The politicization and apparent corruption of the FBI

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The Federal Bureau of Political Investigation.  [Scroll down]  All of this is commanded by law to be kept secret so as to preserve evidence, avoid tipping off a potential defendant capable of flight and preserve the reputation of a person not indicted.  That is at least the way these things are supposed to work.  Yet none of this happened in the recently reopened and re-terminated investigation of the misuse of emails containing state secrets by Clinton.  In that investigation, the DOJ did not present evidence to a grand jury.  Thus, it did not obtain any subpoenas.  And it did not seek any search warrants.  It cut deals left and right, promising not to prosecute those from whom it sought problematic evidence.  After accumulating a mountain of evidence of Clinton's guilt, the FBI did not present it to the DOJ.

A Changing Investigative Landscape.  [FBI Director James] Comey has been battered by news reports of turmoil within the FBI over investigations of the Clintons.  Rumors flew earlier this year that an indictment of Mrs. Clinton was imminent.  The story du jour is that elements within the FBI are closing in on the Clinton Foundation, or the Clinton finances, or generalized Clinton corruption — were it not for the perfidy of Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  FBI field agents and supervisors — particularly in the powerful New York field office — are said to be up in arms, handing in their resignations.  The independence of the FBI has collapsed.  Don't believe it.  FBI agents are by nature an aggressive bunch — chasing leads, questioning suspects, pushing for warrants and wire taps — and butting heads with cautious superiors.  The tensions between agents who make the criminal case and prosecutors who make the legal call are as old as the FBI itself.

The Fall of an FBI Director.  Every agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation takes an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic" and to "bear true faith and allegiance to the same."  And he swears to "faithfully discharge the duties of the office."  It is much the same oath taken by members of Congress, by military officers and government employees.  It is an oath that goes back to Washington and Lincoln.  Its origins lie in the Constitution.  And FBI Director James Comey violated it.  The oath is not to any president or government, but to the impartial law of the Constitution.  It says that no one is above the law.  James Comey twice stated implicitly that one politician is above the law.

5 of the dumbest things the FBI did before Clinton.  In light of the news that the FBI will not prosecute Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server, the agency is getting heat from both sides of the political aisle.  Conservatives feel that Clinton was given preferential treatment due to her connections to the Obama administration, noting that "less important" people have been thrown in jail for far less.  Meanwhile, Clinton's defenders claim that the FBI is largely pro-Trump and that the whole investigation was a witch hunt designed to boost the billionaire mogul's chances of taking the White House.  In other words, pretty much everyone thinks the FBI is corrupt, partisan, and ineffective.  Given the agency's history, that's not an unreasonable assumption to make.  Over the years, the FBI has engaged in some truly stupid activities that make you wonder how it manages to protect us at all.

The FBI: The 'Fix Be In'.  The FBI's reputation has sunk so low under the Obama administration that its initials seem to stand for:  The Fix Be In. [...] Consider the Clinton investigation.  The FBI granted limited immunity to five Clinton aides, including Paul Combetta, who deleted Clinton emails in March 2015 after Congress had subpoenaed her records.  FBI agents waited a year before they questioned Clinton in July for an hour and a half.  Shortly thereafter, Director James Comey announced there would be no indictment in the case; even though Clinton did not hand over "several thousand" work emails to the State Department, there was no proof of "intentional misconduct."

Book details how Team Obama schemed to let Hillary skate.  In his new book, "Guilty As Sin" (Regnery), out Tuesday [10/4/2016], Edward Klein claims officials in the Obama administration decided before the first witness was interviewed that Hillary Clinton would not face prosecution over the handling of classified e-mail.

Comey 'Singlehandedly Ruined' FBI's Reputation:  Retired Agents Blast Clinton Probe.  Retired FBI agents are blasting Director Jim Comey over the investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, according to a Thursday [10/6/2016] opinion piece in The New York Post.  "Comey has single-handedly ruined the reputation of the organization," former agent Michael M. Biasello told the outlet.  He claimed that accommodations given the Clinton and her aides was "unprecedented," suggesting, "which is another way of saying this outcome was by design."

FBI Director James Comey Has To Go.  FBI Director James Comey has broken the sacred trust of the American people.  He conducted a faux investigation into the State Department email scandal in which dozens of confidential and top-secret emails passing through an unsecured, private server put our national security at risk.  He handed out immunity deals to most of the major players involved in the investigation.  He ignored evidence to protect the Clinton Team from prosecution.  He put President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton's political legacy ahead of the law.  He made secret deals to destroy evidence, thwarting congressional subpoenas.  That's called obstruction of justice.  It's a crime.  James Comey violated the law.  He violated his oath of office.  It's corruption at the highest level.

James Comey and Loretta Lynch Should Be Impeached for Whitewashing Clinton's Crimes.  Just when one thinks the cavalier cabal of Clinton and her cronies has exhausted all manner of corruption, yet another outrage surfaces, implicating even more people.  The bombshell this week is that Loretta Lynch and James Comey not only gave immunity to Hillary's closest co-conspirators Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson — who, despite being attorneys, destroyed evidence right and left — but, in a secret side deal, agreed to limit the FBI's review of the Clinton team laptops to pre-January 2015 and to destroy the laptops when the FBI review was complete.  Congress and every law-abiding citizen in this country should be outraged.  This blatant destruction of evidence is obstruction of justice itself.

FBI Working With the Clinton Campaign?  Back in July, the director of the FBI, James Comey, held a press conference in which he said that no charges would be brought against Clinton for her use of a private home e-mail server.  This month, ahead of Labor Day, the FBI's official documents on their investigation into Clinton's e-mails were released.  In July, Comey stated "we [the FBI] can't establish... that she acted with the necessary criminal intent."  The documents released from the FBI sing a different tune.  Hillary Clinton used not one, but three, private servers while Secretary of State and all were kept in her basement.  None of her e-mails use encryption.  An e-mail account using Clinton's server was successfully hacked into in January 2013.  A computer and thumb drive with the entire archive of her e-mails was lost in the mail.  Sure, Comey can say that these details show no willful intent to break the law but let's keep going.  Clinton used 13 Blackberries and 5 iPads with her private home e-mail server and had aides destroy them with hammers after use.

The FBI found 15,000 emails Hillary Clinton didn't turn over.  If you scrape away all of the spin and the political positioning that Hillary Clinton's decision to use a private email server has spawned, you are left with these facts:
1. Clinton is the first secretary of state to exclusively use a private email account for official business.
2. She is also the first secretary of state to have a private email server housed at her home.
3. When asked by the State Department to turn over her emails, Clinton had a team of lawyers go through them to separate those that were purely personal and those that touched on some aspect of her professional life.  The personal emails were deleted permanently off the server.

Hillary Clinton, who tells dreadful lies.  Today, it is the American people who have been burned, time and again, by Hillary Clinton's dreadful lies.  Let's review just a few examples of her serial dishonesty:  She lied repeatedly about her emails.  She lied when she said she had "turned over everything I was obligated to turn over" (FBI Director James Comey said the FBI "discovered several thousand work-related e-mails that were not among the group of 30,000 e-mails returned by Secretary Clinton to state in 2014").  She lied when she said there was "no classified material" in her private emails ... that there was nothing "classified at the time" ... and that there was nothing "marked classified" in her private emails — all of which the FBI director said were untrue.  And, to top it all off, she lied about her lies — declaring on national television that "Director Comey said my answers were truthful, and what I've said is consistent with what I have told the American people" — a claim The Post's Fact Checker gave "Four Pinocchios."

Hillary Clinton's Email: the Definitive Timeline.  Clip and save for future reference.

The Clearest (No Spin) Summary of FBI Report on Hillary Clinton Email.  The FBI could not review all of the Hillary Clinton emails under investigation because:
  •   The Clintons' Apple personal server used for Hillary Clinton work email could not be located for the FBI to examine.
  •   An Apple MacBook laptop and thumb drive that contained Hillary Clinton email archives were lost, and the FBI couldn't examine them.
  •   2 BlackBerry devices provided to FBI didn't have their SIM or SD data cards.
  •   13 Hillary Clinton personal mobile devices were lost, discarded or destroyed.  Therefore, the FBI couldn't examine them.
  •   Various server backups were deleted over time, so the FBI couldn't examine them.
  •   After State Dept. notified Hillary Clinton her records would be sought by House Benghazi Committee, copies of her email on the laptops of her attorneys Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were wiped with BleachBit, and the FBI couldn't review them.
  •   After her emails were subpoenaed, Hillary Clinton's email archive was also permanently deleted from her then-server "PRN" with BleachBit, and the FBI couldn't review it.
  •   Also after the subpoena, backups of the PRN server were manually deleted.

The FBI re-opens the Clinton email investigation on October 28, 2016:
Oh, incidentally, Election Day is November 8.

Editor's note:
The items in this section are listed in the order in which they were discovered on the internet.

FBI is reopening its Clinton email probe.  An October surprise exploded in the presidential race Friday [10/28/2016].  The FBI suddenly announced that it is reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails after learning of new documents "that appear to be pertinent to the investigation."  The bureau's stunning move came less than two weeks before Election Day.

FBI reopens Clinton email investigation.  The FBI has reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton's secret emails, Director James Comey told Congressin a new letter Friday, heightening the stakes for the Democratic presidential nominee with less than two weeks before Election Day.  Mr. Comey said his agents learned of new emails "pertinent" to their probe while working on an unrelated case.  He said his agents need to review those messages to see whether they contain classified information and whether they affect his previous decision.

Democrats should ask Hillary Clinton to step aside.  It's obvious the American political system is breaking down.  It's been crumbling for some time now, and the establishment elite know it and they're properly frightened.  Donald Trump, the vulgarian at their gates, is a symptom, not a cause.  Hillary Clinton and husband Bill are both cause and effect.  FBI director James Comey's announcement about the renewed Clinton email investigation is the bombshell in the presidential campaign.  That he announced this so close to Election Day should tell every thinking person that what the FBI is looking at is extremely serious.

Will Loretta Lynch Keep Promise To Accept FBI's Recommendation In Clinton Investigation?  On July 1, 2016, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch made a promise: she would accept the FBI's recommendation of whether or not to press charges in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state.  Almost four months later, that promise has taken on renewed significance in light of FBI Director James Comey's announcement on Friday that the agency is reviewing newly discovered emails relevant to the Clinton email investigation.  The emails were obtained during an "unrelated investigation," Comey said.

Hillary Clinton's Chutzpah.  The idea that Mrs. Clinton's legal jeopardy can be solved before the Election Day is chimerical.  Election Day has already started.  Hardly a paragraph goes by that the New York Times isn't whinnying about how non-existent is Mr. Trump's route to victory at the electoral college (Pennsylvania "remains out of reach" is the way the Times touted its latest poll).  If Mrs. Clinton is so all-fired eager to protect Election Day, why doesn't she start a movement for people to be able to recall the ballots they've already cast in early voting?

Has the FBI saved Trump?  Comey gave little indication of what exactly prompted the FBI to revisit the investigation on Friday.  However, agents reportedly discovered as many as several thousand "pertinent" emails on devices Abedin had used, raising questions about whether the longtime Clinton confidante had concealed evidence from agents during their first look at the case.  Abedin is the only aide to have used an address on the "" network.  What's more, she was employed by the Clinton Foundation during her final months at the State Department through a personnel arrangement that allowed potential conflicts of interest to flourish.

Weiner revelation proves Comey dropped the ball on Hillary probe.  [FBI] Agents reportedly found thousands of State Department-related emails ostensibly containing classified information on the electronic devices belonging to Weiner and his wife and top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.  The discovery has prompted FBI Director James Comey to, on the eve of the election, reopen the Clinton case he prematurely closed last July.  How did agents examine the devices?  By seizing them.  It's a common practice in criminal investigations, but one that clearly was not applied in the case of Clinton or her top aide — even though agents assigned to that case knew Abedin hoarded classified emails on her electronic devices.  The two special agents who interviewed Abedin on April 5 noted as much in their 302 summary of their interview, which took place at the FBI's Washington field office and notably was attended by the chief of the FBI's counterespionage section.

America Is at Its Most Perilous Crossroads Since World War II.  Get ready, Mr. and Mrs. America, because we are headed for a "winter of our discontent" unlike any we have ever seen.  And there won't be a son of York or Lancaster to save us.  With a president already known to have lied through his teeth about the email server, we don't know where this is all going but we can be sure it's nowhere good.  At this moment the so-called "liberals" (how does that misnomer seem now?) are in a frenzy, lashing out because they are afraid her gangster-ladyship might actually lose.

No questions:  Reporters barred from getting near Bill Clinton as his wife is rocked by FBI probe.  Reporters covering Bill Clinton today in Pennsylvania were barred from getting too close to the ex-president in the wake of the news that the FBI would again be investigating his wife's emails.  At his second campaign stop of the day, in the Blair County town of Duncansville, the media was stuffed in the back of the room behind an intricate set of metal gates and velvet ropes, with minders escorting reporters if they wanted to step up closer and get a picture of Clinton onstage.

Carlos Danger Reopens EmailGate and Team Clinton Trembles.  Just 11 days before our presidential election, the explosive issue of EmailGate is back in the news, thanks to James Comey, the FBI director who less than four months ago gave Hillary Clinton a pass on her illegal use of email and a personal server when the Democratic nominee was secretary of state.  After weeks of damaging revelations care of Wikileaks about just how much the Clinton camp knew about EmailGate for years, and tried to downplay its significance in the media, Comey today sent a letter to the chairmen of the relevant Congressional committees — including, significantly, the House and Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees — that blows EmailGate wide open all over again.

Computer seized in Weiner probe prompts FBI to take new steps in Clinton email inquiry.  In a letter to lawmakers, Comey said the FBI would take "appropriate investigative steps" to determine whether the newly discovered emails contain classified information and to assess whether they are relevant to the Clinton server probe.  The emails, numbering more than 1,000, were found on a computer used by both Weiner (D-N.Y.) and his wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, according to law enforcement officials with knowledge of the inquiry who spoke on the condition of anonymity.  The correspondence included emails between Abedin and Clinton, according to a law enforcement official.

Comey memo to FBI staffers says election, timing required disclosure of renewed probe.  FBI Director James Comey told his bureau that he broke with custom in alerting lawmakers that the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server was being reopened because of its political sensitivity.  In an internal memo obtained by Fox News, the beleaguered director noted that the FBI typically would not communicate with the public when reopening a case, according to a Department of Justice source.  But Comey said he had to in this case because Clinton is seeking the White House in an election on Nov. 8.

Weiner, Clinton and the FBI's chance at redemption = an election nightmare.  The most wounded man in Washington is James Comey.  Ever since his legally incomprehensible announcement that he would not recommend criminal prosecution of Hillary Clinton, he has been the equivalent of an extra on the set of "The Walking Dead".  His reputation tarnished.  His legacy forever tainted.  His own agents turned against him in disgust.  Those, including lawyers, who had worked exhaustively gathering the incriminating evidence were furious that Comey had publicly laid out their case of how Clinton was grossly negligence under the Espionage Act, yet decided not to prosecute.  Comey had gone from revered to reviled, all in one day.

The full text of FBI letter announcing new Clinton email probe.  Clip and save.

Observations on the FBI's Clinton email "reentry".  The way Comey has misinterpreted the requirements for criminal liability under the Espionage Act and other statutes, it seems almost impossible that newly found documents could change his position that Hillary Clinton committed no crime.  Did the FBI find more classified documents?  Probably, but so what?  It had already discovered plenty that Hillary sent and received.  The sticking point, for purposes of criminal liability, was intent.  What could the FBI have found in Huma Abedin's email that would change Comey's view on Hillary's intent?  It's difficult to say.  It seems more likely that the newly discovered documents raise issues as to possible criminal liability by Abedin.

White House Says Obama Had No 'Advance Warning' Of FBI's Clinton Probe.  As the news keeps trickling in, the latest information is that the FBI's letter to Congressmen came without Obama being previously forewarned.  The White House on Friday said it was not given any prior notice on the FBI's announcement that it was investigating additional emails relating to Hillary Clinton's use of a private email system.  "We did not have advance warning," White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters traveling with President Barack Obama to a campaign event for Clinton in Orlando, Florida.  Schultz said news of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe has not affected Obama's support for Clinton.

Paul Ryan Says Hillary Shouldn't Be Briefed On Classified Information.  House Speaker Paul Ryan said Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton should not be briefed on classified information in the wake of the FBI's announcement it is reopening its investigation into her private email server Friday.  The Wisconsin Republican blasted the former secretary of state for her carelessness when handling the country's top secrets.

The FBI's October Surprise Is Devastating for Hillary Clinton.  On Friday afternoon, the FBI uncorked the mother of all October surprises, announcing in a letter to Congress that it has re-opened its investigation of Hillary Clinton's "personal email server." The reason?  During an "unrelated investigation"* it uncovered e-mails that "appear to be pertinent" to Clinton's case.  It is seeking to determine whether the e-mails contain classified information and can't yet determine their significance.  Stripped of the legalese, it means that Hillary is back in legal jeopardy.  The FBI doesn't investigate and recommend enforcement actions against computer servers.  It holds people accountable, and Hillary is the person most responsible for her own e-mail.

The Hillary-Weiner Connection.  [Scroll down]  That investigation may be "unrelated" but it touches directly on Abedin, who is likely to have had plenty of email and text communication with Weiner covering the entirety of her time working for Clinton at the State Department.  This may suggest that Abedin is currently the most at-risk of the Clinton confidantes.  Given how strict classification rules are when enforced aggressively, and given how much unguarded information Huma may have shared with her husband, Abedin could be in serious jeopardy.

FBI reopens Clinton probe after new emails found in Anthony Weiner case.  [Scroll down]  "The FBI's decision to reopen its investigation into Secretary Clinton reinforces what the House Judiciary Committee has been saying for months: the more we learn about Secretary Clinton's use of a private email server, the clearer it becomes that she and her associates committed wrongdoing and jeopardized national security," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said in a statement.  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said the discovery must be "serious" for the bureau to investigate this close to the election.

New Emails in Clinton Case Came From Anthony Weiner's Electronic Devices.  Mr. Comey's letter said that the F.B.I. would review the emails to determine if they improperly contained classified information, which is tightly controlled by the government.  Senior law enforcement officials said that it was unclear if any of the emails were from Mrs. Clinton's private server.  And while Mr. Comey said in his letter that the emails "appear to be pertinent," the F.B.I. had not yet examined them.  By the end of a day that brought stinging criticism of Mr. Comey from both Democrats and Republicans, he appeared on the defensive, saying in an internal email to bureau employees that he had felt obligated to inform Congress, and "we don't know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails."

3 competing theories on why the FBI re-opened the Hillary email server investigation.  The very first thing to note is that Comey made no mention of a grand jury.  The emails whose existence he learned of may have been the result of a subpoena in another investigation.  Update:  It was announced ten days ago that grand jury would be convened to investigate Weiner's sexting "by the end of the month."  The timing of Comey's letter strongly suggests that the devices containing new emails were obtained through a grand jury subpoena, with no immunity deals or evidence destruction needed.  If that is the case, further subpoenas are quite possible, a tool that was left unused in the investigation to date.

Comey memo to FBI staffers says election, timing required disclosure of renewed probe.  FBI Director James Comey told his bureau that he broke with custom in alerting lawmakers that the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server was being reopened because of its political sensitivity.  In an internal memo obtained by Fox News, the beleaguered director noted that the FBI typically would not communicate with the public when reopening a case, according to a Department of Justice source.  But Comey said he had to in this case because Clinton is seeking the White House in an election on Nov. 8.

Weiner, Clinton and the FBI's chance at redemption = an election nightmare.  The most wounded man in Washington is James Comey.  Ever since his legally incomprehensible announcement that he would not recommend criminal prosecution of Hillary Clinton, he has been the equivalent of an extra on the set of "The Walking Dead".  His reputation tarnished.  His legacy forever tainted. [...] Now, his stunning announcement that he is reopening the criminal investigation of Clinton based on newly discovered evidence is, perhaps, the chance at redemption for which he may have been searching.

Looking for an 'Unprecedented' October Surprise?  Nothing Tops Lawrence Walsh's 1992 Dirty Trick.  The press's institutional memory is so weak, and its insistence on burying long-ago inconvenient truths is so strong, that no one I'm aware of has made a comparison to Special Prosecutor Lawrence Walsh's indictment of former Reagan Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger on October 30, 1992, and Walsh's obviously calculated decision to include a reference to incumbent President George H.W. Bush in his filing.  MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, who one would expect to remember its brutality and dishonesty, failed to do so in a telephone interview Friday afternoon [10/28/2016].  Scarborough's political career began when he ran for Congress as a Republican in 1994, two years after Bill Clinton defeated Bush 41.

What Goes Around Comes Around.  A reader points out the irony of Hillary Clinton complaining about timing of the reopening of the FBI investigation.  In 1992, the reader reminds me, President Bush was gaining on Bill Clinton as Election Day approached.  But just four days before the election, the special counsel, Lawrence Walsh, obtained a new indictment of former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.  Weinberger had been indicted earlier in the year.  But the new indictment cited a Weinberger diary entry that contradicted something President Bush had said.  The Clintons seized on the new indictment, howling about a "culture of corruption" that supposedly pervaded the administration.  Bush's poll numbers declined and Bill Clinton won the election.

Justice officials warned FBI that Comey's decision to update Congress was not consistent with department policy.  Comey decided to inform Congress that he would look again into Hillary Clinton's handling of emails during her time as secretary of state for two main reasons: a sense of obligation to lawmakers and a concern that word of the new email discovery would leak to the media and raise questions of a coverup.  The rationale, described by officials close to Comey's decision-making on the condition of anonymity, prompted the FBI director to release his brief letter to Congress on Friday and upset a presidential race less than two weeks before Election Day.  It placed Comey again at the center of a highly partisan argument over whether the nation's top law enforcement agency was unfairly influencing the campaign.

The Editor says...
Mr. Comey was already at the center of such an argument, no matter what action he took or didn't take.

James Comey Broke with Loretta Lynch and Justice Department Tradition.  On Friday [10/28/2016], James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, acting independently of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, sent a letter to Congress saying that the F.B.I. had discovered e-mails that were potentially relevant to the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private server.  Coming less than two weeks before the Presidential election, Comey's decision to make public new evidence that may raise additional legal questions about Clinton was contrary to the views of the Attorney General, according to a well-informed Administration official.

Huma Abedin Swore Under Oath She Gave Up 'All the Devices' With State Department Emails.  In a normal election year, a normal candidate's close aide who caused even minor embarrassment to a campaign so near to Election Day would be whisked away as quickly as possible to avoid becoming a distraction.  But Huma Abedin is not simply a close aide, she's a critical member of Hillary Clinton's tiny inner circle that protects and — at times — enables the deeply flawed and secretive Democratic nominee.

Official: "Tens of thousands of emails belonging to Ms. Abedin on Mr. Weiners Laptop".  From prior FOIA (Judicial Watch) document releases we already knew Huma Abedin was forwarding emails to her private account from the Clinton server.  However, buried in a New York Times article the following paragraph:  ["]A senior law enforcement official said that tens of thousands of emails belonging to Ms. Abedin were on Mr. Weiner's laptop, which the F.B.I. had obtained as part of its investigation into Mr. Weiner.  About a month ago, a person familiar with the investigation said, F.B.I. agents seized the laptop as well as Mr. Weiner's iPad and cellphone.["]

'Give it a rest': Social media mocks Senator claiming Russia may be behind new Clinton FBI probe.  People on social media shamed US Democratic Senator Tom Ryan, who claimed Russia might actually be behind the reopening of Hillary Clintons' email probe by the FBI over new leaked messages.  On October 28, FBI director James Comey announced that the Bureau has learned of new emails involving Hillary Clinton's private email server during her time as a Secretary of State.  Comey said the agency will "take appropriate investigative steps" and review the new information.

Attorney General told FBI director James Comey NOT to send letter to Congress about bureau reopening the investigation.  [FBI Director James] Comey broke from [Attorney General Loretta] Lynch, who objected to the move along with the Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and independently sent the letter to Congress on Friday, dropping the bombshell about the restarted investigation based on newly discovered emails, rocking Clinton's campaign.  Comey's supporters argue that he had to break away from Lynch and act independently on the issue due to her compromising herself when she had an impromptu visit with former president Bill Clinton late into the investigation earlier this year.

October Surprise Revives Clinton Email Controversy.  Eleven days before Americans determine the winner of a presidential contest already laden with multiple scandals, the political landscape looked even muddier on Friday with the latest October surprise.  The revelation, immediately greeted by Donald Trump as a political gift, emerged in the form of a letter from FBI Director James Comey to lawmakers.  He advised the legislative branch that "emails that appear to be pertinent" to the investigation of Hillary Clinton's personal email server were uncovered "in connection with an unrelated case," and were under FBI review "to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation."

Just the Facts, Ma'am.  [Scroll down]  This will not bring honor and glory to J. Edgar Hoover's venerable crime-fighting organization.  Comey's announcement, by the way, follows hot on the heels of the revelation that Clinton pal and Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe channeled near $500,000 into the failed state senate campaign of Jill McCabe, who is the wife of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who helped oversee the agency's investigation into Clinton's private email server.  And let it be known that Hillary Clinton helped raise $1 million for McAuliffe's PAC.  Did any of these connections have anything to do with Clinton's getting off scot free from a criminal indictment?  Nah.

Clinton Right Hand Woman Huma Abedin Takes the Stage at Center of Email Scandal.  [Scroll down]  Abedin's influence in these matters, including the revelation in [Paul] Sperry's article that "Abedin possessed much more power" over Clinton's staff, schedule, and security than other former chiefs of staffs, is especially concerning given the links that Abedin has to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to the Muslim World League, a group that Hillary Clinton herself said in 2009 was funding terrorism.

'She is awful': Nigel Farage skewers Hillary Clinton as email probe gives Trump huge boost.  The Clinton campaign was rocked on Friday after FBI director James Comey stated it would examine if the emails being investigated contained sensitive government information.  Donald Trump has lambasted Mrs Clinton, branding her behaviour a "grave miscarriage of justice".  Speaking on LBC Mr Farage, who has appeared on stage with Mr Trump said:  "I think she [Mrs Clinton] is pretty awful.  "I think she is very dishonest, I think the way the Clinton Foundation has raised tens of millions of the back of her still serving in public office makes me feel deeply uneasy.  "I do think, not on everything he say, but I do think in terms of some policy directions Trump has better answers."

Carlos Danger may have opened Pandora's Box for Huma and Hillary.  The criminal investigation underway over Anthony Weiner's alleged child sex infraction has a couple of characteristics that make it especially awkward for Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin, the estranged wife of Weiner and close companion of Hillary.  Ed Timperlake points out to me that in an underage sex investigation, all electronic communications of the investigative target are pursued.  This probably led to the grand jury that was announced 11 days ago issuing a subpoena for all of the devices in the possession of Weiner and his family, including Huma.  As Lucianne Goldberg quipped, they even seize the Speak & Spell toys in these cases.  This grand jury is in New York, possibly less poltiically supervised than the first Hillary email investigation.

Clinton's State Department:  A RICO Enterprise.  The news is still emerging, and there will be many questions — particularly if it turns out that the bureau failed to obtain Ms. Abedin's communications devices earlier in the investigation, a seemingly obvious step.  As we await answers, we can only observe that, whatever the FBI has found, it was significant enough for director James Comey to sense the need to notify Congress, despite knowing what a bombshell this would be just days before the presidential election.  One thing, however, is already clear.  Whatever the relevance of the new e-mails to the probe of Clinton's classified-information transgressions and attempt to destroy thousands of emails, these offenses may pale in comparison with Hillary Clinton's most audacious violations of law:  Crimes that should still be under investigation; crimes that will, in fitting Watergate parlance, be a cancer on the presidency if she manages to win on November 8.

Hillary's Quickie Email Press Conference:  Vote Early Before This Gets Worse!  Please hurry.  Vote as soon as you can!  Before ... before the next shoe drops.

Hillary sent 'marked classified' info to nonsecure Abedin account.  WND's reporting in late August of a marked classified email Hillary Clinton forwarded to aide Huma Abedin could cast light on FBI Director James Comey's dramatic disclosure to members of Congress Friday that the bureau had reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server due to new information apparently discovered in the sexting probe of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, Abedin's estranged husband.  Comey, however, said in his letter to Congress that he was only 'briefed yesterday,' meaning WND readers knew of the potential security breach two months before the director did.

Bernstein: FBI Would Not Reopen Case Unless New Evidence Was "A Real Bombshell".  Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein comments on the FBI's shocking Friday afternoon announcement that they are reopening the investigation into Hilary Clinton's email server because new evidence has come to light.  [Video clip]

Corrupt Loretta Lynch tried to stop Comey from re-opening Clinton case.  Loretta Lynch, aka Eric Holder with a vagina didn't want Comey to re-open the FBI case of Hillary Clinton and her damn e-mails.  The corrupt Lynch who obviously wants to be AG if Hillary Clinton wins warned Comey not to re-open the case.  He did anyway, after e-mail correspondence between Clinton and Huma Weiner Abedin were found on Anthony Weiner's computers and mobile devices.

Comey's review of emails related to Clinton server triggered by NY agents, source says.  FBI Director James Comey's decision to revisit the Hillary Clinton email-private server case was triggered by the discovery of Clinton-related emails in a separate sexting investigation involving ex-New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, a government source told Fox News on Sunday [10/30/2016].  The source said an analysis of the metadata on Weiner's computer has turned up "positive hits for and HRC emails," which led Comey to revisit the FBI investigation into Clinton using a private email server system while secretary of state.  A second law enforcement source confirmed the account.

Anthony Weiner Said To Be Cooperating With FBI Investigation.  [Scroll down]  It is possible that as a result of the cooperation, the FBI will be able to obtain a clearer assessment of just what is contained in the emails, facilitating the Clinton campaign request for the FBI to "come clean" with what he been uncovered; alternatively it may accelerate the disclosure into any "smoking guns" as some pundits have claimed had been uncovered in the email trove.

Trump Called It Months Ago:  Anthony Weiner threatens national security.  The FBI announced Friday it had uncovered news emails related to its investigation of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information while conducting a separate investigation into the pervy sexting habits of former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner.  Weiner of course is the estranged husband of Hillary's closest aide, Huma Abedin who herself figures prominently in Clinton's email scandals.

The Clinton Degradation.  The prospect of a second Clinton presidency lies before us.  I find it almost unbelievable.  FBI Director Comey's announcement of the investigation of newly discovered emails is a timely reminder of what a Clinton presidency holds in store for us simply in terms of lawlessness and scandal, not to mention the horribly destructive public policies she advocates.

James Comey Stands Tall, and Alone, in a Tight Corner in Clinton Email Mess.  Comey decided that he had to present the results directly to the public.  He did so, insisting that the evidence did not establish the intent he said was necessary to bring criminal charges.  He made clear that he felt Hillary Clinton had been reckless and irresponsible and that she had shown terrible judgment.  "He wasn't going to indict, but he was going to scold," a former federal prosecutor said on Saturday [10/29/2016].  "Scolding in the first degree has never quite made it."  Along with their surprise at Comey's break with protocol, some veteran agents were outraged by the decision itself.  Few of them are Hillary fans.  And all of them had learned from their first days the importance of treating classified materials properly.  They viewed it as the highest arrogance to ignore the strictures to which they adhere.

Joe DiGenova:  FBI agents refused orders to destroy laptops and they still exist.  If this is true, it indicates that a serious rebellion was underway in the FBI, with agents refusing a direct order.  Although I am no lawyer, I suppose they might have regarded the order as illegitimate, part of a conspiracy to destroy evidence.  It is possible that Comey knew of this rebellion, and that this knowledge shaped his decision to write to Congressional leaders on the resumption of the investigation.

DC Attorney:  FBI Never Destroyed Laptops Of Clinton Aides.  Agents within the Federal Bureau of Investigation never destroyed laptops given to them by aides of Hillary Clinton as previously reported, a Washington D.C. lawyer with a source close to the Clinton investigation says.  Washington D.C. attorney Joe DiGenova said on The David Webb Show on SiriusXM Friday night that despite the FBI agreeing to destroy the laptops of Clinton aide Cheryl Mills and ex-campaign staffer Heather Samuelson as part of immunity deals made during the initial investigation of Clinton's email server, agents involved in the case refused to destroy the laptops.

Resignation letters piling up from disaffected FBI agents.  James Comey's decision to revive the investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server and her handling of classified material came after he could no longer resist mounting pressure by mutinous agents in the FBI, including some of his top deputies, according to a source close to the embattled FBI director.

