‘Crooked’ Hillary Gets a Pass, No Criminal Charges Says FBI

Hillary Clinton (Photo: ABCNews)

Hillary Clinton (Photo: ABCNews)

No criminal charges for mishandling classified information will be brought against former Secretary of State and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, FBI Director James Comey announced Tuesday.

Comey said in a press conference that despite finding evidence Clinton was “extremely careless” in her handling of classified information; and that 110 emails sent or received on Clinton’s private email server contained classified information; and that it was possible people hostile to the U.S. had gained access to her personal email account; and that seven email chains were classified at the “Top Secret/Special Access Program level”; and that “any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position… should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation” – despite all these things, he is not recommending the Justice Department bring criminal charges.

“Our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” Comey said. He explained that he is not recommending charges because the FBI could not find evidence that Clinton or her underlings “intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information.”

Well, as long as they didn’t intend to violate the law…

Donald Trump – Clinton’s main rival in the upcoming presidential election – fired back on Twitter by implying that Clinton got a pass due to her position and political influence: “FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security. No charges. Wow! #RiggedSystem.”

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan responded as well, saying that the decision not to prosecute Clinton “defied explanation.” “No one should be above the law,” he added, according to Fox News.

The FBI’s decision clears Clinton’s campaign of one of its biggest challenges thus far. Trump and other Republican leaders have made much of the FBI investigation into Clinton’s potentially criminal mishandling of classified information, reiterating that the investigation should disqualify her from running for president.

Others have used the investigation to point out the hypocrisy in the Democratic Party’s proposed gun control bill. The meme below has circulated in a number of iterations, but the idea is always the same: If a person being investigated by the FBI shouldn’t be allowed the own a gun, they shouldn’t be allowed to run for president either.

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Now, while Republicans will no doubt continue to harp on Clinton’s misconduct, the weight of their accusations will be seriously lessened.

Anything good for Clinton’s campaign, of course, is bad for the future of gun rights in the United States. Clinton has stated repeatedly that the Supreme Court “got it wrong” when it affirmed the individual right to keep and bear arms, and her nine-part gun control platform includes things like “universal background checks” and an “assault weapons” ban.

The FBI had an opportunity to reaffirm the fundamental American principle that no one – no matter how much political power they possess – is above the law. They balked on that opportunity, and now a rabidly anti-Second Amendment candidate’s path to the White House is that much clearer.

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  • Geoffnet2000 July 9, 2016, 1:31 am

    Well, I guess the “QUEEN BEE” has payed out a lot of money; out of her illegal foundation, to stay out of the pockey. Where she has received money from ISIS that was funneled through her foundation and her secret Swiss bank account established when her “live in” lover “Slick Willy” when he was “Queen Dick” of these United States of America. I wonder if she tastes Monica every time she kisses him. LOL

  • loupgarous July 8, 2016, 7:00 pm

    Servergate’s a welcome distraction from Hillary Clinton’s record of accepting donations to her family foundation from foreign countries and state-owned foreign companies such as Rosatom, the Russian nuclear energy combine, who undoubtedly purchased so much good will from the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Family Foundation that Russia was allowed to escape the consequences of invading our ally Georgia and threatening an EMP attack on the continental US – she actually APOLOGIZED to Russia in a public ceremony, offering a “reset button” to symbolize the end of the Bush adminsitration’s pushback against Russia. Amazing what $2.35 million will buy – the Russians got an entire US Secretary of State for that, funneled through Rosatom and Uranium One, the uranium mining company Russia bought with Clinton’s blessing.

  • Warren W Murstig July 8, 2016, 5:46 pm

    WHAT ABOUT THE LAND SHE HAD THE BLM steal from a Rancher then sold the Mineral rights (Uranium) to her cohort in Canada who then sold to the Russians who then contributed multi millions to the Clinton Foundation while Secretary of State. As far as I am concerned that was an act of Treason. The same as deposing Gaddafi & running his arms through Turkey to Al Qaeda in Syria the reason for Benghazi.

