For 18 months, Republican strategists, political pundits, reporters and Americans who follow them have been pursuing Hillary Clinton’s personal email habits, and no evidence of a crime has been found. But now they at least have the skills and interest to focus on a much larger and deeper email conspiracy, one involving war, lies, a private server run by the Republican Party and contempt of Congress citations—all of it still unsolved and unpunished.
Clinton’s email habits look positively transparent when compared with the subpoena-dodging, email-hiding, private-server-using George W. Bush administration. Between 2003 and 2009, the Bush White House “lost” 22 million emails. This correspondence included millions of emails written during the darkest period in America’s recent history, when the Bush administration was ginning up support for what turned out to be a disastrous war in Iraq with false claims that the country possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and, later, when it was firing U.S. attorneys for political reasons. …
Like Clinton, the Bush White House used a private email server—its was owned by the Republican National Committee. And the Bush administration failed to store its emails, as required by law, and then refused to comply with a congressional subpoena seeking some of those emails. “It’s about as amazing a double standard as you can get,” says Eric Boehlert, who works with the pro-Clinton group Media Matters. “If you look at the Bush emails, he was a sitting president, and 95 percent of his chief advisers’ emails were on a private email system set up by the RNC. Imagine if for the last year and a half we had been talking about Hillary Clinton’s emails set up on a private DNC server? … (There's more)
The Democrats for all their failings at least take a rational approach to living in this life and on this planet, that is they allow fact based understanding and learning to help guide our decisions.
But, it seems, all that doesn’t matter one wit to these Republicans thanks to their custom made “Think Tanks” churning out PR and dirty-tricks that folks gobble up, all the while rejecting all other sources of information and avoiding the real questions we should be grabbling with - but no, absolutist attitude and some vague notion that we still live in the 1950s is as far as their imagination goes.
DAVID A. GRAHAM | OCT 13, 2016
The Republican nominee faces a series of allegations of sexual assault, an embarrassing tape in which he boasts about committing sexual assault, a series of old comments, and a civil suit accusing him of rape.
In the second debate two days later, Trump told Anderson Cooper that he had never sexually assaulted women. That angered several women who say Trump did assault them, and who came forward to say so. Two women told The New York Times that Trump assaulted them, one in the 1980s and one in 2005.
A Florida woman told The Palm Beach Post that Trump had groped her. A former People reporter recounted how she says Trump assaulted her while she was reporting a story for that magazine, telling her, “You know we’re going to have an affair, don’t you?”
Despite furious reactions from Trump backers, complaining of a coordinated election-eve attack, such allegations are hardly new. Former Trump business associate Jill Harth accused him of sexual assault months ago. …
Unrelatedly, Trump is facing a civil lawsuit from a Jane Doe who alleges that Trump raped her in 1994, when she was 13 years old, at parties hosted by the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who Trump called a friend. That lawsuit is scheduled to proceed in December, and Trump could be forced to testify under oath.
Meanwhile, there are plenty of other questionable stories about Trump. Several former contestants in his pageants—including several teenagers—say Trump barged into changing rooms while they were naked or partially naked. Trump denies that, yet he bragged of doing just that in an interview with Howard Stern.
Another woman claims she saw Trump looking up women’s skirts at a restaurant in the 1990s. In a bizarre 1992 clip, ... Can you believe it?”