Concerned FBI agents demanded a criminal investigation into apparently illegal dealings by the Clinton Foundation, only to have their request killed by a Justice Department official at the heart of the illegal IRS targeting scandal.
Richard Pilger, head of the Justice Department’s “Election Crimes Branch,” shot down the FBI’s request, claiming there was no evidence to suggest any possible wrongdoing by the Clintons, The Washington Post reports.
Pilger is also at the heart of the IRS scandal into illegal targeting of Obama critics.
Emails from disgraced former IRS official Lois Lerner reveal Lerner and Pilger met in the weeks before the 2010 election, when polls made it clear Democrats would lose control of Congress.
Pilger and Lerner discussed how it could be possible to arrest Obama critics and charge them with crimes.
Pilger also illegally accepted IRS files on conservative activists.
Caught, he then refused to answer questions from Congress into his role in the scandal, at the recommendation of a criminal defense attorney.
The stunning decision is a sign of just how corrupt the Justice Department has become.
Pilger was the driving force behind the prosecution and conviction of Republican former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.
That conviction was thrown out by the U.S. Supreme Court in a unanimous decision.
The Election Crimes Branch also conspired to convict former Republican Alaska Senator Ted Stevens just a week before the 2006 election, helping hand control of the Senate to Democrats.
That conviction of a Republican was also thrown out after it was revealed Justice Department officials illegally hid evidence that Stevens was innocent.
But, somehow, Pilger can’t find anything in the Clinton Foundation’s open trade of favors to look into.
Despite illegally coordinating with the IRS to target Obama critics, illegally sharing confidential tax returns, refusing to answer a subpoena from Congress and blocking an FBI investigation, Pilger still has his job and has not been charged with a crime.