Former President Bill Clinton is quick to apportion blame for his wife’s defeat.
“James Comey cost her the election,” Clinton was quoted telling a group of holiday shoppers during an impromptu chat in a Westchester County bookshop last week.
But he has yet to place any blame at all on an otherwise great man with a great fault who bears considerably more responsibility for Hillary Clinton’s loss.
That man is Bill Clinton himself. His great fault is one he shares with his wife; they too often act as if rules such as apply to you or me do not apply to them.
In blaming Comey, Bill Clinton noted that “we were seven points up” before the FBI director made it known via a letter to Congress that the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails had been reopened.
Bill Clinton did not add that Comey had felt obliged to make the reopening public because he had previously felt obliged to make the initial closing of the investigation public.
And the reason Comey had made the initial closing public was that the rules do in fact apply to everybody.
One rule holds that the husband of the target of a criminal investigation should not seek to meet privately with the law enforcement official ultimately in charge of that same investigation, no matter how innocent the talk.
That did not stop Bill Clinton from striding across the tarmac to have a friendly chat with Attorney General Loretta Lynch when their planes happened to be parked near each other at the executive terminal at Sky Harbor airport in Phoenix on June 27.
“I did see President Clinton at the Phoenix airport as he was leaving, and he spoke to myself and my husband on the plane,” Lynch told the press afterward. “Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren. It was primarily social and about our travels, and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix.”
SOURCE: Michael Daly