The Day The Rule of Law Died

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by Andrew C. McCarthy
There is no way of getting around this: According to Director James Comey (disclosure: a former colleague and longtime friend of mine), Hillary Clinton checked every box required for a felony violation of Section 793(f) of the federal penal code (Title 18): With lawful access to highly classified information she acted with gross negligence in removing and causing it to be removed it from its proper place of custody, and she transmitted it and caused it to be transmitted to others not authorized to have it, in patent violation of her trust. Director Comey even conceded that former Secretary Clinton was “extremely careless” and strongly suggested that her recklessness very likely led to communications (her own and those she corresponded with) being intercepted by foreign intelligence services. Yet, Director Comey recommended against prosecution of the law violations he clearly found on the ground that there was no intent to harm the United States. Get Free Exclusive NR Content In essence, in order to give Mrs. Clinton a pass, the FBI rewrote the statute, inserting an intent element that Congress did not require. The added intent element, moreover, makes no sense: The point of having a statute that criminalizes gross negligence is to underscore that government officials have a special obligation to safeguard national defense secrets; when they fail to carry out that obligation due to gross negligence, they are guilty of serious wrongdoing. The lack of intent to harm our country is irrelevant. People never intend the bad things that happen due to gross negligence. I would point out, moreover, that there are other statutes that criminalize unlawfully removing and transmitting highly classified information with intent to harm the United States. Being not guilty (and, indeed, not even accused) of Offense B does not absolve a person of guilt on Offense A, which she has committed. It is a common tactic of defense lawyers in criminal trials to set up a straw-man for the jury: a crime the defendant has not committed. The idea is that by knocking down a crime the prosecution does not allege and cannot prove, the defense may confuse the jury into believing the defendant is not guilty of the crime charged. Judges generally do not allow such sleight-of-hand because innocence on an uncharged crime is irrelevant to the consideration of the crimes that actually have been charged. It seems to me that this is what the FBI has done today. It has told the public that because Mrs. Clinton did not have intent to harm the United States we should not prosecute her on a felony that does not require proof of intent to harm the United States. Meanwhile, although there may have been profound harm to national security caused by her grossly negligent mishandling of classified information, we’ve decided she shouldn’t be prosecuted for grossly negligent mishandling of classified information. I think highly of Jim Comey personally and professionally, but this makes no sense to me. Finally, I was especially unpersuaded by Director Comey’s claim that no reasonable prosecutor would bring a case based on the evidence uncovered by the FBI. To my mind, a reasonable prosecutor would ask: Why did Congress criminalize the mishandling of classified information through gross negligence? The answer, obviously, is to prevent harm to national security. So then the reasonable prosecutor asks: Was the statute clearly violated, and if yes, is it likely that Mrs. Clinton’s conduct caused harm to national security? If those two questions are answered in the affirmative, I believe many, if not most, reasonable prosecutors would feel obliged to bring the case.
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Really? Hillary….

As the Republican Party has gone to war with itself over Donald Trump’s morality and fitness for the presidency to such an extent that it has produced a #nevertrump movement, it’s hard to miss the fact that there is no #neverhillary movement on the Left even though she’s a loathsome figure. Granted, there are plenty of enthusiastic liberals who prefer the authentic, untainted embrace of an open socialist to the scripted foulness of Hillary Clinton, but at the end of the day, almost all of them are okay with her.

Let me ask a question the mainstream media is always happy to ask about Republicans, but never asks about its preferred candidates on the Left:  What does it say about you as a person if you besmirch yourself by voting for Grandma Benghazi?

Where, now, according to her revision of history, no one died.

Here’s a woman who lies so often that her name has practically become synonymous with deception.

Her lies are lies. Her Truth is a lie.

Unlike her husband, who was such an artful liar that people wanted to believe him when he wasn’t telling the truth, Hillary is ham-fisted about it. She tells obvious lies that everyone from the media to her enemies, to her friends know are lies right from the beginning.

But she gets away with it because the Liberal Media will not call her on them and her zombie followers haven’t got the mind to object.

How do you vote for a woman so dishonest that she claims her daughter was jogging around the World Trade Center on 911 or said with a straight face that she landed under sniper fire in Bosnia?

Because a) She’s a Woman. b) She’s a Democrat. That’s all the zombies need. There is nothing intelligent behind it.

When she lies about having her own email server and about putting our national security at risk by having huge numbers of classified emails sent to it, how do you respect yourself when she gets caught lying about it over and over again?

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

And Liberals are all in on The State.

Speaking of that, there are few things less American than allowing someone to get away with breaking the law just because she’s privileged. It’s not even controversial to say that anyone not named “Clinton” who sent more than 2000 classified emails to a private server would lose security clearance and would be going to jail. In fact, even the Obama Administration has already put people in jail for doing less than Hillary Clinton has done. So, how do you look your own children in the eyes when you vote for a woman with an indictment hanging over her head who’s hoping to get off because she’s “above the law?”

