Clinton’s Email Saga
Those pesky emails- who thought they would give Hillary Clinton so much trouble? Truly, I apologize sincerely for taking you away from whatever the youth does today. For the past year and a half, Clinton has faced questions into her handling of an email server during her time as Secretary of State. Last week, FBI director James Comey issued a statement. He recommended no charges but was highly critical of Clinton’s actions. The combination of former President Bill Clinton meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch a few days before the announcement is troubling. It suggests collusion and that the elites are beyond the law. I would like to make a few comments about this matter. Only a few- I know you have to play Pokemon Go!
1. I believe Hillary was negligent, but I am unsure if she was grossly negligent. I am not a legal scholar, but the definition of gross negligence according to legal-dictionary involves “carelessness in reckless disregard for the safety or lives of others.” I know that the Constitution sets a high bar for treason and I am thinking the bar for gross negligence is equally as high. Clinton’s conduct fell between the kinds of negligence according to the FBI. But when does “extreme carelessness” become gross negligence? I am still trying to figure that one out. There is no question Clinton should have known better. Of course, I am open to any future findings and my perception on this may change. I definitely believe she should face some kind of punishment, and I have a bitter taste in my mouth from the investigation’s conclusions.
2. FBI director James Comey has a history of challenging those in power. He argued with members of the Bush administration over a wiretapping program. In 2015, he suggested that police officers are hesitant to do their jobs after incidents such as Ferguson because they are afraid of public backlash. In both cases, he seriously angered the Bush and Obama administrations. I think his comments regarding the investigation are genuine. He also testified to the House oversight committee for over 4 hours. I highly doubt Comey would suddenly shift course and bow to his superiors. However, it is certainly possible. If Comey was pressured into his decision, perhaps his original press conference was a way to air his true thoughts.
3. Clinton is not a monarch or above the law. No matter what you think about the FBI’s conclusions, the former secretary was the subject of a FBI investigation. This entire process has lasted over a year and there was an entire team of FBI agents investigating her emails. If she truly were omnipotent, why not find a way to kill the investigation before it starts? Clinton is certainly powerful, but she still had to undergo the legal process. She may have avoided an indictment, but she cannot avoid the court of public opinion. There are still politicians like Trey Gowdy and Jason Chaffetz pushing for answers, so Hillary could still face legal consequences. Loretta Lynch’s testimony bothered me as she did not answer many questions. We will see what happens in the near future regarding Lynch, Gowdy and Chaffetz.
4. Don’t spend your time engaging in partisan bickering. Regardless of your opinion, avoid arguing about the case ad nauseam. Contact your representative and tell them you either want them to pursue the case or leave it alone. Do something, anything that is constructive.We cannot change what already happened, but we can change the future and send a message to those in power or pursuing power. Don’t stand for less than the absolute best from your political leadership! May the Clinton email saga encourage all of us to demand more from politicians. Remember, voting is the ultimate way to curtail those in power in our democracy.
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Originally published at theprimacyofpolitics.blogspot.com on July 12, 2016.