Comey Won’t Recommend Prosecution. So What?

As Paul noted earlier today, FBI Director James Comey has notified Congress that the agency has completed its review of the Weiner laptop emails. Comey said that this means the FBI’s investigation is finished, and he hasn’t changed his view, expressed in July, that criminal prosecution of Hillary Clinton is not warranted.

I agree with everything Paul says, in particular his observation that, given Comey’s importation of an impossibly high “intent” standard into the relevant statute, there was never any serious chance that he would recommend prosecution. So we are today exactly where we were following Comey’s original report in July, which found that Mrs. Clinton and her staff were “extremely careless” in their handling of classified information.

The point that I have made here, more than once, is that it is a mistake to allow this issue, and similar issues, to be treated strictly as legal questions, so that if Hillary is not serving time in a federal penitentiary we should elect her president. Allowing an issue like this one to turn on whether a felony has been committed sets the bar way too low. It enables the Democrats to publish idiotic headlines like “FBI Clears Hillary Again.”

The fact that Hillary is “extremely careless” in handling classified information, including the use of a private server that was prohibited by State Department regulations, should disqualify her from the presidency.

I was a guest on the Seth and Chris show with Seth Leibsohn and Chris Buskirk last Thursday. This is the audio of that conversation, which sets out that opinion in more detail. I think you will find it interesting and reasonably entertaining.


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