Deeper into the swamp

Fair’s fair, Hil­lary and her cam­paign de­serve their own in­ves­ti­ga­tion

The Washington Times Daily - - COMMENTARY -

Send­ing a de­feated ri­val to the pen­i­ten­tiary is not the Amer­i­can way (ex­cept, maybe, in New Jersey, Illi­nois or Louisiana). But in a swamp there’s al­ways an al­li­ga­tor ea­ger to bite off any fin­gers search­ing in the murk for the drain plug.

Democrats are big fans of spe­cial pros­e­cu­tors, es­pe­cially this year, so maybe Hil­lary Clin­ton de­serves the scru­tiny Robert Mueller and his lawyers are giv­ing Don­ald Trump & Co. Since nearly all of Mr. Mueller’s lawyers con­trib­uted to Hil­lary’s cam­paign, they might leap at the op­por­tu­nity to see how their money was spent. Or maybe Hil­lary de­serves a spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor of her own.

The only can­di­date found to have com­mit­ted “ex­tremely care­less” breaches of na­tional se­cu­rity pro­to­cols, af­ter all, was Hil­lary her­self, James Comey’s de­ci­sion not to seek prose­cu­tion not­with­stand­ing. There’s lots of col­lud­ing (along with the canoodling) in a swamp.

Toss­ing an ac­cu­sa­tion into an ac­cuser’s face with­out bat­ting an eye is an ex­cep­tional skill. Reg­u­lar folks caught in wrong­do­ing quail with self-mor­ti­fi­ca­tion trig­gered by a guilty con­science. Not ev­ery­one has a con­science, nor have the Democrats and Repub­li­cans who in­habit our swamp.

Col­lu­sion can be a sign of cor­rup­tion, but so far the only whiff of cor­rup­tion any­one is known to have sniffed in Trump­world is from Don­ald Jr.’s tak­ing de­light in the prospect of find­ing proof that Hil­lary ben­e­fit­ted from dirty deal­ing.

Au­then­tic col­lu­sion was more likely in that se­cret meet­ing be­tween Loretta Lynch, then the at­tor­ney gen­eral, and Bill Clin­ton at the Phoenix air­port just when the Jus­tice De­part­ment was wrap­ping up its in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Hil­lary’s slip­shod han­dling of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion on her pri­vate email server. The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion brushed off sug­ges­tions that the meet­ing was any­thing more ne­far­i­ous than that Bubba and the lady bumped into each other and were over­whelmed by an urge to talk about Bubba’s new grand­child and his golf game.

But there’s al­ways some­one to smell some­thing on the bot­tom of some­one’s shoe. Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act re­quests from Ju­di­cial Watch and the Amer­i­can Cen­ter for Law and Jus­tice have just scored the re­lease of 413 pages of rel­e­vant ma­te­rial that Loretta Lynch’s Jus­tice De­part­ment first de­nied even ex­isted.

The new ma­te­rial reveals that Ms. Lynch hid be­hind an email alias called “El­iz­a­beth Carlisle” when com­mu­ni­cat­ing with oth­ers about that tar­mac meet­ing, but not much more. That’s be­cause it was mostly blacked out — ev­i­dence that Democrats’ con­trol of the deep state is so com­plete that the facts about the run­way run-in are as clev­erly hid­den as if Hil­lary were in the Oval Of­fice af­ter all.

Some Repub­li­cans have asked the Jus­tice De­part­ment to ap­point a spe­cial coun­sel to in­ves­ti­gate the Clin­ton shenani­gans af­ter the man­ner with which Robert Mueller is look­ing into ev­ery nook and granny in the Trump cam­paign. Rep. Robert Good­latte of Vir­ginia, chair­man of the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee and nearly two dozen fel­low Repub­li­cans asked At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions to open a Clin­ton in­ves­ti­ga­tion: “The Amer­i­can pub­lic has a right to know the facts — all of them — sur­round­ing the elec­tion and its af­ter­math. We urge you to ap­point a sec­ond spe­cial coun­sel to en­sure these trou­bling, unan­swered ques­tions are not relegated to the dust bin of his­tory.”

We’re no fans of spe­cial pros­e­cu­tors. They’re de­signed to spend money on ex­pen­sive lawyers who could look for clients else­where. The Jus­tice De­part­ment has plenty of re­sources al­ready at the ready. But given the givens, the re­quest for an­other in­ves­ti­ga­tion is rea­son­able enough. If the new Jus­tice De­part­ment is too in­tim­i­dated by the Democrats and the me­dia to take up the hunt, the swamp is here to stay, al­li­ga­tors and all.

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