We all have examples of law enforcement favoritism we have seen play out in our lives over time. Most are quickly explained by “someone knew someone in the police force who looked the other way,” or “he knew the brother of the judge who made a phone call,” or similar other innocuous examples. But all do NOT fall into the “innocuous” category. And it seems criminal justice and prosecutions are becoming more and more driven by who the principals are, their political power, and their political connections. Case in point: Hillary Clinton.
Questions about Hillary run-ins with the law started early in her political career. In 1978 and 1979, lawyer and First Lady of Arkansas Hillary Rodham Clinton engaged in a series of trades of cattle futures contracts. Her initial $1,000 investment had generated nearly $100,000 when she stopped trading after ten months. In 1994, after Clinton had become the First Lady of the United States, the trading became the subject of considerable controversy regarding the likelihood of such a spectacular rate of return, possible conflict of interest, and allegations of disguised bribery.
Clinton had no experience in such financial instruments. Bill Clinton’s salary as Arkansas Attorney General and then Governor of Arkansas was modest and Clinton later said she had been interested in building a financial cushion for the future. The Clintons’ combined income in 1978 from the governorship and Rose Law Firm amounted to $51,173, equivalent to $192,000 in 2017. James Blair was a friend, lawyer, outside counsel to Tyson Foods, Arkansas’ largest employer, and had been doing so well trading commodities futures that he encouraged friends and family to enter the market too. Blair in turn traded through and relied upon cattle markets expertise from, broker Robert L. “Red” Bone of Refco, a former Tyson executive and professional poker player who was a World Series of Poker semifinalist. In October 1978, when Bill Clinton was Attorney General and on the verge of being elected Governor, Clinton opened a trading account, although Blair made most of the trades.
By January 1979, Clinton was up $26,000; but later, she would lose $16,000 in a single trade. At one point she owed in excess of $100,000 to Refco as part of covering losses, but no margin calls were made by Refco against her. Near the end of her trading, Blair correctly predicted a market downturn and sold short, giving her a $40,000 gain in one afternoon. In July 1979, once she became pregnant with Chelsea Clinton, “I lost my nerve for gambling [and] walked away from the table $100,000 ahead.” She briefly traded sugar futures contracts and other non-cattle commodities in October 1979, but more conservatively, through Stephens Inc. During this period she made about $6,500 in gains, which she failed to pay taxes on at the time, consequently later paying some $14,600 in federal and state tax penalties in the 1990s. Once her daughter was born in February 1980, she moved all her commodities gains into U.S. Treasury Bonds.
This seemed to be too good to be true. But remember: even though this was at the beginning of Clinton Family political dynasty, this was “a Clinton.” Certainly, there was something amiss in this amazing financial accomplishment. And certainly, an investigation by authorities was necessary. There never was an official government investigation into, or findings of, or charges brought regarding Hillary Rodham’s cattle futures trading.
Hillary’s Broken Federal Laws
Below see the 11 actual federal laws broken by Hillary Clinton throughout her tenure as Secretary of State and also as a 2016 Presidential candidate. These are NOT possible violations — they actually occurred with evidence of those violations in public view.
U.S. Code § 798 – Disclosure of classified information
Whoever knowingly and willfully communicates, furnishes, transmits, or otherwise makes available to an unauthorized person, or publishes, or uses in any manner prejudicial to the safety or interest of the United States or for the benefit of any foreign government to the detriment of the United States any classified information.
U.S. Code § 1031 — Major fraud against the United States
Whoever knowingly executes, or attempts to execute, any scheme or artifice with the intent—
(1) to defraud the United States; or
(2) to obtain money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises.
U.S. Code § 371 – Conspiracy to commit a federal offense
If two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
U.S. Code § 1924 – Unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material
Whoever, being an officer, employee, contractor, or consultant of the United States, and, by virtue of his office, employment, position, or contract, becomes possessed of documents or materials containing classified information of the United States, knowingly removes such documents or materials without authority and with the intent to retain such documents or materials at an unauthorized location shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than five years, or both.
U.S. Code § 2071(b) — Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally
Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
U.S. Code § 1346 — Definition of “scheme or artifice to defraud”
For the purposes of this chapter, the term “scheme or artifice to defraud” includes a scheme or artifice to deprive another of the intangible right of honest services.
U.S. Code § 641 – Public money, property or records
Whoever embezzles, steals, purloins, or knowingly converts to his use or the use of another, or without authority, sells, conveys or disposes of any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof, or any property made or being made under contract for the United States or any department or agency thereof; or
Whoever receives, conceals, or retains the same with intent to convert it to his use or gain, knowing it to have been embezzled, stolen, purloined or converted….
