Watching the FBI director James Comey give his final report on the investigation of Mrs. Hillary Clinton’s opening of a private email server and account, was theater of the highest order. It was political perfection and I find myself wanting to share my thoughts about what we have seen play out before our eyes.
For some time now, I had come to the conclusion that there would be no charges brought against Hillary Clinton for her breaking the laws protecting the secrecy of the United States when she was Secretary of State. It is not because I am brilliant, but because when I looked at the ramifications of such a trial, it was clear that it would be horrific on many levels.
Conspiracy theorists (of whom I know many), portended that the current President wanted to see the Presidential election process implode so that he could remain in power. I found that a highly uncomfortable hypothesis. And still, instinctively, I knew that the results of bringing a Presidential candidate to trial would be devastating on many levels.
First, it would have brought the orderly election of the next United States President to a stand-still. What does a Democratic Nation do if it has only one candidate left in a race for the most important position in the world? A new process would need to be created with great difficulty. Internationally, the damage to the nation’s image and stature would have been massive. In political chaos, the USA would have been brought down to the level of a “banana republic.”
My years of watching governments come and go, of seeing the impact of high level political assassinations in Democratic countries, have brought me to a belief that even the “best of all possible systems” must by definition – be imperfect. Like all of us in this very real world we live in, the “system” must survive. It is more important than the individual.
If I were making a movie about what has unfolded, it would most certainly have scenes in it with discussions between the highest officials in the land, looking for a way to resolve a very real problem without bringing down the political order. I was not privy to any such real time discussions, but in my heart of heart, I know that they must have taken place.
The evidence is in the conclusion to the controversy. The FBI report which included over eighty investigating agents, had no option but to be legitimate and open. There were too many people involved for even one lie about what they found, to have survived scrutiny. The conclusion honestly reported that over one hundred classified emails were found to have been sent on the illegal email accounts and servers. It found that many emails that contained highly sensitive information were sent to others whose accounts could have been easily hacked by enemies of the United States. It accused Mrs. C. quite clearly of being irresponsible in her handling of secure communications. All of this is in contrast to her proclamations that she did nothing of the sort.
The very end of the report to the nation on the investigation was the most interesting of all. The Director clearly stated that it is not the purpose of the FBI to decide whether or not an individual is to be prosecuted. And having made that clear, he went forward to do just that! This was the most brilliant “finessing” in the history of politics. By making the recommendation that Mrs. C. not face criminal trials he accomplished many things for the White House. It relieved the necessity for the incumbent President’s appointed prosecutor to then bring down an entire political system. By extension, it took the focus off Mr.O. who may still be responsible for the ultimate handling and resolution of “the problem.”
Had this case gone to court, the emails themselves would have become public. Thousands of them were not classified communications in and of themselves, but undoubtedly they held State secrets and private, uncomfortable communications between Hillary and Obama. This is just common sense. They could not become public knowledge. Such ineptitude on the part of Mrs Clinton could not become “America’s Achilles heel. “
The system is more important than the individual. The communications between the President and his Secretary of State could not become public domain.
Mrs. Clinton’s arrogance throughout her campaign was not simply that she was so sure she would avoid prosecution. She had every reason to understand that the problem that she had created was much larger than herself. Her improprieties were so massive that they had to be “handled.” There really was no option. The truly disturbing portion is how she embellished her innocence with claims that nothing untoward would be found. Claims that not one piece of classified communication would be discovered, could only be made by someone with a totally inflated self- image and a sense of invincibility. She knew the scope of the problem she had created, and felt it served her purposes.
It is interesting to note that both Mr. and Mrs. Clinton at the height of their careers, abused the public trust. Mr. Clinton did it through his abuse of sexual opportunity. Having survived it all, Mrs. Clinton then went forward making unacceptable decisions, with the knowledge that she too could withstand any and all repercussions.
Ultimately, Mrs. Clinton’s prosecution or lack of it, will come from the American electorate. If she is selected as the next President of the United States, it will be proof- positive that in politics, “the ends justifies the means.” Today she breathes easier, but until the Americans vote on November 8th, the final verdict will not be delivered.