I was reminded of his "Surprise Surprise Surprise" shtick when I heard the news that hillary beat the rap in her email case.
Statement by FBI Director James B. Comey on the Investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Use of a Personal E-Mail System
Our investigation looked at whether there is evidence classified information was improperly stored or transmitted on that personal system, in violation of a federal statute making it a felony to mishandle classified information either intentionally or in a grossly negligent way...Notice there is no mention of intent when discussing the federal statute. Mishandling classified information is a violation - period.
Yet later on Comey states:
Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information... (emphasis added)"intended to violate" - so hillary gets a pass based on her intentions. I guess the next time I break a law I can just say I didn't intend to. If it's good enough for hillary, it should be good enough for you and me. Right?
There is evidence to support a conclusion that 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 conversation (e-mail chains concerning matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received). (emphasis added)Wait a minute! Did Comey just say that hillary is not a reasonable person? That's just about the only thing in this load of BS that passes the smell test.
In addition to this highly sensitive information, we also found information that was properly classified as Secret by the U.S. Intelligence Community at the time it was discussed on e-mail...Classified information stored and transmitted on personal private e-mail servers less secure than Gmail - sure sounds like a violation of the 'mishandling' federal statute to me. But then again, I'm not the FBI Director.
None of these e-mails should have been on any kind of unclassified system, but their presence is especially concerning because all of these e-mails were housed on unclassified personal servers not even supported by full-time security staff, like those found at Departments and Agencies of the U.S. Government—or even with a commercial service like Gmail.
It's enough to make me wish that J. Edgar Hoover was back in charge - feathered boa and all...
FBI Rewrites Federal Law to Let Hillary Off the Hook
There is no way of getting around this: According to Director James Comey (disclosure: a former colleague and longtime friend of mine), Hillary Clinton checked every box required for a felony violation of Section 793(f) of the federal penal code (Title 18): With lawful access to highly classified information she acted with gross negligence in removing and causing it to be removed it from its proper place of custody, and she transmitted it and caused it to be transmitted to others not authorized to have it, in patent violation of her trust. Director Comey even conceded that former Secretary Clinton was “extremely careless” and strongly suggested that her recklessness very likely led to communications (her own and those she corresponded with) being intercepted by foreign intelligence services.
Yet, Director Comey recommended against prosecution of the law violations he clearly found on the ground that there was no intent to harm the United States.
In essence, in order to give Mrs. Clinton a pass, the FBI rewrote the statute, inserting an intent element that Congress did not require... (emphasis added)
It seems to me that this is what the FBI has done today. It has told the public that because Mrs. Clinton did not have intent to harm the United States we should not prosecute her on a felony that does not require proof of intent to harm the United States. Meanwhile, although there may have been profound harm to national security caused by her grossly negligent mishandling of classified information, we’ve decided she shouldn’t be prosecuted for grossly negligent mishandling of classified information.Two more things:
First, if hillary and her clown posse can't handle simple things like email and fax systems, how on earth can she serve as leader of the free world?
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Second, if, as she claims, she never sent classified info over her private server, and never used the official State Dept. system, how in God's name did she do her job as Secretary of State?
Bottom line - whatever shred of respect or allegiance I might have once had towards our federal government is now a thing of the past. It has gone from a minor annoyance to an out-of-control threat to freedom and the rule of law.
A pox on all three of its branches.
And a huge pox on hillary rodham clinton and her enablers.