Five Hillary Clinton staffers, including her former chief of staff Cheryl Mills, have received immunity deals from the Department of Justice during the year-long FBI investigation of Clinton’s private, unsecure email server:
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said the immunity deals were “beyond explanation.”
“I’ve lost confidence in this investigation and I question the genuine effort in which it was carried out,” Chaffetz said in a statement. “Immunity deals should not be a requirement for cooperating with the FBI.”
The Utah Republican said the FBI was “handing out immunity agreements like candy.”
According to a Democratic staffer, the immunity deals cover the evidence recovered from the Clinton staffers’ computers, not their testimonies before Congress or their statements to the FBI. Specifically, the immunity deal offered to State Department staffer Heather Samuelson guaranteed that the Justice Department “would not prosecute her for any classified emails discovered on her hard drive if the former aide agreed to relinquish her computer to the FBI.” Samuelson was tasked with sorting through Clinton’s emails in 2014 after the State Department asked Clinton to turn over all her work-related emails.
There have been no prosecutions in the Clinton case, despite the FBI’s finding that Clinton and her staff exhibited “extreme carelessness” in handling classified information. Now we know why.