By Lowell Ponte
By the end of Tuesday, June 7, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will almost certainly have won enough delegates to be the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.
California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota, as well as the caucus in North Dakota, will have selected 806 Democratic delegates to add to the 12 chosen June 4 in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the 67 picked June 5 in Puerto Rico.
Voting will be entirely open only in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Montana for its 27 delegates. None of these eight places have Winner-Take-All votes, so even where she loses Mrs. Clinton is expected to come away with roughly half the delegates.
These places will be sending a combined 885 delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 25-28. As of June 2, Clinton was only 73 delegates short of the 2,383 needed to clinch her party’s nomination. By the end of June 7, she will almost certainly have won at least another 400.
“If sentenced to serve only one day per felony
for the crime of endangering America’s national security,
Hillary Clinton would have to serve
five and three-quarter years in federal prison….”
What remains, beyond the June 14 primary in Washington, D.C., will be what pundits call the “Comey Primary.” Will FBI Director James Comey refer Secretary Clinton to the Obama Justice Department for likely criminal indictment and trial?
The punditry believes that if President Barack Obama’s Administration turns down such an FBI referral, then Comey will resign his position in protest, and details of the damning case against Clinton will be leaked to the media.
Hillary Clinton’s position would be untenable, the argument goes, because the Obama Administration prosecuted General David Petraeus and saw him sentenced to the equivalent of two years in prison for doing far, far less than Clinton.
Petraeus was convicted and sentenced for giving personal notes containing classified information to his lover-biographer, who had a security clearance and presumably was little threat to the security of the United States. He never made national secrets open to worldwide hackers on an unsecured private email server as Clinton did.
Hillary Clinton may have broken the law in many ways, but to appreciate the Democratic Party’s dilemma let us consider just one – her private email server and whether she was negligent in handling emails that contained classified information.
Negligence, not evil intent, and the existence there of classified data, not actual Classified stamps on that data, are all that is needed to make each such mishandling a felony.
“Does the Democratic Party really want to risk
tying its future to the albatross of Hillary Clinton?
That is the real Primary Question
Democrats need to ask themselves.”
How many of the email chains in Mrs. Clinton’s server contained classified information?
The answer is 2,093 email chains, according to the State Department’s assessment as of last February, as analyzed by the Washington Post.
These emails include several Top Secret documents, the mishandling of which could theoretically each bring a sentence of 5 years or more in prison – or worse, if a jury decided that treason was involved.
If Mrs. Clinton were indicted, tried, convicted and sentenced to one year in prison for each of these email chains, she might soon be serving 2,093 years in prison. General Petraeus, remember, got the equivalent of two years in prison for committing a single lesser felony involving classified information.
If a generous judge and jury sentenced her to only a month for each of these crimes, her prison time would be reduced to 174 years, and if to a mere week per email crime, to 40 years behind bars.
What if a judge and jury sentenced Mrs. Clinton to only one day for each of her email wrongdoings? If sentenced to serve only one day per felony for the crime of endangering national security, Hillary Clinton would have to serve almost five and three-quarter years in federal prison – equal to approximately 1.4 presidential terms in the White House.
[I]n California…a measure to let felons vote while behind bars – before they have “paid their debt to society” -is being rushed into law by ruling Democratic legislators.
A late-May poll by Rasmussen Reports found that 71 percent of Democrats think Mrs. Clinton should continue with her presidential run even if indicted and facing trial. This survey of 1,000 likely voters found that 65 percent – nearly two out of three Americans – believe it “likely” that Clinton broke the law.
However, if Hillary Clinton is elected President, she could pardon herself. Then we could have a felon commander-in-chief elected with the votes of felons newly re-enfranchised by ruling Democrats in Maryland, Virginia and perhaps even in California, where a measure to let felons vote while behind bars – before they have “paid their debt to society” – is being rushed into law by ruling Democratic legislators.
University studies have found that felons vote Democratic up to 88 percent of the time. Both have a passion for coercively redistributing other people’s wealth.
A departing President Obama might also pardon Mrs. Clinton after the election, but this could leave his legacy and the Democratic Party’s reputation in even more of a shambles than they are already.
Does the Democratic Party really want to risk tying its future to the albatross of Hillary Clinton? That is the real Primary Question Democrats need to ask themselves.
The opinions in this piece are solely Lowell Ponte’s. He was for 15 years a Roving Editor at Reader’s Digest and has covered stories in 33 countries, from Jerusalem to Jakarta, Havana to The Hague, Madrid to Mexico City, and Singapore to Paris.
Lowell is author or co-author of seven books – the latest, with monetary expert Craig R. Smith, being We Have Seen the Future and It Looks Like Baltimore: American Dream vs. Progressive Dream.
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Michael Bargo, Jr., “Hillary’s Potential Email Felonies,” American Thinker, June 1, 2016. URL: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/05/hillarys_potential_email_felonies.html
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Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger, “Clinton, On Her Private Server, Wrote 104 Emails the Government Says Are Classified,” Washington Post, March 5, 2016. URL: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/clinton-on-her-private-server-wrote-104-emails-the-government-says-are-classified/2016/03/05/11e2ee06-dbd6-11e5-81ae-7491b9b9e7df_story.html
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“Will Anyone Get In Trouble For Voting Twice?” The American Spectator, June 2, 2016. URL: http://spectator.org/sacramento-let-felons-vote-in-jail/