Saturday, May 28, 2016

On liars and Hillary...but I repeat myself

There's a great line in the otherwise lackluster movie "Shattered Glass" that always gives me a chuckle.  The serial fabrications of New Republic writer Stephen Glass are discovered and one fact-checker characterizes his story:
[after completely debunking Stephen Glass's New Republic article]
Adam Penenberg: But there is one thing in this story that checks out.
Kambiz Foroohar: What's that?
Adam Penenberg: There does appear to be a state in the union named Nevada.
That's how I think about Hillary's initial press conference at the United Nations to address the email issue.  Here's Jonah Goldberg:
Over a year ago, Clinton held a press conference at the United Nations intended to put the whole controversy to rest. Nearly every significant statement she made was a lie.
What's the clincher?  Hillary refused to cooperate with the State Department IG investigation:
Then again, if Clinton did nothing wrong, she also would have talked to the inspector general, as every other relevant secretary of state did. And she would have happily told her team to cooperate with the IG to clear the air. They all refused. I wonder why.

Just kidding. Of course I don’t wonder why. From the earliest days of this scandal — and it is a scandal — Clinton has lied.
Maybe it's just me (cheerfully biased!) and my buddies at the Politics sub-reddit, but I really don't see how Hillary escapes an indictment recommendation from the FBI.  There are just so many aspects to this controversy that scream violation of either the Federal Records Act or the laws governing classified information.  In fact, I'm placing 50-50 odds that she'll refuse to testify for the FBI and fall into the perjury trap.  You'd better believe her lawyers and PR people are sitting in a room, trying to figure out how to spin it.  Maybe James Comey voted for Reagan once.


It Was Allowed said...

I think Comey wants to resolve his quandary by dragging things out until after the election. It's just more responsibility than he can handle before then.

Eric said...

I don't know, man...this investigation has been going on for 10 months now. Can he really drag it out given the evidence from the IG report?

The FBI needs to start those interviews.

Anonymous said...

Merry Fitzmas!

It Was Allowed said...

It all comes down to whether he would rather have the pain of being criticized for dragging it out, or the pain of going down in history (incorrectly) as "the man who denied Rodham Clinton the presidency."