Yes, the Clintons Are Playing Us. But Will They Get Away With It?
A couple of weeks ago, I devoted a column to reflecting on the signal oddity of this campaign season. "There is no reason to believe," I wrote, "that the supreme oddity that has characterized this primary season has run its course." I expected, and expect, more of it.
And so it goes. I could not have imagined, two weeks ago, that Bill Clinton would delay a flight to arrange a private meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Pause to consider what happened: the sitting attorney general of the United States meets privately with the spouse of the subject of an ongoing FBI criminal investigation.
Yes, you can file it under "Impropriety, Appearance of."
It was not supposed to have come to the public's attention at all. "The FBI there on the tarmac instructed everybody: no photos, no pictures, no cell phones," said Christopher Sign, the enterprising local news reporter in Arizona who broke the story.
Why did Bill Clinton request the meeting? If Loretta Lynch is to be believed, it was to talk about his grandchildren, not Hillary.
That's so nice.
There was, and continues to be, considerable fury in response to the meeting — more, oddly enough, than has been gingered up for Hillary's behavior over Benghazi or her email scandal. But maybe, like Al Capone's tax troubles, this will be the straw that breaks the candidate's back.
Loretta Lynch ought to recuse herself from the case altogether. Instead she has said that she will "accept" whatever recommendation the FBI makes with respect to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's home-brew email server.
Does that mean that Hillary will be brought to justice over her willful compromising of national security?
Again, maybe. But those chickens have not yet hatched and it would be foolish to try to count them.