July 11, 2016

The Hillary Double Standard

Clinton denies any carelessness or wrongdoing in her handling of classified emails.

“No I was not,” was Hillary Clinton’s response when pressed by CBS News’ Scott Pelley regarding whether or not she was “extremely careless” in her handling of classified information while secretary of state. “I take classified material seriously and this investigation has proven that I had no intent to do anything wrong,” Clinton insisted earlier in the interview. It would be difficult to find anyone more adept at the art obfuscating reality and political spin than the Clintons.

The truth is Hillary Clinton was “extremely careless” in handling classified information. As FBI director James Comey stated, “Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.” Shockingly, after making that statement Comey did not recommend that charges be brought against Clinton.

In an attempt to prevent further Clinton carelessness — and to seek at least some consequences — House Speaker Paul Ryan formally asked Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to bar Clinton from receiving classified information during her presidential campaign. This is an unprecedented request in the modern era. Since the 1950s presidential candidates have been routinely briefed on intelligence matters. But this particular candidate is different. Ryan stated, “I think the DNI, Clapper, should deny Hillary Clinton access to classified information during this campaign given how she so recklessly handled classified information.”

One email of classified information sent by a Marine seeking to protect other Marines will earn a discharge; hundreds of classified emails intentionally kept on a private non-government authorized or secured server because you are secretary of state and prefer the “convenience” … no problem. At least that’s what Hillary Clinton would have you believe, because, as always with the Clintons, she believes the rules simply don’t apply.

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