Tuesday, July 05, 2016

FBI will not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over e-mail server. Update!

Courtesy of MSNBC:

The FBI won't recommend charges in the Hillary Clinton email server investigation, agency chief James Comey announced Tuesday. 

"No reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case," Comey told reporters. 

Federal investigators did not find evidence of intentional wrongdoing, he said — but there is evidence the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and her staff were "extremely careless" during her tenure as secretary of state. 

Comey said 110 emails sent or received on the Clinton server contained classified information. He also said it's possible "hostile actors" gained access to the server.

From what I am hearing this does NOT exonerate Hillary completely over her carelessness in using the server, but it does remove any possibility that she will be indicted.

There is still plenty for the Republicans can use to attack Hillary's judgment, but since they are running Donald Trump as their candidate it works to undermine that argument.

Speaking of Trump this is how he responded to the news.

Later today Hillary will appear on stage with President Obama.

It will be interesting to see if they address this or not.

Update: Here is a more detailed report on FBI Director Comey's statement:  

"Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case," Comey said in a news conference. 

"In looking back at our investigations into the mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts," he added.

Sounds like what I kind of predicted all along.

Yes she made a mistake in judgement, no it is not something for which she can be prosecuted.

Despite what Bernie Sanders supporters and Republicans might want to believe.

Update 2: And another question answered:

A spokesperson for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) reportedly told media outlets Tuesday that the FBI's findings on the investigation into Hillary Clinton's server use wouldn't impact Sanders' decision to stay in the race for the White House.

Of course it won't. Wish I could say I was surprised by this, but I'm not.

Update 3: Seems appropriate.

I need to start buying shares of "butthurt balm."

I could make a killing.


  1. Anonymous7:46 AM

    That H-U-U-U-G-E sonic boom you heard up in Alaska was Sarah's head exploding!!!!

  2. Anonymous7:48 AM

    "splodey heads splodiing"

  3. Anonymous7:55 AM

    "To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions."
    110 emails had classified info
    8 chains top secret info
    36 secret info
    8 confidential (lowest)
    +2000 "up-classified" to confidential
    Comey was very descriptive of the investigation, and I really felt he went way above and beyond what I expected. He gave Clinton a public lashing up there about being, at best, incredibly reckless with confidential information that any reasonable person in those positions would have taken better care. He pretty much said she wasn't a reasonable person capable of assessing whether the information should be shared in a non-sanctioned server whether marked or not.

    1. Anonymous8:02 AM

      Like Powell and Rice who recently had their private server info re-classified as "classified" with "secret" info in the emails? Goose. Gander. You know the drill.

    2. Anonymous8:20 AM

      Not making excuses but there are two issues here:
      1) most people are clueless about technology and security. How many times have you heard people give their credit card info over a phone in a public place? Or shop online from a public server.
      2) In order to protect against #1, there should be clear guidelines for government electronic communications. But technology moves very fast and government is hopelessly tangled in indecision so that it can't possibly keep up.

    3. Anonymous9:23 AM

      Great, now we'll have a President who can't pass a security clearance.

    4. Anonymous9:49 AM

      9:23 - clearly you are a right-winger who cannot understand what a security clearance is.

    5. And let no forget the far more dubious actions that went on in the waning days of the Bush administration : they deleted hundreds upon hundreds of emails so that no one would ever see them. And no major investigations. No prosecutions.

    6. Anonymous10:17 AM

      9:23am, not too bright, are you?

    7. Anonymous11:11 AM

      Aragon64 at 10:15 am. It was more like thousands upon thousands of email deleted by the Bush administration. And they knew full well that those emails belonged to the federal government.

    8. Anonymous11:17 AM

      They actually deleted TWO FULL YEARS WORTH of emails!

    9. AKRNHSNC11:50 AM

      This is bullshit on Comey's part because what he failed to mention is that NONE of the emails were sent to or from her as CLASSIFIED. They couldn't go after Clinton because there were no laws broken at the time because there weren't any in place other than those who knowingly shared classified info, as in Petraeus. Trump opens his mouth and gets it wrong, as usual.

    10. Anonymous4:16 PM

      Aragon 2:15
      22 MILLION emails went missing.

    11. Anonymous11:17 AM

      Powell and Rice did not have private servers 8:02. Rice didn't even use email. You will get called out on your lies every time.

  4. Anonymous7:58 AM

    O/T "red flags" in Trump campaign filings - Surprised?

    1. Anonymous8:53 AM


    2. Anonymous9:35 AM

      Deep Throat always said to follow the money and sounds like Trump has some answering to do.

    3. Anonymous9:45 AM

      yeah I just saw that 'red flag' as money is being 'funneled' from the campaign account to pay 'double' to some crew? Sound familiar? Ok where is Sarah at?

  5. Anonymous7:58 AM

    Where is the anti-Hillary troll who posts how she will be arrested? 'Sploding heads'? BWAHAHAHAHA, there's your nothing burger, troll. You had better take a double dose of your meds to calm you down.

    1. Anonymous8:15 AM

      The non-American who isn't even voting in this election?

