The ‘hon­est’ mis­takes pile up for em­bat­tled Clin­ton

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

Pres­i­dent Obama re­peat­edly tells vot­ers that Hil­lary Clin­ton’s use of a home-brewed server was an “hon­est mis­take.” But her “mis­take” is just one of many. Her en­tire ca­reer is one long pat­tern of con­vo­luted re­la­tion­ships with cor­rupt for­eign gov­ern­ments and dic­ta­tor­ships, a mix­ing of pol­i­tics and big money, and a level of po­lit­i­cal cor­rup­tion that we have not seen in quite some time. The prob­lem isn’t an iso­lated mis­take — hon­est or oth­er­wise — but mul­ti­ple ir­repara­ble, ir­re­spon­si­ble and dam­ag­ing ac­tions and episodes that erode trust in govern­ment it­self.

And no one has been held ac­count­able from the Clin­ton world for the mess cre­ated by Mrs. Clin­ton her­self.

Mr. Obama con­tin­ues to de­fend her, but it’s a dif­fi­cult task. Mrs. Clin­ton and her team res­o­lutely de­flect the ques­tions about the Wik­iLeaks email rev­e­la­tions, the lat­est FBI probes of the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion, and Huma Abe­din’s emails on her es­tranged hus­band’s lap­top. The in­for­ma­tion that has been re­leased so far reveals the con­stant cover-up for Mrs. Clin­ton by her staff, as well as the shar­ing of in­for­ma­tion be­tween the State Depart­ment and the Clin­ton cam­paign.

In re­sponse, the Clin­ton camp blames the Rus­sians and hopes to run out the clock and win the elec­tion on Nov. 8. But even if Mrs. Clin­ton wins on Elec­tion Day, her prob­lems are far from over.

Mrs. Clin­ton’s ac­tions will taint Amer­i­cans’ view of their govern­ment. We have seen the Depart­ment of Jus­tice be­come the po­lit­i­cal arm of the Clin­ton cam­paign. The in­fa­mous tar­mac meet­ing be­tween At­tor­ney Gen­eral Loretta Lynch and Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton this sum­mer is the per­fect sym­bol for what is go­ing on.

We’ve learned this week from the Wall Street Jour­nal and Fox News that the Jus­tice Depart­ment has stonewalled the FBI from pur­su­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion, de­spite re­quests from four dif­fer­ent FBI field of­fices. Jus­tice of­fi­cials did not al­low the FBI to is­sue sub­poe­nas or con­duct in­ter­views. One of the Jus­tice Depart­ment se­nior of­fi­cials were re­port­edly “pissed off” when he learned that the FBI was still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the foun­da­tion.

The depart­ment’s po­lit­i­cal play­book for the Clin­ton cam­paign did not stop there. Cam­paign man­ager John Podesta’s buddy Peter Kadzik was cho­sen by Jus­tice Depart­ment to con­duct a “thor­ough” re­view of the new emails from Ms. Abe­din. Wik­iLeaks re­vealed that Mr. Kadzik also gave the Clin­ton cam­paign a heads-up about Mrs. Clin­ton’s email in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The lat­est rev­e­la­tions will fo­cus even more scru­tiny on the Jus­tice Depart­ment. Sources have re­vealed that the FBI has launched a probe into the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion where there ap­pears to be an “avalanche” of ev­i­dence that could lead to sev­eral in­dict­ments, ac­cord­ing to Fox News. Ad­di­tion­ally, the FBI be­lieves that there is 99 per­cent chance Mrs. Clin­ton’s emails were hacked and for­eign gov­ern­ments may have ob­tained clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion. How will the Jus­tice Depart­ment pro­ceed?

The big­ger prob­lem is that Mrs. Clin­ton is car­ry­ing so much bag­gage, with lit­tle chance of shed­ding any of it, be­fore the cam­paign ends. There are more ques­tions than an­swers with lit­tle time left, and there are mount­ing fears that if Mrs. Clin­ton wins, she will surely mold her Jus­tice and State De­part­ments to en­sure they pro­tect her.

We may never know the full truth about the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion, the emails or the pay-for-play schemes be­cause a Pres­i­dent Clin­ton would shut down any in­ves­ti­ga­tion. She would cut off the legs of the FBI.

The more se­ri­ous ques­tion that vot­ers need to ask is whether they should elect a can­di­date who is un­der FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion. What last­ing dam­age will the Jus­tice Depart­ment’s pro­tec­tion of Mrs. Clin­ton do to our trust in govern­ment? I, for one, will never view the govern­ment the same if that comes to pass. We have been down this road be­fore with Mrs. Clin­ton, and it never ends well. The Clin­tons be­lieve they can fol­low their own rules — even if, in their own minds, it was sim­ply an “hon­est” mis­take.

Mercedes Sch­lapp is a Fox News con­trib­u­tor, co-founder of Cove Strate­gies and for­mer White House di­rec­tor of spe­cialty me­dia un­der Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush.

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