Obama-Appointed Federal Inspector Threatened By Clinton Campaign Over Email Investigation

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Content originally published at iBankCoin.com,

An Obama appointed government watchdog central to the Hillary Clinton email investigation says that he, his family and his office faced an ‘intense backlash‘ from Clinton allies, who threatened him over findings that Clinton mishandled classified information.

Former Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough III.

Former Inspector General Charles McCullough III told Fox News Chief Intel correspondent Catherine Herridge that he was under intense pressure from senior officials on the left – with one Clinton campaign official threatening that he and another government investigator would be immediately fired under a Hillary Clinton presidency:

“It was told in no uncertain terms, by a source directly from the campaign, that we would be the first two to be fired - with [Clinton’s] administration. That that was definitely going to happen.” –Charles McCullough III

As a refresher, over 2,100 classified emails were sent over Clinton’s personal server, which was used exclusively for government business. Despite this, former FBI Director James Comey – who had drafted Clinton’s exoneration letter months before reviewing evidence in the case – recommended that the DOJ not prosecute the case.

McCullough was recommended to Obama by then-Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, who told McCullough that Clinton’s conduct was “extremely reckless,” adding “the campaign … will have heartburn about that.”

Via Fox News: 

He [McCullough] said Clapper’s Clinton email comments came during an in-person meeting about a year before the presidential election – in late December 2015 or early 2016. “[Clapper] was as off-put as the rest of us were.”


After the Clapper meeting, McCullough said his team was marginalized. “I was told by senior officials to keep [Clapper] out of it,” he said, while acknowledging he tried to keep his boss in the loop.

Egregious violations

In January 2016, McCullough told Republicans on the Senate Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees that emails classified above “Top Secret” had been passed through the former secretary of state’s private, unsecure server – such as an email about Benghazi she sent to daughter Chelsea Clinton (using pseudonym Diane Reynolds) on the night of September 11th, 2012 from ‘@clintonemail.com’ which not only divulged highly classified military intel over a non-government server vulnerable to foreign surveillance – it also revealed that the Obama administration knew that an “Al Queda-like group” was responsible for the attack.

One wonders what Chelsea’s security clearance was at the time?

Instead of informing the American public that radical Islam was responsible for the attack, the Obama administration fabricated a story – peddling the lie that anger over an anti-Islamic YouTube video resulted in the attack, which led to the arrest and imprisonment of an innocent man.

Hillary knew it was an "Al Qeda-like group" hours after it happened when she told Chelsea ("Diane Reynolds") top secret information. pic.twitter.com/LiOJj3jck1

— ZeroPointNow (@ZeroPointNow) July 15, 2017

As one of a handful of people who reviewed the 22 Top Secret Clinton emails deemed too classified to ever see the light of day, McCullough says “There was a very good reason to withhold those emails … there would have been harm to national security,” adding “sources and methods, lives and operations” could be put at risk. According to Fox, some of those email exchanges were considered Special Access Privelage (SAP), or “above top secret.”

What’s interesting about that, is an anonymous 4chan poster known as “FBI Anon” - whose breadcrumbs of information have been largely correct, posted on July 2, 2016 that Clinton had “SAP level programs on her server, which if made public, would literally cause an uprising and possibly foreign declarations of war.”

Then, on October 16, 2016 - three weeks before former FBI Director Comey cleared Clintin, "FBI Anon" elaborated on SAP programs and made an unverified claim about Clinton:

A Special Access Program is an intelligence program classified above top-secret. They are held on closed servers at secret locations. The only way to get one is if you are specifically read on to a program, have a need to know, then you must physically go to a location and pass through several layers of security to even look at the program. A good example in non-classified terms would be the locations and operations of our intelligence operatives around the glove, or our missile silo locations. SAP is granted on a need to know basis, and Hillary did not have any need to know any of the programs on her server. All I can tell you about the SAPs is that Hillary had them, and she did not have proper authority to have any of them. They were leaked to her by someone, and she did sell them to overseas donors. Possessing them alone makes her guilty of treason." -FBI Anon


In response to McCullough’s findings, Democrats turned their backs on the Obama-appointed Inspector General for doing his job.

“All of a sudden I became a shill of the right,” McCullough said, adding “And I was told by members of Congress, ‘Be careful. You’re losing your credibility. You need to be careful. There are people out to get you.’”

