Comey Has a Long History of Letting The Clintons Off The Hook

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Today, millions of Americans watched in utter disbelief as the director of the FBI, the most powerful law enforcement body in the nation, said that no charges would be recommended in regards to Hillary Clinton’s home-brewed email server setup.

The facts were there. The damning evidence was there. What wasn’t there was someone willing to uphold the law. But this isn’t the first time that Comey has let the Clintons slide. Back in 2002, James B. Comey, was the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York and was investigating a case involving the Clintons and suddenly, with very little explanation closed the case.

The case was concerning the infamous New Square Four, who were convicted of bilking the government out of tens of millions of dollars. Where the Clintons come in is that former President Bill Clinton reduced the sentences of the four Hasidic Jews from New Square, in Rockland County north of New York City. The move was controversial because Hillary Clinton had campaigned in the Hasidic Village, on the suggestion of her staff, The campaigning in fact did pay off as she grabbed 1,400 votes compared to 12 votes for her opponent Rick Lazio.

The eye popping margin of victory in that community was far greater than the vote totals she received in other similar nearby communities.

From a 2001 LA Times article:

After the election, the senator-elect attended a White House meeting on Dec. 22 with the village leader, Grand Rabbi David Twersky, and the president, in which Twersky urged clemency for the convicts.

Former President Clinton’s decision to reduce the sentences of the four men–one of his many controversial acts of clemency–has drawn fresh scrutiny as critics have alleged a link between the commutations and senatorial politics.

A New York Times piece also shed some light as to what allegedly went down between the Clintons and the New Square Four:

In the investigation, Rockland County Democratic Party records were seized and politicians and community members testified before a grand jury. Prosecutors never disclosed what crime they suspected, but legal experts said possibilities included bribery or some kind of voter fraud.

The four New Square men were convicted in 1999 of bilking government aid programs and funneling the money back to the yeshiva in their community of 7,000 people, about 30 miles northwest of Manhattan. Mr. Clinton reduced by several months the federal prison terms of the men, Benjamin Berger, David Goldstein, Kalmen Stern and Jacob Elbaum. They were released from prison this year.

The mastermind of the scheme, Chaim Berger, 76, a founder of the village, was returned to the United States from Israel last summer. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced last month to six years in prison and ordered to pay more than $11 million in restitution.

Mrs. Clinton met with leaders of the community in August 2000 and again, with Mr. Clinton, in December 2000 after the election. New Square voters gave her 1,400 votes to 12 for the Republican candidate, former Representative Rick A. Lazio. Mrs. Clinton’s aides have said clemency did not come up in the August meeting and, when it was raised in the December meeting, she offered no comment.

An investigation into the New Square Four case was announced in 2001 by Mary Jo White of  the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan although at the end of a 15 month investigation, James Comey said:

”The investigation was closed because we thoroughly investigated and determined it wasn’t appropriate to bring charges against anybody in the case,” Mr. Comey said at a news conference on an unrelated case. ”I can’t really go into it because it was an investigation that didn’t result in charges. That may be a frustrating answer, but that’s the one I’m compelled to give.”

So, Comey closed this case out but there is more to the Clinton connection.

While Comey was an attorney in Manhattan he successfully prosecuted Marc Rich, a wealthy international financier, for tax evasion. On Clinton’s last day in office in 2001 he pardoned Rich, much to the dismay of many that were close to the case, including Comey. Said Comey in 2001, “I was stunned.”

Comey was now the top prosecutor in New York after being appointed by George W. Bush and as an incoming gift was now in charge of the criminal investigation into the 176 last minute pardons that Bill Clinton had made as he was walking out of the White House.

Many of the pardon recipients, including Rich, had donated to Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign and also to Clinton’s presidential library and allegedly in exchange were granted pardons. But despite the evidence, Comey surprisingly found no criminal wrongdoing.

Today we watched Comey let them off the hook again even as he read a laundry list of improprieties that the FBI found. I’ve seen all over the internet that this guy is a straight shooter and that he takes his job seriously, he even said himself today that no one affected this investigation in any way. But it is hard not to come to the conclusion that there is more to Comey and the Clintons than we are being told.

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G.A. Casebeer