LOCK HER UP!
Yeah. That thing is coming back. Maybe.
Of course, it may not be the “her” the MAGA crew wants. They may have to accept Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s top aide, as consolation.
A new report from the Daily Beast suggests that the Department of Justice is caving under the pressure from the White House and are about to revisit the Clinton email scandal.
The goal is to reexamine how Clinton and her aides handled classified material, how much was sent through that unsecured, private server, who classified the information, on what basis, and what did investigators know, and when did they know it?
They’d also like to know a bit more about those immunity agreements made by some Clinton aides.
A former senior DOJ official familiar with department leadership’s thinking said officials there are acutely aware of demands from President Donald Trump that they look into Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of State—and that they lock up her top aide, Huma Abedin.
For instance, Trump tweeted on Dec. 2, “Many people in our Country are asking what the ‘Justice’ Department is going to do about the fact that totally Crooked Hillary, AFTER receiving a subpoena from the United States Congress, deleted and ‘acid washed’ 33,000 Emails? No justice!”
The question has been raised about Trump’s tweeting and how it is effecting the actions of the DOJ.
There’s also a question as to the ethics of a president using the DOJ to go after “political enemies.”
Kind of like using the IRS to target political enemies?
Stephen Boyd, who heads the Justice Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs, appeared to hint at the department’s interest in Clinton’s emails in a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte on Nov. 13. In the letter, Boyd wrote that that Sessions “directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues” the chairman was concerned about. He also wrote that those prosecutors would “make recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened,” and that they would send those recommendations directly to the attorney general and his top deputy, Rod Rosenstein.
Brian Fallon, formerly a spokesperson for the Justice Department and Clinton’s presidential campaign, said he suspects DOJ officials are engaging in perfunctory steps “to give Trump and his allies something to talk about and point to, and something to give Fox News to devote segments to.”
“I think that even that is extremely dangerous, and that the Justice Department should not be opening itself up to the perception that it is bending to political pressures from the White House,” Fallon continued. “The Justice Department is supposed to operate independently of the White House, and even if this is just a perfunctory step that they’re taking to try to appease the president, that in and of itself is an abuse of the DOJ authority.
The FBI have previously looked into the emails, and even though everything about the handling of the emails before and after the discovery of the private server seemed corrupted, somehow, they determined it wasn’t enough to pursue charges.
It became an issue pushed at Trump rallies during the run up to the election, as crowds were led in chants of “Lock her up! Lock her up!”
Something should have been done long before the election, but no way would an Obama Justice Department take on another Democrat.
How far this goes and if it’s just a move to appease the White House remains to be seen.
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