sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Prosecuting Hillary

HR Clinton
The investigation into Hillary Clinton's conduct while Secretary of State is broken down into different components: (1) Gross negligence in handling classified material (the e-mail scandal); (2) Corruption in office as it pertains to her relationship with the Clinton Foundation and fundraising from foreign countries in exchange for favorable treatment (quid pro quo).

The FBI/US Attorney Task Force working on the Clinton case is moving forward. Based on sources available to this blog, the investigation is being conducted without regard to person. The FBI has over a hundred special agents assigned to various aspects of this case and the Department of Justice had a number of prosecutors reviewing evidence as it pertains to law. I do not think that they are being rushed or hindered by the election process as it moves forward, but there is a natural inclination to bring things to a conclusion sooner than later in the election cycle. My sense is that there will be legal action against former SECSTATE Clinton either at the end of March or in April. A lot of the timing has to do with the conclusion of the State Department's e-mail dump by tomorrow, February 29.

Hillary Clinton has been at the center of a lot of missing documents in the past. Let's review prior consistent behavior:
Missing: Hillary Clinton S&L Records. In 1988, according to congressional investigators, Hillary Clinton “ordered the destruction of records relating to her [legal] representation of [Jim] McDougal’s Madison S&L” when federal regulators were investigating the insolvency of the Arkansas savings and loan. Bill Clinton was Arkansas governor at the time. 
The Clintons and McDougal were business partners in the failed Whitewater real estate venture. McDougal later was convicted of fraud for attempting to use S&L funds to cover Whitewater losses. His wife, Susan, served prison time for refusing to answer grand jury questions about whether Bill Clinton lied in his testimony during her Whitewater trial.
Missing: Clinton Counsel’s Foster Records. In 1993, according to a Secret Service official, first lady Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff, Maggie Williams, removed records from the office of White House Deputy Counsel Vincent Foster the night of his suicide. 
Other Clinton officials, including White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum, later testified that they conducted an improper search of Foster’s office. At least one file was marked “Whitewater” and another was marked “taxes.” 
Another White House counsel, Bob Barnett, later picked up a box of Foster’s documents. Associate counsel Clifford Sloan’s contemporaneous notes cite the Clintons’ initials: “get Maggie—go through office—get HRC, WJC stuff.”
Missing: Clinton Counsel’s Foster Suicide Note. Also in 1993, the White House released an official statement incorrectly saying that no Foster suicide note had been found. However, more than 24 hours after a note had been found, White House counsel Nussbaum turned it over to Attorney General Janet Reno. 
Missing: Hillary Clinton Law Firm Records. In 1996, after nearly two years of searches and subpoenas, the White House reported it found copies of missing documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s law firm that described her work for Madison S&L in the 1980s. The White House previously said it did not have the records. The originals have not turned up.
Missing: Clinton Terrorism Documents. In 2003, former Clinton national security adviser Sandy Berger smuggled classified documents related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks from the National Archives. Berger said he removed handwritten notes by hiding them in his jacket, pants and socks, and also inadvertently took copies of classified documents.
Withheld: Obama Administration ‘Fast and Furious’ Documents. In 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder withheld emails regarding the “Fast and Furious “scandal. President Obama invoked executive privilege to prevent some emails from being turned over to Congress under subpoena. It is unclear what role, if any, Secretary Clinton had in this activity. Some insiders speculate with good cause that she had helped with the overall strategic planning that led to the scandal.
Missing: Obama State Department Records. This year, it was revealed that the State Department may have lost some $6 billion because of incomplete or missing contract records over six years, mainly during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.
Missing?: Hillary Clinton Benghazi Documents. Also this year, former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell said he witnessed a Benghazi document-sorting session in October 2012 in the State Department basement. He said then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and her deputy, Jake Sullivan, were present.
One might also speculate that the reason she set up a separate e-mail server was so that information could go "missing" at the appropriate place and time. Call me a cynic, but there is a general pattern of behavior where the Clintons are concerned.