Thursday, July 21, 2016


James Comey, the Director of the F.B.I., has proven his mettle as an upright individual by standing up to the Bush Administration, although a staunch Republican, when asked to so something that he felt was illegal,  Perhaps, as a measure of his independence, although he exonerated Hillary Clinton, he also accused her of being careless.

The Republican mob has reacted to this as if "carelessness" was a capital offenses for which, at the very least, required immediate incarceration without benefit of trial.  

The word, however, has no legal meaning, whatsoever, in the context in which it was used.  There is no legal penalty for "carelessness", nor was it appropriate to to make any such judgement "ex officio", indeed the term is considered, by many, to be too ambiguous to have any real legal meaning.

Since, at his hearing before Congress, Mr. Comey was shown, by one of the House members, that the three emails that were believed to have been classified, at the time they were sent, were not marked as such in accordance with the State Department's own manual, I suspect he regrets having used the term, but it is too late now.

1 comment:

  1. The Republican platform is based on apologetics ... for Clinton's part, there is no apology necessary for "carelessness", though she did issue one anyway.

    As a legal twist, Republicans deem Clinton guilty until proven innocent of their charges.

    On the other side of the coin, Republicans refuse to censure the Former Republican House Speaker, Hastert, who is currently serving prison time for committing a federal felony. In fact, Hastert is the highest ranking U.S. official to ever be convicted of a federal felony and sent to prison. Double standard? Absolutely!