FBI director: Hillary broke the law, but she won’t be prosecuted for it

 

"... buuuuuut I can't recommend prosecution": FBI Director James Comey closes the case on Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. (AP Photo / Cliff Owen)

“… buuuuuut I can’t recommend prosecution”: FBI Director James Comey closes the case on Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. (AP Photo / Cliff Owen)

Unbelievable.

At a hastily called press conference this morning, FBI Director James Comey meticulously laid out the process for his agency’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private, unsecured email server while serving as secretary of State. He revealed there was evidence information that was classified at the time of its transmission — both to and from Clinton — was on Clinton’s unclassified email server, apart from information that was later “upclassified” as sensitive or secret. He said some of this information, including in messages Clinton herself sent, was at the “top secret/special access” level at the time she sent it. He dismissed the idea said information wasn’t really classified because it hadn’t been marked that way at the time, because “participants who know or should know that the subject matter is classified are still obligated to protect it.” He opined that Clinton and her staff “were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.” He said “any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that (kind of) conversation.” He said that, while no “direct evidence” was found that the private server was hacked, the FBI did find that “hostile actors gained access to the private commercial email accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account” and that she used her private email even while in the territory of “sophisticated adversaries.”

In short, he not only demolished every single excuse Clinton and her team have offered during this entire episode. He also made a case for prosecuting virtually anyone in the United States under the legal standard he described, which is: a) for a felony, the mishandling of classified information “intentionally or in a grossly negligent way”; or b) for a misdemeanor, “to knowingly remove classified information from appropriate systems or storage facilities.” He even said “there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information.”

And then he said the FBI would not recommend prosecution.

Folks, this is not another “vast right-wing conspiracy,” a la those about the death of Vince Foster. The head of the FBI carefully explained how someone had done what the law says one cannot do, and then he shied away from recommending prosecution because “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”

Which means one thing: No “reasonable prosecutor” would try to prosecute the front-runner for the presidency. Period.

This is not vindication for Hillary Clinton. She broke the law, as Comey clearly explained. She just isn’t going to face the consequences of doing so — and neither will anyone else in her circle.

But there was an indictment of sorts handed down today: that of a legal system that only pretends justice is blind.

There will be time, soon, for discussing the politics of this. For now, just let it sink in that a powerful woman is getting away with law-breaking simply because she is powerful. And no one is even pretending otherwise.

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Donald S. Dittmer Sr.
Donald S. Dittmer Sr.

She only gets away with every thing IF she gets elected. Don't elect her VOTE FOR TRUMP and she will be dealt with by the Law unless Obama pardons her which I think he will.

Karen Brown
Karen Brown

POLICE ARE BREAKING THEM EVERYDAY KILLING INNOCENT BLACK UNARMED PEOPLE AND GETTING AWAY WITH IT!!!! Let that sink in will you.

Kim Rippere
Kim Rippere

Get a grip. She did nothing wrong. The GOP is so delusional, they are completely disconnected from reality.

Kevin Gilliam
Kevin Gilliam

So why would Comey a Republican nominated by Republicans for the FBI top job NOT prosecute Clinton. You gotta believe what he says is true just does not have the evidence to go forward...

Brandon Smith
Brandon Smith

wow! the AJC is posting this?? I cant believe it!! Figure you all would be defending KILLARY until the end

Pam Cavanah
Pam Cavanah

She is a crook pure and simple, broke the law, anyone else would be punished, why shouldn't she? And do we want her running our country? If she could break this law what about others? She should set an example for the children, we don't want a crook for a role model

lvg
lvg

""""In 1996, according to Time, he {Comey} concluded as deputy special counsel to the Senate Whitewater Committee that “Hillary Clinton was personally involved in mishandling documents and had ordered others to block investigators as they pursued their case. Worse, her behavior fit into a pattern of concealment.” Comey called this a “highly improper pattern of deliberate misconduct.” In a later role as a federal prosecutor appointed by George W. Bush, Comey later refused to prosecute the Clintons over the Marc Rich pardon. Comey was later involved in ousting then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez by agreeing to release details about Gonzalez placing classified information on the National Security Agency’s Stellar Wind program."""""""""""


http://www.dailywire.com/news/4565/will-fbi-director-james-comey-have-guts-stand-face-ben-shapiro

Pam Cavanah
Pam Cavanah

That's why we are in the bad shape we are in! !

