NEW YORK – A Donald Trump Tweet late Saturday afternoon adds to the growing concern “the fix is in” on the FBI’s criminal probe of Hillary Clinton.
CNN is reporting its sources expect an announcement to be made within two weeks that no charges will be filed against the Democratic presidential candidate for president.
At 4:06 p.m Eastern time Saturday, within hours of Hillary Clinton’s interview with the FBI, Teddy Davis, a senior producer at CNN, began tweeting that the “expectation” is that no criminal charges will be brought against Clinton, provided no wrongdoing emerged in today’s interview.
Seven minutes later, at 4:13 pm ET, Donald Trump tweeted that “sources” had just announced no criminal charges will be brought against Hillary, asserting, “Like I said, the system is totally rigged.”
On Saturday, various news sources reported earlier in the day that Cheryl Mills, Hillary’s chief of staff at the State Department, accompanied Mrs. Clinton to the FBI interview.
Mills’ attendance at Clinton’s FBI interview adds to the controversy calling for Attorney General Loretta Lynch to recuse herself in the FBI investigation of the Hillary Clinton email controversy that developed Friday when news sources revealed former President Bill Clinton delayed his takeoff in order to maneuver a 20-25 private meeting with Lynch in her airplane on the tarmac at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Arizona.
Loretta Lynch and Cheryl Mills law firm tied to Hillary Clinton
On March 28, WND reported Lynch was a litigation partner for eight years at a major Washington law firm that served the Clintons.
Lynch was with the Washington-headquartered international law firm Hogan & Hartson LLP from March 2002 through April 2010.
Cheryl Mills also worked at Hogan & Hartson, for two years, starting in 1990, before she joined then President-elect Bill Clinton’s transition team, on her way to securing a position as White House deputy counsel in the Clinton administration.
On May 27, in her Judicial Watch deposition on pages 12-13 of the transcript, Mills explained she had worked for Hogan & Hartson prior to working at the White House.
The exact question-and-answer sequence was recorded as follows:
Question: OK, and when did you graduate from Virginia, from UVA [University of Virginia].
Answer: Do I have to say that? I am so old. I graduated from UVA in 1987, and I graduated from Stanford Law School in 1990.
Question: OK. Great. Thank you. And right out of law school you went to a law firm. Is that right?
Answer: I did. I went to work at Hogan & Hartson, which is a law firm here in Washington, D.C., though their name has changed.
Question: OK. And what did you do for them, practice as a litigator, or which –
Answer: I represented school districts that were still seeking to implement the promises of Brown vs. The Board of Education.
Question: OK. Is that litigation?
Answer: So it was a conglomerate of activities, but also included litigation.
Question: OK. And then after that?
Answer: After that I went to work in the White House. In the in-between period I went and worked on the Clinton campaign and on the transition. And then went to work in the White House, and was at the – in the White House for about seven years.
Question: OK. And when did you start working in the White House? Not specific date, but year-wise.
Answer: Oh, I know. So it would have been in 1993.
According to documents Hillary Clinton’s first presidential campaign made public in 2008, Hogan & Hartson’s New York-based partner Howard Topaz was the tax lawyer who filed income tax returns for Bill and Hillary Clinton beginning in 2004.
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In addition, Hogan & Hartson in Virginia filed a patent trademark request on May 19, 2004, for Denver-based MX Logic Inc., the computer software firm that developed the email encryption system used to manage Clinton’s private email server beginning in July 2013. A tech expert has observed that employees of MX Logic could have had access to all the emails that went through her account.
In 1999, President Bill Clinton nominated Lynch for the first of her two terms as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, a position she held until she joined Hogan & Hartson in March 2002.
While there is no evidence that Lynch played a direct role either in the tax work done by the firm for the Clintons or in linking Hillary’s private email server to MX Logic, the ethics of the legal profession hold all partners jointly liable for the actions of other partners in a business.
“If Hogan and Hartson previously represented the Clintons on tax matters, it is incumbent upon U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to [disclose] what, if any, role she had in such tax matters,” said Tom Fitton, president of Washington-based Judicial Watch.
Trump fundraises on pledge to indict Hillary
For the past few weeks, Trump’s presidential campaign has been sending out a fundraising email promising that on Nov. 8, election day, “the American people will finally have the chance to do what authorities have been too afraid to do over these past 2 decades: Indict Hillary Clinton and find her guilty of all charges.”
Although the Trump campaign has utilized this theme for several email solicitations that are variously worded, generally starting as follows:
The Trump fundraising letter addresses the former secretary of state as “Crooked Hillary,” alleging “it is well documented” that she is “a world-class liar.”