The Death Of Equality Under The Law

Equality under the law is a cornerstone of our Justice System.  The Justice System is charged to perform its duties to enforce the law and punish violations of the law against  both the rich and the poor, the powerful and and powerless.  Absent this perception of equality, the system fails as The People begin to disregard it.

What Happens When You Can’t Trust the FBI and the Department of Justice?

BY ROGER L SIMON SEPTEMBER 23, 2016, Diary of a Mad Voter, PJ Media

In a stunning Friday (isn’t it always?) revelation, we found out that yet another key figure from Hillary Clinton’s “rat pack” — her former chief-of-staff Cheryl Mills – wasgiven immunity in the email server investigation.

As Ed Morrissey points out, that makes “at least five” — who knows how many there really are — who have received this treatment.  So far that’s techies Bryan Pagliano and Paul Combetta (more of him in a moment), John Bentel of the Office of Information Resources Management, and Heather Samuelson, an aide to Mrs. Clinton.

How much the public knows of their immunized testimony is clear — nothing.  How much is known by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Jason Chaffetz,, is less apparent, but since Chaffetz only just found out about the powerful Mills, as well as Bentel and Samuelson, we can assume the committee knows little, if anything, of what they had to say.

Yes, that does stink on ice.  A Secretary of State is a person in a position of great power (it is afterall, fourth in the list of precedence should the President die or become incapacitated while in office), and as such should be under close observation by both the Congress and The People.

All this weeks after FBI Director James Comey, under what level of coercion from Loretta Lynch (and the White House) we can only guess,  made his determination not to make a legal referral in the matter of Hillary Clinton.

The Combetta revelation — that the Clinton techie was querying peers on Reddit for advice on how to delete email addresses — has already caused a brouhaha that threatens to (and should) explode. As Fortune explains:

Combetta is an IT professional who helped manage Clinton’s private server and then invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination rather than testify before a Congressional Oversight committee last week.Ordinarily, this might have been enough to shield Combetta from accusations that he tampered with or destroyed evidence. But now Internet sleuths have unearthed a Reddit post that appears to represent Combetta asking for advice on how to hide the name of a “VERY VIP” in a batch of emails.

There’s a lot more in the incriminating exchange and Combetta is clearly in trouble. Even the reliably pro-Clinton Snopes could not dispute the uncomfortable truths about the man who scrubbed (or bleached) the emails and his unscrupulous employers:

The identity of u/stonetear [Combetta’s handle from Reddit and elsewhere] has not yet been confirmed, and an attorney for Platte River Networks [Clinton’s email tech company] has declined to comment on the claims. Combetta was earlier granted immunity by the Justice Department with respect to the Clinton e-mail investigation, and he invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to testify during a hearing earlier in September 2016, before the Reddit controversy placed him under sharper scrutiny.House Republicans have scheduled a hearing pertaining to preservation of state records for 22 September 2016, and Rep. Smith’s letter set a deadline of 23 September 2016 for Combetta and other Platte River Networks employees to arrange “transcribed interviews” with the Committee. Neither Combetta nor legal representatives for Platte River Networks have denied the claims.

The plot sickens, as they say. Who ordered Combetta to do the bleaching? Doesn’t the public have a right to know?  Isn’t it time for the FBI — or some decent agent or agents — to fess up to save the rapidly declining reputation of their organization? That the Bureau has been under attack of late for failure to identify terrorists because of overweening political correctness has only exacerbated the public perception that all is far from well in the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

This amounts  to what the great Italian playwright Ugo Betti referred to as Corruption in the Palace of Justice. Besides being totalitarian in essence, the obfuscatory policies of Lynch and Comey have made certain that Hillary Clinton, should she win the presidency, will never have anything close to the consent of the governed.  She will never be reliably cleared and an extremely high percentage of the public  will never believe her — and will be correct in doing so.

Time, and past time, to muck out the stable that the Department of Justice has become under the current [mal]Administration.

Time, and past time, for accountability and for the blindfold to be restored to Justice.

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  • jim_m

    Laws are for punishing your opponents, not to be applied to your allies. That is how the left views things. That’s how Bruce can claim that nothing unethical has ever happened under 0bama, because no one has gone to jail. If no one has gone to jail then nothing wrong ever occurred.

  • Scalia

    Good post, Rodney.

  • “Even the reliably pro-Clinton Snopes . . .”

    That’s odd. When George W. Bush was in the White House, liberals claimed that Snopes was pro-Bush. Snopes is politically neutral. Yet, people keep projecting political bias onto the site.

    Anyway, news that another of Clinton’s minions received immunity is news that makes Clinton look worse than ever.

    • Scalia

      I think Snopes makes an effort to be objective, so their dispelling of some liberal myths about Bush ticked them off (liberals hate it when their lies are exposed), but I’ve looked to them many times regarding issues that they should have taken up in defense of conservatives, but it was in vain. It was up to other fact-check sources to do so.

      Liberal bias? Maybe not, but it appears that they exert more effort to defend liberals than they do conservatives. Just my observation.

    • Take it up with Roger Simon.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    Obama was using a pseudonym when emailing Clinton – so he knew she was using a non-governmental email. I don’t know what to make of the fact that his email[s] to Clinton was/were unclassified:

    “President Obama used a pseudonym in emails to Hillary Clinton, documents from the FBI released Friday show.

    The FBI released a large batch documents related to its investigation into Clinton’s private email server Friday afternoon. The files include notes from interviews with several top Clinton aides, including longtime adviser Huma Abedin.

    The FBI said in its notes from an Abedin interview that the address on a Clinton email chain “is believed to be a pseudonym used by the President.”

    Abedin said she didn’t recognize the name and “expressed her amazement” that Obama used a pseudonym.

    The FBI said she exclaimed: “How is this not classified?”

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/obama-used-pseudonym-in-emails-with-clinton/ar-BBwyNAv?li=BBnb7Kz

    • 0bama only lies when his lips are moving…

    • LiberalNightmare

      Kind of explains how 0 overcame his dislike for the Clintons enough to back Hillary for President.

      Doesn’t explain how the people that deem themselves our betters have such a poor understanding of how email works.

      • Those soi disant elites (much as our soi disant cognoscenti) don’t care about facts which mitigate against their beliefs and goals.

      • For “true believers” such as our soi disant “elites” (and cognoscenti), facts only matter to the degree they support their preferred narrative and/or desired outcome. Anything which detracts from the preferred narrative and desired outcome is a despicable untruth to which lesser peoples bitterly cling.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    As the professor under investigation often says: “We are in the very best of hands.” More news from the Friday FBI news dump:

    “Hanley revealed in her FBI interview that she had no idea where a thumb drive she used to store an archive of Clinton’s emails had gone. Hanley searched for the thumb drive, which the FBI described as “something she happened to have laying around the house,” several times but was unable to find it.

    The interviews provide more insight into Clinton’s lack of technical acumen. According to the FBI’s Abedin writeup, she “could not use a computer”; Hanley said Clinton had no idea what her own email password was, and had to rely on aides.”

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/hillary-clinton-emails-fbi-228607

    • jim_m

      I think dispatching this section of the DOJ is a great idea. If only so we can “run them down”.

  • jim_m

    “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”

    More proof that the left views Orwell as a how to manual.

  • Par4Course

    The FBI would never hold a press conference, outline evidence of a subject’s crimes and then announce the decision not to prosecute for anyone but Hillary Clinton. If that doesn’t signify the end of equal justice under the law, nothing will.