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Why Team Hillary's Conspiracy-Mongering Doesn't Pass the Laugh Test

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PJ Media’s Stephen Kruiser reported earlier today that the embattled Clinton campaign is now resorting to conspiracy-mongering to stave off damaging reports about Hillary’s metastasizing email scandal.

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, the panel cringed at Team Hillary’s absurd argument that the Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III is somehow a member of the “vast right-wing conspiracy.”

Host Joe Scarborough said “her problem is that she’s attacked the New York Times. This was a conspiracy from the New York Times, and now, you know, it’s the Inspector General from the intel agencies that doesn’t want her to get elected president.”

Another reason the Clinton campaign’s argument doesn’t pass the laugh test?

It turns out that McCullough is an Obama appointee who was confirmed by a Democrat-controlled Senate by unanimous consent.

Via McClatchy:

Hillary Clinton’s spokesman accused the Intelligence Community Inspector General Wednesday of working with Republicans to attack the Democratic presidential front-runner.

“I think this was a very coordinated leak,” Brian Fallon said on CNN. “Two months ago there was a…report that directly challenged the finding of this inspector general, and I don’t think he liked that very much. So I think that he put two Republican senators up to sending him a letter so that he would have an excuse to resurface the same allegations he made back in the summer that have been discredited.”

The comments came after Inspector General Charles McCullough III told senators that he believes at least several dozen of emails Clinton sent and received while she was secretary of state contained classified material at the highest levels, according to a letter obtained by McClatchy.

McCullough was nominated by President President Barack Obama in August 2011 to be the first inspector general for the 16 intelligence agencies and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate Intelligence Committee that October. The full Senate agreed by unanimous consent in November.

Incidentally, McCullough’s allegations from last summer have not been “discredited” (a term Clinton supporters like to use to swat away inconvenient truths). As Fox News reported yesterday, after being challenged by the State Department, the emails in question were determined by the intelligence agencies (who have the final say in classification matters) to have been “top secret” when they hit the server. This is not an “interagency dispute.” It is now considered a settled matter.