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    US election 2016: Clinton 'confident' on new FBI email probe

    US election 2016: Clinton 'confident' on new FBI email probe




    Hillary Clinton says she is "confident" a new FBI probe linked to her emails will not change its original finding that she should not be prosecuted.

    The Democratic presidential candidate called on the FBI director to explain the new inquiry to the American people.

    James Comey earlier said the FBI was looking into newly found messages.

    The latest emails came to light during a separate inquiry into top Clinton aide Huma Abedin's estranged husband, former congressman Anthony Weiner.
    Devices belonging to Ms Abedin and Mr Weiner were seized in an investigation into whether he sent sexually explicit emails to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.

    "The American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately," said Mrs Clinton.

    "It's imperative that the bureau explain this issue in question, whatever it is, without any delay."

    She highlighted that Mr Comey had said he did not know the significance of the new emails, adding: "I'm confident (that) whatever they are will not change the conclusion reached in July."

    Mrs Clinton's Republican rival Donald Trump, however, described the FBI investigation as "the biggest political scandal since Watergate", referring to the 1970s scandal that engulfed Republican President Richard Nixon.



    "It's everybody's hope that justice at last can be delivered," he told supporters at a rally in Iowa.

    "The FBI would never have reopened this case at this time unless it were a most egregious criminal offence."

    Mr Comey said the FBI would investigate if the newly discovered emails contain classified information.

    The FBI chief said in a letter to Congress that investigators had discovered the emails "in connection with an unrelated case... that appear to be pertinent to the investigation".

    He said he "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".

    How big is this? Anthony Zurcher, BBC News, Washington

    It could be nothing. It could be everything. And it almost certainly won't be resolved before Americans head to the polls in just under two weeks.

    The letter from Mr Comey to Congress is frustratingly vague. There's no information, for instance, or how many emails are in question. That will only fuel the rampant speculation already breaking out, with leaks from "government sources" in the coming days sure to fan the flames.

    Mrs Clinton's critics will go on the attack, using the latest news to support their claims that the former secretary of state engaged in malfeasance. Her supporters will spend the next few days in a defensive crouch, trying to assess how bad the damage could be.

    What's certain, however, is that whether this turns out to be a big deal or not, it places the spotlight on all the wrong places for the Clinton campaign. It all but guarantees that even if she wins White House, the early days of her presidency will be dogged by this long-running political imbroglio.

    The FBI has already established the Democratic candidate had classified information on a private email server.
    In July, Mr Comey said Mrs Clinton's handling of sensitive material during her 2009-13 tenure as secretary of state was "extremely careless", but cleared her of any criminal wrongdoing.

    The revelation that she handled sensitive information while breaking federal rules by running her own email server out of her upstate New York home has dogged her campaign since last year.

    With Clinton team - Chris Gibson, BBC News

    What a difference a plane journey makes. When we left Westchester, New York, on Hillary Clinton's campaign plane, spirits were high amongst her staff.

    Her campaign manager, Robby Mook, came to the back of the plane and told reporters that early voting was going in their favour and that Mrs Clinton would even campaign in Republican-leaning Arizona next week.

    But Mr Mook added that they weren't taking anything for granted. He said: "Hillary is superstitious."
    When we landed and wifi internet was restored, the Clinton team first learned the news of a reopened FBI investigation.

    She was right to be superstitious.

    As we got off the plane, one of her advisers told us: "We are just learning about this at the same time as you are."

    Mrs Clinton stayed on for far longer than usual. Her team were digesting the news and working out how to respond.

    When she did walk off the plane, she smiled and ignored shouted questions from the media on the tarmac about the long-running email saga.

    Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta criticised the FBI's "extraordinary" timing.

    The revelation comes just 11 days before Americans go to the polls in the presidential election.

    Mrs Clinton is five points ahead of Mr Trump, according to a Real Clear Politics average.

    Paul Ryan, the highest-ranked elected Republican, called the FBI decision "long overdue".

    The House of Representatives Speaker renewed his call for the Director of National Intelligence to halt classified briefings for the Democratic candidate.

    "She was entrusted with some of our nation's most important secrets, and she betrayed that trust by carelessly mishandling highly classified information," he said.

    The former secretary of state's private email server was first revealed in March 2015 by the New York Times.

    She did not immediately express regret, and said the main reason for her "hdr22@clintonemail.com" address was "convenience".

    Soon after that she apologised in an interview with ABC News, and has since said sorry to voters a number of times.

