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As a senator, Hillary Clinton once told General David Petraeus that trusting his positive reports to Congress on the surge in Iraq required “the willing suspension of disbelief.”
FBI director James Comey announced today that he would decline to recommend Clinton for prosecution for her mishandling of top secret information during her tenure as secretary of state.
Here’s a short list of claims related to the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton’s unsecured e-mail setup that currently require the willing suspension of disbelief:
- Clinton didn’t know the e-mails she sent and received were classified and, in some cases, top secret, the most secret that a government secret can be.
- She set up the unorthodox e-mail server out of convenience, not in some attempt to hide what she was doing as Secretary of State from public view.
- She cooperated fully with the investigations into her e-mail setup.
- All of the 30,000 e-mails that her staff deleted from the server were about Chelsea’s wedding, yoga routines, and family vacations.
- Bill Clinton’s private meeting last week in Phoenix with Comey’s boss, Loretta Lynch, was entirely coincidental.
- The former president and the attorney general didn’t discuss the e-mail investigation at all.
- The 2012 prosecution of Petraeus for mishandling classified information was, like, totally different.
- Donald Trump knows how to exploit Hillary’s troubles in a way that both heals the nation and ensures a sweeping repudiation of Clintonian politics.
- If Hillary were a man, this wouldn’t be happening.
- We are a nation of laws.
- Words have meaning.
- Everything is okay.