Five individuals were given immunity deals by the Department of Justice that massively impeded the investigation into both the mishandling of classified information by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton via the use of private servers to conduct government business and the destruction of federal records.
The Washington Examiner reported:
In a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch Wednesday, four Republican committee chairmen demanded to know why Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, two witnesses who also served as Clinton’s personal attorneys, were granted such expansive protections despite the FBI’s awareness that they had participated in potentially illegal activities.
For example, the FBI agreed to limit its search to emails written after June 1, 2014, but before Feb. 1, 2015. By doing so, investigators were barred from looking at emails authored around the time Mills and David Kendall, Clinton’s lead attorney, held a pair of conference calls with technology contractor Paul Combetta that immediately preceded his use of BleachBit to erase thousands of Clinton’s emails.
According to the GOP chairmen’s letter, when the FBI signed off on these immunity deals “it already knew of the conference calls between Secretary Clinton’s attorneys and Mr. Combetta, his use of BleachBit and the resulting deletions, further casting doubt on why the FBI would enter into such a limited evidentiary scope of review with respect to the laptops.”
The FBI allowed Mills and Samuelson to destroy their laptops, which was a requirement the two included in their immunity deals and the FBI, in what appears more and more likely to be a massive coverup, dutifully obliged despite barely investigating the contents.
Paul Combetta of Platte River Networks, who was one of the five granted immunity by the DOJ, destroyed thousands of Clinton’s emails after a subpoena was issued by Congress not to tamper with the federal records.
Combetta initially claimed in an interview with FBI agents that he didn’t know about the subpoena but in a subsequent interview, he admitted that he did know about it. Despite this knowledge, he still went ahead and not only deleted federal records, he used BleachBit to obliterate them.
As many have noted, this should satisfy the “intent” FBI Director James Comey cited as necessary to indict Clinton, but thanks to the ridiculous immunity deals granted by the DOJ, no investigation of this took place.
As the Examiner noted, onerous restrictions were put in place as roadblocks to the investigation. It also stopped Congress from conducting proper oversight of the investigation.
But you guys, don’t call Comey or the FBI “weasels!” Of course not, that would be an insult to weasels, who likely wouldn’t be as easily bought off (allegedly) as Comey, who doth protest too much.
Source: The Federalist Papers