Speaking in front of a veterans organization in Herndon, Virginia on Monday, Donald Trump said Hillary Clinton could not seriously be trusted with the job of overseeing the nation’s domestic security and law enforcement agencies.
“Hillary Clinton’s only experience in cybersecurity involves her criminal scheme to violate federal law, engineering a massive cover-up and putting the entire nation in harm’s way,” Trump said. “The fact that a former senator and secretary of state claimed not to know what the letter “C” means is just one more example why she is totally unfit to hold the office of president. Totally unfit.”
Trump promised to launch a thorough review of the U.S.’s cybersecurity infrastructure and turn the Justice Department back into a non-partisan agency of law.
“My attorney general will restore the integrity of the Department of Justice which has been severely questioned,” Trump said. And if there was anyone in the crowd wondering why such a reform would be necessary, Trump happily explained it.
“When you have somebody getting a subpoena from the United States Congress to have your emails and all other information sent and after, not before, after getting the subpoena, 33,000 emails are deleted and acid washed and nobody even knows what that means, acid washed,” Trump said. “That is very expensive thing to do. When you see something like that, and there is no crime – I can’t think of anything much more serious than that. Hard to believe that they can get away with this kind of thing.”
Trump is hitting on a note that has been underplayed. No one was particularly shocked to see Hillary Clinton exonerated this summer; we were all cynics, especially after Bill Clinton’s little tarmac meeting with Loretta Lynch. There was no way in hell that justice would be served.
But while the “lock her up” chants are wholly appropriate, let’s save some of that vitriol for the spineless actors who refused to prosecute her. James Comey is a consummate professional, no doubt about that, but he did not act in the best interests of the country and he did not follow the law. And since Comey is known to lean Republican, we can only guess that the pressure from on high was enormous. The FBI’s flurry of immunities only makes it that much more clear how political this investigation really was. This was a show. Nothing more.
No one should be above the law. This goes well beyond the 2016 election and well beyond the specific crimes of Hillary Clinton. For the sake of our future, the rule of law must be unbending.