U.S. Code § 1343 – Fraud by wire, radio or television
Whoever, having devised or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, transmits or causes to be transmitted by means of wire, radio, or television communication in interstate or foreign commerce, any writings, signs, signals, pictures, or sounds for the purpose of executing such scheme or artifice, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both. If the violation occurs in relation to, or involving any benefit authorized, transported, transmitted, transferred, disbursed, or paid in connection with, a presidentially declared major disaster or emergency…..
U.S. Code § 1505 – Obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees
Whoever, with intent to avoid, evade, prevent, or obstruct compliance, in whole or in part, with any civil investigative demand duly and properly made under the Antitrust Civil Process Act, willfully withholds, misrepresents, removes from any place, conceals, covers up, destroys, mutilates, alters, or by other means falsifies any documentary material, answers to written interrogatories, or oral testimony, which is the subject of such demand; or attempts to do so or solicits another to do so; or
Whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication influences, obstructs, or impedes or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede the due and proper administration of the law under which any pending proceeding is being had before any department or agency of the United States, or the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which any inquiry or investigation is being had by either House, or any committee of either House or any joint committee of the Congress……
U.S. Code § 1519 — Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in federal investigations
Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States or any case filed under title 11, or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter or case, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.
18 U.S. Code § 793 — Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information
Whoever, for the purpose of obtaining information respecting the national defense with intent or reason to believe that the information is to be used to the injury of the United States, or to the advantage of any foreign nation, goes upon, enters, flies over, or otherwise obtains information concerning any vessel, aircraft, work of defense, navy yard, naval station, submarine base, fueling station, fort, battery, torpedo station, dockyard, canal, railroad, arsenal, camp, factory, mine, telegraph, telephone, wireless, or signal station, building, office, research laboratory or station or other place connected with the national defense owned or constructed, or in progress of construction by the United States or under the control of the United States, or of any of its officers, departments, or agencies, or within the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States, or any place in which any vessel, aircraft, arms, munitions, or other materials or instruments for use in time of war are being made, prepared, repaired, stored, or are the subject of research or development, under any contract or agreement with the United States, or any department or agency thereof, or with any person on behalf of the United States, or otherwise on behalf of the United States, or any prohibited place so designated by the President by proclamation in time of war or in case of national emergency in which anything for the use of the Army, Navy, or Air Force is being prepared or constructed or stored, information as to which prohibited place the President has determined would be prejudicial to the national defense.
Note: Greg Jarrett in his recently published book, “The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump,” Jarrett adds to the above list of federal offenses committed by Clinton 6 more violated statutes.
“Political” Criminal Justice
It is easy to make a case that Hillary’s career of escaping any prosecution for illegal activities was each fueled at least in part to her political career and that of her husband. But such is the case not only for past Secretaries of State and Presidents. Here’s a list of offenders who while political, never served in the White House:
- Former FBI Director James Comey
- Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
- FBI Agent Peter Strozk
- Former CIA Director John Brennan
- Former director of the Department of National Intelligence James Clapper
- Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
- Special Counsel and former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller
- Former President Bill Clinton
- Former Clinton Advisor Huma Abedin
- Former DNC Chair and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz
- Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice
- President Barack Obama
Barack Obama?!?!? Yes. It has recently come to light that President Obama — who stated he learned of Clinton’s use of a private email server only when the media released it — communicated via a secret Gmail email address that was his with Hillary numerous times while she was Secretary of State. Doing so was clearly a violation of U.S. Code § 798, which is a felony!
While there are others, this list is fairly comprehensive. Each of these has broken at least one of the federal statutes listed above. Several are guilty of violating multiple laws. Why have they NOT been charged and prosecuted?
It is a certainty that the only possible reason for none of these so far facing prosecution for their violations is a political covering that has been provided from someone (or several “someones”) in political positions that allow this to happen. There IS one commonality: they are all either Democrats or protected by powerful Democrats.
Does that mean there’s corruption in Washington D.C.? Surely it is not necessary to justify that question with an answer.
Does that mean Republicans are insulated from corruption? Absolutely not. In fact, the G.O.P. Establishment is rife with it. And this president has brought much of it (and more of Democrat corruption) to light than ever seen before. And THAT is why so many on the Left and those who number among the Republican Establishment so loathe Donald Trump.
How can he do it with such impunity? He owes no one in D.C. And that makes him distinctly different and so difficult for the corrupt in the Swamp to deal with.
What happens next is still up for grabs. We have an Attorney General that so far seems powerless — at least publicly. Is Jeff Sessions part of the Swamp or is he quietly working behind the scenes to help “drain the Swamp?” What about those now 45,000 sealed federal indictments that have been issued since October of last year?
There’s a whole lot more to uncover in the changing Criminal Justice system in the U.S.
Stay with us: we’ll uncover some more and bring it to you shortly as our look at American Justice continues.