The media’s now working 24/7, accumulating and disseminating “news” about the latest email infractions by the Democrat presidential candidate and those around her. However, the issue itself is actually quite simple to analyze.
An unauthorized parallel computer system was used by a sitting secretary of state. Highly classified information was not only stored on that system, it was forwarded elsewhere to others. While it’s still unknown as to who all of those were that accessed the information, one of them surely was disgraced pervert Anthony Weiner. Which by itself should be enough to prove the case for the FBI.
One of the ramifications of the irregularity’s comes from Gemma Acton, Correspondent @cnbc.com, who titled her column today: “FBI’s Clinton probe is the black swan that could throw election off course, Citi says”
Ms Acton writes: “The unexpected announcement Friday that the FBI would review further emails from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in connection with its investigation into her use of a private email server is the "October surprise" that could throw the electoral race off course, according to a team of Citi analysts led by Chief Global Political Analyst Tina Fordham.
"In our view, these developments do constitute an 'October surprise' that could have a meaningful impact on the race," according to the new research note published on Monday.
“Fordham's team has consistently warned of the "extraordinarily high" risk of "black swan" events — such as scandals and "information warfare" — occurring during this fraught campaign, hence its reluctance to view a Clinton victory as confidently as many other pundits.”
The Citi team still predicts a 75 percent probability of a Clinton victory, but notes: "these developments have added a significant obstacle to the Clinton campaign and are likely to further dent voter confidence." It also warns: “the most concrete impact of the FBI announcement will likely be upon turnout."
And then, a very real probability is presented: “The research finishes on a sobering note reminding readers that once the election results are counted, the problems may only just be beginning. A Democrat win could see Trump honor his threat to disregard the result as well as the risk of ongoing investigations and the looming specter of future impeachment risk for Clinton — a risk Fordham and her team describe as "non-negligible."
Aside from any future eruptions from Trump that may occur, the FBI itself will likely present ongoing disruption, as explained by Devlin Barrett @wsj.com.
Under the heading: “FBI in Internal Feud Over Hillary Clinton Probe,” with the subtitle: “Laptop may contain thousands of messages sent to or from Mrs. Clinton’s private server,” Mr. Barrett provides significant insight into the current status of the matter.
“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 teenage minor, they had recovered a laptop. Many of the 650,000 emails on the computer, they said, were from the accounts of Ms. Abedin, according to people familiar with the matter.
“Mr. McCabe then instructed the email investigators to talk to the Weiner investigators and see whether the laptop’s contents could be relevant to the Clinton email probe, these people said. After the investigators spoke, the agents agreed it was potentially relevant.”
In addition, a probe of the Clinton Foundation had begun more than a year ago “to determine whether financial crimes or influence peddling occurred related to the charity.
“Some investigators grew frustrated, viewing 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.”
However, there’s far more to the story to be suspicious about.
“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. 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” supportive.
Despite the preceding disclaimers: “In February of this year, Mr. McCabe ascended from the No. 3 position at the FBI to the deputy director post. 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 by then his wife’s campaign was over.”
Thus, in typical Clinton fashion, even the FBI became involved in conspiratorial activity as evidenced by the players in this situation: McCabe, his wife, and McAuliffe. Which certainly sheds light on why the bureau hierarchy attempted to quash further investigation into illicit email and Foundation practices.
While the email controversy attains most of the media's attention, and the health care tax cost increases gain some press, another story festers in the background which has significant impact on voters.
According to Brandon Darby @breitbart.com: “A record number of illegal aliens have crossed the U.S.- Mexico border and are in U.S. Border Patrol custody in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV), according to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). Border Patrol Agent and NBPC President Brandon Judd spoke exclusively with Breitbart Texas and condemned the leadership of the Border Patrol’s parent agency, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), for allegedly “keeping this information secret” ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“We are at breaking point. We have the highest number of illegal aliens in custody in history in Border Patrol’s RGV Sector and this information has been kept from the American public,” said Agent Judd. “The talk of amnesty has once again created pull factors and encouraged people from all over the world to cross Mexico and then cross our porous southern border to illegally enter the U.S. We are simply overwhelmed.”
Typical reaction came from reader CW, who commented: “The people who come to America illegally are criminals first. They also do a disservice to those of us who came to America legally. It took 10 years for me to become an American citizen and I have probably paid over a million dollars in taxes since I've been here for the last 50 years. No free ride for any of these criminals !”
As an indication of reader interest, and a telling sign, CW’s comment had already received 135 “Likes” shortly after posting.
Bringing us to today’s update on Bill Clinton’s wife.
Independent Journal Review's Parker Lee writes @ijr.com about the internal pressures brought to bear on FBI Director Comey after his decision not to pursue charges against Bill’s wife.
“In his letter to lawmakers informing them of the latest developments, Comey said he thought it was important to update them "in light of my previous testimony," which said the investigation had been concluded. A bipartisan group of nearly 100 former federal prosecutors and senior Department of Justice officials, including former Attorney General Eric Holder, have signed a letter saying they were "astonished" and "perplexed" by Comey's decision.”
What’s most remarkable here is the appearance of the name “Holder,” indicating that a former Obama cabinet member is as displeased as others that the case against Bill’s wife was dropped.
The current AG, Loretta Lynch “shared her objections just hours before Comey sent the letter, according to USA TODAY's source.” However, “the FBI director weighed the attorney general's advice during a spirited discussion of the matter Thursday and early Friday, but in the end, Comey felt compelled to act.”
In what could also be very bad news for Bill’s wife: “According to Fox News Chief Political Anchor Bret Baier, [Anthony] Weiner has been cooperating with the FBI's investigation into his alleged online sexual affair with a 15-year-old girl.
“It was this investigation that reportedly brought a new set of “electronic devices” to the attention of the FBI. These devices — which were shared by Weiner and his estranged wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin — are said to contain new emails “pertinent” to the Clinton investigation.
“The news that Weiner is somehow “cooperating” with the FBI has also fueled social media rumors that the disgraced congressman is seeking a plea deal in his underage “sexting” case, and has given up new information involving the Clinton investigation in return.”
And this is what the case has needed from the very beginning. An "insider” with real knowledge of the subject and something to lose himself. Such as the testimony before the Ervin committee of White House legal counsel John Dean in the Watergate case that led to Nixon’s resignation in 1974, in the face of almost certain impeachment and removal from office.
Which brings up the ongoing question once again: Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Jerry Brown, and Starbucks chairman and CEO, Howard Schultz, are you guys are reading this?
That's it for today folks.