Gobsmacked! As if things could not get weird enough, Hillary Rodham Clinton is so transparently on defense about her classified emails that my jaw actually dropped to the floor reading the Politico article linked above (40% chance of being updated by morning, so I grabbed the whole thing, JIC).
For those just catching up, the NYT published an article Friday about some Inspectors General requesting a criminal probe of classified information that was sent/received via Clinton’s personal email, and then the Paper of Record changed it after pushback by Team Clinton. And then they got caught red-handed altering the story.
For those just catching up, yes, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a personal email address AND a private server to communicate electronically during her tenure. For those just catching up, yes, that is
possibly without a doubt the most ridiculously transparent attempt to circumvent transparency laws the political world has ever seen, and that includes the missing minutes on the Nixon tapes. And finally, for those just catching up, the mainstream media has been pretending for months that all of this is just routine politics, nothing to see here, move along, why dontcha. Forgive & forget, riiiiight?
But that’s all utter bullshite.
Speaking of bullshite, here’s HRC’s defense, from the Politico article (first link in this post):
Clinton went on to say that she turned over 55,000 pages of emails to help the State Department, which had asked all living former secretaries to do the same in order to help with their record-keeping efforts. Clinton then said it was her own desire for transparency that had led to the arguments over levels of classification.
“Then I said, ‘Well let’s make it public.’ If I just turned it over, we would not be having this conversation, but when I said, ‘Hey I want this to be public’, it has to go through the FOIA process.
If we were not asking for it to be made public, there would not be a debate. This is all about my desire to have transparency and make the information public.”
“They can fight or argue over it, that’s up to them. I can just tell you what the facts are, and there’s nothing contradicted in those facts I’m telling you by anything anyone has said so far,” she said.
Bolding mine. In other words, Hillary has only Hillary to blame for this mess. If she were not trying to do the right thing after being caught doing the utterly wrong thing, you wouldn’t even know about this, and so if you would just kindly forget all this so she could please be elected President of the United States, she would really, really appreciate it. M’kay??
Right. Whatever. I don’t even have to hear her voice; I can see the panic rising in her words. She must have been the worst lawyer ever, because a child could lie better than this. Her excuses are like epic poems expounding on the definition of is. The verbiage is excessive and transparent, if what is not being obscured is the fact that she is LYING.
Grrrrrr!!!! I want a woman to be president. She does not have to be perfect. She does not have to be guiltless. But she cannot be the horse that wins the trifecta in the complete corruption of American national politics. Increasingly I’m of the mind that that is just what Hillary Clinton is. I haven’t lifted a finger to help her campaign and I didn’t plan to, but I also didn’t plan to lift a finger to thwart it. I don’t know if that game plan will work in future, though, because now I’m pissed. YMMV.
This is an open thread.