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A former State Department inspector general who served in that capacity from 2005 to 2008 said Hillary Clinton will never be indicted for her email server scandal because A, the State Department itself would be implicated and B, she’s being shielded from prosecution by four very powerful Democratic Party women.
Howard Krongard, in an interview with the New York Post, said Clinton was never actually assigned a state.gov email address, and that in itself shows the department was aware and at least tacitly approving of her private email system.
“That’s a change in the standard,” he said, referring to the fact she wasn’t given the same state.gov email account other secretaries received, the New York Post reported. “It tells me that this was premeditated. And this eliminates claims by the State Department that they were unaware of her private email server until later.”
Krongard also said it was highly unusual for the inspector general of State position to remain unfilled for the entire tenure of Clinton’s term at the department, from 2009 to 2013.
“This is a major gap,” he said. “In fact, it’s without precedent. It’s the longest period any department has gone without an IG.”
One role of an inspector general is to ensure government entities aren’t committing fraud, waste and abuse; another, however, is to make sure government officials aren’t violating communications security provisions.
“It’s clear she did not want to be subject to internal investigations,” Krongard said, the New York Post reported.
Currently, FBI officials are investigating whether Clinton and her deputies duplicated and moved top-secret and classified information from the State Department’s network to her unsecured private account. And federal officials have honed in on three of Clinton’s aides: her chief of staff, Cherul Mills and her deputy chiefs, Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan.
“They are facing significant scrutiny now,” Krongard said, in the media outlet.
But, he added, “it will never get to an indictment,” the New York Post reported.
Referrals for criminal prosecution would have to go from the FBI to the U.S. Justice Department, and “will have to go through four loyal Democrat women” who won’t allow the process to go forth, Krongard reportedly said.
Those women, he said, were Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, the head of the criminal division at the department, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and even White House aide Valerie Jarrett.
Krongard said the case would likely fade, but even if those four women took the referral, the most they would pursue would be a plea-bargain for misdemeanor counts, the New York Post reported.