Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz investigated Hillary Clinton’s unsecured private server use for official State Department business – including easily hacked documents marked “classified,” “secret” and “top secret.”
She’s criminally culpable for violating State Department rules and US statute laws, prohibiting documents and other information pertaining to national security and defense from being moved or removed from their “proper place of custody.”
Former FBI director James Comey obstructed justice, dismissively calling her criminality “extreme carelessness,” making him complicit in serious wrongdoing.
Ordinary Americans are held to one standard, privileged ones another, justice whatever powerful figures want it to be. Rule of law principles don’t matter.
Horowitz found evidence of FBI “willingness” to damage Trump’s presidential campaign when James Comey served as director.
The 500-page IG report included detailed information on FBI and DOJ dysfunctional and unaccountable actions throughout the probe into Hillary’s private server use for official State Department business.
A damning text message between FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page, former attorney for then-deputy agency director Andrew McCabe, said:
“No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it…”
Page said Trump is “not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Strzok responded:
“No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”
Strzok served as deputy assistant director to special counsel Mueller’s Russiagate witch-hunt investigation, leading the probe – later removed because of anti-Trump text messages with bureau lawyer Lisa Page.
Strzok changed the FBI’s language about Hillary’s illegal email server use for official State Department business from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless,” an attempt to whitewash her criminality.
Text messages between Strzok and Page showed Comey lied to Congress under oath, claiming he didn’t consult with the DOJ or White House about the Hillary probe.
In his report, Horowitz said Strzok’s text messages and actions are “not only indicative of a biased state of mind but, even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate’s electoral prospects,” adding:
The Russiagate probe “potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations.”
That alone is reason enough to end the witch-hunt – what never should have been initiated in the first place, begun and continuing solely to delegitimize Trump for the wrong reasons (not the right ones) and bash Russia. Nothing justifies what’s going on.
In response to the IG report, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton issued the following statement:
“The IG report has destroyed the credibility of the Department of Justice and the FBI. It confirms what Judicial Watch has investigated and revealed for nearly two years.”
“The Obama DOJ/FBI investigation of Clinton was rushed, half-baked, rigged, and irredeemably compromised by anti-Trump and pro-Clinton bias and actions.”
“As Judicial Watch uncovered the Clinton email scandal, it is outrageous to see a politicized FBI and DOJ then so obviously refuse to uphold the rule of law.”
“The IG report details repeated DOJ/FBI deference to Hillary Clinton, her aides and their lawyers.”
“Americans should examine the report and judge for themselves whether the over-the-top deference to Hillary Clinton can be explained as anything other than political, especially from agencies that at the same time were actively collaborating with the Clinton campaign’s Fusion GPS to spy on and target then-candidate Trump.”
“The IG report details how at least five top FBI agents and lawyers exchanged pro-Clinton and anti-Trump communications.”
“The IG shares the concerns of Judicial Watch and millions of Americans that this bias cast a cloud over the credibility of the Clinton email and Russia investigations.”
“As Judicial Watch has demonstrated through its independent investigations and lawsuits, there is more than enough evidence that Clinton knowingly and intentionally mishandled classified information while using a non-government email system to conduct government business.”
“Will the Sessions Justice Department now do the right thing and conduct a Clinton email investigation properly?”
“Or will it let James Comey and (Obama attorney general) Loretta Lynch have the last word on Hillary Clinton’s evident email crimes?
“In the meantime, Judicial Watch will continue its ongoing FOIA lawsuits and investigations into the Clinton email scandal and the related Obama administration cover-up.”
Law Professor Jonathan Turley said the following:
“The IG sinks Comey’s narrative with a finding that he ‘deviated’ from Justice Department rules and acted in open insubordination.”
“There is now a comprehensive conclusion by career investigators that Comey violated core (FBI) rules…In other words, there was ample reason to fire James Comey.”
There’s clear ample reason to hold Hillary, Comey and others accountable for their unlawful actions.
Stephen Lendman is a Research Associate of the CRG, Correspondent of Global Research based in Chicago.