Scandal management with the FBI

Like everything touched by the Clintons, the FBI has now been compromised and slimed. We saw it in FBI Director James Comey’s absurd statement announcing Hillary Clinton’s get-out-of-jail-free pass. We saw it in the FBI’s holiday weekend document dump of 302 interviews in the case. We saw it again again late yesterday afternoon with more of the same.

These Friday afternoon document dumps come straight from the scandal management playbook perfected under the (Bill) Clinton administration. They remind us, in case any reminder was necessary, of how much we have to look forward to in the event the Clintons return to the White House. I nevertheless find it shocking that the FBI itself has now adopted the routine, acting as a party with much to be ashamed of.

With some 190 pages of interview notes to digest, the work isn’t done yet. Politico’s Josh Gerstein and Nolan McCaskill take a peek here. PJ Media’s Debra Heine cuts to the chase here.

Yesterday also brought the news that Cheryl Mills and at least four other participants in the investigation received limited immunity for coughing up evidence of one kind or another. Politico’s Gerstein and Nick Gass cover that revelation here.

National Review’s Andrew McCarthy is the man from whom I want to hear on the immunity. Andy served long and honorably as an Assistant United States Attorney in the office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Indeed, in better days he served in that capacity alongside Comey. Prosecuting the blind sheikh for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Andy came away with the brilliant, still relevant memoir Willful Blindness.

Now Andy asks why Mills et al. were granted immunity. The first in a promised series of posts, it includes a long analysis that concludes with the damning if unsurprising observation: “It appears the Obama Justice Department’s goal was not to make a prosecutable case, but to make it appear that Hillary Clinton was ‘exonerated’ after a thorough FBI investigation.”

As I say, Clintons==>Corruption==>Slime. Comey and the FBI are just the latest and perhaps most enraging casualties.

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