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Questions about Huma Abedin email forwarding to her home shared with Wiener laptop

 I feel  bad for Huma: she married a talented but flawed politician with exhibitionism bent, works for a female clone of Nixon or worse,
and now might be getting in legal trouble for not being able to cover up her boss's tracks

If you think that Comey operated on incomplete information, think again...
Processing this amount of mails to find answers for critical questions takes less then 24 hours.
 Comey made his statement weeks after emails were discovered and Wiener, the owner of laptop, was cooperating with FBI

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Introduction

 

It's a somewhat odd story, anyway. Spitzer/Weiner?

The hilarious detail is that the emails were stored in "Life Insurance" folder. I wonder who named it so, Weiner or Abedin.

 

The significance of this episode is that it probably can merge investigation of Hillary private email server and possible "pay for play" corruption within Clinton Foundation into a single investigation.  In both cases she is the key witness, and the fact that this episode might not covered by her previous immunity deal.

Very little is known about how and why Huma Abedin correspondence with Hillary Clinton (as well as possible other Hillary Clinton email correspondence) landed on private, shared with her husband laptop. And which accounts on the private mail server were forwarded to her home laptop via POP3 or, most probably, IMAP protocol.  Outlook  allows a user to delegate access, which 'gives others permission to receive items and respond on your behalf,' a permission that would have been especially useful for Hillary to grant to Huma Abedin.

Usage of IMAP is the most plausible, but some also speculate that this might be a backup of the .pst file (Microsoft personal storage folder) from the server.  See, for example, How to manage .pst files in Microsoft Outlook

Everything in this story is as fuzzy as with Hillary private (aka bathroom") email server. 

According to the WSJ, it appears that Federal agents are preparing to search roughly 650,000 emails that were discovered weeks ago on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, to see how many of them are related to a prior probe of Hillary Clinton’s email use, as metadata on the device suggests there may be thousands sent to or from the private server that the Democratic nominee used while she was the Secretary of State ( zerohedge.com ). But it also might a case of  Parallel construction. When the agents angry about Comey closing the case against Hillary decide to pursue it via targeting Wiener. Or it could be a mutiny inside FBI against Obama suppressing the case against Hillary via Loretta Lynch and Comey. 

It might well be that now they will be able to recover all of most emails deleted by Hillary without help from NSA or Russian hackers.

It is unclear how this particular computer laptop got configured to revive mail from Hillary private email server, but the speculation is that at one time it was Huma laptop (probably from her days with Clinton foundation) that was then given to Wiener.

On October 30, 2016 there were reports claiming that Weiner is "cooperating" with the investigation (washingtonexaminer.com). That might be the  option for him to escape conviction that involves a prison term for this transgressions.  

If he is cooperating, then he would be asked to sign a consent form giving permission to search the hard drive for items that are of interest to investigators.  If he did that in a "non-custodial" situation and not when under threat or duress, then a search warrant would not be necessary. But depending on how the laptop was obtained, and what Weiner said about its use, a search warrant may still be sought.

Another plausible hypotheses is that computer was configured to have two user account, and Outlook or other client on Huma Abedin account was configured to download email messages using POP3 or IMAC protocol and store them. It is possible that account Huma set up the Outlook account on this laptop and then forgot to disable it when she gave the laptop to Weiner.  In this case Outlook or other email client continued to operate autonomously downloading each and every email each time laptop was booted. And it looks like the laptop was used by Weiner  on a regular basis. If Wiener used another account, he might never access those mails or even was aware about their existence on his laptop.  The situation for him is much worse if there was a single account, he accessed the emails out of curiosity and  the mail stream contained classified emails.

But the server logs would definitely show that this laptop assessed the server and at this point the story became complicated.  Why the email server administrator did not react to this situation is completely unclear.  But one thing is clear -- possibly due to lack of computer knowledge Huma make a blunder for which she will pay the price.  At this particular point her career might well be over.  The situation is really bad for her, if she printed emails from this laptop. In this case she perjured herself.

fresno dan

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 even 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.
….
Abedin told the FBI in an interview in April that her attorneys asked for guidance from the State Department on how to conduct that review but did not receive a response.

Summarizing Abedin’s interview, FBI agents wrote that she told them the attorneys “erred on the side of caution and opted to include anything that they were unsure about.”

 In a sworn deposition in June, Abedin said she “looked for all the devices that may have any of my State Department work on it and returned — returned — gave them to my attorneys for them to review for all relevant documents.”

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Curiouser and curiouser.

Sherlock Holmes: How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?

We have a Russian Weiner in our computers… And in an abundance of caution, I am checking my drawers…

 the source
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/clinton-aide-huma-abedin-has-told-people-she-doesnt-know-how-her-emails-wound-up-on-her-husbands-computer/2016/10/29/1d30c2b8-9e15-11e6-a0ed-ab0774c1eaa5_story.html

Looks like the post author suggest that either Abedin or Wiener or both might tried to protect himself from the wrath of Hillary . Kind of "dead man switch"):

Captchured  -> jcaz Oct 31, 2016 10:01 AM
I obviously don't buy the story that she doesn't know how the emails got on that laptop. Even if Weiner had her email account credentials are we to believe that she had a mailbox with 650k emails to be downloaded? This has to be a collection of many different accounts. I think this was the family's life insurance policy that was mistakenly exposed by the sexting case. It is pretty clear that these folks are technology knuckleheads and so I find it easy to believe that they just had a copy of the data on a laptop that was also used for chatting up teenagers. 

In this case we can almost assuredly count on a lot of Benghazi emails and a whole lot of dirt about Clinton Foundation (aka U.S. State Department) traffic. The name of the folder "life insurance" or something like that is very suggestive. There are also more wild conspiracy theories:

Roger Stone: Huma Abedin ‘Most Likely a Saudi Spy’ with ‘Deep, Inarguable Connections’ to ‘Global Terrorist Entity’

http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/06/15/roger-stone-h...

That's baloney. You say anything about the US security apparatus, but they do background checks very diligently, I would say in paranoid fashion.

Did Abedin previously mislead investigators about existence of this copy of emails and used laptop for printing is the most interesting question. We do not know the answer but  it looks like both she and Clinton campaign feel the danger (Huma Abedin I Have No Idea How The Emails Got On Weiner's Computer Zero Hedge, Oct 31, 2016):

"She says she didn't know they were there," a source familiar with the investigation said. This is a sensitive topic for Abedin and the Clinton campaign, because on previous occasions, Huma - under oath - disclosed that all the emails in her possession had been accounted for and handed over to the FBI.

As CNBC adds,"there are a number of scenarios that would explain how the emails got onto the laptop without Abedin's knowledge, including that they were somehow automatically backed up from the cloud. But investigators will want to know how this happened and if there is any indication that Abedin misled them about the existence of emails.

It is a large project. Agents determined there were as many as 650,000 emails on the laptop, dating back years. The number of emails related to the Clinton investigation is likely to be much smaller.

On Saturday, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said Abedin had been fully cooperative with the FBI investigation.  "I don't think she knows anything more than what we've seen in the press to date," Podesta said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." 

Anthony Wiener  as a person and politician

Anthony Wiener is 52 years old. We know that series of sexing scandals destroyed his political career. The last time he was exposed was via the Post

The woman told The Post that the online chats started in January 2015 and that they continued through this month.

My impression is the Anthony Weiner might have better computer skills then Huma(he graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1981). He also potentially had access to high level IT expertise, especially in the area of medical record keeping:

Less than a month after leaving Congress, Weiner created the consulting firm Woolf-Weiner Associates in July 2011, where he advised over a dozen companies including electronic medical records providers, biofuel firms, and worked with Covington & Burling, an international law firm. His work helped increase his combined family income to $496,000 in 2012, according to public disclosures

He also looks like a micromanager and such people are prone to spying of spouses:

From Wikipedia

In July 2008, The New York Times characterized Weiner as one of the most intense and demanding of bosses, describing him as often working long hours with his staff, requiring them to be in constant contact via BlackBerry, frequently yelling at them, and occasionally throwing office furniture in anger. As a result, according to the Times, he had one of the highest staff turnover rates of any member of Congress, including, at one point, three chiefs of staff in 18 months.

Weiner admitted he pushed his aides hard but said his speaking at a high decibel level was part of his background and style, not necessarily shouting. Though some former employees were critical of his supervisory practices, others praised him for his intense involvement in constituent concerns and readiness to fight for New York City.[39]

He was a flawed, but still talented politician (Weiner won the November 1991 NYC election, widely considered a formality with no opposition in the heavily-Democratic district, and became, at age 27, the youngest councilman in the city's history at the time). He helped to revive the historic Sheepshead Bay area. During the health care reform debates of 2009, Weiner advocated for a bill called the United States National Health Care Act, which would have expanded Medicare to all Americans, regardless of age.

During the health care reform debates of 2009, Weiner advocated for a bill called the United States National Health Care Act, which would have expanded Medicare to all Americans, regardless of age.[23][24] He remarked that while 4% of Medicare funds go to overhead,[25] private insurers put 30% of their customer's money into profits and overhead instead of into health care.[26] In late July 2009, he secured a full House floor vote for single payer health care in exchange for not amending America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (AAHCA) in Committee mark-up with a single-payer plan.[27]

...Weiner said Republicans had gotten the better of President Obama in the negotiations to reach an agreement on the $858 billion deal and said the Republicans turned out to be "better poker players" than Obama.[34]

He was also against the sales of arms to Saudi Arabia:

...Weiner and several other members of Congress later criticized the Obama administration proposal to sell over $60 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia. He said: "Saudi Arabia is not deserving of our aid, and by arming them with advanced American weaponry we are sending the wrong message", and described Saudi Arabia as having a "history of financing terrorism" and teaching "hatred of Christians and Jews" to its schoolchildren.[38]

He also is a gifted, witty columnist (in his student year at The College of William and Mary he was a friend of Jon Stewart). For some time published his column in NYT:

On August 29, 2016, the New York Daily News said it would no longer carry Weiner's columns, which included his writings on New York City politics

That means that he might have personal interest in leaning the details of political life of Clinton family.

Equipment and software used with Huma Abedin laptop

We do not know the  type of computer used. Probably it was a Windows laptop. It is definitely several years old as it managed to accumulate over 600K emails. Probably older then 2010 ( the year when Wiener married Huma). They dated several years before that (they were engaged in May 2009, soon after Hillary assume her position of the Secretary of State).  Dell enterprise laptops such as D620 survive that long without problems.

The most interesting question is if she used home printer to print those emails. If so she might be in additional trouble as this fact as never revealed before, and please note that Wiener is cooperating with investigation. 

The type of email client used is unknown, but some speculate that it was Outlook. If the computer has several accounts, or just multiple mailboxes on the same account is unclear too.

I expect their home router and modem to be of consumer class, not enterprise class, despite their average annual income as a couple over 400K a year. 

Some technical details of the process of detecting duplicates and new, unique emails in discovered email cache

The process of finding out which emails on Abedin computer were previously discovered by FBI investigators and which are new is trivial and for any competent specialist should not take more then a day even if one uses regular "of the shelf"  Intel Core i5 desktop with the SSD drive (SSD drive or, better, large memory for creation of a RAM drive are really important for such processing). 

Processing of around 32K emails (search and replace set of strings) of Intel i5 desktop with SSD drive takes about an hour. Processing of a couple of thousands of emails which came from Hillary private server are nothing for modern computers, even a regular desktop with SSD drive.   Agaie, while SSD is good enough, but RAM drive is even better.

You can also accomplish the same in two steps:

  1. Processing meta data
  2. Processing bodies of emails

Processing meta data

On the first step you need to extract all headers into separate files..  Then you can perform so called meta data comparison. You need a couple of , possibly custom, written in scripting language programs to extract and normalize headers data stamps and subject lines and from field nad write them to the regular text file. all emails are coming from the same server so normalization might be unnecessary. 

After that you just compute MD5 sum  and write in records consisting of four components: MD5, data stamp from and subject (I assume that the last three components uniqly identify email, which is true if they came from the same server).

Then you do the same with pre-existing set of emails and concatenate this with the file that you created from "Wiener stash".

Now you can sort the resulting file and then compress the file using classic unix uniq or similar utility. If there are two entries in this array with a given MD5 sum, then the email exists in previous set of email already obtained by investigators and bodies of messages need to be compared.

If not it is a new message.

So the most important results of this really simple step are

  1. Determination of the set of new emails from Hillary private ("bathroom") server  in "Wiener stash" of emails, that were never uncovered by investigators before.
  2. Approximate answer on the question whether known classified email are present in "Wiener stash" (exact if there are matches with previously known classified emails)
  3. Understanding if  "Wiener stash" is the superset  or subset of "already collected" by FBI emails from Hillary private email server.
  4. In case this is superset and contains deleted emails, approximate determination how complete was the set of emails already collected by FBI and what exactly Hillary tried to hide.

The whole process should definitely take less then a a day.

Processing bodies of emails

Here the first step is nearly identical -- you convert all emails into individual text files ("one email -- one file"). Next you apply some kind of "normalization" which depend on what question you are trying to answer. Normalization is usually limited to email bodies.  For example to avoid possible difference in formatting the body of the message should be presented as a set of words (one work per line) and all delimiters removed. In more complex for each body is replaced by the "dictionary of words it consist with the count for each word. There are multiple ways to skin the cat. 

After that you can easily discover two subsets of emails

The set of emails that possibly contain classified information can be extracted using several sets of keyword present in already discovered email, for example

This is a classic "keyword" method by which agencies like NSA determine a set of emails "of interest" in mail streams, so specialized programs which do this job very competently definitely are within FBI reach. But a simple script also suffices.  The script should convert each email into binary string with 1 in position where keyword is matching the body and 0 where is not.  The rest is simple set operations.  You can use the number of matching keywords as a raw measure of importance of particular email and start investigate then in reverse order of the number  of keywords found.

In any case all emails with "sensitive" keywords now should be processed manually one-by-one to determine their value (and value of previous and subsequent email in mail chains) and this is where real investigation starts.

You can also use this process in "reverse mode" -- first you can compute the dictionary of each mail body -- the set of words used. After discarding "non-meaningful" words like "the", "you", "are", "is", "we", etc,  the remaining set  would represent a "signature" of particular email. After that each email can represented by a long binary string with ones for words that are present and 0 for those meaning words that are absent.

That means that you compare such all emails against as many sets of words as you wish very quickly using operation of sets (set algebra) in N*D/64 word comparisons for N emails and the dictionary of size D.  For example for 1000 emails and 100 meaningful words you need just 1000*100/64 comparisons.  

NSA (and Google) probably has more sophisticated methods of doing the same but for such a small set even primitive methods work well.

Net results of investigation which can be obtained within the first 24 hours of getting a warrant

You can get almost instant answer on several important questions:

  1. The number of "new" emails in "Wiener stash"
  2. Does "Wiener stash" represents a superset of already collected emails.   That might means that it might contain  all deleted by Hillary emails.
  3. The number of previously known emails with classified information in "Wiener stash"
  4. The approximate number of  "sensitive" emails that should be studied further  in "Wiener stash" 

Many people suggest that some of them might  incriminating for Hillary, because she spend so much efforts in eliminating 30K of them, but that's not given. The only indication of that is that Comey took risk to pre-announce their discovery, so to speak. Still discovery of emails that reveal more about shady dealing of Clinton Foundation is quite probable.

Sic semper tyrannis blog discussion on October 30

This was one of the most informative discussion I come across on Internet:

Bobo said... 30 October 2016 at 07:51 AM

Assuming Huma's e-mails were populating on the family laptop-now Anthony's unknown to Huma then the following questions arise.

  1. Were they just sitting there undisturbed.
  2. Were they opened on that laptop. Assumed to have been read. Then by whom.
  3. Were they printed out from that laptop. Then by whom.
  4. Were they re-sent to another e-mail address from that laptop. Then by whom and to whom.

Now would Comey go through all this hullabaloo if it is just #1 probably would of waited, #2 maybe, #3 certainly or #4 OMG.

LG said...

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/10/28/bernstein_fbi_would_not_reopen_case_unless_new_evidence_was_a_real_bombshell.html

Bernstein: FBI Would Not Reopen Case Unless New Evidence Was "A Real Bombshell"

"Right now we're all talking in a vacuum but I want to add here that in the last, oh, 36, 48 hours, there has been an undercurrent of kind of speculative discussion among some national security people that something might surface in the next few days about e-mails, and I think the expectation in this chatter -- and I took it as just chatter but informed chatter, to some extent -- was that it would relate to another round of WikiLeaks e-mails, which our Justice Department people seem to be saying is not the case, but there has been some noise in the national security community the last day or two of this kind of possibility of some kind of revelation. "

30 October 2016 at 08:37 AM

JohnH said in reply to turcopolier...

OK. You are correct. Outlook allows you to keep your file on the server or on the device.

Outlook also allow a user to delegate access, which 'gives others permission to receive items and respond on your behalf,' a permission that would have been especially useful for Hillary to grant to Huma Abedin.

https://lookeen.com/blog/where-does-outlook-store-emails

That suggests that of all Hillary's emails could be stored on Weiner's computer. It also seems like a great place for hackers to target -- administrative assistants' computers, where permissions could potentially be further delegated.

30 October 2016 at 11:21 AM

Ld said in reply to turcopolier...

It is possible that Huma has a Clintonmail account and she has been using Outlook to received those emails. In which case Outlook allows you configure in your settings such as either the emails remain on the server OR alternately are downloaded on to your device/laptop.

So although the Clintonmail server is now destroyed, every single email sent from that server either addressed to or copied to Huma would be on the Weiner laptop. After her estrangement from Weiner, Huma probably set up another client to receive those emails on another device, but forget to disable the client on the laptop she donated to Weiner and hence the present situation.

30 October 2016 at 12:53 PM
apol said...

Mutiny?

Cited by French blog dedefensa.org

" Former U.S. Attorney Joe DiGenova, citing FBI sources close to the investigation, called the internal dissension “a big development,” in an interview with Hotair. “This is a big development. This means there are some great, traditional, honest people inside the FBI and DOJ who will not let this stand, said DiGenova, who still practices law in D.C.

“They know that Comey is a dirty cop and they are disgusted. Inside the bureau I had a meeting today with a senior former FBI agent who told me this exact story. That people are starting to talk. They’re calling their former friends outside the bureau asking for help. We were asked, today, to provide legal representation for people inside the bureau and we agreed to do so. And, to former agents who want to come forward to talk.” “Comey thought this was going to go away. It is not. People inside the agency are furious.

They are embarrassed. They feel they are being led by a hack. But, more than that, they think he’s a crook. They think he’s fundamentally dishonest. They have no confidence in him. The bureau, inside, right now … is a mess.

» Now it appears the anger and the mess may have turned into outright resistance. »

30 October 2016 at 11:39 AM

Tyler said...

Supposedly the "400lb foreign hacker" that Trump mentioned who hacked Hillary and has her 30K is actually a 400lb foreign hacker of Kiwi extraction named Kim Dotcom.

You may remember him as being the owner of megaupload and the brouhaha over the NZ government doing a commando style raid on his mansion with US agents watching from a NZ government C3. Extradited to the US despite never having a physical presence or registering in the US to do business.

If true, its a nice comeuppance.

30 October 2016 at 11:51 AM

robt willmann said in reply to Tyler...

Tyler,

Kim Schmitz, a/k/a Kim Dotcom and Kim Tim Jim Vestor, has appealed the ruling from a New Zealand trial court late last year that he can be extradited to the U.S. for the criminal case filed against him here. He appealed it, and at the end of August of this year, the appeal was heard. He wanted a live stream of the appeal hearing to be broadcast on the Internet. Lawyers for the U.S. argued in New Zealand against that, saying that potential jurors in the U.S. might be prejudiced by watching the argument in the New Zealand court. Of course, the U.S. Dept. of Justice tries to influence potential jurors all the time by calling a press conference to announce an indictment, etc. The judge allowed the live streaming, but said it could not be saved as video on the Internet for later viewing.

Schmitz, born in Germany, does know computer hacking--

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/01/rich-and-obese-kim-dotcom-boasts-a-checkered-colorful-bio-/1#.WBY1bih_jHg

His U.S. lawyer, Robert Amsterdam, wrote a paper giving a legal side of the argument (48 pages)--

http://kim.com/whitepaper.pdf

Back in early 2013, Schmitz / Dotcom gave his side of the story in an interview with RT--

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JKGAt1__-Q

He claims that Hillary Clinton signed his extradition request (or she may at least have been a signatory on it)--

https://twitter.com/KimDotcom/status/792087674706272256
 

30 October 2016 at 02:53 PM

b said...

@Bobo "Well there was a warrant to search the laptop regarding the Weiner dalliances and just imagine what a Keyword/phrase search turned up. That is why we are where we are."

I suspect that this is a "parallel construction" case like the FBI regularly uses when it gets the information first through a not-so-legal channel like some NSA snooping. It then makes a different case or invents an explanation why it needs a warrant. From there it builds a completely new parallel case that covers the legal ground from a to z. The original information source is thereby never revealed.

This has been used in hundreds of cases by the FBI, DEA and local police to hide their access to (electronic) information sources not (or barely) covered by law.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_construction

30 October 2016 at 12:30 PM

crf said...

The emails might have been part of a backup archive of the whole disk of the computer examined by the fbi (or even from a different computer), or even a backup of just the email file. The archive could have been created automatically, or, if deliberately, Weiner or Abedin may have just forgot about it.

When I upgrade the OS, for example, I often backup the whole computer disk to an archive, and put it onto a different hard drive. I also regularly make backups of email files.

Anyway, I think there are fairly innocent explanations for why Weiner's computer might have these emails, and why Abedin may have not disclosed them earlier, when she ought to have.

30 October 2016 at 03:31 PM

wisedupearly said...

Wall Street Journal now claims that "Federal agents are preparing to scour roughly 650,000 emails contained on the laptop of former Rep. Anthony Weiner to see how many relate to a prior probe of Hillary Clinton’s email use, "

650,000?

Abedin has been working with HRC for the last 20 years and has been the closest to HRC. This should be very interesting indeed.

30 October 2016 at 04:13 PM

c said...

WSJ by DEVLIN BARRETT google search: FBI in Internal Feud Over Hillary Clinton Probe

The latest development began in early October when New York-based FBI officials notified Andrew McCabe, the bureau’s second-in-command, that while investigating Mr. Weiner for possibly sending sexually charged messages to a minor, they had recovered a laptop with 650,000 emails. Many, they said, were from the accounts of Ms. Abedin, according to people familiar with the matter.

Those emails stretched back years, these people said, and were on a laptop that hadn’t previously come up in the Clinton email probe. Ms. Abedin said in late August that the couple were separating.

The FBI had searched the computer while looking for child pornography, people familiar with the matter said, but the warrant they used didn’t give them authority to search for matters related to Mrs. Clinton’s email arrangement at the State Department. Mr. Weiner has denied sending explicit or indecent messages to the teenager.

In their initial review of the laptop, the metadata showed many messages, apparently in the thousands, that were either sent to or from the private email server at Mrs. Clinton’s home that had been the focus of so much investigative effort for the FBI. Senior FBI officials decided to let the Weiner investigators proceed with a closer examination of the metadata on the computer, and report back to them.

30 October 2016 at 04:52 PM

Jack said in reply to c...

Is McCabe the same person whose wife received big bucks from Clinton pal and Virginia governor McAuliffe? Can he legitimately oversee this investigation in light of this money transfer? How about AG Lynch who has tarmac discussions with Slick Willie?

The whole thing stinks! The country needs a grand jury and special prosecutor to investigate.

30 October 2016 at 05:33 PM
VietnamVet said...

TTG

Publically, Anthony Weiner’s sex texting goes back to 2011. This is the third eruption. A lot is overlooked in an open marriage to keep a live-in househusband for the kid. Four devices were seized by federal authorities.

His laptop contained sex texts and images to an underage girl. If the Clinton e-mails were found in a folder titled “Life Insurance”, I assume he downloaded them off of the wife’s work at home laptop during quiet time to his hot steamy one. No doubt he has told the Clinton family consigliore that he has given flash drives with all the dirt to his lawyers and/or relatives to be released if he commits suicide with two bullets in the back of the head.

http://dailycaller.com/2016/10/30/doj-blocked-fbi-from-huma-emails-but-other-law-enforcement-agencies-may-have-gotten-a-peek/

This incident highlights the differences between the lives and beliefs of the ruling elite and the rest of the slobs.

The emotions stirred are tribal in intensity. Yet, corporate media continues broadcasting that everything is just great in this most exceptional world. Will we express shock when it collapses as fast as the Soviet Union?

Chris Chuba said...

Well done TTG. This is probably why Comey was excited about the discovery. It is a pristine copy of every email ever received from HRC's private server sent to Huma Abedin.

I can see this happening

  1. She sets up a user account on his laptop (that's a little odd, at home we only bother doing this for desktop computers).
  2. She sets up her email client to pop the email but leave the original on the server. This makes perfect sense because she knows that she will use multiple devices to read the email so she doesn't want to have this one delete the server email.
  3. She forgets about this dinosaur of an arrangement because it is totally impractical and never uses it. Instead she uses her own mobile devices to actually access this email, all while this PC is happily saving a copy of all of her email from the HRC server every time Weiner ... never mind.

BTW I hate email clients. I only use webmail because I prefer the simplicity of having my email in one place, on a server that can be hacked instead of a desktop where my hard drive will randomly crash sometime in the future. I'm too lazy to configure backups and then figure out how to do a restore. I'll just re-image and start all over again.

I feel kind of bad for Huma, she married a bum, works for a clone of Nixon, and is getting in trouble for not being able to cover up her boss's tracks.

Question that should be asked by will never be asked by MSM

Among natural question that arise in this respect are:

  1. Why thousands of emails were forwarded to unsecured computer shared by Abedin with her husband?  Here is one hypothesis (Sic Semper Tyrannis )

    Just a guess, but that "communal" laptop was probably a lot more communal when it was first purchased and the email client set up. It eventually became Wiener's laptop, but the email client was never changed. It probably received every email sent to Abedin's email address from any and all senders including Clinton emails that she thought she deleted. They just sat in the in box unread while Abedin dealt with them on her other devices. She didn't have a clue this was happening. TTG

  2. How they were forwarded, were they forwarded individually (they why they were counted in thousands) or as a download of PST file from the server?
  3. How many of them are those 30K deleted by Hillary "private" emails ?
  4. Does those set of emails contains any of previously discovered classified emails?
  5. What was the purpose of forwarding those emails to shared home computer?

One of the most plausible hypothesis is that  those mails were somehow connected with Clinton foundation. One commenter in Washington Post forum suggested that FBI might made some kind of deal with Wiener and now might have the tools to charge Clinton Foundation (washingtonpost.com, Oct 29, 2016):

CanardNoir, 2:37 PM EDT

Maybe the feds "flipped" or at least made a deal with 'Carlos'?

And that was after discovering that he held the key (a.k.a. "smoking gun") needed to associate the dealings of the former-SOS with the Foundation, Chelsea, Band, and foreign contributors to all of the Global initiatives?

To prosecute, the Bureau (assuming it can remain creditable) needs to have "probable cause" to follow the money. The most recent search warrant establishes that they have it for the apparently -- government-related emails on the Weiner Family's digital devices, but it's likely a quantum leap from there to the Foundation.

But the newly discovered "tens of thousands" emails may just change all of that...

Generally role of Huma Abedin as a "Grey Cardinal" of Hillary kingdom was not widely discussed and very little is known about their relationships except extraordinary trust that Hillary bestows on Abedin, who often act as a Hillary double making  decision, usually reserved for Hillary only. She is the only person in Hillary entourage that enjoys such extraordinary privileges. 

Unusual biography of Huma Abedin

Like Barack Obama, Huma Abedin has an usual biography, very atypical for Washington politicians.  In both cases parents moved out of the USA, when the child was young and they spend year outside the county in a completely different from the USA culture. In case of Abedin, her parents moved to KAS  when she was just two year old. As Wikipedia informs us "At the age of two, she moved with her family to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where she was raised and lived until returning to the United States for college". 

Huma Mahmood Abedin (born July 28, 1976) is an American political staffer who serves as vice chairwoman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign for President of the United States. Prior to that, Abedin served as the deputy chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 2009 to 2013.[1]

Abedin was the traveling chief of staff and served as assistant for Clinton during Clinton's campaign for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 presidential election.[2][3][4] She is married to Anthony Weiner, a former U.S. Representative from New York, while legally separated from him following revelations of Weiner's sexting scandals.[5][6]

... ... ...

Abedin was born on July 28, 1976,[7] in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Syed Zainul Abedin (1928–93) and Saleha Mahmood Abedin.[4][8] At the age of two, she moved with her family to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where she was raised and lived until returning to the United States for college.[4][8] Abedin traveled frequently during her childhood and teenage years and attended a British girls' school.[8]

Both of her parents were educators. Her father, born in New Delhi, British India, on April 2, 1928,[9] was an Islamic and Middle Eastern scholar of Indian descent, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and then in 1978 founded the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, an organization devoted to the study of Muslim communities in non-Muslim societies around the world. In 1979 he founded the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs,[10] which his wife took over after his death; his daughter Huma was listed as an associate editor from 1996–2008. Her mother, born in British India (now Pakistan after the 1947 British Partition), also received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently an associate professor of sociology and dean at Dar Al-Hekma College in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.[4][11]

At age 18 Abedin entered George Washington University,[4][8] where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.[12] As a teenager, she aspired to be a journalist like her role model Christiane Amanpour, and wanted to work in the White House press office.[13]

While a student at George Washington University, Abedin began working as an intern in the White House in 1996, assigned to then-First Lady Hillary Clinton. From 1996 to 2008, she was an assistant editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs.[14] For several years, she served as the back-up to Clinton's personal aide. She officially took over as Clinton’s aide and personal advisor during Clinton's successful 2000 U.S. Senate campaign in New York[4] and later worked as traveling chief of staff and "body woman" during Clinton's unsuccessful campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.[2][3]

Writing in Vogue during the 2007 campaign, Rebecca Johnson called her "Hillary's secret weapon" ...

According to a number of Clinton associates, Abedin is also a trusted advisor to Clinton, particularly on the Middle East, and has become known for that expertise.[4] "She is a person of enormous intellect with in-depth knowledge on a number of issues—especially issues pertaining to the Middle East," said Senator John McCain.[4]

Low level of computer knowledge

From what is known from "emailgate" scandal, Huma Abedin is a very basic computer users, who generally lacks the understanding of IT technology, despite beting proficient in tpical crerical applications used on PC.

That means that she often does not fully understand or does not want to understand the consequences of her actions. Due to her arrogance she probably does not have friends among IT staff. Also her unconditional loyalty to her patron typically overweight any doubts, she  might have.

She behaved very unprofessionally in case of "spam  blocking" of emails from Hillary private server. He also lost her chance to put Hillary on the right track when Hillary Private server was down due to hurricane.

She was instrumental in putting Bryan Pagliano  who serviced and maintained the server that hosted the “clintonemail.com” system during Mrs. Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State) in State Department (as State Department Schedule C employee, violating existing rules that technical personnel can't be Schedule C employee)

She also handled a lot of tasks related to Clinton Foundation and as such represent a person, who FBI might force to "sing" due to the danger of imprisonment for other misdeeds.

Arrogance in dealing with Secret Service probably extends to dealing with IT personnel

swmnguy ThanksChump Oct 31, 2016 9:11 AM

Oh, I'm pretty sure the dumb-fuckery is the most bi-partisan, and indeed non-partisan, aspect of Washington DC life.

I really think there's a personality type that is drawn to that world.  They're the A-students nobody ever liked, who go out of their way to kiss up to Authority figures and are brutal to subordinates.  A lot of them are also the "Me Too" kid, who wouldn't fight you on the playground but after the bully had beaten you up would kick you in the nuts and yell, "Me, too!"  They tend to think that if they can "win" an argument by making you stop talking, they'd solved the underlying problem.  They're smart in their own way, but all they ever do is try to please Authority figures.  They can't think critically, because that might upset Authority figures, and that would violate their primary motivation.

A particular type of these people favors Democrats.  They seem to be mostly younger women from middle- and upper-middle-class backgrounds, who  went to Elite schools.  They weren't Elites themselves, so they have a chip on their shoulders and a deep yearning for social status.  They know they'll never be Elites themselves and it really pisses them off because they had to work like crazy to get A's to climb the ladder, while the Elites could get C's and still be Elite.

It's a slightly different set of traits in people who are drawn to that environment and favor Republicans, but similar enough.

Report Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin Abuse Secret Service Agents - Breitbart
Ronald Kessler, writing for The Daily Mail, testifies that Hillary Clinton and her long-time aide Huma Abedin were detested by members of the Secret Service because the two women arrogantly treated the Secret Service agents like dirt.

Kessler, the author of The Secrets of the FBI and The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents, dismisses claims by members of the media that the current FBI investigation of Clinton is restricted to a “security investigation.” He attests that the investigation of Clinton means that she violated criminal laws, as the FBI will not launch an investigation unless laws have been violated. Kessler points out that Clinton’s protestations that the material under investigation was not marked classified is immaterial, writing, “The pertinent laws make no distinction between classified material that is marked as such or not. If material is classified and is handled improperly, that is a violation of criminal laws.”

The FBI investigation has been galvanized further by recent revelations involving emails sent by Abedin and Clinton aide Cheryl Mills, as well as the fact that State Department BlackBerry devices belonging to Abedin and Mills have likely been liquidated or sold.

Some of the anecdotes involving the imperiousness and haughtiness of Clinton and Abedin include:

In 2008, Abedin lost her way driving Chelsea Clinton to the February 2008 Democrat presidential debate in Los Angeles. One agent who tried to help Abedin recalled, “She was belligerent and angry about being late for the event, no appreciation for any of it, not a thank-you or anything. That was common for her people to be rude.”

Another Los Angeles imbroglio occurred when Abedin, who was not wearing a pin certifying her identity, tried to bluster past a female Secret Service agent. The agent, unaware of Abedin’s identity, said, “You don’t have the proper identification to go beyond this point.” Another agent told Kessler, “Huma basically tried to throw her weight around. She tried to just force her way through and said belligerently, ‘Do you know who I am?’’”

Kessler noted that Secret Service Agents are not required to carry luggage for their protectees, but they will if they like them. One agent recollected that, in Abedin’s case, “The agents were just like, ‘Hey, you’re going to be like that? Well, you get your own luggage to the car. Oh, and by the way, you can carry the first lady’s luggage to the car, too. She’d have four bags, and we’d stand there and watch her and say, ‘Oh, can we hold the door open for you?’” The agent added, “When it’s convenient for them, they’ll utilize the service for whatever favor they need, but otherwise, they look down upon the agents, kind of like servants.”

An agent who still works for the Secret Service asserted:

There’s not an agent in the service who wants to be in Hillary’s detail. If agents get the nod to go to her detail, that’s considered a form of punishment among the agents. She’s hard to work around, she’s known to snap at agents and yell at agents and dress them down to their faces, and they just have to be humble and say, “Yes ma’am,” and walk away. Agents don’t deserve that. They’re there to do a job, they’re there to protect her, they’ll lay their life down for hers, and there’s absolutely no respect for that. And that’s why agents do not want to go to her detail.

The most egregious example of Clinton’s arrogance was evidenced in one particularly nasty incident when she was First Lady. One former agent related, “The first lady steps out of the limo, and another uniformed officer says to her, ‘Good morning, ma’am.’ Her response to him was ‘F—- off.’ I couldn’t believe I heard it.”

Hillary was famous for wanting the Secret Service to be invisible; one former agent said, “We were basically told, the Clintons don’t want to see you, they don’t want to hear you, get out of the way. Hillary was walking down a hall, you were supposed to hide behind drapes used as partitions. Supervisors would tell us, ‘Listen, stand behind this curtain. They’re coming,’ or ‘Just stand out of the way, don’t be seen.’”

Hillary berated a White House electrician changing a light bulb, screaming that he should have waited until the First Family was gone. Franette McCulloch, the assistant White House pastry chief at the time, remembered, “He was a basket case.”

FBI agent Coy Copeland told Kessler that Hillary had a “standing rule that no one spoke to her when she was going from one location to another.”

One agent was abused by Hillary during the Kenneth Starr investigation of the Whitewater scandal; he said, ”Good morning, Mrs. Clinton,” and she ranted, “How dare you? You people are just destroying my husband… And where do you buy your suits? Penney’s?”

Weeks later, the agent confessed to Copeland, “I was wearing the best suit I owned.”

 


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[Sep 10, 2018] Even the "extremely narrow" search that was finally conducted, after more than a month of delay, uncovered more classified material sent and/or received by Clinton through her unauthorized basement server

Notable quotes:
"... "Most of the emails were never examined, even though they made up potentially 10 times the evidence" of what was reviewed in the original year-long case that Comey closed in July 2016, said a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation. ..."
"... "Yet even the "extremely narrow" search that was finally conducted, after more than a month of delay, uncovered more classified material sent and/or received by Clinton through her unauthorized basement server, the official said. Contradicting Comey's testimony, this included highly sensitive information dealing with Israel and the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hamas. The former secretary of state, however, was never confronted with the sensitive new information and it was never analyzed for damage to national security. ..."
Sep 10, 2018 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Winston , September 9, 2018 at 11:56 am

"If neocons and neolibs succeed tearing this president down, than 65 million folks like me will have absolute, incontrovertible evidence that we no longer live in a democracy and our vote means nothing, therefore we are powerless unless we take to the streets with..."

It was incontrovertible long ago, these are just the more blatant latest examples. For instance, giving just one example, a Sec of State using an unauthorized, unsecured personal email server in her basement most likely to avoid the ability of FOIA requests to find anything on a particular topic, a server which contained classified emails up to TS/SCI/TK/NOFORN (spysat stuff) being given a total pass for what anyone who has ever handled classified materials would know they'd be put in a small room at Leavenworth for.

Then, the now known to be false claim by Comey that the Weiner laptop which almost certainly contained even the deleted Clinton emails was thoroughly examined:

"Only 3,077 of the 694,000 emails were directly reviewed for classified or incriminating information. Three FBI officials completed that work in a single 12-hour spurt the day before Comey again cleared Clinton of criminal charges.

"Most of the emails were never examined, even though they made up potentially 10 times the evidence" of what was reviewed in the original year-long case that Comey closed in July 2016, said a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation.

"Yet even the "extremely narrow" search that was finally conducted, after more than a month of delay, uncovered more classified material sent and/or received by Clinton through her unauthorized basement server, the official said. Contradicting Comey's testimony, this included highly sensitive information dealing with Israel and the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hamas. The former secretary of state, however, was never confronted with the sensitive new information and it was never analyzed for damage to national security.

"Even though the unique classified material was improperly stored and transmitted on an unsecured device, the FBI did not refer the matter to U.S. intelligence agencies to determine if national security had been compromised, as required under a federally mandated "damage assessment" directive.

"The newly discovered classified material "was never previously sent out to the relevant original classification authorities for security review," the official, who spoke to RealClearInvestigations on the condition of anonymity, said.

