Today – in an announcement that will surprise no one – the FBI said that the agency recommends that Hillary Clinton NOT face criminal charges over her use of a private email server during her reign as Secretary of State.
Here are some of the
ridiculous things FBI Director James Comey said in a statement:
Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.
Careless? Oh. So…she’s getting a slap on the wrist? Any other person would be fired and probably banned from ever working in another government job for the rest of eternity, but…she’s a Clinton.
By the way…as a peasant, try telling law enforcement that you didn’t INTEND to violate a law and see what happens. Think you’ll be forgiven? Nah, you’ll likely be told “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.”
More from Comey’s statement, emphasis mine:
For example, seven e-mail chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received. These chains involved Secretary Clinton both sending e-mails about those matters and receiving e-mails from others about the same matters. There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation. In addition to this highly sensitive information, we also found information that was properly classified as Secret by the U.S. Intelligence Community at the time it was discussed on e-mail (that is, excluding the later “up-classified” e-mails).
This is just unbelievable (emphasis mine):
None of these e-mails should have been on any kind of unclassified system, but their presence is especially concerning because all of these e-mails were housed on unclassified personal servers not even supported by full-time security staff, like those found at Departments and Agencies of the U.S. Government—or even with a commercial service like Gmail.
And this…wow (emphasis mine):
With respect to potential computer intrusion by hostile actors,we did not find direct evidence that Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail domain, in its various configurations since 2009, was successfully hacked. But, given the nature of the system and of the actors potentially involved, we assess that we would be unlikely to see such direct evidence. We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private commercial e-mail accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account. We also assess that Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail domain was both known by a large number of people and readily apparent. She also used her personal e-mail extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related e-mails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries. Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.
Brace yourself for Comey’s recommendations to the Department of Justice:
Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.
Could that be because he’s afraid he will end up dead like so many others who dared to betray a Clinton?
In looking back at our investigations into mishandling of removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts.
Could that be because in the history of the position, no Secretary of State has ever behaved so badly?
Mere peasants would never get away with a fraction of this sort of thing, as Comey points out…
To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.
As a result, although the Department of Justice makes final decisions on matters like this, we are expressing to Justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case.
I know there will be intense public debate in the wake of this recommendation, as there was throughout this investigation. What I can assure the American people is that this investigation was done competently, honestly, and independently. No outside influence of any kind was brought to bear.
No outside influence of any kind was brought to bear?
I think Karl Denninger of Market-Ticker summed things up best:
Meanwhile, Hillary is flying around campaigning in Air Force One with Obama.
Hillary is the person who has been selected to be the next President of the United States, folks. I wonder what else she will be “extremely careless” with?
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