Friday, July 14, 2017
Clinton vs. Trump Jr
Here we go again. The media are in another frenzy over Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russians.
As you know, Hillary Clinton's campaign was haunted by scandal, not related to Russia, but her own attempts to avoid State Department regulations regarding the handling of sensitive communications. She maintained an eye-popping number of unsecured devices -- private servers, laptops, iPads, Blackberries -- from which she sent thousands of emails that she did not want others to see.
When investigators attempted to gain access to Clinton's emails, she and her lawyers engaged in an extraordinary effort to conceal them.
She deleted tens of thousands of emails she claimed were about yoga lessons and weddings.
Her private server was wiped with Bleachbit.
Devices that were surrendered were -- Surprise! -- useless. They were missing SIM cards that contained essential data.
Her aides destroyed several devices with hammers.
A laptop was "lost" in the mail.
I'm surprised she never tried the excuse, "My dog ate my emails."
In legal parlance all of this behavior relates to what prosecutors (not named Comey) would call "intent." Clearly, her intent was to hide communications that many believe would incriminate her for exploiting her government office to benefit the financial dealings of the Clinton Foundation.
By the way, she did all of this as a former first lady, former senator and lawyer in her mid-to-late 60s who has had an eye on the presidency ever since she graduated college.
Now let's compare that to the current controversy involving Donald Trump Jr., a 39-year old real estate executive who grew up in a family that had nothing to do with politics.
He finds himself in the middle of a presidential campaign, something you can't imagine unless you have done it (and I have). His father is shocking everyone with his success. Don Jr. gets an email suggesting that a lawyer from Russia may have incriminating information on Hillary Clinton.
If you believe that talking to this lawyer is illegal, would you engage in the email chain he wrote?
Would you ask other key people in the campaign to join you?
After big media makes Russian collusion a big theme, would you leave the emails on your computer?
Donald Trump Jr. is not guilty of collusion. He is guilty of not understanding how the far left will go to criminalize politics.