Minutes after FBI Director James Comey announced that he would not recommend that charges be brought against Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump weighed in with a message to the American people: “FBI Director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security. No charges. Wow! #RiggedSystem.”
The hashtag, in this case, is really all that needed to be said.
Even if you are one of those eternal optimists who decided to believe that this investigation, no matter how it turned out, would reveal the ultimate truth about Hillary Clinton’s guilt or innocence, there are a few things that can’t be ignored. Among them: The timing of a few suspicious (to say the least) occurrences.
Last week, we had the troubling meeting between Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Days later, Lynch announced that she would abide by the FBI’s recommendations regarding the Hillary email case.
On Saturday, the FBI conducted a 3 1/2 hour interview with Hillary; from all available accounts, their first and only.
On Tuesday, Comey made his announcement.
And in less than a month, Hillary will be crowned the official Democratic nominee for president.
Okay, so the timing of all this makes it abundantly clear that something is going on. At the very least, Lynch knew before last Friday that Comey was not going to recommend charges. At the very least, the FBI was under pressure to wrap this thing up before the convention. Rushed investigations do not serve justice.
Far more damning, though, was Comey’s speech itself. So damning, in fact, that many observers – Hillary supporters and detractors alike – were stunned when he concluded his 15-minute, scathing rebuke with an exoneration. The conclusion did not fit the argument. As many Republicans have pointed out, people have gone to prison for much less.
On the other hand, don’t make the mistake of downplaying what happened here. This wasn’t just the Obama administration protecting a fellow Democrat, although that certainly played a part. This was the Washington political establishment protecting themselves. If Clinton was up against a Jeb Bush or a Marco Rubio, the outcome may have been different.
Donald Trump is a one-man pitchfork mob, and he represents a public that has had it up to here with Washington’s corruption. His election would upset the apple cart and endanger the cushy careers of Beltway insiders who have made a fortune betraying the American people. You think they’re just going to stand aside and let that happen? No, no. They’re going to throw every obstacle they can in his way.
Letting Hillary off the hook is the establishment’s most stunning move yet in this historic year, but it could pale in comparison to what we see as November draws near and their panic reaches a fever pitch. #RiggedSystem, indeed.