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Mon Oct 31, 2016, 05:41 PM

Clinton’s critics know she’s guilty, they're just trying to decide what she's guilty of

The Prime Directive driving bad Clinton coverage.

Updated by Matthew Yglesias@mattyglesiasmatt@vox.com Oct 31, 2016, 12:10p

The latest Hillary Clinton email revelations arose out of an unrelated investigation into Anthony Weiner’s sexting. The best way to understand this odd hopscotch is through the Prime Directive of Clinton investigations: We know the Clintons are guilty; the only question is what are they guilty of and when will we find the evidence?

So somehow an investigation that once upon a time was about a terrorist attack on an American consulate becomes an inquiry into Freedom of Information Act compliance, which shifts into a question about handling of classified material. A probe of sexting by the husband of a woman who works for Clinton morphs into a quest for new emails, and if the emails turn out not to be new at all (which seems likely), it will morph into some new questions about Huma Abedin’s choice of which computers to use to check her email.

Clinton has been very thoroughly investigated, and none of the earlier investigations came up with any crimes. So now the Prime Directive compels her adversaries to look under a new rock and likewise compels cable television and many major newspapers to treat the barest hint of the possibility of new evidence that might be damning as a major development.

It’s the same drive that led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial on the grounds that he had perjured himself to try to cover up an affair that was uncovered in an investigation that was originally supposed to be looking into a years-old Arkansas land deal on which the Clintons had lost money. The Whitewater investigation did not reveal any crimes. So rather than wrap things up and consider the Clintons exonerated, the investigators went looking under other rocks and came up with Monica Lewinsky.



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Mon Oct 31, 2016, 05:50 PM

2. They just can't help themselves, the big problem with Republicans is their platform.

It is terrible but rather than fixing their platform they choose to attack Democrats who are working for a better America. They have non scandal after non scandal and don't seem to be able to prove a non scandal. They should work this hard on issues important to Americans.

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