Sunday, November 6, 2016

Comey's latest letter


This afternoon FBI Director Comey doubled down on his earlier whitewash of Hillary Clinton.  His latest letter read, in part:

I write to supplement my October 28, 2016 letter that notified you the FBI would be taking additional investigative steps with respect to former Secretary of State Clinton's use of a personal email server.

Since my letter, the FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation. During that process, we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State.

Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.

There's more at the link.

I remind you that words have meanings.  Very specific meanings.  Mr. Comey's letter is clearly very carefully worded indeed, and is as important for what it does not say as what it does.  Let's look at this in greater detail.

In July 2016, Mr. Comey stated that 'Secretary Clinton or her colleagues ... were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.'  There is no doubt about this.  It was more than an error of judgment - it was a wholesale, deliberate disregard for any principles of confidentiality.  It was revealed this weekend that Mrs. Clinton used her maid - a woman with no security clearance whatsoever, not even a failed one! - to print classified information and deliver it to her, possibly including even the top-secret Presidential Daily Brief (PDB).  As Karl Denninger points out:

It is a crime to knowingly, say much less intentionally, give access to classified information to someone who is not cleared to receive and handle it.

. . .

The PDB is one of the most-seriously classified (top secret) documents routinely prepared for the President; it contains up to the minute information relating to various events and activities all over the world.

It is also a crime to allow, through negligence or worse, intentional act, someone who is not cleared to have access to a SCIF.

There is no possible argument that Hillary can raise of "retroactive" classification; that is, material that wasn't classified at the time she handed it, when it comes to the PDB since those are always classified.

That the FBI knew about this months ago, which is now a documented fact, and did not demand that Hillary be charged with myriad federal offenses related to said intentional and knowing conduct that threatened our national security is an outrage.

. . .

It does not matter what James Comey says; we are supposed to be a nation of laws and our Constitutional Republican form of government demands nothing less.  When you declare a willingness to allow someone to violate the law with impunity you, and everyone who allows you in that position of authority to do so stand with them and in direct opposition to the Constitution of the United States.

Again, more at the link.  Mr. Denninger goes so far as to headline his article, 'This Is A Federal Crime. LOCK HER UP AND THE FBI WITH HER.'

I think any reasonable person will agree that Mr. Comey has signally failed in his responsibilities towards the people of the United States.  What's more, he has to be choosing his words very carefully indeed, due to the immense political pressure undoubtedly being exerted on him right now.  If we read between the lines of his latest letter, what can we glean from what he is not saying?  I think there's quite a lot.

For example, Mr. Comey's latest letter refers only to Hillary Clinton in her capacity as 'former Secretary of State' and her handling of classified e-mails.  That's only one of five separate investigations currently under way that involve her.  He says nothing about the FBI's 'very high priority' investigation into the Clinton Foundation;  or that into Anthony Weiner (which necessarily must involve his wife, Huma Abedin, Hillary's closest aide);  into alleged corruption involving the Clinton Foundation;  and into whether Virginia governor (and Clinton confidante) Terry McAuliffe, and Tony Podesta, brother of John Podesta (former head of the Clinton Foundation), broke laws concerning foreign donations.  (It was recently revealed that McAuliffe's PAC helped to secure donations totalling well over half a million dollars to the political campaign of the wife of the FBI official responsible for investigating the Clinton e-mail scandal.)

When you look at everything that's alleged, or already proven, to be involved in all of the above-mentioned investigations (you'll find more details at the links provided), it becomes incontrovertibly clear that Hillary Clinton, her campaign, and the Clinton Foundation are among the most corrupt operations ever to have disgraced the US body politic.  The bosses of the notorious Tammany Hall look like rank amateurs in comparison to the Clintons!  Notably, Mr. Comey says nothing whatsoever in his latest letter concerning any of those investigations.  He confines himself to only one aspect of the FBI's ongoing interest in the Clintons.  I think we can deduce a great deal from what he is not saying.  Surely, if he had been able to exonerate the Clintons from any blame or liability in those other investigations, he'd have done so?  Yet . . . he did not.

