Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Watching cable news Monday night was like being dropped down in a new-fangled, communal television production of Macbeth with the anchors of each channel cackling and chortling away, outdoing each other in plotting the demise of that obnoxious upstart the Thane of Trump. You fairly expected Donald to fall from the ceiling into a vat of boiling oil, expiring as the witches danced around the corpse.
MSNBC and CNN you would have guessed, but now even Fox News was fully on board (well, except for Sean Hannity, who doubtless will be dealt with later). To the rest, virtually all, Trump was the pariah that must be expunged, the plague our system must be rid of to preserve civilization. Out, out, gold Tower! Out, out, gold hair!
And what was the presenting complaint this time — that Trump had a business reversal and used that to avoid taxes. No matter this was perfectly legal, conventional really, and that the New York Times, that daily cheat sheet for dimly informed progressives that first revealed this latest of Trump’s “malfeasances,” had done the same itself to the tune of millions — this time it was Donald using the tax code. Bad!
And if that wasn’t enough, the cur had cast aspersions on veterans with PTSD…. Well, maybe he hadn’t, nothing close actually. Quite the reverse. But again no matter. Wasn’t Trump born to be misquoted? Didn’t he deserve it for being so brash? All accusations were valid, especially when they were made against The Donald. Trump was the piñata to be punched until he was ripped to unrecognizable shreds, his guts — real ones hopefully — spewed out onto the floor and stomped on to bother us no more.
Meanwhile, actual crimes, not imaginary ones, had been committed and continued to be revealed, although hardly anyone was commenting or saying much about it. Omertà ruled.
Sources said the arrangement with former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills and ex-campaign staffer Heather Samuelson also limited the search to no later than Jan. 31, 2015. This meant investigators could not review documents for the period after the email server became public — in turn preventing the bureau from discovering if there was any evidence of obstruction of justice, sources said.
The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee fired off a letter Monday to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking why the DOJ and FBI agreed to the restrictive terms, including that the FBI would destroy the laptops after finishing the search.
“Like many things about this case, these new materials raise more questions than answers,” Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., wrote in the letter obtained by Fox News.
“Doesn’t the willingness of Ms. Mills and Ms. Samuelson to have their laptops destroyed by the FBI contradict their claim that the laptops could have been withheld because they contained non-relevant, privileged information? If so, doesn’t that undermine the claim that the side agreements were necessary?” Goodlatte asks
Ah, that troublesome email scandal again — haven’t we had enough of that? So what if all the conceivable targets had immunity? Nobody cares. And nobody cares about the $6 billion that disappeared from State Department records while Clinton was secretary of State, billions that were supposedly spent in Iraq, of all places. Just more “sloppiness.”
Nobody cares about… well, we could go on, but it’s of no importance. After all, Julian Assange was supposed to deliver the goods on Clinton last night and what happened? Big zero. All the Mr. WikiLeaks could come up with was bluster. Worse yet…
Assange denied reports that he intended to harm the campaign of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, although he did describe the reaction to leaks of Democratic emails as “neo-McCarthy-esque hysteria.”
Asked if he had any affinity for Clinton’s Republican rival Donald Trump, Assange said, “I feel sorry for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. They are two people that are tormented by their ambitions.”
Sorry or not, this is going to continue. Even James Comey cannot sweep it entirely under the rug for the simple reason that no rug is big enough to hide it all. EmailGate (and the Clinton Foundation and the missing $6 billion, not to mention others unknown) is a story that will keep on giving all the way through the Clinton administration. The media will do its best to hide and misdirect, but it will never go away and fate will eventually find a way to justice, because the real Mr. and Mrs. Macbeth are the Clintons and we don’t need Shakespeare to remind us what finally happened to them. Unfortunately, as we wait, we all pay the price.