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May 14, 2013

Column: Clinton a veteran at putting out fires with a document dump

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Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said ominously, “This hearing is closed. But the investigation is not over.” He is promising a tsunami of subpoenas for Clinton’s records.

Clinton has been through this before — the Whitewater records, the Rose Law Firm billing records, the travel office records, etc. — and each time she dug in her sensible heels and insisted those records were nobody’s business but hers. The more she stonewalled, the more the press was convinced she had something to hide.

Then the billing records mysteriously appeared in “an unused White House storeroom” — there are no unused rooms in the cramped White House — and a Clinton aide dumped them in a big pile and told the press, in effect, “Here they are. Knock yourself out.” Hence the phrase “document dump.”

The reporters pawed through the files and quickly got bored when they saw there wasn’t much there. Madame Secretary, in dealing with chairman Issa, remember those words, “Document dump.” It will buy time until the next crisis arises.

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