Yesterday, FBI Director James Comey audaciously announced to the American people that Hillary Clinton would face no criminal charges for her private, unsecured email server which trafficked in “very sensitive, highly classified information.” He said that Clinton and her staff had been “extremely careless” in their handling of that information. Furthermore, he said that “it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s email account." Alas, Director Comey said there is no “clear evidence” that there was criminal intent and therefore, the former Secretary of State is not culpable for the laws that she broke.
Clinton’s email scandal came to a head when former President Bill Clinton met privately with Attorney General Loretta Lynch (Director Comey’s boss) on board a private plane in Phoenix, AZ. Under fire, Lynch acknowledged that it was unseemly for the nation’s top cop to be yucking it up with the husband of the target of her Justice Department’s investigation. Interestingly, shortly after the airplane rendezvous, a story dropped in the New York Times saying that Clinton would consider retaining Ms. Lynch as Attorney General. If that isn't a thinly veiled quid pro quo, then I don't know what is.
And so, here we are. Comey not only exonerates Clinton of her crimes, but also reassures us that if we were to make such an error, we would face consequences: “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.”
There you have it. They are scarcely even trying to conceal their arrogance. The rules do not apply to the Clintons. They know it and they want us to know it also. Hillary Clinton doesn't really care that she put the country’s secrets at risk. Bill Clinton doesn't really care that him boarding Lynch’s jet in the heat of the investigation was inappropriate. That doesn't matter to them. They just need to grease the right wheels to get the outcome they desire. They are quite above being judged by the likes of you or I.
Bill privately talks to Lynch about “grandkids” and “golf” for a half hour on July 1. Hillary is interviewed by the FBI on July 2 (which probably consisted of her pleading the fifth). The New York Times piece is published on July 3 quoting “anonymous sources” that Clinton may keep Lynch on as Attorney General. Break for barbecue on the 4th of July. Finally, Comey puts on this press conference theater on July 5, complete with a minor tongue lashing to feign the appearance of impartiality and objectivity. With that, the fix is in.
What could Comey do? The husband of his suspect was chummy with his boss (the Attorney General) and his suspect herself was flying on Air Force One that very day with his boss’s boss (the President) on their way to a campaign stop. You try going after the “friend” of both the Attorney General and the President of the United States. Oh, and by the way, you work for both of them. That's some serious pressure.
It's hard to imagine that Secretary Clinton will likely be the next President of the United States. Her total disregard for the law for her personal gain shows an unbridled ambition that is truly dangerous to the country. She is undoubtedly corrupt, that's basically universally accepted as fact. “Liar” is the word most often attributed to her in polls and her trustworthy ratings are pitifully low. It would be nice to be able to enthusiastically endorse a candidate that was at least somewhat more acceptable for the highest office in the land. Unfortunately, the alternative to Hillary Clinton is Donald Trump, who just yesterday thought it a good idea to praise Saddam Hussein for his strong handling of “terrorists.” 2020 can't come quick enough.