Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Federal judge orders release of FBI search warrant to search Huma Abedin's e-mails. Update!

Courtesy of Fox News: 

A federal judge on Monday ordered the release of the search warrant the FBI used to reopen their probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server days before the November election. 

U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel ruled Monday morning that the public had a right to see the warrant, which he said was secretly filed with the court on Oct. 30. 

“The search warrant, the application for the search warrant, the affidavit in support of the application for the search warrant, and the search warrant return will be unsealed and posted on the Court's electronic case filing system” subject to redactions, Castel said in his order. 

The court dispute concerns the warrant agents used to get access to emails stored on a computer belonging to Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

The Justice Department could block this order if they choose, but if not we might actually find out what excuse the FBI came up with to hijack our election.

And that is a question which I really think deserves a damn answer.

Update: Okay so now we have our damn answer. And that answer appears to be that there was no reason for the warrant.

That is the Facebook page of the California defense attorney who filed the lawsuit to gain access to this warrant.

A warrant that he claims shows no probable cause.

If he is accurate it would appear that the Clintons have fairly good lawsuit on their hands, and I think a criminal investigation of James Comey is in order as well. 


  1. Anonymous11:41 AM


    1. 11:41 -- can't you give us something of what this is about?

    2. Anonymous4:02 PM

      Barbara - It's just a pic of the Statue of Liberty with hands in head.


    3. Anonymous7:30 PM

      Birdbrain, thanks for the clue.

      However, I and many like me, do not think it is JUST a pic of Lady Liberty covering her face.

      It is how so many of us feel right now.

      Excellent graphic

      Kind of reminds me of the editorial drawings from right after 9/11 of the statue crying, representing the sense of pain we all felt then.

  2. Anonymous11:44 AM

    I'm tired of hearing about Trump's Russian connections and his cabinet's Russian connections.

    The Electoral College was our last chance of keeping Russia out of our presidency.

    Now we're depending on Congress to keep Russia out of Trump's administration.

    Rex Tillerson, the ExxonMobil chieftain nominated by Donald Trump to be Secretary of State, was a director of an offshore company in the Bahamas that is at the heart of Exxon’s close business dealings with Russia....


  3. Anonymous11:52 AM

    Illegal searches? Fake news?

    Get used to it. This is not the United States of America that our military fought and died for anymore.

    This is now Donald's, Ivanka's, Jr's, Eric's and Vladimir's America.

  4. Anonymous11:56 AM

    Here's to hoping...
    But don't hold your breath... A) Hillary, for whatever reason, seems to have given up the night of the election and has not fought anything anywhere (no recounts, etc), and B) With the ReThugs controlling all three branches of gubmint and influencing judges left and right... :/

    1. Anonymous1:53 PM

      Makes you wonder if Hillary really wanted to win this or not. She's not putting up ANY fight for her people, she just rolled over and played dead. She doomed herself to begin with by not taking on Elizabeth Warren for VP instead of Mr Milktoast, but then again it was always ALL about Little Miss Hillary and never about anything else. Why not just have the family friend be VP since they were abviously not serious about winning or standing up for what's right anyway.

    2. Anonymous3:38 AM

      It's usually best to know what your talking about when leaving a comment.
      Try it next time.

    3. Anonymous4:55 AM

      I think so. I watched DNC and she was presidential. And all the people around her and spoke too.

    4. Anonymous11:56 AM

      Just because Hillary hasn’t been seen “doing anything” doesn’t mean she isn’t working in the background. Sometimes it is better to have all your ducks in a row before going public especially with such serious complex issues.

      But from your comment, it really doesn’t matter, your motive was just to complain about Hillary anyway.

  5. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-subpoena-that-rocked-the-election-is-legal-garbage-attorney-say_us_58597cd9e4b03904470b0633?section=us_politics

    "The warrant connected to the FBI search that Hillary Clinton says cost her the election shouldn’t have been granted, three legal experts who reviewed the document released on Tuesday told The Huffington Post."

    "When Comey made the announcement, the bureau did not have a warrant to search a laptop that agents believed might contain evidence of criminal activity. The FBI set out to rectify that two days later, on Oct. 30, when agents applied for a warrant to search the laptop, which was already in the FBI’s possession. The FBI had seized the computer as part of an investigation into former Rep. Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

    The unsealed warrant “reveals Comey’s intrusion on the election was as utterly unjustified as we suspected at time,” Brian Fallon, a Clinton campaign spokesman, said on Twitter Tuesday."

    “The warrant application seems to reflect a belief that any email sent by Hillary Clinton from a private email server is probably evidence of a crime,” Katkin said. “If so, then it must be seen as a partisan political act, rather than a legitimate law enforcement action.”

