American courts promise ‘equal justice under the law,’ but will that maxim be applied to the tarnished couple?
When former congresswoman Corrine Brown reports to a federal prison this month to begin serving a five-year sentence for her role in an $800,000 charity fraud, the question will be raised about why she is in jail — but Hillary Clinton remains free.
That question and the fact Clinton has never been charged with mishandling classified national security documents during her four years as secretary of State raise serious doubts about whether justice is applied equally to powerful and influential citizens, as well as everyday Americans.
Brown, the African-American Democrat who represented Jacksonville, Florida, for many years, was convicted last year in a case that in dollar terms pales by comparison with the Clinton Foundation. The latter began in 1997 as the former president’s library but became the $2 billion entity described by one nonprofit expert as “the biggest charity fraud ever.”
That expert is Charles Ortel, who told LifeZette Sunday he expects former FBI Director James “Comey will rat out Hillary and the Clintons faster than [Olympic sprinter] Usain Bolt runs the 100-meter dash. Both Clintons will be convicted, bigly” in 2018.
Ortel since 2015 has exhaustively documented multiple instances of what he believes are the Clinton Foundation’s many major violations of charitable law and regulations, including most significantly operating international medical and disaster relief programs in violation of the nonprofit’s tax-exempt charter granted by the IRS.
He also believes former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, especially during her tenure as President Barack Obama’s secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, used the family foundation as a vehicle for selling their influence and becoming wealthy in the process, thanks in great part to the lack of politically independent regulation of charities soliciting funds and operating programs in multiple countries around the globe.
The second U.S. investigation was first reported by The Daily Caller in a March 9, 2016, story that cited former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova and an unnamed former FBI agent. That investigation was reportedly being conducted by the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Division.
A DOJ spokesman declined to either confirm or deny the investigation, and no indictments or reports are known to have been issued as a result of it. The Public Integrity probe was separate from the FBI investigation beginning in 2015 of Clinton’s use of a private server and email system while conducting official U.S. diplomatic business.
The email investigation was overseen by Comey, who succeeded Mueller as FBI Director. Revelations of Comey’s preferential treatment of Clinton and her top aides and his unprecedented absolution of her in July 2016 have prompted growing outrage among congressional Republicans.
The FBI chief “rewrote the statute” to “give Mrs. Clinton a pass.”
Comey told the nation he would not recommend prosecution of Clinton, even though at least 22 emails on her private server were found to contain highly classified material, and federal law stipulates jail time and other stiff penalties for gross negligence in handling such documents. The intent of the person mishandling the documents is irrelevant under the law.