Hillary Clinton reacted to Donald Trump’s federal indictment by making a pitch for her “But Her Emails” merchandise.
“The Justice Department kept open the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s family foundation for nearly all of President Donald J. Trump’s administration, with prosecutors closing the case without charges just days before he left office,” the New York Times reports.
“Newly released documents and interviews with former department officials show that the investigation stretched long past when F.B.I. agents and prosecutors knew it was a dead end. The conclusion of the case, which centered on the Clinton Foundation’s dealings with foreign donors when Mrs. Clinton served as secretary of state under President Barack Obama, has not previously been reported.”
New York Times: “This evening a private club on East 66th Street will continue a tradition dating to the 1870s with a black-tie dinner.”
“The honoree will be Hillary Clinton, who lost the presidency to Trump in 2016.”
“The timing is a coincidence, said John Sussek III, the president of the Lotos Club. The date was chosen around the beginning of the year, long before the grand jury hearing the case against Trump voted on the indictment that brought Trump to Manhattan from Mar-a-Lago, his resort in Florida.”
Andrew Sullivan: “I used to hate Bill Clinton’s State of the Union speeches. He’d usually arrive inexcusably late; proceed to hug everyone within touching distance; then blather on for well over an hour about every policy minutia the DC wonk class obsesses over. One year, he was still talking an hour and a half in. Then he’d stay forever afterwards, incapable of saying goodbye, absorbing every milliliter of love he could drain from the crowd, and generally looking like he was having the time of his life.”
“I was bored silly. But you know what? People loved those speeches. They loved the laundry list of post-big-government specifics, and they loved the way Clinton effortlessly stole most of the right’s policies, while appearing to be far saner and happier than any of them. And as I absorbed Biden’s SOTU this week, it was Bill Clinton who came to mind, the last Democrat who merrily triangulated his way to a landslide re-election.”
The offices of former Presidents Obama and Clinton say they turned over all classified materials to the National Archives at the end of their presidencies, The Hill reports.
Monica Lewinksy writes in Vanity Fair: “My name became public 25 years ago this week. What have I observed and learned in the quarter century since? Oh, plenty.”
Her most important lesson: “I don’t know how to say this other than to be direct and insufferably corny: You can survive the unimaginable.”
“Lucianne Goldberg, a colorful, conservative literary agent who played a pivotal role in the scandal that led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment, died on Wednesday at her home in Weehawken, N.J.,” the New York Times reports.
“It was Ms. Goldberg who advised Linda Tripp, a Pentagon aide, to record her conversations with her young co-worker Monica Lewinsky, who as a White House intern had an affair with President Bill Clinton.”
Former President Bill Clinton is calling on governments, businesses, philanthropies and other prominent institutions to draw together and help a world that is “on fire” as he reconvenes the Clinton Global Initiative, the AP reports.
Said Clinton: “The world’s on fire in a lot of different ways. But there are a lot of things that businesses, non-governmental groups and governments working together can do to help with a lot of these problems.”
“Well, I read the obituary, and I realized that his family loved him, and I think that’s something to be grateful for, and when your life is over that’s all there is to say. But I was taught not to talk about people that I — you know. I have nothing to say. Except I’m glad he died with the love of his family.”
— Bill Clinton, on CNN, about the death of Ken Starr.
“As I’m sure many can understand, my thoughts about Ken Starr bring up complicated feelings. But of more importance, is that i imagine it’s a painful loss for those who love him.”
— Monica Lewinsky, quoted by the AP, on Ken Starr’s death.
Ken Starr, who led the Whitewater investigation into former President Bill Clinton, died Tuesday at 76, CNBC reports.
A federal judge has thrown out Donald Trump’s lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, saying the former president “is seeking to flaunt a two-hundred-page political manifesto outlining his grievances against those that have opposed him.”
Chelsea Clinton said that she used to be friends with Ivanka Trump, Insider reports.
Said Clinton: “We were friends. She is not the person I called when I was curious about something for my kids or if I was debating a life decision, but we were definitely friends … and then she went to the dark side.”
Hillary Clinton tweeted that the “right is trying to make this about me again,” as Republicans try to compare how she was not charged over her use of a private email server and the ongoing probe into Donald Trump’s handling of classified documents.
Said Clinton: “I can’t believe we’re still talking about this, but my emails… The fact is that I had zero emails that were classified.”
She added: “I’m more tired of talking about this than anyone, but here we are.”
“Hillary Clinton decided to start wearing the pantsuits that became her political trademark after ‘suggestive’ photos taken of her during a visit to Brazil were used in a lingerie ad in the mid-1990s,” The Guardian reports.
“A photo of Clinton showed a glimpse of her underwear while seated. The Brazilian lingerie company DuLoren deployed the image in an ad containing the words: ‘A tribute to one of the most important women of the decade.'”
Joe Conason: “As more and more evidence of the former president’s reckless and potentially criminal misconduct comes to light, he and his defenders keep pointing to ‘her emails.’ They insist that because the Justice Department declined prosecution of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after a long and thorough probe of how she handled allegedly classified information, there should be no investigation, let alone indictment or conviction of Trump.”
“But while we don’t yet know the extent or nature of Trump’s abuse of classified documents, we can determine how many were found by investigators, after exhaustive searches, among Clinton’s thousands of State Department emails.”
“The accurate and definitive answer is zero – although few if any news outlets have informed the public of that startling fact. Moreover, it is a fact that the Trump administration itself confirmed three years ago.”
Hillary Clinton said she has “no regrets” about choosing to stay in her marriage to former President Bill Clinton, The Hill reports.
Said Clinton: “It took a lot of, honestly, prayer, and thoughtfulness, and talking to people I totally trusted, to really think through — because it was all being done in public.”
She added: “So it made it even more painful and difficult.”
“I want to thank the Russian Academy for this Lifetime Achievement Award.”
— Hillary Clinton, on Twitter, responding to sanctions placed on her by Russia.