A triple body blow to Hillary’s excuses about her emails

Hillary Clinton continued to make the same, undermined excuses for her email arrangements during her appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation" this past Sunday. (Chris Usher / CBS via AP)

Hillary Clinton continued to make the same, undermined excuses for her email arrangements during her appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” this past Sunday. (Chris Usher / CBS via AP)

If you were expecting the stories about Hillary Clinton’s emails to taper off, think again. A trio of stinging reports about Clinton’s private email account while serving as secretary of state were published Tuesday, once again — no, twice again; no, thrice again — undermining her explanations.

Each story — one apiece from the Washington Post, Politico and Bloomberg — is worth reading in its entirety. But as summaries of the trio go, it’s hard to beat this one from National Journal columnist, and longtime Clinton watcher, Ron Fournier:

Story 1: The State De­part­ment con­firmed that Clin­ton turned over her email only after Con­gress dis­covered that she had ex­clus­ively used a private email sys­tem. Ac­cord­ing to The Wash­ing­ton Post, the de­part­ment first con­tac­ted her in the sum­mer of 2014, at least three months be­fore the agency asked Clin­ton and three of her pre­de­cessors to provide their emails.

“The story un­der­cuts Clin­ton’s claim that her de­cision to turn over self-se­lec­ted email was a re­sponse to a routine-sound­ing re­cords re­quest. She hasn’t been telling the truth.

Story 2: A fed­er­al court has helped un­cov­er more emails re­lated to the Benghazi raid that were with­held from con­gres­sion­al in­vest­ig­at­ors. Clin­ton has in­sisted she turned over all her work-re­lated email and com­plied with con­gres­sion­al sub­poen­as.

“Again, she hasn’t been telling the truth.

Story 3: The FBI has re­covered per­son­al and work-re­lated e-mails from her private serv­er, rais­ing the pos­sib­il­ity that the de­leted in­form­a­tion be­comes pub­lic. ‘The FBI is in­vest­ig­at­ing how and why clas­si­fied in­form­a­tion ended up on Clin­ton’s serv­er,’ Bloomberg re­por­ted.

“While the Demo­crat­ic front-run­ner still in­sists there was no clas­si­fied in­form­a­tion on the un­se­cured serv­er, the FBI has moved bey­ond wheth­er U.S. secrets were in­volved to how and why. In the lan­guage of law en­force­ment, the FBI is in­vest­ig­at­ing her motive.” (links and emphasis original)

As Fournier goes on to note, the excuses undercut by these stories aren’t old ones; they’re excuses Clinton was trotting out just two days earlier: “On Sunday, Clin­ton told Face the Na­tion host John Dick­er­son: ‘What I did was al­lowed. It was fully above board,’ and ‘I tried to be fully trans­par­ent.’ Both claims are ob­ject­ively and in­dis­put­ably false.”

Revelations that objectively and indisputably counter Clinton’s claims are one reason her campaign keeps taking on water. A new Bloomberg poll finds she’s the first choice of just one-third of Democrats, while Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden (who isn’t even running at the moment) each garner one-quarter. Numerous polls have found Clinton hitting new lows in favorability ratings and on questions about her trustworthiness.

Bloomberg Democrats poll Sept 2015

We can speculate about how this will end, what will be found in the recovered emails, etc. But if everything turns out to be as innocuous as Clinton has claimed from the beginning, even as she stonewalled and struggled to explain what she did and why, and her team allowed this story to threaten her presidential chances anyway, this will be one of the great examples of campaign/public relations malpractice in history.

A different outcome seems more likely.

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M H Smith
M H Smith

Give Hillary four pairs of burning pant suites - fully ablaze 

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Grassley: FBI Failing to Inform Congress on Clinton Probe

...Classified Information



Thus far, the FBI has refused to help, even denying the existence of an investigation into how and why classified information ended up on Clinton’s server.

"So far, dozens of the approximately 8,000 messages released by the State Department on its website have been deemed to contain some classified information."

Knowingly mishandling such information is a crime.




...Seeking Information




Across the Capitol, Republicans led by Speaker John Boehner, said they hoped the FBI’s success at recovering e-mails from Clinton’s personal server would shed further light on her tenure, particularly the circumstances surrounding a terrorist attack in 2012 that resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others.

“Secretary Clinton has repeatedly claimed she turned over all Benghazi-related e-mails to the Select Committee, but we know that’s not true because a Clinton Foundation employee handed over relevant e-mails she never did,” said a Boehner spokeswoman, Emily Schillinger, in an e-mail. “This report raises the prospect that even more Benghazi-related e-mails that were never turned over may be recovered by the FBI’s investigators.”

 http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/BBCHTO-BGOVBILLGO-BGOVCODES-BIZNEWS/2015/09/23/id/692995/

M H Smith
M H Smith

Hillary is costing the Democrats immensely. What has been disclosed so far is not going away. So best get use to it. She is damaged goods. 

When they resort to bringing out their crazy uncle they keep hidden in the attic to run against Hillary... 

well, times is bad, times is real bad.

