Former FBI director James Comey and the Democratic Party may be ready to move on from Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, even though a federal judge characterized her effort as “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”
The transcripts of Comey’s recent closed-door testimony before Congress show Republican lawmakers questioned him about his decision not to charge Clinton for mishandling classified information and if the FBI questioned her about Bill Clinton‘s infamous meeting with Loretta Lynch on a Phoenix airport tarmac, according to CNN.
As Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, was wrapping up her time with Comey, she asked him, “Is there any need to further investigate Hillary Clinton’s emails based upon the decision that you made not to prosecute?”
“Not that I can possibly see,” replied Comey, who was fired by President Trump 18 months ago.
Jackson Lee then asked him if he considered the case closed.
“Yes. There’s no serious person who thinks there’s a prosecutable case there. And so, not that can I see,” he answered.
Ironically, the day before Comey went before the House Judiciary Committee, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth allowed for additional fact-finding into whether Clinton’s use of a private email server was a deliberate attempt to bypass the Freedom of Information Act.
In a scathing opinion, Royce ruled the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch should be allowed access to documents it requested as part of a 2014 FOIA request on the State Department’s response to the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack.
In saying the State Department played its cards close to its chest,” Judge Lamberth wrote in an 11-page opinion, “At best, State’s attempts to pass-off its deficient search as legally adequate during settlement negotiations was negligence born out of incompetence. At worst, career employees in the State and Justice Departments colluded to scuttle public scrutiny of Clinton, skirt FOIA and hoodwink this court.”
Judicial Watch tweeted a release in response to the ruling.
‘ICYMI: In a ruling that excoriated both the State Dept & the DOJ, U.S. District Court Judge Lamberth ordered both to join Judicial Watch in submitting a discovery plan into whether Hillary Clinton tried to evade FOIA by using a private email system,” the group’s Twitter account said Sunday.
ICYMI: In a ruling that excoriated both the State Dept & the DOJ, U.S. District Court Judge Lamberth ordered both to join Judicial Watch in submitting a discovery plan into whether Hillary Clinton tried to evade FOIA by using a private email system.
— Judicial Watch ⚖️ (@JudicialWatch) December 9, 2018
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton called on the DOJ and State Department to make more of an effort to cooperate with the fact-finding effort.
“The historic court ruling raises concerns about the Hillary Clinton email scandal and government corruption that millions of Americans share,” Fitton said. “Judicial Watch looks forward to conducting careful discovery into the Clinton email issue and we hope the Justice Department and State Department recognize Judge Lamberth’s criticism and help, rather than obstruct, this court-ordered discovery.”
So what was that you were saying Comey about “no serious person?” But then, his efforts leading up to the midterm elections, when he said “all who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats” after declaring Republicans “incapable,” says all that needs to be said about taking him seriously.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 18, 2018
Fitton appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to share his take on Comey’s closed-door testimony. He noted that the disgraced former FBI director was not under oath and said “the FBI and Justice Department are still hampering the investigation by ordering him to not answer key questions.”
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