Was the FBI investigating Clinton's emails and not her?
I don't know about you, but I had to reread the recent report by Michael Horowitz, inspector general of the U.S. Department of Justice, at least three times until I understood the meaning of what had happened. Moreover, I had to (reluctantly) recognize the justification of the main conclusion of the inspector general: that the apparent political preferences of the Clinton investigators played no part in the decision of the Clinton prosecutors.To a normal person, it looks like Hillary Clinton clearly violated several laws that would have led to the indictment of a normal person who acted teh way she did. An investigation of an inanimate object is unusual to say the least.
Why? Because the FBI, as it turned out, did not even investigate Hillary Clinton. The FBI had no such intention. Instead, an investigation was conducted into her email server.
The circumstances appear to resemble this. Crucial evidence was found at the scene of a crime. All the investigators' efforts were directed to discerning this and only this evidence of where it was made, where it was bought, how it fell into the hands of the criminal, etc. Everyone was so busy investigating the evidence that the search for a criminal was first postponed and then completely abandoned.
According to the inspector general's report, FBI investigators moved mountains as they pried into the private server of Hillary Clinton. They examined not only the server itself, but all other devices this server contacted and where the emails of Hillary Clinton were found. They also reviewed all the servers where backup copies of emails were stored. FBI investigators worked so well that they continued the investigation even after it was closed. They enthusiastically began to study another device: the laptop of Anthony Weiner, husband of Hillary Clinton's assistant Huma Abedin, eleven days before the 2016 elections.
During all these investigative steps, according to the inspector general, no violations were identified. In fact, more than 700,000 of Hillary Clinton's emails (from 2006 to 2016) located on Weiner's personal laptop, many of which were classified "Top Secret," were deemed not related to the investigation of the server. The FBI and DOJ prosecutors showed no (political) bias in their scrutiny of these computer devices at a high professional level. They strictly followed all instructions and applicable laws, except for the unauthorized press conference of the director of the FBI, James Comey, on July 5, 2016.
However, the "insubordination" by Comey is also related to the fact that Hillary Clinton's investigation was not actually conducted.
In fact, the name of Hillary Clinton does not even exist – she was never the object of or a suspect in the investigation. By the way, this investigation does not contain names of anyone at all. Why should the FBI investigators have any names? After all, the "matter" (coined by Attorney General Loretta Lynch) was conducted about the nameless computer hardware and not about the criminal negligence of Hillary Clinton in respect to secret government documents.