Hillary Clinton’s email scandal continues to get worse for her with each new batch of released emails. On Friday, the State Department released more of the supposedly deleted and lost emails that were found on her personal server. Among them were more emails deemed to be top secret with material so sensitive that the contents of them could not disclosed.
I’ve lost count of how many batches of emails that Hillary claimed were either deleted or lost, that have been released so far. Each batch of released emails seem to contain some that had sensitive, confidential, classified or top secret information. According to former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano, charges will be filed against Hillary Clinton over her email scandal.
However, I seriously doubt that the Obama administration will allow Clinton to be indicted or face any federal charges for her crimes. Why do I say that?
The first reason is that the Obama administration has a habit of protecting their friends and colleagues.
During the 2008 presidential elections, 2 members of the New Black Panthers were videoed in the act of intimidating voters outside a Philadelphia polling location, which is a federal felony. Charges were initially brought against the two men, but the attorney working the case for the Justice Department received orders to dismiss all charges against the two black militants. We don’t know where the order to dismiss the charges came from but considering the fact that Barack Obama had marched with the New Black Panthers in 2007, does cause one to consider that the order originated at the White House. Justice Department J. Christian Adams was so upset over the order to dismiss the charges that he resigned from the Justice Department.
In 2013, there was a scandal involving the Justice Department’s targeting of journalists and illegally delving into their private emails and phone calls. Obama announced at a speech at the National Defense University that he was asking then Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the Justice Department’s investigations of journalists. That’s right, Obama asked Holder to investigate Holder and his department. Asking the Department of Justice to investigate the Department of Justice is like asking a crime mob to investigate themselves. Does anyone in their right mind honestly believe that the DOJ is going to point the fingers of guilt at those responsible for the violation of the reporters, especially since it could lead back to Holder or Obama? It’s like asking Bill Clinton to investigate the Monica Lewinski affair.
In 2013, the inspector general of the State Department had launched a criminal investigation against Huma Abedin for receiving her salary while she was on unpaid maternity leave while working for Hillary when she was Secretary of State. The reason the investigation was launched in 2013, after Hillary had left the State Department, is that during her reign as Secretary of State there was no inspector general for the State Department like there was for most other government agencies and departments. However, the DOJ just announced that it was refusing to follow up on the charges made by the State Department inspector general.
The Hatch Act, named after New Mexico Senator Carl Hatch, prohibits federal civil servant employees in the executive branch from taking part in partisan political activity. It also forbids them participating in political campaign activities and from intimidating or bribing voters. They are also not allowed to use public funds for political campaign purposes. The Hatch Act also covers all Presidential appointees including the Secretary of State and other cabinet positions.
In February 2012, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human services, attended a taxpayer funded campaign event in North Carolina. While participating in the event, Sebelius publicly endorsed Obama’s bid for re-election along with Walter Dalton’s bid for re-election as Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina.
According to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, (OSC), Sebelius violated the Hatch Act on more than one account. The OSC also states that an:
“Employee who violates the Hatch Act shall be removed from their position, and funds appropriated for the position from which removed thereafter may not be used to pay the employee or individual.”
Obama had been informed by Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner that Secretary Sebelius:
“Violated the Hatch Act by making extemporaneous political remarks in a speech delivered in her official capacity.”
“The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from using their official authority or influence to affect the outcome of an election. A federal employee is permitted to make partisan remarks when speaking in their personal capacity, but not when using an official title or when speaking about agency business.”
Yet Sebelius not only maintained her cabinet position, but ended up facing no penalty for her felony violation of a federal act. Since she got away with her felony in violating the Hatch Act, it only seems fair that Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior also get away with violating the Hatch Act in October 2012. Salazar appeared at a campaign event being held for Barack Obama in Montrose County, Colorado.
At the event, he was introduced as Secretary of the Interior before he told the audience:
“I am here to represent Barack Obama and to tell you he needs Montrose County this November. The truth is Colorado is right in the spotlight of the nation and the world in this election.”
Looking at the Obama administration’s track record of not prosecuting friends and colleagues who have violated federal laws, I believe it’s doubtful if they will allow the prosecution of Hillary Clinton over her crimes involving her email scandal.
Secondly, Obama wants to see a Democrat take his place in the White House and it seems at the moment that Hillary has a better chance of defeating any of the Republican candidates. The chances of Bernie Sanders beating any of the top Republican candidates are not as great as Hillary’s. If Hillary were to be indicted for email fiasco, it would most likely reduce her chances of winning in November, thus giving Republicans control of the White House along with both houses of Congress.
If Hillary will be indicted, it will mostly wait until after a Republican is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017.