The fundamental problem Clinton can’t shake

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(CNN)Today, the world’s most boring political scandal reached an unsatisfying conclusion: Hilary Clinton has been cleared of criminal liability for allegations she mishandled classified information by using a private email server when she was the secretary of state.

Why is it unsatisfying? Because it confirms everything that we hate about the current state of politics. There are no winners today, only losers: the American public.
    Clinton and her aides used a nongovernment email server, there was no breach that we know of and she cooperated with the FBI. As Comey said:
    “In looking back at our investigations into mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts. … We do not see those things here,” he said. Which is why they are “expressing to Justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case.”
    But if you listen closely, there’s something bigger at stake than a conviction and a fine: There is the election. The FBI basically just called the story Clinton has been telling the public since 2015 a bunch of nonsense. Contrary to what Clinton has been saying, the server did in fact contain classified emails: 113 of them. Her actions did in fact expose the classified information to attacks by “hostile actors.”
    As Comey said, “any reasonable person … should have known that an unclassified system was no place” for that sort of information. And Clinton and her team did delete emails that contained classified information. Those are facts, and they contradict what Clinton and her team have been saying.
    The head of the FBI slammed Clinton and her team as “extremely careless.” I think it’s worse; I think she’s extremely clueless about the bigger picture.
    In law school, we often talked about the letter of the law versus the spirit of the law. She may not have violated the letter of the law (although there’s debate there, too) but she sure as hell violated the spirit of it. And that plays right into her biggest challenge in the election — herself.

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    And despite polling guru Nate Silver’s prediction that she’ll win, she could very well lose for two reasons. Many people believe she’s not “trustworthy” and that she and her husband act as though the rules don’t apply. The reason is that she appears to use the “letter of the law” as a shield, when what the public cares about is the spirit of the law.
    In referencing a dozen “vaguely worded” emails about a planned CIA drone strike in Pakistan, Comey admonished Clinton, who “should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.” What he’s really saying is that she did know it was no place for that conversation but she did it anyway.
    Her own aides said in sworn testimony that they gave little to no thought about the problem of using a private email server. And why would they worry about the rules, if “technically” they weren’t meaning to break them?
    Hillary Clinton may have escaped all criminal liability, but there’s no doubt in my mind she just increased the political kind.

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/05/opinions/hillary-clinton-fbi-robbins/index.html