    2. Anonymous8:46 AM

      Hey, troll! Remember when we said I'd meet you back here in June or July when she was cleared? Here we are, fool! Where are you? Hahaha.

      Your next task: practice saying "Madame President."

  6. Anonymous7:58 AM

    "Comey said 110 emails sent or received on the Clinton server contained classified information. He also said it's possible "hostile actors" gained access to the server."

    Uh no. Those 110 emails were designated classified after she left office. No proof that her server was compromised, but the gov't server was hacked. Sorry, nothing to see here. Move along.

    1. Yeah I saw that too and thought it was pretty shitty of Comey to not differentiate between e-mails sent that were classified at the time and e-mails that were deemed classified after the fact.

      And why even bother to suggest that the server could have been compromised when there is no evidence that it was, especially knowing that the State Department's e-mail server definitely WAS hacked?

      It's like he is purposefully handing the Republicans ammunition to use against Hillary in the general election.

    2. Anonymous8:16 AM

      Another source said those 110 emails contained info that had been classified at the time it was sent. This contradicts all other coverage, though, so I'm unclear on what Comey is trying to say.

    3. Anonymous8:51 AM

      I also thought Comey said that stuff on purpose, he is a Republican, to give the Rethugs reason to begin another investigation.
      Trump Has A Full Blown Meltdown Over News That Clinton Won’t Face Email Criminal Charges


    4. Anonymous9:19 AM

      Skip the coverage. Read Comey's statement:
      "110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received"

    5. Anonymous9:46 AM

      Well allrighty then cupcake - let's go over ol Sarah's STATE BUSINESS on Yahoo? Shall we? WE shall! Gryphen...

    6. Anonymous9:51 AM

      It doesn't matter either way. 9:19. It's over.

    7. Anonymous11:27 AM

      What galls me is that Assange from Wikileaks is now publishing 1800 of her private emails and emails re. Iraq war.
      He is a definite puppet of Putin IMHO - never publishes ANYTHING detrimental about Putin or his allies, but always about the US or ITS allies...

    8. Anonymous3:04 PM

      11:27 - those are not new e-mails.

    9. Anonymous11:59 PM

      Yeah uh, 9:46, if you didn't get the memo, nobody cares about Sarah or what she did or didn't do 7+ years ago anymore.

      You obviously can keep yelling about it on the street corner at all the people passing by. But they have long since determined you are nuts.

  7. Anonymous8:03 AM

    'Splody heads will now begin splodin'!

    However most people will see this as it is - not indicted does not mean not guilty. Carelessness is not an attribute we want to see in a president. But then Cheeto boy is SOOOOO much more irresponsible than Clinton that there really is no other choice.

    1. Anonymous9:09 AM

      Butt hurt much? Hahaha

    2. "Carelessness is not an attribute we want to see in a president. "
      Or in any other elected government official entrusted with classified information. So if this is a bar for Clinton, let's make sure everyone else running for a federal office this fall meets much higher standards tha what is common.

    3. Anonymous10:19 AM

      I believe they call what you're doing moving the goalposts.

  8. Anonymous8:04 AM

    Poor Donny Trump's hard on just shriveled into a stack of 15 dimes.

    1. Anonymous8:17 AM

      What hard-on? Dude needs to take a fistful of Viagra before he can even think of getting a woody.

    2. Anonymous9:03 AM

      Ugghhhhh. Can we change the subject, pleeeeeeaaaaase!

    3. Anonymous9:32 AM

      Can't imagine any woman willingly being bedded by Trump! He is so repulsive and such a jerk!

      I'm sure he has to use Viagra IF he has sex anymore! He's 70, overweight and obviously out of shape.

      Also, will bet he and his current wife have separate bedrooms bedrooms and haven't had sex in eons!

    4. Anonymous9:54 AM

      Just saw an ad for class action law suit against Viagra, it appears to cause melanoma.

      Donnie is really big on filing lawsuits, so he has decided to continue using Viagra.

  9. How can Trump think it is worse for Clinton to have her own server than a married man giving Top secret classified information to his girl friend? Saying you would kill family members of terrorists is MUCH more illegal and immoral.

    1. AKRNHSNC12:57 PM

      You're making the mistake of assuming that Trump ever read anything about Petraeus. All he ever says is, "I heard" or "People are saying" but he doesn't read anything unless it's about himself. He's a know-nothing who pretends he has a clue as to what's going on.

  10. Anonymous8:09 AM

    So according to Comey, Clinton publicly lied on several occasions. The one we're going to hear over and over in the campaign ads is:
    "Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information."

    1. Anonymous9:09 AM

      No one cares.

    2. Anonymous9:34 AM

      None of which was "classified" or "highly classified" at the time. I'm just helping you to be honest and fair in your comments. (snicker)

    3. Anonymous10:08 AM

      Just helping you to be honest and fair. "110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received"

    4. Anonymous10:23 AM

      10:08 - no one needs your help here. We're the smart people. Go start your own blog. Also, Fox News also needs your help.

