Hillary Clinton says that police are above the law – but I think the rest of us think that she’s above the law. Plenty of people have been punished for far less than she has.
That’s true even when it comes to Hillary’s most recent scandals. Let’s take a look back at the FBI investigation into her use of a private email server, in which she got off the hook despite the FBI finding evidence of wrongdoing. Bryan Nishimura pled guilty to the unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials during stints in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008. Here’s the money quote from the Associated Press: “An FBI search of Nishimura’s home turned up classified materials, but did not reveal evidence he intended to distribute them.”
Of course, when it came to Hillary, they claimed that it didn’t matter that she broke the law, because she didn’t intend to. So does intent matter or not? The exact words used to clear Hillary of her misdeeds were used to criminalize Nishimura. So what happened to him? Nishimura was sentenced to two years probation, fined $7,500, and had to surrender his security clearance. Meanwhile, Clinton is still eligible to be President of the United States.
This is just one example. Many decades ago Hillary came under fire for insider trading allegations, as she was able to turn $1,000 into $100,000 trading cattle futures. The probability of accomplishing such a feat in a period of months is practically zero, and should’ve gotten her the Martha Stewart treatment, but alas, nothing happened.
Here’s just the latest case…
Via IJ Review
Friday, U.S. Navy Officer Kristian Saucier was sentenced to one year in prison, with an additional six months of house arrest and three years of “supervised release” for taking photos inside a nuclear submarine in 2009. In addition, Saucier will pay a $100 fine, participate in 100 hours of community service, and he will no longer be able to own firearms.
Although Saucier plead guilty in May to “retaining national defense information without permission,” according to Politico, his attorney attempted a unique defense strategy to lighten his sentence.
Saucier’s crime pertained to section 793(e) of the U.S. penal code, which is part of the Espionage Act. While under investigation by the FBI, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was being scrutinized for a potential violation of nearly the same thing–section 793(f) of the Espionage Act.
So he’s headed to jail for a year, but shouldn’t Hillary have been punished if she broke the same law? He thinks so.
Saucier’s attorney, Derrick Hogan, argued that the precedent set by the outcome of Hillary Clinton’s case should be applied to his client:
“Democratic Presidential Candidate and former Secretary of State Hilary [sic] Clinton…has come under scrutiny for engaging in acts similar to Mr. Saucier…
In our case, Mr. Saucier possessed six (6) photographs classified as ‘confidential/restricted,’ far less than Clinton’s 110 emails. It will be unjust and unfair for Mr. Saucier to receive any sentence other than probation for a crime those more powerful than him will likely avoid.”
For consistencies sake, would a President Clinton pardon his sentence? I have my doubts…