    "Clark Cunningham, the W. Lee Burge chair in law and ethics at Georgia State University, said that the “warrant violates the 4th Amendment.”"

    The name of the agent in charge had been redacted in the copy of the document publicly released. It better come out in the investigation. Charge the asshole with sedition. Cut a deal if he squeals on his fellow conspirators, names names and testifies that they conspired to torpedo Clinton's campaign and make sure she didn't win the election.

    1. And while they are at it, charge Trump, with treason in allowing (and requesting) Russia to interview on his behalf to get power.

  6. Anonymous12:05 PM

    Morning Joe Stooges-- The Clintons Need To ‘Just Get Out Of The Way'

    ...Jealous Jihad Joe never realized his own political ambitions, failing to advance past his three terms as a member of the House of Representin' big corporations, h/t to "Idiocracy" for that truth. Joe displays obvious bitterness towards Presidents Clinton and Obama, two-term elected Presidents he knows he could never hold a candle to.

    Hey, he's got something in common with Trump after all.


  7. Anonymous12:06 PM

    To top it off, the warrant was issued AFTER the search and seizure.

    1. ...we are down the rabbit hole...with no end in sight. Any light you see is the Democracy- flattening GOP/Trump train heading right for us.

  8. Anonymous12:15 PM

    Democrats Bust Trump For Rigging His Cabinet With Social Security And Medicare Cutters

    Senate Democrats are exposing Donald Trump real agenda by hitting the president-elect hard for filling his cabinet with people who are committed to cutting Social Security and Medicare.


    Manchurian President Trump Doesn’t List Russia Among Department Of Defense Priorities

    A memo obtained by Foreign Policy magazine details the incoming Trump administration's priorities for the Department of Defense. Conspicuously missing from the list was Russia.

    Foreign Policy reported:
    A Pentagon memo outlining the incoming Trump administration’s top “defense priorities” identifies defeating the Islamic State, eliminating budget caps, developing a new cyber strategy, and finding greater efficiencies as the president-elect’s primary concerns. But the memo, obtained by Foreign Policy, does not include any mention of Russia, which has been identified by senior military officials as the No. 1 threat to the United States.


  9. I can't imagine no matter how hard I try to what it's like to be so utterly consumed by power and greed that you bring the world to its knees

    1. ...and why not, Trump fumes -- they were mean to me... did you see all those nasty cartoons and skits from all over the world. They'll be sorry!

  10. Anonymous12:18 PM

    GUTLESS MITCH: Blows Off Calls For Wider Russian Probe

    The majority leader wants to keep the probe limited to Congressional committees, which Democrats say will limit the scope of the investigation.


    1. Not a one of those gasbags has the balls of a knat.

    2. Anonymous12:40 PM

      And this is why, that Monday a couple weeks back, when Deathclownface McConnell came out and made a statement about the hacking, it was sooooo obvious he was lying. The CIA story had broken on Friday night and the pressure was on that m-fer to do/say something. He got in front of a mic and acted like he wanted to get to the bottom of things as much as anyone else did. I wanted to punch his lights out. I told my husband it was all an act, done only because of pressure as the so-called Senate leader. On show after show, people were saying how even McConnell was upset and wnated a full investigation--they bought his act so readily. Some of us never did.

  11. Anonymous12:22 PM

    Now that Donald Trump is President, Alec Baldwin Feels ‘Obligated’ to Dial Up His Impression

    ...Some of that includes a wig, and some makeup, which takes all of seven minutes to put on. Most of it, however, is Baldwin himself- his movements, his expressions, his gestures, and everything else he does that makes the Trump caricature come to life on screen.

    Baldwin says that the most important thing he does to “be” the Donald is what he calls “puffs.” These are the pauses in Trump’s speech. “I see a guy who seems to pause and dig for the more precise and better language he wants to use, and never finds it… It’s the same dish — it’s a grilled-cheese sandwich rhetorically over and over again.” It also includes the “wax on, wax off” movements he does with his hands, his “puckered lips,” and his “studied lumbering gait.”

    As it stands, it’s “dialed up” enough to make the President-Elect angry.


    Trump Adviser Explains the President-Elect: ‘Don’t Take Him Literally, Take Him Symbolically’


  12. Anonymous12:27 PM

    FBI Search Warrant For Clinton Emails Issued On Shaky Evidence


  13. Anonymous12:30 PM

    Donald Trump makes dozens of annoying phone calls to the president, according to Conan O’Brien — and the comic has managed to obtain more recordings of the conversations between the president-elect and his new BFF, “Barry.”

