It’s like a puzzle that’s already solved, and it’s your job to see how each piece got there. Anyone with two eyes and ears could see in July that the Department of Justice had willfully ignored the law when they gave Hillary Clinton a pass on prosecution. FBI Director James Comey all but said as much in his blistering denouncement of Hillary’s actions. And then there was the highly suspicious meeting Bill Clinton had with Attorney General Loretta Lynch a few days prior to Comey’s statement.
But drip by drip, WikiLeaks is showing us how all the pieces came to be where they are.
In an email from May 2015, Clinton spokesman and former DOJ employee Brian Fallon told campaign manager John Podesta that he’d been talking to his old buddies at the department. Fallon said that “DOJ folks” had given him the details about an impending status conference scheduled regarding a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against the administration.
This is hardly the smoking gun – the DOJ’s criminal investigation into Hillary’s misdeeds did not begin for another two months – but it is certainly smoke. Donald Trump linked to the news on Twitter, calling it “unbelievable.”
His campaign spokesman, Jason Miller, released a statement accusing the Obama administration of a fraudulent investigation. The email, Miller said, “shows a level of collusion which calls into question the entire investigation into her private server.”
The Trump campaign called on the DOJ to release all communications the agency had with the Clinton team “to definitively prove their investigation was completely above board.”
That’ll be the day!
But perhaps in the meantime, WikiLeaks will do the job for them.
Speaking of WikiLeaks, the Clinton campaign responded to this release as they do to all of them: By blaming the messenger.
“You are no media organization,” Fallon wrote to the controversial organization. “You are a propaganda arm of the Russian [government], running interference for their pet candidate, Trump.”
Maybe that’s true, but regardless of who is publishing this information or how they got it or why, the information remains the same. Even if we concede that Putin has a hand in all of this, it doesn’t erase the fact that there are some very disturbing things lurking in these documents. On November 8, we’re not going to the polls to decide what to do about Russia. We’re going to decide who will be our next president.
And frankly, if Putin’s crime here is to reveal the truth to the American people, then who are the real criminals?