The news coming out of Washington is not good for Hillary Clinton. Not good at all. First, her speaking tour is a flop of epic proportions.
How bad? She is selling tickets on Groupon at a heavy discount just to fill the seats and still has few takers.
Next came word that a whistleblower from the Clinton Foundation was raided by the FBI under mysterious circumstances.
Followed soon after by the absolute bombshell that the DOJ order the Clinton email case reopened.
Fresh off that devastating news comes Lindsey Graham’s announcement of his new plans to hold her accountable.
From Fox News: “We should have had a special counsel appointed a long time ago to look at all things Clinton,” Graham said.
The South Carolina Republican, who is likely to become chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in January, said he plans on investigating if the dossier was used in obtaining a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page.
He said he wants to know how someone could swear before the FISA court that an unverified dossier, which was funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, was accurate.
“Somebody misled the court. So I promise you and your listeners that we’re going to find out how this warrant was issued,” Graham said. “How did the system break down?”
He said if the tables were turned and it was the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee that hired a foreign agent to compile unverified political opposition research that was later used to obtain surveillance warrants on a Clinton associate, it would be “front-page news all over the world.”
“We’re not going to let this go, because it’s important [to] the American people that the FISA warrant application process work correctly.”
From The Washington Post: A U.S. judge ordered the Justice and State departments Thursday to reopen an inquiry into whether Hillary Clinton used a private email server while secretary of state to deliberately evade public records laws and to answer whether the agencies acted in bad faith by not telling a court for months that they had asked in mid-2014 for missing emails to be returned.
The order risks reopening partisan wounds that have barely healed since Clinton’s unsuccessful 2016 presidential bid, but in issuing the order Thursday, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth said the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act required it.
In a narrow but sharply worded 10-page opinion, Lamberth wrote that despite the government’s claimed presumption of transparency, “faced with one of the gravest modern offenses to government openness, [the Obama administration’s] State and Justice departments fell far short” of the law’s requirements in a lawsuit for documents.
Lamberth wrote he took no pleasure in “questioning the intentions of the nation’s most august” Cabinet departments but said it was necessary when their response “smacks of outrageous misconduct.”
At best, Lamberth said the government’s actions reflect “negligence born of incompetence,” adding, “At worst, career employees in the State and Justice departments colluded to scuttle public scrutiny of Clinton, skirt FOIA, and hoodwink this court.”