Pat Caddell on Hannity, Tuesday evening, said Hillary Clinton’s email scandal feels like “deja vu all over again”
After watching Clinton’s “trainwreck” of a press conference earlier today, he remarked, “I just had this horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach that we’ve been here before, and Oh my God, here we go again. Not only did she not answer – she raised a lot more questions.” An AP fact-check found Clinton’s explanations to be less than exculpatory. Here are the 20 Funniest Reactions to Hillary’s Catastrophic Email Press Conference.
“This is a big hill,” Caddell continued. “It’s not a molehill. This is a big hill – this email – and the mountain standing behind it are all those contributions from foreign governments and corporations – 26 of whom tried to get work from the State Department.”
Caddell noted, “we know this server has been hacked because we have the Sydney Blumenthal hacking that took place with her in which he was sending her… dozens of emails about foreign policy.”
He was referring to the hacker known as “Guccifer” who in a e-mail blasts two years ago, disseminated four memos to Clinton from Sidney Blumenthal on foreign policy.
Via The Smoking Gun:
The 64-year-old Blumenthal, who worked as a senior White House adviser to President Bill Clinton, had his AOL e-mail account hacked last week by “Guccifer,” who has conducted similar illegal assaults against a growing list of public figures, including Colin Powell, relatives and friends of the Bush family, and a top United Nations official.
The hacker’s e-mails went to hundreds of recipients, though the distribution lists were dotted with addresses for aides to Senate and House members who are no longer in office. But many of the addresses to which the Blumenthal memos were sent are good (though it is unclear whether firstname.lastname@example.org is a solid address for the Republican mastermind).
Most of the e-mail recipients were sent four separate memos that were e-mailed to Clinton by Blumenthal during the past five months. Each memo dealt with assorted developments in Libya, including the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi. One memo marked “Confidential” was sent to Clinton on September 12.
Blumenthal’s memos and e-mails to Clinton were sent to her at a non-governmental e-mail address through the web domain “clintonemail.com.”
Did Republicans not yet see the problem with this?
As TSG reported last week, after Blumenthal’s e-mail account was compromised, the hacker searched it for e-mails sent to Clinton, and further sorted the mail to segregate any attachment–like Word files–that were included in Blumenthal’s correspondence to Clinton. Many of these pilfered documents were memos to Clinton on foreign policy and intelligence matters.
While “Guccifer” appears to have downloaded many of these attachments, the hacker opted not to send the actual Word files to those on the e-mail blast list (likely as a security measure since the downloaded files could contain metadata that could lead to the hacker, who is the target of a mushrooming federal criminal investigation).
Flashback: A very prescient Christopher Hitchens (God rest his soul) in an appearance on the Larry King Show in November of 2008 – when Hillary Clinton’s name was being bandied about for Secretary of State – gave a laundry list of reasons why she should not be nominated. First and foremost – the Clintons’ history of taking corrupt foreign donations.
“There are about five or six financial scandals in her past – all of them related to foreign donors to her and her husband – the Riady family in Indonesia, innumerable people in connection to business in China – not an unimportant country in our State Department’s periphery – or our Treasury’s periphery.”
He added that there were “many, many dozens of whom fled the country rather than testify into the hearings on Clinton’s fundraising and her brother who tried to get a hazelnut monopoly in Georgia and who took loans from Marc Rich and didn’t repay them. If all of this was balanced by huge foreign policy expertise – okay, maybe, conceivably, possibly — but it isn’t! What’s her best foreign policy position? She invented a record for herself in Bosnia – made herself into a laughing stock!”