Halper: Bill Clinton Could ‘Easily’ Be Blamed for Hillary Clinton’s Election Loss

• June 9, 2017 4:12 pm


Washington Free Beacon contributing editor Daniel Halper on Friday joined Fox Business host Neil Cavuto to discuss the media's lack of coverage of former FBI Director James Comey's testimony about Loretta Lynch, who served as attorney general during the Obama administration.

The conversation touched on Bill Clinton's private tarmac meeting with Lynch last July in the midst of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server, leading Halper to say that the 42nd president could "easily" be blamed for his wife's election loss in November.

Cavuto began the segment by playing a clip of Comey testifying Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee on his conversations with Lynch.

"We were getting to a place where the attorney general and I were both going to have to testify and talk publicly about it," Comey said, referring to the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. "And I wanted to know, was she going to authorize us to confirm we had an investigation?"

"And she said, ‘Yes, but don't call it that; call it a matter,'" Comey continued. "And I said, ‘Why would I do that?' And she said, ‘Just call it a matter.'"

Halper said that Lynch's conversation was an "astonishing revelation" and that the Obama administration got off with little to no criticism.

"There's a lot of blame to go around, " Halper said. "In fact, Hillary Clinton was a cabinet official when she was using the emails, so the whole thing sort of—because she was a candidate, the criticism landed on her squarely, but really it should have landed on [Barack Obama] himself for allowing a cabinet member to do and conduct such conduct."

Cavuto asked what the Obama administration's role was in the Russia investigation and the Clinton email probe.

"It seems like you could blame President Obama for not handling the Russia thing correctly to begin with, not putting attention on it, not condemning it initially and sort of just letting it simmer."

Halper then said that Bill Clinton could also be blamed for Clinton's election loss last year because "Lynch met with Bill Clinton on the tarmac."

"They like to blame Comey for the loss, but you could easily blame Bill Clinton for the loss if you're going to go down that road, because Bill Clinton put himself in that position with Lynch," Halper said.

"I think you could squarely blame Obama for Hillary Clinton losing or Bill Clinton for Hillary Clinton losing very, very convincingly, or at least just as convincingly you could—you know, all the other factors that Hillary Clinton has found to blame," Halper said.