Absolute, categorical lies

Absolute, categorical lies—47j. b43

On March 10, 2015, Hillary Clinton told reporters at a rare press conference that she had “absolute confidence that everything that could be in any way connected to work is now in the possession of the State Department.” No parsing required. Absolute confidence, she said. In any way connected to work.

On August 8, 2015, Clinton submitted a signed declaration to the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., swearing “under penalty of perjury” that she’d directed all emails that “were or potentially were” work-related be turned over to the State Department.

Then on October 22,2015, Clinton testified under oath before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. “I provided the department, which has been providing you, with ill of my work-related emails—all that I had.” Unqualified, absolute. All that I had.  In May of this year, Clinton told ABC News: “I have provided all of my work-related emails, and I’ve asked that they be made public.

A report by the State Department’s inspector general concluded that Clinton had not turned over any of the work-related emails she sent in her first three-plus months on the job, between January 2009 and April 2009. The Defense Department found 19 emails Clinton and General to David Petraeus exchanged that were not included in her production to the government. The Benghazi committee uncovered a batch of undisclosed work-related emails between Clinton and Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime Clinton adviser who wrote to share privately sourced  intelligence on Libya and other pressing State Department matters. (At the time of their correspondence, the Clinton Foundation was paying Blumenthal $10,000 per month to serve as a consultant “.

And in July, we learned that the number of missing work-related emails was exponentially higher than previous reports had suggested. FBI director James Comey stunned even reporters who had long worked on the story when he disclosed just how many Clinton had failed to produce.

“The FBI also discovered several thousand work related emails that were not among the group of 30,000 emails that were returned by Secretary Clinton to State in 2014. … It’s also likely that there are other work-related emails that they did not produce to State and that we did not find elsewhere and that are now gone.

How could this happen? Comey concluded that Team Clinton did not intentionally withhold the emails and may well have just missed them because their search wasn’t comprehensive enough. We are skeptical. Is it possible that a search of 60,000 messages might somehow miss a few work-related emails? Sure. A few dozen? Plausible. But several thousand? In a search conducted shortly before Hillary Clinton would launch her presidential campaign and conducted by people employed to protect her interests? Dubious.

It doesn’t take much guesswork to understand why hillary Clinton set up a private email server and why she has lied so aggressively ever since: She didn’t want her emails available to the American people. In an email exchange back in 2010, Clinton herself cited that as the reason she did not want to use State Department email. When top aide Huma Abedin suggested “putting Clinton on state email” or providing her email address to State Department officials, Clinton wrote back to say: “Let’s get separate address or device but I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible.”

source–stepehen hayes, weekly std,

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