The Evidence the FBI Ignored

Plus, Donald Trump brings a new language to American politics.

By James Freeman

The FBI investigative file on Hillary Clinton’s emails shows that the Bureau “didn’t pursue evidence of potential false statements, obstruction of justice and destruction of evidence,” observes the editorial board. The notes show “the G-men never did grill Mrs. Clinton” on her intent in setting up her server. And they allowed Clinton aides including Huma Abedin to get away with claiming to the FBI that “they were unaware of the existence of the private server until after Clinton’s tenure at State or when it became public knowledge.” Then there’s the deletion of emails after the issuance of a subpoena.

“In the suddenly tightening presidential race, we are seeing, or hearing, the careful and ‘reliable’ political language of Hillary Clinton in competition with the intemperance of Trumpian rhetoric,” writes Daniel Henninger. “One sounds real, the other just doesn’t. The new way of talking in American politics may turn out to be enough to win.”

“On the 15th anniversary of 9/11, the U.S. should not be rewarding Iran for its deadly actions with gifts of sanctions relief, and the easing of arms embargoes and ballistic-missile restrictions,” writes Joseph Lieberman. The former senator reminds that the 9/11 Commission found “strong evidence that Iran facilitated the transit of al Qaeda members into and out of Afghanistan before 9/11, and that some of these were future 9/11 hijackers.”

“Suddenly, as it heads for the exits, the Obama Administration is talking tough” about Russian hacking, notes a Journal editorial. “A cynic might ask where they’ve been for eight years and suggest that this is an attempt to warn in advance of any October surprise leak of Mrs. Clinton’s emails. But any foreign attempt to interfere with a U.S. election should be resisted, and so better late than never.”

Speaking of Moscow, “ John Kerry arrives in Geneva Thursday for more talks on Syria with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and while there might be a deal, no one should expect a durable peace,” says a separate editorial.

“The next three weeks are critical for polishing the image each candidate carries into the debates,” writes Karl Rove. “For Team Trump, success may depend on who’s in charge. Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, organized the trip to Mexico City last week, and his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, pressed for Saturday’s visit to a black church in Detroit. In both places Mr. Trump looked, sounded and acted presidential. Contrast that with Wednesday’s rally in Phoenix, orchestrated by campaign CEO Stephen Bannon and speechwriter Stephen Miller, where Mr. Trump was his railing, angry self.”

David Rivkin and Andrew Grossman note that “29 states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books purporting to bind electors to vote for their party’s candidate or in accord with the state’s popular vote.” But the laws cannot stand, write the authors. “The time is ripe to put an end to this legal charade and establish, as federal-court precedent, that the Constitution forbids enforcement of elector-binding mandates.”

One hundred years ago this month the self-service grocery store was born in Memphis, Tenn. Jerry Cianciolo describes how school dropout Clarence Saunders came to invent Piggly Wiggly.

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