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. BD Member
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    Will Hillary “accept the outcome” of the FBI investigation.

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  2. goldwaterwoman Thatcher
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    In all my years, this is the second most exciting election with the first one being in the year 2000 when we didn’t know who the president would be for weeks after the election. Lord knows what the rest of the world must think of us. I suspect most think we’re no better than they are.

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  3. CuriousKevmo Member
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    DocJay:

    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.

    Awwww COME ON DOC?!!?!  WTH?

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  4. Mike-K Member
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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 have been told this in California on an absentee ballot. You have to request a new ballot in writing.

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  5. CuriousKevmo Member
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    Mike-K:

    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 have been told this in California on an absentee ballot. You have to request a new ballot in writing.

    Yeah, but I think they still show your party affiliation on the outside of the envelope so they don’t count your vote unless you are a “D” anyway.

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  6. DocJay Inactive
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    CuriousKevmo:

    DocJay:

    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.

    Awwww COME ON DOC?!!?! WTH?

    It’s a love story.  Hillary abdicates , they move in together and raise the child.  It’s like Edward VIII, super touching on the evolving bisexual heart strings of America.

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  7. BD Member
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    Jennifer Rubin: “The Weiner thing is actually helpful for HRC, turning this all into farce and a punchline.”

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  8. DocJay Inactive
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    BD:Jennifer Rubin: “The Weiner thing is actually helpful for HRC, turning this all into farce and a punchline.”

    Ummmm, no.   Hillary’s protege and number one fan has an arranged power marriage to a deviant who’s teen sexting proclivities undo them all.    This is a miniseries baby.

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  9. Judge Mental Member
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    Eric Hines: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

    O’Reilly actually raised a good point… either Comey reopens it or all this stuff leaks.

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  10. James Lileks Contributor
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    BD:Jennifer Rubin: “The Weiner thing is actually helpful for HRC, turning this all into farce and a punchline.”

    That’s . . . half right. What’s the line about history repeating itself, first as tragedy, then as farce? To have Weiner / Huma end up as a pallid reiteration of Bill/ Hillary and sink the prospects of the original version, well – we’d skip tragedy and go right to farce.

    But helping HRC? No.

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  11. Judge Mental Member
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    James Lileks:

    BD:Jennifer Rubin: “The Weiner thing is actually helpful for HRC, turning this all into farce and a punchline.”

    That’s . . . half right. What’s the line about history repeating itself, first as tragedy, then as farce? To have Weiner / Huma end up as a pallid reiteration of Bill/ Hillary and sink the prospects of the original version, well – we’d skip tragedy and go right to farce.

    But helping HRC? No.

    Schadenfreudelicious.

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  12. formerlawprof Coolidge
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    Heather Champion: 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 it’s a little simpler than others have said. If it’s another vast right-wing conspiracy job, then how the Hell come Democratic President Barack Obama and his DOJ are the ones doing the hit?

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  13. KC Mulville Inactive
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    First let me say something to my children:

    “Now kids, remember when Mommy and I told you not to say anything on the internet that you’ll regret later? No pictures, angry rants, inappropriate jokes … it may seem great at the time, but you’ll probably regret it for the rest of your life. Just remember Madam Hillary … ”

    <<Pause here while everyone rushes to clear their cache of any emails that could embarrass them.>>

    <<Another pause while I do the same.>>

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  14. Douglas Inactive
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    BD:Jennifer Rubin: “The Weiner thing is actually helpful for HRC, turning this all into farce and a punchline.”

    I’m shocked, just shocked, that Jennifer Rubin would spin this to Hillary Clinton’s benefit.

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  15. Isaac Smith Member
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    Brian Watt: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.

    I’m for a combination of 3 and 6.  It’s something bad; they’re afraid Wikileaks has it (I mean really, how secure do you suppose Weiner’s computer would be?); so get it out first and do it on Friday.

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  16. A-Squared Inactive
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    WhiskeyPolitics: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 see how they could. They don’t keep track of how each individual voted so there is no way to know how to reverse the original vote.

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  17. Hypatia Inactive
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    I want to rejoice, but…this is just too good to be true.

