Chaffetz: Clinton Benefits from Double Standard

Rep. Jason Chaffetz says that if Hillary Clinton wasn’t rich, powerful, and the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, she’d “probably be going to jail” for mishandling classified information.

Reports Politico:

“I worry that there are two standards: that if your name is Clinton or you’re part of the rich and powerful, you live under a different set of rules than everybody else,” Chaffetz told panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Because it does appear based on the fact pattern laid out by the director that if you had done those things, you’d probably be in handcuffs, you’d probably be going to jail and probably should, based on the statute. So, we want to ask him about that and now that the Department of Justice said they’re not going to prosecute, no reason they can’t provide us all the information.”


Chaffetz said it is likely he will point to similar cases in the past that have been prosecuted, mentioning the case of former Director of Central Intelligence John M. Deutch, who in 1999 had his security clearance revoked after it was found that he had improperly stored classified information on his laptop computers. President Bill Clinton later pardoned Deutch before the Justice Department was able to file a case.


“Look, we’re talking about classified information. And it wasn’t one innocent mistake,” Chaffetz said of Clinton’s use of private email. “This was something that went on for years. It put people’s lives in jeopardy.”