Remember Bill Clinton? His tenure in the White House was the beginning of our country’s march toward becoming a banana republic, but still, that was before Barack Obama and his gangsta government had completely and unabashedly shredded the rule of law.
Hans Von Spakovsky and Charles Stimson writing over at National Review reminded us in August, 2015 of the fact that President Bill Clinton pardoned an ex-CIA chief for a very similar violation.
Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton insists she did nothing wrong by running all of her government communications, including classified material, through her unsecured, home-brewed computer server. Perhaps she’s forgotten one of her husband’s final acts in the Oval Office: issuing a presidential pardon to former CIA director John Deutch. Deutch’s offense? Keeping classified material on unsecured home computers.
The pardon came just as Deutch was reportedly going to cop a plea with the Justice Department. Deutch headed the CIA from May 1995 to December 1996. Several days after he left the agency, classified material was discovered on a government-owned computer at his house in Bethesda, Md. Additionally, unsecured classified magnetic media were found in the study. According to the CIA inspector general’s report, the computer had been “designated for unclassified use only.” Unlike the current administration’s six-month delay in obtaining Clinton’s computer, the feds moved almost immediately in the Deutch case. Within ten days of discovering the errant material, they retrieved the hard drive from Deutch’s computer. A formal security investigation was opened within a month.
In that case, however, there was a special prosecutor, something that should probably have been the case here.
Then there’s Petty Officer First Class Kristian Saucier. Never heard of him? He copped a plea for violating the Espionage Act (yes, the same law that Hillary violated). From Politico:
A Navy sailor entered a guilty plea Friday in a classified information mishandling case that critics charge illustrates a double standard between the treatment of low-ranking government employees and top officials like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and ex-CIA Director David Petraeus.
Prosecutors allege that Petty Officer First Class Kristian Saucier used a cellphone camera to take photos in the classified engine room of the nuclear submarine where he worked as a mechanic, the USS Alexandria, then destroyed a laptop, camera and memory card after learning he was under investigation.
This guy will probably get 5-6 years.
What is that saying popularized by the late Leona Helmsley? Laws are for the little people.