Former FBI Director James Comey and other key senior bureau executives violated at least seven basic rules for credible investigations in 2016 to ensure former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would escape prosecution for using a private email server and address to conduct official diplomatic business. That’s according to former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova.
“What this is about is to exonerate Hillary Clinton of a clear violation of the law with regard to the way she handled classified information with her private server. Absolutely a crime, absolutely a felony,” diGenova said in an interview with Ginny Thomas of the Daily Caller News Foundation.
“It’s about finding out why, as the inspector general at the Department of Justice (DOJ) is doing, [former FBI Director James] Comey and the senior DOJ officials conducted a fake criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton,” diGenova continued.
DiGenova delineated to Thomas the seven conventions the officials violated, in how they “followed none of the rules, gave her every break in the book, immunized all kinds of people, allowed the destruction of evidence, no grand jury, no subpoenas, no search warrants.”
“That’s not an investigation, it’s a Potemkin village — it’s a farce, and everybody knew it was a farce.”
The “Potemkin village” reference is to a technique used most recently by the Soviet Union under dictator Joseph Stalin to fool gullible Western journalists into thinking the Russian people were living in happiness and prosperity under communism.
A fake village was constructed using Communist Party loyalists portraying happy villagers. The technique is named after Grigory Potemkin, who allegedly used it to impress Russian Empress Catherine II in 1787.
“We’re going to discover that the attorney general, Loretta Lynch; her deputy, Sally Yates; the head of the national security division, John Carlin; [Associate Deputy Attorney General] Bruce Ohr; other DOJ officials; and, regrettably, line attorneys who were career civil servants violated the law, perhaps committed crimes and covered up crimes by a presidential candidate,” diGenova said.
DiGenova, according to his official bio, was for four years U.S. attorney, District of Columbia, where he “supervised complex federal criminal and civil matters including international drug smuggling, public corruption, espionage, insider trading, tax fraud, extradition, fraud, RICO, export control and international terrorism.”