Monday, April 11, 2016

Republicans know Hillary Clinton is not going to be indicted …

They just can’t say so

By Paul Waldman April 11 at 12:27 PM, WashPost

If you’ve spent any time inside the conservative information bubble, among the things you know is that not only did Hillary Clinton commit all manner of nefarious crimes with relation to the emails she sent and received as Secretary of State, but she will be indicted for those crimes soon, and that indictment will throw the 2016 to the Republican presidential nominee. If you inhabit the world outside that bubble, you may know that the chances of such an indictment are infinitesimal.

But conservatives hold on to the possible indictment like a life raft amid swelling seas, the one thing that can save them from the horror of a Clinton presidency.

So it was that when President Obama agreed to be interviewed by Fox News Sunday for yesterday’s broadcast, host Chris Wallace had to get him to weigh in on the matter. Obama’s answer was pretty much what you would have expected, but it was the panel discussion afterward that was most revealing. Here’s how Obama answered Wallace’s first question:
“I’ve got to be careful because, as you know, there have been investigations, there are hearings, Congress is looking at this. And I haven’t been sorting through each and every aspect of this. 
“Here’s what I know: Hillary Clinton was an outstanding Secretary of State. She would never intentionally put America in any kind of jeopardy. 
“And what I also know, because I handle a lot of classified information, is that there are — there’s classified, and then there’s classified. There’s stuff that is really top secret top secret, and there’s stuff that is being presented to the president or the secretary of state, that you might not want on the transom, or going out over the wire, but is basically stuff that you could get in open source.”
(More here.)

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