Questions on Clinton
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We are in the final stretch of America’s presidential race with many questions regarding Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Since 1993, Clinton has served as a Secretary of State, a Senator, and as the First Lady to former President Bill Clinton.
Throughout this presidential campaign, many different controversial stories arose involving Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State, as well as misuse and destruction of classified information that is currently under FBI investigation.
The non-profit organization WikiLeaks published secret material obtained from emails of Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, and former CNN political analyst Donna Brazile. These emails contain evidence suggesting Hillary Clinton has cheated in this year’s presidential debates by gaining access to debate questions prior to the debate, and badmouthing different demographics of people.
The following questions were asked from people through Facebook about situations that Hillary Clinton has gotten into before and during her presidential campaign.
Margaret Louise Knight Bouman – “Is there not any restrictions on anyone who is under investigation by the FBI on being able to run for presidency?”
The U.S. Constitution states that the only restrictions and requirements for the office of President is to be 35 years of age, a legal U.S. resident for 14 years, and that you are limited to two terms.
The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution establishes the, “innocent until proven guilty” mantra that is a foundational part of the U.S. criminal justice system, according to constitution.laws.com.
Hillary Clinton has not been proven guilty of breaking any laws. Therefore, she must be treated as an innocent civilian just as everyone else would be. Neither the FBI, nor the sitting president have the direct authority to disqualify anyone from running for president.
Cassie Lorraine Marsh – “What is the punishment for sharing classified information and erasing evidence after a subpoena has been issued?”
According to fbi.gov, Naval Engineer Bryan H. Nishimura pleaded guilty to unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman immediately sentenced Nishimura to two years of probation, a $7,500 fine, and forfeiture of personal media containing classified materials. Nishimura was further ordered to surrender any currently held security clearance and to never again seek such a clearance.
According to findlaw.com, subpoenas are formal legal documents that should be taken seriously. A person who receives a [subpoena] request for the production of documents or a request to appear in court should take the necessary steps to comply with the demand sought. Failure to comply with a subpoena may result in contempt of court charges, which may ultimately lead to penalties of fines, imprisonment, or both.
Thomas Grayson Jr. – “Why were 600 requests for more security at the Embassy in Benghazi not answered?”
During the House Benghazi Hearing in October of 2015, Rep. Mike Pompeo asked Hillary Clinton about over 600 security requests related to Benghazi leading up to the September 11 anniversary attack. When asked if she had ever seen those on her desk, she said she had not.
Pompeo went on to say that 150 of the emails from Sidney Blumenthal, longtime Hillary Clinton aide, did in fact reach her desk containing information about security concerns in Benghazi and Libya. Her response, generalized, was that Blumenthal was a friend who had no official position in the government and was just passing on information that he thought would be helpful.
More recently, House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted on Sept. 13, 2016, “Repeated requests for additional security in Benghazi were routinely denied” by Hillary “Clinton’s State Department.” Politifact rates his statement as True.
Kristi Forester – “If she is elected and then put in jail, what would that say about our country to the enemies who already see us as vulnerable. Could it prompt another attack?”
If Hillary Clinton is found guilty of any crime and put in jail, there are a few different situations that could happen.
It is actually legal to be sworn in and still be in a jail cell. Although, Congress would likely impeach her and the sitting Vice President Tim Kaine would become president. The other possible outcome would be that Clinton would declare herself as incapacitated and Kaine would hold office until Clinton is released.
As far as attacks go, a President Clinton and/or Kaine would have to deal with attacks from terrorist groups or a foreign government regardless of the possible indictment of Clinton. There’s no possible way to foresee another attack, but it is obvious that a U.S. President with criminal charges pressed against them is not a positive foreign relations message.
We are less than a week away from electing who will be our new commander-in-chief for the next four years. With many different policies on the line, the people will decide the country’s fate and future on Tuesday, Nov. 8.