Thursday, June 30, 2016
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Is Lynch Lying?
Washington is buzzing after news broke late yesterday that former President Bill Clinton met privately with Attorney General Loretta Lynch earlier this week. The meeting reportedly took place Monday evening onboard a private jet at the Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona.
According to CBS News, “President Clinton saw the attorney general on the tarmac and wanted to say hello, so he boarded her plane to talk.” I’m sure he had a lot on his mind that he wanted to discuss with the attorney general.
Asked by local reporters about this impromptu meeting, Lynch said they chatted about grandchildren, golf, their travels and the Brexit vote. Lynch insisted that nothing about Benghazi or emails was mentioned.
Really? Consider me skeptical. And I’m not the only one.
The biggest national security case currently pending before the Justice Department just happens to involve the former president’s wife. Not only that, the president’s own foundation is also under investigation. The notion that they exchanged only pleasantries about golf and grandkids is ludicrous.
CBS News Justice reporter Paul Reid said the meeting is “shocking, absolutely shocking,” adding, “The appearance of impropriety is just stunning. . . The optics of this for the investigation going forward are horrible.”
Shocking. Stunning. Horrible. It is all of that and more.
Does Lynch have a habit of meeting with the spouses of individuals under FBI investigation? Of course not. She is a career prosecutor. She knows better.
So does Bill Clinton, a former lawyer himself. Even though he was disbarred, a first year law student knows this kind of meeting is unacceptable. Ah, but this is the Clintons and the rules just don’t apply to them.
Even some Democrats are having trouble defending this. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) told CNN this morning, “I do think that this meeting sends the wrong signal. . . I think she should have steered clear.”
Republicans on Capitol Hill should be issuing press releases and statements today demanding that Lynch recuse herself. They should be calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor to take over the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server and the public corruption investigation of the Clinton Foundation.
In addition, the chairman of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, should issue subpoenas today demanding Lynch appear before their committees to explain herself and whether she would accept this kind behavior from any prosecutor on her staff.
Terror In Israel
When you looked in on your children last night asleep in their bedrooms, did the thought cross your mind that they might not be safe? That thought regularly crosses the minds of Israelis, and with good reason.
Last night a Palestinian terrorist evaded the security around the Israeli town of Kiryat Arba. He broke into a home and stabbed Hallel Yaffa Ariel, a 13 year-old girl, to death in her own bed. According to the State Department, Ariel was also an American citizen.
The 17 year-old Palestinian terrorist who murdered her also attacked a civilian security guard before he was shot and killed.
This, of course, would be horrible even if it were an isolated event. But year after year, such attacks against Jews worshipping in their holiest places, riding on buses to work, sitting in schools, sleeping in their homes — simply doing what you and I do every day without a second thought — are set upon by rabid wolves. Palestinian youths are being driven to frenzies by a culture that urges its children not to be doctors, but to kill and die for Allah.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the attack, warning that it represented the “bloodlust and inhumanity of incitement-driven terrorists against whom we stand.”
Netanyahu called on the international community to “condemn this terror attack like the terror attacks in Orlando and Brussels were condemned.”
He also called upon “enlightened nations” to “pressure the one who heads the network of incitement [Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas] that leads to the murder of children in their beds and not the State of Israel, which is working to protect its children and its citizens.”
But don’t hold your breath waiting for the president or secretary of state to say anything about this latest attack. They will be too busy pressuring Israel to make more concessions for peace.
Return To Normal
As of yesterday’s close, the British stock market had gained back everything it had lost in the initial trading sessions after last week’s Brexit vote. So the catastrophic result, which was going to destroy England and plunge the world into chaos, lasted a couple of days.
I remember the time when the media felt it had an obligation to put things into perspective. Now the media feels like it must always prop up the left-wing narrative, and everything is a crisis — whether it is shark attacks, global warming or Brexit.
Big Government Run Amok
We’ve got big problems. Islamic supremacists have attacked Paris, San Bernardino, Brussels, Orlando and Istanbul. Meanwhile, Barack Obama insists we are winning. The attorney general says that love is our most effective response. The American people aren’t convinced.
According to a new Fox News poll, nine years ago fewer than half of Americans (47%) were concerned about a terrorist attack taking place on U.S. soil. Today, more than three quarters of Americans (78%) are concerned.
And they should be because this administration’s priorities are completely misguided. Just consider these headlines:
Perhaps that will help boost the statistics of “women” trying out for combat positions. But I suspect none of these stories will do anything to restore the confidence of the American people that this administration is up to the task of defeating ISIS and defending American interests around the world.
Barack Obama once said that ISIS was the “JV team” or junior varsity terrorists. I think we have a JV team of politicians governing our country.