Hillary Clinton Snapchat email jokeDear FBI director James Comey and the men and women of the FBI,

By now you know that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s response to turning over her personal e-mail server to FBI investigators was to mock their work with a Snapchat joke at a campaign event.

“You may have seen that I’ve recently launched a Snapchat account. I love it. I love it. Those messages disappear all by themselves,” Mrs. Clinton said at an event in Iowa.

As an American who respects the rule of law, I interpret this joke as a giant middle finger to the FBI. It is the mark of a woman who thinks “My husband plays golf with the president while visiting Martha’s Vineyard. You won’t touch me. You can’t touch me.”

Given that the inspector general (IG) for U.S. intelligence agencies revealed Top Secret information had passed through Mrs. Clinton’s private server, and given that at least 305 more documents have now been sent to different agencies for review, I am pleading with you to respond to Mrs. Clinton’s rhetorical “Screw you” as you do to every other American who acts like they are above the law.

To every young FBI agent out there I ask the following questions:

  • What would happen if you somehow managed to have Platte River Networks set up your own private e-mail server, and then used it to conduct day-to-day operations?
  • What would happen if Top Secret information and hundreds (perhaps thousands) of classified documents passed through that server?
  • What if your supervisors found out about your private e-mail server and then you tried to wipe the device clean, held onto it for months, and only then turned it over to investigators?
  • Where would your career be after all of this, and what would happen if you joked about it in public?

In order for the great American experiment to work, citizens need to have faith in the system. When powerful people openly flaunt their ability to play by a completely different set of rules, civil society breaks down. When a politician’s behavior is so grossly irresponsible that the FBI needs to get involved to figure out if national security was compromised — and then she makes cavalier jokes about the matter — it sends the wrong message to anyone who cares about the future of the nation.

Mr. Comey, the pressure put upon you by well-connected people to make this all go away will be great. It must be hard to look at President Obama playing golf with Bill Clinton immediately after the FBI took Hillary’s private email server, and then move ahead with honesty and integrity. Mr. Obama has non-verbally asked the FBI to take the easy wrong instead of the hard right.

Now, more than ever, it is incumbent upon you to remember that the FBI motto — Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity — exists for a reason. I pray that you will go where the evidence takes you and do what is right.

Best,

Doug

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

14 comments

    1. The thing that is really weird about this is that Mrs. Clinton is publicly making jokes about the whole ordeal. It’s one thing to just say nothing and hope that her friends in high places can sweep it under the rug. It’s another story all together to basically say to the world, “I can do whatever I want and no one can touch me.” That’s the kind of thing that sparks…bad times. That’s the most diplomatic way I can put it.

  1. There’s a picture floating around on face book right now with a picture of Edward Snowden and Hillary Clinton. Snowden publicaly released classified information and he’s wanted for treason, while Clinton secretly released classified information and she’s wanted for President?

    That really sums up the double standard for me and why people may no longer trust the justice system or come to believe that there really is a different set of rules for different people.

    1. The reason why guys like Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have traction right now is because there is a seething anger bubbling in American civil society. Hillary Clinton’s attitude towards this (very serious) issue is a perfect example why people are livid. The American people can only be pushed so far… It is a scary thought to consider what will happen if we continue on this political and cultural trajectory.

  2. Reason magazine nailed it: Hillary could strangle a puppy on live TV and her fans would still support her.

    Issues don’t matter. Influence peddling, felonies, and cover-ups don’t matter.

    The extreme left wing of the feminist movement wants a female president. No ifs, ands, or buts.

    And the various special interest groups (and that goes for crony capitalist fat cats seeking bail-outs and subsidies, as well as for welfare queens seeking increased “benefits”) don’t care what else a politician does, as long as he/she keeps filling the trough.

    1. If that is true (and there is ample evidence to suggest it is), then America is dead. Or a zombie, which is kind of what Bill Clinton looks like in that picture with the president. I’m not saying that to be mean…he just doesn’t look well at all.

      Side note: I really need to finish this book I’ve been randomly working on for well over a year now. 🙂 It really is, on many levels, about the conditions upon which free nations die…

    1. I still can’t get over former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor: “Dude, this was like two years ago.” 😉

      Here’s how it goes: 1. Get caught doing [insert activity here]. 2. Deny. 3. Stonewall. 4. Use talking points along the lines of: “What difference does it make?”/”Dude, this was like two years ago.” 5. Hope media allies play along and public move on to something else.

  3. If James Comey does not do the right thing here an recommend she be indicted, it really does make you think about not caring about any rules of law if she is allowed to get away with these crimes.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Randy. I appreciate it.

      I’m sure you saw the State Department IG report that was released earlier this week. It is so obvious Mrs. Clinton set up that private server to circumvent Freedom of Information Act requests that it isn’t even funny. They now have the emails to prove it. It will truly be a travesty at this point if the FBI does not recommend prosecution.

  4. I am with you, Doug. I hope and pray James Comey is the decent, just man he is portrayed to be. In life we are all given decisions to make. Sometimes we make the right decision, sometimes not. However, in a just world if you play you pay NO matter who you are. It upsets me greatly when questioned about Bengazi, HRC answers what does it matter now? If Chelsea Clinton was one of the victims IT WOULD MATTER to her, I would hope. The blatant arrogance she used in the email scandal putting ALL Americans at risk is unacceptable! It was her decision to make and hers alone…..time to pay.

    1. “I am with you, Doug. I hope and pray James Comey is the decent, just man he is portrayed to be. In life we are all given decisions to make. Sometimes we make the right decision, sometimes not. However, in a just world if you play you pay NO matter who you are.”

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Mary Ann. I appreciate it. We’ll find out in the near future what happens, although it seems incredibly strange for President Obama to endorse her campaign and then say that it won’t have an effect on the investigators within the Executive Branch…

      Holy corruption, Batman! It’s worse than I thought…

  5. Leftists want reparations for slavery (150 years ago). Obama says “we” (i.e., “you”) can’t get on “our high horse” about terrorism because Christians committed “terrible deeds” (500+ years ago). Then they try to dismiss Benghazi and the cover-up with, “What difference does it make now” and “Dude, that was like, two years ago.”

    It doesn’t make any difference to Hillary’s fans. She is promising to give them lots of Free Stuff, and that is all they care about.

    A candidate can be an ax murderer, a Nazi war criminal, and a child molester, and still get elected and re-elected, as long as he or she keeps filling the trough.

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