On Monday, Fox News’ Melissa Francis discussed President Obama’s recent interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace where he repeatedly guaranteed that he would not interfere with the federal investigations into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. Francis noted that Obama’s remarks did little to assuage skepticism and that his comments may have actually hurt Clinton’s cause as he admitted that she was guilty of the offenses, but was merely “careless.”
Obama discussed the email scandal and maintained that Clinton, his former Secretary of State, was merely “careless” in transmitting thousands of classified and top-secret documents over an illegally-maintained private email server.
“Here’s what I know,” Obama began. “Hillary Clinton was an outstanding Secretary of State. She would never intentionally put America in any kind of jeopardy.”
Obama excused Clinton’s repeated transmission of classified and top-secret documents over an unsecured server by saying, “There’s classified and then there’s classified.”
“I continue to believe she has not jeopardized America’s national security,” Obama said. “Now what I also said is that — and she’s acknowledged — that there’s a carelessness in terms of managing e-mails that she has owned. And she recognizes that. But I also think is important to keep this in perspective. This is somebody who served her country for four years as Secretary of State and did an outstanding job and no one has suggested that in some ways as a consequence of how she’s handled e-mails that that detracted from her excellent ability to carry out her duties.”
“He stumbled over his explanation,” Francis began. “That was kind of staggering.”
“He said there’s a certain carelessness in terms of managing her emails,” She noted. “Actually, it isn’t about intent in this case. As Judge Andrew Napolitano has said over and over again, you don’t need intent. Carelessness right there is breaking of the law.”
Francis is correct; whether Clinton understood that she was breaking the law or whether she should of known is practically irrelevant. There were certain duties and responsibilities entrusted to her and her failure to safeguard America’s national security secrets is a crime regardless of whether she intended to transmit classified and top-secret documents over an unsecured server.
If “carelessness” is forgiven in the criminal justice system, Americans would be subject to a litany of tragedies without remedy. Few drunk drivers intend to kill others. Should we excuse vehicular manslaughter simply because the drunk driver was “careless?”
Francis also blasted Obama’s assertion that “there’s classified and then there’s classified.”
“What?! No there isn’t!” She began. “That’s like saying you’re pregnant but then saying there’s really pregnant. No! You’re either pregnant or you’re not. It’s either classified or it’s not. She broke the law- plain and simple. [Obama] was testifying for the prosecution there!”
This administration has committed a long list of unforgivable trespasses against the American people. From Benghazi, to Fast and Furious, to Emailgate to the IRS scandal to the VA scandal, we are expected to accept these abuses and cease in our demand for justice.
And worse yet, we are expected to accept that our leaders are not corrupt, just merely incompetent and that they should be shielded from consequences for this alleged incompetence.