Clinton aide Huma Abedin has told people she doesn't know how her emails wound up on her husband's computer.  Top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin has told people she is unsure how her emails could have ended up on a device she viewed as her husband's computer, the seizure of which has reignited the Clinton email investigation, according to a person familiar with the investigation and civil litigation over the matter.  The person, who would not discuss the case unless granted anonymity, said Abedin was not a regular user of the computer, and when she agreed to turn over emails to the State Department for federal records purposes, her lawyers did not search it for materials, not believing any of her messages to be there.

James Comey's opaque Clinton letter risks becoming a fiasco.  James Comey, the Director of the FBI, is this morning under attack from all sides.  And he has no-one to blame but himself.  America's top cop has inserted himself in the most dramatic and unexpected way into the highest-stakes election of our lifetime.  The result is the political equivalent of an unguided missile.  On Friday, Comey wrote a short, opaque letter to Congress.  It was a bombshell:  He was, in effect, reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails as millions of early voters flock to the polls to cast their ballots.

Abedin reportedly pleads ignorance of how emails at center of latest Clinton probe got on computer.  Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin reportedly has said she does not know how tens of thousands of emails related to the FBI investigation of her boss' personal server were found on a laptop she shared with her now-estranged husband, former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner.  The Washington Post reported that Abedin was not a regular user of the laptop in question.  The paper also reported that Abedin's lawyers did not bother to search the device for work-related emails after she agreed to turn over such messages to the State Department.  On Saturday, a senior law enforcement official told Fox News that the laptop contained "five digits," or at least 10,000, emails of interest to investigators.

A Scandal Too Far?  Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton, and a Test of Loyalty.  [Scroll down]  On Friday [10/28/2016], several of Mrs. Clinton's friends and allies suggested she distance herself from Ms. Abedin, a painful prospect given that Mrs. Clinton has described Ms. Abedin as a surrogate daughter and has relied on her more than anyone else during her nearly two-year pursuit of the White House.  The two women's closeness has both intimidated those in the Clinton circle of status-conscious advisers and caused envy.  Even as Mrs. Clinton learned on Friday that the F.B.I.'s interest in her email server, which she thought had ended in July, had reignited, Ms. Abedin was by her side as she prepared to make a statement to the news media in Des Moines.

Abedin-Weiner electronic device was laptop, had tens-of-thousands of emails, source.  Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin reportedly has said she does not know how tens of thousands of emails related to the FBI investigation of her boss' personal server were found on a laptop she shared with her now-estranged husband, former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner.  The Washington Post reported that Abedin was not a regular user of the laptop in question.  The paper also reported that Abedin's lawyers did not bother to search the device for work-related emails after she agreed to turn over such messages to the State Department.

Clinton Campaign's First Instinct Was to Lie About Comey.  I find it revealing that when the Clinton campaign launched its attack on Comey, it led off with a lie.  In her press conference last night, Hillary Clinton accused Comey of partisanship, falsely claiming that he had sent his letter only to Congressional Republicans.  In fact, Comey followed the standard protocol, addressing his letter to the chairmen of the relevant committees and sending copies to the ranking minority members of each committee.

Flashback: Washington Post editorial blasts Republicans for attacking FBI Director Comey.  In the last 36 hours FBI Director James Comey has been slammed by the full force of the progressive left media.  I noted yesterday that, within hours of the letter being released, NY Times columnist Paul Krugman was accusing Comey of trying to swing the election for Republicans or, at a minimum, of trying to preserve their control of congress. [...] With all the accusations flying, I thought it was a good moment to recall a Washington Post editorial from back in July.  That was when Comey announced he would not bring charges against Clinton.

Hannity: FBI Knows They Are About to Be Exposed By WikiLeaks.  Sean Hannity said on his radio show Friday [10/28/2016] that he doesn't believe reports from 'The New York Times' that the FBI's latest investigation into the Clinton Foundation is related to Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner.  Instead, Hannity suspects that the FBI is protecting itself because they know that WikiLeaks is about to drop proof that Hillary Clinton should have been indicted in July.

James Comey Wouldn't Have Updated Congress Unless He Had Real Dirt on Hillary.  Democrats praised James Comey after he decided not to push for indictment.  Liberal mainstream media praised him as an unbiased and solid man.  Then eleven days before the election something popped up.  James Comey felt it was necessary to alert congress and the American people.  Suddenly, the happy and loving Democrats shifted.  Democrats began to trash James Comey after he decided not to wait until after the election.  Liberal mainstream media said it conflicts with the election, calling him a Republican plant.

Hillary Declares War on Comey.  There have been numerous developments today [10/29/2016] in the reopening of the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton, most notably the declaration of war by Clinton World on James Comey.  The war started after almost 24 hours of shock and awe resulting from the Friday afternoon announcement left Team Hillary and the rest of Clinton World attempting to hold back the onslaught of news coverage.  Clinton World first tried to buy itself time by arguing over what the meaning of "reopen" was.  It was comical, but arguing over definitions is what the Clintons do to buy themselves time until they can counter attack: [...]

Found emails?  Clinton aide didn't delete old messages.  The longtime Hillary Clinton aide at the center of a renewed FBI email investigation testified under oath four months ago she never deleted old emails, while promising in 2013 not to take sensitive files when she left the State Department.

Report: AG Lynch Pressured Comey Not to Disclose Reactivated Hillary ProbeOf course she did, you might think to yourself — as the whole country seems to have become inured to the breathtaking insanity of this entire election cycle.  But as Rich Lowry says, none of this is normal.  USA Today is reporting that Attorney General Loretta Lynch urged FBI Director James Comey to suppress the fact that the bureau has effectively re-opened its probe into Hillary Clinton's email scandal after new potentially "pertinent" evidence was discovered in the course of a separate investigation into Anthony Weiner's sexting woes.  Weiner is married to Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin.  This politically-motivated pressure gives off a strong whiff of, well, rigging.

Huma Abedin Swore Under Oath She Gave Up 'All the Devices' With State Dept.  Emails.  In a normal election year, a normal candidate's close aide who caused even minor embarrassment to a campaign so near to Election Day would be whisked away as quickly as possible to avoid becoming a distraction.  But Huma Abedin is not simply a close aide, she's a critical member of Hillary Clinton's tiny inner circle that protects and — at times — enables the deeply flawed and secretive Democratic nominee.

Times, Post Seem Rather Upset About FBI Reopening Hillary Server Case.  [Scroll down]  See?  This is mostly the Comey's fault, and suddenly transparency is required.  From the FBI.  Of course, the NYTEB has barely asked for the same from Hillary during this whole time, and, certainly, you can imagine the resulting editorials, including on the reopening of the case, had she been a Republican, and they would have been vastly different.  Not to be outdone, the Washington Post Editorial Board, which had previously only chided Mrs. Clinton over her poor conduct, questions the timing [...]

Clinton Owns It All.  James Comey now tops Vladimir Putin and Julian Assange as the Hillary-harmer-in-chief, but the truth is Hillary Clinton's once strong lead in the presidential race started shrinking before the Friday afternoon massacre, as the former secretary of state's jaw-dropping misdeeds had caught up with her via Assange's stinging WikiLeaks email dumps.  No matter how unorthodox the conduct of FBI Director Comey, should Clinton lose to Donald Trump on Nov. 8, it's her own fault.

Trump campaign chief: 'Comical' to see Clinton demand transparency from FBI.  "We're for transparency, and honesty, and immediacy, and full disclosure, and we think it's comical that Hillary Clinton is now for that in the 11th hour," Kellyanne Conway said during an appearance [10/31/2016] on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." [...] Conway encouraged the agency to "do what it wants to do" in terms of releasing information that may be pertinent to its renewed investigation.  She admonished Clinton for criticizing the FBI and "engendering boos" for the bureau and Comey at her campaign rally on Sunday.  "Are we going to start asking if she's going to accept the results if she loses?" Conway asked.  "Are we going to start asking her if she's inciting violence?"

Hillary: No Commenting on Criminal Investigations — Unless It Helps Me.  How rich of Hillary Clinton to complain now that FBI director James Comey is threatening the democratic process by commenting publicly about a criminal investigation on the eve of an election.  Put aside that Comey did not say a single thing last week that implicates Clinton in a crime.  The biggest coup for Clinton in the waning months of the campaign has been Comey's decision not to prosecute her — a decision outside the responsibilities of the FBI director and publicly announced in a manner that contradicts law-enforcement protocols.  There has been nothing more irregular, nothing that put law enforcement more in the service of politics, than that announcement.  Yet, far from condemning it, Mrs. Clinton has worn it like a badge of honor since July.  Indeed, she has contorted it into a wholesale exoneration, which it most certainly was not.

Federal authorities reportedly battled over direction of Clinton email investigation.  The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, reported Sunday that senior law enforcement officials voiced skepticism several times of the strength of the bureau's investigation into the Clinton Foundation, looked to condense the effort put into the probe and even told agents to limit their pursuit of the case.  The FBI initially started their investigation into the Clinton Foundation to determine whether financial crimes or influence peddling occurred related to the charity.  According to the paper, some investigators grew frustrated with the case and viewed some of the FBI leaders as uninterested.

Inside the FBI's Internal Feud Over Hillary Clinton Probe.  Investigators found 650,000 emails on a laptop that they believe was used by former Rep. Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife Huma Abedin, a close Clinton aide, and underlying metadata suggests thousands of those messages could have been sent to or from the private server that Mrs. Clinton used while she was secretary of state, according to people familiar with the matter.  It will take weeks, at a minimum, to determine whether those messages are work-related from the time Ms. Abedin served with Mrs. Clinton at the State Department; how many are duplicates of emails already reviewed by the FBI; and whether they include either classified information or important new evidence in the Clinton email probe.  Officials had to await a court order to begin reviewing the emails — which they received over the weekend, according to a person familiar with the matter — because they were uncovered in an unrelated probe of Mr. Weiner.

I Have a Theory About Comey.  Did James Comey go public on Friday [10/28/2016] with word of the reinvigoration of his investigation because he believed senior officials at the Justice Department were deliberately slow-walking when it came to gathering crucial information on a highly important matter until Mrs. Clinton was out of electoral danger?  And if so, did he go public because he figured if anything came out of the information in the coming months, he would have been accused of complicity in a cover-up by the Republicans in Congress he had promised to keep apprised of changes in the investigation — and would, therefore, open himself up to impeachment?

The presidential race has changed because The Awful Truth about the Clintons is sinking in.  Shock Number One:  The Clintons actively enriched themselves through the Clinton Foundation empire.  Doug Band admitting that the same marks were targeted for donations, for speaking fees for Bill, and for consulting work for Teneo (which funneled money back to others in the machine, like Huma).  AT readers may have few illusions about the way the Clintons made their fortune, but loyal Democrats always assumed that it was incidental reward for their good work championing the oppressed.  Clinton's body man-turned-bag man Band shattered those illusions.  It was deliberate, and it was shady.  Shock Number Two:  James Comey's letter to Congress re-opening the email inquiry suddenly negated what Dems took as an "all clear" signal from him last July.  They went ahead and nominated Hillary in the knowledge that there was no criminal probe (of the emails — they did not know of the Clinton Foundation probe already underway) — thanks to Comey's July 5 presentation on the evidence and the decision not to recommend prosecution.  The rug has been pulled out from under them.

Now Five FBI Field Offices Are Probing Clinton Charity, Adding Fuel To The Fire.  FBI field offices in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Little Rock, Ark., are investigating the Clinton Foundation concerning allegations of pay-to-play financial and political corruption, according to a Wall Street Journal report Sunday [10/30/2016].  Mirroring information provided by a former senior law enforcement official that "multiple FBI investigations are underway involving potential corruption charges against the Clinton Foundation," the Journal confirms what The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group reported in August.

Report: DOJ Tried Repeatedly To Kill FBI's Clinton Foundation Investigation.  Senior-level Justice Department officials pushed back heavily on an ongoing FBI investigation of the Clinton Foundation, according to a bombshell report from The Wall Street Journal.  The newspaper laid out numerous examples, based on law enforcement sources, of senior DOJ officials intervening to quash the probe.

Clinton tanked before Comey's surprise.  Hillary Clinton's campaign was floundering before the FBI announced on Friday that federal agents are back to investigating her for breaking the law as secretary of State.  Readers may recall that on Wednesday I noticed a 4-point drop in Hillary's lead in the ABC tracking poll.  The next day it dropped another two points.  Then it dropped to 4 and now it is at a two-point lead for Hillary.  That is a ten-point drop in four days — before Friday's news.

Hillary's emails matter:  A retired CIA officer explains why.  Apparently while investigating disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner's transmission of sexually explicit images to a fifteen-year-old girl, the FBI discovered more emails relevant to Hillary Clinton's own infamous case.  At the time, Weiner was married to Huma Abedin, Clinton's personal aide, perhaps best known for her alleged family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.  The emails appear to have been found on a computer used by both Abedin and Weiner.

Don't blame Comey for this mess.  James Comey is not primarily responsible for the political mess caused by the recent discovery of more emails that may be relevant to the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.  These newly uncovered emails were not written, sent or received by Comey.  He didn't store them on his computer, and it wasn't his fault that they were not reviewed many months ago during the initial investigation.  In fact, Comey never even knew these emails existed until now.

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Mr. Comey didn't start this scandal, but he did decline to pursue the case when it was obvious that Hillary Clinton was guilty of gross negligence in her handling of classified material.

Blockbuster report on internal FBI conflict over investigating Clinton machine.  [Scroll down]  It turns out that the investigation of the Clintons' web of corruption has been bubbling up across the country, involving multiple FBI arms.  This scoop alone is enormously important.  It is very difficult to keep a lid on when so many locations and criminal specialties are involved.  There is a downside to having such a large web of criminal enterprises:  lots of law enforcement agencies take notice in their respective domains.

Just in time for the election: Undiscovered emails in Clinton's festering scandal.  Despite months of parsing and prevarications, we now know that Clinton and staff used an unsecured, private email server for government business, including for handling scores of classified materials.  Comey called it less secure than a standard Gmail account.  So why not use the secure government email system?  Well, those messages are all archived beyond Clinton's control.  They'd be subject to Freedom of Information Act requests and could show, oh, say, conflicts of interest among the secretary of state, the family's money-laundering family foundation and her hubby, the globe-trotting, lucrative-speech-giving ex-president whose personal appearance fees doubled when she took office.  As it happens, government archives are also not subject to the kinds of mass email deletions that occurred on Clinton's private system, even after Congress had ordered that everything be preserved.

FBI agents 'wanted to investigate the Clinton foundation but were barred by their bosses at the Justice Department'.  The FBI has spent the past year investigating the Clinton Foundation over claims they were trading access for donations to the charity, leading to friction between the bureau and the Justice Department.  Agents in New York and Little Rock have been leading the probe, but have been ordered by senior officials in Washington and the Justice Department to scale back the extent of the probe due to a lack of evidence.

FBI Investigation Into Bribery With Clinton Foundation Spans Nation, Multiple Field Offices, Says WSJ.  FBI investigators from across the country have been following leads into reports of bribery involving the Clinton Foundation.  Multiple field offices have been involved in the investigation.  A report in Sunday's [10/30/2016] Wall Street Journal by Devlin Barrett revealed that agents assigned to the New York field office have been carrying the bulk of the work in investigating the Clinton Foundation.  They have received assistance from the FBI field office in Little Rock according to "people familiar with the matter, the WSJ reported.  Other offices, including Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., have been collecting evidence regarding "financial crimes or influence-peddling."

Big Three Networks Attack Comey Over Clinton by 3 to 1.  Ever since it was announced, on Friday, that the FBI was pursuing new leads into the investigation of Hillary Clinton's e-mail server scandal, the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks have gone into attack mode against James Comey, turning what should be a scandal about Clinton into a smear against the FBI director.  Beginning with the evening (October 28) of the announcement through Monday morning (October 31) MRC analysts reviewed all statements (by reporters, analysts, and partisans) that took a position on Comey and Clinton and found arguments against Comey (88) swamped those against Clinton (31) by a ratio of almost 3 to 1.  There were a handful of statements that praised either Comey (10) or Clinton (4)[.]

John Podesta's Best Friend at the DOJ Will Be In Charge of the DOJ's Probe Into Huma Abedin Emails.  In the letter to Congress, the DOJ writes that it "will continue to work closely with the FBI and together, dedicate all necessary resources and take appropriate steps as expeditiously as possible," assistant attorney General Peter J. Kadzik writes in letters to House and Senate lawmakers. [...] Recall our post from last week, "Clinton Campaign Chair Had Dinner With Top DOJ Official One Day After Hillary's Benghazi Hearing" in which we reported that John Podesta had dinner with one of the highest ranked DOJ officials the very day after Hillary Clinton's Benghazi testimony?  It was Peter Kadzik.

Will Barack Obama Suspend The Election If Hillary Is Forced Out By The New FBI Email Investigation?  If there are thousands of emails, it is going to take quite a while to sift through them all.  And of course Barack Obama has lots of ways that he could influence, delay or even shut down the investigation.  So those that are counting on this to be the miracle that Donald Trump needs should not count their chickens before they hatch.  But if Hillary Clinton were to be forced out of the race by this FBI investigation, the Democrats would have to decide on a new candidate, and that would take time.

I Was a Federal Agent and These Four Things Stink About the Clinton Email Investigation.  [#2] Why agree to forgo prosecuting potential co-conspirators Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin — and destroy the computer evidence they possess — before charging them with a crime?  That's not the way the process works.  In order to build leverage against a criminal conspirator, a federal agent would typically draw up a federal complaint or seek an indictment.  Second, an agent would get an arrest warrant from a judge pursuant to a probable cause ruling and then, after the arrest, he or she would ask if the arrested individual wished to cooperate, potentially using their cooperation against co-conspirators.  Third, if the cooperation is substantive, then a 5k letter is issued to a judge, which indicates the subject's level of cooperation and how that should be considered in sentencing the cooperating defendant.  None of that was done in this case.

Is Huma Abedin Going To Sing?  She And Weiner Are Both Cooperating With FBI.  Huma Abedin has all but vanished from Hillary Clinton's campaign.  After the news broke on Friday that the email treasure trove the FBI wanted to get into had come off of Anthony Weiner's computer, his estranged wife suddenly disappeared from Hillary's side, with the New York Times reporting that Huma is back in New York, working out of the Brooklyn outpost of the campaign.

Huma's email testimony could haunt her as FBI renews probe.  Scrutiny of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin intensified Monday amid speculation that claims she made in her FBI interview and a separate sworn deposition could come back to haunt her as the bureau gains access to emails on her estranged husband's computer.  Abedin, one of Clinton's most trusted advisers, is married to disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner.

FBI boss called attorney-general's bluff before revealing Weiner breakthrough.  An astonishing confrontation between the attorney-general and the FBI director over Hillary Clinton's emails was revealed Monday [10/31/2016].  Sources told Reuters how James Comey, the FBI boss, challenged Loretta Lynch, the nation's most senior prosecutor, over whether she was directing him to keep the bombshell discovery of new, 'relevant' emails secret from Congress.  The development was revealed by the news agency hours after the White House went out of its way to back Comey as a man of 'integrity' and rubbish Hillary Clinton's attack on him.

President Obama Throws Hillary Clinton Under the Bus, Supports Director Comey.  Now that the President of the United States has declared the FBI is non-partisan to this election, where does Hillary move next?

WSJ: FBI agents told to stand down on Clinton Foundation investigation by higher-ups.  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that as the investigation into Anthony Weiner's emails developed into a re-opening of the case against Hillary Clinton, FBI officials told investigators to shut it down.

Uh-oh: Look Who's In Charge Of DOJ's Probe Into Huma Abedin Emails.  On Friday, the FBI reopened its investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email fiasco.  I mentioned that I was rather cynical about it... and sure enough, now it has emerged that Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's BFF is going to oversee the investigation at the Department of Justice.  There always seems to be a catch or a way that the system is rigged for the Clinton crime family, and this certainly points in that direction.

Podesta's Good Friend Will Supervise Hillary-Huma Email Probe, I'm Serious.  About 650,000 emails were found on Anthony Weiner's laptop and tens of thousands were Huma Abedin's of which many are guaranteed to be sent by Huma Abedin to Hillary Clinton and the reverse.  The DoJ announced this evening [10/31/2016] that they are joining the probe to come up with answers in a few days.  That doesn't instill confidence.  They want to "speed up" the investigation, Politico reported.  "...Justice officials disclaimed any political motivations in their shift in strategy, the effort to put the investigation on a fast track would be a step toward meeting the demands of top Democrats and the Clinton campaign for more answers in advance of the election."  They want a fast exoneration obviously.

FBI Unexpectedly Releases Documents Related To 2001 Probe Into Clinton Foundation.  In what appears to be an unexpected, and very surprising, disclosure, moments ago the FBI released 129 pages of heavily redacted records from its 15-year-old investigation into the Clinton Foundation and Bill Clinton's 11th hour pardon of financier Marc Rich (less than a week before the election). [...] As the Washington Examiner notes, it was not immediately clear what prompted the FBI to publish the files Tuesday [11/1/2016].  However, the bureau posted the documents on the section of its website dedicated to records released through the Freedom of Information Act.  Is this the FBI engaging in a covert mutiny against the Clintons and the political affiliated Department of Justice?  We hope to find out soon.

FBI releases documents on probe of Marc Rich pardon.  The FBI has released 129 pages of documents from a decade-old investigation into the Clinton Foundation and Bill Clinton's 11th-hour pardon of financier Marc Rich. [...] Rich and his ex-wife were generous donors to the Clintons and gave heavily to the construction of Clinton's presidential library in Arkansas.

FIVE separate FBI cases are probing virtually every one of Clinton's inner circle and their families.  The extent to which Hillary Clinton's key advisers are now the focus of major FBI investigations is becoming clear.  The Clintons' long-term inner-circle — some of whom stretch back in service to the very first days of Bill's White House — are being examined in at least five separate investigations.  The scale of the FBI's interest in some of America's most powerful political fixers — one of them a sitting governor — underlines just how difficult it will be for Clinton to shake off the taint of scandal if she enters the White House.  There are, in fact, not one but five separate FBI investigations which involve members of Clinton's inner circle or their closest relatives — the people at the center of what has come to be known as Clintonworld.

Tom Cotton NUKES Clinton Foundation: 'Largest Money Laundering... Operation In The World'.  Sen. Tom Cotton heavily criticized the Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation during a Tuesday morning [11/1/2016] interview on Hugh Hewitt's radio show.  Hewitt asked Cotton how quickly he believes the FBI could complete its new review of emails related to Clinton's private email server.  "650,000 emails is a lot of emails," the Arkansas senator noted.  "But then again, when you use modern searching techniques, you might be able to winnow it pretty quickly."

Hillary's Watergate?  The FBI has not yet reviewed Abedin's emails, and they could turn out to be duplicates of those the FBI has already seen, benign, or not relevant to the investigation of Clinton.  But it does appear that Abedin misled the FBI when she told them all communications devices containing State Department work product were turned over to State when she departed in 2013.  Clinton, understandably, was stunned and outraged by Comey's letter.  For it casts a cloud of suspicion over her candidacy by raising the possibility that the FBI director could reverse his decision of July, and recommend her prosecution.

DOJ has been trying for months to shut down FBI probe of Clinton Foundation.  This sounds very much like an X-Files episode, except that I doubt the Cigarette Smoking Man, the Well Manicured Man, the Elder or even the aliens themselves are as corrupt as the Clintons.  Whoever our real-life Mulder and Scully might be in this case (and it's surely a lot more than two agents), the task of looking into the Clinton Foundation's dirty dealings is getting [...] a lot of resistance from the Justice Department, which wants the whole thing to stop immediately.

Clinton Owns It All.  No matter how unorthodox the conduct of FBI Director Comey, should Clinton lose to Donald Trump on Nov. 8, it's her own fault.  News that the FBI is re-opening the investigation into Clinton's handling of classified information on an unsecured private server is a potentially fatal blow to her hopes of winning the White House.  Comey's decision to inform Congress of the new chapter in the probe 11 days before the election has made him the target of Democrats furious that the FBI broke protocol by first speaking publicly about an ongoing investigation, and secondly by influencing an election in its final stretch.  It's likely that Democrats will spend the remaining days of the campaign running against Comey instead of Trump, but it's hard to see backlash against the FBI director buoying her.

Desperate Democrats need to stop lashing Comey now.  He had no choice.  What, if you're Mr Comey, do you do?  After all, he told Congress he would alert them to any development which gave him good cause to reopen the original investigation into Clinton's emails.  This, by any yardstick, was surely such a development[.]  Comey therefore had two choices.  He either waited until after the election next Tuesday before saying anything.  Or, he alerted Congress immediately.  Either way, public opprobrium lay.

The Democrats' Comey Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds.  So why are the Democrats so angry?  They don't like that Comey made the announcement just 11 days before the election.  Fair enough.  But they sang a different song in July when Comey closed down the investigation by prematurely declaring he would not bring charges in the case.  It took away a major campaign issue for Clinton, clearing the way for her current lead over Donald Trump in most polls.  The Democrats' anger now is more than just a bit hypocritical.

The Democrats Asked for This.  Before Democrats burn James Comey in effigy, they should think about how the FBI director came to have an outsized influence in the election in the first place.  It's not something Comey sought or welcomed.  A law-enforcement official who prizes his reputation, he didn't relish becoming an object of hate for half the country or more.  No, the only reason that Comey figures in the election at all is that Democrats knowingly nominated someone under FBI investigation.  Once upon a time — namely any presidential election prior to this one — this enormous political and legal vulnerability would have disqualified a candidate.  Not this year, and not in the case of Hillary Clinton.

Clinton camp questions FBI release of Marc Rich pardon files.  Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is raising questions about the timing of the FBI's release Tuesday of records on a 15-year-old investigation into President Bill Clinton's pardon to fugitive financier Marc Rich.  The FBI posted the 129 pages of records in its online Freedom of Information Act reading room in apparent response to a FOIA request seeking information on FBI inquiries into the Clinton Foundation.

12 Facts About the FBI Investigation of Hillary Clinton's Email Server.  [#1] On October 3, FBI agents seized a laptop, an iPhone, and an iPad from disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, as part of the investigation into a report that he was sexting a 15-year-old girl. [...] [#10] Investigators believe that some of the emails deleted from Hillary Clinton's private server are on this laptop, according to CNN.

Now, or later, the Clintons are toast.  Bernard Sanders imagined he was speaking for everyone when he declared, in debate with Hillary, that "I'm tired of hearing about Hillary's d****d emails."  If Bernie had listened a little closer and paid only a little attention to the issue, and acted accordingly, he would be the Democratic nominee today (unless Joe Biden beat him to it).  Hillary would be in the counting house, her favorite place, nuzzling and cuddling the family gold. [...] Mr. Comey's resurrection of his botched investigation has persuaded some of the famous and fatuous that maybe there's a story here, after all.

Chalk Up Another Obama Legacy:  The Clinton Email Burlesque.  True, it was Hillary Clinton, not Obama, who squirreled away State Department business on a private server, and then brought us the contortionist performance of denials, deletions, evasions and professed ignorance that "(C)" on a State Department document stands for "classified."  It is Clinton's longtime top aide, Huma Abedin, who has some explaining to do about how emails pertinent to the Clinton server saga arrived on the computer of her now-estranged husband, Weiner, who is currently under FBI investigation for allegedly sending sexually suggestive messages to a teenage girl.  But it is Obama who presides over the administration whence came this mudslide of wayward emails, classified information, pay-for-play opportunities and a Justice Department that has itself become part of the scandal.

Top DOJ official involved in Clinton probe represented her campaign chairman.  The Justice Department official in charge of informing Congress about the newly reactivated Hillary Clinton email probe is a political appointee and former private-practice lawyer who kept Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta "out of jail," lobbied for a tax cheat later pardoned by President Bill Clinton and led the effort to confirm Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  Peter Kadzik, who was confirmed as assistant attorney general for legislative affairs in June 2014, represented Podesta in 1998 when independent counsel Kenneth Starr was investigating Podesta for his possible role in helping ex-Bill Clinton intern and mistress Monica Lewinsky land a job at the United Nations.

Confidence-inspiring: Here's the DOJ official helping with Clinton/Weiner investigation.  This morning I saw some Hillary defender on Fox News saying that these Clinton scandals are "all smoke but no fire."  If that's remotely true, it's only because the Clintons are lucky to know plenty of people in high places skilled in the use of fire extinguishers: [...] What a lovely bunch of people we have administering "justice" in the country.  Just imagine the level of corruption if the Clintons are put back into the White House.

State Department Suddenly Finds 323 Clinton E-Mails — Some Classified.  The State Department has suddenly found another 323 e-mails to and from Hillary Clinton.  And some of those e-mails appear to be classifed.  Amazing isn't it?  Considering Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills all claimed they turned over everything they had.  At least one of the e-mails Clinton sent Abedin is classified.  Probably more than one.

Hillary's Final Days.  If you have followed her career with the enthusiasm and care that I have, you have seen the FBI popping up repeatedly in Hillary's scandals.  Back in the 1980s it began in Arkansas, with FBI Special Agent I.C. Smith questioning her role in fundraising for her husband Governor Bill Clinton.  It continued into the 1990s, coming to a boil in 1997 when then-FBI Director Louis Freeh responded to a Congressional query, asking him if he had ever experienced anything like the FBI's trials with the Clintons.  Freeh responded, "Actually, I have," and he likened his experiences with the Clintons to his "16 years doing organized crime cases in New York City."

Huma Abedin handled classified data on computer shared with Anthony Weiner.  Emails released by the State Department over the past 18 months show that Huma Abedin frequently handled classified information — suggesting a major reason why the FBI has been eager to get a full look at the personal computer she shared with her now-estranged husband.  That computer has become the center of a major political flap in the final week before Election Day.  Ms. Abedin's boss, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is trying to fend off concerns that there is a smoking gun still to be found among her top personal aide's messages.

Who Remembers "Francining"? — FBI White Hat Transmission.  I assume everybody here knows it, but Kadzik, the AG who now promises an "expedited review" of the Huma/Weiner/Clinton emails, was Marc Rich's attorney.  (This, obviously, before he joined the Justice Dept. in 2013).  He was lobbying Podesta for help obtaining a pardon for the fugitive Rich, which he got.  And it stunk to high heaven.  It appeared, and was reported, that Kadzik was recruited by the Rich people specifically because of his friendship with Podesta.  For those looking for a subliminal message in the timing of the file release, perhaps it is the FBI's way of telling us what we already suspect — Kadzik's involvement in the current Weiner/Huma/Clinton situation is cause for alarm.

FBI dumps documents from Bill pardon of tax cheat.  Most of the 129 pages released Tuesday [11/1/2016] focused on the FBI's criminal probe into Bill Clinton's controversial 2001 pardon of financier Marc Rich on his final day as president.  The FBI closed the case without ever filing charges.  The newly released documents included interview notes, case updates, subpoena records and grand-jury scheduling.  All were heavily redacted, but there were enough snippets to demonstrate that the FBI had undertaken a sweeping investigation into charges that the pardon was a payoff.

IMAP: Four letters that spell potential doom for Hillary and Huma.  The implications of IMAP on the Abedin-Hillary-Weiner-puter scandal cannot be overstated.  It means, simply, that the hammer of Thor is about to come down on the Clinton RICO syndicate, whether before the election or after.

WikiLeaks: Peter Kadzik Leaked Email Investigation Intel to Hillary Clinton Campaign.  Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik shared information about the congressional investigation of Hillary Clinton with his friend John Podesta, according to new emails revealed by WikiLeaks.  "There is a HJC oversight hearing today where the head of our Civil Division will testify.  Likely to get questions on State Department emails," he flagged in an email to Podesta on May 19, 2015, with the subject line, "Heads up."  Kadzik also updated Podesta on a FOIA case on Clinton's emails.

FBI deputy director whose wife took Clinton friend's cash is asked why he is still involved in email probe.  Even if Hillary Clinton does not win the presidency on Tuesday, Republicans on Capitol Hill say they are revving up for more investigations involving the former secretary of state.  House Oversight Committee members remain unconvinced that charges of impropriety against Clinton have been fully reviewed.  Chairman Jason Chaffetz also wants to know if the FBI's deputy director, Andrew McCabe, whose wife received $675,000 in political donations from a close friend of the Clintons, is still working on the Clinton email case in light of that disclosure.