To conclude:

Mark Baum: It's time to call BS.
Vinnie Daniel: BS on what?
Mark Baum: Every-f'ing-thing.
-- film "The Big Short" (2015)

[Aug 26, 2018] Despite Comey Assurances, Vast Bulk of Weiner Laptop Emails Were Never Examined

Amazing level of corruption.
Notable quotes:
"... In fact, a technical glitch prevented FBI technicians from accurately comparing the new emails with the old emails. Only 3,077 of the 694,000 emails were directly reviewed for classified or incriminating information. Three FBI officials completed that work in a single 12-hour spurt the day before Comey again cleared Clinton of criminal charges. ..."
"... "Most of the emails were never examined, even though they made up potentially 10 times the evidence" of what was reviewed in the original year-long case that Comey closed in July 2016, said a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation. ..."
"... Contradicting Comey's testimony, this included highly sensitive information dealing with Israel and the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hamas. The former secretary of state, however, was never confronted with the sensitive new information and it was never analyzed for damage to national security. ..."
"... Even though the unique classified material was improperly stored and transmitted on an unsecured device, the FBI did not refer the matter to U.S. intelligence agencies to determine if national security had been compromised, as required under a federally mandated "damage assessment" directive . ..."
"... "There was no real investigation and no real search," said Michael Biasello, a 27-year veteran of the FBI. "It was all just show -- eyewash -- to make it look like there was an investigation before the election." ..."
"... Many Clinton supporters believe Comey's 11th hour reopening of a case that had shadowed her campaign was a form of sabotage that cost her the election. But the evidence shows Comey and his inner circle acted only after worried agents and prosecutors in New York forced their hand. At the prodding of Attorney General Lynch, they then worked to reduce and rush through, rather than carefully examine, potentially damaging new evidence. ..."
"... However, conducting a broader and more thorough search of the Weiner laptop may still have prosecutorial justification. Other questions linger, including whether subpoenaed evidence was destroyed or false statements were made to congressional and FBI investigators from 2014 to 2016, a time frame that is within the statute of limitations. The laptop was not searched for evidence pertaining to such crimes. Investigators instead focused their search, limited as it was, on classified information. ..."
"... The headers indicated that the emails on the laptop included ones sent and/or received by Abedin at her clintonemail.com account, her personal Yahoo! email account as well as a host of Clinton-associated domains including state.gov, clintonfoundation.org, presidentclinton.com and hillaryclinton.com. ..."
"... (McCabe told Horowitz he didn't remember Sweeney briefing him about the Weiner laptop, but personal notes he took during the teleconference indicate he was briefed. Sweeney also updated McCabe in a direct call later that afternoon in which he noted there were potentially 347,000 relevant emails, and that the count was climbing. McCabe was fired earlier this year and referred to the U.S. Attorney's office in Washington, D.C., for possible criminal investigation into allegations he made false statements to federal agents working for Horowitz.) ..."
"... FBI officials in New York assumed that the bureau's brass would jump on the discovery, particularly since it included the missing emails from the start of Clinton's time at State. In fact, the emails dated from the beginning of 2007 and covered the entire period of Clinton's tenure as secretary and thereafter. The team leading the Clinton investigation, codenamed "Midyear Exam," had never been able to find Clinton's emails from her first two months as secretary. ..."
"... Lynch -- who had admonished Comey to call the Clinton case a "matter" and not an investigation, aligning FBI rhetoric with the Clinton campaign, and who inappropriately agreed to meet with Bill Clinton aboard her government plane five days before the FBI interviewed Hillary Clinton -- sought to keep the Weiner laptop search quiet and was opposed to going to Congress with the discovery so close to the election. ..."
"... But this time, Comey made no public show of his announcement. On Oct. 28, 2016, Comey quietly sent a terse and private letter to the chairs and the ranking members of the oversight committees on the Hill, informing them, vaguely, that the FBI was taking additional steps in the Clinton email investigation. ..."
"... The unnamed agent, who is identified in the IG report only as "Agent 1," is now married to another Midyear investigator, who on Election Day IM'd her then-boyfriend to say Clinton "better win," while threatening to quit if she didn't. Known as "Agent 5," she also stated, "fuck trump," while calling his voters "retarded." ..."
"... Also excluded were Abedin's Yahoo emails, even though investigators had previously found classified information on her Yahoo account and would arguably have probable cause to look at those emails, as well. ..."
"... Also removed from the search were the BlackBerry data -- even though the FBI had previously described them as the "golden emails," because they covered the dark period early in Clinton's term. ..."
"... In addition to limiting the scope of their probe, the agents were also under pressure from both Justice Department prosecutors and FBI headquarters to complete the review of the remaining emails in a hurry. ..."
"... Lynch urged Comey to process the Weiner laptop "as fast as you can," according to notes from a high-level department meeting on Oct. 31, 2016, which were obtained by the IG. ..."
"... Advanced new "de-duplicating" technology would allow them to speed through the mountain of new emails automatically flagging copies of previously reviewed material. ..."
"... But according to the IG, FBI's technology division only "attempted" to de-duplicate the emails, but ultimately was unsuccessful. The IG cited a report prepared Nov. 15, 2016, by three officials from the FBI's Boston field office. Titled "Anthony Weiner Laptop Review for Communications Pertinent to Midyear Exam," it found that "[b]ecause metadata was largely absent, the emails could not be completely, automatically de-duplicated or evaluated against prior emails recovered during the investigation." ..."
"... Contrary to Comey's claim, the FBI could not sufficiently determine how many emails containing classified information were duplicative of previously reviewed classified emails. As a result, hundreds of thousands of emails were not actually processed for evidence, law enforcement sources say. ..."
"... Later that evening of Nov. 6, after he announced to Congress that Clinton was in the clear again, an exuberant Comey gathered his inner circle in his office to watch football. ..."
"... Page noted that "Trump is talking about [Clinton]" on Fox News, and how "she's protected by a rigged system." ..."
"... RCI has learned that these highly sensitive messages include a Nov. 25, 2011, email regarding talks with Egyptian leaders and Hamas, and a July 9, 2011, "call sheet" Abedin sent Clinton in advance of a phone conversation she had that month with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The document runs four pages. ..."
"... Another previously unseen classified email, dated Nov. 25, 2010, concerns confidential high-level State Department talks with United Arab Emirates leaders. The note, including a classified "readout" of a phone call with the UAE prime minister, was written by Abedin and sent to Clinton, and then forwarded by Abedin the next day from her huma@clintonemail.com account to her then-husband's account identified under the rubric "Anthony Campaign." ..."
"... Comey and Strzok also decided to close the case for a second time without interviewing its three central figures: Abedin, Weiner and Clinton. ..."
"... In a statement, Strzok's attorney blamed the delays in processing the new emails on "bureaucratic snafus," and insisted they had nothing to do with Strzok's political views, which he said never "affected his work." ..."
"... "When informed that Weiner's laptop contained Clinton emails, Strzok immediately had the matter pursued by two of his most qualified and aggressive investigators," Goelman said. Still, contemporaneous messages by Strzok reveal he was not thrilled about re-investigating Clinton. On Nov. 5, for example, he texted Page: "I hate this case." ..."
"... A final mystery remains: Where is the Weiner laptop today? ..."
"... Wherever its location, somewhere out there is a treasure trove of evidence involving potentially serious federal crimes -- including espionage, foreign influence-peddling and obstruction of justice -- that has never been properly or fully examined by law enforcement authorities. ..."
Aug 26, 2018 | www.realclearinvestigations.com

When then-FBI Director James Comey announced he was closing the Hillary Clinton email investigation for a second time just days before the 2016 election, he certified to Congress that his agency had "reviewed all of the communications" discovered on a personal laptop used by Clinton's closest aide, Huma Abedin, and her husband, Anthony Weiner.

James Comey, above. Top photo: His certification to Congress just before Election Day clearing Hillary Clinton a second time. That certification is challenged by new reporting. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File Top: AP Photo/Jon Elswick

At the time, many wondered how investigators managed over the course of one week to read the "hundreds of thousands" of emails residing on the machine, which had been a focus of a sex-crimes investigation of Weiner, a former Congressman.

Comey later told Congress that "thanks to the wizardry of our technology," the FBI was able to eliminate the vast majority of messages as "duplicates" of emails they'd previously seen. Tireless agents, he claimed, then worked "night after night after night" to scrutinize the remaining material.

But virtually none of his account was true, a growing body of evidence reveals.

In fact, a technical glitch prevented FBI technicians from accurately comparing the new emails with the old emails. Only 3,077 of the 694,000 emails were directly reviewed for classified or incriminating information. Three FBI officials completed that work in a single 12-hour spurt the day before Comey again cleared Clinton of criminal charges.

"Most of the emails were never examined, even though they made up potentially 10 times the evidence" of what was reviewed in the original year-long case that Comey closed in July 2016, said a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation.

Yet even the "extremely narrow" search that was finally conducted, after more than a month of delay, uncovered more classified material sent and/or received by Clinton through her unauthorized basement server, the official said. Contradicting Comey's testimony, this included highly sensitive information dealing with Israel and the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hamas. The former secretary of state, however, was never confronted with the sensitive new information and it was never analyzed for damage to national security.

Even though the unique classified material was improperly stored and transmitted on an unsecured device, the FBI did not refer the matter to U.S. intelligence agencies to determine if national security had been compromised, as required under a federally mandated "damage assessment" directive .

The newly discovered classified material "was never previously sent out to the relevant original classification authorities for security review," the official, who spoke to RealClearInvestigations on the condition of anonymity, said.

Other key parts of the investigation remained open when the embattled director announced to Congress he was buttoning the case back up for good just ahead of Election Day.

One career FBI special agent involved in the case complained to New York colleagues that officials in Washington tried to "bury" the new trove of evidence, which he believed contained the full archive of Clinton's emails -- including long-sought missing messages from her first months at the State Department.

Timeline: How the FBI Ignored Hundreds of Thousands of Clinton Emails

RealClearInvestigations pieced together the FBI's handling of the massive new email discovery from the "Weiner laptop." This months-long investigation included a review of federal court records and affidavits, cellphone text messages, and emails sent by key FBI personnel, along with internal bureau memos, reviews and meeting notes documented in government reports. Information also was gleaned through interviews with FBI agents and supervisors, prosecutors and other law enforcement officials, as well as congressional investigators and public-interest lawyers.

If the FBI "soft-pedaled" the original investigation of Clinton's emails, as some critics have said, it out-and-out suppressed the follow-up probe related to the laptop, sources for this article said.

"There was no real investigation and no real search," said Michael Biasello, a 27-year veteran of the FBI. "It was all just show -- eyewash -- to make it look like there was an investigation before the election."

Although the FBI's New York office first pointed headquarters to the large new volume of evidence on Sept. 28, 2016, supervising agent Peter Strzok, who was fired on Aug. 10 for sending anti-Trump texts and other misconduct, did not try to obtain a warrant to search the huge cache of emails until Oct. 30, 2016. Violating department policy, he edited the warrant affidavit on his home email account, bypassing the FBI system for recording such government business. He also began drafting a second exoneration statement before conducting the search.

The search warrant was so limited in scope that it excluded more than half the emails New York agents considered relevant to the case. The cache of Clinton-Abedin communications dated back to 2007. But the warrant to search the laptop excluded any messages exchanged before or after Clinton's 2009-2013 tenure as secretary of state, key early periods when Clinton initially set up her unauthorized private server and later periods when she deleted thousands of emails sought by investigators.

Far from investigating and clearing Abedin and Weiner, the FBI did not interview them, according to other FBI sources who say Comey closed the case prematurely. The machine was not authorized for classified material, and Weiner did not have classified security clearance to receive such information, which he did on at least two occasions through his Yahoo! email account – which he also used to email snapshots of his penis.

Many Clinton supporters believe Comey's 11th hour reopening of a case that had shadowed her campaign was a form of sabotage that cost her the election. But the evidence shows Comey and his inner circle acted only after worried agents and prosecutors in New York forced their hand. At the prodding of Attorney General Lynch, they then worked to reduce and rush through, rather than carefully examine, potentially damaging new evidence.

Comey later admitted in his memoir "A Higher Loyalty," that political calculations shaped his decisions during this period. But, he wrote, they were calibrated to help Clinton: "Assuming, as nearly everyone did, that Hillary Clinton would be elected president of the United States in less than two weeks, what would happen to the FBI, the Justice Department or her own presidency if it later was revealed, after the fact, that she still was the subject of an FBI investigation?"

What does it matter now? Republicans are clamoring for a special counsel to reopen the Clinton email case, though a five-year statute of limitations may be an issue concerning crimes relating to her potential mishandling of classified information.

However, conducting a broader and more thorough search of the Weiner laptop may still have prosecutorial justification. Other questions linger, including whether subpoenaed evidence was destroyed or false statements were made to congressional and FBI investigators from 2014 to 2016, a time frame that is within the statute of limitations. The laptop was not searched for evidence pertaining to such crimes. Investigators instead focused their search, limited as it was, on classified information.

Also, the FBI is still actively investigating the Clinton Foundation for alleged foreign-tied corruption. That probe, handled chiefly out of New York, may benefit from evidence on the laptop.

The FBI did not respond to requests for comment.

The Background

In March 2015, it was revealed that Hillary Clinton had used a private email server located in the basement of her Chappaqua, N.Y., home to conduct State Department business during her 2009-2013 tenure as the nation's top diplomat. The emails on the unsecured server included thousands of classified messages, including top-secret information. Federal law makes it a felony for government employees to possess or handle classified material in an unprotected manner.

By July, intelligence community authorities had referred the matter to the FBI.

That investigation centered on the 30,490 emails Clinton handed over after deeming them work-related. She said she had deleted another 33,000 because she decided they were "personal." Also missing were emails from the first two months of her tenure at State – from Jan. 21, 2009, through March 18, 2009 -- because investigators were unable to locate the BlackBerry device she used during this period, when she set up and began using the basement server, bypassing the government's system of archiving such public records as required by federal statute.

Comey faces media on July 5, 2016. AP Photo/Cliff Owen

One year later, in a dramatic July 2016 press conference less than three weeks before Clinton would accept her party's nomination for president, Comey unilaterally cleared Clinton of criminal wrongdoing. While Clinton and her aides "were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information," he said, "no charges are appropriate in this case."

Comey would later say he broke with normal procedures whereby the FBI collects evidence and the Department of Justice decides whether to bring charges, because he believed Attorney General Loretta Lynch had engaged in actions that raised doubts about her credibility, including secretly meeting with Clinton's husband, the former president, just days before the FBI interviewed her.

Fast-forward to September 2016.

FBI investigators in New York were analyzing a Dell laptop, shared by Abedin and Weiner, as part of a separate sex-crimes investigation involving Weiner's contact with an underage girl. A former Democratic congressman from New York, Weiner is serving a 21-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to sending obscene material to a 15-year-old.

On Sept. 26, 2016, the lead New York agent assigned to the case found a large volume of emails – "over 300,000" – on the laptop related to Abedin and Clinton, including a large volume of messages from Clinton's old BlackBerry account.

The headers indicated that the emails on the laptop included ones sent and/or received by Abedin at her clintonemail.com account, her personal Yahoo! email account as well as a host of Clinton-associated domains including state.gov, clintonfoundation.org, presidentclinton.com and hillaryclinton.com.

The agents had reason to believe that classified information resided on the laptop, since investigators had already established that emails containing classified information were transmitted through multiple email accounts used by Abedin, including her clintonemail.com and Yahoo! accounts. Moreover, the preliminary count of Clinton-related emails found on the laptop in late September 2016 -- three months after Comey closed his case -- dwarfed the total of some 60,000 originally reported by Clinton.

The agent described the discovery as an "oh-shit moment." "Am I seeing what I think I'm seeing?" he asked another case agent. They agreed that the information needed "to get reported up the chain" immediately.

The next day, Sept. 27, the official in charge of the FBI's New York office, Bill Sweeney, was alerted to the trove and confirmed "it was clearly her stuff." Sweeney reported the find to Comey deputy Andrew McCabe and other headquarters officials on Sept. 28, and told Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz that "everybody realized the significance of this."

(McCabe told Horowitz he didn't remember Sweeney briefing him about the Weiner laptop, but personal notes he took during the teleconference indicate he was briefed. Sweeney also updated McCabe in a direct call later that afternoon in which he noted there were potentially 347,000 relevant emails, and that the count was climbing. McCabe was fired earlier this year and referred to the U.S. Attorney's office in Washington, D.C., for possible criminal investigation into allegations he made false statements to federal agents working for Horowitz.)

McCabe, in turn, briefed Strzok - who had led the Clinton email probe - that afternoon, text messages show.

Comey was not on the conference call, but phone records show he and McCabe met privately that afternoon and spoke during a flurry of phone calls late that evening. McCabe said he could not recall what they discussed, while Comey told investigators that he did not hear about the emails until early October -- and then quickly forgot about them. ("I kind of just put it out of my mind," he said, because he claimed it did not "index" with him that Abedin was closely connected to Clinton. "I don't know that I knew that [Weiner] was married to Huma Abedin at the time.")

FBI officials in New York assumed that the bureau's brass would jump on the discovery, particularly since it included the missing emails from the start of Clinton's time at State. In fact, the emails dated from the beginning of 2007 and covered the entire period of Clinton's tenure as secretary and thereafter. The team leading the Clinton investigation, codenamed "Midyear Exam," had never been able to find Clinton's emails from her first two months as secretary.

By Oct. 4, the Weiner case agent had finished processing the laptop, and reported that he found at least 675,000 emails potentially relevant to the Midyear case (in fact, the final count was 694,000). "Based on the number of emails, we could have every email that Huma and Hillary ever sent each other," the agent remarked to colleagues. It appeared this was the mother lode of missing Clinton emails. But Strzok remained uninterested. "This isn't a ticking terrorist bomb," he was quoted as saying in the recently issued inspector general's report. Besides, he had bigger concerns, such as, "You know, is the government of Russia trying to get somebody elected here in the United States?"

Strzok and headquarters sat on the mountain of evidence for another 26 days. The career New York agent said all he was hearing from Washington was "crickets," so he pushed the issue to his immediate superiors, fearing he would be "scapegoated" for failing to search the pile of digital evidence. They, in turn, went over Strzok's head, passing their concerns on to career officials at the National Security Division of the Justice Department, who in turn set off alarm bells at the seventh floor executive suites of the Hoover Building.

The New York agent has not been publicly identified, even in the recent IG report, which only describes him as male. But federal court filings in the Weiner case reviewed by RCI list two FBI agents present in court proceedings, only one of whom is male - John Robertson. RCI has confirmed that Robertson at the time was an FBI special agent assigned to the C-20 squad investigating "crimes against children" at the bureau's New York field office at 26 Federal Plaza, which did not return messages.

The agent told the inspector general that he wasn't political and didn't understand all the sensitive issues headquarters may have been weighing, but he feared Washington's inaction might be seen as a cover-up that could wreak havoc on the bureau. "I don't care who wins this election," he said, "but this is going to make us look really, really horrible."

Once George Toscas, the highest-ranking Justice Department official directly involved in the Clinton email investigation, found out about the delay, he prodded headquarters to initiate a search and to inform Congress about the discovery.

By Oct. 21, Strzok had gotten the word. "Toscas now aware NY has hrc-huma emails," he texted McCabe's counsel, Lisa Page, who responded, "whatever."

Four days later, Page told Strzok - with whom she was having an affair - about the murmurs she was hearing from brass about having to tell Congress about the new emails. "F them," Strzok responded, apparently referring to oversight committee leaders on the Hill.

The next day, Oct. 26, the New York agent finally was able to brief Strzok's team directly about what he had found on the laptop. On Oct. 27, Comey gave the green light to seek a search warrant.

Michael Horowitz: Pressure from New York was key to reopening email case.

"This decision resulted not from the discovery of dramatic new information about the Weiner laptop, but rather as a result of inquiries from the Weiner case agent and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office [in New York]," Horowitz said in his recently released report on the Clinton investigation.

Former prosecutors say that politics is the only explanation for why FBI brass dragged their feet for a month after the New York office alerted them about the Clinton emails.

"There's no rational explanation why, after they found over 300,000 Clinton emails on the Wiener laptop in late September, the FBI did nothing for a month," former deputy Independent Counsel Solomon "Sol" L. Wisenberg said in a recent interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham. "It's pretty clear there's a real possibility they did nothing because they thought it would hurt Mrs. Clinton during the election."

Horowitz concurred. The IG cited suspicions that the inaction "was a politically motivated attempt to bury information that could negatively impact the chances of Hillary Clinton in the election."

He noted that on Nov. 3, after Comey notified Congress of the search, Strzok created a suspiciously inaccurate "Weiner timeline" and circulated it among the FBI leadership.

The odd document, written after the fact, made it seem as if New York hadn't fully processed the laptop until Oct. 19 and had neglected to fill headquarters in on details about what had been found until Oct. 21. In fact, New York finished processing on Oct. 4 and first began reporting back details to top FBI executives as early as Sept. 28.

Fearing Leaks

Fears of media leaks also played a role in the ultimate decision to reopen the case and notify Congress.

FBI leadership worried that New York would go public with the fact it was sitting on the Weiner emails, because the field office was leaking information on other sensitive matters at the time, including Clinton-related conflicts dogging McCabe, which the Wall Street Journal had exposed that October. At the same time, Trump surrogate and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was still in touch with FBI sources in the city, was chirping about an "October surprise" on Fox News.

Loretta Lynch: Stop those leaks.

During the October time frame, McCabe called Sweeney in New York and chewed him out about leaks coming out of his office. On Oct. 26, then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch was so worried about the leaks, she called McCabe and Sweeney and angrily warned them to fix them. Sweeney confirmed in an interview with the inspector general that they got "ripped by the AG on leaks." McCabe said he never heard the attorney general "use more forceful language."

Lynch -- who had admonished Comey to call the Clinton case a "matter" and not an investigation, aligning FBI rhetoric with the Clinton campaign, and who inappropriately agreed to meet with Bill Clinton aboard her government plane five days before the FBI interviewed Hillary Clinton -- sought to keep the Weiner laptop search quiet and was opposed to going to Congress with the discovery so close to the election.

"We were quite confident that somebody is going to leak this fact, that we have all these emails. That, if we don't put out a letter [to Congress], somebody is going to leak it," then-FBI General Counsel James Baker said. "The discussion was somebody in New York will leak this."

Baker advised Comey that he also was under obligation to update Congress about any new developments in the case. Just a few months earlier, the director had testified before Hill oversight committees about his decision to close the case. Baker said the front office rationalized that since Clinton was ahead in the polls, the notification would not have a big impact on the race. The Democratic nominee would likely win no matter what the FBI did.

But this time, Comey made no public show of his announcement. On Oct. 28, 2016, Comey quietly sent a terse and private letter to the chairs and the ranking members of the oversight committees on the Hill, informing them, vaguely, that the FBI was taking additional steps in the Clinton email investigation.

Those steps, of course, started with finally searching the laptop for relevant emails.

'Giant Nothing-Burger'

Prosecutors and investigators alike, however, approached the search as an exercise in futility, even prejudging the results as a "giant nothing-burger."

That was an assessment that would emerge later from David Laufman, then a lead prosecutor in the Justice Department's national security division assigned to the Clinton email probe. He had "a very low expectation" that any evidence found on the laptop would alter the outcome of the Midyear investigation. And he doubted a search would turn up "anything novel or consequential," according to the IG report.

Mary McCord: Discounted laptop trove, and she wasn't the only one.

Hired by former Attorney General Eric Holder, Laufman complained it was "exceptionally inappropriate" to restart the investigation so close to the election. (Records show Laufman, who sat in on Clinton's July 2016 interview at FBI headquarters, gave money to both of Barack Obama's presidential campaigns.)

His boss, Mary McCord, discounted the laptop trove as emails they'd already seen. "Hopefully all duplicates," she wrote in notes she took from an October 2016 phone call she had with McCabe, who shared her hope. McCord opposed publicly opening the case again "because it could be a big nothing."

In an Oct. 27 email to the lead Midyear analyst, Strzok suggested the search would not be serious, that they would just need to go through the motions, while joking about "de-duping," or excluding emails as ones they'd already seen.

The reactivated Midyear investigators were not eager to dive into the new emails, either. They also prejudged the batch as evidence they had already analyzed -- while at the same time expressing pro-Hillary and anti-Trump sentiments in internal communications.

For example, the Midyear agent who had called Clinton the "future pres[ident]" after interviewing her in July, pooh-poohed the idea they would find emails substantively different than what the team had previously reviewed. Even though he expected they'd find some missing emails, even new classified material, he discounted their significance.

"My best guess -- probably uniques, maybe classified uniques, with none being any different tha[n] what we've already seen," the agent wrote in an Oct. 28 instant message to another FBI employee on the bureau's computer system. (Back in May 2016, as Clinton was locking up the Democratic primary, the agent had revealed in another IM that there was "political urgency" to wrap up her email investigation.)

The unnamed agent, who is identified in the IG report only as "Agent 1," is now married to another Midyear investigator, who on Election Day IM'd her then-boyfriend to say Clinton "better win," while threatening to quit if she didn't. Known as "Agent 5," she also stated, "fuck trump," while calling his voters "retarded."

At the same time, the lead FBI attorney on the Midyear case, Sally Moyer (whose lawyers confirmed is the anonymous "FBI Attorney 1" cited in the IG report), was in no hurry to process the laptop. Before examining them, she expressed the belief that the massive volume of emails "may just be duplicative of what we already have," doubting there was a "smoking gun" in the pile.

A Hurried, Constrained Search

Moyer, a registered Democrat, was responsible for obtaining legal authority to review the laptop's contents. She severely limited the scope of the evidence that investigators could search on the laptop by setting unusually tight parameters.

Working closely with her was Strzok, who forwarded a draft of the warrant to his personal email account in violation of FBI policy, where he helped edit the language in the affidavit. By processing the document at home, no record of his changes to the document were captured in the FBI system.

(Strzok had also edited the language in the drafts of Comey's public statement about his original decision on the Clinton email investigation. He changed the description of Clinton's handling of classified information from "grossly negligent" -- which is proscribed in the federal statute -- to "extremely careless," eliminating a key phrase that could have had legal ramifications for Clinton.)

The next day, the search warrant application drafted by Strzok and Moyer was filed in New York. It was inexplicably self-constraining. The FBI asked the federal magistrate judge, Kevin N. Fox, to see only a small portion of the evidence the New York agent told headquarters it would find on the laptop.

"The FBI only reviewed emails to or from Clinton during the period in which she was Secretary of State, and not emails from Abedin or other parties or emails outside that period," Horowitz pointed out in a section of his report discussing concerns that the search warrant request was "too narrow."

That put the emails the New York case agent found between 2007 and 2009, when Clinton's private server was set up, as well as those observed after her tenure in 2013, outside investigators' reach. The post-tenure emails were potentially important, Horowitz noted, because they may have offered clues concerning the intent behind the later destruction of emails.

Also excluded were Abedin's Yahoo emails, even though investigators had previously found classified information on her Yahoo account and would arguably have probable cause to look at those emails, as well.

Also removed from the search were the BlackBerry data -- even though the FBI had previously described them as the "golden emails," because they covered the dark period early in Clinton's term.

"Noticeably absent from the search warrant application prepared by the Midyear team is both any mention that the NYO agent had seen Clinton's emails on the laptop and any mention of the potential presence of BlackBerry emails from early in Clinton's tenure," Horowitz noted.

Even though the BlackBerry messages were "critical to [the] assessment of the potential significance of the emails on the Weiner laptop, the information was not included in the search warrant application," he stressed, adding that the application appeared to misrepresent the information provided by the New York field agent. It also grossly underestimated the extent of the material. The affidavit warrant mentioned "thousands of emails," while the New York agent had told them that the laptop contained "hundreds of thousands" of relevant emails.

That meant that the Midyear team never got to look, even if it wanted to, at the majority of the communications secreted on the laptop, further raising suspicions that headquarters wasn't really interested in finding any evidence of wrongdoing – at least on the part of Clinton and her team.

"I had very strict instructions that all I was allowed to do within the case was look for Hillary Clinton emails, because that was the scope of our work," an FBI analyst said, even though Horowitz said investigators had probable cause to look at Abedin's emails as well.

In addition to limiting the scope of their probe, the agents were also under pressure from both Justice Department prosecutors and FBI headquarters to complete the review of the remaining emails in a hurry.

One line prosecutor, identified in the IG report only as "Prosecutor 1," argued that they should finish up "as quickly" as possible. Baker said there was a general concern about the new process "being too prolonged and dragged [out]."

Lynch urged Comey to process the Weiner laptop "as fast as you can," according to notes from a high-level department meeting on Oct. 31, 2016, which were obtained by the IG.

On Nov. 3, Strzok indicated in a text that Justice demanded he update the department twice a day on the FBI's progress in clearing the stack. "DOJ is hyperventilating," he told Page.

De-Duplicating 'Wizardry'

Before the search warrant was issued, the Midyear team argued that the project was too vast to complete before the election. According to Comey's recently published memoir, they insisted it would take "many weeks" and require the enlistment of "hundreds of FBI employees." And, they contended, not just anybody could read them: "It had to be done by people who knew the context," and there was only a handful of investigators and analysts who could do the job.

"The team told me there was no chance the survey of the emails could be completed before the Nov. 8 election," Comey recalled, which was right around the corner.

But after Comey decided he'd have to move forward with the search regardless, Strzok and his investigators suddenly claimed they could finish the work in the short time remaining prior to national polls opening.

At the same time, they cut off communications with the New York field office. "We should essentially have no reason for contact with NYO going forward on this," Strzok texted Page on Nov. 2.

Strzok followed up with another text that same day, which seemed to echo earlier texts about what they viewed as their patriotic duty to stop Trump and support Clinton.

"Your country needs you now," he said in an apparent attempt to buck up Page, who was "very angry" they were having to reopen the Clinton case. "We are going to have to be very wise about all of this."

"We're going to make sure the right thing is done," he added. "It's gonna be ok."

Responded Page: "I have complete confidence in the [Midyear] team."

"Our team," Strzok texted back. "I'm telling you to take comfort in that." Later, he reminded Page that any conversations she had with McCabe "would be covered under atty [attorney-client] privilege."

Suddenly, however, the impossible project suddenly became manageable thanks to what Comey described as a "huge breakthrough." As the new cache of emails arrived, the bureau claimed it had solved one of the most labor-intensive aspects of the previous Midyear investigation – having to sort through the tens of thousands of Clinton emails on various servers and electronic devices manually.

Advanced new "de-duplicating" technology would allow them to speed through the mountain of new emails automatically flagging copies of previously reviewed material.

Strzok, who led the effort, echoed Comey's words, later telling the IG's investigators that technicians were able "to do amazing things" to "rapidly de-duplicate" the emails on the laptop, which significantly lowered the number of emails that he and other investigators had to individually review manually.

But according to the IG, FBI's technology division only "attempted" to de-duplicate the emails, but ultimately was unsuccessful. The IG cited a report prepared Nov. 15, 2016, by three officials from the FBI's Boston field office. Titled "Anthony Weiner Laptop Review for Communications Pertinent to Midyear Exam," it found that "[b]ecause metadata was largely absent, the emails could not be completely, automatically de-duplicated or evaluated against prior emails recovered during the investigation."

Trump at rally Nov. 7, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. : "You can't review 650,000 emails in eight days."

The absence of this metadata -- basically electronic fingerprints that reveal identifying characteristics such as To, CC, Date, From, Subject, attachments and other fields – informed the IG's finding that "the FBI could not determine how many of the potentially work-related emails were duplicative of emails previously obtained in the Midyear investigation."

Contrary to Comey's claim, the FBI could not sufficiently determine how many emails containing classified information were duplicative of previously reviewed classified emails. As a result, hundreds of thousands of emails were not actually processed for evidence, law enforcement sources say.

"All those communications weren't ruled out because they were copies, they were just ruled out," the federal investigator with direct knowledge of the case said. The official, who wished to remain anonymous, explained that hundreds of thousands of emails were simply overlooked. Instead of processing them all, investigators took just a sample of the batch and looked at those documents.

After Comey announced his investigators wrapped up the review in days – then-candidate Donald Trump expressed skepticism. "You can't review 650,000 emails in eight days," he said during a rally on Nov. 7. He was more correct than he knew.

Exoneration Before Investigation

At the urging of Lynch, Comey began drafting a new exoneration statement several days before investigators finished reviewing the sample of emails they took from the Weiner laptop. High-level meeting notes reveal they even discussed sending Congress "more-clarifying" statements during the week to "correct misimpressions out there."

A scene from the documentary "Weiner."

As the search was under way, one of the Midyear agents – Agent 1 -- confided to another agent in a Nov. 1 instant message on the FBI's computer network that "no one is going to pros[ecute Clinton] even if we find unique classified [material]."

On Nov. 4 – two days before they had completed the search – Strzok talked about "drafting" a statement. "We might have this stmt out and be substantially done," Page texted back about an hour later.

The pair seemed confident at that point that Clinton's campaign had weathered the new controversy and would still pull off a victory.

"[O]n Inauguration Day," Page texted Strzok, "in addition to our kegger, we should also have a screening of the Weiner documentary!" The film, "Weiner," documented the former Democratic lawmaker's ill-fated run for New York mayor in 2013.

Filtering

Even after the vast reservoir of emails had been winnowed down by questionable methods, the remaining ones still had to be reviewed by hand to determine if they were relevant to the investigation and therefore legally searchable as evidence.

Moyer, the lead FBI attorney on the Midyear team who had initially discounted the trove of new emails as "duplicates" and failed to act upon their discovery, was also head of the "filtering" team. After various searches of the laptop, she and the Midyear team came up with 6,827 emails they classified as being tied directly to Clinton. Moyer then culled away from that batch emails she deemed to be personal in nature and outside the scope of legal agreements, cutting the stack in half. That left 3,077 which she deemed "work related."

On Nov. 5, Moyer, Strzok and a third investigator divided up the remaining pool of 3,077 emails -- roughly 1,000 emails each -- and rifled through them for classified information and incriminating evidence in less than 12 hours, even though the identification of classified material is a complicated and prolonged process that requires soliciting input from the original classification authorities within the intelligence community.

"We're doing it ALL," Strzok told Page late that evening. The trio ordered pizza and worked into the next morning combing through the emails. "Finishing up," Strzok texted Page around 1 a.m. that Sunday.

By about 2 a.m. Sunday, he declared they were done with their search, noting that while they had found new State Department messages, they had found "no new classified" emails. And allegedly nothing from the missing period at the start of Clinton's term that might suggest a criminal motive.

Later that evening of Nov. 6, after he announced to Congress that Clinton was in the clear again, an exuberant Comey gathered his inner circle in his office to watch football.

As news of the case's swift re-closure hit the airwaves, Page and Strzok giddily exchanged text messages and celebrated. "Out on CNN now And fox I WANT TO WATCH THIS WITH YOU!" Strzok said to Page. "Going to pour myself a glass of wine ."

Page noted that "Trump is talking about [Clinton]" on Fox News, and how "she's protected by a rigged system."

New Classified Information

Like a self-fulfilling prophecy, earlier prognostications that the results of the laptop search would not be a game-changer turned out to be accurate. Yet investigators nonetheless found 13 classified email chains on the unauthorized laptop just in the small sample of 3,077 emails that were individually inspected, and four of those were classified as Secret at the time.

Contrary to the FBI's public claims, at least five classified emails recovered were not duplicates but new to investigators.

RCI has learned that these highly sensitive messages include a Nov. 25, 2011, email regarding talks with Egyptian leaders and Hamas, and a July 9, 2011, "call sheet" Abedin sent Clinton in advance of a phone conversation she had that month with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The document runs four pages.

Another previously unseen classified email, dated Nov. 25, 2010, concerns confidential high-level State Department talks with United Arab Emirates leaders. The note, including a classified "readout" of a phone call with the UAE prime minister, was written by Abedin and sent to Clinton, and then forwarded by Abedin the next day from her huma@clintonemail.com account to her then-husband's account identified under the rubric "Anthony Campaign."

Tom Fitton: "sham" investigation.

Judicial Watch, a Washington-based government watchdog group which has filed a lawsuit against the State Department seeking a full production of Clinton records, confirmed the existence of several more unique classified emails it has received among the rolling release of the 3,077 "work-related" emails.

"These classified documents are not duplicates," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told RCI. "They are not ones the FBI had already seen prior to their November review."

He accused the FBI of conducting a "sham" investigation and called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to order a new investigation of Clinton's email.

The unique classified emails call into question Comey's May 2017 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, when he maintained that although investigators found classified email chains on the laptop, "We'd seen them all before."

No Damage Assessment

Comey, in subsequent interviews and public testimony, maintained that the FBI left no stone unturned. This, too, skirted the truth.

Although Comey claimed that investigators had scoured the laptop for intrusions by foreign hackers who may have stolen the state secrets, Strzok and his team never forensically examined the laptop to see if classified information residing on it had been hacked or compromised by a foreign power before Nov. 6, law enforcement sources say. A complete forensic analysis was never performed by technicians at the FBI's lab at Quantico.

Nor did they farm out the classified information found on the unsecured laptop to other intelligence agencies for review as part of a national security damage assessment -- even though Horowitz confirmed that Clinton's illegal email activity, in a major security breach, gave "foreign actors" access to unknowable quantities of classified material.

Without addressing the laptop specifically, late last year the FBI's own inspection division determined that classified information kept on Clinton's email server "was compromised by unauthorized individuals, to include foreign governments or intelligence services, via cyber intrusion or other means."

Judicial Watch is suing the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the State Department to force them to conduct, as required by law, a full damage assessment, and prepare a report on how Clinton's email practices as secretary harmed national security.

Comey and Strzok also decided to close the case for a second time without interviewing its three central figures: Abedin, Weiner and Clinton.

Abedin was eventually interviewed, two months later, on Jan. 6, 2017. Although summaries of her previous interviews have been made public, this one has not.

Investigators never interviewed Weiner, even though he had received at least two of the confirmed classified emails on his Yahoo account without the appropriate security clearance to receive them.

The IG concluded, "The FBI did not determine exactly how Abedin's emails came to reside on Weiner's laptop."

Premature Re-Closure

In his May 2017 testimony, however, Comey maintained that both Abedin and Weiner had been investigated.

Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana: Investigating investigators. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.): Is there an investigation with respect to the two of them?

Comey: There was, it is -- we completed it.

Pressed to answer why neither of them was charged with crimes, including mishandling classified information, Comey explained:

"With respect to Ms. Abedin, we didn't have any indication that she had a sense that what she was doing was in violation of the law. Couldn't prove any sort of criminal intent."

At the time, the Senate Judiciary Committee was unaware that the FBI had not interviewed Abedin to make such a determination before the election. What about Weiner? Did he read the classified materials without proper authority? the committee asked. "I don't think so," Comey answered, before adding, "I don't think we've been able to interview him."

Pro-Clinton Bias

The IG report found that Strzok demonstrated intense bias for Clinton and against Trump throughout the initial probe, followed by a stubborn reluctance to examine potentially critical new evidence against Clinton. These included hundreds of messages exchanged with Page, embodied by a Nov. 7 text referencing a pre-Election Day article headlined, "A victory by Mr. Trump remains possible," about which Strzok stated, "OMG THIS IS F*CKING TERRIFYING."

Strzok is a central figure because he was a top agent on the two investigations with the greatest bearing on the 2016 election – Clinton emails and the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. These probes overlapped in October as the discovery of Abedin's laptop renewed Bureau attention on Clinton's emails at the same time it was preparing to seek a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Some Republicans have charged that the month-long delay between the New York office's discovery of the laptop and the FBI's investigation of it can be explained by Strzok's partisan decision to prioritize the Trump investigation over the Clinton one.

Among the evidence they cite is an Oct. 14 email to Page in which Strzok discussed applying "hurry the F up pressure" on Justice Department attorneys to secure the FISA surveillance warrant on Page approved before Election Day. (This also happened to be the day the Obama administration promoted his wife, Melissa Hodgman , a big Hillary booster, to associate director of the SEC's enforcement division.) On Oct. 21, his team filed an application for a wiretap to spy on Carter Page.

IG Horowitz would not rule out bias as a motivating factor in the aggressive investigation of Trump and passive probe of Clinton. "We did not have confidence that Strzok's decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the Midyear-related investigative lead discovered on the Weiner laptop was free from bias," he said.

Asked to elaborate in recent Senate testimony, Horowitz reaffirmed, "We did not find no bias in regards to the October events."

Throughout that month, the facts overwhelmingly demonstrate that instead of digging into the cache of new Clinton evidence, Strzok aggressively investigated the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Moscow, including wiretapping at least one Trump adviser based heavily on unverified allegations of espionage reported in a dossier commissioned by the Clinton campaign.

In a statement, Strzok's attorney blamed the delays in processing the new emails on "bureaucratic snafus," and insisted they had nothing to do with Strzok's political views, which he said never "affected his work."

The lawyer, Aitan D. Goelman, a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP in Washington, added that his client moved on the new information as soon as he could.

"When informed that Weiner's laptop contained Clinton emails, Strzok immediately had the matter pursued by two of his most qualified and aggressive investigators," Goelman said. Still, contemporaneous messages by Strzok reveal he was not thrilled about re-investigating Clinton. On Nov. 5, for example, he texted Page: "I hate this case."

Recovering the Laptop

A final mystery remains: Where is the Weiner laptop today?

The whistleblower agent in New York said that he was "instructed" by superiors to delete the image of the laptop hard drive he had copied onto his work station, and to "wipe" all of the Clinton-related emails clean from his computer.

But he said he believes the FBI "retained" possession of the actual machine, and that the evidence on the device was preserved.