I think Mr. Comey knows (but cannot say) that Hillary Clinton, her husband, and all their closest operatives and colleagues, are guilty as sin.  I think he may be trying to point that out in the only way left open to him:  by what he is very carefully, very publicly, not saying.  We know all the active investigations the FBI currently has going on concerning them . . . investigations that were very carefully not referenced in today's letter.  I daresay we can draw our own conclusions from that.

I wish the law enforcement establishment in this country had acted with greater courage, honesty and integrity over the Clinton investigations.  So far, they have not.  It may be that by the time they're willing to do so, it will be too late, and Hillary Clinton will be the President-elect.

One can only hope and pray that we are spared that catastrophe, and that the electorate of the United States will select someone who, despite any number of personal failings and shortcomings, can at least be trusted not to sell this country down the river of her infinite corruption.

We have Wikileaks to thank for providing abundant evidence of that corruption.  One can only hope that Wikileaks will continue to do the FBI's job for it, and show the American public how and why Hillary Clinton is so completely, totally, catastrophically untrustworthy.  (It's telling that the Clinton campaign is already trying to discredit, in advance, any last-minute Wikileaks revelations.)

One can also hope that loyal agents, who are faithful to their oath of office (an oath I also swore), and who are frustrated beyond measure at the political co-option of their agency(ies) by the establishment, will make more information available to the voting public through whatever means are at their disposal, whether or not their agency(ies) approve of that.

Finally, I hope and pray very sincerely that all these things happen in the very short term, and that every available source of information will disseminate them speedily, so that voters can take them into account when casting their ballots on Tuesday.

Peter

12 comments:

Bibliotheca Servare said...

Well said, as always! I'm praying too (while seething).

Hammerli280 said...

Amen to that!

Anonymous said...

It is, unfortunately, highly-probable that it is already too late; that the damage is already done, that the politically- and economically-corrupted forces arrayed in opposition to any possible turnaround in the downward-spiralling fortunes and future of our tattered and shredded once-free Republic have prevailed just long enough that one of the "heads" of a deeply-criminal "syndication" of political power and personal, Socialist/Marxist sociopath will continue her horrendously ill-assisted ascent to/assault upon the Presidency of the United States...

This is precisely why, of course, Comey made his earlier announcement of "re-opening" the sort-of "investigation": To get "ahead of the cycle", to gain critical control of the news cycle, coming down to the wire of the election - so that he could baffle the thing, squash it aborning, give the Clintonian forces a means to control it, even to turn it to their advantage -"See? Nothing new here - just more spooks 'n shadows! No 'proof' of anything; no harm, no foul...NO GUILT! ENTIRELY INNOCENT! - BLAMELESS!!"

So they could "run out the clock"...

The only thing that might matters now, is if the folks who vote for Trump manage to muster sufficient numbers to overcome the odds, overcome the frauds, overcome the attempts-to-steal/win-by-any-means-possible, and defeat Hillary, all-up.

...And even THAT may not be enough - although it's pretty much the only hope left...


J. S. Bridges
Coastal NC

Anonymous said...

There simply is NO way this ends well

Looking Glass said...

However much Comey was a nominal Republican in the past, he's been in the Clinton Camp since the 90s. (Just look at his work history. Oh, and his brother is the Clinton's tax accountant.) So the "fix" being in from the beginning was, sadly, always a given, and all of the follow-on releases of the way the "investigation" was handled just confirmed that.

Following from that, the current "finding" isn't surprising, but it shines a completely different light on the re-opening event. The release today was clearly heavily lawyered/brokered among certain factions. It shows signs that some set of "deals" have been struck among the power brokers.

So, now, the biggest open question is how horrific are the "new" emails? FBIAnon suggested they would set off a chain of wars (given there was SAP & Gamma files in there, that's not actually unreasonable), and all of that incriminating information is now in a lot of hands. And I imagine they're not sure how much if it is in non-Nation State hands. We know, for certain, that most of the 33k missing emails are sitting on the Dark Web. Intelligence Services don't leave stuff there. But if anyone decides to publicize it is a different issue.

