Draining the Beltway Swamp Must Start With Hillary Clinton

August 10, 2017

— by Polydamas

The latest story circulating around Washington, D.C. is that the Department of Justice, now headed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, reopened its investigation into former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal and plans to offer her a plea bargain. During his election campaign, President Donald Trump vowed to drain the beltway swamp. To make good on his promise, the Department of Justice must make an example of Hillary Clinton.

On August 8, 2017, Ed Klein had a short article, titled “Hillary’s Plea Bargain” in Newsmax  (http://tinyurl.com/ycusguay). Klein wrote that the Justice Department offered Hillary Clinton’s attorney a plea offer in exchange for her admission that she committed prosecutable crimes. In return, the Justice Department would not press charges against her for mishandling classified information and would not pursue charges related to the Clinton Foundation’s “pay for play” scheme for selling government favors to the highest bidder while enriching herself and her family. The same day, in another Newsmax piece titled “Ed Klein to Newsmax: Hillary Wouldn’t Take Plea Bargain in Email Case”, Jason Devaney quoted Klein that “the chances of her accepting such an offer are practically zero.” (http://tinyurl.com/yamykjl2). This is because Hillary Clinton “is a woman who never, ever admits that she did anything wrong.”

In actuality, Hillary Clinton would never accept such a plea bargain for a completely different reason. Hillary Clinton knows that, after a quarter of a century at the center of Washington, D.C. as the First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State, and presidential nominee, she is the most well-known female politician in America, if not the world. The chances that the Justice Department can convene a grand jury in any city in America in which the jurors have not heard of Hillary Clinton and do not have an opinion one way or another about her is zero.

Even more importantly, let us suppose for a moment that Hillary Clinton were indicted by some grand jury. There is absolutely no possible way on God’s green Earth that she would ever be convicted in any court of law in any big city or urban county in America. No prosecutor and no criminal defense team in America can possibly convene a jury that has not heard of Hillary Clinton and does not have a strong opinion about her.

No judge in America will allow a prosecutor to strike off the jury every irrational leftist, every woman sisterhood member, every member of a Hillary Clinton-adoring minority group, every social justice warrior college student, every member of “The Resistance” who wore a pussy hat and marched against Donald Trump during the first few weeks after he was inaugurated. Regardless of the overwhelming strength of any amount of documentary evidence against her, all it takes is for one or two people on the jury to say to the other members of the jury, “I don’t care what the rest of you say, I am never voting to convict Hillary Clinton of anything. She is a living saint. Period. End of discussion.”

Conscientious Americans must accept the reality that the chances of obtaining a conviction against Hillary Clinton are exactly zero. It is because her delusional supporters on the jury do not care. Guilt or innocence are irrelevant to them because they know that “it takes a village” and that Hillary Clinton is the undisputed mayor of that village. At the end of her trial, they will pronounce her “not guilty” of any conceivable charge against her. This is not in doubt at all.

If the Department of Justice makes its determination whether or not to prosecute Hillary Clinton solely on the likelihood of winning a conviction, then it should recognize at the outset that the likelihood of succeeding is zero. If winning or the likelihood of winning are the Justice Department’s only consideration, it might as well give up and issue Hillary Clinton her platinum “Get Out of Jail Free” Monopoly card. Hopefully, this is not the case.

Some battles must be fought even if they are losing battles in order to cause attrition and deterrence. The Justice Department should still prosecute her and take her to trial. There is no question whatsoever about her guilt. She violated the law with impunity and deserves to be prosecuted to the hilt. The prosecutors should not have any ethical or professional problems in assembling the evidence and trying to get a conviction against a defendant who is clearly as guilty as can be, even if one or two jurors, either literally or figuratively, cover their eyes and plug their thumbs into their ears. The fault for not convicting Hillary Clinton is with these irrational jurors, not with the prosecutors.

The most compelling case for prosecuting Hillary Clinton to the fullest extent of the law and placing her on trial is that her trial will be public and televised. The televised public trial of Hillary Clinton will be “must see” television. It will be on all the networks and on CSPAN all day every day. There will be armies of commentators and guest lawyers discussing it at length and in minute detail. It will get mega ratings for the networks. It will also be a civics lesson for the American people.

Like another star-studded criminal trial of the past quarter century, The People of California versus O. J. Simpson, there will be no conviction of the defendant, despite overwhelming guilt. Clinton’s prosecutors will present to the jury an airtight case that will prove Hillary Clinton’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. They can show that Hillary Clinton e-mailed classified information to her housemaid, who did not have security clearance, so that her housemaid can print it on paper for Hillary to read comfortably.

