As the Weiner Turns

Whoa:

FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers Friday the bureau is reviewing new emails related to Hillary Clinton’s personal server, a development that shook her campaign 11 days before the election.

The emails being examined are part of an investigation into Anthony Weiner, according to law enforcement sources. Weiner, the disgraced former congressman, recently separated from top Clinton aide Huma Abedin after a sexting incident.

The FBI and the New York Police Department have opened preliminary investigations of allegations that the former New York Democratic congressman exchanged sexually explicit text messages with a purportedly underage girl.

And you thought this election couldn’t get weirder.

OK, let’s review what’s not going on here. The FBI is not reopening the investigation because the investigation was never really closed. We have no idea what the contents of these e-mails are. They could be critical; they could be nothing. Clinton is not going be indicted, at least not in the next 11 days.

(Update: Pete Williams of NBC says this involves a handful of e-mails, none of which are from Clinton.)

If I had to guess where this is going, I would say it leads to Abedin or someone else taking a fall. This is the pattern of the Clintons: they break the law, someone else pays the consequences. With Whitewater, it was Jim Guy Tucker and the McDougals. With the Lewinsky scandal, it was Lewinsky herself. I’ve been waiting to see who the Clintons would throw under the bus or command to fall on their sword. I think this is another step toward that endgame. And the endgame is likely someone like Abedin taking a plea.

Update: My proposal to resolve Election 2016. Republicans vote for Clinton to get rid of Trump; then Democrats vote to impeach Clinton to get rid of her. Result: President Kaine.

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  1. West Virginia Rebel

    Who ever thought Carlos Danger would be the monkey wrench in this election?

    If it was a nothingburger then I don’t think the MSM and Team Hillary (which are one and the same, really) would be in the panic mode they are in. Weiner is also under grand jury investigation so the FBI would get whatever they have, as well. But we’ll see.

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  2. Hal_10000 *

    The explanation I’m hearing is that they discovered these e-mails on a device (probably a laptop) that Abedin and Weiner shared. If so, then they would need a court order even to read the e-mails. Comey would then most likely want to inform Congress rather than having them find out later and accuse him of lying to them.  So this could be important. It could also be a complete nothing.

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  3. AlexInCT

    At the risk of insulting the mob, I have to point out that this idiot is the Fredo Corleone of the Democratic party. He is a dumb fuck and the democratic party is far more corrupt than the mob wishes it could be on its best day.

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  4. Hal_10000 *

    In case anyone was wondering why Comey declined to bring charges against Clinton, all you have to look at is the firestorm that has erupted in the Left over this letter. They’re accusing him of trying to tank the election, one org has filed an official complaint, websites are calling for his head on a spike.  All because he notified Congress about an investigation.

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  5. AlexInCT

    In case anyone was wondering why Comey declined to bring charges against Clinton, all you have to look at is the firestorm that has erupted in the Left over this letter. They’re accusing him of trying to tank the election, one org has filed an official complaint, websites are calling for his head on a spike.  All because he notified Congress about an investigation.

    Not sure what you are saying here Hal. Comey did the right thing not bringing charges because the corrupt left would have accused him of tanking the election if he had followed the law? I can understand that the low information types are convinced that this all was propaganda and a right wing conspiracy, considering the massive propaganda campaign and the mountain of lies told by the left and their operatives in the media, but the majority of those that actually claim to have some modicum of intelligence should know that Hillary actually got away with a crime and that this administration is corrupt as a fuck. That leaves this as a tantrum being thrown by assholes that figured the laws were there only to serve them on their mission, and didn’t apply for them. Fuck these idiots for that.

    I think we as a nation are over if this is the trend now set. Roberts already fucked us over with his Obamacare decision so the left wouldn’t get pissed. Holder did much of the same at the DOJ, so many times, that he resigned to avoid someone from having someone need to take action. Lynch has just been doing more of the same. Now the FBI decides not to prosecute because the left would be angry that the FBI – under the most corrupt administration of my lifetime (don’t worry you lefties, Hillary will take that tittle away from Obama easily if she wins), mind you – might enforce the laws?

    The left would love to pretend that this rigged/corrupt cesspool of a government no longer being able to turn a blind eye to the criminal activity of our top men is tantamount to “rigging the election”, but that problem is on them. If they want to really solidify their new Banana Republic, they will have to come out and admit the laws shouldn’t apply to them and let the people decide after that if they can live with things like this happening here.

