Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hillary Clinton E-Mail Scandal (And Bonus Scandal)

                 According to a Washington Post report, Hillary Clinton and her family, “personally paid a State Department staffer, Bryan Pagliano, to maintain the private e-mail server she used while heading the agency,” thereby helping  her retain total control over the system that she used for both her public and private duties. The staffer recently told a congressional committee that he would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights instead of testifying about the setup.
                NBC’s Andrea Mitchell asked Mrs. Clinton if anyone in her inner circle ever expressed concern about the private server. In a Hall of Fame caliber non-answer the former First Lady replied, “I was not thinking a lot when I got in. There was so much work to be done. We had so many problems around the world. I didn’t really stop and think- what- what kind of e-mail system will there be?”
                Well, that’s certainly presidential! How long would it take her to start thinking if she, God forbid, were to become President of the United States of America? 100 days? If she trots out the old, “woe is me, there was so much work, and so many problems that I was overwhelmed and just couldn’t think straight,” excuse about being Secretary of State, how’s she going to handle being President? Also, this statement isn’t exactly, “I am woman, hear me roar!” She sounds more like a whiny teenage schoolgirl than a world statesman along the lines of, say, Margaret Thatcher.
                But, in reality, as with almost any Clinton statement, by almost any Clinton, much of her response was an outright lie. She had, in fact, given the matter so much thought before taking the head job at State, that she hired Pagliano and paid him for “computer services” before he himself- coincidentally!- ended up in the State Department.

                                                                  Bonus Hillary Material:

                The head of an independent review board that studied the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, has stated that a top advisor to Hillary Rodham Clinton read a draft of his findings before they were made public and made “suggestions” that were ultimately accepted for the final version.
                I don’t believe Richard Nixon was afforded the same courtesy. Just sayin’.

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