On the heels of a report exposing Clinton’s criminal act of destroying evidence, could Hillary Clinton not only lose control of her campaign, but actually end up in prison?
If one of the most distinguished officers in U.S military history, General David Patraeus, can be prosecuted for a mistake – why can’t Hillary?
WASHINGTON — Former CIA director David Petraeus reached a plea agreement with the Justice Department, concluding a years-long investigation that shows he gave his mistress secret information, including names of covert officers and war strategy, according to court documents.
Petraeus, a retired four-star general, lied to FBI agents, divulged a massive amount of sensitive data to Paula Broadwell, his mistress and biographer, and fretted about how she handled them in an interview she recorded with him.
The plea deal, which carried a recommended two years of probation and a $40,000 fine, brings an end to an arc in which Petraeus rose to become the nation’s most famous general from the Iraq War, then was reduced to a fallen idol driven from office because of a high-profile extramarital affair.
The documents show Petraeus kept eight black books containing classified and unclassified notes he took during meetings, conferences and briefings during his tenure as a military commander. In late August 2011, he delivered the books to a private Washington residence where Broadwell — his biographer and mistress — stayed during a week-long trip to the area.
And now, Hillary’s big mistake:
A congressional committee will review whether Hillary Rodham Clinton violated federal law by using a personal e-mail account to conduct government business as secretary of state, it was announced Tuesday.
And another committee already investigating the possible presidential candidate said Clinton used more than one personal account.
House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said his panel will join with the committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack in reviewing whether Clinton broke any disclosure laws.
“Violations of the Federal Records Act within federal agencies is something we take very seriously,” Chaffetz said. “The House Oversight Committee will work with Mr. [Trey] Gowdy and the Select Committee on Benghazi to further explore Hillary Clinton’s use of personal e-mails while at the State Department.”
… Clinton may have breached security and broken disclosure laws. (source)
Both Clinton and Patreaus broke federal law, yet one actually suffered punitive action while the other, who committed a worse crime, is running for president.
Don’t believe Hillary is a criminal? Federal law states that it is a felony when any government official “willfully and unlawfully conseals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys” official government material. (source)
Congress even included a provision stating that the perpetrator shall “forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States.” (source)
Hillary, who set up a shadow email server to conduct official business and communicate electronically as secretary of state, apparently believed she was above the law. Her actions were purposeful, reprehensible, and a clear attempt to evade federal-records laws which cater to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a tool that could have been used to review her record in office.
In fact, not only did Clinton exchange classified information via an unauthorized account, she ventured to destroy the emails before handing them over to the State Department. Manipulating evidence during a criminal investigation is a felony that constitutes a three year prison sentence. (source)
Her emails allegedly contained information on Benghazi, conflicts of interests, and information routinely denied by FOIA requests. (source)
So, will Hillary Clinton end up in prison? Probably not. She’s the establishment pick for President and will be protected.
Should Hillary end up in prison? Her actions were irrefutably illegal. I wouldn’t oppose a prison sentence, but would be equally satisfied with an enormous fine and an authoritative end to her presidential campaign.