Comey Stewart Clinton — Way back in 2002 TV personality Martha Stewart was tipped off by her broker that things were looking ill for a stock in which she had invested and so she sold off her shares.
This is known as insider trading and is against the law albeit it is something that one suspects 99 percent of passive investors who are not up-to-speed on the various regulatory technicalities would do if in a similar situation.
Federal investigators investigated and when questioned about her deed Ms. Stewart lied to them. Or was convicted of lying to them anyway. The statute under which she was convicted is also a pretty easy one to break and is prone to abuse.
So Ms. Stewart is now a convicted felon and subject to all the lifetime penalties that status gives her.
What does Ms. Stewart’s decade-old problems have to do in today’s world?
The guy who led the prosecution against her was James Comey, who now directs the FBI.
Comey was recently on TV telling the world that former Secretary of State and presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton can’t be prosecuted even though she was extremely careless in “handling very sensitive, highly classified information” because it was not “clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information.”
Here is what 18 U.S.C. § 793 says:
Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer – Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
So Mr. Comey, you don’t think that would cover setting up a private email server — unnecessarily it should be noted — and exchanging classified documents on it? How about using unsecured devices in adversarial nations?
When did you decide to become a nice guy and cut slack?
Suppose a famous TV cook did it?
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