WASHINGTON, September 5, 2015 —“Never ruin an apology with an excuse,” said Benjamin Franklin.
Hillary Clinton doesn’t know her Franklin.
“At the end of the day I am sorry that this has been confusing to people and has raised a lot of questions, but there are answers to all these questions,” Clinton told a genuflecting Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC.
She was speaking of her private email server, on which she stored secret State Department communications that caught the attention of the Office of Inspector General, which recommended the FBI initiate a criminal investigation, which Hillary and her friends insisted was unnecessary and most likely the work of the vast right-wing conspiracy, which the State Department grudgingly admitted was nonsense due to the sensitive emails the agency received from Hillary’s said home server, whose information was a likely target for state-sponsored hackers, which Hillary eventually “wiped clean.”
The State Department announced that it could not find Hillary’s signed OF-109 document, on which the signatory swears to leaving all official communications behind before exiting government service. Had the OF-109 document been found, perjury might have topped a bill of particulars handed down by a federal grand jury.
Clinton’s “sorry” came with a qualifier. “I am very confident that by the time this campaign has run its course, people will know that what I have been saying is accurate.”
So, she’s not sorry for the lies, but for all the “confusion” her lies have caused a few reporters and the American people.
There is a sign that clarity might be on the way. Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California wrote a piece appearing in the New York Times with the headline, “Disband the Benghazi Committee.” This is probably a sign that the committee is getting close to uncovering the truth.
Schiff fears the committee no longer has any interest in the al Qaeda attack on America’s diplomatic mission in Benghazi, “except as the tragic events of that day may be used as a cudgel against the likely Democratic nominee for president … Do we really want to see future select committees ginned up to attack other likely presidential nominees?”
That’s a good question, one best posed to FBI forensic investigators now scouring a certain email server from Chappaqua, New York, for deleted files that may bring clarity to all that Hillary-induced confusion.
A clarity to follow the lifting haze emanating from the barrel of what some rightly call a “smoking gun.”