“I made a mistake.” “If I could do it over, I’d do it differently.” “Other Secretaries of State did the same thing.” “I’m cooperating with investigators.” “I’m being totally transparent.” “I did it for convenience.” “Nothing was marked ‘classified.’” “I turned over everything that wasn’t about Chelsea’s wedding and yoga classes.”
Excuses, excuses. Well, excuses and lies --- pretty much what we’ve come to expect from Hillary Clinton. And she thinks that if she repeats the same spin over and over, we’ll all finally just accept it and move on. Hey, it’s worked for her in the past, so why not now?
But the most shameful excuse to date came from Hillary’s top aide Huma Abedin, in testimony during discovery for a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch.
She blamed Benghazi.
“We had lost our first ambassador in quite some time…” she explained. INDEED. I’m sure Hillary was much too busy tracking down the maker of that online video responsible for the attack on our consulate and the slaughter of four Americans. Much too busy lying to the families of the victims about the cause of their deaths. Much too busy rehearsing her hand gestures in the mirror for that explosive moment in her televised testimony. (“What difference” --- defiant gesture with left hand --- “at this point” --- defiant gesture with right hand --- “does it make?”) With Hillary Clinton, everything is calculated.
An amusing aside: on Tuesday night, Hillary attended two fundraisers, one of which was called “Lawyers For Hillary.” Eric Holder was there; it raised $2 million for her campaign. I would think that if Hillary had thought to invite all the members of her own legal team through the years, her event would have netted ten times that. Because that would have been a lot of lawyers! In fact, it’s hard to imagine a lawyer not supporting Hillary --- at least a defense lawyer.
But I digress. Cheryl Mills may have come equipped with excuses, but she was not forthcoming in other testimony. She had --- count ‘em --- seven lawyers with her, three for her and the other four from DoJ and the State Department. (Incidentally, one of her lawyers is representing multiple Hillary aides; this sort of arrangement rarely happens.) All questions about Hillary IT man Bryan Pagliano were met with immediate and strenuous objections from the lawyers. They were up and down so often, you’d have thought they were at Mass.
But it wasn’t Mass. In church, you tell the truth.