Exclusive – Iowa Law Enforcement Considering Charging Daily Mail Reporter, But Not Clinton Campaign, For Speeding

A cameraman records the van U.S. presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is using to cross the state to campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, at the Jones Street Java House in LeClaire, Iowa.
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Iowa’s Department of Public Safety won’t criticize Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign operatives for speeding across the state at speeds of 95 miles per hour, but criticized a reporter for the U.K. Daily Mail for going just as fast while taking video of his car’s speedometer earlier this week.

“We are aware of this video which creates concern for public safety because the individual taking the video was traveling at a noticeably high rate of speed, far over the posted speed limit, which raises concerns and puts the safety of the motorcade, dignitary and all motorists in jeopardy,” said Alex Murphy, the Public Information Officer for the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Murphy did not criticize the high speed of the motorcade, but instead went after the driver who took the video posted by the Daily Mail.

“Of greatest concern is the sudden acceleration of an unknown vehicle, speeding toward a clearly marked motorcade, which can be an indication of immediate danger to a protected person,” Murphy said.

Murphy says the amateur video posted by the Daily Mail shows the driver-videographer violated the law and is presumably untrained.

“These types of dangerous driving behavior by amateurs may well result in law enforcement action,” said Murphy. “The designation of an individual as a protected person is taken seriously in Iowa.”

However, Murphy would not comment on Clinton’s campaign reaching more than 25 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, a violation of the Department of Transportation’s regulations.

Nonetheless, the 2016 Democratic frontrunner’s “Scooby” van motorcade in Iowa this week violated the Department of Transportation’s regulations when it traveled 95 miles per hour from Mason City to a private party in Waterloo, Iowa—at least according to some local defense attorneys.

According to Iowa criminal defense attorney Robert Rehkemper, under the Department of Transportation Administration Code, going 25 miles per hour over the speed limit is “considered a serious offense.”

He added that it would be an automatic license suspension if one were found guilty of violating the regulation.

Rehkemper said that Clinton’s high speed isn’t necessarily a criminal offense of reckless driving because to have a reckless driving charge, it requires the driver to have a willful and wanton disregard for the safety of others.

Breitbart News reached out to Clinton’s spokesman Nick Merrill on the matter, but did not receive comment.


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