If Hillary Clinton cannot be prosecuted for her "reckless" use
of email to share and transmit sensitive information, can other federal
employees escape punishment for similar conduct, as well?
The Washington Post turned to Attorney Bill Cowden for insight into the concerns and questions
lingering after the FBI's decision not to recommend criminal charges
against the former Secretary of State.
The fact that Clinton will receive zero punishment of any kind has more
to do with her current status as a former federal employee rather than
a current one, said Attorney Cowden. "If she were currently a federal
employee, she would be sanctioned," he told the
WP. Cowden, a former Justice Department lawyer, also elaborated that if Clinton
were still a federal employee, it is likely she'd be suspended without
pay or even lose her clearance.
The "Petraeus Deal"
The FBI's announcement that it would not seek criminal charges against
Clinton has drawn a stark comparison between her case and that of General
David Petraeus, who was indicted and found guilty for his mishandling
of classified information last year. However, before House Oversight and
Government Reform Committee, FBI Director James Comey clarified the key
differences between Clinton's case and Petraeus'.
"So you have obstruction of justice [in Petraeus's case], you
have intentional misconduct and a vast quantity of information. He admitted
he knew that was the wrong thing to do," Comey told House Republicans,
citing the apparent lack of malicious intent in Clinton's case. "The
Petraeus case, to my mind, illustrates perfectly the kind of cases the
Department of Justice is willing to prosecute."
To read more of Attorney Bill Cowden's insight on this still-developing
story, visit "Will other feds make out as Clinton did?" from
The Washington Post.