The FBI refused to cooperate Monday with a court-ordered inquiry into former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email server, telling the State Department that they won’t even confirm they are investigating the matter themselves, much less willing to tell the rest of the government what’s going on.
Judge Emmet G. Sullivan had ordered the State Department to talk with the FBI and see what sort of information could be recovered from Mrs. Clinton’s email server, which her lawyer has said she turned over to the Justice Department over the summer.
The FBI’s refusal, however, leaves things muddled.
“At this time, consistent with long-standing Department of Justice and FBI policy, we can neither confirm nor deny the existence of any ongoing investigation, nor are we in a position to provide additional information at this time,” FBI General Counsel James A. Baker wrote in a letter dated Monday — a week after the deadline the Justice Department had set for the FBI to reply.
Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm that is pursuing at least 16 open records cases seeking emails from Mrs. Clinton and her top aides, said at this point it’s not even clear what Mrs. Clinton provided, since all that’s been made public at this point are the former secretary of state’s public comments and some assertions, made through her lawyer, to the State Department.If that is unsetting, that the FBI is keeping a tight wrap on the Hillary case, Joe DiGenova, a well-know DC lawyer, revealed yesterday on WMAL's Mornings on the Mall, with Brian Wilson and Larry O'Connor, that the investigation into Hillary's server is being kept in the Washington DC FBI headquarters (126.07 in link to podcast). This is a fact which has not been published in the Washington Compost or other news organizations. DiGenova said sources "in the know" had revealed this information to him.
"They have purposefully refused to allow this case (Hillary's e-mail server) to be moved into a field office. It is being handled out of the director's (James Comey) office." DiGenova said. "That can mean one of two things. ...It means either they want to do the investigation and have no one interfere with it, or they don't want to to the investigation and have no one interfere with that.
DiGenova said the fact that the case behind Hillary's server is being headquarters means "it's Comey's baby."
"If we had Congressional Republicans who knew how to do their jobs in the House or Senate, which we don't, they would be asking questions about this. Perhaps in the beginning, they would be asking questions privately. The bottom line is now, this has been set in stone, whatever happens on this falls on the director."
DiGenova said just the fact that Hillary had a private, unencrypted server is enough to break Federal law.
"It's the server, stupid," he said he told a recent symposium on this.
So, will Trey Gowdy get on the ball on this, or is he just playing us all for fools and making it look like the House is actually doing something, when they have no intentions to?