    I will tell you this though: the reaction on the left does wonders of showing which side actually is run by the shrieking insane harpies. All that complaining about Trump being unhinged suddenly falls way short. Not that I expect anyone to point that out in the media.

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  6. Hal_10000 *

    What I mean is that if Comey felt like he could bring charges but not bring a conviction, I understand why he (like Ken Starr before him) would decide not to.  It would have completely upended the election. And if she was acquitted, he’d be crucified.  You may remember that the Iran-Contra investigator brought a whole slew of charges, garnered a lot of publicity, impacted an election … ultimately to see almost of those all of those charges evaporate into thin air.  It would be very hard to convict Clinton here.  She would almost certainly claim ignorance and had someone else fall on their sword (which will probably still happen; wear sensible shoes, Huma).

    The real assholes here are the Democrats who made sure they nominated this crook even in the middle of a serious investigation. Any moral person would have stepped down, not wanting to compromise either the election or the investigation (Clinton is claiming this is all nothing; she knows damned well it’s not).  Any normal party would have pressured her to step down, for the same reasons.  Yeah, it would have a mess in the middle of the primaries.  But is that worse than having this mess in the middle of the general and likely once she gets elected to office?  Hell, if you’re a liberal, you should be furious with Clinton because, even if she wins, she’s going to drag all this shit into the White House like a dog with fifty cans tied to its tail.  I’ve joked that this election is going to end with President Kaine, but that’s not looking so much like a joke anymore, is it?

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  7. AlexInCT

      What I mean is that if Comey felt like he could bring charges but not bring a conviction

    Only if the political machine protected her, or for example the case was utterly botched by the people that would have had to run with the case. You know, like the FBI giving immunity to people it actually would have needed to prove the case as it did. Or the DOJ doing its best to not follow the law. Only a hack at this point thinks that they didn’t blow the case on purpose. I have not seen a more clear cut case for any prosecutor to throw the book at not just Clinton, but a wide range of others in the State Department officials, and even Obama on perjury charges, than this one. That is not my opinion. That was the one from several people, including an AG and a lot of people in the FBI that worked on the case. Shit, Patreaus was convicted on far less and for far less.

    It would be very hard to convict Clinton here.

    If you are talking about after Comey made sure this was the only possible outcome, because things had been so badly mishandled, then sure. But had the FBI not done the things it had, under order from the WH through the DOJ it now clearly seems, then I can guarantee you that she would have easily been convicted. The law is clear. There are no exceptions. She went through the briefings about security and why the law required them to use government servers. Choosing to not follow those laws is the the issue at hand. And this case was easy precisely because all the perps where so filled with hubris about how they where above the law.

    The real assholes here are the Democrats who made sure they nominated this crook even in the middle of a serious investigation.

    Now you are going to make me feel dirty defending these crooks, but I think they neither had a choice nor a say in it based on the very emails that make a clear case Hillary should be in jail. They rigged the nomination process to have her be in it. They then rigged the primaries to have her win it and a chose opponent on the other side because they thought that would make it easier for her (this later one blew up on them). I am betting they are also doing their best to rig general election now that it is obvious she will go down.

    BTW, I am certain Obama and many people in his administration all have a hand in this charade and making sure Clinton keeps power on their side. The democrats can’t afford the other party winning because even the fucking corrupted and contemptible republican party would feel compelled to go after them when the details of how corrupt and downright criminal they have been come to light after the change in power. And now with Trump, it is even more imperative for them that this doesn’t happen.

    We are truly a banana republic now thanks to Black Jesus’ reign of terror. Pretend otherwise if you must, but the facts are not in question or up for debate by people with even a modicum of honesty or morality. I still stand by what I said the other day: Comey now figures he has what he needs to crucify her and a slew of others with her, and he is doing a politically calculated move by having a pile of papers for whomever wins the election. If Hillary wins, he not only keeps his job, but like so many others, including some of the most vile and evil actors across the globe, will have power over her. If Trump wins, he keeps his job and gets to go after that shrew and a whole lot of people that made his life miserable. He truly is an Obama administration shark.