Ken Walls
Ken Walls

It must be really bad if a liberal rag like the AJC calls them out !

Cletus Johnson
Cletus Johnson

If you plan on voting for Killary, please do America a favor and kill yourselves

Mia Michelle
Mia Michelle

Quick question...what is the "law" that was broken?

Donna Kiser
Donna Kiser

Yeah, well so did Bush, Cheney, and Rove. And?

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

The only part he should have left out was "No “reasonable prosecutor” would try to prosecute the front-runner for the presidency. That is not his job!

Brandon Foley
Brandon Foley

If you arrested every politician who broke the law there wouldn't be anyone in office!

Antionette Mckenney
Antionette Mckenney

The FBI said that she didn't break the law and no charges would be filed. The " FBI "

Chris Smith
Chris Smith

When the FBI director straight up says "in other cases like this we would recommended charges, but in this case we do not" that's when you know the depth of corruption in this government. They don't even hide it anymore

Meredith Bryant Snapp
Meredith Bryant Snapp

At the age of 12 I watched as my dad defended a "regular guy" against an FBI investigation. They won after YEARS of fighting. Let me tell you this - the FBI comes to the conclusion they want to and then backs up whatever they want with their "facts." That's how it is. Any of you guys remember Richard Jewell? I know the AJC does ;)

Donna Banks-Dozier
Donna Banks-Dozier

No, because she didn't step that server up, the tech did, but they want act like she did.

Marie Goforth Curtis
Marie Goforth Curtis

I just don't know how so many of you can just ignore this!! If nothing else they proved that she has lied numerous times about classified information not being in any of the emails. She lied to the FBI and all of you!! Martha Stewart went to jail for lying to investigators and that WAS NOT ABOUT CLASSIFIED AND TOP SECRET INFORMATION...guess who was in charge of that one and decided to prosecute...now FBI director COMEY!! Double standard because she is a Clinton .

Cecil Strickland
Cecil Strickland

if the fbi had any credibility left before today, it is gone now.

Greg Raines
Greg Raines

Our government can no longer be trusted.... corruption bounds to the vortex in all roots and branches.

Vickie Cox Edmondson
Vickie Cox Edmondson

Don't pull the woman card, she is powerful because she dares to do the things that men have done \U0001f4af

Shaun T. White
Shaun T. White

THANK YOU AJC FOR NOT BEING AFRAID TO POST THE TRUTH!!!!!

Tim Mc Nulty
Tim Mc Nulty

She only has as much power as she is given NO MORE THAN THAT

Daniel Tagariello
Daniel Tagariello

Only a matter of time before Kyle got sucked into the pity party that is today's GOP.

David Tinch
David Tinch

She not the first and want be the last.

Pat Dempsey
Pat Dempsey

So lets make her president... Facepalm

Omar K. Ali
Omar K. Ali

It's not what you "know", it's what you can prove. - Training Day For the record, wasn't voting for her anyway. # morethantwooptions

Joanne Small-James
Joanne Small-James

And how many of you have gotten away with more horrendous crimes, Oliver North scandal?????Argentina scandal???Nelson Mandela/CIA scandal???

Dana Wingate
Dana Wingate

So that makes it ok to give away classified info.?? Liberallogic

Naima Barton
Naima Barton

I guess they're just mad because a WOMAN got away with it...instead of the men who always get away with it.

Dana Wingate
Dana Wingate

And people don't like Obama because he's BLACK right? Smdh