We begin with two offerings on the general state of Campaign 2016.
First, from the editorial cartoonist of the Kansas City Star:
Lee Judge: Storm conditions alert
And then an offering from the Baton Rouge Advocate:
Walt Handelsman: Other Worldly
From the editorial cartoonist of the Arizona Republic, our lone graphic featuring the Deplorable:
Benson: Clinton can’t patch these WikiLeaks
Indeed, she can’t. But even more damaging were the 100+ pages of documents released by the FBI, including a very ominous report that raises fundamental questions about her fitness to govern.
A new trove of interview summaries and notes from the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails lays out a series of allegations that could prove fodder for future attacks on the Democratic presidential nominee.
The 100 pages, released Monday morning, include claims that Clinton “blatantly” disregarded protocol. Other claims include that a group of powerful State Department employees attempted to coordinate a document release, and that a department official asked for a “quid pro quo” related to the former secretary of state’s emails.
The documents, part four of four to be released by the FBI, include notes and interview summaries that may illuminate more about the bureau’s decision not to recommend Clinton be prosecuted for her actions.
One revelation in the documents came from an interview with an unidentified person who suggested that Freedom of Information Act requests related to Clinton went through a group sometimes called “the Shadow Government.”
“There was a powerful group of very high-ranking STATE officials that some referred to as ‘The 7th Floor Group’ or ‘The Shadow Government.’ This group met every Wednesday afternoon to discuss the FOIA process, Congressional records, and everything CLINTON-related to FOIA/Congressional inquiries,” the FBI’s interview summary said.
Come on, folks. “Shadow Government”? Can this be anything other than a huge red flag about how a Clinton White house would operate?
Indeed, as the BBC reported, Clinton’s office wanted a Benghazi message declassified and buried:
The [FBI] colleague said he had been contacted by [undersecretary of state Patrick] Kennedy asking him to change the email’s classification level in “exchange for a ‘quid pro quo’”.
The State Department, the document says, offered to “reciprocate by allowing the FBI to place more agents in countries where they are presently forbidden”.
The country in question was Iran, and the implication is clear: Politics trumped what the FBI saw as its own legitimate investigative needs.
Scary, ain’t it?
And now back to the cartoons
And all feature the Despicable.
First, from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Mike Luckovich:Trumped up
The Washington Post weighs in:
Tom Toles: Donald Trump delivers his biggest insult yet
From the Chattanooga Times Free Press, no noose is good noose?
Clay Bennett: The Noose
Next, the Los Angeles Times:
David Horsey: Republicans waffle as Trump is captured by the alt right
And from the Columbus Dispatch:
Nate Beeler: Who You Gonna Call?
Finally, back to the Washington Post:
Ann Telnaes: Trump’s the one who should take a drug test