Folks are screaming “own up to the double standard or indict Hillary”.
A Marine Corps officer who continues to be locked in a legal battle with his service after self-reporting that he improperly disseminated classified information will employ Hillary Clinton’s email case to battle his involuntary separation from the service, his lawyer stated.
Maj. Jason Brezler’s case has become tangled up in federal court since he sued the service in December 2014. He became a cause celebre among some members of Congress, Marine generals and military veterans after he sent a classified message utilizing an unclassified Yahoo email account to alert fellow Marines in southern Afghanistan about a likely corrupt Afghan police chief. A servant of that police official murdered three Marines and gravely wounded a fourth 17 days later, on Aug. 10, 2012, opening fire with a Kalashnikov rifle in an insider attack.
An lawyer for Brezler, Michael J. Bowe, stated that he plans to cite the treatment of Clinton “as one of the many, and most egregious examples” of how drastically Brezler was punished. FBI Director James B. Comey announced Tuesday that he would not recommend the U.S. government go after federal charges against Clinton, but he rebuked her “extremely careless” usage of a private, unclassified email server while serving as secretary of state. The FBI discovered that 110 of her emails contained classified information.
Bowe stated it is impossible to reconcile President Obama’s statement that Clinton’s intentional act of setting up a secret, unsecured email server did not take away “from her excellent ability to carry out her duties” while Brezler got a “completely opposite finding… involving infinitely less sensitive and limited information.”
Brezler, a reservist who works full time for the New York City Fire Department, was not charged criminally in his case. But he was given a potentially career-ending fitness report after self-reporting that he sent the classified email to Afghanistan. That caused worry from Rep. Peter T. King (R.-N.Y.), who wrote then-Commandant Gen. James F. Amos about the case in August 2013 and inquired whether it was required to be so harsh on someone who had made aware fellow Marines of a potential danger in combat.
News of the case was first noted by the independent Marine Corps Times in October 2013. Within days, the Marine Corps moved to send Brezler to a panel referred to as a board of inquiry to choose whether he was fit to continue serving.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service reviewed electronics voluntarily turned over by Brezler and decided that he had more than 100 classified documents on his personal, unclassified hard drive and thumb drive.
Supporters of Brezler have restored the debate about his case since Comey’s announcement about Clinton. They dispute that the case exhibits the discrepancy in how rank-and-file service members and their potential commander-in-chief are treated.
— Robyn (@bermudababe76) July 6, 2016
Sec. Clinton held to one standard. Jason Brezler held to another. https://t.co/NMF34uP6zv
— Brent Finnegan (@bfinnegan) July 5, 2016
Note: My concern is the injustice visited upon Major Brezler. pic.twitter.com/VtY8L5T89C
— James W. Weirick (@JamesWWeirick) July 6, 2016
The board of inquiry suggested removing Brezler from the service in December 2013 after prosecutors contended that he knowingly kept classified information as a way to help him publish a book about his experiences in Afghanistan. He appealed, but both the Marine Corps and the Navy Department, which are overseeing it, have upheld the judgement.
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