The last reported whereabouts of the laptop was the Quantico lab. However, the unusually restrictive search warrant Strzok and his team drafted appeared to remand the laptop back into the custody of Abedin and Weiner upon the closing of the case.

"If the government determines that the subject laptop is no longer necessary to retrieve and preserve the data on the device," the document states on its final page, "the government will return the subject laptop."

Wherever its location, somewhere out there is a treasure trove of evidence involving potentially serious federal crimes -- including espionage, foreign influence-peddling and obstruction of justice -- that has never been properly or fully examined by law enforcement authorities.

[Aug 24, 2018] I have had my suspicions of the divisions inside the FBI ever since late summer of 2016 when it was reported that the NYC FBI was pushing to reveal the Hillary emails found inside Anthony Weiner's home computer

Aug 24, 2018 | consortiumnews.com

. Joe Tedesky , August 16, 2018 at 7:40 pm

I have had my suspicions of the divisions inside the FBI ever since late summer of 2016 when it was reported that the NYC FBI was pushing to reveal the Hillary emails found inside Anthony Weiner's home computer. If you recall rumor had it, that the NYC insistence to go public forced Comey to reopen the Hillary case uh-oh, darn. I also see Rudy as representative of the opposing faction against the Comey/Brennan/Claper cabal. The only thing after Trump bumps these guys off, is how he should shuttle CNN & MSNBC to be continued.

[Jun 16, 2018] FBI shelved probe into Clinton emails on Weiner laptop for Russiagate - DOJ report

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"... "willing to take official action to impact a presidential candidate's electoral prospects." ..."
"... "Under these circumstances, we did not have confidence that Strzok's decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the [Hillary Clinton]-related investigative lead discovered on the Weiner laptop was free from bias," ..."
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Jun 16, 2018 | www.rt.com

The FBI's inquiry into hundreds of thousands of emails found on a laptop belonging to former Congressman Anthony Weiner may have been improperly shelved to focus on the agency's Russia investigation, a DOJ report states. A review of the FBI's investigations into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server by the DOJ inspector general concluded that federal investigators failed to "take immediate action on the Weiner laptop" due in part to a decision to "prioritize" the investigation into claims that Donald Trump " colluded" with Russia.

The FBI leadership waited nearly a month after receiving initial information about the laptop to reopen the investigation and notifying Congress about it, the IG report shows.

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Citing text messages written by FBI agent Peter Strzok, who said in one message that he would "stop" then-candidate Trump from being elected, the report notes that federal investigators may have been "willing to take official action to impact a presidential candidate's electoral prospects."

"Under these circumstances, we did not have confidence that Strzok's decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the [Hillary Clinton]-related investigative lead discovered on the Weiner laptop was free from bias," the report concludes on page 329.

The contents of Weiner's laptop became the subject of widespread speculation during the FBI's 2016 probe into Clinton's private email server and alleged mishandling of classified data. Weiner, the now ex-husband of top Clinton aide and adviser Huma Abedin, became a person of interest for federal investigators after it was discovered that he had sent sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl in 2016.

Weiner had resigned from Congress in 2011 after it was revealed he sent lewd photographs and messages to women.

In September 2016, as part of the investigation into his communication with the underage teen, an FBI agent in New York found hundreds of thousands of emails on Weiner's laptop that were possibly relevant to the Clinton investigation.

In December 2017, it was revealed that at least five of the emails stored on Weiner's laptop were marked "confidential" and involved delicate talks with Middle Eastern leaders and Abedin.

Weiner is currently serving a 21-month sentence in federal prison for sending obscene material to a minor.

The DOJ IG report also noted that then-FBI Director James Comey violated procedure in announcing to Congress that the bureau was reopening an investigation into Clinton's emails just days before the 2016 presidential election.

Clinton has repeatedly claimed that the announcement contributed to her loss to Trump.

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[Feb 08, 2018] All of the contacts and addresses of Anthony Weiner's seized laptop just got leaked:

Feb 08, 2018 | www.unz.com

tac , February 7, 2018 at 5:30 pm GMT

Slightly off topic, but all of the contacts and addresses of Anthony Weiner's seized laptop just got leaked:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3629923/posts?page=29

http://www.savemysweden.com/just-leaked-every-phone-number-address-anth

[Feb 07, 2018] FBI Lovers New Texts Expose Obama Complicity He Wants To Know Everything We re Doing

Why Comey was only informed by his investigative team on Oct 27, 2016 if the Clinton emails on Weiner's laptop were discovered by Sept 28, 2016
Feb 07, 2018 | www.zerohedge.com

New text messages between FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page have now been made public, and, as The Duran's Alex Christoforou notes , the big reveal is that then-POTUS Barack Obama appears to be in the loop, on the whole 'destroy Trump' insurance plan hatched by upper management at the FBI.

Fox News reports:

Page wrote to Strzok on Sept. 2, 2016 about prepping Comey because "potus wants to know everything we're doing." Senate investigators told Fox News this text raises questions about Obama's personal involvement in the Clinton email investigation.

...Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., along with majority staff from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is releasing the texts, along with a report titled, "The Clinton Email Scandal and the FBI's Investigation of it."

The newly uncovered texts reveal a bit more about the timing of the discovery of "hundreds of thousands" of emails on former congressman Anthony Weiner's laptop, ultimately leading to Comey's infamous letter to Congress just days before the 2016 presidential election.

On Sept. 28, 2016 Strzok wrote to Page, "Got called up to Andy's [McCabe] earlier.. hundreds of thousands of emails turned over by Weiner's atty to sdny [Southern District of New York], includes a ton of material from spouse [Huma Abedin]. Sending team up tomorrow to review this will never end." Senate investigators told Fox News this text message raises questions about when FBI officials learned of emails relevant to the Hillary Clinton email investigation on the laptop belonging to Weiner, the husband to Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

It was a full month later, on Oct. 28, 2016 when Comey informed Congress that, "Due to recent developments," the FBI was reopening its Clinton email investigation.

"In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation. I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday " Comey said at the time.

The question becomes why Comey was only informed by his investigative team on Oct. 27, if the Clinton emails on Weiner's laptop were discovered by Sept. 28, at the latest.


two hoots -> shankster Feb 7, 2018 9:30 AM Permalink

And their still drawing a paycheck? How long must we tolerate this "in your face" crap?

and there is this:

Report: Bill Clinton Offered Lynch Scalia's Seat During Tarmac Meeting (Jun 27, 2016)– QAnon

https://www.infowars.com/report-bill-clinton-offered-lynch-scalias-seat

and a few days later from Washington Post:

This may not be the best time for Clinton allies to float Loretta Lynch as her attorney general (July 5, 2016)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/07/05/this-may-not-

" even becoming the favorite of some to be Obama's nominee to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. (She later withdrew from consideration.)"

Were they all in cahoots?

JSBach1 -> HockeyFool Feb 7, 2018 12:09 PM Permalink

Every phone number and address on Weiner's confiscated laptop just got leaked:

http://www.savemysweden.com/just-leaked-every-phone-number-address-anth

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3629923/posts?page=29

https://twitter.com/bbusa617/status/961186942791626752

https://twitter.com/USSANews/status/961283401276841984

[EDIT]: @ treefeller

The point of this is IF phone numbers and addresses got leaked, can other contents, like some of the compromising emails not find their way to the surface as well, or any other sensitive material stored there...? Was this leak a warning or a prelude to something bigger coming...?

just a thought...(read between the lines)

imagine if that where to happen!...

https://www.circa.com/story/2018/01/04/politics/whats-in-the-huma-abedi

CuttingEdge -> BlueGreen Feb 7, 2018 10:58 AM Permalink

Especially since his "Obama For America" PAC gave Perkins $1m at the same time HRC gave them ten.

At the point the great turd is flushed, the MSM will cry out in united vehement scorn at his detractors...Maddow might even have a brain anurism.

NumberNone -> shivura Feb 7, 2018 11:33 AM Permalink

Hey stupid fuck...this is no longer about who did or did not win the election.

This is about the FBI knowingly using false evidence to try and take down a legally elected president...and now we are learning that it was endorsed not just by the Hillary campaign but now Obama apparently wanted to be kept in the know.

If this does not literally make you shake with anger or fear that our democracy has been 100% compromised simply because its the 'red team' being targeted, then please just hop a fucking boat now to some shithole country that the liberals love so much and get that much needed dose of reality about what this means.

Captain Nemo d -> shivura Feb 7, 2018 1:22 PM Permalink

Actually shivura has a point. I have always wondered why did Comey make reopening HRC's investigation public even as they made sure the investigations did not go anywhere. It is not as if they were driven to uphold propriety in all of their other actions. Why break so many rules in trying to save her and get her elected, and then inform everyone just before the elections that Weiner's laptop had HRC emails. It adds sleaze to the mix, and to HRC by association. You can argue that HRC needs no help in that department, but I am sure some people had a visceral reaction of revulsion on hearing HRC emails were on the laptop with other stuff.

freedommusic -> shivura Feb 7, 2018 2:09 PM Permalink

Clinton spent about 1.1 BILLION dollars, had FISA Title 1 surveillance on Trump, full deep sate, globalist, swamp, backing, was given debate questions in advance, full support of entire main stream media, election rigging in her favor and she STILL LOST?

MrBoompi -> NoDebt Feb 7, 2018 11:12 AM Permalink

The first time I knew Obama was directly involved was when it was discovered, thanks to wikileaks, Obama was sending emails through Clinton's home server USING AN ALIAS. They all knew she was breaking the law, yet they protected her from prosecution and then colluded to get her elected, using scores of illegal activities to do it. This is so bad they might not be able to do anything about it, as it encompasses so many deep state agencies and actors. There may not be enough loyal Americans in DC to uphold the law.

gaoptimize -> Moving and Grooving Feb 7, 2018 10:56 AM Permalink

They apparently don't. Hearing from William Binney about how the technical means works means it is a system nearly impossible to prevent abuses. Mr. Trump: Tear down the Utah data center.

Kayman -> macholatte Feb 7, 2018 10:53 AM Permalink

"How much evidence against the Clinton-Obama Crime Syndicate has been destroyed?"

The FBI destroying Clinton laptops. Immunity given, for what? - to everyone in the Clinton circle.

So, if the FBI can be found a part of the Clinton/Lynch fraud on the American public, are those immunity deals still deals?

And where is this vaunted multi-billion dollar NSA, do they really have the Clinton dirt?

Inquiring Hillbillies want to know.

e_goldstein -> macholatte Feb 7, 2018 11:28 AM Permalink

Technically, none of it. It's all backed up at the NSA.

Richard Whitney -> two hoots Feb 7, 2018 11:01 AM Permalink

I had suspected that the tarmac meeting was Lynch unmasking Seth Rich to the Clinton's. This revelation about a SC nomination doesn't preclude that she fingered Rich. Somebody did, and he was 'made an example of'.

Baron von Bud -> shankster Feb 7, 2018 9:37 AM Permalink

Looks like the trap has snapped shut and many conspirators are caught including Obama. Is there now any doubt that the elimination of 4th amendment protections after 9/11 has been a disaster?

Winston Churchill -> Baron von Bud Feb 7, 2018 9:42 AM Permalink

9/11 just legalized what they've been doing for decades before.Put in on roids.

Believe what you want though,but I absolutely know that to be true as far back as the mid 70's.

Chupacabra-322 -> DuneCreature Feb 7, 2018 10:57 AM Permalink

@ Dune,

"It was set up by the FBI and when they realized how totally illegal it was they just handed it over to Clapper and Brennan. .. Barry Oked The scam transfer, I suspect so that he could use it too.

It was/is used for one thing. .. To build blackmail 'Control Files' on thousands if not millions of Americans. ... An Extortion Tool. .. NOTHING legal about it."

You've just explained in two sentences the entire Criminal, Treasonous, Seditious Intelligence Operation of our lifetime. Same spying tactics used decades by MI6 / British Intelligence. Only difference being, it's the first of its kind "Information Highway" Spy Ring utilizing an expanded Surveillance Infrastructure.

This entire Criminal Deep State Intelligence Operation was data mining formuling the first of its kind Parallel Construction Case consisting of a Criminal Deep State CIA, FBI, DOJ Scripted False Narrative / PsyOp With the objective ousting a sitting President via a soft coup.

Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Psychopath at Large George Bush Jr. instituted the Criminal Surveillance infrastructure.

Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath at Large Barack Obama expanded it exponentially.

However, Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths Obama, Clinton, their minions Brennan & Clapper along with GCHQ used the intelligence apparatus to go after their political enemies.

Noktirnal -> Lorca's Novena Feb 7, 2018 11:42 AM Permalink

...Very bad, indeed!

Dr. Acula -> Noktirnal Feb 7, 2018 1:19 PM Permalink

Trump hasn't slowed down the bad stuff one whit:

>Ruby Ridge

>Waco

>OKC

>WTC

>9/11

Vegas covered up under Trump.

>Guantanamo Bay

Still open under Trump.

>Civil Asset Forfeiture

On steroids under Trump.

>FISA/FISC secret warrants/courts

Powers granted anew; signed into law by Trump

Don't forget that Trump is murdering civilians at a much faster pace than Obama did.

Give Me Some Truth -> Killtruck Feb 7, 2018 12:10 PM Permalink

Well, we're getting some transparency with the release of the new batch of texts. We weren't supposed to, but we have. "Transparency" advocates will take our small victories when/where we get them.

Key point to me: Some people at least are circling around the bigger bombshell story - the effort to protect Hillary from the "email server story." The story (for me) is NOT that the Russian government somehow "colluded" with the Trump campaign to get Trump elected. It is instead that members of the "Deep State" colluded with one another to make sure Hillary got elected.

I think the MSM has been pushing the "Russiagate" angle to keep attention off the real story. That is, the press "colluded" with those who worked so hard to get Hillary elected.

Now, we'll the press belatedly do its job and give the "Watergate treatment" to this real story? Eight ball says, "No way, Jose."

[Jan 05, 2018] Big trouble for Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, and convicted pedophile Anthony Weiner

Jan 05, 2018 | theduran.com

Bad new for "Crooked" Hillary and her sidekick Huma Abedin, as it appears that the Department of Justice has reopened the investigation into Clinton's use of a private server.

This follows the release of new evidence showing that Abedin mishandled classified information.

Fox News' Tucker Carlson details how Abedin could be in legal trouble as Judicial Watch reveals at least 18 classified emails in the 798 documents recently produced by the State Department in the Hillary Clinton email probe were found on estranged pedophile husband Anthony Weiner's laptop.

[Jan 05, 2018] Huma Abedin Used Yahoo, That Was Hacked The Daily Caller

Jan 05, 2018 | dailycaller.com

Huma Abedin forwarded sensitive State Department emails, including passwords to government systems, to her personal Yahoo email account before every single Yahoo account was hacked, a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis of emails released as part of a lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch shows.

Abedin, the top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, used her insecure personal email provider to conduct sensitive work. This guarantees that an account with high-level correspondence in Clinton's State Department was impacted by one or more of a series of breaches -- at least one of which was perpetrated by a "state-sponsored actor."

... ... ...

A separate hack in 2013 compromised three billion accounts across multiple Yahoo properties, and the culprit is still unclear. "All Yahoo user accounts were affected by the August 2013 theft," the company said in a statement.

Abedin, Clinton's deputy chief of staff, regularly forwarded work emails to her personal humamabedin@yahoo.com address. "She would use these accounts if her (State) account was down or if she needed to print an email or document. Abedin further explained that it was difficult to print from the DoS system so she routinely forwarded emails to her non-DoS accounts so she could more easily print," an FBI report says.

Abedin sent passwords for her government laptop to her Yahoo account on Aug. 24, 2009, an email released by the State Department in September 2017 shows.

Long-time Clinton confidante Sid Blumenthal sent Clinton an email in July 2009 with the subject line: "Important. Not for circulation. You only . Sid." The message began "CONFIDENTIAL Re: Moscow Summit." Abedin forwarded the email to her Yahoo address, potentially making it visible to hackers.

The email was deemed too sensitive to release to the public and was redacted before being published pursuant to the Judicial Watch lawsuit. The released copy says "Classified by DAS/ A/GIS, DoS on 10/30/2015 Class: Confidential." The unredacted portion reads: "I have heard authoritatively from Bill Drozdiak, who is in Berlin . We should expect that the Germans and Russians will now cut their own separate deals on energy, regional security, etc."

The three email accounts Abedin used were abedinh@state.gov, huma@clintonemail.com, and humamabedin@yahoo.com. Though the emails released by the State Department partially redact personal email addresses, the Yahoo emails are displayed as humamabedin[redacted].

Clinton forwarded Abedin an email titled "Ambassadors" in March 2009 from Denis McDonough, who served as foreign policy adviser to former President Barack Obama's campaign and later as White House chief of staff. The email was heavily redacted before being released to the public.

Stuart Delery, chief of staff to the deputy attorney general, sent a draft memo titled "PA/PLO Memo" in May 2009, seemingly referring to two Palestinian groups. The content was withheld from the public with large letters spelling "Page Denied." Abedin forwarded it to her Yahoo account.

Abedin routed sensitive information through Yahoo multiple times, such as notes on a call with the U.N. secretary-general, according to messages released under the lawsuit. Contemporaneous news reports documented the security weaknesses of Yahoo while Abedin continued to use it. Credentials to 450,000 Yahoo accounts had been posted online, a July 2012 CNN article reported. Five days later , Abedin forwarded sensitive information to her personal Yahoo email.

Abedin received an email "with the subject 'Re: your yahoo acct.' Abedin did not recall the email and provided that despite the content of the email she was not sure that her email account had ever been compromised," on Aug. 16, 2010, an FBI report says.

The FBI also asked her about sending other sensitive information to Yahoo. "Abedin was shown an email dated October 4, 2009 with the subject 'Fwd: US interest in Pak Paper 10-04' which Abedin received from [redacted] and then forwarded to her Yahoo email account . At the time of the email, [redacted] worked for Richard Holbrooke who was the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP). Abedin was unaware of the classification of the document and stated that she did not make judgments on the classification of materials that she received," the report said.

[Jan 01, 2018] Classified documents among newly released Huma emails found on Weiner's laptop

Notable quotes:
"... Most of the emails were heavily redacted because they contained classified material -- but one that was sent on Nov. 25 2010 was addressed to "Anthony Campaign," an apparent address belonging to Weiner. ..."
"... The message contained a list of talking points for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was prepping to make a call to Prince Saud of Saudi Arabia to warn him about sensitive documents that had been given to WikiLeaks by then-Army intelligence officer Bradley Manning. ..."
Dec 29, 2017 | www.legitgov.org

Originally from: Classified documents among newly released Huma emails found on Weiner's laptop

The State Department Friday released a trove of emails from Huma Abedin that the feds discovered on her husband Anthony Weiner's laptop -- including at least five that were marked as "classified."

Most of the emails were heavily redacted because they contained classified material -- but one that was sent on Nov. 25 2010 was addressed to "Anthony Campaign," an apparent address belonging to Weiner.

The message contained a list of talking points for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was prepping to make a call to Prince Saud of Saudi Arabia to warn him about sensitive documents that had been given to WikiLeaks by then-Army intelligence officer Bradley Manning.

[Jan 01, 2018] Weiner Laptop Doc: Assange Warrant Issued 2 Weeks After Swedish Election Leaks Warning

Dec 31, 2018 | www.zerohedge.com

A confidential document found on Anthony Weiner's laptop reveals that the United States Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden expressed concerns in 2010 that WikiLeaks would release classified US documents related to Sweden ahead of the September 19 Swedish election, tipping the vote towards the Pirate Party. The subject of the cable reads " Wikileaks: The Pirate Party's White Horse Into Sweden's Parliament? "

On June 29, 2010 a US diplomat met with three members of the Pirate Party - which is described in the cable as a "mixture between communism and libertarianism," yet whose members are "well-salaried professionals, independent from the party for income." Two of the "pirates," according to the report, were active in the "youth branch of the conservative party currently leading government ."

The Embassy cable notes the " grim electoral outlook for Pirates " - as confirmed by a Pirate party member interviewed by the US diplomat, "Unless WikiLeaks Saves the Day."

Two weeks after the cable was sent, an arrest warrant was issued for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on sexual assault allegations - which was dropped, then re-issued, then revoked again by Swedish authorities in August 2015 when they dropped their case against him.

Cable found on Anthony Weiner's Laptop, obtained via Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit

The emergence of this confidential document ( found on Anthony Weiner's laptop and sent while his wife, Huma Abedin, was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Deputy Chief of Staff ), is disturbing - as it potentially implicates the Obama administration in a conspiracy to silence Julian Assange while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State - not to mention that it could be the smoking gun in yet another clear case of mishandled information found on imprisoned sexual deviant Anthony Weiner's laptop the FBI's Peter Strzok and crew must have somehow overlooked.

A brief timeline of events:

Unfortunately, that's not going to be quite so easy for the time being - as Assange faces immediate arrest by the UK for skipping bail in his extradition hearing. Moreover, in April of this year, CNN and the Washington Post simultaneously reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions' DOJ has prepared criminal charges against Assange over 2010 leaks of diplomatic cables and military documents.

While the DOJ seems intent on locking Assange up, the WikiLeaks founder has also received tremendous support from certain members of congress.

As we reported last week , Congressman Dana Rohrabacher travelled to London in August with journalist Charles Johnson for a meeting with Assange, where Rohrabacher said the WikiLeaks founder offered "firsthand" information proving that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia, and which would refute the Russian hacking theory .

Rohrabacher brought that message back to Trump's Chief of Staff, John Kelly, to propose a deal. In exchange for a presidential pardon, Assange would share evidence that would refute the Russian hacking theory by proving they weren't the source of the emails, according to the WSJ .

However - when Trump was asked in late September about the Assange proposal, he responded that he'd "never heard" of it , causing Rohrabacher to unleash on John Kelly, who he blamed for blocking the proposal from reaching the President. Rohrabacher told the Daily Caller :

"I think the president's answer indicates that there is a wall around him that is being created by people who do not want to expose this fraud that there was collusion between our intelligence community and the leaders of the Democratic Party," Rohrabacher told The Daily Caller Tuesday in a phone interview.

" This would have to be a cooperative effort between his own staff and the leadership in the intelligence communities to try to prevent the president from making the decision as to whether or not he wants to take the steps necessary to expose this horrendous lie that was shoved down the American people's throats so incredibly earlier this year," Rohrabacher said.

Contributing to the notion of deep-state interference, CIA director Mike Pompeo referred to WikiLeaks as a " hostile intelligence service " in April, calling Julian Assange "a fraud, a coward hiding behind a screen" for exposing information about democratic governments rather than authoritarian regimes. This quite the ironic statement, considering Pompeo used leaked emails from WikiLeaks as proof "the fix was in" against President Trump.

So - while the Swedish authorities have dropped their case against Assange, and the UN says he's been unlawfully detailed - the UK insists on arresting Assange the moment he steps outside the Ecuadorian embassy for jumping bail on the dropped charges, and the US Department of Justice is reportedly prepared to slap criminal charges on Assange.

Perhaps the establishment is still a bit miffed that the "white wizard" showed the world what's really underneath the pantsuit, which despite the constant rhetoric of the past year is what ultimately cost Hillary - and so many of her charitable friends - the election.

[Dec 30, 2017] Classified Huma Abedin Emails Found On Anthony Weiner s Laptop Discussing Hamas, Israel And Palestinian Authority

How Strzok could miss those? They were available to him since 2016.
Notable quotes:
"... As you may recall, the discovery of these emails on Weiner's computer is what prompted Comey to re-open the Hillary Clinton email investigation roughly 1 week prior to the election, a decision which the Hillary camp insists is the reason why they lost the White House. ..."
"... Large portions of the 2,800 page release were redacted prior to release by the State Department. ..."
"... In at least two instances, Abedin directly forwarded Anthony Weiner official conversations - one of which included Hillary Clinton and senior advisor Jake Sullivan with subject "Lavrov" - referring to Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov. The email discusses an official response by a "quartet" of envoys (The US, EU, UN, and Russia) over Israel's announced changes to its Gaza policy, ending a contentious blockade. ..."
"... In a statement issued Friday, Judicial watch called the release a "major victory," adding "After years of hard work in federal court, Judicial Watch has forced the State Department to finally allow Americans to see these public documents. It will be in keeping with our past experience that Abedin's emails on Weiner's laptop will include classified and other sensitive materials. That these government docs were on Anthony Weiner's laptop dramatically illustrates the need for the Justice Department to finally do a serious investigation of Hillary Clinton's and Huma Abedin's obvious violations of law." ..."
"... Really, is anyone surprised that there were classified emails on Huma Abedin or Anthony Weiner's laptop? ..."
"... The surprise is that it was confiscated back in October 2016 and it took 14 months to reveal that at least 5 emails were classified as confidential. Apparently there were 2800 such emails, an average of 7 per day every day, or 10 per day using 5 day workweeks. Although these 2800 were released, this evidently is a subset of "tens of thousands" of email reported last year to be on that laptop. ..."
"... "Fitton also commented that it's 'outrageous' that Clinton and Abedin 'walked out of the State Department with classified documents and the Obama FBI and DOJ didn't do a thing about it.' " And so far, neither has Jeff Sessions. Get after him, Donald!!!! ..."
"... The lunacy of all of this is that it is taking private groups and citizen journalists to pull out the information that one would think the DOJ would have been interested in months ago. And it means that organizations like Judicial Watch and citizen journalists like George Webb and others are limited to using civil courts because they are not federal prosecutors. ..."
"... Hillary, Huma, et al exchanging classified emails on unsecured servers and computers was a big nothing burger according to Andy and friends at the FBI. ..."
Dec 30, 2017 | www.zerohedge.com

As you may recall, the discovery of these emails on Weiner's computer is what prompted Comey to re-open the Hillary Clinton email investigation roughly 1 week prior to the election, a decision which the Hillary camp insists is the reason why they lost the White House.

Of course, while the Hillary campaign attempted to dismiss the emails as just another 'nothing burger', the Daily Mail reports that an initial review of the 2,800 documents dumped by the State Department reveal at least 5 emails classified at the 'confidential level,' the third most sensitive level the U.S. government uses.

The classified emails date from 2010-2012, and concern discussions with Middle East leaders, including those from the United Arab Emirates, Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Hamas - which was declared a terrorist organization by the European Court of Justice in July. Large portions of the 2,800 page release were redacted prior to release by the State Department.

According to the Daily Mail , three of the emails were sent either to or from an address called "BBB Backup," which one email identifies as a backup of a Blackberry Bold 9700 - presumably belonging to Abedin.

As a civilian, Weiner - though once a congressman, was unlikely to have possessed the proper clearance to view or store the classified documents on his laptop .

A sample of the documents can be seen below, first, a "Call Sheet" prepared for Hillary's discussion with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

And another update regarding "Hamas-PLO Talks":

In at least two instances, Abedin directly forwarded Anthony Weiner official conversations - one of which included Hillary Clinton and senior advisor Jake Sullivan with subject "Lavrov" - referring to Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov. The email discusses an official response by a "quartet" of envoys (The US, EU, UN, and Russia) over Israel's announced changes to its Gaza policy, ending a contentious blockade.

One wonders why Anthony Weiner would need to know about this?

Abedin also forwarded Weiner an email discussion from July 22, 2012 which had previously been released by WikiLeaks - which included the Ambassador to Senegal, Mushingi Tulinabo. While the contents of the email are redacted, Senegal had elected a new President earlier that month . Of note, the Clinton Foundation has supported or been involved in several projects in the country.

In a statement issued Friday, Judicial watch called the release a "major victory," adding "After years of hard work in federal court, Judicial Watch has forced the State Department to finally allow Americans to see these public documents. It will be in keeping with our past experience that Abedin's emails on Weiner's laptop will include classified and other sensitive materials. That these government docs were on Anthony Weiner's laptop dramatically illustrates the need for the Justice Department to finally do a serious investigation of Hillary Clinton's and Huma Abedin's obvious violations of law."

Fitton also commented that it's 'outrageous' that Clinton and Abedin 'walked out of the State Department with classified documents and the Obama FBI and DOJ didn't do a thing about it.'

Not surprisingly, Abedin was spotted heading into the Hillary Clinton offices in midtown Manhattan earlier today just a few hours before the release of the 2,800 emails. Seems you're never too old to be called into the Principal's office...

We're confident this will all be promptly dismissed by Hillary as just another effort to "criminalize behavior that is normal "because what government employee hasn't shared classified materials with their convicted pedophile husband? Certainly, just another boring day in Washington... Tags Politics

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Mark777 Dec 29, 2017 9:10 PM

Really, is anyone surprised that there were classified emails on Huma Abedin or Anthony Weiner's laptop?

The surprise is that it was confiscated back in October 2016 and it took 14 months to reveal that at least 5 emails were classified as confidential. Apparently there were 2800 such emails, an average of 7 per day every day, or 10 per day using 5 day workweeks. Although these 2800 were released, this evidently is a subset of "tens of thousands" of email reported last year to be on that laptop.

topspinslicer Dec 29, 2017 4:47 PM

It's a small club of idiots and I ain't in it

shitshitshit -> topspinslicer Dec 29, 2017 4:52 PM

this shows how Hilary is being more and more isolated and rejected because she can no longer silence the truth.

Go to jail bitch. Now.

chubbar -> shitshitshit Dec 29, 2017 6:35 PM

It's been reported on an other site that the Awan trial, which had been postponed until Jan 8th, is now erased from all federal court dockets. No one knows the significance of this, whether it means the "fix" is in or they are turning state's evidence on Hillary, etc? I hope it's the latter but knowing Sessions and the rest of the fucking corrupt pieces of shit in the DOJ and FBI, I fear these assholes are being let off the hook.

greenskeeper carl -> chubbar Dec 29, 2017 8:25 PM

This fix is in. Nothing is going to happen to any of them. Bet on it.

IH8OBAMA -> IH8OBAMA Dec 29, 2017 4:59 PM

"Fitton also commented that it's 'outrageous' that Clinton and Abedin 'walked out of the State Department with classified documents and the Obama FBI and DOJ didn't do a thing about it.' " And so far, neither has Jeff Sessions. Get after him, Donald!!!!

FoggyWorld -> IH8OBAMA Dec 29, 2017 6:31 PM

The lunacy of all of this is that it is taking private groups and citizen journalists to pull out the information that one would think the DOJ would have been interested in months ago. And it means that organizations like Judicial Watch and citizen journalists like George Webb and others are limited to using civil courts because they are not federal prosecutors. The question is why are those who are being paid with our tax dollars to enforce the law in criminal courts expending so much effort to avoid doing that job.

Ultimately, President Trump has to answer that question because this is now coming out on his watch.

greenskeeper carl -> FoggyWorld Dec 29, 2017 8:27 PM

Ya, its pretty infuriating. Trumps been in office for a year. Sessions, at least on paper, is in charge of the DOJ. The FBI works for him too. Why isn't anything being done about this?

techpriest -> IH8OBAMA Dec 29, 2017 5:25 PM

I wonder, will Abedin be the fall girl for the Clintons? "It was all her fault! She took the emails without me knowing it!" Her being "called into the principal's office" is also telling. Instructions on what to say.

francis_the_wo -> Consuelo Dec 29, 2017 5:04 PM

I am curious as to what assurances we have that there weren't actually another 100 emails that didn't just magically disappear? We've given these alphabet agencies years to "redact" sensitive material, how do we know that the "smoking gun" emails weren't redacted entirely?

insanelysane Dec 29, 2017 7:55 PM

DNC doing actual opposition research by paying actual Russians for information is perfectly acceptable. Trump team allegedly doing opposition research by speaking with Russians is a criminal offence. That seems reasonable.

Hillary, Huma, et al exchanging classified emails on unsecured servers and computers was a big nothing burger according to Andy and friends at the FBI.

thebigunit Dec 29, 2017 8:04 PM

Huma Abedin

Associate Editor, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs

1996-2008

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huma_Abedin

Hmmmmmm.

hanekhw Dec 29, 2017 5:13 PM

I was searching for a word to describe our media and Federal law enforcement who are both impervious to truth and justice. It led me to wondering if the Devil permits truth to penetrate in Hell and decided that the condemned there hear more of it that Americans do today. You'd have to go back to NAZI Germany or Stalinist Russia for a comparison of how little we're told was true.

Don't believe me? We're mushrooms, kept in a dark cave and fed a steady diet of bullshit. We're GOOD mushrooms. A bumper crop this year.

Miss Expectations Dec 29, 2017 5:23 PM

The emails were discovered on Anthony's laptop by NYPD when they were investigating the pervert's connection to the child in North Carolina. The laptop was turned over to the FBI. If you want to say the FBI discovered the emails, that takes the credit away from the NYPD. Comey reopened the Hillary investigation because NYPD kept copies.

MusicIsYou Dec 29, 2017 6:49 PM

Most shit classified "classified" shouldn't be anyway.

Koba the Dread Dec 29, 2017 6:50 PM

" [A]n initial review of the 2,800 documents dumped by the State Department reveal at least 5 emails classified at the 'confidential level,' the third most sensitive level the U.S. government uses. "

While I'm for anything and everything that harms the Clinton family and its cohort, let me point out that the 'confidential level' security classification, in addition to being the third most sensitive level of security classification is also also the very lowest level of security classification.

One would hope (in vain I've recently concluded) that ZH would make some small attempt to not slant its 'news' coverage with such erroneous and inflammatory 'reporting'. I thought we had decided to leave fear mongering and lying to the mainstream media. I suppose I was wrong.

Fidelios Automata Dec 29, 2017 7:47 PM

The classified emails were a smokescreen to distract investigators from the porn.

[Sep 24, 2017] Weiner faces sentencing in latest chapter of sexting drama

Sep 24, 2017 | www.msn.com

NEW YORK ! It seemed as if Anthony Weiner had hit rock bottom when he resigned from Congress in 2011.

"Bye-bye, pervert!" one heckler shouted as the Democrat quit amid revelations that he had sent graphic pictures of himself to women on social media. Time has shown his self-destructive drama had only just begun.

Weiner, 53, is set to be sentenced Monday for sending obscene material to a 15-year-old girl in a case that may have also have played a role in costing Hillary Clinton ! former boss of Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin ! the presidential election.

Federal prosecutors have asked for a sentence of slightly more than two years behind bars because of the seriousness of the crime, in which Weiner sent adult porn to the girl and got her to take her clothes off for him on Skype.

"The defendant did far more than exchange typed words on a lifeless cellphone screen with a faceless stranger," prosecutors wrote to the judge. "Transmitting obscenity to a minor to induce her to engage in sexually explicit conduct by video chat and photo ! is far from mere 'sexting.'"

[Nov 11, 2016] Abedin and her husband had money, or a source of income, above beyond what their salaries would indicate. The latter could be the former.

Notable quotes:
"... Abedin had top secret information on a laptop in her home that she never disclosed to FBI interviwers. She and her husband had money, or a source of income, above & beyond what their salaries would indicate. The latter could be the former. ..."
"... If military intelligence folk gave Trump his insider knowledge about Weiner's laptop, maybe they suspected the source of leaking intelligence. Dig? ..."
Nov 11, 2016 | www.nakedcapitalism.com
JSM November 10, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Willing to go out on a speculative limb. Some people want answers like Giuliani, and not because they're interested, as Holder shrilly claimed, in 'jail[ing] political opponents.'

Abedin had top secret information on a laptop in her home that she never disclosed to FBI interviwers. She and her husband had money, or a source of income, above & beyond what their salaries would indicate. The latter could be the former.

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/01/huma-abedin-hillary-clinton-adviser

If military intelligence folk gave Trump his insider knowledge about Weiner's laptop, maybe they suspected the source of leaking intelligence. Dig?

[Nov 05, 2016] Clinton Deleted Classified Email To Her Daughter The Daily Caller

Nov 05, 2016 | dailycaller.com
Hillary Clinton deleted a 2009 email in which she forwarded classified information to her daughter, Chelsea.

The email was released on Friday by the State Department. It is one of thousands of documents recovered by the FBI from Clinton's private email server.

The Dec. 20, 2009 email chain , entitled "Update," started with a message from Michael Froman, who served as a deputy assistant to President Obama and deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs.

The email, which is redacted because it contains information classified as "Confidential," was sent to Jake Sullivan, Clinton's foreign policy adivser at the State Department, and several Obama aides. Sullivan sent it to Hillary Clinton who then forwarded it to Chelsea, who emailed under the pseudonym "Diane Reynolds."

[Nov 05, 2016] Hillary's High Crimes and Misdemeanors

Notable quotes:
"... If this is so, Hillary Clinton as security risk ranks right up there with Alger Hiss and Harry Dexter White, though they acted out of treasonous ideology and she out of Clintonian hubris. What do these foreign intelligence agencies know about Clinton that the voters do not? ..."
"... The second revelation from Baier is that the Clinton Foundation has been under active investigation by the white-collar crime division of the FBI for a year and is a "very high priority." ..."
"... The FBI told Baier that they anticipate indictments. ..."
"... Indeed, with the sums involved, and the intimate ties between high officials of Bill's foundation, and Hillary and her close aides at State, it strains credulity to believe that deals were not discussed and cut. ..."
"... Wall Street Journal ..."
"... And he knows better than any other high official the answer to a critical question that needs answering before Tuesday: has Baier been fed exaggerated or false information by FBI agents hostile to Clinton? Or has Baier been told the truth? In the latter case, we are facing a constitutional crisis if Clinton is elected. And the American people surely have a right to know that before they go to the polls on Tuesday. ..."
"... Patrick J. Buchanan is a founding editor of ..."
"... and the author of the book ..."
The American Conservative

For, if true, Clinton could face charges in 2017 and impeachment and removal from office in 2018.

According to Baier, FBI agents have found new emails, believed to have originated on Clinton's server, on the computer jointly used by close aide Huma Abedin and her disgraced husband, Anthony Weiner.

Abedin's failure to turn this computer over to the State Department on leaving State appears to be a violation of U.S. law.

Moreover, the laptops of close Clinton aides Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, thought destroyed by the FBI, were apparently retained and are "being exploited" by the National Security division.

And here is the salient point. His FBI sources told Baier, "with 99 percent" certitude, that Clinton's Chappaqua server "had been hacked by at least five foreign intelligence services."

If this is so, Hillary Clinton as security risk ranks right up there with Alger Hiss and Harry Dexter White, though they acted out of treasonous ideology and she out of Clintonian hubris. What do these foreign intelligence agencies know about Clinton that the voters do not?

The second revelation from Baier is that the Clinton Foundation has been under active investigation by the white-collar crime division of the FBI for a year and is a "very high priority."

Specifically, the FBI is looking into published allegations of "pay-to-play." This is the charge that the Clinton State Department traded access, influence, and policy decisions to foreign regimes and to big donors who gave hundreds of millions to the Clinton Foundation, along with 15 years of six-figure speaking fees for Bill and Hillary.

According to Baier's sources, FBI agents are "actively and aggressively" pursuing this case, have interviewed and re-interviewed multiple persons, and are now being inundated in an "avalanche of new information" from WikiLeaks documents and new emails.

The FBI told Baier that they anticipate indictments.

Indeed, with the sums involved, and the intimate ties between high officials of Bill's foundation, and Hillary and her close aides at State, it strains credulity to believe that deals were not discussed and cut.

Books have been written alleging and detailing them.

Also, not only Fox News but also the Wall Street Journal and other news sources are reporting on what appears to be a rebellion inside the FBI against strictures on their investigations imposed by higher ups in the Department of Justice of Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Director Comey has come under fire from left and right-first for refusing to recommend the prosecution of Clinton, then for last week's statement about the discovery of new and "pertinent" emails on the Abedin-Weiner computer-but retains a reputation for integrity.

And he knows better than any other high official the answer to a critical question that needs answering before Tuesday: has Baier been fed exaggerated or false information by FBI agents hostile to Clinton? Or has Baier been told the truth? In the latter case, we are facing a constitutional crisis if Clinton is elected. And the American people surely have a right to know that before they go to the polls on Tuesday.

What is predictable ahead?

Attorney General Lynch, whether she stays or goes, will be hauled before Congress to explain whether she or top aides impeded the FBI investigations of the Clinton scandals. And witnesses from within her Justice department and FBI will also be called to testify.

Moreover, Senate Republicans would block confirmation of any new attorney general who did not first promise to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the email and pay-to-play scandals, and any pressure from Lynch's Justice Department on the FBI.