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  8. richtaylor365

    What I mean is that if Comey felt like he could bring charges

    He couldn’t even if he wanted to;

    The FBI does not have authority even to issue subpoenas, let alone to charge someone with a crime. Only federal prosecutors may issue subpoenas, on the lawful authority of the grand jury. Only prosecutors are empowered to present evidence or propose charges to the grand jury. And the Constitution vests only the grand jury with authority to indict — the formal accusation of a crime. In our system, the FBI can do none of these things.

    like Ken Starr before him

    Comey is head of the FBI, Starr was a special prosecutor, they wear two completely different hats.

     It would have completely upended the election.

    I thought these folks were supposed to be apolitical, he is not a campaign manager, he is supposed to do his job, period.

    The real assholes here are the Democrats who made sure they nominated this crook even in the middle of a serious investigation.

    Which highlights the fait accompli in exposing the partiality of the MSM. Notice the couple hundred times in the last year news reporters shove microphones in front of prominent Republicans with ,”Given the latest revelations on Trump, how can you support such a candidate?”, or gleefully reporting that this GOPer or that GOPer has refused to endorse or support Trump. Have you ever ever (ever 20 more times)  seen such a reporter ask a Dem, “Given the latest report on the [take your pick] newest Clinton scandal, how can you support her, are you considering down voting, or why aren’t you embarrassed with your own party”.

     Yeah, it would have a mess in the middle of the primaries. 

    An interesting scenario. Given Trump’s negatives, I bet Kaine could still win.

     

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  9. Hal_10000 *

    An interesting scenario. Given Trump’s negatives, I bet Kaine could still win.

    Given the current state of the race and Clinton’s negatives, Kaine would probably win by double digits.

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  10. richtaylor365

    Do you really think such an accommodation would be made without Lynch knowing  full well what the outcome would be? And you can bet that totally inappropriate meeting on the tarmac was for the purposes of reassuring the Clintons ,”No worries Bill, Comey is loyal and will do what we tell him”.

    But it appears that loyalty only goes so far;

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    Attorney General Loretta Lynch advised FBI Director James Comey not to send a letter to Congress informing them of the discovery of new emails related to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, The New Yorker reported early Saturday.

    A source in the Obama administration told the magazine that Lynch argued for following the Justice Department’s practice of not taking actions that could influence the outcome of an election.

    Comey reportedly said he felt obliged to notify Congress about the review of the new emails because he had promised to keep lawmakers informed when he testified about the investigation in July.

    The FBI is not reopening the investigation because the investigation was never really closed.

    Comey thought otherwise;

    “Of course, we don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed,” Comey wrote in a memo to FBI employees that was obtained by the Washington Post. “I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record.

     

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  11. ilovecress

    Maybe someone with a bit more technical knowledge can help me here…

    So they’re looking at the emails on a laptop. But emails don’t reside on a laptop. You don’t need a specific machine to access historical emails do you?

    Any emails to or from Clinton would have gone through her server, which has already been looked at. So is the real thing they’re looking for is some trace of the emails from Clintons server that were deleted, but may not have been deleted by Huma’s server? If so, what’s the laptop got to do with anything?

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  12. AlexInCT

    So they’re looking at the emails on a laptop. But emails don’t reside on a laptop. You don’t need a specific machine to access historical emails do you?

    Any emails to or from Clinton would have gone through her server, which has already been looked at.

    From what I heard another bunch of laws related to security was broken here. It seems that against protocol and in violation of the law, Huma set her State Dept email to forward to her Yahoo email address, which was accessed on this shared laptop. Then she proceeded to download and keep some 650K emails, many of them likely the very communications that were destroyed after Hillary was subpoenaed so we couldn’t find the shit they were up to, which will conclusively show they lied about the classified information they shoveled around in this unsecured system.

    It looks like the Fredo Corleone of the democratic party, whom they knew was a scumbag but gave a pass to, decided he had no desire to go down for child porn charges when others get away with a plethora of crimes, and as a way to bargain for leniency when the democrats left him out to dry, gave the FBI these emails.

    Hillary has already sicked her people on the DOJ where they are putting a stooge in charge, and I am sure they are also after Obama. It looks like they lost control of Comey and the FBI, so now they are trying to damn the flood upriver.

    This shit won’t go away. Remember that foundation others here defended as being misrepresented? Well, it looks like that stink really means shit is happening

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