Monday, November 07, 2016

Newsweek reveals why this latest FBI e-mail "investigation" was never really a thing.

Courtesy of Newsweek: 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation determined that almost every email discovered in a laptop used primarily by the husband of an aide to Hillary Clinton was a duplicate of previously produced documents or personal emails, a person close to the case told Newsweek. As a result, FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to Congress Sunday saying the new emails have not changed the bureau’s earlier decision that no crime occurred with Clinton’s use of a private server while she was secretary of state. 

Less than two weeks ago, Comey set the election on its head when he informed Congress that his agents had located emails that “appear to be pertinent” to the Clinton investigation. At that point, the FBI did not have a warrant to review the emails, nor had they sought permission from the owners of the laptop to search it. In fact, people involved in the case said, the FBI never asked either the Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, or her husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner, if they would voluntarily allow for such a search. 

The night of the disclosure, Newsweek reported that the emails were from as many as three accounts—one through Yahoo, one on the domain clintonemail.com, and one from an account Abedin used in support of one of Weiner’s campaigns for office. Last week, Newsweek learned that that account was through Gmail. In other words, Abedin’s personal account provided by the State Department for non-classified emails was not involved. Abedin, who did not know Clinton used a private server for her emails, told the bureau in an April interview that she used the account on the clintonemail.com domain only for issues related to the secretary’s personal affairs, such as communicating with her friends. For work-related records, Abedin primarily used the email account provided to her by the State Department.

So to be clear the FBI should have realized from the very beginning that they were never going to find a "smoking gun" in these e-mails.

And yet James Comey issued that letter to Congress on October 28th anyway.

The Newsweek article goes on to say that the reason there were duplicates of e-mails on this laptop is that Huma sent them from her non-classified e-mail at the State Department so that she could print them at home for Hillary because the State Department is apparently several decades behind technologically.

NONE of the e-mails she sent herself were confidential or classified, they just contained information pertinent to her boss who it seems likes to read them on actual paper.

In another interesting aside, despite what the Trump campaign might want you to believe, Edward Snowden suggests that the FBI COULD have gone through the e-mails on this laptop in a matter of hours.
If true that means that the FBI should have figured this whole thing out well before Comey sent that letter to Congress on October 28th.

And yet he sent it.

Wikileaks, Russia, the Republicans, and now the FBI, all working as one to stop Hillary Clinton from becoming our next President.

Who ever thought that the idea of a female President would be so terrifying?

37 comments:

  1. Anonymous11:18 AM

    Hmmm. I think the FBI's zipper is down and their pathetic little misogyny is showing.

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  2. Anonymous11:22 AM

    Italy’s Prime Minister Wrote A Heartfelt Facebook Post To Barack Obama

    Renzi referred to Obama as “the man who has invested in hope over cynicism, who has raised a generation to try (Yes, we can),” and praised his investment in energy, innovation and health care. He acknowledged that Obama’s foreign policy has not been without controversy, but hailed his policies in Cuba and Iran, and his contribution to the global economy.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/italy-matteo-renzi-obama-facebook_us_5820b3cbe4b0d9ce6fbd83dc

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    1. Anonymous2:08 AM

      I guess Obama fulfilled the promise of that Nobel Prize after all.

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  3. Anonymous11:23 AM

    Fox News' Stuart Varney Edits Video To Claim Obama Said 'Illegal' Immigrants Can Vote

    http://crooksandliars.com/2016/11/fox-business-stuart-varney-heavily-edits

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    1. Anonymous2:08 AM

      Has he been taking lessons from James O'Keefe?

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  4. Anonymous11:24 AM

    I Was With Bernie Till the End; Now We All Must Vote Hillary

    I’m not a big Clinton fan, but I’m voting for her happily, and every lefty should, because the difference between a narrow margin and a comfortable one could be huge.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/07/i-was-with-bernie-till-the-end-now-we-all-must-vote-hillary.html

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  5. Anonymous11:25 AM

    Curses and Death Threats Rain Down on Hillary-Backing Republican Newspapers
    Editors and journalists from Republican-leaning newspapers describe the sometimes menacing pushback they’ve received after backing the Democratic candidate.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/06/curses-and-death-threats-rain-down-on-hillary-backing-republican-newspapers.html

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  6. Anonymous11:30 AM

    HRC WILL NEVER QUIT! VOTE!
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/hillary-clinton-asks-for-nations-vote-in-final-2-minute-ad-155951840.html?.tsrc=jtc_news_index

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  7. Anonymous11:38 AM

    I guess having a woman president would be like having their balls ripped off. Poor men. They have ruled since forever. But I think their fears are unfounded. Hillary will do good. There will be some hard times for the men when Putin tries to take over the world and Hillary and allies say no. There will be pouting when Hillary helps more women make choices that men want to bother with. There will be tears, I'm sure, when life here in America resumes to sanity without the Drama Mama who has kept us on our toes for one whole nerve wracking year. Geez!

