There are many Americans who are convinced that former secretary of State Hillary Clinton somehow managed to sidestep justice in her illegal and unauthorized private email server scandal … with a little help from fired FBI Director James Comey, who is standing by his 2016 decision.
In response to a recent question about his handling of Clinton’s email investigation, Comey replied, “There is zero chance, zero chance, on the facts in the Hillary Clinton case, that she would be prosecuted.”
“You are out of your mind if you don’t think the FBI wanted to make a case if we could. The facts weren’t there. Period. Full stop,” he added.
“Zero chance” of prosecution
Comey’s statement came during a town hall-style meeting in Sarasota, Florida, where he fielded a number of questions, most of which involved his contentious relationship with President Donald Trump.
Comey was also asked about his role in the Clinton email investigation and whether Clinton should have been prosecuted for her obvious crimes or not, but he stuck with his statement excusing her from accountability first issued in July 2016: that she should not be prosecuted over her email scandal.
Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation
The Washington Examiner took a look back over the past few years with an eye toward Comey’s involvement in the Clinton scandal, from his initial excusing her of responsibility to his tumultuous tenure in the Trump administration to the commentary back and forth between him and President Trump.
We all recall how Comey stunned the nation in July 2016 with his surprising statement exonerating Clinton of wrongdoing with regard to her use of an unauthorized and unsecured private email server while serving as the head of the State Department in the Obama administration.
That exoneration allowed Clinton to proceed with her presidential bid, that is, until Comey suddenly reopened the investigation just weeks prior to Election Day, only to close it and exonerate her again just days later.
This, despite the mountains of evidence stacked against her, such as clear violations of federal law and department regulations, the distinct likelihood Clinton had trafficked in classified information on the illicit server and countless lies and obfuscation by her and her associates.
She should be in jail
Many Americans strongly believe that Comey allowed Clinton to escape justice over blatant crimes for which any other American would be held fully accountable.
Among that camp is President Trump, who has often expressed his dim view of Comey — on the Clinton issue and others — and similarly has stated countless times over the years that Clinton would eventually face justice for what she had done … even saying quite frankly, “You’d be in jail” to Clinton during one of the presidential debates in 2016.
Yet Clinton continues to criss-cross the country as a free woman more than two years later. If Comey’s assured response to the audience in Sarasota is to be believed, there is “zero chance” that she will ever be held fully accountable for her crimes … meaning either that Clinton actually didn’t commit any crimes, or that the “deep state” embedded in the federal government continues to protect Clinton from accountability.