The Clinton Scandal and the FBI: US government out of control

By Andrew P. Napolitano

Earlier this week, Republican leaders in both houses of Congress took the FBI to task for its failure to be transparent. In the House, it was apparently necessary to serve a subpoena on an FBI agent to obtain what members of Congress want to see; and in the Senate, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee accused the FBI itself of lawbreaking.  

Here is the back story.

Ever since FBI Director James Comey announced on July 5 he was recommending that the Department of Justice not seek charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a result of her failure to safeguard state secrets during her time in office, many in Congress have had a nagging feeling that this was a political, not a legal, decision. The publicly known evidence of Clinton’s recklessness and willful failure to safeguard secrets was overwhelming. The evidence of her lying under oath about whether she returned all her work-related emails that she had taken from the State Department was profound and incontrovertible.

And then we learned that people who worked for Clinton were instructed to destroy several of her mobile devices and to remove permanently the stored emails on one of her servers. All this was done after these items had been subpoenaed by two committees of the House of Representatives.

Yet the FBI — which knew of the post-subpoena destruction of evidence and which acknowledged that Clinton failed to return thousands of her work-related emails as she had been ordered by a federal judge to do, notwithstanding at least three of her assertions to the contrary while under oath — chose to overlook the evidence of not only espionage but also obstruction of justice, tampering with evidence, perjury and misleading Congress.

As if to defend itself in the face of this most un-FBI-like behavior, the FBI then released to the public selected portions of its work product, which purported to back up its decision to recommend against the prosecution of Clinton. Normally, the FBI gathers evidence and works with federal prosecutors and federal grand juries to build cases against targets in criminal probes, and its recommendations to prosecutors are confidential.

But in Clinton’s case, the hierarchy of the Department of Justice removed itself from the chain of command because of the orchestrated impropriety of Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton, who met in private on the attorney general’s plane at a time when both Bill and Hillary Clinton were subjects of FBI criminal investigations. That left the FBI to have the final say about prosecution — or so the FBI and the DOJ would have us all believe.

It is hard to believe that the FBI was free to do its work, and it is probably true that the FBI was restrained by the White House early on. There were numerous aberrations in the investigation. There was no grand jury; no subpoenas were issued; no search warrants were served. Two people claimed to have received immunity, yet the statutory prerequisite for immunity — giving testimony before a grand or trial jury — was never present.

Because many members of Congress do not believe that the FBI acted free of political interference, they demanded to see the full FBI files in the case, not just the selected portions of the files that the FBI had released. In the case of the House, the FBI declined to surrender its files, and the agent it sent to testify about them declined to reveal their contents. This led to a dramatic service of a subpoena by the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on that FBI agent while he was testifying — all captured on live nationally broadcast television.

Now the FBI, which usually serves subpoenas and executes search warrants, is left with the alternative of complying with this unwanted subpoena by producing its entire file or arguing to a federal judge why it should not be compelled to do so.

On the Senate side, matters are even more out of hand. There, in response to a request from the Senate Judiciary Committee, the FBI sent both classified and unclassified materials to the Senate safe room. The Senate safe room is a secure location that is available only to senators and their senior staff, all of whom must surrender their mobile devices and writing materials and swear in writing not to reveal whatever they see while in the room before they are permitted to enter.

According to Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the FBI violated federal law by commingling classified and unclassified materials in the safe room, thereby making it unlawful for senators to discuss publicly the unclassified material.

Imposing such a burden of silence on U.S. senators about unclassified materials is unlawful and unconstitutional. What does the FBI have to hide? Whence comes the authority of the FBI to bar senators from commenting on unclassified materials?

Who cares about this? Everyone who believes that the government works for us should care because we have a right to know what the government — here the FBI — has done in our names. Sen. Grassley has opined that if he could reveal what he has seen in the FBI unclassified records, it would be of profound interest to American voters.

What is going on here? The FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton has not served the rule of law. The rule of law — a pillar of American constitutional freedom since the end of the Civil War — mandates that the laws are to be enforced equally. No one is beneath their protection, and no one is above their requirements. To enforce the rule of law, we have hired the FBI.

What do we do when the FBI rejects its basic responsibilities?

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17 thoughts on “The Clinton Scandal and the FBI: US government out of control

    1. That’s what Napolitano is careful NOT to say. Reading his article one would think Sen. Grassley is the good guy and the FBI has been subverted by the Clintons when in fact all of them are under Jew rule. Reading Napolitano one can be led to believe the fairy tale of Dems versus Reps when in fact there is only one party, Judaized to the gills, and all working against the interests of the American people who are still slumbering and currently in an agitated REM sleep full of nightmares.

  1. Clintons ALWAYS know how to gitt-er-dun…!!! 🙂

    Remembering Sandy “underwear-n-socks” Berger…..

