2002: JAMES COMEY PARDONED BILL CLINTON ON CLEMENCY PROBE OF FOUR HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN DONORS

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James Comey ties with the Clintons go way back in the 1990s. In 1996, Comey signed on as deputy special counsel to the Senate Whitewater Committee where he came to some damning conclusions: Hillary Clinton was personally involved in mishandling documents and had ordered others to block investigators as they pursued their case. Worse, her behavior fit into a pattern of concealment: she and her husband had tried to hide their roles in two other matters under investigation by law enforcement.

 

Then in 2002,  US Attorney General James Comey first investigated and exonerated Bill Clinton for his clemency of four men who donated to Hillary Clinton’s senate campaign. Comey ended the investigation of clemency for four men from the Rockland County Hasidic who donated to Hillary Clinton’s senate campaign and had been convicted of stealing from federal anti-poverty programs.

 

CBS reported on this in 2002.

Feds Close Clinton Clemency Probe

The federal government has closed its probe — with no charges filed — into former President Bill Clinton’s grants of clemency to four men accused of bilking the government of millions of dollars, authorities said Thursday.

U.S. Attorney James B. Comey said his office’s investigation into other pardons that Mr. Clinton issued just before leaving office will continue.

Comey’s decision to end the investigation of clemency for the men from the Rockland County Hasidic community of New Square takes the spotlight off Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who received overwhelming support from the insular community in her 2000 bid for the Senate.

During the election, she won 1,400 of New Square’s 1,412 votes. Two months later, over the objections of prosecutors, President Clinton commuted the sentences of four men from the village who had been convicted of stealing from federal anti-poverty programs.

 

 

TIME reported:

Looking to get back into government after a stint in private practice, Comey signed on as deputy special counsel to the Senate Whitewater Committee. In 1996, after months of work, Comey came to some damning conclusions: Hillary Clinton was personally involved in mishandling documents and had ordered others to block investigators as they pursued their case. Worse, her behavior fit into a pattern of concealment: she and her husband had tried to hide their roles in two other matters under investigation by law enforcement. Taken together, the interference by White House officials, which included destruction of documents, amounted to “far more than just aggressive lawyering or political naiveté,” Comey and his fellow investigators concluded. It constituted “a highly improper pattern of deliberate misconduct.”

Comey parlayed the Whitewater job into top posts in Virginia and New York, returning to Manhattan in 2002 to be the top federal prosecutor there. One of his first cases as a line attorney in the same office 15 years earlier had been the successful prosecution of Marc Rich, a wealthy international financier, for tax evasion. But on his last day as President in 2001, Bill Clinton pardoned Rich. “I was stunned,” Comey later told Congress. As top U.S. prosecutor in New York in 2002, appointed by George W. Bush, Comey inherited the criminal probe into the Rich pardon and 175 others Clinton had made at the 11th hour.”

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