DOJ Ordered FBI To Not Consider Charging Hillary Clinton Over Email Scandal

It’s an interesting thing: you right now have over 50 people, including Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, charged in a scheme to bribe their kids’ way into college. Felonies. Yet Hillary Clinton, who violated numerous federal statutes, wasn’t even charged. I wonder why? Here’s how the Democracy Dies In Darkness paper explains it

In newly released transcript, former FBI lawyer fires back on charges that bias affected Trump, Clinton probes

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page defended herself and the bureau last year against accusations that anti-Trump bias affected federal investigations of the Trump campaign’s suspected Russia ties and of Hillary Clinton’s emails, according to a transcript released Tuesday by the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee.

Page, who came to prominence over anti-Trump texts she exchanged with former FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok while both were assigned to the Clinton and Trump investigations, stressed that senior bureau officials were also expressing anti-Clinton animus — but that neither affected how agents working those cases carried out their jobs. (more flowing defense of Page for paragraphs)

She pushed back against the suggestion that the FBI “blew over” potentially charging Clinton with gross negligence under the Espionage Act, saying officials did consider it — but decided that the move would be too “constitutionally vague,” unprecedented, and “that they did not feel that they could sustain a charge.” Page also said Richard Scott, the Justice Department official in charge of overseeing the Clinton probe, had advised against making the harsher charge.

So, no big deal, right?

Lisa Page admitted Obama DOJ ordered stand-down on Clinton email prosecution, GOP rep says

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page admitted under questioning from Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe last summer that “the FBI was ordered by the Obama DOJ not to consider charging Hillary Clinton for gross negligence in the handling of classified information,” the congressman alleged in a social media post late Tuesday, citing a newly unearthed transcript of Page’s closed-door testimony. (snip)

“So let me if I can, I know I’m testing your memory,” Ratcliffe began as he questioned Page under oath, according to a transcript excerpt he posted on Twitter. “But when you say advice you got from the Department, you’re making it sound like it was the Department that told you: You’re not going to charge gross negligence because we’re the prosecutors and we’re telling you we’re not going to —”

Page interrupted: “That is correct,” as Ratcliffe finished his sentence, ” — bring a case based on that.” (snip)

Page also testified that the DOJ and FBI had “multiple conversations … about charging gross negligence,” and the DOJ decided that the term was “constitutionally vague” and “had either never been done or had only been done once like 99 years ago,” and so “they did not feel they could sustain a charge.”

That’s a wee bit more specific than what Democracy Dies In Darkness states, eh? Getting beyond the obvious bias of the Washington Post (most other news outlets barely cover the document dump, if at all), what this really highlights is that the fix was in. Exactly what Republicans were saying. That’s how you end up with James Comey laying out a case to prosecute Hillary then saying “na. Never mind.”

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10 Responses to “DOJ Ordered FBI To Not Consider Charging Hillary Clinton Over Email Scandal”

  1. Professor Hale says:

    That’s what “above the law” looks like.

  2. Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

    Everything about the collusion between Obama, FBI, DOJ and Hillary to avoid prosecution is being verified.
    The truth will out.

    • Professor Hale says:

      And no one will care. Everyone already knows the truth. There is nothing new to be learned. Comey was right. He could never find a federal prosecutor willing to take this case. Even if it went to trial, there would be at least 4 ardent Democrats on the Jury would would never vote to convict. She is above the law, at every level. If you still hold fantasies about some day seeing justice on this, find another hobby. This one will just drain you of hope for a better future.

      • david7134 says:

        Unfortunately you conclusions are correct. What these idiots like jeff don’t seem to understand is that they are establishing a stratified society with a royalty that is above the law.

        • Professor Hale says:

          And they are OK with that because they all expect to be in that group that is exempt.

        • Elwood P. Dowd says:

          We already have a stratified society with a royalty that is above the law.

          We have a plutocracy (government controlled by the wealthy), and as Anand Giriharadas says, “Plutocrats gotta plute”.

          So yes, the Clintons, Bushes, Stones, Trumps, Manaforts, Romneys, Cheneys, Epsteins, Krafts, Waltons, Kronkes, Zuckerbergs, Buffets, Gates, Kochs, Adelsons, and thousands other multimillionaires, CEOs and VCs are privileged elites who loot the nation, often legally (since their minions MAKE the laws!).

          The current DOJ can order the investigation and eventual indictment of Secretary Clinton starting today. Why haven’t they?

          Investigate, charge her with a crime, send her to trial and let the chips fall.

          We imprison kids selling weed for longer than rich guys selling out the nation.

          “Perhaps this is a good time to talk about all the perfectly legal ways the wealthy are both allowed and expected to manipulate college-admissions systems while teaching their children to disparage ‘affirmative action,’” Andi Zeisler tweeted.

          50 CEOs, media mavens, movie stars, college coaches and administrators were accused of bribery, cheating on SAT tests to get their precious snowflakes into good colleges. The crook who ran the operations says there are at least another 700 he worked with! A bunch of rich folks have puckered bungholes today. Years ago a Wal-Mart heiress had to relinquish her USC diploma when it was revealed her roommate had been paid to do most of the heiress’ schoolwork. But she’ll still inherit billions for never working a day in her life. Her mom also inherited her billions from her Wal-Mart founder day.

          So yes, we have a royalty above the law and it’s their money that makes them “royals”.

  3. Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

    Page also indicated that the decision to not charge Clinton with felony gross negligence in her email scandal came at the direction of the Obama Justice Department.

  4. Blick says:

    The DOJ did not order a stand down. It was some body, some one, a person, a high ranking official at the DOJ that ordered the stand down. What is their name? their position/authority?

  5. Bill Bear says:

    DOJ Ordered FBI To Not Consider Charging Hillary Clinton Over Email Scandal

    Porter Good’s claim is, of course, ridiculous on its face. There cannot have been any such order, for the simple reason that the FBI does not charge people with crimes. The Department of Justice does that.

    Therefore, to claim that Agency A ordered Agency B not to do something that Agency B never does is an obvious fabrication.

    • Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

      Ah, clever use of semantics.
      Go find you some woods because you’re full of shit.

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