    The Associated Press was the first to report that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating former Clinton national security adviser Sandy Berger for allegedly illegally removing classified documents and personal notes from the National Archives last fall during preparations for his appearance before the 9-11 Commission.
    http://mediamatters.org/research/2004/07/23/anatomy-of-a-smear-sandy-berger-socks-shocker-l/131484

  2. Judge Napolitano is a very brave man. I was watching Fox when he delivered his denunciation of the American elites, (for which Fox fired him). He is a great believer in the Constitution and is diamond of a man. He would make a wonderful President.

    1. Agreed, at one time they were considered a reputable organisation, but alas, no more.

      And she called the child Ichabod, saying, The glory has departed from Israel [America], because of the taking of the ark of God [morality derailed by the oligarchy], and because of her father-in-law and her husband [died, any remaining ethics snuffed out]. I Samuel 4:21 (LITV)

      The ride was good while it lasted, but I am afraid that America, the Mystery of Babylon is hopeless without a complete regime change from smallest to greatest. With Obama’s continual boasting and insulting Russia, Putin may come to the conclusion America is no longer redeemable but a threat to Russian security, and will become a nuclear wasteland. I hope not, but that possibility exists given the current US administration.

    2. Gil –

      The FBI was compromised when it started. Hoover was completely compromised. The Kennedys knew it, and fought him.

      Hoover went after the mob…. ‘The Outfit’ in Chicago…. and left the five mob families….. ‘The Commission’ alone in NY City. They had THE pictures in NY City….. 🙂

      …..

      Mafia boss, Joseph Bonanno, articulated the principles of the game.  It was a strict underworld rule, he said, never to use violent means against a law enforcement officer.  “Ways could be found,” he said in his memoirs, “so that he would not interfere with us and we wouldn’t interfere with him.”  The way the Mafia found to deal with Edgar [Hoover], according to several mob sources, involved his homosexuality.

      The mob bosses had been well placed to find out about Edgar’s compromising secret, and at a significant time and place. 

      It was on New Year’s Eve 1936, after dinner at the Stork Club, that Edgar was seen by two of Walter Winchell’s guests holding hands with his lover, Clyde [Tolson].  At the Stork, where he was a regular, Edgar was immensely vulnerable to observation by mobsters.  The heavyweight champion Jim Braddock, who also dined with Edgar and Clyde that evening, was controlled by Costello’s associate Owney (Killer) Madden.

      Winchell, as compulsive a gossip in private as he was in his column, constantly cultivated Costello.  Sherman Billingsley, the former bootlegger who ran the Stork, reportedly installed two-way mirrors in the toilets and hidden microphones at tables used by celebrities.

      Billingsley was a pawn of Costello’s, and Costello was said to be the club’s real owner.  He would have had no compunction about persecuting Edgar, and he loathed homosexuals.

      http://edgar-hoover.tripod.com/

      Side note not all online:

      Owney “Killer” Madden later moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas, and established the Southern Club, an exact replica of his Cotton Club in NY City. He went everywhere in a bullet-proof car, with bodyguards. He died in 1965, and the dozens of illegal gambling casinos there died with him. The contract was fulfilled. Winthrop Rockefeller was Governor. He could not move before Madden’s death. They had pics of him also. “Little Vegas” was no more. But the crime structure remained for decades.

      http://www.babyfacenelsonjournal.com/owen-madden.html

      1. Wiggins –

        He did ok…. if being big buddies with Sinatra and the ‘Rat Pack’ is an indication. He had all the ‘biggies’ there performing. Tony Bennett sang “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” there for the first time. It was a raucous time.

        “Killer” had his house bombed several times. Capone played golf at Belvedere Country Club.

        All the Chicago and NY mobsters came…. owned many gambling businesses and bars and restaurants and cat-houses there. Charlie “Lucky” Luciano was arrested there and was taken back to NY for the big trail.

        Remember…. Billy Clinton, although born in Hope, grew up and graduated High School there. Calls it home.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSN2_Xgi5u8

  3. “Normally, the FBI gathers evidence and works with federal prosecutors and federal grand juries to build cases against targets in criminal probes, and its recommendations to prosecutors are confidential.”

    A couple of normal things were not mentioned. Since 9/11, other duties of the FBI include, but not limited to, setting up fake terror plots and prosecuting their recruited dummies, and participating in and assisting in the coverup of false flag terror events. Not bad for an illegal organization with no basis of existence in the law of the land. There should be no surprises when an illegal organization does something illegal.

    “Who cares about this? Everyone who believes that the government works for us should care because we have a right to know what the government — here the FBI — has done in our names.”

    Anyone that believes that the JewSA government is of, for, and by the people is in fantasy land, definitely not jew-wise. Being jew-wise, I do not care which criminal is covering from which criminal and not telling the other criminals.

    “What do we do when the FBI rejects its basic responsibilities?”

    Clean your weapons. Check your ammo supplies. Go fishing. Have a beer. Post on Darkmoon. 🙂

    1. To all, and especially to you Ungenius, excellent posts.
      There is indeed a shadow over us, our dreams unsettled. Carl Jung understood what that portends.
      Anyone who thinks the FBI benign and transparent is a fool. There are layers of deception.
      In future we each will play our part. May we do well. May God deliver us from temptation and have mercy on our souls.

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