“Cauldron of Corruption May Flow Back into the White House…if Clinton is Elected”
by Deborah L. Neilan, Esq.
Corruption has bubbled over the cauldron and is making its way to the Oval Office of the Presidency. Will we be caught in its current? If former Secretary Clinton is elected into office, the answer is…yes. For corruption breeds corruption. “But all politicians are corrupt!” This is THE political catch phrase I hear everywhere I go. One, it is not true. Two, this idea will not make me vote for a candidate who has a well-documented history of corrupt activity extending over decades.
For the sake of this writing’s integrity, allow me to define corruption so that you and I begin with the same understanding of the term. Jogging down the vocabulary vine to the roots of the word, the noun corruption comes from Latin — com, meaning “with, together,” and rumpere, meaning “to break.” In English, we can confidently derive corruption to mean a breaking with morals, a perversion or impairment of virtues.
I realize we live in a morally relativistic society. Thus, our societal definitions of “morals” differ. Despite moral relativism, we cannot dismiss corruption from a LEGAL perspective. The laws of our land punish all kinds of it. Our children are protected from it, i.e., corruption of a minor. Secretary Clinton (as well as her husband, whom we will leave out of this argument) has engaged, in my humblest opinion, in a litany of legally corrupt behavior. She got away with it. You, nor I would. That is wrong. It is unjust. The evidence of that behavior offered herein yields more than enough reason to keep her from occupying the President’s seat.
The President of the United stated (POTUS) is to be the supreme enforcer of the laws of the United States of America. If she has broken them, how is she fit to enforce them on the citizens she represents? Hillary Clinton lied, under oath, to the United Stated Congress. Moreover, it is obvious she and/or her agents destroyed documents protected by federal subpoena.
Per The Washington Examiner (one of NUMEROUS sources reporting on this issue) “It’s clear Clinton did not turn over all her work-related emails to the State Department on Dec. 5, 2014, as she claimed on many occasions. The FBI said it recovered “17,448 unique work-related and personal e-mails” that Clinton had not turned over. Of those, at least 30 were said to contain references to Benghazi and thus would have been responsive to the various congressional requests and subpoenas going back to Sept. 20, 2012.” [Italics mine.]
In addition to not delivering documents per Congressional mandate, electronic fingerprints of thousands of pages were cast away, never to be seen again, by a process called BleachBit. Are you inquisitive? What is BleachBit exactly? Short answer–” If you’re a business user looking for a truly free system cleaner, one interesting option is open-source, cross-platform BleachBit,” PCWorld wrote in a 2013 product review.
Looking deeper, in a post on BleachBit’s website, Andrew Ziem, the man behind the product’s development noted its true purpose. “BleachBit is free of charge to use in any environment whether it is personal, commercial, educational, and government, and the cleaning process is not reversible…. An advanced version of the service also offers an option for “shredding files to prevent recovery.” “The program is an effective way to delete emails beyond recovery short of the ‘physical destruction’ of servers with ‘a hammer or blow torch.’” And BleachBit can be used anonymously.
Ironically, Clinton’s staffer/assistants, who happened to be granted immunity by the FBI (for reasons unknown) did, in fact, use the non-BleachBit hammer tactic on Blackberry devices containing State Dept. e-mails. Moreover, two computers, allegedly containing information relevant to the investigative process, were destroyed the old-fashioned way, with permission of the FBI, merely to get access of information? Hmmmm. Wow.
So, NOTHING ever happened to Clinton or anyone acting on her behalf in terms of legal charges being brought. BUT, what would happen to you or me if we had destroyed evidence under legal subpoena? Very few news sources have answered that question. Perhaps I can answer it here. As a subpoena is a court order, failing to respond to a subpoena without lawful excuse is a contempt of court. There may be civil or criminal penalties. I will keep it simple and offer up just ONE Federal Statute scenario that may have been violated by Clinton.
18 U.S. Code § 1519- Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations…states: 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. (Added Pub. L. 107–204, title VIII, § 802(a), July 30, 2002, 116 Stat. 800.)
Not too bad? A fine. Prison for 20 years or less. What Clinton did was very serious. Extremely reckless. [In law school, one of the first tidbits of information you learn is that this conduct equates to gross negligence, at the least.] She knew what she was doing and intent, if required, can be proven by the surrounding circumstances. If she can escape justice, where we could not, is that just? Is this the kind of justice we want? We ALL have to obey the law.
Deborah L. Neilan, Esq.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Deborah Smith Neilan, is an attorney and constitutionalist hailing from the beautiful Commonwealth of Kentucky.
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