Hillary Clinton appears to be off the hook in terms of special counsel John Durham’s criminal inquiry, according to one House Judiciary Committee Republican.
In the view of Rep. Darrell Issa, the politically charged review into the origins and conduct of the Russia investigation has taken too long for there to be full accountability. He specifically name-dropped Clinton, whose 2016 presidential campaign and lawyers helped foster the specter of collusion between her rival, former President Donald Trump, and the Kremlin, as evidence has shown in the years of investigations that have followed.
Issa, a California Republican who is part of the judiciary panel that oversees the Justice Department, then looked ahead to what is expected to be a report released by Durham, whenever the prosecutor finishes his investigation — an endpoint that could be months away.
“Anything that comes out of the Durham report,” Issa said before stopping to scoff and shake his head. “It could lynch Hillary Clinton, and it wouldn’t change a thing.”
The congressman bemoaned how even if the truth is reached eventually, at some point, the opportunity to bring people to justice would reach its expiration date.
“The fact is, time has passed. It is pretty irrelevant, except it’s a lesson to Congress that putting real-time limits and putting real meat in activities, including inspector general’s reports and so on, is more important than ever. The time it takes to complete an investigation, or the time it takes for Congress to get to the truth, impacts whether or not you’re going to get the truth and compliance in a timely fashion. If you can hold an administration accountable in real time, they will cooperate. If they know they can run out the clock, as they often do, they won’t,” Issa said.
This is an excerpt from the Washington Examiner.
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