If former Republican New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani were still a U.S. attorney, Hillary Clinton would be facing far more legal trouble for her use of a private email server as secretary of state.
Saying the Democrat presidential hopeful should be facing at least “five different” criminal charges, the former Republican presidential hopeful blasted the Department of Justice on Wednesday for failing to hold Clinton accountable.
“I’d have her under investigation for about five different crimes,” Giuliani said during an appearance on CNN’s “New Day” program. “I think it’s outrageous that the Justice Department is not moving forward with this.
Giuliani argued that Clinton’s time as secretary of state raised some serious questions about the Clinton Foundation’s relationship with a number of international companies.
“I think it’s clear that she had a conflict of interest, her husband getting hundreds of millions of dollars, she’s making decisions about companies and about corporations that he’s getting money from. I think they filed a joint tax return,” he said.
But the real criminal act, Giuliani said, was Clinton’s use of a private email server and her subsequent refusal to preserve records from her time at the State Department.
“I believe she should be under investigation by the United States attorney in the Southern District of New York for obstruction of justice, for destroying government property,” he said.
He cited the case of former Army Gen. and CIA Director David Petraeus, who was forced to resign his office, fined $100,000 and placed on probation for two years for mishandling classified information by sharing it with the woman who was his mistress as well as his biographer.
What Clinton did was worse, Giuliani said. She not only “mishandled” government information, but intentionally destroyed records and emails, he said.
“Hillary Clinton, there are five acts we are talking about. Petraeus gave away one or two little things. She destroyed a drive with 34,000 emails on it,” he said. “In a trial court, I could argue to a jury that is an inference of guilt.”
Unlike Giuliani, however, the Justice Department apparently doesn’t think deleting 34,000 emails with potentially classified information is a criminal act.
At least, not when a Clinton does it.