Tuesday, July 5, 2016

WTF Just Happened? The Clinton Email Situation

Today's decision that Hillary Clinton was "careless" with her email but that no charges were recommended, has set off a firestorm on social media.

It was noted that "Clinton was "extremely careless" in using her personal email as secretary of State — 110 emails in 52 chains she submitted to the State Department for review contained classified info when they were sent — but she shouldn't face charges."  Um, letting a potential criminal determine what evidence to submit to the FBI seems a bit weird to me.

Then there was this: "Clinton has also insisted that she submitted to the State Department all of her work-related correspondence from her time as secretary. Comey said the FBI had recovered thousands of work-related emails that had not been turned over, though he added that investigators found no evidence of misconduct in their deletion."  So she lied to investigators but there was no misconduct?

And as speaker Paul Ryan noted, "No one should be above the law," Ryan said in a statement. "But based upon the director's own statement, it appears damage is being done to the rule of law. Declining to prosecute Secretary Clinton for recklessly mishandling and transmitting national security information will set a terrible precedent."  Duh.

Ah but if you are an average, everyday citizen, then: "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."  Another WTF???

From Zero Hedge: "The punchline of Comey statement is that Hillary Clinton shouldn’t face charges over her e-mail practices while serving as Secretary of State because there was no "intentional misconduct" and there was "no clear evidence" of intentional violation of the laws.The FBI's conclusion will now be referred to the Justice Dept for a decision."  I have to call BS on that statement as anyone and everyone who has ever worked for the government has received the employee handbook, the memos, and the classes on handling email (all of which clearly inform you under threat of law that you must conduct all government business over government servers, email retention and archiving rules, etc.).

So I am thoroughly disheartened by this conclusion but not surprised.  As outlined here, here, and here, the slippery Clintons seem to be able to avoid criminal prosecution better than even the Teflon Don. 

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