Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe out-right embarrassed former FBI Director James Comey during his congressional testimony back in September 2016, outlining the numerous ways Hillary Clinton obstructed justice during the bureau’s probe of her private email server.
Ratcliffe pushed Comey on whether he believed the former Secretary of State had broken any laws by “stonewalling” the FBI’s active investigation over whether she had mishandled classified information during her tenure at the State Department.
“At this point, based on everything, do you think that any laws were broken by Hillary Clinton or her lawyers?” asked the GOP representative.
“Do I think that any laws were broken? I don’t think there is evidence to establish that,” said Comey.
Ratcliffe proceeded to list all the examples of Hillary’s wildly irresponsible and illegal obstruction of the investigation; including destroying servers, withholding devices, removing sim cards, deleting emails, and more.
Okay. Well, I think you are making my point when you say there is no evidence to establish that. Maybe not in the way she handled classified information, but with respect to obstruction of justice—and you have a pen here—I just want to make the sure the record is clear about the evidence that you didn’t have, that you can’t use to prove. So this comes from the FBI’s own report. It says that the FBI didn’t have the Clintons’ personal Apple server used for Hillary Clinton work emails. That was never located, so the FBI could never examine it. An Apple MacBook laptop and thumb drive that contained Hillary Clinton’s email archives was lost, so the FBI never examined that. Two BlackBerry devices provided to the FBI didn’t have SIM cards or SD data cards. Thirteen Hillary Clinton personal mobile devices were lost, discarded, or destroyed with a hammer, so the FBI clearly didn’t examine those. Various server backups were deleted over time, so the FBI didn’t examine that. After the State Department and my colleague Mr. Gowdy here notified Ms. Clinton that her records would be sought by the Benghazi Committee, copies of her emails on the laptops of both of her lawyers, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, were wiped clean with BleachBit, so the FBI didn’t review that. After those emails were subpoenaed, Hillary Clinton’s email archive was also permanently deleted from the Platte River Network with BleachBit, so the FBI didn’t review that. And also after the subpoena, backups of the Platte River server were manually deleted. Now, Director, hopefully that list is substantially accurate, because it comes from your own documents. My question to you is this: Any one of those in that very, very long list, to me, says obstruction of justice. Collectively, they scream obstruction of justice. And to ignore them, I think, really allows not just reasonable prosecutors but reasonable people to believe that maybe the decision on this was made a long time ago not to prosecute Hillary Clinton.
Watch Ratcliffe take-on James Comey above.