Hillary Clinton and Norman Hsu

“Hillary Rodham Clinton, you have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided to you.”

Why isn’t someone from the FBI reading Hillary her Miranda rights?

After two days of solid reporting in the Los Angeles Times, we now know that one of her elite “HillRaisers,” as major campaign contributors are called, is a convicted felon and a fugitive from justice for the last 15 years.

His name is Norman Hsu. He pleaded no contest to grand theft and agreed to serve up to three years in prison in California before vanishing into thin air.

But he didn’t really vanish. He simply left California for the East Coast, where he became a major patron of Democratic Party causes and especially the presidential candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Hsu lives in New York City and has a prominent Washington attorney, E. Lawrence Barcella Jr., representing him. Yet, California authorities can’t find him.

Maybe those Democratic officials in the California attorney general’s office should ask the junior senator from New York where he might be found. She has met with him and been photographed with him since he went on the lam.

More importantly, her campaign has accepted at least $100,000 from him.

Hillary isn’t commenting, but her attorney, Howard Wolfson, explained: “Norman Hsu is a longtime and generous supporter of the Democratic Party and its candidates, including Sen. Clinton. During Mr. Hsu’s many years of active participation in the political process, there has been no question about his integrity or his commitment to playing by the rules, and we have absolutely no reason to call his contributions into question or return them.”

What? He’s a convicted felon. As such, he doesn’t even have a right to participate in the American political process. And by fraternizing and dealing with him, aren’t Hillary and her attorney aiding and abetting a known fugitive?

Where’s the FBI when we need it?

But it gets worse – much worse!

Not only did Hsu give lots of ill-gotten gains to Hillary and other Democratic politicians. He also arranged for major contributions from ordinary citizens who couldn’t possibly afford to make them on their own.

Take the Paw family of Daly City, Calif. William Paw is a mail carrier. His wife is a homemaker. They live in a small house near the San Francisco airport. The seven adults in the family, who never made a political contribution before 2004, managed somehow to give $213,000 to Democratic candidates since. That includes $55,000 to Hillary.

Curiously, the Paws’ modest home was once listed as Hsu’s California residence.

Hillary and her legal team will no doubt plead ignorance to all this, as they have so frequently in the past to other major fund-raising scams. However, haven’t we always heard that ignorance of the law is no excuse? Is this the kind of example we would expect from one seeking the highest office in the land? Are the laws on the books just for citizen saps, or do they apply equally to the benighted political elites like Hillary.

Harry Truman said famously: “The buck stops here.”

Bill and Hillary Clinton have begun a new tradition in American politics: “The buck stops here, but not the blame.”

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