It couldn’t have been any more obvious that FBI Director James Comey wasn’t on board with the verdict he delivered. He blew Hillary’s lies to shreds, pointed out that she was grossly incompetent with classified information, then said there was nothing they could do about it.
Comey said that charges couldn’t be brought against Hillary because her actions weren’t intentional. However, that distinction is irrelevant according to the law. In fact, just within the past few years, no fewer than five people have been charged for doing almost exactly what Hillary did. The only difference is that their names weren’t “Hillary Clinton.”
Here’s that list, courtesy of Heat Street:
- SANDY BERGER
Berger (who died in December) was (not surprisingly) a former Clinton administration official who was sentenced to two years probation, fined $50,000, and stripped of his security clearance for three years after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material in 2005.
2. CHELSEA MANNING
Bradley “Chelsea” Manning was dishonorably discharged from the Army and sentenced to 35 years in prison for violating the Espionage Act after providing classified material to WikiLeaks in 2010.
3. GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS
Petraeus was sentenced to two years probation, fined $100,000, and forced to resign as CIA Director after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information.
4 AND 5: NAVY OFFICER KRISTIAN SAUCIER, NAVY RESERVIST BRYAN NISHIMURA
Petty Officer First Class Kristian Saucier was indicted in July 2015 on felony charges of unauthorized retention of national defense information and obstruction of justice. Saucier was accused of taking photos of a classified engine room on a nuclear submarine, and attempting to destroy evidence after learning he was being investigated. He could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted on both charges.
Bryan Nishimura, a Naval reservist, pleaded guilty in July 2015 to the unlawful removal and retention of classified information, and was sentence to two years probation, fined $7,500, stripped of his security clearance and barred from seeking one in the future. Nishimura admitted downloading classified materials on his personal electronic devices while deployed to Afghanistan in 2007-2008 and transporting the materials off base. An FBI investigation found no evidence that Nishimura intended to distribute the classified information.
Unfortunately for Hillary Clinton, things aren’t over just yet. House Republicans have promised us that the email probe isn’t over, and they’ve called both James Comey and Loretta Lynch to testify. Additionally, if Donald Trump does win in November, he can appoint a new Attorney General – one who won’t be so kind towards Hillary.
What do you think will happen? Is the email scandal actually over? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.