Even Democrats would concede that a Department of Justice staffed by Hillary Clinton appointees could not credibly be entrusted with investigating alleged high crimes and misdemeanors by former Secretary of State Clinton and confidants like Abedin and Mills.

An independent counsel, a special prosecutor, appears inevitable.

And such individuals usually mark their success or failure by how many and how high are the indictments and convictions they rack up.

... ... ...

Patrick J. Buchanan is a founding editor of The American Conservative and the author of the book The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

[Nov 04, 2016] Erik Prince NYPD Ready to Make Arrests in Anthony Weiner Case

Nov 04, 2016 | www.breitbart.com
Blackwater founder and former Navy SEAL Erik Prince told Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM that according to one of his "well-placed sources" in the New York Police Department, "The NYPD wanted to do a press conference announcing the warrants and the additional arrests they were making" in the Anthony Weiner investigation, but received "huge pushback" from the Justice Department.

Prince began by saying he had no problem believing reports that the FBI was highly confident multiple foreign agencies hacked Hillary Clinton's private email server . "I mean, it's not like the foreign intelligence agencies leave a thank-you note after they've hacked and stolen your data," Prince said to SiriusXM host Alex Marlow.

Prince claimed he had insider knowledge of the investigation that could help explain why FBI Director James Comey had to announce he was reopening the investigation into Clinton's email server last week.

"Because of Weinergate and the sexting scandal, the NYPD started investigating it. Through a subpoena, through a warrant, they searched his laptop, and sure enough, found those 650,000 emails. They found way more stuff than just more information pertaining to the inappropriate sexting the guy was doing," Prince claimed.

"They found State Department emails. They found a lot of other really damning criminal information, including money laundering, including the fact that Hillary went to this sex island with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Bill Clinton went there more than 20 times. Hillary Clinton went there at least six times," he said.

"The amount of garbage that they found in these emails, of criminal activity by Hillary, by her immediate circle, and even by other Democratic members of Congress was so disgusting they gave it to the FBI, and they said, 'We're going to go public with this if you don't reopen the investigation and you don't do the right thing with timely indictments,'" Prince explained.

"I believe – I know, and this is from a very well-placed source of mine at 1PP, One Police Plaza in New York – the NYPD wanted to do a press conference announcing the warrants and the additional arrests they were making in this investigation, and they've gotten huge pushback, to the point of coercion, from the Justice Department, with the Justice Department threatening to charge someone that had been unrelated in the accidental heart attack death of Eric Garner almost two years ago. That's the level of pushback the Obama Justice Department is doing against actually seeking justice in the email and other related criminal matters," Prince said.

"There's five different parts of the FBI conducting investigations into these things, with constant downdrafts from the Obama Justice Department. So in the, I hope, unlikely and very unfortunate event that Hillary Clinton is elected president, we will have a constitutional crisis that we have not seen since, I believe, 1860," Prince declared.

Marlow asked Prince to clarify these revelations.

"NYPD was the first one to look at that laptop," Prince elaborated. "Weiner and Huma Abedin, his wife – the closest adviser of Hillary Clinton for 20 years – have both flipped. They are cooperating with the government. They both have – they see potential jail time of many years for their crimes, for Huma Abedin sending and receiving and even storing hundreds of thousands of messages from the State Department server and from Hillary Clinton's own homebrew server, which contained classified information. Weiner faces all kinds of exposure for the inappropriate sexting that was going on and for other information that they found."

"So NYPD first gets that computer. They see how disgusting it is. They keep a copy of everything, and they pass a copy on to the FBI, which finally pushes the FBI off their chairs, making Comey reopen that investigation, which was indicated in the letter last week. The point being, NYPD has all the information, and they will pursue justice within their rights if the FBI doesn't," Prince contended.

"There is all kinds of criminal culpability through all the emails they've seen of that 650,000, including money laundering, underage sex, pay-for-play, and, of course, plenty of proof of inappropriate handling, sending/receiving of classified information, up to SAP level Special Access Programs," he stated.

"So the plot thickens. NYPD was pushing because, as an article quoted one of the chiefs – that's the level just below commissioner – he said as a parent, as a father with daughters, he could not let that level of evil continue," Prince said.

He noted that the FBI can investigate these matters, "but they can't convene a grand jury. They can't file charges."

"The prosecutors, the Justice Department has to do that," he explained. "Now, as I understand it, Preet Bharara, the Manhattan prosecutor, has gotten ahold of some of this. From what I hear, he's a stand-up guy, and hopefully he does the right thing."

Marlow agreed that Bharara's "sterling reputation" as a determined prosecutor was "bad news for the Clintons."

Prince agreed, but said, "If people are willing to bend or break the law and don't really care about the Constitution or due process – if you're willing to use Stalinist tactics against someone – who knows what level of pressure" could be brought to bear against even the most tenacious law enforcement officials?

"The point being, fortunately, it's not just the FBI; [there are] five different offices that are in the hunt for justice, but the NYPD has it as well," Prince said, citing the Wall Street Journal reporting that has "exposed downdraft, back pressure from the Justice Department" against both the FBI and NYPD, in an effort to "keep the sunlight and the disinfecting effects of the truth and transparency from shining on this great evil that has gone on, and is slowly being exposed."

"The Justice Department is trying to run out the clock, to elect Hillary Clinton, to prevent any real justice from being done," he warned.

As for the mayor of New York City, Prince said he has heard that "de Blasio wants to stay away from this."

"The evidence is so bad, the email content is so bad, that I think even he wants to stay away from it, which is really telling," he said.

Prince reported that the other legislators involved in the case "have not been named yet," and urged the NYPD to hold a press conference and name them.

"I wish they'd do it today," he said. "These are the unusual sliding-door moments of history, that people can stand up and be counted, and make a real difference, and to save a Republic, save a Constitution that we actually need and love, that our forefathers fought and died for. For any cop that is aware of this level of wrongdoing, and they have veterans in their family, or deceased veterans in their family, they owe it to them to stand up, to stand and be counted today , and shine the light of truth on this great evil."

"From what I understand, up to the commissioner or at least the chief level in NYPD, they wanted to have a press conference, and DOJ, Washington people, political appointees have been exerting all kinds of undue pressure on them to back down," he added.

Marlow suggested that some of those involved in keeping the details quiet might want to avoid accusations of politicizing the case and seeking to influence the presidential election.

"Sure, that's it. That's the argument for it," Prince agreed. "But the fact is, you know that if the Left had emails pointing to Donald Trump visiting, multiple times, an island with underage sex slaves basically, emails, you know they'd be talking about it. They'd be shouting it from the rooftops."

"This kind of evil, this kind of true dirt on Hillary Clinton – look, you don't have to make any judgments. Just release the emails," he urged. "Just dump them. Let them out there. Let people see the light of truth."

Prince dismissed the claims of people like Clinton campaign CEO John Podesta and DNC chair Donna Brazile that some of the damaging emails already released by WikiLeaks were fabricated, noting that "forensic analysis done shows that, indeed, they are not fabricated; they are really legitimate."

"This is stuff coming right off a hard drive that was owned by Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin, Hillary's closest adviser for the last 20 years," he said of the new bombshells. "This is not from some hacker or anybody else. This is a laptop seized from a warrant in a criminal investigation."

Prince confirmed that based on his information, Abedin is most likely looking at jail time, unless she cuts a deal with prosecutors.

"There's a minimum of obstruction of justice and all kinds of unlawful handling of classified information," he said. "Because remember, this laptop was in the possession of Weiner, who did not have a security clearance. And many, many of those emails were from her Yahoo account, which had State Department emails forwarded to them, so she could easier print these messages, scan them, and send them on to Hillary. That's the carelessness that Hillary and her staff had for the classified information that the intelligence community risks life and limb to collect in challenged, opposed areas around the world."

"That's not who you want in the White House," Prince declared.

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[Nov 03, 2016] Wiener laptop emails are not duplicates of emails previously found on Hillary private email server.

www.moonofalabama.org

Thirdeye | Nov 3, 2016 8:44:28 PM | 45

And the hits just keep on comin' with the Abedin email stash:

"These emails, CBS News' Andres Triay reports, are not duplicates of emails found on Secretary Clinton's private server. At this point, however, it remains to be seen whether these emails are significant to the FBI's investigation into Clinton."

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/fbi-finds-emails-related-to-hillary-clintons-state-department-tenure/

[Nov 03, 2016] Obama created this situation by allowing Loretta Lynch to be compromised

Nov 03, 2016 | profile.theguardian.com

MerlinUK 10h ago

Obama can GTFO. He created this situation by allowing Loretta Lynch to be compromised, as well as himself. The BFBI was left with little choice but to go public in a legal way via FOIA requests, something that the corrupt DoJ can't stop. Jason Chaffetz has now formally asked another member of the corrupt Government to recuse himself, as he too is compromised and was tipping off the Clintons. We have yet to find out just how far these rabbit holes go, but the Illuminati appear to be worried - $150M is a lot to explain away...

BillFromBoston 10h ago

Obama criticizes the FBI today...but didn't have a single bloody word to say when BillyBob (that's Bill Clinton to you Brits) happened to bump into the nation's Attorney General several days before she declared Hillary to be a candidate for sainthood.

But that's understandable...after all, all they talked about was grandchildren and golf.Just ask them,they'll tell you!


curiouschak 10h ago

Idiot democrat primary voters. They actually ended up selecting such a toxic, defensive, shifty corrupt candidate that she may up handing the election to an orange turd with a dead raccoon on its head.

They couldn't do the right and smart thing and elect Sanders. He would have wiped the floor with this tangerine blowhard

Chuckman 10h ago

You are pathetic, Obama, absolutely pathetic. Who ever heard of the chief magistrate criticizing law enforcement during an investigation about which he indeed knows very little.

Or, maybe that should be, pretends to know very little. There are suggestions that some material could be dangerous to Obama.

His previous testimony that he knew nothing about illegal, insecure computers being used at State appears contradicted by the fact we now know from Wiki-Leaks material he had a pseudonym and had e-mails back and forth from Hills and Company.

[Nov 03, 2016] BREAKING BOMBSHELL NYPD Blows Whistle on New Hillary Emails Money Laundering, Sex Crimes with Children, Child Exploitation

Notable quotes:
"... New York Police Department detectives and prosecutors working an alleged underage sexting case against former Congressman Anthony Weiner have turned over a newly-found laptop he shared with wife Huma Abedin to the FBI with enough evidence "to put Hillary (Clinton) and her crew away for life," NYPD sources told True Pundit. ..."
"... NYPD detectives and a NYPD Chief, the department's highest rank under Commissioner, said openly that if the FBI and Justice Department fail to garner timely indictments against Clinton and co- conspirators, NYPD will go public with the damaging emails now in the hands of FBI Director James Comey and many FBI field offices. ..."
"... Meanwhile, FBI sources said Abedin and Weiner were cooperating with federal agents, who have taken over the non-sexting portions the case from NYPD. The husband-and-wife Clinton insiders are both shopping for separate immunity deals, sources said. ..."
"... Prosecutors in the office of US Attorney Preet Bharara have issued a subpoena for Weiner's cell phones and travel records, law enforcement sources confirmed. NYPD said it planned to order the same phone and travel records on Clinton and Abedin, however, the FBI said it was in the process of requesting the identical records. Law enforcement sources are particularly interested in cell phone activity and travel to the Bahamas, U.S. Virgin Islands and other locations that sources would not divulge. ..."
"... Both NYPD and FBI sources confirm based on the new emails they now believe Hillary Clinton traveled as Epstein's guest on at least six occasions, probably more when all the evidence is combed, sources said. Bill Clinton, it has been confirmed in media reports spanning recent years, that he too traveled with Epstein over 20 times to the island. ..."
"... Because Weiner's campaign website is managed by the third-party consultant and political email guru, FBI agents are burdened with the task of trying to decipher just how many people had access to Weiner's server and emails and who were these people. Or if the server was ever compromised by hackers, or other actors. ..."
"... Abedin told FBI agents in an April interview that she didn't know how to consistently print documents or emails from her secure Dept. of State system. Instead, she would forward the sensitive emails to her yahoo, Clintonemail.com and her email linked to Weiner. ..."
"... Abedin said, according to FBI documents, she would then access those email accounts via webmail from an unclassified computer system at the State Dept. and print the documents, many of which were classified and top secret, from the largely unprotected webmail portals. ..."
Nov 02, 2016 | truepundit.com

New York Police Department detectives and prosecutors working an alleged underage sexting case against former Congressman Anthony Weiner have turned over a newly-found laptop he shared with wife Huma Abedin to the FBI with enough evidence "to put Hillary (Clinton) and her crew away for life," NYPD sources told True Pundit.

NYPD sources said Clinton's "crew" also included several unnamed yet implicated members of Congress in addition to her aides and insiders.

The NYPD seized the computer from Weiner during a search warrant and detectives discovered a trove of over 500,000 emails to and from Hillary Clinton, Abedin and other insiders during her tenure as secretary of state. The content of those emails sparked the FBI to reopen its defunct email investigation into Clinton on Friday.

But new revelations on the contents of that laptop, according to law enforcement sources, implicate the Democratic presidential candidate, her subordinates, and even select elected officials in far more alleged serious crimes than mishandling classified and top secret emails, sources said. NYPD sources said these new emails include evidence linking Clinton herself and associates to:

NYPD detectives and a NYPD Chief, the department's highest rank under Commissioner, said openly that if the FBI and Justice Department fail to garner timely indictments against Clinton and co- conspirators, NYPD will go public with the damaging emails now in the hands of FBI Director James Comey and many FBI field offices.

"What's in the emails is staggering and as a father, it turned my stomach," the NYPD Chief said. "There is not going to be any Houdini-like escape from what we found. We have copies of everything. We will ship them to Wikileaks or I will personally hold my own press conference if it comes to that."

The NYPD Chief said once Comey saw the alarming contents of the emails he was forced to reopen a criminal probe against Clinton.

"People are going to prison," he said.

Meanwhile, FBI sources said Abedin and Weiner were cooperating with federal agents, who have taken over the non-sexting portions the case from NYPD. The husband-and-wife Clinton insiders are both shopping for separate immunity deals, sources said.

"If they don't cooperate they are going to see long sentences," a federal law enforcement source said.

NYPD sources said Weiner or Abedin stored all the emails in a massive Microsoft Outlook program on the laptop. The emails implicate other current and former members of Congress and one high-ranking Democratic Senator as having possibly engaged in criminal activity too, sources said.

Prosecutors in the office of US Attorney Preet Bharara have issued a subpoena for Weiner's cell phones and travel records, law enforcement sources confirmed. NYPD said it planned to order the same phone and travel records on Clinton and Abedin, however, the FBI said it was in the process of requesting the identical records. Law enforcement sources are particularly interested in cell phone activity and travel to the Bahamas, U.S. Virgin Islands and other locations that sources would not divulge.

The new emails contain travel documents and itineraries indicating Hillary Clinton, President Bill Clinton, Weiner and multiple members of Congress and other government officials accompanied convicted pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein on his Boeing 727 on multiple occasions to his private island in the US Virgin Islands, sources said. Epstein's island has also been dubbed Orgy Island or Sex Slave Island where Epstein allegedly pimps out underage girls and boys to international dignitaries.

Both NYPD and FBI sources confirm based on the new emails they now believe Hillary Clinton traveled as Epstein's guest on at least six occasions, probably more when all the evidence is combed, sources said. Bill Clinton, it has been confirmed in media reports spanning recent years, that he too traveled with Epstein over 20 times to the island.


Laptop Also Unveiled More Classified, Top Secret Breaches

According to other uncovered emails, Abedin and Clinton both sent and received thousands of classified and top secret documents to personal email accounts including Weiner's unsecured campaign web site which is managed by Democratic political consultants in Washington D.C.

Weiner maintained little known email accounts that the couple shared on the website anthonyweiner.com. Weiner, a former seven-term Democratic Congressman from New York, primarily used that domain to campaign for Congress and for his failed mayoral bid of New York City.

At one point, FBI sources said, Abedin and Clinton's classified and top secret State Department documents and emails were stored in Weiner's email on a server shared with a dog grooming service and a western Canadian bicycle shop.

However, Weiner and Abedin, who is Hillary Clinton's closest personal aide, weren't the only people with access to the Weiner's email account. Potentially dozens of unknown individuals had access to Abedin's sensitive State Department emails that were stored in Weiner's email account, FBI sources confirmed.

FEC records show Weiner paid more than $92,000 of congressional campaign funds to Anne Lewis Strategies LLC to manage his email and web site. According to FBI sources, the D.C.-based political consulting firm has served as the official administrator of the anthonyweiner.com domain since 2010, the same time Abedin was working at the State Department. This means technically Weiner and Abedin's emails, including top secret State Department emails, could have been accessed, printed, discussed, leaked, or distributed by untold numbers of personnel at the Anne Lewis consulting firm because they can control where the website and it emails are pointed, FBI sources said.

According to FBI sources, the bureau's newly-minted probe into Clinton's use and handling of emails while she served as secretary of state, has also been broadened to include investigating new email-related revelations, including:

Because Weiner's campaign website is managed by the third-party consultant and political email guru, FBI agents are burdened with the task of trying to decipher just how many people had access to Weiner's server and emails and who were these people. Or if the server was ever compromised by hackers, or other actors.

Abedin told FBI agents in an April interview that she didn't know how to consistently print documents or emails from her secure Dept. of State system. Instead, she would forward the sensitive emails to her yahoo, Clintonemail.com and her email linked to Weiner.

Abedin said, according to FBI documents, she would then access those email accounts via webmail from an unclassified computer system at the State Dept. and print the documents, many of which were classified and top secret, from the largely unprotected webmail portals.

Clinton did not have a computer in her office on Mahogany Row at the State Dept. so she was not able to read timely intelligence unless it was printed out for her, Abedin said. Abedin also said Clinton could not operate the secure State Dept. fax machine installed in her Chappaqua, NY home without assistance.

Perhaps more alarming, according to the FBI's 302 Report detailing its interview with Abedin, none of the multiple FBI agents and Justice Department officials who conducted the interview pressed Abedin to further detail the email address linked to Weiner. There was never a follow up, according to the 302 report.

But now, all that has changed, with the FBI's decision to reopen the Clinton email investigation and the husband and wife seeking immunity deals to testify against Clinton and other associates about the contents of the laptop's emails.

[Nov 03, 2016] Senior FBI officials were told of new emails in early October but wanted more information before renewing Clinton probe

So from early October the FBI new exactly what is in the mails.
www.washingtonpost.com

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.

The officials said that Comey was told that there were new emails before he received a formal briefing last Thursday, although the precise timing is unclear.

The information goes beyond the details provided in the letter that Comey sent to lawmakers last week declaring that he was restarting the inquiry into whether Clinton mishandled classified material during her tenure as secretary of state. He wrote in the Friday letter that "the investigative team briefed me yesterday" about the additional emails.

The people familiar with the investigation said that senior officials had been informed weeks earlier that a computer belonging to former congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) contained emails potentially pertinent to the Clinton investigation. Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin, shared the computer with her husband, from whom she is now separated.

[Nov 03, 2016] Changing subject lines of classified e-mails days before attorneys delete e-mails of personal nature by...subject line contents

Notable quotes:
"... The Presidency is the Clinton's last chance to protect their empire. ..."
"... People are theorizing that the Clinton emails were in a folder marked life insurance because Uma feared for her life and thought that the folder would protect from being murdered. Good thinking Uma! ..."
"... You know, Huma looks so totally clueless about everything mechanical or technical that I might actually believe it if she were to nailgun herself to death. Same for Hillary, for that matter. ..."
Nov 03, 2016 | www.zerohedge.com

ghengis86 Nov 3, 2016 12:20 PM ,

Changing subject lines of classified e-mails days before attorneys delete e-mails of personal nature by...subject line contents!?!?! Intent motherfuckers.

https://www.reddit.com/r/WikiLeaks/comments/5ax9ki/classified_email_chan...

Holy crap.....they are both changing this email to be personal so it can be deleted and not turned over! This is obstruction of justice!

Podesta replies, changes the subject line, and adds personal comments a month later because that is when the lawyers were sorting through the emails to determine which ones were personal. Hillary replied too!

This is big!

http://www.thompsontimeline.com/10221/2014/09/30/clintons-lawyers-are-sent-the-rest-of-clintons-emails-so-they-can-finish-sorting-them/ ,

gratis already......
Handful of Dust jcaz Nov 3, 2016 12:42 PM ,

Hillary deleted her incriminating emails. State covered it up. Asked about using White House executive privilege to hide from Congress.

· https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/9272#efmBI2BOJ

· https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/9545

· https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/34370

· https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/32007

· "They do not plan to release anything publicly, so no posting online or anything public-facing, just to the committee."

· "That of course includes the emails Sid turned over that HRC didn't, which will make clear to them that she didn't have them in the first place, deleted them, or didn't turn them over. It also includes emails that HRC had that Sid didn't."

· "Think we should hold emails to and from potus? That's the heart of his exec privilege. We could get them to ask for that. They may not care, but I seems like they will."

· "We brought up the existence of emails in reserach this summer but were told that everything was taken care of."

· "That of course includes the emails Sid turned over that HRC didn't, which will make clear to them that she didn't have them in the first place, deleted them, or didn't turn them over."

· The State Department was:

o (1) Coordinating with the Clinton political campaign.

o (2) Colluding with the press to spin it positively.

o (3) Doing so BEFORE they released it to AN EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. The Clinton campaign was always a step ahead of the committee investigating them. Shameful.

· Nick states "Just spoke to State" He goes on to reveal that State colluded with him about which emails are being revealed to committee and that the State plans to plant a story with AP.

· Shows intent to withhold emails from the subpoena.

http://www.mostdamagingwikileaks.com/

two hoots Nov 3, 2016 12:21 PM ,

The Presidency is the Clinton's last chance to protect their empire.

Withdrawn Sanction two hoots Nov 3, 2016 12:44 PM ,
Worked for el-BJ....until it didnt...until he was hounded from office for the war HE started. Hubris has its own set of checks and balances.
Rebel yell Nov 3, 2016 12:31 PM ,
People are theorizing that the Clinton emails were in a folder marked life insurance because Uma feared for her life and thought that the folder would protect from being murdered. Good thinking Uma!

Clinton dead bodies toll at 90:

http://www.freewebs.com/jeffhead/liberty/liberty/bdycount.txt

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QuwQm7Sxcy0

tarabel Rebel yell Nov 3, 2016 12:32 PM ,

You know, Huma looks so totally clueless about everything mechanical or technical that I might actually believe it if she were to nailgun herself to death. Same for Hillary, for that matter.

[Nov 03, 2016] On 12 June 2016, Petra, the official Press agency of Jordan, published an interview with the crown prince of Arabia, Mohamed Ben Salmane, in which he affirmed the modernity of his family, which had illegally financed Hillary Clintons Presidential campaign to the tune of 20 percent, despite the fact that she is a woman

Nov 03, 2016 | www.zerohedge.com

From: E-mails - Hillary Clinton and the Muslim Brotherhood, by Thierry Meyssan

by: Thierry Meyssan

"Huma Abedin is a US citizen who was raised in Saudi Arabia. Her father is director of an academic revue – of which, for many years, she was the sub-editor – which regularly prints comments from the Muslim Brotherhood. Her mother is president of the Saudi association of female members of the Brotherhood, and worked with the wife of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Her brother Hassan works for Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the religious authority of the Brotherhood and spiritual counsellor of Al-Jazeera."

... ... ...

Huma Abedin is today a central figure of the Clinton campaign, alongside the campaign director, John Podesta, ex-General Secretary of the White House under the Presidency of Bill Clinton. Podesta is also the appointed Congressional lobbyist for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – for the modest amount of $200,000 per month. On 12 June 2016, Petra, the official Press agency of Jordan, published an interview with the crown prince of Arabia, Mohamed Ben Salmane, in which he affirmed the modernity of his family, which had illegally financed Hillary Clinton's Presidential campaign to the tune of 20%, despite the fact that she is a woman. The day after this publication, the agency cancelled the dispatch and claimed that its Internet site had been hacked.

... ... ...

As it happens, in the team of her challenger, Donald Trump, we note the presence of General Michael T. Flynn, who attempted to oppose the creation of the Caliphate by the White House, and resigned from the direction of the Defense Intelligence Agency in order to signal his disapproval. He works alongside Frank Gaffney, a historical "Cold Warrior", now qualified as a "conspiracy theorist" for having denounced the presence of the Brotherhood in the Federal State.

It goes without saying that from the FBI's point of view, any support for jihadist organisations is a crime, whatever the policy of the CIA may be. In 1991, the police – and Senator John Kerry – had provoked the ecollapse of BCCI, a Pakistani bank (although it is registered in the Cayman Islands), which the CIA used for all sorts of secret operations with the Muslim Brotherhood and also the Latino drug cartels.

[Nov 03, 2016] Democrats should ask Clinton to step aside - Chicago Tribune

Hillary lost, even is she wins...
Notable quotes:
"... What if she is elected? Think of a nation suffering a bad economy and continuing chaos in the Middle East, and now also facing a criminal investigation of a president. Add to that congressional investigations and a public vision of Clinton as a Nixonian figure wandering the halls, wringing her hands. ..."
www.chicagotribune.com
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.

This can't be about pervert Anthony Weiner and his reported desire for a teenage girl. But it can be about the laptop of Weiner's wife, Clinton aide Huma Abedin, and emails between her and Hillary. It comes after the FBI investigation in which Comey concluded Clinton had lied and been "reckless" with national secrets, but said he could not recommend prosecution.>

... ... ...

What if she is elected? Think of a nation suffering a bad economy and continuing chaos in the Middle East, and now also facing a criminal investigation of a president. Add to that congressional investigations and a public vision of Clinton as a Nixonian figure wandering the halls, wringing her hands.

The best thing would be for Democrats to ask her to step down now. It would be the most responsible thing to do, if the nation were more important to them than power. And the American news media - fairly or not firmly identified in the public mind as Mrs. Clinton's political action committee - should begin demanding it.

... ... ...

The Clintons weren't skilled merchants. They weren't traders or manufacturers. The Clintons never produced anything tangible. They had no science, patents or devices to make them millions upon millions of dollars.

All they had to sell, really, was influence. And they used our federal government to leverage it.

If a presidential election is as much about the people as it is about the candidates, then we'll learn plenty about ourselves in the coming days, won't we?

[Nov 01, 2016] Ed Klein Comey Under Pressure to Redeem Himself

Notable quotes:
"... "And Valerie Jarrett was under explicit orders – I know people say, 'Well, you never really tell the Attorney General exactly what to do; you kind of wink.' There was no wink. She was told in no uncertain terms, according to my sources, that under no circumstances should Hillary Clinton be indicted because Barack Obama wants desperately for Hillary Clinton to succeed him in the White House, and not to have Donald Trump in the White House because Donald Trump will completely undo everything that Obama thinks is his legacy," he added. ..."
"... Obama's real endgame is to get Clinton over the finish line in the 2016 election, then let her running mate, Tim Kaine, the "real Obama guy," take over if she's removed from office. ..."
"... Tim Kaine and the Clintons were never good friends because Tim Kaine backed Obama in 2008 against Hillary, and one of the deals for Obama to back Hillary this time was for her to pick Tim Kaine, Obama's boy, as her vice president." ..."
Nov 01, 2016 | www.breitbart.com
"In my view, what has not been reported, and what I think is very significant, is that we've all forgotten that Anthony Weiner is under investigation for what amounts to child pornography, alleged child pornography," said Klein.

"Now, if he's found guilty on multiple charges, they can put him away for life because each charge brings 15, 20 years. So if you're his attorney, you say to him, 'Tony, what can you give the prosecutors in exchange for bringing down the number of years you're gonna have to serve?' And it's my view that what he offered them was the computer, and that in exchange, he has gotten an agreement to reduce his charges," he speculated.

"This computer apparently was unknown to the FBI, and I think the reason that it took two, three, or even four weeks between the time that they stumbled on this computer – because Weiner made it available in exchange for a deal – and the time that [James] Comey knew about it, the director of the FBI, was because they were in the process of cutting this arrangement," Klein continued.

"Finally, it came to Comey's attention, as we know, and it became obvious to him and imperative to him that he do something about it – because if he didn't, can you imagine what would happen after the election, and it became knowledge that he knew about this, did nothing about it? Clearly, the Congress would open a probe of the FBI and why it did nothing about it. And Comey would be, not only on the hot seat, but perhaps even impeachable. So I think that this is the untold story of behind-the-scenes maneuvering on these emails," he said.

Klein was convinced the allegations of Weiner "sexting" with underage children were "the alpha and the omega of this whole story" because "otherwise, this computer would never have come to light."

Another factor Klein highlighted was the revolt among FBI agents angry at political interference in their investigations of Hillary Clinton.

"That's not my opinion; this is my reporting," he said. "My reporting indicates from several sources that the atmosphere at the FBI has never been, the morale has never been lower, that there is a stack, literally a stack of resignations waiting on Comey's desk for him to sign, which he has yet to do, that people, when they meet him in the hallway, and he says, 'Good morning' to them, many of them don't even reply because they're not talking to him; that the sense within the FBI is that he disgraced the institution back in July, when he knew quite well, obviously, that Mrs. Clinton had violated not one, but several federal statutes in jeopardizing national security, and raked her over the coals verbally – and then, for reasons that I think had to do with his not wanting to interfere in the presidential race, let her off legally."

"Many of the people in the FBI thought that that was disgraceful," Klein asserted. "I think he's been under huge pressure ever since to redeem himself. I'm told his wife even – who is not only his most personal, deepest relationship, but also a major adviser in his career – has been telling him, 'Jim, you've got to do something about this.'"

"This is a guy who goes to church every Sunday. He's an evangelical Catholic," he said of Comey. "He gets on his knees every night, prays to God, prays about his dead child that he lost, two or three days after the child was born, believes deeply in his own moral rectitude and constantly thinks that he is on the side of the angels. And I think he felt that what he did this time around, which was to send this letter to the Congress, was the highest right, moral thing to do. Whether it was or not, I think that's what motivated him."

Marlow suggested Comey would not have reopened the Clinton investigation "unless he knows he's got the goods."

"I agree with you. I think the disgrace is not James Comey. I think the disgrace is the White House and the Justice Department because as I report in my book Guilty as Sin, despite what Loretta Lynch said about how independent she was or is, she and Valerie Jarrett were having secret meetings last summer about the email investigation, keeping the President and the White House up to date on everything that Jim Comey was doing," Klein said.

"And Valerie Jarrett was under explicit orders – I know people say, 'Well, you never really tell the Attorney General exactly what to do; you kind of wink.' There was no wink. She was told in no uncertain terms, according to my sources, that under no circumstances should Hillary Clinton be indicted because Barack Obama wants desperately for Hillary Clinton to succeed him in the White House, and not to have Donald Trump in the White House because Donald Trump will completely undo everything that Obama thinks is his legacy," he added.

"So I think the disgrace is the Attorney General, and the Attorney General trying to interfere with the FBI's investigations – both of the emails and the Clinton Foundation," Klein reiterated.

Marlow mentioned a theory proposed by Breitbart News Daily callers that Obama's real endgame is to get Clinton over the finish line in the 2016 election, then let her running mate, Tim Kaine, the "real Obama guy," take over if she's removed from office.

"That's not such a crazy theory," said Klein. "It may be a little far-fetched, but your callers are completely right: Tim Kaine and the Clintons were never good friends because Tim Kaine backed Obama in 2008 against Hillary, and one of the deals for Obama to back Hillary this time was for her to pick Tim Kaine, Obama's boy, as her vice president."

[Nov 01, 2016] Why FBI Director Comey jumped at chance to reopen Hillary Clinton email investigation

Notable quotes:
"... 'The people he trusts the most have been the angriest at him,' the source continued. 'And that includes his wife, Pat. She kept urging him to admit that he had been wrong when he refused to press charges against the former secretary of state. ..."
"... 'He talks about the damage that he's done to himself and the institution [of the FBI], and how he's been shunned by the men and women who he admires and work for him. It's taken a tremendous toll on him. ..."
"... 'It shattered his ego. He looks like he's aged 10 years in the past four months.' ..."
"... But Comey's decision to reopen the case was more than an effort to heal the wound he inflicted on the FBI. He was also worried that after the presidential election, Republicans in Congress would mount a probe of how he had granted Hillary political favoritism. His announcement about the revived investigation, which came just 11 days before the presidential election, was greeted with shock and dismay by Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the prosecutors at the Justice Department. ..."
"... 'Lynch and Obama haven't contacted Jim directly,' said the source, 'but they've made it crystal clear through third parties that they disapprove of his effort to save face.' ..."
Oct 31, 2016 | dailymail.co.uk

'The people he trusts the most have been the angriest at him,' the source continued. 'And that includes his wife, Pat. She kept urging him to admit that he had been wrong when he refused to press charges against the former secretary of state.

'He talks about the damage that he's done to himself and the institution [of the FBI], and how he's been shunned by the men and women who he admires and work for him. It's taken a tremendous toll on him.

'It shattered his ego. He looks like he's aged 10 years in the past four months.'

But Comey's decision to reopen the case was more than an effort to heal the wound he inflicted on the FBI. He was also worried that after the presidential election, Republicans in Congress would mount a probe of how he had granted Hillary political favoritism. His announcement about the revived investigation, which came just 11 days before the presidential election, was greeted with shock and dismay by Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the prosecutors at the Justice Department.

'Jim told me that Lynch and Obama are furious with him,' the source said. As I revealed in my latest New York Times bestseller Guilty As Sin Obama said that appointing Comey as FBI direct was 'my worst mistake as president.' 'Lynch and Obama haven't contacted Jim directly,' said the source, 'but they've made it crystal clear through third parties that they disapprove of his effort to save face.'

[Nov 01, 2016] Top Constitutional Law Expert Comey Did NOT Violate Law By Announcing Email Investigation

Notable quotes:
"... You can disagree with the timing of Comey's disclosure, but that is not a matter for the Hatch Act or even an ethical charge in my view. ..."
"... Congress passed the Hatch Act in response to scandals during the 1938 congressional elections and intended the Act to bar federal employees from using "[their] official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election." Comey is not doing that in communicating with Congress on a matter of oversight. ..."
Nov 01, 2016 | www.zerohedge.com

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid alleges that FBI Director Comey has violated the law by announcing the re-opened investigation into Clinton emails so close to the presidential election.

Is he right?

One of the top constitutional law experts in the United States (and a liberal), Professor Jonathan Turley, says no :

[Reid's] allegation is in my view wildly misplaced. Reid is arguing that the actions of FBI Director James B. Comey violates the Hatch Act . I cannot see a plausible, let alone compelling, basis for such a charge against Comey.

In his letter to Comey, Reid raised the the Hatch Act, which prohibits partisan politicking by government employees.

5 U.S.C. § 7323(a)(1) prohibits a government employee from "us[ing] his official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election."

Reid argued:

"Your actions in recent months have demonstrated a disturbing double standard for the treatment of sensitive information, with what appears to be a clear intent to aid one political party over another. I am writing to inform you that my office has determined that these actions may violate the Hatch Act, which bars FBI officials from using their official authority to influence an election. Through your partisan actions, you may have broken the law."

The reference to "months" is curious. Comey has kept Congress informed in compliance with oversight functions of the congressional committees but has been circumspect in the extent of such disclosures. It is troubling to see Democrats (who historically favor both transparency and checks on executive powers) argue against such disclosure and cooperation with oversight committees. More importantly, the Hatch Act is simply a dog that will not hunt.

Richard W. Painter, a law professor at the University of Minnesota and the chief ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush White House from 2005 to 2007, has filed a Hatch Act complaint against Comey with the federal Office of Special Counsel and Office of Government Ethics. He argues that "We cannot allow F.B.I. or Justice Department officials to unnecessarily publicize pending investigations concerning candidates of either party while an election is underway."

However, Comey was between the horns of a dilemma. He could be accused of acts of commission in making the disclosure or omission in withholding the disclosure in an election year. Quite frankly, I found Painter's justification for his filing remarkably speculative. He admits that he has no evidence to suggest that Comey wants to influence the election or favors either candidate. Intent is key under the Hatch investigations. You can disagree with the timing of Comey's disclosure, but that is not a matter for the Hatch Act or even an ethical charge in my view.

Congress passed the Hatch Act in response to scandals during the 1938 congressional elections and intended the Act to bar federal employees from using "[their] official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election." Comey is not doing that in communicating with Congress on a matter of oversight.

Such violations under the Hatch Act, even if proven, are not criminal matters . The Office of Special Counsel can investigate such matters and seek discipline - a matter than can ultimately go before the Merit Systems Protection Board.

[Oct 31, 2016] Obama lied: he knew about Hillarys secret server and wrote to her using a pseudonym

Oct 31, 2016 | stateofthenation2012.com
_ _ _

For the uninitiated this breakdown essentially says that President Barack Obama is stone-cold guilty of crimes and cover-ups that would make Watergate look like a walk in the park .

"How Is This Not Classified?"- Obama Used A Pseudonym In Emails With Hillary, FBI Data Dump Reveals

In fact, Obama is so deeply involved with the criminal workings of State that he had no choice but to lie about his knowledge of Clinton's private server and personal email account. This is why Emailgate is so HUGE- it's a massive cover-up of the greatest crimes EVER committed by the US Government . And Obama lied his way all through the never-ending conspiratorial saga. As follows:

VIDEO: Barack Obama Outright Lies To The American People On National TV About Clinton's Private Email

[Oct 31, 2016] The FBIs Clinton Investigation Is Wider Than Assumed

Notable quotes:
"... The Wall Street Journal today added to its so far excellent reporting on the Clinton issues by revealing the much bigger story behind it: FBI in Internal Feud Over Hillary Clinton Probe - Laptop may contain thousands of messages sent to or from Mrs. Clinton's private server (open copy here ). ..."
"... B, you're dead right, Hillary is screwed either way. Uncle Bill won't get to wave his mouldy bratwurst in the East Wing for long if she does get through this. ..."
"... Seems the entire "Atlantic media"(bbc, cnn etc etc, aka msm) have all put their collective eggs in Killary's leaky basket. Any pretence of balanced journalism's been thrown out of the window and replaced with brutal yellow propaganda - one which will make chairman Mao blush. ..."
"... The only downside of this for voters and for the people of the world is that a wounded Hillary Clinton may be even MORE likely to push for confrontation leading to WWIII. ..."
"... So did the FBI find Abedin's get out of jail insurance policy, and has that now become Comey's get out of jail insurance policy? ..."
"... Agree with WorldBLee. Hillary has virtually no mandate, little trust, and little support from we, the people...unless she can make the case for a big war. ..."
"... To rule, she will have to rely on her friends on Wall Street, the security establishment, and the media...all of whom find war to be lucrative. ..."
"... The dirt unearthed on HRC ought to have her facing prison for life. ..."
"... If HRC should somehow get elected, more than enough evidence already exists to Impeach and Convict ..."
"... b, you don't list the significance of the 650,000 (!) emails themselves among your bullets. That number of emails may well represent an image of Hillary's private server email store. It's said that several of her aides were tasked with their destruction ... but it now looks like Abedin 'forgot' about the copy on this machine. Once they're loose ... you're right when you say of Hillary that ... ..."
"... @7 stumpy, 'So did the FBI find Abedin's get out of jail insurance policy, and has that now become Comey's get out of jail insurance policy?' Very succinctly and well-put. ..."
Oct 31, 2016 | www.moonofalabama.org

The Washington Post editors today added to their hypocrisy with three additional anti-Comey op-eds:

I interpret that as naked fear that their candidate Hillary Clinton may now loose. That fear is justified.

The Wall Street Journal today added to its so far excellent reporting on the Clinton issues by revealing the much bigger story behind it: FBI in Internal Feud Over Hillary Clinton Probe - Laptop may contain thousands of messages sent to or from Mrs. Clinton's private server (open copy here ).

According to the reporting, based on FBI sources, FBI agents in New York and elsewhere have been looking into the Clinton Foundation for several months. They suspect that this "charity" was selling political favors by then Secretary of State Clinton in exchange for donations that personally benefited the Clinton family.

The Justice Department blocked further aggressive investigations into the issue, allegedly because of the ongoing election. A high FBI official, Andrew McCabe, also showed disinterest in a further pursuit of the issue. McCabe's wife had just tried to get elected as state senator and had receive a campaign donation of nearly $500,000 from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton friend and at times board member of the Clinton Foundation. The FBI agents pursuing the investigation into the Clinton Foundation were not amused.

