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Naval Reservist SENTENCED For Mishandling Classified Docs. But His Last Name Isn’t Clinton, So…

On Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey held a press conference where he walked through all of Hillary Clinton’s crimes and debunked lies regarding her mishandling of classified material, only to stunningly recommended that no charges be brought against the entrenched, privileged politician.

“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,” stated the FBI director during the presser.

Interestingly enough, a strikingly similar case to Clinton’s was brought against Naval reservist Bryan H. Nishimura, and, indeed, Nishimura was prosecuted and sentenced in July of 2015.

Nishimura was found guilty of “unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials” and sentenced “to two years of probation, a $7,500 fine, and forfeiture of personal media containing classified materials.”

Hillary, on the other hand, will likely become our next Commander-in-Chief.

So how similar are these two cases? Pretty damn similar.

The naval reservist stored classified materials on “his personal, unclassified electronic devices,” just as Mrs. Clinton did.

“In his role as a Regional Engineer for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, Nishimura had access to classified briefings and digital records that could only be retained and viewed on authorized government computers. Nishimura, however, caused the materials to be downloaded and stored on his personal, unclassified electronic devices and storage media,” reported the FBI.

Clinton engaged in the same sort of activity: In addition to Clinton’s private email server, she also “used several different servers and administrators of those servers during her four years at the State Department, and used numerous mobile devices to view and send e-mail on that personal domain,” reported Comey. On such devices, “110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification. Separate from those, about 2,000 additional e-mails were ‘up-classified’ to make them Confidential; the information in those had not been classified at the time the e-mails were sent.”

Okay, but the Naval reservist deleted classified information stored on an unsecured device: “Nishimura later admitted that, following his statement to Naval personnel, he destroyed a large quantity of classified materials he had maintained in his home,” according to the FBI.

Yeah, Clinton did that too: “The FBI also discovered several thousand work-related e-mails that were not in the group of 30,000 that were returned by Secretary Clinton to State in 2014,” said the FBI director.

“With respect to the thousands of e-mails we found that were not among those produced to State, agencies have concluded that three of those were classified at the time they were sent or received, one at the Secret level and two at the Confidential level,” he added.

Perhaps, if Nishimura had his spouse meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch a day before he was questioned by the FBI he would have been cleared too. Maybe if he was set to campaign with the President of the United States mere hours after the FBI announced their findings he would have got off scot-free. Maybe if Nishimura’s last name was Clinton he would have earned a pass.

We’ll leave you the most apropos message courtesy of Senator Ted Cruz’s campaign: