After a yearlong criminal investigation, the FBI has finally released its recommendation regarding Hillary Clinton and use of a private email server while secretary of state. Read the decision below:
The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said Tuesday that the bureau would not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified information while she was secretary of state, lifting an enormous legal cloud from her presidential campaign less than two hours before she boarded Air Force One for her first joint campaign appearance with President Obama.
But in an extraordinary day of political drama in Washington, Mr. Comey rebuked Mrs. Clinton as being “extremely careless” in using a personal email address for sensitive communications. He raised questions about her judgment that will reverberate through her campaign and said that a person still employed by the government — Mrs. Clinton left the State Department in 2013 — could face administrative punishment for such conduct.
To warrant a criminal charge, Mr. Comey said, there had to be evidence that Mrs. Clinton intentionally transmitted or willfully mishandled classified information. The F.B.I. found neither, and as a result, he said, “our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
While Hillary has escaped charges, she’s hardly emerging from the ordeal unscathed. In fact, Mr. Comey himself admitted the FBI had indeed found evidence of violations on Mrs. Clinton’s part.
“In this case, given the importance of the matter, I think unusual transparency is in order. Although there is evidence of potential violation of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” Comey said. “Prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before deciding whether to bring charges. There are obvious considerations, like the strength of the evidence, especially regarding intent, responsible decisions, and to also consider the context of a person’s actions and how similar situations have been handled in the past.”
One such “consideration” — though not mentioned — was no doubt Mrs. Clinton’s massive influence within the Democrat-appointed Justice system that decided to clear her of possible criminal charges. This fact was not overlooked by prominent Republicans who were understandably outraged over the surprise announcement.
Expressing deep concern for the erosion of the rule of law, [Paul] Ryan said the FBI’s announcement “defies explanation,” and claimed Hillary “misled the American people when she was confronted with her criminal actions.”
“While I respect the professionals at the FBI, this announcement defies explanation. No one should be above the law,” Ryan stated.
Karl Rove’s political organization, America’s Crossroads, joined in speaker Paul Ryan’s dissent.
“Just because Hillary Clinton is not going to jail doesn’t mean she should go to the White House. What the FBI confirmed today is that every material statement Hillary Clinton has made about the email scandal has been proven false. Clinton recklessly exposed national security information and assets to hostile powers, and that disqualifies her from having the integrity and judgment to be our nation’s Commander-in-Chief,” stated American Crossroads president Steven Law.
Prominent Republicans were hardly the only ones outraged by Hillary criminal escape. The twittersphere also exploded with disbelief — in its own unique way. Limited by the site’s 140 character limit, many users decided to paraphrase Comey’s announcement in a single sentence.
Shorter Comey: “It’s okay to commit felonies as long as breaking the law isn’t your primary objective.”
— Joe’s Moustache (@AMJoesMoustache) July 5, 2016
Shorter Comey: HRCs State Dept was completely inept and reckless w/ classified info but never mind.
— Jellenne (@jellen805) July 5, 2016
This proves beyond all doubt. So long as one acquires enough power, money, and influence, the law no longer applies. Call it the Clinton way.