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Clinton’s Conspiracy of Secrecy Worthy of Criminal Probe

Maybe the dog ate her email.

Hillary speaks at her first official campaign rally.
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Ron Fournier
July 24, 2015, 3:38 a.m.

Who will Hil­lary Clin­ton blame now?

That was my first re­ac­tion to this New York Times story:

Two in­spect­ors gen­er­al have asked the Justice De­part­ment to open a crim­in­al in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to wheth­er sens­it­ive gov­ern­ment in­form­a­tion was mis­handled in con­nec­tion with the per­son­al email ac­count Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton used as sec­ret­ary of state, seni­or gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials said Thursday.

The an­swer came quickly (that’s why they call it “rap­id re­sponse”) from cam­paign spokes­man Nick Mer­rill.

“Con­trary to the ini­tial story, which has already been sig­ni­fic­antly re­vised, she fol­lowed ap­pro­pri­ate prac­tices in deal­ing with clas­si­fied ma­ter­i­als. As has been re­por­ted on mul­tiple oc­ca­sions, any re­leased emails deemed clas­si­fied by the ad­min­is­tra­tion have been done so after the fact, and not at the time they were trans­mit­ted.”

(RE­LATED: The Rise of Hil­lary Clin­ton)

She’s blam­ing The New York Times, which is as pathet­ic as it is laugh­able. Post-pro­duc­tion re­vi­sions of on­line and wire-ser­vice stor­ies are stand­ard prac­tice after the parties in­volve re­spond. Ap­pear­ing on MS­N­BC’s Morn­ing JoeTimes re­port­er Mi­chael Schmidt called the re­vi­sion minor without de­tail­ing it. Politico‘s Dylan By­ers de­scribed the “small but sig­ni­fic­ant changes.” Here’s all you need to know: The Clin­ton cam­paign doesn’t — and can’t — deny the nut of this story. Two Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion in­spect­ors gen­er­al want an in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to wheth­er her per­son­al email sys­tem con­trib­uted to the re­lease of clas­si­fied in­form­a­tion.

A rogue email sys­tem that:

— vi­ol­ated clear White House policy.

— shiel­ded her work from con­gres­sion­al over­sight, me­dia in­quir­ies, or any ac­count­ab­il­ity.

— con­trib­uted to a con­spir­acy of secrecy worthy of crim­in­al in­quiry. This from the Times:

On Monday, a fed­er­al judge sharply ques­tioned State De­part­ment law­yers at a hear­ing in Wash­ing­ton about why they had not re­spon­ded to Free­dom of In­form­a­tion Act re­quests from The As­so­ci­ated Press, some of which were four years old.

“I want to find out what’s been go­ing on over there — I should say, what’s not been go­ing on over there,” said Judge Richard J. Le­on of United States Dis­trict Court, ac­cord­ing to a tran­script ob­tained by Politico. The judge said that “for reas­ons known only to it­self,” the State De­part­ment “has been, to say the least, re­cal­cit­rant in re­spond­ing.”

(RE­LATED: How Green Is Hil­lary Clin­ton?)

When she’s not blam­ing the me­dia, Re­pub­lic­ans, bur­eau­crats, and tech­no­logy — everything and any­thing, ex­cept the dog who ate her email — Clin­ton is des­troy­ing her cred­ib­il­ity.

“There is no clas­si­fied ma­ter­i­al,” she said. Wrong.

“Everything I did was per­mit­ted,” she said. Wrong.

“People should and do trust me,” she said. Wrong and wrong. A ma­jor­ity of people don’t trust Clin­ton, be­cause a ma­jor­ity of people aren’t blindly loy­al to her or on her payroll.

Most people can sift through the spin, the lies, and the pars­ing to see the bot­tom line: She secreted and de­leted her email for reas­ons we may nev­er know. And she’s blam­ing every­body but the only per­son re­spons­ible for this mess, the only per­son who can clean it up: Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton.

NOTE: Ini­tial story re­ferred to DOJ guid­ance on a “crim­in­al refer­al.” DOJ later said it’s not a crim­in­al refer­al. Bot­tom line is that it would take a DOJ in­vest­ig­a­tion to who com­prom­ised clas­si­fied in­form­a­tion and wheth­er a crime was com­mit­ted.

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