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FBI: No charges for Hillary. But everything else they said disqualifies her from office.

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FBI Director James Comey held a surprise press conference Tuesday morning. It was announced about an hour before it was scheduled to begin, but with no subject specified, so speculation on Twitter was swift and relentless.

The obvious topic was the correct one: Hillary Clinton’s private email controversy. For 15 minutes, Comey rattled off all the negligence and irresponsibility the FBI had uncovered in their year-long investigation. Since he sees no criminal malfeasance, though, he will not recommend that the Department of Justice pursue charges.

Everything Comey did say, however, should completely disqualify Secretary Clinton from ever holding public office or receiving a security clearance. He basically went over a checklist of everything she said in her first press conference on the issue in March 2015 and proved each one wrong.

She didn’t have one private server in her house, she had several over the course of the four years she was Secretary of State. One of her primary reasons for using the private server, she said, was that she didn’t want to carry multiple devices for separate private and professional email accounts. Comey called that one out too.

For the last year Clinton has repeated the lie that she never sent or received classified information on her server. Throughout the course of the investigation it was revealed that this too was a lie, but primarily because many of the emails sent or received back then have since been marked classified. Comey, though, revealed a new level of Clinton deceit on this issue. Several emails were Top Secret, dozens were Secret, and several were Confidential.


Clinton also stated that she turned over all work-related emails to the State Department, which totaled half of the 60,000 total emails on her server(s). This was also a lie. The FBI investigation identified “several thousand” work emails that were not submitted. Comey also said there were likely even more work emails that were not turned over but were since deleted and unrecoverable.

Despite not recommending criminal charges, mostly because of the Clintons’ world famous ability to stick to their innocent-sounding story under the harshest scrutiny, Comey’s conclusions are damning for a presidential candidate.

Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.

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. These chains involved Secretary Clinton both sending e-mails about those matters and receiving e-mails from others about the same matters. There 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.

“Any reasonable person” without the last name “Clinton” would no longer have a federal government security clearance after outrageous lapses such as these. Comey even said others in this situation would likely receive other non-criminal disciplinary measures too.

But not Hillary Clinton. She gets to accept her party’s nomination for President of the United States in three weeks.

Hillary 2016: “I’m extremely careless with classified information! But at least I’m not Donald Trump!”


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