Not long after last month’s election, the Hillary Clinton campaign blamed FBI Director James Comey for its Nov 8th loss. Just 11 days before the contest, Comey had announced the re-opening of the agency’s investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server after new, never-before-seen emails were discovered on the laptop of Anthony Weiner. However, that investigation was, again, shut down after FBI agents reportedly vetted 650,000 emails in 691,200 seconds (8 days). After the election turned sour for Clinton , Comey was among the first to be blamed for her “shocking” loss to President-Elect Donald Trump. After Comey “caved,” the FBI seemed to fall into line – until recently. When the CIA announced its baseless claim that the Russians “interfered” with a presumptive Clinton win just days ago, the FBI were among the first to dissent saying that assumption was based on scant evidence. Now, the FBI has drastically escalated the stand-off between government factions by ordering a continuation of the agency’s probe into the dealings of the Clinton Foundation – the “charity” run by Clinton and her family.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Caller, a former senior law-enforcement official said that officials at FBI headquarters had ordered its New York field office to continue investigating corruption at the Clinton Foundation. Agents were told to “go forward” with an ongoing inquiry into the Clinton Foundation based on rather obvious omissions of fraud and illegal behavior by the group. “There were no instructions to shut it down, to discontinue or to stand down on the investigation, but to continue its work,” the official said. This same official had previously revealed that the FBI was conducting the Clinton Foundation probe in at least five cities: New York, Little Rock, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Miami. He, however, could only confirm the activities of the NY office. The Daily Caller’s source said he learned of this information about a week ago and that it originated at the FBI’s national office, though the person who issued the order is unknown.
If the FBI ultimately decide to recommend indictment, there is no telling how President-Elect Donald Trump will respond. Before the election, Trump was a vocal advocate of prosecuting Hillary Clinton for her foundation and other misdeeds. However, soon after being elected, Trump confirmed in an interview with the New York Times that his views had changed and he would not make prosecuting Clinton a priority. “I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t,” Trump remarked during the exchange. Yet, Trump did not rule out a probe of the foundation when he vaguely stated that “we’ll have people that do things” on the foundation. It is also possible that out-going President Obama could halt the FBI investigation, but not without risking major political blow-back.
The timing of this announcement is peculiar. Clinton supporters and allies in the media and elsewhere are are pushing hard on Republican electors, attempting to persuade them to vote for someone other than Trump for President. Some electors have received death threats for refusing to go against the rules of the long-standing electoral system. At the same time, the US political establishment that backed Clinton have been accusing Russia’s government of pushing for a Trump win, with recent stories claiming that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “personally involved.” Not only that but the media campaign to justify US intervention in Syria is reaching “fever pitch” as Assad is set to re-claim Aleppo. The FBI’s order to keep the investigation of Clinton open could be a sign that this neo-liberal/neo-conservative push to throw out the election results is not going unchallenged.