Remember former President Bill Clinton’s supposed-to-be-secret meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, just prior to the conclusion of the FBI’s investigation into Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server? It struck everyone as suspicious (to say the least), and it didn’t help that the explanation for the meeting kept changing. Heck, we wouldn’t even have known of the meeting if a local journalist hadn’t been tipped off to it.We were initially told the two simply ran into each other and didn’t even talk politics. Their grandchildren were a subject of conversation, we were told. It later turned out that the meeting had gone on for 30 minutes, and something tells me they weren’t discussing their grandchildren that entire time.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ed Klein has a new book out on Hillary Clinton — appropriately entitled Guilty as Sin — and in it he provides new color about what happened during the meeting.Via The Daily Mail:
Hillary Clinton was never in any danger of prosecution for mishandling classified documents on her infamous homebrew email server, according to a book set to rock the election season. The fix was in, thanks to Bill Clinton’s plan to ambush Attorney General Loretta Lynch when their private jets were at the Phoenix airport at the same time.
The former president told his pilot to abort a takeoff, according to Ed Klein in his latest book, ‘Guilty as Sin,‘ when a Secret Service agent told him Lynch was about to land. ‘Don’t take off!’ Bill shouted. The meeting, which began minutes later and lasted a half-hour, took place just one week before FBI director James Comey announced publicly that the Democratic presidential nominee was in the clear.
One of Clinton’s most trusted legal advisers told Klein that he took a call from the former president. The New York Post published a book excerpt spelling out what happened.
‘Bill said, “I want to bushwhack Loretta”,’ the adviser told him. ‘”I’m going to board her plane. What do you think?”
‘And I said, “There’s no downside for you, but she’s going to take a pounding if she’s crazy enough to let you on her plane”.’
‘He knew it would be a huge embarrassment to Loretta when people found out that she had talked to the husband of a woman – the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party – who was under criminal investigation by the FBI,’ the adviser explained to Klein. ‘But he didn’t give a damn.
He wanted to intimidate Loretta and discredit Comey’s investigation of Hillary’s emails, which was giving Hillary’s campaign agita.’ Bill Clinton ended up telling his Secret Service agent to call Lynch and set up a meeting on the tarmac.
The adviser, who was not on the plane, said Clinton told him later that he noticed ‘beads of sweat’ on Lynch’s upper lip as she and her husband listened to the former president talk – sending a message that Hillary had a power base that included ‘the full weight of the Clinton machine, the Democratic Party, and the White House.’ ‘Bill said he could tell that Loretta knew from the get-go that she’d made a huge mistake,’ the adviser said.
Corruption among the Clintons? Say it ain’t so!
Of course, though liberals have applauded Klein’s previous efforts — when they’ve gone after conservatives such as Sarah Palin — they are out in force to try to discredit both the book and its author with vitriolic, ad hominem, even profane attacks, as Breitbart reports:Klein has been a journalist for nearly six decades—seven of those years as foreign editor of Newsweek, ten years as the editor in chief of the New York Times Magazine (during which time the magazine won the first Pulitzer Prize in its history), and twenty-seven years as a contributing editor of Vanity Fair. Hence the nastiness with which his books about the Clintons, including the latest, are greeted by the media: he is an apostate of journalism’s left-wing political faith, and must be punished.
The media that otherwise applauds the fanciful behind-the-scenes drama in supposed tell-all books like Game Change, which ridiculed Sarah Palin and was turned into an HBO movie in time for the 2012 elections, dismisses Klein’s reporting on Hillary Clinton.
But Klein’s books about Hillary have featured exclusive interviews and news-breaking stories that other journalists have found hard to match. In many cases, these interviews and stories have proven to be illuminating — and often prescient.In The Truth About Hillary (2005), Klein was the first journalist to prove that Hillary knew about Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky long before it became public, and that when the story broke she tried to pretend she was shocked.
In The Amateur (2012), Klein unmasked Valerie Jarrett’s shadow presidency and her infighting with Obama’s first chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.
In Blood Feud (2014), Klein was the first journalist to report on the jealousy and antipathy that divide the Obamas and the Clintons.Nuzzi calls Klein’s books “narrative fiction,” which better describes Hillary Clinton’s stories about herself.
Klein relies heavily on unnamed sources, and dialogue that is reconstructed second- or even third-hand. That is fair game for criticism, as is his writing style, which tends toward the dramatic. And every journalist is bound to make a mistake or two.
But many journalists, including Halperin and Heinemann of Game Change renown, use information from anonymous sources to tell important stories that otherwise would go unreported. Why are their stories about Sarah Palin widely believed, while Klein’s stories about Hillary Clinton are treated as toxic until proven true?
The answer is too obvious to require explanation.
Too obvious indeed.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]