  • Tom July 8, 2016, 5:42 pm

    Where’s Hoover when you need him !

  • Tom Horn July 8, 2016, 5:41 pm

    “Well, as long as they didn’t intend to violate the law…” That’s the part that burns me, too. Try telling that to a police officer, game warden, or judge, even, and see how far that gets you if you are the average Joe Blow. Ignorance of the law is never an acceptable excuse.

    If she had been President, and not Sec of State, at the time of the violation, it would be an impeachable offense. So, the Democratic Party is running an impeachable candidate right from the get go. This Nation has hit a new low.

    • loupgarous July 8, 2016, 7:02 pm

      Ask Robert Snowden, and he’ll deny any intent to break that same law – he sees himself as a whistleblower, but the very same FBI is waiting for a chance to arrest HIM.

  • Ray Atkinson July 8, 2016, 3:28 pm

    As a retired Law Enforcement officer of 43 years, both city PD, County sheriff, US Customs, DEA and the Atty Generals office I question why Comey did not let a grand jury hear the case and bill or no bill the case as is customary?? Also the option of letting the US Atty General make the decision to proscecute , but in this case not advisable as she contaminated the investigation by meeting with Bill Clinton two days prior to his decision…This whole investigatin smells of corruption and the Washing two step and CYA (cover your ass) is at work..It sounds like a mob related bunch of gangsters at a Senate investigation committee…Wake up America, don’t cut these guys any slack, Comey is wrong wrong wrong and should be fired for incompetence and/ or investigated for corruption..Hillery should be arrested and tried by 12 citizens..This country is at stake and apathy is overwhelming, even the Democrats must realize this, its no longer about politics its about our survival as a nation..Clean up the dirt in Washington..

  • Bob July 8, 2016, 2:13 pm

    Too bad the FBI isn’t enforcing traffic laws. Next time I get stopped, I’m sure the officer will now not cite me because I really didn’t intend to violate the law.

  • Peter Allard July 8, 2016, 12:37 pm

    The law as it was misstated by the FBI does not say that the act must be “intentional” it actually states that whether it was intentional or not, it is still an offense that is punishable. There is only one reason for someone in the position of Secretary of State would use a separate server is to attempt (intentional) to hide activity. There are two other issues that the FBI uncovered that are going completely untouched. First, when asked to present emails, Mrs. Clinton had her “Lawyers” go over thousands of them, of which many were purposefully destroyed. She actually broke the law by giving these “Lawyers” whom I would imagine did NOT have the proper security clearance to read them.. nor did she have the authority to provide those emails to individuals that were not an intended recipient of the emails. Secondly, why does she have a process to “burn” her calendar of daily activities, when that information is associated with government activities and thus becomes public knowledge. What is in those calendars that deserves “burning” so that no trace is left. An intentional act to hide and destroy information.

  • Robert July 8, 2016, 10:51 am

    Let me give you my take on the Clinton/Lynch meeting. Because they will be corrupting the election process that will put Hillary in office Bill told Lynch that if Comey would come up with a “non-prosecution” decision that Hillary would recommend Lynch for a spot (lifetime) on the Supreme Court. And Comey would land a cushie job in her administration. I could be wrong but I have followed the corrupt Clintons for over two decades and they are suspect on everything they do. RE: the remarks above for a new revolution. We are guaranteed that right in the Declaration of Independence. We need to march unarmed on Washington and tell them if they don’t resign and clear out in one week we will bring an militia army with our AR-15 and other rifles and force them to leave. If the capitol police are not fools they will stand aside or not go home to their families that night.

