Because the story ran on for months and months and months without a satisfactory conclusion, many Americans are already beginning to forget just how sordid and suspicious the Hillary Clinton email scandal actually was. A lot of people tend to think that the FBI investigated the issue from top to bottom, found no wrongdoing, and that everything is out in the open. Hillary messed up a little, sure, but there was really nothing more to the story than that.
How quickly we forget.
How quickly we forget that there are still 30,000 missing emails unaccounted for. The FBI never saw them. To anyone’s knowledge, NO ONE has ever seen them. And while Hillary Clinton claims that she was fully within her rights to delete them from her private server before turning over the rest of her emails to the State Department, that’s really not the case. By combining business with pleasure, so to speak, she lost the right to absolute privacy.
Oh, and she wanted that privacy, didn’t she? She wanted it so badly that she not only deleted the emails, she went to extraordinary lengths to make sure that they never, EVER saw the light of day. She hired outside help, used a program called BleachBit, and scoured that server from top to bottom in an effort to ensure that NO TRACE of those emails could be recovered by the State Department or, eventually, the FBI. To this day, we still don’t know what was in those emails, but we’re expected to simply believe that it was a trove of nothing but recipes and mother-daughter chats about parenting. You know, similar to the conversation Bill Clinton had with Loretta Lynch on that tarmac. Nothing to see here.
We know, at this point, that the Clinton server was not well protected. And while we have no hard evidence that hackers ever breached the server, the possibility remains. It certainly remained a possibility back in the summer of 2016, when a Republican operative named Peter Smith was reportedly searching for the emails overseas. And it was certainly a possibility when a Russian lawyer came asking to meet members of the Trump campaign in June.
Maybe – MAYBE – there are politicians with a little more experience in the game who would have known better than to take that meeting. Who would have covered their tracks a little better. Perhaps. But we don’t believe there are any politicians who, going into what promised to be a bruising presidential election campaign, would have passed up the opportunity to even POSSIBLY get their hands on those emails. Or any other kind of oppo research damaging to their opponent. It defies the imagination.
But now all of Washington is pretending like they are so far above this kind of activity. It’s laughable, especially when we KNOW to a certainty that the Clinton team had operatives working with the Ukrainian government to dig up dirt on Trump.
Should Trump Jr., Manafort, and Kushner steered clear of this meeting? Obviously. But we’re past the point of “shoulds.” It happened. It’s out there. By every account, not much came of it. We certainly don’t see how it had any material effect on the election. So let’s quit playing this holier-than-thou game and move on, already.