Purveyor of Truth
Yesterday the FBI, following a yearlong investigation of HRC's e-mails and her use of private servers, decided not to refer criminal charges to the DOJ, thus playing into the hands of the Trump campaign's claim that the system is rigged.
Here, in summary, is what FBI Director Comey acknowledged. Edited for clarity.
- She did not, as she claimed, turn over all her work-related messages for release.
- Her private email server did carry classified emails, also contrary to her past statements.
- Clinton used many devices to send and receive email despite her statements that she set up her email system so that she only needed to carry one.
The facts, uncovered by the FBI are as follows. Again edited for clarity
- The FBI identified at least 113 emails that passed through Clinton's server and contained materials that were classified at the time they were sent, including some that were Top Secret.
- Clinton has separately clung to her rationale that there were no classification markings on her emails that would have warned her and others not to transmit the sensitive material. But the private system did, in fact, handle emails that bore markings indicating they contained classified information.
- When his forensic team examined Clinton's server it found there were "several thousand work-related emails that were not in the group of 30,000" that had been returned by Clinton to the State Department.
- Clinton "used numerous mobile devices to view and send email" using her personal account. Clinton also used different servers.
- . The FBI did not uncover a breach but made clear that that possibility cannot be ruled out. It is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton's personal email account
- Comey highlighted the perils in routing sensitive information through a home server.
Given the facts uncovered by the FBI's investigation it is difficult to understand exactly why Director Comey arrived at his decision notto refer criminal charges to the DOJ. It is however reasonably easy to conclude the decision was very possibly politically motivated, and or made under pressure by those who are politically motivated. Of course that is conjecture, and, as we all know, the strokes will be viewed differently by different folks.
What it is abundantly clear is HRC, a candidate whose credibility and integrity has been under fire for two years, has added fuel to the fire and undoubtedly cased many who may have been leaning her way (I am one) to re-examine the candidate.
Clinton's actions exposed the nation to security risks that could have seriously compromised our security. Something all Americans ought be concerned with and consider during their decision making process on who to vote for in November. Clinton's handling of her e-mails call into question her judgement at the very least.
Putting the above aside, even if there was "no intent to comit criminal activity" her lying does highlight her disregard for honesty and a willingness to put her personal political ambitions above the interests of the nation. Questioning her honesty, integrity, judgment, intelligence, trustworthiness, and ability to serve the nation and its best interest is now both reasonable and rational.