The Democrats are going crazy over FBI Director Comey’s decision to reopen the investigation of Hillary Clinton. Many of them claim it goes against FBI and DOJ tradition not to “get involved” in political campaigns. But beginning with George HW Bush reelection there have at least five federal DOJ investigations that interfered with, and possibly changed the outcome of political campaigns. The examples below all broke that “not getting involved” tradition.
The first two investigations were announced just before election day in 1992 and may have helped George H.W. Bush lose his bid for reelection. And the Attorney General at the time was William P. Barr who was appointed by Bush #41.
Federal agents are looking into accusations that the United States Treasurer received payments from a former employer while in office, Administration officials said tonight.
Treasury Department officials said the Treasurer, Catalina V. Villalpando, whose name appears on United States currency, was placed on an indefinite leave today.
This one is also from 1992 but this time the target was a Democrat:
This next one happened to the opponent of Bill Clinton’s secretary of housing and urban development, Andrew Cuomo. Here again was a case of a Republican Attorney General (Alberto Gonzales) ruining the election prospects of another Republican.
…the report ordered by Judge Emmet Sullivan found that federal attorneys prosecuting the late Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska hid “significant exculpatory evidence which would have independently corroborated [his] defense and his testimony, and seriously damaged the testimony and credibility of the government’s key witness.”
That much we know from sections of the report already made public, but several of the offending prosecutors have been trying to prevent the release of the full 500 pages chronicling the extent of their misconduct. Judge Sullivan recently and to his great credit denied their requests and so Americans will see the panorama of abuse.
These prosecutors, working in Justice’s ironically named Public Integrity Section, trampled on Stevens’s rights by ignoring the Brady rule, which requires prosecutors to share exculpatory evidence with the defense. The feds then won a conviction on ethics charges less than two weeks before Election Day in 2008.
There you go…five cases of the DOJ getting involved in elections. I am sure more will turn up, the point is when the democrats contend that the reopening of the Hillary Clinton criminal case is some sort of breach of tradition, like most things associated with Hillary Clinton, it is a lie.
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