Wednesday, August 17, 2016

FBI letter to Congress reveals that Hillary Clinton did not write nor send classified e-mails. Email-gate comes to a shuddering stop.

In a letter to the House Oversight Committee the FBI sticks a pin in allegations that Hillary Clinton sent classified data over her private e-mail server, or put any confidential information at risk.

Courtesy of Crooks and Liars:  

A letter sent by FBI Acting Assistant Director Jason Herring to the House Oversight Committee confirms that the three emails media is making such hay over did not originate with Secretary Clinton, nor was the use of the term "extremely careless" meant to establish some mythical standard of conduct which did not exist before Director Comey's statement.

Herring also specifically compared the Clinton emails with the prosecutions of Bryan Nishimura, David Petraeus, and Sandy Berger. In all of those cases, the FBI said, there was "clear evidence of knowledge and intent," which was not present in this investigation. 

As for the term "extremely careless," Herring explained that the term was "intended to be a common sense way of describing the actions of Secretary Clinton and her colleagues." He further clarified that "the facts did not support a recommendation to prosecute her or others within the scope of the investigation for gross negligence."

The main three facts are the following:
  1. Clinton did not send emails with information marked classified in them. She received them. 
  2. There was no intent on her part -- or her staff's -- to share classified information with people not entitled to see it.
  3. There has been no determination by the State Department as to whether these three e-mails were classified at the time they were sent.

In other words, Hillary did not lie about not sending classified e-mails on her private server.

Now of course the Republicans will still try to make the case that having these e-mails stored on her private server put them at risk of falling into the hands of our enemies.

However we then have to remind ourselves that the State Department, White House, FBI, DNC, and Hillary Clinton's campaign have all been hacked. In fact there is new evidence that even the NSA was hacked.

In other words perhaps the safest e-mail system in the country was the one that Hillary Clinton was using as Secretary of State.


  1. Anonymous6:59 AM

    FBI Baits Republican Representatives - Let's See If It Works!

  2. Trump would claim HIS server was more secure and the media would agree.

  3. please do not let these facts get in the way (Republican response)

    1. Anonymous10:46 AM

      Oh, yeah. They will NOT let this stand in their way. Look for yet another hearing on the e-mails. Or if that doesn't work they're back to BENGHAZI, BENGHAZI, BENGHAZI.

  4. That photo is well on its way to iconic. Disgustedly amused and wondering just how deeply sweaty Gowdy wants to dig his political grave.

  5. Anonymous7:18 AM

    Can I just say how grateful I am? I love how if you're a tenacious person, there are a zillion opportunities to make money. My mortgage is about to be paid off via Rodan and Fields, a very part time SAH job that also rewards me and my girls friends also with R&F with 2 tropical vacations a year at a swanky resort. I work at my "real" job (there's no such thing as a fake job btw) as a Speech Language Pathologist FOR FUN and get to put half my salary toward charities and half in retirement, my husband's job pays for his personal "wants" and our daily living expenses and family vacations. I teach a Pure barre class for fun money and to stay in shape. ALL because of a "side job" that allows me to stay at home with my 2 kids, both of whom have decent college funds.

    1. Anonymous7:31 AM

      ?????? WTF?

    2. Anonymous7:34 AM

      Go to PayMe posts with this, they all need JOBS.

    3. Anonymous7:42 AM

      Gryphen why did you allow 7:18's bot-like comment? Are you that desperate for readers?

    4. Anonymous7:44 AM

      is that you Bristol trying to scam us into signing up for something you promoting ?

    5. Anonymous8:04 AM

    6. Anonymous9:56 AM

      It stays home with its two children yet also too works as a Speech Pathologist? So which is it? Isn't this one of these auto-generated spams? I hope so because if not the troll is off its meds, again :-)

  6. Anonymous7:21 AM

    Only a Hillary backer would think this scandal is over.

    As so many of us tRUMPers know, Acorn is is still stealing elections and Vince Foster's killer is still being hidden!

    1. Anonymous9:38 PM

      Only a dope is for Trump.

