Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey apparently have not been simply handing out immunity deals like candy to Clinton staff, as reported previously here in the Inquisitr, but news now comes that there has been a major offer of “side” deals for two Clinton attorneys which obligate that evidence given to the federal-level investigators be destroyed as well, even as a Congressional investigation is ongoing on the unauthorized use by Hillary Clinton of a private email server.
AG Lynch and FBI director Comey agreed to all of this apparently, per reports from mainstream media such as Fox news.
A letter has been sent to the Attorney General from House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and can be seen here. It is eye-opening, as the Congressman not only discloses the existence of the side deals, but he also names the big issue: the FBI is required to destroy the laptops turned over by Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, Clinton’s lawyers, per the side deals.
How fortunate for journalists that someone cares enough about the issue to question the suspicious deals made by AG Lynch and FBI director Comey, requiring the destruction of evidence, as voters are already quite upset. Congressman Goodlatte asks for a written response from AG Lynch before October 10, 2016.
“Like many things about this case, these new materials raise more questions than answers. Please provide a written response to the below questions and make DOJ staff available for a briefing on this matter no later than October 10, 2016.”
Many have already reported on what has been called the suspicious “stonewall” on the Clinton email probe, per the story from the New York Post. In that article, Lynch apparently left the decision to charge and hold Clinton responsible on the shoulders of Comey after her “credibility was hurt by meeting privately with former President Bill Clinton while the investigation was pending.”
This American scandal continues to unfold and some voters are left wondering if Attorney General Lynch and FBI Director James Comey are playing with a very different set of rules this year regarding the “unauthorized use of a private email server” and the mishandling of high-level government documents and information. Many still may ponder the tarmac meeting between Lynch and former president Clinton this summer before casting votes.
Some distraught voters have taken to venting their frustrations on the Lynch and Comey reports this year, and posting their own doubts on social media sites such as Twitter.
— #DyingToSelf (@Crossbearer1956) October 3, 2016
Another tweet on Monday, regarding the news of the strange DOJ and FBI immunity, includes a link to the House Judiciary Chairman’s letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
— House Judiciary ⚖ (@HouseJudiciary) October 3, 2016
The Congressman wants to know if “… these laptops, or the contents of the laptops, [have] in fact been destroyed, thereby making follow up investigations by the FBI, or Congressional oversight, impossible?”
Call this issue a shocking government gift of immunity and “a side arrangement” to destroy evidence, granted by the DOJ and FBI to former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills and ex-campaign staffer Heather Samuelson, per the information gathered by Fox news.
The official letter also includes this quote from House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte.
“Doesn’t the willingness of Ms. Mills and Ms. Samuelson to have their laptops destroyed by the FBI contradict their claim that the laptops could have been withheld because they contained non-relevant, privileged information? If so, doesn’t that undermine the claim that the side agreements were necessary?”
The deals were granted in June, a month before the FBI closed the investigation, and this is cited in a new report from Fox News on the problem; Catherine Herridge is quoted by the Free Beacon as well on the timeline of events on the immunity deals.
“The immunity deals for Clinton attorneys Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were granted by the Justice Department in June, one month before the FBI closed its criminal investigation in exchange for access to their laptops. The two lawyers who decided which emails could be destroyed were shielded from prosecution for obstructing justice.”
Furthermore, Herridge cites in her report the Congressional letter and the questions of why a deal was made to destroy evidence while an ongoing congressional investigation was still active.
“… Chairman Goodlatte questions why the FBI agreed to destroy their laptop computers because of the impact on outstanding congressional investigations, and he questions why investigators agreed ‘to limit their search of the Mills and Samuelson laptops to a date no later than January 31, 2015, and therefore give up any opportunity to find evidence related to the destruction of evidence or obstruction of justice.”
Other questions are important as well, if not to AG Lynch and FBI director Comey then of course to voters wondering who to trust as their next leader.
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