ELEPHANT CORNER: Tom Marino Seeks Special Prosecutor for Hillary Clinton

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CONGRESSMAN Tom Marino

CONGRESSMAN Tom Marino

Presidential candidate DONALD TRUMP had a roundtable discussion with African American leaders at the Greater Exodus Baptist Church on Broad Street at Fairmount last week. Republican City Committee CHAIRMAN JOE DeFELICE was there, as were GOP Congressional candidates DR. DEBORAH WILLIAMS (PA-1) and JAMES JONES (PA-2). Other local Republicans in attendance included WARD LEADERS CALVIN TUCKER (22nd), LINWOOD HOLLAND (35th) and DAPHNE GOGGINS (16th).

US CONGRESSMAN and former US Attorney TOM MARINO (PA – 2) has called for a special prosecutor to look into HILLARY CLINTON’S proven careless and potentially illegal treatment of classified information. Marino stated, “The Dept. of Justice has proven time and again that it cannot act as an unbiased enforcer of the law when it comes to investigating the corrupt Clinton machine. Instead, the Attorney General and the political appointees at the Justice Dept. have acted as a political arm for PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA and his administration.”

DONALD TRUMP made a second appearance in Phila. this week, this one at the Union League. Republican congressional candidates Dr. Deborah Williams and James Jones attended that widely publicized event. Photo by Wendell Douglas

DONALD TRUMP made a second appearance in Phila. this week, this one at the Union League. Republican congressional candidates Dr. Deborah Williams and James Jones attended that widely publicized event. Photo by Wendell Douglas

Some of Clinton’s comments during the FBI interviews were beyond incredible. She stated she did not know that documents marked with “C” could be confidential. She did not think exchanges about drone attacks could be confidential. She was the Secretary of State and is an attorney and did not think that strategic emails about drone strikes were top secret – really?

The best quote from the FBI, in my opinion, was: “[Mrs. Clinton] did not recall receiving any emails she thought should not have been on an unclassified system. She relied on State officials to use their judgment when emailing her.” Are we supposed to believe that in her four years as Secretary of State, her staff would withhold timely and sensitive information so she could maintain a private server? Did they call her and read everything to her over the phone (the same device that had a private email system)? This apparently was not true, owing to the significant number of heavily redacted pages of emails released by the FBI. This does not just fail the smell test. This knocks a buzzard off a garbage truck at 20 paces.

Now we come to the real question: Why she did this? Lack of knowledge of technology – maybe. But if that is the case, why not just rely on the State Dept.’s IT people? She initially said it was for convenience of using one device. But we now know she had multiple devices at the same time. Was it so she could gin up her race for president while at work, with those exchanges being non-discoverable? Or was it something more nefarious? Specifically, a pay-to-play with the Clinton Foundation as suggested by Trump?

I believe the Clintons have proven to be untrustworthy, but selling State Deparment favors borders on sedition, which I hope is a line they would not intentionally cross. In a New York Times editorial (hardly friends of Trump) dated Aug. 30, it was stated, “But the emails and previous reporting suggest Mr. Trump has reason to say that while Mrs. Clinton was Secretary, it was hard to tell where the foundation ended and the State Dept. began.”

ALSO ATTENDING Trump's Union League appearance were Ward Leaders Denise Furey and Barbara Coxe. Photo by Wendell Douglas

ALSO ATTENDING Trump’s Union League appearance were Ward Leaders Denise Furey and Barbara Coxe. Photo by Wendell Douglas

Marino’s arguments are not without merit. The fact the FBI released politically damaging details of interviews with Clinton on the Friday before a long holiday weekend can be seen as an attempt by Justice to reduce the fallout on Clinton and her former boss. In Friday’s FBI disclosure, it was noted that 13 phone devices and an underdetermined number of iPads could not be located by Clinton’s attorneys as requested by the FBI.

The fact is that roughly half of the non-governmental meetings Clinton had as Secretary of State were with foundation donors. Her trusted advisor HUMA ABEDIN was employed by the State Department, the Clinton Foundation and a related consulting group, frequently at the same time. A number of her supporters/advisors were parked at the foundation at attractive salaries while she was at State.

The scary thing for Clinton should be that appearance of impropriety, if not downright impropriety has been raised by media outlets like the NYT and AP, and not just Fox News.

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