– Our Lawless Government – Hillary Edition (The Daily Sheeple, March 17, 2015):
The WSJ points out something I’ve noted to friends and have mused over doing an article on for a while now with regard to Hillary’s emails: The utter lawless nature of her acts before and after the fact.
The fact that Hillary Clinton exclusively used a private server in her home, rather than a secure government server, to send emails during her four years as secretary of state has raised many questions. She now says that it was a mistake but also emphasizes that she broke no law. News reports typically describe her offense as not following “policy.”
This, as Ronald goes on to point out, isn’t the point. In fact Hillary has admitted to intentionally destroying many of the emails on that server — some 30,000 of them, to put not to fine a point on it.
We also know that when State was subpoenaed for Hillary’s emails it could not turn them over because it didn’t have them. But it didn’t have them because Hillary had intentionally set up her own repository. And State had to know this, because she was communicating with people inside the department — including by email.
Now here’s the problem: Obstruction of justice occurs if you destroy anything that might become subject to an investigation.
Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States or any case filed under title 11, or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter or case, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.
This is why Nixon did not simply destroy all of his tapes. There were people who knew he was making them, and to destroy them all would have exposed him to 20 years in the hoosegow. As it stands the infamous “gap” nearly got him the 20 anyway.
Further, the same statute is present in bar association rules in all 50 states. That is you can permanently lose your law license if you do this sort of thing.
The irony? Section 1519, which I cited above and toughened the rules materially on what can get you that 20, is part of Sarbox, and guess who voted for it? Yep — Senator Clinton.
Where are the handcuffs?