Well, it looks like Good Ole Bubba’s done stepped in the dirty stuff, once again. To hear it told, the impending Hillary indictment concerned him so greatly that he managed to arrange for an out-in-public meeting at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, plane to plane, with Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Why? Well, duh, to fix the case.
Occam’s razor is a maxim* which holds people should select the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions. William of Ockham, who lived about 700 years ago, gets credit for Occam’s razor. And although the razor works best in the scientific setting, its basic principle applies here.
Here’s how the Attorney General described the chat she had with former President Bill Clinton: “Our conversation was a great deal about grandchildren, it was primarily social about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix.” Makes sense to me, honestly. The description makes even more sense when these facts are considered: (a) President Clinton is a friendly fellow; (b) President Clinton nominated Loretta Lynch to be the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; (c) the Attorney General and President Clinton lived in New York for years at the same time, and surely know one another.
John Kass, a contract reporter for the Chicago Tribune, in Bill Clinton Up to His Old Tricks in Meeting with Loretta Lynch, calls “primarily” the operative word in the recounting. No it’s not! Anyone of a certain age knows the operative word here is grandchildren, and that’s especially true when you consider the fact that Chelsea Clinton had a second child less than two weeks ago.
I’m an attorney. Qualifiers like “primarily” or “mostly” do beg for me—I’m an attorney—the question, What else? On the other hand, I learned early on that many people use qualifiers so often that they become habitual.
All of the foregoing having been written, I think it’s a major stretch to believe the Attorney General came forward about a conversation between two people who, if the conversation was nefarious, have no interest in disclosing its contents, and used “primarily” because she was concerned about being scrupulous to a fault.
Deep breath here, please. If President Clinton wanted to fix the non-case against his wife, does anyone really think he’d do so on the tarmac at Sky Harbor Airport? In public? When he surely had the ability to reach the Attorney General by phone from his home. And if the answer is “those Clintons,” or “we just don’t know,” we’re not having an intelligent conversation here.
For sure, Bubba (and the Missus)—please notice how effortlessly I can move between the formal and the informal—know from unforced errors. This one was dumb for sure. But Lord have mercy, please. Did we learn nothing from the serial investigations and the impeachment during the Clinton Administration? The 10 Benghazi investigations? (Here’s Benghazi by the Numbers, from the Benghazi Research Center. Who knew?)
Sometimes, the simple explanation describes the truth. By the way, I don’t think the conversation should have happened, as it did not help Loretta Lynch or the Clintons. But proof—or even a piece of evidence—of a grand conspiracy to fix a case? Get real!!!
P.S. Kenneth Starr was just fired by Baylor University for his poor handling of rape claims involving college athletes. So maybe he’s available to have another go at the Clintons. On the other hand, probably not. Why? Read Kenneth Starr, Who Tried to Bury Bill Clinton, Now Only Praises Him, written by Amy Chozick for the New York Times on May 24, 2016.
*With almost 600 posts and 350,000 words at MarkRubinWrites.com, maxim has never appeared before. Just sayin’!