“Guilty as sin, free as a bird — what a country, America.”
Those are words of Obama mentor Bill Ayers. He went on:
”I don’t regret setting bombs,” Bill Ayers said. ”I feel we didn’t do enough.”
“Guilty as sin, free as a bird — what a country, America.” They will also be the words of Hillary Clinton.
It is unlikely that Hillary Clinton will be indicted, but she sure deserves to be. That meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch? It was a courtesy call from Bill to thank Lynch for not indicting his wife. Bill Clinton is dishonest and corrupt, but he is not stupid. He knew exactly what he was doing when he boarded Lynch’s jet. Lynch’s excuse for allowing Clinton on her aircraft (it was too hot) is ridiculous. Even if true, she could have hidden herself in the head and allowed Clinton to cool off before having her detail shoo him away without actually meeting him, yet she did not do that. She’s the highest ranking goddam law official in the country and absolutely knew it was wrong and unethical.
I wager it’s because they all knew the outcome already. There are too many signs pointing that way.
Long ago, as if he knew the outcome of the investigation, Barack Obama already told us that Hillary’s private server did not jeopardize national security.
It is still really curious that Clinton and Lynch found themselves at Sky Harbor airport on adjacent aircraft not only on the same day but at exactly the same time on the same day. Bill Clinton knew exactly what he was doing.
Despite the ethical lapse, Lynch refused to recuse herself from the investigation (and that will prove thorny once this is done)
“The recommendations will be reviewed by career supervisors in the Department of Justice and in the FBI, and by the FBI director, and then, as is the common process, they present it to me and I fully expect to accept their recommendations,” Lynch said while speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
Lynch obviously should have recused herself from the case, but she didn’t because she knew the die is cast. She “fully expects” to accept their recommendation? That’s no answer to anything. It is meaningless. I agree with Paul Mirengoff:
According to CNN, “sources” say the “expectation” is “there will be announcement of no charges in [the] Clinton email probe within [the] next two weeks or so.”
I don’t know how much stock to put in this report, but it’s consistent with what I’ve thought all along — that there probably won’t be an indictment. It’s also consistent with Loretta Lynch’s statement that she will accept the recommendation of the career prosecutors and investigators. As I discussed yesterday, if Lynch knows what that there almost certainly will be a recommendation not to prosecute, it makes sense for her to say she will accept the recommendation.
In another one of those interesting coincidences, did you notice that Lynch’s explanation
“I certainly would not do it again”
eerily echoes Hillary Clinton’s explanation of her private server?
“I certainly wouldn’t do it again”
Hmmm. Hillary Clinton was grilled by the FBI for three hours yesterday in what the Clinton campaign continues to call a “voluntary” meeting. When the FBI wants to talk to you, it isn’t a request.
1. Hillary said she set up the private server for convenience, not to shield her communications from public scrutiny.
2. Hillary told the public over and over again that her personal server was secure.
3. Hillary stated repeatedly that she had been helpful and transparent in this investigation.
4. Hillary stated that she had turned over all relevant emails.
5. Hillary said she used a Blackberry for convenience.
And my personal favorite:
6. Hillary said she was cleared by the State Department to use her personal server.
There’s a lot of harrumphing going on consequent to Bill’s misadventure. At WaPo Dan Balz think it makes everyone look bad:
Bill Clinton has made a mess. It was either out of foolish indifference or plain foolishness, but it has created a terrible moment for his wife and the Democrats, and for President Obama and perceptions of the integrity of his administration.
For a politician long praised for his political smarts, it was a striking error of judgment on Clinton’s part to walk to Lynch’s plane for any kind of conversation. It was a similarly huge lapse on the part of the attorney general, who was appointed by Clinton as a U.S. attorney in 1999, to allow him to come aboard for any kind of conversation.
Loretta Lynch did herself, the Department of Justice and Hillary Clinton no favors on Friday when she tried to repair the damage she had done by meeting privately with Bill Clinton this week.
In a televised interview from Aspen, Colorado, with the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart, the Attorney General struggled to defend her department’s ability to make an honest decision about whether to indict Mrs. Clinton over her handling of classified information on her personal email server. “I fully expect” to accept the recommendations of FBI investigators and career Justice officials, she said, in damage-control mode.
Ms. Lynch created this mess when she welcomed the former President onto her plane in Phoenix for a 30-minute private meeting—while her department is investigating his spouse. The public might not even have known about the meeting if someone hadn’t tipped off a reporter. When first asked about the propriety of the meeting earlier this week, Ms. Lynch explained it was “primarily” social.
A man who was president for eight years knows — or should — about the exquisite sensitivity of contact with Justice Department officials when there are pending matters. And, by the way, if Clinton thought he was helping the cause: NOT! He created a firestorm that, if anything, poses a risk to his wife by effectively disabling a layer of adult supervision from youngish prosecutors and characteristically raring-to-go FBI agents.
More important, what was Lynch thinking? That it would have been rude to rebuff a former president? Did it somehow slip her mind that the hottest potato on her department’s plate is the email investigation? Appearances, anyone?
All these nice people are operating on a false premise- that either Lynch or the Clinton’s give a damn about the law, ethics, appearances or what you think.
They don’t. Marcus got closer to the target than the others:
The encounter was toxic. It adds to the already settled conviction among too many voters that the system is, to use the essential word of the 2016 campaign, rigged. In this view, the fix — political, financial and judicial — is in, the playing field irrevocably tilted in favor of the powerful, the rich and the well-connected.
It sure is. Dana Milbank had a brief grasp of it for a few seconds:
Appearing on “MSNBC Live,” host Tamron Hall asked Milbank about the “question of trust and whether the Clintons believe they live by their own rules.”
Milbank replied, “Well, certainly Bill Clinton walking over to the Attorney General does suggest that he believes at least that he’s above the typical rules and bounds of propriety.”
Bingo. They don’t give a damn about anything because they don’t just think they are above the law, they are above the law. They’re untouchable, going back to Whitewater and the Rose Law firm records and $100,000 cattle futures. And it’s most likely to continue. This deal is done. And that possible corruption probe of the Clinton Foundation? The Clinton/Lynch meeting means that one’s also in the can.
Clinton could still take a hit from those who actually believe there should such things as laws and ethics:
If she is indicted, she will face further questions about her honesty and perhaps even calls for her to step aside. If she isn’t indicted, as many legal experts predict, critics will accuse the Obama administration of letting her escape charges merely because they want her to win the White House.
When the report is released and commotion settles down, there will be things to watch for. One, resignations and leaks from the FBI. Another is Loretta Lynch’s net worth.
I will be happy to have to eat these words, but like I said, the fix is in.
The only hope is that Clinton will be found guilty in the court of public opinion.