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Andrew McCarthy: Trump Collusion Case Is Not Getting Clinton Emails Treatment

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By    |   Saturday, 11 November 2017 03:26 PM

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of possible collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia is being conducted in much more aggressive way than the scrutiny into Hillary Clinton's email server ever went, National Review contributing editor Andrew McCarthy argues in a Saturday column for the publication.

"There is a very aggressive way that the Justice Department and the FBI go about their business when they are trying to make a case," McCarthy writes, but it was different when they went about investigating Clinton, as "they tried not to make the case."

On the other hand, Mueller, a former FBI director and top Justice Department prosecutor is staging a scorched-earth probe of Trump's campaign, said McCarthy, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

"To say he is going about the collusion caper aggressively would be an understatement,' said McCarthy. "The earth is being scorched by the stunningly large team he has assembled, which includes 16 other prosecutors (among them, Democratic party donors and activists) along with dozens of investigators (mostly from the FBI and IRS)."

Already, indictments have been announced for former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his deputy manager, Rick Gates, and there has been a guilty plea entered by former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. Moreover,  as their charges are being announced, a U.S. district court unsealed a ruling, that compelled their lawyer to testify against them before a grand jury, McCarthy notes.

McCarthy said he believes the Trump collusion case is being handled more aggressively because of the influence of former President Barack Obama, who had endorsed Clinton's election. Further, he notes, Obama had used a pseudonym to communicate with Clinton on her unsecure private system, prejudicing the email investigation.

"Long before it was formally ended, he publicly pronounced Clinton innocent," he writes. "He theorized that she had not intended to harm the United States. Even if true, that fact would be irrelevant — it is not an element of the statutory offenses at issue."

After that, said McCarthy, then-FBI Director James Comey started drafting his statement to exonerate Clinton, even before she herself had been interviewed.

The Justice Department also allowed arrangements to allow people who were subjects of the investigation, such as Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, to act as private lawyers in the probe, and to participate in the process in which Clinton decided which of her emails she'd turn over.

"This arrangement was not merely unethical; it would have badly compromised the case if there had been any real intention to prosecute," said McCarthy.

McCarthy also writes that Obama's Justice Department stayed away from the grand jury level, while "colluding with lawyers," while Mueller used the grand jury and subpoenaed his attorney to testify against him.

"In stark contrast, the Obama Justice Department would not even issue grand-jury subpoenas to compel the production of physical evidence — such as the private laptop computers used by Clinton’s subordinates to store her emails (a number of which contained classified information)," he said.

McCarthy concludes that the Justice Department will often be "so hell-bent on making the case, it will play an intimidating game of hardball if that’s what it takes."

There are rare occasions though, when it "works just as hard to not make the case," he finished, adding, "we can all be thankful, I’m sure, that politics has nothing to do with it.

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