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    Weiner STROKING GUN in CLINTON Criminal Investigation: FBI Found “Tens Of Thousands O

    Weiner STROKING GUN in CLINTON Criminal Investigation: FBI Found “Tens Of Thousands Of Emails” Belonging To Huma Abedin On Weiner’s Laptop

    October 29, 2016



    The new Clinton emails were found during the Anthony Weiner sexting probe. Investigators got their hands on Huma Abedin’s emails when they searched a laptop that she jointly used with her husband, Anthony Weiner. Weiner allegedly used the laptop to exchange sexually explicit messages and photos with an underage teen in North Carolina. Investigators have been looking into Weiner’s relationship with that 15-year-old girl.

    Of course, what makes this doubly enjoyable, succulent even, is that Huma and Hillary’s wedding scheme to Anthony Weiner (the beard marriage), led to their undoing. They were too cute by half, and their menage a trois blew up, blew them all up.

    Yes, I am enjoying this because for years I have watched the Clintons get away with murder (literally) while the enemedia worked furiously to install that wretched traitor in the Oval Office.

    Huma’s direct ties to terrorist groups should have been Hillary’s undoing. Clinton Foundation pay-for-play should have been Hillary’s undoing. Hillary’s Russian uranium deal should have been Hillary’s undoing. The Clinton Foundation’s historic robbery of Haitian donations should have been Hillary’s undoing. Hillary’s hand in the murder of our people in Benghazi should have been Hillary’s undoing. And on and on and on ….. but I’ll take this, much the way the USG got Capone on tax evasion. If it works, I am all in.



    Their stooges have been outed — especially FBI Director James Comey:

    It appears the FBI agents investigating Anthony Weiner for sexting an underaged girl have done the job that the FBI agents investigating Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information didn’t or weren’t allowed to do.

    Agents reportedly found thousands of State Department-related emails ostensibly containing classified information on the electronic devices belonging to Weiner and his wife and top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
    The discovery has prompted FBI Director James Comey to, on the eve of the election, reopen the Clinton case he prematurely closed last July.



    The two special agents who interviewed Abedin on April 5 noted as much in their 302 summary of their interview, which took place at the FBI’s Washington field office and notably was attended by the chief of the FBI’s counterespionage section.

    On page 3 of their 11-page report, the agents detail how they showed Abedin a classified paper on Pakistan sent from a State Department source which she, in turn, inexplicably forwarded to her personal Yahoo email account — an obviously unclassified, unencrypted, unsecured and
    unauthorized system.
    The breach of security was not an isolated event but a common practice with Abedin.

    “She routinely forwarded emails from her state.gov account to either her clintonemail.com or her yahoo.com account,” the agents wrote. Why? “So she could print them” at home and not at her State Department office.

    Abedin contended that she “would typically print the documents without reading them” and “was unaware of the classification.” Uh-huh.



    The FBI also pointed out that “the only person at DoS (Department of State) to receive an email account on the (clintonemail.com) domain was Abedin.”

    “Multiple State employees” told the FBI that they considered emailing Abedin “the equivalent of e-mailing Clinton.” Another close Clinton aide told the

    FBI that “Abedin may have kept emails that Clinton did not.”

    In her April interview with the FBI, Abedin incredulously maintained 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 Clinton family residence in Chappaqua.

    However, another witness told agents that he and another Clinton aide with computer skills 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.”

    (NYP)

    TRUMP CALLED IT MONTHS AGO: Anthony Weiner threatens national security



    FBI Found “Tens Of Thousands Of Emails” Belonging To Huma Abedin On Weiner’s Laptop, By Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, October 29, 2016:

    With furious Democrats – and the Clinton Campaign – now openly blasting the FBI’s reopened investigation (as Republicans take delight for once in having a government agency reinforce their side of events), the question turns to just what emails were found on Weiner’s laptop, and how damaging their contents are for the FBI to take the unprecedented step of “intervening” in a major political event just days before the national election.

    We first laid what was the most likely explanation yesterday, when we showed several examples of Huma Abedin emails being sent from her work email account to her personal account at humaabedin@yahoo.com, courtesy of a Judicial Watch FOIA release. 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.



    One email from May 15, 2009, was sent by Abedin from her State Department email to her personal email. Abedin 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.



    However, while forwarding Hillary’s emails to her personal email server for “convenience” is one thing, what is more troubling is the amount of redaction involved in these emails which migrated to the open email account, which as we now know ended up in Anthony Weiner’s computer: in the above example, the two pages of timetables and deliverables attached to the email were 100 percent redacted, with “PAGE DENIED” stamped across the first redacted page.

    An argument can be made that the extensive redaction confirms confidential material was part of the transmission.

    This is a nuanced point being pushed by Hillary Clinton supporters such as Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald, who in an article yesterday tried to make a case citing “sources” (even though the FBI said that nobody has seen the content of the Weiner/Abedin emails), that “no emails being examined by FBI were to or from Clinton.”

