There is a two-tier justice system in the United States: One for the rich and powerful and one for the rest of us. There is a saying that “it’s not what you know, but who you know.” That saying is most often used when referring to being hired for a job. However, that statement could also apply to the rich and powerful who escape justice because of their status…and this his happens far too often.
The news is littered with these types of stories, most notably regarding deceased pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was given a slap-on-the-wrist sentence in 2008 despite running an international sex trafficking ring that involved hundreds of young girls. Epstein was a rich man with many friends in the right places—and he got off easy.
But arguably no couple has gotten away with more crimes than Bill and Hillary Clinton. The former president and the twice-defeated presidential aspirant know all the right people and throw around their influence to avoid being prosecuted.
Bill Clinton famously lied under oath about having an affair with Monica Lewinsky, which got him impeached. Although he got impeached, he was never prosecuted upon leaving office. Hillary Clinton clearly violated the Espionage Act when she installed a server for her private emails at the Clinton residence in New York State. Hillary avoided prosecution when then-FBI Director James Comey decided to not recommend charges against the Democrat nominee in an election year. During the investigation, Bill Clinton had an odd meeting with then-Attorney General Lorretta Lynch in which they claimed to just be talking about their grandchildren.
But if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.
Powerful people not being held to account isn’t a new phenomenon. For decades, the Kennedy’s—especially the patriarch of the family, Joe Kennedy—threw around their influence to avoid time in the clinker. The late Senator Ted Kennedy literally killed a woman while driving drunk after crashing into a river and then fleeing the scene, leaving her to die.
He was likewise able to avoid prosecution due to his family’s influence.
Thus far, only one person has been charged for the illegal spying operation against the Trump campaign. FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith doctored an email that was used to obtain a FISA warrant against Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.
USA Today reported, “Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty Wednesday to falsifying an email used to support the surveillance of President Donald Trump’s former campaign aide Carter Page.
The case against Clinesmith is the first to be brought by federal prosecutor John Durham, appointed last year by Attorney General William Barr to review the origins of the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.”
Powerful political figures mostly avoid justice—unless, of course, that person is in the Trump orbit. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team indicted multiple people connected to Trump, including Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, George Papadopoulos, Rick Gates, Michael Flynn, and Roger Stone.
Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has been unfairly put through the wringer. Despite being set up by the FBI, Flynn still faces the possibility of being sent to prison because of rogue Judge Emmet Sullivan.
That’s not to say that some of the people mentioned above didn’t deserve to be punished…they did. The point is that another tier of justice appears to have been established to prosecute those affiliated with Donald Trump—and Trump himself—while prominent Democrats have avoided similar fates.
Actually, there’s really a three-tiered justice system: one for the rich and powerful, one for the average person, and one for those tied to Donald Trump.
Prosecutor John Durham still hasn’t recommended charges against the big fish in the Spygate conspiracy. Hopefully, that will change, but no one can blame Americans for being skeptical.
Remember, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Some things never change.