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Random Thought for Friday, July 8th, 2016: Comey is Brilliant

IMG_20140419_111752Welcome to Friday’s Random Thought.

Yes, I’m going to delve into politics, sorry.

While the media pundits gnash their teeth on different angles, some saying this is a win for Hillary, others say it’s a loss, I’m going to sit here and smile.  It’s hard not to smile when you are watching a genius at work and many people don’t see what has really happened here.

Allow me to rephrase what Director Comey said:

We found lots of negligent actions regarding handling of classified information. We agree that this is illegal.

We have confirmed that Hillary Clinton has lied both to the American people and in her testimony to Congress.

We don’t think a prosecutor should try to press charges.

We think this as hey, it’s Hillary Clinton. She may be guilty but you won’t win against her in a court room. She has the resources to drag a trial out for years. You can’t win against her.

That being such, let me just publicly release all the findings so that she can be judged in the court of public opinion .

You know why?

Because if this goes to the Attorney General, the ‘Clinton Effect’ will happen and no one will hear about the truth. At least this way, everyone will know.

Shocking? Not really.

You need to keep in mind that Comey’s career in serving justice spans a few disciplines. He’s been an investigator and a prosecutor.  He knows when he is confronted with a case where the person is guilty but pursuing a case will not end in a conviction. It is unfortunate but it happens. The best you can hope for is some measure of justice through another path. Perhaps adding what you have to a pile of evidence that can be used later to build a winning case.

Think of it this way. Look at Al Capone. He was breaking the law at the time in regards to smuggling alcohol. Investigators could never build a case against him for breaking those laws despite the mountain of evidence they had. All they could hope for would be to convict those doing the smuggling. Capone was too insulated, too powerful and held too much influence for any prosecutor to be able to win a case against him. How did they get him? By going another route. When it came out that he was being charged and prosecuted with tax evasion, Capone did fall from people’s favor albeit it a small amount. A lot of people loved the man but when people learned that he was not paying his taxes, opinions turned. With a bit of luck, they were able to locate Capone’s book keeper and decipher his financial ledgers. This allowed prosecutors to pursue another angle. Capone was ultimately convicted on money laundering and tax evasion. Justice lost the battle on breaking the prohibition laws but won the war with the breaking of tax laws. Justice was ultimately served.

Investigators, as Comey remarked in is comments, do make unofficial recommendations and opinions when handing a case to a District Attorney. They will say if they feel the DA can win and that does influence the decision to prosecute someone for a criminal act. Comey knows that “any reasonable prosecutor” will have a difficulty time in dealing with the Clintons and that in the end, it will take a large amount of time and tax payer money to prosecute Hillary Clinton.  It’s a loosing battle.

Directory Comey knows that this fight over the blatant mishandling of classified information by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not win the war for truth and justice. He knows it is better to loose this battle as it will mean a win in the war later. In the meantime, he can do something for more useful for the pursuit of justice. He can release the truth to the world and let justice come from those who have been wronged, the American people.

Well played sir, well played indeed.


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