My guest today is journalist and political observer, Michael Collins.
Joan Brunwasser: Welcome back to OpEdNews, Michael. Lots to talk about today. What's your take on the Comey announcement? Was he talking out of both sides of his mouth? Was he hemmed in by political considerations?
Michael Collins: FBI Director James Comey shirked his duty as a law enforcement officer and, of equal importance, his role as a citizen by failing to indict Hillary Clinton. His rationale was the inability to prove "intent" to violate the law on the part of Clinton.
The lack of intent excuse can be dispensed with so easily. We can do this by referring to the excellent summary of media articles on all aspects of this issue, the Clinton Email Investigation Timeline by Paul Thompson. Here are two of the many examples in the timeilne showing clear intent to violate federal laws and regulations.
1) Clinton was aware that she was violating federal regulations and guidelines by using private email server and account. Awareness of laws and regulations combined with continued violation of of laws and regulations is a clear indication of intent.
State Department policy on secure electronic communication was established on November 4, 2005 stating that
"normal day-to-day operations be conducted on an authorized [government server], which has the proper level of security control to provide nonrepudiation, authentication, and encryption, to ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the resident information." (US Department of State, 1/12/2016)." Clinton Investigation Timeline