Hillary’s Emails and Clinton Cash: the Scandals Come Together

If you feel that you are hopelessly behind on the news regarding Hillary Clinton’s many breaches of security through her home-brew server as well as the Clinton Cash pay-to-play scandal, in which Hillary more or less auctioned off the State Department, Glenn Reynolds’ latest USA Today column is a good way to catch up.

Back in July, Democratic presidential nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “there is absolutely no connection between anything that I did as secretary of state and the Clinton Foundation.”

As we all know now, that was a bald-faced lie.

On Monday of this week, ABC’s Liz Kreutzer reminded people of that statement, as a new batch of emails reveal that there was a connection, and it was cash. As the emails, recovered by the public-interest law firm Judicial Watch, demonstrate, people who made donations to the Clinton Foundation got preferential treatment, and access, at the State Department when Hillary was Secretary of State.

We have written about this several times. It is a miracle that Hillary didn’t sell the State Department’s official seal.

Meanwhile, in an entirely separate email scandal, the FBI found almost 15,000 more emails that Hillary had not turned over from her unauthorized and illegal private email server. As Stephen L. Hayes noted, this illustrates a series of email lies that are catching up with Hillary: She originally said she only used one device to keep things simple (she actually used two), that she didn’t send or receive classified emails on the system (but she did, quite a lot of them, in fact, and many of them highly sensitive), and that she had turned over all work-related emails (except for the 14,900 just discovered by the FBI — and, who knows, perhaps many others we haven’t discovered yet.) …

Now she has another story: That she set up her home-based private email server on advice from former Secretary of State Colin Powell. But Powell says that’s bunk. “Her people have been trying to pin it on me. . . . The truth is, she was using [the private email server] for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did.”

And what Powell did was use his personal AOL account, not set up an entire secret non-government server to dodge Freedom of Information Act requests, as Hillary did.

Hillary is unique in American political history in the frequency and shamelessness of her lies. At this point, she is like a character in Greek myth…and not one of the good ones.

Given that it’s been obvious for a while that Hillary was trying to keep her emails out of the public eye, the question has been what she was trying to hide. The answer, at least in part, appears to be her practice of selling access to her in her official capacity via donations to her “nonprofit” foundation.

Then, as Glenn notes, there is the fact that foreign powers like Russia in all probability have Hillary’s “missing” emails in their possession, and have had the whole collection for some time. Has any prior American political figure tangled himself or herself in such a web of lies and deceit? No. Hillary stands alone as a symbol of greed and corruption. Which, as best we can tell, is one of the reasons why the leaders of the Democratic Party are determined to make her our president.