Hillary’s Completely Inadequate Response to the FBI’s Renewed Investigation

 

Hillary held a Friday afternoon press conference to address the FBI Director James Comey’s blockbuster decision to review new evidence in its investigation into her email server. The event lasted a whopping four minutes; here it is in its entirety:

Yeah, that ought to fix it. To Hillary’s credit, she didn’t wear prison orange or create a new series of memes as she did at her other email press conference. But if Hillary’s goal was damage control, her statement was a bust.

After a one-minute opening statement, she took three questions from the press before rushing stage right. It’s interesting that she seemed to be reading from notes after each not-at-all-staged question.

Team Hillary apparently has no idea what emails Comey found, so she kept her answers generic and tried to put the onus on him. “We are calling on the FBI to release all the information that it has,” Hillary said, in a obvious attempt to turn the klieg lights away from her and toward the agency.

Also amusing was Hillary’s demand for the FBI to release the emails in question, something she knows they can’t do mid-investigation, by saying “let’s get it out.” For years Secretary Clinton has attempted to hide these e-mails, going so far as to destroy several devices and BleachBit her unsecured server. To now insist on transparency from the FBI is a bit rich.

When asked her advice to voters, Hillary said, “I would urge everybody to get out and vote early.” Why is she so eager to bank a bunch of early votes? As she noted a bit later, “We’ve heard these rumors, we don’t know what to believe. And I’m sure there will be even more rumors.” She must know that there is plenty of damaging info floating out there so she wants voters to cast their ballots before it does.

Her most Clintonian response was this final swipe at the FBI: “We’ve made it very clear that, if they’re going to be sending this kind of letter that is only going originally to Republican members of the House, that they need to share whatever facts they claim to have with the American people.” The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is back in town.

Obama appointee Comey sent his letter because he was required to per rules from Obama’s Department of Justice. He had provided sworn testimony to congress about the email server scandal and was obligated to keep the relevant committees apprised. Since he said under oath that the review was complete, he needed to inform Congress that this was no longer the case. The letter was addressed to eight congressional committee chairmen, all of whom are Republicans since that party controls both chambers. And on page two of the letter, was the list of CC-ed members, all of whom are Democrats.

If she wants us to believe this is a partisan hit, she’ll have to explain why Obama is in on it.

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  1. The King Prawn Inactive
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    @TheKingPrawn

    Did she just dare him to push for indictment?

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  2. Skarv Inactive
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    @Skarv

    Yes, the admission to vote early should be reversed. It should be hold your vote until the election day to at least give some chance to clear up this mess.

    However, it is likely to not do much good as FBI will probably not be able to do much in 11 days.

     

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  3. Basil G Inactive
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    @BasilG

    Nice shiny object over there. Too bad it won’t matter a wit to any Democrat and a handful of Republicans.

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  4. Mark Coolidge
    Mark
    @GumbyMark

    If at this point Ryan and McConnell don’t call for an independent prosecutor it’s the tell that they’re perfectly comfortable with a Hillary Presidency.

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  5. Brian Watt Inactive
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    @BrianWatt

    Also posted on the related breaking news post:

    So many potential scenarios…so little time (not in any priority):

    1. The White House, the DoJ, the FBI make Huma the scapegoat and sacrificial lamb (even if she did violate various security laws and statutes) and indict her attempting to focus attention on her rather than Hillary. And an outside chance that Cheryl Mills also goes down. Mills and Abedin are pardoned by Obama and they end up gainfully employed by the Clinton Foundation.
    2. The FBI drags its feet and Comey makes another, “Yeah, it was reckless but still nothing worth bringing charges” pronouncement a few days before Election Day.
    3. There is something so damning in the emails that speaks directly to criminal intent which Comey stated he didn’t have before, that he can’t ignore because other agents have seen it, but Obama and Lynch still prevent a case moving forward.
    4. Related to #3 above – Comey and numerous FBI agents are fired the day after Election Day if Hillary wins.
    5. Congress subpoenas the “new” emails in question and uses them to build a case of impeachment on Clinton after her inauguration. But like her husband before her, there still aren’t enough votes in the Senate to remove her from office.
    6. WikiLeaks releases the same or even more damning information on Clinton tomorrow (as promised) and have some have speculated this is the DoJ’s way to get out in front of it or attempt to obscure WikiLeaks revelation which a compliant media is happy to do.
    7. The new revelations are so damning it has an adverse effect on Hillary’s health and she becomes incapacitated for days or weeks and out of the public view – perhaps even hospitalized.
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  6. Heather Champion Member
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    @exjon “If she wants us to believe this is a partisan hit, she’ll have to explain why Obama is in on it” Can you further this?