The separate investigation into former Congressman Weiner for sexual contacts with minors was looking for pedophile stuff on Weiner's electronic devices. It didn't find any as far as we can tell, but found some 650,000 emails archived on a laptop.

Several thousand of these emails were sent or received by Weiner's spouse, the intimate Clinton aide Huma Abedin. They came through Clinton's private email server. At least some of these thousands of emails are likely copies of those that were deleted from Clinton's server when the (separate) investigation into it started.

They may be evidence that Clinton sent and received classified documents through her unsecured system. Some of these emails may also contain serious dirt related to the Clinton Foundation. (It is highly likely that at least some FBI agents know "unofficially" what these emails contain. Legally they could not look at them without a warrant which they only got today.)

Thus we have three ongoing FBI investigations:

Additional investigations that may come up are on:

With such a list of potentially very serious scandals pending it is highly understandable that FBI director Comey went public and did not follow the advice from the Justice Department to pursue these issues only on a reduced level. It would have been political suicide to try to keep this silent. Way too many FBI agents eager to pursue these case were in the known and would have talked, as they do now, to the media.

If Clinton gets elected she will be hampered by these scandals for the next two years. The Republicans in Congress will jump on these issues as soon as possible. There will be endless hearings with large media coverage. The only question is when the first attempts at an impeachment process will be made - before or after she moves back into the White House. She and her family may be better off with her losing the campaign.


b on October 31, 2016 at 03:19 PM | Permalink

Yup. Al Capone went down for tax evasion.

MadMax2 | Oct 31, 2016 3:49:02 PM | 2
If I'm not mistaken Eric Holder was a recurring chatacter in that 80's TV show CHIPS was he not...? Something about that greasy B-Grade pornstar moustache.

B, you're dead right, Hillary is screwed either way. Uncle Bill won't get to wave his mouldy bratwurst in the East Wing for long if she does get through this.

But she wont. Hillary has fallen off the cliff (see poll below) in the poll below and we're all gonna get to Pitch'n'Putt a nice little 18 holes around the White House lawns on the back of The Don.

No MSM poll is worth anything, especially with so many closet Trump voters this election... but the USC/Dornslife Daybreak differs a little in it's methodology that's worthy of inspection (random selection of 600-800 of the same 3000 participants emailed each day being the main feature). Also worth checking the Characteristics of Candidate graphs - really interesting to get ro know the demographics of what is going to drive what is now a likely landslide win.

http://cesrusc.org/election/

The methodology behind this poll was developed by the RAND corp and correctly predicted Obama beating Romney to 0.5 percentage points in 2012.

Zico | Oct 31, 2016 3:51:48 PM | 3
Seems the entire "Atlantic media"(bbc, cnn etc etc, aka msm) have all put their collective eggs in Killary's leaky basket. Any pretence of balanced journalism's been thrown out of the window and replaced with brutal yellow propaganda - one which will make chairman Mao blush.

Trump is gunning for the WH those concerned better get use to it. The sad part is, the American people are f*cked either way. Killary will only hasten America's decline and Trump will make it a slow motion one.

What I don't get is, out of the approximately 300 million US citizens, couldn't they find any smart,less crooked person to lead them???

chet380 | Oct 31, 2016 3:52:36 PM | 4
Comey caved to right-wing criticism and pressure. In the U.S. there is a law that prohibits a public official from influencing, or attempting to influence, an election and yet he took this incomprehensible step against the advice of the Justice Dep't. lawyers.
WorldBLee | Oct 31, 2016 3:53:15 PM | 5
The only downside of this for voters and for the people of the world is that a wounded Hillary Clinton may be even MORE likely to push for confrontation leading to WWIII. Once talk of war starts, all concern over illegal wrongdoing will fade to the background as everyone rallies in the US to support the "Commander in Chief".

Many people have already voted via early voting and can't take back their votes even if they wanted to. However, I suspect that dyed in the wool Clinton/DNC/Democrat zealots will continue to shout that this is all a vast alt-right conspiracy to tarnish their sweet, innocent Hillary.

stumpy | Oct 31, 2016 3:59:43 PM | 7
So did the FBI find Abedin's get out of jail insurance policy, and has that now become Comey's get out of jail insurance policy?
JohnH | Oct 31, 2016 4:08:03 PM | 8
Agree with WorldBLee. Hillary has virtually no mandate, little trust, and little support from we, the people...unless she can make the case for a big war.

To rule, she will have to rely on her friends on Wall Street, the security establishment, and the media...all of whom find war to be lucrative.

Northern Observer | Oct 31, 2016 4:08:13 PM | 9
You do not want to give the GOP control of three branches of government, unless you really hate the American people and want to see them suffer. Actually now it makes sense...
Mina | Oct 31, 2016 4:12:59 PM | 10
I suggest a triumvirat Trump-Johnson-Wilders or The Three Blond Mops to rule Amerikka and let the rest of the world be a safer place without their interventionism (but if we look at the UK, France or the Turks not to mention KSA and Qatar or Israel, it is hard to believe it would work out).
karlof1 | Oct 31, 2016 4:18:53 PM | 11
Marcy Wheeler weighs-in on the scandal here, https://www.emptywheel.net/2016/10/30/story-judicial-dysfunction-behind-comey-whiplash/

The dirt unearthed on HRC ought to have her facing prison for life. Never knew about the quaint rule chet380 @4 alludes to until I read Wheeler's item--a rule that grossly undermines the Rule of Law and shouldn't exist!

If HRC should somehow get elected, more than enough evidence already exists to Impeach and Convict -- but then the same was true regarding WJC's impeachment.

jfl | Oct 31, 2016 4:22:26 PM | 12
b, you don't list the significance of the 650,000 (!) emails themselves among your bullets. That number of emails may well represent an image of Hillary's private server email store. It's said that several of her aides were tasked with their destruction ... but it now looks like Abedin 'forgot' about the copy on this machine. Once they're loose ... you're right when you say of Hillary that ...
She and her family may be better off with her losing the campaign.
... and the people on the other end of all those emails will be able to see that - and even more clearly that they may be better off with her losing her campaign - even if dogged determination keeps the blinders on the Clintons themselves.
Edward | Oct 31, 2016 4:23:58 PM | 13
Maybe Clinton will withdraw from the race. The DNC apparatchniks and the establishment have a stake in defeating Trump. At what point do they bail on Hillary?
jfl | Oct 31, 2016 4:27:35 PM | 14
@7 stumpy, 'So did the FBI find Abedin's get out of jail insurance policy, and has that now become Comey's get out of jail insurance policy?' Very succinctly and well-put.
jfl | Oct 31, 2016 4:31:53 PM | 15
b, 'The Washington Post editors today added to their hypocrisy with three additional anti-Comey op-eds:

Eric Holder: James Comey is a good man, but he made a serious mistake ...'

That has got to be the kiss of death in itself ... Mr Too-Big to Jail weighs-in in defense of the world's - well, the country's - most jailable whale.

[Oct 31, 2016] Team Clinton tracked Weiners sexting since 2011

Oct 31, 2016 | nypost.com
Team Clinton was keeping tabs on Anthony Weiner's sexting habits as far back as 2011, according to WikiLeaks emails.

One disturbing report came to the attention of John Podesta, now chair of Clinton's presidential campaign, and Neera Tanden, a Senate aide and 2008 presidential campaign staffer, when Jennifer Palmieri, the current campaign communications director, forwarded news of an investigation into Weiner's contacts with a Delaware teenager.

"Police on Friday afternoon came to the home of a 17-year-old high school junior to ask her about direct online communications she has had with Rep. Anthony Weiner," read the report dated June 10, 2011.

"Two officers from the New Castle County Police Department arrived at the girl's home around 4:30 p.m. and asked to speak with the girl's mother about the daughter's contact with Weiner. Another officer appeared at the home a short time later."

A FoxNews.com reporter was at the home when the police arrived, the story from Fox News stated.

Palmeiri passed along the news story to Podesta and Tanden with a one-word comment: "Oof."

Weiner resigned from Congress on June 21, 2011, after he accidentally tweeted a picture of himself in bulging briefs.

He apparently intended to send the photo privately to a woman he communicated with online - and though he first insisted his Twitter account had been hacked, he later admitted wrongdoing and stepped down from Congress.

Weiner, who is married to Clinton's closest aide, Huma Abedin, was recently busted for sexting another underage girl - a 15-year-old in North Carolina.

[Oct 31, 2016] Hillary has only herself to blame for the mess she's in

Notable quotes:
"... We must forgive Mark Twain for his error when he declared that "history never repeats itself but it often rhymes." After all, he'd never met the Clintons. ..."
"... Why didn't you turn that computer over to the FBI during its initial investigation? ..."
"... Did you lie to the FBI about having work-related emails on it? ..."
"... Also, did Weiner have access to classified material? ..."
nypost.com

We must forgive Mark Twain for his error when he declared that "history never repeats itself but it often rhymes." After all, he'd never met the Clintons.

... ... ...

...Clinton is understandably panicked because the timing of Comey's announcement could cost her the election. Her demand that he release everything immediately is also understandable, even as she knows it is impossible for him to release potential evidence before it is examined.

Clinton created the mess with her incredibly stupid decision to use a private server as secretary of state.

... ... ...

She could simply order Abedin to hold a press conference and answer any and every question about the newest batch of emails. Let reporters ask Abedin directly:

  1. What's in those emails?
  2. Did any contain classified material?
  3. Why didn't you turn that computer over to the FBI during its initial investigation?
  4. Did you lie to the FBI about having work-related emails on it?
  5. Also, did Weiner have access to classified material?
  6. Was the computer ever hacked?

... ... ...

Hillary won't do any of that because the potential downside is also huge. My guess is she fears the worst, and may secretly subscribe to the idea that Comey wouldn't have acted in such a bold and controversial way without some conviction that he had stumbled on a potential bombshell.

.... ... ...

[Oct 31, 2016] FBI in Internal Feud Over Hillary Clinton Probe - WSJ

Notable quotes:
"... told agents to limit their pursuit of the case. ..."
"... Justice Department officials told the FBI at the meeting they wouldn't authorize more aggressive investigative techniques, such as subpoenas, formal witness interviews, or grand-jury activity. But the FBI officials believed they were still well within their authority to pursue the leads and methods already under way, these people said. ..."
Oct 31, 2016 | archive.fo

The continuing work means that if Mrs. Clinton wins the White House, she will likely do so amid at least one ongoing investigation into her inner circle being handled by law-enforcement officials who are deeply divided over how to manage such cases.

The latest development began in early October when New York-based FBI officials notified Andrew McCabe, the bureau's second-in-command, that while investigating Mr. Weiner for possibly sending sexually charged messages to a minor, they had recovered a laptop with 650,000 emails. Many, they said, were from the accounts of Ms. Abedin, according to people familiar with the matter.

Those emails stretched back years, these people said, and were on a laptop that both Mr. Weiner and Ms. Abedin used and that hadn't previously come up in the Clinton email probe. Ms. Abedin said in late August that the couple were separating.

The FBI had searched the computer while looking for child pornography, people familiar with the matter said, but the warrant they used didn't give them authority to search for matters related to Mrs. Clinton's email arrangement at the State Department. Mr. Weiner has denied sending explicit or indecent messages to the teenager.

In their initial review of the laptop, the metadata showed many messages, apparently in the thousands, that were either sent to or from the private email server at Mrs. Clinton's home that had been the focus of so much investigative effort for the FBI. Senior FBI officials decided to let the Weiner investigators proceed with a closer examination of the metadata on the computer, and report back to them.

At a meeting early last week of senior Justice Department and FBI officials, a member of the department's senior national-security staff asked for an update on the Weiner laptop, the people familiar with the matter said. At that point, officials realized that no one had acted to obtain a warrant, these people said.

... ... ...

New details show that senior law-enforcement officials repeatedly voiced skepticism of the strength of the evidence in that probe, sought to condense what was at times a sprawling cross-country effort, and, according to some people familiar with the matter, told agents to limit their pursuit of the case.

That led to frustrations among some investigators, who viewed FBI leadership as uninterested in probing the charity, these people said. Others involved disagreed sharply, defending FBI bosses and saying Mr. McCabe in particular was caught between an increasingly acrimonious fight for control between the Justice Department and FBI agents pursuing the Clinton Foundation case.

Such internal tensions are common, and it isn't unusual for field agents to favor a more aggressive approach than supervisors and prosecutors think is merited. But the internal debates about the Clinton Foundation show the high stakes when such disagreements occur surrounding someone who is running for president.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Mr. McCabe's wife, Jill McCabe, received $467,500 in campaign funds in late 2015 from the political action committee of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime ally of the Clintons and, until he was elected governor in November 2013, a Clinton Foundation board member.

Mr. McAuliffe had supported Dr. McCabe in the hopes she and a handful of other Democrats might help win a majority in the state Senate, giving Mr. McAuliffe more sway in the state capitol. Dr. McCabe lost her race last November, and Democrats failed to win their majority.

A spokesman for the governor has said that "any insinuation that his support was tied to anything other than his desire to elect candidates who would help pass his agenda is ridiculous."

Dr. McCabe told the Journal, "Once I decided to run, my husband had no formal role in my campaign other than to be a supportive husband to me and our children."

In February of this year, Mr. McCabe ascended from the No. 3 position at the FBI to the deputy director post, making him second only to Mr. Comey. When he assumed that role, officials say, he started overseeing the probe into Mrs. Clinton's use of a private email server for government work when she was secretary of state.

FBI officials have said Mr. McCabe had no role in the Clinton email probe until he became deputy director, and there was no conflict of interest because by then his wife's campaign was over.

But other Clinton-related investigations were under way within the FBI, and they have been the subject of internal debate for months, according to people familiar with the matter.

Early this year, four FBI field offices-New York, Los Angeles, Washington and Little Rock, Ark.-were collecting information about the Clinton Foundation to see if there was evidence of financial crimes or influence-peddling, according to people familiar with the matter.

Los Angeles agents had picked up information about the Clinton Foundation from an unrelated public corruption case and had issued some subpoenas for bank records related to the foundation, these people said.

The Washington field office was probing financial relationships involving Mr. McAuliffe before he became a Clinton Foundation board member, these people said. Mr. McAuliffe has denied any wrongdoing, and his lawyer has said the probe is focused on whether he failed to register as an agent of a foreign entity.

Clinton Foundation officials have long denied any wrongdoing, saying it is a well-run charity that has done immense good around the world.

The FBI field office in New York had done the most work on the Clinton Foundation case and received help from the FBI field office in Little Rock, the people familiar with the matter said.

In February, FBI officials made a presentation to the Justice Department, according to these people. By all accounts, the meeting didn't go well.

... ... ...

Justice Department officials told the FBI at the meeting they wouldn't authorize more aggressive investigative techniques, such as subpoenas, formal witness interviews, or grand-jury activity. But the FBI officials believed they were still well within their authority to pursue the leads and methods already under way, these people said.

In July, Mr. Comey announced he was recommending against any prosecution in the Clinton email case. About a week later, the FBI sought to refocus the Clinton Foundation probe, with Mr. McCabe deciding the FBI's New York office would take the lead with assistance from Little Rock.

The Washington field office, FBI officials decided, would focus on a separate matter involving Mr. McAuliffe. Mr. McCabe had decided earlier in the spring that he would continue to recuse himself from that probe, given the governor's contributions to his wife's former political campaign.

Within the FBI, the decision was viewed with skepticism by some, who felt the probe would be stronger if the foundation and McAuliffe matters were combined. Others, particularly senior officials at the Justice Department, felt that both probes were weak, based largely on publicly available information, and had found little that would merit expanded investigative authority.

According to a person familiar with the probes, on Aug. 12, a senior Justice Department official called Mr. McCabe to voice his displeasure at finding that New York FBI agents were still openly pursuing the Clinton Foundation probe, despite the department's refusal to allow more aggressive investigative methods in the case. Mr. McCabe said agents still had the authority to pursue the issue as long as they didn't use those methods.

... ... ...

Others further down the FBI chain of command, however, said agents were given a much starker instruction on the case: "Stand down." When agents questioned why they weren't allowed to take more aggressive steps, they said they were told the order had come from the deputy director-Mr. McCabe.

Others familiar with the matter deny Mr. McCabe or any other senior FBI official gave such a stand-down instruction.

For agents who already felt uneasy about FBI leadership's handling of the Clinton Foundation case, the moment only deepened their concerns, these people said. For those who felt the probe hadn't yet found significant evidence of criminal conduct, the leadership's approach was the right response to the facts on the ground.

In September, agents on the foundation case asked to see the emails contained on nongovernment laptops that had been searched as part of the Clinton email case, but that request was rejected by prosecutors at the Eastern District of New York, in Brooklyn. Those emails were given to the FBI based on grants of partial immunity and limited-use agreements, meaning agents could only use them for the purpose of investigating possible mishandling of classified information.

Some FBI agents were dissatisfied with that answer, and asked for permission to make a similar request to federal prosecutors in Manhattan, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. McCabe, these people said, told them no and added that they could not "go prosecutor-shopping."

Not long after that discussion, FBI agents informed the bureau's leaders about the Weiner laptop, prompting Mr. Comey's disclosure to Congress and setting of the furor that promises to consume the final days of a tumultuous campaign.

[Oct 31, 2016] Eight days before the election: Overview of political situation

Notable quotes:
"... For Comey to do what he did, when and how he did it, I gotta believe there is some extinction-level event inside those emails. Something so toxic that even Obama is throwing up his hands, or at least easing hiimself way, way back on the periphery. ..."
"... If Comey is playing politics with such an important job or can't even handle a mutiny us department, why did Obama nominate a life long Republican to the post of FBI Director? ..."
"... Interesting to literally see where Obama draws the line in the sand. "Sorry, you're on your own (smug Barry laugh meme)." ..."
Oct 31, 2016 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Corruption

"Clinton Foundation: Inurement" [ Amy Sterling Cassill ]. Word of the day: "The concept of "inurement" is one that most nonprofit organization board members should be familiar with. In common language, "inurement" is a concept that means a board member, donor, or employee can't benefit excessively from the organization's funds."

"Donald Trump's Companies Destroyed Emails in Defiance of Court Orders" [Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek ]. Oppo garbage truck unloads….

War Drums

"Harry Reid's incendiary claim about 'coordination' between Donald Trump and Russia" [ WaPo ].

But there is no public evidence to support Reid's claim of actual "coordination" between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. And were that to be the case, it would be a scandal of epic proportions. Asked what evidence exists of such a connection, Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson cited classified briefings. "There have been classified briefings on this topic," Jentleson said. "That is all I can say."

Nudge nudge wink wink. Say no more! Say no more!

The Voters

"Signs Grow of Another Third-Party Fizzle" [ Wall Street Journal ]. "But it appears increasingly likely that no outside candidate will take a meaningful chunk of the national vote, as seemed plausible in the early summer. The combined clout of Mr. Johnson and Ms. Stein fell from 17% of registered voters in July to 9% in the most recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. The running RealClearPolitics polling average of all four candidates is even less generous, showing Mr. Johnson and Ms. Stein dropping from around 12% at various times this summer to just 7% now."

Realignment

"Would Trump "Make a Deal" With The Left?" [ Michael Tracey ]. I doubt it. And would the Left make a deal with Trump? Still, if the deal were to prevent a war…

The Trail

UPDATE "CNN says it is 'completely uncomfortable' with hacked emails showing former contributor and interim DNC chair Donna Brazile sharing questions with the Clinton campaign before a debate and a town hall during the Democratic primary, and has accepted her resignation" [ Politico ]. Too funny! Instant karma, and Brazile turns out to be just as clumsy and dishonest a hack as Wasserman-Shultz. No doubt there will be a place for her in the Clinton administration.

"FT endorsement: For all her weaknesses, Clinton is the best hope" [ Financial Times ].

"Donald Trump has a path to victory again thanks to Florida" [ WaPo ]. "Remember that winning Florida isn't a luxury for Trump - it's a necessity. If Clinton wins the 18 states (plus D.C.) that every Democratic presidential nominee has carried between 1992 and 2012, she has 242 electoral votes. Add Florida's 29 to that total and Clinton is at 271 and the election is over."

Democrat Email Hairball

"How Clinton plans to deal with Comey's October surprise" [ Politico ]. "Projecting confidence" and "galvanizing supporters." Those are the talking points? Really? Seems a little meta.

Corruption

"A $72-million apartment project. Top politicians. Unlikely donors." [ Los Angeles Times ]. "No one is registered to vote at the run-down house on 223rd Street. The living room window has been broken for months. A grit-covered pickup sits in the dirt front yard with a flat tire. Yet dozens of donations to local politicians - totaling more than $40,000 - have come from four of the people who have lived there over the last eight years." That's so dumb. If you want to launder money, you set up a family foundation. What's wrong with these people?

"When CIA and NSA Workers Blow the Whistle, Congress Plays Deaf" [ The Intercept ].


Jim Haygood, October 31, 2016 at 2:18 pm

'7' years:

One could add a few more. The Panic of 1907. The bear market of 1917. The recession and bear market (50% decline) of 1937. The recession and bear market of 1957. The bear market of 1977.

Not that I would trade on this decadal pattern alone. But "7" years see more than their fair share of calamities.

hunkerdown, October 31, 2016 at 3:07 pm

Christine Lagarde said something about sevens six months before MH17 was downed by drunken Ukies. 7 is one of the more common digits coerced into weak passwords by password "diversity" standards.

It's bisyllabic and sibilant, therefore powerful and mystical to the ear.

Jim Haygood, October 31, 2016 at 2:25 pm

This ought to shut up Harry Reid.

But then again, who cares what a lame duck thinks?

White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Monday said President Obama does not believe FBI Director James Comey was meddling in the presidential election by announcing Friday that his agency discovered new emails that may be related to its investigation of Hillary Clinton's private server.

In his daily press briefing, Earnest said Obama believes Comey "is a man of principle and good character," and "doesn't believe that Director Comey is intentionally trying to influence the outcome of the election."

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/josh-earnest-on-comey-letter

Tom, October 31, 2016 at 2:28 pm

Hillary Clinton 10/28/16:

"We've heard these rumors. We don't know what to believe. I'm sure there will be even more rumors," she explained about the new emails being connected to Abedin and Weiner. "That's why it is incumbent upon on the FBI to tell us what they're talking about."

Obama 10/31/16:

Who is this we you're talking about?

hunkerdown, October 31, 2016 at 3:08 pm

Incumbent. I do not think that word means what you think it means, Madame Secretary.

Jen October 31, 2016 at 2:29 pm

Well, well. Another feud breaking out in the open?

Pat October 31, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Interesting. Obama going high, or deciding where the chips may fall.

Tom October 31, 2016 at 2:36 pm

I think the latter.

For Comey to do what he did, when and how he did it, I gotta believe there is some extinction-level event inside those emails. Something so toxic that even Obama is throwing up his hands, or at least easing hiimself way, way back on the periphery.

temporal October 31, 2016 at 2:38 pm

Personal briefing perhaps? Most likely this is just as it appears. It's all going to be about the Weiner and the person that shared his hardware.

NYPaul October 31, 2016 at 3:18 pm

I'd like to know more about the folder, "life insurance."

NotTimothyGeithner October 31, 2016 at 3:20 pm

Don't forget Obama can't be embarrassed or make mistakes. Comey as an Obama appointee will always be defended by Obama until there is a risk of the stench reaching Obama or missing a round of golf.

If Comey is playing politics with such an important job or can't even handle a mutiny us department, why did Obama nominate a life long Republican to the post of FBI Director?

Roger Smith October 31, 2016 at 3:15 pm

Interesting to literally see where Obama draws the line in the sand. "Sorry, you're on your own (smug Barry laugh meme)."

MyLessThanPrimeBeef October 31, 2016 at 3:23 pm

Does it mean that the Russians have Comey and Obama working for them?

Who can you trust but Hillary?

[Oct 31, 2016] Their IT guy, Justin Cooper I believe, put spyware on Bills phone

Oct 31, 2016 | www.zerohedge.com
Krungle Bastiat Oct 31, 2016 1:39 PM ,
Their IT guy, Justin Cooper I believe, put spyware on Bill's phone (per Chelsea in one of the Wikileaks emails) and also embezzled CF money (again, per Chelsea).

Also, he's apparently kind of dim as he had to get IT advice from Reddit. So either JC was deep undercover for the feds and he set them up, or, when Huma was working from home during his pregnancy he set up auto-sync on her devices. Or...if they were using iPhones and Macs, they idiot proof syncing and it happens without someone who isn't computer literate even knowing.

The most likely scenario IMO is simply hubris and stupidity. IT guy set that laptop on auto-sync, they forgot about it when the FBI came calling the first time because that computer had fallen into Weiner's sticky fingers full-time for a few years by that point.

Carelessness and poor judgement seem most likely here--remember thesee folks can get the best Google IT people to their home anytime to deal with their IT needs. They could have gotten the best people at the NSA. They didn't even get the best guy out of the phone book. As their colleagues say in various Wikileaked emails, they have terrible judgement.....

[Oct 31, 2016] In the second act of this movie, Comey learns that the Weiner laptop had emails that were so damning it would be a crime against the public to allow them to vote without first seeing a big red flag

Notable quotes:
"... In the second act of this movie, Comey learns that the Weiner laptop had emails that were so damning it would be a crime against the public to allow them to vote without first seeing a big red flag. And a flag was the best he could do because it was too early in the investigation to leak out bits and pieces of the evidence. That would violate Clinton's rights. ..."
"... In this movie, Comey did the hero thing. He alerted the public to the fact that the FBI found DISQUALIFYING information on the Weiner laptop. And he took a second bullet to his reputation. ..."
"... I start by assuming Comey is the same man now as the one who was carefully vetted before being hired to protect the integrity of one of our most important institutions. And even Comey's critics concede he's smart. ..."
"... The way you know the new emails are disqualifying for Clinton is because otherwise our hero would have privately informed Congress and honored the tradition of not influencing elections. Comey is smart enough to know his options. And unless he suddenly turned rotten at his current age, he's got the character to jump in front of a second bullet for the Republic. ..."
Oct 31, 2016 | blog.dilbert.com
Back to Comey.

I'm hearing several interpretations for these two observations:

1. Comey seemed pro -Clinton when he dropped the initial email case.

2. Comey seems anti -Clinton this week because he announced a new round of investigations right before the election.

How can both behaviors be explained? Or, as I like to ask, which movie does the best job of explaining our observations and also predicting the future?

Some say Comey is a political pawn in a rigged system. By that movie script we can explain why he dropped the initial email case. But we can't explain why he's acting against Clinton's interests now. What changed?

Well, some say Comey had to reopen the case against Clinton after discovering the Weiner laptop emails. If he failed to act, there might be a revolt at the FBI and maybe a whistleblower would come forward. But that leaves unexplained why Comey detailed to Congress how Clinton appeared to be guilty of crimes at the same time he said the FBI was dropping the case. If Comey had been protecting Clinton on the first round, he would have softened his description of her misdeeds, wouldn't he? But he didn't seem to hold back anything.

And none of those hypotheses explain why the people who know Comey have high regard for his integrity. Comey also has the security of a 10-year appointment as Director, so he has a low chance of getting fired or politically influenced. That's exactly why the job has a 10-year term. Given what we know of Comey before any of the Clinton emails, any movie that casts Comey as an ass-covering weasel is probably making a casting mistake.

So allow me to offer an interpretation of events that casts Comey as more of a patriot and hero than an ass-covering weasel. Compare my interpretation with whatever movie you have in your head and see which one works best for explaining and predicting.

My movie says Comey had good evidence against Clinton during the initial investigation but made a judgment call to leave the decision to the American public. For reasons of conscience, and acting as a patriot, Comey explained in clear language to the public exactly what evidence the FBI found against Clinton. The evidence looked damning because it was. Under this interpretation, Comey took a bullet to his reputation for the sake of the Republic. He didn't want the FBI to steal this important decision away from the people, but at the same time he couldn't let the people decide blind. So he divulged the evidence and stepped away, like the action hero who doesn't look back at the explosion.

In the second act of this movie, Comey learns that the Weiner laptop had emails that were so damning it would be a crime against the public to allow them to vote without first seeing a big red flag. And a flag was the best he could do because it was too early in the investigation to leak out bits and pieces of the evidence. That would violate Clinton's rights.

But Comey couldn't easily raise a red flag to warn the public because it was against FBI policy to announce a criminal investigation about a candidate so close to election day. So Comey had a choice of either taking another bullet for the Republic or screwing the very country that he has spent his career protecting.

In this movie, Comey did the hero thing. He alerted the public to the fact that the FBI found DISQUALIFYING information on the Weiner laptop. And he took a second bullet to his reputation.

How do I know the new emails are that bad?

I start by assuming Comey is the same man now as the one who was carefully vetted before being hired to protect the integrity of one of our most important institutions. And even Comey's critics concede he's smart.

So…

The way you know the new emails are disqualifying for Clinton is because otherwise our hero would have privately informed Congress and honored the tradition of not influencing elections. Comey is smart enough to know his options. And unless he suddenly turned rotten at his current age, he's got the character to jump in front of a second bullet for the Republic.

According to this movie, no matter who gets elected, we'll eventually learn of something disqualifying in the Weiner emails.

And we can't say we weren't warned. Comey took two bullets to do it.

So compare this movie to your own movie and see which one does the best job of explaining the observed facts. And when we find out what is in the Weiner laptop emails, compare that news to my prediction that the information is disqualifying.

The Persuasion Filter says there is no prefered reality. We all see our own movies. In my movie, Comey's has a consistent personality from start to finish. He starts out his career as a smart, competent patriot and he later proves it by taking two bullets for the Republic. If your movie script has Comey suddenly changing his basic character for this election season, don't expect an Oscar.

[Oct 31, 2016] 12 Facts About the FBI Investigation of Hillary Clintons Emails

Oct 31, 2016 | www.breitbart.com
Twelve facts reveal what everyone needs to know about the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server.

Those twelve facts consist of:

    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. While searching the laptop, FBI agents uncovered new emails that are likely connected to the agency's investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server. The laptop was used by Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin and reportedly has 650,000 emails on it. Earlier in the investigation, Huma Abedin swore under oath in a deposition that she had turned over the devices that may have been used to email Clinton: two laptops, a BlackBerry, files she found in her apartment. Huma Abedin reportedly did not know about emails that were on the computer the FBI discovered. "The possibility that this device contains any emails of hers is news to her," a source familiar with the investigation told CNN . Anthony Weiner is cooperating with the FBI's investigation, according to Fox News anchor Bret Baier . FBI Director James Comey was reportedly informed about the new emails last Thursday. He notified Congress the following day. Comey had testified to Congress that the investigation was complete. He sent a letter on Friday to both Democrats and Republican members of Congress to clarify that the case remained open. Justice Department officials tried to stop James Comey from sending the letter, according to the New York Times , warning that it would be a break of longstanding policy. Investigators believe that some of the emails deleted from Hillary Clinton's private server are on this laptop, according to CNN . Many of the emails were "either sent to or from the private email server at Mrs. Clinton's home," according to the Wall Street Journal . Officials received a court order during the weekend to investigate the emails. The process has begun, but it will take weeks, according to several sources.

[Oct 31, 2016] ITS OVER Huma Abedin Just Flipped! What She Did Minutes Ago Has Hillary In Tears…

Oct 31, 2016 | endingthefed.com

EndingFed News Network

Huma Abedin has VOIDED her immunity deal with the FBI. She will be facing jail time or give up dirt on Hillary Clinton. Hillary has got to be crying big ol' gator tears right about now…

Huma Abedin has been by Hillary's side for a long time. After those emails were found on her husband Anthony Weiner's computer. Hillary Clinton does not want her around anymore. According to Hillary's campaign, Abedin is now sitting in a different section of the plane when it was traveling to Florida.

[Oct 31, 2016] Roger Stone Its Time America Got Some Answers About Huma Abedin EndingFed News Network

Notable quotes:
"... Abedin was deeply involved with the establishment of Hillary's private email server, which was used for all of her work as Secretary of State. Now, since we know Hillary had hundreds of classified or top-secret documents on her vulnerable server (despite her early lies saying she did not), any faith in Huma's judgment - at the very least - has been demolished. You will soon ask yourself, "how did this woman get a security clearance?" ..."
"... There is no doubt that she and Hillary have an extremely close relationship. She has been loyal and faithful to Hillary for twenty years. "I have one daughter. But if I had a second daughter, it would be Huma." So spoke Hillary in 2010. She even visited with Huma's mother Saleha in Saudi Arabia in 2011, telling her that Huma's position was "very important and sensitive." Saleha is reportedly an outspoken advocate for genital mutilation for girls in the Islamic world. ..."
"... One exception to this was the February 2016 issue of Vanity Fair . Author William D Cohen's story, titled "Is Huma Abedin Hillary Clinton's Secret Weapon or Her Next Big Problem?" tackled some of the issues I have gone over in this piece. It was well written, informative, and controversial. The backlash was immediate. ..."
Oct 31, 2016 | endingthefed.com

Chic gal pal? Mild mannered politician's wife? Harmless clotheshorse? Saudi plant? Innocent aide? Handler?

Huma Abedin is Vice Chair of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. But Huma is more, much more than that. She is the person closest to the most powerful woman in American politics and perhaps the next President. Huma has been described variously as Hillary's "body woman," a sort of glorified go-to personal maid, gentle confidant, and by others as an Islamic spy. She may be all of these things, because as we shall see, Huma Abedin has an interesting and complex career history.

Abedin was deeply involved with the establishment of Hillary's private email server, which was used for all of her work as Secretary of State. Now, since we know Hillary had hundreds of classified or top-secret documents on her vulnerable server (despite her early lies saying she did not), any faith in Huma's judgment - at the very least - has been demolished. You will soon ask yourself, "how did this woman get a security clearance?"

She was born Huma Mahmood Abedin in 1976 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her father, Syed Zainul Abedin, was Indian and born in New Delhi. In the early 1970s, he was affiliated with the Muslim Students Association at Western Michigan University. The Muslim Students Association or MSA was started in 1963 by Saudi Arabia's biggest charity, the Muslim World League, a group formed and funded by the Kingdom to spread Islam throughout the world.

... ... ...

There were several issues being investigated both internally by the State Department and Sen. Charles Grassley of the Senate Judiciary Committee for conflicts of interest and embezzlement . She filed inaccurate time sheets overpaying herself $10,000. Mr. Grassley has also questioned whether the deal with Abedin really met the requirements for a special government employee status. One of those requirements is that someone's work as a contractor be different enough from the original job to warrant giving the person contractor status. Documents acquired by the Washington Times show that she told State officials that she planned to do the same kind of work as an SGE that she did as Deputy Chief of Staff.

She became part of Hillary's transition team in 2013, helping her to return to private life. She continued her work at the Clinton Foundation and set up her own consulting firm, Zain Endeavors LLC .

On October 16, 2015, Abedin testified in a closed session before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, in a session that was expected to focus on the 2012 Benghazi attack during which Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed. She said, "I came here today to be as helpful as I could be to the committee. I wanted to honor the service of those lost and injured in the Benghazi attacks," adding she was "honored" to work for Clinton at State and "proud" of her service there. Representative Lynn Westmoreland, a Republican panel member, said Abedin frequently answered questions with responses of "'I don't remember' and 'I don't recollect.'"

There is no doubt that she and Hillary have an extremely close relationship. She has been loyal and faithful to Hillary for twenty years. "I have one daughter. But if I had a second daughter, it would be Huma." So spoke Hillary in 2010. She even visited with Huma's mother Saleha in Saudi Arabia in 2011, telling her that Huma's position was "very important and sensitive." Saleha is reportedly an outspoken advocate for genital mutilation for girls in the Islamic world.

So how has the media dealt with Huma Abedin? In short, they haven't. The family's critics have been attacked and labeled as conspiracy theorists.

One exception to this was the February 2016 issue of Vanity Fair . Author William D Cohen's story, titled "Is Huma Abedin Hillary Clinton's Secret Weapon or Her Next Big Problem?" tackled some of the issues I have gone over in this piece. It was well written, informative, and controversial. The backlash was immediate.

[Oct 31, 2016] Watch the Post twist itself into a pretzel, trying to explain, carefully walking through this latest Clinton mess, picking certain facts, ignoring others, not asking the obvious questions

Notable quotes:
"... I watch the Post twist itself into a pretzel, trying to explain, carefully walking through this latest Clinton mess, picking certain facts, ignoring others, not asking the obvious questions ..."
"... In a previous release of information as a result of a Freedom of Information suit, it became known that Huma Abedin had forwarded emails from Clinton's private email server, to Ms. Abedin's personal yahoo email account. ..."
"... I understand that Mrs. Clinton was SOS for four years. Nevertheless, how do you forward tens of thousands of emails? ..."
"... And what of the 30,000 destroyed (by Clinton) emails? The only thing that makes sense, is that the newly discovered emails include some of the missing emails. ..."
"... "We don't know what this means yet except that it's a real bombshell. And it is unthinkable that the Director of the FBI would take this action lightly, that he would put this letter forth to the Congress of the United States saying there is more information out there about classified e-mails and call it to the attention of congress unless it was something requiring serious investigation. So that's where we are..." ..."
Oct 31, 2016 | washingtonpost.com

HappyInSF 10/29/2016 7:44 PM EST

As I watch the Post twist itself into a pretzel, trying to explain, carefully walking through this latest Clinton mess, picking certain facts, ignoring others, not asking the obvious questions (e.g. are some of the emails found on Weiner's laptop copies of the 30,000 emails that Clinton destroyed, even though she was under subpoena to turn them over to the State Dept.?) it makes me believe that there is not an honest, moral, trustworthy person, left in our government, our political leadership, or our press corps.
HappyInSF 10/29/2016 7:09 PM EST
In a previous release of information as a result of a Freedom of Information suit, it became known that Huma Abedin had forwarded emails from Clinton's private email server, to Ms. Abedin's personal yahoo email account.

The new bit of news today, is that the FBI found TENS OF THOUSANDS of Clinton related emails on Weiner's (shared with Abedin?) laptop. I understand that Mrs. Clinton was SOS for four years. Nevertheless, how do you forward tens of thousands of emails? I don't think it can be a batch operation, they must have been forwarded individually. And what of the 30,000 destroyed (by Clinton) emails? The only thing that makes sense, is that the newly discovered emails include some of the missing emails. As Carl Bernstein (one of the two original Post reporters who broke the Watergate story, which led to Nixon's resignation) said yesterday:

"We don't know what this means yet except that it's a real bombshell. And it is unthinkable that the Director of the FBI would take this action lightly, that he would put this letter forth to the Congress of the United States saying there is more information out there about classified e-mails and call it to the attention of congress unless it was something requiring serious investigation. So that's where we are..."

[Oct 31, 2016] Sherlock Holmes: How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?

Oct 31, 2016 | www.nakedcapitalism.com
fresno dan October 30, 2016 at 7:39 am

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 even 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.

….

Abedin told the FBI in an interview in April that her attorneys asked for guidance from the State Department on how to conduct that review but did not receive a response.

Summarizing Abedin's interview, FBI agents wrote that she told them the attorneys "erred on the side of caution and opted to include anything that they were unsure about."

In a sworn deposition in June, Abedin said she "looked for all the devices that may have any of my State Department work on it and returned - returned - gave them to my attorneys for them to review for all relevant documents."

=============================================================
Curiouser and curiouser.

Sherlock Holmes: How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?

We have a Russian Weiner in our computers… And in an abundance of caution, I am checking my drawers…

the source
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/clinton-aide-huma-abedin-has-told-people-she-doesnt-know-how-her-emails-wound-up-on-her-husbands-computer/2016/10/29/1d30c2b8-9e15-11e6-a0ed-ab0774c1eaa5_story.html

[Oct 31, 2016] FBI investigating new e-mail tied to Clinton scandal

Notable quotes:
"... I have to take the same or similar training as Hillary Clinton must have taken when she was secretary of state. The difference is that I do not have selective memory like Hillary nor am I a pathological liar. If I had done what Hillary has done no doubt I would be in federal prison! ..."
"... IMO either one is disqualifying to be President of the United States. Her extraordinary incompetence need not rise to the level of criminality. The court of public opinion is not a court of law, and candidates running for public office are judged in the court of public opinion accordingly. ..."
"... Apparently Weiner is "cooperating" with the FBI, which gives them the right to search emails on the laptop without an additional warrant... including the Abedin emails. I would likely think this would involve a plea deal for Weiner for throwing Abedin and Hillary under the bus. Despicable , but this is Weiner we're talking about. ..."
Oct 31, 2016 | arstechnica.com
bettercitizens Ars Scholae Palatinae reply Oct 30, 2016 3:15 PM
I work with classified data and create derivative classifications as part of my job as a civilian with the Navy. Classified information is a pain in the ass, but it has to be dealt with properly and securely. That is why we have SIPRNET to e-mail classified data.