I hope the press keeps Hillary's cover-ups and dishonesty while serving as Secretary of State in the public forefront daily and twice or thrice every time another possible breach of security turns up in one of her emails on one of her personal computers or servers.  

 

 

Dusty2
Dusty2

Hillary is a very smart woman.  But she has been "adjusting"  to situations so long she doesn't even recognize it as lying.   Her record at Rose Law Firm had questions she ignored..  Her response to her prez/husband's entanglement with  female  "friends" came as a great conspiracy against him!  She must have forgotten about his seven year affair with another "lady" when he was governor.  Now comes Ben Ghazi where she has changed her story on emails to suit the moment.  Not lies, of course.  More "adjustment"s.  This determined woman is going to say anything that will  promote  her ambitious drive to power..


Women will be proud to have a female president as soon as we find one with the intelligence, experience and ethics to take on that great job.  Hillary is too flawed.  Others will come. We will know a presidential  one when we see her.  That time is not here  yet.. 


Ralph-43
Ralph-43

Are the Republicans ever going to get tired of Hillary's e-mails?  Boring.  I guess most of these fellows are not up to speed with internet capability and fascinated by their new discovery. Lets move on to something substantial - like what the proposals are if elected. I guess that is too complicated for these 'quick thinkers'.

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@Ralph-43

Hey, "quick thinker"...briefly describe three of Hillary's proposals.  We'll wait while you google them.

outta GA
outta GA

I think people are missing the point here, the State Department should always be in control of it's information. In a sense all she did was forward her email from her government account to a private account, if something classified was forwarded then blame is on the State Department's Email and Security team. People do this all the time it is up to administrators and security staff to prevent this from happening.

bu2
bu2

@outta GA

She WAS the administrator.  She was in charge.

newsphile
newsphile

@outta GA  The buck stopped with her.  I would think it would be difficult for an employee within the State Dept. to tell the Secretary what she can and cannot do.  She has already shown us many times that she doesn't take direction from anyone. 

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@outta GA

That's not what happened, but thanks for the red herring.

You're right that the State Department should always be in control if its information.  Setting up a private email server in a State Department employee's house is not a good way to make that happen.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

I just hope the indict comes after the nomination/anointment, the back stabbing scramble will be very entertaining.  It is going to be very entertaining to watch the Obama's regime's actions and how they play this during the course of the election cycle. 

lvg
lvg

And Fiorina claims that she was not fired by HP, was highly successfu as a CEO and that fetus was alive and breathing on the tape before it was cut up.


I like to match her up to HIllary any day in a debate.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@lvg Lying to demonstrate a point about lying is pretty pathetic.  I have heard Fiorina say many, many times that she was fired in a boardroom brawl, do you have a quote where she denied what she previously said.  One of the guys who led the effort to fire her has posted a full page ad saying her firing was a mistake.


HP is still around and has grown since her tenure, are there points to be made about some of her decisions, maybe, but she does a pretty good job of defending her decisions, IF you would listen and give her a fair chance to make her point.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

"A different outcome seems more likely."


Seems like it'll be Clinton v. Bush.  Ugh. 

Clinton v. Trump would guarantee Clinton. 

Alas, there's a long way to go. 

Jefferson1776
Jefferson1776

You have to be careful when bearing false witness....

M H Smith
M H Smith

She is not going to tell the truth, why bother writing about her?

Vote for Bernie if your a Democrat, at least he is a honest. Whatever kind of Socialist you'd call him.

MarkVV
MarkVV

Kyle has a strange idea about what a “body blow “ means. How about “a little pinprick?”

“If you were expecting the stories about Hillary Clinton’s emails to taper off, “you were pathologically naïve, when it is in the political interest of so many people to keep this non-issue alive.

In a basically three way contest with two other very viable competitors, it is hardly catastrophic to get 33% of the votes.

MANGLER
MANGLER

Managed to find a way to bring Benghazi back out eh?

NorthAtlanta
NorthAtlanta

Once again, those dems who still support her have shown they have absolutely no principles whatsoever.   Funny that a lot of the liberals who post on the AJC blogs support Hillary but rail against Nathan Deal for being corrupt.   Such clear-cut hypocrisy.  

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@NorthAtlanta Ideology first, last, and always and the end justifies the means.  Gotta admire their relentlessness, wish the GOP would quit surrendering and get more relentless.

Dr. Irving
Dr. Irving

"this will be one of the great examples of campaign/public relations malpractice in history."

The greatest of course would be the selection of Sarah Palin as a running mate by John McCain...

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

How come there wasn't a bigger hullabaloo about the private email server back in Benghazi times? Hmmmmmmmmmm.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Anybody think anyone would care about Hillary's emails if she weren't running for President ?


Wake me up when the next Benghazi hearing starts....until then


Yawn.

straker
straker

"objectively and indisputably false"


Well, then, I guess the FBI will find her guilty.


However, if they don't, will you apologize to her here, Kyle?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Golly, this Ron Fournier character's account seems a whole lot shriller than the other two you cited. Wonder why?