The political intrigue is thick with Clintonian plots and subplots with the fates of many, not to mention the future course of a Superpower, riding on the findings of an FBI Cyber Forensics Team. But first, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll, 61% of Americans think Hillary Rodham Clinton isn't honest or trustworthy. You can now count my dear Mother among them. I couldn't believe my ears and was a little saddened (about my Mum not HRC) to hear the disappointment in her voice. She has long been a fierce HRC supporter although she was and remains a strong Obama supporter. I wanted to hear my mother's thinking on changing her favored candidate to Bernie Sanders but she told me it was her birthday (the actual reason for my call) and intimated she didn't want to have a painful conversation that would have to include an admission the apple of her eye, GSL, was right about HRC. I didn't want to put her through it either as her father, my Grandpa Cooper, was a strong supporter of Bill Clinton, and Mum and I both say that the whole Monica scandal would have killed him if he had lived long enough to see it.
In case you haven't been following American politics, Joe Biden has finally let it be known he is very serious about running for President. He had a very conspicuous meeting with Elizabeth Warren last weekend that has everybody assuming she will be his running mate and would wisely say that when announcing his intentions to run. The White House made a very surprising statement on Monday leaving no doubt that Obama would much prefer to have his VP carry on his legacy. To us longtime political observers, all of this has been carefully orchestrated with lengthy New York Times pieces including a column by Maureen Dowd stating that Joe Biden's son, who tragically died from cancer this Spring, told his father, from his death bed, not to let the White House "revert back to the Clintons" with Joe Biden's superior values and integrity being the implied reason. Joe Biden is highly respected and actually is a true believer in those traditional Democratic Party values of looking out for the less fortunate, equal opportunity for all, etc. He would have never gone on such a rapacious money grab as the Clinton's have done, think himself entitled to set up his own private communication channels, and retroactively decide what to avail to the State Department, National Archives, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Joe is known to be a gaffe machine but his heart has always been in the right place and he doesn't much care about personal wealth.
There has been massive speculation about the FBI investigation into HRC's private email server. The Associated Press and Reuters are reporting their State Department sources say there will at least be hundreds of emails containing classified information. HRC had the thing professionally wiped clean before handing it over and likely is praying that nothing can be recovered. The talk is that Biden, who over 40 years has deeply entrenched allies at the FBI and State Department, has recently been tipped off that HRC is dead meat based on what they've already uncovered which will at least be very embarrassing, if not criminal, although the very act of storing classified material in an unsecured location is criminal.
|John Deutch, CIA Director under Bill Clinton, who was pardoned on President Clinton's last day of office for having classified material on his home computer. He was facing serious criminal charges and possible jail time.|
I've been talking with my buddies The Good Doctor and Dutch about the various scenarios likely being played out at the White House, and quiet little Georgetown cafes in hushed tones. There is a very high stakes poker game going on right now. HRC doesn't know what the FBI will be able to recover. Some of it may make the President or Biden look bad. If classified material is discovered sent by HRC, that's an automatic criminal charge and prosecution. Obama and Biden may not want a public trial either with their names potentially coming up in an unfavorable light. Obama has the ultimate Trump card (not The Donald) in that he can grant a Presidential pardon for any reason whatsoever that is permanent...even to himself.. That is a strong incentive to squeeze HRC to step away and don't make a fuss and let Joe and Elizabeth Warren carry on his legacy. HRC can go all in and 'let it ride' that her server was wiped clean and insist that only as a recipient of classified material (if not marked as classified) that she was an unwitting victim even though the whole reason it was sent over unsecured lines was her own doing.
GSL's Bold Prediction:
HRC had lots of allies at State to run interference and frustrate Congressional investigations and essentially withhold critical info Congress is charged, by law, with overseeing. They have stonewalled, obfuscated, and been disingenuous to say the least. These Clinton loyalists all know they will be well looked after for helping Team Clinton. However over at the FBI, there are very few Team Clinton loyalists. FBI 'G-Men' are hardcore by-the-book 'follow the evidence where it leads' types who are nearly unanimous in their disgust with this email server business, Clinton duplicity, and livid over HRC mocking their investigation and having her server professionally wiped clean just prior to handing it over. I predict another server will be found which means 'game over'. They will stumble on some bombshells regarding Benghazi as it has recently been discovered that a covert CIA arms shipment in Libya that HRC likely knew about and tacitly, if not explicitly approved, was diverted to the guys who killed our Ambassador and 3 other Americans and there will be emails revealing it and the orchestrated cover-up that followed.
It will be interesting to see what actually develops.