Whatever you think of Donald Trump, the election of Hillary Clinton will be a moral and legal catastrophe unprecedented in the history of our country from which it may never recover. Sound excessive? Think what you wish, but the fact of the matter is the USA will have an unindicted criminal as president and no one knows what the consequences will be.
With each passing day it becomes clearer the investigation of the Hillary Clinton email scandal was such a sham that it did far more than merely tarnish the reputations of the FBI and the Department of Justice. It distorted our legal system beyond recognition.
The FBI and Justice Department have apparently been used by one political party to keep the other out of power by covert manipulation of our system. That means these institutions have been turned on their heads into instruments of state oppression extraordinarily close to those used by totalitarian regimes.
The Wall Street Journal describes the latest revelations this way:
We already knew that Justice offered immunity to at least five central figures in the private email probe, including Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, the aides in charge of deciding which of the former Secretary of State’s emails on her private server would be turned over to the State Department. FBI Director James Comey struggled to explain to Congress last week why immunity was necessary to obtain the laptops the two had used for sorting the emails.
Now we learn that Ms. Mills and Ms. Samuelson also obtained guarantees that investigators would not search these laptops after Jan. 31, 2015. More amazing, Justice agreed to destroy both laptops after examining them. Think about that: Before the authorities knew what was on the laptops, they agreed to destroy potential evidence in their investigation. The evidence was also under a congressional subpoena and preservation order.
Yet more allegations surfaced today in the midst of the hurricane from the indispensable Catherine Herridge:
Buried in the 189 pages of heavily redacted FBI witness interviews from the Hillary Clinton email investigation are details of yet another mystery—about two missing “bankers boxes” filled with the former secretary of state’s emails.
The interviews released earlier this month, known as 302s, also reveal the serious allegation that senior State Department official Patrick Kennedy applied pressure to subordinates to change the classified email codes so they would be shielded from Congress and the public.
The details about the boxes are contained in five pages of the FBI file—with a staggering 111 redactions….”
How else could one rationally explain any of this than the above—that the FBI and Justice were indeed being used by one political party and its leaders to keep the other out of power? What other possible explanation is there and how far is that from the early days of the Soviet Union and other totalitarian states?
Where will this end? The casual acceptance of this travesty by significant portions of the electorate and an even greater percentage of our media means that the chances of a return to the rule of law and an even-handed legal system are remote.
With tens of thousands of emails deliberately “bleached,” many concerning the national security of our country, this outrage (scandal is far too weak a word) makes Watergate and its 14-minute tape erasure seem like a minor kerfuffle. And yet most of the media—notably and ironically the Washington Post, which made its reputation exposing Nixon—barely lift an investigative finger. If they were serious about the role of the Fourth Estate, EmailGate would be the biggest story they ever covered. It would be all hands on deck.
But of course it isn’t, because, like the FBI and the DOJ, most of the supposed wise men and women of our media have decreed that it not be. They believe that continued Democratic Party rule under Hillary Clinton is for the “better good” and therefore even the outright sabotage of our legal system can be countenanced, even surreptitiously applauded, if necessary for the cause.
But I would like to remind those people that many of the greatest despots in history were initially convinced they too worked for the “better good.” We know the results of that.
If Hillary is elected, we will all be on a “journey into the whirlwind” (reference to Eugenia Ginzburg’s Gulag diary not coincidental). Considering roughly half our population—all those “deplorables” and more—do not believe or accept the FBI/DOJ decision (why should they? why should anyone?), groups like Judicial Watch and those in the media awake enough to care will continue to get to the bottom of this crime, not to mention the myriad of hackers across the world anxious to build their reputations or undermine our system or both.
This could—and most likely will—go on for years. A door is opening with a Hillary Clinton victory with repercussions to our republic no one can predict. America will never be the same.
Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and co-founder of PJ Media. His latest book is I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already.
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