Hillary Clinton has been popping up a bit lately – on Twitter and also in carefully controlled public interviews and appearances. She told us the other day about doing another “listening tour.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton made listening tours famous, using them to build buzz for her New York Senate and presidential campaigns. Now, she’s on another. In an email to supporters, the 2008 and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate said, “I’d like to hear what you’re thinking.” While she isn’t talking about running for president a third time, Clinton said that she has been talking to people about key issues, including immigration reform and electing Democrats “at all levels” in 2020.

Read the rest here.

We’re supposed to believe that the consummate narcissist and grifter isn’t contemplating a re-run against President Trump in 2020? Let’s check out a couple of her recent statements. Here’s a laughable one.

Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that she believes the “gutsiest” thing she ever did outside of public life was deciding to stay married to former President Bill Clinton.

Read the rest of her ridiculousness here. She’s also called President Trump an “illegitimate president” and a “corrupt human tornado.” And just the other day, she claimed during a PBS interview that she “could beat Trump again” in 2020 (plus other nonsense):

Asked about Trump’s tweet earlier in the day, which mockingly suggested she join the race and again bemoaned her missing emails, the former first lady and secretary of state expressed wonder at what she called Trump’s obsession with her. “You know, it truly is remarkable how obsessed he remains with me. But this latest tweet is so typical of him. Nothing has been more examined and looked at than my emails. We all know that. So he’s either lying or delusional, or both,” she said. “There was no subpoena, as he says in a tweet this morning. So maybe there does need to be a rematch. Obviously, I can beat him again,” she continued, before suggesting she was making the comment in jest.

Read the rest here.

The woman’s narcissism and hubris are insufferable, especially given that she is guilty of many crimes and has been enabled by federal law enforcement throughout her entire “career.” As a life-long grifter, she has always been about the money and has used her political station to accrue money via elaborate pay-for-play activities and/or just plain corruption. Whether it was cattle futures or foreign contributions laundered through the Clinton Foundation while she was Secretary of State, she has always been about accumulating the wealth to which she believes she – as a typical liberal elitist – is entitled. Hers was a classic coattails career – she was elected to the US Senate in New York not on her own merits but rather solely because she was the wife of a US president. It is perhaps the biggest joke there is to think that she is actually “smart.” The reality is quite the contrary.

She used the Clintons’ accumulated wealth to corruptly leverage and control various Democrats and apparatchiks during her run for the presidency in 2008. The notion that she was “owed” the nomination because she saved Bill’s presidency is humorous to contemplate but probably exactly what she thought. She has always been cursed (or blessed from my point of view) with a political tin ear which has been evident for all to see. A horrible and boring candidate capable of only spouting poll-tested platitudes, she was easily swamped by Obama during the 2008 Democrat primary.

I have always suspected that Obama was blackmailed by the Clintons into appointing her as his first Secretary of State. The Clintons could have made much mischief for Obama had Hillary not received that sinecure. Their purpose to see her made Secretary of State was two-fold: to give her some foreign policy credentials that she lacked for her next run for the Oval Office, and more importantly to have the US State Dept serve as a nexus for their foreign pay-for-play schemes.

Lost among the dross of the “muh Russia hoax” over the past 2.5 years is the fact that the Clintons received MILLIONS from….wait for it….the RUSSIANS courtesy of the Uranium One deal. And we’re supposed to just ‘fuhgeddaboudit” because “Orange Man Bad”? It’s one thing for her to have gotten away scot free with her pay-for-play schemes while supposedly “serving the people” while Secretary of State (she probably got a good laugh about twisting that phrase into “serving herself”). It’s quite another to have almost certainly traded some of the nation’s most precious secrets for some of that foreign cash. (They’ve been doing that for years. How do you think the Chinese jumpstarted their satellite and nuclear first strike capabilities?)

Even the Obama-appointed IC IG at the time (who now just happens to be a lawyer for the Ukraine leaker!) disclosed that Hillary’s server contained at least 22 Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) emails on it, as well as dozens of lesser-classified emails – and that doesn’t include who knows how many other highly classified emails conveniently “destroyed” by her team of crooks in the early stages of the Mid-Year Examination (the FBI’s name for their faux investigation of her server).

While Loretta Lynch and James Comey effectively squelched the investigation of her server in 2016, largely thanks to Judicial Watch, there have been periodic new revelations that have cracked the façade carefully constructed by the Clinton Democrats and their media allies. For example, we learned some weeks ago that nearly 130 State Dept employees are likely to lose their security clearances (and may be subject to other well-deserved disciplinary actions?) because they knew about that illegal server and didn’t report it. Here is a report by RedState’s “streiff” toward that end. And the latest revelation is that Judicial Watch is likely to finally force depositions under oath by Hillary Clinton and her trusted aides after all this time:

On August 22, 2019, the court then ruled that Clinton and Mills had 30 days to oppose being questioned in person under oath by Judicial Watch related to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Additionally, Judicial Watch was granted seven new depositions, three interrogatories and four document requests. In granting the additional discovery, U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth commented: “I’ll tell you everything they’ve discovered in this period raises serious questions about what the hell the State Department’s doing here.”