    5. Anonymous10:52 AM

      Also too^^

  11. Anonymous8:10 AM

    Interesting that no mention of prior use of private email accounts by Powell and other right and left wing folks - Dean, Jeb Bush (also used personal server), Jindal, Perry and Rice. Both Rice and Powell had classified messages on their private email accounts.

    Powell said it was difficult to get the state department to install an internet-connected computer installed in his office and he used his personal email account from it.

    1. Anonymous9:10 AM

      And he used AOL!

    2. Anonymous10:35 AM

      If Powell speaks up about this? BOOM!

  12. Anonymous8:11 AM

    Comey's body language as he slunk out the door was a tell.
    He was told to stand down,and he did.
    "To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences."
    He spelled it out. These are crimes and people have been sent away for it. You should totally vote for her though because she didn't mean it.

    1. Anonymous8:40 AM

      "These are crimes and people have been sent away for it" is not remotely what he said when he discussed consequences, Einstein. Include the follow-up quote, if you can read it with your eyes so close together under your low, low forehead.

    2. Anonymous8:40 AM

      There were others that did the very same thing as Hillary and they sure aren't getting the coverage - because they are Republicans!!! Total bullshit!

      Vote for Hillary Clinton! She is the most qualified for the job as POTUS. She has my vote!

    3. Anonymous8:43 AM

      Hey Conspiracy Jackoff.. Go back to bitching about UN trucks being in Virginia..

    4. Anonymous8:48 AM

      @8:11 AM Is your 'splodey head sploding'? You can't stop the butt hurt, eh'?

    5. Anonymous8:51 AM

      Ooooh, his BODY LANGUAGE! You could tell from his body language that he was "told to stand down"! You are a troll who loves conspiracy theories!

    6. Anonymous9:11 AM

      Troll - you lost! You have documented your own idiocy here!!!! Hahaha! For months!

    7. Anonymous9:51 AM

      Is that like when Sarah Palin resigned?
      That kind of body language? Nervous much?

  13. Anonymous8:14 AM

    Misjudgment, yes. Rules were also changed after the fact that were not in place at the time.

    'Splode away, nut jobs!

  14. Anonymous8:15 AM

    She is going to get away with it. Comey spent 15 minutes listing a ton of evidence about repeated violation of federal law at the highest level, then says there is no case. She is above the law.

    1. Anonymous8:41 AM

      He said nothing of the sort. You're hallucinating.

    2. Anonymous8:46 AM

      8:15 AM There goes your agenda, troll.

    3. Anonymous8:52 AM

      Why not go post on the right wing blogs?!

    4. Anonymous9:13 AM

      Why not get yourself to a shrink so you can have your Hillary Derangement Syndrome treated? 8:15. Sadly, though, there's nothing anyone can do for a low IQ.

    5. Anonymous9:20 AM

      You had better email Comey and tell him that he did a crummy job by missing all those violations because you know more about federal law than he does !!!

      After all, he is only the director of the FBI and I am sure you are some federal law expert.

    6. Anonymous9:36 AM

      You have a major reading comprehension or hearing problem, troll. Wow! I cannot believe that is what you got out of the presser.

    7. "15 minutes listing a ton of evidence about repeated violation of federal law "
      No he didn't.

  15. Anonymous8:20 AM

    it's possible "hostile actors" gained access to the server.
    Either they did or they didn't, servers have logs. Is he just throwing that out there to keep lingering doubt?

    Also they keep blaming Hillary and her staff, people with no IT experience. Seems like if anyone should have been indicted it should be the IT department.

    This is good news, however I don't see that it will change anything. the Republicans are going to beat this dead horse like Benghazi.

    Now is the time for the dirt to come out about the Donald, too bad the Trump U scam trial has been postponed until after the election. Talk about rigging the system.

    1. Anonymous9:35 AM

      it's possible "hostile actors" gained access to the server.

      Is he saying Republicans hacked her server?

    2. Anonymous10:36 AM

      what those rethugligcan warmongers?

  16. Anonymous8:21 AM

    Sanders Spox: FBI Findings Won't Sway Decision To Stay In Race



  17. Anonymous8:21 AM

    Hey Sarah, maybe Duhkota can plagiarize some phrases to help you out. Donald Trump started a war with The Washington Post by excluding their reporters from press conferences, and Donald is losing the war. WAPO has an article on Donald Trump's Russian dealings and it is not in his favor. 'SPLODEY HEADS SPLODING' in Wasilla? BWAHAHAHAHA.

  18. Anonymous8:25 AM

    The oldest daughter of the first black president will get to vote for the first time in November for the first woman president. I'm glad I've lived this long.


    1. Anonymous9:13 AM

      ...In Barack Obama’s 11th hour, I soak up every speech, every news conference, every public appearance, and I believe that his nuanced, inclusive manner is why he has done more for the future of black America than Michael Eric Dyson’s essay gives credit for. I’m really gonna miss this guy.



  19. Anonymous8:29 AM

    However, Comey also explained that there was absolutely no evidence that those emails had been deleted as an attempt to cover anything up. He even explained the process by which her lawyers would have unintentionally deleted emails they should have turned over. This may sound like he was defending Clinton but he was simply explaining the process that led the FBI to their conclusions that no criminal actions were taken.