The SIPRNET system forces a header at the top of all e-mail messages stating the classification level and if foreign nationalities can view the data, etc. Additonally when creating a derivative classification one has to consult the security classification guide for the program and mark the data properly in any files.

I have to take the same or similar training as Hillary Clinton must have taken when she was secretary of state. The difference is that I do not have selective memory like Hillary nor am I a pathological liar. If I had done what Hillary has done no doubt I would be in federal prison!

Cheers, DC

Red Foreman Wise, Aged Ars Veteran
... ... ...

IMO either one is disqualifying to be President of the United States. Her extraordinary incompetence need not rise to the level of criminality. The court of public opinion is not a court of law, and candidates running for public office are judged in the court of public opinion accordingly.

Thoughtful Ars Tribunus Militum et Subscriptor

... ... ...

What may have been confusing you is that POP3 clients (generally speaking, unless told NOT to) remove e-mail from the server and keep it locally. IMAP and MS Exchange can do that too but you have to take extra configuration steps to ensure that the client removes the mail and stores it locally (instead of the e-mail simultaneously residing on both the client and the server).

Drone13 Smack-Fu Master, in training reply 5 hours ago drachasor wrote:

... ... ...

Apparently Weiner is "cooperating" with the FBI, which gives them the right to search emails on the laptop without an additional warrant... including the Abedin emails. I would likely think this would involve a plea deal for Weiner for throwing Abedin and Hillary under the bus. Despicable , but this is Weiner we're talking about.

This morning the FBI also secured a warrant for the notebook, so warrant-less search is no longer an issue to discuss. It has also been reported that there are somewhere around 650,000 emails to sort through between Weiner's and Abedin's emails. That has to be a very distasteful task.. separating the wheat from the shaft.

whobeme Smack-Fu Master, in training reply Oct 30, 2016 1:01 PM Drone13 wrote:

... ... ...


I believe the first one indicates this scenario is unfolding:

1. laptop went with Weiner when they split, so the FBI did not review it during the initial investigation. (Gross incompetence on their part.)

2. In the later investigation for Weiner's weenie wagging the FBI obtained the laptop and reviewed HIS emails. In the process they found some to or from HER, most likely in a separate login account. The warrant they were using for his investigation did not apply to the Clinton investigation, and they passed the observation up the chain of command but did not read those emails (or will not admit to reading them.)

which brings us to today

3. Huma says she doesn't know what is on that laptop and does not know how any of her emails got there.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/na ... story.html

We have been speculating previously about what mail protocols were used. The presence of a large number of emails when she expected none suggests to me that at some point she borrowed his machine to check her emails. (Hers being on the blink or left at the office or some such thing.) The email client used may have employed IMAP and while she thought it was just showing her the couple of emails she needed to look at, in the background it was downloading a full copy of each folder she accessed. She may not have expected that because on her machine whichever email client this was was configured to not make local copies.

[Oct 30, 2016] M of A - Unprincipled WaPo Editors Damned Comey Critics - Now Join Them

Notable quotes:
"... Schrodinger's Election: Simultaneously hacked by Russia to make Trump win and not rigged at all if Killary wins. ..."
"... Hillary's tech guy asking questions on Reddit about how to manipulate/destroy email info for a VIP; ..."
"... Immunity given to virtually everyone involved that was close to Hillary. I believe that the number was 5 people. This seems overly generous and not in keeping with good investigative practice. ..."
"... Yes, people less well connected have gone to jail for lesser offenses than Hillary Clinton and her unsecured email thing. However, I think this issue is being deliberately raised specifically to shield Hillary Clinton and boost her candidacy. It's being used to flood the airwaves, and drive out the even more damning evidence against her. ..."
"... I mean, consider what she did in Libya: attacked a relatively prosperous and stable nation that was not a threat to us and was actually trying to cooperate, she allied us with Al Qaeda (!! why is this not blowing people's minds !!) blew it all to smithereens leaving behind a Mad max-style dystopia. And that's just for starters. There is her apparent desire to attack Russian forces in Syria, her desire to loot social security and give it all to her buddies in Wall Street, her desire to tear up the constitution and give supreme plenary power to multinational corporations... She is the Queen of Chaos, the candidate of Wall Street and War. ..."
"... I think the FBI suddenly raised this issue because the polls are tightening, and the establishment would prefer that in the remaining few days the airwaves be filled with lesser offenses that many Americans regard as technical, than with solid coverage of just what a corrupt monster Clinton really is. I mean, do you really think that any high governmeant official does anything that is not scripted and approved in advance? ..."
"... This would all be funny if it didn't represent the machinations of our overlords. This is like a carousel that is spinning out of control and now the pieces are starting to break off. ..."
"... Looks like he was wrong a lot farther back than July. Now we know that there was never a grand jury. Even the astute, ex-judge Andrew Napolitano claimed on more than one occasion that a GJ must be sitting. For instance, when the FIB gave immunity to Pagliano, that signaled to many in the know that a GJ had to be sitting. Not so. W/out a GJ, there was no real investigation. 147 FIB agents working on a sham. ..."
"... Napolitano also predicted a Saturday Massacre if Hilton was not indicted -- dozens of FIB agents would resign. ..."
"... He is doing Hilton a favor by trying to keep pissed-off FIB agents from jumping ship and spilling beans in the week before the election. ..."
"... Hillary is taking a risk in asking the FBI for more details. It could backfire. If Comey is put under heavy pressure to unveil the reasons that made him send this warning to the Congress, he may admit that at least one email his team checked was classified. ..."
"... That would be a huge blow to Hillary's campaign. She may have either to withdraw from the elections or risk been prosecuted after she is elected. She should pray that the FBI does not release more details... ..."
"... The funny aspect of this struggle is three women are involved in the justice abuse drama: Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin and Loretta Lynch, while three men are involved in the sexual abuse drama: Trump, Bill Clinton and Weiner. ..."
"... Let me tell you, if the FIB ever got a search warrant for your husband's computer and found your criminal em's on that computer, the original search warrant for the computer would be more than enough to allow them to open your em's. But the rules are different for Hilton, Bilton, and the entire Clinton RICO team. ..."
"... Sounds like FIB is going to Abedin's suits and asking for permission to look at the em's. Like WTF???? Since when does FIB or any law enforcement seek permission from a target's legal team to carry out an investigation? ..."
"... (there are reports that Abedin -- as is customary -- swore under oath that she had scrubbed all state department documents from all of her personal devices ... and -- FWIW -- she was granted immunity during the earlier investigation ... ..."
"... So Comey didn't use any of the Podesta files as evidence ? He's still an establishment coward. Comedy is a A lower class of criminal still serving a higher class of partisan criminals. ..."
"... I think Abedin's career is over ... which is a good thing since the reports of Clinton's cult-like oh-so-"loyal" inner circle were dismaying (cough). ..."
"... If most of these people never really look at urls, their tech people and security people, did. They passed it as acceptable. ..."
"... Comey couldn't prosecute Clinton without prosecuting all those people too, which is impossible ..."
"... Huma no sign of today 30th on or near Clingon campaign plane Florida this AM. ..."
"... Obviously Huma had an email account on Weiner's computer. It seems that the existence of this account and its email contents were found while looking at Wiener's email account. ..."
"... My suspicion was always that Comey was trying to preempt a leak ... likely by some FBI-well connected congress critter ..."
"... Calling for the FBI to release information is double edged. If the emails are copies of the ones that Hillary destroyed from her server because they were too compromising then she will be in deep trouble. ..."
"... Gee! What could go wrong with a scenario like that – a high-ranking government official seeking to become president who exhibits callous disregard for national security protocols, a trusted aide who worked in her family magazine in Saudi Arabia on behalf of radical Islamic causes who was married to a Jewish member of Congress who had a propensity for compromising himself through illicit and bizarre sexual activity? ..."
"... Demanding that the DOJ or FBI "release all the information" is simply grandstanding ... they can't (they apparently don't have legal access and haven't reviewed it) ... and Weiner and Abedin are entitled to privacy protection for all non-related content, and the various government agencies also have security and other concerns ... ..."
"... Demand away!!! Film at 11!!! Shake that fist, hold your breath until your face is read and your eyes bulge ... show the world just how well you can simulate OUTRAGE. ..."
"... Let's recall 24 years ago the 11th hr indictment of Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger that doomed the re-election of president George H.W. Bush . ..."
"... 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. ..."
"... Brace for more bombshells – up next, The Clinton Family Foundation. ..."
"... Question of the day. Over half million emails on Weiner's computer, are the 33,000 deleted emails in this trove? ..."
"... According to a NYPD source, the emails on Weiner's laptop are NOT about state secrets, but are in fact pointing to a pedophilia ring with the Clintons at the center. ..."
"... New headaches for VP nominee Tim Kaine as alleged mistress comes forward with tape of thr ..."
"... FWIW, I read today Huma was also getting paid by Tedeo ... she is always described as "like a daughter", working for clinton since SHE was a 19 year old intern ... she's now 40 ... shudder ... meaning 21 years or 1996 ... ..."
"... The Lewinsky scandal was an American political sex scandal that came to light in 1998, referring to a sexual relationship between 1995 and 1996 with then 49-year-old President Bill Clinton and a 22-year-old White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. ..."
"... I've always wondered how Chelsea feels about the oh-so-elegant like-a-daughter Abedin ..."
"... Still, while Bill was destroying long-term Clinton family relationships via Lewinsky (and demands that people lie for him), Hillary had "Huma" to lean" on and "mentor" ... It sounds so co-dependent. (and I suggest zero other impropriety) I've witnessed some very dysfunctional boss/assistant relationships ... shudder. ..."
"... This is what I like about Donald Trump... (not exactly the same words) If I'm elected you will go to jail and to Ford's executives in Detroit. If you move productions to Mexico, I'll impost a 35% on all vehicles from Mexico and no one will buy Ford! ..."
"... The #1 meme about Donald Trump is his racism ... and the racism of his supporters ... this has been the drumbeat since last Spring ... daily, constant, unrelenting and without exception ... and unfair and ridiculous, without nuance, rejecting all other explanations and flatly rejecting any number of contradicting Trump rally witness reports ... ..."
"... The meme has been: Support Trump and you are a racist ... full stop. That all Trump supporters want to go back to pre-Civil Rights, pre-Women's liberation, and support for Trump is a rage-induced quest regain lost "white privilege" ... ..."
Oct 30, 2016 | www.moonofalabama.org
Juan Moment | Oct 30, 2016 8:53:27 AM | 2
Comment on Twitter, made me laugh.

Schrodinger's Election: Simultaneously hacked by Russia to make Trump win and not rigged at all if Killary wins.

Fontana | Oct 30, 2016 9:24:31 AM | 3
Whatever else happens in this race, it has been a pleasure watching the media destroy what little credibility they had left.

Noirette | Oct 30, 2016 10:22:56 AM | 8
Comey is under pressure. Either thru his own reading of the situation and head banging ("I have to act now"), because threats of new/other leaks are looming, or because some are pushing to break the dams (e.g. internal to FBI) or just becos the info is so damning covering it up if it ever comes out will spark disaster for him in any case. Or a combination, or even other, extra, reasons.

He is compelled, or wishes to as a white knight, I doubt that actually, to 're-open' with vague, indeterminate words, the HRC e-mail private-server matter. Obviously coverin' his ass but waiting on decisions from the VIPs. (Lynch. Clinton.)

3 FBI investigs. are ongoing:

1) Into the Clinton Foundation, which was never halted but seems to limp along (held back? bogged down as very complicated, e.g. insider trading?) See also the Bill Clinton foundation, though afaik it is not under scrutiny?

2) Into the sexting Wiener scandal, which was 'independent'? Not, imho, an FBI matter, but NY authorities? - Charges of sexting to minors, one person, one count, not too hard to deal with, but when huma - clinton - govmt. e-mails were found on 'his' laptop, another dimension came into play…

3) Killary private server, e-mail scandal, bis repetita

…> there might even be other unknowns

Imho these 3 investigs. have now become intertwined, there is simply no way for the FBI to keep up any Chinese Walls any longer.

Jackrabbit | Oct 30, 2016 10:29:38 AM | 10
I wrote about Comey and the newly discovered emails on the Open Thread here and here

There's still lots of questions.

Some thought that Comey was part of the 'fix' when Bill Clinton met with Lynch on the tarmac and Comey subsequently made the judgment call to NOT recommend prosecution.

We then heard about flaws in the investigation:

1. Hillary's tech guy asking questions on Reddit about how to manipulate/destroy email info for a VIP;

2. Immunity given to virtually everyone involved that was close to Hillary. I believe that the number was 5 people. This seems overly generous and not in keeping with good investigative practice.

Comey's letter to Congress has reinvigorated the Trump campaign but also:

1. served as a distraction to Wikileaks release of the Podesta emails (MSMS wrote more about Russian hacking than about the Podesta emails)

2. allowed Hillary & Co. to grandstand and beat their chests

It's likely that Huma has told Hillary what these emails are (if Hillary didn't already know) . So look at how hard Obama/Hillary fight the FBI to get a sense for how important these emails are.

There's a possibility that these emails are a nothingburger and that the Hillary campaign ultimately benefits from the perception that Republicans are after Hillary.

Ben | Oct 30, 2016 10:53:28 AM | 13
#9

Have you ever been party to a bureaucracy with electronic mail policies? If you are anal-retentive, have no family life and sleep an hour a day, you could possibly comply with the panoply written by lawyers covering the legal ass of the organization. Other than that….

Pot/kettle..

Bill H | Oct 30, 2016 11:15:24 AM | 14
"He should have pressed for charges against Clinton..."

Sorry, no. It is not his position to press for charges or to advocate against him. It is his job to perform the investigation and turn to facts over to the prosecutor who decides whether or not a prosecution is warranted. He may decide that duties assigned to him are not consistent with the law and refuse to perform them, and has done so, but he does not decide how the law should be enforced.

Virgile | Oct 30, 2016 11:34:13 AM | 15
The weiner-abedin computer that carries sexting and US state emails has certainly been hacked. US state secrets are intermixed with porno emails and available to the public. yes america is great!
TG | Oct 30, 2016 11:34:45 AM | 16
I would like to propose an alternative explanation.

Yes, people less well connected have gone to jail for lesser offenses than Hillary Clinton and her unsecured email thing. However, I think this issue is being deliberately raised specifically to shield Hillary Clinton and boost her candidacy. It's being used to flood the airwaves, and drive out the even more damning evidence against her.

I mean, consider what she did in Libya: attacked a relatively prosperous and stable nation that was not a threat to us and was actually trying to cooperate, she allied us with Al Qaeda (!! why is this not blowing people's minds !!) blew it all to smithereens leaving behind a Mad max-style dystopia. And that's just for starters. There is her apparent desire to attack Russian forces in Syria, her desire to loot social security and give it all to her buddies in Wall Street, her desire to tear up the constitution and give supreme plenary power to multinational corporations... She is the Queen of Chaos, the candidate of Wall Street and War. She is Vlad the Impaler on crack.

I think the FBI suddenly raised this issue because the polls are tightening, and the establishment would prefer that in the remaining few days the airwaves be filled with lesser offenses that many Americans regard as technical, than with solid coverage of just what a corrupt monster Clinton really is. I mean, do you really think that any high governmeant official does anything that is not scripted and approved in advance?

psychohistorian | Oct 30, 2016 11:50:33 AM | 18
This would all be funny if it didn't represent the machinations of our overlords. This is like a carousel that is spinning out of control and now the pieces are starting to break off.

I hope that question that the rest of the world is asking itself is: Why the heck are we continuing to buy American T-bills?

The global plutocrats have had since 2008 to set this casting of throwing the US under the bus up. The US public will rise up but have been too brainwashed to do anything intelligent, unfortunately.

We need to rid ourselves of the tools that the global plutocrats use to retain control of the West, Private Finance and unfettered inheritance.

And yes, I voted for Jill Stein again because I want to see the Green party get to at least 5% so we can build another choice than the bifurcated one before Americans currently.

What is next? I don't think the show is over yet.

Denis | Oct 30, 2016 11:53:30 AM | 19
b: "I for one believe that Comey was wrong in July and is right today. He should have pressed for charges against Clinton early on."

Looks like he was wrong a lot farther back than July. Now we know that there was never a grand jury. Even the astute, ex-judge Andrew Napolitano claimed on more than one occasion that a GJ must be sitting. For instance, when the FIB gave immunity to Pagliano, that signaled to many in the know that a GJ had to be sitting. Not so. W/out a GJ, there was no real investigation. 147 FIB agents working on a sham.

Napolitano also predicted a Saturday Massacre if Hilton was not indicted -- dozens of FIB agents would resign. Two days day before Comey's October IED Napolitano claimed that was now happening -- FIB agents are resigning and once they are out, the leaks will become a flood. Comey is the Dutch boy with his thumb stuck up his ass in the dike. He is doing Hilton a favor by trying to keep pissed-off FIB agents from jumping ship and spilling beans in the week before the election.

There is one certainty in this election: Whoever loses it will be someone most Americans absolutely despise. (It is important to emphasize the positive.)

psychohistorian | Oct 30, 2016 12:41:46 PM | 28
And in other empire building/dying news there is this from Turkey

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-dismissals-idUSKBN12U04L

virgile | Oct 30, 2016 12:46:20 PM | 29
Hillary is taking a risk in asking the FBI for more details. It could backfire. If Comey is put under heavy pressure to unveil the reasons that made him send this warning to the Congress, he may admit that at least one email his team checked was classified.

That would be a huge blow to Hillary's campaign. She may have either to withdraw from the elections or risk been prosecuted after she is elected. She should pray that the FBI does not release more details...

The funny aspect of this struggle is three women are involved in the justice abuse drama: Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin and Loretta Lynch, while three men are involved in the sexual abuse drama: Trump, Bill Clinton and Weiner.

This will make the next successful series on HBO: Sex, power and politic!

Kalen | Oct 30, 2016 12:55:53 PM | 30
Had enough to of this meaningless disgusting farce called elections in the US and what wonder the hell purpose it serves?
Here is the answer:
https://contrarianopinion.wordpress.com/2016/09/17/faux-elections-and-american-insanity-of-fear/

Penelope | Oct 30, 2016 1:46:43 PM | 33
Here's stuff you didn't know about Trump. Not silly or salacious. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60nOmmLtJSY

mauisurfer | Oct 30, 2016 2:22:28 PM | 36
President Putin's speech at Valdai:
October 29, 2016.
(Putin covers everything, deserves a full read)

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2016/10/30/president-putin-asks-us-to-stop-provoking-russia/

Denis | Oct 30, 2016 2:22:36 PM | 37
The story now is that FIB agents investigating Weiner's kiddie sexting stumbled on Abedin's em's on Weiner's laptop. Apparently, they think they have to have a special search warrant to look at her em's.

Let me tell you, if the FIB ever got a search warrant for your husband's computer and found your criminal em's on that computer, the original search warrant for the computer would be more than enough to allow them to open your em's. But the rules are different for Hilton, Bilton, and the entire Clinton RICO team.

Sounds like FIB is going to Abedin's suits and asking for permission to look at the em's. Like WTF???? Since when does FIB or any law enforcement seek permission from a target's legal team to carry out an investigation?

CNN also raises the specter of spousal privilege between Wiener and Abedin. Shouldn't be a problem. Spousal privilege means one spouse cannot be compelled to testify against another. It does not provide a safe haven on one spouse's computer for illegal em's of the other . . . well, you know, unless you are on the Clinton RICO team. CNN's theory (probably from Jeffrey Toobin) would be like saying, the cops can't look in a wife's underwear drawer for a pistol used by the husband to commit a murder. What BS.

Susan Sunflower | Oct 30, 2016 2:29:36 PM | 38
As far as I can tell, Comey knew that getting an expanded warrant (to cover actually opening Abedin's newly discovered email trove) would be leaked and that that would be more damaging (in many ways to many people) ... so he bit the bullet and is being subjected to massive criticism from everyone ...

Imagine the bombshell if they had attempted to keep this secret and it had been revealed next week or after the election ...

""The issue is complicated because the computer is considered to belong to Anthony Weiner, her estranged husband, and the case may raise spousal privilege legal protections for Abedin.

Government lawyers hope to secure the warrant to permit investigators to review thousands of emails on a computer Abedin shared with Weiner, officials said.The new search warrant is needed because the existing authorization, covered by a subpoena, related only to the ongoing investigation of Weiner, who is accused of having sexually explicit communications with an underage girl.Investigators from the FBI's New York field office who are conducting the Weiner investigation " ""

cnn: Justice Department seeks approval for email search
(there are reports that Abedin -- as is customary -- swore under oath that she had scrubbed all state department documents from all of her personal devices ... and -- FWIW -- she was granted immunity during the earlier investigation ...

schlub | Oct 30, 2016 2:37:49 PM | 39
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/10/30/491364/US-presidential-election-Donald-Trump-Hilalry-Clinton-polls-911

A political commentator believes the polls in the United States are being "manipulated," adding that they are not reflecting the will of the American people.

"Trump is an outsider. He is coming in new. He does not have any political history, he has no political experience. He is coming as an agent of change," Mike Harris told Press TV in an interview on Sunday.

SCARY...Helloween coming,& you know what that means...Samhain.
That's right...even worse than this this year:
http://www.halloween-mask.com/morb/09/hellary_m36465.jpg

Sometimes right on time, almost as if using a calendar(!), like 2011 when they decided to sacrifice MF Global.
Or 2011 also when they ended their murderous bombing of Libya, started earlier MAR 31 by those uncouth frenchie fokkers.

Sometimes "celebrated" late, as in 1956 NOV 5 with Brits sending invasion force to take back Suez that Nasser just nationalized, or 1979 NOV 4 Iran US embassy hostages (not like that wasn't due...Mossadegh was overthrown in 1953).

tom | Oct 30, 2016 2:41:29 PM | 41
So Comey didn't use any of the Podesta files as evidence ? He's still an establishment coward. Comedy is a A lower class of criminal still serving a higher class of partisan criminals.

Susan Sunflower | Oct 30, 2016 2:58:32 PM | 44
Sure drove WikiLeaks' (damning) Band memo out of discussion or consideration ... and the irony is that this probably -- ultimately -- has nothing to do with Clinton ... I think Abedin's career is over ... which is a good thing since the reports of Clinton's cult-like oh-so-"loyal" inner circle were dismaying (cough).

GOP congresscritters were already having kittens over the number of Clinton insiders granted immunity during the long tangled course of the investigation ..
Cnn 09/23/201 .

Caveat: I previously found mention of Abedin getting immunity prior to July and now cannot find a confirming source .... sigh

s | Oct 30, 2016 3:04:35 PM | 45
If using a private server to get around FOIA was a problem, it was a problem then, not now. But getting around FOIA was something everybody else, as well as Clinton wanted. That's why they had no problems sending and receiving emails from another server. If most of these people never really look at urls, their tech people and security people, did. They passed it as acceptable.

Comey couldn't prosecute Clinton without prosecuting all those people too, which is impossible. Pretending you really give a shit about the server when you don' care about all those other people who committed the same crime just proves one thing: It's a political prosecution aimed exclusively at an opponent. Another phrase for political prosecution is "show trial." You can't always make sure only the people you don't like get prosecuted.

And, security issues? In the world of Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden and wikileaks, no sensible and honest person thinks using government equipment means security.

The only use for this fake scandal is to pander to mad dog reactionaries.

schlub | Oct 30, 2016 3:22:46 PM | 48
Huma no sign of today 30th on or near Clingon campaign plane Florida this AM.

Supposedly Lord O tried but failed to directly intercede to block the FBI from searching Anthony's computer.

Maybe that 'suicided' top US missile general a day ago was the start of the cleanup crew moving, & the rats are doing what they always do---ratting, or scurrying for cover.

OH, the Huma-nity!

harrylaw | Oct 30, 2016 3:45:04 PM | 51

...Did Hilary Clinton give non cleared people access to classified information? Comey.. Yes sir. http://www.libertywritersnews.com/2016/10/breaking-obama-just-caught-trying-sabotage-new-clinton-email-investigation-sick/

virgile | Oct 30, 2016 4:41:50 PM | 59
Obviously Huma had an email account on Weiner's computer. It seems that the existence of this account and its email contents were found while looking at Wiener's email account.

Possibly it is a pop3 account (connected to Hillary server) meaning that these emails have been downloaded from the server and are physically on the computer probably without any password. If these emails are duplicates of 'classified' emails that Hillary has purposely deleted from her server, then she and Huma could be in deep trouble. In any case Huma is in trouble even if the emails are not classified as she did not declare their existence to the FBI. I understand the Wiener computer is in the hands of the Wiener's case investigators.

My guess is that the FBI has already had access to that computer and had a peek at these emails. I think that after examining some of them, they realize they were relevant to the investigation. As they have no warrant, they cannot announce anything officially. The FBI is now waiting for a warrant from Huma's lawers to officially view the account.

If Hillary is so keen to have details from these email, Huma should immediately give the ok for a warrant.
My opinion is that Hillary is terrified that these emails are very damaging so she needs to obstruct their release, while still accusing the FBI of backstabbing. It seems that her only chance is to discredit Comey and she is working on that now.

Susan Sunflower | Oct 30, 2016 4:51:18 PM | 60
My suspicion was always that Comey was trying to preempt a leak ... likely by some FBI-well connected congress critter ... According to the NYT, while Weiner investigators (and god knows who else) have known about the e-mails for weeks, Comey was not informed until shortly before his announcement (he must have been angry and horrified).

I still think that the shit-storm that would have erupted from a "leak" of a "secret" newly expanded arm of a "closed" investigation would have been far worse ... wrt to the whole "undermining" or "rigging" the election meme being sold -- by both parties ...

I'm getting conflicting impressions of "plausible deniability" by folks claiming to have been blind-sided by Comey's announcement ... I think (as I've said before) Comey is the designated whipping boy, and perhaps even volunteered to be just that, as everyone and their brother expresses horror at something that cannot be undone ...

virgile | Oct 30, 2016 5:04:41 PM | 62
Calling for the FBI to release information is double edged. If the emails are copies of the ones that Hillary destroyed from her server because they were too compromising then she will be in deep trouble.

I guess her only way out is to discredit Comey and get him out of the way. Is Comey strong enough to stand against the war Clinton will start on him?

virgile | Oct 30, 2016 5:08:38 PM | 65
Gee! What could go wrong with a scenario like that – a high-ranking government official seeking to become president who exhibits callous disregard for national security protocols, a trusted aide who worked in her family magazine in Saudi Arabia on behalf of radical Islamic causes who was married to a Jewish member of Congress who had a propensity for compromising himself through illicit and bizarre sexual activity?

"I have an idea! Let's make the architect of this mess the president of the United States." That's what the Democratic Party decided.

http://www.wnd.com/2016/10/why-hillary-is-disqualified-for-president/
Susan Sunflower | Oct 30, 2016 5:14:47 PM | 67
Demanding that the DOJ or FBI "release all the information" is simply grandstanding ... they can't (they apparently don't have legal access and haven't reviewed it) ... and Weiner and Abedin are entitled to privacy protection for all non-related content, and the various government agencies also have security and other concerns ...

Demand away!!! Film at 11!!! Shake that fist, hold your breath until your face is read and your eyes bulge ... show the world just how well you can simulate OUTRAGE.

Susan Sunflower | Oct 30, 2016 5:22:47 PM | 68
and let's not forget -- as everyone seems to be doing -- that these e-mails are years old and that there is no genuine urgency to this matter, no matter how much outrage and urgency and panic and other theatrics are demonstrated.

This investigation is (almost certainly) a dead parrot ... but like Weiner's sexting, it's something everyone can quite safely be OUTRAGED!!! about. Democrats and Clinton supporter long ago announce they didn't give a flying fig about Clinton's disregard for rules or transparency or truthfulness ... and the Republicans demonstrated -- that like Whitewater and Benghazi that came before -- that they didn't care about a lack of actionable findings as determined by those empowered to make such determinations ... There were no indictments because even the wrongdoing that was found was "determined" to not rise to the criteria necessary wrt to intent.

so, they cry ... let's have another investigation, more hearings, maybe a change in venues, leadership, oversight authority ...

(is it rigged? almost certainly, but more more and more isn't likely to change the outcome)

Ken Nari | Oct 30, 2016 5:38:24 PM | 69
Susan Sunflower @ 40

Probably just a coincidence, but as for Kaine making demands on Comey, one has to wonder why he doesn't just pick up the phone and call him?

How close they are (were) is hard to say, but they are certainly well acquainted. Both lived in Richmond, and taught at the University of Richmond Law School, a small, private school. Both moved in the same Richmond social circle and have friends in common.

Believe me, I do not move in that social circle, or have many friends in Richmond, but at least two are also friends of both Kaine and Comey. Maybe Kaine's wife could just call Comey's wife to find out what's going on. Or maybe Kaine is starting to get cold feet about running with Hillary and put Comey up to this. :-)

Small world. Just another oddity of this comedy-horror show of an election.


Petri Krohn | Oct 30, 2016 6:00:39 PM | 71
Re: But this season's version has at least some amusing moments.

I have tried to collect the funniest moments to this page on ACLOS:

US presidential elections

1 - Trump loves Putin
1.1 - Trump conspires with Putin

2 - Putin rigs elections
2.1 - Trump and Putin poisoned Hillary
2.2 - Assange sucks Putin's dick
2.3 - McCarthy runs for president

3 - News of Putin's rigging of election makes Americans question integrity of election
3.1 - Obama threatens WW3 with Russia
3.2 - Obama launches cyber attack on Russia
3.3 - Trump won't accept result if he loses

4 - Obama cancels elections

5 - Hillary grabs pussy

6 - Historians find signs of intelligent life

7 - The ballots

Everything is sourced to the most reliable sources, like the Washington Post , Wall Street Journal , and The New York Times .

Petri Krohn | Oct 30, 2016 6:02:04 PM | 72
Sorry, the link was broken: US presidential elections

Tobin Paz | Oct 30, 2016 6:14:30 PM | 74
@NemesisCalling | Oct 30, 2016 3:11:26 PM | 47

I do believe that Trump is a safer candidate than Clinton, but he is still seriously flawed. He stands out as a peace candidate next to Clinton, but he still makes statements about bombing ISIS and their family members. Two war crimes in that statement seeing as the US is in Syria illegally. He also wants to increase the defense budget... WTF, it's already more than half of the federal discretionary spending. His choice of Pence is also a huge warning sign.

Stein is the only candidate that I have heard make a rational statement regarding Syria... stop sending in more weapons. I'll concede that I may be naive, but as a true outsider she has the best chance to rein in the military. We could discuss the deep state and who calls the shots, but at point it wouldn't matter who gets elected.

Baraka's Soros connection should be considered, but let's not forget that Rothschild helped bailout Trump with his casino. I'm also very concerned about his dealings and potential ties with organized crime.

... ... ..

Susan Sunflower | Oct 30, 2016 6:21:50 PM | 75
I think the possibility that there were "rogue" FBI investigators keeping Comey in the dark -- to create an "October surprise" -- may be the most significant (and scary) part of this story (if true) ... shades of the numerous other "rogue" factions we've seen under Obama ... see also the 50 anonymous state department dissenters to Obama's policies (obviously endorsing Hillary). I'm curious if they and this ruse will ever be mentioned again.

Another failure of the chain of command ... lack of respect for authority within the highest levels of government. I'm thinking some people understood the message in too many movies glorifying renegades and mavericks. This isn't whistleblowing because no one will listen, this is subverting the process because you didn't like the outcome ... will cheating and fabrication come next to these ideology driven zealots? Has it already?

likklemore | Oct 30, 2016 6:24:46 PM | 77
The Bezos' Wapo rag is expected to be selective. Credibility destroyed. Now, with all the howling from The Clinton gang. The best display of what goes around, comes around! ……
Let's recall 24 years ago the 11th hr indictment of Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger that doomed the re-election of president George H.W. Bush .

This was the weekend before the election!

Bill Clinton cheered 11th hour indictment that doomed Bush re-election

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/flashback-clinton-cheered-11th-hour-indictment-that-doomed-bush-reelection/article/2606000

[24 years ago], as former President George H.W. Bush was surging back against challenger Bill Clinton, a special prosecutor raised new charges against Bush in the Iran-Contra probe, prompting Clinton to claim he was running against a "culture of corruption."

[.] Many Republicans claimed that the indictment made by special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh against former Reagan-era Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger the weekend before the 1992 election cost Bush a second term. The indictment, later thrown out, challenged Bush's claim that he did not know about a controversial arms-for-hostages deal that dogged the Reagan-Bush administration."

[.]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.

Shortly after the election, a federal judge threw out the new indictment because it violated the five-year statute of limitations and improperly broadened the original charges. President Bush then pardoned Weinberger.


~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Speechless but I am not shocked.

likklemore | Oct 30, 2016 7:10:05 PM | 81
@ Susan Sunflower 75


I think the possibility that there were "rogue" FBI investigators keeping Comey in the dark -- to create an "October surprise" -- may be the most significant (and scary) part of this story (if true) ... shades of the numerous other "rogue" factions we've seen under Obama ... see also the 50 anonymous state department dissenters to Obama's policies (obviously endorsing Hillary). I'm curious if they and this ruse will ever be mentioned again.

It's called Mutiny in D.C. Comey's hand was forced.

Is This Why Comey Broke: A Stack Of Resignation Letters From Furious FBI Agents
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-30/why-comey-broke-stack-resignation-letters-furious-fbi-agents

and, add this to the mix – I read an article on a credible site of a new bombshell but before I link to it, the contents should be confirmed during week of November 1st. However, this gem was included in the article:

"people at the Pentagon are aligned:
Will not silently sit still as one of their 4-Star generals get ramrodded for MUCH less than Hillary did. They are aligned with the insurrectionists at the FBI.

The general in question
Oct. 17, 2016 NYT
James Cartwright, Ex-General, Pleads Guilty in Leak Case,
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/18/us/marine-general-james-cartwright-leak-fbi.html?_r=0


(General Cartwright's undoing)

"It was wrong for me to mislead the F.B.I. on Nov. 2, 2012, and I accept full responsibility for this," General Cartwright said. "I knew I was not the source of the story and I didn't want to be blamed for the leak. My only goal in talking to the reporters was to protect American interests and lives; I love my country and continue to this day to do everything I can to defend it."

~ ~ ~ ~

Brace for more bombshells – up next, The Clinton Family Foundation.

Question of the day. Over half million emails on Weiner's computer, are the 33,000 deleted emails in this trove?

persiflo | Oct 30, 2016 8:16:06 PM | 89
There is another, rather adventurous accounting of the investigation. According to this transcript from a chat board, some anonymous analyst at the Bureau turned to the public, basically saying they can't do anything about the Clinton Foundation because the case is too big - it would mean taking on the totally implied government, and exposing deeds that they fear might lead to foreign declarations of war. He proceeded to ask the public instead to go after the Foundation. But after seeing this route did actually not work out, the people at the Bureau might have come up with plan B. This seems consistent; as long as you accept the assumption. The transcript is a bit hard to read, but the story rather thrilling, and definitely "se non è vero, è ben trovato".

You also might appreciate Bill Still's narration of the Phoenix incident with Loretta Lynch.

Tobin Paz | Oct 30, 2016 8:21:00 PM | 90
@jdmckay | Oct 30, 2016 7:38:37 PM | 84

The Clinton administration was bombing Iraq three times a week during 1999 and 2000 at a cost of over $2 billion a year. Regardless of who the next president was going to be, I think you could make a strong case that they were going to war in Iraq. The war record of Clinton, followed by Bush, followed by Obama lends credence to this assumption. Note that the attack on Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001, less than a month after September 11. I'm not a military expert, but that seems incredibly quick. Bush hadn't even been president for a year.

Susan Sunflower | Oct 30, 2016 8:22:55 PM | 91
The Clinton Family Foundation seems so slushy ... the funds are totally at the family's "discretion" and it's hard to imagine a genuine "scandal" The Foundation/CGI (Clinton Global Initiative) really only needs a credible "dissatified customer" with records saying they didn't get the quid-pro-quo what they paid for ... however, two credible above-reproach dissatisified customers each other would be better. I've figured someone like that exists (or even that one could have been created/manufactured for this purpose) ... however, it's the bridgeburning involved in going public ....

\

PhobosMoon | Oct 30, 2016 9:14:12 PM | 94
(!) According to a NYPD source, the emails on Weiner's laptop are NOT about state secrets, but are in fact pointing to a pedophilia ring with the Clintons at the center.

Looks like Bill wasn't alone on Epsteins Lolita Express. Hillary has a well documented preference for underage girls.

Look into
-Jared Fogle
-Cathy O'^Brien
-the 'Hillary Clinton Tapes'
-Tim Kaine (WikiLeaks, VP choice since 07.2015(!))

(

beq | Oct 30, 2016 9:15:31 PM | 95
Her Majesty has a solution

blues | Oct 30, 2016 9:30:37 PM | 97
And... Hillary's "running mate":

DEVELOPING New headaches for VP nominee Tim Kaine as alleged mistress comes forward with tape of thr
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g95HySIhLrc

Don't you want somebody to love.

(Maybe NOT Tim Kaine.)

blues | Oct 30, 2016 9:56:08 PM | 100

... DEVELOPING New headaches for VP nominee Tim Kaine as alleged mistress comes forward with tape of thr
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g95HySIhLrc

D

virgile | Oct 30, 2016 9:57:27 PM | 101
Is Comey trying to back the expected winner?

Paul Craig Roberts • October 29, 2016

The problem for the FBI, which once was a trusted American institution, but no longer is, is that there is no longer any doubt that Donald Trump will win the popular vote for president of the United States. His appearances are so heavily attended that thousands are turned away by local fire/occupancy regulations. In contrast, Hillary has curtailed her appearances, because she doesn't draw more than 30 or 40 people.

Americans are sick to death of the corrupt Clintons and the corrupt American media. The Clintons are so completely bought-and-paid-for by the Oligarchy that they were able to outspend Hollywood on their daughter's wedding, dropping $3,000,000 on the event.

http://www.unz.com/proberts/the-director-of-the-fbi-reopens-the-hillary-case/

likklemore | Oct 30, 2016 10:03:12 PM | 103
@ Susan Sunflower 86

It's hard to imagine what "bombshell" could involve the Family Foundation unless they's paying for the upkeep of Bill's baby-mamas and kiddy-farm ... would anyone care?

Soon, more facts will be revealed - there is the probe of the Clinton Foundation that the DOJ tried blocking but there is the mutiny.

One of the 7 appetizers before the main course:
via ZH:

Doug Band To John Podesta: "If This Story Gets Out, We Are Screwed"

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-30/doug-band-john-podesta-if-story-gets-out-we-are-screwed

Until the Friday blockbuster news that the FBI was reopening its probe into the Hillary email server, the biggest overhang facing the Clinton Campaign was the escalating scandal involving the Clinton Foundation, Doug Band's consultancy firm Teneo, and Bill Clinton who as a result of a leaked memo emerged was generously compensated for potential political favors by prominent corporate clients using Teneo as a passthru vehicle for purchasing influence.

In a section of the memo entitled "Leveraging Teneo For The Foundation," Band spelled out all of the donations he solicited from Teneo "clients" for the Clinton Foundation. In all, there are roughly $14mm of donations listed with the largest contributors being Coca-Cola, Barclays, The Rockefeller Foundation and Laureate International Universities. Some of these are shown below (the full details can be found in "Leaked Memo Exposes Shady Dealings Between Clinton Foundation Donors And Bill's "For-Profit" Activities")

~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Do read the article and embedded links within.

Influence – peddling. I do recall some congress critters being charged and sent to the other big house. This is more than pay-for-play


Added to what has already been exposed about the Clinton Foundation, here also ZH via WSJ:

[650,000 emails found…..] DOJ blocked the Foundation probe
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-30/fbi-scour-through-650000-emails-found-weiners-laptop

~ ~ ~ ~
Oh wait, there was this meeting on the tarmac. It is said the discussion was about the grand kids.

