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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The new Nixon
Hillary Clinton and Rep. Trey Gowdy Photo: AP (2)
By Post Editorial Board
At least Richard Nixon never burned the White House tapes.
Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, wiped clean the private e-mail server at the heart of her current scandal. So says Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who heads the House Select Committee on Benghazi. And she did it after Congress and the State Department issued subpoenas for her e-mails.
Seems she learned from her time as a lawyer for the Watergate committee: The only safe way to keep potential evidence from investigators is to destroy it.
Now the nation can never get to the bottom of Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server for her entire time as secretary of state.
Yes, she had her own people hand over hundreds of pages of e-mails that they selected. Her lawyers claim this complies with the subpoenas. Will Gowdy & Co. accept it? The Clinton camp already has its tried-and-true “old news, let’s move on” chant ready to roll.
Meanwhile, a kindly hacker has revealed another Nixonian trick in HillaryWorld.
Clinton had a private intelligence operation running under longtime family hatchetman Sidney Blumenthal — whom the Obama White House had blocked from working at State.
ProPublica and Gawker report that Blumenthal funneled detailed info to then-Secretary Clinton on the activities of Islamic militants in Libya — weeks before the attack on the Benghazi consulate that concluded with the deaths of four Americans.
That information only came to light because Blumenthal’s e-mail got hacked.
Is it any wonder that Gowdy has reasonable suspicion that more communication between Hillary and Blumenthal might have a bearing on what went on before, during and after the Benghazi attacks?
But, hey, thanks to Hillary’s server wipe, there’s now literally “nothing to see here.”