WASHINGTON, July 7, 2016 — “The world is a dangerous place to live,” said Albert Einstein, “not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
That group could include FBI Director James Comey.
“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information,” said Comey of Hillary Clinton, “our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. Prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before bringing charges.”
Comey did not say if this particular exercise in “judgment” was reached during an emergency meeting held last week between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton on the tarmac of Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. Nor did Comey intimate that certain realities were made clear to him about Hillary Clinton’s having won the necessary 2,382 delegates needed to clinch her party’s nomination for president and that it was a little late in the game to find a replacement candidate.
Last year, the Justice Department’s Ronald Machen informed House Republicans that no legal action would be taken against former IRS official Lois Lerner.
Lerner pled the Fifth rather than answer congressional queries concerning a conspiracy between the IRS, the Justice Department, the Federal Election Commission and high-ranking Democrats in Congress to target tea party and conservative organizations and their donors for government harassment.
Machen said it was “not appropriate for a United States attorney to present the [Lois Lerner] matter to the grand jury for action.”
It was an exercise in “judgment,” or “prosecutorial discretion.”
Comey dragged out the same, tired trope in regard to Hillary Clinton, despite “evidence” showing she violated “statutes regarding the handling of classified information.”
It was Comey’s way of saying there is one set of rules for America’s great unwashed—us—and another for our nation’s aristocratic ruling class—the Clinton mob and anyone associated with the Obama Administration.
No Obama administration official has stood before judge and jury to answer for the hundreds of innocent people gunned down as a result of Operation Fast and Furious, in which the Obama administration sold nearly 2,000 weapons to Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel.
The New York Times, a very public Hillary Clinton booster, said that by calling the former secretary of state “extremely careless” in her “handling of very sensitive, highly classified information,” FBI Director James Comey handed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump fodder for future campaign attack ads:
“She [Clinton] is running as a supremely competent candidate and portraying Mr. Trump, in essence, as irresponsible and dangerous. Yet the director of the FBI basically just called her out for having committed one of the most irresponsible moves in the modern history of the State Department,” said the Times.
More irresponsible than selling favors to foreign governments on behalf of her family foundation? More irresponsible than blaming an American-made, anti-Islamic video for the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi as cover for the inaction of an administration that stood down as Americans died in Libya? More irresponsible than waging a campaign of intimidation against the female victims of her sexually deranged husband?
For his part, Trump told supporters in North Carolina, “Bernie [Sanders], my poor Bernie … He just lost the FBI primary,” quipped Trump.
“We have a rigged [legal] system, folks,” Trump added, later tweeting, “General Petraeus got in trouble for far less,” referring to the former CIA director who resigned for having taken classified documents home to share with his lover and biographer.
When President Obama announced that James Comey was his nominee to head the FBI, he said, “Jim understands that in time of crisis, we aren’t judged solely by how many plots we disrupt or how many criminals we bring to justice—we’re also judged by our commitment to the Constitution that we’ve sworn to defend.”
For more than two hundred years, it’s been the understanding between the citizen and our government that no one is above that law.
In the play “A Man for all Seasons,” Sir Thomas More says, “This country is planted thick with laws from coast to coast—man’s laws, not God’s—and if you cut them down … do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake.”
More took comfort in the assumed social contract against royal absolutism that existed since the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215, and the doctrine of Lex Rex (the law is king).
But England’s King Henry VIII rigged the system in his favor, removing More’s safety and, eventually, his head.
“He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.”
So reads the first in a long list of wrongs perpetrated by King George III against the American People. The document is the Declaration of Independence. Chief among its assumptions is that “all men are created equal,” and no more so than before the law.
Evil flourishes when those who believe themselves a cut above the rest of us also believe they are above the law.