On Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey announced that Hillary Clinton is being let off scot free even though she put national security at risk, for the EmailGate scandal, a crime that would have put any other American in jail for up to ten years.
While James Comey admitted in his statement that any other American under similar circumstances wouldn’t be let off as Hillary was, FOX News reporter James Rosen shed light on one of the many inconsistencies in Comey’s statement.
If @hillaryClinton's actions made it "possible" that "hostile actors" gained access to her classified data, isn't that "gross negligence"?
— James Rosen (@JamesRosenTV) July 5, 2016
The legal standard is “gross negligence,” but Comey, sounding more like Clinton’s defense lawyer, avoided using that incriminating term at all costs.
Instead, Comey used the term “extremely careless” to describe Clinton’s actions (emphasis added):
“Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”
As Andrew McCarthy, himself a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, wrote in National Review today, James Comey (a longtime friend of his) rewrote federal law in order to let Hillary Clinton 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.
McCarthy goes on to properly point out that Comey inserted an “intent” provision in the law that is simply not there.
The formerly highly respected James Comey has lost all credibility. It’s a shame that he just flushed his entire career down the toilet with one corrupt decision, a decision which protects a corrupt politician not worthy of his favoritism.