DiGenova: Use Criminal Division to Investigate Clintons
No need for special counsel on various past scandals, says a former prosecutor on 'The Ingraham Angle'
There is ample evidence to investigate the Clintons for political corruption, and a special counsel is not needed, a former federal prosecutor told Laura Ingraham Tuesday night.
Joseph diGenova, a former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia under then-President Ronald Reagan, told “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News that the standard criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice can look into possible corruption committed by Democrat Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
DiGenova said the special counsel doesn't need to be triggered to look into the Clintons, and he mocked the idea that one was created to investigate President Donald Trump for ties to Russians.
"There's no factual predicate for Robert Mueller," said diGenova, speaking of the special counsel looking into alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election. "There's been no crime ever announced that he is investigating."
Republicans, feeling that Democrats had pushed a phony narrative to get a special counsel investigation into Trump, have begun demanding a special counsel look into various scandals that went unpunished during President Barack Obama's years.
There was the Uranium One deal, which saw a Russian company purchase up to 20 percent of U.S. uranium reserves. Hillary Clinton, then the secretary of state, approved the deal. There was also the odd FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server while she was at the State Department. (FBI Director James Comey reportedly began clearing Clinton before the investigation had concluded.)
And there is plenty of concern about the Clinton Foundation's solicitations made to foreign powers while Hillary Clinton held the U.S. secretary of state's office.
Ingraham asked another guest, attorney Solomon Wisenberg, if a special counsel is a good idea, since special investigations can last for years. Wisenberg was deputy independent counsel from 1997 to 1999 during the Whitewater investigation into then-President Bill Clinton.
Wisenberg said a special counsel can be limited and focused. He cited the investigation into the federal siege at Waco, Texas, in 1993, which resulted in the deaths of religious leader David Koresh and many children. The federal government was found not at fault, but the conclusion was not announced until 2000.
DiGenova said people shouldn't get caught up in the idea of a "special counsel," and should instead ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the FBI to open up a standard criminal investigation.
"My point is very simple," said diGenova. "The Uranium One, the Clinton Foundation, all the kickback, require an investigation. There is now existing a sufficient predicate for a federal grand jury. There has been one for more than four years ... I don't give a damn who investigates it — it needs to be investigated."