For months, House Republicans pushed until the FBI opened an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for alleged classified information. The FBI investigated for over a year.
After Bill Clinton had a private impromptu visit with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch while both were at the airport in Arizona, Republicans demanded that in order to avoid any conflict of interest and the appearance of undue influence, Ms. Lynch accept the recommendations of the career prosecutors when it came to deciding whether or not to prosecute Mrs. Clinton.
Republicans repeatedly and continuously reassured themselves and the American public — even before the Bill Clinton-Lynch meeting — that since the matter was under the supervision of FBI Director James Comey, it cannot be compromised as Director Comey is a career prosecutor with an impeccable record.
After Hillary Clinton even took the highly unusual step of submitting to a FBI interview for over 3 hours — the target of an investigation rarely does so voluntarily — Director Comey announced a press conference. Comey did not give notice to anyone — Democrats, Republicans, Lynch, even his own team — that he was going to announce his findings directly to the American public.
To be sure, Comey was very critical of some of the practices of Mrs. Clinton and her team. But in the end, he concluded that no reasonable prosecutor would prosecute any case against Mrs. Clinton.
Republicans were up in arms. Director Comey was apparently no longer the same impeccable, untouchable person he was prior to making a decision that they did not like. House Republicans now wanted to hold hearings in order to skewer Comey. And as expected, James Comey was unshakeable — because he called it as he saw it.
House Republicans even criticized Mrs. Lynch for doing what they demanded that she do — go with the recommendation of the career investigators and prosecutors.
Now, House Republicans have detailed what they claim to be a perjury case against Clinton for allegedly lying to Congress. The case surrounds the apparent conflict between the Democratic nominee’s 2015 congressional testimony about her email practices and the FBI’s conclusions announced in July, according to a letter that they sent to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.
“The four pieces of sworn testimony by Secretary Clinton described herein are incompatible with the FBI’s findings,” House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., wrote to U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips. “We hope this information is helpful to your office’s consideration of our referral.”
And the Justice Department, through Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs, Peter Kadzik, has responded stating that the department would “take appropriate action as necessary.” As is typical for the department, the response does not give any timeline or any specific commitment to act on the allegations.
The House Republicans efforts are looking increasingly not only desperate, but that they simply are attempting to target Clinton no matter what. With the Republican Party in a state of chaos, especially with the divisive actions of their presidential nominee within their own party, this strategy runs great risks for Republicans of backfiring. The appearance that they are merely targeting the Democratic nominee is likely to have dire effects in the upcoming elections even if Republicans distance themselves from Donald Trump.
The email scandal has clearly taken its toll on Mrs. Clinton’s credibility with the voting public. Polls show that while voters do not believe that Mrs. Clinton has been honest about her emails, they do not care to hear about the subject anymore. House Republicans are best served by not grasping at straws as they risk making Mrs. Clinton look like the victim of a witch hunt.
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