(National Sentinel) Political Hypocrisy: Though former national security advisor Michael Flynn was recently forced to plead guilty to misleading the FBI, his threatened indictment represents a distinct double standard when it comes to how official Washington deals with Republicans and Democrats, a report by One American News Network notes.
And while lies told by Democrats “get swept under the rug,” there is a “recurring witch hunt” involving Trump campaign figures, the network reported.
Regarding Flynn, much of the establishment media has failed to point out that his actions in having discussions with Russian officials during the transition period late last year were neither illegal or improper.
What’s more, they fail to note that when Democrats do similar things or worse, they are lightly disciplined if at all — a point not lost on Flynn himself.
“If I — a guy who knows this business — if I did a tenth of what [Hillary Clinton] did, I would be in jail today,” he said last year.
Flynn was referring to Clinton’s email scandal, which occurred during her tenure as President Obama’s secretary of state. The FBI conducted a criminal investigation, turning up several highly classified emails that passed through her unsecured server, a violation of national security statutes.
But she was never charged, and neither were her top aides, Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, who appear to have misled FBI investigators when they said they had no prior knowledge of the existence of Clinton’s server.
Clinton herself lied under oath, OANN reported, when she told a congressional committee that there were no emails marked “classified” that passed through her server.
That claim was refuted by none other than then-FBI Director James Comey.
“From the 30,000 emails” Clinton turned over to the State Department in 2014, “110 emails in 52 email chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received,” Comey told reporters in July 2016, where he then proceeded to exonerate Clinton as well, claiming her actions were unintentional — which is not legally excusable.
Later, during testimony under oath before a House committee, Comey then appeared to lie about Clinton’s lie, telling then-U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, she was never untruthful with the FBI.
During the hearing, Chaffetz made it clear he believes there was a “double standard” at work.
“If your name isn’t Clinton or you’re not part of the powerful elite, that Lady Justice will act differently,” he said.
On Tuesday, Chaffetz, now retired from Congress, told Fox News‘ Sean Hannity that it was “clear” Clinton lied under oath.
“Clearly Hillary Clinton did lie under oath. When Roger Clemons supposedly lied under oath the Department of Justice indicted him, but Hillary Clinton not so much… The Department of Justice was handing out immunity like candy. And in those immunity agreements they were not required to cooperate with government officials,” he said.
Then there is the case of former IRS official Lois Lerner, who was caught colluding with the Obama Justice Department and FBI, according to documents obtained by government watchdog group Judicial Watch.
An official memo dated October 2010 indicates that Lerner met with officials at the DoJ and FBI to discuss the possible criminal prosecution of conservative non-profit organizations.
Yet another example: Earlier this year Obama’s national security advisor, Susan Rice, requested the unmaking of people connected to Trump’s campaign and transition, but in an interview with PBS denied she knew anything about it.
Subsequent reporting revealed that Rice ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce detailed spreadsheets of phone calls involving candidate- and president-elect Trump and his associates. Later, Rice told House investigators she unmasked senior Trump officials to find out why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York City late last year.
However, former Obama-era Director of National Intelligence James Clapper — who himself lied to Congress but was never held responsible — admitted that he requested the unmasking.
Clapper lied to Congress about the NSA’s mass collection of Americans’ personal information, which was exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Via One America News Network:
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