The Insane Reason FBI Agents Didn’t Search Devices Used By Hillary’s Aides
Hidden in the sprawling report delivered by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz is a stunning detail about the lack of effort expended by the FBI in their probe of Hillary Clinton’s email fiasco. While agents searched the hard drive hidden in Hillary’s basement and did a thorough search of Clinton’s devices, they did not extend that search to State Department employees working in Hillary’s inner circle. While this seems like one of the first places the FBI would look for mishandled classified information, the agents in charge of the investigation had a very good reason for their neglect. Well, they had A reason, in any case.
Horowitz went and asked the agents why they didn’t complete these basic building block of investigative integrity, and the agents were ready with their answer: “The culture of mishandling classified information at the State Department [was so entrenched, that it] made the quantity of potential sources of evidence particularly vast.” In other words, the “everybody was doing it” excuse. And, well, we’re just the poor, meager, resource-lacking FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS. We certainly don’t have the technology and the manpower to look at everyone’s Blackberry! We’ve got movie pirates to catch.
Now this is as silly as an excuse as we can think of, considering that no one was asking the Bureau to single-handedly solve whatever classified information “culture” was permeating the State Department. A culture which, by the way, was probably worsened by a Secretary of State who thought she could freely send and receive classified information through her personal email account. After all, if the esteemed Mrs. Clinton doesn’t have to play by the rules, why should anyone else at the agency?
If anything, the fact that “everyone was doing it” should have made it even more essential that the government hold Hillary accountable for her negligence. It certainly should not have signaled to the FBI: Oh, don’t bother, it’s just too much damn work.
Horowitz notes in the report that the excuse for this investigative failure didn’t hold water. “It fails to acknowledge that the team was no required to take an all-or-nothing approach,” he writes. “For example, a middle ground existed where those devices belonging to Clinton’s three top aides – which the team determined accounted for approximately 68 percent of Clinton’s email exchanges – would have been reviewed, but devices belonging to other State Department employees would not.”
Exactly. Any idiot could find this solution rattling around in their mind, and we don’t believe for a second that it eluded the senior officials in the FBI. They deliberately chose not to do it because they’d already made up their minds that they were going to let Hillary off with a stern warning so she wouldn’t be compromised on her way to the White House.
Oh, but no bias found. Sure, sure.