As a politician, Lincoln refuted the spurious arguments of the most cunning and ruthless men of his time, down to the notion that slavery was “liberty.” While Lincoln was familiar with every species of charlatan, he drew a distinction between mere frauds, who sometimes bemused him, and dangerous demagogues.
It’s high Lincoln season, bittersweet as it can be in remembrance of the slain Civil War president. Into the spring mix, noted author and journalist Sidney Blumenthal brings a breathtaking new view of Abraham Lincoln in his forthcoming book
By the time Rep. Trey Gowdy finally gaveled the hearing to a close, there was little doubt that Hillary Clinton’s composed, dignified demeanor — and the contrast between her and the Republicans — had notched another political victory for her.
So here is yet another absurd episode, humiliating both for Rep. Trey Gowdy and the journalists who promoted this fraudulent story, and highly reminiscent of the bogus “criminal referral” leak that made the front page of the New York Times last summer.
Given the New York Times’ deep bias against Hillary Clinton, nobody should be surprised by its embarrassing, inaccurate report of a non-existent “criminal referral” involving her.
It is now clear that Gowdy prefers to leak the Blumenthal testimony to smear both Clinton and the witnesss he claims to be protecting.
Rep. Trey Gowdy is defending the Republicans’ misuse of taxpayer funds for an inquisition that has in no way advanced the public’s understanding of the Benghazi tragedy.
Naturally the Washington press corps, courageous watchdogs of democracy, have supinely lapped up the Benghazi committee’s selective leaks without demanding the full context. If the Clintons did something like this, they’d bark and growl all night.
The Benghazi Select Committee moves slowly but spends quickly, exceeding the budget of the entire House Intelligence Committee.
Sidney Blumenthal’s sworn testimony debunked the suggestion that he had been involved in any Libyan “business venture,” that he had derived monetary profit from any such venture, or that he had used his friendship with Hillary Clinton to advance his mythical business interests.
This latest Blumenthal scandal is increasingly reminiscent of the pointless, endless probes of Whitewater by congressional Republicans two decades ago.
Has Washington learned nothing from Whitewater? The Clintons have spent their entire political lives in the capital dogged by one fake scandal after another.
Republican staffers on the House Select Committee on Benghazi plainly leaked Clinton emails to the paper of record — in frustration that their probe is headed nowhere.