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Comey to Convocate and Cash In

Former FBI Director James Comey (below) has scored a lucrative part-time lecture position at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Former FBI Director James Comey has accepted a part-time position at Howard University this year, where he'll be delivering a series of lectures 

Comey will refund his $100,000 haul from the “Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy” position to offer scholarships to students from foster homes entering the historically black university.

The first appearance for the much-maligned 2016 Trump victory architect will be the September convocation for students.

The ensuing five lecture topics “will be decided after the ex-FBI chief converses with student leaders and other campus stakeholders.”

FBI Rapes More Phones (Continued)

Meanwhile, in the longstanding tradition of Washington beneficiaries, Time reports:

Comey’s tenure at Howard University will coincide with the release of his widely anticipated book, which is expected to be published in the Spring of 2018.

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According to Washington Examiner, Comey commanded the trust and approval of colleagues, as documented on score sheets from three years’ worth of FBI “internal memos” released to news organizations for fulfillment of FOIA requests (which the FBI, unlike the State Department, apparently honors).

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 3.81 or higher indicating success, Comey’s subordinates reportedly gave him at least a 3.81 on “nearly every item.” Grade inflation!

Comey received a score of 4.47 from employees when asked to grade the former director on the “trust and confidence” they have in him as a leader. The former FBI director received a 4.48 from subordinates on whether they would work for Comey again, and a 4.22 when asked if he is humble.

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Employees gave Comey a score of 4.38 for being someone more interested in leading than being liked.

[our emphasis]

The scores reportedly dipped slightly this year compared to 2016.

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: May 9: FBI Director Comey Fired

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: July 9: James Comey, Rogue Agent

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Comey was replaced by Christopher Wray (above) at the FBI on August 2. Five Democratic Senators voted against Wray’s confirmation, including Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY).

Al Franken (MN) missed the vote.

Thanks to our sources:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4817250/Comey-takes-position-Howard-University.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

http://time.com/4912861/james-comey-howard-university-new-position/

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/internal-surveys-show-former-fbi-director-james-comey-enjoyed-broad-support/article/2631748

https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=115&session=1&vote=00181#position

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: July 9: James Comey, Rogue Agent

The Hill learned that recently-dismissed FBI Director James Comey sprinkled some classified details into “private memos” he transcribed after meeting with his former boss, President Donald Trump. How many of these so-called “personal recollections” contained classified information? More than half, per unnamed sources.

That Comey’s office pursued a criminal investigation into Trump’s chief rival for the presidency last year, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for a similar practice–an angle many Democrats (and Hillary herself) continue to credit for the failure of her elitist campaign amidst a sordid history of political thuggery and personal enrichment–was not lost on The Hill.

Related:

BREAKING NEWS

As we have extensively covered, the eleventh-hour “reopening” of the Hillary email investigation in the campaign’s final weeks was widely cited by Hillary and her allies (along with Russian hacking, sexism, racism and “fake news”) as tipping the November 2016 election to President Trump.

BREAKING NEWS–PART ONE

Comey testified [in June] he considered the memos to be personal documents and that he shared at least one of them with a Columbia University lawyer friend. He asked that lawyer to leak information from one memo to the news media in hopes of increasing pressure to get a special prosecutor named in the Russia case after Comey was fired as FBI director. 

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: May 9: FBI Director Comey Fired

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The “Russia case” refers to the FBI probe into possible collusion between Trump and Russia, who reportedly attempted to hack the 2016 U.S. national elections. Comey’s leadership of the case coincided with highly-publicized testimony to Congress prior to his firing.

Related:

BREAKING: Comey at the Bat

The Russia investigation continues under former FBI head Robert Mueller.

Thanks to our source:

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/341225-comeys-private-memos-on-trump-conversations-contained-classified?rnd=1499645596

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: May 9: FBI Director Comey Fired

You’re fired!!!

Trump unexpectedly dismissed of FBI Director James Comey.

“Today, President Donald J. Trump informed FBI Director James Comey that he has been terminated and removed from office [.] President Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.”

–White House statement

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Comey.

The announcement reportedly shocked the intelligence community. Comey’s termination was read to him en route to Los Angeles for a recruitment event [as] part of the FBI’s efforts to boost diversity.

Related:

BREAKING: Comey at the Bat

According to Good Morning America, Rosenstein allege[d] that Comey was wrong to later “hold press conferences to release derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal investigation.”

Typically when the FBI decides not to bring charges against someone, it normally does not discuss its decision-making. When Comey held a July 5 news conference explaining why [Hillary] Clinton would not be facing charges but at the same time criticizing her email practices, he cited “intense public interest” as the reason for the exception.

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As we are all now thoroughly aware, Hillary’s 2016 loss was completely attributed to Comey’s actions,

BREAKING NEWS–PART ONE

a shocking turn of events, given his above-detailed criminal pardon of the beleaguered Secretary of State just two months earlier:

BREAKING NEWS

The Hill:

Both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommended Comey’s dismissal, citing “substantial damage” to the FBI’s reputation and credibility under his leadership. 

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At issue, according to a May 9 memo from Rosenstein to Sessions, were Comey’s remarkable public disclosures about Clinton’s conduct. In July, he took the rostrum — without authorization from the Justice Department — to announce that he would not be recommending charges against the former secretary of State.

