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Federalist Radio: What House Select Committees and Jedi Have In Common

The House Select Committee that Hillary Clinton appears before is run by good individuals in a powerless institution, similar to Star Wars.


Today is a great week for Hillary Clinton, said Gabriel Malor, an attorney and writer for Ace of Spades and The Federalist on today’s radio hour. Clinton’s appearance before the House Select Committee on Benghazi today comes in the same week that Vice President Biden pulled his name from her race. Both which she will use to her advantage.

Malor said despite the anticipation for this hearing, people shouldn’t get too excited. “Don’t look for a smoking gun here–committees don’t solve problems.”

He also noted the classic “Clintonian” ways in which she will answer questions throughout the hearing, her handling of the investigation, and her relationship with Sid Blumenthal. “It’s important to listen to her exact words,” Malor said on her claims that most of her work was not done on email and that she didn’t have a computer in her office.

Later in the hour, Dr. Tom Nichols, a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and at the Harvard Extension School, gives his take on the answers Hillary had been giving Congress.

“If you’re running for President of the United States you can’t stiff arm questions by saying ‘Oh the world is so complicated and my goodness I barely have time to keep up with social media,’” Nichols said.

He suggests this entire investigation is being conducted like it’s 1980, as emails are slowly leaked out as hard copies. Malor agreed, noting that, “when you print an email, you destroy all the metadata on the back end.”

Other important news that broke the internet this week was the release of the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Malor and Domenech discuss J.J. Abrams, Star Wars’ future with Disney, and why Jedi might actually be the bad guys.

Malor said there is a similarity between the Jedi and the Congressmen who try to hold beneficial hearings on the Hill but who fail because of the system.

“When I talked about good individuals with good intentions locked in an essentially powerless institution–that’s the Jedi. It’s the Select Committee and it’s also the Jedi,” he said.


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