One of Clinton’s most trusted legal advisers told Klein that he took a call from the former president. The New York Post published a book excerpt spelling out what happened.
‘Bill said, “I want to bushwhack Loretta”,’ the adviser told him. ‘”I’m going to board her plane. What do you think?”
‘And I said, “There’s no downside for you, but she’s going to take a pounding if she’s crazy enough to let you on her plane”.’
‘He knew it would be a huge embarrassment to Loretta when people found out that she had talked to the husband of a woman – the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party – who was under criminal investigation by the FBI,’ the adviser explained to Klein.
Ultimately, Klein reports, Lynch told the former president that there was no chance of his wife being indicted or prosecuted for exposing state secrets to hackers and foreign adversaries.
She made the same pledge to President Barack Obama and his key adviser Valerie Jarrett, even though the Department of Justice is nominally independent of the White House.
And the easy-going Comey, whom many observers pegged for a principled good egg, turned into a pragmatist driven by, according to Klein, ‘huge ambition and an instinct for political survival.’
Moment of truth: FBI director James Comey as he announced in July whether Hillary Clinton would be charged. He had been handed authority to decide on prosecution after Loretta Lynch’s meeting with Bill was revealed
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