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WSJ: Why Did FBI Give Cheryl Mills Immunity?

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By    |   Tuesday, 27 Sep 2016 01:23 PM

A new report wonders why former Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills was granted immunity in Clinton's email scandal given her presence in Clinton's inner circle.

Mills worked as Clinton's chief of staff when Clinton was secretary of state from 2009-2013. When Mills left the State Department, she became Clinton's lawyer.

Mills played a crucial role in deciding which emails to delete from Clinton's home-based email server, and the FBI searched her laptop as part of its investigation into the matter. But not before they gave her immunity from prosecution.

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, William McGurn — who worked as President George W. Bush's top speechwriter from 2006-2008 — slams the FBI's decision regarding Mills.

"As with so much else in this investigation, the way the laptop was handled was out of the ordinary," McGurn writes. "Normally, immunity is granted for testimony and interviews. The laptop was evidence. Standard practice would have been for the FBI to get a grand-jury subpoena to compel Ms. Mills to produce it.

"Andrew McCarthy, a former U.S. attorney, puts it this way: It's like telling a bank robbery suspect, 'If you turn over that bag, I'll give you immunity as to the contents' — which means if the money you robbed is in there, I can't use it against you.'"

Two other Clinton aides were also given immunity in the case. The FBI interviewed most of the players involved, including Mills. Clinton herself was questioned on July 2 — with Mills and nine others present in the room, not including the FBI agents.

FBI Director James Comey will face a grilling by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday regarding the matter.

"In short, far from resolving Mrs. Clinton's email case, the handling of the investigation has provoked questions about integrity of both the FBI and Justice," McGurn concludes. "The big question for Mr. Comey remains this:

"You publicly said there was no case for criminal charges. So what did Cheryl Mills need immunity for?"

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A new report wonders why former Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills was granted immunity in Clinton's email scandal given her presence in Clinton's inner circle.
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