FBI Director James Comey has announced today he will recommend the Justice Department not charge Hillary Clinton in connection with the use of a highly compromised personal email server for official government business.
“There is evidence that they were extremely careless” with highly sensitive information, Comey said of Clinton and her aides. But he said he would recommend to the DOJ that “no charges are appropriate in this case.”
The FBI found that 110 emails in 52 email chains contained classified information. “Eight of those chains contained information that was top secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained secret information at the time; and eight contained confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification,” Comey said.
Comey said that the FBI could not find a case in the past that would support bringing criminal charges based upon the facts. The FBI did not find clearly willful mishandling of classified information or indications of disloyalty to the U.S. or efforts to obstruct justice.
“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,” Comey said.
This in spite of the fact that her actions compromised perhaps her entire reign as Secretary of State, that she revealed highly classified information to any of dozens of groups, including the Russians, the Chinese, groups related to Islamic terrorism and so many more, Clinton will get off scot-free.
Does anyone else think this smells funny? So much for the much-touted integrity of FBI Director James Comey (perhaps we should examine his bank accounts). So much for the impartiality of Attorney General Loretta Lynch. When she announced last week she would accept the FBI’s recommendation, it seems clear now she already knew the fix was in at the FBI level.
If anyone else in the Federal Government, especially in the intelligence community, had revealed classified information of this magnitude, they will be in jail for decades.
This writer is disgusted. I have just lost faith in our government.
P.S. The law under which she should have been prosecuted is the Espionage Act, Section 793:
“(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.”
I guess the FBI made the judgement that the complete compromise of the American Secretary of State is not “gross negligence”