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In this weekly column and in my on-air work at Fox News, I have characterized former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a crook and as the “Queen of Deception.” I have argued that there is enough credible evidence in the public domain to indict, prosecute and convict her of espionage, perjury, misleading Congress, public corruption, providing material assistance to terrorist organizations and obstruction of justice.

I can point to five times when she lied under oath. I know of FBI agents who believe that their hands were tied by the Obama administration in the criminal investigation of her. And I know of American intelligence agents who firmly believe that Americans died because Clinton failed to keep state secrets secure.

She sent emails containing state secrets to a former aide whom she knew lacked any security clearance and whose emails were hacked by hostile foreign governments, and she left classified documents in a bedroom in a foreign embassy where personnel without clearances had access to them.

She refused to use government-secured email devices because she wanted to keep her behavior hidden from the public and from the president. Some of that behavior had to do with using the power of the government to enrich her family’s foundation. I have argued that there is strong, credible evidence to demonstrate that she exercised her official behavior as secretary of state in accordance with the financial needs of her family’s foundation. She refused to see some foreign dignitaries until they gave money to the foundation.

She had her close personal aide, Huma Abedin, employed by the foundation while she was employed by the State Department, such that folks who dealt with Abedin knew that she would ask them for money for the foundation as Clinton’s official gatekeeper; and they’d need to make those payments in return for favorable treatment from the secretary of state.

She even permitted Russian President Vladimir Putin to gain control of a Utah uranium mine in return for the payment by an intermediary of $145 million to her family’s foundation.

Some of the behavior Clinton hid involved her waging an illegal and disastrous war in Libya, in which she used the American intelligence community rather than the U.S. military so as to keep Congress largely in the dark. She conspired with a dozen members of Congress and with President Barack Obama to fight the secret war to topple Libyan strongman and American ally Col. Moammar Gadhafi.

She used her lawful authority as secretary of state to authorize exemptions to the U.N. embargo of arms to Libya by American and foreign arms dealers. She permitted the sale of arms to groups in Libya that were masquerading as anti-Gadhafi militias but — according to the CIA — were actually terrorist organizations.

ORDER IT NOW

She rejected the advice of the CIA and thereby provided material aid to terrorist organizations — a felony under U.S. law. The result of her secret war was the destruction of all order and culture in Libya, the institution of mob rule and the assassination of the American ambassador.

Yet none of the above was articulated by Donald Trump in his debate with Clinton earlier this week.

Trump utterly failed to capitalize on her greatest vulnerabilities — the widespread and largely well-grounded belief that she is untrustworthy and her well-documented record as a failure as secretary of state. I know one of his debate coaches very well. I suspect that the coach gave him superb ideas and one-line zingers, none of which he used. I also suspect that the coach’s advice went in one of Trump’s ears and out the other.

Presidential debates are not won on points and counterpoints. They are won on general impressions. The general impression from Monday’s highly anticipated debate is that Clinton brilliantly controlled the ball and Trump came utterly unprepared. She succeeded in arresting her fall in the polls and reassuring her Democratic base. He failed to give independents and wavering Republicans a good reason to back him.

She clobbered him.

But both candidates’ performances deeply disappointed me. I confess to a moral preference for personal liberty in our supposedly free society. Did you hear the word “freedom” or any of its variants or the Constitution mentioned by either debater? I did not.

Neither talked about natural rights — personal liberties coming from our humanity and untouchable by the government. Trump argued for letting the police stop you on a whim. Clinton argued for massive increases in wealth transfers.

Neither understands the economy. Both want the government to force employers to pay higher wages, to impose higher taxes on the most productive in our society, to impose tariffs on goods we import and to increase our $19.5 trillion national debt. Aren’t those behaviors just what got us into our present precarious economic straits, where all federal tax revenue is now consumed by wealth transfers, the Pentagon and interest on the government debt, with the government being run on borrowed money and borrowed time?

Neither mentioned the primacy of the individual over the state, and neither spoke about the guarantees of liberty in the Bill of Rights. Both believe in a government that can right any wrong, regulate any behavior and tax any event.

Who really wants a choice between two proponents of monster government, bigger than it is now? Whatever became of “that government is best which governs least”? Who will protect us from a government that takes more than it gives?

Copyright 2016 Andrew P. Napolitano. Distributed by Creators.com.

 
• Category: Ideology • Tags: 2016 Election, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton 
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  1. IT shames me to say this but, if I’d been to an Ivy League school, made partner in a big law firm, married the brightest star in America’s political firmament, been First Lady for eight years, been appointed Secretary of State and raised a billion dollars for a foundation, I might feel entitled, like Hillary, and mature enough to know the ‘security’ stuff is bullshit, and I should be left to make my own decisions, thanks very much.
    Just sayin’…

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    I don't think we should extend such charity to officers of state. They were appointed to uphold the law, so I think it's reasonable to come down hard on them when they fall short.
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  2. HBM says:

    I’m very glad Judge here spells out explicitly all the things he’s helped us learn from the email saga, and I hope someone drills Trump on these, what should be a catechism for him facing Hillary. I’m not sure– no, I’m positive– that high-minded Libertarian ideological posturing will not beat a system as utterly rotten as ours, with Hillary and her media apparatus as competent and nakedly corrupt– and downright evil– as it is.

    Trump was totally unprepared. When he began to answer the first question and stumbled weakly through “China” and “Mexico”, clearly he had done nothing or next to nothing beforehand. I couldn’t figure out how he would perform, but hoped it would resemble his very strong and Presidential appearance in Mexico recently. With arguably the fate of the country and the entire West as stake, it was too hard to watch; I turned it off in disgust within the first ten seconds of his talking and didn’t even look at the rest.