    Comey also explained that while there is no direct evidence that Hillary’s servers were hacked, they were definitely at risk and there is no way to know that they weren’t hacked because of the way the system was set up. That might sound like splitting hairs but it’s an important distinction. If the proper precautions had been taken, it would have been easier to definitively know if something had happened.


  20. Anonymous8:37 AM

    I so detest Bernie Sanders. He's nothing like he originally appeared when this whole thing started.

    All he and Jane are doing is getting rich due to 'their' idiotic followers!

    1. Anonymous9:03 PM

      Where are Bernie's taxes?


  21. Anonymous8:46 AM

    Comey: "There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton's position or in the position in which she was corresponding about those matters should have know that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation."

    1. Anonymous9:14 AM

      And the same was true for her predecessors. So said the OUG report.

    2. Anonymous9:52 AM

      ^^ OIG

  22. Anonymous8:48 AM

    Sanders was the one who said, Enough of your dam emails" and never made it an issue. You are just a jackass G.

    1. Anonymous9:05 AM

      Yes, but his campaign staff and surrogates constantly made reference to him staying in just in case Clinton was indicted. Poor Bernie. How can we miss you if you won't go away?

    2. Anonymous9:14 AM

      Then he took it back. You're the jackass.

    3. Anonymous9:17 AM

      Bernie also said super delegates weren't important until he flip flopped.

    4. Anonymous9:28 AM

      ...but the reality is that Bernie Sanders’ most devoted fans are the only real losers today. First of all, they are the only people who really expected Hillary Clinton to be indicted. Everyone else knew the story was garbage all along, and used it for whatever purpose they could, and everyone but Bernie fans will still get to do that.

      ...But for Bernie Sanders fans, today means the death of their last dream, and a future of only real bitterness, not the fun, feigned kind that Republicans get to enjoy. As for Bernie Sanders himself, he’s much too intelligent to have expected any other result, but may feel that slightest of twinges you get when you scan that Powerball ticket at the grocery store and it tells you what you already knew: “Not a winner.”


    5. Sanders did say that. And then he followed it shortly afterward with this: "it’s a “serious issue” — and that his past statement that he was “sick and tired of hearing about [her] damn emails” doesn’t mean he thinks she did nothing wrong.

      Huffington Post 1/31/16

    6. Anonymous9:38 AM

      The jackass is a noble beast and the symbol of the greatest and most compassionate party in AMerica.

    7. Anonymous10:25 AM

      9:38 - do you know the difference between a jackass and a donkey?

    8. Anonymous10:26 AM


      I endorsed you early. I voted for you in Texas. I got other people to vote for you in Texas. I gave money to you. I continued to endorse you, up until you lost California and the mini-Tuesday. And then, I accepted the fact that you would not be the nominee, and I gave my support to Clinton.

      But even after I gave up, I defended your right to take this fight to the convention. I recognized — as other do — that there was a small chance that Clinton or one of her top aides would be indicted, and it made sense for you to keep running through the convention. Doing so served a purpose: It gave you the leg up for the nomination, in the event that Clinton’s campaign suffered this epic meltdown. Moreover, you had the right to take your case the the super-delegates, on the off chance that the HRC campaign failed to catch fire, and they were looking for an alternate. I didn’t think these would happen (and I made it clear I didn’t think so), but you had the right, and it made sense.

      But now….now the FBI says no Email indictment.

      ...At this point, you need to recognize that your campaign no longer serves the things you support. Yes, you can argue all you want about the party platform — fighting the TPP is good politics, as is raising the minimum wage and fighting for unions — but let’s face it, the platform has limits in affecting the campaign, and its your campaign that is holding you back. 80% of your followers have now endorsed Clinton.

      In sum, you are short delegates and while you have not been mathematically eliminated from winning a “contested convention” the chance of actually prevailing is vanishingly small. Please, suspend your campaign and endorse Hilary. The continued fight is hurting the people who placed their faith in you, and while it is hard, it is better to accept this now than face oblivion.

      Please: concede, and endorse the nominee.


    9. Anonymous10:27 AM

      Bending the law is part of Mrs, Clinton's work character. I expect a scandal when she is president.

    10. Anonymous10:48 AM

      10:27 - right. She controls James Comey. Also: She has secretly been the only President since 1992.

    11. Anonymous11:57 AM

      Calling her "Mrs. Clinton" is a total tell.

  23. Anonymous9:02 AM


  24. Anonymous9:05 AM

    I don't like the meme of Hillary you used in this post. Some people think she thinks she is above the law and that just makes her look entitled.

    1. Anonymous9:53 AM

      No one cares.

    2. Anonymous10:28 AM

      Entitled?! She's running just like anyone else.

      I'd take a pic of her smiling over a sphincter-mouthed tRump any day.

    3. Anonymous10:43 AM

      So Sarah is jealous?

  25. Anonymous9:08 AM

    Does Hon. Congressman Trey "Table" Gowdy know about this?

