By the time FBI director James Comey announced a pass would be given to Hillary Clinton despite his admission she illicitly stored, wiped clean, and lost track of server data comprising official government emails, some classified at the highest levels, most of us weren’t surprised. The reason for that lack of surprise was the leak to one of Democrats’ favorite media outlets, CNN. Two days before Comey made it official, CNN announced Mrs. Clinton would not be indicted.
The leak is customary for the Clintons and for Democrats. There’s even a label, inspired by a former president, for the technique. A leak indicating no charges works in favor of the candidate or politico, softening the blow to those who believe charges were due. A leak on behalf of a candidate can also free others in high places whose support the candidate needs.
It’s called the Rometsch strategy, and it was first employed to protect a serial adulterer in the White House. No, I’m not talking about Bill Clinton.
Sex in the 21st century isn’t as controversial an issue as it was in the last. What is troubling about a philandering president is that his deeds make him a possible target for blackmail. That was one reason John F. Kennedy’s sexcapades were so carefully hidden during his presidency. We learned the truth about JFK’s Camelot years after he died—it was a myth studiously constructed by Democrats and the majority of media.
Many years later, we learned one of JFK’s women was a spy from East Germany. A Republican congressman also became entangled in the story. JFK wasn’t sanctioned in any way. The GOP congressman was targeted for federal tax evasion and he did time in prison for it. What does that have to do with the Clintons?
The New York Daily News explained:
“Rometsch’s name resurfaced again during the Monica Lewinsky scandal when President Clinton’s allies were accused to trying to stymie the investigation of his affair with the White House intern.
Their alleged strategy of leaking info favorable to Clinton to reporters was dubbed the Ellen Rometsch Strategy.”
As I wrote in a previous column, Mrs. Clinton will now be tried in a court of public opinion. One relative who lives out of state is totally exasperated with the investigations Mrs. Clinton has been subjected to—“a waste of money!”
No, it isn’t a waste of money. Any government official elected or appointed should be held to the highest standard. This federal entity ruling virtually every aspect of our lives represents one of the greatest dangers our republic has faced in my lifetime. Weaponizing government to target you—to silence you or to neutralize your influence—has grown exponentially under the administration of Barack Obama.
Bear in mind Obama is just the spokesman. Our government has been run by Clinton cronies and insiders since the day this president took office.
If you listened to Comey and believe the whole email scandal should be dismissed, you are signaling to the ruling class you will not hold them to the standard you will be held to. You are willingly submitting to a double standard.
Comey, in his guilty-not-guilty statement, admitted Hillary Clinton used personal servers—plural, not singular—and her system wasn’t even as secure as Gmail. Think about that for a moment. Comey admitted “hostile actors gained access” to accounts Mrs. Clinton exchanged messages with. If they gained access to those accounts, they gained access to hers.
Comey’s statement also included upending a number of outright lies Mrs. Clinton told the public:
“I have so far used the singular term, “e-mail server,” in describing the referral that began our investigation. It turns out to have been more complicated than that. Secretary Clinton used several different servers and administrators of those servers during her four years at the State Department, and used numerous mobile devices to view and send e-mail on that personal domain. As new servers and equipment were employed, older servers were taken out of service, stored, and decommissioned in various ways. [and]
For example, when one of Secretary Clinton’s original personal servers was decommissioned in 2013, the e-mail software was removed. Doing that didn’t remove the e-mail content, but it was like removing the frame from a huge finished jigsaw puzzle and dumping the pieces on the floor. The effect was that millions of e-mail fragments end up unsorted in the server’s unused—or “slack”—space. We searched through all of it to see what was there, and what parts of the puzzle could be put back together.”
You can count on Donald Trump’s campaign to feature side-by-sides of what Mrs. Clinton claimed and what the FBI found.
As if all this isn’t bad enough, we now know classified material was transmitted by the reckless secretary although she swore she’d never done that.
No one asked a simple question. If Mrs. Clinton, as she claimed, didn’t transmit classified material via those servers, how did she communicate on classified matters? No one asked because it would have necessitated another lie.
Read Comey’s whole statement and you will come away realizing this is a government completely out of control, from federal agencies all the way to the White House. There is a law for the ruling class Mrs. Clinton dominates and another standard for the rest of us.
Comey may claim “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring charges against the Democrats’ presidential nominee.
If that is true, the federal government is sorely lacking reasonable prosecutors.
In the aftermath of Comey’s self-contradictory statement, Trump tweeted, “the system is totally rigged.”
Comey’s pass to Hillary Clinton has now freed President Obama to campaign for her. Without that pass, Obama’s advocacy would have been risky for his legacy. And his advocacy is essential to turning out black voters Democrats manage to keep in thrall. If you tuned in to his rambling intro of Mrs. Clinton at a North Carolina rally on Tuesday, the difference between Mrs. Clinton and the president was painfully clear.
Our president is the most gifted orator on the political horizon since former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Mrs. Clinton lacks those skills, and every time she is on stage with him it is apparent how desperately she needs this president’s support. Comey made it possible for Obama to jump headfirst into the campaign for the presidency for 2016.
Yes, Americans, “the system is rigged.” Bear in mind Comey also served the administration of President George W. Bush.
After delivering his controversial statement, Comey bailed. He took no questions from reporters. For many of us, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now sullied just as IRS, the EPA, and ATF were after nefarious, illegal deeds were revealed and no one paid the price those of us here in the real world would have.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/July 6, 2016)
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