So, Republicans are creaming their pants because the FBI is looking into three Clinton-related emails on a Clinton staffer’s account. Let’s have a simple reality check (via Digby):
Between 2003 and 2009, the Bush White House “lost” 22 million emails. This correspondence included millions of emails written during the darkest period in America’s recent history, when the Bush administration was ginning up support for what turned out to be a disastrous war in Iraq with false claims that the country possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and, later, when it was firing U.S. attorneys for political reasons.
Like Clinton, the Bush White House used a private email server—its was owned by the Republican National Committee. And the Bush administration failed to store its emails, as required by law, and then refused to comply with a congressional subpoena seeking some of those emails. …
Most troubling, researchers found a suspicious pattern in the White House email system blackouts, including periods when there were no emails available from the office of Vice President Dick Cheney. “That the vice president’s office, widely characterized as the most powerful vice president in history, should have no archived emails in its accounts for scores of days—especially days when there was discussion of whether to invade Iraq—beggared the imagination,” says Thomas Blanton, director of the Washington-based National Security Archive. The NSA (not to be confused with the National Security Agency, the federal surveillance organization) is a nonprofit devoted to obtaining and declassifying national security documents and is one of the key players in the effort to recover the supposedly lost Bush White House emails.
The media paid some attention to the Bush email chicanery but spent considerably less ink and airtime than has been devoted to Clinton’s digital communications in the past 18 months.
Let’s not forget that Dick Cheney pushed Executive Branch action that allowed the company he used to head, Halliburton, to get no bid contracts for work during the Iraq conflict. And let’s not also forget that Cheney had a financial interest in Halliburton, even though he placed his holdings in a blind trust. Only that the blind trust made lots of money because Halliburton stock took off during the Bush administration. So the former vice president made money off of the blood of our soldiers, which should in itself have been an impeachable offense.
But if you’re a Republican, you intentionally forget all that, because nothing existed before Jan. 20, 2009, the day Obama moved into the White House.
I ran into a pump truppet this past week who swore that Hillary was about to be indicted. Of course, I had to ask what the offense was. It was a Breitbart-fueled conspiracy theory that had absolutely no basis in reality. And there was no satisfaction in pointing out that the whole theory was stupid, because followers of the bogus billionaire blob don’t deal in reality anymore.
When Trump fluffers get indignant about Hillary deleting emails, ask them how many emails they’ve deleted in the past eight years. They’re now freaking out over three. Maybe they should be investigated for the tens of thousands they’ve deleted over the years.