Many of Hillary Clinton’s detractors harbor a not-so-secret hope that her winning campaign will be derailed by her private email server. In an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer, Hillary was asked about Republican suggestions that their electoral problems will be solved by an indictment over her emails. Her response was simple: “The Republicans’ fondest wishes will not be fulfilled.”
Well, Matt, I know they live in that world of fantasy and hope because they’ve got a mess on their hands on the Republican side. That is not going to happen. There is not even the remotest chance that it’s going to happen. Look, they’ve been after me, as I say, for 25 years. They have said things about me repeatedly that have been proven to be not only false but kind of ridiculous. … The Republican’s fondest wishes will not be fulfilled.
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Hillary’s explanation about this being a fairly routine security review, which has been elevated to unusual visibility because of her involvement, is spot-on. But naturally, I love her mirthless laughter most of all, conveying the contempt that this fantasy deserves.
Yesterday, President Obama weighed in on the issue, not for the first time, reiterating that he doesn’t believe Hillary did anything wrong.
“Here’s what I know — Hillary Clinton was an outstanding secretary of state. She would never intentionally put America in any kind of jeopardy.” … Mr. Obama said he still believed that Mrs. Clinton “has not jeopardized America’s national security,” and he suggested that government agencies sometimes placed classified designations on information that was already broadly available to the public.
Looks like the President and his former Secretary of State are in agreement: The Republicans’ fondest wishes will not be fulfilled.
(AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool, File)
MATT LAUER: Let me share some conversations I’ve had with Republicans. If I say to somebody on the Republican side, aren’t you nervous about what’s happening with this campaign and this division and what might happen at the convention, do you know what I hear a lot? They are clinging to the hope that the way they’ll be able to deal with that is that at some point between now and the election — and they say this — that they will get to see Hillary Clinton in handcuffs.
HILLARY CLINTON: [laughs] Oh my goodness.
LAUER: That there will be some kind of political perp walk based on your private e-mail server.
CLINTON: Well, Matt, I know they live in that world of fantasy and hope because they’ve got a mess on their hands on the Republican side. That is not going to happen. There is not even the remotest chance that it’s going to happen. Look, they’ve been after me, as I say, for 25 years. They have said things about me repeatedly that have been proven to be not only false but kind of ridiculous.
LAUER: But you’re a lawyer.
LAUER: So how do you see this ending? Do you think the FBI and the Justice Department write you a letter and say, it was a misunderstanding. We’re sorry. Carry on.
CLINTON: We’re certainly going to carry on. I think it’s a security review. It is a security review. There are lots of those that are conducted in our government all the time. You don’t hear about most of them. You’ll hear about this one because, you know, it does involve me. So that’s why it gets so much attention. But I will tell you, sitting here in the Bronx, in this cafe, we’re moving forward. The Republican’s fondest wishes will not be fulfilled.