Hillary Clinton, when asked her thoughts on whether or not Donald Trump would be indicted for allegedly having classified documents at his home in Mar-a-Lago, said “it’s a really hard call” but ultimately “no one is above the law.”
Hillary Clinton – who had classified data on a server stored in her home as Secretary of State – said that during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.
“I think it’s a really hard call,” the two-time presidential loser said. “And I cannot predict what the Justice Department will do at the end of its investigation. But I do think the rule of law holding people accountable is central to our nation.”
“I really believe that at the end of the day, no one is above the law, and no one should be escaping accountability, if indeed, the facts and the evidence point to them having done something that anyone else in our country would be investigated for and maybe even charged,” she added.
Clinton pointed out that there are special exemptions for Presidents but noted Trump is no longer in office and they would therefore not apply.
Hillary Clinton is asked if Trump should be treated like any other citizen should the DOJ find him guilty of a crime:
“I really believe that at the end of the day no one is above the law, and no one should be escaping accountability…” pic.twitter.com/v8Fv8hr6Ri
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) September 11, 2022
Hillary Says No One is Above the Law
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Hillary Clinton’s comments come as President Biden’s Justice Department okayed an FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home that targeted the retrieval of alleged classified documents.
The media have been providing leaked reports from anonymous sources indicating the raid had turned up documents regarding the nuclear capabilities of a foreign nation.
If these documents were so sensitive… why are they being leaked to the Washington Post?https://t.co/CHGGvp8dn8
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) September 7, 2022
Some reports have suggested agents conducting the raid on Trump’s home were particularly enamored with the former President’s “private stash” of hidden documents, including files he believed would “exonerate” him from claims of Russia collusion.
“The true target was this private stash, which Justice officials feared Donald Trump might weaponize… documents that Trump had been collecting since early in his administration.”
“Including material that…would exonerate him of… Russian collusion.”https://t.co/JyCtfbKnc9
— Jeff Carlson (@themarketswork) August 17, 2022
Rolling Stone has reported that Trump allegedly retained those files regarding Russia collusion fearing the incoming Biden administration would “shred” them.
The former president told several people in his orbit that he was concerned Joe Biden’s incoming administration — or the “Deep State” — would supposedly “shred,” bury, or destroy “the evidence” that Trump was somehow wronged. https://t.co/NLegbVLsZl
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) September 8, 2022
Was Hillary Above the Law?
In a statement by then-FBI Director James Comey in July of 2016, Hillary Clinton was found to have “110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains” containing classified information amongst her emails, “eight of” which “contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent.”
Many more were designated as classified after the fact.
Comey though, said there was no evidence that Clinton and her aides “intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information.”
Still, he added, there was ample evidence “that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”
Comey did not pursue the case, citing a lack of precedence in charging someone under similar circumstances, saying his bureau could not find a single case in which a person was charged with crimes for similar actions.
“All the cases prosecuted involved some combination of: clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information; or vast quantities of materials exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct; or indications of disloyalty to the United States; or efforts to obstruct justice,” he said.
“We do not see those things here.”
— ABC 33/40 News (@abc3340) July 5, 2016
You may recall, that an early draft of Comey’s final statement on the Hillary Clinton email case accused her of being “grossly negligent” in handling classified information.
However, the language was changed to “extremely careless” when Comey made his 2016 announcement that they would not pursue charges against the former Secretary of State.
It was a subtle rephrasing that essentially downgraded her behavior to merely irresponsible.
The FBI agent dismissed from the Mueller probe changed former FBI Director James Comey’s language describing Hillary Clinton’s actions from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless” https://t.co/FSNUuLdgYi pic.twitter.com/wPbsPWDCCf
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) December 4, 2017
In her interview with CNN, Clinton said: “If the evidence proves, or seems to show, that there are charges that should be leveled, then I think the rule of law should apply to anyone.”
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