Note to Hillary Clinton: Not so fast.
The federal investigation into the Democratic Party’s pick for president may not have ended with FBI Director James Comey’s strange summertime press conference – the one that raised questions about Clinton’s use of a private email server for State business, but nevertheless fell short of calling her activities illegal. Shortly after, the Justice Department dropped its scrutiny of Clinton’s emails.
But now: the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, has called for an investigation into Clinton for “obstruction of justice,” the Independent Journal Review reported.
“Hillary Clinton’s aides may have obstructed justice by having her emails deleted … the computer team Mrs. Clinton hired erased tens of thousands of her emails, even though they were subject to a subpoena and preservation order from Congress, according to the FBI’s investigative notes.”
The notes were released in part last week.
Chaffetz said in a letter to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia that Clinton’s destruction of records indicates a purposeful intent to stymie a federal investigation.
“The Department should investigate and determine whether Secretary Clinton or her employees and contractors violated statutes that prohibit destruction of records, obstruction of congressional inquiries and concealment or cover up of evidence material to a congressional investigation,” he wrote.
Comey, in July, sent shock-waves through the media when he delivered remarks about the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s private email server, and her subsequent destruction of government documents, that seemed to implicate her in wrongdoing but then suggested she ought not to be prosecuted.
“With respect to the thousands of emails we found that were not among those produced to the State, agencies have concluded that three of those were classified at the time they were sent or received, one at the secret level and two at the confidential level,” he said then. “Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”
He then concluded that “although the Department of Justice makes final decisions on matters like this, we are expressing to Justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case.”
Source: Independent Journal Review