A charitable entity for the Clintons and their cronies.

Susan Sunflower | Oct 30, 2016 10:25:49 PM | 106
I had heard (sorry no memory of where and no cite) that the meeting on the tarmac was actually about the Foundation probe ... it was ridiculous. That video is certainly "partisan" but I had wondered who initiated the meeting and whose plane they met on ... (as I recall those details somehow never made it into any article I read). So, if accurate, Bill Clinton is an overbearing intimidating azzhole -- to his loyal long-term "protégé" ... so what else is new. She can commiserate with the ex-Clinton-friend club

FWIW, I read today Huma was also getting paid by Tedeo ... she is always described as "like a daughter", working for clinton since SHE was a 19 year old intern ... she's now 40 ... shudder ... meaning 21 years or 1996 ...

wiki:

The Lewinsky scandal was an American political sex scandal that came to light in 1998, referring to a sexual relationship between 1995 and 1996 with then 49-year-old President Bill Clinton and a 22-year-old White House intern, Monica Lewinsky.

I've always wondered how Chelsea feels about the oh-so-elegant like-a-daughter Abedin. I saw a picture of her on the phone "on the tarmac" in 4-5 inch stilettos ... Even when slender and glammed up, Chelsea looks just like her "rather dumpy" mother ... blech... forgive me. Weiner, by reports, is whip smart and very funny, very well read and delightful company ... he's just a compulsive wanker -- apparently in need of constant re-assurance and praise and attention ... blech.

Still, while Bill was destroying long-term Clinton family relationships via Lewinsky (and demands that people lie for him), Hillary had "Huma" to lean" on and "mentor" ... It sounds so co-dependent. (and I suggest zero other impropriety) I've witnessed some very dysfunctional boss/assistant relationships ... shudder.

Jack Smith | Oct 30, 2016 10:28:33 PM | 107
This is what I like about Donald Trump... (not exactly the same words) If I'm elected you will go to jail and to Ford's executives in Detroit. If you move productions to Mexico, I'll impost a 35% on all vehicles from Mexico and no one will buy Ford!
Susan Sunflower | Oct 30, 2016 10:34:50 PM | 108
The #1 meme about Donald Trump is his racism ... and the racism of his supporters ... this has been the drumbeat since last Spring ... daily, constant, unrelenting and without exception ... and unfair and ridiculous, without nuance, rejecting all other explanations and flatly rejecting any number of contradicting Trump rally witness reports ...

The meme has been: Support Trump and you are a racist ... full stop. That all Trump supporters want to go back to pre-Civil Rights, pre-Women's liberation, and support for Trump is a rage-induced quest regain lost "white privilege" ...

It's not true ... but that's the drill... utter ostracism, forever, long past the election ... it's very destructive and dangerous ... it's a red-line, unforegivable ...

Moore's movie challenged that mindset and he was criticised for his "tolerance" of and reaching out to Trump voters... to the point that the "claim" more was supporting Trump has been widely repeated (sliming Moore) ... Sorry I was so emphatic, it's just I supported Moore's outreach (because it's humane and reality-based) ... and I hated seeing him slimed by the intolerant ... ghastly election.

Susan Sunflower | Oct 30, 2016 10:44:35 PM | 109
As you have heard, the 30% import tax is an absolute non-starter ... in that the president does not have that power and there is probably still too many automotive jobs and the auto lobby too strong for congress is spank them in that way ... Driving the auto industry into bankruptcy isn't good for "America's bottom line" either.

http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/16/news/economy/mexico-imports-trump/

It's like the wall ... It's a when pigs fly "feel-good" nonstarter

[Oct 30, 2016] Clinton Foundation FBI Investigation Confirmed By Former Assistant FBI Director

Oct 30, 2016 | www.breitbart.com
Saturday on CNN while discussing the FBI reopening the investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private unsecured email server during her tenure as secretary of state, former Assistant Director of the FBI Thomas Fuentes said, "The FBI has an intensive investigation ongoing into the Clinton Foundation."

He added, "The FBI made the determination that the investigation would go forward as a comprehensive unified case and be coordinated, so that investigation is ongoing and Huma Abedin and her role and activities concerning secretary of state in the nature of the foundation and possible pay to play, that's still being looked at and now."

[Oct 30, 2016] The elections became a referendum on Mrs Clinton fitness for office, and that had increasingly seemed to be Mrs. Clintons to lose

Notable quotes:
"... But the Clinton team also had to deal with a newly emboldened Mr. Trump, who urged voters at a rally on Saturday in Golden, Colo., to oppose Mrs. Clinton because of her "criminal action" that was "willful, deliberate, intentional and purposeful." ..."
"... Handed a new opening against Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Trump used the moment to baselessly claim there had been an internal F.B.I. "revolt" and made a sexually suggestive joke about Mr. Weiner. ..."
"... "As Podesta said, she's got bad instincts," Mr. Trump said, distorting a comment in one of the thousands of Mr. Podesta's hacked emails recently released by WikiLeaks. "Well, she's got bad instincts when her emails are on Anthony Weiner's wherever." ..."
"... The paramount fear among Clinton advisers and Democratic officials was that an election that had become a referendum on Mr. Trump's fitness for office, and that had increasingly seemed to be Mrs. Clinton's to lose, would now become just as much about her conduct. ..."
"... "This is like an 18-wheeler smacking into us, and it just becomes a huge distraction at the worst possible time," said Donna Brazile, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee and a close Clinton ally. ..."
"... a reflection of 18 months of frustration that her personal decisions about her email practices and privacy were still generating unhelpful political drama. ..."
"... Two Clinton aides, for example, pointedly noted in interviews that it was difficult to press a counterattack without fully knowing what was in Ms. Abedin's emails. ..."
"... While some voters are undecided, about 20 million Americans have already cast ballots in early voting, and millions more long ago concluded which candidate they would support. ..."
"... In a polarized country where many are unwaveringly contemptuous of either Mr. Trump or Mrs. Clinton, the latest development in the email story prompted a mix of shrugs and renewed determination from the left and told-you-so claims of Clinton perfidy from the right. ..."
Oct 30, 2016 | economistsview.typepad.com

Fred C. Dobbs -> Fred C. Dobbs, Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 07:37 PM

'Some prominent Democratic women, meanwhile, were angry that a murky announcement from the F.B.I. might impede the election of the first female president of the United States.

"It worries me because it gives the Republicans something to blow up and fan folks' anger with," said former Representative Patricia Schroeder of Colorado, who considered a run for the Democratic nomination for president in 1988. "I was on the Judiciary Committee when I was in Congress, and I have never seen the F.B.I. handle any case the way they have handled hers."'

Hillary Clinton Assails James Comey, Calling Email
Decision 'Deeply Troubling' http://nyti.ms/2dYalYs
NYT - PATRICK HEALY and JONATHAN MARTIN - Oct 29

Hillary Clinton and her allies sprang onto a war footing on Saturday, opening a ferocious attack on the F.B.I.'s director, James B. Comey, a day after he disclosed that his agency was looking into a potential new batch of messages from her private email server.

Treating Mr. Comey as a threat to her candidacy, Mrs. Clinton took aim at the law enforcement officer who had recommended no criminal charges less than four months earlier for her handling of classified information as secretary of state.

"It's pretty strange to put something like that out with such little information right before an election," Mrs. Clinton said at a rally in Daytona Beach, Fla. "In fact, it's not just strange; it's unprecedented and it is deeply troubling."

For Democrats, it was also deeply worrying. Mrs. Clinton's advisers expressed concern that the F.B.I.'s renewed attention to emails relating to the nominee would turn some voters against her, hurt party candidates in competitive House and Senate races, and complicate efforts to win over undecided Americans in the final days of the election.

So after stepping gingerly around the issue on Friday, calling on Mr. Comey to release more specific information but not overtly criticizing him, her campaign made it personal on Saturday, accusing the director of smearing Mrs. Clinton with innuendo late in the race and of violating Justice Department rules.

The decision to target Mr. Comey for his unusual decision to publicly disclose the inquiry came during an 8 a.m. internal conference call, after aides saw reports that Justice Department officials were furious, believing he had violated longstanding guidelines advising against such actions so close to an election.

Even before Mrs. Clinton spoke in Florida, her campaign chairman, John D. Podesta, and campaign manager, Robby Mook, criticized Mr. Comey for putting out incomplete information and breaking with Justice Department protocol.

"By providing selective information, he has allowed partisans to distort and exaggerate to inflict maximum political damage," Mr. Podesta said during a conference call with reporters. "Comey has not been forthcoming with the facts," he added, describing the director's letter to Congress on Friday as "long on innuendo."

Whatever shortcomings Mrs. Clinton may have as a candidate, Saturday's coordinated effort showed that the political organization that she, her husband and her allies had built over decades remained potent and would not let what seemed like victory erode easily. By midday, Mr. Comey, a Republican appointed by President Obama and confirmed nearly unanimously by the Senate, found himself in its cross hairs.

Encouraged by Mrs. Clinton's senior aides to reframe the story and make it about Mr. Comey's actions, liberal groups such as the Congressional Black Caucus demanded that he release more information. Other surrogates were emailed talking points prodding them to deem it "extraordinary that 11 days before the election a letter like this - with so few details - would be sent to 8 Republican committee chairmen." (Ranking Democrats on the committees also received copies.)

Mr. Comey has not publicly commented on the investigation, other than with the letter saying that more emails were being examined. He also wrote an email to F.B.I. employees explaining that he felt he had to inform Congress even though the agency did not yet know "the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails."

With Mrs. Clinton leading Donald J. Trump in nearly every battleground state, Clinton advisers were emphatic that they would not be thrown off stride. They said they would not change any political strategy, television advertising or campaign travel plans.

For months, the F.B.I. had investigated whether Mrs. Clinton had broken any laws by using a private email server while she was secretary of state. This past summer, Mr. Comey said that Mrs. Clinton had been "extremely careless" by allowing sensitive information to be discussed outside secure government servers, but that the agency had concluded that Mrs. Clinton had not committed a crime. The investigation was closed.

But on Friday, Mr. Comey notified Congress that the agency had discovered emails, possibly relevant to the investigation, that belonged to Mrs. Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin. The emails were discovered on the computer of Ms. Abedin's estranged husband, Anthony D. Weiner, during a separate investigation into allegations that he had exchanged sexually explicit messages with a teenager.

According to several Clinton advisers, Mrs. Clinton told them overnight and on Saturday that she wanted the campaign to operate normally, not rashly, while pressuring Mr. Comey to dispel any possibility that her candidacy was under legal threat.

But the Clinton team also had to deal with a newly emboldened Mr. Trump, who urged voters at a rally on Saturday in Golden, Colo., to oppose Mrs. Clinton because of her "criminal action" that was "willful, deliberate, intentional and purposeful."

Handed a new opening against Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Trump used the moment to baselessly claim there had been an internal F.B.I. "revolt" and made a sexually suggestive joke about Mr. Weiner.

"As Podesta said, she's got bad instincts," Mr. Trump said, distorting a comment in one of the thousands of Mr. Podesta's hacked emails recently released by WikiLeaks. "Well, she's got bad instincts when her emails are on Anthony Weiner's wherever."

The paramount fear among Clinton advisers and Democratic officials was that an election that had become a referendum on Mr. Trump's fitness for office, and that had increasingly seemed to be Mrs. Clinton's to lose, would now become just as much about her conduct.

In phone calls, email chains and text messages on Saturday, Clinton aides and allies were by turns confident that the F.B.I. would find nothing to hurt Mrs. Clinton and concerned that the inquiry would nudge demoralized Republicans to show up to vote for down-ballot candidates - and perhaps even cast ballots, however reluctantly, for the battered Mr. Trump.

"This is like an 18-wheeler smacking into us, and it just becomes a huge distraction at the worst possible time," said Donna Brazile, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee and a close Clinton ally. "We don't want it to knock us off our game. But on the second-to-last weekend of the race, we find ourselves having to tell voters, 'Keep your focus; keep your eyes on the prize.'"

As much as Clinton advisers stressed that they were not panicking, some of them radiated anger at Mr. Comey, Mr. Weiner and even Mrs. Clinton - a reflection of 18 months of frustration that her personal decisions about her email practices and privacy were still generating unhelpful political drama. Two Clinton aides, for example, pointedly noted in interviews that it was difficult to press a counterattack without fully knowing what was in Ms. Abedin's emails.

Some prominent Democratic women, meanwhile, were angry that a murky announcement from the F.B.I. might impede the election of the first female president of the United States.

"It worries me because it gives the Republicans something to blow up and fan folks' anger with," said former Representative Patricia Schroeder of Colorado, who considered a run for the Democratic nomination for president in 1988. "I was on the Judiciary Committee when I was in Congress, and I have never seen the F.B.I. handle any case the way they have handled hers."

While some voters are undecided, about 20 million Americans have already cast ballots in early voting, and millions more long ago concluded which candidate they would support.

In a polarized country where many are unwaveringly contemptuous of either Mr. Trump or Mrs. Clinton, the latest development in the email story prompted a mix of shrugs and renewed determination from the left and told-you-so claims of Clinton perfidy from the right.

Fred C. Dobbs -> Fred C. Dobbs... , October 29, 2016 at 09:12 PM

'Hopefully, it will infuriate & motivate
Dem voters more than it will please
& energize GOPsters.'
likbez -> Fred C. Dobbs... , -1
"Encouraged by Mrs. Clinton's senior aides to reframe the story and make it about Mr. Comey's actions"

Reminds me a reaction of a cornered rat...

It was she who created private "Shadow IT" within the State Department.

It was she who hired Huma Abedin who proved to be completely clueless in computer security (and not only in computer security) and, as such, represented probably even higher level of security risks then Mrs Clinton herself. Forwarding email to her private Web mail account for printing because direct printing from the State Department email account was convoluted is an interesting solution for a high level State Department official, who signed various non-disclosure documents.

It was she who was eliminated incriminating emails by claiming the they are private after investigation was already opened and she was asked to provide them. Elimination was done using special software to prevent recovery.

It was she who lied about her actions.

, October 29, 2016 at 09:58 PM

[Oct 29, 2016] Clinton Right Hand Woman Huma Abedin Takes the Stage at Center of Email Scandal

Oct 29, 2016 | www.breitbart.com
The FBI announcement comes on the heels of a report yesterday by journalist Paul Sperry, who gave new details about Abedin's role in the email scandal.

Protective detail assigned to guard former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her two residences complained that her closest aide Huma Abedin often overrode standard security protocols during trips to the Middle East, and personally changed procedures for handling classified information, including highly sensitive intelligence briefs the CIA prepared for the president, newly released FBI documents reveal.

The security agents, who were interviewed as witnesses in the FBI's investigation of Clinton's use of an unauthorized private email server to send classified information, complained that Abedin had unusual sway over security policies during Clinton's 2009-2013 tenure at Foggy Bottom.

Abedin's influence in these matters, including the revelation in 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.

... ... ...

Here is some of the exhaustive reporting Breitbart has done on Huma Abedin: Hillary Clinton's History: Muslim Connections Stem Back To 1990s Hillary Clinton's History: How Huma Abedin Went from Intern to Top Adviser After 9/11, Saudis Had Huma Abedin-Connected Group Removed from Terror List On September 11, Huma Abedin Worked For Hillary Clinton and Saudi Charity Suspected of Terror Funding Memo: Clinton State Department Thought Huma Abedin-Connected Saudi Group Funded Terror 28 Pages Suggest Huma-Connected Group Funded Terrorism Hillary Clinton's Top Aide Huma Abedin Published Articles that Blamed USA for 911, Blamed Women For Violence

Media coverage of this story has been supporessed owing to pressure from the Democratic Party.

For example, Vanity Fair magazine published an article Jan. 6 of this year with the now eerily accurate title, " Is Huma Abedin Hillary Clinton's Secret Weapon or Her Next Big Problem? " The left-wing attack machine Media Matters for America wasted no time in posting an article with false information and smears in order to protect the Clinton campaign.

Hillary Clinton has stated publicly that she helped "start and support" the Media Matters group, and that organization has consistently come to her rescue with misinformation, half-truths, and smears that invariably get repeated by the established media.

The Vanity Fair article apparently sent shockwaves through the Clinton camp. Any mainstream press coverage of Huma Abedin is rare, and what coverage there is almost universally laudatory. Despite the fawning coverage she has received, there are many unanswered questions about Abedin, especially given Abedin's complete access to Hillary Clinton, one of the most powerful people in the world, a former Secretary of State and possible future president.

As Vanity Fair's William Cohan writes in his piece:

Over the years Huma has served in several positions, with increasingly important-sounding titles. She has been Hillary's "body woman," her traveling chief of staff, a senior adviser, and a deputy chief of staff when Hillary was secretary of state. Now, based in Brooklyn, she is the vice-chair of Hillary's 2016 presidential campaign.

The Vanity Fair piece on the secretive Abedin confirmed a number of facts that have been reported by conservative media for a couple of years but have been twisted and convoluted by the mainstream media.

For example, the Vanity Fair article flatly lays out the information that Huma Abedin was an assistant editor at a publication called the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs from 1996 until 2008. He writes:

When (Huma) Abedin was two years old, the family moved to Jidda, Saudi Arabia, where, with the backing of Abdullah Omar Nasseef, then the president of King Abdulaziz University, her father founded the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, a think tank, and became the first editor of its Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, which stated its mission as "shedding light" on minority Muslim communities around the world in the hope of "securing the legitimate rights of these communities."…

It turns out the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs is an Abedin family business. Huma was an assistant editor there between 1996 and 2008. Her brother, Hassan, 45, is a book-review editor at the Journal and was a fellow at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, where Nasseef is chairman of the board of trustees. Huma's sister, Heba, 26, is an assistant editor at the Journal.

Breitbart News added information this year that shows that the "Abedin family business" is housed in the offices of the Muslim World League.

The webpage for the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs site says how to reach the Journal : "Editorial Correspondence including submission of articles and books for review should be addressed to: Editor, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 46 Goodge Street, London WIP 1FJ, U.K."

The current official Journal website also lists the same 46 Goodge Street address, which is the same exact address listed on the Muslim World League's London office address.

The official website for the Muslim World League's London office lists its address as 46 Goodge Street.

The current day London Online website also lists the Muslim World League office in London and the Journal's parent organization, Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs , as having the exact same 46 Goodge Street address.

A Yelp! listing for the Muslim World League shows the same 46 Goodge Address and a photo of the entrance.

Google Maps from 2008 -the earliest date available-shows the Muslim Word League London office entrance, which appears to have office space above a pizza restaurant .

This direct connection to the Muslim World League and a child organization called the World Arab Muslim Youth Association (WAMY)-also housed at Goodge Street offices-is significant due to a 2009 State Department memo which reveals that while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State and Huma Abedin was her top aide, and the Secretary of State's office was engaged in talks with Saudi Arabia about stopping the Muslim World League from funding terrorism at the same time the "Abedin family business" was operating out of the Muslim World League's London office.

This revelation shows that while Huma Abedin was serving at the highest level of government as Hillary Clinton's aide and had access to this information, Abedin had a direct connection to a group that was suspected of actively funding groups like al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and Hamas, which had not only killed civilians around the world but also U.S. servicemen.

The memo, which was originally published by WikiLeaks , was sent on December 30, 2009 from the Secretary of State to the Department of Treasury and ambassadors in several Gulf region countries including Saudi Arabia. The stated goal of the memo is that "all action posts deliver the general talking points" to those countries.

The connection to terror funding is also listed in the infamous "missing 28 pages" from a report by the 9/11 commission that were kept hidden for years until their release on a Friday afternoon earlier this year. Page 24 of the 28-page report discusses Osama Bin Laden's half-brother and says in part:

According to the FBI, Abdullah Bin Ladin has a number of connections to terrorist organizations. He is the President and Director of the World Arab Muslim Youth Association (WAMY) and the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Science in America. Both organizations are local branches of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

According to the FBI, there is reason to believe that WAMY is "closely associated with the funding and financing of international terrorist activities and in the past has provided logistical support to individuals wishing to to fight in the Afghan War." In 1998, the CIA published a paper characterizing WAMY as a NGO that provides funding. logistical support and training with possible connections to the Arab Afghans network, Hamas, Algerian extremists and Philippine militants.

Although the 28 pages make no mention of Abedin at all, the information in the 28 pages lays out a timeline of events during the planning and execution of the 9/11 terror attack that shows that, at all times, Huma Abedin was working for both Hillary Clinton and the WAMY organization the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs.

These connections become especially disturbing when you consider what Sperry reported yesterday:

Another guard assigned to Clinton's residence in Chappaqua, N.Y., recalled in a February FBI interview that new security procedures for handling delivery of the diplomatic pouch and receiving via fax the highly classified Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) had been "established by Abedin." The witness added that Abedin controlled the operations of a secure room known as a SCIF located on the third floor of the residence.

In her own April 2016 interview with the FBI, Abedin contended that she "did not know that Clinton had a private server until about a year and a half ago, when it became public knowledge." The clintonemail.com server was set up in the basement of the Chappaqua residence.

However, another witness told agents that he and another Clinton aide with an IT background built the new server system "at the recommendation of Huma Abedin," who first broached the idea of an off-the-grid email server as early as the "fall (of) 2008," ostensibly after Barack Obama was elected president.

With the FBI investigation reopened, it will be interesting to see if the mainstream media finally begins to do their job and ask tough questions about Huma Abedin.

[Oct 29, 2016] James Comey was on the Board of Directors of HSBC while they were money laundering for drug runners and terrorists, he has done squat to stop GamerGate

Notable quotes:
"... James Comey was on the Board of Directors of HSBC while they were money laundering for drug runners and terrorists, he has done squat to stop GamerGate, he has a horrible record as director of the FBI and should have never been nominated, never been confirmed, and is a completely horrible person. ..."
"... Mark Felt was of the same mind when it came to being passed over after J. Edgar Hoover died. And recall that he gained notoriety as Deep Throat. ..."
"... Here is a chance to redeem himself and stop Hillary. ..."
"... In a situation where one has an truly abysmal leader, that leader will need sidekicks who are obviously worse. The abysmal leader can position herself to the reasonable / competent side of the "bad cop" sidekicks, thus being not exactly the "good cop" but the "better cop" while still going in the desired direction of crazy and misery for all. ..."
"... If things get a bit out of hand, the blame can be pinned on the sidekick "going overboard" and the sidekick publicly sacrificed to "restore confidence" and "look forward". ..."
"... I think there is some possibilities, The rusty old ship "The Foundation" has simply sprung yet another leak and there is more evidence for FBI to dismiss and immunities to be doled out to fix the situation ..."
"... Something so nasty has come up so that the oligarch factions forming the "inner party" decided that Something Must be Done About The Situation – or Else. Jeffrey Epstein did home movies, apparently. ..."
Oct 29, 2016 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

dcblogger October 28, 2016 at 4:45 pm

James Comey was on the Board of Directors of HSBC while they were money laundering for drug runners and terrorists, he has done squat to stop GamerGate, he has a horrible record as director of the FBI and should have never been nominated, never been confirmed, and is a completely horrible person.

Arizona Slim October 28, 2016 at 5:17 pm

Mark Felt was of the same mind when it came to being passed over after J. Edgar Hoover died. And recall that he gained notoriety as Deep Throat.

Andrew Watts October 28, 2016 at 9:57 pm

Mark Felt had already gained notoriety before Watergate because he was one of the FBI's special agents who was charged for conducting illegal surveillance on American leftists. It's one of those things all those conspiracy theorists don't emphasis about COINTELPRO and other programs. The only people actually charged and convicted in the matter were FBI agents.

MyLessThanPrimeBeef October 28, 2016 at 5:32 pm

Here is a chance to redeem himself and stop Hillary. The race is Trump's to lose now.

allan October 28, 2016 at 5:44 pm

He was also general counsel of the largest defense contractor in the world (Lockheed Martin) and general counsel of the largest hedge fund / personality cult in the world (Bridgewater). Just a small town lawyer. If the town is Davos.

polecat October 28, 2016 at 6:05 pm

Perhaps that's part and parcel to our current heroin epidemic …….

fajensen October 29, 2016 at 6:07 am

Perfectly Qualified –

In a situation where one has an truly abysmal leader, that leader will need sidekicks who are obviously worse. The abysmal leader can position herself to the reasonable / competent side of the "bad cop" sidekicks, thus being not exactly the "good cop" but the "better cop" while still going in the desired direction of crazy and misery for all.

If things get a bit out of hand, the blame can be pinned on the sidekick "going overboard" and the sidekick publicly sacrificed to "restore confidence" and "look forward".

Why Obama needed Biden around, George Bush had Cheney … The European Left has the Islamists and the Social Democrats has the neo-liberals to bisect against.

PS:

I think there is some possibilities, The rusty old ship "The Foundation" has simply sprung yet another leak and there is more evidence for FBI to dismiss and immunities to be doled out to fix the situation

Enough mail-votes have come in to predict a crushing victory for Trump. Comey realizes that he is maybe on the wrong side of this whole thing and goes for "incompetence" being part of his legacy rather than "conspiracy"

Something so nasty has come up so that the oligarch factions forming the "inner party" decided that Something Must be Done About The Situation – or Else. Jeffrey Epstein did home movies, apparently.

However, I think that it is just FBI doing another fix for Hillary.

[Oct 29, 2016] Two word summary: CORNERED RAT

Notable quotes:
"... Two word summary: CORNERED RAT ..."
"... Just like 0bama finding out about HRC's private email from the press … after he'd been corresponding with her from his own private email address. ..."
"... With daily practice, the faux naif act comes easy. :-) ..."
"... I gather that Clintonland is honestly shocked, though. They're having to expose their talking points unmodified pushed directly by people like Krugman, instead of their normal process of using CTR trolls for cover. ..."
"... It's also possible that the emails are more about Clinton Foundation corruption than they are State Department rule breaking, so there wouldn't be any reason to notify State. (Although how that would connect to the original case without being at least in part about transmitting classified information insecurely is beyond me.) ..."
Oct 29, 2016 | www.nakedcapitalism.com
Jim Haygood October 28, 2016 at 8:04 pm

Hillary's 4-minute apologia pro vida sua in response to Comey's volte face :

https://twitter.com/NBCNightlyNews/status/792142514471907329

Two word summary: CORNERED RAT

Can't get over the Nuremberg rally massed flags behind her.

The future's so bright, she shoulda wore shades. ;-)

abynormal October 28, 2016 at 8:14 pm

UHH @4:30…State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Friday that the department knows nothing about why the FBI reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server just hours earlier.

Toner began the State Department daily press briefing by telling Associated Press reporter Matt Lee that he already knew what the topic of the first question would be. Lee asked Toner what the State Department knew of the FBI's actions and what may be involved in the reopened investigation. http://freebeacon.com/politics/state-department-knows-nothing-about-fbi-reopening-clinton-email-probe/

"First, what do we know? Not much more than you know, in fact. About the same," Toner said. "We just learned about this when we saw news reports of the letter."

"What emails they may be looking at, what they're looking for, any more details at all, we just don't know anything about the scope of this new–I'm not even sure it's an investigation, but this effort to look at additional emails," Toner continued.

Jim Haygood October 28, 2016 at 8:20 pm

Just like 0bama finding out about HRC's private email from the press … after he'd been corresponding with her from his own private email address.

With daily practice, the faux naif act comes easy. :-)

aab October 28, 2016 at 11:28 pm

I gather that Clintonland is honestly shocked, though. They're having to expose their talking points unmodified pushed directly by people like Krugman, instead of their normal process of using CTR trolls for cover.

I don't have an explanation for why Comey would start acting like a law enforcement official at this late date, but it does look like he didn't notify Clintonland ahead of time, and apparently the State Department has basically been a Clinton sleeper cell for the last four years, so that would include State.

It's also possible that the emails are more about Clinton Foundation corruption than they are State Department rule breaking, so there wouldn't be any reason to notify State. (Although how that would connect to the original case without being at least in part about transmitting classified information insecurely is beyond me.)

Lambert Strether Post author October 29, 2016 at 1:25 am

Maybe Comey needed to get out in front of ticked off FBI worker bees. Better Comey release it himself than have it leaked over the weekend.

[Oct 29, 2016] Cyberspace opened up the Clinton Foundation's Pay for Play scams for scrutiny despite the best efforts of corporate media and the connected elite to keep it closed

Notable quotes:
"... Intriguing. Maybe these emails have survived so far is, because Abedin's laptop was shared, it wasn't on the list of agreed-to-be-destroyed laptops (so far, at least). ..."
"... I wonder if there will be any public pressure on FBI to go after some of the numerous devices/servers you posted about on other threads about a week ago. If so, no one is talking about it yet. ..."
Oct 29, 2016 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

VietnamVet October 28, 2016 at 8:05 pm

Cyberspace opened up the Clinton Foundation's Pay for Play scams for scrutiny despite the best efforts of corporate media and the connected elite to keep it closed; the endless wars at Saudi Arabia and Israel's bequest, the purposeful burdening of debt on anyone who needs housing, medical care or education, and the utter contempt for the little people. Corruption so inept that missing Hillary Clinton e-mails are in Carlos Danger's explicit underage passion filled smartphone in FBI's possession.

Lambert Strether Post author October 29, 2016 at 1:34 am

The emails (are said to be) on Abedin's laptop (shared with Weiner), not on Weiner's phone.

TheCatSaid October 29, 2016 at 12:52 pm

Intriguing. Maybe these emails have survived so far is, because Abedin's laptop was shared, it wasn't on the list of agreed-to-be-destroyed laptops (so far, at least).

I wonder if there will be any public pressure on FBI to go after some of the numerous devices/servers you posted about on other threads about a week ago. If so, no one is talking about it yet.

[Oct 29, 2016] DOJ Complaint Filed Against FBI Director James Comey For Interfering In Presidential Election

Oct 29, 2016 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

UserFriendly October 28, 2016 at 10:35 pm

DOJ Complaint Filed Against FBI Director James Comey For Interfering In Presidential Election
http://www.politicususa.com/2016/10/28/doj-complaint-filed-fbi-director-james-comey-interfering-presidential-election.html

LOL he had no choice
http://www.newsweek.com/fbi-reviewing-more-clinton-emails-514825

pretzelattack October 28, 2016 at 10:46 pm

i wouldn't think the clinton campaign would welcome that complaint, unless they're more desperate than i think.

UserFriendly October 28, 2016 at 11:39 pm

They probably got someone to file it. It just reeks of holier then thou temper tantrum. But Comey had no choice, he had to amend his testimony.

pretzelattack October 28, 2016 at 11:45 pm

maybe clinton made the decision unilaterally, which is quite possible. seems like the campaign would want to bury the email scandal instead of going on the offensive. i do so hope this means their internal polling is scaring them.

UserFriendly October 29, 2016 at 12:39 am

This close? no way. she needs a full rebuttal.

Foppe October 29, 2016 at 2:54 am

Maybe it can be used to cut off the FBI's internet access until the elections are over?

[Oct 29, 2016] Sharon Day Rescind your Clinton Endorsement

Notable quotes:
"... After weeks of revealing information behind the Clinton Foundation and their self-motivated fundraising tactics, there is no other word to describe the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. She's engaged in behavior that is disqualifying to be a candidate for the highest office, and yet dozens of American legislators, leaders and even media outlets have endorsed her candidacy. ..."
"... She's swindled countries out of donations, she's swindled corporate America with her lofty promises and she's swindled the American people – over and over and over again. ..."
"... So why now, after the knowledge that top-tier corporations and other wealthy supporters paid to meet with both the former president and the now Democratic presidential nominee should we believe that she would change her behavior to act in the best interest of the country? In fact, one could argue that this information is a window into how Clinton would rule the land. She'd have an eye out for only herself and her family, while leaving the American people - who so desperately want a change - with the same old Clinton-first approach. ..."
"... Beyond her blatant disregard for the American public, Clinton's cavalier approach to national security has come into question from a myriad of angles. From the secret server in her home basement that received hundreds of confidential email communications, to the lack of response she paid to the Congress when asked about the issue, to the suggestion that she made promises to the FBI that would cause them to "look the other way" when ruling on the secret email server. And then how about the millions of dollars the Clinton Foundation took from countries that are of disrepute, not to mention those that show little concern for women's rights. ..."
Oct 29, 2016 | www.breitbart.com
It was 25 years ago that Martin Scorsese delighted audiences with his movie rendition of the Jim Thompson novel, "The Grifters."

The story is an ingenious tale of deception and betrayal. By definition a grifter is someone who has made money dishonestly, in a swindle or a confidence game.

After weeks of revealing information behind the Clinton Foundation and their self-motivated fundraising tactics, there is no other word to describe the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. She's engaged in behavior that is disqualifying to be a candidate for the highest office, and yet dozens of American legislators, leaders and even media outlets have endorsed her candidacy.

She's swindled countries out of donations, she's swindled corporate America with her lofty promises and she's swindled the American people – over and over and over again.

So why now, after the knowledge that top-tier corporations and other wealthy supporters paid to meet with both the former president and the now Democratic presidential nominee should we believe that she would change her behavior to act in the best interest of the country? In fact, one could argue that this information is a window into how Clinton would rule the land. She'd have an eye out for only herself and her family, while leaving the American people - who so desperately want a change - with the same old Clinton-first approach.

Beyond her blatant disregard for the American public, Clinton's cavalier approach to national security has come into question from a myriad of angles. From the secret server in her home basement that received hundreds of confidential email communications, to the lack of response she paid to the Congress when asked about the issue, to the suggestion that she made promises to the FBI that would cause them to "look the other way" when ruling on the secret email server. And then how about the millions of dollars the Clinton Foundation took from countries that are of disrepute, not to mention those that show little concern for women's rights.

The most recent set of Clinton emails that have come to light are of such great concern to national security that the FBI has announced they will conduct a new investigation of Clinton's emails. This is just ELEVEN days before the country goes to the polls and decides on our next president.

Where has the leadership gone in this country? Since when do reputable news outlets stand behind candidates who have proven themselves over and over to be out for themselves and dangerous, even? It used to be that newspapers and legislators and leaders who speak from a platform would find themselves offering wisdom. Wisdom about which candidate was best for the job – based on the facts. Instead we find ourselves sifting through the list of endorsements for Clinton with little or no mention of her disregard for the law, her lack of concern for those she serves, and the careless nature in which she has proven herself to lead.

Now that the newspapers know better and have written about the truth in their own words, how can the media and elected officials stand by their decision to endorse her? They need to rescind their endorsement. That includes President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

In a quote from his book Thompson describes one of the characters, "Anyone who deprived her of something she wanted, deserved what he got."

Sounds all too familiar to the Democratic nominee for grifter-in-chief. If she's not changed by now, who is to say she'd be any different when she was the most powerful elected official in the United States. Once a grifter, always a grifter.

Sharon Day is the Republican National Committee Co-Chair.

[Oct 29, 2016] Hallelujah! here it guys! the internal Clinton Foundation attachment that connects the shady dots!

Notable quotes:
"... Wow, they clearly state Bill Clinton uses golfing to establish communication with donors ..."
"... "People with knowledge of the call in both camps said it was one of many that Clinton and Trump have had over the years, whether about golf or donations to the Clinton Foundation. But the call in May was considered especially sensitive, coming soon after Hillary Rodham Clinton had declared her own presidential run the month before." - source ..."
"... In total, The Wall Street Journal reports, two dozen companies and groups, plus the Abu Dhabi government, gave Bill more than $8 million for speeches, even as they were hoping for favorable treatment from Hillary's bureaucracy. And 15 of them also gave at least $5 million total to the foundation. ..."
"... Can someone help me see the shadiness, what am I missing? unless the "foundation donors require significant maintenance to keep them engaged and supportive of the foundation" means they are giving them political favors then it just looks like the clinton foundation is accepting donations and that is it. ..."
"... so pro-clinton sources have been propping up the Clinton Foundation for years as the pinnacle of charity while not really being able to explain where all the money goes; ..."
"... This shows that they require 20 million a year to operate with 8 employees. It shows they have to raid the Clinton Global Initiative for $6M to $11M every year to cover that budget hole... ..."
"... This is useful information that is probably not reflected on tax returns. Most importantly it shows that when Bill was offered a shady $8 million dollar over 2 year deal that would appear to be a conflict of interest while Hillary was Sect of State, Podesta and Band suggested hiding the money as payment for speeches. This boosts the accusation that the speeches are payments for quid pro quo. ..."
"... Does any of it contradict the MOU she signed when appointed Sec State? https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/34993 ..."
Oct 29, 2016 | www.reddit.com

Wow, they clearly state Bill Clinton uses golfing to establish communication with donors

beccairene 2 points 3 points 4 points 9 hours ago (1 child)

Wait, isn't golfing what Loretta Lynch claimed to have discussed with WJC on the plane?

robaloie 2 points 3 points 4 points 8 hours ago * (0 children)

He also said they were talking about golf when he called Donald trump last year before trump decided to run.

"People with knowledge of the call in both camps said it was one of many that Clinton and Trump have had over the years, whether about golf or donations to the Clinton Foundation. But the call in May was considered especially sensitive, coming soon after Hillary Rodham Clinton had declared her own presidential run the month before." - source

Not_a_Fake 8 points 9 points 10 points 18 hours ago (0 children)

Question-Are we to assume that any OTHER speaking engagements that WJC did were not because of the foundation, but from when his wife was SOS?

In total, The Wall Street Journal reports, two dozen companies and groups, plus the Abu Dhabi government, gave Bill more than $8 million for speeches, even as they were hoping for favorable treatment from Hillary's bureaucracy. And 15 of them also gave at least $5 million total to the foundation.

soupy_scoopy 113 points 114 points 115 points 1 day ago (4 children)

Has this been cleared by CNN for me to view?

BigLizardz 2 points 3 points 4 points 19 hours ago (0 children)

Lol I'm actually too scared to click in wikileak/dikileak links. #1984?

OldDirtyPlastered 14 points 15 points 16 points 22 hours ago (0 children)

Good question. I don't want to do anything illegal.

Uncle_Touchy_ 17 points 18 points 19 points 1 day ago (0 children)

You'll have to ask Downy McDaterape or whatever that anchor's name is. You know the one.

moreoverhereafter 4 points 5 points 6 points 1 day ago * (5 children)

Can someone help me see the shadiness, what am I missing? unless the "foundation donors require significant maintenance to keep them engaged and supportive of the foundation" means they are giving them political favors then it just looks like the clinton foundation is accepting donations and that is it.

5pointlight [ S ] 81 points 82 points 83 points 1 day ago * (4 children)

so pro-clinton sources have been propping up the Clinton Foundation for years as the pinnacle of charity while not really being able to explain where all the money goes; because it sure doesn't seem to be going to Haiti or many other charities.

This shows that they require 20 million a year to operate with 8 employees. It shows they have to raid the Clinton Global Initiative for $6M to $11M every year to cover that budget hole... so this gives credence to the suspicion that the CF is hiding money somewhere (laundering money to Clintons and friends). Also this document shows how teneo made Bill Clinton " more than $50 million in for-profit activity we have personally helped to secure for President Clinton to date or the $66 million in future contracts" as of 2011.

This is useful information that is probably not reflected on tax returns. Most importantly it shows that when Bill was offered a shady $8 million dollar over 2 year deal that would appear to be a conflict of interest while Hillary was Sect of State, Podesta and Band suggested hiding the money as payment for speeches. This boosts the accusation that the speeches are payments for quid pro quo.

Fake_Unicron comment score below threshold -12 points -11 points -10 points 16 hours ago (0 children)

Any sources on that, like the foundation spending?

How have you compared their spending reports to those from other charities?

In contrast to your unsourced allegations:

https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=2284

How would the charity donations allow the CF to launder money for the donors? Any evidence or is this just guesswork auditing?

Why do you think this is "probably not reflected on tax returns"?

driusan 10 points 11 points 12 points 23 hours ago (0 children)

Does any of it contradict the MOU she signed when appointed Sec State? https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/34993

[Oct 29, 2016] Huma abedin became also intanged in mishandling classified materials and may face criminal procecution

Her immunity deal does not cover this incident. They now can force her sing...
Notable quotes:
"... Hillary Clinton's most trusted State Department aide Huma Abedin once left classified papers in the pocket behind the front seat of a staff car she was assigned in India, according to an email released Monday. ..."
"... Abedin wrote to Clinton's personal assistant Lauren Jiloty on July 20, 2009 to ask her to move the material to her trunk so an ambassador wouldn't see them when he rode with her in the back seat. ..."
"... She told Jiloty that the papers consisted of 'burn stuff,' indicating that they were classified documents that belonged among materials that agency rules required employees to place in 'burn bags' for incineration. ... ..."
"... New emails the FBI is examining related to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private computer server were discovered after the agency seized electronic devices belonging to Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her husband, Anthony Weiner, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing law enforcement officials. ... ..."
Oct 29, 2016 | economistsview.typepad.com

Fred C. Dobbs -> Fred C. Dobbs... October 28, 2016 at 03:32 PM

(So, more sloppy handling of classified material going on, looks like. Not by Hillary Clinton however.)