    It seems like Karmic justice: after Mrs Bill’s self-righteous attempts to cast Trump as a “sexual predator”, Wiener becomes the new full-frontal face of her campaign.    (New slogan: Schlonger  Together! )

    How could they spin this?

    A victim! A victim!  THAT’S what they need now!!  And lo, they’ve got the perfect candidate:  the odiferous Huma: a Muslim! A woman!  Wow, she’s Khan and Machado rolled into one!

    No, we can’t count these mendacious bozos out, I’m afraid. I WANT it, so bad!  But we’ve been burned before.

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  18. Eugene Kriegsmann Member
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    If history repeats itself, as it has so often during ths campaign season, Donald Trump will upstage this whole mess and draw all the attention to himself and away from Hillary’s dilemma, once again snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

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  19. The Reticulator Member
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    From the Washington Post:

    In the Friday memo to his employees, Comey acknowledged that the FBI does not yet know the import of the newly discovered emails. “Given that we don’t know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails, I don’t want to create a misleading impression,” Comey wrote.

    Utter incompetence. If Comey wants to know the import of those emails, all he has to do is call the Clinton campaign and ask. They do have phones at the FBI, don’t they?

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  20. Ekosj Member
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    Hillary and the Clinton conga-line of flunkeys keep saying “we don’t know the facts …”    WHAT?!?!?     The FACTS  involve YOUR emails!!! YOU already KNOW the FACTS!!!    The only question of fact in your mind is whether or not the FBI knows the facts and will they act on those facts.

    Lordy, these people do lie.     To Hillary, not getting convicted of perjury or obstruction of justice is the same thing as telling the truth.

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  21. Ekosj Member
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    Helpful hint to Director Comey:

    Call in 10 or 12 agents this morning.  Divide up the emails….coupl’a hundred per agent.    Send out for coffee and Chinese food … Or better yet Armand’s Pizza.  You’ll ‘know the import’  in time for the evening news.

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  22. Seawriter Contributor
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    Douglas:

    Editor’s Note:

    Image removed on the grounds that it is in poor taste.

    Did someone have a copy of the NY Post’s front page posted? The one that called the scandal a modified version of “Wikileaks” and featured a picture of the Clinton’s own version of Fredo Corleone holding a phone and (maybe) a pen? Sounds like they must have.

    Seawriter

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  23. Hypatia Inactive
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    Seawriter:

    Douglas:

    Editor’s Note:

    Image removed on the grounds that it is in poor taste.

    Did someone have a copy of the NY Post’s front page posted? The one that called the scandal a modified version of “Wikileaks” and featured a picture of the Clinton’s own version of Fredo Corleone holding a phone and (maybe) a pen? Sounds like they must have.

    Seawriter

    Oh please, editors, stop deleting that wonderful NYPost picture!

    “Poor taste”?

    And, um, not doing everything we can to prevent  this corrupt, arrogant, woman from becoming president is “tasteful”?

    This is not a dinner party.

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  24. Seawriter Contributor
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    Hypatia:Oh please, editors, stop deleting that wonderful NYPost picture!

    “Poor taste”?

    And, um, not doing everything we can to prevent this corrupt, arrogant, woman from becoming president is “tasteful”?

    This is not a dinner party.

    I don’t know that was the image removed. I came too late to the dinner party.

    (But I can assume. -grin-)

    Seawriter

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  25. The Reticulator Member
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    Seawriter:

    Douglas:

    Editor’s Note:

    Image removed on the grounds that it is in poor taste.

    Did someone have a copy of the NY Post’s front page posted? The one that called the scandal a modified version of “Wikileaks” and featured a picture of the Clinton’s own version of Fredo Corleone holding a phone and (maybe) a pen? Sounds like they must have.

    Seawriter

    I wonder what isn’t in poor taste this year.

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  26. Kate Braestrup Member
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    DocJay:

    CuriousKevmo:

    DocJay:

    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.

    Awwww COME ON DOC?!!?! WTH?

    It’s a love story. Hillary abdicates , they move in together and raise the child. It’s like Edward VIII, super touching on the evolving bisexual heart strings of America.

