“Nobody has a bigger interest in getting them released than I do.” – Hillary Clinton on State Department emails
THE ANNOUNCEMENT Monday by the State Department that they wouldn’t be prepared to release former Secretary Clinton’s emails until 2016 was never going to fly. Today, U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras served notice on State that they need to get their act together and produce a schedule delivering emails every 60 days. This brought the Hallelujah and Thank the Merciful Gods chorus out in offices everywhere. It would have been the biggest story today if Hillary Clinton hadn’t decided to have an impromptu press gaggle, which ended with the candidate waving goodbye amid shouts of questions that faded from her ears the moment she turned her back.
With all the nostalgia and re-spinning of Iraq, at least Hillary Clinton can repeat her declarative “mistake” statement, while Republicans work mightily to turn Bush’s debacle into a Democratic problem by hanging ISIS around anyone’s neck but Jeb’s.
On Sidney Blumenthal, after the New York Times report on emails and Libya, Ms. Clinton said
“I have many, many old friends, and I always think that it’s important when you get into politics to have friends you had before you were in politics, and to understand what’s on their minds,” Clinton said. “He’s been a friend of mine for a long time.”
“He sent me unsolicited e-mails which I passed on in some instances, and I see that that’s just part of the give and take,” she continued. “When you’re in the public eye and when you’re in an official position, I think you do have to work to make sure you’re not caught in a bubble and you only hear from a certain, small group of people. I’m going to keep talking to my old friends whoever they are.”
So, Ms. Clinton threw a carnivorous press a bone, but we all know it will never be enough. For all the good the Clinton Foundation has done the media will never be satisfied until a literal smoking gun is found in a file drawer. And no matter how many emails from the State Department are released it will always be about the ones that cannot be seen. As for Benghazi, well, feeding the outrage beast is a daily grind.
Nobody is looking for answers to questions. They’re looking for the political promise land. Foreshadowing is everywhere.
As the keeper of the stopwatch, it was about 40,150 minutes between Clinton questions. http://t.co/pquwhtm1nS
— Philip Bump (@pbump) May 19, 2015
Every political reporter, cable host, and new media outlet on the 2016 beat is looking for that one thread, that hidden drawstring of potential calamity that could unravel the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.
I don’t believe her. […] – Ron Fournier (National Journal)
Come on, Ron, we never thought you would.
Look to history for the template.
It’s 1992, spring, Jeff Gerth gets ahold of a thing called Whitewater, which was where it all began.
The only difference now is that they’re starting a year earlier with Hillary Clinton than they did with Bill.
The “automatically generated” transcript of Ms. Clinton’s wealth Q&A, from ABC News, is a mess, so I suggest you watch the video below to make sense of it.
You’ll love the ending.