Yet More Hillary Email News: “Breathtaking… Reprehensible… Outrageous” Blah Blah Blah

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Once again, Andrew McCarthy is about ready to implode:

It has now come to light that Hillary Clinton attempted to destroy about 30 emails related to the 2012 Benghazi massacre….clearly trying to shield them from discovery by defense lawyers in the prosecution of the lone terrorist the Obama administration has thus far charged….The depth of Mrs. Clinton’s misconduct [] is breathtaking….ought to be impeached….Nearly as reprehensible….Just as astounding….This is a political case, and the most politicized administration in history has just essentially asked a judge to play ball….Does anybody care how outrageous this is?

Goodness. What is this all about? McCarthy is right that this isn’t getting much media attention, but it’s not quite being ignored. Let’s hear from someone still in possession of their faculties:

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may have sent or received as many as 30 previously undisclosed emails while secretary of state about the 2012 Benghazi attack, government lawyers said Tuesday….It is not yet known how many of those documents may be duplicates of 343 emails already made public by the State Department or contain stray references to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Libya that killed ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others, government attorneys said. The emails were recovered by the FBI in its year-long investigation of Clinton’s private email setup as secretary from 2009 to 2013.

We already know the FBI recovered about 15,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s email server, so this is hardly a bombshell. So far, though, we know nothing about those emails. Are they duplicates of emails that have already been disclosed? Are they personal emails? Are they just stray bits and bytes on a hard drive that hadn’t been defragged recently? We have no idea. The only thing we do know is that FBI director James Comey explicitly said that he didn’t think Clinton or her lawyers intentionally deleted any emails in order to conceal them. In fact, the recovery of the emails, he said, was “not surprising.” That seems like a rather nonchalant attitude if there was really anything scandalous in these exchanges, wouldn’t you say?

As usual, then, I think I’ll just wait and see how this all turns out. My guess: it’s the usual nothingburger, exactly the way virtually every other bit of Benghazi-related hysteria has become once we learn all the facts. For now, it’s not worth the gray cells it would take to worry about. We’ll know soon enough if I’m wrong.

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