“I cannot defend the Director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken,” Rosenstein wrote in the memo.

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The director “was wrong to usurp the Attorney General’s authority on July 5 and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution,” Rosenstein wrote, because “it is not the function of the director to make such an announcement.”

[our emphasis]

This itself is confounding, because then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch yielded to the FBI’s recommendations for prosecuting the Secret Server after Lynch’s now-infamous ambush by Hillary’s husband on the Phoenix airport tarmac, which many labeled political interference of a criminal investigation.

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Rosenstein (above) was nominated by Trump and confirmed by the Senate to replace Sally Yates, who had been Acting Attorney General (AAG) before her high-profile firing by Trump after 10 days on the job. Rosenstein is now Deputy Attorney General (next in line to lead Justice if Sessions dies). The 52-year-old former U.S. Attorney for Maryland, appointed by the George W. Bush administration, was one of a pair of U.S. Attorneys Trump specifically kept on board. The other was Obama appointee Dana Boente (below), 63, who served as AAG from Yates’ dismissal until Sessions’ confirmation. He has now returned to his former post of U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of Virginia.

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Per USA Today, Trump recently changed the Justice Department order of succession with a subtle executive order [pun alertin order to undo the executive order of Obama issued just before Trump took over the White House:

The order appears to be the first that Trump has not signed in a public ceremony. It’s dated Thursday — the same day Attorney General Jeff Sessions was sworn in — but was not posted to the White House website until Friday morning. The White House did not explain the discrepancy.

 

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Seven days before he left office, President Obama changed the order of succession without explanation to remove Boente from the list. Obama’s order had listed U.S. attorneys in the District of Columbia, the Northern District of Illinois and the Central District of California.

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U.S. Attorneys for Connecticut Deirdre Daly and Northern District of New York Richard Hartunian were granted “short term reprieves” from the mass exodus of Obama-era Justice appointees in order to “complete 20 years of service” at the Justice Department, according to Politico. This milestone determines how fat a pension check they can suck from the nation’s sapped finances until the end of their days. Both major political parties win when they can share in the spoils confiscated from the little people: it’s a bipartisan thing.

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Burlington Free Press sued the Feds using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for the resignation letters of the 44 other Obama-appointed attorneys general Trump asked to leave (according to the frantic mainstream press, he is the first president to ever do this for a transition change, or something).

USA Today noted Justice found the parting platitudes so “inherently personal” that they should be exempt from release.

But according to public records, the documents were actually withheld because they were never read by Justice.

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Comey’s recent numbers to Congress on Hillary hack Huma Abedin‘s harried handling of the most qualified presidential candidate ever‘s Secret Server also had to be adjusted.

Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin forwarded “hundreds and thousands” of Clinton’s emails to her then-husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), to print out for Clinton while she was secretary of State.

In fact, the bureau said in a letter sent to the Senate panel Tuesday that only a handful of the 49,000 relevant emails it uncovered on Weiner’s laptop had been forwarded manually. Most of the emails got onto the computer as a result of backups of her Blackberry.

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Abedin, the FBI director testified last week, “appears to have had a regular practice of forwarding emails to [Weiner], for him I think to print out for her so she could then deliver them to the secretary of State.”

[our emphasis]

Secure!!

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Speaking of the November election, much like Hillary refusing to face her supporters when her defeat by Trump became clear, White House press secretary Sean Spicer bumbled his “face the media” duties following the Comey termination. According to Washington Post, it did not go well:

Was Sessions involved? “That’s something you should ask the Department of Justice,” Spicer said.

Was Rosenstein’s probe part of a larger review of the FBI? “That’s, again, a question that you should ask the Department of Justice,” he said.

Did the president discuss Rosenstein’s findings with Rosenstein? “No, I don’t believe, I don’t know how that sequence went — I don’t know,” he said.

What was the president’s role? “Again, I have to get back to you [stupid phrase alert] on the tick-tock,” he said.

When’s the last time Trump and Comey spoke? “Uh, I don’t know. I don’t know. There’s some — I don’t know. I don’t know,” he said.

What were the three occasions on which the president says Comey assured him that he was not under investigation? “I don’t — we can follow — I can try, yeah,” he said.

How long did the president deliberate? “I don’t, I don’t … I can look at  [what is this guy smoking?] the tick-tock. I know that he was presented with that today. I’m not sure what time,” he said.

Why wasn’t Comey given the news in a personal phone call? “I think we delivered it by hand and by email and that was — and I get it, but you asked me a question and that’s the answer,” he said.

Did Comey’s testimony last week — which contained inaccuracies — influence the decision? “You’d have to ask the Department of Justice. They’re the ones that made the recommendation,” he said.

Why didn’t the president do this months ago? “Again, I would refer you to the Department of Justice,” he said.

Does he know about grand-jury subpoenas that have reportedly been issued in an investigation involving Michael Flynn, Trump’s previous national security adviser? “I’m not — I’m not aware of any,” he said.

Is it true that the president will meet on Wednesday with Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov? “We’ll see what the schedule says. I don’t — I just — I’ve been a little tied up.”