DOJ's Peter Kadzik Exposed Colluding With Clinton Campaign.  On Monday [10/31/2016] we were the first to note that Podesta's friend Peter Kadzik was the DOJ representative chosen to head up a "thorough" review of the new Huma Abedin emails as revealed by a letter he wrote to Congress.  Given Kadzik's personal relationship with Podesta, it seemed like a "convenient" choice for the Clinton campaign.

FBI releases docs from 2001 Rich investigation days before election.  The FBI on Tuesday — one week from Election Day — released heavily redacted files from its 2001 investigation of President Bill Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich.  The release — issued by an automated FBI Twitter account — quickly drew complaints from Democrats who have assailed FBI Director James Comey for his decision last week to tell Congress the bureau was reviewing emails potentially related to Hillary Clinton's private server.  The bureau has been accused by some of meddling in the final days of a hard-fought election.

The FBI Seems To Be Leaking Like A Sieve.  Doesn't it seem the least bit bizarre that the FBI, in an investigation about sensitive information, can't seem to help but leak basically all of the relevant details on an investigation?  There are, really, two issues here.  Given how much of this information leaked, almost all of it within hours of the letter being made public, why didn't Comey and the FBI just come out and say all of this in the first place?  The second, is how the hell can the FBI — the very same FBI that frequently refuses to comment about "ongoing investigations" — have any credibility in the future when it refuses to comment on other ongoing investigations.

Peter Kadzik Is A Clinton Stooge (it's disgusting).  This is a serious conflict of interest, but the Clintonista elite are so socially incestuous and inbred by now, the rot so deep, and the Democreep media propaganda arms so dutiful to the cause of protecting [Hillary] from answering for her crimes, that I've no doubt they believe no one will notice or care that a close friend of a Clinton friend is in charge of (mis)handling explosively damaging evidence that would be used against her in a court of law.  To whom does the honest American Joe turn when every institution in which he has placed his trust is compromised at the highest levels by crooks, swindlers, and racketeers corrupting the system from within to line their pockets?  Peter Kadzik must recuse himself from this case, or be forced off of it.

Andrew McCarthy explains exactly how Loretta Lynch is quashing the FBI's Clinton Foundation probe.  First of all, get your mind clear on this one thought:  What really matters is not the illegality of Hillary's schlock, homebrew e-mail server, nor is it the classified information that was jeopardized because it passed through said server.  That matters, but not as much as the thing that really matters.  What really matters is the pay-for-play, bribery corruption of the Clinton Foundation.  The e-mail server was set up to prevent Congress, the media and the public from learning what was really going on with the Clinton Foundation.  The fact that the server was discovered, and that we now know classified information was compromised because of it, is flitting around the edges.

Judge Nap:  Comey Like J. Edgar Hoover By 'Injecting FBI into Political Process'.  Fox News chief judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano criticized the FBI for announcing the reopening of the probe into Hillary Clinton's alleged mishandling of classified information.  He compared the bureau's current director, James Comey, to famous FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, saying that both showed a " inject the Federal Bureau of Investigation into the political process."  "There was absolutely no duty, obligation or right for [Comey] to announce that the Clinton investigation had been opened," he said, adding that, "if they found a treasure trove of information on Anthony Weiner's laptop, they are duty bound" to investigate it, but not to publicize the development.

Hillary Clinton's severe flaws make Donald Trump the wiser choice.  When FBI Director James Comey said in July there was nothing in Hillary's behavior that warranted an indictment, liberals claimed she had been exonerated and praised Comey for his professionalism.  Now that possibly new evidence has emerged necessitating another look, Democrats and the left are jumping on Comey as a political hack.  They can't have it both ways, though they often try.

Trump gloats Hillary may be on the brink of a perp walk as he says FBI's Clinton Foundation probe could finally 'yield an indictment'.  Donald Trump brought more devastating news about Hillary Clinton to Florida on Thursday, telling a screaming crowd in Jacksonville — just five days before the election — that his Democratic rival is teetering on the brink of a perp walk[.]  'It was reported last night that the FBI is conducting a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's pay-for-play corruption during her tenure as secretary of state,' he said, referring to news that federal investigators have been probing the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation since before the presidential primary season began.

Grassley Asks Justice Department IG to Investigate the Investigators in Clinton Email Probe.  Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is asking the Justice Department's inspector general to examine whether "high-ranking" DOJ and FBI officials "compromised the public trust in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's unauthorized use of a private email server as Secretary of State and potential mishandling of classified material."  Several of those high-ranking officials had previous ties to the Clintons, he said.

FBI Clinton Foundation probe finds 'avalanche' of corruption evidence against her.  An FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation is likely to lead to an indictment unless the Justice Department interferes, two sources familiar with the probe told Fox News.  The Clintons are accused of running a pay-for-play operation out of the State Department that favored donors to their charity — a charge they have denied.  But the feds are 'actively and aggressively pursuing this case,' Fox's Brit Hume said Wednesday [11/2/2016], and they have an 'avalanche' of evidence.

Hillary won't survive another WikiLeaks dump.  I said it a long time ago and I will say it again that I think that Hillary Clinton will be unelectable by Election Day.  And I'll repeat some other things I said.  The Democrats made a big mistake when they picked Clinton as their candidate, because too many people knew too much about her.  FBI Director James Comey did the Democrats — not the Republicans — a big disservice last summer by not coming down harder on Clinton.  If Comey had brought down the hammer, the Dems could have switched candidates.

Obama aides want Comey out after email bombshell.  In a last-minute effort to save Hillary Clinton's bid for the White House, Barack Obama's chief adviser, Valerie Jarrett, has urged the president to fire FBI Director James Comey, according to a source close to Jarrett.  Obama and Jarrett are furious with Comey for reopening the FBI's investigation of Clinton's emails just 11 days before the presidential election.  They blame Comey for Clinton's alarming slide in the polls.  "Valerie argued that Comey was interfering deliberately in the election process and had to be stopped," the source said.  "The president said he was worried about the consequences of taking such an action — the tsunami of outrage that would come his way, and possibly become a major footnote, or worse, in the history of his presidency.

Is the Abedin/Weiner Laptop the Last of It?  [Scroll down]  Put yourself in the shoes of FBI agents who witness things they've never seen before:  subjects of the investigation given immunity from prosecution and then allowed to appear as lawyers for other subjects; Justice Department lawyers more accommodating of defense lawyers than of FBI agents; witnesses who lie to the FBI given immunity rather than being arrested and squeezed for cooperation.  The agents see the handwriting on the wall that their hard work is going to come to nothing.  An agent no doubt asks himself:  "Why should I push to acquire this computer?  If DOJ wanted me to have it, they'd let me subpoena it; if they wanted to make the case, some of these suspects would already be in cuffs."  This is an understandable attitude, but it's not an acceptable one.

Secret Recordings Fueled FBI Feud in Clinton Probe.  Secret recordings of a suspect talking about the Clinton Foundation fueled an internal battle between FBI agents who wanted to pursue the case and corruption prosecutors who viewed the statements as worthless hearsay, people familiar with the matter said.

Recordings Led to FBI, DOJ Battle Over Whether to Investigate Clinton Foundation.  A new report out tonight says that there were some pretty fierce internal tensions between FBI investigators and Justice Department officials over whether they had enough to pursue an "aggressive" investigation into the Clinton Foundation.  The Wall Street Journal put out this new report tonight days after the paper reported that the FBI investigation may have been shut down completely by the DOJ.

EmailGate Has Destroyed Clinton, Inc..  Sidetracked by the news that the FBI is reexamining her emails as secretary of state, the Democratic nominee has decided to attack the Bureau and its director, James Comey.  Herself and through her usual surrogates, Hillary has painted the FBI as a rogue agency that's out to get her.  Top Democrats have accused Comey of siding with Vladimir Putin, while others have alleged that Republicans and the FBI are colluding with the Kremlin to deprive Clinton of victory on November 8.  It all smacks of desperation with more than a whiff of McCarthyism.  This is a risky move, to put it mildly.  The FBI is a storied force, America's secret police, and whatever its mistakes during its long history, it's not viewed by most citizens as more corrupt than, say, our nation's political class.  Rather the contrary.  "I wouldn't attack him," explained Ed Rendell, the former Democratic National Committee chair, commenting on his party's current anti-Comey tirade, and reflecting a common sense that seems to be lacking on Team Clinton right now.

Leaks suggest FBI agents felt DOJ blocked their Clinton investigations.  FBI agents felt as though the Justice Department tried to block them from investigating multiple allegations of wrongdoing and corruption against Hillary Clinton over the past year.  More than a dozen current and former agents have spoken anonymously to multiple media outlets over the past week, including to the Washington Examiner.  FBI field agents have complained of tensions between the bureau and the Justice Department when it came time to consider more aggressive moves, such as issuing subpoenas.  Some investigators felt as though the Justice Department attempted to stymie a year-long probe into the Clinton Foundation, CNN reported Wednesday [11/2/2016].

Report: Clinton Foundation investigation a high priority at FBI.  Fox News reports that the FBI's investigation into the Clinton Foundation, an investigation that's been going on for more than a year, now has a "very high priority."  According to Fox's sources, FBI agents have interviewed and re-interviewed multiple people (some for the third time) in the Foundation case to determine whether there was a "pay to play" interaction between then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.  The FBI's White Collar Crime Division is handling the investigation.  Fox says that FBI agents are "actively and aggressively pursuing this case."  In addition to the interviews and re-interviews, agents are reviewing what Clinton and top aides said in previous interviews to see whether their stories align.

FBI 'Actively And Aggressively' Probing Clinton Foundation Corruption, 'A Lot' Of Evidence.  The FBI has been investigating a possible pay-to-play interaction between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department during Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state for over a year, Fox News host Bret Baier reported Wednesday night [11/2/2016].  "There's an avalanche of new information coming in every day, some of it from WikiLeaks, some from emails," Baier said.  "The agents are actively and aggressively pursuing this case."  Baier said that the investigation is being led by the white collar crime division, the public corruption branch of the criminal investigative division of the FBI.

Senior FBI officials were told of new emails in early October but wanted more information before renewing Clinton probe.  Senior FBI officials were informed about the discovery of new emails potentially relevant to the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server at least two weeks before Director James B. Comey notified Congress, according to federal officials familiar with the investigation.

Recordings aggravated FBI, DOJ feud in Clinton Foundation probe.  Secret recordings of a suspect talking about the Clinton Foundation fueled an internal battle between FBI agents who wanted to pursue the case and corruption prosecutors who viewed the statements as worthless hearsay, people familiar with the matter said.  Agents, using informants and recordings from unrelated corruption investigations, thought they had found enough material to merit aggressively pursuing the investigation into the foundation that started in summer 2015 based on claims made in a book by a conservative author called "Clinton Cash:  The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich," these people said.  The account of the case and resulting dispute comes from interviews with officials at multiple agencies.

FBI Sources Tell Fox News:  Clinton Foundation Investigation Much Bigger and Indictments Likely.  Adding to the White Hat intrigue, Fox News host Bret Baier reported tonight that sources have revealed the scope of the FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation and 'Pay-To-Play' is much larger than anyone previously understood.

Texas Early Voting Drops After Bombshell Halloween Weekend.  It seems that Texas Democrat voters have disappeared over the Halloween weekend.  Was it the Great Pumpkin that scared them off or the announcement by FBI Director James Comey about the re-opening of the Clinton email investigation that kept some voters at home?  Voters in Texas' largest county (Harris County — Houston) broke records last week, peaking at a Friday vote total of 81,239, according to records from Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart's office.  Those numbers dropped sharply over the weekend following the announcement of the renewed Clinton email investigation by the FBI.

FBI's Clinton Foundation investigation now 'a very high priority,' sources say.  The FBI's investigation into the Clinton Foundation that has been going on for more than a year has now taken a "very high priority," separate sources with intimate knowledge of the probe tell Fox News.  FBI agents have interviewed and re-interviewed multiple people on the foundation case, which is looking into possible pay for play interaction between then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.  The FBI's White Collar Crime Division is handling the investigation.  Even before the WikiLeaks dumps of alleged emails linked to the Clinton campaign, FBI agents had collected a great deal of evidence, law enforcement sources tell Fox News.  "There is an avalanche of new information coming in every day," one source told Fox News, who added some of the new information is coming from the WikiLeaks documents and new emails.

Levin: Telling Comey to resign for doing his job is 'preposterous'.  On Wednesday's radio program, Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin addressed an unhinged column from the Wall Street Journal's Bret Stephens in which Stephens, a special pleader for the Washington Establishment, called for FBI Director James Comey to resign.  Stephens attacked Director Comey's announcement that the investigation into Hillary Clinton and her email server is reopened after the FBI obtained new evidence pertinent to the case as "self-regarding" and motivated by a desire to save his career.

Open Season on James Comey.  Perhaps Comey's letter was ill-advised; it certainly wasn't ill-intentioned.  Any reasonable critic of Comey should concede that — coming unexpectedly into possession of 650,000 more e-mails possibly relevant to an investigation that he had told Congress was closed — he was in a tricky spot.  But most of Comey's detractors aren't interested in his dilemma or in the Department of Justice protocols they claim to hold so dear.  No, Comey's sin was putting at risk Clinton's electoral prospects, and he is consequently the object of a campaign of personal destruction whose motive is nakedly political.

Obstruction Of Justice, Confirmed:  FBI Finds New, Work-Related Hillary Emails on Weiner-puter.  The right-wing Tea Partiers at CBS News have some more, very bad news for Hillary Clinton.  The FBI has discovered new, work-related emails that were never turned over by Secretary Clinton and Huma Abedin on the Weiner-puter.  This discovery appears to, eh, "contradict" Clinton's statement to a federal judge, Abedin's sworn testimony during a court-ordered deposition and a document the aide signed, all of which attested under penalty of perjury that they did not retain official records upon leaving the State Department.

Why Comey Reopened the Hillary Investigation.  James Comey's election-shattering decision to revive the investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server was based not only on what his agents found on Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin's laptop.  His judgment was also influenced by mounting pressure among mutinous agents in the FBI, including many of his top deputies.  "The atmosphere at the FBI has been toxic ever since Jim announced last July that he wouldn't recommend an indictment against Hillary," according to a source close to the embattled FBI director, who has known Comey for nearly two decades, shares family outings with him, and accompanies him to Catholic mass every week.

Why Is the Clinton Foundation Investigation Being Run from Brooklyn?  On Tuesday [11/2/2016], the Wall Street Journal's Devlin Barrett published another eye-opening report about the FBI's Clinton Foundation investigation.  It elaborates on the pitched battle between FBI agents who believe they are building a strong case and Justice Department prosecutors who have thrown cold water on it, erecting roadblocks that have made the agents' work much more difficult.  For reasons worth pausing over, the locus of that battle is the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, which is headquartered in Brooklyn.

Is Comey at war with the Dept. of Justice over Clinton's emails?  FBI Director James Comey has caused consternation with his public actions.  Everyone is trying to understand what's really going on behind the scenes.  One explanation, I believe, is that Comey is at war with the Department of Justice.  The FBI's responsibility is to investigate.  However, they can only do that if they get help from the DOJ.  Lacking such cooperation, the FBI is put in an awkward position where they cannot fully proceed and complete their investigation.

Top Clinton Bundlers Were Major Donors to Wife of FBI's Andrew McCabe.  Bundlers for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign joined Clinton ally and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe in donating to the state senate campaign of Jill McCabe.  The Wall Street Journal first reported on donations from Common Good VA, McAuliffe's political action committee, to McCabe's Virginia state senate campaign in 2015.  McCabe is the wife of Andrew McCabe, the FBI deputy director who helped in the investigation into Clinton's email practices.  McAuliffe contributed $467,500 to McCabe's campaign through his PAC, making her the third-largest recipient of contributions from McAuliffe in 2015.  The Virginia Democratic Party provided an additional $207,788 to McCabe in the form of mailers, the Wall Street Journal noted.

Clinton Foundation Probe Continues.  In the days since FBI Director James Comey wrote to congressional leaders revealing new information in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, Clinton defenders have been spinning furiously in an attempt to mitigate the potential political damage.  They have attacked Comey, blamed a rogue band of anti-Clinton FBI officials, suggested the FBI itself has a culture that lends itself to political conservatism, downplayed the Clinton email investigation and denied the existence of a Clinton Foundation investigation.  While there are legitimate concerns about the lack of detail accompanying Comey's letter, some of efforts to downplay the seriousness of the FBI investigations, plural, and the professionalism of those conducting them are deeply political and misleading.  And the reporting on an investigation of the Clinton Foundation is conflicting and somewhat contradictory.

Clinton Foundation Probe Continues.  In the days since FBI Director James Comey wrote to congressional leaders revealing new information in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, Clinton defenders have been spinning furiously in an attempt to mitigate the potential political damage.  They have attacked Comey, blamed a rogue band of anti-Clinton FBI officials, suggested the FBI itself has a culture that lends itself to political conservatism, downplayed the Clinton email investigation and denied the existence of a Clinton Foundation investigation.  While there are legitimate concerns about the lack of detail accompanying Comey's letter, some of efforts to downplay the seriousness of the FBI investigations, plural, and the professionalism of those conducting them are deeply political and misleading.  And the reporting on an investigation of the Clinton Foundation is conflicting and somewhat contradictory.

Bozell & Graham:  Media blackout exposes corrupt media.  While most of America was transfixed by Game 7 of the World Series, Fox News Channel was doggedly pursuing a new story:  The FBI's probe into pay-for-play schemes at the Clinton Foundation and the State Department has been far more expansive than anyone reported so far and has been going on for more than a year.  FBI sources even warned there could be indictments down the road.  Then, The Wall Street Journal broke another new story online, saying, "Secret recordings of a suspect talking about the Clinton Foundation fueled an internal battle between FBI agents who wanted to pursue the case and corruption prosecutors who viewed the statements as worthless hearsay."  Senior officials wanted to tell FBI agents to "stand down" from a Clinton Foundation probe.  That's two nuclear explosions in one night.  What was the reaction from the news media?  Crickets.

What can we do to indict Hillary Clinton, one of the most corrupt politicians in history?  There is little doubt in the minds of the American public that Hillary Clinton probably broke a law.  After all, she seems to have little reason to abide by it.  In fact, she may be the first presidential candidate to be interviewed by the FBI as often as she is by the media.  More recently, the FBI has reopened the investigation into wrongdoing by Hillary and her aides after the FBI stumbled upon thousands of additional State Department emails that may have been improperly shared after investigating a separate incident involving disgraced former congressman (and estranged husband of Hillary's closest aide, Huma Abedin) Anthony Weiner and his involvement with underage women.  Although the FBI has determined (perhaps politically) no wrongdoing by Clinton there either, it's unlikely the illegal activity surrounding Hillary's emails — and the fraudulent nature of the Clinton Foundation — will keep her off the radar of law enforcement.

A Memo for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  The most urgent matter that Attorney General Sessions will face is that of deciding the fate of FBI director James Comey.  Comey was appointed in 2013 for a statutory term of ten years.  In principle, however, he can be removed by the president at any time.  President Bill Clinton removed FBI director William Sessions about halfway through his term on charges that Sessions had misused official resources.  Although President Clinton discharged Sessions for cause, the statute creating the FBI director does not limit the grounds for termination, and we believe that the president's constitutional authority of removal would allow him to fire Comey for any reason.  Rather than firing the FBI director, however, it is more likely that the president would first request his resignation.  We think that Director Comey should leave office for the good of the FBI and the nation.

FBI Director Comey appears to reverse his course again, November 5, 2016:
Once again, Election Day  is  was November 8.

Editor's note:
Again, the items in this section are listed in the order in which they were discovered on the internet.

James Comey:  "We haven't changed our conclusions on Clinton".  [The most recent FBI letter] Does not apply to Clinton Foundation investigation, which is ongoing.  However, we would be remiss if we didn't remind everyone what we previously shared on October 28th about the original Comey letter to congress.

FBI: Review of new emails doesn't change conclusion on Clinton.  FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers Sunday [11/6/2016] the agency hasn't changed its opinion that Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges after a review of new emails.  "Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July," Comey wrote in the new letter to congressional committee chairmen.

FBI Director James Comey reveals the department will NOT change its July decision.  Donald Trump blasted the FBI's director on Sunday night, telling a crowd of 8,000 people in Michigan that he rejects the bureau's latest move to exonerate Hillary Clinton.  FBI chief James Comey told leaders in Congress hours earlier that a review of 650,000 emails discovered on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner had reinforced his July 5 decision to let her off the hook.

'You can't review 650,000 new emails in eight days!' Furious Trump blasts FBI Director.  Donald Trump blasted the FBI's director on Sunday night, telling a crowd of 8,000 people in Michigan that he rejects the bureau's latest move to exonerate Hillary Clinton.  FBI chief James Comey told leaders in Congress hours earlier that a review of 650,000 emails discovered on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner had reinforced his July 5 decision to let her off the hook.  'The investigations into her crimes will go on for a long, long time,' Trump said in the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights.

This headline could only mean one thing:  Mr. Comey is trying to sway the election!
White House:  Comey not trying to sway election.  The White House on Monday [11/7/2016] stressed its belief that James Comey is not trying to influence the outcome of the presidential election after the FBI director informed Congress this weekend he won't change his recommendation to not charge Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of State.

Wikileaks Releases 8,200 Emails From DNC Hack; Reveals Collusion Between CNN And Democrats.  [M]oments ago, Wikileaks announced the release of another huge batch of hacked DNC emails, which it dubbed #DNCLeak2, contained some 8,263 previously unseen, hacked DNC emails — a server penetration which had previously been attributed either to the Guccifer 2.0 hacker, or Vladimir Putin, and which over the summer cost Debbie Wasserman Schultz her job when it was revealed that the DNC was rigging the primary in HIllary's favor — going public for the first time.  While we expect the FBI to fully parse, scan and finalize it[,] report on this batch within the next 10 or so minutes, and to conclude there is nothing of significance in the pile, [...]

'Once a crook, always a crook' Hillary Clinton condemned after FBI clear her over emails.  US presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has been branded a "crook" by the former mayor of New York City after being cleared of any wrongdoings over the use of a private email server.  Rudy Giuliani hit out at the Democrat nominee over a Wikileaks expose which claimed Mrs Clinton used money from the Clinton Foundation to fund her daughter Chelsea's wedding to Marc Mezvinsky in 2010.  It was also alleged she had allowed classified emails to be handled by her maid.  The allegations surfaced after the FBI exonerated Mrs Clinton of criminal conduct after a fresh inquiry into her private email server during her time as secretary of state from 2009-13.

FBI clears Clinton — again.  FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers Sunday the agency hasn't changed its opinion that Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges after a review of new emails.  "Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July," Comey wrote in the new letter to congressional committee chairmen.

The Editor says...
No, Mrs. Clinton has not been cleared.  There are multiple investigations underway, and she has not been fully exonerated, as the article above would have you believe.

Here's What The FBI Found In The Emails On Anthony Weiner's Laptop.  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.

Will James Comey survive the Clinton email flap?  James Comey isn't going to get out of the Clinton email investigation unscathed.  After delivering yet another potentially game-changing missive — this one clearing Hillary Clinton of criminal wrongdoing in the email probe — the FBI director found himself caught in an unusual vortex, taking heavy flak from both sides of the aisle.  The almost certain result will be further congressional hearings into both his agency's investigation and his own decision-making, from his unusual July press conference to clear Clinton of charges but rebuke her nonetheless, to his public release of investigative materials, to his shocking revelation on Oct. 28 of new evidence, to yesterday's report that the evidence didn't amount to much, at least as far as Clinton herself is concerned.

Hillary Cleared As FBI Folds Again:  Comey Says "No New Conclusions" After Clinton Email Review.  And now the pendulum of Comey backlash swings the other way.  Which Republican politician will be the first to press charges against Comey under The Heath Act?  And will Harry Reid drop his charges?  In a letter to several committee chairmen released Sunday, FBI Director James Comey announced on Sunday afternoon that just over a week after the FBI reopened its probe into Clinton emails, the Bureau has not changed its July conclusion regarding Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of State.

Bongino: 'The Teflon Clintons got away with it again'.  Following the FBI's announcement over the weekend that Hillary Clinton is, once again, "in the clear" regarding her private email server, Conservative Review's Dan Bongino took to Facebook to share his reaction.  "So the Teflon Clintons got away with it again," the Renegade Republican announced on Facebook Live.  "Do you believe this?  I mean, does it ever end with these people?  Do you ever notice the Clintons and justice never intersect, ever?"  The only reason the former secretary of state is not in prison is because "something's going on behind the scenes" and "someone at the top did not want to find the answers," said Bongino.  [Video clip]

Question:  Are You Thoroughly Disgusted With The FBI?  A lot of Americans have had quite enough of political hacks setting up shop in American institutions only to hijack them to entrench their own political agendas or punish their political rivals. [...] We cannot even trust those people we pay to enforce our laws on our behalf to do so impartially.  Once we've lost that, can we truly say we still have a Republic?

Hey, Comey:  If There's 'Nothing' In Hillary's 650K Emails, Then Release Them.  If, as Comey has said, there is nothing in that email that would condemn Hillary, there should be nothing in it that the public cannot see.  After all[,] at least 5 foreign government agencies have already seen them, and the only people in the dark are the ones who have a right to access that information.  'We the People'.  In fact, when 'We the People' — by way of Congress — demanded she produce her email, she destroyed information that was under subpoena.  Apparently, that does not 'qualify' as noteworthy to Director Comey.

Agents Must Now Blow Whistle on Clinton/Obama Corruption.  We are in uncharted territory.  Unfettered corruption has metastasized to the highest levels of government.  FBI Director James Comey, a man once widely respected throughout all levels of law enforcement, has sadly sealed his legacy as a crooked shill for the Clinton crime family.  It's the theatre of the absurd.  Based upon his Sunday announcement that he intends to put the kibosh, for now at least, on Hillary Clinton's criminal investigations, Mr. Comey has asked the American people to believe that the FBI thoroughly reviewed 650,000 emails from Anthony Weiner's laptop in a whopping 691,200 seconds.  I suspect Comey may have come across details of his own impending "suicide" on Weiner's hard drive.  It's little wonder that trust for government is at an all-time low, and that the FBI has become a national laughing stock.

Breaking: Comey Caves Again, Lets Hillary OFF The Hook.  Have we been rope-a-doped? [...] So, they got everyone to 'turn the channel' by baiting us with a red herring.  The nation's attention focussed on FBI investigations ... 'generally'... most not following closely enough to distinguish between the pay-for-play and the email cases, which are being investigated by different arms of the FBI.  Meaning, the Pay-for-play investigation has NOT been 'closed', it was never discussed at all.  Don't let them get away with saying anything to the contrary.  The President praised Comey one day for his fairness, scolded him the next day for getting too involved in the political process, and now we have Comey announcing that we're back to square 1.  Remember that without cooperation of the DOJ, nothing Comey does will lead to prosecution.

Question: If All Questions Are Decided By Lynch, Comey & Obama, Why Have A Congress?  Obama has already shown us he doesn't need 'We the people' to start a war.  (Who needs Congress for that?)  There was [an] objection about how the proper roles of House and Senate were ignored for Obamacare.  Which is why some STILL maintain it is illegitimate.

Ashcroft: FBI Director James Comey Didn't Clear Clinton.  [Former U.S. Attorney General John] Ashcroft questioned Comey's decision to make an announcement on Sunday afternoon and asserted a major cynicism within the justice community.  "If you're supposed to believe that this is business as usual.  It's not business as usual for... announcements to be made on Sunday afternoon... Maybe this is mandated and required by the circumstances but I believe we've found ourselves in a situation where the people at the bottom of the social order in the United States don't believe the justice community can protect them and they believe that the people at the top of the social order are not subject to prosecution," he said.

When investigators go rogue:  James Comey and Hillary's emails.  In this new letter, Director Comey is clearly attempting to retract the impression he created 10 days ago that Mrs. Clinton may have violated the law.  In his earlier, vague letter to Congress, Comey suggested that he was renewing an inquiry into Hillary Clinton's emails after 650,000 emails were found on the laptop of the estranged husband of one of her closest aides, Huma Abedin.  While Mrs. Clinton's campaign spokesman quickly praised Comey's latest letter on Sunday — a clarification issued just 36 hours before polls open on Election Day across the nation — Comey's action has reinforced the perception that the FBI, indeed, the Justice Department, are two government agencies in chaos.  Both letters also suggest that Comey has yielded to intense criticism of his earlier conduct, which many critics excoriated as a dangerous departure from Justice Department tradition and procedure.

Johnson wants answers from Comey on FBI's latest Clinton investigation twist.  U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson wants to know how FBI Director James Comey arrived at his decision — again — that Hillary Clinton will not face criminal charges related to the former Secretary of State's email scandal.  Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent Comey a letter Monday asking the FBI director for additional details about the agency's examination of new emails "pertinent to the investigation" into Clinton.

Newt Gingrich Just Exposed The Real Reason Why James Comey Let Hillary Go.  So my question is this:  why even send the letter to Congress this close to the election if you only will announce 9 days later than it was much ado about nothing?  It seems highly suspicious and nearly unconscionable that the letter would be sent only to be totally contradicted just over a week later.  It really makes you wonder what is going on behind the scenes, what deals are being made that we don't know about, that is going to misshape this country.  The FBI and the government is doing everything they can to get Hillary in office and we all know it.

FBI Agents Must Come Forward to Confront Corruption.  We are in uncharted territory.  Unfettered corruption has metastasized to the highest levels of government.  FBI Director James Comey, a man once widely respected throughout all levels of law enforcement, has sadly sealed his legacy as a crooked shill for the Clinton crime family.  It's the theatre of the absurd.  Based upon his Sunday announcement that he intends to put the kibosh, for now at least, on Hillary Clinton's criminal investigations, Mr. Comey has asked the American people to believe that the FBI thoroughly reviewed 650,000 emails from Anthony Weiner's laptop in a whopping 691,200 seconds.  I suspect Comey may have come across details of his own impending "suicide" on Weiner's hard drive.  It's little wonder that trust for government is at an all-time low, and that the FBI has become a national laughing stock.

Now Five FBI Field Offices Are Probing Clinton Charity, Adding Fuel To The Fire.  FBI field offices in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Little Rock, Ark., are investigating the Clinton Foundation concerning allegations of pay-to-play financial and political corruption, according to a Wall Street Journal report Sunday [10/30/2016].  Mirroring information provided by a former senior law enforcement official that "multiple FBI investigations are underway involving potential corruption charges against the Clinton Foundation," the Journal confirms what The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group reported in August.

Exclusive: It's Full-Bore Ahead For FBI's Clinton Foundation Probe.  FBI agents across the country are continuing to actively pursue a broad political corruption investigation of the Clinton Foundation, a probe that is consuming the resources in the FBI's Little Rock, Ark., field office where every agent assigned to public corruption matters now is working on the case, The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group has learned.  "Everybody's working the foundation in Little Rock," a former senior FBI official told TheDCNF.  There at least 10 agents involved, but it's possible the Little Rock field office is "pulling bodies from other programs."

Bureau's ex-official says FBI chief may have to resign over Clinton email case.  FBI Director James Comey is likely to resign over his handling of the email scandal surrounding presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, a former senior executive at the FBI told TASS Friday [11/11/2016].

Goodbye Huma Abedin, hello Keith Ellison.  [A]s the self-righteous liberal hysteria following Hillary's loss settles stateside, the former First Lady is blaming her defeat on none other than the FBI.  No, in Clinton's entitlement-state-of-mind, it was never her fault.  Not even her questionable deletion of 30,000 emails or the hammer-mode destruction of her multiple cellular phones to destroy evidence.  It was always someone else's fault.

Comey FBI letter 'almost certainly' cost Hillary Clinton the election, figures reveal.  FBI director James Comey's letter announcing the FBI was reopening its probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server may have played a key role in her election loss, figures suggest.  Renowned pollster Nate Silver said Ms Clinton would "almost certainly" be President-elect of the US if the election had been held on 27 October, the day before Mr Comey's announcement.

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Hillary's criminal acts, her reputation, her greed, her evasiveness and her lies cost her the election — not Mr. Comey's appraisal of those acts.

Harry Reid claims 'partisan' Comey 'ignored' reports of Russian meddling and 'single-handedly'cost Clinton the election.  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid repeated his insistence that Hillary Clinton would have been president and the Democrats would have a majority in the Senate had it not been for the 'partisan' actions of FBI Director James Comey.  Reid, the Democrat from Nevada who is retiring this year, told CNN on Monday that Clinton would have defeated the eventual winner of the race, President-elect Donald Trump, if Comey was not 'heavily involved as a partisan.'

