FBI Director James Comey announced Tuesday that the agency has decided against a recommendation of indictment for Hillary Clinton regarding her alleged mishandling of classified documents while acting as Secretary of State.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch previously stated that she would likely follow the FBI’s lead, so we can expect that Clinton will not be charged by the Justice Department.
That being said, I’d like to make one thing very clear: The FBI’s failure to act on this scandal does not mean Clinton is without guilt, nor does it mean she didn’t lie to the American people.
As mold thrives in the dark, liberals thrive in fact-free environments. In the coming days, weeks, and months, your Hillary-supporting friends and family will sure as sunshine tell you that the former-Secretary of State did nothing wrong, and that the FBI said so.
This is when it’s critical to know the facts–and here they are.
Hillary did lie to the American people on multiple occasions. Here are three of her most brazen fibs:
On March 10, 2015, Clinton said, “I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email…So I’m certainly well-aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material.”
As Comey noted Tuesday:
“From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 emails in 52 email chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent.”
Clinton said that she opted to use a personal email because she “thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two.”
“Secretary Clinton…used numerous mobile devices to view and send e-mail on that personal domain.”
On March 10, 2015, Clinton claimed she turned over every work-related email for the investigation:
“I have absolute confidence that everything that could be in any way connected to work is now in the possession of the State Department.”
According to Comey:
“The FBI also discovered several thousand work-related e-mails that were not in the group of 30,000 that were returned by Secretary Clinton to State in 2014. We found those additional e-mails in a variety of ways.”
Those are just three of numerous lies Clinton and her surrogates have told over the last year and a half. So don’t let anyone tell you she didn’t lie.
Next, James Comey implied that Hillary Clinton knew exactly what she was doing, even saying she was “extremely careless” in the way she handled her email:
“There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position…should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation…
But even if information is not marked ‘classified’ in an e-mail, participants who know or should know that the subject matter is classified are still obligated to protect it…
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.”
Moreover, section 793(f) of the federal penal code (Title 18) states:
“Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed…and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.”
Given what we know, it appears that Clinton violated the law, specifically section 793(f). Malicious intent isn’t necessary. Just google Bryan H. Nishimura, who was recently punished with two years probation, as well as a $7,500 fine (among other things) for improperly handling classified materials without intent to distribute them.
However, Comey notes that although “there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
So, there’s evidence that Clinton was in the wrong–even if there was no intent–but they’re just gonna skip this one.
Have no fear, the FBI director did note that others could be prosecuted in the future for the same thing:
“To be clear, 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. But that is not what we are deciding now.”
No one can take an honest look at the evidence (of which this is just a thin slice), and say that Hillary Clinton didn’t do anything wrong. At the very least, she was radically negligent. For that, she should be prosecuted.
The critical point I’m trying to make is that even though Clinton won’t be prosecuted, it doesn’t mean she didn’t do anything wrong. So the next time your liberal friend or family member proudly states “I’m with her,” give them a little quiz.
Ask them about section 793(f). Ask them about Clinton’s various lies. Ask them what the director of the FBI said of Clinton’s email practices that could have, and likely did, endanger U.S. security. Ask them to defend her with words other than “this is a partisan witch hunt,” and “the FBI recommended no charges.” Ask them for details. They hate details because that’s where their belief systems die.