Friday, September 30, 2016

FBI Director James Comey swats down another Hillary email conspiracy theory.

Courtesy of Politico:  

The FBI concluded that a computer technician working on Clinton's email was not engaged in an illicit cover-up when he asked on the Reddit website for a tool that could delete a "VIP" email address throughout a large file, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday. 

Republican lawmakers have suggested that the July 2014 Reddit post from a user believed to be Platte River Networks specialist Paul Combetta showed an effort to hide Clinton's emails from investigators. 

However, at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Comey said FBI agents concluded that all the computer aide was trying to do was replace Clinton's email address so it wouldn't be revealed to the public. 

"Our team concluded that what he was trying to do was when they produced emails not have the actual address but have some name or placeholder instead of the actual dot-com address in the 'From:' line," Comey said. 

Comey of course said this in front of a GOP led committee that was fired up after some pro-Trump folks on Reddit thought they had discovered some kind of smoking gun:

In the 2014 Reddit post, user "Stonetear" described "a very interesting situation where I need to strip out a VIP’s (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived email that I have both in a live Exchange mailbox, as well as a PST file."

This inspired the Right Wing conspiracy machine to start cranking out headlines like, "How Reddit Ruined The Hillary Clinton Campaign," Clinton's Email Scandal Is Back In The News Again — Because Of Reddit," and "Reddit Busts Hillary Clinton Email Cover-up."

I actually visit Reddit several times a day, and I watched this whole thing start to take off.

In the beginning there were a few voices of reason essentially pointing out that this in no way pointed to proof of any conspiracy or coverup, however they were quickly shouted down by the Reddit crowd's fascination with conspiracy theories, and of course a sort of overriding dislike for Hillary Clinton.

Anyhow before you knew it folks were talking indictment, dusting off the Bernie Sanders campaign again, and of course talking cover up, cover up, cover up.

At this point I am essentially finished with all things e-mail, private server, or Clinton criminality.

EVERY SINGLE "explosive" new detail about any of these subjects has eventually turned out to be a nothing burger.

I have watched time and time again as the Right Wing has wound themselves up into a mouth frothing frenzy over some supposed "nail in the coffin" factoid only to have an investigation find nothing, or next to nothing worthy of their celebratory chest beating.

Perhaps John Oliver said it best about all of these Hillary Clinton "scandals" last weekend. "It's not good, but it's not as bad as it looks."


  1. Anonymous9:05 AM

    Oh Gryphen, 8 years ago you would've nailed this bitch's ass to her fake glass ceiling she has no business being the first women to smash. She's failed to address that she will avoid a similar 1994 crime bill. She's failed to apologize to Bill's women she's bullied to protect her career. (like when he bit one's lip so hard it bled)

    1. Anonymous9:33 AM

      The glass ceiling is fake?! Really? You lost me right there, dumbass, and I am no Gryphen fan..

    2. Anonymous9:52 AM

      Of course Hillary bullied those bïtches who had an affair with her husband. What normal wife wouldn't. I would have hunted them down and made their lives a living hell if they went after MY husband.

    3. "She's failed to apologize to Bill's women she's bullied to protect her career."
      Waah, she wasn't all nice and huggy to her husband's mistresses.

      What a fucking stupid thing to say.

  2. Anonymous9:18 AM

    OT? Wonder Woman! YES!!!

  3. Anonymous9:21 AM

    Donald is not going to be happy. Fuc_ him

    1. Anonymous9:45 AM

      No one ever went after Palin for her yahoo account as governor. Fuc_ her, also too.

    2. Anonymous10:51 AM

      " he told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. “Look what happened? Look what I get out of it? I get nothing.”
      "“I think I did a great job and a great service not only for the country, but even for the president, in getting him to produce his birth certificate,” SHOW US YOUR TAXES!
      "when I am elected no one will be tougher or smarter than me."
      Regarding Megyn Kelly>"“She’s hotter now than ever before because of me. She should give me at least half of her salary.”

    3. Anonymous11:41 AM

      Has Sarah's grandson arrived?

  4. Anonymous9:31 AM

    What kills me is that this is more of the "Hillary can't be trusted" nonsense. My 22 year old "critical-thinking" nephew and his girlfriend are both convinced they can't vote for Hillary because she is not trustworthy. What they are unable to critically think through is that this reputation for Hlllary has been carefully cultivated by the republicans over the past 25+ years.

