Democrats are all abuzz with criticisms of the FBI's reopening of the e mail investigation of Hillary Clinton. Some people talk of this being unprecedented or the worst October Surprise. Sadly, these criticisms appear ignorant of what Lawrence Walsh did many years ago to help elect Hillary's husband. For those who do not remember, the story is told here and here. Put briefly, there is a way to understand James Comey's behavior as honorable. There is no way to understand Lawrence Walsh's behavior that way. Sadly, people who should know better don't seem to. At the 538 site, Harry Entin reviews six examples of October…
Former Iran Contra Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh recently passed away at the age of 102. While I know it is not the nicest thing to speak ill of those who have just died, I cannot let this occasion pass. I highly doubt that any of Walsh’s loved ones will read this and Walsh committed a genuinely heinous act for which he has borne very little negative publicity.
While I was not a big fan of the Independent Counsel statute, the problem with Walsh was how he behaved as independent counsel. Walsh may have committed one of the most consequential misdeeds in the history of criminal prosecutors, and the amazing thing is so few people remember or know about this. Walsh may very well have changed the result of the 1992 Presidential election between George Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ross Perot.
Walsh was investigating the Iran Contra scandal and he had spent six years with little to show for it. After this period, he was seeking to indict former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. Walsh initially indicted Weinberger in June of 1992, but the indictment was thrown out on technical grounds. (I base the following description on a book by Lanny Davis, a political associate of Bill Clinton.)