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Reevaluate Comey’s decisions

The inspector general’s report on the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server is finished and validated its findings of evidence. So it’s time to reevaluate Comey’s determinations in his July 5, 2016, press briefing.

Comey declared that her private server contained 52 email chains with Top Secret, Secret or Confidential information. This is prima facie evidence of guilt under Title 18, US Code, Section 793(f). The only criteria are “gross negligence” or “having knowledge” of “illegal removal.” “Intent” is not mentioned and therefore irrelevant. Although Comey’s statement used “extremely careless” instead of “gross negligence,” they are synonymous.

Comey also declared, “that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position … should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that (classified information)” and asserted DOJ “prosecutors make the decisions about whether charges are appropriate based on (the) evidence” and “there is evidence of potential violations of the (above) statutes.” Furthermore, “the Department of Justice makes final decisions on matters like this.” In other words, Comey had no authority to make that decision. He obstructed justice.

So it’s time Attorney General Sessions made that decision. Or, to paraphrase Leona Helmsley, do, “only the little people have to obey the law?”

Bob Strong

Spokane


 

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