With the holidays among us people often reflect back on childhood memories. One that comes to mind during this time of the year is watching holiday shows with family. Of all shows during the holiday season one individual always featured a topic everyone in the home was interested in; food. Yes, you could always count on Martha Stewart to deliver the goods.
Martha Stewarts career has not always been easy and she has had her share of disasters in and outside of the kitchen.
You may recall, in 2004, Martha Stewart was found guilty of felony charges of conspiracy, obstruction of an agency proceeding and making false statements to federal investigators. Wow, sounds serious.
A familiar name, James Comey, served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York during this time and prosecuted Martha Stewart for lying. Hmmm… interesting.
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Comey stated in a publication he decided to charge Stewart, because “if it was Jane Doe she would have been prosecuted. There were 2,000 cases by the Justice Department that year for providing false statements during an investigation. I thought of my hesitation about the case due to someone being rich and famous, and how it shouldn’t be that way. I decided we had to do it.”
Outstanding Mr. Comey. But wait, what happened in 2016?
In comparison, according to information from the United States Office of the Special Counsel, in April or early May of 2016, James Comey had already decided he would issue a statement exonerating Democratic Presidential Nominee hopeful Hillary Clinton. And long before FBI agents finished their investigation. Comey even circulated an early draft statement to select members of senior FBI leadership of his intentions to close the investigation.
Interesting, but not surprising, as reported in 2009… former President Barack Obama considered Comey to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter. Perhaps Comey was protecting his own future interests and political aspirations…? One can wonder.
But back to Martha…
In the end, Martha Stewart served a five-month term in a federal correctional facility and a two-year period of supervised release, which included five months of electronic monitoring.
In a related SEC civil case against Stewart, she agreed to discharge $58,062 as well as a civil penalty of three times the loss avoided. She also agreed to a five-year ban from serving as a director, CEO, CFO, or any other officer role responsible for preparing, auditing, or disclosing financial results of any public company.
After her mandatory home confinement sentence ended, she was required to not associate with people with criminal records. In addition, Stewart was required to receive permission from federal officials if she was going to leave the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. No mercy for Martha here.
In contrast to other individuals whom James Comey investigated, such as well… you know who, Hillary Clinton. Comey if you recall, during his live publicly broadcasted press conference actually stated the following;
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“Clinton’s emails included seven message chains with information classified as top secret.”
“None of these emails should have been on any kind of unclassified system.”
“The security culture of the State Department (i.e., under Hillary Clinton) …was generally lacking in the kind of care for classified information found elsewhere in the government.”
Sounds really, really bad. Doesn’t it? Like official charges are going to brought against someone on team Hillary Clinton, if not Hillary herself? As we now know, this never happened. It appears Comey took the path of least (Democratic) resistance.
Just to be clear, Martha Stewarts charges did not involve the national security and safety of each and every American citizen (not to mention existing allies from around the world) as Comey found to be true regarding Hillary Clinton. Yet, to this day no charges have been brought against Hillary Clinton or anyone surrounding her.
Happy Holidays Martha Stewart. Sincerely, we’re glad you made it out alive given the cast of characters you were up against.