The State Department just announced at the end of last week that they had completed their three year investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private server.
They found almost 600 security violations. They found 38 people culpable in 91 of those security violations. For 497 of the 588 violations they couldn’t ascribe culpability because of the lapse of time and people having left the State Department. They didn’t, however, name who the 38 people were or what punishment they would receive, if any, as a result.
But because there was no punishment identified and the report said they didn’t conclude that there was “systemic deliberate mishandling” of classified information, media interpreted the report as clearing Clinton.
Pretty hard to understand how setting up a private server against rules, getting rid of over 30,000 emails that were under subpoenas, having her maid print some off and an absolute statement from the FBI that she sent and received multiple emails with classified information is not “systemic” or “deliberate,” but it gave media the hook they needed to skip right over the all the violations and pretend there was really nothing to the whole scandal after all.
The CNN panel ripped the focus on the emails. CNN’s Abby Phillip blasted the folks on the right for actually caring about the law. “We have to be careful how some of these false controversies get blown up for political purposes which is exactly what happened with the emails,” she even had the audacity to say. False controversy? Did the FBI think it was a ‘false controversy’ when they found that Hillary Clinton had in fact been “extremely careless” in sending and receiving multiple emails with classified information and that her account was likely compromised? Any similar situation and the person would be in jail serving time, as many have pointed out.
CNN contributor and former press secretary for Bill Clinton, Joe Lockhart, obviously an unbiased source on the subject, tried to deflect to questions about Jared Kushner which weren’t anything like what Hillary did.
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin even apologized for spending too much time on the scandal during the election, saying that she “very likely lost the election because of it.”
From Free Beacon:
In a clip flagged by Mediaite, Toobin said the scandal “is also a story about the news media, about how much time we spent on that, and that’s something that I have felt a great deal of personal responsibility for.” He added that “Because I talked about the e-mails here at CNN, I wrote about it in the New Yorker, and I think I paid too much attention to them, and I regret that.”
“I hope a lesson is learned,” Toobin said. “I mean, this story turns out to be … a big nothing, and we spent months on it. Hillary Clinton very likely lost the election because of it, and I think I should have been talking about other issues, not about the e-mails.”
Substitute President Donald Trump’s name for Clinton and would you be hearing Toobin or any of the others saying that?
Indeed, we already know that you wouldn’t since we’re still waiting for his apology and that of CNN generally for their 24/7 promotion of the Russia collusion hoax. There was no apology when collusion was debunked by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Meanwhile, sending and receiving classified information improperly was always a felony, at least before Hillary Clinton came along.
So apparently the lesson that these folks have learned and are promoting is don’t do your job, if it might hurt the Democratic candidate.