I’m tired of writing and reading about the Supreme Court, and I’ve seen so many rainbows this weekend I’m pretty sure I have resultant visual color fatigue issues. So let’s move on to more interesting fare than whether or not the very foundations of our republic are crumbling – specifically, whether Hillary Clinton’s famed cache of personal emails was as properly sorted, dying ambassadors from yoga schedules, as she claimed at her UN press conference.
It should surprise literally no one that a further investigation into Hillary Clinton’s work email seems to demonstrate that the presumptive Democratic frontrunner might have taken some artistic liberties with the “work-related” communications she returned to the State Department after her tenure. By which I mean, she was extremely selective in what she submitted and may or may not have “selectively edited” a few key communications themselves.
Hillary Clinton withheld Benghazi-related emails from the State Department that detailed her knowledge of the scramble for oil contracts in Libya and the shortcomings of the NATO-led military intervention for which she advocated.
Clinton removed specific portions of other emails she sent to State, suggesting the messages were screened closely enough to determine which paragraphs were unfit to be seen by the public.
For example, one email Clinton kept from the State Department indicates Libyan leaders were “well aware” of which “major oil companies and international banks” supported them during the rebellion, information they would “factor into decisions” about about who would be given access to the country’s rich oil reserves.
The email, which Clinton subsequently scrubbed from her server, indicated Clinton was aware that involvement in the controversial conflict could have a significant financial benefit to firms that were friendly to the Libyan rebels.
Most of the communications involve Clinton BFF and general scumbag, Sidney Blumenthal, who had business contacts in Libya and was regularly informing the State Department about how the “rebels” felt NATO was handling the situation on the ground. To his credit, Blumenthal was a lot more interested in whether Libya would be a functioning democracy, likely because he had a financial interest in its success, than Clinton was. According to the email records, Blumenthal routinely warned Clinton that just hitting basic benchmarks in creating a democracy wasn’t enough to ensure that Libya remained intact. He specifically warned Clinton – in paragraphs the Examiner notes were completley removed from the documents Clinton eventually submitted to the State Department – that having a democratic election almost certainly meant a government founded on Sharia law, led by terrorist groups who eventually played a part in the Benghazi attacks.
Clinton also seems to have removed any laudatory references she made to Libya’s post-revolutionary leader.
Thiiiiiiis is kind of a problem. Hillary Clinton is required to turn over all her stuff to the National Archives, sure, and we’ve routinely had stories about how she failed at that measure, likely because she lacks the technological know-how to do much with the server she supposedly set up and used for years. But in this case, it seems, she also tampered with the stuff she actually did send to the National Archives, trying really hard to rewrite her Living History.
I don’t suspect much will be done. After all, the Obama Administration can’t exactly investigate their presumptive successor. But it looks, with the Clintons at least, like very little has changed.
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