Post-election, Clinton’s e-mails create dilemmas

In quick succession, FBI Director James Comey dropped two bombshells regarding the e-mail server of Hillary Clinton. On Oct. 28, Comey revealed a second investigation into Clinton’s illegal use of private email servers while she was secretary of state. Then, on the Sunday before the election, Comey said the second probe had concluded — and no action would be taken against Clinton. Coming just two days before the election, that was a gift to Clinton in her battle against Donald Trump. It was not the last we will hear of Clinton’s e-mail misdeeds. Rest assured of that. Clinton broke the law in using private e-mail servers while secretary of state. She knew she was doing so. She understood the law required her to use secure State Department servers to keep national secrets from falling into the wrong hands. Once her crime was exposed, Clinton lied about it, repeatedly. She and some of her aides tried to erase some incriminating messages. They withheld others from investigators. Yet in July, Comey declared he would not recommend Clinton be prosecuted. She did not intend to jeopardize national security, he said. At the same time, Comey noted FBI agents examining Clinton’s e-mails had found more than 100 pieces of information that were supposed to have been kept secret. Though many other people have been prosecuted and punished for lesser offenses involving national security, Clinton was let off the hook. Then came the Oct. 28 bombshell – followed by yet another bombshell was dropped the Sunday before the election, when Comey let it be known FBI investigators had finished examining e-mails on the computer of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton’s top aide. Nothing was found to compel prosecution of Clinton, Comey wrote in a letter to some members of Congress. So, as Americans voted for a new president Tuesday, Clinton had a clean bill of health from the FBI director. Two questions remain unanswered: Where else will Clinton’s e-mails — carrying with them national secrets — turn up? In Moscow? Beijing? Pyongyang? To be distributed far and wide by WikiLeaks? And will Clinton be pardoned, either by lameduck President Obama or – in a conciliatory/unifying gesture – President-elect Donald Trump?