    Sounds a perfect reason to kick off yet another in an endless round of costly yet futile investigations into Hillary Clinton's alleged role as Satan's handmaiden.

  26. Anonymous9:16 AM

    So now the truth about why Donnie is going ballistic over the emails comes out, turns out he is trying to deflect his own criminal actions !!
    The Only Argument Republicans Had Against Hillary Clinton Is Dead As Trump Destroyed Emails

    Donald Trump has his own email problem. Court records reveal that Trump has a history of destroying email evidence in cases where he is being sued.

    USA Today reported:
    In 2006, when a judge ordered Donald Trump’s casino operation to hand over several years’ worth of emails, the answer surprised him: The Trump Organization routinely erased emails and had no records from 1996 to 2001. The defendants in a case that Trump brought said this amounted to destruction of evidence, a charge never resolved.
    At that time, a Trump IT director testified that until 2001, executives in Trump Tower relied on personal email accounts using dial-up Internet services, despite the fact that Trump had launched a high-speed Internet provider in 1998 and announced he would wire his whole building with it. Another said Trump had no routine process for preserving emails before 2005.

    Judge Jeffrey Streitfeld was stunned. “He has a house up in Palm Beach County listed for $125 million, but he doesn’t keep emails. That’s a tough one,” he said, according to transcripts obtained by USA TODAY. “If somebody starts to put forth as a fact something that doesn’t make any sense to me and causes me to have a concern about their credibility in the discovery process, that’s not a good direction to go, and I am really having a hard time with this.”

    Trump brings up Clinton’s emails during every speech. The Republican nominee is fond of saying that Clinton should go to prison for her use of private email, but it turns out that Donald Trump has been destroying emails that were related to court cases that he was involved in, a.k.a. evidence, for years.

    Donald Trump willfully and knowingly destroys evidence in legal matters, but Republicans want voters to believe that Hillary Clinton is the criminal. Congressional Republicans have spent years trying to dig up something on Clinton’s emails only to have their party nominate the one person who has no credibility when it comes to emails.

    Trump destroyed the only argument that Republicans might have had against Hillary Clinton as life with Donald Trump continues only to get worse for the GOP.


  27. Anonymous9:20 AM

    What Petraeus did was very different, Don. Not even close.

  28. Anonymous9:22 AM

    Trump Has A Full Blown Meltdown Over News That Clinton Won’t Face Email Criminal Charges

    Donald Trump is not taking the news well that Hillary Clinton will not face criminal charges over her use of private email.

    ...The FBI Director is a Republican. The FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s emails demonstrates the exact opposite of a “rigged system.” The FBI’s investigation was an example of a system working exactly as it should. Trump’s comparison of Clinton to Petraeus was inaccurate. Petraeus was caught on tape admitting that he was knowingly leaking classified information to his mistress. The two cases have nothing in common. Clinton has consistently stated that she did not knowingly leak classified information.

    FBI Director Comey never said that Clinton compromised national security. This statement is a fantasy that exists only in the mind of Donald Trump.

    Trump’s response to the news that an independent investigation found that no criminal charges should be filed against Hillary Clinton has been to throw a Twitter temper tantrum, and say a bunch of things that are flatly untrue.

    Donald Trump is melting down. What may have been his only chance of winning the White House has just gone up in smoke.


    FBI Director James Comey made a point in his statement to kill another Republican conspiracy about Secretary Hillary Clinton. Comey said they found no evidence “that any of the additional work-related e-mails were intentionally deleted in an effort to conceal them.”

    “I should add here that we found no evidence that any of the additional work-related e-mails were intentionally deleted in an effort to conceal them.”

    Instead of a deliberate effort to hid her emails, the FBI found, “like many e-mail users, Secretary Clinton periodically deleted e-mails or e-mails were purged from the system when devices were changed. Because she was not using a government account—or even a commercial account like Gmail—there was no archiving at all of her e-mails, so it is not surprising that we discovered e-mails that were not on Secretary Clinton’s system in 2014, when she produced the 30,000 e-mails to the State Department.”

    So while they found emails that were not turned over, the FBI found no evidence that Secretary Clinton deliberately concealed them.

    Meanwhile, Donald Trump has his own email problem, as court records show that he has a history of destroying email evidence in cases where he is being sued.


  29. Anonymous9:26 AM

    Wow, and this guy was a huge Palin sycophant!

    Conservatives Should Praise James Comey For His Handling of Clinton Emails

    As a conservative, I know that I am supposed to believe that Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt human of all time and that she clearly committed crimes with regard to her private email server and classified information (after all, the conservative media has told me so and they are never wrong). However, I found FBI Director James Comey‘s dramatic statement and decision on this matter, explaining why no charges will be recommended, to be worthy of praise.


    FBI Director Shades Everyone Freaking Out About Clinton Emails: ‘Opinions Are Irrelevant’

    ...Comey knows that better than anyone and he used the last moments of his speech today to throw a little shade at those who’ve been getting apoplectic about something only the FBI has really known the details of. He took them to task for presuming to know better than his organization. Watch:


  30. Anonymous9:34 AM

    I'm conservative, and I admit that I thought charges should have been filed against Clinton. Of course, I didn't have all the information (like most of us).

