For months we heard that FBI Director James Comey was an honorable man. A man above the pettiness of politics. One who would uphold the law at all cost.
The painted picture we had of Mr. Comey was right out of a 1950s Western — a good guy in a white hat.
Then Tuesday, July 5 rolled around. A date, I assure you, that will live in infamy.
In his roughly 15-minute press conference, Mr. Comey used the first 13 minutes to explain that Hillary Clinton had lied about classified emails on her private server. In contradiction to numerous statements she made, he explained that many of the emails did contain classified markings. He stated further this material appeared on numerous devices which were difficult to ascertain due to the fact 30,000 plus emails had been deleted by Mrs. Clinton and her staff.
What Comey did was lay out a series of violations of the law. And many, on both the left and the right, were bracing themselves for a recommendation of prosecution of Mrs. Clinton.
He said during her time at the State Department; she had her staff were “extremely careless” in their handling of classified emails.
Then, in an about face, Comey shocked the nation when he said: “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.”
The debate, which continues to this day, has centers on the words of Tile 18 U.S. Code 793 section (f) and the words “gross negligence.”
Comey used the phrase “extremely careless,” which he suggested was not being the same as gross negligence. However, negligence is defined as “failure to take proper care in doing something.”
For example, if a man puts a gun to someone’s head and pulls the trigger, it was his intent to harm or kill that person.
But what if the same man leaves a loaded gun in a room where children are playing, and one of the children picks up the gun and shoots one of his playmates? It wasn’t the intent of the man for a child to die, but he was grossly negligent or extremely careless and is, therefore, still responsible for a child’s death.
Here is what code 18 U.S. Code § 793 (f) reads, “Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document…relating to the national defense…through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody…”
The proper place of custody is a secure server, not a private one. And Mrs. Clinton knew that. She just didn’t care. Intention or no intention is not relevant.
And now we find out that a few days after her private server, which did contain classified information was subpoenaed, she and her staff deleted emails and destroyed numerous other devices which may have contained more classified information. And Comey wants the nation to believe there was no intent?
Mr. Comey is a disgrace. He is a disgrace to our country and our laws. In fact, what Comey said during his press conference was to ignore the law.
Perhaps it is time for Mr. Comey to take off the white hat and reveal himself for what he really is. The guy in the black hat!