Is the FBI in an Unseemly Rush to Exonerate Hillary Clinton?!?

Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.

From Rich Lowry:

And Now the Rush to Say ‘Nothing to See Here’?

Will the FBI now adopt an obviously election-dictated schedule for reviewing the Abedin emails? From First Read:

NBC’s Pete Williams reports that it’s possible the FBI’s review of the emails could end quickly….“Officials say there’s no way to tell how long that will take. But they say if it goes quickly, and nothing classified is found, the FBI could say so within the next few days. It largely depends on how many of the e-mails are duplicates and how many are new to the investigators.”

ZOMG! Having released a letter casting suspicion on Hillary Clinton despite having literally no evidence of anything new, the FBI might—might!—publicly exonerate her before the election if they review the emails and find nothing. WHY ARE THEY IN SUCH A RUSH??? Wouldn’t justice be better served by simply letting the FBI’s unfounded suspicion hang over the rest of the campaign?

Never have I seen anyone so outraged at the prospect of quickly confirming that someone is innocent—something I’m sure Lowry expects since every email story of 2016 has eventually turned out to be hot air. But I think Lowry is being a little too obvious about it.


Headshot of Editor in Chief of Mother Jones, Clara Jeffery

It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Thanks for reading—whether or not you can pitch in today, or ever, I'm glad you're with us.

Signed by Clara Jeffery

Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

payment methods

We Recommend