Sunday, August 16, 2015
Above The Law
Former AG Michael Mukasey details laws "allegedly" broken by Hillary Clinton during her tenure as head of the State Department. He also goes on to admonish her for a lack of common sense and responsibility.
It is no answer to say, as Mrs. Clinton did at one time, that emails were not marked classified when sent or received. Of course they were not; there is no little creature sitting on the shoulders of public officials classifying words as they are uttered and sent. But the laws are concerned with the sensitivity of information, not the sensitivity of the markings on whatever may contain the information.
...Once you assume a public office, your communications about anything having to do with your job are not your personal business or property. They are the public’s business and the public’s property, and are to be treated as no different from communications of like sensitivity.
That something so obvious could have eluded Mrs. Clinton raises questions about her suitability both for the office she held and for the office she seeks.
Madame Secretary should be facing some serious jail time. Given that FBI stands for For Barack's Indulgence, she's probably our next president.
A recurring theme : Tim Geithner gets to lead the very department (Treasury) that should have prosecuted him for tax evasion; Lois Lerner abuses her power as an IRS administrator and gets off with a comfortable retirement at taxpayer expense; Another income tax scofflaw (to the tune of $4 million or so) and suspected arsonist Al Sharpton's race hucksterism causes riots and deaths and he is rewarded as one of Barack Obama's leading advisors; Harry Reid's list of corrupt dealings is as long as it is "allegedly" criminal. It goes on and on.
Of course, Obama opponents don't qualify for this Justice Department immunity. Just ask Dinesh D' Souza and Bob Menendez.
And once Hillary becomes president her hand picked AG gets to decide whether or not to charge her with a crime. That prospect alone will keep her in the race come hell or high water.
Update - 8/17 - The indispensable Andrew McCarthy writes of an upcoming federal case in which one of the participants in the 9/11/2012 Benghazi attack, Ahmed Abu Khatallah, is, according to McCarthy, "alleged to have participated in the mayhem and to have prevented “emergency responders” from stopping it."
This sets up all sorts of problems for Clinton as Khatallah's lawyers will press to have the government's evidence made available for their perusal. That evidence includes Clinton's e-mails.
If Mrs. Clinton thinks FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) is a headache, wait until she sees what happens when a top government official’s reckless mass deletion of e-mails takes center stage in a terrorism prosecution of intense national interest. Federal criminal court is not the nightly news. There, mass deletion of files is not gently described as “emails a government official chose not to retain”; it is described as “destruction of evidence” and “obstruction of justice.”
Update - 8/19 - Video featuring CNN national security analyst Bob Baer.
Update 8/20 - Attorney David French presents the case against Hillary Clinton.