I was pretty annoyed about the Hillary Clinton email scandal outcome.
FBI Director James Comey provided a laundry list of reasons why Hillary belongs in prison and wrapped up with a cheerful “and we don’t recommend pressing charges”, with the justification that Hillary did not act with ill intent. The actual law she broke uses the standard of “gross negligence” and intent is irrelevant.
Does anyone believe an ordinary person would be allowed to shrug off such an enormity – refusing to even admit she was careless – while facing no consequences?
But history has shown that Hillary Clinton is not held accountable. In the past year, we’ve seen her take no responsibility for her bootleg server, her actions surrounding the attack in Benghazi, and now jeopardizing the country’s security by sending classified intel over an email with less security than an ordinary Gmail address.
The press offers minimal criticism (syndicated shows like On Point with Tom Ashbrook and The Diane Rehm Show didn’t even discuss the FBI’s findings until three days later) and her disproven claims are ignored, e.g., that time she landed under enemy fire, which turned out to be a group of well-wishers offering her flowers.
There was some critical coverage when her oft-repeated lie about the State Department allowing her irregular email practice was emphatically contradicted by the State Department. Politifact fact-checked an abbreviated list of claims that again highlighted her dishonesty.
I felt nothing but disgust for Clinton, Comey, and the media. But two things altered my point of view:
- I listened again to the audio of James Comey mildly laying out Hillary Clinton’s lies, one by one. Like most people, I wished she had been indicted. Why? I wanted an acknowledgement that no one is above the law, and Clinton did something really bad. The unfortunate reality is that Hillary Clinton is above the law, but the FBI Director proved she knowingly and repeatedly lied to us, which highlighted her character effectively. She won’t be sent to jail, but Hillary Clinton was thoroughly discredited.
- I listened to James Comey testify to the House Oversight Committee. I was so disgusted with the committee, particularly the Republicans, that I was almost glad Clinton wasn’t charged, just to spite them. Comey repeated the facts of the case and his rationale about allowing her to skate. Few people agree with it, but it’s done. The Republicans were within their rights to say the law doesn’t care about her intent, and they did. And then came the most exasperating hour of grandstanding ever.
The Democrats were angry their presumptive nominee was continuing to be disgraced, but their sanctimoniousness was like a lullaby compared to the cacophonous Republicans, who repeated everything Comey said in disbelieving tones, and asked the same question over and over.
It was as if they thought the FBI director was going to say, “You know what? I never thought of it that way, you guys. But just by sitting here, listening to you sarcastically parrot my words, I’m seeing things in a whole new way! I officially retract my recommendation: we should definitely press charges.”
It seemed more like James Comey was under investigation for making a recommendation they didn’t like than a demonstration of concern Hillary Clinton’s “carelessness”. The Republicans’ childishness actually made Hillary Clinton look not bad by comparison, which isn’t easy to do.
Republicans: Comey gave you the facts, and explained the rationale behind his decision. You might not like it, but there it is. Time to move on.
Oh, of course I still think Hillary Clinton can’t be trusted but once we regroup from the danger she put us in, I propose we address the other major threat menacing our nation: the idiots in Congress.
Please join me in insisting on term limits.