Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) had served his state for 40 years in the United States Senate and was running for reelection in 2008.
His home in Alaska had been remodeled and Stevens paid the invoices he received. The Office of Professional Responsibility in the Department of Justice determined that the work was worth more than he paid and that the “gift” should have been reported on his financial disclosure.
A jury convicted Stevens just days before his election for filing false reports on his financial disclosure and he lost the election by fewer than 4,000 votes.
It was discovered later that the Justice Department lawyers were guilty of prosecutorial misconduct for withholding exculpatory evidence from Stevens and his attorneys. A judge overturned the conviction, but Stevens remained a “former” senator.
AFP / Mark Ralston
Congressman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) was the Chairman of the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means. He has served in Congress since 1971.
Beginning in 2008 Rangel came under investigation for a series of ethics violations. It was disclosed that he did not pay taxes on income received on a villa he owned in the Dominican Republic, nor on the gain he made on its sale. He rented three apartments in Harlem that were under rent-stabilization. One was used for a campaign office. He used his position to raise money for the Rangel center at the City College of New York.
He had $500,000 in a federal credit union that he did not disclose on his financial disclosure. He was found guilty of ethics violations and censured by the full House of Representatives in December of 2010.
The Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility chose not to investigate Rangel for filing erroneous financial disclosures. He remains in office.
Those two stories tell you all you need to know about FBI Director James Comey’s decision to not charge Hillary Clinton with the crimes he outlined in the handling of her emails.
Regardless of which party controls the White House or Congress, the bureaucracy remains Democrat.
Republicans seldom choose government for a lifetime commitment. They generally choose to make their mark in the private sector. They seek to build businesses, hire people and to do well for themselves and their employees.
Democrats choose to improve the world through government policy. The bigger the government the more good they can do. Democrats get a government job and stay for life
In the investigation regarding Clinton’s use of an unapproved system for handling all of her work-related communication Comey used the professionals in the FBI to gather the facts outlined in his public statement.
Clinton kept classified information on an unapproved device. She shared it with people who did not have the clearance to receive it. She exposed our nation’s most sensitive secrets to foes. She and her staff were “extremely careless” with our nation’s secrets.
After having gathered the facts with the FBI, Comey turned to the “professionals” at the Department of Justice to evaluate what to do with them.
These are the same “professionals” who approved selling weapons to drug dealers in Mexico to build a case for “gun control” and then supported the Attorney General’s lying to Congress about the program.
These same “professionals” chose not to investigate Lois Lerner for committing the felony of giving more than a million pages of protected taxpayer information from conservative groups to the FBI in hopes that something could be found to charge them with.
These same “professionals” chose to convict Sen. Stevens on a bogus FEC filing charge and keep Rep. Rangel in office in light of admitted FEC filing failure.
These “professionals” took the unusual step to research 99 years of history regarding the 1917 law on classified documents that Clinton clearly broke and advised the FBI director that the law wasn’t really worth enforcing.
When Jim Comey opened his remarks last Tuesday he assured the public that no one in the administration had any idea what he was about to say.
Does anyone really believe that the “professionals” he consulted with in the DOJ told no one what conclusion Comey had reached?
Does anyone really believe that President Barack Obama would at that very moment be flying to North Carolina on Air Force One to campaign for Hillary Clinton if he had absolutely no idea what decision Comey had reached?
This entire charade was an insult to the American people. Bill Clinton’s visit with the Attorney General on the tarmac in Phoenix was an “up yours” moment.
Clinton’s subsequent “offer” of the AG position to Loretta Lynch was another.
President Obama’s campaign event in North Carolina just sealed the deal.
And they wonder why America no longer trusts politicians?
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