The chronology of the Spicer charade is unclear. It sounds like he wasn’t going to make a statement, then made a statement, then [other media outlets were quite clear on this part] literally “hid in the bushes,” before agreeing to a brief interview only in the cover of darkness:

White House press secretary Sean Spicer wrapped up his brief interview with Fox Business from the White House grounds late Tuesday night and then disappeared into the shadows, huddling with his staff near a clump of bushes and then behind a tall hedge.

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After Spicer spent several minutes hidden in the darkness and among the bushes near these sets, Janet Montesi, an executive assistant in the press office, emerged and told reporters that Spicer would answer some questions, as long as he was not filmed doing so. Spicer then emerged.

“Just turn the lights off. Turn the lights off,” he ordered. “We’ll take care of this. … Can you just turn that light off?”

Memes abounded.

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Thanks to our sources:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/09/politics/fbi-james-comey-fired-letter/index.html?sr=twCNN050917fbi-james-comey-fired-letter1110PMVODtopPhoto&linkId=37406591

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/fbi-director-james-comey-fired-215047657–abc-news-topstories.html

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/332613-trump-fires-comey

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/332660-trump-bombshell-fbis-comey-fired

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/332608-fbi-corrects-comey-testimony

http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2017/03/us-attorneys-dismissal-236009

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/10/trump-executive-order-obama-justice-department-succession/97752898/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/10/as-trump-fired-comey-his-staff-scrambled-to-explain-why/?utm_term=.f75ea0c74d14

BREAKING: Comey at the Bat

Updated May 8 with additional reporting on Comey’s FBI priorities for investigations: namely, he apparently tried to warn the public last summer that the FBI was investigating Russian attempts to sway the 2016 election, but then-President Obama’s “Situation Room” shot Comey down.

On May 3, FBI director James Comey told a Senate panel in several hours of testimony he was “mildly nauseous” [someone get a hashtag circulating] about his late-October re-opening of the criminal investigation into then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton‘s Secret Server, but stood by his decision.

“It makes me mildly nauseous to think we might have had some impact on the election. But honestly it wouldn’t change the decision.”

–James Comey

Comey has been interviewed by the Justice Department inspector general, which is interesting because (see below) he took over the Secret Server investigation from…the Justice Department after Hillary’s husband, former president Bill Clinton stormed onto then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch‘s private jet for purposes still unknown. And in the heat of the investigation (and literal heat of the Phoenix, AZ airport tarmac!), too!

Hillary has recently emphasized Comey’s action as the reason du jour for her upset November loss of the U.S. presidency to Donald Trump.

She was cleared by the FBI for her unprecedented use of unsecured personal email and unilateral, massive-scale deletions of official State Departments communications as Obama’s first Secretary of State.

BREAKING NEWS

However, a separate FBI criminal investigation into top aide Huma Abedin’s husband Anthony Weiner led to Comey’s brief return to the Hillary server just days before the presidential election.

BREAKING NEWS–PART ONE

The Hillary campaign decried the FBI’s conduct as “unprecedented” and “irresponsible,” while remaining stubbornly unaware of the irony.

“Unprecedented” and “Irresponsible”

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Comey also told the Senate Judiciary Committee a little more about the FBI’s rank-pulling on the Hillary Secret Server investigation over the Justice Department.

“A number of things had gone on which I can’t talk about yet, that made me worry that the department leadership could not credibly complete the investigation and decline prosecution without grievous damage to the American people’s confidence in the justice system […]

“And then the [STUPID PHRASE ALERT] capper was — and I’m not picking on the attorney general, Loretta Lynch, who I like very much — but her meeting with President Clinton on that airplane was the capper for me, and I then said, you know what, the department cannot, by itself, credibly end this.”

Hillary Email Updates

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On the matter of the Weiner emails, classified Hillary communications were indeed found on the disgraced former congressman’s sexting laptop, but the content was already known to the FBI:

“Somehow, [Hillary’s] emails were being forwarded to Anthony Weiner, including classified information,’’ Comey said, adding later, “His then-spouse Huma Abedin appears to have had a regular practice of forwarding emails to him for him to print out for her so she could deliver them to the secretary of state.”

[Sounds like proper protection of secure state business to us!]

Huma and hubby were not charged, however:

“Really the central problem we had with the whole email investigation was proving people . . . had some sense they were doing something unlawful. That was our burden, and we were unable to meet it,’’ [Comey] said.

Huma Update (BREAKING NEWS–PART TWO)

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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) expressed concern that Comey did not investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election with the same vigor he applied to Hillary’s Secret Server. Comey denied the charge.

Other Democrats joined Feinstein, according to Washington Post, in hitting Comey for not disclosing that the FBI had begun secretly investigating in late July whether any Trump associates might be working with Russian officials to meddle with the presidential campaign.

Senator Patrick Leahy (I-VT), who caucuses with the Democrats, opined that Comey should have concealed his agency’s activities from the public:

“I would have been satisfied if he had done what all Republican and Democratic administrations have done in the past. The Justice Department has a procedure. You do not release information like that just before an election.”

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And finally, Comey had some strong words for the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks:

“To my mind, it crosses a line when it moves from being trying to educate the public and instead becomes about intelligence porn, quite frankly,” Comey said. A “huge portion” of WikiLeaks’ activities “has nothing to do with legitimate news activity,” he said, “… but is simply about releasing classified information to damage the United States of America.”

 

[Spicy!]

All emphasis is ours.

