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Stephanie

Respectfully, sir, I think he made a mistake, as I said, and yes, I think a portion of his motive was political. I don’t blame him entirely – I’d be afraid of the GOP congresscritters, too. I can’t think of any other reasons for a sane and competent leader of the FBI, and I presume that Comey is all of those things, to do what he did. Comey has some good and bad things on his record. This is a bad ‘un.

Republicans have spoken out against Comey’s actions, including some who thought HRC should be prosecuted.

Orin Kerr’s preliminary take on the Fourth Amendment question:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2016/10/30/was-it-legal-for-the-fbi-to-expand-the-weiner-email-search-to-target-hillary-clintons-emails/?utm_term=.71b69ea188b6

plantman

It seems to me that Abedin's computer might be a red herring, and that the real objective is to reopen the investigation so that Comey isn't discredited for underreporting serious violations of security that may have posed a national security threat to the US.

In other words, Comey doesn't want to do what he is doing (and he's certainly NOT trying to effect the election), he's just trying to protect his own backside.

If he let's the whole thing slide, then he'll get hammered when the details come out after the election....and he could face prosecution.

He kind of backed himself into a corner in July when he repeatedly told congress he was closing the investigation.
New reports confirm that the investigation has been ongoing...And it sounds like the investigators feel like they have a strong case that gets a hearing one way or another.

Sam Peralta

We have blatant collusion between the media and the Clinton campaign. That's A-OK, right?

Can anyone believe that CNN executives were not in on the deal? And now that these communications get exposed (by of course the new bogeyman, Putin!!) they do they obligatory firing. Who knows what the behind the scenes deal really is? Can anyone trust what the media spews?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3890588/CNN-cuts-ties-Democratic-Party-chief-Donna-Brazile-hacked-email-shows-leaked-SECOND-debate-question-Hillary-s-campaign.html

turcopolier

Stephanie

I know you want her to win and initiate some sort of utopian world but why are you fearful of the result of the election? she is ahead everywhere important and early voting has enable the marshaling of democratic party core voters by busing them to polling places. Why are you fearful? OTOH, what are you going to say if the archive on weinerman's laptop turns up a lot of E-mails that went through Hilly's Microsoft Exchange accounts and her server and that some of them contain classified information of some import? What will you say? pl

b

A WSJ piece today explains that behind this all is also a wider investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

There are also likely Clinton emails on the notebook that were deleted from the Clinton server after the investigation into it started.

A lot of FBI agents are furious at the attempts to block their investigations.

(They probably unofficially know what is in those emails.)

Comey is covering his ass. Those agents would have talked to the media if he had followed the Justice Department's advice. That would have meant real trouble for him.

turcopolier

b

From what I can understand the US Attorney for the Southern district of New York is cooperating with the dissident FBI people. pl

Bill Herschel

I don't have any business writing comments here. It's onanism pure and simple. I am banned.

Sam Peralta

Col. Lang

We're really in banana republic territory as this Zerohedge post notes, that Asst. AG Peter Kadzik writes Congress that DOJ will apply all necessary resources to review the Weiner emails. But, it seems Kadzik's son sought a position on the Clinton campaign. Similar, to the Deputy Director of the FBI whose wife received payment from Terry McCaulife, overseeing the Clinton investigation. There's no consideration it seems for conflict of interest in DC these days.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-31/doj-tells-congress-it-will-work-expeditiously-review-abedin-emails-there-just-one-pr

"The day after Hillary Clinton testified in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi last October, John Podesta, Hillary's campaign chairman met for dinner with a small group of well-connected friends, including Peter Kadzik, who is currently a top official at the US Justice Department serving as Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs.

The post-Benghazi dinner was attended by Podesta, Kadzik, superlobbyist Vincent Roberti and other well-placed Beltway fixtures. The first mention of personal contact between Podesta and Kadzik in the Wikileaks dump is in an Oct. 23, 2015 email sent out by Vincent Roberti, a lobbyist who is close to Podesta and his superlobbyist brother, Tony Podesta. In it, Roberti refers to a dinner reservation at Posto, a Washington D.C. restaurant. The dinner was set for 7:30 that evening, just one day after Clinton gave 11 hours of testimony to the Benghazi Committee.

Podesta and Kadzik met several months later for dinner at Podesta’s home, another email shows. Another email sent on May 5, 2015, Kadzik’s son asked Podesta for a job on the Clinton campaign.

Jack

What credibility does Sanders have anymore? He got screwed by the DNC and instead of expressing outrage at how the primary was not on the up and up, he's campaigning for the Borg Queen in New Hampshire today.

He seems to have hoodwinked all those small donors and the millions that voted for him and cheered him at his rallies.

Tyler

Sir,

Reapectfully, Iowa, Florida, NC, and Ohio point to a Trump win, the others are functionally tied with the exception of WI.

