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The Foul Stench of Immunity

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And we are supposed to STFU and just hold our collective noses…

William McGurn @ WSJ: The Secrets of Cheryl Mills: If there was no evidence of criminal activity, why all the immunity?

Now we learn about the multiple immunity deals. Immunity in exchange for information that will help make the case against higher-ups is not unusual. Even so, the Mills deal carries a special stink.

To begin with, Ms. Mills was pretty high up herself. As Mrs. Clinton’s chief of staff, she was in the thick of operations. In 2012, while working at State, she traveled to New York to interview candidates for a top job at the Clinton Foundation.

More disturbing still, not only was Ms. Mills granted immunity for the content on her laptop, she was permitted to act as Mrs. Clinton’s attorney even though she herself was also a witness in the investigation.

This was allowed in part because she told the FBI she knew nothing of Mrs. Clinton’s private server until after she’d left the State Department. But this claim is suspect and contradicted by emails that have since emerged. These include one to Huma Abedin asking, “hrc email coming back—is server ok?”

The special treatment accorded Ms. Mills also reeks on a more fundamental level. As a rule, the Justice Department is aggressive about going after lawyers for any perceived conflict of interest. This would include, for example, a lawyer who wanted to represent different parties in a trial.

By giving Ms. Mills a pass to serve as Mrs. Clinton’s attorney in an investigation in which she was a material witness, Justice allowed her to shield her communications with Mrs. Clinton under attorney-client privilege. Indeed, Ms. Mills invoked that privilege during her own FBI interview.

Imagine Tom Hagen, the mob lawyer played by Robert Duvall in “The Godfather,” discussing with Don Corleone who was to get whacked—and then invoking the lawyer-client relationship to hush it up. Think of it this way and you begin to get the picture.

Jonathan Turley: Clinton confidant’s immunity deal looms over debate: FBI appears to have undermined its own investigation with ill-considered witness agreements.

Last night Hillary promised, among other things, to designate a “special prosecutor” to enforce trade deals. Some double-timing on social media during last night’s debate between Trump and Clinton immediately speculated it would be James Comey.

MORE:

FBI Director James Comey says Clinton aide Cheryl Mills’ immunity was ‘not irregular’

Clinton Camp’s Benenson: Immunity Deals Given To Clinton Staffers Are “Fairly Appropriate And Routine”

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