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It stinks to high heaven

When you open the refrigerator and it stinks, you know something is rotten in there. Likewise, when the FBI failed to recommend that Hillary Clinton be prosecuted, you know something is rotten in our government.

If you still think the FBI and the Justice Department are independent from the White House and political pressure as they were designed to be, either you just crawled out from under a rock or you are hopelessly naive.

Days before the FBI made its findings public, Obama announced that he was endorsing Hillary Clinton to be his successor. In fact, he was getting ready to board Air Force One with her to begin campaigning in North Carolina as the FBI press conference began.

Now I asked you, would Obama have made that announcement and made plans to join her campaign if he had not been assured that she would be cleared of criminal wrongdoing? Would he have risked having such a blemish on his record for the sake of a few days?

Consider the visual of walking down the steps of Air Force One with Hillary Clinton immediately after the FBI recommended she be prosecuted. Obama is not the brightest person on the planet, but let’s face it, nobody is that dumb.

No, the fix was in. No doubt it had been in for some time. The only question is for how long and what kind of pressure was applied.

To add insult to injury, there was that “chance” 30-minute meeting between Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the woman who will make the final decision on whether to prosecute this case, aboard her private jet.

A chance meeting is when one encounters a friend in the checkout line at Wal-Mart, not when one waits for her jet to arrive and then boards with no one else present. Each had security details on the tarmac that tried to intimidate those present by announcing there were to be “no pictures.”

Both Clinton and Lynch are lawyers (Clinton was disbarred) who knew that, given the circumstances, their private meeting was unethical, if not illegal. Nevertheless, Clinton has always operated as if the law didn’t apply to him. Lynch allowed it because she owes her career to the former president. Is that the message Clinton sought to deliver privately, or was it something even more sinister? We will never know.

Within hours of that meeting, Hillary shamelessly announced that she would retain Lynch as her attorney general should she become president.

So, what’s a girl who wants to keep flying high on the public dime supposed to do? Lynch refused to recuse herself from the case, saying that she would accept the recommendation of the FBI. Then she hedged, giving the Clintons and President Obama an added measure of security should the FBI director go rogue. He didn’t.

Director Comey, who looked as though he had just swallowed a prickly pine cone, went before the cameras Tuesday and laid out a clear-cut case for prosecuting the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Then he walked it back.

“Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information,” said, Comey, “there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

No clear evidence? Didn’t Clinton set up that private server and instruct her immediate staff to use it for all her correspondence? Does Clinton and the FBI director think we are stupid? How can one do the job of secretary of state without receiving and sending classified material?

In fact, Comey dutifully pointed out that his investigation found that Clinton, despite her denials, sent or received 110 such emails.

Comey also stated that, “even if information is not marked ‘classified’ in an email, participants who know or should know that the subject matter is classified are still obligated to protect it.” If that is not “gross negligence,” which is a felony subject to a fine and/or jail time, what is?

The FBI director tagged his remarks by saying, “(T)his is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. …” In fact, others have been prosecuted for doing far less.

This was a political decision – and it stinks!

I, like so many Americans, are dismayed that the choice for president has come down to Trump or Clinton. We could do better than Trump. However, let’s be clear: There is no one worse than Hillary Clinton.

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