Hillary Clinton, a candidate without a message or platform to stand on, has just had her legs knocked out from underneath her. On the Friday before a long Labor Day weekend, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released its investigation summary and interview notes with Clinton. The damning revelations undercut her biggest selling point to voters: Her ability to lead.
Since the Republican and Democratic conventions, Clinton has sought to label Donald Trump as lacking the judgement and temperament to serve as commander in chief. In polling, voters have largely seen her as the more reliable candidate. But recent revelations from the FBI, coupled with Trump's recent message discipline, could completely alter the course of the election.
Whether it is gross incompetence, forced amnesia, deep seated corruption or a combination of all three, the released summary and notes from the FBI demonstrate that Clinton does not have the judgement or temperament to be commander in chief. Rather than show leadership, her attempt to cover up for her private email server makes her look more like a clumsy criminal than someone who can be trusted with classified information.
Among the damning revelations was the fact that Clinton did not wipe her private email server clean until the New York Times broke the news. A Clinton aide also admitted that on at least two occasions phones Clinton used were smashed with a hammer to destroy them. It was also revealed that Clinton used eight blackberries that were never reviewed by the FBI because they cannot be located.
Despite being privy to our nation's top secrets and her desire to oversee the world's largest nuclear arsenal and superpower as president of the United States, Clinton claimed to the FBI that she could not recount one example of how information becomes classified. She also said she thought the "C" marking classified information as "confidential" had to do with alphabetizing. Even though her private server was less secure than Gmail and contained national security information, Clinton emailed President Obama from it while in foreign countries. She incompetently told the FBI that the classification of future drone strikes depended on the context. Unsurprisingly, her unsecure email was subject to phishing scams, and she opened at least one link that "contained a potentially malicious link."
The information published by the FBI also highlights the discrepancies between what she told voters and what she told investigators. Hillary Clinton initially claimed the convenience of one device as her reason for using a private email server and address for work and her personal life, but she had 13 mobile devices and five iPads. Clinton promised voters she turned over all of her work-related emails, but there were 17,488 that she never gave to the State Department inspector general. She also promised that she used safeguards to protect her private server but told the FBI there was no security.
Even more troubling is the fact Clinton and her aides told the FBI and Judicial Watch 378 times that they could not recall the details of private server and setup. Clinton alleged she could not recall any conversations regarding the creation of her email account. Her account was conveniently echoed by Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin, and Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy.
With 61 days left until the Nov. 8 election, Hillary Clinton has lost her biggest asset. After repeatedly lying to the American people, maliciously deleting evidence and idiotically claiming she doesn't understand classified information, Clinton lacks the ability to be commander in chief.
Lisa Boothe is a contributing columnist for The Washington Examiner and president of High Noon Strategies.