  7. Anonymous7:28 AM

    off topic but interesting:

    I saw this on HuffPost and thought you might like it.

    I'm A Doctor. Here's What I Find Most Concerning About Trump's Medical Letter
    Donald Trump is talking about Hillary Clinton's health, as are two doctors who have never evaluated Clinton. They have apparently diagnosed her with a...

    Read the entire article here:
    The Huffington Post

    1. Anonymous8:55 AM

      "A “recent complete medical examination” of Mr. Trump “showed only positive results,” WTF?

    2. Anonymous11:16 AM

      High test results could be very bad. They could indicate kidney failure or liver damage.

      Statins have mixed results in lowering cholesterol so he could have high cholesterol too. Plus, long term statins can damage your liver and cause diabetes. So, high blood sugar?

      Baby aspirin isn't that effective as a preventative unless you have had problems. It is not routinely prescribed. Why would Trump need it unless he has had a heart problem?

      Wonder what doctor he bribed to take his dictation and then sign it. I don't think a medical doctor would make the grammatical errors in the letter, nor would a medical status letter contain such flowery language. No doctor wrote that letter. Trump wrote, rewrote or dictated it and then paid to have it signed.

    3. Anonymous2:04 PM

      A doctor of the status of one that would have Trump as a patient with a gmail address? Seems to me a practice with Trump as a client would have their own website and the e-mail would be to that website.

      I'm a retired teacher and I've had a website of my own with an e-mail attached to it for decades.

      Why isn't his email (Except that the website doesn't exist.)

      That weird website is because that domain name is available for purchase. They park those links to improve traffic to related searches.

      I think it might be some sort of felony to forge a doctor's letter. So the question is, will Harold Bornstein admit he signed a letter written by someone else or will he testify that is not his signature? Either way, I see Trump being thrown under the bus.

  8. Anonymous7:32 AM

    Gowdy, Issa and the others who wasted all their time on Benghazi, had better keep an eye on their "boy" tRump. He will be getting classified reports, which he might share with his good pal Vlad. Manafort is going to these classified briefings with him, and he DOES lots of business with Vlad. The gop is watching the wrong person.

    1. Anonymous8:59 AM

      If only it was a "BUSTED" meeting, and they all walk out in HANDCUFFS!

  9. Anonymous7:39 AM

    Willfully ignoring the part of the letter that Repubs and Trump will hammer on:
    "...the FBI did find evidence that Sec Clinton and her colleagues were extremely careless in their handling of certain, very sensitive, highly classified information."

    Continuing to insist it's all ok because no laws were broken doesn't help Clinton. What they did was dumb. Even Pres Obama said it was, "Dumb, dumb, dumb". It will persuade no one who thinks she's "Crooked Hillary" to say, "But no laws were broken." That's because one of the biggest perception problems Clinton has is that people believe she and her husband are clever lawyers who know exactly where the edge of the letter of the law is and have made a career and a fortune by deliberately dancing right up to the edge it. That's the perception. She can't fix it by saying "no laws were broken."

    1. Anonymous8:21 AM

      Like the Repubs haven't been doing the same for years. Eye roll.

    2. Anonymous3:20 PM

      "But other people do it" is rarely a helpful defense.

  10. Anonymous7:52 AM

    Trump Is So Out Of Control That Republicans Just Hired A Babysitter To Keep Him Calm

    ...Conway got promoted to campaign manager because Donald Trump needs a babysitter who will treat him like a child.

    This is the man that the Republican Party is trying to tell voters is ready to occupy the White House, and make life or death decisions. People who are qualified and ready to be president don’t need babysitters to travel with them and keep them calm. With these moves, the Trump campaign and Republican Party are admitting that the nominee doesn’t have advisers. Trump needs handlers to keep him under control.

    Donald Trump is a 70-year-old adult, who should not need a babysitter nearby to treat him like a child and keep him calm. The Trump campaign can call Conway’s position a promotion, but it is really a glorified day care job whose sole purpose is to keep the man who Republicans nominated to be the next President Of The United States from throwing tantrums all day.