    I'm not saying she is perfect, but she certainly is no worse than the average politician. Furthermore, her general mindset and actions are to further the cause for all including minorities, LBGT, and people of all economic means.

    I also like to think of myself as a critical thinker at age 57. Therefore, I am voting for Hillary because I genuinely feel she has he best interest of the country in her heart, and I certainly understand that Trump as president would be truly disastrous for this country and even the world.

    1. Anonymous11:05 AM

      Yes, I would like one Hillary hater to explain exactly why they think she is not trustworthy.

      Whenever I ask for an explanation all I hear is silence, which leads me to believe they don't know.

  5. Anonymous9:46 AM

    As I looked at the right wing voters in my life last night I realized that ALL of them, 18 year olds up through those in their 90's, are ALL either practicing catholics or non-practicing that were raised catholics - some attended parochial schools.

    That was very disturbing and none of them, none! are open to reason, facts or changing their vote. They are bright, they are not all white males, some hispanic immigrants or hispanic offspring - most college educated or present college attendees.

    Mind boggling and terribly dangerous for our country. The no tax for religious entities needs to end now.

  6. Anonymous9:52 AM

    "It's not good...."

    No, it's not good. The fake scandals have left a mark and that is a shame. But the real ones aren't getting better. The email is a problem that's actually getting worse. And despite what Politico claims, yesterday's Comey testimony isn't going to make things better. The exchange with "Mr. Hair" Trey Gowdy was a problem. 5 people were given immunity from prosecution for their testimony, but there was no indictment. People who were given immunity were allowed to sit in on the Clinton's FBI interview. No, indeed it is not good.

    1. Anonymous10:27 AM

      The only people who care are the crackpot minority. They don't mean shit.

    2. Anonymous11:30 AM

      If the email debacle is so awful why does no one bring up G W and Rove dumping 22 million off the private server they used connected to the RNC?

      This right wing crap of being innocent when they did far worse so they would not be jailed for exposing Valerie Plame's covert CIA operations in Iraq.

      What is it with the Rethugs and their inability to connect with the truth?

    3. Anonymous12:17 PM

      Because, 11:30, as any kindergarten teacher or parent can attest, "other people did it,too" is never an effective defense.

    4. Anonymous1:48 PM

      And speaking of the Plame case: someone did go to prison in that case. Scooter Libby. For lying to the FBI. Clinton's aide Cheryl Mills got immunity in the email case, and still lied to the FBI. With no consequence. What lie did she tell? She told the FBI that at the time, she didn't know about the server. Yet in an email to IT guy Pagliano, also given immunity, she asked "Is the server okay?"

      Lying to the FBI is a crime. It's the same one that Scoots, Martha Stewart, Rod Blagojevich, Bernie Madoff and Jeff Skilling were sent to prison for and falls under the "it's not the crime that gets you, it's the cover-up" And people try to claim lalala, it's all a big nothing. It's not all nothing.

  7. Casey Parker10:07 AM

    No offense Gryphen but Reddit sounds like a collection of Looney tunes people. May I ask what draws you there several times daily? I'm quite curious.

    1. Anonymous11:12 AM

      "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer."

      some famous guy

    2. Actually Reddit can be incredibly entertaining, and there is quite literally something for everyone there.

      And yes it is an excellent place to keep tabs on the Right Wing loons.

  8. Anonymous10:24 AM

    I was just thinking about him..(Martin Bashir) Shitting in Sara and drumpf mouths yesterday.......

  9. Anonymous11:24 AM

    ""Hitler massacred 3 million Jews. Now, there are 3 million drug ADDICTS… I'd be happy to slaughter them,"

  10. Anonymous11:39 AM

    Newly released Trump deposition videos show candidate testifying on bitter hotel restaurant feud

    Donald Trump held a copy of a Playboy Magazine he signed at a campaign rally in Nebraska last week.

    Donald Trump signs a woman’s chest,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/wrugye7jcmqdgqrjwxpc.jpg

    Canoodles girls he would like to date.

  11. Anonymous11:43 AM

    Why Hillary Clinton is the safe choice for president


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