McCullough told Fox of “an effort… certainly on the part of the campaign to mislead people into thinking that there was nothing to see here.”

Damage Control

As the Clinton campaign geared up for the 2016 election, WikiLeaks documents reveal that Hillary’s inner circle was already starting to spin the investigation – writing in an August 2015 email that “Clinton only used her account for unclassified email. When information is reviewed for public release, it is common for information previously unclassified to be upgraded to classified.”

McCullough was critical of this response, telling Fox “There was an effort … certainly on the part of the campaign to mislead people into thinking that there was nothing to see here.”

In response to the Inspector General’s pushback, seven senior Democrats sent a letter to McCullough and his counterpart at the State Department, raising concerns over the impartiality of the Clinton email investigation. McCullough, however, was not arriving at any conclusions himself – he was simply passing along the findings of individual government agencies on appropriate classifications assigned to the emails.

Fox News reports:

McCullough described one confrontation with Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office just six weeks before the election, amid pressure to respond to the letter – which Feinstein had co-signed.


“I thought that any response to that letter would just hyper-politicize the situation,” McCullough said. “I recall even offering to resign, to the staff director. I said, ‘Tell [Feinstein] I’ll resign tonight. I’d be happy to go. I’m not going to respond to that letter. It’s just that simple.”


As Election Day approached, McCullough said the threats went further, singling out him and another senior government investigator on the email case.

Inquiries sent by Fox to both Feinstein and Clapper were not returned at the time of publication.


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King of Ruperts Land's picture

Obama, Clinton, Clapper, Comey
Bad boys. Bad boys.
What you gonna do when we come for you.
Bad boys. Bad boys.

petaloka's picture

She should have done to her what the Italians did to Benito Mussolini.

south40_dreams's picture

Democrats are now openly communist America haters. They will do ANYTHING to break this country

how_this_stuff_works's picture

And the Republicans wouldn't?

Corruption is corruption. Ask (MIA) Jeff Sessions.

numapepi's picture

Again she is proven to be above the law.

If you or I threatened a prosecutor, in our own case no less, we would be buried under the prison.

MadHatt's picture

Did you wipe your servers?

"What? Like with a cloth?"


What a sack of garbage that evil thing is.... WHEN does this finally start to catch her?

BendGuyhere's picture




Goddammit, why is it still CRICKETS????

G-R-U-N-T's picture

Sessions looks and sounds meek, but perhaps behind that facade lies a venomous viper ready to strike at anyone that threatens their protected government (repub and dem) establishment cabal. Indeed, for the sake of the people, this whole thing needs to be exposed and blown to high heaven.

sriechers's picture

If I hear the sanctimonious "We are a country of laws" one more time I'll puke.

cherry picker's picture

Laws exist only for us peons.

They dictate what you can eat, drink, live in and go.

The USA is slowly turning into the USSR and Russia/China are turning into what the USA could have been.



sriechers's picture

More like the laws exist for weasels.


TheLastTrump's picture

What a load of smelly crap.

Only way you get to THAT conclusion is by cherry picking your "facts".

No great shock.

how_this_stuff_works's picture

"If I hear the sanctimonious "We are a country of laws" one more time I'll puke."

By lawyers for lawyers.

oncemore's picture

Dear Murikans,

Why are your IS worried about cyberespionage?

Why do you keep J.Pollard behind the bars?

Your Sec. Of State sells the secrets out.

Probably she has a price list, what costs how much and offers it to everybody.

Close DoJ and the 16 agencies and save a lot of money.

fulliautomatix's picture

So much money. All of the deficit.

Has the side affect of promoting journalism, an industry of people seeking information and reporting on it.

Also has the side-affect of returning power to the elected reps - they are obliged to seek accurate information in order to make beneficial decisions. What we have here is an intelligence bureaucracy that was divvyed up to provide contracting opportunities for .gov employees, at mates rates. The nature of contracts handled by Intelligence is that they are not subject to public knowledge, even though they use public funds to provide for the payments for the successful contract. In certain circumstances, the names of the parties to the contract are rated top secret or above. This lack of transparency leads itself to power plays within the political structure based on the legitimacy of the informatrion provided by [an organisation] that incidently cannot be held responsible for certain otherwise illegal acts (like the killing of foreigners or citizens). 

