Hillary Clinton’s right hand, Huma Abedin, could be facing prosecution fro the mishandling of classified information according to FBI Directer, James Comey. He said that a prosecution was dependent upon whether or not she had “intended to break the law”. But the fact that he is looking for “intention” signifies that he does not want to go ahead, but may be under pressure from someone higher up.
Intention is definitely a big part of the law. “Mens Rea” ( “the act is not culpable unless the mind is guilty”) is an integral part of prosecution for many crimes, but not all. There is of course “criminal negligence” that requires no “intention”. And Manslaughter also requires no mens rea. In both of these crimes, it is the act itself that you are found guilty of. As should be the case with Huma Abedin.
Whether she intended to break the law or not, she did. She sent classified documents to her (then) husband, Anthony Weiner on many occasions. Weiner is a politician, and she was sharing classified data with him. The handing over of classified documents is a crime. And this, of course, leads to the next question…What about Hillary? She made many mistakes with data, despite being told the rules, and told not to use an outside computer. This was reckless and illegal.
When w consider that according to sources within the FBI, every agent who worked on the Clinton investigation thought charges should be brought and that Director Comey was the only person who didn’t…Perhaps it’s time for an Independent investigation. Someone who can get to the truth and is not afraid to ruffle political feathers.
We learned from James Comey yesterday that Huma Abedin was just as careless with classified information as her boss, Hillary Clinton. Comey confirmed that Huma Abedin sent classified information to Anthony Weiner on numerous occasions. When asked whether or not Comey believed that Weiner had viewed the classified information, Weiner tried to pretend that the only reason Huma had sent it to him was so that he could print it out for her.
When pressed on whether or not any laws were broken, Comey trotted out the same nonsense about needing to prove they intended to break the law (which hasn’t been part of the criteria in the past for those charged with mishandling classified information).
Giving his reaction on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning, Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal called for a special prosecutor to investigate Huma. Co-anchor Willie Geist asked Blumenthal if he believed there was a crime committed, to which he responded, “if there was classified information and it was improperly passed to a person unauthorized to receive it, yes, it’s a crime. Without knowing what the intentions were and so forth, there is potentially a prosecutable crime.”
Joe Scarborough chimed in, asking, “should it have been prosecuted?” Blumenthal replied, “It still may be potentially. It’s not outside the statute of limitations. Who will decide it? That’s why we need a special prosecutor to review all of this investigative material.”
H/T: Allen B West