    Trump knows he didn’t do well no matter how many padded online polls he proudly claims to have won. He’s a very smart man and just as cunning and capable of deep deception as Hillary is, and I want him to win as much as any awake and concerned American, but he has got to do more than interrupt Clinton when she’s talking and send inferior versions of Trump’s Greatest Hits tumbling out of his ass when questioned directly.

    I hope with all the hope of which I am capable that his team and concerned parties (I have a fantasy of Laura Ingraham insisting on standing in as Hillary for mock debates) don’t let Trump go into the next one without having done something substantial to improve him, although there is certainly the risk of making him appear stilted and unnatural.

    His teleprompter speeches have been excellent. He needs to bring some of that to the debates for when it’s time for him to answer questions; and, as Judge points out, he cannot watch wide-open opportunities to attack her just pass by– the inevitable howling of “Trump is unhinged and mean to women” be damned.

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  3. Based on Trump’s behavior during the debate, his many missed opportunities to legitimately criticize the Witch of Chappaqua and his poor responses/defenses of HRC’s accusations, one would easily believe that this election will follow the typical American process of everyone is in it together and the winner is decided and agreed to by both political parties beforehand. Trump was clearly very ill-prepared and disorganized. Maybe intentionally, as the election winner is a foregone conclusion so Trump goes through the motions.

    Then again, the Judge kept assuring his readers in column after column that Comey would recommend an indictment of Hillary for her email law-breaking. The Judge was completely wrong about situation.

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    As I Southerner and reprobate piece of White trash, I know what you mean butterbean. It's just like TV Fake Wrastlin'.
  4. jtgw says: • Website
    @godfree roberts
    IT shames me to say this but, if I'd been to an Ivy League school, made partner in a big law firm, married the brightest star in America's political firmament, been First Lady for eight years, been appointed Secretary of State and raised a billion dollars for a foundation, I might feel entitled, like Hillary, and mature enough to know the 'security' stuff is bullshit, and I should be left to make my own decisions, thanks very much.
    Just sayin'...

    I don’t think we should extend such charity to officers of state. They were appointed to uphold the law, so I think it’s reasonable to come down hard on them when they fall short.

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  5. Mark Green says: • Website

    Yes, she did clobber him. Trump missed so many opportunities that I have to wonder if he has the political intelligence and judgement to be a great president.

    In any event, we know enough about Hillary to NEVER vote for her. Her odiousness alone justifies a vote for Trump.

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  6. frog says:

    I was willing to agree with this Judge but once he started regurgitating *Cuckservative* platitudes about “freedom” and “liberty”, I stopped reading. Those are purely political buzzwords GOP establishment cucks use to browbeat their own voting base into silence.

    To say Hillary controlled the ball is an overstatement. She was in a tag-team with Lester Holt and together they both derailed the debate into meaningless ad-hom pandering so Hillary could avoid addressing the context of her own fraud which, unlike Trump’s tax returns, have far-reaching consequences.

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  7. Napolitano:

    “Trump utterly failed to capitalize on her greatest vulnerabilities–the widespread and largely well-grounded belief that she is untrustworthy and her well-documented record as a failure as secretary of state. I know one of his debate coaches very well. I suspect that the coach gave him superb ideas and one-line zingers, none of which he used. I also suspect that the coach’s advice went in one of Trump’s ears and out the other.”

    Well, Mr. Trump, what about it? You’d better focus on The Pantsuited One’s criminality and lack of integrity–and stay on target.

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  8. @Frederick John
    Based on Trump's behavior during the debate, his many missed opportunities to legitimately criticize the Witch of Chappaqua and his poor responses/defenses of HRC's accusations, one would easily believe that this election will follow the typical American process of everyone is in it together and the winner is decided and agreed to by both political parties beforehand. Trump was clearly very ill-prepared and disorganized. Maybe intentionally, as the election winner is a foregone conclusion so Trump goes through the motions.

    Then again, the Judge kept assuring his readers in column after column that Comey would recommend an indictment of Hillary for her email law-breaking. The Judge was completely wrong about situation.

    As I Southerner and reprobate piece of White trash, I know what you mean butterbean. It’s just like TV Fake Wrastlin’.

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  9. Trump should have cleaned Clinton out. But Clinton won because she cheated.
    Have a look at the evidence of a teleprompter and other aids in her podium.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbffRlrJSCA

    Next time Trump ought have an inspection of the podiums to see what other devices can be pulled. Clinton thinks she has this election won already. OUTRAGEOUS.

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  10. Don’t waste your time or your vote for either of these corrupt, criminal, and totally unacceptable candidates. Instead, vote for Dr. Jill Stein (Green Party), who the Clinton-bought media has been deliberately shutting out.

    Go to http://www.Jill2016.com and read about Stein’s positions, which are much better than sold-out Bernie Sanders’ former positions because of her Green Deal agenda. Stein’s VP candidate is human rights activist Ajamu Baraka. Together, they are “on the ballot in 45 states (including the District of Columbia) and are qualified for write-in status in another 3 states, for a total of 48 states in which a vote for our campaign will count.”

    People, you have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain by voting for Stein/Baraka. It’s long past time that we take back our government from all this corruption from both the democrats and republicans. The only way to do that is through a third party. So don’t waste your vote on Clinton or Trump. Vote for Stein.

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  11. dahoit says:

    HRC is her own worst enemy,and she most definitely looked like she was hopped up on some drugs from her animated blinking eyes to her robotic gestures to the finger at her nose which signaled Holt to switch to Donald.
    Yes ,Trump failed to attack her enough on her vulnerabilities,but there is still time,and one doesn’t win in the first trimester? but the last.
    Actually I don’t believe they matter anyway,as the American people can see right through the fix outside of brainwashed yuppie scum.

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