    Many of these chats involve Obama’s effort to school the developer/con man on the basics of his important new job, including the fact that the vice president will take over should anything untoward happen to him in the next four years. When Obama gently explains that the veep is constitutionally first in the line of succession, a whiny voice breaks in from the background, revealing that Ivanka herself nurtures an overwhelming, Evita-like ambition.


  14. Anonymous12:35 PM

    Without The Christian Right, There Would Be No 'President' Trump

    They overlooked his three marriages and sexual harassment all the way to the White House.


  15. Anonymous12:37 PM

    Not long ago, Americans learned that the average life expectancy for white people in this country — those most likely to have voted for Donald Trump — actually declined for the first time in many years. The pathologies and frustrations believed to have driven that decline may have motivated the tiny handful of votes that gave Trump his Electoral College victory.

    But not long after their euphoria over his inauguration fades, they are going to learn why his administration is so likely to drive those statistics in the wrong direction. Despite his promise to protect Social Security and Medicare — and his vow to replace the Affordable Care Act with “something much better” — Trump’s cabinet appointees and his allies in Congress plan ruinous changes to those programs. And that will mean ruin, and in thousands of cases death, for the mostly white and working class people who depend so heavily on them.

    Unless the Republicans come up with a plausible bill to replace Obamacare, which has eluded them since 2009, millions of their constituents will lose the health insurance they have only recently gained — and yes, thousands of those people will die next year.


    1. Anonymous1:33 PM

      "Unless the Republicans come up with a plausible bill to replace Obamacare, which has eluded them since 2009, millions of their constituents will lose the health insurance they have only recently gained — and yes, thousands of those people will die next year."

      this must be the *death panels* that crosseyed skank palin blathers about, eh ..

  16. Anonymous1:09 PM

    Probable Cause section starts at the bottom of page 12 through the top of page 16. An excerpt:

    "There is probable cause to believe that the Subject Laptop contains evidence, contraband, fruits, and/or other items illegally possessed in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 793 (e) and (f)," an FBI agent wrote, citing a felony Espionage Act provisions for illegal possessions of classified information.

    The records suggest Fox may have granted the warrant based exclusively on the FBI's contention that in the earlier phase of the Clinton email investigation, "many emails" between Clinton and Abedin contained classified information, therefore emails between the pair from that same time period and suddenly discovered on Weiner's laptop were likely to also contain classified information and be evidence of a crime.

    "Given the information that there are thousands of [redacted] emails located on the Subject Laptop—including emails, during and around [redacted] from [redacted] account as well as a [redacted] account appearing to belong to [redacted]—and the regular emails correspondence between [redacted] and Clinton, there is probably cause to believe the subject contains correspondence between [redacted] and Clinton [redacted,]" wrote the FBI agent, whose named was deleted from the records made public Tuesday.

    "Because it has been determined by relevant original classification authorities that many emails were exchanged between [redacted] using [redacted] and/or [redacted] accounts, and Clinton that contained classified information, there is also probable cause to believe that the correspondence between them located on the Subject Laptop contains classified information which was produced by and is owned by the U.S. Government. The Subject Laptop was never authorized for the storage or transmission of classified or national defense information."

  17. Anonymous1:59 PM

    Donald Trump's transition team is in full backpedal mode after his sons Eric and Don Jr. were caught selling access to the president in exchange for a vaguely worded charitable donation.

    The scheme was that the Trump boys were going to sell access to the President Of The United States for $1 million a pop disguised as a charitable donation.

    The Trump transition team put out a statement that was full of damage control that managed to make the situation even worse.


  18. Anonymous1:59 PM

    MIKE AND REICH: Trump National Security Pick ‘Recently Met’ With Leader Of Ex-Nazi Party


  19. Anonymous2:02 PM

    Imagining a 2016 Transition Under a President-Elect Barack Obama

    But let’s imagine an alternate reality in which the current president-elect was none other than a newly elected Barack Obama, and the very behavior that we see in Mr. Trump, was acted out by Mr. Obama. We suspect that story that might look something like…


    1. Anonymous2:31 PM

      Or, imagine a transition under Hillary Clinton. Nominations full of responsible, experienced people; plans for programs to help all Americans. No war mongering, no refusing to participate in security briefings. Her transition would be much like one under President Obama - both of them understand how government works, how world affairs work, and both of them care about the American people and our country's future. World of difference between either of their scenarios and the reality of what's going on in Trumpland.

