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Hillary Clinton's list of top picks for Cabinet positions—obviously, were she to win the 2016 election—has been compiled and released by Mike Allen of his new media venture Axios, and let's just say that a suspicion conservatives had all along was confirmed.
Let's just take a quick snapshot to see if anything jumps out:
- Secretary of State: John Podesta, Bill Burns, Joe Biden
- Deputy Secretary of State: Kurt Campbell, Wendy Sherman
- Treasury Secretary: Sheryl Sanderg, Lael Brained
- Defense Secretary: Michèle Floury
- Attorney General: Loretta Lynch retained, Jennifer Granholm, Jamie Gorelick, Tom Perez
- Commerce Secretary: Gregory Meeks, Sheryl Sandberg, Terry McAuliffe
- Labor: Howard Schultz
- HHS: Neera Tanden
- Energy Secretary: Carol Browner
- Education Secretary: Jennifer Granholm, John Sexton
- EPA: Likely an African American (and/or at Education)
- Budget Director: Gene Sperling
- U.N Ambassador: Tom Nides, Wendy Sherman, Bill Burns
- Director of National Intelligence: Tom Donilon
- CIA Director: Tom Donilon, Mike Morell
- SEC Chair: Gary Gentler
- Big Jobs: Tom Vilsack, Cory Booker
Nothing jumping out yet?
- Attorney General: Loretta Lynch retained
Let's get a better look:
Attorney General: Loretta Lynch retained
Okay, so what?
One of the suspicions that conservatives had during the 2016 presidential campaign was that Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Hillary Clinton potentially had a “quid pro quo” agreement to protect her from prosecution in her email scandal. Clinton had sent classified information using non-government secured servers, as James Comey had confirmed in testimony to Congress.
Despite Comey's quite damning account of Hillary Clinton's practices as Secretary of State, he did not recommend an indictment for the Democratic presidential candidate. Comey would later reappear to play a major role in the campaign, as just prior to a week out from the election, he would announce to Congress that the FBI was reopening the email investigation based on newly attained evidence.
A purportedly “chance” meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former president Bill Clinton, a dubious way to explain a thirty-minute meeting in a private plane on the tarmac of Phoenix Sky Harbor airport, gave many Americans the appearance of impropriety. It appeared that an illicit deal was being struck, all talk of “golf and grandchildren,” aside.
In addition, it appears that Hillary Clinton would have sought an “African American” for the EPA. Apparently, it wasn't as important who was heading the agency as the political implications of making a “diversity” appointment.
It's easy to get wrapped up in the media whirlwind over Trump's cabinet picks, but Americans shouldn't be quick to forget: Any Clinton administration would have brought major concerns about corruption and impropriety to The White House.
Retaining Loretta Lynch, even as a consideration, is a clear indication that Hillary Clinton would have continued the same hubris in office that caused so many Americans to reject her at the ballot box in November.