Hillary Clinton May Be Above the Law. But She’s Not Beyond Our Common Sense

The Director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey told us, yesterday, in so many words that Hillary Clinton cannot be trusted with the national security of our country.  He described her and her staff’s repeated use of a private email server, in violation of State Department rules, as “extremely careless.” He also told us that roughly 100 classified emails, including 7 top-secret emails had been sent to and by Clinton from her private and non-secured server.  These are emails that Mr. Comey said could have been accessed by hostile actors.

Mr. Comey further said that, “Any reasonable person … should have known that an unclassified (email) system was no place for (those) conversations.”  She also, according to Comey, used her private email system extensively when she was abroad even when she was situated in countries that are hostile to or adversaries of the United States. Finally, Mr. Comey said,”There is evidence of potential violations of the statutes of classified information.”

In telling us that Clinton sent and receive classified emails, Mr. Comey is also telling us that Clinton lied to the public when she publicly stated, “I did not send classified emails.” In fact, she sent over 110 emails that were classified at the time she sent them (not reclassified later on as she has suggested.) Whether or not she knew they were classified don’t matter. “Even if information is not marked classified in an email, participants who know, or should have know, that the subject matter is classified are still obligated to protect it,” Mr. Comey said,

So why isn’t Clinton being indicted? Mr. Comey’s answer is that Clinton did not intend to violated laws.


I’m not a lawyer, but I do know that “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.” is a longstanding legal proposition. None of us can escape getting a ticket by saying we didn’t intend to run the red light. A drug trader can’t avoid prosecution by claiming he didn’t really understand the sale of drugs was illegal and that he had no intention of selling something illegal. A rapist can’t claim he thought his victim was consenting and that he didn’t intend to commit rape.

These excuses don’t work for any of us. Somehow they work for the Clintons, whether it’s violating security statutes or bearing false witness in grand jury hearings.

The one thing Hillary Clinton cannot escape is our common sense. “An reasonable person … should have known.” Those six words say it all. With these six words and others, the F.B.I. is confirming our common sense — Hillary Clinton is not a “reasonable person,” she is “extremely careless” when it matters most to our country, she lies publicly on matters of grave national concern, she engages in illegal activities without bothering to ask or worry if they are illegal, she lacks good judgment, and, as a consequence, she is hardly qualified to run our country and have her finger on the trigger.



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