What would Mark Twain say to us?
“If a cat sits on a hot stove, that cat won't sit on a hot stove again. That cat won't sit on a cold stove either. That cat just don't like stoves.”Should you get your hopes up?
Should you believe again that this is not a banana republic where the FBI helps The Criminal destroy evidence and take out witnesses?
After all, Comey's boss -- future Supreme Court Justice Loretta Lynch -- refused to answer to Congress for her sleazy dealings with Iran. How do you hold her or anyone in government accountable when they can ignore Congress?
Nevertheless, the New York Times reported:
WASHINGTON — A new trove of emails that appear pertinent to the now-closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server was discovered after the F.B.I. seized at least one electronic device shared by Anthony D. Weiner and his estranged wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to Mrs. Clinton, federal law enforcement officials said Friday.
The F.B.I. is investigating illicit text messages that Mr. Weiner, a former Democratic congressman from New York, sent to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. The bureau told Congress on Friday that it had uncovered new emails related to the Clinton case — one federal official said they numbered in the tens of thousands — potentially reigniting an issue that has weighed on the presidential campaign and offering a lifeline to Donald J. Trump less than two weeks before the election.
In a letter to Congress, the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said that emails had surfaced in an unrelated case, and that they “appear to be pertinent to the investigation.”
Mr. Comey said the F.B.I. was taking steps to “determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.” He said he did not know how long it would take to review the emails, or whether the new information was significant.Is this another search-and-destroy mission to make sure President Trump's replacement for Comey cannot get enough evidence to indict The Criminal?
From Carl Bernstein, who helped bring down a president who was one-tenth as crooked as Hillary:
Right now we're all talking in a vacuum but I want to add here that in the last, oh, 36, 48 hours, there has been an undercurrent of kind of speculative discussion among some national security people that something might surface in the next few days about e-mails, and I think the expectation in this chatter -- and I took it as just chatter but informed chatter, to some extent -- was that it would relate to another round of WikiLeaks e-mails, which our Justice Department people seem to be saying is not the case, but there has been some noise in the national security community the last day or two of this kind of possibility of some kind of revelation.
But this is her Achilles heel and we have to remember that it also comes on the -- back to the word heel -- of the revelations about the Clinton Foundation. So the confluence of all of this is bad for her as it stands now but with some knowledge she might be able to stop, turn things around, and give us some idea of what's going on in a way we might not otherwise know, and also it's very possible that some members of congress very quickly are going to get an idea of what these e-mails are, and what this is all about, and for whatever purpose put some information out there.Hmm.
Kevin Drum of Mother Jones said it is nothing:
Wasn't Trump saying just a few weeks ago that the FBI was hopelessly corrupt and couldn't be trusted? I'm pretty sure he did.
Bottom line: There are some emails. They aren't from Hillary Clinton. They weren't withheld from the investigation. The case isn't being "reopened." That is all.
Speaking for myself, I'm willing to back any bet that anyone wants to make that this whole thing is a complete nothing. Republicans will be lathering away for the next 11 days, but there's no there there.That has been the case for 25 years of corruption by Clinton Incorporated. We get in a lather, and the Clintons use it to shave, spit in our faces, and laugh all the way to the bank.
But maybe enough is enough.
From Alex Wagner of the Atlantic:
Amid a fired up sea of supporters chanting “Lock her up!” with renewed vigor, a freshly emboldened Donald Trump took to the campaign stump on Friday afternoon in New Hampshire, moments after the FBI announced it was reviewing new emails related to its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server. “This is worse than Watergate!” he bellowed. The crowd was in agreement.
James Comey announced in July “that no charges are appropriate in this case,” and there’s no reason, at this point, to believe that the new emails will alter that conclusion. But the toll this takes—and will continue to take—on Clinton’s ability to secure public trust is not to be discounted. Should she win the presidency on November 8th, (as polls suggest she will), the controversy is likely to follow her to the White House: This latest review may take time to complete, and this isn’t a cudgel Republicans are likely to give up anytime soon. After all, their entire strategy has been to erode trust: in public institutions and, lately, in elections. The president herself will be no different.
And yet, to ascribe this erosion of trust as merely a page from some nefarious conservative playbook would be to underestimate the depth of the problem Clinton has created for herself.Perhaps the lesson in the system being rigged is to quit trusting the system to protect the public, and for the public to protect itself.
Maybe this time the public says enough, takes matters in its own hands, and throws the bums out.
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