It is really rich that a woman at the center of decades of scandal and unethical dealings is claiming to be a victim as the FBI moves forward with its investigation into her use of a private email server. In an election cycle of chaos and uncertainty, there is one thing we know as a matter of fact: Hillary Clinton is no victim.
Hillary Clinton has no one to blame but herself. For the first time in our nation's history, a major party nominee is facing not one, but two FBI investigations. She is under investigation by the FBI because of the actions she took. Hillary Clinton broke government protocol to set up a private server, deleted tens of thousands of emails using BleachBit, and then lied and stonewalled investigations. There are also numerous examples of what looks like pay-to-play involving the Clinton Foundation.
Despite her original assertions of ignorance and claim that she set up a private email server for convenience, WikiLeaks emails give us a glimpse into a much more coordinated effort to get rid of information. Newly released John Podesta emails show him telling Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff, to "dump the emails." This directive to Mills came hours after the New York Times broke the news that Hillary Clinton exclusively used a private email server to conduct government business. Two days later Clinton was subpoenaed by Congress and because of information released by the FBI we know her team deleted 33,000 emails shortly after.
According to Fox News, The Clinton Foundation is now a "very high priority" for the FBI and agents are interviewing and re-interviewing multiple people in the case, which is being handled by the FBI's White Collar Crime Division. Released WikiLeaks emails and a memo by Doug Band, a former counselor to Bill Clinton, demonstrate numerous ways both Hillary Clinton and her aides sold access to her as secretary of state through the Clinton Foundation. We also know that Doug Band leveraged the Clinton Foundation to make Bill Clinton $66 million.
The actions of Hillary Clinton are not those of a victim but of someone who thinks she is above the law. But why shouldn't she think that? The Department of Justice, the State Department, and President Obama have all been complicit in covering for her. CNN has recently reported that the FBI agents on the Clinton Foundation case are complaining that the Department of Justice is putting up "politically-driven" "roadblocks" and blocking the use of tools to expand the investigation.
We also know that while Brian Fallon was at the Department of Justice he fed the Clinton campaign insider information about ongoing open records lawsuits regarding her emails. Loretta Lynch, who oversees the Department of Justice as Attorney General also met with Bill Clinton during the criminal investigation. The State Department is no better. The Associated Press reported that a State Department official coordinated with Hillary Clinton's campaign team, giving them a heads up about the New York Times article and even allowing them to tweak the department's official response.
The State Department also coordinated with the White House in how to respond to reporter inquiries about the private server, which we found out from a public-records lawsuit from the Republican National Committee. The president also seemed to know that Hillary Clinton was using a private server. After he told CBS in a 2015 interview that he learned of Clinton's "unusual" arrangement via the news just like everyone else, Mills emailed Podesta "we need to clean this up - he has emails from her - they do not say state.gov." State Department lawyers have refused to turn over those emails citing "presidential communications privilege." Fox News has also reported that Clinton's emails would have been "whitelisted" for President Obama to have received them on his Blackberry meaning her address "would have had to be approved as secure for data transmission."
With the election around the corner, there is one thing voters need to know: Hillary Clinton is no victim and she deserves the sympathy of no one.
Lisa Boothe is a contributing columnist for The Washington Examiner and president of High Noon Strategies.