll tell you why.
“The swamp” is very protective of its own, and members of “the swamp” are very good at running back into “the swamp” and hiding or taking cover there. It’s definitely not easy dragging a “swamp rat” out of there…, but it can be done.
U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth said he was “shocked” and “dumbfounded” when he learned that FBI had granted immunity to former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills during its investigation into the use of Clinton’s server, according to a court transcript of his remarks.
“I had myself found that Cheryl Mills had committed perjury and lied under oath in a published opinion I had issued, in a Judicial Watch case, where I found her to be unworthy of belief, and I was quite shocked to find out she had been given immunity by the Justice Department in the Hillary Clinton email case,” Judge Lamberth said during last Friday’s hearing.
In fact, everybody who knew anything about Hillary’s emails or her email server were given immunity, leaving no one to get any information from. Now that is a shrewd strategy for an investigation, isn’t it? Only the Obama DOJ/FBI could conduct that investigation with a straight face.
The Department of Justice’s Inspector General (IG), Michael Horowitz, noted in a bombshell report in June (a report that the “biased fake news media” conveniently neglected to report about) that it was “inconsistent with typical investigative strategy” for the FBI to allow Mills to sit in during the agency’s interview of Clinton during the email probe, given that classified information traveled through Mills’ personal email account. “There are serious potential ramifications when one witness attends another witness’ interview,” the IG wrote.
This is Mrs. Clinton we’re talking about here, Mr. Horowitz. “Inconsistent with typical investigative strategy” is par for the course regarding Hillary Clinton!
Judge Lamberth, who was appointed to the bench by President Ronald Reagan, said he did not know Mills had been granted immunity until he “read the IG report and learned that and that she had accompanied [Clinton] to her interview.”
“I was actually dumbfounded when I found out … that Cheryl Mills had been given immunity,” he added.
“The transparency group ‘Judicial Watch’ initially sued the State Department in 2014, seeking information about the response to the Benghazi attack after the government didn’t respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.”
“The State Department had immediately moved to dismiss Judicial Watch’s first lawsuit, but Judge Lamberth denied the request to dismiss the lawsuit at the time, and on Friday, he said he was happy he did, charging that State Department officials had intentionally misled him because other key documents, including those on Clinton’s email server, had not in fact been produced.”
“It was clear to me that at the time that false statements were made to me by career State Department officials, and it became more clear through discovery that the information that I was provided was clearly false regarding the adequacy of the search and what we now know turned out to be the Secretary’s [Clinton’s] email system [server],” Judge Lamberth said.
During a tense exchange with Justice Department lawyer Robert Prince, Lamberth pressed the issue, accusing Prince of using “doublespeak” and “playing the same word games Clinton played.”
That “was not true,” the judge said, referring to the State Department’s assurances in a sworn declaration that it had searched all relevant documents. “It was a lie.”
In a statement, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, who was present at the hearing, pushed The White House for answers.
“President Trump should ask why his State Department is still refusing to answer basic questions about the Clinton email scandal,” Fitton said. “Hillary Clinton’s and the State Department’s email cover up abused the FOIA, the courts, and the American people’s right to know.”
The hearing was held because Judicial Watch is seeking to compel Clinton and other officials to testify and provide more information as part of its lawsuit.
Clinton has since blamed Republicans and groups like Judicial Watch for derailing her presidential bid in 2016.
Translation: Hillary is blaming Republicans and groups like Judicial Watch for refusing to ignore her illegal and horribly unethical behavior, which helped to derail her presidential bid in 2016.
In her own words, “Take the Benghazi tragedy, you know, I have one of the top Republicans, Kevin McCarthy, admitting we’re going to take that tragedy, because, you know, we’ve lost people, unfortunately, going back to the Reagan administration, if you talk about recent times, in diplomatic attacks,” Clinton said on NBC’s “Today” in an interview last year. “But boy, it was turned into a political football. And it was aimed at undermining my credibility, my record, my accomplishments.”
The only thing intelligible in that gobbledy-gook, intentionally, is “… it was aimed at undermining my credibility, my record, my accomplishments.” All of which you have none by the way!
As just a reminder, four Americans were killed in the attack on the Benghazi embassy, including our ambassador there. The Clinton State Department, under the Obama administration, was faulted for repeatedly ignoring security concerns prior to the attack. They failed to manage any reasonable response to the situation that may have saved our people there, and then they chose to try and misrepresent the nature of the attack and those doing the attacking in order to avoid any political embarrassment with the help of, then, national security adviser Susan “Obama’s puppet” Rice, who claimed on several talk shows that the attack was caused by a YouTube video.
I apologize if you’re finishing this article a little more confused than when you started, but that is how Hillary and “the swamp” operate. The more convoluted they can make the situation the better.
We have to avoid the desire to just throw up our hands and give up, however. That’s exactly what they want us to do. Hillary and her “swampy” friends need to be dragged out of the shadows and into the sunlight where we can see them for what they are and make them accountable and pay for what they have done.
Staying on top of the power hungry Clinton machine is like dying by a thousand paper cuts.
Thank God President Trump, and a lot of “sick and tired” Americans managed to defeat her presidential bid, or none of this information would have ever seen the light of day, and we would be none the wiser.
Stay thirsty my friends!
I’ll keep you posted.
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