A new batch of State Department emails released Tuesday showed the close and sometimes overlapping interests between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department when Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.This is more or less quotidian influence peddling, the kind of transactional politicking that transpires in the halls of power every day. Nothing I see in this story indicates an illicit quid pro quo. But the nexus of power and money and favors—small or otherwise—should be grist for the Trump campaign’s mill, built as it is as an outsider’s insurgence against a corrupt establishment. (The story also hints at Clinton’s untruthfulness: “The documents included 44 emails that were not among some 55,000 pages of emails that Mrs. Clinton had previously given to the State Department, which she said represented all her “work-related” emails.”)
The documents raised new questions about whether the charitable foundation worked to reward its donors with access and influence at the State Department, a charge that Mrs. Clinton has faced in the past and has always denied.
In one email exchange, for instance, an executive at the Clinton Foundation in 2009 sought to put a billionaire donor in touch with the United States ambassador to Lebanon because of the donor’s interests there.
In another email, the foundation appeared to push aides to Mrs. Clinton to help find a job for a foundation associate. Her aides indicated that the department was working on the request.
Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign, which has been shadowed for 17 months by the controversy over the private email server she used exclusively while at the State Department, said that the emails released Tuesday had no bearing on the foundation’s work.
“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Mr. Trump said, as the crowd began to boo. He quickly added: “Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.”Here‘s the video, with full context:
Thankfully, Trump has a loyal media servant in Hannity, who somehow scored a big interview with the candidate in primetime Tuesday night. First, the host cited an alleged tightening in the general election polls and touted Trump’s conservative credentials, accusing Republicans who have said they won’t vote for him of “helping Hillary.” But soon, after a few more minutes of Clinton-bashing and yet another relitigation of the baby thing, he moved on to the big story of the day.Trump responded to that hard-hitting question thusly:
“Speaking of unfair,” Hannity said—before agreeing with his guest that the media is fundamentally “unfair” because they won’t admit they are voting for Clinton in the same way he openly supports Trump—he played the clip of Trump’s Second Amendment comments.
“So, obviously you are saying that there’s a strong political movement within the Second Amendment and if people mobilize and vote they can stop Hillary from having this impact on the court,” Hannity told Trump. “But that’s not how the media is spinning it.”
The Secret Service is aware of the comments made earlier this afternoon.— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) August 9, 2016
For me, Reagan was what John F. Kennedy had been to an earlier generation: an inspirational figure who shaped my worldview. Reagan had his faults, like JFK, but he was optimistic and gentlemanly. He was pro-free trade and pro-immigration. He believed in limited government at home and American leadership abroad.The party of Reagan may be dead, but Republicans still hold the levels of power in Congress and in state houses all over the country; they have an obligation, as elected officials who represent not just the doctrinaire Republicans but all of us, to speak out against rancid demagoguery. But in the past twenty-four hours, we’ve gotten radio silence from North Carolina’s top GOP officials.
That's what I believed in too — and that's what I thought the Republican Party stood for. … For the time being, at least, that Republican Party is dead. It was wounded by the tea party absolutists who insisted on political purity and rejected any compromise. Now it has been killed by Donald Trump.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, who has stood by the bathroom law and promised to appeal the voting decision, spoke before Mr. Trump and drew applause for pointing out the fire exits, the concession stand — and the restrooms. He mostly talked about his governorship and said little about Mr. Trump except, “I’m very proud to support this ticket.”Very proud.
@jeffreybillman Sent a follow-up this morning, still nothing.— Colin Campbell (@RaleighReporter) August 10, 2016