UPDATE 5/8/17:

We neglected to mention a March 30 development that is relevant to Senator Feinstein’s allegations of bias towards investigating Hillary over Russian election interference.

According to Newsweek, Comey tried to educate the public on the Russian efforts to swing the 2016 election Trump’s way.

Comey was silenced by…the Obama White House.

Citing two sources with knowledge of the matter, Newsweek reported: “Comey pitched the idea of writing an op-ed about the Russian campaign during a meeting in the White House Situation Room in June or July.”

One source told Newsweek: “He had a draft of it or an outline. He held up a piece of paper in a meeting and said, ‘I want to go forward.’”

The report continues: “Many in the room didn’t like the idea, and White House officials thought the announcement should be a coordinated message backed by multiple agencies.”

A source told the news organization, “An op-ed doesn’t have the same stature. It comes from one person.”

A second source with knowledge of the request told Newsweek, “The op-ed would not have mentioned whether the FBI was investigating Donald Trump’s campaign workers or others close to him for links to the Russians’ interference in the election… it would have included much of the same information as the bombshell declassified intelligence report released January 6, which said Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to influence the presidential election.”

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-director-james-comey-begins-testimony-to-congress/2017/05/03/9e3244bc-3006-11e7-9534-00e4656c22aa_story.html?utm_term=.41bd452b9d1d

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/03/politics/comey-loretta-lynch-clinton-tarmac-meeting/index.html?sr=twpol050317comey-loretta-lynch-clinton-tarmac-meeting0716PMVODtopLink&linkId=37160992

https://www.yahoo.com/tv/fbi-chief-james-comey-tried-expose-russian-interference-153140819.html

February Flashback: Police Officer Held Under All Writs Act, No Charges

Former Philadelphia police sergeant Francis Rawls remained in federal prison indefinitely–16 months so far. He has reportedly refused to unlock two computer hard drives alleged to contain child pornography.

Francis Rawls
Francis Rawls

 

US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals (Philadelphia) heard the case six months ago, but has not ruled.

Arstechnica:

Rawls was thrown in the slammer on September 30, 2015 “until such time that he fully complies” (PDF) with a court order to unlock his hard drives. A child-porn investigation focused on Rawls when prosecutors were monitoring the online network, Freenet. They executed a search warrant in 2015 at Rawls’ home. The authorities say it’s a “foregone conclusion” that illicit porn is on those drives. But they cannot know for sure unless Rawls hands them the alleged evidence that is encrypted with Apple’s standard FileVault software.

[our emphasis]

Authorities are using the 1789 All Writs Act to coerce the alleged child porn consumer into self-incrimination.

Arstechnica notes this is the same justification FBI thug James Comey unsuccessfully employed to manipulate Apple into reverse-engineering software for its iPhones under the pretense of gathering more evidence on San Bernardino ISIS murderers Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook–after deliberating sabotaging Farook’s phone by instructing local authorities to lock it up, as we have extensively covered.

Uncle Sam’s Unsatisfying Anal

Arstechnica also reports that, per the government, the eighteenth-century Bill of Rights specifically provided for obliging suspected criminals orchestrate the prosecution’s case by assembling evidence:

Rawls, the government argues, (PDF) “repeatedly asserts that the All Writs Act order requires him to divulge his passcodes, but he is incorrect: the order requires no testimony from [Rawls], and he may keep his passcodes to himself. Instead, the order requires only that [Rawls] produce his computer and hard drives in an unencrypted state.”

[our emphasis]

Thanks to our source:

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/02/justice-naps-man-jailed-16-months-for-refusing-to-reveal-passwords/

Huma Update (BREAKING NEWS–PART TWO)

Huma Abedin Alleges She, Anthony Weiner Not Provided Search Warrant for Weiner’s Potential Underage Sexting

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Lifetime personal slave aide to Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin (above) filed a request with a U.S. judge demanding to see a search warrant for the computer material confiscated by the FBI for further investigation of the Hillary Secret Server.

As we have reported, the FBI’s timely announcement of additional review of Hillary emails stored on the (possibly underage woman-involving) hard drive of Abedin’s now-separated husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) was slammed in retrospect by Democratic operatives as having cost their personally-flawed and scandal-ridden “champion,” Hillary, the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump last month.

Related, scarcely-mentioned fallout from the Secret Server:

Hillary Updates

Yahoo! has more with our orange emphasis:

In a letter filed in Manhattan federal court, Abedin said she was never provided a copy of the warrant, nor was her estranged husband, former Democratic U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner, whose computer contained the emails in question.

The letter was filed as a federal judge considers whether to unseal the application for the search warrant, which was obtained after FBI Director James Comey informed Congress of newly discovered emails on Oct. 28.

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U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel had invited affected parties to weigh in on the potential release of the search warrant application, which is being sought by Los Angeles-based lawyer Randol Schoenberg.

In their letter, Abedin’s lawyers said she was unable to evaluate the issue as neither she nor Weiner was provided the warrant itself, despite federal rules requiring authorities to provide a warrant to a person whose property was taken.

Lawyers for Clinton and Weiner did not immediately respond to requests for comment, nor did the U.S. Justice Department.

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Sources close to the investigation have said the emails were discovered during an unrelated probe into Weiner following a media report that he engaged in sexually explicit cellphone and online messages with a 15-year-old girl.

