FBI Director James Comey may have given Hillary Clinton the best news of her life on Tuesday, but Donald Trump himself could not have scripted a more searing indictment of her professional conduct. So forceful and deliberate was Comey’s criticism of the former secretary of State that it is hard to understand why she won’t face charges.
Well, hard to understand from a legal standpoint, that is. From a political standpoint, it makes all the sense in the world.
But if the FBI or the Justice Department wants the American public to forgive Hillary Clinton for her wrongdoing – if they want her to remain a viable candidate for president – they are going to have to answer some pertinent questions. As it stands, reasonable people have no option but to believe that Hillary is being protected. Comey’s decision wasn’t quite on the level of, say, the O.J. Simpson verdict…but it was pretty damn astonishing. If she’s not, at the very least, guilty of “gross negligence,” then what does that term even mean? Do you have to post classified information on Facebook to get indicted on that charge? Put it in a song? Tattoo it on your face?
Every official, elected or unelected, with the exception of the President, must pass an exhaustive background check before being granted a security clearance. One of the questions the DOJ should answer – with concrete examples backing their claim – is this: If Hillary Clinton were seeking any other Washington job other than the presidency, would she be able to pass that background check? Put another way, When deciding whether to grant someone access to classified information, do you take into account their prior mishandling of said information?
Knowing our government, we can’t assume the answers. We can only ask.
Or we could ask them about the 30,000 emails Hillary and her aides deleted before handing the private server over to the State Department. Some of those emails have been recovered. Some of those were clearly not “personal,” as Hillary claimed. Were all of them recovered? Or are there still emails that no federal investigators have seen?
Or perhaps we could ask them how President Obama, despite claiming to have no more knowledge of the case than the average American, could confidently predict months ago that Hillary Clinton would be cleared of all criminal charges.
We could ask them, just out of curiosity: Did Attorney General Loretta Lynch know of this outcome when she promised to abide by the FBI’s recommendations? How many hours, approximately, passed between the time Lynch met with Bill Clinton in Phoenix and the FBI’s final analysis of the case? Again [cough], just out of curiosity.
And since we’re unlikely to get satisfactory answers to any of those questions, we might as well as one more:
Exactly how stupid do you think we are?