Read the rest here.

What makes me most furious about her crimes is not that she’s a life-long grifter and has been enabled throughout her grifting career by federal law enforcement who have looked the other way at every step of her journey. What is possibly even worse are her periodic in-your-face comments about her various crimes, e.g., the infamous “what difference at this point does it make” comment when under questioning during the Benghazi hearings. Or that the destroyed 30K+ emails only contained “yoga and wedding plans for Chelsea.” Or that she didn’t have any classified information on her email server at all! Let’s face it: the woman is a bald-faced liar – and is not very good at it, given her tin ear and body language.

Judicial Watch has been peeling back the onion that is Hillary’s shifting defense against going to jail for violating the Espionage Act and the statutes governing mishandling classified information. The tortured excuse offered by Comey to let her off the hook, i.e., there was no “intent” to disclose the classified information was a double lie, in my opinion. First of all, “intent” is nowhere in the statute; simple negligence resulting in the compromise of TS/SCI information is entirely actionable – there is no defense or escape (for average people). Second, I believe there was in fact intent on the part of Hillary and her minions, as some of those classified emails were purposely sold to our adversaries as part of her pay-for-play scheme. The woman had access to advanced technology secrets, information about US spies operating overseas, and other highly classified information, and we’re supposed to believe that someone who sold American uranium to the Russians would somehow not also sell those secrets? I suspect that what has been covered up about her pay-for-play scheme would shock the nation if all of the details were ever made public. The fact that – so far – only a few administrative acts have been taken against all of the perps is a travesty!

What also galls me, as a recently-retired long-time national security professional, is the insistence by her supporters – including those in the legacy media such as the Democrat hacks that now infest Fox News Channel – that she was thoroughly investigated and “exonerated” by Comey. First of all, they don’t understand the personal obligations of ANYONE with access to TS/SCI information. Second, they don’t understand that those accessing that information were required to sign nondisclosure agreements (NDA) that incur lifelong obligations. Third, each disclosure of a classified email is a separate instance that is punishable. The felonious actions don’t just get bundled together as a single felony. Fourth, anyone granted access (which means being cleared and also determined to have the “need to know” the specific info) is trained in the handling of – and the penalties for mishandling – classified information. Fifth, that training and the signed NDA obligate to report any known compromises of classified information, whether inadvertent or purposeful, including by anyone else. By the way, this is precisely why those State Department employees are losing their clearances; they did NOT report known/observed violations by Hillary and her immediate staff.

For all of these reasons, it should be remembered that ANYONE who claims that Hillary was “exonerated” is a bald-faced liar who either has no understanding of the governance, statutes, and obligations surrounding the handling of classified information or else actually understands the requirements and is simply lying for political purposes. Either way, that person is a complete liar on the subject.

I remain convinced that those 30K+ “lost” emails are in fact still available for analysis and subsequent legal action. The fact that Judicial Watch may finally force a real deposition under oath from Hillary and her lawyers is a promising sign that justice – although delayed – may finally be served. Believe me when I tell you this: Hillary, Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson, and the rest KNOW they’re guilty as sin and have to be sweating bullets about being forced to testify before officers of the court who haven’t been bought and paid for by the Clintons.

I have always wondered how the Clintons were seemingly always able to escape the hoosegow when the evidence of their corruption in the public record alone would have been more than enough to convict “regular people.” Given the corruption uncovered in DoJ and the FBI since President Trump was inaugurated, we know exactly how they have avoided the hangman over the years: they bought and paid for DoJ/FBI insiders to hijack and falsify investigations. They also bought and paid for a virtual army of media sycophants to spin things favorably to the Clintons and undermine investigations. True, some of these people, as sympathetic ideological allies to the Clintons, worked for “free.” Or rather for future consideration for jobs in a Hillary White House or elsewhere in a new Clinton administration). Until Hillary’s email server was uncovered by Judicial Watch and others, Loretta Lynch was on the path to becoming a USSC judge. Sally Yates was likely to become Hillary’s Attorney General for “services rendered,” and “Andy” McCabe would have probably relieved Comey as the FBI director. Just imagine the damage these lying corrupt-ocrats would have done in a Hillary administration!

I can assure you that the ONLY way Hillary and the others were let off the hook was through corruption, as they are all guilty of multiple counts of violating classified information handling statutes, as well as breaking their life-long NDAs. Those of us who have held TS/SCI clearances and understand the consequences of mishandling classified information are NOT going to let this subject go away until Hillary and the others are in jail. I pray that that smug look of that supremely insufferable woman will one day be wiped off her evil face!

The end.

[Note: a future article here at Red State will be a short tutorial on classified information that explains what classified information is, how it is to be protected, the obligations of everyone granted access to classified information, and the rules governing its handling under all circumstances.]