I understand that it’s awkward for journalists these days. You want to appear fair and balanced. One candidate is a longtime politician, a former first lady and Secretary of State, who, as a result, has had an uncommon amount of influence and access. That’s a lot to unpack! The other is a carnival-barking sociopath conman with ties to White Supremacists and Russian oligarchs. But I feel you, news media. It’s important to cover both sides! So, if you’ll indulge me, I’d like the following disclaimer to be included on all stories concerning Hillary Clinton, Benghazi, Her Emails, and the Clinton Foundation going forward.
First, it is always important to note that the reason we are poring over Secretary Clinton’s emails, the ONLY reason the so-called email controversy exists, is because of an explicitly politically-motivated witch hunt. Allow us to explain:
When George W. Bush was president there were at least 13 attacks on embassies and 60 people killed. There were no congressional inquiries into these attacks. (Compare that to Benghazi, where 4 people were killed.)
Two separate GOP congressmen admitted that the Benghazi committee was motivated by politics, specifically as part of an ongoing campaign to bring Hillary Clinton down.
And yet, despite their best efforts, the highly partisan committee found that Hillary Clinton and the State Department had done nothing wrong.
Through this Benghazi committee, it was discovered that Secretary Clinton used a private email server, that was possibly more secure than the one at the state department.
The FBI launched their own investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server and, despite the fact that the FBI director James Comey is a Republican, they too found that Clinton had not violated the law.
Now, desperate to keep the story in the news as their embarrassment of a candidate continues to unravel, the GOP-congress is undertaking the unprecedented action of pursuing a perjury charge against Secretary Clinton. John Dean, the former White House counsel for Richard Nixon (also a Republican!), calls the charges “outrageously false,” an “abuse of power,” and a tactic that could “undermine our democracy.” That seems bad.
But wait…it’s really, really important for us to explain how unprecedented and outrageously unfair this kind of scrutiny is:
When George W. Bush waged a bogus war against Iraq that killed nearly 5,000 American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, the company that benefited the most from this was Halliburton, which made an estimated $39.5 billion. The former CEO of Halliburton was Vice President Dick Cheney. There was no congressional investigation into Cheney’s ties to Halliburton.
Meanwhile, when a 2007 investigation was launched over the Bush White House’s partisan firing of 8 U.S. attorneys, it was discovered that 5 million White House emails had been secretly deleted. There was no congressional investigation into these deleted emails. (Compare that to the 30,000 emails Secretary Clinton is accused of deleting, which she maintains were all personal.)
Also, before we discuss the Clinton Foundation, we should probably mention that it has received an A rating from the nonpartisan Charity Watch and that neither Hillary nor Bill Clinton draw a salary from the foundation. The big scandal is that companies and people who donated millions of dollars to fight AIDS, poverty, and civil rights violations around the globe were possibly granted access to the Secretary of State. Thus far, there is no indication that any policy was influenced by these donors. “We haven’t seen any clear evidence of pay to play,” said the AP report.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump refuses to release his taxes; owes $650 million to the Bank of China and Goldman Sachs; once had a campaign manager with ties to Russian oligarchs; has paid off Attorney Generals to avoid lawsuits against Trump University; has been involved in an outrageous 3,500 lawsuits, both as plaintiff and defendant; and is funneling money out of his own campaign to pay his children and his own companies.
Now please read or watch this story about Hillary Clinton’s emails and her A-rated international foundation that helped millions of people all over the world!