Maybe Hillary Clinton shouldn’t have to worry about prison, but she surer than anything should not be an unchecked president of the United States.
As secretary of state, she was reckless in ways that could endanger American lives. She disobeyed the law. It’s probable some of our worst enemies have read every email she wrote and received. Maybe they have used some of that information against us – or will.
That’s what we got from a press conference in which FBI Director James Comey said he was not recommending criminal prosecution over Clinton’s emails. He said a diligent investigation showed no criminal intent on Clinton’s part. But it’s not as if the FBI found nothing amiss.
He said, for instance, that Clinton and her colleagues “were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.” Despite her lies to the contrary, Clinton had to know some of it was top-secret and, said Comey, she had to know the sloppy system she was using was “no place” for her communications.
Whatever your politics are, do you think it possible any halfway responsible person would not have sat back one day and asked herself what she was doing? Being secretary of state is one of the more important positions in the world and the information she was dealing with could have adverse impacts on many matters if it fell in the wrong hands.
Comey in fact said it seemed probable that “hostile actors” did hack her computers. Just consider what that may mean. Might Iran, for instance, have been that much better prepared to outwit us in nuclear deal negotiations?
Clinton has all kinds of problems, but a big one is that she is not trustworthy. Reflect on the conflicts of interest with the Clinton foundation, the speeches given for hundreds of thousands of dollars and the hidden conversations with special interest groups. Defenders say no quid pro quo has been absolutely proven. Right. And Jesse James was never convicted of robbing a bank.
Even though other legal matters are still brewing, it no longer seems possible that an indictment will get between her and the White House. Even so, Comey’s advice against prosecution does not strike me as unreasonable. By countless observations, he is an honest man and there is an important legal principle that provable criminal intent should be a major factor in deciding whether to try someone in certain kinds of cases.
Comey also said, however, that many who acted as Clinton had could be subject to security sanctions. Think about that for a minute – we could end up with a president who otherwise might not be able to obtain a national security clearance.
It’s true that the alternative to Clinton this year is in many ways more frightening than she is. What seems hugely important is for Republicans to get enough votes in Congressional races to help forestall disaster through checks and balances.