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Hillary’s Reckoning Isn’t Over

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The increasingly desperate Democratic Party and its allies in the media weep tears of joy at the thought of Hillary Clinton riding in to save the party, perhaps after a deadlocked Democratic National Convention. No such luck. After a judge’s decision Monday, Clinton would be wise to lay presidential dreams aside and lawyer up.

It’s been a long time since Clinton’s unquestionably illegal private email and homebrew server have even been mentioned in the media. But legal activist group Judicial Watch didn’t forget.

It was Judicial Watch’s request five years ago about the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi terrorist attack that led to the uncovering of Clinton’s private email network.

On Monday, acting on a request from Judicial Watch, U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth said he would allow Judicial Watch to depose the one-time secretary of state, her former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and two other State Department officials.

Not only will this bring back questions about Hillary’s actions before and after the Benghazi terrorist attack, in which four Americans were murdered, but it will at minimum serve as a reminder of the failure of her tenure as the nation’s top diplomat.

In making his judgment, Lamberth made clear he doesn’t believe the government has been forthcoming in its responses thus far.

“Discovery up until this point has brought to light a noteworthy amount of relevant information, but Judicial Watch requests an additional round of discovery, and understandably so,” wrote Lamberth. “With each passing round of discovery, the court is left with more questions than answers.”

Why “more questions than answers”?

It’s clear that as secretary of state Clinton used her private email system to avoid legal scrutiny of her actions, either by the government agencies or by outside groups such as Judicial Watch.

As the Justice Department’s inspector general’s report found in 2018, both now-disgraced former FBI Director James Comey and his deputy Andrew McCabe squelched the investigation into Clinton’s illicit email system.

In doing so, they violated their own department’s guidelines and, apparently willingly, mishandled the 2016 Clinton email investigation. Key questions have never been answered by Hillary & Co., despite the obvious violations of the law.

The question is why? There is a clear pattern by Clinton of ethically questionable, if not outright illegal, behavior while in office — ranging from the Russian-linked Uranium One deal that handed control of a major part of the U.S. uranium supply to a Russian-controlled company, to the financial double-dealings of the Clinton Family Foundation, which collected millions of dollars from foreign sources while Hillary sat as the nation’s top diplomat.

Hopefully, the unraveling of this long, sordid tale will begin anew with Lamberth’s decision to depose Clinton and her aides.

It’s important to remember that Clinton’s campaign paid for the bogus “dossier” used by the FBI and CIA to launch their spying on the Trump campaign’s supposed “Russian collusion.” The Mueller Report definitively rejected that charge.

The nation’s two most powerful intelligence agencies covertly investigated one candidate at the behest of another. Then, even after it was revealed, both the CIA and FBI dissembled about their roles in propagating the lie.

At the heart of it all stands the troubling former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the one many are now looking to lead the Democrats to the Promised Land of electoral victory in 2020.

Lamberth’s dead right. There are too many questions. For the sake of Americans of all political persuasions, left or right, we need to get to the bottom of this whole sleazy affair. Or risk losing our precious republic.

— Written by the I&I editorial board 


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16 comments

  • Don’t be rubes. Hillary is as guilty as sin but she got let off a long time ago. This is just for show. Even if the DOJ was suddenly going to clean itself up and hold Democrats to account they still wouldn’t go after Hillary.

  • I say it’s about damn time she, & everyone else involved, be seriously brought to account for their traitorous actions. She just goes about her merry smug way, claiming Trump is an illegal president. I can’t wait to see that smug look wiped off of her face. Put some real fear of our true legal system in her. May the fear of truth trn cold thru her veins. She is the one person who deserves to go to prison. Solitary confinement is too good for her, but it’s the best we’ve got.

  • Just like before, Hillary’s deposition will go like this: “I can’t recall that. I’m sorry, but I don’t recall. What was that, no, I don’t recall.” “Try to remember when you were a member of Rose Law Firm and worked Whitewater . . .”.

  • Get rid of both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, give their budgets to Judicial Watch and we’d finally get true justice and start draining The Swamp.

    • How about we removed Federal funding of the DNC’s propaganda machine, NPR? Michigan Radio is a broken record about “Orange man bad”

  • Yes, and Clintoon has been thru this before. She’ll lie, others will back her up or misremember or not be able to recall and that will be that.

  • I hope that everyone involved has a lot of personal protection and a food taster.

    And no, Tom Fitton was/is not despondent or suicidal.

