I’m pretty sure we all expected Hillary Clinton to get off easy from the FBI, and we have proof that that is the case.
What I find most shocking about the FBI’s official statement on the matter is that they acknowledged wrongdoing, then recommend no charges in spite of that.
FBI director James Comey said in the announcement that “although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
He added that “prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before bringing charges. There are obvious considerations, like the strength of the evidence, especially regarding intent. Responsible decisions also consider the context of a person’s actions, and how similar situations have been handled in the past.”
This is ridiculous, as Zero Hedge notes that:
What is shocking is that the FBI director was clearly ignoring the US code itself, where in Section 793, subsection (f),”Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information“, it makes it quite clear that intent is not a key consideration in a case like this when deciding to press charges.
The law is as follows:
Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer— Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
So are there any cases where the FBI was involved in an investigation against someone who did something similar to what Hillary did, and without any malicious intent? In fact there is, and you don’t have go look back very far in legal history to find such a case.
Less than one year ago, Bryan H. Nishimura pled guilty to “unauthorized removal and retention of classified information” without malicious intent. This is exactly what the FBI says they couldn’t charge Hillary with.
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