The Bradlo View: Did President Obama protect Hillary Clinton?

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The FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of State dogged her presidential campaign since the very beginning. President Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch promised there would be no intervention in regards to the FBI’s decision on whether to recommend charges.

In an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace in April 2016, President Obama promised there would be no influence in the FBI’s investigation.

“I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department or the FBI, not just in this case but in any case. Full stop. Period.” Obama said when asked about any potential political investigation in the FBI’s investigation.

Watch the full interview with President Obama below:

On June 27, former president Bill Clinton met with Attorney General Lynch in private for a half hour. Lynch described meeting as “primarily social” and said the two talked about their grandchildren.

Sure there’s nothing sketchy about a former president meeting in private with the attorney general while his wife is under investigation — and the FBI told reporters to clear the area.

Even if the two just talked about grandchildren for a half hour it creates a really bad optic.

July 5, 2016
FBI Director James Comey announced that the he would not recommend charges against Clinton, “As a result, although the Department of Justice makes final decisions on matters like this, we are expressing to Justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case.”

Comey laid out what the FBI found in its investigation. Many have said that those findings should have been more than enough to bring charges against Clinton.

“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statues regarding the handling of classified information, our judgement is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” Comey said.

Director Comey’s main reason for the decision to not recommend charges was that the investigation did not find intent to break the law.

The Bradlo asked Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas), a former state district judge, what he thought of Comey’s decision.

“Director Comey is generally a good man, a decent man, but we see over and over people in appointed positions and sometimes elected positions do what Comey did,” Gohmert said.

“The truth was there, he knew the truth, and he did what was politically expedient for his boss. The charges should have been brought. At minimum, the charges should have been taken to a federal grand jury. That should not have been decided by people who are appointed by Barack Obama — who made clear that he didn’t think anything should happen,” he added.

After the FBI closed its investigation into Clinton’s use of her private email server the State Department announced that it was reopening its investigation into her handling of classified information.

The FBI announced that it was sending the State Department thousands of work related emails that Clinton deleted — emails the public did not know existed until now.

Ask if anything would come of that investigation Gohmert said, “Not as long President Obama is in office and Hillary Clinton does not criticize him. If she starts criticizing President Obama, I think she’ll be indicted.”

What do you think: Did President Obama tip the scales to protect Clinton?