Because she not an evil, racist, bigoted, Republican. 🙂

Additionally, whatever you want to say about the Republican Party this year, at least we knocked off Jeb Bush. How do you rally behind an even more pathetic Democratic equivalent, a mediocre woman whose entire career has been based on a loveless, dysfunctional marriage to a serial adulterer?

Because she’s a Woman and HIS dick works. 🙂

That should be her campaign slogan: “Vote For Hillary: She Married The Right Man!”

That would be a much better slogan than “Hillary For America.” Other than Barack Obama, there’s no one that half of America would rather see in the White House less than Hillary Clinton.  When you choose someone who has been despised by half the country for as long as Hillary has as your candidate, you’re saying “Screw you and drop dead” to everyone who doesn’t vote for your candidate.

That would be being a Democrat.

That’s doubly true since it goes without saying that there can be nothing but open political warfare between the GOP and a woman who has publicly declared that “Republicans” are her enemies. If you think our government is dysfunctional now, you haven’t seen anything compared to what it will look like if Hillary becomes President.

But it will be all The Republican’s Fault, as it has been for the last decade. 🙂

Yet, you’re supposed to stomach the nausea-inducting cocktail that is Hillary Clinton just because she’s a woman.

YEP.

She lies all the time! But, she’s a woman! She belongs in jail after what she did with her email server. It’s a woman’s turn! She was a mediocre senator and people died in Benghazi because she ignored hundreds of security warnings? I guess some people just don’t like women!

No, they’ve been conditioned to hate Republicans.

It’s disgusting and ironic that a woman who worked overtime to protect a sexual predator like her husband from the consequences of his actions now wants to play the “girl power” card as the central theme of her campaign, but she has long since abandoned human decency in her all-consuming quest for power. But, what do you say about the people who are willing to potentially play along with this disgusting charade for the next eight years? The people who are just fine with pinning every failure, every lie and every inevitable disaster caused by Hilllary Clinton on sexism? If you at least feel a little bit of shame when you pull the lever for Hillary, then congratulations, you still have a heart.  (Townhall)

I wonder if the liberal Media weill report on the non-riot, non-blocking, non-violent Conservatives at Hillary’s event today in Phoenix?

Naw, it will just glow with her divine light. 🙂

Universal Deceit

Krauthammer: “We’re Living In An Age Where What You Say And Its Relation With The Facts Is Completely Irrelevant”

I have been saying this for quite a long while, especially about liberals. The truth doesn’t matter to them on any level, other than what is politically advantageous to them in their own minds. Period.

This is why I didn’t bother to watch Hillary lie her ass off in Congress yet again. Why bother, you know what you’re going to get.

According to Alinsky, the main job of the organizer is to bait an opponent into reacting. “The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.”

So let the Right wingers vent. Let the Leftist Media spin it. She’ll Fake “stress” and “regret” and come out looking “tough”.

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Speaking in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi Thursday afternoon, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attempted to claim she didn’t blame the September 11, 2012 attack on a YouTube video. 

“Where did the false narrative start? It started with you, Madame Secretary,” Ohio Republican Jim Jordan pressed Clinton.

“I referred to the video that night in a very specific way. I said some have sought to justify the attack because of the video. I used those words deliberately, not to ascribe a motive to every attacker but as a warning to those across the region that there was no justification for further attacks,” Clinton said. 

Jordan also pointed out that while Clinton was telling the American people a video was to blame, she was emailing her family, the Libyan government and the Egyptian government about a terror attack. At the same time the Obama administration was arguing the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty and Information Management Officer Sean Smith were a result of a spontaneous protest that got out of control, not the result of a terror attack. 

“We know that the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack, not a protest,” Clinton wrote to the Egyptian prime minister the night of September 11, 2012.

Not only did Clinton blame the attack on a video “offensive” to Islam, the Obama administration and the State Department purchased $80,000 worth of commercial airtime in Pakistan apologizing for the video.

It also should be noted that the person who made the video was hauled off to jail in the middle of the night.

Clinton blamed the video for the attacks, Obama blamed the video, Susan Rice blamed the video, they all blamed the video. Clinton’s mincing of words doesn’t change those facts.(Katie Pavlich)

Except that the facts don’t matter.

“In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

And their is no one more deceitful than the Once and Future Queen, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

With the exception of his Royal Highness, King Barack Hussein Obama! 🙂

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez
Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Scalped By Big Brother

The United States Patent and Trademark Office canceled six federal trademark registrations for the NFL’s Washington Redskins on Wednesday, saying the nickname is “disparaging to Native Americans” and cannot be trademarked under federal law that prohibits trademark protection on offensive or disparaging language.

