Clinton’s Filegate: Hillary Clinton Illegally Obtain Files on Political Opponents and Used the Information to Smear Them

“Filegate” began on June 5, 1996, when Republican Pennsylvania Congressman William F. Clinger, Jr., chair of the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, announced that the committee had found, during their ongoing “Travelgate” investigations, that FBI background reports on Travelgate figure Billy Dale had been delivered to the White House. The following day, the White House delivered to the committee hundreds of other such files related to White House employees of the Reagan Administration and George H. W. Bush Administration, for which former bar bouncer Craig Livingstone, then director of the White House’s Office of Personnel Security, had improperly requested and received background reports from the FBI in 1993 and 1994, at the request of Hillary. Estimates ranged to over 900 unauthorized file disclosures according to Judicial Watch. The incident caused an intense burst of criticism because many of the files covered White House employees from previous Republican administrations, including top figures such as James Baker, Brent Scowcroft, and Marlin Fitzwater.

The case, first filed in 1996 when it was discovered that the Clinton White House illegally obtained FBI files on adversaries, and used them to smear them or come after them using the IRS, FBI, or other government organizations, was dismissed in 2010 by Judge Lamberth who judged that it was likely a bureaucratic mistake. Strangely, although Mrs. Clinton was the principal defendant, and although there is sworn testimony, obtained during earlier discovery that Mrs. Clinton was the mastermind of this illegal scheme, the Court never granted Plaintiffs requests to depose her — perhaps fearing a political backlash in the scandal ridden and “politically correct” cesspool known as Washington, D.C.

Hillary Clinton will not have to answer for one of the worst scandals during her years in the White House. This would not be the last time Hillary would get away with breaking the law and abusing authority. “… in confirming Mrs. Clinton as Secretary of State, the Senate overlooked Freedom Watch’s demand to investigate Mrs. Clinton’s sordid, scandal ridden past. Freedom Watch is not so kind, as we represent the American people, not the special interests of the corrupt and incestuous Democrat and Republican parties, who scratch each others’ backs and think they are better than the rest of the American people such that they do not have to account for their wrongs,” added Klayman.

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