See our original post on Huma’s continuing Hillary- and Anthony-induced legal headache:

BREAKING NEWS–PART ONE

Thanks to our source:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/clinton-aide-abedin-seeks-review-clinton-emails-search-003338326.html

“Unprecedented” and “Irresponsible”

Hillary’s former communications director Jennifer Palmieri complained Monday night with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC that FBI head thug James Comey’s unusual messaging regarding the past criminal behavior of Palmieri’s boss was “devastating” to Hillary’s second presidential campaign and the main reason she lost to Republican rival Donald Trump.

The Hill reported:

[Palmieri] said in nearly all of the battleground states, Clinton performed anywhere from 2 points to 5 points lower than the campaign predicted.

“If [Jill Stein’s] votes had gone to Clinton, we would have won,” Palmieri told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Monday night.

Focus was trained on Michigan, where Clinton lost by 10,704 votes.

According to New York Times, Jill Stein received 51,463 votes in Michigan, or 1.1%.

Libertarian Gary  Johnson, and the 172,136 Michigan votes (3.6%) he received, were not addressed by Rachel Maddow, who pointed out only that the Stein votes exceeded the gap between Clinton and Trump in several battleground states, particularly Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Stein has reclaimed the spotlight over the past two weeks by raising money and successfully executing “recounts” of swing state ballots by hand.

However, Palmieri had bigger fish to fry!

“What we think accounts for the big dropoff … is the Comey letter […] There’s a lot more that we could have done, but we had accounted for all our challenges and our problems and we were positioned to win, and I think that Comey letter was one too many things to absorb.

“It was unprecedented, irresponsible and … regardless of what his intentions were, it had a devastating impact,” she said.

[The Hill with our emphasis]

BREAKING NEWS–PART ONE

(The adjectives Comey used in July to explain his non-prosecution of Hillary for her email antics called her behavior only “extremely careless.” He noted that “gross negligence” would have been the necessary level of transgression to prosecute.)

Elsewhere in the mediaverse, former Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon had something to say, per Politico (our redness):

“Now of course, in hindsight, there are any number of steps that we could have taken that may have made the difference in a state as closely decided as Michigan, but the consistent theme across all the battleground states was that we saw our numbers drop in the final week after Jim Comey [sic] sent his shocking letter to Congress.”

The statement is quite similar to Palmieri’s. It’s almost as if Hillary’s team have been instructed to unilaterally blame the FBI for their candidate’s loss!

Fallon has some history with Politico, demanding in September that the website retract their “egregiously false” [it wasn’t] headline that Hillary’s Secret Server was subsidized by tax dollars:

Hillary Updates

Rachel Maddow, meanwhile, noted that Hillary spent a record $1.2 billion on the 2016 campaign (including donations and PACs). Trump spent $600 million, including from his PACs.

Maddow also reminded viewers that Palmieri had refused her requests to interview Hillary throughout the campaign, then asked once more to interview the former Secretary.

Palmieri declined: “I don’t know that now is the time…[…]…December, I wouldn’t count on it.”

Hillary is making time for her most generous donors, however. Tonight, Vanity Fair reports, Clinton is having a big party in Manhattan at the Plaza Hotel, once owned by Trump, for her campaign donors, as a sort of thank-you and keep-in-touch farewell. It is expected to cost more than $100,000 and be paid for with excess campaign funds.

Thanks to our sources:

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/310101-top-clinton-aide-blames-loss-on-comey-letter

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/michigan-hillary-clinton-trump-232547

http://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/michigan

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/07/05/extremely-careless-and-7-other-comey-quotes-that-explain-the-fbis-clinton-email-findings/?utm_term=.8e2d05494ed9

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/12/huma-abedin-life-after-clinton

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The MSNBC video of Maddow and Palmieri, while still available, can be viewed here:

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/palmieri-comey-letter-one-thing-too-many-for-clinton-831525955674

Hillary Updates

As we heard in the Friday “news dump,” grief-mongering, politics-playing, privacy-pissing, national security ham-handing FBI head man James Comey (who interestingly said as soon as Donald Trump seized the GOP nomination this summer that he was no longer a registered Republican, after donating to the presidential campaigns of John McCain and Mitt Romney) released a nebulous statement on a new development in the investigation of Anthony Weiner‘s allegedly felonious weiner that may have consequences for the investigation of Hillary’s Secret Server.

Comey closed the investigation after Bill Clinton forced his way onto the private jet of Attorney General Loretta Lynch just before Independence Day. Hillary, who curated all her State Department emails on her basement Secret Server and then deleted them against Federal regulations, reportedly went through a 3.5 hour debrief just before Comey’s public assessment of Hillary’s “extremely careless, but no reasonable prosecutor would charge her” behavior.

Hillary Email Updates

“It is pretty strange to put something like that out, with such little information, right before an election. In fact, it’s not just strange; it’s unprecedented and it is deeply troubling because voters deserve to get full and complete facts. Put it all out on the table.”

–Hillary rallies supporters in Daytona Beach, FL.

Once news of her Secret Server broke in spring of 2015, Hillary noted other Secretaries of State had used unauthorized, non-government emails to conduct business against regulations as well. She continues to suggest George W. Bush appointee Colin Powell told her to use the practice. Hillary’s call for transparency is interesting. State Department employees she paid privately to install her Secret Server have since “taken the Fifth” to avoid criminal prosecution.

