Doesn’t the latest Hillary Clinton scandal make you want to throw up your hands and say: Do we really have to do this again? Do we have to go back there? People assume she is our next president.
We are defining political deviancy down.
The scandal this week is that we have belatedly found out, more than
two years after she left the office of secretary of state, that
throughout Mrs. Clinton’s four-year tenure she did not conduct official
business through the State Department email system. She had her own
private email addresses and her own private Internet domain, on her own
private server at one of her own private homes, in Chappaqua, N.Y. Which
means she had, and has, complete control of the emails. If a journalist
filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking to see emails of the
secretary of state, the State Department had nothing to show. If
Congress asked to see them, State could say there was nothing to see.
(Two months ago, on the request of State, Mrs. Clinton turned over a
reported 55,000 pages of her emails. She and her private aides
apparently got to pick which ones.)
Is it too much to imagine that Mrs. Clinton wanted to conceal the
record of her communications as America’s top diplomat because she might
have been doing a great deal of interesting work in those emails, not
only with respect to immediate and unfolding international events but
with respect to those who would like to make a positive impression on
the American secretary of state by making contributions to the Clinton
Foundation, which not only funds many noble causes but is the seat of
operations of Clinton Inc. and its numerous offices, operatives,
hangers-on and campaign-in-waiting?
What a low and embarrassing question. It is prompted by last week’s
scandal—that the Clinton Foundation accepted foreign contributions
during Mrs. Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. It is uncomfortable
to ask such questions, but that’s the thing with the Clintons, they
always make you go there.
The mainstream press is all over the story now that it has blown.
It’s odd that it took so long. Everyone at State, the White House, and
the rest of the government who received an email from the secretary of
state would have seen where it was coming from—a nongovernmental
address. You’d think someone would have noticed. (Continues)