In her book, What Happened, Hillary Clinton inferred that James Comey, the then head of the FBI, caused her defeat.
James Comey, just weeks before the election, told a Congressional committee that he uncovered 30,000 more deleted emails of Hillary’s. The emails had been found on Anthony Weiner’s computer, which the FBI confiscated in their investigation of Weiner and his sex correspondence with a 15-year-old girl.
What Hillary didn’t mention in her book was that Comey promised, under oath, to the Congressional investigating committee, that he knew of no more emails, and if he found any more, he would immediately tell them. It seems to me that Comey simply fulfilled his promise, under oath. Some people take their promises seriously.
Also, Hillary didn’t discuss how her aide, Hannah Abdine, got Hillary’s emails and then how the emails got on Anthony Weiner’s – her husband’s — computer. It seems probable that Clinton and Abdine both – or perhaps Abedin alone – wanted to keep the emails for whatever reason. (Perhaps to help write a future book; it was reported that Abdine is asking $2 million for a tell-all book.). Then Abedin put the emails on Weiner’s computer so she could tell the Congressional Committee, under oath — which she did — that she had no computers with any of the deleted emails. And she didn’t. But her husband had 30,000 of them, which Abedin probably put there.
But this wasn’t a big lie of Clinton’s nor Abdine’s. It was a small lie. It was a political lie. And Washington is full of them. How else can democracy work, with politicians constantly trying to get people to vote for them, while they somehow try to the political machine to work for them?
A much bigger lie was when George Bush II said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. That lie cost around one million lives and a trillion dollars. OK, Hillary and Abdine lied about her emails so she could win the election.
Some people say that a false statement isn’t a lie unless there is some way you can prove it’s a lie. If you can’t catch the liar, he didn’t lie.
One way of looking at national politics is that it is all myth. And, one way of looking at “myth” is something that is often false on the outside but true on the inside. Then some myths are false both on the outside and inside. And Washington is full of both kinds of myths. Donald Trump is one of the biggest purveyors of myth – so much that almost no one takes what he says literally.
But Hillary got caught. And that can be embarrassing. Now, like Richard Nixon, she has to spend the rest of her life denying her lie.
But then this is a problem that most of us have. Liar, liar, your pants are on fire.