Prosecutors had the goods on Hillary Clinton. After many months of digging and painstakingly connecting the dots, investigators had uncovered plenty of evidence to show that Hillary failed to follow the rules the rest of us would be prosecuted for breaking. But, in the end, the decision was made not to press charges.
This is what we were able to gather from FBI Director Jim Comey’s bewildering press conference of July 5, 2016. But it’s not the first time this has happened for Hillary Clinton. “Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear” and travel back in time to…the Whitewater investigation, circa 1998.
It was during the wide-ranging Office Of Independent Counsel investigation led by Ken Starr that a review of Hillary Clinton’s financial improprieties during her Arkansas days led to a list of potential charges against her, including criminal fraud and cover-up. Central to the various charges was the Whitewater scandal, of course, which brought convictions against numerous Clinton cronies, including then-Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker, whom I succeeded to that office after he was found guilty and resigned. Hillary’s Rose Law Firm associate Webb Hubbell was convicted and served jail time as well. And internal memos obtained by Judicial Watch show that Hillary could have been charged by federal investigators with destroying material evidence and lying to federal authorities.
As an interesting side note, the memos also cited close friend and associate Vince Foster, who was to die in an apparent suicide, as complicit in these activities.
The internal memos provide just a taste of what was going on within the Justice Department at that time. Judicial Watch has been seeking the actual indictment papers --- which reportedly run 451 pages --- through a FOIA request filed in October of 2015, but so far the administration has been able to drag its feet in releasing them. (No doubt it will continue its foot-dragging until after the November election.) The National Archives confirms that multiple drafts of the proposed indictment exist and have been located.
Even though a long list of alleged offenses had been compiled against Clinton and her associates, the decision was made to drop all charges against her, essentially because the case against a First Lady Of The United States would be too difficult to prosecute. Translation: if you happen to be the FLOTUS, you get to “float” right over the legal sinkhole that swallows your partners in crime.
As we’ve now seen, this works for former First Ladies, too --- if they happen to be named Hillary Clinton.