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September 8, 2016

Clinton Announces, ‘It’s Over, Period’!

Hillary may not want to answer more questions, but it ain’t over.

In a slow-pitch softball interview with her adoring fan, ABC’s David Muir, Hillary Clinton announced this week that there is no need to ask any more questions about her motives for concealing her communication. She declared that because the FBI released some notes from their interview with her, she’s “happy it’s over.”

In my column, “Clinton the ‘Congenital Liar,’” I covered the most damning evidence from those heavily redacted FBI files about Clinton’s effort to conceal all of her official communications while secretary of state. Only in Clinton’s warped universe could the release of this information mean “it’s over, period.”

In excerpts from the ABC interview, most of her responses are classified “L” for “Lie,” so instead of redactions, I have annotated them for clarity.

CLINTON: “What I did has raised questions for people, and I deeply regret that. [She regrets getting caught.] And that’s why I said there’s no excuses. [All she has done for 18 months is make excuses.] I took responsibility a year ago. [No she didn’t.] I take responsibility today. [No she doesn’t.] I made a mistake. I’ve apologized for it. [Not really.] And I’m just happy it’s over, because that’s, you know, the end of what’s been, you know, a very difficult period. [It’s not over.]”

MUIR: “When Americans hear [about your effort to erase servers and destroy smart phones], do you think that feeds into what the FBI director said about you, that you were ‘extremely careless’ with your emails?”

CLINTON: “Well, I hope not, because I take classification very seriously. [Apparently not.] Always have, ever since I was on the Senate Armed Services Committee some years ago. [Apparently not.] And what I want people to understand is really two things. I take responsibility. I have learned that trying to explain what happened made it sound to some people like I was trying to excuse it. [Again, because all she has done for 18 months is make excuses.] There are no excuses. I take responsibility, I made a mistake, I’ve apologized and obviously I wish I could do differently what happened. [Again, now that you got caught.] … I take classification seriously and I think the record shows that I have. [Actually, not.]”

Muir asked a few more easy questions about the FBI file.

CLINTON: “I’m glad that the FBI has released this material. [No she’s not.] Our campaign called for them to release it. [No they did not.] Because we didn’t want selective cherry-picking and leaks coming from Republicans on the Hill. [It’s all a ‘vast right wing conspiracy.’] We wanted people to be able to see it and at the end of all of their investigation the FBI concluded there was no basis for any further action. [Based on the limited information from the interview — in which Clinton was not under oath.]”

MUIR: “The director also thought you were extremely careless. Do you agree with him?”

CLINTON: “Well, I respectfully disagree…”

Does this interview sound like somebody “taking responsibility” or more like a parole hearing for somebody fishing for a pardon? Maybe she’s practicing…

For the record, here’s Title 18 USC §2071: “Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally — (a) Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record … filed or deposited with … any public office … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both. (b) Whoever, having the custody of any such record … willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and SHALL FORFEIT HIS OFFICE AND BE DISQUALIFIED FROM HOLDING ANY OFFICE UNDER THE UNITED STATES.”

Of course, within hours of the FBI interview with Clinton, Director James Comey determined there was no evidence of concealment or criminal intent. What alternate universe does he inhabit?

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