James Comey and Loretta Lynch Hold the Whole Country in Their Hands

Bill Clinton was impeached for two causes -- perjury and obstruction of justice. But the charges concerned a matter of personal conduct and were not deemed serious enough for Clinton to be removed from office, although he was disbarred by the state of Arkansas.

Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency before almost certain impeachment over his coverup of the Watergate break-in, a farcically useless burglary of Democratic headquarters in an election that the Republicans were already winning by a landslide.

Neither of these misdeeds, bad as they were, even remotely approach the magnitude of crimes for which Hillary Clinton is said by many to have committed.

The leading contender for the Democratic Party nomination is under investigation by the FBI on two basic tracks.

The first is for national security violations regarding her grossly negligent use of a private email server and unsecured BlackBerry (when traveling abroad!) for all her official business as secretary of state, including housing 22 emails on the server deemed so "top secret" that the State Department has refused to make them public. (There is much more, easily found on the Internet. Beyond even that, there is the matter of the erased hard drive with thirty thousand or so more emails of a self-described personal nature like "yoga lessons," which many assume the FBI has recovered and whose contents are yet to be revealed.)

The second, perhaps even more serious, malfeasance is various crimes related to what is popularly known as influence-peddling performed by then-Secretary of State Clinton with foreign nationals and officials in connection with her multi-million, possibly billion, dollar family foundation. If true, for a normal citizen, conviction would likely result in multiple years in prison. David Petraeus has already suffered for similar, though lesser, crimes.

This is far and away the most important issue of election 2016. All others pale compared to it. How our government -- FBI and DOJ -- resolves this investigation will affect the very backbone of our country: the rule of law. No democratic society can exist without it. No person, no matter how high, can be above it. Without the rule of law, the United States of America as we know it does not exist.