FBI Director James Comey’s comments on July 5, 2016, when he justified in public his decision not to send the Hillary Clinton investigation to a grand jury still rankles. He said that she did not intend to break the law and that without intent, there was no crime.
We’ve had similar cases of a non-intentional law-breaking recently. One involving a sailor who simply took pictures of a Naval vehicle, like anyone would do when in the position of a tourist, and he went to jail for it. On a personal level, how many people have been ticketed for speeding with no intention of exceeding the posted speed limit? Answer: everyone who has ever been ticketed.
The fact of the matter is that Hillary was so intent on handling Clinton Foundation emails in which she was getting influence peddling bids as she doled out favors for cash from her position of Secretary of State (much of which cash was from foreign sources and at least one of which was from Russian sources who were the highest bidders for American Uranium supplies and duly kicked back millions of dollars to the Clinton Fund when they were awarded the deal) that she bypassed the normal security and administrative checks built into the federal email system.
She also ignored rules she had enforced on her State Department subordinates and broke the law in doing so. The casual observer would conclude that she very well knew the law, but grubbing for money from foreign leaders who wanted favors from Hillary once she became president was her sole concentration.
I have no doubt that Hillary did not consciously intend to break the law, but what she did was known to her to be contrary to the laws that she herself had enforced within the State Department, so one sees no difference between intent and actually going ahead and doing the deed.
If she had been under the influence of a drug or had been blackmailed to do it there may be a distinction to be made on those counts, but there was too much involved to make her email scandal happen, and there were too many highly secure emails sent and mishandled by her, for the FBI to merely say “never mind” and close the case.
The Trump Justice Department needs to prosecute Hillary, and the Obama administration provided all the evidence they need to get the grand jury involved, NOW