On Thursday, July 7, when FBI Director James Comey appeared before a Congressional committee to explain just WHY there would be no charges recommended to be filed against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton given the laundry list of crimes he outlined at a press conference two days prior, not many people were expecting another couple bombshells:
- Mrs. Clinton’s interview was NOT done under oath.
- AND the interview was NOT recorded.
It seems that recording interviews is not regularly done by the FBI, or so a The Hill piece explains:
Under FBI policy — and to the dismay of civil libertarians and staunch transparency advocates — the bureau does not conduct electronic recordings of interviews.
“Under the current policy, agents may not electronically record confessions or interviews, openly or surreptitiously” except in rare circumstances, the bureau said in a 2006 memo.
There is a form summary of the interview, but no one at the bureau seemed to think that a case involving crimes of gross negligence when it comes to national security, possible treason, and lying to Congress and the American public warranted an exception. What do lawmakers – who have the power to force a change in this policy – have to say about it?
“Well, that’s a problem,” Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) told Comey when the FBI chief explained the terms of the interview.
“It’s pretty clear … that the American people would like to see what Hillary Clinton said to the FBI,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters on Wednesday, a day before Comey’s appearance before House lawmakers.
I don’t know about anyone else, but having given a deposition as a witness once, I was sworn in and recorded, but that was in a civil case – and that is why Hillary’s staff and others were deposed under oath. Those depositions were taken as part of the Judicial Watch civil case, not done by the FBI.
Comey did say in his testimony before the House Oversight Committee that he was not among the agents who conducted the interview, but that he did not think the agents called Hillary “evasive” during the hours she talked to them.
More details on the outrageous lack of prosecution to come.
Remember, though: Hillary has NOT been cleared. She was just not charged with anything except in the court of public opinion, so there is no pardon, and no double jeopardy in play. She can still be charged by a subsequent administration if We the People vote in large enough numbers to keep her out of office.