For Hillary Clinton the buck stops somewhere else

Participating in racist humor:

“Well, look, it was Mayor de Blasio’s skit[.]  He has addressed it, and I will really defer to him because it is something that he’s already talked about.”

Using a private email server in violation of federal rules:

We had a development in the email matter today when it came out that Secretary Powell and close aides to Former Secretary Rice used private e-mail accounts. Now you have people in the government who are doing the same thing to Secretary Powell and Secretary Rice’s aide they’ve been doing to me. They are retroactively classifying it. I agree completely with Secretary Powell, who said today this is an absurdity. I think the American people will know it’s an absurdity.

“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 kind of email system will there be?’”

Past support for the Trans Pacific Partnership:

“I did say, when I was secretary of state, three years ago, that I hoped [the TPP] would be the gold standard.” (Oct 13, 2015)

“This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field.”  (Nov 15, 2012)

Gloating about killing Muammar Qaddafi:

During the theatrical and exhaustive Benghazi hearing in October 2015, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) asked Clinton about a video clip that read, “‘We came, we saw, he died [meaning Qaddafi].’ Is that the Clinton doctrine?” Clinton replied, “No, that was an expression of relief that the military mission undertaken by NATO and our other partners had achieved its end.”

Voting for War with Iraq:

During her 2008 campaign, Clinton defended her vote as a way to give President George W. Bush authority to deal with Iraq, which she said he then abused. She frequently followed up this statement by saying that if she had known what Bush would do with the authority she would not have voted the way she had, but declined to call the vote a “mistake.”

Explaining Wall Street’s long-time love affair with her: 

“I represented New York on 9/11 when we were attacked. Where were we attacked? We were attacked in downtown Manhattan, where Wall Street is,” she said. “I did spend a whole lot of time and effort helping them rebuild. That was good for New York. It was good for the economy, and it was a way to rebuke the terrorists who had attacked our country.”

Claiming she landed in Sarajevo under fire:

“I say a lot of things — millions of words a day — so if I misspoke, that was just a misstatement.”

On Bill Clinton signing NAFTA into law:

“NAFTA was inherited by the Clinton Administration.”

On the “trust issue”:

“Have you always told the truth?”

“I’ve always tried to. Always, always,” Clinton replied.

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1 Response to For Hillary Clinton the buck stops somewhere else

  1. Shade says:

    Hope Bernie’s trip to the Vatican pays off. It might if Bernie gets a personal audience & the Pope then says some really nice things about the large number of morality-based beliefs they share (as compared to most politicians). I hope the Pope does for Bernie what President Obama just tried to do for Hillary, i.e. put his thumb heavily on the scale. Unfortunately, this is not likely to happen; the Pope will probably only give Bernie real support on what Hillary calls “cautious politician time”.

    More likely useful to Bernie is that Hillary gets indicted (though I’d prefer she just legitimately lose her bid for the nomination). While I agree with Obama that Hillary didn’t mean direct harm to the country, I think it is clear she did her email thing for the purpose of FOIA concealment, political purposes, and for ill-gotten monetary gain. I don’t think even Obama can now stop the train the FBI has put in motion investigating all aspects of this situation.

    Have you heard the FBI just extradited the hacker Guccifer and the U.S. now has him on loan for 18 months from his already scheduled next seven years in a Romanian prison? Why was the FBI so interested in somebody that was going to be isolated from further hacking for so long? It was Guccifer that hacked and then leaked emails sent between Hillary and Blumenthal; these leaks are what first brought to light the existence of Clintonmail. Was Blumenthal’s the only server Guccifer hacked? Not likely. Even I understand leveraging via a man-in-the-middle attack. Guccifer could have easily inserted Trojan code into an email sent to Hillary “from Blumenthal” and once Hillary opened this, her server would also become infected.

    Guccifer also has other knowledge of interest to the FBI. Via access to Blumenthal’s server, Guccifer knows the contents of many of Hillary’s emails, some of which Hillary may have subsequently deleted claiming that they were “personal” in nature. Already FOIA releases from other sources suggest Hillary was not completely accurate/truthful in choosing which emails she deleted. Then we have Pagliano, who with immunity, now may testify that Hillary told him her server must be hardened sufficient to guard state secrets. Pagliano should also know if the security of Hillary’s server was at times compromised.

    The law technically makes it a felony if Hillary simply mishandled confidential information. I think it is pretty clear this is exactly what she did. However, politically things become much more serious (& harder for Obama to suppress) if the FBI can prove Hillary’s email mishandling leaked state secrets. Already it is said that many in the government have had no other choice than to assume that these leaks did occur. Should leaks now be proven, anyone and everyone in the administration that communicated via Clintonmail (even Obama himself) could face serious charges. The FBI is looking for the undeniable smoking gun, but there are countless angles & twists that might happen before the FBI gets to the end of this investigation. Few outcomes are good for Hillary or for Democrats should we allow her to be our nominee… even if does manage to get herself elected as President.

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