Write this down. Record the date. Remember it.
July 5, 2016. 11:15 a.m. One day after America’s 240th birthday.
When historians conduct their autopsy on Lady Justice, that will be the time of death. That is the precise moment when Justice drew her last labored breath, cursed our ridiculous country and our hopelessly corrupt government, and collapsed. Sure, she’d been in bad shape for a while, but there was no surviving the final blow. When it is explicitly announced and made public that the wealthiest and most elite and most liberal are indeed above the law, the charade of “law” cannot continue. There is no law. We are living under the rule of men, not of law. We are subject to the whims of petty tyrants and bureaucrats. They are subject to no one on Earth.
None of that was directly said today when FBI Director James Comey held a press conference recommending no criminal charges be brought against Hillary Clinton, but he may as well have said it. He may as well have produced a binder with all the laws governing how classified information is sent and stored, lit it on fire, stripped off his clothes, and danced naked around the roaring flame, laughing maniacally as the rule of law literally went up in smoke. At least that would have been more interesting to watch, and certainly more honest.
Instead, Comey spent 10 minutes of his 15 minute press conference explaining in painstaking detail all of the various laws Hillary Clinton broke and all the many lies she clearly told. And then he spent the last five minutes telling us how she won’t be held accountable for any of it.
So, yes, we now know for sure what seemed obvious all along. Yes, Clinton sent classified and top secret information on private servers, in clear violation of the law, and she lied about it. Yes, she lied when she said she never sent classified information. Yes, she lied when she said she was acting within State Department guidelines. Yes, she lied when she said she produced all of her government emails and gave them to investigators. Yes, she lied when she said she conducted classified business on a private server because she didn’t want to carry around two devices. Yes, she lied. Yes, she lied. Yes, she lied. And, yes, she broke the law. Repeatedly.
But no. No, there will be no indictment. After spending 10 minutes giving us all the yeses, he used the last five minutes to give us the big no. The transition was jarring. It was like the first part of the press conference was from an alternate universe where government officials are held publicly accountable for being repulsive, dishonest, pathologically lying crooks, and the second part sent us barreling back to the real world where nobody named Clinton is ever punished for anything, ever, under any circumstance. This must be what it’s like to watch a press conference in North Korea.
Roger L. Simon @ PJM: Did Comey Actually Destroy Hillary Clinton by ‘Exonerating’ Her?
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.
Look at that last paragraph again, because, if the Republicans have any brains at all, they will be quoting it ad infinitum. “To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions.” What Comey is clearly saying (and leaving for us to “decide now”) is that–whether you agree with his decision not to indict or no (I don’t)—in a normal, real-world situation Clinton would face consequences, quite probably be demoted or even fired, certainly not promoted to the presidency of the United States, for what she did.
My purpose here is not to exonerate Comey. In all probability he was a more than a bit of a coward, looking for a way out. But that way out may prove to have powerful ramifications. A Hillary indictment, in all likelihood, would have meant a new and more scandal-free Democratic candidate, a Joe Biden perhaps, far more potent than the seriously wounded Clinton who now has even more explaining to do. It’s an endless case of be-careful-what-you-wish-for. And if we are to believe Judicial Watch (and I do) it’s only just begun:
FBI Director James Comey detailed Hillary Clinton’s massive destruction of government records and grossly negligent handling of classified information. Frankly, there’s a disconnect between Comey’s devastating findings and his weak recommendation not to prosecute Hillary Clinton. Federal prosecutors, independent of politics, need to consider whether to pursue the potential violations of law confirmed by the FBI.
NOT EVEN COMEY CAN MAKE THAT GO AWAY: “As you know, Trump has branded Clinton as ‘crooked.’ And that branding has stuck.”
In fact, he may have reinforced it.
David French @ NRO: Hillary’s Banana Republic
I defy any member of the military or any civilian not directly affiliated with Hillary Clinton to engage in such conduct and get away with it. The first thing that would happen is you would lose your security clearance. Next, you would lose your job. Finally, good luck escaping prosecution…