Lindsey Graham Says New Evidence Has Emerged of Clinton Campaign Email Correspondence with DOJ Officials
Senator Lindsey Graham suggested that there is new evidence that the Clinton campaign corresponded with DOJ officials about her investigation, while it was still ongoing.
In the wake of the announcement yesterday of a Special Council to look into all things related to the Russian government’s attempts to influence the 2016 elections, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein met with all 100 Senators. Coming out of that meeting Senator Graham said that “it seemed to me now to be considered a criminal investigation.”
It should be clarified that just because a Special Council has been appointed doesn’t mean that a crime has been committed, Mr. Rosenstein said as much when he said in his official statement:
In my capacity as acting Attorney General, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility for this matter. My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted.
Mr. Graham appeared on Fox News later in the day to explain further.
I don’t know what caused the appointment. I haven’t seen any evidence of a crime yet. The bottom line is I respect the decision, but this pretty much shuts Congress down.
He then went on to address something that is very intriguing.
Democrats, you got what you wanted. You got a special counsel. Now we’ll just move on. We’re not prosecutors. We’re going to have to honor this special councils authority. I don’t want to impede an investigation, so, time will tell where we go, but there’s a new front opening here. I have reason to believe that there are emails between Clinton campaign officials, democratic operatives to the Department of Justice regarding the Clinton email investigation that happened on Obama’s watch. I have reason to believe those emails exist.
The Fox news anchorrete then went on to ask what evidence he has seen, and Senator Graham responded:
Well I haven’t seen the emails, but I have reason to believe that they do exist. And this is why you either need a joint select committee. The problem is, that we’re in charge of the Department of Justice, the Judiciary Committee. If there was a communication to the Department of Justice about an ongoing investigation, from people who are the subject of the investigation, I want to know that.
By having the Special Council appointed it officially throws a monkey wrench into efforts to obtain and view these emails in a public way. As anything pertaining to the Russia hacking of the elections, and anything related to it would fall under the purview of the Special Council, as laid out by Mr. Rosenstein. This is not necessarily a bad thing, since, if anything criminal did occur, then charges can be filed accordingly.
The timing is interesting though, and many would say it has to do with the new Comey memo revelations. But just six days ago Mr. Rosenstein indicated he had to intention of calling a special prosecutor for the matter, as the investigation was proceeding without interruption. The revelation of the memo wouldn’t have changed that.
People forget that the DOJ internal watchdog launched a probe into itself and the FBI about Comey and the DOJ’s behavior regarding the Clinton emails in January of this year. Though Senator Graham has suggested that the calling of a Special Council will now impede the Judiciary Committee’s ability to see these emails. The existence of these emails, if they just recently came to light, could actually be among the impetuses for why the Special Council was called in the first place. Only time will tell.
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