The 5 Stages Of Losing An Election To Donald Trump.  Weeks after the election, conventional wisdom had coalesced around the idea that FBI Director James Comey's letter informing Congress that the bureau had found new evidence relating to the criminal investigation had irreversibly changed the election.  Many Democrats accused Comey of attempting to win the election for Trump.  After hammering Trump with one accusation after the next — some of them legitimate and some of them completely unproven — Democrats seemed to believe their candidate should be immune from news of her own doing.  Clinton, after all, was the one who used a secret server to circumvent transparency.  She was the one who sent unsecured classified documents on that server.  She was the one who attempted to destroy the evidence related to this investigation.  She was the one who lied to the American people about it.  And Clinton was nominated by Democrats, who never seriously entertained any another candidate.

The Left's never-ending war.  The push among the American Left to discredit the results of last month's presidential election entered a new phase last Friday [12/9/2016] with the White House's announcement that outgoing US President Barack Obama has ordered US intelligence agencies to review evidence of Russian hacking in last month's elections on behalf of President-elect Donald Trump.  The investigation itself is unlikely to lead to any conclusive results.  The FBI, which is responsible for carrying out this sort of investigation, saw no evidence that Russian hacking was aimed specifically at assisting Trump's campaign against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Federal judge asks to see FBI search warrants used to access Hillary Clinton emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop and hints that he may unseal documents.  A federal judge has directed the US government to show him any search warrant application used to gain access to a new batch of Hillary Clinton's emails just before the election.  Judge P. Kevin Castel on Tuesday asked a government lawyer to turn over any pertinent documents by late Thursday [12/15/2016] in case he decides any portion of the materials must be made public.  He also recommended the government advise what redactions are necessary should he rule that portions of documents must be disclosed publicly.

FBI to release search warrant detailing why it reopened investigation into the Hillary Clinton emails.  The FBI will be forced to reveal details on Tuesday about why it decided to suddenly reopen its investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails during the final days of the election, a move that many Democrats have blamed for costing Clinton the election.  Judge P. Kevin Castel ordered a court to unseal the FBI search warrant for Clinton-related emails that were discovered on a laptop belonging to disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner in October.  The warrant, the FBI's application for the warrant, and an affidavit justifying the warrant will be released to the public on Tuesday [12/20/2016].

U.S. judge orders unsealing of Clinton email probe search warrant.  A U.S. judge on Monday [12/19/2016] ordered the unsealing of the application used to obtain a search warrant that allowed the FBI to gain access to emails related to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private server before the Nov. 8 election.  U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan directed the release by Tuesday of redacted materials used to obtain a search warrant after Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey informed Congress of newly discovered emails on Oct. 28.  Comey's letter drew new attention to a damaging issue for Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, and roiled the campaign 11 days before the Nov. 8 election, won by Republican Donald Trump.

Judge orders unsealing of search warrant in Clinton email probe.  A federal judge has ordered the unsealing of a search warrant that played a role in the controversial public renewal of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email just before the presidential election.  The warrant was issued by a federal magistrate in late October, after the FBI requested permission to search emails contained on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin.  The FBI discovered the Clinton-related emails after initially seizing the laptop during a probe over Weiner's alleged sexually explicit online exchanges with a minor.

Now Bill Clinton blames the FBI for his wife's defeat claiming Comey cost her the election.  Former President Bill Clinton, caught in his own wilderness of a small town New York bookstore, pointed a finger at FBI Director James Comey for his wife's election loss — while casting the winner, President-elect Donald Trump, as a know-nothing.  'James Comey cost her the election,' Clinton said, according to a column in The Record-Review, a weekly newspaper that covers the towns of Bedford and Pound Ridge, New York — communities close to the Clintons' Chappaqua.

Bill Clinton's sad excuses for Hillary's defeat.  Most grumpy old men don't draw a crowd, let alone make national news, by ranting in a bookstore about how their family's been wronged.  But Bill Clinton is an ex-president, and the hubby of Hillary.  So now everyone knows he sounded off in Pleasantville about how FBI chief Jim Comey "cost her the election" by announcing less than two weeks before Nov. 8 that he was re-opening the probe of her private e-mail server. [...] The FBI probe began in the first place because Hillary opted to conceal her work records — shielding her communications from Freedom of Information requests and from goverment investigations into the Benghazi attacks.

The FBI reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails days before the election based on little more than a hunch, according to a newly unsealed search warrant.  The FBI reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server days before the election based on little more than a hunch, according to a search warrant in the case unsealed on Tuesday [12/20/2016].  Authorities said in the warrant request that they suspected a Dell Inspiron 15 7000 series used by senior Clinton aide Huma Abedin contained classified email exchanges with Clinton, but claimed they had not actually looked at the content of the messages.

FBI warrant released in Clinton case, revealing extent of classified info on laptop.  A federal court on Tuesday released the search warrant documents filed by the FBI to access a laptop used by disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, revealing new details about why the bureau revisited the email case just days before the presidential election.  The FBI's investigation found "27 email chains containing classified information" on a laptop that "was never authorized for the storage or transmission of classified or national defense information," according to the application for the warrant, which was partially redacted.

FBI feared Abedin's laptop had been hacked, contained secret emails: warrant.  The FBI believed Huma Abedin's laptop computer did have evidence she and her boss, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, mishandled classified information, according to a search warrant released Tuesday that shows the basis agents had for upending the presidential election with their controversial election-season probe.  Agents were also hoping to see if anyone had used the laptop to hack into the Clinton emails, according to the affidavit agents filed to justify the warrant.  Ms. Abedin, one of Mrs. Clinton's top aides from her time in the State Department and again on the campaign trail, shared the laptop with her now-estranged husband Anthony Weiner.  The FBI seized the laptop in a probe of Mr. Weiner, but discovered it also had messages between Mrs. Clinton and Ms. Abedin.

Court releases search warrant in Clinton email probe.  Search warrant filings made public for the first time Tuesday [12/20/2016] provide a new look at controversial actions the FBI took shortly before the presidential election as the law enforcement agency revived its investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email set-up.  The warrant was issued by federal magistrate Kevin Fox in Manhattan on Oct. 30, after the FBI requested permission to search emails contained on a Dell Inspiron 15 7000 series laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin.  The FBI discovered Clinton-related emails on the computer after initially seizing the device during a probe over Weiner's alleged sexually explicit online exchanges with a minor.

Emails between Clinton and top aide, but little else, spurred FBI to resume controversial probe.  The FBI told a federal judge that it needed to search a computer to resume its investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server because agents had found correspondence on the device between Clinton and top aide Huma Abedin — though they did not have any inkling what was being discussed, according to newly unsealed court documents.

Here It Is:  The Full FBI Search Warrant of Huma Abedin's Weinerputer.  Bear with me: it's in PDF format and partially redacted.  But it's still very interesting reading.

FBI Search Warrant In October Cited "Criminal Investigation" In Hillary E-Mail Scandal.  It turns out that the FBI had not yet given up on 18 USC 793 (e) and (f) in October.  A federal judge unsealed the warrant that authorized the search of Anthony Weiner's laptop after a lawsuit from an attorney who specializes more in unearthing stolen art.  The FBI had told the judge who issued the warrant that they believed it would unearth evidence relating to a criminal investigation: [...]

FBI search warrant:  Hillary Clinton put US at 'exceptionally grave' risk.  Paragraph 20 of the affidavit states that Hillary turned over to the State Department 30,499 emails in response to a records request from the State Department.  The Department then reviewed these emails in response to a FOIA request.  After review, the State Department announced on February 20, 2016 that 2,115 emails contained "classified" information; 2,028 of the 2,115 contained "confidential" information; 65 of the 2,115 contained "secret" information; and 22 of the 2,115 contained "top secret" information.  Paragraph 21 of the affidavit states that the U.S. government concluded that the unauthorized disclosure of the 2,028 "confidential" emails could cause "damage" to national security, unauthorized disclosure of the 65 "secret" level emails could cause "serious damage" to national security, and unauthorized disclosure of the 22 "top secret" emails could cause "exceptionally grave damage" to national security.  We do not know the contents of the 33,000 emails Hillary destroyed.  But the inference is she destroyed them because she considered them damaging to her.

FBI director under pressure to explain Clinton bombshell.  Six weeks since Hillary Clinton's surprise loss in the presidential election, FBI Director James Comey is under pressure to justify the bombshell announcement that rocked the final days of the campaign.  Democrats, still smarting from the Nov. 8 loss, have lashed out at Comey as the architect of the Democratic nominee's defeat.  "James Comey cost her the election," former president Bill Clinton has said.  Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has accused the director of being a "Republican operative" who helped President-elect Donald Trump win the White House.

Bill Clinton, Who May Have Cost Hillary the Election, Passes the Buck to James Comey.  Former President Bill Clinton is quick to apportion blame for his wife's defeat.  "James Comey cost her the election," Clinton was quoted telling a group of holiday shoppers during an impromptu chat in a Westchester County bookshop last week.  But he has yet to place any blame at all on an otherwise great man with a great fault who bears considerably more responsibility for Hillary Clinton's loss.  That man is Bill Clinton himself.  His great fault is one he shares with his wife; they too often act as if rules that apply to you or me do not apply to them.

The attorney general could have ordered FBI Director James Comey not to send his bombshell letter on Clinton emails.  Here's why she didn't.  Twelve days before the presidential election, FBI Director James B. Comey dispatched a senior aide to deliver a startling message to the Justice Department.  Comey wanted to send a letter to Congress alerting lawmakers that his agents had discovered more emails potentially relevant to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.  The official in Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates's office who received the FBI call immediately understood the explosive potential of Comey's message, coming so close to the presidential election.  Federal attorneys scrambled into offices on the fourth and fifth floors of Justice Department headquarters, where they huddled to figure out how to stop what they viewed as a ticking time bomb.

The Vast Cognitive Gulf between the Left and the Right.  From the top of the legacy media chain, the New York Times, Washington Post, New Yorker, CNN, MSNBC, there is nothing but anger and accusations.  Someone must be blamed for their loss and it must not be their candidate.  No way.  There has to be a nefarious, outisde-of-the-campaign cause.  It was Comey, it was Russia, it was Wikileaks.

What if Obama dropped Hillary's email bombs?  Obama is a major narcissist who always wants to expand his personal power.  Being president has not satisfied his power-hungry ego; nothing ever will.  For months he has been talking about running for a third term, and he's back at it today.  Washington speculation has long focused on Obama's ambition to become SecGen of the U.N., an office he could try to expand into a genuine power center to achieve the utopian fantasy of the left, a world order in which everything is "properly" controlled from a dictatorial center.  This is consistent with the worst kind of Marxism, but it is also the dream of jihad:  world conquest.  Obama has shown time and time again that he is a sort of Marxo-jihadophile.

What if Obama dropped Hillary's email bombs?  So Obama's motive for (possibly) dropping Hillary's email bombs?  His quest for power.  If Hillary were president for the next eight years, as the Democrats confidently expected, Obama might be dwarfed by the second Clinton administration.  Hillary and Obama are not friends; it was Obama who accused the Clintons of racism to destroy them at the Democratic Convention eight years ago, which reportedly outraged Bill and Hillary.  Obama won that fight, but he left a lot of anger and resentment.  So Obama's motive for undermining Hillary would be their hot competition for power.  Obama is the biggest backstabber in U.S. politics, a true genius at the art of gaining trust and then betraying it.

FBI Never Looked At DNC Servers Before Announcing They Were Hacked By Russia.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation did not inspect the servers of the Democratic National Committee before declaring Russia responsible for last year's hacking, according to a report from Buzzfeed.

Comey: FBI denied repeated requests to access DNC servers, Podesta's device.  FBI Director James Comey acknowledged Tuesday that his agency failed to get access to Democratic National Committee servers and the smartphone of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman allegedly hacked by Russia in the 2016 presidential race.  Thousands of emails from the servers and Chairman John Podesta's device were stolen, then made public during the race, which Clinton lost to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.  But the FBI's repeated requests for access to the devices were denied.  So the agency instead had to rely on the findings of a "highly respected private company," Comey said.

Reports: FBI, CIA Not On The Same Page About Russian Hacking.  Contrary to claims made by Democrats about Russian interference helping President-elect Donald J. Trump, there is no definitive proof that the Kremlin ordered such cyber attacks.  It's all based on circumstantial evidence, innuendo, and anonymous sources that are bound by an apparent inter-agency feud between the CIA and the FBI.  On December 10, The Washington Post reported that both agencies were not on the same page, which seemed to have angered Democrats:

Comey Letter on Clinton Email Is Subject of Justice Dept.  Inquiry.  The Justice Department's inspector general said Thursday [1/12/2017] that he would open a broad investigation into how the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, handled the case over Hillary Clinton's emails, including his decision to discuss it at a news conference and to disclose 11 days before the election that he had new information that could lead him to reopen it.  The inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, will not look into the decision not to prosecute Mrs. Clinton or her aides.  But he will review actions Mr. Comey took that Mrs. Clinton and many of her supporters believe cost her the election.

Now it's Comey's turn to get probed:  FBI boss to be investigated on scandal of secret server.  In yet another explosive twist to the Clinton email scandal, the Justice Department's inspector general has announced an investigation of the FBI's actions in the months leading up to the elections — including extraordinary public actions taken by FBI Director James Comey.  The IG will examine whether Comey followed department policies when he rocked the presidential campaign by announcing the bombshell decision not to prosecute HIllary Clinton in connection with her email scandal.  Then, he made it known that he was sifting through additional email evidence just 11 days before the election — only to reveal that nothing new of importance had turned up.

Dems 'outraged' with Comey after House briefing.  A number of House Democrats left Friday's confidential briefing on Russian hacking fuming over the actions of FBI Director James Comey and convinced he's unfit to lead the agency.  "I was nonjudgmental until the last 15 minutes.  I no longer have that confidence in him," Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), ranking member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, said as he left the meeting in the Capitol.  "Some of the things that were revealed in this classified briefing — my confidence has been shook."  Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), senior Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, delivered a similar condemnation.

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"My confidence has been shook," he says.  Must be a public school student.

If The Comey Letter Sunk Hillary, It's Her Own Fault.  Democrats have reacted to Donald Trump's victory in a number of ways:  they've demanded the Constitution be retroactively changed; they've pinned the blame on "fake news;" they've allowed paranoia about Russia to corrupt their thinking; and they've blamed the loss on the FBI, specifically the "Comey letter," which is most perplexing excuse of all.  In response to pressure from congressional Democrats, the Justice Department inspector general will now review how the FBI and Justice Department handled certain aspects of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  (Perhaps the inspector general could also look into why Attorney General Loretta Lynch reportedly asked Comey not to send the letter even though she had promised not to get involved in the investigation.  While they're at it, maybe the inspector general can find out why Lynch attended an off-the-record meeting on a tarmac with the husband of the person under investigation?)

Judge: FBI Release is "Smoking Gun" Against Hillary Clinton.  Could Hillary Clinton still be facing some extreme legal problems, even though the campaign season is over and her opponent was victorious?  If the latest information released by the FBI can be trusted, she has reason to worry.

Trump trolls Left with FBI Director Comey.  The left has a list of people they blame for Hillary's defeat.  The FBI boss is near the top of that list.  When Comey announced that the FBI was taking another look at Hillary, the same hacks who had been praising him for giving Hillary a pass, turned on him.  Since then everyone from Bill Clinton on down blames him for Trump's win.  And Trump, knowing it, decided to have some fun with them.

Trump Is Keeping FBI Director Comey.  The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, told his top agents from around the country that he had been asked by President Trump to stay on the job running the federal government's top law enforcement agency, The New York Times reports, according to people familiar with the matter.  The political fallout from this decision will make the news cycle buzz today, since Hillary Clinton, the mainstream media, and many Democrats blame Mr. Comey for her defeat, and it is not clear whether she would have kept him on had she won.  [B]ut a decision to retain Mr. Comey would spare the president another potentially bruising confirmation battle.

Trump plans to keep Comey as FBI director in move certain to infuriate Democrats convinced that he aided Clinton's defeat.  President Trump intends to keep FBI Director James Comey in his post, a person familiar with the decision said on Tuesday [1/24/2017], amid reports that U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies are scrutinizing Trump associates over their ties to Russia.

News and commentary prior to the re-opening of the FBI investigation on October 28, 2016:

Clinton headlined fundraiser for campaign group which gave $500,000 to wife of FBI boss who investigated her emails.  Hillary Clinton headlined a major fundraiser for a political action committee shortly before the group steered nearly $500,000 to the wife of the FBI official who oversaw the Clinton email investigation, has learned.  Clinton's ties to the Common Good VA — a Virginia state PAC run by Clinton's long-time friend and advisor Terry McAuliffe, its governor — came under scrutiny this week after the Wall Street Journal reported that the group donated heavily to the state senate campaign of Jill McCabe.  Her husband Andrew McCabe led the FBI investigation into Clinton's emails.

O'Reilly Explodes at Comey Over New Emails.  One of the new John Podesta emails getting a lot of play today concerns what President Obama did or didn't know abut Hillary Clinton's private server, and Bill O'Reilly tonight pointed a very angry finger at FBI Director James Comey over it.

What happened to the FBI? It's been corrupted by Obama and his team.  When FBI Director James Comey announced on July 5 that the Department of Justice would not seek the indictment of Hillary Clinton for failure to safeguard state secrets related to her email use while she was secretary of state, he both jumped the gun and set in motion a series of events that surely he did not intend.  Was his hand forced by the behavior of FBI agents who wouldn't take no for an answer?  Did he let the FBI become a political tool?

Democrat Corruption is Much Worse Than Trump.  This week the [Wall Street] Journal revealed that Clinton crony Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe — no stranger to suspicious fund-raising irregularities — funneled more than half a million dollars to the unsuccessful state senate campaign of the wife of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  McCabe, whom the Journal describes as FBI Director James Comey's "right-hand man," was deeply involved in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server — an investigation that found Mrs. Clinton in clear violation of the law but unindictable because... well, just because.  Fortunately, Mr. McCabe has investigated himself and found himself completely innocent of any wrongdoing!

High Level FBI Official Dined with Podesta Night After Hillary Testified.  The day after Hillary Clinton testified in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi last October, John Podesta, Hillary's campaign chairman met for dinner with a small group of well-connected friends that included Peter Kadzik, the Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs.  In a Wikileaks email 27938 from October 23, 2015, sent by Vincent Roberti, a lobbyist tied to the Podesta brothers, Roberti refers to the dinner, one day before Hillary's testimony to the Benghazi Committee.  Then in another email 30970 on May 5, 2015, Kadzik's son asked Podesta for a job on the Clinton campaign.  This is a conflict of interest between the Clinton campaign and the FBI assigned to investigate her illicit use of the bathroom server for State and confidential emails.

Yes, There Is a Coup On in America.  [Scroll down]  Then there's the fact that Hillary's guilty of perjury, destroying evidence, obstruction of justice, and that whole pay-to-play thing.  I know — she hasn't been charged, much less convicted of those crimes, but that brings me back to my original point.  Hillary wasn't charged or convicted because the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) served as accessories after the fact to cover up her crimes and enable her to avoid prosecution.  The FBI flat-out took a dive.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) tried to be more clandestine, but Bill Clinton's meet-up with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the airport tarmac got caught on video.  The meeting might have been to influence Comey but more likely to dot their Is and cross their Ts on the upcoming non-indictment.  So we have a woman, Hillary Clinton, who should be in jail but is instead cruising to the presidency; a Justice Department that openly assists Hillary in her cover-ups, and a complicit media that hides all these facts from the public.

Richard Nixon could only wish he got Hillary's FBI treatment.  Oh, for the good old days of Watergate and of public servants like Elliot Richardson and William Ruckelshaus.  We should be so lucky now.  Instead, we have a sitting president, Barack Obama, who presided over a corrupt Justice Department and the FBI.  And instead of public servants of principle, we have a gaggle of quislings, including Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who put partisanship and their careers ahead of duty.  Rather than ending a national nightmare, a transfer of power from Obama to Clinton would start a new crisis of confidence.  Consider the threshold question of whether the Justice Department could ever be trusted to prosecute anyone in public office.

More Politicized Justice to Protect Hillary.  A recently revealed connection between Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a local Virginia politician and the FBI exposes, at the very least, another deceptive conflict of interest that was likely intended to help protect the viability of Hillary Clinton's presidential ambitions.  These politicians believe they can get away with such actions because they trust that they can count on a complicit mainstream media to cover for their corruption.

A Retired FBI Agent Addresses James Comey on the Hillary Clinton Investigation.  Sir, I am writing regarding your public statement in July, 2016 informing the American people that the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton was being closed without referring it to a Federal Grand Jury or the Attorney General of the U.S. for a decision whether or not to indict her.  Strangely, you eloquently laid out enough of the evidence deduced from the investigation to strongly indicate there was abundant evidence uncovered during the investigation and interview of her to not only indict but to convict her in Federal Court.  However, you personally re-worded and soft-pedaled the actions she took as Secretary of State describing her actions as "extremely careless" in using a personal email and un-secured server for her communications while Secretary of State.  You rewrote the statute, which is not your job.

Clinton ally reportedly helped fund campaign of key FBI official's wife.  The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday night on the connection.  According to the Journal, finance records show Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's PAC gave $467,500 to Dr. Jill McCabe's 2015 state Senate campaign.  The Virginia Democratic Party spent an additional $207,788 on the campaign, the Journal reported.  McCabe, who ended up losing to Republican incumbent Dick Black, is married to Andrew McCabe — the FBI's deputy director.  At the time of the campaign and of McAuliffe's support, McCabe was associate deputy director.  He later was promoted to deputy after the campaign ended, assuming an oversight role in the Clinton email investigation.

FBI No. 2 pressured to resign over McAuliffe donations to wife.  The FBI's second in command is facing pressure over donations Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a top Clinton ally, made to the official's wife who was running an uphill battle against a popular conservative Northern Virginia state senator.  That senator, Dick Black, on Monday [10/24/2016] called for the resignation of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.  Black said that McCabe, who later oversaw the probe into the Hillary Rodham Clinton email scandal, should have known McAuliffe was one of Clinton's closest advisers and friends and recused himself from the probe of the Democratic presidential candidate.

Trump demands probe into Clinton allies' donations to campaign of FBI official's wife.  Donald Trump demanded an investigation Monday after revelations that Hillary Clinton's allies invested heavily in the state Senate campaign of a Democrat at a time when her husband oversaw part of the FBI's investigation into Mrs. Clinton's secret email account.  Mr. Trump said the revelations about now-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and his wife, Jill McCabe, a Democrat whose campaign collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from organizations overseen by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, are the latest example of corruption that pervades the nation's capital.

Clinton ally gave $500K to wife of FBI agent on email probe.  Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton confidant, helped steer $675,000 to the election campaign of the wife of an FBI official who went on to lead the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email system, according to a report.  The political action committee of McAuliffe, the Clinton loyalist, gave $467,500 to the state Senate campaign of the wife of Andrew McCabe, who is now deputy director of the FBI, according to the Wall Street Journal.  The report states Jill McCabe received an additional $207,788 from the Virginia Democratic Party, which is heavily influenced by McAuliffe.  The money directed by McAuliffe began flowing two months after the FBI investigation into Clinton began in July 2015.  Around that time, the candidate's husband was promoted from running the Washington field office for the FBI to the No. 3 position at the bureau.

Trump hits FBI and links 'rigged' Hillary email investigation to $675,000 in contributions to top investigator's wife's own campaign.  Donald Trump lashed out at the FBI on Monday, and at Democrats who he claims corrupted the agency's investigation into Hillary Clinton's classified email scandal.  A PAC controlled by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, one of Bill and Hillary Clinton's most consistent backers, donated $467,500 to the Virginia state Senate campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe.  Her husband is FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who runs the Washington Field Office — the subagency in charge of investigating Clinton.  The Virginia Democratic Party, normally at McAuliffe's beck and call, also donated $208,000.

Hillary Ally Gave $$$ to Wife of FBI Agent on Email Probe, Nets Censor.  Democratic Governor Terry McAullife's PAC donated almost $500,000 to the wife of an FBI agent leading the probe into Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal.  This stunning revelation, despite being reported in a front page story in Monday's [10/24/2016] edition of The Wall Street Journal, didn't receive any time on the Big Three network (ABC, CBS, NBC) morning shows.

Clinton ally funneled money to wife of FBI agent who oversaw emails.  Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an important ally of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, funneled nearly $700,000 in donations and support to the campaign of the spouse of an FBI official who then oversaw Clinton's email investigation.  The Virginia governor's office was full of denials about the connection on Sunday [10/23/2016].  "Any insinuation that his support" for state Senate candidate Dr. Jill McCabe, wife of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, "was tied to anything other than his desire to elect candidates who would help pass his agenda is ridiculous," a spokesman for the governor told the Wall Street Journal.

Clinton Ally Aided Campaign of FBI Official's Wife.  The political organization of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an influential Democrat with longstanding ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, gave nearly $500,000 to the election campaign of the wife of an official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation who later helped oversee the investigation into Mrs. Clinton's email use.

Fmr. FBI Assistant Director:  James Comey Let Down the Citizens of This Country.  With Hillary Clinton's email scandal continuing to weigh on her campaign, former FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom weighed in on the allegations of negotiations between the State Department and the FBI for a 'quid pro quo' deal to declassify emails and FBI Director James Comey's handling of the investigation into the email scandal.  An FBI agent now claims that the State Department's Undersecretary for Management, Patrick Kennedy, asked him directly to declassify certain Hillary Clinton emails in exchange for FBI posts overseas.  "This is the same guy, Kennedy, that refused all the security requests for Benghazi, this is that same guy," Kallstrom told the FOX Business Network's Stuart Varney.  According to Kallstrom, on the surface the deal looks to be illegal.

The FBI's Own Investigation Summary Proves Hillary Clinton Broke The Law.  According to documents released today, Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy pressured a senior FBI official into unclassifying emails sent from Hillary Clinton's illegal private server.  The FBI official notes that Kennedy contacted the organization to ask for the change in classification in "exchange for a 'quid pro quo.'"  More specifically, "State would reciprocate by allowing the FBI to place more agents in countries where they are presently forbidden," according to a conversation relayed by The Weekly Standard's Stephen Hayes, who broke the story this weekend.  The FBI did not take Kennedy up on his offer.

FBI Files Reveal 'Blatant Disregard' For Classified Information.  At the last presidential debate, Hillary Clinton again apologized for setting up an unauthorized private email server in her basement, while assuring voters she has the utmost respect for classified information:  "I take classified material very seriously, and always have."  But FBI investigators who interviewed her and those assigned to protect her and the classified material that came into her orbit tell another story.  They say she exhibited a blatant disregard for the classification process and security procedures in general.  Newly released FBI notes quote a member of the former secretary of state's protective detail who complained that Clinton "frequently and blatantly disregarded" security protocols, including refusing to follow a standard rule to leave her unsecured cell phone outside secure facilities known as SCIFs.  Such electronic devices pose a threat to security, because foreign intelligence agencies can take remote control of them and use them to conduct surveillance inside the SCIF.

More FBI Agents Turn On Comey: 'He Stood In The Way'.  [Scroll down]  So between these two agents, and the agents who spoke to diGenova, there appears to be a growing lack of confidence within the FBI in the integrity and even competence of the man who occupies the same office of J. Edgar Hoover.  At what point does congress, using their oversight role, issue subpoenas and get these agents under oath and on the record to help save the image and reputation of their historic agency?

FBI official at center of alleged Clinton email 'quid pro quo' speaks out.  FBI official Brian McCauley had been trying for weeks to get his contact at the State Department to approve his request to put two bureau employees back in Baghdad.  Around May 2015, Patrick Kennedy finally called back.  "He said, 'Brian.  Pat Kennedy.  I need a favor,' " McCauley recalled in an interview Tuesday.  "I said, 'Good, I need a favor.  I need our people back in Baghdad."  Then Kennedy, a longtime State Department official, explained what he wanted:  "There's an email.  I don't believe it has to be classified."  The email was from Hillary Clinton's private server, and Kennedy wanted the FBI to change its determination that it contained classified information.

FBI agents let Hillary's aide offer to bribe them to tamper with evidence in probe.  Fox News' senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano had a hard-hitting question for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in response to the release on Monday [10/17/2016] of over 100 new documents related to the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.  One of documents appears to prove the undersecretary of state purportedly offered a deal to the FBI in exchange for the bureau agreeing to reclassify documents in order to protect Hillary Clinton, a "quid pro quo" as described by an FBI agent.  Appearing on "America's Newsroom," Napolitano said the document points to several potential offenses.  "I've never seen this in my career, where an effort is made to change a document after it is evidence in a criminal prosecution," he said.

MSNBC Panel Rips Hillary Clinton For Quid Pro Quo.  Following revelations that the FBI offered the State Department a "quid pro quo" for reclassifying Hillary Clinton's emails, the panel on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Tuesday [10/18/2016] ripped Clinton for her email practices.  "The reason we are here and the reason we are having this unbelievable conversation starts somewhere.  So it doesn't look good," MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski told the panel, referring to Clinton's private email server.

State Department tried to bribe FBI to unclassify Clinton emails.  A top State Department official offered a "quid pro quo" to an FBI investigator to declassify an e-mail from Hillary Clinton's private server in exchange for allowing the bureau to operate in countries where it was banned, stunning new documents revealed Monday [10/17/2016].  The FBI documents show that Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy pitched the deal to the unnamed agent, allegedly as part of an effort to back up Clinton's claim that she did not send or receive classified documents on the server in her Westchester home.

Hillary Clinton's email problems just came roaring back.  For the past few months, Hillary Clinton's decision to exclusively use a private email server while at the State Department has receded as a campaign issue as Donald Trump's comments about women have come to dominate the daily chatter about the 2016 race.  On Monday [10/17/2016], however, the various issues associated with Clinton's email setup came roaring back.  According to emails released by the FBI, Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy asked the FBI to ease up on classification decisions in exchange for allowing more FBI agents in countries where they were not permitted to go.  The words "quid pro quo" were used to describe the proposed exchange by the FBI official.

The great Clinton cover-up:  FBI's Hillary email files are covered in redactions which leave some pages unreadable.  The FBI released a trove of information on its investigation of Hillary Clinton on Monday — but it would take a forensic investigation to try to make sense of many of the heavily-redacted documents.  Some pages that were technically released have their contents entirely redacted.  Others are redacted piecemeal so as to make them almost completely unreadable.  The documents consist of summaries and notes from the agency's long investigation into Clinton's private email server and whether she mishandled classified information.

Exclusive: FBI Agents Say Comey 'Stood In The Way' Of Clinton Email Investigation.  FBI agents say the bureau is alarmed over Director James Comey's decision to not suggest that the Justice Department prosecute Hillary Clinton over her mishandling of classified information.  According to an interview transcript given to The Daily Caller, provided by an intermediary who spoke to two federal agents with the bureau last Friday, agents are frustrated by Comey's leadership.  "This is a textbook case where a grand jury should have been convened, but was not.  That is appalling," an FBI special agent who has worked public corruption and criminal cases said of the decision.  "We talk about it in the office and don't know how Comey can keep going."

Hillary Clinton Ran a "Shadow Government" Inside the State Department.  We already knew — based upon FBI director James Comey's egregious decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton or her aides for multiple felonies — that there's one set of laws for the oligarchy and another for the little people.  A tranche of FBI documents released earlier today under FOIA request reveal that Hillary Clinton was also running a "shadow government" inside the State Department.

Trump Challenges Media To Cover Story About FBI/State Department "Collusion".  Donald Trump released a video statement this afternoon [10/17/2016] about allegations contained in documents released by the FBI Monday morning suggesting that there was a "quid pro quo" between the FBI and State Department to declassify a Benghazi-related email found on Hillary Clinton's private email server.

Hillary Clinton email saga:  What you need to know about the latest revelations.  The FBI released a batch of new files from its investigation into Clinton's private email system on Monday [10/17/2016].  The most damaging aspect for Clinton is an allegation from an unnamed FBI employee who claims that Patrick Kennedy, the State Department's under secretary of state for management, reached out to the bureau in the summer of last year to ask for an email to be changed from classified to unclassified as part of a "quid pro quo" (an exchange of goods or services).  The email was in relation to the 2012 attack on a US compound in Benghazi, Libya which left Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans dead.  The alleged deal would have allowed FBI agents to operate in more countries.

