Lots of bzzz bzzz over Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch meeting on the Sky Harbor tarmac.
That got me to thinking. I think I’ve found a very serious foible in the way Hillary Clinton is going to have to do business if she wins in November that the Obama White House can exploit.
I wrote in this space last year that President Obama is mentally conflicted on whether to pull the trigger on an indictment or not based on the Catch 22 of despising the Clintons and blue team party loyalty. Even now it’s probably too late to hand down an indictment to slide HRC out of the way so that the DNC can nominate Joe Biden.
I think I have found a time frame window that is idea for the Obama White House to nail HRC with an indictment, but there’s a big but, two big buts, actually. The time frame window is the month between December 19 and January 20. The two big buts are: One, HRC has to win the election, and two, her running mate has to be to Obama’s liking.
Colloquially, whoever wins on November election night, assuming s/he isn’t already President, gets the title “President-Elect” at that time. Legally, the Presidential election is on the day the Electoral College meets. This cycle, that will be December 19. We all know it’s a formality, but legally and constitutionally, “President-Elect” does not apply until after the Electoral College casts its votes.
Section 3 of the 20th Amendment:
If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President.
Let’s say that HRC wins the election informally on November 8 and therefore wins the Electoral College on December 19. It would also mean that on those same dates, her running mate would informally and formally, respectively, become Vice-President-Elect. After December 19, Hillary Clinton would be President-Elect and the running mate would be Vice-President-Elect. Let’s say that Obama likes the running mate (Julian Castro? Elizabeth Warren?) a lot. After December 19 and before January 20 would be the perfect time for Obama to drop the indictment hammer. Then HRC will have to abdicate (“die,” figuratively) from being President-Elect, meaning her running mate will become President- Elect and then will become President on January 20.
During this time frame, Obama will not be constrained by the Catch-22, because, assuming the two big buts, the blue team will have won the Presidency.
Which means HRC better not pick a running mate that Obama likes and would rather see as President than her.
I get the feeling that she or someone in her inner circle has already thought of this. I also get the feeling that the White House has thought of this.