Divemedic said...

More importantly, we have an answer to the question that pro-gun forces have asked for years:
Will law enforcement and military personnel ignore their oaths to the Constitution and carry out illegal orders by going door to door to confiscate firearms, and detain Americans who have committed no crimes in order to save their careers and pensions?

The answer is yes, of course they will.

Paul said...

Comey is a political hack and nothing more. He had to exhibit fealty to the ruling class to get appointed to the 10 year position he now holds. He is not and has never been a defender of the law. As we cab see now he is part of the political theater we have been seeing for the last 8 years.

I weep for this country that once was. It was a good run. Better make sure you have enough bean, band aids, and bullets. We will be needing them soon.

Reg T said...

Some people thought that Comey was going to redeem himself for his prior cover-up/shut-down of the investigation. This new "look" at the Weiner/Abedin laptop emails was merely an attempt to derail any further investigation by claiming nothing was found that called for prosecution.

Breitbart posted an article talking about the NYPD wanting to start issuing warrants and making arrests, but says they were stopped by heavy "push-back" (coercion) from the US DOJ (I understand Lynch still refuses to recuse herself). Supposedly, the NYPD brass has said they will release the information if the FBI fails to follow through with prosecution.
http://www.breitbart.com/radio/2016/11/04/erik-prince-nypd-ready-make-arrests-weiner-case/

I wish I could say that Comey is trying to avoid a wholesale nightmare of arrests of everyone implicated - from the Clintons to the Obamas to various Demo and Repub Congressmen, federal judges, governors, etc. - as far as the pedophile rings and use of Epstein's underage prostitutes and sex slaves are concerned. The pressure to shut down any investigation likely includes thinly veiled (if at all) threats against family members, etc. There may even be threats coming from the heads of state of other countries, who don't want it to come out that they used Epstein's "services", as well.

BUT - it is also known how deeply Comey is involved with the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation, plus his brother - the Clinton Foundation's tax attorney (could you get much dirtier than that without being a pedophile yourself - or maybe he is connected that way, too?) is also involved. So, I refuse to cut Comey any slack.

Anonymous said...

This is just normal every day political DC, AND IT ALWAYS WAS. This is how "business" is done in DC. It was done like this under U.S. Grant, It was done like this under FDR, It was done like this under BOTH Bush's and its done this way now. Are you hurt because you spent your life believing the lie? Get over it Peter. You have spent your life as part of the problem and now you demand that somebody "fix" it? Well the system is not broken. It is working EXACTLY the way it is supposed to, and has since 1865.

Dan said...

Yes.....there is a lot Comey has left unsaid.
Doesn't matter. He's running scared. SOMEBODY
got to him. I have no doubt he knows that Justice
Scalia was murdered as were dozens of others
some VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE who crossed the Clinton
Crime Syndicate and paid the price. Not sure if he
thinks caving like this will keep his ass alive.
It's unlikely, Clinton at this moment certainly wants
him dead....and eventually unless she is locked up
which doesn't seem very likely to ever happen...she'll
have her way and Comey will commit 'arkancide'.

There is NO SHORTAGE of evidence to justify the arrest and
trial of the Clintons and dozens of their accomplices. The
ONLY reason it hasn't happened is Lynch....controlled by Obama
(meaning Soros) refuses to do her job. And her reward for this
will be to retain the job of AG after Shrillary infests the
White House.

Punzdeleon said...

My only hope for justice in this case would be in FBI agents are now fanning out to make arrests and Comey's latest communication was to get the guilty to let down their guard.
On a lighter note, I just purchased a bottle of bourbon to get through election night. I was going to Old Crow in case Hillary wins but that seemed a bit unkind. Good bourbon deserves better than that.

Anonymous said...

Denver FBI agent and family dies in apparent murder suicide. Is this how they are kept in line?