Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.
- Excerpt from Statement by FBI Director James B. Comey on the Investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Use of a Personal E-Mail System
It is this statement that has remained with me since hearing the news that the FBI would not recommend prosecution of Clinton. I would like to examine one word from the statement.
Reasonable: agreeable to reason or sound judgment; logical. Capable of rational behavior, decision, etc.
Who can disagree with Comey’s statement?
What reasonable prosecutor – a political appointee – would want to take on someone who not only still has significant political pull but could very well be the next President of the United States?
What reasonable prosecutor would want to get on the wrong side of the Clinton machine – a machine rumored to be on the perpetrating side of several unfortunate “accidents” to those who reportedly did them wrong?
Comey is correct: a reasonable prosecutor, using sound judgment and rational behavior, would never bring such charges.
Of course, this was a reasonable statement to make even before any investigation.
You have to wonder: what was the point?