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    1. Anonymous12:42 PM

      . . . and maybe under Hillary the avg woman's wage will rise higher than 73% of a man's wage. Old white guys will really hate that.

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    2. Anonymous2:10 AM

      If you recall, Nancy Pelosi suffered this same misogynistic treatment the entire time she was Speaker of the House. She still does as Minority.

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  8. Anonymous11:38 AM

    Great News For Democrats As Republicans Trail In National Early Voting By Six Points

    http://www.politicususa.com/2016/11/07/great-news-democrats-republicans-trail-national-early-voting-points.html

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    1. Anonymous2:12 AM

      Keep in mind that not all of those Republicans are going to vote for Trump.

      Now, not all of the Democrats are going to vote for Hillary either, but I'll bet a larger percentage of the Republicans vote for Hillary than Democrats voting for someone else.

      That's why the polls are going to find this election so hard to predict. They can't predict how many Republicans are going to cross over because they cannot vote for Trump and live with themselves.

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  9. Anonymous11:42 AM

    http://www.salon.com/2016/11/07/its-donald-trump-vs-the-constitution-and-all-this-time-you-thought-his-opponent-was-hillary-clinton/

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  10. Anonymous11:43 AM

    How many more hours until that orange anus stops flapping?

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  11. Anonymous11:46 AM

    That means Comey and the rest of the partisan leakers should be prosecuted for INTENTIONAL violation of the Hatch Act! That might keep such things from happening again.

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  12. Anonymous11:52 AM

    “The damage is done to Hillary Clinton,” Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told MSNBC’s Brian Williams"

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/11/conway-on-fox-clinton-indictment-story-the-damage-is-done.html

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    1. Anonymous2:13 AM

      She was so smiling and smug when she said it too.

      Man, I hate her. Thankfully, after tomorrow we'll never have to see or hear her again.

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  13. Snowden is right--it wouldn't have taken 623 days to go through those emails. You run a program against Abedin's server and extract the TO, FROM, and DATE and maybe SUBJECT LINE. Then you run a comparison of those on Hillary's server, which will display the duplicates.

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  14. Anonymous11:56 AM

    ‘Do it for Obama': 2008 campaign alumni make an impassioned plea for Clinton

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/11/03/do-it-for-obama-2008-campaign-alums-make-an-impassioned-plea-for-clinton/

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  15. Anonymous12:01 PM

    Comey is a Republican asshole. Why he used his power to undermine Hillary and get away with is hard to understand. This is how Russia works. You know Putin is over there making all this noise and people are saying he doesn't respect our country anymore because of our crazy election year. He sees that not all Americans are happy being true Americans and they welcome him. Those traitorous bastards. I wish there was a way we could round them all up including Trump and cohorts and send them over to Russia to languish under the cold and evil glare of Putin. Only the devil has on up on that man.

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  16. Anonymous12:04 PM

    Hillary Clinton: 'Tomorrow' | Campaign 2016

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/hillary-clinton-tomorrow--campaign-2016/2016/11/07/e19e861c-a504-11e6-ba46-53db57f0e351_video.html

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  17. Anonymous12:14 PM

    I think, Comedy was caught off guard by someone and got blackmailed into doing what he did. It probably was either he will lose his job (because he has violated the Hatch Act) or lose his life, and maybe his family's lives.
    Who knows what the blackmailer(s) have against him

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  18. Anonymous12:43 PM

    I so hope that President Hillary Clinton fires Comey's ass soon after she takes office.

    What an unqualified man for that job!! President Obama truly goofed in appointment him - and, I suspect it was all because Comey was a Republican and President Obama was trying to be non-partisan.

    Comey obviously has no ethics! Plus, we've now found out that the FBI is loaded with agents that Americans will no longer trust! I know I won't!

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    1. Anonymous2:16 AM

      She can't fire him. His term is 10 years and Obama appointed him in 2013.

      That doesn't mean he can't resign. And I so see the pressure being put on him to do exactly that.