Bombshell email shows Huma Abedin left classified material in her CAR http://dailym.ai/2bz34lU via @MailOnline - Aug 23

Hillary Clinton's most trusted State Department aide Huma Abedin once left classified papers in the pocket behind the front seat of a staff car she was assigned in India, according to an email released Monday.

Abedin wrote to Clinton's personal assistant Lauren Jiloty on July 20, 2009 to ask her to move the material to her trunk so an ambassador wouldn't see them when he rode with her in the back seat.

She told Jiloty that the papers consisted of 'burn stuff,' indicating that they were classified documents that belonged among materials that agency rules required employees to place in 'burn bags' for incineration. ...

FBI found Clinton-related emails on devices belonging to Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner
http://aol.it/2ejHtuo via @AOL - Oct 28

New emails the FBI is examining related to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private computer server were discovered after the agency seized electronic devices belonging to Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her husband, Anthony Weiner, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing law enforcement officials. ...

ilsm -> Fred C. Dobbs... , -1
Someone at FBI missed the cease and desist memo....
likbez said in reply to Fred C. Dobbs... October 28, 2016 at 09:23 PM
Huma immunity deal does not extend to this incident. She might get into really hot water now.

[Oct 28, 2016] Clinton camp blindsided by email story

Notable quotes:
"... The discussion, which was released by WikiLeaks from a batch of messages apparently stolen from Podesta's account, sheds additional light on the campaign's lack of preparation for questions about Clinton's bespoke setup. The private email arrangement has become a cloud over the Democratic presidential nominee and spurred a yearlong FBI investigation. ..."
Oct 27, 2016 | thehill.com
Hillary Clinton presidential campaign-in-waiting appeared unprepared for a New York Times story last year that exposed her exclusive use of private email account and server for government business, according to a newly released email.

The day the Times story was published, John Podesta, who would later be named campaign chairman, asked future campaign manager Robby Mook if he had seen it coming .

"Did you have any idea of the depth of this story?" Podesta asked Mook in an email late on the evening of March 2, 2015, roughly a month before Clinton launched her bid for the White House.

"Nope," Mook responded after 1 a.m. that night. "We brought up the existence of emails in research (sic) this summer, but were told that everything was taken care of."

The discussion, which was released by WikiLeaks from a batch of messages apparently stolen from Podesta's account, sheds additional light on the campaign's lack of preparation for questions about Clinton's bespoke setup. The private email arrangement has become a cloud over the Democratic presidential nominee and spurred a yearlong FBI investigation.

The email released on Thursday is one of several published by WikiLeaks detailing the Clinton campaign's scurrying response to revelations about her email server.

Days later, President Obama would say that he was unaware of Clinton's email setup until it became public knowledge.

However, Clinton's aides knew that he and the former secretary of State had exchanged emails, and they worried that contradicted Obama's public statement.

"[W]e need to clean this up - he has emails from her - they do not say state.gov," Cheryl Mills, Clinton's former State Department chief of staff, told other aides on March 7.

The White House later said Obama was aware of Clinton's email address but did not know the full scope of her unusual setup. Notes from the FBI investigation into Clinton's arrangement revealed that Obama used a pseudonym for emailing with Clinton and others.

[Oct 28, 2016] Breaking: Clinton Journalists Already Spinning Latest FBI Revelation by Michael Sainato

Notable quotes:
"... The announcement comes at a pivotal time in Clinton's presidential campaign, as recent polls have suggested she is strongly favored to win the presidential election. But with this recent development-coupled with embarrassing revelations recently released by WikiLeaks implicating the Clinton Foundation and exposing Clinton's policies as little more than political expediency --- a victory that seemed almost inevitable is now in jeopardy. ..."
"... What's more likely is that James Comey chose to announce the new evidence under the review in the investigation shortly after it was discovered, rather than wait to announce its review after the election, as that would politicize the investigation. If Democrats didn't want an FBI investigation impacting their presidential candidate, then they shouldn't have propped up a candidate who was under a FBI criminal investigation. ..."
Oct 28, 2016 | observer.com

The FBI announced on October 28 that they are reopening their investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.

"In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation. I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation," wrote FBI Director James Comey in a statement .

The announcement comes at a pivotal time in Clinton's presidential campaign, as recent polls have suggested she is strongly favored to win the presidential election. But with this recent development-coupled with embarrassing revelations recently released by WikiLeaks implicating the Clinton Foundation and exposing Clinton's policies as little more than political expediency --- a victory that seemed almost inevitable is now in jeopardy.

WikiLeaks emails from Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta confirmed criticisms of Clinton's private email server. In the leaked emails , her staff is shown coordinating with the State Department, the White House , the Department of Justice, and mainstream media to cover up the scandal and distort it as a partisan issue to protect Clinton's presidential candidacy. Reports from the State Department Inspector General , FBI Director Comey, and two reports on the FBI's investigation have effectively disproven every defense of Clinton's private email server that has been utilized by Clinton partisans since it's use was first revealed in early 2015.

And pro-Clinton journalists are already trying to spin the FBI's latest announcement.

Newsweek 's Kurt Eichenwald falsely claimed the FBI wasn't re-opening their investigation but that FBI Director Comey had to amend his previous testimony. But Comey never testified the FBI reviewed all the evidence-rather, he testified there is a list of evidence we saw in the investigation. If Eichenwald is correct about Comey needing to amend his testimony, it is because the FBI found new evidence that suggests Clinton is guilty. Eichenwald, notorious for touting disproven assumptions and theories-as with a Russian conspiracy theory he still pushes, which The Washington Post , BuzzFeed and other news outlets have debunked-is incorrect. The FBI investigation is being reopened because new emails were discovered, and the FBI is going to review them.

Ian Millhiser of Think Progress , founded by Podesta, called Comey "extremely careless" for reopening the investigation before the election, and claimed the FBI director was meddling in the election by doing so because he is a Republican. This is the same argument Clinton partisans refuted when critics argued politics played a role in Comey's initial decision not to recommend an indictment.

MSNBC's Joy Reid made the same claim that Comey was meddling in the election.

What's more likely is that James Comey chose to announce the new evidence under the review in the investigation shortly after it was discovered, rather than wait to announce its review after the election, as that would politicize the investigation. If Democrats didn't want an FBI investigation impacting their presidential candidate, then they shouldn't have propped up a candidate who was under a FBI criminal investigation.

[Oct 28, 2016] Carlos Danger Reopens EmailGate and Team Clinton Trembles

Notable quotes:
"... The New York Times is reporting that the emails came from the FBI's investigation into the sexting habits of former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner , who was married to Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's all-purpose factotum. The idea that another hack by persons unknown has truly opened Pandora's Box for Clinton, Inc. less than two weeks before the election, seems too delicious for some Republicans to contemplate. ..."
"... It could be the long-awaited "smoking gun" that establishes serious criminality by Clinton, Inc.-or it could be more emails of Hillary discussing yoga and how to figure out the DVR. ..."
"... That said, Democrats who are wordsmithing this development and prematurely declaring that it's no big deal-or worse, some nefarious Trumpian plot-need to step back and let the FBI do its job. It seems unlikely that the Bureau will wrap this up before November 8, and since Comey has informed Congress what's going on, the FBI director won't be telling the public much either. ..."
"... Just over a year ago I predicted that EmailGate was far from over, and it remains very much alive today, despite the best efforts of Hillary Clinton, her staff, and her ardent defenders in the media. Nobody should expect that the Democratic nominee will be charged with any crimes in EmailGate: the naked interference of President Obama's Justice Department in this case demonstrates that reality. ..."
"... However, this scandal remains very much alive as a political matter, and less than two weeks before the election, politics is what matters now. Hillary has never come up with very good answers about why she strictly avoided the use of State Department email when she was the boss at Foggy Bottom, much less why her "unclassified" emails contained so much highly classified information -and she seems unlikely to, all of a sudden. ..."
"... Throughout this scandal, Friday news-dumps have been a regular feature, per well-honed Beltway bureaucratic practice. This one may be the biggest of all. ..."
Oct 28, 2016 | observer.com
Newly incriminating Clinton emails may have been found during the FBI's investigation into the sexting habits of former NY Congressman Anthony Weiner

FBI Is Re-Opening Clinton E-Mail Investigation Oct. 28 -- The inquiry into Hillary Clinton's use of private e-mail as secretary of state is being re-opened by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to Congressional committee chairman alerting them of his decision. Bloomberg's Margaret Talev reports on "Bloomberg Markets."

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. He says:

"In previous congressional testimony, I referred to the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had completed its investigation of former Secretary Clinton's personal email server. Due to recent developments, I am writing to supplement my previous testimony.

In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation. I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.

Although the FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant, and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work, I believe it is important to update your Committees about our efforts in light of my previous testimony."

Having taken Comey to task for his serious mishandling of the FBI's year-long EmailGate investigation-particularly how his account of what the Bureau discovered made Hillary's guilt clear, but he still declined to ask the Department of Justice to seek prosecution-he deserves some credit for due diligence here. It requires some political fortitude to do this practically on an election's eve.

Clearly the FBI has uncovered new emails-the mention of "connection with an unrelated case" is intriguingly vague-that may (or may not) have relevance to the investigation. We don't yet know what that information might be, or how it was obtained, but rumors are swirling as usual. Some are pointing a finger at a leaker inside the U.S. Government; other rumors point to a foreign origin of these newly discovered emails. The New York Times is reporting that the emails came from the FBI's investigation into the sexting habits of former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner , who was married to Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's all-purpose factotum. The idea that another hack by persons unknown has truly opened Pandora's Box for Clinton, Inc. less than two weeks before the election, seems too delicious for some Republicans to contemplate.

In truth, the FBI isn't reopening the EmailGate investigation because it was never actually closed. Director Comey here is merely doing what he's legally required to: inform the relevant Congressional committees that new information which may have relevance has been discovered, and the FBI is now assessing its value to the on-going investigation.

Republicans shouldn't get too excited just yet, since Comey hasn't told us anything about the provenance of these emails. It could be the long-awaited "smoking gun" that establishes serious criminality by Clinton, Inc.-or it could be more emails of Hillary discussing yoga and how to figure out the DVR.

That said, Democrats who are wordsmithing this development and prematurely declaring that it's no big deal-or worse, some nefarious Trumpian plot-need to step back and let the FBI do its job. It seems unlikely that the Bureau will wrap this up before November 8, and since Comey has informed Congress what's going on, the FBI director won't be telling the public much either.

Just over a year ago I predicted that EmailGate was far from over, and it remains very much alive today, despite the best efforts of Hillary Clinton, her staff, and her ardent defenders in the media. Nobody should expect that the Democratic nominee will be charged with any crimes in EmailGate: the naked interference of President Obama's Justice Department in this case demonstrates that reality.

However, this scandal remains very much alive as a political matter, and less than two weeks before the election, politics is what matters now. Hillary has never come up with very good answers about why she strictly avoided the use of State Department email when she was the boss at Foggy Bottom, much less why her "unclassified" emails contained so much highly classified information -and she seems unlikely to, all of a sudden.

For Team Clinton, EmailGate remains a nightmare that they would really prefer not to talk about. But here we are, talking about it all over again, thanks to Director Comey. Throughout this scandal, Friday news-dumps have been a regular feature, per well-honed Beltway bureaucratic practice. This one may be the biggest of all.

[Oct 28, 2016] New Emails in Clinton Case Came From Devices Once Used by Anthony Wiener

Oct 28, 2016 | economistsview.typepad.com
Fred C. Dobbs : , October 28, 2016 at 02:05 PM
(Is this anything?)

Carlos Danger Reopens EmailGate and Team Clinton Trembles http://observer.com/2016/10/carlos-danger-reopens-emailgate-and-team-clinton-trembles/
Observer - John R. Schindler • 10/28/16

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. He says:
ADVERTISING

"In previous congressional testimony, I referred to the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had completed its investigation of former Secretary Clinton's personal email server. Due to recent developments, I am writing to supplement my previous testimony.

In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation. I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.

Although the FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant, and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work, I believe it is important to update your Committees about our efforts in light of my previous testimony." ...

Fred C. Dobbs -> Fred C. Dobbs... , -1
New Emails in Clinton Case Came From Devices Once Used by Anthony Weiner http://nyti.ms/2dU5zed
NYT - Oct 28
Fred C. Dobbs : , October 28, 2016 at 02:05 PM
(Is this anything?)

Carlos Danger Reopens EmailGate and Team Clinton Trembles http://observer.com/2016/10/carlos-danger-reopens-emailgate-and-team-clinton-trembles/
Observer - John R. Schindler • 10/28/16

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. He says:
ADVERTISING

"In previous congressional testimony, I referred to the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had completed its investigation of former Secretary Clinton's personal email server. Due to recent developments, I am writing to supplement my previous testimony.

In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation. I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.

Although the FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant, and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work, I believe it is important to update your Committees about our efforts in light of my previous testimony." ...

Fred C. Dobbs -> Fred C. Dobbs... , -1
New Emails in Clinton Case Came From Devices Once
Used by Anthony Weiner http://nyti.ms/2dU5zed
NYT - Oct 28
ilsm : , -1
Suddenly, the FBI finding 'stuff'.

Too many 'agency' whistleblowers have been talking to congress persons!

Will the country be better off with a 'Nixon' gone in a few months or Trump with no public trial of the crooked [yes, redundant word use] DNC 'establishment'?

[Oct 28, 2016] Trump Hopes Justice Will Finally Be Done As FBI Reopens Probe Into Hillary Clinton Emails

Looks like Obama decided to throw Hillary under the bus or was force to do so...
Oct 28, 2016 | www.zerohedge.com

Zero Hedge Update:

As CNBC adds , Donald Trump seized on the news Friday that the FBI is probing new emails related to Hillary Clinton's private server, contending that she threatens United States security and cannot be trusted in the White House. "I have great respect for the fact that the FBI and Department of Justice are now willing to have the courage to right the horrible mistake that they made," Trump said at a rally in New Hampshire. "This was a grave miscarriage of justice that the American people fully understood and is about to be corrected."

"In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation. I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation," Comey wrote.

As FBI reopens inquiry into @HillaryClinton emails, @realDonaldTrump says it's a scandal worse than Watergate https://t.co/XNZcYcbbYU pic.twitter.com/9V4G699fbQ

- BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) October 28, 2016

"Although the FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant, and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work, I believe it is important to update your Committees about our efforts in light of my previous testimony," he concluded.

Trump claimed that "Clinton's corruption is on a scale we have never seen before."

Update:

More details from CNN which writes that after recommending this year that the Department of Justice not press charges against the Secretary of State, Comey said in the letter to eight congressional committee chairman that "recent developments" urged him to take another look.

"In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear pertinent to the investigation," Comey wrote the chairmen. "I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation."

Comey said that he was not sure how long the additional review would take and said the FBI "cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant."

Law enforcement sources say the newly discovered emails are not related to WikiLeaks or the Clinton Foundation. They would not describe in further detail the content of the emails. It's also unclear whether the emails in question are from Clinton herself.

Clinton's campaign learned of the news while they were aboard a flight to Iowa. "We're learning about this just like you all are," a Clinton aide told CNN.

The surprising news jolts a presidential race that had largely settled as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump struggled in national and key battleground polls. Now, Clinton will be placed back on the defensive and forced to confront yet again questions about her trustworthiness.

* * *

As we detailed earlier, in a stunning development moments ago Jason Chaffetz tweeted that the FBI's probe into Hillary Clinton emails has been reopened: saying that "The FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation."

FBI Dir just informed me, "The FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation." Case reopened

- Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) October 28, 2016

After being briefed by his investigative team, Comey "agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to asses their importance to our investigation." Comey said he could not predict how long it would take the bureau to assess whether the new emails are "significant."

Moments later, NBC News reported that the agency was reopening the investigation and shared a letter from FBI director James Comey informing key lawmakers of the investigation.. .

"In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation," Comey wrote.

"I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information," Comey wrote

The full letter to members of Congress, in which FBI director James Comey said the agency had "learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation" in connection with an unrelated case, is shown below.

BIG: The FBI is reopening its investigation into @HillaryClinton 's email server. Here's the letter from the FBI to Congress: pic.twitter.com/OKjipTeiJp

- Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) October 28, 2016

JLee2027 Oct 28, 2016 1:08 PM ,

WOW.

Trying to save himself from a jail cell after Trump wins.

Stainless Steel Rat JLee2027 Oct 28, 2016 1:09 PM ,
Don't fuck with me Chaffy... is this for real?!?!?! :-D
greenskeeper carl Stainless Steel Rat Oct 28, 2016 1:12 PM ,
No, it's not for real. How much more evidence can you possibly need? She is guilty of at least 5 violations of federal law by any objective measure and they let her walk. Anyone thinking this will go any different hasn't been paying attention. Banana republic, two sets of laws.
evoila greenskeeper carl Oct 28, 2016 1:12 PM ,
perhaps 33K emails found their way into his inbox with a note saying do the right thing.
WillyGroper evoila Oct 28, 2016 1:20 PM ,
only if accompanied by this from the NSA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu-K3VcHH9s&index=19&list=PLRK4syRaAH0G0SvgY3IKI49ylwpDzSY3W

that would explain a 180.

only to save their worthless evil hide.

[Oct 28, 2016] Hillary Holds 4 Minute Press Conference Demands Full And Complete Facts From FBI Zero Hedge

Oct 28, 2016 | www.zerohedge.com
Blink and you missed it: in a brief, 3 minute 47 second address to the press, a defiant Hillary slammed the FBI, said that she hopes that whatever information the Bureau has will be shared with the American people and added that she is confident that no charges will be brought against her by the FBI, while taking the opportunity to ask people to go out and vote for her.

She took three questions which some have mockingly said were drafted and/or preapproved by Clinton campaign direction of communications Jennifer Palmier.

"We are 11 days out from perhaps the most important national election of our lifetimes," Clinton said during the brief press conference in Des Moines, Iowa. "Voting is already underway in our country, so the American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately."

Hillary revealed that the FBI had not contacted her before or since Comey sent a letter to lawmakers Friday afternoon.

"So we don't know the facts, which is why we are calling on the FBI to release all the information that it has," she said. "Even Director Comey noted that this new information may not be significant, so let's get it out."

Comey's letter said that the FBI was reviewing pertinent emails that it found in an unrelated investigation, but did not reveal much more than that. Republicans and the GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump quickly pounced on the news.

Clinton was asked about a New York Times report that said the FBI had found the new emails in its separate investigation into Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal.

"We've heard these rumors," she said "We don't know what to believe. And I'm sure there will be even more rumors. That's why it's incumbent on the FBI to tell us what they're talking about, Jeff. Your guess is as good as mine and I don't think that's not good enough."

Watch the brief recording below:

BREAKING: Hillary Clinton addresses FBI director's revelation of new review related to private email server case. https://t.co/vSxftfXcIZ

- NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) October 28, 2016

Hillary's statement was similar to what Tim Kaine said earlier: it's "very, very troubling" that the FBI is releasing information about a new probe into emails that may relate to Hillary Clinton just 11 days before the election. The Democratic vice presidential nominee is commenting on the development in an interview with Vice News. Kaine says the FBI director needs to provide more details on the situation. He suggests it's troubling that members of the press are finding out information before campaign officials. Kaine's comments in turn echo the a statement made by Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, and thus by Hillary.

* * *

Finally, President Obama is staying silent - for now - on the FBI director's announcement of an investigation into new emails related to Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. Obama is in Orlando, Florida, where according to AP he is encouraging voters - young voters in particular - to take advantage of their opportunity to cast their ballots before Election Day on Nov. 8.

[Oct 28, 2016] New Clinton Emails Emerged As Part Of Probe Into Anthony Weiner's Electronic Devices NYT

Oct 28, 2016 | www.zerohedge.com

by Tyler Durden Oct 28, 2016 3:22 PM 0 SHARES In the latest stunning revelation in today's saga involving the FBI's second probe, moments ago the NYT reported that the new emails uncovered in the closed investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server were discovered after the F.B.I. seized electronic devices belonging to Huma Abedin and her husband, Anthony Weiner.

The F.B.I. is investigating illicit text messages that Mr. Weiner sent to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina . The bureau told Congress on Friday that it had uncovered new emails related to the Clinton case - one federal official said they numbered in the thousands - potentially reigniting an issue that has weighed on the presidential campaign and offering a lifeline to Donald J. Trump less than two weeks before the election.

Until recently Anthony Weiner was married to Hillary Clinton's closest aide, Huma Abedin, who separated from Weiner recently after news emerged that Weiner had engaged in an online affair with an underage girl .

The F.B.I. told Congress that it had uncovered new emails related to the closed investigation into whether Mrs. Clinton or her aides had mishandled classified information, potentially reigniting an issue that has weighed on the presidential campaign and offering a lifeline to Donald J. Trump less than two weeks before the election.

One clue as to what the FBI may have uncovered comes courtesy of FOIAed Judicial Watch email disclosures, revealed one month ago, according to which Hillary Clinton's chief of staff at the State Department, Cheryl Mills, had received classified national security information through one of two or three personal, unsecured email accounts she regularly used to communicate with Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Approximately 10 percent of Abedin's emails released through Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act requests were addressed to one of Mills' various personal email addresses. As WND reported at the time , several were found to contain such highly sensitive material that the State Department redacted 100 percent of the content pages, marking many pages with a bold stamp reading "PAGE DENIED ."

Of the more than 160 emails in the latest Judicial Watch release, some 110 emails – two-thirds of the total – were forwarded by Abedin to two personal addresses she controlled . The Washington Times reported in August 2015 that the State Department had admitted to a federal judge that Abedin and Mills used personal email accounts to conduct government business in addition to Clinton's private clintonemail.com to transact State Department business.

In a curious twist, one heavily redacted email, dated May 15, 2009, was sent by the infamous Doug Band (who until today was the primary source of headaches for Hillary Clinton due to his role as head of the Clinton Foundation-linked Teneo consulting firm whose recently leaked confidential memo exposed the fund flows involving Bill Clinton), to Mills at a personal address and to Huma Abedin at her State Department address.

Band was forwarding to Mills and Abedin an email request from an associate who was seeking a State Department position in Charleston, South Carolina. Attached was a letter that the office-seeker had first sent to Bill Clinton containing the office-seeker's resume . In the email Band was making a State Department job request on behalf of a Clinton Foundation and/or Teneo-related person.

The email from Band was completely redacted, except for a salutation and first sentence. The letter the office-seeker had sent to President Clinton, as well as the office-seeker's résumé, was redacted except for a phrase that reads, "Well organized, driven professional."

A second email dated May 15, 2009, was sent by Abedin from her State Department email to her personal email, presumably humamabedin@yahoo.com . Abedin apparently was archiving in her personal email account an email Hillary Clinton sent her from Clinton's private email server at HDR22@clintonemail.com . Abedin was asked to print out attachments to an email Mills sent via a private address the previous day to Clinton involving "timetables and deliverables" for her review via Alec Ross, a technology policy expert who then held the title of senior adviser for innovation to Secretary Clinton.

The two pages of timetables and deliverables attached to the email were 100 percent redacted, with "PAGE DENIED" stamped across the first redacted page.

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Ironically, it appears that Donald Trump was spot on once again, first with a recent statement on the Huma-Abedin split :

DONALD J. TRUMP STATEMENT ON HILLARY CLINTON'S BAD JUDGMENT

"Huma is making a very wise decision. I know Anthony Weiner well, and she will be far better off without h im. I only worry for the country in that Hillary Clinton was careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information. Who knows what he learned and who he told? It's just another example of Hillary Clinton's bad judgment. It is possible that our country and its security have been greatly compromised by this. " - Donald J. Trump

and then, previously with this August 3, 2015 tweet:

It came out that Huma Abedin knows all about Hillary's private illegal emails. Huma's PR husband, Anthony Weiner, will tell the world.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2015

Well, maybe not tell the world, but certainly drag Hillary into another scandal just as she appeared certain to win the election with less than 2 weeks until D-Day.

[Oct 27, 2016] Podesta wants Clintons Email Aide to be Drawn and Quartered

Notable quotes:
"... The revelations that - as Secretary of State - Clinton had committed such a huge security gaffe was quickly picked up on - and has since extensively been used by - Republican candidate Donald Trump, as an example of how Clinton is unfit for the presidency. ..."
"... "This is a change election: people (even those who support Obama) are not interested in the status quo. Therefore they want a candidate who will make change, actually fight the status quo." ..."
"... It is believed they will continue to be dripped out ahead of the presidential election on November 8. Apart from the embarrassment over the email account, the leaks show Clinton changing her position on free trade agreements. ..."
"... The question is not whether or not Donald or Hillary are fit to be US President. The question should be is the United States fit to exist in a civilized world? The answer is; not in its current form! Perhaps if the US returned to following its Constitution, but not otherwise! ..."
sputniknews.com

Whoever advised US Democratic Party presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton that she could use private emails while in office should have been "drawn and quartered," according to the latest batch of emails of the campaign chairman John Podesta, published by WikiLeaks on October 27.Clinton ran into huge trouble when it was revealed that - while Secretary of State - she had been using insecure private email accounts based on non-government servers, exposing the US administration to hacking or surveillance from foreign nations.

In the latest cache of emails, one of Clinton's advisers, Neera Tanden wrote to Podesta asking: "Do we actually know who told Hillary she could use a private email? And has that person been drawn and quartered? Like whole thing is f****** insane."

One of the 'Podesta Emails' released by Wikileaks An investigation by the FBI concluded that 110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information.

The revelations that - as Secretary of State - Clinton had committed such a huge security gaffe was quickly picked up on - and has since extensively been used by - Republican candidate Donald Trump, as an example of how Clinton is unfit for the presidency.

Apology Enough?

Another chain of emails delivered Clinton's advisers' verdict on her round of interviews with the media apologizing for the email gaffe and saying: "As I look back at it now, even though it was allowed, I should have used two accounts. That was a mistake. I'm sorry about that. I take responsibility."

Tanden responded: "She rocked it!" in a suggestion that the plan had been to admit culpability personally - an honest appeal for empathy to kill the political furore.

Another adviser, Jennifer Palmieri replied: "I actually cried a little bit with relief."

However, John Podesta replied that Clinton may not have gone far enough and that Trump had found her weak spot. "No good deed goes unpunished. Press takeaway was the whine of but 'she really didn't apologize to the American people' I am beginning to think Trump is on to something," Podesta wrote

Too 'Establishment'?

Meanwhile, another email - also from Tanden - show the sense of vulnerability within the Clinton camp: her need to appeal to voters who conceive of her as being part of the establishment and - in particular - part of the Obama set who promised much, but delivered little. "So if she attacks [Trump] from the right (say on taxes), she will sound establishment/centrist and that hurts her. She needs to reaffirm her liberal credentials, not just her doer credentials," Tanden wrote.

"This is a change election: people (even those who support Obama) are not interested in the status quo. Therefore they want a candidate who will make change, actually fight the status quo."

Wikileaks has gradually been releasing more than 30,000 emails hacked from the account belonging to Podesta since October 7, 2016, giving an insight into the background thinking within her team.

It is believed they will continue to be dripped out ahead of the presidential election on November 8. Apart from the embarrassment over the email account, the leaks show Clinton changing her position on free trade agreements.

Read more: https://sputniknews.com/us/201610271046799130-clinton-podesta-email-apology/

William Cocker · Port Alberni, British Columbia

The question is not whether or not Donald or Hillary are fit to be US President. The question should be is the United States fit to exist in a civilized world? The answer is; not in its current form! Perhaps if the US returned to following its Constitution, but not otherwise!

[Aug 27, 2016] Clinton Emails On Film - Huma Abedin's Deposition

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[Jun 25, 2016] Huma abedins private emails and the muslim brotherhood by Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Notable quotes:
"... One other State Department official evidently violated this policy: Her Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin. Ms. Abedin's emails are of particular interest insofar as Huma has extensive ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. That's the Islamist organization whose self-declared mission is "destroying Western civilization from within." ..."
Mar 06, 2015 | centerforsecuritypolicy.org

Hillary Clinton's Emailgate scandal is becoming more problematic by the day. Turns out she exclusively used a private email account while personally prohibiting other State Department employees from doing the same.

One other State Department official evidently violated this policy: Her Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin. Ms. Abedin's emails are of particular interest insofar as Huma has extensive ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. That's the Islamist organization whose self-declared mission is "destroying Western civilization from within."

The indispensable investigative group, Judicial Watch, has filed suit in federal court for access to these emails. It remains to be seen if they are provided and, if so, what they reveal about these ladies' contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood – and their damage-control concerning revelations about Huma's connection to it.

[Jun 25, 2016] State Department: Mills and Abedin official BlackBerrys likely gone by Josh Gerstein

Notable quotes:
"... The secretary of state's information technology office "believes that Ms. Mills and Ms. Abedin were each issued BlackBerry devices," State Executive Secretary Joseph Macmanus wrote in a declaration submitted to a federal court in Washington (and posted here). The office, referred to as S/ES-IRM in agency parlance, "has not located any such device at the department" and "standard procedure upon return of such devices is to perform a factory reset (which removes any user settings or configurations) and then to reissue the device to another employee, to destroy it, or to excess it," he added. ..."
"... The official also said former Secretary of State Clinton appeared never to have had a BlackBerry from her agency or any other official gadget. "S/ES-IRM does not believe that any personal computing device was issued by the Department to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and has not located any such device at the Department," Macmanus wrote. ..."
"... Earlier this month, Sullivan ordered the State Department to ask Clinton, Mills and Abedin to preserve all official records they had responsive to Judicial Watch's request and to execute a declaration under penalty of perjury about their use of private email or devices to store such records. ..."
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BlackBerry devices the State Department issued to former Hillary Clinton aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin have likely been destroyed or sold off as surplus, a State official said in a court filing Wednesday.

The secretary of state's information technology office "believes that Ms. Mills and Ms. Abedin were each issued BlackBerry devices," State Executive Secretary Joseph Macmanus wrote in a declaration submitted to a federal court in Washington (and posted here). The office, referred to as S/ES-IRM in agency parlance, "has not located any such device at the department" and "standard procedure upon return of such devices is to perform a factory reset (which removes any user settings or configurations) and then to reissue the device to another employee, to destroy it, or to excess it," he added.

"Because the devices issued to Ms. Mills and Ms. Abedin would have been outdated models, in accordance with standard operating procedures those devices would have been destroyed or excessed. As stated above, the state.gov email accounts themselves are generally housed on the Department's servers," Macmanus said.

The official also said former Secretary of State Clinton appeared never to have had a BlackBerry from her agency or any other official gadget. "S/ES-IRM does not believe that any personal computing device was issued by the Department to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and has not located any such device at the Department," Macmanus wrote.

The filing came in a lawsuit where the conservative group Judicial Watch is seeking records relating to Abedin's employment arrangements, including a period after she left a full-time post as deputy chief of staff and took a part-time position while also working for a New York-based firm run by a former aide to President Bill Clinton.

In recent weeks, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan has expressed increasing concern that the State Department was not making an adequate effort to recover all records about the matter, including emails Clinton or the other aides may have had on private accounts or took with them when they left the department.

Earlier this month, Sullivan ordered the State Department to ask Clinton, Mills and Abedin to preserve all official records they had responsive to Judicial Watch's request and to execute a declaration under penalty of perjury about their use of private email or devices to store such records. Clinton submitted such a declaration. Abedin and Mills did not submit personal declarations, but lawyers for the aides said they had returned or were in the process of returning any official records to State and would preserve any such records in their possession.

[Jun 25, 2016] Judicial Watch Sues for Hillary and Huma's Egypt Emails

Notable quotes:
"... Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State ..."
Mar 04, 2015 | judicialwatch.org

Judicial Watch announced today that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department seeking any and all communications – including emails – from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Chief of Staff Huma Abedin with Nagla Mahmoud, wife of ousted Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi, from January 21, 2009 to January 31, 2013 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00321)). This latest lawsuit will require the State Department to answer questions about and conduct thorough searches of Hillary Clinton's newly discovered hidden email accounts. Judicial Watch also has nearly a dozen other active FOIA lawsuits that may require the State Department to search these email accounts. Huma Abedin is also alleged to have a secret account as well.

Judicial Watch submitted its original FOIA request on August 27, 2014. The State Department was required by law to respond by September 26, 2014 at the latest to Judicial Watch's request for:

  1. Any and all records of communication between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Nagla Mahmoud, wife of ousted Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi, from January 21, 2009 to January 31, 2013; and
  2. Any and all records of communication between former State Department Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin and Nagla Mahmoud from January 21, 2009 to January 31, 2013.

To date, the State Department has not responded.

Ms. Mahmoud threatened Mrs. Clinton after Morsi was ousted. According to JihadWatch.org:

In the words of El-Mogaz News, Morsi's wife "is threatening to expose the special relationship between her husband and Hillary Clinton, after the latter attacked the ousted [president], calling him a simpleton who was unfit for the presidency. Sources close to Nagla confirmed that she has threatened to publish the letters exchanged between Morsi and Hillary."

The report continues by saying that Nagla accuses Hillary of denouncing her former close ally, the Brotherhood's Morsi, in an effort to foster better relations with his successor, Egypt's current president, Sisi-even though, as Nagla laments, "he [Morsi] was faithful to the American administration."

"Now we know why the State Department didn't want to respond to our specific request for Hillary Clinton's and Huma Abedin's communications," stated Tom Fitton. "The State Department violated FOIA law rather than admit that it couldn't and wouldn't search the secret accounts that the agency has known about for years. This lawsuit shows how the latest Obama administration cover-up isn't just about domestic politics but has significant foreign policy implications."

[Jun 25, 2016] Hillary Clinton's aide Huma Abedin's emails now face disclosure lawsuit

Notable quotes:
"... Judicial Watch , a conservative public interest law firm that uses open-records laws to pry information loose, had filed a request to get a look at Ms. Abedin 's emails during her four years at the State Department . News outlets have reported that Ms. Abedin also used the private email server Mrs. Clinton set up to handle government business, but the status of her messages is unclear. ..."
"... The State Department said it wouldn't comment now that Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit - though it had struggled to explain its procedures even before the lawsuit was filed, and the status is of Ms. Abedin 's emails remains unclear. ..."
"... The law at the time Mrs. Clinton was in office urged federal employees doing government business to use their official accounts, but said those who used personal accounts were required to forward all government-related messages to their official accounts for storage. Mrs. Clinton rejected using an official account and did not forward her messages, but after Mr. Gowdy's inquiries the State Department asked her to belatedly turn her emails over. ..."
"... Ms. Abedin , who is married to former Rep. Anthony Weiner, has come under scrutiny for her time at the State Department . Mrs. Clinton designated her a special government employee, allowing her to collect a federal salary even as she also worked for an outside consulting company. ..."
"... The department's inspector general is looking into whether that arrangement was legal, since the designation is supposed to be used to lure workers with special skills into government service. Ms. Abedin was already a government employee when she was given the designation, and the State Department has yet to explain what skills she brought to earn the special status. ..."
May 5, 2015 | The Washington Times

The emails of Huma Abedin, the top personal aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, are now facing a disclosure lawsuit after the State Department failed to turn them over in response to an open-records request.

Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm that uses open-records laws to pry information loose, had filed a request to get a look at Ms. Abedin's emails during her four years at the State Department. News outlets have reported that Ms. Abedin also used the private email server Mrs. Clinton set up to handle government business, but the status of her messages is unclear.

It's one of a number of open-records requests Judicial Watch filed after the email scandal broke, and Tom Fitton, president of the organization, said they've been stonewalled on all of them, so now they're turning to the courts.

"We're churning through these," he said. "The scandal at the State Department is more than about Hillary Clinton. There are others involved."

The State Department said it wouldn't comment now that Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit - though it had struggled to explain its procedures even before the lawsuit was filed, and the status is of Ms. Abedin's emails remains unclear.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican who exposed the private emails as part of his investigation into the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, has urged Mrs. Clinton to turn the server over to a neutral third party while questions get sorted out, but Mrs. Clinton has refused, saying she believes she has now complied with the law by finally going through and turning emails over.

The law at the time Mrs. Clinton was in office urged federal employees doing government business to use their official accounts, but said those who used personal accounts were required to forward all government-related messages to their official accounts for storage. Mrs. Clinton rejected using an official account and did not forward her messages, but after Mr. Gowdy's inquiries the State Department asked her to belatedly turn her emails over.

The State Department has turned about 300 emails over to the Benghazi probe, but has refused to release the other tens of thousands of messages, saying it wants to process and clear them all at the same time, which will take months.

But the department has admitted in court that it was remiss in not searching the emails earlier, and has agreed to reopen some previous open-records requests from Judicial Watch that had sought Clinton emails.

Ms. Abedin, who is married to former Rep. Anthony Weiner, has come under scrutiny for her time at the State Department. Mrs. Clinton designated her a special government employee, allowing her to collect a federal salary even as she also worked for an outside consulting company.

The department's inspector general is looking into whether that arrangement was legal, since the designation is supposed to be used to lure workers with special skills into government service. Ms. Abedin was already a government employee when she was given the designation, and the State Department has yet to explain what skills she brought to earn the special status.

[Jun 25, 2016] Hillary email probe turns to Huma by Rachael Bade

Notable quotes:
"... The 2016 Democratic front-runner on Monday told a federal judge that Abedin - long considered her boss's keeper and even dubbed her "shadow" - had her own email account on Clinton's now infamous home-brewed server, "which was used at times for government business," Clinton acknowledged. That's an unusual arrangement, even for top brass at the State Department. ..."
"... Abedin had been granted "special government employee" (SGE) status, allowing her to work both for Clinton and the private sector - and it's unclear if she continued using the server that appears to have held classified information following her departure from her full-time State gig. ..."
"... But Steven Aftergood, who directs the Federation of American Scientists' project on government secrecy, said any former employee's potential access to secret materials could be problematic after they leave the government. ..."
"... "What happens if [a former government employee] still retains access through a prior server, to information that was justified by a previous position? That's not supposed to happen - and that's one of the anomalies that are created by the private server," Aftergood said. ..."
Aug 13, 2015 | .politico.com

Clinton's top aide is likely to face more questions, not least from congressional investigators, about her access to Clinton's system.

Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's most trusted confidante, is increasingly becoming a central figure in the email scandal that's haunting her boss on the campaign trail, as Republicans and federal judges seek information about Clinton's communications while she was running the State Department.

The 2016 Democratic front-runner on Monday told a federal judge that Abedin - long considered her boss's keeper and even dubbed her "shadow" - had her own email account on Clinton's now infamous home-brewed server, "which was used at times for government business," Clinton acknowledged. That's an unusual arrangement, even for top brass at the State Department.

... ... ...

After an inspector general found that Clinton had at least two "top secret" emails stored on her unsecured computer network, Abedin is likely to face more questions from congressional investigators, and perhaps others, about her access to Clinton's system.

Abedin had been granted "special government employee" (SGE) status, allowing her to work both for Clinton and the private sector - and it's unclear if she continued using the server that appears to have held classified information following her departure from her full-time State gig.

... ... ...

"It's election season, and congressional Republicans are running the same series of plays, just on a different field," Merrill said in an email, later adding that Abedin maintained her security clearance while she worked as a State contractor.

Merrill said SGEs often have clearance and there's nothing unusual about her having such access. He also said that many government workers take on such contractor status, adding that Abedin had a green-light from State's legal and human resources departments to do so.

But Steven Aftergood, who directs the Federation of American Scientists' project on government secrecy, said any former employee's potential access to secret materials could be problematic after they leave the government.

"What happens if [a former government employee] still retains access through a prior server, to information that was justified by a previous position? That's not supposed to happen - and that's one of the anomalies that are created by the private server," Aftergood said.

Classified materials with national security implications are supposed to be stored in a place where no one can gain access to them unless they have special clearance.

... ... ...

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