In 2012, Marine Reserves Maj. Jason Brezler sent an email that contained classified information to his comrades in order to warn them about a serious threat in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He did so with the short-term, not long-term consequences in mind. He just wanted to keep his comrades alive – the law was probably the furthest thing from his mind.
Yet, because he sent sensitive information, Brezler is on the brink of being discharged from the Marine Corps.
By contrast, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who sent 110 classified emails on her private server, is getting off scot-free. FBI Director James Comey addressed reporters Tuesday morning, listing off a litany of unprofessional behavior displayed by Clinton and her team at the State Department in regards to the mishandling of top secret material. Yet, he finished his remarks by noting the FBI would not be pursuing criminal charges against Clinton. Later that day, Clinton continued to campaign with President Obama as if she’d done nothing wrong.
Brezler’s lawyer Michael J. Bowe condemned the inconsistent hypocrisy that has punished and disgraced his client but lets Clinton continue to run for president of the United States.
Bowe said it is impossible to reconcile President Obama’s statement that Clinton’s intentional act of setting up a secret, unsecured email server did not detract “from her excellent ability to carry out her duties” while Brezler received a “completely opposite finding… involving infinitely less sensitive and limited information.”
You better believe Bowe is going to cite Clinton’s case in Brezler’s upcoming trials.
Even though Attorney General Loretta Lynch accepted the FBI’s suggestion and announced they won’t be charging Clinton, the GOP is not about to let her case be closed. Comey is scheduled to appear before Congress Thursday morning as legislators prepare to ask him how the FBI came to its strange conclusion.