‘I’m not so much worried about retrying her, but I want to make sure that the public understands that she got away with something…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, said Attorney General William Barr had expressed his displeasure with how the FBI and Justice Department handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, which could have compromised confidential information, prior to the 2016 election.
“I know Bill Barr pretty well, and he’s pretty upset about the way all this was handled,” he said.
Under the stewardship of Obama-era Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey, little was actually accomplished during the FBI’s initial investigation into the matter, Graham said, likely because of political bias.
“So it seems to me that [Clinton] was interviewed, not under oath. She had a couple of her staff people with her. People in her campaign were given immunity without anything in return. Nobody in the Clinton investigation went to jail for lying about the process because there was no process,” Graham told Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Features.”
As chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, Graham has vowed to use his authority to investigate the scandals and also hoped Barr would use his to establish a non-partisan probe with criminal indictment power.
“I’m going to look at what happened from an oversight role,” he said, “but I hope there’s a special counsel appointed to look at DOJ corruption and political bias.”
Graham, who vocally defended and supported Mueller’s investigation despite the president’s objections, said the debunking of the collusion narrative raised other questions about how it came to be in the first place.
“Mueller did his job against Trump,” he said. “Nobody’s really looked at the Clinton campaign, the FISA warrant abuse or the counterintelligence investigation for criminality yet and somebody should.”
It is well documented that Clinton’s team plotted using the Trump–Russia hoax as a strategy to deflect against her own investigation and a series of embarrassing campaign emails that were published on the site Wikileaks.
The Clinton campaign hired the firm Fusion GPS to assist in compiling a notorious dossier of questionably sourced information and spreading it via back-channel contacts to the FBI—which, in turn, leaked it to the media and used the coverage to justify warrants for eavesdropping on Trump campaign staff.
Although several key figures in the scandal testified before House committees under Republican control last session, none at the time were indicted or further investigated.
However, Graham said he’s more interested in exposing the political bias in Washington than in guaranteeing a conviction.
“I’m not so much worried about retrying her, but I want to make sure that the public understands that she got away with something they wouldn’t get away with,” he said.
He said it was important to make clear that everyone that political influence, rather than facts, drove the Clinton outcome.
“I just want the American public to know that the standard used against Clinton is an outlier. It’s not the way business is done,” he said.
“And why did [the FBI] choose that path? I think they had a political bias,” he continued. “They wanted Clinton to win, Trump to lose. And here’s the point: How could she win if the Department of Justice indicted her? I think that’s what drove the decision not to indict. They wanted her to win.”