I think its going to be a blowout.

turcopolier

Bill Herschel

Not by me. pl

mbfromnm

Now that is good news indeed!

ked

For those of you who find cybersec a puzzle... and enjoy puzzles & puzzling...
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/cover_story/2016/10/was_a_server_registered_to_the_trump_organization_communicating_with_russia.html
(ain't the future tense!?)

Kooshy

Stephanie, in my humble hope, I hope the women in this country elect the first women president that has real integrity and a self discipline, acceptable to real clear majority of voters including men, we just exprianced the first black president that IMO did not elevate this country to the the pride of blacks people, like MLK did although he had the opportunity to do so. IMO, HRC has too much scare on her dossier and her past political activities to be a credited symbol or icon.

Haralambos

With all due respect, I believe the sentence was commuted, not pardoned. I am not a lawyer, but I followed this closely at the time: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Libby_clemency_controversy

Anonymous

Excellent, most interesting audio.
Thanks for the link.

ex-PFC Chuck

Charles Hugh Smith, the main writer at the plugged-in financial blog Of Two Minds, that significant elements of the Borg (Deep State in his terminology) have come to view the neocon strategy as an "irredeemable failure" and thus are pulling the plug on its most prominent apostle, Hilary Clinton: " . . the upper ranks of the Deep State now view Hillary as an unacceptable liability. The word came down to Comey to act whether he wanted to or not, i.e. take one for the good of the nation/Deep State/Imperial Project."

http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com/2016/10/these-blast-points-on-hillarys-campaign.html

ex-PFC Chuck

Zero Hedge reports that the DoJ is finally joing the parade. The only problem is that its point man will be John Podesta's best friend, Peter Kadzik,

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-31/doj-tells-congress-it-will-work-expeditiously-review-abedin-emails-there-just-one-pr

LT

ps.

The original photo before enhancement is found here:

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/10/syria-no-fly-zone-hillary-clinton-assad-russia/

Earthrise

I am certainly no expert, but I think the world works like this. To take your place in the criminal cartel which runs our world, you need to have skin in the game. It is that corrupt at the top, you can only join them by offering up a card on yourself (or acknowledging the cards they hold against you). In the past, it was good enough to suggest you were a closet homosexual to keep all the chiefs in line. This slur has lost it's career-ending sting, so the card of choice these days seems to be paedophilia.

Again, no expert, but I believe the only time someone from the ruling class gets charged with a criminal offence is either they have stepped out of line, or they have become a liability. They are all corrupt, all criminals, and to a degree they seek out positions of high power to protect themselves from their own crimes (and be in a better position to commit more). It is not as I once though that power corrupts, but that power attracts the corruptible.

Comey has fallen on his sword by releasing these emails, he cannot have a career in the public service after this. The meme could be he is a hero, and the FBI have finally found their spine. But I don't believe it. The timing of the release is a political move because it cannot be resolved before the election (which is might have been if the original investigation went ahead). And if the original investigation had gone ahead, Hillary's power base would have quashed it. While I love the meme of the principled people's hero, this is not how the world works. If the ruling class have allowed this information to leak, they have abandoned Clinton. Working under my own operators, they have dropped her and she is either dead women walking, or another eight-year seat-warmer in a pant suit.

VietnamVet

Colonel,

This Halloween is a horror. What is not on today’s front page. Al Qaeda after being resupplied by the West continues it offensive to relieve Jihadists in East Aleppo. The Russian aircraft carrier should appear off Syria towards the end of the week. Ash Carter will take Raqqa within weeks. NATO enlarges its military footprint in Eastern Europe. 650,000 e-mails of Hillary Clinton’s top aid were found on an alleged pedophile's laptop. It is almost certain that some of the e-mails contain classified information since redacted e-mails were released to the public in the Judicial Watch’s lawsuit that were sent from Hillary Clinton private server to Huma Abedin’s state.gov address and were then forwarded to her private e-mail account. At a minimum, e-mails dealing with national interests were intentionally saved on unsecure devices at home as life insurance. No one mentions that there is a privatized legal system for the little people and none for the ruling elite. Civil Servants would be indicted and jailed for the behavior of the Weiner family adults. The political polarization is driven by looting, propaganda and ideology. It will only get worse unless the people unite to restore the rule of law with equal justice for all.

Patrick S.

turcopolier,
Heard on the radio today that the democratic party is now focusing on getting people to vote early. Possibly they're worried about something?

GulfCoastPirate

So you're another one who thinks Russian hacking and passing of information to Wikileaks is OK in order to influence an American election. You should be ashamed of yourself but I know you aren't. What do you think they have on Trump? His old campaign manager? Do you think they only hacked into Democratic accounts?

You better learn to speak Russian if Trump gets elected because he's compromised from way back.

GulfCoastPirate

I'm waiting for the backstory of why Comey knew nothing of Weiner's laptop until last week


I'm waiting for the backstory on why Comey wouldn't call out the Russians when the rest of the government did so.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/james-comey-clinton-emails_us_5817b25de4b064e1b4b456f4

wisedupearly

I find quantum entanglement an interesting puzzle but by the time Slate came up with "suggestive" for the fifth time I gave up.

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