There are also two (2) hard copies of all of the Hillary emails floating around in the U.S. Postal Service somewhere, as we previously reported:

Hillary Updates

Clinton campaign hack Robby Mook (yes that is his actual, very masculine name) had a frantic session on Fox News Sunday in which he suddenly demanded transparency for the potential criminal investigation of his super-secretive boss:

What we’re concerned and disturbed by is that Director Comey sent a letter saying we have some information. I don’t know if it’s significant; I don’t know if it isn’t.”
 
Mook said Comey didn’t say if the emails found were sent or received by the Democratic nominee. Another hypothetical situation is that the emails are duplicates that have already been released, Mook said.
 
“We need all the information,” Mook said, adding the FBI director needs to get it out quickly
There was also some confusion as to whether Comey only addressed the Republican Congress in his  letter. Turns out Hillary just scanned the first page before crying foul:

The Hill got some irate Planet Clinton sources to comment on the situation anonymously:
“I’m livid, actually,” one Clinton surrogate told The Hill. “This has turned into malpractice. It’s an unforced error at this point. I have no idea what Comey is up to but the idea this email issue is popping back up again is outrageous. It [the Secret Server] never should have occurred in the first place. Someone somewhere should have told her no. And they didn’t and now we’re all paying the price.”
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Career Clintonite (and recent un-registered Russian lobbyist; see below) John Podesta had a scathing response to the FBI assault on the Clinton campaign, which Mr. Podesta chairs in order to get a Cabinet position in January. The Hill:
“FBI Director Comey should immediately provide the American public more information than is contained in the letter he sent to eight Republican committee chairmen,” Podesta said in a statement. 

[Podesta, like Mr. Mook in the above video, did not read the second page of the statement, which cc’d the ranking Dirty Dems.]

“Already, we have seen characterizations that the FBI is ‘reopening’ an investigation but Comey’s words do not match that characterization. Director Comey’s letter refers to emails that have come to light in an unrelated case, but we have no idea what those emails are and the Director himself notes they may not even be significant.
 
“It is extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election,” Podesta added.

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Some Republicans who want special access to Hillary in the (still likely) second Clinton presidency have called out Comey. The Hill reports on GOP dinosaur Chuck Grassley, who is seeking election to his seventh 6-year Senate term Tuesday:

“Your letter failed to give Congress and the American people enough context to evaluate the significance or full meaning of this development,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa), the Republican head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote in a letter to the FBI. 

“Without additional context, your disclosure is not fair to Congress, the American people, or Secretary Clinton.”

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And in fairness to Trump (why can’t there be a third or fourth option for President??), the FBI continues to investigate former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort. Like Hillary when she was subpoenaed for the Secret Server, Mr. Manafort is also denying the FBI’s actions, according to The Hill:

Manafort has denied the allegations [of taking Russian bribes], as well as the Monday NBC report that the FBI has opened an inquiry.

“None of it is true. … There’s no investigation going on by the FBI that I’m aware of,” Manafort told NBC.

Related:

Russian Relations

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As we have mentioned several times, Clinton campaign chair John Podesta was, until August, a chief lobbyist for the Russian state bank, Sberbank.
 All emphasis is ours.
 
Thanks to our sources:
http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/303689-report-fbi-reviewing-manaforts-foreign-ties

http://www.politico.com/blogs/james-comey-testimony/2016/07/what-party-is-james-comey-registered-as-225223

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2016/10/29/clinton-what-the-fbi-is-doing-is-unprecedented-and-deeply-troubling–so-was-your-private-server-hillary-n2238481?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/303476-clinton-aide-what-comey-did-disturbing

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/303901-fbi-spurs-total-chaos-in-elections-final-days

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/303689-report-fbi-reviewing-manaforts-foreign-ties

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/303402-anger-disbelief-in-clinton-camp

BREAKING NEWS–PART ONE

TO BE UPDATED

The FBI announced yesterday in a letter to lawmakers that new emails from Hillary’s Secret Server had possibly been uncovered, necessitating the re-opening of the investigation.

As a reminder, Mr. Comey shamelessly cleared Hillary of all wrongdoing in her illegal, unauthorized, unsecured basement email server, in which she compiled and then deleted thousands of emails belonging to the taxpayers. We have covered this horrific situation extensively, but the most depressing update occurred under the cover of the Independence Day weekend:

BREAKING NEWS

FBI head thug James Comey apparently recently seized some devices belonging to Hillary henchwoman Huma Abedin (above, sleeveless) and her recently-separated husband Anthony Weiner (above, foreskin). This was in connection to Weiner allegedly sexting a minor, which, like any juicy scandal involving the media’s preferred political party, was revealed by a British outlet, Daily Mail.

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Weiner reportedly sent this picture of his weiner and his 3-year-old son to a sexting partner last year. Courtesy of New York Post.

Mr. Weiner resigned from his New York congressional seat in disgrace 5 years ago, then briefly mounted an unsuccessful campaign for mayor of New York City.

New York Times broke yesterday that Comey found some Hillary emails on either Huma’s or Weiner’s device “that appear to be pertinent to the [Secret Server] investigation.”

