Hillary Clinton’s so-called scandal around e-mails and varying stories regarding her level of responsibility with the lives lost in the Benghazi attack were arguably the two biggest sensationalized topics of Election 2016. However blown out of proportion the issues may have been, they were indeed pivot points that Donald Trump was able to use to turn the tides of the election his way and ultimately win the Electoral College.
Fast forward months later and reports have now surfaced that the email scandal wasn’t nearly as much of a scandal as say someone colluding with another government to influence an election. Moreover, as much as people should continue to pray for the families of the people who lost their lives in the Beghazi attack, it appears that of all of the mistakes she may have made, Clinton’s legal culpability isn’t as strong as some tried to lead people to believe.
In fact, in a telling tweet posted late Friday evening, POLITICO revealed just how innocent Clinton really is:
— POLITICO (@politico) May 27, 2017
Yes, charges have been dropped regarding the matter that Donald Trump once arrogantly bragged he would have Hillary Clinton jailed for. United States District Judge Amy Berman Jackson found that Clinton’s e-mail use was within the scope of her official duties, therefore dismissed the wrongful death suit against her.
Judge Berman Jackson also dismissed claims of defamation the plaintiffs made, citing:
‘Secretary Clinton did not refer to plaintiffs as liars. Plaintiffs may find the candidate’s statements in her own defense to be unpleasant or offensive, but Secretary Clinton did not portray plaintiffs as odious, infamous, or ridiculous. To the contrary, the statements portray plaintiffs as normal parents, grieving over the tragic loss of their loved ones.’
The suit was brought by Patricia Smith and Charles Woods, parents of Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods, respectively. Both men lost their lives in the attack; both sets of parents have vehemently spoken out against Clinton, but Smith is an staunch Trump supporter.
Smith and Woods claimed that the loss of their sons’ lives was directly caused by Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server:
‘As a direct result of Defendant Clinton’s reckless handling of this classified, sensitive information, Islamic terrorists were able to obtain the whereabouts of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and thus the U.S. State Department and covert and other government operations in Benghazi, Libya and subsequently orchestrate, plan, and execute the now infamous September 11, 2012 attack.’
Because love never dies and grief is cyclical, it’s understandable that the families of those killed are angry. While the world should continue to honor Smith and Woods, as well as their families, for having made the ultimate sacrifice, going on witch-hunts won’t bring them back. Judge Berman Jackson’s verdict was likely not pleasing to the Smith and Woods families, but one can only hope that it still provides some sense of closure and they’re able to find peace and comfort.
As for Donald Trump, perhaps Friday’s statement of Clinton’s innocence will keep him from ever reviving his claims that he will send her to jail as he led voters to believe he had the power to do in the video below:
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