    Trump is so out of control that he has been assigned a babysitter in a last-ditch attempt to keep the unhinged senior citizen from destroying the Republican Party.

    1. Anonymous8:28 AM

      politicususa is so hyper-biased, anything from there should be taken with several grains of salt.

    2. Anonymous12:30 PM

      @ 8:28 AM - open your eyes - this is right on target - Drumpf is being baby-sat though it isn't doing much good and someone is slipping the sedatives to him. Sheesh - you blind to being trumped?

    3. Anonymous2:23 PM

      She's not a babysitter. Just the opposite.

      He is cutting loose all those that are trying to tell him what to do. He wants to be in control, he doesn't want to change, he thinks he is the only one that knows best and he is surrounding himself with people that feel the same and will not interfere with what he's doing. They won't write his speeches and make him say them. They won't challenge, nag or threaten him.

      But I expect in return for all of this change and control, Trump is going to lose the support of the RNC in regards to money and manpower. He is going to be cut loose. Trump will be on his own. And I'm sure when he loses, he will blame the RNC for his loss because of that.

      The Republicans are going to lose no matter how you look at this. They lose if he wins, they lose if he loses with their support and they lose if he loses without their support.

      It couldn't happen to a more deserving organization. It's just too bad the NRA couldn't also be tied to his big losses.

  11. Anonymous7:53 AM

    Protest as they may, the Koch brothers are clearly helping Donald Trump—or at least their minions are. And you know what minions do: anything they think their bosses want them to.

  12. Anonymous8:27 AM

    Another thing they'll pound on is that when in front of Congress Clinton was asked how her lawyers searched her emails to sort State Dept related from personal, what search terms did they use, Clinton definitively answered that they physically went through the emails one by one. Comey definitively stated that they did not go through each email, they used search terms and in the process deleted a number of State Dept emails that should have been turned over. They will pound on this that Clinton lied to Congress. It's another blunder by Clinton or her staff. If she didn't know for sure, she should have said she didn't know. If she was given incorrect information, heads should roll. But since both Clinton and Comey are on video saying exactly the opposite, they will claim she lied to Congress and she'll have to answer that eventually too, to no good outcome for her. The emails will dog her for the rest of her days.

    1. Anonymous11:54 AM

      And, Anon at 8:27 am, you really think that this semantic fuss is worthy of attention for the rest of Hillary Clinton's life? The whole email sham is the latest GOP desperate hide what could be serious breaches of security by Donald Trump and his ilk of GOP operatives. Trump's planning on taking crazy "advisor" Gen. Flynn, who likes to give speeches in Russia, to government security briefings with him. It should not be allowed. If Trump is too dumb to understand what's being said, then he has no right to be running for president.

    2. Anonymous3:14 PM

      It's not just semantics. She told the Congress something that's not true. She was asked specifically if the emails were searched electronically by keywords to sort the work and the personal. She answered confidently that no, her people read every one. We know Clinton's got no reason to lie about something like that. She should have said she didn't know or said she didn't have direct knowledge but had been told they were all read instead of answering it as if she knew for certain. Instead she gave them something real they can jam her with: she's on tape and on the record telling Congress something that's not true. It's just another of many unforced error by Team Clinton regarding the emails.

      But go ahead, bury your head in the sand and minimize it as a "fuss" or a "sham". They'll make a nationwide ad with it for sure.

    3. Anonymous9:40 PM

      No one cares about the e-mails. If they did, she wouldn't be headed for a landslide.

  13. Anonymous8:45 AM


  14. Anonymous8:48 AM

    OT Good Read?"More than two-thirds of the teachers surveyed have had immigrant, Latino and Muslim students express FEAR. "
    " The next Trump may focus on fears of Mexican and Muslim immigration, or he or she may choose a completely different dog whistle. But any shrewd (and amoral) politician will take note that coded appeals to prejudice are the wave of the future." Romney quote> " “Presidents have an impact on the nature of our nation, and trickle-down racism and trickle-down bigotry and trickle-down misogyny — all of these things are extraordinarily dangerous to the heart and character of America.”
    "As a Jewish American, I can personally attest to having received more ethnic attacks as a result of my outspoken criticism of Trump than I have from any other issue I’ve discussed in my journalistic career. The bullying of children in schools has been only the most overt manifestation of what is happening among adults."

