I normally don’t like to get into national political discussions in my local column. However, the situation with Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her e-mail scandal can’t go without some commentary.
It doesn’t matter if you are a republican, democrat, independent or no party – this is a huge topic with the general election only a few months away.
On Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey issued an extensive statement on the investigation of Clinton and her email situation.
If you don’t think this effected national security, then you are misinformed. This happened while she was serving as Secretary of State.
As Fox commentator Bill O’Reilly stated, “Gross negligence” in handling national security is a felony.
Comey stated, “What I can assure the American people is that this investigation was done honestly, competently and independently. No outside influence of any kind was brought to bear.”
Comey admonished Clinton, however there will be no charges filed against her. But she obviously has lied to the American citizens these past few months.
Of course it probably helped her cause when former President Bill Clinton, her husband, met on a plane with Attorney General Loretta Lynch this past weekend.
If that is not a conflict of interest, I’ll eat your hat. Lynch should have never met with Bill Clinton. Even if they didn’t discuss the situation with Hillary – which is highly unlikely – it was unprofessional and stinks to high heaven.
The FBI Director went on to say, “Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information. For example, seven email chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access program level at the time they were sent and received.”
“None of these emails should have been on any kind of unclassified system, but their presence is especially concerning because all of these emails were housed on unclassified personal servers not even supported by full time security staff,” Comey added.
The investigation also found that Hillary Clinton used a personal e-mail domain to send classified documents. The FBI also found out that is was likely that “hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s e-mail account.”
Yes, Clinton is running for president – but can she be trusted to be the Commander in Chief of the United States?
The e-mail crime, coupled with the controversy of the Benghazi and Libya incidents where the American ambassador was murdered, should be enough to outrage Americans.
I know there will be those who will vote for her, even though she won’t be officially charged with any crimes. However, I would hope that many would reconsider their support of her.
As O’Reilly stated, “You would think Americans would want to elect a person with a record of competency, would you not?”
Whether you like Donald Trump or not, one might want to reconsider their vote if they are currently leaning toward Clinton.
And one other footnote, was it right for President Barack Obama to allow Hillary Clinton to ride on Air Force One to a campaign event in North Carolina? This cost taxpayers more than $200,000. I think her campaign should reimburse the government for these charges.
It is indeed a shame that Clinton will come out smelling like a rose after this inquiry.
I don’t consider myself a conservative or a liberal, although I’ve been called both. I suppose I am a true moderate – a registered Independent and a middle of the road kind of guy. In fact, like many others, I voted for Obama the first time he ran, but not the second time. There is an old saying, “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.”
Our nation, and especially here in Appalachia, is really suffering. The economy is in such horrible shape in our neck of the woods, it will be difficult to bounce back even if Trump and the republicans take control.
However, if we get four more years of the same type of administration we have seen the last eight years, then we will be living in nothing but ghost towns.
Do you want a criminal in the Whitehouse? Someone who feels entitled?
I hope you consider your future and that of your children and grandchildren. Not only for our region of the United States, but for the future of our great country.
(Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Civitas Media Mountain District including the Williamson Daily News and Logan Banner. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)