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  posted on 9/9/2016 at 11:31 AM
Jennifer Rubin is a conservative writer.

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Suspicion falls on a high-level administration official. Colin Powell, who cultivates a saintlike image as a man above politics, knows that the accused is blameless. He nevertheless remains silent so as not to besmirch his own image. The accused twists in the wind and suffers personal and professional calamities, which largely could have been avoided had Powell spoken up earlier. The tale of Hillary Clinton’s emails? Actually, that was the Scooter Libby episode.

Libby, chief of staff to then-Vice President Dick Cheney, was falsely accused of leaking the name of CIA employee Valerie Plame. The real culprit was Richard Armitage, as his boss, Colin Powell, knew all too well. Powell and Armitage remained silent, but prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald (who also knew Armitage was the culprit) investigated Libby, whose poor memory led to a prosecution, conviction and later a partial pardon. Powell apparently felt no guilt in countenancing investigation of an innocent man. He learned no lesson, it seems.

Along comes Hillary Clinton, no computer whiz. New to the job, she asks Colin Powell about how he dealt with emails. In this case, it was a good thing she was using email. We now have that email exchange in which Powell tells her: “I didn’t have a BlackBerry. What I did do was have a personal computer that was hooked up to a private phone line (sounds ancient.) So I could communicate with a wide range of friends directly without it going through the State Department servers.” That sounds not so different at all, especially to a non-techie, from having her own server at home, doesn’t it? Powell confided, “I even used it to do business with some foreign leaders and some of the senior folks in the Department on their personal email accounts. I did the same thing on the road in hotels.” He acknowledged warnings from intelligence services, but he “went about our business and stopped asking.” He also advised that BlackBerry records could become public. He counsels, “I got around it all by not saying much and not using systems that captured the data.”

You now understand how Clinton could have understood that, generally speaking, Powell did what she did. “Not using systems that captured the data” could very well have sounded to a layperson like “not using a server that captured the data on the State Department’s system.” She, like Powell, used insecure systems in hotels. Nevertheless, Clinton was painted as a liar, and Powell even indignantly claimed at one point that the Clinton team was always trying to “pin” the email problem on him.

It was Powell who was playing it too cute by half. He knew the advice he had given Clinton. He knew his own workarounds. Why didn’t he speak up, even if it meant casting himself in a poor light? Libby probably has wondered the same thing. Now Powell defensively writes in a prepared statement something about not being aware “at the time of any requirement for private, unclassified exchanges to be treated as official records.” He adds, “I stand by my decisions and I am fully accountable.” How about offering an apology for rotten advice to Clinton and for remaining mum, which made him look good and her much worse?

And James Comey, frankly, is partially to blame for making Clinton seem like an abject liar. He surely knew about the Powell-Clinton exchange, which is much more favorable to her than his sterile account and conclusion that Powell did not, in fact, do what she did. (He had no home server.) You also get a much better idea why she was not prosecuted; it was pretty darn close to what Powell did and, in any case, she relied in good faith on his advice.

Now, Clinton had an independent duty to comply with updated security protocols. She should not initially have said no classified emails were sent or received. She, like Powell, clearly was doing this to avoid allowing some material to be captured (not for “convenience”). But the entire scandal has a much less ominous feel when you have the details of the Powell-Clinton exchange.

Clinton is never blameless in these scandals. She should have strictly abided by State Department protocol for email, just like she should have prevented even the appearance of impropriety by ending corporate and foreign donations to the the foundation as soon as she became secretary of state. (In the latter case, there nevertheless is no proof of a quid pro quo and no “official” act.) Her errors are of sloppiness and a cavalier attitude toward the appearance of impropriety.

She is not, however, a criminal mastermind, nor even as culpable as Donald Trump, whose actions in connection with a donation to a campaign group tied to Florida state attorney general Pam Bondi should clearly set forth the basis for a bribery investigation. The Tampa Bay Times editorial board argues convincingly: “Federal prosecutors should investigate whether there is any connection between the decision by Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office not to pursue fraud allegations against Trump University and a $25,000 campaign contribution he gave her. Since Florida prosecutors will not touch this mess, the Justice Department is the only option. The appearance of something more than a coincidence is too serious and the unresolved questions are too numerous to accept blanket denials by Bondi and Trump without more digging and an independent review.” We agree.

We also agree with those who criticize a false equivalence between Trump and Clinton in the realm of ethics. Clinton is no goody-two-shoes, but she is not in Trump’s league when it comes to lies, deceit and buying and selling politicians. That’s not an excuse for her; it’s an indictment of the media coverage that has bought Trump’s line that Clinton is somehow worse than he is. We have no doubt who is the worst of the two.