The prosecutors do not have to put Hillary Clinton on the witness stand because they already have plenty of videos of her lies, embellishments, and obfuscations. Even if the prosecutors ultimately lose the case because of the leftist holdouts on the jury, they will still prove her guilt to the vast majority of the American people, who will avidly watch the spectacle on television and on youtube. The American people will know that the game was rigged, that the prosecutors should have won, and that Hillary Clinton was, in fact, guilty. They will see for themselves that Hillary Clinton was only found “not guilty” because her jury included one or two of her fawning fans who rushed forward afterwards to obtain her autograph.

In the long run, the value of Hillary Clinton’s “not guilty” verdict will be the same as the “not guilty” verdict obtained by O.J. Simpson, namely zero. Now, nearly a quarter of a century after O.J. Simpson was found not guilty, only a small minority of Americans who watched the spectacle for themselves on television actually believe that he was innocent of the capital crimes of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Similarly, in the long run, the vast majority of Americans who will watch her televised trial will correctly conclude that Hillary Clinton was guilty of the charges against her.

Generations of Americans, who will watch the trial on television and on youtube, will be persuaded with incontrovertible evidence of her guilt. The American people’s correct assessment will undoubtedly condemn her in the eyes of history. Her prosecution and trial will forever tarnish the Clinton brand and Clinton’s historical legacy. Most importantly, it will serve as the best civics lesson and will prove to the American people in the court of public opinion that no one is above the law, not even Bill and Hillary Clinton, the biggest and most corrupt swamp creatures in the Washington beltway swamp.

Hillary Clinton’s trial and conviction in the court of public opinion will have an enormous deterrent effect on all of the smaller swamp creatures in Washington. Unlike her, they do not have her name recognition or her army of irrational admirers and apologists. They will take the plea deals and prison sentences offered to them, and, those who go to court, will be convicted and incarcerated for long stretches of time. This is exactly how President Donald Trump can fulfill his promise and can succeed in draining Washington’s swamp.

 


 

Hillary’s Plea Bargain

Ed Klein

Newsmax

August 8, 2017

The Justice Department has reopened the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified material on her private email system while she was secretary of state, and is considering offering her a plea bargain if she will agree to plead guilty to charges of breaking the law, according to a Clinton attorney.

The discussion of a plea bargain took place late last month and was offered by a high-ranking Justice Department official to the Clinton lawyer.

During the exploratory talks with the prosecutor, the Clinton attorney was told that despite former FBI Director James Comey’s decision last July not to prosecute Hillary, the Justice Department has reexamined the email case and believes there are ample grounds for prosecuting Hillary on a number of counts.

Under the Justice Department’s plea offer, Hillary would be required to sign a document admitting that she committed a prosecutable crime. In return, the DOJ would agree not to bring charges against Hillary in connection with the email probe.

Also as part of the agreement, the Justice Department would not proceed with an investigation of Hillary’s pay to play deals with foreign governments and businessmen who contributed to the Clinton Foundation or who paid Bill Clinton exorbitant speaking fees.

The Clinton attorney cautioned that normally a plea is offered by a prosecutor only upon arraignment, and Hillary has not yet been charged with any crime.


 

Ed Klein to Newsmax: Hillary Wouldn’t Take Plea Bargain in Email Case

Jason Devaney

Newsmax

August 8, 2017

It’s unlikely Hillary Clinton would accept a plea bargain from the Department of Justice if the FBI’s email investigation is reopened, Ed Klein told Newsmax TV.

During an appearance on “America Talks Live,” Klein — the author of “Guilty as Sin” — said Clinton is too stubborn to admit she might have done something wrong.

“Sometimes she has trouble admitting that she’s Hillary Clinton, you’re absolutely right,” Klein told host Miranda Khan. “This is a woman who never, ever admits that she did anything wrong.

“We’ve all seen how she has blamed everybody but herself for her loss in 2016 at the presidential election. So you’re right, I totally agree with you that the chances of her accepting such an offer are practically zero.”

Klein reported earlier Tuesday that a DOJ official recently spoke with a Clinton legal adviser about the possibility of offering a plea bargain stemming from the email investigation. Former FBI director James Comey closed the case last summer, but Klein wrote that the DOJ is considering reopening it.

“They are seriously thinking of reopening this investigation and therefore if she doesn’t take the plea agreement, which I agree with you, she almost certainly won’t, I think they will then proceed with this investigation and this is going to drag on for a long time and in a way balance the investigation that’s going on with President Donald Trump and his campaign advisers regarding so-called collusion with the Russians,” Klein told Khan.

In a separate interview on Newsmax TV’s “The Schnitt Show,” Klein told host Rita Cosby that Clinton is a “battler” and would push back against a plea bargain offer.

“During the Monica Lewinsky scandal, it was Hillary who said no, we’re not going to give an inch,” Klein said. “She’s not going to give an inch.”

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