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Congressman John Ratcliffe

Representing the 4th District of Texas

Ratcliffe exposes shocking new details on Clinton email investigation

September 28, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) exposed troubling new details today surrounding the Clinton email investigation during his questioning of FBI Director James Comey before the House Judiciary Committee. In the exchange, Ratcliffe focused on implications of the facts revealed by documents released by the FBI after Comey initially announced his recommendation not to press criminal charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Ratcliffe’s exchange with Comey showed that:

  • In his multi-decade career as a prosecutor Comey could not recall a single instance in which two key witnesses of a criminal investigation were allowed to sit in on an interview with the principle target of that same investigation, as was the case in the Clinton email investigation.
     
  • The FBI appears to have focused on only two portions of criminal code related to the mishandling of sensitive information, specifically in regard to Clinton herself, while ignoring the possible destruction of evidence and obstruction of justice by other parties. In fact, Comey readily admitted that Paul Combetta, who destroyed emails records of Hillary Clinton with Bleach Bit despite a preservation request to retain them, lied to federal investigators before receiving immunity.

“As a former federal prosecutor, I can tell you that it’s unheard of for a potential key witness to be present when the target of an investigation is being interviewed. In fact, I’ve never seen it. And Comey admitted he’s never seen it. The American people have every right to wonder why this occurred in Clinton’s case – this isn’t the treatment anyone else in our country would have received, and it frankly appears that the outcome of this investigation was predetermined from the start,” Ratcliffe said.

“But perhaps even more astonishing when it comes to this investigation, is the fact that despite the overwhelming evidence of obstruction of justice by a number of actors close to Clinton, no one – not a single soul – was held accountable. In any other case, against any other person, I can assure you the outcome would have been different.”

View the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-dH9Iey4uw&feature=youtu.be.

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