    • loupgarous July 8, 2016, 7:09 pm

      And each member of your unarmed “militia army” will be photographed at the first meeting and picked up for “making war on the United States of America.” Remember, that’s what Obama’s first Attorney General, Eric Holder, did with Michigan’s “Currahee Militia.” You might not be as lucky as they were and have a Federal judge who’s more concerned with honest execution of the law than with politics hear your case. The judge in the Currahee Militia case threw almost all the charges out because they were based on testimony by a criminal informant hired by FBI to infiltrate the group before probable cause existed to begin an investigation. It was a set-up, and the judge saw it as one. I’d be careful calling for insurrection on an Internet which is monitored by the NSA. It might come back to hurt you.

      • loupgarous July 8, 2016, 7:15 pm

        typo – “Hutaree Militia” is the name of those people who were set up by the Obama Justice Department.

  • BobbyH July 8, 2016, 10:19 am

    I’d like to read what Guns America subscribers said when this happened in President George Bush’s White House.
    Potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses reporters in New York about her exclusive use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. Republicans and some Democrats are questioning whether all of the emails she sent during her tenure were archived or if she is withholding some. We look back at another controversy involving thousands of White House emails that were sent on a private server that were deleted in this April 2007 Washington Week.

    In 2007, when Congress asked the Bush administration for emails surrounding the firing of eights U.S. attorneys, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales revealed that many of the emails requested could not be produced because they were sent on a non-government email server. The officials had used the private domain gwb43.com, a server run by the Republican National Committee. Two years later, it was revealed that potentially 22 million emails were deleted, which was considered by some to be a violation of the Presidential Records Act.

    • Rouge1 July 8, 2016, 1:58 pm

      Just like a low IQ dim-a-rat, explaining away one’s bad behavior because someone else did it too. These are positions taken by children. Anything better than that my child?

    • Rouge1 July 8, 2016, 2:01 pm

      BonbyH just like a low IQ dim-a-rat, explaining away one’s bad behavior because someone else did it too. These are positions taken by children. Anything better than that my child?

    • deanbob July 8, 2016, 2:04 pm

      Do you believe the issue of the firing of 8 attorneys is as potentially damaging to US security as Hillary’s exposing security information to anyone who likely hacked (according to Comey himself) Hillary’s servers. incluidng 5 emails with special access program ratings and many others with lower ratings?

    • loupgarous July 8, 2016, 7:29 pm

      The sequestration of governmental Emails off of governmental servers wasn’t against Federal regulations until 2009.

  • JohnE July 8, 2016, 9:45 am

    Big Problem. If Hilary were tried and convicted then president Obama is an accomplace. He knew about her crimes and did nothing about it. Would the justice department then have indicted thier own leader?

    Both are Guilty. Both should be in jail.

  • Len July 8, 2016, 8:58 am

    When it comes to Clinton the FBI sent in the 4th string to interview her and didn’t even put her under oath. The fix was in long ago. Hear, see, speak no criminal activity.

    • BARBARA August 31, 2016, 7:03 am

      SHAME ON THE FBI, THE STATE AND ALL OTHERS CONNECTED TO THE CORRUPT CLINTONS. YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO THIS COUNTRY, OUR LAWS AND OUR CONSTITUTION. IT MUST BE VERY HARD FOR YOU PEOPLE TO LIVE WITH WHAT YOU DO. CHANGE! YOU REALLY NEED A REVOLUTION WITHIN YOUR SOULS.

  • Steven July 8, 2016, 7:33 am

    No surprise, the fix was in long ago, and if she becomes President, it’s because the fix was in long ago.

  • RetNavet July 8, 2016, 7:24 am

    Simple solution: Strip her of her security clearance. No security clearance no can be POTUS.

  • jack July 8, 2016, 5:22 am

    Compromised our national security, per James Comey FBI director, no charges? Somebody should have some kind of a grand jury invesagate this action,?

