FBI recommends no charges against Clinton..elite privilege on show!
Hillary Clinton was called “extremely careless” in handling classified information by the director of the FBI, who recommended no charges be brought against her – an easy ride compared to what Edward Snowden and even David Petraeus faced.
FBI Director James Comey, a Republican, announced on Tuesday morning the agency’s recommendation to bring no charges against Hillary Clinton for her improper use of a private email server for sensitive communications, adding that“no reasonable prosecutor” would file such a case against her.
However, Comey went on to say that the FBI found that Clinton and her colleagues were “extremely careless” in their handling of classified information – and “gross negligence” with such information is considered to be a felony under the Espionage Act.
“For example, seven e-mail chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received.” Comey said in a statement.“These chains involved Secretary Clinton both sending e-mails about those matters and receiving e-mails from others about the same matters is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.”
Hillary is not the first government official to have “carelessly” handled secret information, but others have not had the same the special treatment.
Donald Trump, who is expected to be the Republican nominee for the 2016 race, used the FBI’s move as another example that the American political system is “rigged” to favor politically connected establishment figures.
Though he was a well-respected four-star general who was rumored to be eyeing a presidential bid, Petraeus’ career came to an abrupt end with his 2012 resignation after it was made clear that he passed sensitive information to Paula Broadwell, his mistress and biographer.
Petraeus lied during the investigation, which itself is a felony, but the Department of Justice accepted his plea of the lesser charge of mishandling classified information. He was sentenced to probation and was fined $100,000.
Another Director of the CIA, John M. Deutch, found himself in a similar debacle less than two decades earlier. Deutch, who had been appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1995, resigned from his high post in 1996 after it was discovered that he stored classified documents on his personal computer.
Deutch agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor mishandling of classified information and pay $5,000 dollars, but he was saved by a pardon by President Clinton in January 2001, during the president’s last day in office.
But perhaps the strongest parallels can be seen with someone lower on the government totem pole. Bryan H. Nishimura, was sentenced to two years’ probation and $7,500 fine last year for holding classified materials on personal devices – without malicious intent, just like Hillary Clinton.
“He carried such classified materials on his unauthorized media when he traveled off-base in Afghanistan and, ultimately, carried those materials back to the United States at the end of his deployment,” the FBI’s website says. “In the United States, Nishimura continued to maintain the information on unclassified systems in unauthorized locations, and copied the materials onto at least one additional unauthorized and unclassified system.”
The similarity of such case to the Clinton controversy doesn’t seem to be lost on Comey. The FBI chief strongly stated that others who behaved as Clinton did wouldn’t necessarily get off the hook like the former secretary did.
Though the FBI found that Hillary Clinton and her staff were “extremely careless” with State Department emails hosted on a private server, no criminal charges will be brought against the former secretary and current presidential candidate.
“No reasonable prosecutor” would bring criminal charges in this case, FBI Director James Comey told reporters Tuesday morning, after going into the details of the bureau’s two-year investigation, which he described as a “painstaking undertaking requiring thousands of hours of effort.”
“Three of those were classified at the time,” he added.
Clinton used “several different serversand numerous mobile devices” to send and read emails on her personal domain during her tenure as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, Comey explained. The FBI set out to investigate any intentional or grossly negligent handling of classified information, as well as whether any hostile actors gained access to the files, after the intelligence community Inspector-General requested a probe.
Of the 30,000 emails turned over to the State Department, the FBI found that 110 messages in 52 chains contained information that was classified at the time, of which eight were Top Secret, 36 were Secret and eight were Confidential. Another 2,000 messages were later deemed to have contained classified information based on their subject matter, in a process called “up-classification.”
If I had treated classified information the way Hillary Clinton did, I would be going to jail. She may get out of this, despite what is clear evidence of wrongdoing to an objective observer, says Jim Jatras, former US diplomat and GOP Senate policy adviser.
US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton was interviewed by the FBI over her use of a private e-mail server for government affairs.
The former Secretary of State’s attitude towards security has been branded careless and even ridiculed. But while Hillary Clinton tried to laugh off the scandal, it has been gaining more and more serious attention ahead of the presidential election.
RT: Why do you think former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was interviewed just before July 4 by the FBI?
Jim Jatras: I think she had really no choice. She did it voluntarily only in the sense that if she had not talked to FBI, she would have been subpoenaed and been required to talk to the FBI. So, she was coming in with really very little choice except to have this discussion with them. And by all accounts this is happening near the end of the investigation when they have all the information they need and can compare her answers with what they already know.
RT: What is your stance on Bill Clinton’s meeting with US Attorney General Loretta Lynch at Phoenix, Arizona’s Sky Harbor Airport? Was it related to the FBI email probe?
JJ: I don’t think there is a human being on the planet who believes that Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch spent a half hour talking about grandchildren and golf. The accounts we’ve seen are that Clinton delayed his departure from the airport so he could be there when her plane was available. If she had any sense, she would have said: ‘Sorry, Mr. President, I cannot talk with you.’ Instead she allows him to come onto her plane and to have this discussion for an extended period. She tried to do some damage control by saying ‘I will accept the FBI’s findings’… which gives her some wiggle room. It doesn’t necessarily say she will follow those findings. This has been read radically different by different people. Some people read this that Obama and Lynch are going to throw Hillary under the bus. Other people read this that the fix is already in, that they would not have indicated they would follow the FBI recommendations if they did not have reason to believe this would come back in a way that does not destroy Hillary Clinton.
disgraceful..there are no other words..elite privilege..
“I don’t think there is a human being on the planet who believes that Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch spent a half hour talking about grandchildren and golf. The accounts we’ve seen are that Clinton delayed his departure from the airport so he could be there when her plane was available. If she had any sense, she would have said: ‘Sorry, Mr. President, I cannot talk with you.’ Instead she allows him to come onto her plane and to have this discussion for an extended period. She tried to do some damage control by saying ‘I will accept the FBI’s findings’… which gives her some wiggle room.”
“If I had treated classified information the way Hillary Clinton did, I would be going to jail.”
comey looked he had seen a ghost..his own possibly..