“Utterly irrelevant,” writes the WSJ’s Kimberly Strassel of Hillary Clinton’s attempt to “fuzzy up” her story that information wasn’t classified at the time she sent it. According to the NYT, the Justice Department “hasn’t decided if it will open an investigation.” Why are State Department officials doing backbends to justify why Mrs. Clinton emailed classified info through her private server? Perhaps it is that President Obama needs Hillary in the 2016 primaries to boost his legacy.
Ms. Clinton also has good friends in the corporate world. During her time as secretary of state, she intervened—an unusual step—to fix a problem that Swiss banking titan UBS was having with the IRS. According to the WSJ, “In the years that followed, UBS donated $600,000 to the Clinton Foundation, anted up another $32 million in loans via foundation programs, and dropped $1.5 million on Bill for a series of speaking events.”
As Ms. Strassel notes:
Those in the business and financial world, after all, understand how the Clintons operate: pure Arkansas, purely transactional. You scratch my family foundation; I’ll scratch your government problem. They’ve spent a lot of money getting on Mrs. Clinton’s right side (and they certainly don’t want to be on her wrong side) so expect the corporate cash to now flow toward her election effort. Yes, Mrs. Clinton has, and will continue to have, lots of amigos in the private sector.
Left out in the cold, of course, are all those Americans who would like the straight story on Mrs. Clinton’s emails and her foundation before they have to make a decision about whom to vote for next year. Problem is, unlike Hillary, they don’t have friends in high places who can force those answers into the light of day.
Read more from Kimberly Strassel here on the Clintons’ favored inner circle.