Suspicions that “the fix was in” at the DOJ and FBI regarding Hillary’s email case seem even more plausible now that more allegations have surfaced about then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. He is said to have ordered a “stand-down” in 2015 after the New York Times first ran a story about Hillary “possibly” (ha) breaking rules by using a personal email account for State Department business.
Remember when the story of Hillary’s personal server used for State Department business broke in March of 2015? Hillary claimed she’d had no classified email at all going through that server, but lots of chummy email about yoga and Chelsea’s wedding and talks back and forth with Bill (who, it was noted at the time, didn’t use email). Then some of it was classified but not marked classified. Then some of it was marked classified, but it was impossible to know how much since 33,000 emails were deleted (even after being subpoenaed) in ways that almost ensured they would be unrecoverable, and phones were physically destroyed. Then Hillary’s enablers got immunity. Then Hillary herself wasn’t indicted because then-FBI Director James Comey said she didn’t intend to break the law, when he knew good and well that intention has nothing to do with that law.
Just trying to catch you up. But it was in 2015 that the NYT story sparked an investigation at the FBI’s Washington Field Office into whether Hillary was using a private server to transmit classified information. Sources tell reporter Sara Carter that McCabe was overseas when he found out about this and sent electronic communications “expressing his displeasure” and steering agents away from the investigation, apparently trying to nip it in the bud. If that’s what he did, it’s obstruction of justice.
In light of this, it’s kind of funny (though I doubt McCabe is laughing) that he now faces possible perjury charges for lying about media leaks done to counter accusations that he had “stood down” another time, again to help Hillary, in 2016. In that case, according to FBI Inspector General Michael Horowitz, he was trying to appear unbiased with a story to the Wall Street Journal that he'd pushed back when pressured by higher-ups to ease up on investigating the Clinton Foundation. He’d been criticized in the WSJ for failing to recuse himself from all things Hillary because of a huge conflict of interest stemming from curiously huge Clinton-sourced donations made to his wife’s unsuccessful state senate campaign. Of course, whether he actually pushed back or not, we can infer from this incident that the fix HAD been in for Hillary –- if not from McCabe, then from people higher up! And the acting AG at the time, Sally Yates, would almost certainly have had knowledge and consent of such a directive.
So, did he or didn’t he call for an easing up on either Clinton investigation? It’s been like pulling teeth for Congressional investigators and watchdog organizations like Judicial Watch to get all of McCabe’s text messages and emails from the FBI, but Horowitz reportedly has them all. (How in the heck does he get these things? He had all the Peter Strzok-Lisa Page texts when we were being told they were unobtainable, and now this.) Horowitz has already issued a criminal referral on McCabe for lying to investigators but is still looking into the FBI’s role in the so-called investigation of Hillary’s use of a private email server. The DOJ won’t say whether or not McCabe actually did “stand down” on either of these occasions, and the Inspector General is not going to comment until his investigation is over. For that, we have to wait until probably some time in May.
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