    However, James Comey has a strong reputation for objectivity and fairness, and he certainly conveyed the impression that it was a fair and thorough investigation.

    I'm satisfied with the result. Besides, if conservatives can't trust this guy, who can be trusted?

  31. Anonymous9:44 AM

    Did Sarah really just tweet a link to this Daily Mail story about baby bumps?

    If she didn't yet she should!


    Also too she should tweet these links!



  32. Anonymous9:45 AM

    Comey ripped her in a way though that she can't claim she was exonerated. "..Extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information" is going to leave a mark. That one's a gift to Trump and the Kochs.

    1. Anonymous10:26 AM

      Oh, please. Because Trump is so careful... (NOT)

    2. Anonymous10:45 AM

      Sarah did it on the campaign trail in 2008!

  33. Anonymous9:51 AM

    What's next republicans? Hillary forgot to flush the toilet so she can't be trusted! Put her in prison!!!

    1. Anonymous10:41 AM

      Yes, and not only did they find turds in there, they were brown! Not only is Hillary a pathological liar, she's a racist!!!

      - Donald Trump

  34. Anonymous10:06 AM

    "FBI's findings on the investigation into Hillary Clinton's server use wouldn't impact Sanders' decision to stay in the race for the White House."





    1. Anonymous10:23 AM

      I can't hear them while your screaming!

  35. Anonymous10:09 AM

    No doubt the Republicans are planning to make a fuss out of this, but without that precious indictment, it will be hard to keep this scandal from joining the lengthy list of Clinton non-scandals, from Benghazi to Whitewater to Monica Lewinsky. The pattern still holds: The right makes a lot of lurid accusations, the mainstream media gets caught up in it, investigations are conducted, and inevitably it turns out the Clintons didn’t do anything illegal and their sins are venial ones committed just as surely by the accusers as the accused.

    (How many Republicans pointing a finger at Clinton have blown off security recommendations to update their passwords, because they weren’t willing to put up with inconvenience in the name of security?)

    There is a deep irony here, because the last effort at creating a Clinton scandal — Benghazi — swirled around accusations that Clinton wasn’t swift and responsive enough in doing her job. (It was a false accusation, but that was the premise of the accusations.) Now the accusation is that Clinton was too swift and responsive, which made her unwilling to engage with security measures that slow you down. It’s a neat reminder that the two decades-long effort to demonize the Clintons as corrupt has never once, for a single second, been about good faith concerns over corruption, but just about blowing so much smoke that they can convince the gullible among us that there’s fire.

    In a normal election cycle, this gambit might just have worked. The mainstream media, which naturally orients towards breathlessness and scandal, is portraying Clinton’s behavior as out of the norm, when in fact it’s sadly all too common for people, whether high-powered executives or average Joes, to get sloppy with security because dealing with all the rigamarole is too much trouble to deal with. Without that context, Comey’s language about Clinton being “extremely careless” could impact voters who don’t quite understand the tech issues at stake here to think that Clinton was motivated by more than impatience with inconvenience.

    Sadly for Republicans, however, Clinton’s opponent is Donald Trump, a man who radiates corruption out of every single one of his spray-tanned pores.


  36. Anonymous10:15 AM

    HRC is the most vetted / known quantity ever to run for the presidency. She has been squarely in the cross hairs of the GOP for the past 25 years. They’ve thrown everything at her, including the kitchen sink and enough conspiracy theories to make a faked moon landing look plausible by comparison. Just in the last week, Benghazi and Emailgate have bitten the dust.

    We need to keep that in mind as we move toward November, because there will be more dredging (drudging?) of old silt in river beds that have been panned by the GOP for political gold over the course of an entire generation, yet bupkis other than iron pyrite, otherwise known as fool’s gold.

    What’s most disappointing is that there are Dems who buy into some of the CT — or who have tried to exploit the GOP talking points.

    Roger Ailes probably haz a sad today.

    1. Anonymous10:45 AM

      They crucify those they cannot forget.

    2. Anonymous11:02 AM

      I think that she's also been the "most vetted" candidate ever. It began at least in 1992, if not earlier. Hillary Clinton is no wimp. She'll be a great "first woman" president of the US.

  37. Anonymous10:17 AM

    What do we do now?

    1. Anonymous1:17 PM

      I know! I know!! Let's waste some more taxpayers' money by having an investigation of the investigation, and if that doesn't show anything we can investigate the investigation of the investigation. Yeah, that's the ticket!!!

  38. Anonymous10:17 AM

    Look out, he’s gonna blow!


  39. Anonymous10:18 AM

    Honestly, I think HRC operated in the grey zone deliberately, and with good cause. The Congressional “watchdogs” — if they had hundreds of thousands or millions of emails to sift through — would have sought to hang her on endless innuendo, and would have shamelessly revealed state secrets and non-classified but sensitive info from and about foreign governments in the process. Ultimately, her use of a private email server was — from the national interest perspective — well-handled, and well-worth her being branded as “careless”.