Comey reportedly wrote the previously unaccounted emails were uncovered “in connection with an unrelated case.”

Kudos to the British press for connecting the dots.

The Hill has more:

After being briefed by his team, Comey “agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps” to determine whether the emails “contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.”

Comey said he could not predict how long it would take the bureau to decide whether the newly found emails are “significant,” meaning the investigation could hang over the Democratic presidential nominee’s head through the election.

[our emphasis]

(As a reminder, Hillary has repeatedly insisted she “neither sent nor received material marked classified” on her Secret Server. This claim has been eviscerated by multiple outlets and seems to hinge on whether material at State Department is ever literally marked “classified.” The FBI has since discovered over 1,000 messages Hillary deleted under the guise of their “personal” content that in fact contained top-secret, “classified” material.)

Mr. Comey’s previous public shaming of privacy advocates and displays of false helplessness to better control the little people while victimizing the most successful corporation in the history of civilization  are touched on here:

FBI Rapes More Phones

It should also be noted that Mr. Comey himself advises the anti-NSA precautions we have long espoused. While he did not specifically address the national security agency’s collection of all phone call duration and parties from every American, every day, with no warrant, nor the GPS device implanted standard in every smartphone from the factory so the Federal Government can track subjects citizens every moment of their lives, Comey had this to say about covering the webcam on his laptop:

When asked if he tapes over his cameras at home, Comey replied, “Heck yeah, heck yeah. And I also — I get mocked for a lot of things, much mocked for that — but I hope people lock their cars. I don’t have my own car that I drive, but I’m sure we lock our FBI cars. Lock your doors at night. I have an alarm system. You have an alarm system? You should use it. I use mine.”

(Yahoo! News on 9/15/16)

Mr. Comey also did not comment on the built-in microphone on every laptop, which is presumably as easy for third parties (or even the government??) to access as the webcams on laptops have proven to be. Hillary’s emails never got into our enemy’s hands, though. Trust the Government.

This story will be updated!

Thanks to our sources:

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/303333-new-clinton-emails-discovered-in-weiner-investigation-report

https://www.yahoo.com/news/fbi-director-suggests-taping-over-personal-webcams-152813879.html

 

Hillary Updates

It has been quite a Labor Day weekend for Hillary so far. We’ll start with the positives: as New York Times noted yesterday, Hillary is very accessible to her largest campaign donors.

Look WHO DID come over for lunch… Wow.

(via Twitter)

“I’d say the major themes are small business, regulation and getting people back to work,” said Alan Patricof, a financier and longtime donor to Mrs. Clinton.

The campaign’s finance team is led by Dennis Cheng, previously the chief fund-raiser for the Clinton Foundation, and it employs a couple dozen staff members. Mr. Cheng, who attends the events with Mrs. Clinton, offers donors a number of contribution options that provide them and their families varying levels of access to Mrs. Clinton. John Morgan, a Florida lawyer and donor, described Mr. Cheng as “the master concierge.”

For a donation of $2,700, the children (under 16) of donors at an event last month at the Sag Harbor, N.Y., estate of the hedge fund magnate Adam Sender could ask Mrs. Clinton a question. A family photo with Mrs. Clinton cost $10,000, according to attendees.

And when Mrs. Clinton attended a dinner at the Beverly Hills home of the entertainment executive Haim Saban last month, the invitation was very clear. If attendees wanted to dine and receive a photo with Mrs. Clinton they had to pay their own way: “Write not raise” $100,000.

Another advantage to choosing private fund-raisers over town halls or other public events is that Mrs. Clinton can bask in an affectionate embrace as hosts try to limit confrontational engagements.

Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a backer of Democrats and a friend of the Clintons’, made sure attendees did not grill Mrs. Clinton at the $100,000-per-couple lamb dinner Mrs. Forester de Rothschild hosted under a tent on the lawn of her oceanfront Martha’s Vineyard mansion.

(no pun intended. maybe the lamb was broiled, not grilled.)

“I said, ‘Let’s make it a nice night for her and show her our love,’” Mrs. Forester de Rothschild said.

[…]

The Hamptons is full of powerful, wealthy people who are bored and go to constant social events to see who else got invited and to show your status,” said Ken Sunshine, a veteran Democratic activist and public relations executive with a home in Remsenburg, N.Y. “This year,” he added, “going to a Clinton event is at the very top of the list.

[New York Times. all emphasis and underlining ours]

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Meanwhile, the Labor Day weekend brought a “news dump” of the adventures of the Most Qualified President Ever and her incoherent grasp of some important things. Namely, whether “c” on national security emails meant “classified” or was an alphabetical designation; where her 13 Blackberries and 5 iPads were at any given time during her 4-year stint as Secretary of State; and even whether drone strike plans were classified (Clinton did not believe so–see below).

 Clinton’s new henchman Tim Kaine defended his ticketmate to ABC‘s “This Week” (Mrs. Clinton does not talk to the press):

“There were emails that contained classified information that had been improperly marked. So when she received the email, the material that was classified – which is supposed to be flagged and identified as classified – in many instances was improperly labeled.

“We look at so much material, unless it is specifically pulled out and identified, it is difficult to know sometimes whether a statement or a paragraph is classified or not.”

