by WorldTribune Staff, October 30, 2016
Hillary Clinton will certainly stick around and attempt to “ride out” the latest bombshell to rock her campaign, but the Democratic Party should ask her to step aside, Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass wrote on Oct. 29.
The bombshell is FBI Director James Comey’s announcement that the agency would re-open the Clinton email investigation.
“That he announced this so close to Election Day should tell every thinking person that what the FBI is looking at is extremely serious,” Kass wrote.
“If ruling Democrats hold themselves to the high moral standards they impose on the people they govern, they would follow a simple process:
“They would demand that Mrs. Clinton step down, immediately, and let her vice presidential nominee, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, stand in her place.”
Kass opined that “with a new criminal investigation going on into events around her home-brew email server from the time she was secretary of state, having Clinton anywhere near the White House is just not a good idea.”
Since Oct. 7, WikiLeaks has released 35,000 emails hacked from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and plans to release at least another 15,000.
“What if she is elected? Think of a nation suffering a bad economy and continuing chaos in the Middle East, and now also facing a criminal investigation of a president. Add to that congressional investigations and a public vision of Clinton as a Nixonian figure wandering the halls, wringing her hands,” Kass wrote.
“The best thing would be for Democrats to ask her to step down now. It would be the most responsible thing to do, if the nation were more important to them than power. And the American news media — fairly or not firmly identified in the public mind as Mrs. Clinton’s political action committee — should begin demanding it.”
Kass continued: “But what will Hillary do? She’ll stick and ride this out and turn her anger toward Comey. For Hillary and Bill Clinton, it has always been about power, about the Clinton Restoration and protecting fortunes already made by selling nothing but political influence.
“If you take a step back from tribal politics, you’ll see that Mrs. Clinton has clearly disqualified herself from ever coming near classified information again.
“As secretary of state she kept classified documents on the home-brew server in her basement, which is against the law. She lied about it to the American people. She couldn’t remember details dozens of times when questioned by the FBI. Her aides destroyed evidence by BleachBit and hammers. Her husband, Bill, met secretly on an airport tarmac with Attorney General Loretta Lynch for about a half-hour, and all they said they talked about was golf and the grandkids.
“And there was no prosecution of Hillary. That isn’t merely wrong and unethical. It is poisonous.”
Kass continued: “The Clintons weren’t skilled merchants. They weren’t traders or manufacturers. The Clintons never produced anything tangible. They had no science, patents or devices to make them millions upon millions of dollars.
“All they had to sell, really, was influence. And they used our federal government to leverage it.
“If a presidential election is as much about the people as it is about the candidates, then we’ll learn plenty about ourselves in the coming days, won’t we?”