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  posted on 9/9/2016 at 11:51 AM
Great! I will add throwing Colin Powell under the bus and backing over him a couple times to Crooked Hillarys Game Plan thread. Rather than admit she made a mistake, Hillary prefers her media surrogates continue dragging good ol' Iraq Security Council Superstar Colin Powell (aka Yellowcake Johnson) thru the mud.

[Edited on 9/9/2016 by OriginalGoober]

 

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  posted on 9/9/2016 at 12:26 PM
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her media surrogates


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Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective. She covers a range of domestic and foreign policy issues and provides insight into the conservative movement and the Republican Party. Rubin came to The Post after three years with Commentary magazine. Her work has appeared in a number of print and online publications, including The Weekly Standard, where she has been a frequent contributor. Prior to her career in journalism, Rubin practiced labor law for two decades. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two sons.


Brilliant.

 

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  posted on 9/9/2016 at 01:02 PM
Help me pic out a pro-Trump story from the last dozen or so Jennifer Rubin aka "Conservative Jenny" Washington Post columnist ?


Even you cant be so blind with Hillary love to see the bias.



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  posted on 9/9/2016 at 01:14 PM
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Help me pic out a pro-Trump story from the last dozen or so Jennifer Rubin aka "Conservative Jenny" Washington Post columnist ?

Here's a clue: Trump is not a conservative.

 

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  posted on 9/9/2016 at 01:23 PM
neither are a substantial proportion of his supporters.

 

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  posted on 9/9/2016 at 02:46 PM
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Help me pic out a pro-Trump story from the last dozen or so Jennifer Rubin aka "Conservative Jenny" Washington Post columnist ?

So, you piss and moan about "bias" while calling for more "pro-Trump" stories? Alrighty then. <roll eyes>

 

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  posted on 9/9/2016 at 10:06 PM
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Help me pic out a pro-Trump story from the last dozen or so Jennifer Rubin aka "Conservative Jenny" Washington Post columnist ?


Even you cant be so blind with Hillary love to see the bias.


But negative coverage just helps Trump. You didn't know?

It's free negative media coverage and that's a big help to any candidate.





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  posted on 9/9/2016 at 10:12 PM
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Help me pic out a pro-Trump story from the last dozen or so Jennifer Rubin aka "Conservative Jenny" Washington Post columnist ?


Even you cant be so blind with Hillary love to see the bias.


But negative coverage just helps Trump. You didn't know?

It's free negative media coverage and that's a big help to any candidate.


(or so were told)


The article is about Hillary. You don't have anything to say about that?

 

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Help me pic out a pro-Trump story from the last dozen or so Jennifer Rubin aka "Conservative Jenny" Washington Post columnist ?


Even you cant be so blind with Hillary love to see the bias.


But negative coverage just helps Trump. You didn't know?

It's free negative media coverage and that's a big help to any candidate.


(or so were told)


The article is about Hillary. You don't have anything to say about that?


If I did I probably would have typed it.

 

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Help me pic out a pro-Trump story from the last dozen or so Jennifer Rubin aka "Conservative Jenny" Washington Post columnist ?


Even you cant be so blind with Hillary love to see the bias.


But negative coverage just helps Trump. You didn't know?

It's free negative media coverage and that's a big help to any candidate.


(or so were told)


The article is about Hillary. You don't have anything to say about that?


If I did I probably would have typed it.


Good you understand because every time the right botches something like this it hurts the party.

 

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Help me pic out a pro-Trump story from the last dozen or so Jennifer Rubin aka "Conservative Jenny" Washington Post columnist ?


Even you cant be so blind with Hillary love to see the bias.


But negative coverage just helps Trump. You didn't know?

It's free negative media coverage and that's a big help to any candidate.


(or so were told)


The article is about Hillary. You don't have anything to say about that?


If I did I probably would have typed it.


Only alloak is allowed to change the subject, post sarcasm and snark, not be responsible for what he posts in other threads, and have no facts other than what he pulls out of his butt. But don't do any of that to him because he doesn't like it. He's quite a jacka... guy.

 

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  posted on 9/13/2016 at 05:53 PM
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Great! I will add throwing Colin Powell under the bus and backing over him a couple times to Crooked Hillarys Game Plan thread. Rather than admit she made a mistake, Hillary prefers her media surrogates continue dragging good ol' Iraq Security Council Superstar Colin Powell (aka Yellowcake Johnson) thru the mud.

[Edited on 9/9/2016 by OriginalGoober]


Colin Powell was fed bad info probably more than once. Remember his testimony at the United Nations meeting where he testified why he though Iraq had WMD's. He testified based on info. given to him. He trusted people who should not have been trusted. If all the politicians who want to go to Washington had to take a lie detector test how many would actually make it thru that vetting process?

 

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