Big Brother and his Politically Correct radical cronies are mad at you and you won;t do what they want so we’ll just have to push you. And if you still won’t do it we’ll have to come up with something else.

I personally could care less, I’m not a football fan anymore, but I am not a fan of President Fiat and his Regulatory army of Leftists.

But my contribution to the Politically Correct Hyperventilating Crowd:  I think they should change it to “Code Talkers” (after the WWII Hero Navajos) or “NAW- The Native American Warriors” That way if anyone has a problem they can just “NAW, no problem.” 🙂

After all, the same Administration, along with it’s lapdogs in Congress, want to increase the gas tax from 18 cents to 30 cents. Doesn’t sound like a lot until you start thinking volume, like truckers (who deliver your goods to stores) or “Poor people” who are already strapped by Obama.

The Feds already make more profit from a gallon of gas that the company that produced it. Also, since Government won’t cut spending they have to increase taxes on you. So do you like paying more because the drug addicts in Washington can’t stop themselves?

And why is the Federal Highway Fund almost bankrupt (other than just the usual government inefficiency)?  Because the cars today get better gas mileage so they use less gas, thus less tax money.

Now who has been pushing that?  Government.

Obama himself is pushing hard for even more withing the next few years, or else Uncle Sam was going to be very cross with the Car companies.

So in a few years if they raise the tax again because it will dry up again and they’ll want to raise it again!

Again, cutting spending will never have occurred to drug addicted darlings in Washington or their cohorts.

Reaching into your pocket does. Doesn’t that make you happy? 🙂

After all, Obama is going to make your electricity rates “skyrocket”. You can afford it. 🙂

Then there’s ObamaCare. 🙂

Well, They ain’t done yet. Your Job may be Next. Be Happy.

The head of a leading environmental group recently defended job losses from the Obama administration’s new anti-carbon regulations as “collateral damage” in the fight against global warming. Joseph Schumpeter must be turning over in his grave.Writing in the Huffington Post, William Becker of the Climate Action Project praised the new Environmental Protection Agency regulations to stop climate change, and wrote that “there is nothing explicit in the (Obama) plan to mitigate or adapt to the economic disruption the clean energy transition will cause for coal and oil-country families.”

Translation: F*Ck ’em all! (That’s that famed and much touted liberal “compassion”).

These families thrown out of work, he said, are an “evolutionary step in technology and the economy” and a move toward “economic progress.”

Despite the fact that the “new technology” doesn’t actually work or is grossly more expensive, who cares! THE AGENDA IS THE AGENDA and anyone who gets in our way is going to get mowed down!! (More of that famed liberal “sensitivity”)

And his solution to the increase in unemployment in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio is to create yet another job training program, as if that will compensate for turning workers’ lives upside down.

They can train them how to be good Welfare Democrats. 🙂

These comments may seem offensive and elitist (imagine the media outcry if an industry representative described workers laid off as “collateral damage”). But at least Becker is honest about the negative impact of the radical anti-carbon lobby’s crusade on middle class families.

Yeah, he honestly doesn’t care. 🙂

The Obama administration fantasizes that this knife to the throat of our domestic energy industry will somehow create “green” jobs. On the contrary.

A study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce finds that the new EPA regulations will destroy 200,000 mostly blue-collar energy jobs, reduce the U.S. GDP by about $50 billion a year and cost families thousands of dollars over the next decade in higher energy costs.

Becker writes that this disruption to the lives and livelihoods of middle-class blue-collar Americans is a natural “evolutionary” step toward a mature 21st-century economy, and likens the new government rules to the typewriter industry being displaced in the 1980s by the computer.

But he doesn’t get the Schumpeterian concept of “creative destruction.”

Economic modernization is beneficial and wealth-enhancing if it is driven by a free market in ways that reduce costs and increase output. Obama’s green “evolutionary” step is due not to market forces but an edict from the government that will force people to use more inefficient sources of energy.

How is using a 500-year-old technology (wind power) — which is two to three times more costly than fossil fuel electricity — an evolutionary step toward anything but the poor house? This is anti-progress.

It’s easy for wealthy elites in the green movement to be so cavalier about destroying high-paying energy industry jobs. This won’t disrupt their lives much at all. They aren’t facing the collateral damage from the loss of their jobs as university professors, hedge fund managers, community activists and heads of “charitable” research organizations.

Hopefully, statements such as those from Becker will awaken workers in blue-collar industries across the country to the fact that they can no longer coexist in a political movement whose leadership views the squeeze on the middle class and the loss of jobs as acceptable “collateral damage.” (IBD)

THE AGENDA IS THE AGENDA! Damn The Consequences Full Steam Ahead!

