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As I listened to the stripped-down version of the Comey hearings (Thanks, Lawfare), I wanted to raise my hand and ask a question. Q. Mr. Comey, you say that Secretary Clinton knew she would be sending and receiving classified information as part of her job as Secretary of State. Preview Open

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The Conditioner Class: What’s Really Behind Comey and Clinton

 

4312391652_ec4bf50b68_mWe are all now familiar with FBI Director James Comey’s decision not to indict Hillary Clinton for her email scandal. In his announcement, not only did Comey contradict a number of Clinton’s claims, he laid out the case of gross negligence and extreme carelessness that would have landed any us in prison.

But not Clinton. Comey fabricated what Charles Krauthammer called a “completely, irrelevant new standard which is ‘malicious intent,’” as a way of absolving her from indictment. You can be grossly negligent and even lie about it, but if you didn’t really mean it, it’s cool. So what’s really behind all of this?

First, we need to understand that the modern age is comprised of two main classes of people, what C.S. Lewis called the “conditioner” and the “conditioned” classes. What he meant by that is that, because the modern age operates according to complex technological and scientific processes, it requires a class of experts and engineers who have the specialized competency and expertise to govern this technocracy. And so, within such a modern matrix, the wider population is conditioned to believe that their health and happiness is dependent upon this ruling class of experts and engineers.

Prosecution 101

 
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Pictured: FBI Director James Comey. Not Pictured: Someone with prosecutorial discretion.

As to the case in point, FBI Director James Comey is not a prosecutor: He is an investigator and, as such, does not have prosecutorial discretion to exercise. His responsibility is to merely report facts found. It is the job of the attorney general — conveniently missing in action — to apply the law to those facts and to decide whether to present them to a grand jury or to file charges directly (i.e. file an “information”). Notwithstanding this, prosecutors and investigators both do have clout in suggesting administrative penalties to other officials, whether or not a prosecution takes place. After recitation of Hillary Clinton’s “carelessness,” for example, a “reasonable prosecutor” would almost certainly have suggested that her security clearance be lifted. Even if they don’t “get you” criminally, it is in the nature of prosecutors to still want the satisfaction of a “gotcha” of some kind or another.

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The Hillary Clinton email investigation has finally come to its foregone conclusion. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, as expected, has kept her promise to abide by the recommendation of Bill Clinton the FBI. Nonetheless, FBI Director James Comey’s decision not to recommend indictment of Clinton over her mishandling of classified materials has sent shockwaves throughout the American […]

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It feels like we have experienced a sea change in what Comey has done to the country. There is real necrosis in the body politic. There are parts that are not functioning and we now know that this is because they are dead.  We are appalled at how crass this all is, how shabby, how […]

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FBI Oath of Office: I, James Comey, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; […]

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This week, John Podhoretz, Abe Greenwald, and Noah Rothman dig into FBI Director James Comey’s scathing rhetorical indictment of Hillary Clinton, which was bizarrely not followed up with an announcement to expect a real indictment.

If only the Republicans had nominated a candidate who did not spend his time defending the virtue of Saddam Hussein and vaguely anti-Semitic social media posts.

Hoist with Her Own Petard

 

ClintonBy 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 Clinton: Too Big to Jail

 

Hillary ClintonAmerica is a banana republic, but without bananas — only the peels.

When FBI Director James Comey announced Tuesday morning that he won’t pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton’s “extremely careless” handling of classified emails, he reinforced a truth most Americans feel in their bones. Well connected Americans are no longer subject to the laws of the land and can do however they please.

John Adams called for “a government of laws, and not of men,” but today’s decision has officially reversed this quaint republican ideal. Hillary Clinton can repeatedly compromise national security and aggressively cover it up, yet still be cleared of any legal repercussions in a live press conference.

Profiles in Cowardice

 

Back in 1919, William Butler Yeats wrote a poem called “The Second Coming,” which began with the following verses:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The Falcon cannot hear the falconer.
Things fall apart, the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Let the Willing Suspension of Disbelief Begin

 

tdy_andrea_hillary_150305As a senator, Hillary Clinton once told General David Petraeus that trusting his positive reports to Congress on the surge in Iraq required “the willing suspension of disbelief.”

FBI director James Comey announced today that he would decline to recommend Clinton for prosecution for her mishandling of top secret information during her tenure as secretary of state.

Here’s a short list of claims related to the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton’s unsecured e-mail setup  that currently require the willing suspension of disbelief:

Out of Chaos Comes Order (?)

 

HillaryEven Werner Heisenberg would be shaking his head at the unpredictable mess that is election 2016. And consider this; we may not have seen anything yet. In today’s New York Post Charles Gasparino offers this tidbit:

FBI chief James Comey and his investigators are increasingly certain that presidential nominee Hillary Clinton violated laws in handling classified government information through her private email server, career agents say. “You don’t start granting people close to Clinton immunity unless you are seriously looking at charges against your target,” one former official told me. [… Some] FBI staffers suggest the probe’s at a point where Comey might quit in protest if Justice ignores a recommendation to pursue a criminal case against Clinton.

If Hillary is criminally charged and is required to suspend her campaign, the internal strife for Democrats will make the current GOP family squabble look like a meditation circle.