There’s little doubt that the Clintons were, at one point, world-class spinmeisters. Last week, 2 inspectors general told the Justice Department to investigate Hillary to determine whether classified material had been stored on Hillary’s private email server. Hillary’s response was disappointing to the original Clinton rapid response team. For Hillary to say that she was “confident” that she’d never “sent nor received any information that was classified at the time it was sent and received” is tepid at best.
People are used to parsing the Clintons’ words. Saying that you’re confident you’ll be found not guilty doesn’t mean a thing. That’s stating an opinion, nothing more. If Hillary said “I can prove that I never sent or received classified information”, that would be a significantly stronger statement. The problem for Hillary is that she can’t make that statement without providing access to reporters and IT professionals to the server.
With Hillary, that’s something she’ll never let happen. There’s a better chance of seeing Sasquatch hanging around a city park than Hillary giving IT experts access to her private server.
Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Andrea Mitchell explained why this scandal caught the media by surprise:
MITCHELL: Look, you have two inspectors general, and they are referring this to the Justice Department. Now, you can try to confuse and there’s been a lot of misdirection, there’s been inaccurate reporting. …
What they are suggesting is that there were classified — four out of the forty randomly selected [emails] had classified information, and it was not information that was later upgraded to be classified. It was information that was classified as, quote, secret, which is its level of classification at the time. This gets very confusing, and it can be confused further by statements on all sides. That said, the original sin, if you will, is having a private e-mail system.
Hillary’s rapid response team has done its best to obfuscate and confuse people but they can’t perform miracles. The inspectors general don’t make referrals to the FBI or the Justice Department on routine matters. As Ms. Mitchell noted, there’s really only one reason for a government employee having a private email server:
But nobody can give an explanation for why a Cabinet Secretary would have a private e-mail system, other than to thwart inquiries, FOIAs, and someone who had spent 20 years fighting off many investigations, many of which were unwarranted and many of which led nowhere, and so you understand the defensive approach that a lot of Clinton people were in.
Hillary Clinton is one of the most paranoid politicians in recent American history, probably only outpaced in that category by the late Richard M. Nixon, our nation’s 37th president.
Finally, there’s another observation essential to this travesty of justice. In February, Hillary said that classified information wasn’t sent through her email account. The thought that a sitting secretary of state wouldn’t handle a single bit of classified information during 4 years in office would either make her a liar or the most insignificant secretary of state in recent U.S. history.