With news of more potentially damaging email revelations, Hillary Clinton’s campaign spokesman Brian Fallon accused Republicans on national TV of conspiring with an inspector general to hurt her campaign.
Not only are his accusations absurd, they also shed light on his time as a staffer for former Attorney General Eric Holder. To quickly recap the latest developments in Hillary’s email scandal leading up to Fallon’s accusation, Fox News published a letter earlier this week from Inspector General Charles McCullough to several Republican senators. The letter revealed that several emails sent from her private, unsecured email account during her tenure as secretary of State contained intelligence so highly classified that only a handful of government officials had the clearance to see it.
Two emails were found on her unsecured hard drive containing intelligence known as “special access programs” (SAP), which is a level of classification even higher than “top secret.”
On Wednesday, Fallon told CNN’s “New Day” that he thought the inspector general conspired with Republican senators to resurface her email woes to hurt her campaign.
“Actually, I think this was a very coordinated leak yesterday,” he said. “I think that he put two Republican senators up to sending him a letter so that he would have an excuse to resurface the same allegations he made back in the summer that have been discredited.”
Fallon’s allegations of coordinated partisanship are absurd. As Hot Air pointed out, McCullough was appointed to the Office of Inspector General by President Barack Obama. So why is Clinton’s spokesman alleging coordination between members of Congress and an executive branch office that’s supposed to remain apolitical?
Perhaps because he was caught doing the exact same thing while a staffer at the Department of Justice two years ago. In September 2014, when Fallon was a spokesman for Attorney General Holder, he reportedly placed a call to a Democratic congressman’s office asking them to a spin a story about the IRS targeting conservative groups.
But instead of that call going to Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings’s office, he mistakenly reached former Republican Rep. Darrell Issa’s office and asked if they could pass along some documents — which hadn’t been released to the public yet — to certain reporters so “officials could comment on them ‘before the majority’ did,” The Hill reported.
Republicans said this misplaced phone call was evidence the DOJ was conspiring with Democratic congressmen in an effort to set the narrative of the investigation into whether the IRS went after conservative groups.
Fallon’s willingness to assert that a larger conspiracy theory is at work, especially one that mirrors his own past behavior, indicates these allegations are hurting Clinton. A majority of Americans, 59 percent of those surveyed, think that Clinton is dishonest, which may be what’s been nudging her polling numbers downwards and closing the gap between her and Bernie Sanders.