‘The only obstruction is happening with this president…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) A Democratic representative said Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be investigated for corruption because she lost the 2016 election and is not president.
Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., said Republicans’ concern with Clinton’s mishandling of confidential information is “pure obsession” that makes no sense.
“Hillary Clinton is no longer a presidential candidate,” he told CNN. “The president is Donald Trump. He has clearly done some levels of violation that should be investigated.”
The allegations of Russian collusion that Democrats have, without evidence, levied against Trump relate back to Clinton’s private email server, where she sent and received classified material as secretary of State, and which was likely hacked by Chinese spies.
After her server abuses came to light, amid congressional inquiries, Clinton deleted the emails and destroyed potential evidence such as cell phones where her correspondence over sensitive issues like Benghazi was intermixed with yoga tips, she claimed.
Although many of the emails were permanently wiped, Russian hackers allegedly were able to access some from the accounts of the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee, later published by Wikileaks, which showed widespread corruption and collusion in their ranks and led to the resignation of Rep. Debbie Wasserman–Shultz as DNC chair.
Trump publicly encouraged the Russians to find Clinton’s 30,000 missing emails, resulting in the accusations from some Democrats that he was in on the scheme. Their conspiracy theory was reinforced by the now-debunked Steele Dossier, which contained phony opposition research funded by the Clinton campaign and later used by the FBI to justify eavesdropping on Trump advisers.
The dossier, and Trump’s firing of disgraced FBI Director James Comey over his partisan mishandling of both the Clinton and Russia investigations, in turn triggered the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
To date, Mueller’s office has furnished no evidence linking Trump to Russia. However, evidence from Congressional committee inquiries has shown that several bad actors at the FBI were actively working to cover for Clinton and to undermine Trump.
As far as Clinton is concerned, people should just “get over it,” Gallego said.
“Hillary Clinton is not your president,” he said. “She is not the person that should be investigated.”
Instead of focusing on someone who isn’t in power, Gallego said Congress should investigate the Republicans who have attempted to stop Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“There have been plenty of Republicans and Republicans in leadership that have undermined the Mueller investigation, both by their public statements, as well as running some shoddy investigations,” Gallego said.
“If you look at the House Intelligence Committee, and their investigation, it was basically an effort to cover up whatever this presidency did,” he added.
Gallego said the House should lead a full-scale investigation into Trump’s actions during the 2016 presidential election, despite the lack of evidence and the inconclusive investigation by Mueller.
“The collusion, the crimes that have occurred, have occurred under this administration and it’s time to actually look into and see what happened instead of trying to dodge it and distract by throwing something about Hillary Clinton out there,” he said.
Gallego also attacked Trump for demanding full funding for the border wall. The president is unwilling to accept Democrats’ compromise on funding for the wall and refuses to negotiate, he said.
“Look, the [Democratic] party is not an obstructionist party, to be clear. … The only obstruction is happening with this president.”
Liberty Headlines’ Ben Sellers contributed to this report.