Scalp ’em if you have to!

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel
Michael Ramirez Cartoon

Missing

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

The IRS said it could not recover an untold number of emails to and from Lois Lerner, the former head of the IRS tax-exempt organizations unit, because of a hard drive crash. That time period — from January 2009 to April 2011 – included a critical time in the IRS’ extra scrutinizing of Tea Party and other conservative groups.

Lerner has refused to testify on the subject, meaning that her emails are one of the only records of what happened in her own words.

How convenient. I suppose the backups also “disappeared” mysteriously.

Gee, maybe Nixon should have just said, “hey, the tapes were mangled. It happens” and Woodward & Bernstein would have go, “oh, yeah happens every day. Nothing to see here” and go on their way.

Asked by a reporter aboard Air Force One whether he thought the technical glitch was in fact a “reasonable explanation,” Earnest, the incoming press secretary, was at first dismissive.

So, he’s the next Liar-For-The-King that explains it. 🙂

“You’ve never heard of a computer crashing before?” Earnest asked.

Whoopsie, How clumsy are we… 🙂

When pressed that emails are stored on servers and not hard drives, Earnest gave a more detailed response, including attacking Republicans in Congress.

“I think it’s entirely reasonable because it’s the truth and it’s a fact,” Earnest said. “And speculation otherwise I think is indicative of conspiracies that are propagated in a way that left people with a disinformation about exactly what occurred.”

Earnest said the IRS provided 67,000 emails to and from Lerner to congressional committees. He said this included emails during the period of time that the IRS said the crash included.

“So a good-faith effort has been made by the IRS to cooperate with congressional oversight,” Earnest continued. “The far-fetched skepticism expressed by some Republican members of Congress is not at all surprising and not particularly believable.”

The IRS notified Congress late Friday afternoon that because of a computer crash in 2011, it would not be able to recover some of Lerner’s emails from January 2009 to April 2011.

An IT expert told TheBlaze Friday it would be nearly impossible for the IRS not to have backup for such emails.

Norman Cillo, an Army veteran who worked in intelligence and a former program manager at Microsoft, argued it is very difficult to lose emails for good and believes Congress is “being lied to.”

D’oh!

 Anyone wanna ask the NSA? 🙂

The IRS descends into criminal enterprise, with word of a 26-month gap of lost emails from the very period it was illegally targeting Tea Party groups. Computer crash? Try obstruction of justice.

Just as the claim that President Nixon’s secretary, Rose Mary Woods, inadvertently hit the “erase” button instead of “pause” gave impetus to the drive to impeach Nixon, so too should the IRS announcement that it can’t find two years of Lois Lerner’s emails lead to a criminal investigation of this administration and creation of a select committee.

In April we wrote, “Lois Lerner Should Go To Jail.” We think so now more than ever and also that she shouldn’t be the only one to be measured for an orange jumpsuit. As in Watergate, this fish rots from the head.

We are reminded how, during his Arizona State University commencement speech in 2009, President Obama noted that ASU had refused to grant him an honorary degree and “joked” that “President (Michael) Crowe and the Board of Regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS.”

The joke was not funny then and is less funny now. It was a predictor of administration behavior. Lerner’s knowledge of and participation in planning to use the IRS as a political weapon, in coordination with the White House, is why she twice invoked the Fifth Amendment in her congressional visits, even as she was cooperating — or is it coordinating? — with Eric Holder’s Justice Department.

As Joseph Curl notes in the Washington Times, the Articles of Impeachment against Nixon charged that he “endeavored to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposes not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigation to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.”

Sounds like IRS targeting of the Tea Party to us. The president’s defenders have told of rogue agents in Cincinnati and other tales while claiming that the trail doesn’t lead to the White House. The missing Lerner emails might show a trail straight into the Oval Office.

A statement from the House Ways and Means Committee after Friday’s announcement noted how implausible and convenient it was that the IRS computer crashed and lost Lerner emails from January 2009 to April 2011.

Due to the supposed crash, it said, the agency has only Lerner’s emails to and from other IRS staff during this time. The IRS says it can’t produce emails “written only to or from Lerner and outside agencies or groups, such as the White House, Treasury, Department of Justice, FEC, or Democrat offices.”

Lerner was justifiably charged with contempt of Congress. The entire Obama administration is in contempt of Congress, the American people, the law and the Constitution. As in Watergate, more than a few individuals warrant prosecution and incarceration. But that would have to come from Eric Holder’s Justice Department, an organization shown to be as corrupt as the IRS.

Watergate’s John Mitchell was the first attorney general to be convicted and imprisoned due to illegal activities. We suggest that he shouldn’t be the last. (IBD)

But he’s the Kings loyal hatchet man. So you’ll just have to get over it. Move on…Nothing to see here.