Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Comey's Disgrace

Fascinating article over at National Review that sheds light on Comey's rationale that no reasonable prosecutor would have taken Hillary's case.  It seems that Obama was knee-deep in it.
Indeed, imagine what would have happened had Clinton been indicted. The White House would have attempted to maintain the secrecy of the Obama-Clinton e-mails (under Obama’s invocation of a bogus “presidential communications” privilege), but Clinton’s defense lawyers would have demanded the disclosure of the e-mails in order to show that Obama had engaged in the same misconduct, yet only she, not he, was being prosecuted. And as most experienced criminal-law lawyers understand (especially if they’ve read a little Supreme Court case known as United States v. Nixon), it is an argument that Clinton’s lawyers would have won.
I can see Comey's discomfiture at learning that President Obama had bee emailing Clinton on her private server.  If the DOJ had prosecuted Hillary, they would have had to prosecute Obama as well, under the same statutes.  Still, if Comey knew that Obama was knee-deep in the same crimes, why didn't he spell that out during his July 5th press conference?

We were once a nation of laws.  Not kings or queens, lords or ladies.


Anonymous said...

My long standing question is what now? The rot in govt is well known, if anything is new it is the corruption becomes every more increased yet also ever more exposed.

(An aside: This is the nature of sin, it will never stay hidden, it will always come to light. In act, it is reasonable to argue for correlation of the deeper the wickedness, the better chance of it being exposed.)

To the point of my question, given the ample examples of the encompassing genius of the Founding Fathers, it is difficult to imagine that they did not specifically address and provide for the means and methods of how to dispose of those corrupted persons within the govt.

The people are the first institution as mentioned in the US Constitution, as such are promoted by law and moral standard as superior to every other institution of our govt. It seems incredible that the people should be held in reserve as we look to govt to right the wrongs which itself has wrought.

I do not partake of the argument that elections offer the only recourse, that we can always vote against a crooked politician. Among the many responses to that silly argument is it applies only to the elected and says nothing of those who are appointed. Surely, we have seen numerous accounts of the appointed in govt acting equally as vile as the elected.

Is it that the Founders left us with an investigative/prosecutorial body (FBI, DOJ) as the only means to rid our govt of corruption? What then when those arms of govt are themselves corrupted at least by influence of duplicity or outright threat from other parts of govt?

If open hostility with an attendant violence is the extreme at the other end of the spectrum, is there nothing in between, a means short of taking up arms, which is available to the people which is within the rule of law? For if that is the only viable alternative, and I do mean viable as to it's effectiveness, then why are we not already storming en masse the house of govt?

Every part of my comment herein is with the utmost sincerity.

Anonymous said...

Correction: It is not '...the nature of sin...' as much it is the nature of truth. By the light of truth shall wickedness be revealed.

Anonymous said...

I have heard and have read of the argument that to prosecute would set off a 'constitutional crisis'. Both, leftists and otherwise conservative sides have raised this argument against seeking prosecution. What utter rot!

It seems they who hold that position intend that the men who had established this form of government have been bereft to the consideration that corruption in government could exist. It is another silly argument probably intended to play to, even to promote, ignorance in the people and to weaken the resolve of their representatives in government.

Old NFO said...

Just points out that 'some' pigs are more equal than others... This administration can't end soon enough!