  15. Crystal Sage9:22 AM

    I've always said that Hillary's internet server was a lot safer than many government servers. She should be lauded for keeping State Department information confidential - except she never will. Despite Condi Rice and Colin Powell using the same type of private server, only Hillary is "guilty of something." Just like the four tragic deaths in Benghazi are highlighted while many more deaths occurred during attacks on embassies and outposts during Dubya's and even the sainted Reagan's administrations.

    And the RWNJs are still calling Hillary a liar as they slavishly hang on to the outrageous claims of Trump and his surrogates.

  16. Anonymous9:31 AM

    Good trend. The kids are smart, must have eaten from 'the tree of knowledge", eh?

    Spirituality and a personal connection to the universe is very different from the following of a religious organization with it's tons of dogma.

    I have found those who are most attached to their christian church are often oblivious to the needs of those around them - spirituality lacking. Example, a friend needs to get to hospital for medical tests and cannot drive - a reception for a pastor takes precedence over helping the friend. "Get a cab".

  17. Anonymous9:51 AM

    HRC " The problem from Hell". This is the real story regarding ISIL and Dick Fucking Cheney and crew> Mr. Z in 2003.. End Times BULLSHIT..

  18. Anonymous10:21 AM

    I think they should all be published in book form. Apparently the emails show Hillary in such a good light that have converted some of her haters to adoring fans.

  19. Anonymous10:57 AM

    Of coarse if you say that the Republicans are again spending tax payers money to try and nail a Clinton, they will all start screaming "liberal!" Never mind that tax payer's monies could be better spent. But hey, that's why they tax us, so they can have their way with our government. Worst than the royalty types that they fled from originally. Assholes to the end.

  20. Anonymous11:03 AM

    Not so fast there, Gryphen.

    The Honorable Darrel "Dimebag" Issa may soon announce he's taking "THE TRIAL OF CROOKED HILLARY" musical investigation to Broadway in 2017 and GUARANTEES that audience members will FINALLY get the truth about her egregious high crimes and misdemeanors. No casting has been officially announced but anonymous sources answering the phone at Scot Bayo's house whispered that "JOANIE" LOVES" the handsome A-list triple threat actor likely slated to play handsome A-List Congressman Issa in the show who is masterfully "IN CHARGE"!

    Plus DIAGNOSIS MURDER, also too.

    1. Anonymous3:18 PM

      No one calls Darrell Issa "dimebag". Dimebag Darrell was Darrell Abbott, the guitarist from Pantera who was killed in a mass shooting in Columbus, Ohio in 2004.

  21. Anonymous12:37 PM

    @7:28 AM - Kudos - Everyone needs to read the message from the site there. It appears that Drumpf's medical statement from the "doctor" is bogus for many reasons. Additionally, it appears Drumpf is on low dose aspirin and some statin. Those are for the heart, or high cholesterol or some anomaly. Time to call BS on that letter - especially since it is supposedly from a gastroenterologist - What?

  22. Randall2:39 PM

    FBI Acting Assistant Director Jason "RED" Herring also supplied to Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Dildo Enthusiast) of the House Oversight Committee an extremely simple-to-read map pointing out the difference between "ass" and "hole in the ground".

  23. Anonymous9:43 PM

    Trump just opens his mouth and out it comes. Anything. Just anything. Nothing you can pin your' mind to, just bleh, bleh, bleh, blah, blah, blah. Using his teeny fingers to make his point. He is so knowledgeable about absolutely nothing. His information base is the internet. He got his diploma from there. And his fans love him. They show up at his rallies, happy with what he says, because it reflects what they feel. That America is getting too brown. It's not really. Just walk around and have a looksee. It's diverse here and there but Americans still be white. There's not a threat. I don't see that the American ideal is at stake. The fear factor that Trump spews is all regurgitation from the Third Reich. It turns out, that we do not learn from history after all. In fact we use history like a how to manual. Sad.


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