Unless you’re living in a cave or are a member of ISIS, you’ve undoubtedly heard that FBI Director James Comey has recommended that Hillary Clinton not be charged for her criminal mishandling of classified information. Apparently, the Clintons can do as they please as long as they word their excuses in a way that confounds or confuses investigators. Maybe Hillary just wasn’t asked the right questions.
Director Comey wasn’t always the Director of the FBI. He was once a U. S. Attorney in New York, so he knows about precedence. In a statement about the investigation, Comey said that there was no precedence in which a person was charged for similar actions.
That is true, unless you consider:
Bill Clinton’s National Security Adviser, Sandy Berger, who pled guilty in 2005 to illegally sneaking classified documents from the National Archives by stuffing papers in his suit. He later destroyed some of them in his office and lied about it;
State Department Official, Peter Van Buren who was fired and had his security clearance revoked after linking to a classified Wikileaks document;
John Deutch, Bill Clinton’s CIA director who was found to have classified information on a government-owned computer in his home several days after he left the CIA. He was pardoned in the middle of plea negotiations by none other than, Bill Clinton.
The Political Insider reports:
As we’re all well aware now, FBI Director James Comey declined to recommend charges in the Hillary Clinton email scandal. Her willful disregard of national security in handing classified data on a server stored in her bathroom isn’t worthy of charges, apparently.
Comey cited a lack of precedence in charging someone under similar circumstances, saying his bureau could not find a single case in which a person was charged with crimes for similar actions.
Donald Willis Keyser earned over a year in prison when he “pled guilty to a three-count Criminal Information in which he admitted that he willfully and unlawfully removed classified documents and digital memory devices from the Department of State to his residence.”