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Friday, October 28, 2016

Did Hillary email the presidency away?

We were burned in June when Jim Comey caved and let The Criminal walk. Today, the FBI said it will re-open the case of the United States vs. Hillary Rodham Clintion. Should we get our hopes up for equal justice under the law?

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.

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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  1. Kevin Drum might think it's much ado about nothing, but I'm pretty certain voters stuck in the middle who might harbor some doubts about Hillary are going to think this is much ado about a whole lot, especially if Huma Abedin was sharing confidential (possibly classified) Dept. of State information with her husband, or comments that would impeach Hillary's truthfulness in her dealings with the FBI. If this isn't put to rest within the week, the storm buffeting Hillary going into election day will resemble a Cat. 5 hurricane.

    1. Hard to impeach Ill-ary's claims that she "can't remember".

    2. If you say anything to Federal investigators other than "I'm taking the Fifth and refusing to comment on the advice of counsel," you open yourself to a charge of obstruction of justice. That's why lawyers make sure clients who invoke their 5th A rights stick to a carefully prepared script. IANAL, but I'll bet saying "I can't remember" in order to avoid answering a direct question put to her would not save her from being charged if emails overwhelmingly prove she was fully aware of the facts she refused to recall when questioned by the FBI. If the Feds can prove a pattern of dissembling during her interview, she could be nailed by any able prosecutor worth his paycheck.

  2. Hillary Clinton is out standing in a field.

    Suddenly.... ZAAAAAAPP!! She's struck by a bolt of lightning.

    "Well, you don't have to worry anymore", says Jim Comey. "Lightning never strikes in the same place twice."

    "Whew, that's a relief!", says Hillary.

    Suddenly.... ZAAAAAAPP!! again.

    And Comey says: "So where'd it get you this time?"

    1. Dave, snot is coming out my nose, I'm laughing so hard. Paper towel time!

  3. The first point is, the information came through someone who was not granted immunity by the DoJ, and on devices that were not under their protection to destroy.

    The second point is, this got dropped with just over a week to the election.

    The third point is, all of this information is floating free and romping about like a pack of gazelles on the internet. No matter how many devices you squish, crush, fold, spindle, or mutilate, that information is still out there.

    The fourth point is the third point, you cannot cover it up or contain it; that info is already in too many places and will migrate as fast or faster than it can be eradicated.

    The fifth point is, Hillary is being taken down by a husband that is a sexual cad and pervert. But it isn't her husband, it is the husband of her closest confidant.

    If that actually happens then I am going to say that Nemesis has an exquisite sense of drama.

    -Mikey NTH

    1. Recall the full sequence:

      Hubris (arrogance) --> Ate ("madness") --> Nemesis (destruction).

    2. Excuse me - this thing just ate my comment. I think the captcha needs to be controlled.

      -Mikey NTH

  4. Hopefully I can get this comment out without the captcha being completely unreasonable.

    "Recall the full sequence:

    Hubris (arrogance) --> Ate ("madness") --> Nemesis (destruction)."

    The fun part is that the means and the timing are so perfectly crafted for the target. That is where Nemesis' actions are so exquisite.

    -Mikey NTH

  5. Doesn't matter what Comey does.

    If people weren't raising Hell, he wouldn't have brought the dog and pony show back into DC. Clearly, pressure is building and Comey may be trying to save himself.

    Doesn't matter what happens in December or the first half of January. For the next 10 days, people will be talking about this.

    October Surprise.

  6. The Harpy and her family have been conducting a criminal enterprise engaged in influence peddling among other things, the FBI has been corrupted, the whole racket being enabled by the Obama and his corrupt DoJ, and covered up by the lying-press.

    Merely having the Harpy be the nominee of one of the two parties is evidence that the U.S. has decayed into a banana republic.

    Steve in Greensboro

  7. Does a bottle of sake come with this theater?

  8. I have said for some time that I think Obama is going to drop the BAM on Hillary in September or October. This could well be it. Hill may be "likeable enough", but not to Obama. Us, neither.

  9. Bill Clinton was no doubt channeling his inner Obiwan when da Feds called on him today.

    "This is not the Weiner you are looking for."

  10. I fully expect nothing to come of this. It may, to some slight extent damage Hillary, but don't bet on it. On local news channel the "news" caster said they had been getting calls on how to change their ballot after it was mailed. If it has been counted, it can't be changed in Colorado.
    Should have been marked for Trump in the first place.

  11. Nobody has been charged with nothing yet, but the news dump after hours on the last Friday of the October Surprise month is amazing to say the least, especially since it is the Democrats letting loose the news.

    Whatever news is keyed up for release early next week must be full of flame-suppressant material. The Sunday Shows will hear a mere smidgeon of "news" on the sabbath. The only logical reason for the announcement is to steal headlines from the trailing Trump campaign and to forestall another Wikileaks dump.

    My guess is that these emails are not direct Hillary emails and that they are more of the same ho-hum banter between the Hillary staff members. I say that because Hillary Clinton urged the FBI to release all of the information it has and stressed that Comey himself said that he “doesn’t know whether the emails referenced in his letter are significant or not. I’m confident whatever they are will not change the conclusion reached in July.”

    So who thinks that Hillary doesn't know exactly where this is headed?

    1. Instapundit today:

      FUNNY, THEY LOVED HIM NOT LONG AGO: The Hill: Furious liberals lash out at Comey.

      Democrats are lashing out at FBI director James Comey for opening a new review into Hillary Clinton’s emails just days before the presidential election, accusing him of malfeasance that threatens to hand the White House to Donald Trump.

      Comey on Friday sent a brief letter to Congress stating that the FBI was investigating newly found messages that appeared to be related to its investigation into how Clinton handled classified material as secretary of State.

      That bombshell report, coming 11 days before the election, provoked prominent liberals like former Labor Secretary Robert Reich to question the timing of the release and to fume over the lack of details.

      Oh, there’ll be details.
      Posted at 7:30 am by Glenn Reynolds

    2. "So who thinks that Hillary doesn't know exactly where this is headed?"

      I do. If the emails were ho-hum, why are they still on the "Prevert's" machine? Allegedly tens of thousands of them and they are still being saved? I could see hundreds or even, say, a thousand emails, mostly recent ones, not being erased during a bit of periodic housecleaning, but tens of thousands? It's more logical to think the emails were being saved for a reason. And why were they on the Prevert's laptop? Am I to believe Huma didn't have a laptop or a desktop computer of her own where she could have archived those messages? Sounds to me like the emails were intentionally being hidden so the FBI wouldn't find them during their email investigation of Clinton and her staff (i.e., in case the FBI had decided to seize all the government-issued and personal laptops of her aides).

  12. 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.

    Pitchforks and torches, anyone?

    1. I'll bring the tar and feathers. - Elric

  13. Ah, Karma! Hillary brought every bit of this mess onto herself, and she richly deserves every bit of payback Karma can dish out. The schadenfreude is wonderful. Make the popcorn! - Elric

  14. Schadenfreude for the house, Barkeep! I'm buying.