I’ve noticed that lately Mrs. Clinton, Democrats, and the media are making as if Comey’s reopening of her case in late October and the WikiLeaks dump happened concurrently, but they did not. Some of the most damaging of the WikiLeaks happened in late July and showed just how crooked the supposedly neutral DNC was with Debbie Wasserman-Schulz at the helm. According to ABC News, DNC Chief Financial Officer Brad Marshall emailed on May 5, 2016, It may make no difference but for KY and WA, can we get someone to ask his belief. He had skated on having a Jewish heritage. I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist. In the wake of these revelations, Ms. Wasserman-Schulz resigned, but rather than distance herself from Ms. Wasserman-Schulz, Mrs. Clinton hired her as “honorary chair” of her campaign.
This is what also happened at that time. No doubt in an effort to steer the conversation away from the content of the damning emails, Hillary’s campaign chairman Robbie Mook speculated that “some experts are telling us this was done by the Russians for the purpose of helping [Republican presidential nominee] Donald Trump.” And there it was—the tying of Donald Trump to the Russians, a scheme that is still hard at work today. Even then-President Obama weighed-in using the most tenuous of arguments: “What we do know is that the Russians hack our systems. Not just government systems, but private systems. But you know, what the motives were in terms of the leaks, all that—I can’t say directly. What I do know is that Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed admiration for Vladimir Putin.” How silly is that?
Fast forward to October 7. WikiLeaks released the first batch of emails related to John Podesta, chair of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. These included bits from her Wall Street speeches, ones that indicated she held “public” and “private” positions, and bits that made her seem a little too cozy with the institutions she criticized. The leaked Podesta emails also contained evidence that Donna Brazile supplied Hillary Clinton with a question ahead of time for a CNN Town Hall debate with Mr. Trump. In another email, Podesta referred to Latinos as “needy.”
As bad as the July and October WikiLeaks dumps were for Mrs. Clinton, they were larded on top of her email server troubles which began even before she announced her candidacy for president. And then came the news that she destroyed over 30,000 emails after she was ordered to turn them over to the FBI, claiming they were personal, about Chelsea’s wedding and yoga. And of course, there was the debacle of not securing the compound at Benghazi, after repeated requests that went unheeded from Ambassador Stevens. Mrs. Clinton testified that those requests didn’t reach her desk. Nothing like passing the buck. More damning still, Mrs. Clinton publicly claimed the assault was the reaction to a “disgusting” video that disparaged Mohammed; we learned later, she privately told her daughter something different. Maybe that’s that public and private thing she was talking about.
Now, with the benefit of hindsight, Mrs. Clinton would have you believe that her loss is directly linked to the late-in-the-game actions of Mr. Comey and the “Russian WikiLeaks.” It is pretty sly to call the WikiLeaks “Russian,” since there is no evidence of that and WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange has asserted the Russians had nothing to do with it.
So, my answer to my friend was simply this: even before WikiLeaks there was Benghazi, the homebrew server, the shady financial dealings of the Clinton Foundation (which is probably why she set up a private server to begin with), hubby Bill’s troubles (Juanita Broaddrick’s accusation of rape and Kathleen Willey’s claim of sexual assault, etc.), and her questionable health. Mrs. Clinton was such a damaged candidate, that Comey merely delivered the knock-out punch.
©Copyright WBrown2017. All Rights Reserved.