After reading this piece at Naked Capitalism: Hillary Clinton’s Email Hairball Summarized in 11 Points (a Test of Presidential Character), posted on March 29, 2016 by Lambert Strether, I followed several links from commenters there, resulting in one click landing me at Current Affairs website and a piece by Nathan J. Robinson:
Nominating a Presidential Candidate Under Active FBI Investigation Is An Incredibly Risky Gamble. Unless, of course, there is some kind of separate system of justice for the powerful…
In a world where we expected the law to be equally applied to all, Democrats should be panicking right now over the status of the investigations against Clinton and the Clinton campaign’s troubling responses. The Washington Post has documented numerous misstatements and evasions made by Clinton around the emails, concluding that “it appears Clinton often used highly technical language to obscure the salient fact that her private email setup was highly unusual and flouted existing regulations.” All of this should be making Democrats panic, and sending them scrambling to find a non-indictable nominee.
But that’s not happening, for a very obvious reason. Nobody seriously believes the law would be applied to Clinton with the same pitiless irrationality as it was to Bryan Nishimura. Yet that leaves us with a stark choice: either treat the Clinton scandal as troubling and a major campaign issue, or acknowledge that we are entrusting an oligarchical justice system to make the issue go away for Clinton in a way it wouldn’t for anyone else. Neither choice should leave Democrats comfortable.