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Former FBI official: ‘Nothing about Clinton investigation was right’
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Chris Swecker, a former FBI assistant director who oversaw the bureau’s North Carolina office, appeared on Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight on Wednesday — and he made a shocking remark about Hillary Clinton and her infamous email scandal.
Swecker said that the bureau’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal ignored standard protocol to the point that “nothing about the investigation was right.”
Swecker spoke in response to recent charges of “significant irregularities” found in Congress’ investigation into the FBI’s Clinton email probe.
In his talk with Swecker, Fox News star Tucker Carlson observed that senior FBI officials “micromanaged” the agents’ handling of the investigation, “in contrast to ordinary practice.”
“You know what that means,” Carlson said, adding:
Investigators also told The Hill they found evidence the FBI began drafting an exoneration of Hillary Clinton before it even gathered all the relevant evidence or interviewed more than a dozen key witnesses.
Carlson further said that he doesn’t think “any American wants to believe that the FBI is…subject to manipulation, [but] that’s the conclusion I’m reluctantly reaching.”
Swecker then chimed in: “As an experienced investigator, it doesn’t take a congressional investigation [to show that] nothing about that investigation was right.”
The former FBI assistant director continued:
Those of us that have conducted federal criminal investigations know that you use the grand jury, you use search warrants. You don’t hand out immunities [to witnesses] like candy. Everything in that investigation runs contrary to the way a real, credible and thorough FBI investigation is conducted.
Watch their full exchange:
CHRIS SWECKER FULL ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEW WITH TUCKER CARLSON (1/3/2018)
Swecker told Carlson that a number of things tipped him off that the Clinton probe was different from the start, including that the bureau didn’t use a grand jury.
Swecker added that it wasn’t the FBI’s practice to ask witnesses “mother, may I have those emails?” to obtain information; “you use subpoenas and process and grand jury and search warrants.” Only when confronted with a reluctant witness, Swecker said, “That’s when you throw him in front of a grand jury.”
Swecker added that handling cases with kid gloves wasn’t former FBI Director James Comey’s practice, either. When Comey worked on the corporate fraud task force and Swecker ran the agency’s criminal division, Swecker says they both “played hardball.”
Nonetheless, Comey was the person who exonerated Clinton of any criminal liability in the summer of 2016 while she was running for president.
According to Swecker, the standard practice was that “you didn’t just ask for records,” which was contrary to the FBI’s handling of the Clinton investigation. So what went wrong in the Clinton email probe?
“I think that there were people inside … the Comey inner circle that had their own predetermined opinions about … Hillary Clinton and the president,” Swecker concluded. “That’s not the FBI that I know.”
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