Beyond Hillary: Elites Are Above The Law In U.S.

Beyond Hillary: Elites Are Above the Law in the U.S.

Americans are reminded on nearly a daily basis about Hillary Clinton either misleading the public about Benghazi or having classified emails on unsecured servers. When ex-FBI Director James Comey laid out her culpability and surprisingly announced “no charges,” the common folk understood all too well that elites don’t go to jail. Here are just some of the many criminals and suspected criminals that have an inside track to staying on the outside.
Chelsea Manning: Formerly known as Bradley Manning, he was convicted of espionage and sentenced to 35 years in the maximum security facility at Fort Leavenworth. But Manning underwent a hormone replacement therapy at the taxpayers’ expense and became a liberal darling. Former Pres. Obama commuted Manning’s sentence after only seven years, despite putting American soldiers at risk. The real kicker is that Manning, a traitor, will remain on active, unpaid military duty and you get to pay for her health care.
Bill Clinton: It’s an understatement to say that former President, Bill Clinton, had a few scandals. While the general public may not be interested in his extra-marital relationship with Monica Lewinski, more than a few items had fire behind the cigar smoke. The 1992 Whitewater Development Corporation investigation produced charges and convictions of the Clintons’ business partners, Jim and Susan McDougal. Jim died in prison and Clinton pardoned Susan. No charges were brought against the Clintons as the pertinent documents went missing. Go figure. The kicker: James Comey was deputy special counsel in the Whitewater investigation. It’s like déjà vu all over again.
Roman Polanski: Movie director Roman Polanski was convicted in absentia of drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977. Polanski fled to France, where he holds citizenship, and has avoided incarceration for 40 years. Although the United States and France have an extradition treaty, Polanski has been thumbing his nose at U.S. courts. The kicker: His films have been nominated for 14 Oscars and have won six while being on the lamb.
Richard Nixon: There’s a good deal of media chatter comparing President Trump’s firing of FBI Director Comey to President Nixon firing the independent Watergate special prosecutor, Archibald Cox. While they appeared to have the goods on President Nixon, he resigned before impeachment charges were formally filed. The common wisdom of the era was that his conviction was 50-50 in a Senate vote. Only two presidents have gone through impeachment for “high crimes and misdemeanors,” President Andrew Johnson and President Clinton. Both remained in office. The kicker: Nixon received a pardon and never served a day in jail.
Edward Snowden: There are mixed feeling in the American public about Snowden’s outing of NSA mass surveillance practices. Whistleblower or traitor? Disillusioned by Pres. Obama’s naming a “politician to run the CIA” and rhetoric about taking away guns, he dropped the mother of all espionage bombs via WikiLeaks. Regardless of your philosophic leanings, he admittedly stole and released highly classified materials. The kicker: Snowden is now working for the Russians.
There’s a lengthy list of elites and political-insiders that appear to be above the law. At the end of the day, the average citizen wouldn’t see daylight for years if they did half this stuff.