There’s Spiking, and There’s Spiking

The NLMSM has been spiking bad news about Democratic Party Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton until very recently (when it’s begun merely slanting the news).

Now it’s becoming clear how the upper levels of bureaucrats and political appointees in the Barack Obama/Loretta Lynch Department of Justice have been trying to spike investigations into Clinton’s…misbehaviors…both in relation to her private, unsecured email server on which she handled State Department official business, including classified business contained in some 2,000 emails, and in relation to her Clinton Foundation.

Recall that FBI Director James Comey has reopened the FBI investigation of Clinton and her private, unsecured email server.  The reopening was triggered by some 650,000 (!) emails by and to Clinton senior advisor and confidante Huma Abedin found on a laptop shared by her and her husband, Anthony Weiner, in the course of the FBI’s investigation of Weiner over his alleged sexting with a minor.  We’re starting to learn just how obstructive the Obama/Lynch DoJ have been in attempting to keep both the email and the Foundation investigations blocked.

Anticorruption prosecutors at the Justice Department told the FBI at the meeting [a February update on the progress of FBI field agents’ investigation into the Clinton Foundation] they wouldn’t authorize more aggressive investigative techniques, such as subpoenas, formal witness interviews, or grand-jury activity. But the FBI officials believed they were well within their authority to pursue the leads and methods already under way, these people [participants in the meeting] said.

February—that’s how long the DoJ’s obstruction of the investigation has been going on.  They’ve been trying to keep the investigators’ hands tied for nine months.

According to a person familiar with the probes, on Aug 12, a senior Justice Department official called Mr [Andrew, FBI Deputy Director] McCabe to voice his displeasure at finding that New York FBI agents were still openly pursuing the Clinton Foundation probe during the election season. Mr McCabe said agents still had the authority to pursue the issue as long as they didn’t use overt methods requiring Justice Department approvals.

“Are you telling me that I need to shut down a validly predicated investigation?” Mr McCabe asked, according to people familiar with the conversation. After a pause, the official replied, “Of course not,” these people said.


In September, agents on the foundation case asked to see the emails contained on nongovernment laptops that had been searched as part of the Clinton email case, but that request was rejected by prosecutors at the Eastern District of New York, in Brooklyn. Those emails were given to the FBI based on grants of partial immunity and limited-use agreements, meaning agents could only use them for the purpose of investigating possible mishandling of classified information.

Read Devlin Barett’s whole piece in The Wall Street Journal at the above link.

The DoJ plainly needs a thorough house-cleaning and fumigation after this election.

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