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By recommending that Hillary Clinton not face trial for keeping classified documents on a private email server, FBI Director James Comey may have done the impossible: Ending the way the Clintons have done business for the past thirty years and — thus far — gotten away with it.
If the past is any guideline, Clinton’s trial would have lasted decades, with her (and her husband) doing their level best to avoid cooperating with the prosecution, dragging out the process long past its expiration date in the public’s mind. From Whitewater, to Lewinsky, to Benghazi, to the Clinton Foundation, to this, the Clintons’ modus operandi has always been to delay the pre-trial process for as long as possible in order to make the dogged determination for justice look like a partisan witch hunt.
But not yesterday. Yesterday, Director Comey made it very clear: Hillary Clinton was guilty, but she was not going to have her day in court. With his statement, the FBI director did more damage to Hillary than Ken Starr ever did to Bill, who was acquitted of perjury and obstruction of justice by the Senate, allowing him to portray his prosecution as partisan-based, giving him a platform from which to rebuild his reputation.
Hillary will have no such luck. For her, the narrative is set, and that narrative is not working in her favor. At best, she’s careless with government secrets; at worst, she broke the law but will not be charged because of her access to power. Donald Trump may have come up with the phrase “Crooked Hillary,” but it’ll be James Comey who makes it stick.
The FBI director has done to Hillary Clinton what she has done for so long: namely, dragging out the process of determining guilt or innocence over months (and months, and months) with no ultimate resolution. By using a punishment that is outside the legal process, the FBI Director has shown us the way to end Hillary’s outside-the-legal-system antics, once and for all.Published in