A mess doesn't begin to describe it. Easy to fix.


replaceme's picture

I swear I saw Chris Matthews say that going after Hillary is the kind of thing Stalin would have done. I'm likewise sure I saw that anyone that thinks Uranium One is any kind of scandal re Hillary should be permanently barred from political discourse - I'm going to say I saw that on Slate. 

How do we know she sold this to foreign donors? If that's backed by documentation, she really does need to see a cell, hopefully with a stool and a rope, note on it that says 'early release'.

Last Man Standing's picture

Mueller must be fired. He is covering up and perhaps destroying evidence of his own corruption as head of the FBI. Robert Mueller is a criminal, he covered up the crimes committed by the Russians, including Russian organized crime and failed to report that money laundering and bribery to the Congress as required by law. Mueller should be a Subject/ Target of a Special council instead of being a special council.

fishwharf's picture

Mueller was FBI Director on 9/11.  Mueller had to know who the real neo-con perps were, but did nothing.  That makes him complicit in the coverup.

Zero-Hegemon's picture

Wait, stop! Can you hear it? What's that sound?


That's the sound of another investigation into the Clintons NOT happening.

They are the plug that keeps the swamp from draining.

DulciusExMan's picture

FFS, does anyone with half a brain cell on this site believe for one second that ANYTHING (and I mean ANYTHNG) will happen to any of these people for anything they do?  Jaywalk and get fined.  Take the King's deer out of season....lose your privilege to hunt.  Get convicted of any felony....no right to ever own a firearm again.  These beast minions can intentionally topple valid governments and walk around free as a jay bird.  The whole fucking thing makes me so mad I can't even verbalize it most of the time.  This won't end well.....but not for them.....for all of us.   "They" will be just fine regardless of what they do.  Bet on that.

pynky01's picture

...the marxist jew is our enemy... get rid of the mj and get rid of the problem and get world peace as a bonus...

Miss Expectations's picture

How many hundreds of thousands of people would be alive today if Hillary didn't have a Blackberry?

How many ancient sites would not have been blown to smitherines?  How many people would not have been consigned to the task of becoming a massive invading migrant hords that destroy every native culture they newly inhabit?

We've known for at least a year that Hillay had SAP info on her server.  This isn't some new revelation.  If Jeff gets his game on, we're talking treason and crimes against humanity.  I'm not adverse to slow-walking Hillary to the gallows.  

Should Jeff undercharge her a la Capone's tax evasion or open Pandora's Box?

Pumpkin's picture

Either they go to jail, or this sort of thing is encouraged.

shutterbug's picture

New facts and evidence come up week after week ...


SESSIONS had died ??!

No, he is a TRAITOR to the people and should be prosecuted for bad management, at least...

Grandad Grumps's picture

It seems that the US government, in addition to obviously going to foreign countries, murdering people and taking their stuff has been doing things that are even worse than the obvious.

Hmmm ... everyone should pray for the exposing, binding and cleansing we need.

Posa's picture

Wake up Goober Sessions... This is a clear cut case of obstruction of Justice...

Zero-Hegemon's picture

I'm going to watch and wait for the whole US Gov't to register itself as a foreign agent.


Dilluminati's picture

I think the original definition of a corporation didn't include say Amazon when it was defined, scary that lines get blurred.. but who could have reasonably expected that phenomenon?  And what if any nation is their an allegiance to? 

Arrest Hillary's picture

"Did I wipe the hard drive .... you mean with a cloth ?" .... "Did I threaten to fire him .... you mean with a gun ?" Well Plucked Unibrow Hillary

Bill of Rights's picture

Fact, one sides a Swamp the other side is Pond Scum...

Charles Offdensen's picture

What I still find hillarious about Hitlery deleting her emails and saying it was about yoga and Chelsea's wedding is that Chelsea's wedding was on 7/31/10. So she kept emails that were about meaningless babble for 2+ years but only until she was asked to produce them did she delete them. And how do you have 30,000 fucking emails about yoga and a wedding?

Dear Lord, all I want for. Christmas is one giant fucking brain ebolism to be visited upon this evil, traitorous bitch. That and a deadly plague to wipe out the swamp creatures. Amen.