    It remains to be seen just what is in the emails, although whether Hillary sent emails with confidential content herself, or directed, or simply allowed her closest aide, Huma Abedin to forward such emails to her outside unsecured email address (where they subsequently ended up on Anthony Weiner’s notebook), is what this latest case will be all about and how it will be defended and prosecuted in the media, by the water coolers and perhaps, in court.



    However, we do know one thing: according to the NYT, the number of Huma emails that made their way to Weiner’s PC was staggering:

    The F.B.I. is investigating illicit text messages that Mr. Weiner, a former Democratic congressman from New York, 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 tens of thousand

    Which brings up two more critical questions: i) when she was questioned by the FBI over the summer, did Huma reveal and admit the existence of these “thousands” of emails located on a personal, home computer, and ii) will the FBI be able to comb through everything in the next 10 days ahead of the election?

    If the answer to the second question is no, will the US presidential election really take place with one candidate currently under FBI investigation, one which could potentially lead to impeachment proceedings within weeks or days of her being elected president?

    Still, the biggest irony in this latest debacle is that it was largely predicted by Donald Trump himself back in August of 2015.






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    FBI racing to sift through Clinton emails before Election Day

    FBI racing to sift through Clinton emails before Election Day


    October 30, 2016 | 10:24pm | Updated



    The FBI got a warrant to search Anthony Weiner’s laptop for new evidence in the Hillary Clinton email scandal, setting off a mad dash to try and finish the massive job before Election Day, law-enforcement sources told The Post Sunday.

    Weiner shared the laptop computer with his now-estranged wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, and the feds believe there are around 650,000 emails stored on it, with many from Abedin’s accounts, the Wall Street Journal reported.

    “FBI agents are reviewing the emails as we speak,” one source told The Post.

    Metadata found on Weiner’s laptop computer — seized as part of an investigation into his explicit, online relationship with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina — suggest it may hold thousands of emails sent to or from Clinton’s private server, sources said.

    It was unclear how long the search would take, but an official briefed on the matter told The Post that the job would extend past Nov. 8, when the vast majority of Americans go to the polls.

    “There are too many emails to sift through before the end of the election and that is why [the Department of Justice] was cautioning [FBI Director James Comey not to make the announcement,” the official said.

    “The FBI won’t be able to look through them all and now they risk looking political.

    “Many of these emails appear to be redundant. That’s to say that since Huma was on Hillary’s staff, she was apparently copied on a lot of them. Investigators have probably seen them before. Now will all of them be redundant? No, that won’t be the case for all of them,” the official added.

    Agents have probable cause to search only those that relate to the Clinton probe, and they’re only expected to seize a portion of the huge cache, a law-enforcement source told The Post.

    Hours earlier, Clinton opponent Donald Trump — who’s previously blasted Weiner as a “pervert” and a “major, major, major sleaze” over his sexting habit — publicly hailed the disgraced ex-pol for inadvertently reviving the FBI probe.

    “We never thought we were going to say thank you to Anthony Weiner,” the Republican presidential nominee told thousands of cheering supporters at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.

    Trump crowed about Weiner’s potential new role in the Nov. 8 election as a new ABC/Washington Post poll showed him just 1 point behind his Democratic opponent, who held a 12-point lead in the same poll last Sunday.

    The Abedin emails were discovered several weeks ago, with agents in New York alerting FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the bureau’s second-in-command, about their existence, sources told the Journal.

    McCabe has recently come under fire from Republicans in Congress over the failed 2015 Senate candidacy of his wife, Dr. Jill McCabe, which got $467,500 in contributions from the political action committee of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton loyalist.

    Senior FBI officials decided that the agents investigating Weiner should further examine the metadata and report back, and a member of the Justice Department’s senior national-security staff asked for an update during a meeting early last week, according to the Journal.

    Officials then realized no one had sought a warrant to examine the emails, and McCabe ordered that investigators figure out if the laptop’s contents could relate to the Clinton email probe — and they determined they might, The Journal said.

    Amid the controversy over her emails, Abdedin abandoned the campaign trail and took a back-bench seat at Clinton’s headquarters in Brooklyn on Sunday while the candidate stumped for votes in the battleground state of Florida.

    Meanwhile, Clinton campaign director Robby Mook revealed that Clinton — who on Friday demanded that the FBI “release all the information it has” from Weiner’s computerhasn’t asked Abedin what’s in her emails.

    But Mook refused to say why when pressed six times by anchor Chris Wallace, who at one point asked, “Why on earth wouldn’t Hillary Clinton say to her closest personal aide: Was there any stuff on your laptop, and what was it?”

