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FBI Comey’s kiss of death to Clinton

July 5, 2016

Although the outcome is not at all a surprise, the statement by James Comey is going to hurt Clinton.

After several paragraphs elaborating everything Clinton did to evade official government communication systems, counting the number of instances in which classified information was stored on a variety of private systems, he says:

In looking back at our investigations into mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts. All the cases prosecuted involved some combination of: clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information; or vast quantities of materials exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct; or indications of disloyalty to the United States; or efforts to obstruct justice. We do not see those things here.

To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.

[emphasis added]

Also, as this investigation was about alleged mishandling of classified materials, there is still the FOIA angle out there, of which Clinton is obviously very deeply guilty, with the servers being there specifically to guarantee her privacy, which, as an employee of the federal government, is contrary to the purpose of FOIA. Not that I expect her to be indicted for that either, but I think most people can do the math here.

Lastly I want to reiterate my belief that the US government’s obsession with secrecy is very overblown, and causes much more harm than good. Take a look at the Glenn Greenwald article on that.


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