  • John Daus July 8, 2016, 4:08 am

    We keep seeing the same tactics everyday, the Government is slowly stripping every right we have, they say there is no reason, not one to own a gun, as 20 expert marksman, holding top of the line assault weapons, ( the ones the Government wants to ban) ready to open up on anyone that even thinks of slapping that crazy bitch Hilery, and believe me, I’d love to do way more then that. But yet, the reason we have a constitutional right to bear arms, is to protect us against a corrupt Government, well what is holding everyone back from fighting this corrupt Government now? Or is everyone going to wait till we have nothing to fight with, because that’s right around the corner. Time to stand up and take down this corrupt Government. I for one would be proud to be a front line solder.
    Time to stop talking and take back our country, and make it a free America again.

  • Chris Cole. July 6, 2016, 7:48 pm

    Don’t see how this shocks anyone. Those in Washington are not subject to the same laws we plebs are. No one was ever going to prosecute Hillery and it’s the same for republicans to. Elected officials go to Washington poor, and leave millionaires. All this false indignation from these guys is just boring. The fix was always in and always be in. Never has been equal justice, and never will be. Just ask Ted kennedy.

  • mike July 6, 2016, 9:10 am

    This beyond pisses me off!! This bitch will become the next president, I garentee it. This country will be screwed.this is not one part of government that will stand up for are constitution or to prosacute political people when they break the law. Let’s face it if it was your or me. We probably would have been hung for treason! I have so had it with these people in goverment, and they are killing this country faster then you think. I’m sure pretty soon they will classify them self as God’s. Welcome to the new America

  • Mark N. July 6, 2016, 1:53 am

    At least one former prosecutor says that there is no “intent” element to the offenses with which she could be charged. I’ll just leave this here. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/437479/fbi-rewrites-federal-law-let-hillary-hook

  • Will Drider July 6, 2016, 1:31 am

    Hitlary’s crimes are the subject but this is actually a example of Government exposing the depths of its own GUILT.
    July 5th, 2016. The day after OUR celebration of Independence Day, we get an undeniable dose of Governmental Justice at its most vile, corrupt and flagrant level yet known to our Citizenship. Government is tasked with serving the people not protecting a political candidate or political parties asperations. Did H. Clinton get labeled “Too big to Fail”. People in all walks of life have voiced opinions of a lack of trust in the Federal Government, any doubt was wiped away today.
    July 5th, 2016, the day Justice, Integrity, accountability Officially died in Federal Government. I am appalled and disgusted with the cancer that has been allowed to grow to this fatal level. Let there be not doubt of the tyranny of the U.S. Government. They have just shown their true colors to the masses and they don’t give a damn! It will get worse and they are untouchable.

    • grumpy July 8, 2016, 10:44 am

      Good and true statement Will. But, aren’t you confusing government guilt with absolute corruption?

  • James M July 5, 2016, 10:36 pm

    Let those who protect evil see JUSTICE. Let those who perform evil see JUSTICE. Let those who conspire with evil see JUSTICE. #JUSTICE

  • SuperG July 5, 2016, 6:32 pm

    We should all stop and observe a moment of silence, as James Comey’s integrity died today. Why he sacrificed it, we will never know. Job security, cabinet position, or some other reward could be in play. He said she broke the law and that he wasn’t recommending prosecution. Well, the fix is in folks, Queen Hillary has been chosen as our next president. I feel sorry for the FBI agents who had their character maligned today, as I know them to be honest people doing a tough job, tougher now that the public sees their leader as someone who can’t be trusted.

    • Boba Fett July 6, 2016, 7:42 am

      His integrity died a long time ago.

      • NamVet68 July 8, 2016, 7:39 am

        Why do you say this? I’ve always heard his integrity was good. Unless you have facts, this kind of talk just fuels the left. I believe something swung his decision as stated above. Something in his past, something to prosper his family or huge cash in a Swiss bank. Did you see Gowdy rip him yesterday on Hilgazzi’s lies to the FBI? Also her interview with the FBI was not taped?? No doubt this was a good man bought off. The Clinton Foundation has big bucks!!!

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