I understand their siege mentality.
And yet, Bill and Hillary Clinton repeatedly display a willingness to aggressively deny wrongdoing when the facts say otherwise. Despite her denials, a federal prosecutor found “substantial evidence” that Hillary Clinton had a role in the 1993 White House travel-office firings. Five years later, Bill Clinton lied to the public about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
Which is why the email scandal is so sticky. Hillary Clinton’s defense can be boiled down to two words—trust me—and we can’t. There will be no trust before a credible independent review of the emails she deleted.
There will be no trust until she admits what she did was wrong—and not because of “the confusion it created,” as she likes to say, but because it violated a federal policy and the fundamentals of good government: transparency and accountability.
Don’t take my word for it. Listen to Madeleine Albright, the secretary of State under Bill Clinton, who was asked on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today whether she would let her deputy secretary of State put all email on a private server.
“I would not,” she said. “No.”
Easy answer. Straight answer. This scandal is sticking around because Hillary Clinton can’t seem to summon the same.