  • Perhaps Hillary’s best safe haven is running for…maybe even Bernie’s or Joe’s VP and use that as reason to accuse the right for politically targeting her. Should either leftist team win–her Dept of injustice” will lose her case quietly.

  • There has never been a more obviously corrupt Federal office holder nor a political figure more (enabled) defended by the press than Bill Clinton’s wife Hillary. Judicial Watch will have its work cut out for them:
    CNN – Sep 2, 2016 “Hillary Clinton told the FBI I do not recall or remember 39 times in interviews with the FBI about her private email servers.”
    A) Libya – Benghazi:
    1a) The Daily Beast – March 3, 2011
    “Libya Airstrikes: The Women Who Called for War”
    “A diplomatic team led by Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, and Samantha Power advocated military action against Gaddafi” “The Libyan airstrikes mark the first time in U.S. history that a female-dominated diplomatic team has urged military action.” “Their advice triggered an abrupt shift in U.S. policy, overturning more cautious administrations’ counselors.”

    2a) “The New Yorker” – August 7, 2013
    Can LIBYA Be Saved?
    “Libya should have once again achieved peace and stability. Instead, the country, of more than six million people, seems to have been fatally destabilized by the war to remove its dictator, and it is increasingly out of control.”

    B) Benghazi – Libya:
    Following Sec State Hillary Clinton’s testimony before a Democratic Party majority Senate a report was issued. Democrat Senate’s Benghazi Report – Democrat Senators stated:
    1b) “Hillary Clinton’s “State Department didn’t act on warnings of inadequate security at Benghazi.”
    2b) “Secretary of State Clinton had an interest in downplaying the consulate attack since she had approved a plan to reduce security at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya in April 2012.”
    3b) “Local Libyan militias were used for security at a U.S. facility in an area where terrorist training was going on, and were AWOL when the attacks occurred.”
    4b) The report concludes “Benghazi could have been prevented”

    C) “as secretary of state Clinton used her private email system to avoid legal scrutiny”
    Hillary’s email server (and the 30,000 deleted emails) was for Premeditated Obstruction of Justice. Why? Because of her intentions to monetize her position as Secretary of State.

    Her selling of access and approval of the State Department for weapon sales to foreign countries, and approval of business deals for corporations, demonstrated “a clear pattern by Clinton of ethically questionable, if not outright illegal, behavior while” [Secretary of State]:
    1c) International Business Times – May 26, 2015
    “Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals From Hillary Clinton’s …
    Under Hillary Clinton, the State Department approved $165 billion worth … deals for 16 of the countries that donated to the Clinton Foundation”
    2c) “The Wall Street Journal
    At least 60 companies that lobbied the State Department when Hillary was in charge had funneled more than $26 million to the Clinton Foundation.”
    3c) The New York Times – Apr 23, 2015
    “Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal
    Donations to the Clinton Foundation, and a Russian Uranium Takeover … millions to the Clinton Foundation while Secretary of State Hillary …”

    D) “FBI Director James Comey and his deputy Andrew McCabe squelched the investigation into Clinton’s illicit email system.”
    1d) Congressional Hearing, FBI lawyer Lisa Page
    Rep Ratcliffe to FBI Lawyer Page: “when you say advice you got from the Department [of Justice], you’re making it sound like it was the Department that told you: “You’re not going to charge [Hillary with] gross negligence because we’re the prosecutors and we’re telling you we’re not going to.”
    Ms. Page: “That’s correct”
    2d) “According to Page’s testimony [before Congress], the DOJ then insisted that Clinton’s interview be conducted in a highly unorthodox fashion. Next they ordered the FBI not to charge her.”
    3d) Washington, D.C. – FBI National Press Office – Comey on Hillary’s Email:
    “To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.” (see # 2)
    -=-=-=-
    Was Bill Clinton’s wife Hillary phased by all of the above? Nope.
    On to the Trump ‘Dossier’ and the Clinton-FBI-DOJ-DNC-NSA-CIA ‘Russia Hoax’.

  • Sure they might sacrifice her to save themselves but she is in the same place she has always been. In a system where Dems do not prosecute other Dems.

  • Would love to see her and her cronies in orange jump suits but what I find most important about this report is that there is a person on the bench that cannot be influenced by the powers that be. I was beginning to believe the entire bench was corrupted. That is a positive sign.

  • The Democrat’s haven’t much left to pick from, they are either so old, demented and for some senile, the younger ones are deranged and stupid as we witnessed it all during the SOTU the past couple of years. I must say that Hillary is the worse of the lot.

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