Top Clinton aide offered FBI a funding 'quid pro quo' if agents helped him bury a Benghazi email — 'never to be seen again'.  A senior State Department official pressured the FBI to declassify one of Hillary Clinton's emails related to the Benghazi terror attack so he could use a loophole in the Freedom of Information Act to make sure it would never see the light of day, according to notes from an FBI interview released Monday [10/17/2016].  State Department Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy, the FBI file shows, discussed the possibility of approving the FBI's request for funding 'to place more agents in countries where they are presently forbidden.'  The FBI agent who interviewed him during the investigation into classified documents housed on Clinton's now-infamous secrt email server called the proposal a 'quid pro quo.'

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Apparently there was something in that email message that Hillary Clinton wanted to permanently suppress — at the risk of committing an act of bribery — and it had something to do with Benghazi.

US official wanted FBI to alter findings in Clinton probe, documents allege.  Documents have shown that a top State Department official tried to change a key finding regarding Hillary Clinton's use of a private server.  The investigation continues to spell trouble for the presidential nominee.

Lawmakers Allege "Quid Pro Quo" Between FBI And State Over Altered 'Classified' Clinton Emails.  About a week ago we wrote about newly released FBI interviews with numerous references to State Department officials, including Patrick Kennedy, applying pressure to subordinates to change classified email codes so they would be shielded from Congress and the public (see "Two Boxes Of Hillary Emails Mysteriously Disappear").

The Selling of America — by the Clinton Campaign.  While the American public is having their brains numbed by endless retellings of Donald Trump's decades-old putatively unwanted sexual advances, the media is almost entirely, in many cases deliberately, ignoring the far more significant revelations being made by WikiLeaks.  What does the media care?  It doesn't affect them, just the common folk.  And the disclosures might impede the coronation of Queen Hillary.  Many stories have drifted by almost without notice — including confirmation that the president of the United States lied when he claimed he learned of Hillary Clinton's private email server only when the public did.  He had been communicating with her on it for over a year on multiple occasions under a pseudonym.  (If a President Trump had done such a thing, the cries for his impeachment would drown out the Super Bowl.)  Andrew McCarthy has cited this as the reason the FBI was prevented from recommending the prosecution of Clinton.  To have done so would have implicated the president himself.

FBI confirms:  Officials discussed deal to cover up Clinton emails.  Newly released documents from the FBI's year-long investigation of Hillary Clinton's server indicate a State Department official proposed a "quid pro quo" aimed at getting the FBI to cover up classified emails discovered on Clinton's server.  In return, an unnamed FBI official said it might be open to a deal if the State Department could agree to boosting the FBI's presence in Iraq.  The FBI notes released Monday [10/17/2016] show that Patrick Kennedy, State's undersecretary for management, pressured the FBI to change the classified markings on an email that had been upgraded to "secret."

New FBI files contain allegations of 'quid pro quo' in Clinton's emails.  FBI interview summaries and notes, provided late Friday to the House Government Oversight and Intelligence Committees, contain allegations of a "quid pro quo" between a senior State Department executive and FBI agents during the Hillary Clinton email investigation, two congressional sources told Fox News.  "This is a flashing red light of potential criminality," Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, who has been briefed on the FBI interviews, told Fox News.  He said "there was an alleged quid pro quo" involving Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy and the FBI "over at least one classified email."

An Attempted Hillary Email Coverup?  A senior State Department official repeatedly pressed the FBI to change the classification of emails stored on Hillary Clinton's private server, according to FBI interview summaries set to be released in the coming days.  Patrick Kennedy, the undersecretary of state for management, discussed providing additional overseas slots for the FBI in exchange for revisions to classifications of the sensitive emails.  The 34 summaries, known as FBI "302s," will be released in connection with a Freedom of Information Act request and after pressure from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Two additional 302s are being withheld because they contain information classified at the Top Secret/SAP level.

Senior Clinton aide may have tried to cut a deal with FBI agents.  FBI interview summaries and notes, provided on Friday [10/14/2016] to the House Government Oversight and Intelligence Committees, indicate that Senior Clinton aid Patrick Kennedy tried to make a deal with FBI agents to reclassify emails that were marked as "classified," two congressional sources told Fox News.  "In return for altering the classification, the possibility of additional slots for the FBI at missions overseas was discussed," Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who was briefed on the FBI interviews, told Fox News.  Previously this month, Fox News reported that Kennedy pressured his subordinates to change classified email codes in order to hide them from congress.

Trump should start demanding the resignation of FBI's James Comey and AG Loretta Lynch.  In these last weeks of the 2016 presidential race, why not hit as hard as possible in all the ways that a Republican candidate is not supposed to hit? [...] Publicly demand that FBI Director James Comey immediately resign his post and also call for the resignation of Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  Both of these people are despicable and shameless and reek of corruption.  Or

Former U.S. Attorney:  Agents See FBI Chief Comey as a 'Dirty Cop'.  Comey maintained in July that he came to the decision to recommend not indicting Clinton for the inclusion of classified material in 110 emails stored on a private server based on an "entirely apolitical and professional" investigation despite conceding that others in a similar spot would face "consequences" and that "evidence of potential violations" existed.  He insisted then, "No outside influence of any kind was brought to bear."  But agents trained to sniff out malfeasance smell something rotten here.  "When the director said that it was a unanimous decision not to recommend prosecution, that was a lie," [Joseph] diGenova points out.  "In fact, the people involved in the case were outraged at his decision, which he made by himself.  When people realized that he was lying publicly about their role and when they knew he had approved of the destruction of laptops that were subject to congressional subpoena, that flipped the switch."

Free the FBI 100!  [Scroll down]  [O]ne anonymous insider said it was unanimous that Hillary should be prosecuted and a "high-ranking official" said the "vast majority" felt that way.  Whichever is accurate, there were more than a hundred agents and analysts working with six lawyers on the case, but let's round that off to an even 100.  What're we to do about all those agents, analysts and lawyers who are not allowed to speak their minds and tell the American public they serve what they think about what happened?

Did the FBI chief lie to Congress about the Hillary email probe?  Congressional leaders investigating the FBI's suspiciously inept investigation of ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails are turning their attention to FBI chief James Comey's truthfulness.  Did he mislead them?  Did he perjure himself?  Two days after clearing Clinton of criminal wrongdoing, Comey went to Capitol Hill and explained his reasons for coming to that stunning conclusion.  Testifying under oath, he claimed to be an open book:  "I think transparency matters tremendously."  But he not only held back critical details about his investigation, he repeatedly misrepresented his actions and findings.

Clinton Emails:  Comey Lied And The Scandal Died.  When FBI Director James Comey [...] made his statement about the case in July, he painted a devastating portrait of Hillary Clinton's reckless use of a private email server while Secretary of State.  Clinton knew little to nothing about handling classified material.  She sent and received top secret information on an unsecured private email system and was otherwise extremely careless with national security secrets.  She likely exposed sensitive material to enemies, and hid thousands of work emails that were supposed to have been turned over.  And she or her top staff probably broke the law.  Then, Comey simply shrugged his shoulders and said that "no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case."

If FBI Agents and DOJ Lawyers Were 'Floored' Hillary Wasn't Charged, Will Anyone Resign?  A follow-up to Matt's post, which covered a report that shouldn't go unnoticed, in spite of the Trump maelstrom dominating most headlines.  In short, two Fox News sources familiar with the federal criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton say career agents and lawyers attached to the case were "floored" when FBI Director James Comey announced his decision not to recommend criminal charges against the former Secretary of State in July.  The "vast majority" of these people are said to believe that based on the evidence they reviewed, an indictment was warranted.

FBI Source:  Majority Of Staff On Clinton Case Wanted Her Prosecuted.  The decision at the FBI to not prosecute Hillary Clinton over her mishandling of classified information was solely from the top down, a source told Fox News.  "No trial level attorney agreed, no agent working the case agreed, with the decision not to prosecute — it was a top-down decision," said the source who is described as an official close to the Clinton case.

FBI Leaks Reveal Disgust With Politicization of Agency and DOJ.  CTH readers will remember how far we researched the transparent politicization of criminal cases as they related to the DOJ (Eric Holder and Tom Perez) in the Zimmerman trial.  Specifically how entities within the DOJ/FBI colluded with State Attorney Angela Corey about extracting then hiding Trayvon Martin's phone metadata.  That level of coordinated DOJ/FBI corruption only worsened with Darren Wilson (Ferguson) and beyond.  The same manipulative tentacles became more evident with the IRS targeting scandal and later the email investigation into Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  In essence, the bottom line is:  the politicization and weaponization of government has been going on for more than just a few years.

Immunity deals stopped FBI from investigating BleachBit use in Clinton email case.  In a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch Wednesday, four Republican committee chairmen demanded to know why Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, two witnesses who also served as Clinton's personal attorneys, were granted such expansive protections despite the FBI's awareness that they had participated in potentially illegal activities.  For example, the FBI agreed to limit its search to emails written after June 1, 2014, but before Feb. 1, 2015.  By doing so, investigators were barred from looking at emails authored around the time Mills and David Kendall, Clinton's lead attorney, held a pair of conference calls with technology contractor Paul Combetta that immediately preceded his use of BleachBit to erase thousands of Clinton's emails.

Yes, the Fix Was In.  With concerns about Hillary Clinton's health intensifying, Congress is poised to revisit the FBI's investigation of her e-mail scandal.  As the Washington Examiner's Byron York reports, the House Government Oversight Committee chaired by Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) will begin hearings this week.  The committee is especially troubled by the facts that (a) unbeknownst to Congress, the Justice Department gave immunity to a key witness; yet, (b) prosecutors and the FBI indulged that witness's refusal to answer critical questions.  Specifically, Paul Combetta, a technician at Platte River Networks (the Colorado firm retained by the Clintons to handle the private e-mail system), is the person who destroyed Clinton's e-mails despite the fact that they were under congressional subpoena.  Nevertheless, he was permitted to invoke attorney-client privilege — not his own, mind you, but Mrs. Clinton's — in declining to discuss any instructions he received before (and after) carrying out the mass deletion of tens of thousands of Clinton e-mails, a task for which he used the "BleachBit" program in an effort to ensure that the deleted e-mails would be irretrievably lost.

FBI agents blast decision not to indict Clinton.  Agents and ranking officials in the Federal Bureau of Investigations overwhelmingly rejected FBI chief James Comey's decision not to indict former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her mishandling of classified government documents on a private email server, bureau officials told Fox News.  One source closely involved in the case said agents and attorneys in the bureau were unanimously opposed to the decision not to indict Mrs. Clinton.  The announcement in July that the FBI would not recommend an indictment reportedly disgusted the team of investigators involved in the case.  "No trial level attorney agreed, no agent working the case agreed, with the decision not to prosecute — it was a top-down decision," the source said.

Sad and infuriating — FBI director's tortured interpretation of the law.  As evidence mounts that the Director of the FBI subverted justice, damaged the reputation of the Bureau and squandered the support of his agents, calls for his resignation will surely escalate.  Can there be any confidence in his future judgments and decisions, as long as he continues to preside over the once-venerated Federal Bureau of Investigation?  That is the plight James Comey now faces in light of the exclusive story published by in which a person closely involved in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails revealed that career FBI agents and attorneys who dedicated themselves to the year-long probe unanimously believed she should have been criminally charged.  More than 100 agents and analysts were assigned to the case.  They all thought Clinton committed crimes.  And maybe Comey believed it, too.  But he chose to ignore both the evidence and the law.  It is sad and confounding and infuriating, all at the same time.

Career FBI, DOJ agents wanted charges for Hillary over deleted emails.  The decision to let Hillary Clinton off the hook for mishandling classified information has roiled the FBI and Department of Justice, with one person closely involved in the year-long probe telling that career agents and attorneys on the case unanimously believed the Democratic presidential nominee should have been charged.  The source, who spoke to on the condition of anonymity, said FBI Director James Comey's dramatic July 5 announcement that he would not recommend to the Attorney General's office that the former secretary of state be charged left members of the investigative team dismayed and disgusted.

FBI Source:  Majority Of Staff On Clinton Case Wanted Her Prosecuted.  The decision at the FBI to not prosecute Hillary Clinton over her mishandling of classified information was solely from the top down, a source told Fox News.  "No trial level attorney agreed, no agent working the case agreed, with the decision not to prosecute — it was a top-down decision," said the source who is described as an official close to the Clinton case.  The FBI official said that Director James Comey's announcement on July 5 angered and disgusted members of the investigative team which included over 100 FBI agents and analysts worked who worked overtime with six DOJ attorneys from the department's National Security Division and Counter Espionage Section.

FBI Leaks Reveal Disgust With Politicization of Agency and DOJ.  CTH readers will remember how far we researched the transparent politicization of criminal cases as they related to the DOJ (Eric Holder and Tom Perez) in the Zimmerman trial.  Specifically how entities within the DOJ/FBI colluded with State Attorney Angela Corey about extracting then hiding Trayvon Martin's phone metadata.  That level of coordinated DOJ/FBI corruption only worsened with Darren Wilson (Ferguson) and beyond.  The same manipulative tentacles became more evident with the IRS targeting scandal and later the email investigation into Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  In essence, the bottom line is:  the politicization and weaponization of government has been going on for more than just a few years.

FBI, DOJ roiled by Comey, Lynch decision to let Clinton slide by on emails, says insider.  The decision to let Hillary Clinton off the hook for mishandling classified information has roiled the FBI and Department of Justice, with one person closely involved in the year-long probe telling that career agents and attorneys on the case unanimously believed the Democratic presidential nominee should have been charged.  The source, who spoke to on the condition of anonymity, said FBI Director James Comey's dramatic July 5 announcement that he would not recommend to the Attorney General's office that the former secretary of state be charged left members of the investigative team dismayed and disgusted.  More than 100 FBI agents and analysts worked around the clock with six attorneys from the DOJ's National Security Division, Counter Espionage Section, to investigate the case.

Trump:  A Hillary presidency means the destruction of America.  We said the same thing here yesterday.  My only quibble would be that Hillary doesn't have to be elected to turn America into a banana republic.  She's already making it happen just by being around and causing the criminal justice system to violate its usual procedures for her protection.  We argued the day of the Comey presser that Bananaville had opened for business — and that's just with the DOJ and the FBI giving Hillary special treatment.

Only One Way for the FBI to Regain Its Lost Reputation.  Using federal agencies as tools of political oppression or leftist activism is the best case yet simply abolishing the Department of Justice completely and devolving the enforcement of all federal laws to the fifty state attorney general offices.  In the same vein, one might think we should leave the FBI only for the purpose of supporting state law enforcement efforts with technical support, but that was before the incredible stream of new revelations, never volunteered by Comey and discovered only by insistent probing, that show intimate collusion between the Clinton campaign and the FBI, with sleazy actions so blatantly bad that no serious person can doubt the wrongness of it all. [...] If this presidential election is fixed by an utterly politicized FBI, then the reputation of that agency will never recover.  No serious American, in that case, should ever believe anything the FBI tells us about anything at all.

Along with the EPA, IRS, NLRB, FDA ...
Is The FBI Now An Arm Of The Democratic Party?  The FBI once was known as incorruptible, a legendary enforcer of American law that fought traitors, spies, organized crime and government corruption with equal fervor and fearlessness.  Recent revelations about the FBI's moves during its investigation of Hillary Clinton's rogue email server suggest that that FBI no longer exists.

FBI agents are ready to revolt over the cozy Clinton probe.  Veteran FBI agents say FBI Director James Comey has permanently damaged the bureau's reputation for uncompromising investigations with his "cowardly" whitewash of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information using an unauthorized private email server.  Feeling the heat from congressional critics, Comey last week argued that the case was investigated by career FBI agents, "So if I blew it, they blew it, too."  But agents say Comey tied investigators' hands by agreeing to unheard-of ground rules and other demands by the lawyers for Clinton and her aides that limited their investigation.

Comey Should Resign.  But He Won't.  In National Review, former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy does for James Comey something akin to what Comey did for Hillary Clinton in July.  Just as Comey effectively indicted Clinton for extreme carelessness in her email scandal but fell short of recommending referral to the Department of Justice in July, McCarthy essentially indicts the FBI director for extreme incompetence in his handling of the investigation of the email scandal but will not call Comey corrupt or call for his resignation.  Yet the convincing case against Comey that McCarthy makes proves the former and should compel the latter.

The FBI's Defense of How the Clinton Interview Was Conducted Is Full of Holes.  In a nutshell, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department permitted Hillary Clinton's aide Cheryl Mills — the subject of a criminal investigation, who had been given immunity from prosecution despite strong evidence that she had lied to investigators — to participate as a lawyer for Clinton, the principal subject of the same criminal investigation.  This unheard-of accommodation was made in violation not only of rudimentary investigative protocols and attorney-ethics rules, but also of the federal criminal law.  Yet, the FBI and the Justice Department, the nation's chief enforcers of the federal criminal law, tell us they were powerless to object.

No More Accidental Criminals.  Hillary Clinton supporters should have a new appreciation for the legal concept of mens rea — usually translated as "guilty mind" — because it saved her from federal prosecution for using a personal email server as secretary of state.  In recommending that the Justice Department not bring charges against the former first lady, FBI Director James Comey differentiated her "extremely careless" handling of "very sensitive, highly classified information" from other cases involving "intentional and willful mishandling."  Not everyone gets the benefit of such distinctions.

Hillary's Email Case Got Reopened And James Comey Asked For Immunity.  Trey Gowdy Says [...] No .  Here we go again, but this time it could be the end for both Hillary Clinton and FBI Director James Comey.  James Comey, the current FBI director that let Hillary off the hook for her clear violation of many laws with her email scandal, has now asked for immunity from congress for his involvement in the scandal and the subsequent findings.  What what!?  Immunity?  That's right.  What Comey is asking for is to be absolved of what he's done and anything that may happen in the future from any further investigations.  How does that not throw up the biggest red flag in American history?!

Judge Nap:  It Appears FBI Was Told to Exonerate Hillary 'at All Costs'.  FBI documents related to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server show an employee at Platte River Networks, the company that managed the server, refer to the "Hillary cover-up."  That unnamed employee apparently satisfied FBI agents with the explanation that his 2014 email reference to the "cover-up" was merely a joke.  Judge Andrew Napolitano said on "America's Newsroom" today [9/26/2016] that he — like many Americans — is not satisfied with the FBI's investigation.

FBI Used Agents As Pawns To Insulate Hillary, Aides & Clinton Foundation From Prosecutions.  In mid-summer a wave of panic and despair began to wash over key rank-and-file FBI agents who were doggedly working the Hillary Clinton investigations.  Agents reluctantly pondered a potential, brutal reality that was creeping into the fabric of the high-profile case.  What if their collective work wasn't meant to bring this case to a grand jury for indictments and justice?  What if they themselves, FBI agents sworn to uphold the law, were being used as intelligence pawns by superiors and higher powers to actually shield Clinton and her inner circle from ever seeing a pair of handcuffs and a jail cell?

Trey Gowdy to Comey:  What more would Hillary Clinton have had to do to get you to prosecute her?  Gowdy's point [at a hearing in July] was simple:  18 U.S.C. 793(f), the statute that makes mishandling classified information a felony, applies if the suspect showed "gross negligence" in how they handled the info.  You don't need to show that they intended to mishandle it in order to get a conviction.  (Who besides an actual spy would intentionally mishandle state secrets?)  All you need to prove is that they were grossly deficient in their duty to handle the information responsibly.  Which, very clearly, was true in the case of Hillary "Private Server" Clinton.  Comey, however, declined to charge her because, he said, only once in the many decades since that law was passed has someone been charged under it.  Supposedly it would be unfair to prosecute Hillary for showing gross negligence when other people hadn't been prosecuted — never mind that, as a cabinet official, her recklessness involved information at the highest levels of secrecy.

The Editor says...
I believe I can answer the parenthetical question above, "Who besides an actual spy would intentionally mishandle state secrets?" There are several categories of malevolent actors who would tend to mishandle such information, including those who sell information to the highest bidder, potential presidential candidates attempting to advance their careers, and outright traitors.

Comey on Clinton email probe: 'Don't call us weasels'.  FBI Director James Comey is passionately defending the integrity of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email setup, arguing that critics are unfair to suggest that agents were biased or succumbed to political pressure.  "You can call us wrong, but don't call us weasels.  We are not weasels," Comey declared Wednesday at a House Judiciary Committee hearing.  "We are honest people and ... whether or not you agree with the result, this was done the way you want it to be done."

FBI's Comey rejects call to reopen Clinton email case, refuses to say she's truthful.  FBI Director James Comey said he's not going to reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, telling Congress on Wednesday [9/28/2016] that none of the recent revelations since he closed the case in July "would come near" to triggering that extraordinary step.  He also refused to say if he's investigating whether Mrs. Clinton lied in her testimony to Congress about her emails — but said they have received referrals from Congress asking for a new probe.  Appearing before Congress for yet another marathon session, Mr. Comey was badgered by Republicans who said the more they see, the less they understand his decision to clear Mrs. Clinton of criminal wrongdoing in her mishandling of classified information.

FBI chief downplays immunity grants in Clinton email case.  Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff, was one of those who received limited "act of production" immunity as part of a deal under which she gave her laptop to investigators.  Agents found classified emails on Mills' hard drive.  Aside from Mills, two other State Department staffers, John Bentel and Heather Samuelson, were also given immunity agreements, along with Bryan Pagliano, Clinton's former IT aide, and Paul Combetta, an employee at the company hired to manager her server.

FBI Director James Comey Has His Glenn Beck Moment.  Just how much Comey and the FBI punted on "EmailGate" has become painfully obvious, as noted by former National Security Agency analyst John Schindler:  "Redacted FBI documents from that investigation, dumped on the Friday afternoon before the long Labor Day weekend, revealed that Hillary Clinton either willfully lied to the Bureau, repeatedly, about her email habits as secretary of state, or she is far too dumb to be our commander-in-chief.  Worse, the FBI completely ignored the appearance of highly classified signals intelligence in Hillary's email, including information lifted verbatim from above-Top Secret NSA reports back in 2011.  This crime, representing the worst compromise of classified information in EmailGate — that the public knows of, at least — was somehow deemed so uninteresting that nobody at the FBI bothered to ask anybody on Team Clinton about it."

Nothing James Comey Says About The Hillary Clinton Investigation Makes Any Sense.  Rather than striking immunity deals with virtually every person who had intimate knowledge of Hillary Clinton's illegal private server and emails, the Justice Department would have saved everyone some time by offering Hillary protection instead.  FBI Director James Comey, who testified in front of two congressional committees this week, still maintains he was unable to recommend that the Justice Department charge Clinton with mishandling classified documents because of insufficient evidence proving "intent" — although the actions themselves are irrefutably illegal.

James Comey:  I Am a 'Deeply Flawed and Fallible Human Being' Who Did Not Stop Terrorists.  FBI director James Comey conceded that he is a "deeply flawed" person who failed to stop some terrorist attacks before they happened.  Comey made the admission while being interrogated Tuesday [9/27/2016] before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.  Comey faced pointed questions about recent terrorist shootings and bombings in the United States and about his failure to recommend indictment for Hillary Clinton in her private server scandal.  Comey is under fire in the public for these failures, with Breitbart News recently reporting on his financial links to the Clinton Foundation.

The Editor says...
If Mr. Comey recognizes his shortcomings so vividly, as the rest of us have for several weeks, perhaps he should resign.

Former NSA analyst:  FBI may reopen investigation if Clinton loses.  The FBI could reopen its investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information if she fails to win the November election, according to a former National Security Agency analyst, especially in light of revelations made public in a Friday document dump by the agency.

Fact-Checking: Hillary's 'The FBI Has Exonerated Me' Claim.  In point of fact, the FBI merely drew the conclusion that Clinton should not be charged with a crime.  Even if we assume for argument's sake that this was a valid conclusion (in fact, it is hugely suspect), finding that someone should not be indicted is far from exoneration.

Obama's Colossal Email Lie Final Test for Tarnished MSM.  That Barack Obama communicated in 2012 — under a redacted pseudonym — with Hillary Clinton on the then secretary of State's permeable home-brew email server and then claimed he did not know of that server's existence until it was reported in the press in 2014 is far more than the usual politician's prevarication.  Since the fish rots from the top — and in this case it stinks to high heaven — the surfacing of this particular presidential lie calls to question the entire FBI inquiry into the Clinton server, an investigation whose credibility was paper thin in the first place and has now completely vanished.

The FBI Investigation of EmailGate Was a Sham.  From the moment the EmailGate scandal went public more than a year ago, it was obvious that the Federal Bureau of Investigation never had much enthusiasm for prosecuting Hillary Clinton or her friends.  Under President Obama, the FBI grew so politicized that it became impossible for the Bureau to do its job — at least where high-ranking Democrats are concerned.  As I observed in early July, when Director James Comey announced that the FBI would not be seeking prosecution of anyone on Team Clinton over EmailGate, the Bureau had turned its back on its own traditions of floating above partisan politics in the pursuit of justice.  "Malfeasance by the FBI, its bending to political winds, is a matter that should concern all Americans, regardless of their politics," I stated, noting that it's never a healthy turn of events in a democracy when your secret police force gets tarnished by politics.

The Justice Department's Hillary Investigation Reeks Of Corruption.  According to an Associated Press report, the Justice Department reached criminal immunity deals with three of Hillary Clinton's close advisers in exchange for information — information that could normally be obtained through subpoenas or search warrants, or, perhaps, simply by asking.  I'm not a lawyer, so I'll assume someone somewhere has a perfectly rational, completely non-corrupt explanation for why the FBI surrendered its leverage by granting immunity to Cheryl Mills and two other high ranking staff members — all potential co-conspirators in a criminal case surrounding illegal servers and the mishandling of classified emails.  Question is:  Does the Justice Department regularly grant immunity for mere cooperation?

Scandal Management with the FBI.  Like everything touched by the Clintons, the FBI has now been compromised and slimed.  We saw it in FBI Director James Comey's absurd statement announcing Hillary Clinton's get-out-of-jail-free pass.  We saw it in the FBI's holiday weekend document dump of 302 interviews in the case.  We saw it again again late yesterday afternoon with more of the same.  These Friday afternoon document dumps come straight from the scandal management playbook perfected under the (Bill) Clinton administration.  They remind us, in case any reminder was necessary, of how much we have to look forward to in the event the Clintons return to the White House.  I nevertheless find it shocking that the FBI itself has now adopted the routine, acting as a party with much to be ashamed of.  With some 190 pages of interview notes to digest, the work isn't done yet.

Why did feds grant immunity to Hillary's 'highly improper' aide?  If anyone would know Hillary consigliere Cheryl Mills' reputation for obstructing investigations, it's FBI Director James Comey.  He complained about her lack of cooperation while probing Clinton scandals in the 1990s.  Yet he agreed to give Mills immunity from prosecution in his probe of Hillary's illegal e-mails as secretary of state, where Mills was chief of staff.  As a Whitewater investigator for the Senate in the mid-1990s, Comey sought information from Mills; but wouldn't you know, the then-deputy White House counsel claimed a burglar stole her notes.  Comey concluded that Hillary Clinton ordered Mills to block investigators.  The obstruction, the Senate committee found, included the "destruction of documents" and other "highly improper ... misconduct."

FBI gave top Clinton aide Cheryl Mills immunity in email probe, rep says.  Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff Cheryl Mills and two other staffers were granted immunity as part of the now-closed FBI probe into the former secretary of state's email practices, according to a top House Republican who questioned whether the numerous deals hindered the bureau's ability to build a case.  "This is beyond explanation," House oversight committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said in a statement Friday.  "The FBI was handing out immunity agreements like candy.  I've lost confidence in this investigation and I question the genuine effort in which it was carried out."  The arrangements detailed by Chaffetz bring the total number of publicly known immunity deals in the Clinton case to five.

What Is the FBI Hiding?  Ever since FBI Director James Comey announced on July 5 he was recommending that the Department of Justice not seek charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a result of her failure to safeguard state secrets during her time in office, many in Congress have had a nagging feeling that this was a political, not a legal, decision.  The publicly known evidence of Clinton's recklessness and willful failure to safeguard secrets was overwhelming.  The evidence of her lying under oath about whether she returned all her work-related emails that she had taken from the State Department was profound and incontrovertible.

Former Judge:  James Comey Was Determined "To Exonerate Hillary Clinton" and Shred the Rule of Law.  Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton can't remember certain details on her emails and on many issues she remains evasive.  On the other hand, for some observers, FBI director James Comey has clarified recent actions in regard to the Democrats' presidential candidate.  Comey released documents concerning Hillary Clinton's emails on September 2, the afternoon before the Labor Day weekend, as Paul Ryan observed, the time when they were least likely to command attention.  Comey defended the action and told reporters the FBI released the documents when they were ready.

Don't Let Comey Put a Criminal in the White House.  [Scroll down]  Hey, Jim.  Something about your memo doesn't ring true — and it's not just your prickly tone.  I carried a Top Secret clearance for three decades so I got all the briefings and I signed all the papers and I know [very] well that Hillary's grossly negligent handling of classified information — which your investigation documented — is criminal.  And somewhere in your Washington-shrunken-soul, you do, too.  What we'll call the revelation of the BleachBit Timeline gives you a shot at redemption.  The BleachBit Timeline documents obstruction of justice that you cannot ignore.

FBI Official Admits to Congress:  The Clinton Case Was 'Different in a Lot of Ways'.  House Oversight Committee member Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio got results Monday with his performance at a rare evening hearing to probe details of the FBI's Hillary Clinton email investigation, which did not result in an indictment.  Just days after Breitbart News' bombshell report on FBI Director James Comey's crony-capitalist financial relationships, including his links to the Clinton Foundation, Jordan interrogated FBI acting assistant director for congressional affairs Jason Herring.

The Case Against James Comey.  Since taking office, Comey has repeatedly injected his views into executive branch deliberations on issues such as sentencing reform and the roots of violence against police officers.  He has undermined key presidential priorities such as crafting a coherent federal policy on cybersecurity and encryption.  Most recently, he shattered longstanding precedent by publicly offering his own conclusions about the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email.  (The FBI did not respond to a request for comment.)  It would be difficult to argue — in terms of temperament, manner, or motivation — that he is, or ever will be, the next J. Edgar Hoover.  But increasing numbers of critics believe he has displayed a worrying disregard for the rules and norms that have constrained all but one of his predecessors, straying with blithe confidence — and with increasing regularity — across the fine line that separates independence from unaccountability.

Exposed: FBI Director James Comey's Clinton Foundation Connection.  A review of FBI Director James Comey's professional history and relationships shows that the Obama cabinet leader — now under fire for his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton — is deeply entrenched in the big-money cronyism culture of Washington, D.C. His personal and professional relationships — all undisclosed as he announced the Bureau would not prosecute Clinton — reinforce bipartisan concerns that he may have politicized the criminal probe.  These concerns focus on millions of dollars that Comey accepted from a Clinton Foundation defense contractor, Comey's former membership on a Clinton Foundation corporate partner's board, and his surprising financial relationship with his brother Peter Comey, who works at the law firm that does the Clinton Foundation's taxes.

FBI Director Comey refused to testify on Clinton emails.  FBI Director James Comey refused to appear before the House Oversight Committee on Monday [9/12/2016] despite receiving an invitation to testify about the bureau's reluctance to disclose thousands of pages of evidence compiled in its year-long investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email use.

For Hillary, Laws Are like Cobwebs.  [Scroll down]  What are Americans to think now about the FBI?  It seems that the most prestigious law-enforcement institutions in the country have been thoroughly compromised by the Left; the DOJ since Obama took office and refused to prosecute the Black Panthers for voter intimidation and its refusal to reveal the facts of the Fast and Furious scheme that sent thousands of guns into Mexico, a perverse attempt to undermine our Second Amendment.  The FBI's "investigation" into Hillary's private server and deleted emails was obviously a sham, not a real investigation at all.  The notes of her short interview at which she was not even placed under oath, are a joke, the final confirmation of the sham theory.  People are currently incarcerated for miniscule violations compared to Clinton's multiple subversions of the law.

Comey defends Clinton private email server investigation in FBI memo.  In the wake of fierce criticism over the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server and release of related documents, FBI Director James Comey issued an internal memo Wednesday to employees regarding the agency's "commitment to transparency" while also taking time to hit back at critics.  Comey defended the bureau's release on Friday of documents from the Clinton server investigation, writing "we don't play games."  "I almost ordered the material held until Tuesday because I knew we would take all kinds of grief for releasing it before a holiday weekend, but my judgment was that we had promised transparency and it would be game-playing to withhold it from the public just to avoid folks saying stuff about us," Comey wrote.

