Like a trio of famished buzzards, three ugly words have started to circle over Hillary Clinton: obstruction of justice.
After reviewing the FBI’s recently released emailgate files, House Government Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R–Utah, on Tuesday wrote U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Channing Phillips.
“The Committee identified a sequence of events that may amount to obstruction of justice and destruction of evidence by Secretary Clinton and her employees and contractors,” Chaffetz explained. He then asked Phillips to investigate Clinton and company for possibly violating 18 U.S. Code § 1001, 1505, or 1519. Making false statements in or obstructing federal proceedings can trigger jail sentences of up to five years. Destroying records in federal probes can cost up to 20 years behind bars.
Hillary now will campaign for president as the chant, “Lock her up!” rings in her ears — and correctly so. As the Washington Examiner’s Byron York detailed, this case’s timeline demands prosecution.
On March 2, 2015, news erupted about the existence of Clinton’s secret, unsecured, do-it-yourself server. The next day, the House Select Committee on Benghazi sent now-former Secretary Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, a letter requesting that he and Clinton “Preserve all e-mail, electronic documents, and data (‘electronic records’) created since January 1, 2009” and in Clinton’s control.
As if foreshadowing Team Clinton’s actions, the letter asked Kendall to “prevent the partial or full destruction, alteration, testing, deletion, shredding, incineration, wiping, relocation, migration, theft, or mutation of electronic records.”
On March 4, 2015, the Benghazi Committee sent Clinton a subpoena for “all records in unredacted form” related to Benghazi for all of 2011 and 2012.
That March 25, according to the FBI, employees at Colorado-based Platte River Networks, which managed Clinton’s server after it was removed from her basement, “held a conference call with President Clinton’s staff.” The FBI reports that a PRN staffer “sometime between March 25-31, 2015 deleted the Clinton archive mailbox from the PRN server” with BleachBit, the digital equivalent of Ajax and Brillo pads.
The FBI further explained that “at the time he made the deletions in March 2015, he was aware of the existence of the preservation request and the fact that it meant he should not disturb Clinton’s e-mail data on the [PRN] server.”
PRN staffers held a March 31, 215 conference call with David Kendall and Cheryl Mills, Hillary’s State Department chief of staff. PRN’s attorney instructed its employee “not to comment on the conversation with Kendall based upon the assertion of attorney-client privilege.”
Atop this corruption, Clinton and her top aides prove that amnesia is contagious.
Republican National Committee researchers analyzed the emailgate-related statements, depositions, and other testimony by Clinton, Mills, adviser Huma Abedin, and State Department official Patrick Kennedy.
Among them, they said such things as “I don’t recall” or “I don’t know” 327 times.
Is this a crime?
“Even a single instance of claiming lack of memory when it’s clear that the person has distinct memory would be culpable,” former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy tells me. He adds, “327 times would be overwhelming.”
What was Hillary hiding?
If her work emails — among some 17,448 that she testified under oath that she surrendered to State, but actually suppressed — involved only her official duties, Clinton said she wanted them public, “for everyone to see.” The balance, she also said at her March 10, 2015 scandal-kickoff press conference, concerned “planning Chelsea’s wedding or my mother’s funeral arrangements, condolence notes to friends as well as yoga routines, family vacations, the other things you typically find in inboxes.” Why BleachBit that?
Clinton, a calculating Yale attorney, has been in public life since she joined the House Judiciary Committee’s Watergate staff in 1973. After more than 40 years in and around government and the law, what was so potentially devastating on her outlaw server that Hillary Clinton would destroy it — even at the risk of getting locked up for obstruction of justice?
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor with National Review Online. He is also a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. Read more reports from Deroy Murdock — Click Here Now.
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