  40. Anonymous10:18 AM

    Bernie and Jane needs to give up their free ride and free Secret Service.

    The party is officially over.
    Go back to Vermont
    Do not collect $200

  41. Anonymous10:19 AM

    Every Republican needs to be asked if he or she agrees with Donald Trump that FBI Director Comey has “rigged” the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton.

    They need to be asked if they have confidence in the integrity and honesty of the many dozens of FBI agents who participated in this investigation.

    Someone needs to do a comparison of the Petraeus and Clinton matters. Trump says Petraeus got prosecuted for something “less". My recollection and understanding of the facts is quite different - Petraeus willfully shared marked classified information with his mistress, who was also his biographer and the two of them expected to make money off of the resulting book. There were no similar factors here in the Clinton matter.

  42. It's funny because reading the comments on Bart (such delicious tears!) the overall message is that the system is rigged, and vote for Trump, stock up on ammo, yadda yadda...

    Their anger is misdirected. They should be angry at the pundits who promised them a Clinton indictment. Either these pundits were blinded by their own feelings towards Ms Clinton or they were lying to generate clicks. Anyone who looked at this issue dispassionately knew this was going down this way.

    1. I should add that once The President endorsed Ms Clinton it was obvious that there would be no charges.

    2. Anonymous11:03 AM

      Totally agree, Dinty.

    3. Anonymous11:28 AM

      Once the "Tarmac Summit" happened there was little doubt there'd be no charges. Timing people, it's all about timing...

    4. The "Tarmac Summit" took place after the endorsement...

    5. Anonymous11:59 AM

      They don't have phones in your country, 11:28?

  43. Anonymous10:40 AM

    After Hillary Clinton went to bat for Barack Obama in 2008 following their hard-fought rivalry in the primary, no one stands to serve as a better character witness for her than the president himself. In advance of their joint speech together in North Carolina Tuesday, which we'll live blog here, the Clinton camp rolled out a new video previewing Obama's new role.

    In the ad, Obama recalls that Clinton "immediately" and "tirelessly" worked to help unify the Democratic party for his candidacy.

    She was willing to set her own personal feelings and agendas aside to serve the larger cause and to serve the country.

    Obama says that's why he "insisted" on reaching out to her to serve in his administration, because she was able to set aside "personal agendas" to work toward a "stronger, more prosperous" country.

    She could not have been more diligent, more tireless, more loyal, more committed... She fought for human rights, she fought for democracy, she tried to avoid conflicts through diplomacy.


    Double fuck you to Bernie.

    1. Anonymous11:27 AM

      She voted for the Iraq war, how about fuck HillBillary and her "diplomacy".

    2. Anonymous12:01 PM

      She voted for the Iraq war and has freely admitted she wouldn't do it again. Meanwhile, Bernie is a stooge for the gun industry that kills 30K Americans a year, and he defiantly says he's done nothing wrong.

    3. Anonymous12:45 PM

      11:27 - so did Joe Biden, and you voted for Obama-Biden. So did Secretary John Kerry. But you only bash the woman. Interesting,

    4. Anonymous1:45 PM


      I most certainly DID NOT ever vote for Obama/Biden. Try again. Why would you assume that? I'm not even a democrat!

    5. Anonymous3:01 PM

      Why the heck are you always here, then 1:45? As a right-winger, you are unable to learn. Troll troll troll

  44. Anonymous10:59 AM

    Coward Trump yet again tweets out messages that are so accusatory and yet he doesn't directly address those he's accusing. If he were a man, today he'd be directing his comments to the head of the FBI. His tweets' messages are that everyone is corrupt and in the case of the emails they are out to protect Hillary and they aren't doing their job. But he won't come out and face the person/people he's accusing. Fucking coward.

  45. Anonymous11:40 AM

    Vote for Hillary, she's just a little bit careless and reckless.

    1. Anonymous12:41 PM

      Yeah, because e-mails are soooo dangerous. Ooohhh. Especially when they use a special cable system at State for the important communiques.

    2. Anonymous12:48 PM

      So the FBI basically decided she's not a criminal just a liar and an idiot. However, other people would be punished for the same thing.

    3. 110 emails out of 30,000 ... tap tap tap, yep she's .... 0.03666% careless and reckless.

      And remember, that was not 110 emails MARKED classified, it was 110 that had classified info IN THEM. If any other person working in the state dept. at that time had their email usage scrutinized the way Hillary's has, I bet many people would come up as being at least as careless and reckless.

      The point is, email communication was still a relatively new thing and the protocols to officially deal with it were not all in place at the time (true, because they have changed over the years).

      And that's another important point - it was not last year she did this, it was over 4 years ago, and she has 'learned her lesson', as it were. She will not be careless and reckless as president, because she now understands more than she did then.

      I have no such hope that Trump ever learns anything over time. He is just like Sarah, thinks he knows it all already and doesn't need to listen to or learn anything from anyone.

    4. Anonymous1:01 PM

      Trump minions had best start worrying about his brewing e-mail scandal.

