Tuesday, February 9, 2016

FBI Poking Into Clinton.com

Uh oh, it turns out that the Clinton.com server really is the target of an FBI criminal investigation after all: FBI confirms investigation into Hillary e-mail server. Oh excuse me, that's not a criminal investigation, that's a "law enforcement exercise." We know that some of these emails were between Hillary and Barack. But what will it take to make Loretta Lynch step aside from the obvious conflicts of interest and appoint a special counsel? 
Lynch’s critics are unconvinced that the attorney general can be a neutral arbiter.

“I think they probably won’t indict her, because the attorney general is from New York, who I believe is a friend of Hillary Clinton,” Donald Trump, a leading Republican presidential candidate, said on Fox News’s “Fox and Friends” in October.

Skeptics of Lynch have also pointed to an October interview in which President Obama appeared to dismiss concerns about Clinton’s private server.
As EPF at  Instapundit quips, "It would make too much sense."
The current federal regulations relating to the appointment of a special counsel state that the Attorney General “will” appoint a special counsel when:
he or she determines that criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted and
(a) That investigation or prosecution of that person or matter by a United States Attorney’s Office or litigating Division of the Department of Justice would present a conflict of interest for the Department or other extraordinary circumstances; and
(b) That under the circumstances, it would be in the public interest to appoint an outside Special Counsel to assume responsibility for the matter.
That would seem to hit the mark. But somebody is starting to pay attention: Democratic Party bosses finally figure out Hillary is a toxic candidate. The better you know her, the more distasteful she seems. Even HuffPo: Bernie Sanders' Female Supporters Want To Break The Gender Barrier... Just Not Now

On the Goldman Sachs transcript controversy, Clinton has gone coy: Show me yours and I'll show you mine. I'm pretty sure Bernie has already produced all the transcripts from all his secret meeting with Goldman Sachs (and other big banks). Is Bernie A Coward Or Just Shrewder Than Jonah Goldberg?
I yield to no one in my delight at seeing Hillary pilloried. But after the first step, which would be securing the nomination, Bernie also needs to complete the second step, winning the election.

Given his brief tenure within the Democratic party that won't be easy - there is no legacy "Bernie Machine" that can gin up money and votes for him. So he will need to hitch a ride on the Obama operation, the Kennedy machine, Team Daley in Chicago, and whatever other networks the DNC can provide. All of that is manageable - they need a Democrat in the White House too - but it is a lot easier if he has not trashed the Clintons on the way in.

Jonah's approach has a sense of "He has to destroy the party in order to save it". Bernie may get away with relying on the Republicans and the media (see below) to tear down Hillary while he presents himself as a sincere, credible, unifying alternative.

That approach may not work, but it isn't stupid. Or cowardly.
Will we see some changes at Clinton.com? Clinton weighs staff shake-up after New Hampshire, Shades of future past:
. . . This next line is sinfully delicious:
No one could have predicted Barack Obama’s sudden rise, though the Clinton campaign was slower to recognize it than most.
Replace "Barack Obama" with "Bernie Sanders," and Joshua Green could almost refile his old piece as brand-new reporting.
Us too, Bill: 'Sometimes ... I Wish We Weren't Married'

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