“It is almost always the cover-up rather than the event that causes trouble.” — Howard Baker, the ranking Republican on the special Senate committee convened to investigate the 1972 break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office building.
That quote came to mind upon reading this sentence in a Washington Post of Hillary Clinton’s fainting spell at the 9/11 memorial in New York Sunday: “An initial campaign statement about Sunday’s illness did not mention the pneumonia diagnosis from two days prior, adding to public speculation that the campaign was hiding something.”
Donald Trump has questioned Clinton’s stamina and ability to handle the rigors of the presidency, saying she often appear to be exhausted and sleeps too much.
“A coughing episode on Labor Day had prompted a fresh round of questions about Clinton’s health,” WaPo reported. “During a speech at a festival in Cleveland, Clinton started coughing repeatedly at the outset of her remarks, took several sips of water and a lozenge and continued to sound hoarse as she spoke. Later that day, Clinton told reporters her condition was caused by ‘seasonal allergies.’”
The newspaper noted that John McCain in 2008 at the age of 71 released 1,000 pages of detailed medical records and addressed his battle with cancer. Neither Trump not Clinton has done as much.
The most Clinton has done is in July 2015 she issued a two-page letter from her doctor that mentioned her concussion in 2012 and blood clot in her head that caused double vision. The doctor said those symptoms had been resolved within two months.
Trump has provided only a brief statement from his personal physician in December. Nor has he released his IRS records.