While Hillary Clinton faces what could be an intense investigation, could Bill Clinton damage her presidential campaign? It’s entirely possible, the political pundits say. The FBI is currently conducting a criminal investigation regarding Mrs. Clinton’s email practices they say allowed important confidential information to be potentially leaked. It’s been confirmed by Fox News that Hillary did indeed meet with FBI investigators at her Washington home on Saturday morning.
The most recent incident regarding former president Bill Clinton’s possible liability to his wife’s campaign occurred on Monday when he met privately with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the tarmac at a Phoenix airport. A law enforcement official familiar with the case says Bill Clinton noticed Lynch’s private plane on the tarmac and walked onto her aircraft, says a report by CNN Politics. The attorney general’s FBI security detail did nothing to stop the former president, and he struck up a conversation with her that’s said to have included grandchildren. Lynch has said she was surprised to see him walking onto her plane and that no Justice Department business was discussed at all. Critics, however, say that it was in poor taste for them to have had a private conversation at all considering the involvement of the attorney general’s role in the outcome of the case.
People are speculating that Hillary was unaware of her husband’s plans prior to the meeting. On Friday night, Eric Bolling covered for Sean Hannity on his show. According to a report from Newsmax, he interviewed Mike Huckabee, who voiced some strong opinions about Hillary’s possible reaction to her husband’s actions.
“The biggest fireworks show in America this weekend is going to be wherever Bill and Hillary get together and sit down and have a conversation about this. I have a feeling that Hillary is going to light Bill up over this meeting.”
If Huckabee’s speculations are correct, Hillary Clinton is not the only one who is unhappy with the former president.
FBI agents are said to be “livid” about Lynch’s private meeting with Bill Clinton, said Catherine Herridge, Fox News chief intelligence correspondent, on Fox’s Outnumbered. She said that the agents aren’t just angry with the way it looks, but that it goes well beyond that. Bill Clinton is a potential witness since the FBI is conducting a separate investigation into corruption allegations against the Clinton Foundation.
The scandalous meeting with the attorney general is not by any means the first incident to lead to allegations that the former president might be a liability to his wife’s campaign. Back in April, Bill Clinton spoke to voters at a Philadelphia rally. People from the Black Lives Matter movement attempted to shout him down, harassing him over his crime legislation when he was in office. He reminded them that once Hillary had defended his crime bill and called young, violent black men “superpredators.” It should be noted that Hillary Clinton has since apologized for the language she used. Bill Clinton then opened up further dialogue at the rally by mentioning black-on-black crime, which, according to the Washington Times‘ Wesley Pruden, “He might as well have said ‘All lives matter.'”
“I don’t know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-olds hopped up on crack and sent them out into the street to murder other African American children. Maybe you thought they were good citizens. She didn’t. She didn’t! You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter.”
In fact, Bill Clinton’s alleged liability to his wife’s presidential aspirations date back to 2008, when he made disparaging comments about Obama. Slate reported that Clinton tried to diminish Obama’s victory in South Carolina by reminding people that Jesse Jackson won there as well. The same article notes the time Bill Clinton described the notion that Obama had gotten the Iraq war right as “the biggest fairy tale” he’d ever seen.
According to ABC News, Republican opponents have never hesitated to remind voters of Bill Clinton’s scandalous affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has posted several tweets in the past, including one that says the former president has “demonstrated a penchant for sexism.” Rand Paul, previously a candidate, referred to Bill as a “great abuser of women in the workplace.” Carly Fiorina has said that Bill Clinton’s past is “fair game” for attack.
It remains to be seen throughout the duration of election season whether or not Bill Clinton could be a liability to Hillary’s campaign.
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