The Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it would follow the FBI’s recommendation and Hillary Clinton will not face criminal charges for conducting government business using her personal email account on a private server during her tenure as secretary of state.
From the time Clinton initially addressed her actions in March 2015, until the time the FBI made its announcement, Clinton continued to use the same justification: that she never sent nor received classified information on her personal email.
After a meeting with Clinton over the Fourth of July weekend, FBI Director James Comey held a special press conference Tuesday where he listed all of the things Clinton did that were illegal regarding her email setup. He even proved that Clinton’s entire argument was false, noting that 110 of the emails she turned over for review contained classified information at the time they were sent or received, and eight of those emails contained information that was labeled Top Secret.
While Comey did not come out and say Clinton was “above the law,” as House Speaker Paul Ryan suggested, Comey did say that if a suspect in the same scenario were not Clinton, he or she would likely face charges.
“To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now. As a result, although the Department of Justice makes final decisions on matters like this, we are expressing to Justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case.” – FBI Director Comey
So, where does President Obama stand on all of this? Obama’s Justice Department currently holds the record for having prosecuted more government officials for leaking classified information than all other presidents combined. However, Obama did not share the same sentiments when it came to Clinton’s actions.
Instead, just hours after Comey’s press conference, Obama accompanied Clinton on the campaign trail and went as far as to call her the most qualified candidate for president in the 2016 election.
While Obama’s comment raises questions about why he would let Clinton off the hook, given his own history while in office, it also serves as a reminder that not only is Clinton escaping criminal charges, she’s getting away with blatantly lying to the American people, and she’s doing so with the support of both the Justice Department and the current Commander in Chief.