Editorial at Investors Business Daily
Justice: The FBI once was known as incorruptible, a legendary enforcer of American law that fought traitors, spies, organized crime and government corruption with equal fervor and fearlessness. Recent revelations about the FBI’s moves during its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s rogue email server suggest that that FBI no longer exists.
Of particular relevance are the so-called side agreements signed by the FBI with high-level Clinton aides Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson as part of the investigation. It’s important to note that both of these aides were in the thick of things in Hillaryland, and surely knew much about Clinton’s likely illegal use of a private server and her exposure of U.S. secrets.
Those side deals essentially tied the hands of the bureau in its investigation. And that was the FBI Director James Comey’s intent all along — to keep from having to do what it knew should be done, and that is indict Hillary Clinton for repeated “careless” violations of national security law, and for subsequently lying about them to the FBI and Congress.
A letter from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., to Attorney General Loretta Lynch was summed up as follows by Andrew C. McCarthy, a former U.S. attorney and now a columnist for the National Review: “Pursuant to these side agreements, it was stipulated that (a) the FBI would not scrutinize any documents dated after January 31, 2015 (i.e., about five weeks before the most disturbing actions suggestive of obstruction of justice occurred); and (b) the FBI — in an investigation critically involving destruction of documents — would destroy the computers after conducting its search.”
Let that sink in for just a moment. This sounds not like an investigation but a carefully choreographed cover-up.
If so, this will surely do long-term and perhaps irreversible damage to the FBI’s reputation for evenhandedness. Worse, it looks a lot like the FBI is now being directed by Democratic politicians outside the bureau — a frightening prospect in a nation that is built on the idea of equal application of the law to all citizens. If the director of the FBI can be suborned by political leftists, what does that say about the rest of our government?
For those who say forget it, this is old news — it isn’t. Just this week, the Washington Examiner reports, a new bunch of emails have been handed over showing high levels of complicity between Hillary Clinton’s State Department office and the Clinton Family Foundation.
“The trove of roughly 200 pages of records made public Wednesday was just the latest and most convincing indication that, rather than operate as an independent organization, the Clinton Foundation leaned heavily on the State Department (while Hillary was secretary of state) to expand its global reach,” the Examiner wrote.
So the FBI’s cover-up, far from being a trifling favor paid to a political patron, turns out to be part of a much bigger cover-up of the numerous corrupt linkages between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation. If so, this is criminality on a massive scale, dwarfing even Watergate.
We hope Congress will continue to delve into these troubling issues of justice, regardless of who wins the presidency in November. Regrettably, should Clinton win the presidency and given how the FBI has behaved, there likely will be a sudden halt to investigations of the email scandal as Hillary’s political foes in Congress duck and cover.
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