Two weeks ago, FBI Director James Comey made an official statement regarding a case involving presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her act of sending emails with classified information.
The director laid out the facts in his statement and later in the week when he testified before a Congressional committee.
Among a myriad of facts in the case, FBI Director Comey was really clear in his press conference.
He said among the group of 30,000 emails given to the State Department, 110 emails in 52 email chains had classified information when they were received.
Eight of the chains had “Top Secret” information, 36 chains included secret information at the itme, and eight had confidential information that were later “up-classified.”
In spite of having an unprotected server in the basement of her home while having classified emails available on multiple devices, it’s shocking the former Secretary of State is not facing any disciplinary action.
In his statement, FBI Director Comey said no case could be made to support criminal charges though he admitted classified documents were mishandled.
He said cases to be prosecuted must have a combination of “clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information; or vast quantities of materials exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct; or indications of disloyalty to the United States; or efforts to obstruct justice. We do not see those things here.”
When he talked about intent and noted it again in the hearing, only one thing came to my mind and that was my high school classmate, Major Jason Brezler.
The case being made to not charge Clinton only magnified Major Brezler’s punishment he received for sending one email in an attempt to save men and women in uniform overseas.
Thankfully, Major Brezler’s supporters heard FBI Director Comey’s intent focus and are taking him to task.
Rep. Duncan Hunter is asking the Marine Corps to reconsider the discharging of Major Brezler, who sent an email from his personal account in 2012 to send a classified briefing document to an officer at a U.S. base in Afghanistan.
The email was to worn the base about an Afghan police chief he had helped remove from his previous time served there for safety concerns.
Reportedly, a boy the police chief likely abused and brainwashed ended up killing three Marines on the same base.
“The FBI’s inaction toward Clinton sends a clear signal that Major Brezler should not be held to a different or excessively high standard and reaffirms that he acted with right intent, compared to Clinton, who acted purposefully and in her own self-interest,” Hunter wrote in a letter to Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller.
While it was noted that Major Brezler had some 107 classified files on his home computer, Rep. Hunter said there was no indication he was not authorized to have the information he had.
The back story is that when Major Brezler served overseas, Marines were told they could use their personal computers while there because none were made available to them otherwise.
He later self-reported his one email to the base as he was informed that it could be considered classified.
The families of the three slain Marines continue to fight for Major Brezler.
“As you know his single e-mail was far less sensitive and limited in it’s ability to cause harm than Secretary Clinton’s,” said Gregory J. Buckley Sr. and Mary Liz Grosseto on a memoriam Facebook page to the FOB Delhi’s murdered marines. “In fact, if his e-mail warning had been heeded rather than ignored three young Marines would not have been murdered August 10, 2012 on FOB Delhi.”
A news graphic, which is now a Facebook meme, was later featured on Fox & Friends. Under Major Brezler’s picture it says “one email with classified info, warned colleagues of danger,” and “forced out of Marines.”
Under Clinton’s picture it says “110 emails with classified info, used for personal convenience,” and “no charges.”
My prayer is some day Major Brezler will be cleared of any wrongdoing.
In taking a closer look at FBI Director Comey’s own words, Major Brezler’s charges should be thrown out and he should be allowed to serve our nation proudly in the Marines once again.
Until then, there appears to be a double standard and that’s not right.