Five Other Times DOJ Investigations Got “Involved” with Political Campaigns

The Democrats are going crazy over FBI Director Comey’s decision to reopen the investigation of Hillary Clinton. Many of them claim it goes against FBI and DOJ tradition not to “get involved” in political campaigns.  But beginning with George HW Bush reelection there have at least five federal DOJ investigations that interfered with, and possibly changed the outcome of political campaigns.  The examples below all broke that “not getting involved” tradition.

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The first two investigations were announced just before election day in 1992 and may have helped George H.W. Bush lose his bid for reelection. And the Attorney General at the time was William P. Barr who was appointed by Bush #41.

  • 1992- Caspar Weinberger/Bush #41 Long before the election Caspar Weinberger was one of 14 Reagan administration officials charged in the Iran Contra affair.  When the Iran-Contra Affair broke to the media Bush stated that he had been “out of the loop” and unaware of the diversion of funds.  Then just four days before the 1992 presidential election prosecutors brought an additional indictment against Weinberger citing a Weinberger diary entry contradicting a claim made by President George H.W. Bush. As reported in the NY Times:Coming on the Friday before a furious weekend of last-minute campaigning before the election, the indictment was played prominently in television and newspaper reports. Mr. Bush was repeatedly asked about the issue and in the bitter aftermath of his defeat, his supporters singled out the indictment as the event that damaged the President most in the closing hours of the race.On December 11, 1992, Judge Thomas F. Hogan threw out the indictment because it violated the five-year statute of limitations and improperly broadened the original charges. But it was too late for Bush 41.
  • 1992 Catalina Vasquez Villalpando/Bush #41- The Treasurer of the United States under Bush #41. Villalpando became the central figure in a criminal probe launched by the Department of Justice. The Probe was announced October 29, a week before Bush’s re-election bid. As reported in the NY Times

Federal agents are looking into accusations that the United States Treasurer received payments from a former employer while in office, Administration officials said tonight.

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Treasury Department officials said the Treasurer, Catalina V. Villalpando, whose name appears on United States currency, was placed on an indefinite leave today…

 

Read three more examples of DOJ Investigations influencing political campaigns at the Lid

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