If Hillary Clinton is indicted and is still elected president, can she legally pardon herself?
Clinton and her cronies continue to furiously spin the steady stream of damaging e-mail scandal revelations. They have no choice. If Democratic primary voters believe that there is even a small chance that Clinton and/or her associates could be indicted, they will be disinclined to vote for her. Many already are.
Clinton likes to say she never sent or received anything marked "classified". Of course not. Nothing is ever marked "classified". Documents are "classified" as confidential, secret, top secret and the highest level of top secret, special access privilege. All four of these categories of documents were mishandled negligently by Clinton while she was Secretary of State.
Former intelligence analyst John Schindler shows how Clinton's latest distortion - "no evidence of foreign hacking" - is the latest in her series of disingenuous nonsense.
There is wordsmithing of a classic Clintonian kind going on here that requires a bit of unpacking. In the first place, the use of the term “hacking” obscures as much as it explains. It’s not a word normally used by intelligence services, since it conjures images of unwashed teenagers in basements. Spy agencies which practice advanced signals intelligence or SIGINT instead use terms like “active SIGINT” to describe their sophisticated, multilayered efforts to break into protected or encrypted information systems.
...Unencrypted IT systems don’t need “hacking”—normal SIGINT interception will suffice. Ms. Clinton’s “private” email, which was wholly unencrypted for a time, was incredibly vulnerable to interception, since it was traveling unprotected on normal commercial networks, which is where SIGINT operators lurk, searching for nuggets of gold.
They hunt for data with search terms called “selectors”—a specific phone number, a chatroom handle, an email address: here Ms. Clinton’s use of the “ ” server was the SIGINT equivalent of waving a huge “I’m right here” flag at hostile intelligence services. Since the number of spy agencies worldwide capable of advanced SIGINT operations numbers in the many dozens, with Russia and China in the top five, that Ms. Clinton’s emails wound up in the wrong hands is a very safe bet, as any experienced spy will attest.
Judge Andrew Napolitano lists a few of Clinton's offenses that will eventually destroy her ambitions - if justice is rightly served.
(The) search for a conspiracy will take Mrs. Clinton down the road to perdition — to the end of her hopes. Along that road are instructions to a subordinate to divert all her government emails through her private server. On the side of that road are emails instructing her aides to remove “secret” markings from documents and resend the documents to her via a non-secure fax machine.
On that road are emails revealing the names of secret undercover intelligence assets, the locations of North Korean nuclear facilities, the transcripts of telephone conversations among foreign intelligence agents, and the travel plans of then-U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens in the days before he was murdered.
We should learn soon whether we are a nation of laws or a banana republic with separate rules for the rich and powerful.
Blogger Ace graded the performances of yesterday's GOP debate participants. He gave Cruz an A-, Rubio a B, Kasich a D-, and briefly explained his reasoning for each. Then he got to Trump. The entertaining critique is worth reading in its entirety --
Repudiated the Jeff Sessions Immigration Plan -- which was the only reason to support him -- by declaring he was "changing" and "softening" it because we need all these highly-skilled people to take our jobs. Then said he would be "flexible" on the wall and deporting illegals and pretty much admitted he'd said as much to the New York Times editorial board, and then, in case you were unsure if you'd heard him right, praised Marco Rubio's Amnesty plan as "fine" and a good opening bargaining position.
Kept talking about his hand-size and then, just when you thought this was getting weird, brought it back into a more sensible area by assuring the world that his penis size was sufficient for most.
He then added some substance to his foreign policy platform by declaring that he would force American soldiers to break the law and murder children.
On other issues, he was less reassuring.
His answers to questions about Trump University and the budget were somewhat uncomfortable to watch, in much the same way that it is uncomfortable to watch a bus full of circus clowns crash into a school for blind children and even worse the clowns were doing their "Gasoline Comedy" act that day and now all the blind children are on fire and the clowns are trying to squirt water on them with their stupid lapel-flowers but the flowers are just squirting out more gas and the children are crying tears of fire out of their Unseeing Dead Eyes and holy shit a couple of the clowns look like they have boners and they're chasing around the fiery blind children trying to rub up on them with these bobbling clown-boners with big red bulbs on their tips.
In other words, as Trump would say: Not the best. Really not terrific. A real mess!
Grade: I don't even know how to even start grading this. As far as a letter grade, I give a red X carved crudely through the face of a rotting pig with a bunch of stripper-glitter tossed on it.
Want to know why all this won't matter and Trump will win anyway? Because the electorate is populated with the products of our education system --
More anti-Trump commentary, this by Steve Hayes. A stark contrast in intelligence, knowledge, dignity and values - Trump and Hayes.
Added 3/5 --
Coarse, crude, vulgar, tasteless, profane, lewd -- there is no shortage of appropriate adjectives to describe Donald Trump. Andrew McCarthy reflects on a culture that could allow such a man to become a leading candidate for president.
And this nugget from Ben Shapiro --
I fondly recall Federalist #89, in which James Madison pointed out that his penis was far out of proportion to his diminutive height.