FBI director defends Clinton email decision in memo to employees.  FBI Director James Comey defended the work of his agents Wednesday [9/7/2016] in a memo to staff, arguing the decision to spare Hillary Clinton and her aides from prosecution for their mistreatment of classified information was not a difficult one.  "I have no patience for suggestions that we conducted ourselves as anything but what we are — honest, competent, and independent," Comey wrote in the memo, first obtained by CNN.  "Those suggesting that we are 'political' or part of some 'fix' either don't know us, or they are full of baloney (and maybe some of both)."  The FBI director faced renewed criticism Friday after his agency published a scathing 58-page summary of the Clinton email investigation just hours before the Labor Day weekend commenced.

James Comey Should Resign Now for the Good of the Country.  If were I an FBI agent, I would despise James Comey.  He has humiliated the FBI and all its employees.  The institution will never be the same, at least not for decades to come.  The FBI is no longer an instrument of justice.  It is the reverse.  It is an obfuscater of justice and an enabler of the rich and powerful. [...] If he doesn't resign, I predict he will soon have a full-scale mutiny on his hands from within the ranks of the FBI.  Rumors have already surfaced.  That humiliation, institutionally and personally, is too great for honorable men and women to take.  And there are many honorable men and women in the ranks of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

FBI director James Comey defends bureau's decision not to recommend criminal charges against Clinton over long-running email scandal.  FBI Director James Comey has defended the agency's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.  In an internal memo, Comey said the bureau was right not to recommend criminal charges and to release documents summarizing Clinton's FBI interview.  He wrote:  'The case itself was not a cliff-hanger, despite all the chest-beating by people no longer in government, there really wasn't a prosecutable case.

How the FBI went easy on Hillary Clinton.  It's clear now the FBI conducted a sweetheart investigation into Hillary Clinton's email shenanigans that appears to have been fixed from the start to go nowhere.  Far from exonerating Clinton, the nearly 60 pages of documents expose both the systematic destruction of subpoenaed evidence by Clinton's aides and the curious lack of interest by investigators in recovering it.  Agents also failed to resolve unanswered questions, reconcile contradictory testimony or sweat uncooperative witnesses.  Comey declared the investigation free of undue influence three days after his agents interviewed Clinton at FBI headquarters under special terms.  What's more, Comey made the two FBI agents who interviewed Clinton — along with all agents and forensic analysts involved in the so-called investigation — sign non-disclosure agreements gagging them from talking about the case even with other employees.

FBI managers instructed to exonerate Hillary Clinton.  The interrogation was in some respects standard and in others very troubling.  It was standard in that she was confronted with emails she had sent or received and was asked whether she recalled them, and her judgment about them was challenged.  The FBI was looking for gross negligence in her behavior about securing state secrets.  The failure to secure state secrets that have been entrusted to one for safekeeping is known as espionage, and espionage is the rare federal crime that does not require prosecutors to prove the defendant's intent.  They need only prove the defendant's gross negligence.

He's toast!  FBI director to be fired?  I've spent about half of my career in public relations.  And if you've ever worked in the field, you know that on the first day, they show you where your desk and the coffee machine are.  And on the second day, they teach you all about "taking out the trash."  That's an old industry trick PR professionals have been using for decades.  When you have bad — or potentially embarrassing — news, you put it out late on a Friday afternoon, when many journalists have left for the weekend and news organizations are running on skeleton crews.  It's designed to minimize press coverage, at least as much as possible in today's 24-hour news cycle.

Halperin: FBI Director Acting Like Arm of Clinton's Campaign.  [Scroll down]  Among the revelations on Friday [9/2/2016] were that Clinton used up to 13 different mobile devices to send email and her aides destroyed some of them with hammers.  "There's so much to say about the FBI's conduct here," Halperin said.  "Those who are skeptical about how he's done this, look at the Friday release.  The guy's not had a press conference.  He talks about transparency.  I've become increasingly critical of him.  I know he's got a sterling reputation."  "Not anymore with me.  This was pathetic," Scarborough said.

FBI's 302 Report Proves Complicity in Clinton Email Scandal.  [T]here is no indication that in the course of the interview, FBI agents once asked the former secretary of state about emails to and from Clinton aides regarding Clinton Foundation business.  Clinton's lawyers deliberately withheld these emails from the public and forced the FBI to recover them.  They clearly demonstrate Clinton's motive in setting up the server, thereby intentionally endangering the classified material that she and her cohorts knew would inevitably be sent through it.  This motive and intent is further demonstrated by Clinton's obfuscations, lies, and destruction of evidence that followed in the course of over a year.  FBI agents never inquired about any of it during the interview.

All the Lies:  They've Turned Us Into a Rotting Banana Republic.  The newly-released FBI documents on the investigation of Hillary Clinton make it clear beyond argument that the fix was in and that the FBI never had any intention of recommending that she should be prosecuted for her crimes.  That is very hard to write.  I have had very good friends among the agents of the FBI, men of unshakeable dedication to the fair enforcement of the law.  But that is no longer the FBI's goal, as just a few references to the documents published last week reveal.  First, you had to notice that the FBI agreed that there would be no videotape of its interview of Clinton.  Not only would there not be a videotape, but no court reporter would be present to record a transcript.  That itself is highly unusual, but there is far more, and far worse.

Gowdy: FBI barely asked Hillary about intent.  Remember when James Comey announced that he would recommend no prosecution for Hillary Clinton for transmitting classified information through an unauthorized private e-mail system?  The FBI director declared that the former Secretary of State and her inner circle acted "extremely careless" in handling classified material, but that the FBI found no malicious intent.  "All the cases prosecuted," Comey intoned, "involved some combination of:  clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information; or vast quantities of materials exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct; or indications of disloyalty to the United States; or efforts to obstruct justice."  Comey concluded, "We do not see those things here."

Completely Improper:  FBI Interviewed Hillary With Her "Fixer" Cheryl Mills By Her Side.  Many of the stories we covered today show issues with Hillary Clinton, but this one also raises a question as to what the FBI was doing by allowing this, when they knew Mills was a potential witness, even a potential defendant.

Report: FBI Found Ample Evidence That Clinton Violated Federal Records Act.  FBI investigators compiled enough evidence during their investigation of Hillary Clinton's rogue email server to show that the former secretary of state violated federal records-keeping laws.  She was also informed in 2009, her first year in office, that she had an obligation under the Federal Records Act to forward her State Department work emails to the agency's record preservation system.  But, according to the news website Circa, Clinton opted against that option because she wanted control over "sensitive" messages.

Really Disappointing:  The FBI's Conduct of the Interview with Hillary Clinton.  Hillary's lies are to be expected, and so are no longer disappointing or surprising.  But we still have the capacity to be appalled and shocked — and that should be fully directed at the FBI. The records of Hillary's FBI interview were released yesterday and written about here on Victory Girls.  Hillary's answers to questions ranged from:  I don't know, I don't recall, I bumped my head, I lost my Blackberry, to the IPad malfunctioned a lot which required my staff to go the Apple Store to get me a new one, five separate times.  The shocking part about these answers is the apparent acceptance of the superficial responses and complete lack of follow through from the questioners.  How completely disappointing.  It's almost as if they didn't want to find anything.

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Impeach James Comey.  For the sake of the nation, to preserve the Rule of Law, the corrupt crony-protecting cover-up apparatchik James Comey must be impeached.  Even if he cannot be removed from office, his reputation should be blackened forever with an impeachment from the House. [...] America will not survive Congress' failure to punish such an obviously corrupt individual for failing in his most basic and most important function — patrolling govermnent [sic] officials for corruption and safeguarding America's secrets.  The FBI is, after all, the nation's counter-intelligence service, the service charged (more than any other) with protecting American secrets from foreign pilferage.  If he gives a Secretary of State license to flout the law for her own self-serving interests of keeping her emails about her Foundation, speaking gigs, and other sundry forms of bribery from a public with the right to specifically know such things, then he is unfit to hold any position of trust in the American government, and completely unfit to lead the FBI.

Rick Perry calls on FBI director to resign over lack of Clinton indictment.  Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Wednesday [8/31/2016] called on FBI Director James Comey to resign over his recommendation not to press federal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a personal server while secretary of State.  The demand from Perry, who suggested Comey might have a political motivation for going soft on Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, is a step across a line that no other prominent Republican has so far been willing to take.

Comey's Corrupt and Shameful Conduct Revealed.  James Comey's rationale for not referring Hillary Clinton's email crimes to the Justice Department rested almost entirely on a single, quite thin, legal and ethical plank, which was that she did not act intentionally when she sent and received classified emails over her home-brew server.  Though his argument for deferring prosecution was mostly specious, it did contain at least a shred of credibility in that as Comey described the situation to the American public and Congress, Hillary had no motive to intentionally put American national security at risk.  However, the recent evidentiary revelation (many would say confirmation) that Hillary established the server with the deliberate intent of shielding her illicit influence-peddling for her family "Foundation" while secretary of state shows that the issue of her motivation could not be seen by any "reasonable" prosecutor as exculpatory.  Comey's refusal to recommend prosecution, while knowing these facts at the time, proves he was not reasonable, and also that he is incompetent and culpable for not doing so.

Hillary's newly discovered emails raise questions about Comey's report.  The news shows reported yesterday [8/23/2016] that the FBI discovered 14,900 emails that Hillary had not turned over to the State Department.  This news again focuses attention on the July 5, 2016 report by FBI Director Comey that no criminal charges be pursued against Hillary, although he criticized her handling of the emails as "extremely careless."  In his report, Comey said there were "several thousand work-related emails" that Hillary did not turn over to the State Department.  The question is, are those "several thousand" part of the 14,900, and if so, why didn't Comey say on July 5 that there were 14,900 emails not turned over to the State Department and further explain the nature of the balance of the "several thousand emails"?  It again raises the issue of Hillary's intent in using a private server.

Comey's legal error undermines law enforcement with 'Clinton Defense'.  As I read the recent comments of FBI Director James Comey regarding his recommendation not to pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton over the use of a private email server, I naturally wondered why an investigator was making final judgments on the interpretation of the law when that function has always been assigned first to the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney.  In doing so, he ignored one statute (18 USC 793 (f) related to gross negligence — see the recent The Hill article on the execution of an Iranian spy) — apparently disregarded the knowing destruction of government documents, and then, perhaps of equal legal concern, he added the wrong mental state to the statute prohibiting knowing removal of classified documents with intent to retain them at an unauthorized location.  (18 USC 1924).

The FBI Always Gets Its Man (or Woman) and May Still Get Hillary Yet.  A month has passed since FBI Director James Comey ripped into Hillary Clinton for the "extremely careless" way she handled classified emails while she was secretary of state, but stopped short of recommending that criminal charges be brought against her.  However, that doesn't mean Hillary is out of the FBI woods.  According to a source close to Comey, Hillary is still the target of an active FBI criminal investigation, but this time around, the media aren't paying much attention.

Why She Should Have Faced the Music.  You know why Hillary Clinton should have been prosecuted.  FBI Director James Comey laid out the factual predicate in his press conference annoucning his findings and his recommendation against prosecution.  Forrmer Attorney General Michael Mukasey concisely explains the legal basis for concluding that Comey erred in the brief interview below with AEI's Marc Thiessen. [...] Like everything the Clintons touch, the case of Clinton's email server leaves a lasting stain — in this case, among other things, on the integry of the FBI.

Breaking: NSA Snitch Unleashes Unfathomable Blow On Hillary!  Hillary's scandal has been blown wide open!  The media was in an uproar about Trump's remarks over Russia hacking Hillary's server, meanwhile, while no one was paying any attention, this whistle-blower from the NSA let out a deadly secret, that has the potential to DESTROY Hillary and anything that stands in her path.  Looks as if the NSA is good for something other than unnecessary spying on Americans.  They can also retrieve say... 30,000 deleted emails deleted by Clinton.  Why then did the FBI not take advantage of this amazing opportunity?

Alphabet Soup Corruption.  Clinton's conduct has been described as "extremely careless" and yet neither Comey nor progressive legal gymnasts have been able to explain why that's not synonymous with the statute's standard of "gross negligence" for indictments — as if the adverb "extremely" is not a synonym for the adjective "gross," or the adjective "careless" is not equivalent to the noun "negligence."  In other words, Comey laid out a case for wrongdoing but then erroneously reinterpreted the law to largely exonerate Clinton, the all but certain Democratic nominee for president.  His conclusions followed the bizarre meeting on the Phoenix airport tarmac between the private jets of Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton.  The two allegedly serendipitously met and yet ordered the private meeting to be kept from the media.  Surely two Ivy League trained lawyers know that the spouse of someone under investigation does not consult privately with the principle prosecuting attorney in an ongoing case.

The Hillary Standard:
15 FBI Findings and Why It's Not All About Hillary.  [Scroll down]  Any federal employee is now free, despite what the law may say, to make personal arrangements to communicate the public's business using private servers, administrators, accounts and devices.  They may send and receive classified material using these servers, even in hostile territory subject to hacking by sophisticated adversaries.  They may routinely destroy the public-owned records they create — some of them permanently — and, if their actions are discovered, they may provide false public statements about their content.  They are free to violate public records law and fail to turn over public records upon request (making Freedom of Information law meaningless and toothless).  And prosecutors will view questionable acts in the most innocent light and one that's the most favorable to the subject of the investigation.  Unless they can find what they term "clear evidence" of "intent to violate laws," you're off the hook!

Was Hillary's Email Server Simply a Cover Up for The Biggest Washington Scandal Ever?  Given the evidence and the explanation from FBI Director James Comey, it sure seems like the case against Hillary Clinton is a slam dunk.  She failed to properly secure classified information.  She communicated classified information using an unsecure channel.  She lied about it.  She destroyed evidence.  She obstructed justice.  So, why wasn't Hillary indicted for these crimes?  It's pretty obvious when you really think about it.

FBI Agents In Clinton Investigation Have All Been Gagged With A "Very, Very Unusual" NDA.  FBI agents involved in the probe of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails were required to sign unusually-extensive nondisclosure agreements — forcing them into silence unless they're called to testify in the matter.  FBI insiders surmised there may have been an 'inside deal.'  "This is very, very unusual," said an unnamed, retired FBI chief, cited by the New York Post.  "I've never signed one, never circulated one to others."  According to the Post's anonymous 'sources,' these "Case Briefing Acknowledgement" forms went beyond the nondisclosure agreements agents initially sign in order to gain security clearance.  "I have never heard of such a form," an FBI agent currently on the job told the Post.  "Sounds strange."  But suspicions didn't stop there.

Krauthammer: Comey failed to indict because he didn't want to 'change the course of American political history'.  Charles Krauthammer told viewers Thursday [7/14/2016] on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that FBI director James Comey decided not to prosecute Hillary Clinton because he "didn't want to be remembered as the guy who changed the course of American political history."  "She would have been out of the race.  The entire campaign would have been upended," the syndicated columnist said.

What really happened at Comey's press conference?  What really happened at FBI director James Comey's press conference this week?  After giving a textbook case of why Hillary Clinton should be charged, he surprised everyone by saying she should not.  Did he simply blow it?  Did he wimp out, knowing the wrath he would face?  Unquestionably, Hillary committed offenses for which the average Joe would be arrested.  Was he blackmailed or bought off?  Was he politically motivated?  There's truth somewhere in or around those guesses.

Comey Ran True to Form.  When President Obama in 2013 named James Comey to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the president must have sensed that he had picked someone who could be trusted to have his back, even if Mr. Comey had served in the George W. Bush administration.  This week, Mr. Obama's bet paid off when the G-man let Hillary Clinton skate.

The FBI Exonerated Clinton, But The Public Hasn't.  If Hillary Clinton and her supporters figured that the email scandal had finally been put to rest when the FBI recommended that no charges be filed, they got several bits of unwelcome news this week.  Not least of which is a new poll showing Hillary's support sagging in the wake of the FBI's decision.

The Editor says...
No, Hillary Clinton has not been exonerated in any way.

No Reasonable Prosecutor Would Bring Such a Case?  A good investigation should leave no doubt in anyone's mind that the template provided and the process followed were thorough and complete.  Having briefed my findings, conclusions, and recommendations to senior leaders, I found FBI director Comey's conclusion statement to be simply bizarre.  "Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case."  This statement defies logic and the available information in the public domain.  There should have been sufficient evidence for any prosecutor to charge Hillary Clinton on violating a number of statutes.  If a real investigation had been performed, the Findings and Facts would have demonstrated clearly which violations of the statutes, directly and tangential, were attributable to her mishandling of classified information.  They would have been unambiguous, and the preponderance of the information would have outlined those easily proven and documented violations of the statutes.

Hillary's FBI interview.  It now appears that those in charge of the justice system have decided to allow guilt or innocence to be decided by the vagaries of the election process for selected powerful people. [...] People continue to attempt to place James Comey in a positive light, but the bottom line is that he is as corrupt as all the other agency heads in the Obama government. [...] Comey's complicity in this abuse of power and his contempt for the oath he swore to uphold the Constitution is exemplified by his staging of the charade called the Hillary Clinton FBI interview.

A Trustworthy Executive Branch Requires a Trustworthy President.  With a presidential election four months away and with two cases of executive discretion just out of the news, it may be a good time to reflect on the nature of presidential power.  The first case concerns a lack of executive discretion: last week the Supreme Court unanimously vacated the conviction of Robert McDonnell on corruption charges, finding that federal prosecutors had indicted the former governor of Virginia under an unacceptably broad interpretation of the term "official acts" used in federal legislation to define the crime of bribery.  And the second case concerns an abundance of executive discretion:  the FBI's decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server as secretary of state, making the narrow semantic distinction between her "extremely careless" behavior and the "gross negligence" required for criminal prosecution.

Comey and the Will to Power.  Just how was this so-called "investigation" into Hillary's private server and her missing and deleted emails conducted?  Did anyone at the FBI or the DOJ really care that she sent all manner of national security information via unsecured servers or was it a pseudoinvestigation? [...] One possible scenario:  there never was an investigation at all.  From the outset, the administration, the DOJ and the FBI knew it was a can of worms that must not be opened.  So they simulated an investigation when there was none.  For months we have been hearing that there were 150 agents working on it.  But Comey said there were "fifteen or twenty."  None have come forward as yet.  None have resigned in protest of clearing a guilty target as some of the "leaks" suggested they would.  Was the inquiry a sham for public consumption?  Possibly.  We learned Thursday [7/7/2016] that Hillary was not put under oath for her "interview" with the FBI last Saturday.  Comey did not attend that interview and there is no recording nor is there a transcript.

Comey's Hillary decision requires "the willing suspension of disbelief".  As [FBI Director James] Comey went through the litany of Hillary's misdeeds, lies, defalcations of duty, extreme carelessness, cunning and risks to national security, Comey made the case for any of a series of charges against Hillary.  Then, with the reputation of the FBI about to be vindicated, Comey dropped the dreaded "however."  In House testimony, Comey again confirmed every factual point demanding prosecution, yet defended his decision not to recommend charges because he was treating Hillary just like he would any other citizen.  Can anyone seriously claim, as Comey has, that Hillary was treated as any other citizen would?  It's laughable and requires the suspension of disbelief.  Either Comey is the dumbest person on earth, or he thinks we are.

The lawbreaker 'too big to jail'.  James Comey continues to supply the champagne at Hillary Clinton's headquarters, after making sure she wouldn't have to spend Election Night in a 5 by 7 jail cell.  That wouldn't be big enough to accommodate her pants suits.  Mr. Comey continues to shred what's left of his reputation as a fearless tough guy eager to do the right thing.  His diagnosis of Hillary's character and competence stopped just short of doing anything about her breaking of the law.  President Obama says Hillary would be the most qualified president since Thomas Jefferson, greater than Madison, Monroe, Lincoln, the two Roosevelts and presumably even his own magnificent self.  But Mr. Comey says Hillary was nevertheless not "sophisticated" enough to know that she shouldn't put the nation's security secrets at the mercy of Russian and Chinese hackers.

The Law Is Dying because Morality Is Dying.  I don't think Comey's presser heralds the end of law in the U.S., but he surely did put another nail in the coffin.  Like the Supreme Court rulings on abortion and marriage, few should be surprised at this outcome.  America has been on a long, ugly road when it comes to law and justice, reason and logic, morality and truth.

Clinton Implies Comey is a Liar.  Hillary Clinton still denied in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Friday that she ever sent or received classified information on her private email server, despite FBI Director James Comey's recent statements to the contrary.  Blitzer pointed out that Comey did say there were 110 emails that contained classified information on her server.  "But, the FBI director did say about 110 emails were classified, various forms of classification," Blitzer said.  "Even if they had not been marked, he said someone in your position as Secretary of State should have known better.  Here is the question — should you have known better?"  Clinton did not give a straight answer and shifted the focus to the people she was communicating with over email.  She said that since they did not think the information was classified, she had no reason to believe it was.

How can someone "unwittingly" make the same mistake 110 times?
Clinton says she relied on State staff for classification decisions.  Hillary Clinton disputed a scathing assessment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that she was "extremely careless" with classified government secrets, saying on Friday [7/8/2016] she relied on the judgement of her subordinates at the U.S. State Department.  After maintaining for more than a year that she did not send or receive classified information through her unauthorised private email system, she acknowledged in a string of interviews on Friday she may have at least unwittingly done so, three days after the FBI concluded this happened at least 110 times.

Three 'extremely careless' individuals who faced charges.  Hillary Clinton may not have faced criminal charges for her "extremely careless" treatment of classified information, but other government officials who mishandled sensitive secrets have suffered severe consequences.  FBI Director James Comey indicated this week that he declined to recommend an indictment against the former secretary of state because his team found scant evidence of her intent to break the law, despite the series of misstatements she made regarding her private email network.  The legal community has since commenced a heated debate over the question of whether intent is a requirement for criminal charges involving the improper storage of classified documents.

7 Key Takeaways From FBI Director's Hearing on Clinton Email Use.  [#2] [Jason] Chaffetz plans to file a referral to the FBI to look into whether she lied to Congress under oath.  While questioning Comey on Clinton's statements regarding her handling of classified information, Chayetz asked Comey if the FBI looked into whether the former secretary of state lied under oath about receiving and sending classified information.  During an October hearing before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, asked Clinton about classified information sent in emails stored on her server.  "There was nothing marked classified on my emails, either sent or received," Clinton told Jordan during the hearing.  Comey told Chaffetz that, although he was aware of Clinton's exchange with Jordan, the FBI hadn't investigated whether she lied under oath because the agency never received a referral to do so from Congress.  Chayetz confirmed the committee would send a referral to the FBI to probe Clinton's testimony.

White House dodges on possible Clinton email hack.  The White House's top spokesman sidestepped a question about whether President Obama is concerned that Hillary Clinton may have exposed sensitive information to foreign hackers while using a private email server as secretary of state.  In explaining his decision not to pursue criminal charges against Clinton, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday [7/6/2016] that there is a possibility that hostile actors could have invaded her email communications on her private server.  Asked about the vulnerability caused by Clinton's email server, White House press secretary Josh Earnest only repeated Comey's findings.

Republicans Shredded James Comey's Case for Hillary Clinton.  Republicans on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform turned in a strong performance on Thursday as they dismantled FBI director James Comey's arguments against prosecuting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  It was a fine moment for committee chair Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) — and perhaps the finest moment ever for Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who has come in for criticism here and elsewhere for mishandling the media in the Benghazi investigation.  Crucially, Chaffetz established at the outset that Clinton had lied to Gowdy and the House Select Committee on Benghazi in October 2015, and revealed that the House intended to refer her to the Department of Justice for investigation for perjury.

Comey: A theory.  Why did he do it?  FBI Director James Comey spent 14 minutes laying out an unassailable case for prosecuting Hillary Clinton for the mishandling of classified material.  Then at literally the last minute, he recommended against prosecution.  This is baffling.  Under the statute (18 U.S.C. section 793(f)), it's a felony to mishandle classified information either intentionally or "through gross negligence." The evidence, as outlined by Comey, is overwhelming.  Clinton either sent or received 110 emails in 52 chains containing material that was classified at the time.  Eight of these chains contained information that was top secret.  A few of the classified emails were so marked, contrary to Clinton's assertion that there were none.  These were stored on a home server that was even less secure than a normal Gmail account.  Her communications were quite possibly compromised by hostile powers, thus jeopardizing American national security.

Is FBI Director James Comey Blinking "C-O-E-R-C-I-O-N"?  The evidence we have discussed here in specific instances of criminal and terrorist incidence, has continually led us to believe there is an ideological shadow war within our current U.S. government.  IRS targeting, DOJ racial emphasis, the rise of the CRS, Jonathan Gruber ("grubering"), Benghazi aftermath, executive orders classified as "executive action", Fort Hood terrorist attack framework/narrative, Philadelphia Naval Yard attack, San Bernardino terrorist attack and subsequent leaks, Dangerous political correctness, damaging rules of engagement, Orlando terrorist attack etc.  In essence, the White House and appointed upper level administration cabinet officials (writ large) on one side, and those tasked with trying to maintain law, order and national security on the other.

For Any 'Reasonable' Prosecutor, Damage to National Security Would Outweigh 'Extremely Careless' Hillary's (Largely Irrelevant) Intent.  After masterfully marshaling facts that showed Hillary Clinton was grossly negligent in mishandling the nation's defense secrets — i.e., after demonstrating that she was patently indictable for a felony violation of federal law — Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey recommended against prosecution.  His rationale is even more difficult to justify on close examination than it appeared at first blush.

"Mr. Comey, You're the Fool.".  On Thursday [7/7/2016] FBI Director James Comey appeared before the House Oversight Committee regarding his agency's investigation into Hillary Clinton for use of a private email server while Secretary of State.  And it didn't go well.  Comey made news Tuesday [7/5/2016] when he recommended no charges against Clinton despite calling her "extremely careless."  The decision enraged Republicans who lashed out at Comey during the hearing Thursday.  Mark Levin called him "the biggest politician in the room" and a "fool."  Rightfully so.  [Audio clip]

More Than Carelessness.  In the wake of FBI director James Comey's blistering public condemnation of Hillary Clinton's handling of secure materials as Secretary of State, most of Clinton's defenders — and even her critics — are treating this as a story about judgment, or, echoing Comey, "carelessness."  For Democrats, the story is that she was sloppy, she apologized, and it's time to move on.  For Republicans, it's that she showed such reckless disregard for the rules that she is unfit to serve as President.  The debate over her transgressions is one of degree, not kind.  But this narrow focus on the extent of Clinton's carelessness in handling classified information — and whether classified materials were properly marked, and whether they should have been classified in the first place — obscures what is surely a more important question:  Why did she go to such great lengths to set up a private email server in the first place — and then, once it became public, order her attorneys to wipe the server before turning it over to the FBI?  One reason is that a level of secrecy and deceit may be necessary to grease the wheels of the sophisticated enterprise Walter Russell Mead has called the Clinton Machine — the international, multimillion dollar operation that dispenses patronage, rewards loyalists, and sustains the ultimate power couple's permanent campaign.

Five panels to grill FBI on Clinton.  Furious congressional Republicans are launching a multipronged attack against the FBI and Hillary Clinton.  A total of five congressional committees will either hold hearings with high-profile law enforcement officials over the next week or have already begun inquiries to the FBI about its investigation of the former secretary of State.  Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called for Clinton to be barred from the intelligence briefings typically given to presidential nominees and said that State Department officials should be subjected to administrative penalties for support of the former secretary's use of a private email server.  Senate GOP leaders, meanwhile, are pushing for the FBI to release the transcript of its 3½-hour interview with Clinton over the July Fourth weekend.

FBI chief's testimony about Clinton emails torpedoes the bureau's reputation.  There is the bipartisan pretense that the FBI is the only government agency in Washington that is above reproach.  Yet, this is the agency that collaborated with Lois Lerner and the IRS in an effort to criminally prosecute opponents of Barack Obama.  Then, unsurprisingly, this same FBI (and Justice Department) found nothing worth prosecuting in their own blatant malfeasance.  Again, this is the same FBI whose Keystone Cops approach to counter-terrorism failed to prevent eminently preventable terrorist acts ranging from the Boston Marathon bombing to the Orlando massacre.  In fact, we now know that an FBI supervisor actually told one Florida police department investigating Omar Mateen, "We do NOT believe he is a terrorist" [Emphasis in original]  How does an agency with this sort of record escape accountability?  Quite simply, by doing favors for the likes of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

State Department to restart internal review of Clinton's email use.  The U.S. Department of State will restart its internal investigation into former chief Hillary Clinton's email use, now that Justice officials have declined to pursue charges against the Democratic presidential candidate.  "Given the Department of Justice has now made its announcement, the State Department intends to conduct its internal review," spokesman John Kirby said in a statement Thursday [7/7/2016].

FBI Pros Question Decision Not to Charge Hillary Clinton.  This week, FBI Director James Comey testified that Hillary Clinton and her aides had compromised classified information in an extremely careless fashion, exposed it to hostile adversaries, violated public records law, destroyed public documents (some permanently, so that they cannot be forensically recovered) and that Clinton made repeated false statements in public about her actions.  But, he concluded, no charges should be filed.  Clinton apparently told the FBI she didn't understand classified markings and all the technology at issue, and that she didn't know she was doing anything wrong.  And the FBI takes her at her word.  Comey is well-respected by politicians in both political parties and by many within his own ranks.  But there is new dissent after his Clinton decision, which some FBI insiders found baffling and contrary to normal practices.

Thug-ocracy.  [Scroll down]  The law is for the Dirt People and it will be enforced by the Cloud People, but, the Cloud People will do as they please.  There's another way to look at it.  That is, the ruling class has lost control of the reigns and they can no longer police themselves.  Hillary Clinton has no business being president.  It's absurd even without the massive corruption and criminality.  Hillary's crowning achievement was marrying Bill Clinton 50 years ago.  Even a deeply corrupt and incompetent ruling class should be able to filter out the likes of Hillary Clinton.  The fact that they cannot bring themselves to flush her from the system when they have an iron clad criminal case against her is ominous.  There's another angle here.  The whole "Arkanside" thing is a fun gag, but it does appear that the ruling class is playing much tougher with one another.  Judge Roberts was either blackmailed or threatened into reversing his opinion on ObamaCare.  That's incandescently obvious.  FBI Director Comey's erratic performance yesterday suggests there's more here than just a man suddenly changing his mind about law enforcement.  He has prosecuted many others for these exact same crimes.  A lesson of history is that when ruling elites become unstable, they become thuggish.

Sen. Cornyn demands DOJ hand over Clinton FBI interview transcript.  In a letter sent to Lynch, the Texas senator urged the department to release both the FBI's report on Clinton's use of a private email server for official business when secretary of state, and the transcript of the three-and-a-half hour interview conducted with Clinton by the FBI on July 2.  "The American people deserve the facts underlying former-Secretary Clinton's FBI interview to evaluate the Department of Justice's conclusions and the public statements that the former-Secretary Clinton and her supporters have made regarding her use of a personal email system and her egregious handling of classified information," Cornyn wrote.

Clinton email decision seen as lifeline for those facing similar charges.  FBI Director James Comey recommended Tuesday that no charges be filed against Clinton or her team for their handling of classified information while she was secretary of state, even though she was "extremely careless" in using a private email address and servers.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Wednesday [7/6/2016] that she agreed with Comey's assessment.  Lawyers who specialize in representing government and military officials who've had security clearances revoked said Comey's recommendation offered them a new tactic in seeking to rehabilitate their clients, especially if Clinton is elected president in November.

Attorneys Intend to Ask for 'the Clinton Deal'.  Attorneys for people who allegedly mishandled classified information say the outcome of the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton could be good news for their clients.  Though many see a double standard in FBI Director James Comey's decision not to recommend charges against the former secretary of state who used a personal and unsecured email system for official business, others see possibilities.  Mark Zaid, a defense attorney for national security whistleblowers and people accused of mishandling secrets, says he plans to ask for "the Clinton deal" in the future.  And Zaid says he probably can get it.

Hillary Clinton, James Comey and the Department of Political Justice.  Is it worth impairing the reputation of the FBI and the Department of Justice to save Hillary Clinton from a deserved criminal prosecution by playing word games?  What has become of the rule of law — no one is beneath its protections or above its requirements — when the American public can witness a game of political musical chairs orchestrated by Bill Clinton at an airport in a bizarre ruse to remove the criminal investigation of his wife from those legally responsible for making decisions about it?