    “Chris, again, I appreciate your question because people want answers. There’s nothing about Huma Abedin in the letter that was sent out [on Friday by FBI Director Jim Comey],” Mook replied.

    http://nypost.com/2016/10/30/fbi-rac...-election-day/

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    “Many of these emails appear to be redundant. That’s to say that since Huma was on Hillary’s staff, she was apparently copied on a lot of them. Investigators have probably seen them before. Now will all of them be redundant? No, that won’t be the case for all of them,” the official added.
    Hmmmm.

    So Hillary Clinton carbon copies government business from her own private email server to Huma's private email.

    How does this make it better instead of far worse?
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    In her April interview with the FBI, Abedin incredulously maintained 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 Clinton family residence in Chappaqua.

    However, another witness told agents that he and another Clinton aide with computer skills 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.”
    One lie after another - abedin probably feeds everything to muslim brotherhood too.
    OUTRAGEOUS! No wonder why we lost men in Benghazi, radicals knew every move they made, where they were at all times. Even more galling is the 600 requests for more security that was not provided & the stand down order before sending anyone there to combat this attack.

    hillary and her crew of lying imbeciles have no right to be in the wh.
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    Dems should blame Hillary, not Comey, for the ‘October surprise’

    Dems should blame Hillary, not Comey, for the ‘October surprise’

    October 31, 2016 | 8:27pm



    Before Democrats burn James Comey in effigy, they should think about how the FBI director came to have an outsized influence in the election in the first place.

    It’s not something Comey sought or welcomed. A law-enforcement official who prizes his reputation, he didn’t relish becoming a hate figure for half the country or more. No, the only reason that Comey figures in the election at all is that Democrats knowingly nominated someone under FBI investigation.

    Once upon a time — namely any presidential election prior to this one — this enormous political and legal vulnerability would have disqualified a candidate. Not this year, and not in the case of Hillary Clinton.

    The country has clearly lowered its standards in this election, and Donald Trump’s madcap candidacy provides evidence of that almost every day. But Hillary’s nomination was itself an offense against American political norms and an incredibly reckless act.

    And the Democrats were supposed to be the party acting rationally.
    Clinton effectively locked up the nomination in June and wasn’t cleared of criminal wrongdoing by the FBI until July. What if she had been indicted?

    Would Democrats have run her anyway? Would they have substituted in a 74-year old socialist who had lost the nomination battle, or someone else who hadn’t even run? Any of these circumstances would have been unprecedented, but Democrats risked it.

    They did it, in part, because they could never bring themselves to fully acknowledge the seriousness of the e-mail scandal and, relatedly, the ethical miasma around the Clinton Foundation. They considered it all another desperate trick of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

    Clinton henchman David Brock demanded that The New York Times retract its initial report of Clinton’s exclusive use of a private e-mail account in March 2015. A parade of Democratic operatives pooh-poohed the whole thing, from Clinton spokesman Karen Finney (“a politically motivated series of attacks”), to James Carville (“not going to amount to a hill of beans”), to Howard Dean (“hooey”).

    When they first got on a debate stage together last October, Bernie Sanders, the only man who had a chance to stop Clinton, pleased the crowd with a ringing denunciation of interest in her e-mails.

    Democrats bought the just-so stories offered up by the Clinton campaign. The FBI investigation was just a “security review.” The FBI wasn’t investigating Hillary, but only her server. Anything to deflect from the seriousness of the matter.

    While Democrats willfully looked the other way, they put Comey in an impossible position. An indictment would change the course of American history.

    That was all on him. He ultimately blinked. But he also put on the record the recklessness of Clinton’s practices as secretary of state in an attempt to create public accountability.

    Comey’s conduct is open to criticism, but there’s no way to please everyone when handling a case with such high political stakes.

    His notification to Congress last weekend is another case in point. All that can be said is that if Democrats didn’t want the FBI to have any part in the election, they could’ve considered that before nominating Clinton.

    Trump may be a deeply flawed candidate, but he caught a wave of popular fervor; Hillary, with her astonishing vulnerabilities, is a production of the Democratic elites who did everything to get her over the finish line.

    Just how vulnerable is she? If it weren’t for the new trove of Huma Abedin e-mails, the blockbuster news this week would come via a Wall Street Journal report that the FBI is investigating the Clinton Foundation — although Fox News reported the same thing at the beginning of the year, and
    Hillary, of course, dismissed it as an “unsourced and irresponsible claim that has no basis.”

    The e-mail scandal and Clinton Foundation will dog Hillary until Election Day and, should she win, into her presidency. For this, she has no one to blame but herself — and her irresponsible enablers.

    http://nypost.com/2016/10/31/dems-sh...ober-surprise/
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