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Intelligence Community Quashed Clinton Probe

Who was is that asked, "Why is there one standard for me and not for everybody else?"

Jordan Candler · Sep. 15, 2016

In February, Hillary Clinton ironically wondered, “Why is there one standard for me and not for everybody else?” That’s an excellent question and one that is ever so pertinent. Recall earlier this summer the FBI said it “did find that hostile foreign actors gained access to the personal email accounts of individuals with whom Clinton was in regular contact, and, in doing so, obtained emails sent to or received by Clinton on her personal account.” Meanwhile, Intelligence Community Directive 732 stipulates, “Damage assessments shall be conducted when there is an actual or suspected unauthorized disclosure or compromise of classified national intelligence that may cause damage to U.S. national security.”

As Rep. Mike Pompeo reminds us, “FBI Director Comey has made clear that there was highly classified and sensitive information on Secretary Clinton’s personal server.” But according to a new report by The Washington Free Beacon, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence never followed through on its requirement to investigate the repercussions of a possible breach of classified intel — a decision that was supported by Director James Clapper. So to paraphrase Hillary’s question once again: Why is there one standard for her and quite another for everybody else?

That’s what guys like disgraced NSA thief and deserter Edward Snowden are asking. He recently underscored his hankering for clemency: “Yes, there are laws on the books that say one thing, but that is perhaps why the pardon power exists — for the exceptions, for the things that may seem unlawful in letters on a page but when we look at them morally, when we look at them ethically, when we look at the results, it seems these were necessary things, these were vital things.” In June 2014, Hillary criticized Snowden as “a lawbreaker” who “violated his duties that he assumed when he took the job that he had.”

Memo to Secretary Clinton: The exact same charge can be leveled against you and your investigators.

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