The 'FBI primary' is over:  Hillary dodged criminal charges for one simple reason.  Hillary Clinton likely dodged criminal charges Tuesday [7/5/2016] for a simple reason:  the bar for bringing criminal charges against a politician, particularly a high public official, is so much higher than they are for anyone else. [...] The reputational loss public officials face from criminal charges can be so great that prosecutors feel that they need to be sure of a conviction before going forward.  For someone running for president, such as Hillary, that loss of reputation would be tremendous. — It isn't as if she will be able to pick right back up where she is now in the 2020 presidential race.  So much of debate during this election has been over a different standard applying to the Clintons.

Hillary Clinton (and her aides) should never have a security clearance again.  FBI Director James Comey dropped a bombshell Tuesday, and as a result, is testifying before Congress on Thursday [7/7/2016].  While admitting Hillary Clinton was "extremely careless" in handling highly classified information, and then outlining the ways in which she was extreme in her carelessness with highly classified information, Comey announced that the FBI recommends no charges against her.

Obama and Comey Clinton Email Comments Sound Eerily Similar.  Conservative talker Rush Limbaugh argued that the fix was always in to protect Hillary on EmailGate and presented a video montage comparing comments made by President Barack Obama in April regarding the investigation to the statement made by FBI Director James Comey during his press conference on Tuesday [7/5/2016].

Hurd Slams Dems At Hearing On Clinton Email.  An angry and frustrated Congressman Will Hurd got his chance to question FBI Director James Comey about the investigation in to Hillary Clinton's email server during a hearing before the U.S. House Oversight Committee Thursday Morning [7/7/2016].  "I'm offended" Hurd said, opening his time for questions — after listening to Democrat after Democrat on the Committee use their time to question Comey instead make long statements casting questions over the investigation as nothing more than "political theater."

FBI's Comey:  Hillary Clinton not 'sophisticated enough' to understand classified markings.  FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may not have been "sophisticated enough" to understand the classified markings on emails she sent and received, which explains why she didn't know she was breaking the letter of the law.  Under intense questioning from Republicans, Mr. Comey said Mrs. Clinton's public explanations of her behavior were not true.  But he said his investigators couldn't find evidence that Mrs. Clinton intended to break the law, which he said is the key to making a criminal case.

Comey testifies Clinton email claims 'not true' at heated Hill hearing.  FBI Director James Comey testified Thursday that Hillary Clinton's claims — some made under oath — about her use of a private email server were "not true," fueling Republican questions about whether in doing so she committed a felony.  In a wide-ranging appearance before the House oversight committee, Comey also said Clinton's email practices put America's secrets at risk and her actions constituted the "definition of carelessness."  At the same time, Comey staunchly defended the bureau's decision not to pursue charges.  He also said, "We have no basis to conclude that [Clinton] lied to the FBI."

FBI Director:  Clinton Gave Non-Cleared Individuals Access to Classified Information.  Hillary Clinton gave people without a security clearance access to her private server that contained classified information, FBI director James Comey told a congressional panel on Thursday [7/7/2016].  The FBI director said between two and 10 individuals without clearances had access to the server, including Clinton's attorneys who sorted her emails before they were turned over to the State Department.  Comey was testifying before the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee regarding his announcement on Tuesday that he would not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton or her aides related to the mishandling of classified information on the private email server.

Chaffetz: 'Did Hillary Clinton Do Anything Wrong?' Comey: 'What Do You Mean by Wrong?'.  Did former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton break the law?  Did she lie to the FBI?  Did she lie under oath?  Did she do anything wrong?  Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, put those questions to FBI Director James Comey at Thursday's [7/7/2016] hearing.  Comey said he has "no basis" to conclude that Clinton lied to the FBI.  He said he was "not qualified" to say if Clinton lied to the public.  He said in his judgment, Hillary Clinton did not break the law in connection with her use of a personal email server.

Hillary Clinton Was NOT Placed Under Oath During FBI Interview, Which Was Not Transcribed.  The American public will not be able to read a transcript of Hillary Clinton's recent interview with the FBI because the bureau did not transcribe it, FBI Director James Comey told Congress on Thursday.  Clinton was also not placed under oath during the interview, which was conducted Saturday at FBI headquarters.  The three-and-a-half hour session was also not recorded, Comey told Florida Rep. John Mica during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.

FBI Director James Comey Testifies To Congress — Clinton Never Questioned Under Oath.  During FBI Director James Comey testimony today he stunningly revealed the July 3rd, 2016 interview with Secretary Hillary Clinton was not conducted under oath, was not recorded, there is no transcript of her question and answer session, he was not present, and he did not talk to all of the questioning agents.

Republicans threaten perjury probe of Hillary Clinton over congressional testimony that 'nothing marked classified' was on her email server.  The Republican chairman of a powerful congressional committee said Thursday [7/7/2016] that he will ask the FBI for a new criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's classified email scandal, focusing on the possibility that she perjured herself in sworn testimony to Congress.  Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, asked FBI Director James Comey whether he had cause to charge her for lying in a statement she made to Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan during a 2015 hearing on the 2012 Benghazi terror attack.  'There was nothing marked classified on my emails, either sent or received,' Clinton said at the time.  Comey said in a hearing Thursday that the FBI had not investigated whether that statement was true, despite finding three documents with classification markings among the messages on her private server.

Marco makes his mark:  Leads Senate push to strip Hillary of security clearance.  Republicans officially petitioned the administration Thursday to deny Hillary Clinton access to secret information as Democrats' presidential nominee, and some GOP lawmakers said if the intelligence community won't do it, they'll pass a bill to do it themselves.  The White House has said it won't deny Mrs. Clinton access, saying it is a tradition for both the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees to be briefed so they can effect an orderly transition if they are elected.  But Republicans said Mrs. Clinton's behavior with her private email server while secretary of state was so egregious that it should trump tradition and cost her the chance to see secret, sensitive material.  They cited FBI Director James Comey's admonition that while Mrs. Clinton's behavior wasn't criminal, it was "extremely careless" and would likely result in sanctions that could include loss of security privileges.

Clinton Email Scandal:  It's Far From Over.  The FBI's refusal to recommend an indictment is obviously a huge win for Clinton.  But her reluctance to take a victory lap is instructive.  She knows she will continue to face withering attacks — attacks she cannot wave off as ridiculous conspiracy theories.  After all, FBI Director James Comey publicly shredded all the defenses Hillary used for the past year.

Email Scandal:  Clinton Wins A Battle, But Did She Lose The War?  Hillary Clinton partisans might want to re-cork those champagne bottles after FBI Director James Comey let her off the legal hook for her reckless use of an unsecured email system while secretary of state.  The reaction to Comey's decision from otherwise erstwhile friends has been vicious.  While protecting Clinton from being charged with any crime, Comey made it painfully obvious to anyone but the most blinkered Hillary supporter that she has been lying about her email set-up for more than a year, that she recklessly exposed national security secrets to prying eyes, and that the whole affair calls her qualifications for being president into question.

FBI Resignations:  Where Are They?  Roughly 150 FBI agents were assigned to the Hillary Clinton email case.  It was a criminal investigation to determine if the Secretary of State violated any laws when she a) installed an unauthorized email server in her home, b) conducted State business on that server, c) sent and received classified information on that server, and d) stored classified information on that server.  If it was determined that any of the above were crimes, then a criminal indictment would apply.  Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey, announced that no charges would be sought.  Where are the FBI agent resignations?

Comey's FBI Helped Convict Navy Reservist who "Handled Classified Materials Inappropriately".  Illustrating that FBI Director James Comey is a liar and a fraud, his agency helped convict a Navy reservist last summer of the same crime that he just cleared Hillary Clinton of committing.  In that case the reservist from northern California got criminally charged — as per FBI recommendation — for having classified material on personal electronic devices that weren't authorized by the government to contain such information.  The FBI investigation didn't reveal evidence that the reservist intended to distribute classified information to unauthorized personnel, so he was just being "extremely careless" like Clinton and her top aides.  Similar offenses, vastly different outcome.  The key factor, of course, is that one subject is a regular Joe without Clinton-like political connections.  His name is Bryan H. Nishimura and last July he pleaded guilty to unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials after the FBI found such materials were copied and stored in at least one "unauthorized and unclassified system." Clinton had droves of classified and top secret materials in an "unauthorized and unclassified system."

Here's Mud in Your FBI.  FBI Director James Comey officially announced yesterday the findings of his agency's extensive criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of an unauthorized, secret, private email server.  He basically confirmed that everything Hillary has said since the discovery of the email server has been a blatant lie.  Yes, she repeatedly sent confidential, Top Secret, and Above Top Secret correspondence on an unsecured system.  In fact, her "security" was less than that which would have been provided by a free gmail account.  Hillary lied about wanting the system strictly for "convenience" (not wanting to carry two devices), she lied about turning over all required State Department emails, she lied about not having destroyed official documents, and she could not demonstrate that her system hadn't been hacked by foreign enemies (which Comey conceded was likely) thereby putting lives, policy, and our national security at risk.

Where's The Morality In Hillary's Moral Universe?  [Scroll down]  Yet how can Clinton keep her security clearance now that she's found to have been reckless with national secrets?  I don't know how that's possible, which makes running for president somewhat difficult.  Obama has endorsed her and campaigned for her.  And he hasn't demanded the head of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who met secretly with Bill Clinton in a private plane where they talked, Lynch said, "primarily" of grandchildren and golf.  Any young federal prosecutor who'd meet privately with the spouse of someone under federal investigation would be fired.  Any young foreign service officer who'd dare put government secrets on a private basement email server — where they could easily be hacked by Russian, Chinese or other intelligence services — would be dismissed, if not prosecuted.  And they'd never be able to keep their security clearance.  But Clinton will keep hers.

Hillary Clinton:  The OJ Simpson of National Security Violations.  Although it was announced Tuesday that she escaped an F.B.I. indictment, everyone knows Hillary is guilty of putting her personal paranoia above her country's security, guilty of putting her secrecy above the lives and safety of agents in the field, guilty of the kind of crimes only Democrats protected by Social Justice Warriors can get away with.  Oddly enough it was the corrupt man who handed Hillary her Get Out of Jail Free card, F.B.I. Director James Comey, who proved her guilt just before handing her that card.  What's so fascinating about all of this is that the one and only time I started to believe Hillary might be brought to justice was during Comey's statement late Tuesday morning.  For about 20 minutes, as he laid out the case against her, a case as open and shut as that 20 year-old DNA evidence, he made it sound as though he had no choice but to indict.  But in the end, Comey was just trolling and things were returned to their natural state when he announced she was free to become president of the United States.

Five Clinton email talking points that were debunked by the FBI.  FBI Director James Comey's announcement Tuesday that he would not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her "extremely careless" handling of classified information rankled Republicans who were hoping the Justice Department would indict the presumptive Democratic nominee.  "Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case," Comey said of his decision not to recommend an indictment to prosecutors at the Justice Department.

Cillizza: Comey Statement Creates a Number of Issues For The Story Clinton Has Been Telling About Server.  Washington Post's Chris Cillizza notes FBI director James Comey "directly disputed" several statements Hillary Clinton has made in the past about the private server she maintained during her tenure at the State Department.  "He directly disputed the fact that she said she had never sent or received a classified e-mail," Cillizza said Tuesday on MSNBC.  "He directly disputed the idea that it is possible that her account has been attacked.  He directly disputed the idea that her lawyers and she had deleted only those e-mails that were personal, entirely personal in nature, saying they had found e-mails that contained sort of professional information in there as well."  "What James Comey did today creates a number of issues for the story she's been telling about her e-mail server for the last 15 months," Cillizza added.  [Video clip]

Trump: Bernie Just Lost The FBI Primary; Today Proves He Was Right About The Rigged System.  Donald Trump comments on the end of what he called the "FBI Primary," saying that Bernie Sanders has so far refused to drop out of the race for the Democratic nomination in hopes that Clinton might be indicted.  He says that the FBI's recommendation not to indict proves Sanders was right when he said the Democratic primary was "rigged."  "Today is the best evidence ever that we have seen that our system is totally, absolutely rigged," Trump said at a rally in North Carolina.

Can Hillary Survive?  [Scroll down]  In essence, Comey said today that if American voters are dumb enough to elect as president a woman who was "extremely careless" in handling "very sensitive, highly classified information," so that it is "possible that hostile actors gained access to" her email account, and then lied repeatedly and shamelessly about what she had done, it's on the voters.  I suspect that Comey thinks he has done what he can or should do to blow the whistle on Hillary.  What will the political impact be?  By rights, it should be devastating.  If the Director of the FBI made similar findings about another candidate — Donald Trump, for example — it would be considered the end of that candidate's career.

Loretta Lynch, James Comey Set To Testify Before Congress About Email Investigation.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI director James Comey will testify in front of Congress, two House committee chairmen announced Wednesday [7/6/2015].  Comey will appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday specifically to discuss the FBI's Clinton email investigation, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz said.  And according to Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Lynch will appear next Tuesday, July 12, at a House Judiciary Committee hearing.

Two More Ways Hillary Clinton Committed Perjury at Benghazi Committee.  Hillary Clinton appears to have perjured herself before the House Select Committee on Benghazi in at least three ways:  first, by stating that she had turned over "all my work related emails" from her private email server to the government; second, by insisting there was "nothing marked classified on my e-mails"; and third, by telling the committee that her attorneys "went through every single e-mail."  FBI director James Comey's statement Tuesday [7/5/2016] suggests none of those statements were true.  On Tuesday, Breitbart News published the relevant portion of the transcript of Clinton's testimony dealing with the question of whether she had turned over her work-related emails.  The other two instances in which Clinton perjured herself arose in her statements to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).

Did the FBI just sink Clinton over emails?  The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state has concluded with a recommendation that she not face criminal charges.  While the fevered dreams of some on the right (and left) that Mrs Clinton would be frog-marched from campaign stage to jail cell have been dashed, the presumptive Democratic nominee's political pain is far from over.  But how bad is it, exactly?  Here are some reasons why it could be a grievous wound — or nothing but a scratch.

House Speaker Paul Ryan calls for blocking Hillary's access to classified information.  House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling on the nation's spy chief to strip Hillary Clinton of her access to classified government information because of the way she mishandled classified information laid out by FBI director James Comey.  Ryan, who receives top level information as speaker and who got classified briefings as Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate in 2012, said Clinton should have her access to classified information stripped because of her actions.  'Comey said short of prosecution some kind of administration action should occur bringing consequences.  I think the DNI, the director of national intelligence, should block her access to classified information given how recklessly she handled this during the presidential campaign,' Ryan said.

Ryan: Congress could strip Clinton of access to classified material.  House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Wednesday [7/6/2016] that Congress could step in and try to deny Hillary Clinton access to classified information during the presidential campaign, if the Obama administration doesn't take that step itself.  Given that the FBI found Mrs. Clinton "careless" in handling top secret information, Mr. Ryan said Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should deny her the regular intelligence briefings a party's presidential and vice presidential nominees get.  But he said if Mr. Clapper doesn't do that, Congress could step in.

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What's he trying to say?  Does this mean Hillary still has her own clandestine email server?

Lemon Characterizes Clinton FBI Investigation As Sexist Attack.  Just hours after the FBI recommended Hillary Clinton not be criminally charged by the DOJ, CNN was already dredging up sympathy for Hillary.  On CNN Tonight July 5, anchor Don Lemon repeatedly brought up Clinton's gender in an attempt to show that Clinton was somehow getting harsher treatment than she would if she was a man.  Lemon began by comparing the hearing to "fireworks," claiming that "the men at the top" were trying to keep Clinton from becoming President[.]

Judicial Watch Statement on Decision by FBI Director James Comey Not to Recommend Indictment of Hillary Clinton.  FBI Director James Comey detailed Hillary Clinton's massive destruction of government records and grossly negligent handling of classified information.  Frankly, there's a disconnect between Comey's devastating findings and his weak recommendation not to prosecute Hillary Clinton.  Federal prosecutors, independent of politics, need to consider whether to pursue the potential violations of law confirmed by the FBI.

FBI's baffling rescue of Hillary is turning America into a banana republic.  Maybe FBI chief James Comey didn't want to hand the 2016 presidential election to the erratic Donald Trump when he decided not to recommend any charges against Hillary Clinton for her insanely dumb and so obviously improper use of a private e-mail server to receive top-secret documents as President Obama's secretary of state.  Or maybe, in some odd way, this longtime gumshoe really believes that what Clinton did — sending and receiving sensitive information on a private and very hackable e-mail account — isn't so bad and thus doesn't deserve to be addressed with even a slap-on-the-wrist charge like a misdemeanor.  Either way, by ignoring the findings of his agents — which have been documented on these pages, and which he documented in a bizarre press conference Tuesday — Comey has done his best to move rule of law in this country one big step closer to that of a banana republic.

Now FBI director Comey [will] be in the hot seat as House GOP prepares to grill official who recommended letting Hillary off.  FBI director James Comey, who had Hillary Clinton's fate in his hands as the person who led the determination of whether to recommend prosecution, now will have to answer for his decision before Congress.  The House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing Thursday where Comey will testify, a GOP aide confirmed.  House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday night [7/5/2016] that, 'We're going to have hearings' into the matter.  'There are a lot of unanswered questions here ... that need to get answers,' he told Fox News' Megyn Kelly.

WH: 'We Have Gone to Great Lengths to Avoid the Appearance of Interfering' With FBI's Clinton-Email Probe.  No one at the White House knew that FBI Director James Comey was going to speak on Tuesday [7/5/2016], never mind what he'd say, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Tuesday.  "With regard to a reaction from the White House, I don't have an official reaction to share," he said.  "The reason for that is simply that, while the FBI is completing their investigation, the career prosecutors at the Department of Justice still have to make a final determination about how and whether to proceed.

Ted Cruz Drops Truth Bomb After FBI Decision on Hillary Clinton.  Today, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) released a statement regarding FBI Director Comey's decision not to charge Hillary Clinton with criminal wrong doing even with clear evidence she broke the law. [...] ["]If we are to remain a beacon of hope and freedom for the rest of the world, it is incumbent upon us to ensure that we remain a nation of laws, and that our laws apply equally and fairly to us all.  Under President Obama, we have seen the most politicized Department of Justice in history; I very much hope that politicization has not similarly corrupted the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  I join my Senate Judiciary colleagues, including Chairman Grassley, in calling for public transparency of, and full access to, all the information that the FBI used to come to today's dubious decision.["]

What FBI's Comey could not say — but Rashi did.  Let's read between the lines on what Comey could not say, but perhaps wanted to say:
  •   Anybody else would have been prosecuted.  But for Hillary and the rest of the Clintons, the rules do not apply.
  •   I am FBI.  That's big.  But the White House is bigger and that's who's boss.
  •   I tried my best, but nobody has a chance against a system run by corrupt politicians.
  •   The system is rigged.  So rigged that even the FBI can't get out from under.
  •   Liberals run the show.  It's their world and we are only visiting as their uninvited guests.  They can do with us whatever they want.
  •   Mr. and Mrs. America:  Get used to the idea that the most corrupt politician ever may be your next president.

Comey's Game.  Yesterday [7/5/2016], the Director of the FBI offered 15 of the most puzzling minutes in the history of American law enforcement.  James Comey spent the first 12 minutes or so laying out a devastating case dismantling Hillary Clinton's email defense.  Then, in a whiplash-inducing change of narrative, he announced that "no reasonable prosecutor" would bring the case he had just outlined, an assertion that was contradicted within hours by luminaries including former US Attorney (and Mayor) Rudy Giuliani and James Kallstrom, former head of the FBI's New York office.  How can we possibly explain the FBI Director deliberately inducing mass cognitive dissonance?

WSJ Editorial:  Comey Refused to Press Charges to Spare Us President Trump.  In a scathing Wall Street Journal editorial, the newspaper coined a new term for FBI Director James Comey's decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton — They called it "Jim Comey's Clinton Standard."  The editorial board ripped apart Comey's rationale for not pursuing charges based on Clinton's "reckless conduct" which included sending classified emails, and using her email extensively in regions with hostile actors.  But, probably most shocking, at the end of the piece, the board asserts that Comey may have dodged the indictment to spare us all a President Donald Trump.

The Explanation Americans Deserve From FBI on Clinton's Server Use.  "I am confident that I never sent or received any information that was classified at the time it was sent and received." That is what former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters last July.  At least we now know that was not true. [...] Eight of these communications contained "top secret" information, and 37 contained "secret" information, while the remainder contained "confidential" information.  While stating that the bureau's investigation did not uncover evidence of intentional mishandling of classified information or of disloyalty or an attempt to obstruct justice, Comey's remarks reflected the FBI's conclusions that Clinton's conduct was hardly in keeping with her previous statement that she took "classified information very seriously."

I Don't Get It.  I'm on vacation but I had to watch FBI Director Comey's statement.  I was not surprised that he opted not to recommend prosecution.  I was surprised by his explanation. [...] He began by saying intent didn't matter under the law.  But even so, do we believe that she didn't intend to set up the server?  Do we believe that she didn't intend to put her privacy and political security above national security?  She'd been warned about the server and did it anyway.  I'm obviously no lawyer but that looks like intentionality and willfulness to me.  As for the strength of the evidence ... what more evidence do you need?  There were not one but apparently several unsecured servers set up and paid for by Mrs. Clinton to house and transmit classified information.

#NeverTrump Needs To Learn From Clinton Email Whitewash.  If anyone still thought the law actually applies to the powerful as well as the powerless, that a semblance of justice still remained in the country founded upon the principle of equal justice for all, surely those illusions were dashed for good on Tuesday when FBI Director James Comey announced that neither Hillary Clinton nor anyone else would be charged in the State Department email scandal.  If anyone, especially those who remain anti-Trump, thought an indictment might save the nation from the churning tornado that is Hillary Clinton, that maybe she'd be replaced by a slightly more palatable Democratic candidate, the finality of Tuesday's news should settle the matter for good.

Endorsing Lawlessness.  Surprise, surprise:  President Barack Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.  He wants someone to follow him who will protect his disastrous legacy.  He couldn't have made a better choice.  "I know how hard this job can be.  That's why I know Hillary will be so good at it," he explained.  He provided plenty of joke lines for the late night shows.  But he made clear that he won't remain on the sidelines during the campaign: joint political appearances are now being planned.  None of this should surprise anyone.  It won't be the first time an incumbent attempted to help elect his successor.  But never before has the conflict been so great, with the current president presiding over a criminal investigation of his party's presumptive nominee.

The Teflon Hillary Standard.  FBI Director James Comey told us Monday what many of us have already known and long suspected:  Hillary Clinton serially lied about her homeland security-jeopardizing homebrew email server, and the Obama administration is letting her get away with it.  After Comey hammered the final nail in the classified-information coffin, the enabler in chief promptly whisked Clinton out of D.C. on his taxpayer-subsidized winged chariot for a joint campaign event in North Carolina and plopped her in front of a lectern carrying the presidential seal — where she stood and hurled her invective against GOP presidential rival Donald Trump, whom she called "unqualified and temperamentally unfit" to occupy the White House.

FBI Proves Hillary Clinton Committed Perjury Before Benghazi Committee.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified under oath before the House Select Committee on Benghazi last October that she had turned over "all my work related emails" from her private email server to the State Department.  But on Tuesday, FBI director James Comey revealed that the agency had found "several thousand" work-related emails Clinton had not turned over, including three that included information that had been classified at the time that they had been sent.

FBI's Comey indicts Clinton character, competence.  [Scroll down]  So Hillary skates?  Not hardly.  In fact, this could be the worst outcome possible.  Had a recommendation for indictment come down, it would not have slowed Hillary's march to the nomination.  Democrats have demonstrated they will support her no matter what.  And had actual charges been filed, the process is so slow that she would probably not have faced significant court proceedings before the election.  If the topic ever arose on the campaign trail, she would have said it was an ongoing process in the hands of her attorneys and declined to comment.  Instead she is left with an investigation that found her perilously incompetent, calling into question her fitness for office.

Rush Limbaugh:  Hillary escaping charges shows 'institutions crumbling before our very eyes'.  Mr. Comey said just after 11 a.m.  EST. that "no reasonable prosecutor" would seek charges against the former secretary of state, despite calling her "extremely careless" with the nation's most important intelligence documents. [...] "If you want to be depressed, look, I understand it," the conservative said. "[...] He lays out all the violations.  He lays out all the irregularities.  He lays out all the problems, and there are a lot of people in jail for doing exactly what he's exonerated Hillary Clinton for today."

Mark Levin slams FBI, Justice:  Clinton would've been a 'slam dunk case'.  Conservative radio host Mark Levin slammed the FBI on Tuesday for not recommending the Justice Department take up what he said would have been an easy case against Hillary Clinton.  "They found several thousand emails that were not disclosed to the FBI," Levin said on LevinTV Tuesday night.  "You know what I call that?  A cover up.  She intended to cover up, she intended to unravel the security system that was put into place.  It's worse than gross negligence.  This is a slam dunk prosecution.  This is a slam dunk case."

Coward Comey Takes a Dive.  The FBI today officially becoming a willing Soviet-Stasi stooge and tool, even if under duress, brings home how fast things can change in a volatile political environment.  I judge 2016 as being as dangerous as 1860 or 1913.  In European terms, a "Night of Long Knives" is now not an impossibility.  Fast and Furious (300+ dead, no repercussions, media holding) emboldened them to betray Benghazi station, to write it off and lie about it, (no repercussions, media holding).  Now the perception, real or imagined, is that even the FBI has been forced to toe the party line.  No spin can erase this.  Bill Clinton meets Loretta Lynch in the "secret" Godfather tarmac rendezvous, then FBI director damns but refuses to pursue Hillary.  Loretta Lynch, who worked for the Clinton's law firm, before Bill appointed her US Attorney in New York, which set her up to become Attorney General, which Obama appointed her for.  Obama, who appointed FBI Director Bill Comey.  Director Bill Comey, who just made the FBI case to send her up for life, and then, blinking "t-o-r-t-u-r-e", Honest Bill said, "but... she skates anyway."  The intended and received message to the masses is that the gangsters are now firmly in charge, and nobody can or will stop them.  They have all the power.  Even the backing of the liberal media.

Clinton email claims collapse under FBI probe.  Key assertions by Hillary Clinton in defense of her email practices have collapsed under FBI scrutiny.

Even without charges, FBI rebuke leaves a heavy political cloud over Clinton.  Even as Comey lifted a legal cloud by announcing that the FBI would not recommend criminal charges, he systematically obliterated many of the key defenses Clinton and her advisers have offered to reassure the public in the 15 months since the discovery that she used a private email system.  For instance, Clinton had insisted that she did not send or receive classified materials, but Comey said the FBI found that 110 of her emails contained classified information.

'It Appears Damage is Being Done to the Rule of Law'.  [Scroll down]  House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) called the decision "unsurprising," yet something that "serves as yet another reminder that the integrity of this investigation has been politicized from start to finish."  "Instead of creating certainty and instilling faith in our justice system, the Director's statement only raised more questions about the process," Sessions said.  "The FBI's report found that Mrs. Clinton used not one but multiple private servers, transmitted 110 emails that were classified at the time, and deleted 'personal' emails that contained professional and most likely sensitive information.  Despite these facts, the FBI still concluded that Mrs. Clinton did not break the law or, at the bare minimum, know that her actions were completely irresponsible."

Did Comey Actually Destroy Hillary Clinton by 'Exonerating' Her?  I may be alone in saying this, but when the proverbial dust settles, James Comey may have hurt Hillary Clinton more than he helped her in his statement Tuesday [7/5/2016] concerning the Grand Email Controversy.  He may have let her off the hook legally, but personally he has left the putative Democratic candidate scarred almost beyond recognition.  By getting out in front of the Justice Department, the FBI director, speaking publicly in an admittedly unusual fashion, was able to frame the case in a manner that Attorney General Loretta Lynch in all probability never would have.

Former AG Mike Mukasey: 'Intent' Is Irrelevant, Hillary Clinton's 'Gross Negligence' Violated Text of Secrecy Law.  Mike Mukasey, who served as Attorney General from 2007 to 2009, says FBI Director James Comey wrongly excused Hillary Clinton during his press-conference by wrongly claiming that any prosecution requires strong evidence that she had the intent to violate classification laws.  But the law requires that cops and prosecutors show mere "gross negligence," Mukasey wrote in a Wall Street Journal column, titled "Clinton Makes the FBI's Least-Wanted List."  Moreover, Comey effectively showed during his prosecution-style press conference that Hillary Clinton's reckless use of her unprotected home-brew email network meets that "gross negligence" test for federal prosecution, Mukasey argues.

Fiorina: This Is a Shameful Day for Our Country, No Matter Your Political Beliefs.  Carly Fiorina slammed FBI Director James Comey's recommendation not to charge Hillary Clinton with a crime, calling it a "blow to the very heart of our democracy."  The former Republican candidate wrote that the FBI "admitted" that Clinton "endangered the American people — and confirmed that the worst things any of us imagined about Hillary's email server were true."

Rudy Giuliani:  "Today Hillary Clinton Was Put Way Above The Law".  The reactions to the FBI's shocking announcement in which it announced it would not seek charges against Hillary Clinton are coming in fast and furious, with House Speaker Paul Ryan announcing moments ago that, at least in his view, Trump was spot on when he tweeted over the holiday weekend that the system is rigged when he said that the FBI's decision not to suggest the Department of Justice brings charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "defies explanation."

In Clinton Case, Obama Administration Nullifies 6 Criminal Laws.  When the Obama Administration, on July 5th, ruled that in regard to Hillary Clinton's privatized email system while she was Secretary of State, "Our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case" to a grand jury, because "We cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges," they ignored the following six U.S. criminal laws, each of which undeniably describes very well what she did:  [Beginning with] 18 U.S. Code § 2232 — Destruction or removal of property to prevent seizure.

Queen Clinton gets her way — again.  Let's be honest:  Nobody every really believed that the Obama administration was going to indict Hillary Clinton.  We all knew that it would do everything possible to avoid prosecution. [...] The American people are correct to be outraged by the Obama administration doing everything it can to protect her on her way to being coronated as our next president.

FBI director:  Clinton and aides were obligated to protect classified data even if not marked.  In his 15 minute condemnation of Hillary Rodham Clinton's "extremely careless" handling of emails while she was Obama's secretary of state, FBI director James Comey said the Clinton and her aides were obligated by law to protect classified information even if it wasn't labeled as such.  In short, Hillary and her cronies, who of course are so much smarter than us, should have known better, Comey said.

Meet The Man James Comey Indicted Over A 21-Word Email.  In April, 2003, investment banker Frank Quattrone was indicted on charges of obstruction of justice by then-U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York James Comey for one email sent to employees.  Quattrone voiced his discontent with Comey's recent announcement regarding Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's personal email server.

Crooked, Grossly Negligent Hillary Is Sprung By The DOJ.  If Donald Trump doesn't start using "Grossly Negligent" in addition to his "Crooked" descriptor of Hillary, he'll be missing a strong point to be used against her and will be passing up a ripe target that the DOJ itself has placed on her chest.  When the Department of Justice representative, in this case James Comey, the Director of the FBI, describes a presidential candidate that has undergone deep, extensive investigation as being "Grossly Negligent", he has hung her politically in the eyes of any citizen paying attention to current events.  In an age of constant and increasing terrorist attacks on America, who in their right mind would want a "Grossly Negligent" president?

ABC Hails 'Momentous Day' for Hillary with No Indictment; The 'Cloud Is Lifted' for Her, Obama.  In the moments following FBI Director James Comey's announcement on Tuesday [7/6/2016] that Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges for her private e-mail servers scandal, the cast assembled by ABC News hailed the "extraordinary decision" as "a momentous day" signaling that "a cloud is lifted" for Clinton to continue on with the presidential race and President Obama to give his own thoughts on the matter.  Senior Justice correspondent Pierre Thomas dubbed Comey's recommendation an "extraordinary decision" and blistering for Clinton but emphasized the early spin that "they looked at precedent and found no case like it where prosecutors would have went [sic] for it and did not believe the Justice Department would have gone for it."

Too Big to Jail:  Hillary Clinton Not Charged by FBI.  It was always pretty obvious that Hillary Clinton would get off without any charged from the FBI.  With Obama and Loretta Lynch fixing the "investigation" you knew that Hillary Clinton would never be prosecuted.  It's the Clinton way.  They are above the law, unlike the rest of us.  Today, despite admitting Hillary Clinton had at least 36 classified e-mails on her unsecure e-mail server, Commie Comey let her off the hook.  Hillary Clnton is just too big to jail.

