I know you won’t be shocked to discover that much like the congressional investigation of Benghazi, even the Republican-led investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private computer server couldn’t find any significant evidence of wrongdoing.

A multiyear State Department probe of emails that were sent to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s private computer server concluded there was no systemic or deliberate mishandling of classified information by department employees, according to a report submitted to Congress this month.

The report appears to represent a final and anticlimactic chapter in a controversy that overshadowed the 2016 presidential campaign and exposed Clinton to fierce criticism that she later cited as a major factor in her loss to President Trump.

This isn’t to say that Clinton did a good job handling electronic communications when she was serving as the Secretary of State. She deserved a measure of criticism for making decisions that were less than optimal from a security standpoint and far worse than suboptimal for preserving government records, as required by law.

But the Republicans were never satisfied to have a decent arguing point against her candidacy and instead tried to elevate this into some massive scandal. The press did a poor job of contextualizing the dispute for the voters and it cost Clinton dearly.

If that’s all this was, it wouldn’t piss me off so much. Sometimes one political party does a better job of exploiting of an opportunity than the other does of defending against it, and the media is always going to be an imperfect referee.

What makes me angry is the Republicans couldn’t be satisfied with laughing themselves to the bank. They had to keep going and try to prove their idiotic conspiracy theories correct.

This is an ongoing problem for the GOP. They seem to believe their own bullshit, and it’s costing us more and more every day, as we can see right now in Ukraine.

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