    5. Well put, MarvinM.

  46. Anonymous12:12 PM

    There are a few emails where she instructs her people to remove classified headers and send unsecured.

    1. Anonymous12:59 PM

      It's over! New faux outrage needed ASAP!

  47. https://instagram.com/p/BHfO3nXBqyk/

    Oh the irony!

  48. Anonymous12:58 PM



  49. The headline on HuffPo:


    It's nice to cherish moments like these in a long campaign. I teared up reading the President's remarks about Clinton.

  50. Anonymous4:12 PM

    I dunno, is it just me or does it look like she forgot to put in her false teeth to you guys in that picture above?

  51. Anita Winecooler4:43 PM

    Ohh I kept flipping channels, spoldey heads spolding everywhere, it's a conspiracy,

    So when is the congressional meeting to apologize to Hillary Clinton and the public in general for the witch hunt and the $$$$$$$$$$ it cost us? Poor Crooked Donald needs a few drinks and needs to get laid, any volunteers??????

    1. Anonymous9:45 PM

      What part of that FBI statement said she was innocent of the "accusations"? Witch hunt? You seem to be confused. Congress didn't investigate her horrifyingly lax email system. The FBI did. And they certainly didn't say that she did nothing wrong. Far from it. BTW-that's "splody heads".

  52. Anonymous7:27 PM

    It was amazing to watch Mr. Comey say that Mrs. Clinton did do what her critics said she did, but there will be no charges. Mr. Comey confirmed Mrs, Clinton did wrong and in another case would face discipline actions, but, he said, that's not what this investigation was about. If this went to a grand jury, would there be no charges?
    Mr. Comey also confirmed that hostile actors did get access to her server and emails. That is dangerous, especially since she was the Secretary of State for the United States.
    This will not help Mrs. Clinton's negative ratings, which are driven by a lack of trust.
    Prosecutors make these kind of decisions everyday and guilty people do go free. Elected officials should be held to a higher standard, especially officials as high up as Mrs. Clinton.
    The public perception will be that Mrs. Clinton did nothing wrong, which Mr. Comey himself said was not true, she did, but perception is everything. I get tired of people doing whatever they want, legal, or not, and just saying, I'm sorry. That's letting them off to easy, and to many elected officials seem to be saying, I'm sorry, to often.
    If Mrs. Clinton becomes president I expect some scandal. Her tendencies to bend the law is part of her working character.
    Respect for the law just took another hit.

    1. AKRNHSNC12:45 AM

      Did you care this much when the Bush admin. and over 80 of his staffers used the RNC server to hide emails and then claimed they lost MILLION?! Or what about when Cheney basically told everyone to fuck off that he wasn't part of the Executive branch and he could do whatever the hell he wanted with his emails, as in delete them? GOP didn't give a damn nor did they care that if Hillary had been doing something wrong, it should have been noticed by the State Dept's IT staff or by the people with whom she was corresponding. In fact, after HRC left the State Department, the GOP had plenty of great things to say about her.





  53. Gryphen,
    The anon. 7:27 comment was stolen from my blog. It was my post today. Click my avatar and see.
    I don't care if you leave it up, it is word for word exactly what I wrote.
    My ID was faked and so called comments by me (comments not written by me) have been showing up at multiple blogs.

  54. Anonymous5:58 PM

    Hillary was never going to be indicted as she's "too big to jail.” However, others who have done less with classified info (links below) have been jailed and punished in other ways.

    The message is clear, a two-tier justice system exists in the US: one for the powerful and one for the rest of the country.

    Such extreme disregard for the law, for truth and for justice by the powerful does not bode well for the country’s future.

    July 6, 2016
    “Hillary Clinton’s Wanton Disregard for US Laws and National Security


    by Bill Blum

    Why Hillary Clinton Should be Prosecuted for Reckless Abuses of National Security

    by Jill Stein

    1. AKRNHSNC12:48 AM

      Anonymous @5:58 Could you have looked any harder to more biased sources? Doubtful. The problem with indicting Secretary Clinton is the fact that NO laws were broken. Simple to understand unless you're a conspiracy theorist.

    2. Anonymous4:46 AM

      Positing bias does not change information and facts. If you take the time to read the articles you'll see the the laws regulating the handling of classified information were broken according to the opinion of other lawyers and jurists.

      And others have been fired, charged, fined and even jailed for less in the handling of classified information.

      The FBI's recommendation to not pursue criminal charges is a show of leniency--it does not mean no laws were broken. The leniency with Hillary, as with General Petraeus who simply got a slap on the wrist, might be palatable IF the same leniency extended to others accused of mishandling classified information. Unfortunately, less powerful people have been harshly punished, again often for less, some even sentenced to prison (see Jeffrey Sterling, John Kirakaou)--some for simply reporting government crimes and war crimes.

      What do you think about the double standard this reveals in our justice system: the powerful go unpunished while the less powerful, among them whistleblowers, are harshly prosecuted? Doesn't this add to the already eroded confidence citizens have in the government and courts of the US?


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