When tens of thousands chanted “Lock her Up” at Trump campaign rallies during the run-up to the 2016 election, it wasn’t just about Hillary getting away with crimes. It was the culmination of millions of Americans infuriated by the knowledge that we live in a Democracy where an elite class is never held accountable.
The recent decision by Bill Barr and the Department of Justice to NOT prosecute disgraced ex-FBI director James Comey does nothing to squelch those feelings and leads many to still believe Washington elites are indeed above the law.
During his tenure as the director of the FBI, Comey was intimately involved in slow-walking the investigation into Hillary’s infamous private email server that broke federal law. He was well aware that partisan Democrat agents assigned to the case failed to secure her testimony under oath and avoided politically messy questions.
After all, these liberal deep state operatives expected her to become president and reward them for their lack of integrity.
To that end, fired FBI agent Peter Strzok texted his adulterous lover, also working on the case, that they had an insurance policy to prevent now President Donald Trump from winning the election or holding office. Many Americans call that treason.
But Comey also reportedly played a part in trying to tip the election in Hillary’s favor. His targeted, anti-Trump leaks and misleading a FISA judge to spy on Trump Campaign officials were also treasonous in nature.
What’s shocking in this case is that Inspector General Michael Horowitz found enough convincing evidence to refer Comey to the DOJ for prosecution. To date, this is the closest a Washington-insider has come to facing prosecution in years.
The IG report outlines Comey’s lack of candor in answering compelling questions and evidence that he personally leaked secret and classified information to the media to serve his own purposes. Any other American would be in handcuffs and tossed in a dark hole for even remotely similar actions.
“I didn’t consider it part of an FBI file. It was my personal aide-memoire. I always thought of it as mine,” Comey reportedly said after getting caught. “I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter. I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”
In any other forum, work product remains the property of the company. But elites like Comey and others believe they enjoy a privilege working Americans do not.
Adding insult to injury, Comey reportedly continued to leak classified information to the media in an effort to undermine the president even after he was fired.
What truly grates on the American collective consciousness is when other citizens make innocent mistakes and pay a heavy price. Many may remember the sailor who went to jail for taking a selfie in a submarine. Although he never shared it and said he never meant any harm, the Obama DOJ prosecuted Kristian Saucier to the full extent of the law. The single error in judgment sent him to prison and cost him a dishonorable discharge.
During his time in jail for a photo that was never leaked, his family couldn’t pay the bills. Their car was repossessed, and home went into foreclosure.
“We’re struggling,” Saucier said after getting out of prison. “No one will hire me because I’m a felon. All the skills I worked so hard for in the military are useless.”
President Trump recognized the injustice compared to what Hillary got away with during the same period, and pardoned Saucier despite objections from the DOJ.
“Congratulations to Kristian Saucier, a man who has served proudly in the Navy, on your newly found Freedom. Now you can go out and have the life you deserve,” Trump tweeted.
Although this veteran had his integrity restored and criminal record erased, his plight reminds everyday people that two standards exist. The one that brutally prosecutes any misstep by ordinary citizens, and the other that greases the skids for elitist corruption.
In the Comey case, we have a report that prosecution may be warranted, but the DOJ has neatly sidestepped justice under the false narrative it might look bad, politically.
Investigative journalist John Solomon has indicated the DOJ doesn’t want to “make its first case against the Russia investigators with such thin margins and look petty and vindictive.”
From where everyday Americans are standing, any prosecution of the Washington elite class would be a step in the right direction. It would start the process of equal treatment under the law that has never existed.
James Comey and Hillary Clinton walk around free rather than behind bars. What more proof do Americans need?