Wednesday, a spokesman from Democratic presidential frontrunner (?) Hillary Clinton’s campaign, “accused the Intelligence Community Inspector General Wednesday of working with Republicans to attack the Democratic presidential front-runner,” reports Anita Kumar for McClatchy.

In an exclusive report published by Fox News Tuesday, a letter from the Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough III, “laid out the findings of a recent comprehensive review by intelligence agencies that identified “several dozen” additional classified emails — including specific intelligence known as “special access programs” (SAP).” Also included in the letter was the claim that among the classified information contained in Clinton’s emails were data of the most secretive nature.

Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough III was appointed by President Obama and confirmed with laudations from Democrats as the best man for the job. But that’s irrelevant.

Forget addressing the substantive claims of the Fox News report; Hillary’s campaign whipped out an old 90s era retort. Clearly, the Intelligence Community Inspector General was colluding with the vast right-wing conspiracy to undermine her candidacy.

The vast right-wing conspiracy is also to blame for her husband’s various affairs and sex scandals, apparently. Or at least that was Hillary’s story in 1998.

A refresher:

But back to the VRWC’s current manifestation. McClatchy reports:

“I think this was a very coordinated leak,” Brian Fallon said on CNN. “Two months ago there was a…report that directly challenged the finding of this inspector general, and I don’t think he liked that very much. So I think that he put two Republican senators up to sending him a letter so that he would have an excuse to resurface the same allegations he made back in the summer that have been discredited.”

The comments came after Inspector General Charles McCullough III told senators that he believes at least several dozen of emails Clinton sent and received while she was secretary of state contained classified material at the highest levels, according to a letter obtained by McClatchy.

McCullough was nominated by President President Barack Obama in August 2011 to be the first inspector general for the 16 intelligence agencies and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate Intelligence Committee that October. The full Senate agreed by unanimous consent in November.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat who used to head the intelligence committee, described McCullough as “well-qualified.”

“He has long experience conducting investigations both as an inspector general and a FBI agent,” Feinstein said in a floor speech in November 2011. “He is an attorney and is well-familiar with the intelligence community.”

Other Democrats agreed.

“We’ve heard good things about you and I’m looking forward to supporting you when Chair Feinstein moves ahead with the vote,” Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon said in September 2011.

“You clearly have been able to operate in both the civilian and the military sectors which will, I think, prove to be a very valuable set of experiences, if you’re confirmed,” Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado. said in September 2011.

Clinton has been under fire for months for exclusively using personal email routed through a private server while serving as the nation’s top diplomat. The FBI launched an inquiry into the handling of sensitive information after classified information was found in some.

Hillary can blame the VRWC until the cows come home, but that won’t save her campaign this time around

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