Guest Op-Ed by Saint John Hunt
Like many other Americans, I’ve been hearing about Hillary Clinton’s scandals. Not Whitewater, or campaign donation fraud, or illegal donations from foreign governments while she served as Secretary of State, nor how she has diverted funds from the Clinton Foundation to pay for millions of dollars spent on personal travel, not even the Benghazi inquiry.
What sparked my interest, beyond these other “errors”, is how she used her private emails for State department business, knowing that not only was she breaking official State Department regulations, but she was also successfully hiding any evidence showing her innocence or guilt in negotiating these payments. In other words, she kept these and many other emails private and therefore not subject to Freedom of Information access. Not only did she hide these emails, she destroyed 55,000 pages of emails while handing over thousands of unrelated emails to prove her compliance with the spirit of the law.
This stirred some long almost forgotten memories of another politician of times gone by. Richard Nixon and his Watergate tapes flashed in my mind like a nightmare come back to haunt yet one more time.
My name is St. John Hunt and I am the eldest son of convicted Watergate burglar, CIA super spy, and Nixon employee E. Howard Hunt. Hunt worked for Nixon in the Special Investigations Unit he headed, commonly known as “the plumbers.” Briefly, the plumbers were created to stop the leaks of the Pentagon Papers which revealed a long failing and growing involvement of American troops in Vietnam. Vietnam was an unwinnable conflict, although previous Presidents had promised us that it was indeed, winnable.
What this meant for me, was the arrest and imprisonment of my father, the death of my mother, and the disintegration of my family. What this meant to the Nation, was the resignation of a President, and the end of faith that our elected officials were persons of strong ethical standards, pure of heart, and of holding the best interests of our citizens as the utmost priority. I couldn’t help that “deja vu” feeling creeping up on me. Hillary Clinton is the new Nixon, only worse.
When the Senate Watergate investigators found out about Nixon’s use of secret tape recordings of all his White House conversations, they immediately demanded that Nixon turn over the tapes for review. Nixon, who had been denying his knowledge of a broad range of illegal activities, refused to hand over his tapes. He felt that the tapes belonged to him and therefore were not government property. Under charges of obstruction of justice and withholding evidence, Nixon compromised and delivered a stack of “authorized” (sanitized) transcriptions as a show of compliance with the spirit of the law. Sounds familiar? Nixon had his tapes and Hillary has her emails.
According to Politico’s Todd Purdum ” ‘This is like the Nixon tapes, in a sense,’ said Ken Khachigian, who was a young speech writer on Nixon’s White House staff and is now a grizzled veteran of California’s Republican political wars. ‘Everybody wanted access. We resisted, and then they were eked out in death by a thousand cuts. Finally they were expropriated and now belong to the archives. In some ways, this is no different,” he added. “But Nixon’s motivation was to record history, frankly. Her motivation was to control history. It’s obvious that she was wary of having her fate in the hands of other people, and it just underscores the secretiveness that she’s had for years, and how wary she is, looking over her shoulder.”
Rep. Pete Roskam (R-IL-6), a member of the select committee on Benghazi, issued a statement declaring, “The last time we saw a high government official seeking to edit their responses was President Nixon,” adding (with dubious historical accuracy) “and at least then he enjoyed the benefit of executive privilege.”
In a scathing article by John Fund in National Review, he states, “She’s secretive, scandal-plagued, and seemingly inevitable. Ever since Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal broke earlier this month, comparisons between her secretive style and that of Richard Nixon, whom she ironically pursued as a young lawyer on the House impeachment committee, have been frequent. But with Friday’s revelation that she wiped her private e-mail server clean after her records were requested by the State Department last year, the comparisons are becoming more concrete. Washington wags note that even Nixon never destroyed the tapes, but Hillary has permanently erased her e-mails.” The comparisons with Nixon don’t end there. Clinton had a private intelligence operation running under longtime family hatchet man Sidney Blumenthal — whom the Obama White House had blocked from working at State.
ProPublica and Gawker report that Blumenthal funneled detailed info to then-Secretary Clinton on the activities of Islamic militants in Libya — weeks before the attack on the Benghazi consulate that concluded with the deaths of four Americans. That information only came to light because Blumenthal’s email got hacked. Is it any wonder that Rep. Trey Gowdy has reasonable suspicion that more communication between Hillary and Blumenthal might have a bearing on what went on before, during and after the Benghazi attacks?
But, hey, thanks to Hillary’s server wipe, there’s now literally “nothing to see here.” Nixon would be jealous.
In a further twist, it has been revealed that Hillary Clinton was working for the House Judiciary Committee on Nixon’s impeachment. According to Jerry Zeifman, who supervised her work, she was fired. Hillary’s history of lies and unethical behavior goes back farther – and goes much deeper – than anyone realizes. Jerry Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, supervised the work of 27-year-old Hillary Rodham on the committee. Hillary got a job working on the investigation at the behest of her former law professor, Burke Marshall, who was also Sen. Ted Kennedy’s chief counsel in the Chappaquiddick affair. When the investigation was over, Zeifman fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation – one of only three people who earned that dubious distinction in Zeifman’s 17-year career. Why? “Because she was a liar,” Zeifman said in a recent interview. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”
Let’s do a quick comparison:
Nixon: acted as if above the law
Hillary: acts as if above the law
Nixon: kept secret tapes
Hillary: keeps secret emails
Nixon: tried to obstruct justice
Hillary: continues to obstruct justice
Nixon: had a secret intelligence team
Hillary: has a secret intelligence team
Nixon: “a right wing conspiracy”
Hillary: “A victim of a right wing conspiracy”
And there we have it! But to be truthful in my comparison of Hillary and Nixon, I must admit that compared to Hillary, Richard Nixon comes out looking like a newly scrubbed choir boy. Hillary has committed all her offenses before becoming the President of the United States. Can you imagine how she will act if she fulfills her desire to be our first woman President? I shudder at the thought.