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It’s not the cover-up, it’s the crime

Wisdom worth pondering from Josh Marshall, writing about an impenetrable maybe-scandal involving Arkansas Gov. Sarah Sanders:

You know that old saw about how the cover-up is worse than the crime? That’s never been true and people who say that are idiots or at least they’re not people who cover scandals. You take the risk of covering something up because the thing itself is really bad. And coverups usually work. Even when they don’t work or you get caught for the cover up you still are mostly able to keep the underlying big bad thing under wraps. People do the cover up because usually it works and even when it doesn’t it partly works.

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1 Comment

  1. Lex

    Josh is right. Worth noting that Robert Mueller said himself that his probe didn’t go as far as it might have because people tried to cover stuff up and frequently were successful.

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