Watchdog: Hillary Still Faces Legal Jeopardy
Judicial Watch president says new FBI director should reopen 'misdirected' Clinton case
Hillary Clinton isn’t yet free and clear and could still be in legal jeopardy for her handling of classified material while secretary of state, according to the president of the watchdog group largely responsible for the public release of many of Clinton’s State Department emails.
“I think [the Clinton investigation] needs to be reevaluated, not only under a new FBI director but under the new leadership of the Justice Department,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Thursday night.
“You can’t trust that last investigation to have got to the bottom of it.”
“Comey misdirected the investigation by suggesting that they needed to prove intent when in fact, as he pointed out, common sense tells you that they mishandled it and they should have known what they were doing was wrong, which is enough for prosecution — it’s gross negligence under the law,” said Fitton.
“Secondly, the Justice Department — according to Mr. Comey himself — he thought they were compromised so much so that he needed a new attorney general in announcing whether or not [Clinton] should be prosecuted,” Fitton continued.
Although the investigation into Clinton’s mishandling of classified information is closed, there are other means by which Clinton could find herself facing legal consequences for her actions, Fitton said.
"Now the Justice Department is in the position to take a look ... but you have to remember there are other investigations — the investigations of classified material has been shut down, but remember there is a pending request from Congress to investigate whether Mr. Clinton was truthful to Congress and then reportedly there was still this investigation going on related to her foundation and the pay-for-play allegation," Fitton explained.
Fitton said a new FBI director should reboot inquiries into Clinton's conduct and evaluate new information about the possible destruction of evidence.
"Not only should they reinvigorate those investigations that are still out there, but they really need to reevaluate what's going on — the handling of classified material and really her taking records illicitly, destroying them, ulcers of crimes related to that," he said. "You can't trust that last investigation to have got to the bottom of it."