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  7. WhiskeyPolitics Contributor
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    @DaveSussman

    Vote early and often.

    I just read in some states voters can actually go back and change their vote up till the polls close. Can anyone confirm that?

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  8. Flapjack Lincoln
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    And this came out on a Friday.  Why do I have the (cynical) feeling that Comey knew he had to do something but wanted to do it in a way that made as few “waves” as possible.  I have no doubt he is bought and paid for in some capacity.

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  9. Brian Watt Inactive
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    Flapjack:And this came out on a Friday. Why do I have the (cynical) feeling that Comey knew he had to do something but wanted to do it in a way that made as few “waves” as possible. I have no doubt he is bought and paid for in some capacity.

    You could be right. All I know is that I’m hungry for pancakes right now for some reason.

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  10. HeartofAmerica Inactive
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    Heather Champion:@exjon “If she wants us to believe this is a partisan hit, she’ll have to explain why Obama is in on it” Can you further this?

    I think he means that the letter was also sent to the WH and other Democrat members of Congress. She had indicated that the letter was only sent to GOP leadership leading people to believe that it’s a hit job from the right.

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  11. Skarv Inactive
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    WhiskeyPolitics:Vote early and often.

    I just read in some states voters can actually go back and change their vote up till the polls close. Can anyone confirm that?

    I don’t know if that is true in US states but I know for a fact that it has been possible in Swedish elections since early 90-ies or possibly even in the eighties, The process/technology has been there for a long time.

    Implementing it here would be a good idea.

    That she is encouraging early voting in her short “press conference” is a huge tell that she worries more dirt is about to erupt.

    Still I suspect, the orange godking will find some personal insult and manage to divert media attention to it, preventing him from winning.

     

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  12. Johnny Dubya Inactive
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    This is a great example of why early voting is a horrible idea.  There is no justification for it.

    Under the circumstances, it is appalling that she blatantly encouraged her supporters to do it, but when were the Clintons ever constrained by propriety?

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  13. DocJay Inactive
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    Close your eyes and imagine she’s our candidate.  Then open them and watch her.  For God’s sake just don’t vomit this time.    The smirking/smiling is her lying ‘tell’ and she often laughs but not this time.    She then has a few extremely veiled threats for Comey and Obama about the timing of this ’11 days before the election’ and  ‘importance of this election’.

    She’s also made it clear what she expects.

     

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  14. Skarv Inactive
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    Flapjack: And this came out on a Friday. Why do I have the (cynical) feeling that Comey knew he had to do something but wanted to do it in a way that made as few “waves” as possible. I have no doubt he is bought and paid for in some capacity.

    It is likely to be the intended tactic but I do not think we should be so worried about it. Weekdays – politics attention/Weekends – not caring about politics is an old parent that does not work anymore.

    Everyone is working more or less 24*365 and so it is for politics. We are all always on. Only good time to disclose a scandal is right after a bigger scandal and that requires more sophisticated timing the weekdays.

     

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  15. Douglas Inactive
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    Note:

    Image removed on the grounds that it is in poor taste.
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  16. Kozak Member
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: “We are calling on the FBI to release all the information that it has,”

    Careful what you wish for.

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  17. Chris Campion Coolidge
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    @ChrisCampion

    I voted early here in Charlotte today.  Still amazed by the fact that I don’t have to show a shred of proof of my identity.  Not one thing.  Just give a name and address, and boom – you can vote.

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  18. Johnny Dubya Inactive
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    In hindsight, maybe Huma wasn’t Hillary’s best choice of “body [wo]man”.

