Here’s the Simple Truth About the FBI and the Hillary Clinton Email ‘Scandal’

While the topic clearly isn’t going away any time soon, after over a year, the FBI announced on Tuesday that it would not be recommending criminal charges against Hillary Clinton over anything related to her use of a private email server while she served as Secretary of State.

Naturally, this announcement was met with quite the reaction from both pro and anti-Clinton individuals.

After reading probably over 500 comments on Tuesday, I felt the need to just be blunt about this entire situation because the reaction has been, as expected, completely ridiculous.

Since the news broke, I’ve found it absolutely fascinating to watch people who really couldn’t care less about any of this, act like they do simply because:

  • They’re Republicans or someone who doesn’t like Clinton looking for any reason to try to bash her, hoping this email “scandal” would keep her from becoming president. – or – 
  • They’re Bernie Sanders supporters who were hoping she’d get indicted because the candidate they wanted to win the nomination, didn’t win it.

And the thing is, there’s no evidence anywhere that anything nefarious or deceitful was going on with Clinton or her staff using this server. In fact, there’s no proof that her having this server did anything but raise the possibility that someone might have been able to gain access to sensitive information.

Now, has she been completely forthright explaining her “side” of this? No, she hasn’t. That’s completely on her. I’m not here to say she’s walking away from this unscathed. It’s clear she made some rather poor choices using this sever and wasn’t completely honest with talking about it this past year.

I’m a Clinton supporter, but let’s be honest here. She’s a politician, they all offer half-truths (if not outright lies), while trying to sidestep being completely forthright about something they know isn’t reflecting positively on them or their campaign. President Obama does it, Bernie Sanders does it, Donald Trump does it, Paul Ryan does it, Elizabeth Warren does it… they all do it. It’s called being a politician. If you’re someone who doesn’t think the person you support is ever lying, you’re incredibly naive.

The truth is, and I’m sure I’m going to get crushed for saying this — I just don’t care. To be honest with you, I wouldn’t care about this even if it were a Republican, because it’s really mostly pointless and kind of meaningless. This is a “gotcha” issue that anti-Clinton people have seized on because they’re trying desperately to build it into something much bigger than it actually is, hoping it will derail her chances of becoming our next president.

Last time I checked, Colin Powell doesn’t have any of his old emails, and he had classified information pass through a private email address, yet nobody cares. There aren’t calls from the same people trying to paint Clinton as a “traitor who made the country less safe” to investigate him, or charge him with any crime. If this was really about holding someone accountable for risking our national security, then Powell would be in a decent amount of hot water as well.

Furthermore, I’m sure I’m not the only one who remembers the millions of missing emails from the Bush administration. Where are the Republican calls to indict everyone responsible for millions of emails disappearing?

Hillary Clinton made a stupid mistake, she has since repeatedly admitted that it was a mistake, and has dealt with the headache of this issue for over a year. She’ll continue to deal with it for much longer, as well. No matter what, I can promise you this much: anti-Clinton people are going to run this into the ground just like they did Benghazi.

What she did was clearly wrong, and it was something that she probably shouldn’t have done, but there was nothing “indictment-worthy” about what she did. That’s pretty much exactly what the FBI said when they made their statement. Sure, she broke some protocol rules, while her and her staff acted far too carelessly with how these emails were handled, but the FBI found no evidence where Clinton or her aides intended to break any laws.

The only reason why this is even an issue is because she’s running for president. If she weren’t, nobody would even be talking about this, because they wouldn’t care. Like I said, I don’t see anyone throwing a hissy fit over Powell’s missing emails or whether or not his use of a private email address might have jeopardized our national security.

Yet in the grand scheme of things, these folks who are “outraged” (or pretending to be, anyway) because the FBI isn’t going to push for criminal charges are only claiming that they’re upset by this because they don’t like her, and that’s really what all this fake “outrage” is about. This is just like Benghazi where, no matter what the facts are, those who don’t like her aren’t going to believe anything that doesn’t tell them “she’s guilty, she’s horrible, she’s corrupt.”

This was a witch hunt by these folks who wanted this to be the thing that “took her down.” These individuals who lost their minds on Tuesday weren’t out there objectively analyzing the facts, they were rooting for an indictment as if they were fans cheering for their favorite sports team.

Want proof of what I mean?

Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have refused to release their tax returns (Sanders released one year’s worth), yet their supporters couldn’t care less. I’ve brought up the tax return issue with people who support each candidate and have yet to find one who think it’s a big deal. In fact, they’ll feverishly defend their candidate’s choice not to release their returns, downplaying the significance or importance of doing something basically every presidential candidate for the last 40+ years has done.

Yet I can guarantee you if it were Hillary Clinton who was refusing to release her tax returns, those same folks would be going batshit crazy, accusing her of trying to hide something. Just look at how much many of these people obsess about speech transcripts — could you imagine if she were refusing to show her tax returns?

So, at the end of the day, this is nothing more than a conniption fit being thrown by people who, no matter what, were going to be “outraged” if she wasn’t charged with anything. In their minds, because they hate her, nothing short of the FBI bringing her up on charges was going to satisfy their anti-Clinton fervor. Unless she was indicted, these people were always going to claim the investigation was “rigged,” “fixed” or that Clinton paid someone to avoid being charged with anything. They wanted her to be guilty; not even the FBI saying there’s no rational reason to charge her with anything is going to change their minds.

For most of these individuals, their minds were already made up the moment they heard about this story.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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