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Krauthammer’s Take: ‘Hard to Deny That There Is a Quid Pro Quo’ between the FBI and State Department

Charles Krauthammer said that newly released documents show that the FBI’s coordination with the State Department on the Hillary Clinton case indicates corruption:

There are so many ironies here. The first is that this is probably normal procedure inside any administration, inside a bureaucracy: trading off favors, trading off probably shady maneuvers. But the problem is this — the charge that Republicans, Trump in particular, are making against Hillary Clinton is precisely that she represents business as usual. You can defend Clinton and say saying “Oh, this goes on all the time,” but that’s the point. They are trying to wipe away this sort of culture of corruption. It is hard to deny that there is a quid pro quo, or at least one was proposed, when the phrase “quid pro quo” is used to describe the transaction in the documents.

This is the “camera and sausage” factor. I don’t think that we should be shocked that this happens in any bureaucracy, but once you see it in black in white, and you hear the charge that Clinton represents business as usual — and corrupt business as usual — that, I think, accentuates the charge, and makes it a very serious one.

There are shelves in libraries groaning with tomes describing the personal unpleasantness of Hillary Clinton. This is another piece of that evidence, and because it reinforces the preexisting impression of somebody who is not pleasant, is arrogant, and treats subordinates with disrespect, it makes the case that when she says that she speaks for the middle class, for the suffering and the poor, and of course the children, you might want to be suspicious about that claim. But it’s nothing new, it adds to the weight of evidence, and when it has the FBI’s signature on it, that I think is also significant.

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