'So Discouraging': Giuliani Says Comey Made 'Special Exception for the Clintons'.  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani explained this afternoon why FBI Director James Comey made a "special exception" in recommending no charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.  Giuliani, a former U.S. attorney who worked with Comey, said that Clinton violated federal statute 18 U.S.C., §793-F by mishandling classified information on her unsecured server.  [Video clip]

Why Comey Blinked.  FBI Director Comey indicted Hillary Clinton in the court of public opinion by laying out before the TV cameras, step by step, her gross negligence in handling classified material, including Top Secret information that would compromise our national security if made accessible to our enemies.  He told us Clinton sent classified information over servers not as safe as a simple gmail account.  He told us it is impossible for the FBI to ascertain what foreign hostile actors may have accessed her account, but there is good evidence to believe that the information was hacked. [...] And then, in an act of great cynicism, FBI Director Comey looked the American people directly in the eye and told us that no reasonable prosecutor would bring a case against Hillary Clinton.

Obama DOJ Prosecuted More Gov.  Officials For Leaking Classified Info Than Past Admins Combined.  Barack Obama's Justice Department has prosecuted more government officials for alleged leaks of information under the World War I era Espionage Act than all his predecessors combined — yet Hillary Clinton managed to avoid becoming part of that statistic Tuesday morning [7/5/2016].  FBI Director James Comey decided the bureau would urge that charges not be brought against former Secretary of State Clinton for her mishandling of classified information on her private email servers.

James Comey and the Road to Tyranny.  [Scroll down]  There are other circumstances that cast suspicion on Comey's decision.  Is it a coincidence that Obama endorsed Hillary a month before Comey's announcement?  Or that Hillary in March confidently predicted she wouldn't be indicted?  Or that a few days before the announcement AG Loretta Lynch had a tête-à-tête with Bill Clinton, something she knew was inappropriate, but meaningless if the decision had already been made?  Or that Lynch's pledge to follow the FBI's recommendation was empty if she already knew what the recommendation would be?  Or that Hillary and Obama had scheduled their first joint campaign appearance on the same day of the announcement?  You don't have to be a grassy-knoll obsessive to smell something fishy, particularly give the 25-year history of Clintonian skullduggery, lies, and manipulation of the law.

Clinton cleared on email scandal by FBI — despite sending and receiving top-secret information on a server which was 'possibly' hacked by America's enemies.  FBI Director James Comey announced Tuesday that the FBI will not recommend federal prosecution of Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server to store what turned out to be thousands of classified documents in her emails.  The U.S. Justice Department has the final say, but Attorney General Loretta Lynch said last week that she 'fully expects' to act on whatever the FBI recommends.  The FBI doesn't expect any criminal charges to result, Comey said.  'We are expressing to the Department of Justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case,' he said.

MSNBC Editor Spins: 'Hard for Anybody to Agree' That 'The System Is Rigged' After Today.  Reacting to FBI Director James Comey's announcement on Tuesday that he has not recommended charges against Hillary Clinton for her private e-mail servers scandal, MSNBC and NBC News senior political editor Beth Fouhy decried the idea that anyone should still be arguing that "the system is rigged" now that Comey revealed Clinton won't face charges.  Fouhy was speaking live on MSNBC to host Tamron Hall when she prefaced one of many comments she made during the hour about how she doesn't think "Bernie Sanders supporters are going to make a big issue of this, but Republicans certainly will" because "[l]egally, yes, she's out of the woods, she is not out of the woods politically on this at all."

The Most Frightening Political Fix.  Today we have witnessed a most frightening manifestation of the corruption of our political system.  Doubly frightening because of what it augurs for all our futures if Hillary Clinton should prevail in the November elections. [...] We knew they could fix the Department of Justice; we suspected they could fix the FBI.  What we didn't know was that the fixes would be this transparent: the secret meeting with a chief culprit and the DOJ head; the next day announcement by Justice that the Clinton bribery investigations would be postponed until well after the election; the suspiciously brief FBI interrogation of the former Secretary of State who during her entire tenure had recklessly breached national security protocols, deleted 30,000 emails; burned her government schedules; put top secret information onto a hackable server in violation of federal law; and topping it all the failure of the FBI director after enumerating her reckless acts to recommend a prosecution — all within a single week, and just in time for the Democrats' nominating convention.  It was, all in all, the most breathtaking fix in American history.

Why Comey's Statement is Actually the Best Outcome.  [FBI Director James] Comey stated that she had broken the law and outlined how she had.  The world knows now irrefutably that Clinton broke security laws.  They know that while she did not do so intentionally, that even the FBI has stated that her actions as a very high ranking official in our country were "Grossly Negligent".  At the same time that Comey passed the buck on indicting Clinton and even went so far as to not recommend it, he has destroyed a good portion of her credibility.  What can be said about the capability of a presidential candidate when they can't even handle emails properly — something that is day one kind of stuff.  Clinton has been judged many times in her capacity and many times has the verdict been that she lacks competency and temperament to be our president.  This is just one more in a long line of Clinton's proven blunders.

FBI Director Comey Lied and He Should Resign Today.  The Director of the FBI just stood up and told America that nobody at the Department of Justice knew what he was about to recommend.  He said that President Obama didn't know.  He said he was being "unusually transparent" in his remarks.  He lied through his teeth and should resign today.

FBI: Yes, Queen Hillary Broke The Law.  No, She Won't Be Prosecuted.  Just days after the Attorney General of the United States Loretta Lynch held a secret meeting aboard a plane with former President Bill Clinton — whose wife was under FBI investigation; just the day after Hillary leaked that she'd want Lynch for her own administration; just hours after the President of the United States Barack Obama flew Hillary — still under FBI investigation — down to North Carolina on Air Force One; just two hours before Obama was to open his campaign on behalf of Hillary Clinton, FBI Director James Comey announced that while Hillary Clinton had clearly engaged in criminal activity worthy of prosecution, he had recommended that she not be prosecuted.

Ryan: Not Charging Hillary Sets 'Terrible Precedent'.  Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said that with the FBI's decision not to recommend charges for Hillary Clinton over her private email server, it appears damage is being done to the rule of law."  "While I respect the law enforcement professionals at the FBI, this announcement defies explanation.  No one should be above the law," Ryan said.  "But based upon the director's own statement, it appears damage is being done to the rule of law."

FBI Rewrites Federal Law to Let Hillary Off the Hook.  There is no way of getting around this:  According to Director James Comey (disclosure: a former colleague and longtime friend of mine), Hillary Clinton checked every box required for a felony violation of Section 793(f) of the federal penal code (Title 18):  With lawful access to highly classified information she acted with gross negligence in removing and causing it to be removed it from its proper place of custody, and she transmitted it and caused it to be transmitted to others not authorized to have it, in patent violation of her trust.  Director Comey even conceded that former Secretary Clinton was "extremely careless" and strongly suggested that her recklessness very likely led to communications (her own and those she corresponded with) being intercepted by foreign intelligence services.  Yet, Director Comey recommended against prosecution of the law violations he clearly found on the ground that there was no intent to harm the United States.  In essence, in order to give Mrs. Clinton a pass, the FBI rewrote the statute, inserting an intent element that Congress did not require.  The added intent element, moreover, makes no sense:  The point of having a statute that criminalizes gross negligence is to underscore that government officials have a special obligation to safeguard national defense secrets; when they fail to carry out that obligation due to gross negligence, they are guilty of serious wrongdoing.  The lack of intent to harm our country is irrelevant.  People never intend the bad things that happen due to gross negligence.

Comey: FBI Recommends No Charges Against Hillary Clinton.  The FBI will not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for activities related to her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday.  Comey said Clinton had engaged in "extremely careless" behavior but that "no charges are appropriate."  Comey spoke just three days after the FBI had interviewed Clinton.  The decision removes what could have put Clinton in a nearly impossible situation — even for the Clintons:  Running for president while under indictment.

Hillary Clinton's email problems might be even worse than we thought.  FBI Director James B. Comey dismantled large portions of Clinton's long-told story about her private server and what she sent or received on it during a stirring 15-minute news conference, after which he took no questions.  While Comey exonerated Clinton, legally speaking, he provided huge amounts of fodder that could badly hamstring her in the court of public opinion.  Most importantly, Comey said the FBI found 110 emails on Clinton's server that were classified at the time they were sent or received.  That stands in direct contradiction to Clinton's repeated insistence she never sent or received any classified emails.  And it even stands in contrast to her amended statement that she never knowingly sent or received any classified information.

FBI recommends no criminal charges in Clinton email probe.  FBI Director James B. Comey said Tuesday that his agency will not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server as secretary of state but called Clinton and her staff "extremely careless" in handling classified material.  The announcement was stunning both for the level of detail Comey provided about an investigation that he ultimately believes should conclude without charges, and for the fact that the FBI director publicized his guidance before federal prosecutors had reached a final determination.

State Dept Spox Confronted on FBI Findings:  Is There 'Lax Culture' on Classified Material?  State Department spokesman John Kirby got confronted by a number of reporters at today's briefing after the FBI concluded from its Hillary Clinton investigation there was a carelessness at State when it came to classified material.  One reporter asked if Kirby agrees with James Comey's assessment that State was "extremely careless."  Kirby said "we're always looking for ways to improve," but objected to the idea there is a "lax culture" at the department.  The reporter followed up, "How many hundreds would you need to be lax, in your opinion?" Kirby dodged the question.

FBI: Everything Hillary Said About Emails Was a Lie.  But No Prosecution.  FBI director James Comey announced on Tuesday morning that he would not be recommending that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton be prosecuted for mis-handling classified information.  But in the course of his presentation, he demonstrated that literally everything she and her campaign had told America about her email servers was a complete lie. [...] If anything demonstrates intent, it is surely Clinton's repeated evasion of the law, and her constant lies and cover-ups.  But the Department of Justice will certainly decline to prosecute, meaning that only the voters can keep Hillary Clinton out of office.

FBI Says Hillary Clinton Claim on Reading Emails Was False.  The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's email uncovered evidence that her spokesman gave reporters false information in 2015 about the process lawyers used to sort personal emails prior to deletion.  Clinton press secretary Nick Merrill previously told TIME that her attorneys had individually read every email to determine if it was a government document or personal correspondence.  "Every one of the more than 60,000 emails were read.  Period," Merrill wrote in one email to a TIME reporter dated March 14, 2015.  The FBI concluded that this claim was false.

Clinton receives a political indictment, if not a formal one.  Hillary Clinton dodged a fatal bullet to her presidential aspirations on Tuesday, avoiding a federal criminal indictment recommendation from the FBI over her handling of top-secret information while secretary of state.  But much of what originally elevated a story over her private e-mail use into national controversy was reinforced in a statement by FBI director James Comey, when he cast Clinton and her aides as "extremely careless" in their digital handling of classified material, both at home and abroad.

FBI: Hillary Clinton Broke the Law, We Just Don't Really Care.  The FBI inquiry into the Clinton email scandal came to an ignoble end Tuesday in a manner that few could have predicted: one of the nation's highest-ranking civilian law enforcement officers laying out for a full ten minutes all the evidence indicating that a Secretary of State broke the law, followed by the Shyamalanian twist that he didn't believe said Secretary should be prosecuted.  And yes, by any straightforward interpretation, Hillary Clinton broke the law.  The law bans negligently hosting classified information in an unauthorized location.  By FBI Director James B. Comey's account, Clinton stored information on her private email server that any State employee — let alone the Department head — would have known immediately known was highly-classified top secret information.  More to the point, despite Clinton's frequent protestations to the contrary, he confirmed that some of those emails were indeed marked classified at the time.

Hillary Clinton may not get off scot-free after all.  Hillary Clinton won't face criminal charges for what FBI Director James Comey described as "extremely careless" handling of classified information, but she might not be entirely out of the woods.  "To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences," Comey told reporters on Tuesday [7/5/2016].  "To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions.  But that is not what we are deciding now."

The Day the Rule of Law Died.  And so once again the leading crime family in America skates, thumbing its nose at the rule of law as an earnest but politically clueless FBI director stands before the nation to repeat the well-worn Clinton mantra of "insufficient evidence," and to attribute to Hillary another shopworn cliche that the Clintons habitually use in their defense: sloppiness.  In other words, it was a judgment call by James Comey.  After laying out clear proof that Mrs. Clinton violated both the letter and the spirit of the law, he essentially punted by saying this is not the kind of case a reasonable prosecutor would make.  Of course it isn't — not if that prosecutor wants to both keep his job and stay above ground.

Sanders supporters melt down over FBI's Clinton decision.  It's not only Donald Trump and Republicans expressing their indignation at the FBI's decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over her handling of classified materials on a private email server.  The Tuesday announcement also set off a torrent of anger and frustration among some of Bernie Sanders' most diehard supporters, a vocal minority who have been agitating for an indictment of the former secretary of state in the hopes it would vault the Vermont senator to the Democratic nomination.

Comey speaks: Hillary skates!  FBI Director James Comey just addressed the nation for 15 minutes, announcing the conclusions of the Bureau's investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server.  Despite lots of critical references to her practices, the FBI is not recommending prosecution by the Justice Department.

FBI's Comey:  Clinton 'extremely careless' about emails, but bureau will not advise criminal charges.  FBI Director James Comey announced Tuesday [7/5/2016] that despite evidence Hillary Clinton was "extremely careless" in her handling of classified emails on a private server, the bureau will not recommend to the Department of Justice that criminal charges be brought against the former secretary of state.  "Our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case," Comey said.

Republicans demand FBI release investigative files on Hillary Clinton.  Top Republicans said Tuesday that the FBI needs to release details of its investigative files on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if it wants voters to accept its conclusion that her carelessness with top secret information doesn't rise to the level of a prosecutable crime.  House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said FBI Director James Comey's decision not to recommend prosecution "defies explanation," and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley said Mr. Comey needs to do more to convince Americans he made the right call.

The FBI releases embarrassing documents on Friday afternoons:

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Clinton the 'Congenital Liar'.  [Scroll down]  So what did we learn last weekend?  From the sketchy FBI report, which was the result of a referral from the U.S. intelligence community inspector general, it's notable that Clinton claimed she "could not recall," "did not recall," "did not remember" and "had no recollection" 41 times during the interview.  It's also apparent that Clinton ordered her emails erased after the first reports became public that she'd been conducting State Department business via an illegal and unsecure email server.  "[Redacted] indicated he believed he had an [embarrassing] moment and sometime between March 25-31, 2015 deleted the Clinton archive mailbox from the [Platte River Networks] server and used BleachBit to delete the exported .PST files he had created on the server system containing Clinton's emails."  Her obfuscating attorneys, Cheryl Mills, David Kendall and Heather Samuelson, claimed they had no knowledge of Clinton's private email server until after she left the State Department, but Clinton insisted in the FBI interview that it was "common knowledge" and that she "could not recall anyone raising concerns with her regarding the sensitivity of the information she received at her email address."  When asked what criteria they used to determine which communications they would destroy, Mills, Kendall and Samuelson exercised "assertion of privilege" and declined to give investigators the email addresses and keywords on which they searched.

Friday on My Mind.  Late this past Friday afternoon [9/23/2016] the FBI conducted its second document dump in the Clinton email case.  To those paying attention it has become clear that the case has compromised the FBI and destroyed the reputation of FBI Director of James Comey.  These Friday afternoon document dumps come straight from the scandal management playbook perfected under the (Bill) Clinton administration.  They remind us, in case any reminder was necessary, of how much we have to look forward to in the event the Clintons return to the White House.  I nevertheless find it shocking that the FBI itself has now adopted the routine, acting as a party with much to be ashamed of.

FBI doc dump on email case reveals role of 'confidential' Clinton aide.  The details were contained in the latest document dump of FBI files on Clinton's personal email use.  The FBI chose late Friday afternoon [9/23/2016] to release nearly 200 highly redacted pages of so-called "302" files from the bureau's investigation, a release that quickly became overshadowed by the impending presidential debate Monday.  But the files included new details of the tech intervention by Clinton aide Huma Abedin and Clinton Foundation official Justin Cooper — and a third individual, a Hillary Clinton aide named Monica Hanley.

12 Biggest Bombshells In FBI's Clinton Investigation Notes.  The FBI released 189 pages of notes late Friday [9/23/2016] from 46 interviews it conducted as part of its Hillary Clinton email investigation.  The documents provide new information about questionable activity on the part of Clinton aides and computer technicians who managed her private email server.  The notes also reveal new details about Clinton's and President Obama's email practices.

27 things we learned from Clinton's FBI files.  A 189-page summary of interviews conducted in the year-long investigation of Hillary Clinton's private server shed new light on the shifting stories Clinton's aides told agents.  The report, which was made public Friday evening [9/23/2016], came on the heels of House Republicans' revelation that three additional witnesses had received immunity agreements from the Justice Department, bringing the total number of witnesses who were shielded from prosecution to five.  Here are 27 new details that emerged from the latest FBI documents.

Hillary Clinton and the FBI.  [Scroll down]  In the strange world of espionage prosecution, this denial of intent is an admission of guilt, as it is profoundly the job of the secretary of state to recognize state secrets and to keep them in their secure government-protected venues, and the grossly negligent failure to do so is criminal.  The FBI notes of the interrogation recount that Clinton professed serious memory lapses 39 times.  She also professed ignorance over what "C" means in the margin of a government document.  "C" in the margin means "confidential," which is one of the three levels of federal state secrets.  The other two levels are "secret" and "top secret."  Under federal law, Clinton was required to keep in secure government venues all documents in those three categories.  The FBI found that she had failed to do so hundreds of times.

Krauthammer on FBI's Clinton Email Report.  Charles Krauthammer reacted to the FBI release of investigative documents on Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, saying he was struck by the "brazenness" of Clinton's lying.  "I think what's striking about what came out today is the brazenness.  I mean, everyone knows she lies.  William Safire wrote 20 years ago that she was a congenital liar.  So we've had 20 years of lies in the interim."

Crooked Hillary' nickname isn't going away.  Donald Trump likes to call his opponent, Hillary Clinton, "Crooked Hillary."  There's even a #CrookedHillary hashtag on Twitter.  Meanwhile, Hillary seems to be doing her best to make that nickname stick.  The latest example came in a Labor Day Weekend document dump by the FBI.  (Federal agencies dump embarrassing material in public on Friday afternoons when they want to ensure it gets as little attention as possible.  That goes double for the Friday before a long-weekend holiday.) But the non-redacted parts of the Bureau's heavily-redacted report were bad enough that they'll still get some traction.

Halperin: FBI Director Acting Like Arm of Clinton's Campaign.  [Scroll down]  "There's so much to say about the FBI's conduct here," Halperin said.  "Those who are skeptical about how he's done this, look at the Friday release.  The guy's not had a press conference.  He talks about transparency.  I've become increasingly critical of him.  I know he's got a sterling reputation."  "Not anymore with me.  This was pathetic," Scarborough said.  "To release this on a Friday as if he's an arm of the Clinton campaign, I'm just stunned, because there's a lot of information in here that's of great public interest," Halperin said.  "And if you really cared about transparency, you would say to yourself, is the best time to release this, to get a full public hearing, on Friday before Labor Day?  No, it's not."

9 Questions Regarding Hillary Clinton, Cheryl Mills, and the FBI's Labor Day Document Dump.  If Hillary gets away with this, blame the FBI, DOJ, the total lack of regard for the rule of law, but most of all, blame American citizens.  If the American people are so asleep at the wheel that they elect a criminal to office, they deserve what they get.

From FBI fragments, a question:  Did Team Clinton destroy evidence under subpoena?  The incomplete records of the Hillary Clinton email investigation released by the FBI raise questions about the conduct not only of Clinton but of her top aides and the staffers working under their direction.  Perhaps the most serious is whether the Clinton team destroyed evidence which they were under legal order to save and produce to congressional investigators.

The 12 juiciest bits from the FBI's Clinton report.  On at least two occasions when Hillary Clinton changed electronic devices as secretary of state, the outgoing mobile devices met a violent end on the other side of a hammer or got broken in half.  At other moments, two of Clinton's top aides recalled that the retiring devices' whereabouts would often be a mystery.  And elsewhere in the FBI's report of its investigation and its interview with Clinton that was released publicly Friday, Clinton demonstrated a willingness to defer to others on matters of classified material, claiming on multiple occasions that she could neither recall receiving training or, in one particular instance, responding that she did not know that "(C)" markings in an email chain denoted confidential material.

FBI Data Dump Shows Clinton is Criminal and Clueless.  Today [9/2/2016], on the Friday afternoon before the long Labor Day weekend, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released documents on its investigation of Hillary Clinton and her mishandling of email while she was secretary of state.  The Friday afternoon data dump is a venerable Washington cliché, a shady way to bury a story that the bureaucracy doesn't want covered in depth, but even by Beltway standards this was a shocker. [...] To be fair, a good amount of today's release has been redacted.  The original documents were classified at the Secret/Not Releasable to Foreign Nationals level, and to make it Unclassified about a third of the text has been cut out.  But what's there is awful enough for Team Clinton.

Hillary's Laptop of Archived Emails Is Missing — Where It Is — Nobody Knows.  Hillary Clinton's staff made sure that FOIA requests for her emails were rejected but they didn't care what happened to her many devices once she was done with them.  The laptop and thumb drive used to archive her emails were mailed and are missing.  Worse yet, Hillary's closest aides said her devices often went missing when she was done with them.  The emails on the laptop were archived by an assistant for her husband according to the FBI in their investigative report released Friday [9/2/2016], during the FBI Labor Day dump.  Someone in the report told the agency that he deleted the emails but didn't wipe the hard drive.  Who knows about the thumb drive.  It has since come out that it is likely a man named Justin Cooper who erased the emails and mailed the devices.  The emails are likely recoverable under these circumstances.  It hasn't been seen since it was mailed.

Hillary Clinton's email archives lost in the mail during back-up:  FBI.  Two archives containing Hillary Clinton's emails from her tenure as secretary of state were misplaced shortly after it was revealed that the Democratic presidential nominee used a personal account for official government business, according to notes from the FBI's investigation into the matter.  The archives were created in spring 2013 by Monica Hanley, a former aide, and were stored on an Apple MacBook laptop and a USB stick for the purpose of having a collection of the emails on file at Mrs. Clinton's residences in both New York and Washington, D.C.

FBI reveal Hillary was sent 'phishing' email with porn links and 'dark web browser' was used to access another account.  An unknown individual used an anonymous web browsing tool often used to access the dark web to get into an email account on the Clinton family server, the FBI revealed on Friday [9/2/2016].  Meanwhile, in another incident, top aide Huma Abedin revealed to an unidentified person that Clinton had fears she had been hacked after she received a phishing email.  The FBI disclosed the incidents, in a report on Clinton's handling of classified information on Friday.

12 things I learned from the FBI report on Hillary Clinton's private email server.  I went through the report, highlighting things I either found interesting or didn't know.  My notes — in the chronological order I made them while going through the report — are below.  I don't pretend that this is a comprehensive recording of all that we didn't (or did) know about Clinton's decision to set up a private email server and exclusively use it for her electronic correspondence while serving as the nation's top diplomat.  This is just one man's observations.

FBI releases Hillary Clinton email investigation documents.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her staffers employed an informal and sometimes haphazard system for exchanging and storing sensitive information and were at times either unaware or unconcerned with State Department policy, documents from an FBI investigation into her private email server system show.  The documents reveal a myriad of new details about the email set-up and show that investigators found multiple attempts by hackers to access Clinton's system — a series of personal devices and servers that the Democratic presidential candidate told investigators she used as a matter of convenience while she was secretary of state.

Hillary Clinton's Mind-Boggling FBI Interview — What Was Cheryl Mills Doing There?  David [French] notes that, at the same time the Democrats' Janus-faced presidential nominee was outwardly taking the position that she "want[ed] the public to see my email," she was having her minions frantically purge her emails behind the scenes.  I'd add that this was five months before she feigned ignorance when Fox News's Ed Henry pressed her on whether she'd "tried to wipe the entire server ... so there could be no email — no personal, no official." [...] But we now know, as the FBI notes recount, she had the server purged with a sophisticated software program, BleachBit, which eventually made it extraordinarily difficult for the FBI to recover her emails, several thousand of which were successfully destroyed.

F.B.I. Papers Offer Closer Look at Hillary Clinton Email Inquiry.  F.B.I. officials questioned Hillary Clinton extensively about her judgment in using her private email system to discuss classified drone strikes and in allowing aides to destroy large numbers of emails, before ultimately deciding she should not face criminal charges, according to investigative documents released Friday [9/2/2016].  The documents provided a number of new details about Mrs. Clinton's private server, including what appeared to be a frantic effort by a computer specialist to delete an archive of her emails even after a congressional committee had requested they be preserved.

FBI: Hillary Clinton Lost Cell Phones with Classified Emails.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost several mobile telephones carrying e-mails from her private server during her time in office, according to newly-released FBI documents on the investigation into her mishandling of classified information.  "[Huma] Abedin and [former Clinton aide Monica] Hanley indicated the whereabouts of Clinton's [mobile] devices would frequently become unknown once she transitioned to a new device," one report indicates.

FBI holiday weekend document drop is devastating to Hillary.  The decision to wait for late Friday on Labor Day weekend to release the FBI's investigation notes of Hillary Clinton's email practices offers further evidence of the politicization of the agency.  As the United States slides into a banana republic, we now know that a political thumb is on the scale at the two most feared federal agencies:  the IRS and the FBI.  Still, one can understand why the Hillary faction wanted to obscure the documents, for they contain toxic revelations that disqualify Hillary Clinton from the presidency.

FBI Interview Catches Hillary Clinton In Multiple Lies.  The FBI just released notes from its July 2 interview with Hillary Clinton about her use of a private, unsecured email server during her tenure as secretary of State.  Their findings don't look good for Clinton.  Days after the interview, which was not recorded, FBI director James Comey publicly held a press conference urging the Department of Justice not to press any criminal charges against Clinton, despite her "extremely careless" handling of classified information.  In the FBI report, Clinton made statements that appear to either contradict her earlier remarks about the email scandal or to be flat-out lies.

FBI Report Reveals Clinton Didn't Know What 'C' in Emails Meant.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday [9/2/2016] released notes from its 3½ hour interview with Hillary Clinton about her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.  The agency released 58 pages of emails from Clinton, of which 14 were redacted due to their sensitive nature.  Judicial Watch director of investigations Chris Farrell called the timing of the FBI release "classic Washington D.C. style" and is disappointed at the agency's approach.

FBI files show Clinton claimed ignorance on classification.  The document dump also revealed the gaps that remain in the record.  Not only were numerous sections — and entire pages — redacted, but the files showed the FBI could not obtain 13 Clinton mobile devices that may have been used to send emails from her personal email address, in addition to two iPads.  And they showed Clinton claiming she could not recall numerous details.  But perhaps most striking were Clinton's repeated statements regarding her grasp of the classification process.  In response to the release, GOP Chairman Reince Priebus said Clinton's claims suggest she either is "incompetent" or "lied."

FBI files show agents focused Clinton interview questions on 'top secret' emails.  The 11-page FBI summary released Friday [9/2/2016] of Hillary Clinton's July 2 interview in the criminal email investigation shows bureau agents focused their questions to her on the 22 "Top Secret" emails considered too damaging to national security to make public.  These emails contained some of the U.S. government's most closely held secrets, known as Special Access Programs (SAP), as first reported by Fox News.  Though the summary is heavily redacted, it shows FBI agents asked Clinton about an Afghan national identified as "Salehi," who appeared in her emails, which included a discussion of a New York Times report about his alleged ties to the CIA.

FBI Releases Hillary Clinton Email Investigation Files.  On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released its interview with Hillary Clinton regarding the former Secretary of State's handling of classified information. [...] The documents reveal that, during her time in office, Clinton lost several mobile telephones carrying e-mails from her private server.  Clinton's top-aide Huma Abedin and former Clinton aide Monica Hanley indicated, according to the report, that "the whereabouts of Clinton's [mobile] devices would frequently become unknown once she transitioned to a new device."  Abedin also admitted that the former Secretary of State was accustomed to using the 8th floor balcony of the State Department building to check her emails — despite knowing she was not allowed to use her mobile devices in her office, the files reveal.

This Friday Afternoon FBI Clinton Document Dump is [Unfair].  Friday afternoon [9/2/2016] just as everybody was getting ready to leave for the long holiday weekend, why of course, the FBI decided to release the damning files from their Hillary Clinton investigation! [...] Despite the overall inconvenience/bitterness from us journalists, today's document dump ensures that pretty much no one from the public will focus their attention on what the FBI found — including revelations about how Clinton apparently doesn't remembering going through training regarding the handling of classified information or — how she didn't know that "C" meant classified.  By Tuesday, all of that will be old news.  This isn't the first time that the FBI's timing as it relates to the Clinton investigation has drawn scrutiny.

Hillary Clinton Is Even More Dishonest than You Thought.  Today, the Friday before Labor Day, the FBI has released detailed interview notes from its investigation of Hillary Clinton's email practices.  The Washington Post says the notes don't contain any "major revelations," but it's wrong.  Very wrong.  The notes reveal the stunning breadth of Hillary Clinton's dishonesty and deception.  First, and most importantly, it's plain that her team began systematically wiping the server only after news broke of its existence: [...] Second, her own response was extraordinarily cynical.  Three weeks after she tweeted that she wanted the public to see her emails, the purge began.  Publicly, she called for transparency.  Privately, her team is frantically destroying messages.

"Extremely Careless" Hillary Lost Up To A DOZEN Cell Phones With Classified Information On Them.  Mrs. Clinton used nearly a dozen smart phones during her tenure as Secretary of State.  According to now-breaking revelations, some of those phones went missing.  Who might have them?  Nobody knows.  Clinton staffers disposed of some of the phones by merely "smashing them with a hammer" — a direct violation of government security protocols.  When the FBI asked to be given the multiple phone devices, Clinton's office was only able to hand over two phones.

Clinton Email Scandal:  A Catalog Of Lame Excuses From The FBI Report.  The FBI report on its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of emails, which it released publicly on Friday [9/2/2016], might not contain any smoking guns, but it does reveal the lengths to which Clinton will go to deny responsibility or cover up an obvious lie, even if it makes her look like an ignorant fool.  Clinton's attempts to avoid responsibility became particularly strained when the topic turned to classified material she said never showed up on her email server.  The report is replete with so many different attempts to duck blame that we thought it would be helpful to categorize them.

Clinton email investigation:  FBI notes reveal laptop and thumb drive are missing.  A Clinton Foundation laptop and a thumb drive used to archive Hillary Clinton's emails from her time as secretary of state are missing, according to FBI notes released on Friday [9/2/2016].  The phrase "Clinton could not recall" litters the summary of the FBI's investigation, which concluded in July that she should not face charges.  Amid fierce Republican criticism of the Democratic presidential candidate, the party's nominee, Donald Trump released a statement which said "Hillary Clinton's answers to the FBI about her private email server defy belief" and added that he did not "understand how she was able to get away from prosecution".

Hillary Clinton 'couldn't recall' answers to FBI questions about secret server because of concussion — and didn't know what 'classified' markings were, agency reveals.  Hillary Clinton told the FBI she could not recall answers to some of their questions about her secret server scandal because she had been concussed in 2012.  The extraordinary disclosure was made as the FBI published details of its agents' interview with the former secretary of state which was conducted days before the agency's director ruled out any charges against her.  Agents noted that Clinton could not recall being trained to handle classified materials as secretary of state, and had no memory of anyone raising concerns about the sensitive information she received at her private address.  The Democratic presidential nominee also 'did not recall receiving any emails she thought should not be on an unclassified system,' the FBI's report declared.

The Editor says...
Wow, what a relief.  She's not greedy and corrupt after all — just profoundly incompetent and monumentally stupid!

Clinton told FBI she was 'not concerned' about sending classified emails.  Hillary Clinton didn't know how secret information got to be classified, she told the FBI in her interview earlier this summer, according to documents released Friday — showing a striking lack of awareness for someone at the highest reaches of government.  Asked specifically about several emails that were marked classified at the time she handled them, Mrs. Clinton said told investigators she was "not concerned," saying she doubted the information really needed to be kept secret.  As State Department secretary, Mrs. Clinton was one of the small number of officials who hold original classification authority, meaning they can unilaterally deem information secret.  But Mrs. Clinton told FBI investigators she couldn't recall how often she used it, nor whether she was even trained.

Related pages:
Hillary Clinton's cloud of corruption
Barack H. Obama's cloud of corruption
Hillary Clinton's email scandal
Hillary Clinton's Benghazi scandal
Hillary Clinton's other scandals
Loretta Lynch and the politicized Department of Justice
Eric Holder and the politicized Department of Justice
Which party has a "culture of corruption?"

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