Recently in an interview on the Fox Network, Mr. Obama stated that Ms. Clinton’s use of a private email server did not damage or harm the security of the United States. At first blush, this comment might seem innocuous or perhaps even loyal—Obama is simply showing support for someone who worked as his Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. He also went on to say that Ms. Clinton had done an “excellent job” as Secretary of State.
Believe me, these comments represent far more than one Democrat showing public support for another. The fact that Mr. Obama’s comments were inappropriate and out of line is nothing new—he seems to have a knack for that. Nevertheless, given his background as an attorney, he would be well aware that he should not discuss an investigation that is ongoing. So why did he do it?
Ms. Clinton is under investigation by the FBI for potentially damaging or endangering the security of the United States by using a private email account and non-governmentally-secured email server (colloquially now referred to as a “home brew” server). Despite her protests to the contrary, there seems to be mounting evidence that classified documents were transmitted—and not just emails about yoga and Chelsea’s wedding, as she had asserted. The FBI is currently in the process of gathering evidence to determine the extent to which security regulations were violated, and once that process is complete, will make a recommendation concerning how the Attorney General should proceed.
Interestingly, Attorney General Loretta Lynch is already signaling that she is not under any obligation to follow the FBI’s recommendations. It would seem she is fairly certain that a recommendation for prosecution is forthcoming and letting us know up front that she intends to use her discretion. This is nothing new with the Obama administration, though. We have seen it before with the Black Panthers and Lois Lerner.
So, Ms. Lynch has decided to tamp down any possibility that Ms. Clinton will be held accountable. It would seem the prevailing attitude in ObamaLand and on the left is that since Ms. Clinton’s actions have not resulted in any discernible damage, she should be given a pass. Sorry Charlie, but the fact is whether or not materials were classified is not the point. She set up a private server that bypassed government oversight and security programs—and that qualifies her as grossly negligent and therefore liable under the Espionage Act. The truth is, there is a high possibility that her server was breached and we will not know the extent of the damage until the hackers decide to act on their intelligence. This could take months or years and could even involve blackmail! Imagine.
Both the president and the attorney general are out to downplay the importance of any evidence the FBI produces and, essentially, to “make the problem go away.” There will be no trial and weighing of the evidence by a jury of peers. Thus, Mr. Obama and Ms. Lynch will ensure the Democratic presidential frontrunner remains on course.
Ms. Clinton likes to wave her hand, laugh, and state time and again that she has done nothing wrong and that she is simply a victim of partisan politics. However, it is highly unlikely that the findings of the FBI will bear out her claim of innocence-by-virtue-of-inexperience (gosh! I didn’t know!) or her claim that "all my predecessors did it," which, in any case, is not true. Whereas some of her predecessors had personal emails, they rarely used them for work and none of them felt the need to set up a personal server. Thus, Mr. Obama must step in and rescue Ms. Clinton and, in turn, Ms. Clinton must sing his praises ad nauseam at every debate. Whether or not this mutual back-scratching is based on fellow Democrats saving their own or on more sinister motives—as in, what has Hillary got on Obama?—we will probably never know.
Founding Father Thomas Paine remarked of the American Revolution, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Today that quote seems quite appropriate as we see lawlessness and cronyism rule the day in our federal government. The unbridled contempt by this administration for the American people, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the heritage of this great nation is staggering. No matter how guilty Ms. Clinton may be or how much evidence there is to support prosecution, President Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch seem intent on selectively prosecuting the law—remember, General Petraeus was vigorously tried and convicted for far less. Therefore, if Hillary is not prosecuted despite overwhelming evidence of guilt, I hope all the FBI agents involved on her case turn in their badges, and I hope General Petraeus immediately seeks to have his conviction overturned. It’s not much, but it will be a strike for the truth—and at least a little gratifying.
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