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  19. Anonymous12:56 PM

    It's kind of sweet how Marla Maples is friends with Ivanka.

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    1. Anonymous1:37 PM

      I highly doubt that since Marla grabbed Tiffany and moved thousands of miles away from Donald to protect her child from him.

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    2. Anonymous2:16 AM

      Ivanka, no.

      Ivana, maybe.

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  20. Anonymous1:20 PM

    WATCH LIVE: Hillary Clinton holds Philly rally with Barack and Michelle Obama, Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi

    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/watch-live-hillary-clinton-holds-philly-rally-with-barack-and-michelle-obama-springsteen-and-jon-bon-jovi/

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    1. Anonymous3:20 PM

      Yeah. I'm watching the gathering crowd forming (in the background as Andrea Mitchell reports on Hardball) and it's a beautiful sight!

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  21. Anonymous1:36 PM

    I wonder if he is going to work at McDonalds or Walmart after President Hillary Clinton cans his sorry ass.

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  22. Comey probably cost the Democrats the Senate. And that is a big fecking deal.

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  23. Anonymous2:38 PM

    Kurt Eichenwald is completely unreliable. He may be writing what you want to hear, but he's wrong a lot and full of it most of the time. Have you forgotten how he had everybody convinced for about 90 minutes that Trump was institutionalized in 1990 and then he got debunked? How he had everybody convinced some young journalist had deliberated misquoted one of his stories to misrepresent it, until that was debunked?

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  24. Anonymous2:52 PM

    And let's not forget this one about Eichenwald. He's unethical as hell and a creep. Don't forget this:
    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/press_box/2007/03/eichenwalds_weird_checkbook_journalism.html

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  25. Anonymous5:31 PM

    Bad timing? Comey honored by group with longtime Trump ties

    By JAKE PEARSON and JEFF HORWITZ - The Associated Press

    NEW YORK (AP) FBI Director James Comey was being honored Monday night by a group whose board includes several people with longtime ties to Donald Trump, including the CEO of the National Enquirer and a convicted felon who goes by the nickname "Joey No Socks."

    Comey, already criticized over his handling of Hillary Clinton's email investigation in the final days of the presidential campaign, was accepting the lifetime achievement award from the nonprofit Federal Drug Agents Foundation. The group lists more than three dozen board directors on its website; another was the developer of a troubled Trump-branded tower in Toronto.

    ... Among the Trump-connected board members is David Pecker, a friend of Trump's and the chief executive of American Media Inc., publisher of The National Enquirer.
    During the course of the presidential primary campaign, the Enquirer was a regular source of attacks on Trump political rivals, including Jeb Bush, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz. The Wall Street Journal reported last week the magazine paid $150,000 to a former Playboy playmate for her story about having an affair with Trump shortly after he married his third wife, Melania Trump, but never ran it.....

    ... Another board member listed for the group is Alex Schnaider, a billionaire Ukrainian-born commodities trader who built a Trump-branded hotel and condo tower in Toronto which is now in receivership.....

    .. A third board member is Joseph Cinque, also known as "Joey No Socks," a convicted felon whose American Academy of Hospitality Sciences has awarded more than a dozen Trump businesses with shiny plaques called "Star Diamond" awards. Cinque didn't immediately return a request for comment, but a secretary at his business said he was planning on attending the Monday evening ceremony. Trump told the AP in May he didn't know Cinque well and was unaware of his criminal history for art fencing.....

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    1. Anonymous2:20 AM

      Lifetime Achievement? What the fuck has Comey done?

      If this is for sabotaging Hillary's campaign, they should have waited until Wednesday to see if it worked.

      It's just another nail in the coffin of Comey's career. He gets a shiny plaque on Monday and a pink slip on Wednesday.

      He is certainly going to be forced to resign "voluntarily."

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  26. Anonymous2:05 AM

    Snowden outlined how they could have gone through those e-mails in a matter of hours. So they had plenty of time to review them before Comey's October surprise. It could have been reviewed and dismissed easily. It certainly could have been dismissed the Monday after his announcement. But he still waited a WEEK to say "nothing here folks" and on a Sunday. Two days before the election.

    Was he doing it to try to escape prosecution under the Hatch Act?

    In the end, he is going to resign. Willingly or forcibly. But he won't keep his job. That lame excuse of his means he can't control his people. If that is in fact true, then he needs to resign. Get someone knew in there to clean house and instill some discipline.

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