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Elijah Cummings Praises Hillary for Her Historic Transparency

This morning brings confirmation that there is no play too abjectly ridiculous for Elijah Cummings to attempt. Per The Hill:

The top Democrat on the House Select Committee on Benghazi is praising former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for announcing that she wants messages from her personal email accounts to be made public.

“As far as I am aware, no other Cabinet secretary in history has ever called for the release of his or her emails — in their entirety and throughout his or her tenure,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said in a statement on Thursday. “I commend Secretary Clinton’s decision.”

Clinton broke her silence about the brewing controversy over her personal email accounts late Wednesday night, tweeting: “I want the public to see my email.”

The reason that Hillary “wants the public to see her e-mail” is that she’s been caught red-handed trying to hide it. This is not some great blow for transparency, voluntarily struck within a political vacuum. Rather, it is the desperate and cynical act of a woman who is scrambling to gain control of a story that threatens her future. For the last few years, Clinton has conducted her official business on an email server that was explicitly commissioned to to help her avoid scrutiny. Now, reasonably pretty much everybody is asking penetrating questions as to why, and as to what this might mean in practice. Of course she’s going to pretend she’s Little Miss Sunlight. (She’s not, of course. Nobody will ever find anything of use.)

One does not praise crooks for helping the police with their inquiries. That is the bare minimum that they are expected to do. If this is Cummings’s standard, one can only imagine that he expressed wild admiration for Jeffrey Dahmer when, cornered by the authorities, Dahmer condescended to inform the cops where all the bodies had been hidden.

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