Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, comments on the FBI and its extensive case against Hillary Clinton, reports the WSJ. Why didn’t the FBI indict?
For our money, the most revealing words in FBI Director James Comey ’s statement Tuesday explaining his decision not to recommend prosecuting Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information were these: “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.”
So there it is in the political raw: One standard exists for a Democratic candidate for President and another for the hoi polloi. We’re not sure if Mr. Comey, the erstwhile Eliot Ness, intended to be so obvious, but what a depressing moment this is for the American rule of law. No wonder so many voters think Washington is rigged for the powerful.
Mr. Fitton lists Clinton’s indictable particulars:
- Hillary Clinton claims: she “did not email any classified material” has been refuted by Mr. Comey with precise numbers.
- Hillary Clinton claims: her private server was permitted under State policy. Mr. Comey stated, “none of these emails should have been on any kind of unclassified system.”
- Hillary Clinton claims: her emails (sent or received) weren’t marked” classified. Marked or not, “participants who know or should know that the subject matter is classified are still obligated to protect it.”
- Hillary Clinton claims: her personal email was used merely for the “convenience” of using one device. But Mrs. Clinton, according to the FBI, had numerous servers and she “used numerous mobile devices to view and send email on that personal domain.”
- Hillary Clinton claims: she turned over all work-related email to State. The FBI found “several thousand” work-related emails that were not turned over. Mrs. Clinton’s lawyers “cleaned their devices in such a way to preclude complete forensic recovery.”
- Hillary Clinton claims: her email was stored in a safe, secure manner. They were not hacked. Mr. Comey reports, “hostile actors” accessed the private account of “people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account.”
“Most distressing is what this episode augurs for another Clinton Administration,” writes Mr. Fitton.
Mrs. Clinton deliberately sought to evade the Federal Records Act, recklessly flouted laws on handling classified information, spent a year lying about it, and will now have escaped accountability. This will confirm the Clinton family habit, learned so painfully in the 1990s, that they can get away with anything if they deny it long enough and are protected by a friendly media and political class.