The fallout from FBI Director James Comey’s decision not to press forward with Hillary’s ‘careless’ email mismanagement continues, with people on left pressing forward with Clinton’s Presidential campaign, and people on the right expressing outrage and disgust.
While we agree that this story is over, and will not be re-examined by any other government authority, I too will also stop covering what is a closed case.
One thing is certain, Hillary Clinton received special treatment…and so I leave you with the case of Bryan H. Nishimura, who pleaded guilty to the FBI one year ago for “unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials” without malicious intent. The same exact thing the FBI says Hillary Clinton did (courtesy of Zerohedge and the FBI – screenshot below):
U.S. Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman immediately sentenced Nishimura to two years of probation, a $7,500 fine, and forfeiture of personal media containing classified materials. Nishimura was further ordered to surrender any currently held security clearance and to never again seek such a clearance.
According to court documents, Nishimura was a Naval reservist deployed in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008. In his role as a Regional Engineer for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, Nishimura had access to classified briefings and digital records that could only be retained and viewed on authorized government computers. Nishimura, however, caused the materials to be downloaded and stored on his personal, unclassified electronic devices and storage media. He carried such classified materials on his unauthorized media when he traveled off-base in Afghanistan and, ultimately, carried those materials back to the United States at the end of his deployment. In the United States, Nishimura continued to maintain the information on unclassified systems in unauthorized locations, and copied the materials onto at least one additional unauthorized and unclassified system.
Nishimura’s actions came to light in early 2012, when he admitted to Naval personnel that he had handled classified materials inappropriately. Nishimura later admitted that, following his statement to Naval personnel, he destroyed a large quantity of classified materials he had maintained in his home. Despite that, when the Federal Bureau of Investigation searched Nishimura’s home in May 2012, agents recovered numerous classified materials in digital and hard copy forms. The investigation did not reveal evidence that Nishimura intended to distribute classified information to unauthorized personnel.
This case was the product of an investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Jean M. Hobler prosecuted the case
Here is former FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker who told CNBC moments ago, that in his view Comey should have brought charges as “he seemed to be building a case for that and he laid out what I thought were the elements under the gross negligence aspect of it, so I was very surprised at the end when he said that there was a recommendation of no prosecution and also given the fact-based nature of this and the statement that no reasonable prosecutor would entertain prosecution, I don’t think that’s the standard.”
His conclusion: “The facts are the facts, and in this case I think there are a lot of things that are very unusual about this.”
And then there is Ian Bremmer who said that “it’s very clear that in trying to make it go away actually lied, repeatedly, about whether or not these materials were classified at the time. And it’s the cover up frequently that gets people in trouble, it’s not the actual misdeed. This was very badly mishandled by Hillary all the way through.”
But then she got some much needed help from the FBI to complete the cover up.
In retrospect, perhaps former Attorney General Eric Holder said it best when he justified with the US DOJ simply refuses to bring up criminal cases against those it deems “too big to prosecute”:
“if you do bring a criminal charge it will have a negative impact on the national economy, perhaps world economy”
And just like that, Hillary is “systemically important”, if mostly for her countless Wall Street donors.
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