Republicans fear that if Hillary Clinton is nominated fairly easily, while they are locked in a bitter, lengthy, ideologically charged series of primaries with a large cast of characters of varying degrees of plausibility, she gets a head start for the real fight. – Barney Frank [Politico]
REMEMBER BACK when the Bush administration was making its case for the Iraq war? There is more appetite for a criminal inquiry over Secretary Hillary Clinton’s emails than there was to go after the Bush-Cheney administration officials for how they concocted their case for war, including Secretary Colin Powell’s fictional performance at the U.N.
In the course of the email review, State Department officials determined that some information in the messages should be retroactively classified. In the 3,000 pages that were released, for example, portions of two dozen emails were redacted because they were upgraded to “classified status.” But none of those were marked as classified at the time Mrs. Clinton handled them.
In a second memo to Mr. Kennedy, sent on July 17, the inspectors general said that at least one email made public by the State Department contained classified information. The inspectors general did not identify the email or reveal its substance.
The State Department should be criticized for stiffing the Associated Press on their FOIA requests for over 4 years. According to reporting by Politico Judge Richard J. Leon of United States District Court said State had been “recalcitrant in responding.”
All of this gave Rep. Trey Gowdy an excuse to once again say that his Benghazi committee is being stonewalled, now requesting Secretary John Kerry’s chief of staff to testify about the slow process of getting documents next Wednesday.
It’s a very dramatic concoction purposefully pointed at Clinton that doesn’t add up to much, but that doesn’t stop the New York Times from fanning the flames. In fact, Zeke Miller caught the Times in the act.
Original NYT lede: "whether Hillary…Clinton mishandled" New lede: "whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection…"
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) July 24, 2015
One of the reporters of the story, Michael Schmidt, explained early Friday that the Clinton campaign had complained about the story to the Times. “It was a response to complaints we received from the Clinton camp that we thought were reasonable, and we made them,” Schmidt said.