In a decision with about as much shock value as learning that the sun will come up in the east tomorrow, FBI director and White House courtier James Comey announced that his agency will not recommend criminal charges against Mz Hillary for her cavalier treatment of classified information when she was Secretary of State. Fans of justice and Bernie Sanders wept. The decks are hereby cleared for the nation’s ex-wife in plenty of time for the Democratic National Convention later this month. The only surprise is it took this long to get the no-bill from this less than grand jury.
This thoroughly political decision raises the question of exactly what one would have to do to be indicted for putting the nation’s secrets at the disposal of even reasonably competent hackers. It also raises — and answers — the question of the relative value to Comey of justice and protecting the nation’s interest vs. his career. (You see, a capon is a certain kind of chicken that, well, you know where I’m going with this…) This should not be a reflection on competent and conscientious investigators at the FBI. This was the boss’s call.
It would have taken courage to recommend criminal charges against the next Democratic presidential nominee. But then I hope and trust the word courage is in the FBI director’s job description somewhere.
Isn’t this how they do it in Argentina?