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  19. Kozak Member
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: For years Secretary Clinton has attempted to hide these e-mails, going so far as to destroy several devices and BleachBit her unsecured server. To now insist on transparency from the FBI is a bit rich.

    She better hope the Russki’s or Assange didn’t hack Carlos Danger.

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  20. DocJay Inactive
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    Johnny Dubya:In hindsight, maybe Huma wasn’t Hillary’s best choice of “body [wo]man”.

    Are you kidding dude?  The sex alone was probably worth all of it.

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  21. Heather Champion Member
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    HeartofAmerica:

    Heather Champion:@exjon “If she wants us to believe this is a partisan hit, she’ll have to explain why Obama is in on it” Can you further this?

    I think he means that the letter was also sent to the WH and other Democrat members of Congress. She had indicated that the letter was only sent to GOP leadership leading people to believe that it’s a hit job from the right.

    Thank you. I missed that with the flurry of news.

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  22. BD Member
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    Does Sydney Leathers have the nuclear launch codes on her laptop?

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  23. Kevin Creighton Contributor
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    After almost 70 years of police dramas on  TV, the American public understands that law enforcement doesn’t show what evidence it has on a potential defendant until it’s time for discovery in a courtroom.

    She must think the American public has never seen an episode of Perry Mason, LA Law, Matlock or Boston Legal.

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  24. The King Prawn Inactive
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    @TheKingPrawn

    I suspect she knows there’s classified stuff Comey can’t just release, so by telling him to “get it out” (which is a terrible phrasing in any discussion involving Weiner) she’s hoping it will look like he has nothing on her when he can’t release it. In a couple of days expect to hear her accuse him repeatedly of partisanship on this.

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  25. tigerlily Member
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    @tigerlily

    WhiskeyPolitics:Vote early and often.

    I just read in some states voters can actually go back and change their vote up till the polls close. Can anyone confirm that?

    If true, that seems crazy.Let’s just see how confusing and chaotic we can make the simple act of voting.

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  26. Vance Richards Member
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    @VanceRichards

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: When asked her advice to voters, Hillary said, “I would urge everybody to get out and vote early.” Why is she so eager to bank a bunch of early votes? As she noted a bit later, “We’ve heard these rumors, we don’t know what to believe. And I’m sure there will be even more rumors.” She must know that there is plenty of damaging info floating out there so she wants voters to cast their ballots before it does.

     

    Yeah, vote now before the really bad stuff comes out.

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  27. harrisventures Coolidge
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    Vote early and vote often.

    Before any more bombshells explode…

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  28. Eric Hines Inactive
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    It’d be interesting to me if the FBI did release (some of) the emails–heavily redacted due to classifications.  And those not released held beck because they’re too classified to release even in redacted form.

    Fat chance.

    And, as others have noted, it would be an interference with the investigation, such as it is.

    A motive for Comey’s change of mind: other news reports over the last several days have referred to lots of “very angry” FBI agents.  I wonder if they didn’t answer his letter to them (“nothing to see here, no worries, guys”) with a letter back to him saying, “Reopen the investigation, and let us be serious about it, or we quit.  Loudly.”

    Eric Hines

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  29. Eric Hines Inactive
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    @EricHines

    tigerlily:

    WhiskeyPolitics:Vote early and often.

    I just read in some states voters can actually go back and change their vote up till the polls close. Can anyone confirm that?

    If true, that seems crazy.Let’s just see how confusing and chaotic we can make the simple act of voting.

    I can go back an change my votes as often as I like with my stockholder proxy votes.  I don’t know, though, how we’d do that in a political election while preserving the secrecy of the ballot.

    Eric Hines

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  30. Eric Hines Inactive
    Eric Hines
    @EricHines

    Kevin Creighton:After almost 70 years of police dramas on TV, the American public understands that law enforcement doesn’t show what evidence it has on a potential defendant until it’s time for discovery in a courtroom.

    She must think the American public has never seen an episode of Perry Mason, LA Law, Matlock or Boston Legal.

    She doesn’t have Della working for her.

    But she does have Loretta Lynch working for her.

    Eric Hines

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