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Reporting on a 13-month-old story is always difficult, as most people have moved on in their lives. Sometimes I believe that is exactly why the Federal Government takes so long to process Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests, especially ones being requested from the Right side of the political spectrum.

So, let’s travel back to June of 2016. Hillary was in big trouble over emails and servers and whatnot, and it could potentially result in the end of her Presidential campaign if indictments were handed down by the Department of Justice. This all depended on what the FBI had to say about it, courtesy of a certain Director named James Comey.

From stage Left, cue former President Bill Clinton, now First Man to the potential Next President.

Former President Clinton “just happened” to be at a Phoenix airport at the same time as President Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who just happened to hold the Clinton’s political future in her hands, based on what the FBI reported. What an amazing coincidence!

Even more coincidental, I’m sure, was when the former President decided to have an “impromptu meeting” with Lynch to shoot the breeze about Nothing Important™ right there on the tarmac. You know, grandkids and stuff. Nothing Important™ at all.

Six days later, FBI Director Comey would announce Hillary had broken more laws than Al Capone, but she was actually a good person with no evil intent, so he recommends no charges be brought. The rest is history.

One of the things about this whole deal that was so maddening for me was how the MSM completely buried this obvious collusion between a private citizen and the Attorney General.

The purpose of this post is because a new DOJ FOIA dump just released by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), and the level of indifference displayed by the Main Stream Media is astounding, even by their pathetic DNC-sycophant standards.

A big shout-out to Zero Hedge for getting images of these emails from WaPo and NYT online. First up is the usual, “We saw nothing… nothing!” email from the government.

But finally, the FOIA was completed. and here are some of the interesting results. The MSM just couldn’t have cared any less about this blatant collusion, and it shows. Some whiney comments that basically said, “I don’t really care, but my Editor is making me be a bad person and so I have to ask you these horrible questions.”

My favorite is the ABC Producer admitting “they aren’t interested” in what would have been a major scandal, with heads rolling, if this meeting had happened with Republicans instead of Democrats.

EDIT: People are beginning to really dig into the FOIA emails…

Loretta Lynch Communicated With DOJ Officials Using Grandmother’s Name As Alias

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  1. DocJay Inactive

    No one circles the wagons like the dems and their minions in the media/government.

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    • August 5, 2017, at 11:19 AM PDT
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  2. Richard Easton Member

    The Journalists from 2008 are still entrenched in the MSM.

    • #2
    • August 5, 2017, at 11:35 AM PDT
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  3. Boss Mongo Member

    My mind would boggle, but it’s all boggled out.

    • #3
    • August 5, 2017, at 12:44 PM PDT
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  4. PHCheese Member

     As DocJ says where is the wood chipper?

    • #4
    • August 5, 2017, at 3:28 PM PDT
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  5. Retail Lawyer Member

    Its like what that Iowahawk fellow said, “The press covers the stories. With a pillow. Until they stop moving.”

    Hillary’s actions, and the government’s response to them is what keeps me awake at night. I practice in this area of law. I have seen an engineer fired within hours of sending a restricted email out of the company system, (to their wife, to document why they will be home late). I have seen security professionals banished from security news email lists because they attempted to log in with a hobbyist server. Restrictions on email are not esoteric, they are the most basic safeguards practiced throughout business and government. Violations are dealt with harshly outside of government.

    Hillary violated the law, and needs to be prosecuted, and every State Department or Executive Branch employee who knew of her server and failed to report it needs to be fired and/or stripped of their pension, including Obama, if he sent her email to her private server. This is very basic and very serious stuff.

    Until this happens, I regard the State Department as a criminal organization with loyalty to Democrats trumping loyalty to the U.S.

    Likewise, the MSM has demonstrated where it thinks its duty lies.

    And so here we are.

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    • August 5, 2017, at 6:46 PM PDT
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  6. dajoho Member

    C’mon – we’ve all done it, you know, you see an old friend taxiing (yeah that is spelled right – hallelujah for spellcheck) by in their jet and you in your tax payer funded personal jet and you just happen to be listening to the same station and you just can’t help but shut down a section of a major airport and talk about the kids………….we’ve all been there…………….

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    • August 6, 2017, at 4:20 AM PDT
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  7. JcTPatriot Inactive
    JcTPatriot

    This story is getting bigger as people dig into these emails. Check this out!

    Loretta Lynch Communicated With DOJ Officials Using Grandmother’s Name As Alias

    Why are top Democrats using aliases to communicate with each other? How many other former government officials or their family members have done so? And what does this mean for any current investigations into the previous administration?

