The Sun car­ries wa­ter for Clin­ton

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - Robert C. Er­land­son

As pre­dictable as the sun com­ing up in the morn­ing, The Sun re­peats the talk­ing points gen­er­ated by the Hil­lary Clin­ton pres­i­den­tial cam­paign and her sup­port­ers that the let­ter writ­ten by FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey this past Fri­day was ei­ther a par­ti­san ma­neu­ver or an at­tempt to in­flu­ence the elec­tion (“Comey puts his thumb on the scale of the elec­tion,” Oct. 31). The per­son who was praised by The Sun as be­ing a non­par­ti­san pub­lic ser­vant sev­eral months ago in rec­om­mend­ing no prose­cu­tion of Hil­lary Clin­ton for her clear vi­o­la­tions of se­cu­rity pro­to­cols has now be­come a par­ti­san hack.

The point that seems to elude The Sun — or per­haps The Sun will­fully ig­nores it for its own par­ti­san pur­poses — is that the en­tire email fi­asco is the re­sult of the ac­tions and sub­se­quent mis­con­duct of Hil­lary Clin­ton. She is the one who set up an email sys­tem con­trary to proper pro­ce­dures, de­stroyed 33,000 emails once her vi­o­la­tions were dis­cov­ered, and re­peat­edly mis­led in­ves­ti­ga­tors or de­vel­oped sit­u­a­tional am­ne­sia when con­fronted with her mis­con­duct.

Di­rec­tor Comey was pre­sented with in­for­ma­tion about the ex­is­tence of th­ese emails one day be­fore he sent his let­ter to Congress ad­vis­ing it of the sit­u­a­tion. Ac­cord­ing to The Sun, Comey should have sat on this un­til there was a ma­te­rial change in in­for­ma­tion — what­ever that means. Of course, Can­di­date Clin­ton would have pre­ferred the disclosure on Novem­ber 9.

If Di­rec­tor Comey did the bid­ding of The Sun and Demo­cratic Party sup­port­ers to wait, there would in­deed be a thumb on the scale — Hil­lary Clin­ton’s.

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