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Nate Jackson / May 4, 2015

Political Justice: The Christie vs. Clinton Comparison

Nearly two years ago, aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie orchestrated lane closures on the George Washington Bridge to make life difficult for a political opponent. No proof of Christie’s direct knowledge or involvement has yet surfaced, though it has hurt his presidential ambitions nonetheless. The New York Times reports, “[A]n indictment released by federal prosecutors in New Jersey on Friday fills out in more detail the specifics of how and why, presenting the lengths three accused conspirators, aides and an ally of Gov. Chris Christie, went to, and the delight they took, in concocting their scheme and the sham story to cover it up. Two of the three, [Bill] Baroni and [Bridget Anne] Kelly, were indicted, while the third, [David] Wildstein, pleaded guilty.” There certainly seems to be just cause for the indictments, but there’s another interesting angle.

The Wall Street Journal editorial board nails it, writing, “Voters can make up their own mind, but this also raises the ripe question of disparate political treatment. Specifically, is anyone at Justice or the FBI investigating the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton for accepting foreign donations while she was Secretary of State? The risk of quid-pro-quo corruption involving U.S. foreign policy would seem to be at least as important as commuter inconvenience at the George Washington Bridge.”

The answer is obvious: So long as Barack Obama runs the Justice Department and Hillary Clinton is running for the nomination to succeed him, she’s almost certainly free from the slightest fear of investigation, much less prosecution. The Clintons have always played by a different set of rules, and that won’t change now.

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