Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Proving Criminal Intent

FBI Director James Comey decided that he wouldn’t recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of private email servers while secretary of state, thereby removing a huge shadow hovering over her presidential campaign.
Before delivering a stern lecture to Clinton and her State Department colleagues during her tenure as top U.S. diplomat between 2009 and 2013, Comey make it clear that the White House and the Justice Department: "do not know what I am about to say."
He then pointed out that the investigation examined whether Clinton or her aides had mishandled classified information either intentionally or in a grossly negligent way.  Their conclusion was: "Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.  Our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case."
Comey criticism of Clinton's conduct offered her political enemies a trove of fresh ammunition for their assault on her character, honesty and trustworthiness, but he also noted, that a criminal intent couldn’t be proven.
Comey's decision not to recommend charges likely removes the threat of prosecution in the middle of Clinton's campaign for the presidency, but the political fallout will continue.
He said of the 30,000 emails that Clinton's team turned over to the State Department, 110 emails in 52 email chains were determined to have contained classified information "at the time they were sent or received.  Eight of those chains contained information considered "top secret," the highest level of classification.
FBI Director Comey conclude: "We believe our investigation has been sufficient to give us reasonable confidence that there was no intentional misconduct in relation to that sorting effort."
He added that while the FBI could find no direct evidence of an intrusion into Clinton's server by hostile foreign governments: "It is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton's email account.
“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.
"This investigation was done honestly, competently and independently.  No outside influence of any kind was brought to bear.  We did our investigation the right way.  Only facts matter, and the FBI found them here in an entirely apolitical and professional way."


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