The current FBI tally of messages marked classified at the time Mrs. Clinton routed them through her unauthorized New York basement Secret Server sits between 81 and 2,000. Mrs. Clinton did not turn over all her emails in January 2013 as required by federal records law. Instead, she deleted over half of them, unilaterally deeming them “personal.” Many of those deleted emails have since been found to be either work-related (not personal), classified, or both. Head FBI man James Comey completed his criminal investigation of the Hillary Clinton server on the weekend of July 4, just after Clinton’s husband forced his way onto the idling jet of Attorney General Loretta Lynch on a Phoenix tarmac for a private conversation.

BREAKING NEWS

Mrs. Lynch announced shortly thereafter that she would defer to the FBI for the question of prosecution, and Mr. Comey noted in a press conference that although Clinton was “extremely careless” and another Federal Government lackey who behaved similarly could still be prosecuted in the future, Comey would let Hillary walk this time.

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Yahoo! also notes:

In a Reuters/Ipsos poll taken during the week of Aug. 26 to Sept. 1, [Republican rival Donald] Trump had the support of 40 percent of likely voters while Clinton had the backing of 39 percent. Clinton’s support has dropped steadily in the weekly tracking poll since Aug. 25, eliminating what had been a eight-point lead for her.

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With regards to the unconstitutional droning of innocent people in non-war zones–a practice her former rival, current President Barack Obama has employed to eliminate over 470 Pakistani women and children, as well as at least 2 American citizens–Hillary was surprisingly cavalier on the classification. Vice News reports from the Friday afternoon document dump of the FBI:

“After reviewing an email dated [redacted], with subject line [redacted], Clinton stated she did not remember the email specifically. Clinton stated deliberation over a future drone strike did not give her cause for concern regarding classification,” the FBI’s memorandum said, suggesting that Clinton’s responses to specific questions she was asked during a 3-hour interview at FBI headquarters July 2 centered around classified information contained in her emails about the Obama administration’s targeted killing program. “Clinton understood this type of conversation as part of the routine deliberation process … Clinton believed the classification level of future drone strikes depended on the context.”

Additionally, Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement Clinton is “pleased” with the release of her apparent “I don’t recall and it depends” attitude to the next President’s duties of deciding who to execute.

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Another FBI memo from the 3-hour debrief in which Mr. Comey decided Hillary was too important to prosecute for criminal negligence:

The FBI memorandum, titled “Mishandling of Classified — Unknown Subject or Country (SIM)” said Clinton did not know what certain classification markings on documents meant. For example, on email chains that contained a (C) for confidential, Clinton told the FBI “she did not know what the ‘(C)’ meant at the beginning of the paragraphs and speculated it was referencing paragraphs marked in alphabetical order.”

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Libertarian and free-market advocates at reason highlight perhaps the sloppiest and least conscientious practice of Hillary’s rule at State Department and the 20+ months afterwards in which she refused to turn over her emails:

When they say “all her devices,” they’re talking about 13 different mobile devices and 5 tablets, most of which were never found or turned over to the FBI for inspection. That information has been raising a lot of eyebrows, given how Clinton’s defense of her secretive and private email and communication methods was because she wanted to handle it all from one device for ease. Maybe she meant only one device at a time? (Update: Also, a laptop used to archive Clinton’s emails is missing.)

Lest we think is all the vast right-wing conspiracy (Hillary said in an October primary debate one of the “enemies” she is most proud of is “Republicans”), the ultra-conservative Washington Post had this verbatim observation quoted by reason:

The documents [of the FBI interview release], which total 58 pages, do not seem to provide any major revelations about Clinton’s actions — though they paint her and her staff as either unaware of or unconcerned with State Department policies on email use. The materials also show that the FBI was unable to track down all of Clinton’s devices, including phones, it sought, and that made it impossible for agents to definitively answer every question they had, including whether Clinton’s emails were hacked.

“The FBI’s investigation and forensic analysis did not find evidence confirming that Clinton’s e-mail accounts or mobile devices were compromised by cyber means,” the author of the report wrote. “However, investigative limitations, including the FBI’s inability to obtain all mobile devices and various computer components associated with Clinton’s personal e-mail systems, prevented the FBI from conclusively determining whether the classified information transmitted and stored on Clinton’s personal server systems was compromised via cyber intrusion or other means.”

Your champion, little people of America!

[all emphasis is ours]

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There is some good news this weekend: Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, still ignored by Clinton and Trump as he siphons 9 or 10% of the vote, received an endorsement from a Richmond, VA newspaper, the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton meets the fundamental moral and professional standards we have every right to expect of an American president,” the editorial board writes.

The editorial board’s backing of Johnson is also a break in its partisan leanings, as it has endorsed Republican candidates in every presidential election for the past 36 years.

[from CNN. emphasis ours]

Fairfax, VA may have different preferences:

DC Suburban Mayor Deals Meth

Thanks to our sources (NYT link is posting as a picture instead?):

https://www.yahoo.com/news/clintons-classified-email-errors-due-improper-labeling-kaine-174908112.html

https://news.vice.com/article/hillary-clinton-emails-fbi-classified-drone-strike-plans

http://reason.com/blog/2016/09/02/hillary-clintons-parade-of-disappearing

http://www.keyt.com/news/politics/gary-johnson-snags-newspaper-endorsement/41510050