    ACLJ site post about this story

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    • August 6, 2017, at 7:20 AM PDT
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  8. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Sir Humphrey Appleby: How are things at the Campaign for the Freedom of Information, by the way?
    Sir Arnold Robinson: Sorry, I can’t talk about that.

    The FOIA is a joke. Between aliases and redactions for “security” reasons one doesn’t learn anything. And that that they do let you know is usually a red herring to get you to expend a lot of time and energy on a dead end.

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    • August 6, 2017, at 8:18 AM PDT
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  9. JcTPatriot Inactive
    JcTPatriot

    EJHill (View Comment):
    Sir Humphrey Appleby: How are things at the Campaign for the Freedom of Information, by the way?
    Sir Arnold Robinson: Sorry, I can’t talk about that.

    The FOIA is a joke. Between aliases and redactions for “security” reasons one doesn’t learn anything. And that that they do let you know is usually a red herring to get you to expend a lot of time and energy on a dead end.

    Agreed, but we should do what we can with what we get. Like I did with the Hacker/Wasserman-Schultz story, I plan to Tweet POTUS and VP and Ted Cruz and etc about these revelations.

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    • August 6, 2017, at 8:32 AM PDT
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  10. outlaws6688 Inactive

    The worst part of this is that a lot of elected officials and pundit class on the conservative and republican side don’t really see a problem. They still want to suck up to the MSM and either through complicity or ignorance don’t really want to go after Hillary. They dismiss the deep state as a conspiracy theory and do more to succor our enemies than fight for our side.

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    • August 6, 2017, at 3:26 PM PDT
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  11. Boss Mongo Member

    outlaws6688 (View Comment):
    The worst part of this is that a lot of elected officials and pundit class on the conservative and republican side don’t really see a problem. They still want to suck up to the MSM and either through complicity or ignorance don’t really want to go after Hillary. They dismiss the deep state as a conspiracy theory and do more to succor our enemies than fight for our side.

    Concur.

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    • August 6, 2017, at 3:38 PM PDT
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  12. Sisyphus (hears Xi laughing) Coolidge
    Sisyphus (hears Xi laughing) Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    That whole Attorney General using an alias to avoid unwanted attention thing smells way more like obstruction of justice than anything the lefty media has been reporting. And reporting. And reporting.

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    • August 6, 2017, at 3:40 PM PDT
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  13. Hypatia Inactive

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):
    My mind would boggle, but it’s all boggled out.

    Yes, Boss, this pretty much sums it up.

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    • August 6, 2017, at 3:43 PM PDT
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  14. Sisyphus (hears Xi laughing) Coolidge
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    outlaws6688 (View Comment):
    The worst part of this is that a lot of elected officials and pundit class on the conservative and republican side don’t really see a problem. They still want to suck up to the MSM and either through complicity or ignorance don’t really want to go after Hillary. They dismiss the deep state as a conspiracy theory and do more to succor our enemies than fight for our side.

    Washington is its own bipartisan cause that far outstrips any constituent interests. John McCain is the poster child for this problem. Labeled a conservative, he is the McCain in the McCain-Feingold repeal of the First Amendment, he is the author of letters to the IRS to prevent Tea Party organizations from receiving their proper tax status, and now he has added killing the repeal of Obamacare to his list of dubious accomplishments. Washington is incapable of solving the health care equation because they prefer to ignore their interference as the most disastrous factor.

    2018 is going to be a very interesting election year.

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    • August 6, 2017, at 3:50 PM PDT
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  15. Steve C. Member

    EJHill (View Comment):
    The FOIA is a joke. Between aliases and redactions for “security” reasons one doesn’t learn anything. And that that they do let you know is usually a red herring to get you to expend a lot of time and energy on a dead end.

    Think about how little we would know without it. For all its flaws it has provided a way to pry information out of the bureaucracy.

    On a related note, it should be a crime for anyone in the executive branch who is not an elected official to use anything other than a government provided email address in an official communication. That would include both appointed officials and employees.

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    • August 6, 2017, at 4:10 PM PDT
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  16. Boss Mongo Member

    Steve C. (View Comment):
    On a related note, it should be a crime for anyone in the executive branch who is not an elected official to use anything other than a government provided email address in an official communication. That would include both appointed officials and employees.

    Pretty sure it already is. In fact, 100% sure it already is. It’s just that enforcement is lagging…okay, lacking.

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    • August 6, 2017, at 4:36 PM PDT
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  17. DocJay Inactive

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Steve C. (View Comment):
    On a related note, it should be a crime for anyone in the executive branch who is not an elected official to use anything other than a government provided email address in an official communication. That would include both appointed officials and employees.

