Well, while I and many folks were watching the NFL playoffs, and other folks with obviously finer sensibilities were watching the Golden Globular people roundly congratulating themselves for how truly noble and wonderful they are, the FBI quietly released another three hundred Clinton emails … and I suspect that these are the ones that may sink her.
Why are these emails different from the other thirty thousand? The difference lies in where they were found, what they contained, and what happened to them.
First, where the emails were found. They were found where they shouldn’t have ever been—on the unsecure computer of an un-named “Clinton associate” who is widely agreed to be Sid Blumenthal, a long-time friend and major fund-raiser for the Clintons. I won’t bother you with an enumeration of Señor Blumenthal’s sins of omission, sins of commission, or sins of emission, of which there are many. It’s an interesting story, but not relevant here. However, let me say that by all accounts Sid is not an honorable gentleman
Next, what the emails contained. Secret information. Secret information for which Sid Blumenthal was not cleared. Secret information which should never have left the Clinton server, but which made its way to Sid Blumenthal’s unsecured computer.
Finally, what happened to the emails. Well … according to the FBI report, they were hacked. Copied by at least three governments, two of them “unfriendly” and one “friendly”. Inside sources are said to identify the two as Russia and China, and the one as Israel.
So … that’s the reason that I think it might be different this time. Before, because the Clinton server had been BitBleached, there was no way to tell if secrets had actually escaped confinement, or if they did, where they might have flown.
But now, we not only have FBI evidence that government secrets flew the coop … we also know from the FBI that those secrets were delivered first into the hands of Hillary’s pal who was NOT cleared for them, and eventually those secrets wound up in the hands of more than one unfriendly foreign power.
I can’t take even the slightest pleasure in this. We do not need this complication at this point. Yes, in a perfect word Lady Hillary likely should get some punishment for her monumental overweening pride and her malfeasance and lack of security regarding secrets.
But given a vote, I’d vote to just let it all go. Let her retire to the Berkshires and listen to James Taylor songs and explain to Bill how it was the Russians’ fault. I say we should let this go for one simple reason.
A trial of Hillary Clinton will only divide the US further.
It will inflame and encourage the most extreme people on both sides of the aisle. It is the last thing the nation needs at this time. We have real issues that we need to be focused on, and more than anything we need to concentrate on unity. This will tend to suck all the oxygen out of the room.
But whichever way the frog jumps … what a time to be alive!
Regards to all …