Donald Trump has never said much with which I agree, especially since he became a presidential candidate. Much of that has to do with the fact that he is rude, crude, ethically challenged and speaks in platitudes rather than substance.
But Trump said one thing late last week with which I am in total agreement. It came after the 15-minute oral indictment/exoneration of Hillary Clinton by FBI Director James Comey.
Tweeted Trump: “The system is totally rigged.” And so it is.
That became all too obvious when the lengthy investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state was brought to a quick and ugly halt by those who run the system for their benefit and the benefit of whatever political party is in power at the time, be it the Democrats (as it was in this case) or Republicans (as it has been in the past).
The events leading up to Clinton’s apparent exoneration are such that any reasonable person can only deduce this was all planned well in advance. I hate to say conspiracy, because I am not a big believer in conspiracy theories, but what happened here looks suspiciously like one.
First, former President Bill Clinton delays his takeoff from the Phoenix airport June 27 to meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Supposedly, the discussion is about grandchildren, the weather and golf.
Clinton and Lynch had to say they did not discuss the FBI’s investigation into Hillary because that would have amounted what lawyers tell me is an “ex parte” communication, essentially a communication in which only one side in a dispute gets the ear of the judge, in this case Lynch.
If Lynch did not realize that fact when Bill Clinton approached her she is woefully incompetent as a lawyer and has no business being attorney general.
As it is, she sort of, kind of, took herself out of the decision-making loop, but not really. Anybody who really thinks Lynch actually backed out of the picture doesn’t know how the federal government works and is as clueless as Lynch was for meeting with the First Dude.
The New York Post headlined the Clinton-Lynch meeting “Snakes on a Plane.”
Next we have Hillary being interviewed by the FBI for 3« hours on the Independence Day weekend, when no one is paying attention. In 3« hours, they probably had time only to talk about grandchildren, the weather and golf and not the substance of a yearslong investigation.
Just who are the FBI and the Obama administration trying to kid here? Do they really think the American public is that stupid?
Apparently they do.
And finally, on the Tuesday after Independence Day, Comey did his one-man comedy routine. He essentially contradicted everything Hillary has said about her emails – that she sent no classified information on her email, that she used only one mobile device, that her email system was on property guarded by the Secret Service, that she turned over all her work-related emails to investigators, that her use of a private email server was allowed by the State Department.
Comey’s oral indictment without the paper indictment means one of two things: Either he is lying and should be fired or Hillary Clinton is lying and should be indicted.
But then Comey really stepped in it when he appeared to re-write federal law on the spot in his reach to exonerate her.
U.S. Code 18 Sec. 793(f) makes it unlawful to send or store classified information through a private email. The word “intent” is not included in the statute, yet Comey said he would not recommend prosecution because apparently there was no “intent” by Clinton to harm the United States.
See if that flies with Petty Officer 1st Class Kristian Saucier. Saucier is being prosecuted by the Justice Department for having several pictures on his cellphone of the classified engine room in a nuclear submarine on which he was serving. There apparently was no “intent” to use it in any way to harm the U.S., but he is facing up to 30 years in prison for simply possessing the images and then apparently trying to delete them when he learned an investigation was underway.
Compare that with the amount of classified information on Clinton’s private email server and the thousands of emails she deleted, some of which were classified.
And compare that with what Comey had to say when he was a U.S. attorney and decided to lower the boom on Martha Stewart when she was charged with lying to investigators and obstructing justice in a securities fraud case.
“If it was Jane Doe she would have been prosecuted,” Comey said of Stewart at the time. “I thought of my hesitation about the case due to someone being rich and famous and how it shouldn’t be that way. I decided we had to do it.”
Obviously, his ethics and principles have changed since he became a part of the oligarchy that now controls our country.
To further support the idea that all this was planned well in advance, and with the blessing if not guidance of the White House, is the fact that even as Comey was speaking, Hillary Clinton was preparing to board Air Force One with President Barack Obama, using our tax dollars to fly to a political rally in North Carolina.
Those sorts of things don’t just happen on the spur of the moment.
But what all this also makes painfully clear is something that many have believed for years: In this country, there is a two-tier justice system. If you’re rich and connected, or even if you’re just connected, there is one system of justice. There is another system for the rest of us.
I was not deluded enough to think that the FBI investigation would ever lead to charges against Hillary Clinton. But I was as surprised as anyone to hear Comey rattle off all her high crimes and misdemeanors and then give her a get-out-of-jail-free card.
The performance of Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration in this case has had all the reality of professional wrestling. Some people might believe what they are seeing is true, but it’s all a fraud.
Now I’m in a real quandary. Which rude, crude, ethically bankrupt liar do I vote for in November?
Ron Martz is Marine Corps veteran (1965-68), journalist and former educator and monthly columnist. He lives in Northeast Georgia.