At one point FBI Director James Comey had a reputation as a straight-shooter – a Washington insider who was considered to be above the political fray.
In recent days the FBI’s own data dump to the public – the release of documents related to the supposed “investigation” into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s highly improper use of a private email server during her tenure as President Obama’s secretary of state – prove that the probe was a sham from the outset. Clinton was never going to be held responsible for her very illegal handling of classified intelligence over her unsecured private server.
John R. Schindler, a former NSA intelligence analyst and counterintelligence officer, Naval War College professor and espionage specialist, wrote in The Observer that from the moment “Emailgate” became a scandal, it was obvious that the FBI, highly politicized under Obama, had no stomach for prosecuting Clinton and her pals – or, really, any high-ranking Democrat.
The most recent document dump, Schindler notes, makes it clear that:
- Clinton either repeatedly and purposefully lied to the FBI (a crime in and of itself) and to Congress about her email habits, or she is far too stupid to be commander-in-chief;
- The FBI “completely ignored” that fact that there was highly classified signals intelligence in Clinton’s email, including information that was taken verbatim from Top Secret NSA briefings in 2011. (For some reason, Schindler says, no one at the FBI bothered to ask Team Clinton about these emails.);
- The bureau granted immunity to so many key players during its investigation – including Hillary’s lawyer Heather Samuelson, State Department IT boss John Bental, and by far the most consequential figure, Cheryl Mills, that there was no way agents were ever going to get enough traction to recommend prosecution.
Even Congress was stunned about the granting of immunity to Mills, who has long ties to Hillary and served as the State Department’s chief of staff and counselor throughout her tenure. Schindler says granting her immunity, “given her deep involvement” in the scandal – including the destruction of tens of thousands of emails – is curious, especially considering the fact that she also sat in on Clinton’s July chat with the FBI over Emailgate.
“The whole thing stinks,” explained a retired FBI senior official who was obviously upset and confused by the current state of his former employer. “This was impossible in my time, unthinkable.”
Schindler adds that Mills’ immunity deal now needs further investigation, and Congress may do it. But so what? What are lawmakers prepared to do if they find out everything about the deal stinks?
Given Congress’ track record of impotence, maybe it’s just better to save the taxpayers money and hope to hold the next president – and his/her appointees – accountable.
Of course, that won’t happen if Hillary wins in November.