    This would be awesome! Fingers crossed it happens…soon!

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  27. Kate Braestrup Member
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    Ekosj:Hillary and the Clinton conga-line of flunkeys keep saying “we don’t know the facts …” WHAT?!?!? The FACTS involve YOUR emails!!! YOU already KNOW the FACTS!!! The only question of fact in your mind is whether or not the FBI knows the facts and will they act on those facts.

    Lordy, these people do lie. To Hillary, not getting convicted of perjury or obstruction of justice is the same thing as telling the truth.

    This is what I kept thinking, too. Hillary either knows, or can figure it out quickly… that is, assuming Team Hillary hasn’t been going over the possibilities 24/7 since this whole thing began.

     

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  28. Hypatia Inactive
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    The Reticulator:

    Seawriter:

    Douglas:

    Editor’s Note:

    Image removed on the grounds that it is in poor taste.

    Did someone have a copy of the NY Post’s front page posted? The one that called the scandal a modified version of “Wikileaks” and featured a picture of the Clinton’s own version of Fredo Corleone holding a phone and (maybe) a pen? Sounds like they must have.

    Seawriter

    I wonder what isn’t in poor taste this year.

    Oh that’S an EASY question!  It is NOT in poor taste to “respect” Mrs. Bill, even though she manifestly does not deserve it.  It is NOT in poor taste to hypocritically pretend you’ve never dissed the opposite sex.  It is NOT in poor taste to tacitly accept we’d be better off with the devil we know than to give actual reform a chance.  It is the HEIGHT of “tasteful” conduct to go on polishing the silver in a burning house.

    DOWN with decorum–UP with Wiener’s wiener!

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  29. Kate Braestrup Member
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    The really tragic thing is that it won’t keep her from being elected. You simply can’t over-estimate the Trump factor. Rightly or wrongly, large numbers of people who might have been persuaded by this mess to take a new look at, say, Scott Walker or Marco Rubio are going to studiously ignore it because…Trump.

    People who are drawn to voting for third party candidates because they actually are libertarians, Greens or Bernie-ites might have chosen to vote for the Republican to stop Hillary were it not for…Trump.

    Again, rightly or wrongly, my guess is that just about everyone who was planning to vote for Hillary will vote for Hillary because…Trump. As it turns out, we now have two candidates who could shoot someone in Times Square and still get elected. Ai yi yi.

    Having said that… let’s say that Congressional Republicans and Democrats in leadership positions—that is, the ones who will get the scoop sooner than the rest of us—make a deal with Hillary. They’ll hold their fire, go ahead and allow the election and coronation inauguration to take place (“Woman president! Let the little girls rejoice!”) and then Hillary’s health problems “get worse”.  She steps down. Kaine is then safely president. He pardons Hillary, Huma, Cheryl and the rest of the Wonderful Female Role Models, and life goes on as before?

     

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  30. Kate Braestrup Member
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    Hypatia:

    The Reticulator:

    Seawriter:

    Douglas:

    Editor’s Note:

    Image removed on the grounds that it is in poor taste.

    Did someone have a copy of the NY Post’s front page posted? The one that called the scandal a modified version of “Wikileaks” and featured a picture of the Clinton’s own version of Fredo Corleone holding a phone and (maybe) a pen? Sounds like they must have.

    Seawriter

    I wonder what isn’t in poor taste this year.

    Oh that’S an EASY question! It is NOT in poor taste to “respect” Mrs. Bill, even though she manifestly does not deserve it. It is NOT in poor taste to hypocritically pretend you’ve never dissed the opposite sex. It is NOT in poor taste to tacitly accept we’d be better off with the devil we know than to give actual reform a chance. It is the HEIGHT of “tasteful” conduct to go on polishing the silver in a burning house.

    DOWN with decorum–UP with Wiener’s wiener!

    Depends on what the image is. There are a whole lot of images of Mrs. Bill that would be in poor taste not because they “dis” her, but because they’re generally upsetting. I got flagged (or at least reprimanded) once for posting a historical image of a lynching—and rightly so.

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