Talk show host Rush Limbaugh warned the American people on Friday that the FBI’s terse announcement that it was reviewing Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails could be a tactic to divert attention from the significant damage being inflicted on her campaign by the steady onslaught of revelations from WikiLeaks.
Speaking as the initial announcement of the FBI’s action was being made, Limbaugh said he owed it to the American people to present a cynic’s view of Friday’s announcement.
“The cynical view is that [FBI Director James] Comey is still carrying water for Clinton and is trying to get everybody to stop paying attention to the WikiLeaks dump because it’s starting to have an impact,” Limbaugh said.
“So you announce you’re opening the inquiry, get everybody all hot and bothered and focused on it, and then after three or four or five days, announce that it was a false alarm, nothing to see here. The investigation is now officially over — and, meanwhile, in that five-day period everybody’s forgotten about … WikiLeaks,” Limbaugh said.
He added that while he was not a cynic, such a view fits with the way Washington works.
Limbaugh also noted that opposed to the cynic’s theory, there is one in which Comey felt the need for redemption.
“I suspect there will be those who theorize that Comey has been wallowing in guilt all of this time and finally … he realizes that he can no longer continue to act like nothing happened here when … there was so much going on and that there was intent to hide it and there was knowledge of trafficking in classified data and that the president was engaging in it after lying and saying he wasn’t,” Limbaugh said.
The talk show host said the WikiLeaks revelations had changed political consciousness, noting that now all of America knows Clinton’s staff disagreed with her penchant for secrecy that led her to have a private email server.
” … everybody in her staff talking about this knows it was the wrong thing to do. They’re all talking about how to shield it, how to stop it, how to protect it. … Everybody knew it was wrong,” he said.
“The WikiLeaks scandal right now is starting to hurt because it’s exposing the fraud and the hustling and the collusion and the corruption that’s going on at the Clinton Foundation. You start messing around with things that are supposed to be charitable to serve humanity, you end up profiting personally from it, that’s easy to understand. Everybody knows that’s not nice,” he said.
As Limbaugh, like most of America, was reacting to the FBI’s action, he said that it could be damaging.
“The Clinton campaign is going to be livid over this. They thought they had this slam dunked and put away,” he said.
Whatever was found “must be profound for them to reopen the investigation,” Limbaugh said. “Whatever they have must be pretty stunning.”
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