October surprise? FBI reopens Hillary Clinton email investigation

Hillary Clinton's quandary was simple. How do I take advantage of my position at State and grow the Clinton Foundation in terms of money, influence and power, yet not jeopardize my main goal of running for POTUS by shielding the inevitable foundation correspondence from possible scrutiny via FOIA requests and public or government oversight?

From Fox News:
The FBI has reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state, in a stunning turn of events just days before the presidential election. 
FBI Director James Comey wrote in a letter to top members of Congress Friday that the bureau has “learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation.”
Comey did not detail those emails, saying only that they surfaced “in connection with an unrelated case.”
He told lawmakers the investigative team briefed him on the information a day earlier, “and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.”
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If Hillary and her aides are not held to account in some way concerning her careless use of private email servers by which classified information was transmitted, it could well be the hair that broke the camel's back. It is becoming increasingly difficult to take the law seriously when so many in the Obama administration have flaunted it with such disdain.

Hillary's carelessness extended to her use of mobile devices while she was traveling overseas on State business. It would be relatively easy to hack into Hillary's mobile device, obtain her email passwords and walk right into the front door of her server back home. In this circumstance, no server hacking would even be required.

I think most people can see through Hillary's attempts at trying to fabricate some sort of delusional, truthful outcome from Comey's verbal indictment of her extreme carelessness. IMO opinion Comey could not bring himself to rise to the occasion and do what the evidence presented to him suggested.

So, Comey bowed to political pressure and tried to straddle the fence. He fleshed out all of Hillary's lies, obfuscations and utter negligence in the performance of her State Dept communications, but could not bring himself to take the next logical step and recommend indictment. From that point on, he besmirched and sullied his own reputation as a respected straight shooter above the cesspool of this administration's politics.

The non-Kool-Aid drinking Americans are intelligent enough to understand that the only mistake in her mind was getting caught.

The emails that have already come to light indicate that she made a conscious decision, despite knowing the potential consequences after years in the political arena and having signed ethics agreements, to roll the dice in order to keep what she considered her "personal" foundation business dealings private and out of the purview of FOIA requests and scrutiny.

That is established in her emails to  Abedin, who also eventually finds herself in a dual employment situation with the Clinton foundation and the State Dept. signed off by non other than Clinton's personal aide and attorney Cheryl Mills. I didn't head any admission of obvious conflicts of interest.

Given the gravity of the subject matter concerning Clinton's lies, there is no moral equivalency between her and Donald Trump. As much as you might dislike Trump, he is not guilty of betraying the confidence of his country, potentially outing and causing to be killed U.S. intelligence assets overseas, or jeopardizing classified strategic decisions at the highest levels of government.

I think the Democrats and Obama administration are on the verge of a colossal scandal that will stain even the President's legacy.

A few months ago on Fareed Zakaria’s CNN Sunday show, Michael Hayden, former director of both the NSA and then the CIA, provided a very interesting new twist on Hillary’s unsecure server.

Hayden said that "if right now I was NSA director and someone told me that all of Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov's work emails were in an unsecure server my mouth would water. I would immediately want to get them. Forget whether there were any classified emails.

"Even if there weren’t any, imagine the insights we could get into the thinking of his government and how they operate. I would lose respect for any major intelligence agency if someone told me that right now they aren’t thumbing through Mrs. Clinton’s emails."

We've seen how Putin has been running circles (Crimea, Ukraine, Syria, larger Middle East) around Obama, and the Chinese too have gone ahead with their recovery and conversion to a naval base of those atolls in the South China Sea. Both the Russians and Chinese have been able to challenge Obama and get away with it. I bet they knew they could do it and go unchallenged after reading and analyzing all of Hillary's emails.

In her way Hillary signaled those powers that it was okay to challenge the United States.

Even the Iranians might have read her emails and that could account for why the nuclear deal they eventually arrived at is so one sided, including the last minute colossal concessions by the Obama administration.

The intelligence services can probably verify if any of my speculations actually came to pass, and they do have ways of doing it. If so what Hillary did, and did against many warnings by officials at State not to do it, reflects a colossal display of poor judgment. We all make mistakes but I’d hate to come to the end of my career with that kind of mistake hanging over my legacy.

That might explain why the FBI has so many agents working on her emails and why they've taken so long. And I bet the CIA is also working to evaluate the damage her emails have done to national security.

When you live with dirt it eventually covers you. The emails scandal is catching up with Hillary Clinton and she may soon drown in her lies about them.

The real question is why Hillary set up the personal server in the first place. Her suggestion that this was for convenience to do things like email Bill died when it became known that Bill has received 2 emails in his life. The man does not use email, something his wife would know.

Put the dots together and we see a Secretary of State using her office for private gain, with the Clinton Foundation as their money laundering vehicle. Hillary and Bill are clever enough to develop plausible deniability, and scream conservative conspiracy at each step in the investigation. But fortunately Hillary does not have the charm of Bill.

Remember folks, Hillary was the frigging chief foreign officer of the United States for crying out loud. Her official emails are presumed to be confidential to begin with. Please don't tell me that she can send 30,000 official ones, none of which are confidential.

Are we supposed to believe the Hillary never responded to emails sent to her with classified information? What difference doe it make? Hillary chose to use a personal server and to get emails sent to her.

The Clinton camp takes refuge in the claim that the emails were not marked top secret and supposedly the FBI's investigation is not criminal. Well let me disabuse them.

There is most definitely a criminal inquiry being done by the FBI. If you have a body and it has been determined that it wasn't suicide or an accident, you know you have a crime. Well, in the case of at least one email it has been established that it came from Hillary's server and it contained the highest classification, top secret, and was so delicate that its handler is presumed to know that it is highly secret.

Hillary was in possession of classified documents regardless of the source (I would think that most State Dept communications between the SOS and others would often be classified) and because of her obsession for controlling every aspect of her public persona, she knowingly made the decision to bypass obvious security protocols.

After 25 years in government and as a lawyer, Hillary knew full well what could be judged classified (she also was one of the few specifically authorized by Obama to classify documents on her own) so there is no excuse for the incompetence of this breech. Her personal obsession trumped any judgment on the proper course of action and that includes her self-editing deletion of thousands of documents. She can't hide from the higher standard that was expected of her now that she has been caught in her self-made, Sandy Berger moment!

The only question is whether Hillary was responsible and even if she was not the one who took it out of government control, she should have known how delicate it was. So she is guilty as sin unless it wasn't her who handled and sent it. But the fact that it is a criminal inquiry remains.

I'll tell you something that truly defies common sense and that is the people who still believe in her and they number in the millions. All she does, and I don't think I exaggerate when I say she didn't accomplish anything as Secretary of State, or Senator, and all she does today is give speeches, anyway, all she does is tell her followers what they want to hear. Yes, it truly defies common sense.

Ironically, it is this same lackadaisical attitude on the part of the Washington elite to protect themselves at all costs that is inflating Donald Trump's attractiveness with the polling public. People are fed up with paying for the double standard that they are being forced to live with, whether it be taxes, regulations, observance of laws, insider trading, etc. They are tired of the government exemptions the elite enjoy at their expense.

The fact that Hillary so far appears to be being handled with kid gloves vs others punished for lesser infractions simply serves to pick at the scab of government discontent.

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