For the record I tried!

Dilluminati's picture

If the system is about two separate and distinct systems, one secure and the other insecure, and information was transferred from one to the other: and cash donations accrued to participants of that server then I think you can conclude a quid-pro-quo event was occurring.  Lets imagine for the sake of an example only that say two parties knew that the real actors behind an attack were ISIS and not a spontaneous riot, one party in the ME and the other party in the US, and the ME party wanted to know before hand what the response would be say to better understand the futures market of oil a little better?   Putting aside all other motives political the information is of tremendous value.

Sadly this last election media sensationalized and politicized: Clinton, Manning, and Assange.  From just an objective perspective of information being transferred from a secure to an insecure system, all three are guilty as charged.

Then there is pay for info culture.. or corruption that Flynn seemed just too comfortable with as if it were routine?  But I doubt any amount of outrage will result in any changes.   Sad that this IG now states the obvious, Sad that people responsible were purposefully left out of the loop, or convenient.. which leads me to question the veracity of statements now.  Sad where we find ourselves as a culture.  I guess coming clean is OK and better than covering up, but really if you're an IG and don't resign I have lost respect in that individual.  without fear or favor you do the job





incharge1976's picture

Don't care anymore. It's all a friggin' show. 

Kina's picture

So Sessions... do we get a Special Counsel on this YET???

Oh wait Sessions is a Deep State puppet.


Hillary Clinton stabs a hundred babies to death on the street...Comey, there was no intention,  Sessions, it was more likely an accident.

Clinton goes into Congress and shoots everybody dead,   AG Sessions, it was an accident, she did nothing wrong.

Collectivism Killz's picture

If Hillary shot up congress, I would be inclined to agree that she did nothing wrong. Just as long as she misses Rand Paul and Tulsi Gabbard.

Omega_Man's picture

hang Hillary now, don't wait... hang now!!! then hang some more! 

JoseyWalesTheOutlaw's picture

"I am not a smart man Jenny but I know".....Forrest Gump


I believe Hillary is actually still thinking of running for President in 2020. Why else would she still be running that lardazz mouth 24/7/365.  The dems are trying to get her to go away but being the narcissistic person that is never wrong it appears she isn't going to take the hint.


Game to continue. 

Kina's picture

Clinton Waters Pelosi are all borderline insane, dementia.

Kina's picture

The USA has no Attorney General, just some goon who keeps the seat filled so they can't appoint an AG.

TheLastTrump's picture

Don't shoot

until you see the whites of their eyes.

grunk's picture

Roger Stone on Infowars yesterday:

Exclusive: FBI Director Preparing To Drop The Hammer On Mueller, Comey And The Clintons


Merica101's picture

Now that the Clinton’s Saudi “donors” have been contained, perhaps we’ll see some action regarding a real investigation. Time will tell, but in the meantime, Hillary needs to shut the f up.

I love your wife's picture

18 USC 793.  You can just read the fucking law and compare it to what Comey said on July 5 2016 that HRC did.  This is a prosecutor's no-brainer.  Stonetear admitted to bleachbit-ing the server AFTER the subpoena.  Comey violated protocol by acting as judge and jury in what should have been the deputy AG's call.  Obama admin was a fucking joke that ran the USA as if it was their own personal country.  Two Americas.  Fucking bullshit.

Muppet's picture

"Comey cleared Clintin"

"operatives around the glove"


The lack of proofreading in this article, as well as many on ZH,  always triggers my sense that the story is not credible and more likely the view of one or too few people.

snblitz's picture

"... Clinton’s personal server, which was used exclusively for government business ..."

Why does this tidbit appear?

I recall that Clinton had to go through the emails removing the "personal" ones prior to handing them over to the government investigators.

Fedtacular's picture

Mrs. Cabbage Farts is leaking her depends right through her pantsuit.

cherry picker's picture

There is no need for a 'special prosecutor'

She broke numerous laws and it is on the record.

All that is required is a warrant and a swat team to pick her and Billy up, like they would do for the rest of us.

No one in law enforcement has the guts to arrest them.

Home of the brave?  Yeah right...

CanadaGoose's picture

Off with her head!  Take her out and the rest of the criminal enterprise will fall apart!