Word from Capitol Hill comes to the fruited plain via Fox News that House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is telling the world that in the investigation regarding Hillary Clinton’s email server and all sorts of potential felonies involved, the feds gave immunity not just to a couple IT guys, but some high ranking Clinton operatives at the State Department as well including Cheryl Mills. According to Chaffetz, the list includes:
- Cheryl Mills, including access to her notebook computer
- John Bentel, then-director of the State Department’s Office of Information Resources Management
- Heather Samuelson, a Clinton aide
- Bryan Pagliano, the IT specialist who set up the Clintons’ server and has been cited with Contempt of Congress for refusing to testify before the House Oversight Committee.
This list does not include Paul Combetta of Platte River Networks who was outed earlier this week as the BleachBit guy who asked his fellow Reddit users how he could universally take an email address out of a database. Combetta was also granted immunity Those online conversations have now been subpoenaed by Chaffetz and the committee.
“This is beyond explanation,” House oversight committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said in a statement Friday. “The FBI was handing out immunity agreements like candy. I’ve lost confidence in this investigation and I question the genuine effort in which it was carried out.”…
Chaffetz first revealed the additional deals in an interview with The Associated Press, saying “no wonder they couldn’t prosecute a case.” He said Mills gave federal investigators access to her laptop on the condition that findings couldn’t be used against her.
“Immunity deals should not be a requirement for cooperating with the FBI,” Chaffetz said in his statement.
According to Chaffetz, the immunity deals may well have kept the FBI from building a case.
For their part, the Democrats on the House Oversight Committee claim that the immunity agreements were limited in scope and did not extend as far as Chaffetz is implying. Congressional hearings were not included.
Where all this leads is yet to be determined. However, immunity agreements indicate that the FBI was trying to get some answers even if their conclusions may well have been predetermined.