  20. Anonymous2:03 PM

    Paul Krugman issued a scathing critique of Donald Trump’s economic team in a series of tweets this morning:

    “Are people noticing that the Trump economic team is shaping up as a gathering of gold bugs? Treasury goes to a guy with little public profile, but hangs out with John Paulson (who is also close to Trump). And Paulson has been predicting inflation — sometimes double-digit — from Fed policy for years. Budget director appears to be John Bircher and conspiracy theorist (but aren’t they all? But note economic views. Birchers want return to gold and silver, Mulvaney seems to agree. In this crew, Kudlow — who thinks it’s always the 1970s, but doesn’t seem to see hyperinflation under his bed — is the most reasonable.”

    Scary to think that Kudlow, who warned us all was well and laughed off what he derisively called “bubbleheads” on the eve of the crash of 2008, is “the most reasonable” of the bunch in Krugman’s estimation.

    Then Krugman added as an afterthought,


  21. Anonymous2:31 PM

    You are hilariously flailing dude.

    Now you are putting all your faith in a facebook page!? Good grief man get a grip.

    Last week you didn't even think Comey had a search warrant. Of course he had a warrant. But now that it has been proven to you, you decide to move the goalposts again to find yet another conspiracy!

    Comey has nothing to worry about with warrant in hand. FBI did the right thing as expected (because THEY actually know what they are doing, not you).

    Why don't you instead put blame where it belongs on team Hillary and Huma for creating this mess they brought on themselves with the help of Carlos Danger?

    1. The probable cause for this warrant is paper thin.

      Comey's letter to Congress was BEFORE he obtained this warrant.

      Starting this process only a little more than a week before the election is something that is traditionally considered off limits.

      And of course there was NOTHING on the laptop to warrant any of this, so that proves Comey was acting in bad faith.

      So who is fucking flailing here?

    2. Anonymous3:40 PM

      I put the blame on a handful of delusional crazy old sour greedy men stuck in dirt and must sacrifice our country to feed their lies.
      Hillary did not lose. She was brutally attacked by bullies and liars while REPUBLICAN MEN AND WOMEN watched and clapped like heathens and zombies. It is gross to witness such unprofessional paid servants.

    3. Anonymous4:17 PM

      3:40 you can do all the derogatory name calling, and make up all the fantasy fairy tales that you and your fellow Hillary supporters keep passing back and forth among yourselves in your circular echo chamber if it makes you feel better. But it doesn't change the fact that Hillary lost the working class in this country. That is why she lost. That is why she lost the states in the Midwest and the rust belt. Everyone knows it. People voted for their futures because the status quo has gotten them nowhere in the last 8 years.

    4. Anonymous5:14 PM

      @4:17 PM You really enjoy sniffing Trump's ass.

    5. Anonymous5:16 PM

      2:31, you are seriously trolling, dude!

    6. Anonymous3:54 AM

      Just another Drumpf voting dumb ass.
      Projection of their own faults are all these regressive idiots have.

    7. Anonymous12:02 PM

      @ 4:17 we don't know if she lost MI, they blocked the recount and they know there were problems.

      I can hardly wait to see you riot when trump doesn't come up with any jobs in the midwest: steel and coal are gone, even the traitor Mitch turtle head said coal jobs aren't coming back.

    8. Anonymous3:11 PM

      Riot lol? Republicans don't burn down and loot their own towns, unlike what we have seen from the Democrats the last several years. Still wondering why people who are tired of the bullshit voted out the same old politics?

  22. No grounds for the warrant? Then is it James Comey they "should" go after? Or would it be the judge that issued the warrant? Because there is no law against asking for a warrant. It's his job to decide whether there are grounds or not, not the FBI. And certainly not you internet lawyers.

    1. Anonymous5:13 PM

      @twofux Then why are you giving your legal opinion?

    2. Wow, what witty repartee. How can I ever match wits with someone as obviously brilliant as you?

      By the way, that was my opinion and not a legal opinion. If you want to try to prove I was wrong, feel welcome to try.

  23. Anonymous3:32 PM

    Its kinda like the ny city hillbillies won the lottery and bought the white house. Good gosh if we were not so polite and lawful that anus would be removed right now. But instead we allow bozo azz snifers to continue to play serious dangerous games with our country. Lying to Americans and RIGGING ELECTIONS. The RADICAL Gop RNC started this mess 8YRS AGO, and now they will own it by allowing this liar to continue. The pledge to destroy America is criminal treason that ya all signed on to! and now you signed your soul to mr trump.

  24. Anonymous3:54 PM

    OT, a MormonWikiLeaks has been started

  25. Anonymous3:14 AM

    Disgusting. A father or mother to support the likes of trump and explain their reasoning to the children is disgusting!! How can you endorse a liar, cheat and thief. There are no words. Teach the children the truth.


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