March 31, 2016

FBI Director’s “Damning Conclusions” About Hillary Clinton

Today, Time’s Massimo Calabresi detailed FBI Director James Comey’s long history of investigating the Clinton’s, starting with his “damning conclusions” about Hillary Clinton in 1996:

Comey’s first brush with them came when Bill Clinton was president. Looking to get back into government after a stint in private practice, Comey signed on as deputy special counsel to the Senate Whitewater Committee. In 1996, after months of work, Comey came to some damning conclusions: Hillary Clinton was personally involved in mishandling documents and had ordered others to block investigators as they pursued their case. Worse, her behavior fit into a pattern of concealment: she and her husband had tried to hide their roles in two other matters under investigation by law enforcement. Taken together, the interference by White House officials, which included destruction of documents, amounted to “far more than just aggressive lawyering or political naiveté,” Comey and his fellow investigators concluded. It constituted “a highly improper pattern of deliberate misconduct.”

Comey later investigated Bill Clinton’s pardon of “wealthy international financier” Marc Rich after first working on Rich’s successful prosecution 15 years earlier:

But on his last day as President in 2001, Bill Clinton pardoned Rich. “I was stunned,” Comey later told Congress.

When pressed about the case, Comey noted the “connections to donations to Bill Clinton’s presidential library and Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign” but acknowledged no crime had occurred.

Rather, Bill Clinton’s last minute pardon of a major contributor continued the “highly improper pattern of deliberate misconduct” and likely sharpened the now-FBI Director’s watchful eye on the Clintons.

A recent report said that Comey himself may interview Clinton in the coming days, leaving her fate and the possibility of criminal charges,in the hands of someone who has seen the Secretary’s subterfuge up close.