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HILLARY CAN RUN BUT SHE CAN’T HIDE

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By now, if you pay any attention to politics, you know that on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace President Obama signaled to the Justice Department and the FBI what he expects the outcome of their investigation into Hillary’s email server should be. Mrs. Clinton should receive nothing more than a mild slap on the hand for carelessness. Since then, even those who have been predicting Mrs. Clinton would be indicted have begun to back away from their prediction.

Hillary Clinton is the one and only hope to ensure that the policies Barack Obama put in place will continue for another eight years. President Obama has no intention of following in the footsteps of George W. Bush and retiring to a quiet life, out of the media’s attention. With Hillary in office, Barack Obama will be nearly as omnipresent in the media as he is now. Neither will he stop apologizing for America or saying that “there is no difference between capitalism and communism.” He has a thousand and one reasons for preventing the Justice Department from indicting Hillary Clinton.

People who know FBI director James Comey say that he’s not the kind of man to yield to President Obama’s will if the evidence calls for more than a mild rebuke. And among the 100 or so FBI agents on the case, you can be sure they won’t remain silent if they believe their investigation has been subverted.

At issue here, however, is not just whether sufficient evidence exists to prosecute Hillary (I believe it does); it’s whether or not the Justice Department believes it would get a conviction. It’s not unusual for the FBI/Justice to decide not to prosecute a case, even if they believe the subject of an investigation is guilty, when it believes it’s not likely to get a conviction. Consider the egg allover Comey’s face if that happened.

On the other side of the ledger, if Clinton gets away with nothing by a slap on the hand, the apparent cover up will make Watergate look like a man wearing a hat to cover up his bald head. Richard Nixon knew the rules applied to him, he just broke them anyway. Hillary believes the rules don’t apply to her.

Whatever the outcome Hillary has a big problem. If she’s indicted, it’s the end of her campaign for president. If all she gets is a slap on the hand, the details of the FBI investigation will leak out in the middle of the general election campaign. The liberal media may want to sweep all that under the rug, but I doubt they’ll be able to do that. Once the general election campaign begins negative political ads reminding Americans of Hillary’s dishonesty, poor judgment and lack of achievement will fill the airways; and the email scandal will loom large in the presidential debates. Hillary can run, but she can’t hide.

Of course, every presidential election is a contest between the nominees of the two major political parties. As Will Rogers once said, “It’s a good thing that only one of the son-of-a-bitches can win.” Democrats will be equally if not nastier in attacking the Republican nominee, who will have his weaknesses, and American demographics tend to favor Democrats. Nevertheless, Hillary is not the politician her husband is, and Americans may decide that she is not above the rules.

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INDICTING HILLARY CLINTON

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With new disclosures in a letter from the Intelligence Community inspector general to the chairmen of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Foreign Relations committee, the Hillary Clinton email scandal has entered a new and precarious phase for the Democratic presidential candidate.

Given the punishments handed out to people like General Petraeus and other high-ranking government officials for disclosing classified information to people without the proper clearance or a need to know, many respected former government officials and legal experts argue the Justice Department must indict her. On the other hand, others say that President Obama, who has shown blatant disrespect for the law, simply won’t indict her; she’d have to commit an axe murder in public before he would allow her to be prosecuted.

For almost any other offense, I would agree with the latter. For this offense, however, I believe the administration has no choice but to indict her. I held a TOP SECRET SENSITIVE COMPARTMENTED INFORMATION (SCI) clearance for 32 years in the department of defense. During much of that time I had access to several special access programs (SAP). Among the most sensitive of them was HUMINT (human intelligence). This is information about clandestine human intelligence collection operations. Disclosure of this information reveals sources and methods which pose not only a grave risk to U.S. national security but puts at risk the lives of foreign agents and U.S. case officers. High-level sources have told FOX News reporter Catherine Herridge that some of those emails referred to in the inspector general’s letter involved HUMINT information. Consider the fuss and the designation of a special prosecutor made over the disclosure of Valerie Plame’s identity, and she no longer was working as a clandestine agent.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ recently stated that, “The odds were pretty high” that governments hostile to the United States accessed Hillary Clinton‘s private server.” This makes Clinton vulnerable. She sent and received classified information thru a personal unclassified email server. According to the law, whether or not it was marked as classified at the time is irrelevant. The secretary of state should be able to recognize classified information when she see’s it. I can tell you from personal experience, recognizing classified information isn’t that hard to do.

Whether or not the Russians, Chinese or Iranians hacked into her email or not, allowing that possibility to exists constitutes gross negligence. Again, under the law [18 U.S.C § 793(f)(1)] such gross negligence is a felony.

I won’t predict that President Obama’s Justice Department will indict Hillary Clinton, but if it doesn’t the damage to our country done by that omission will be greater than the damage Hillary Clinton already has done by her disregard for national security. It would set a precedent that would make it very difficult to prosecute senior officials who commit similar offensives in the future.

To be sure, indicting a former first lade, senator and secretary of State would be unprecedented and would set off a bitter partisan debate. Nevertheless, no American is above the law.

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