    Pretty sure it already is. In fact, 100% sure it already is. It’s just that enforcement is lagging…okay, lacking.

    Some animals are more equal than others it seems. You and I get a jail sentence, Hillghazi gets the liberty medal from Jeb.

    That’s usually the way of things until the all too rare pitchforks every few centuries.

    Comey ought to be made to sweat more. They should all sweat. Likely it’s done and gone for good, merely another tally to the list of scandals the GOP fails on.

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    • August 6, 2017, at 6:02 PM PDT
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  18. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Talking points. The stuff that Ms. Lynch would have been sharing on one of those hard-hitting, investigative TV shows where they ask tough questions and talk truth to power.

    If the talking points were about discussing grandchildren and cookie recipes, why redact them?

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    • August 6, 2017, at 6:29 PM PDT
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  19. DocJay Inactive

    Percival (View Comment):

    Talking points. The stuff that Ms. Lynch would have been sharing on one of those hard-hitting, investigative TV shows where they ask tough questions and talk truth to power.

    If the talking points were about discussing grandchildren and cookie recipes, why redact them?

    Was she under oath when she discussed the ‘random’ meeting?

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    • August 6, 2017, at 7:03 PM PDT
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  20. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    DocJay (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Talking points. The stuff that Ms. Lynch would have been sharing on one of those hard-hitting, investigative TV shows where they ask tough questions and talk truth to power.

    If the talking points were about discussing grandchildren and cookie recipes, why redact them?

    Was she under oath when she discussed the ‘random’ meeting?

    That’s just it. It would have only been for a “media avail.” She could have done what most every other member of the Obama Administration had done: lie like a hardware vendor.

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    • August 6, 2017, at 7:59 PM PDT
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  21. Steve C. Member

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Steve C. (View Comment):
    On a related note, it should be a crime for anyone in the executive branch who is not an elected official to use anything other than a government provided email address in an official communication. That would include both appointed officials and employees.

    Pretty sure it already is. In fact, 100% sure it already is. It’s just that enforcement is lagging…okay, lacking.

    So far I haven’t seen any official accused of that as a crime. Is it perhaps a violation of some policy? I’m deliberately excluding military personnel because violating a policy is often punishable under the UCMJ.

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    • August 6, 2017, at 8:14 PM PDT
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  22. Boss Mongo Member

    Steve C. (View Comment):

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Steve C. (View Comment):
    On a related note, it should be a crime for anyone in the executive branch who is not an elected official to use anything other than a government provided email address in an official communication. That would include both appointed officials and employees.

    Pretty sure it already is. In fact, 100% sure it already is. It’s just that enforcement is lagging…okay, lacking.

    So far I haven’t seen any official accused of that as a crime. Is it perhaps a violation of some policy? I’m deliberately excluding military personnel because violating a policy is often punishable under the UCMJ.

    All USG personnel, when acting in official capacity, are required to do so on USG information platforms. All NIPR (and, to an extent, SIPR and JWICS) comms are discoverable under FOIA. USG personnel are required to conduct USG business on USG IT platforms to ensure that their official comms are discoverable by “we, the people.” Using a different platform (like a homebrew server in your bathroom) or a collateral user “nickname” when discussing official business are both illegal.

    Our laws are pretty good, with regard to holding public officials accountable. It’s our “holding public officials accountable” that sucks.

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    • August 6, 2017, at 8:29 PM PDT
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  23. Robert McReynolds Inactive

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Steve C. (View Comment):

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Steve C. (View Comment):
    On a related note, it should be a crime for anyone in the executive branch who is not an elected official to use anything other than a government provided email address in an official communication. That would include both appointed officials and employees.

    Pretty sure it already is. In fact, 100% sure it already is. It’s just that enforcement is lagging…okay, lacking.

    So far I haven’t seen any official accused of that as a crime. Is it perhaps a violation of some policy? I’m deliberately excluding military personnel because violating a policy is often punishable under the UCMJ.

    All USG personnel, when acting in official capacity, are required to do so on USG information platforms. All NIPR (and, to an extent, SIPR and JWICS) comms are discoverable under FOIA. USG personnel are required to conduct USG business on USG IT platforms to ensure that their official comms are discoverable by “we, the people.” Using a different platform (like a homebrew server in your bathroom) or a collateral user “nickname” when discussing official business are both illegal.

    Our laws are pretty good, with regard to holding public officials accountable. It’s our “holding public officials accountable” that sucks.

    Boss, not if it is U//FOUO. That classification is untouchable by FOIA. But everything else is available. Just throwing that out there. It doesn’t really add anything.

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    • August 7, 2017, at 7:13 AM PDT
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