Bret Baier Elicited Astonishing Admission from Hillary Clinton...and Didn't Follow Up
Unfortunately, Baier apparently did not realize the significance of what Hillary had said.
Presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton hadn't held a press conference in about half a year and the press was restless. She needed to do something to suggest that she was not afraid to answer tough questions.
Hillary chose to be interviewed for a few minutes by Fox News anchor Bret Baier.
It would have been much worse for Hillary if she had picked Bill O'Reilly or Sean Hannity (or Laura Ingraham or Jeanine Pirro if she wanted to be interviewed by another woman),
It was bad enough, however.
Unfortunately, Baier apparently did not realize the significancer of what Hillary had said. (If presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had said something comparable, there would have been a media firestorm.)
Perhaps Baier was hoping that Hillary would explain that she was "absolutely certain" that she would not be indicted because she knew the fix was in.
That would have been tremendously newsworthy, but what Hillary actually said in response to Baier was a devastating admission that Hillary does not tell the truth routinely and Baier inexplicably let it pass instead of following up.
Hillary claimed that what she had said about being absolutely certain was true as a matter of happenstance, not that whatever she says is true to the best of her knowledge, information and belief.
Baier: "...the Clinton Foundation investigation, the FBI investigation, email, you're saying zero chance that this is a problem for you in this election.
Hillary: "Absolutely. That's what I'm saying. That happens to be the truth."
"That happens to be the truth"?
"A happenstance is a coincidental event. If you call your brother on the phone, that's intentional. If you bump into him in a restaurant, it's happenstance." (www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/happenstance).
Who wants it to be a happy coincidence if what the President says is true?
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.