“Get ready for Hillary Clinton 4.0. More than 30 years in the making, this new version of Mrs. Clinton, when she runs for president in 2020, will come full circle—back to the universal-health-care-promoting progressive firebrand of 1994.”
Go for it. Can’t wait to see her debate President Trump!
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From Fox News: Susan Rice, the Obama national security adviser under fire over her alleged involvement in the “unmasking” of Trump associates during the 2016 presidential election, suggested in a fresh interview that race and gender might be playing a role in the scrutiny she’s faced.
In an interview with journalist Michael Tomasky for New York Magazine, Rice reportedly questioned the criticism she’s faced dating back to the Benghazi controversy. “Why me? Why not Jay Carney, for example, who was then our press secretary, who stood up more?” she asked.
Tomasky noted in the piece that Carney “isn’t an African-American woman, of course” and apparently asked Rice whether that is the key factor. Rice, in response, left the door open: “I don’t know… I do not leap to the simple explanation that it’s only about race and gender. I’m trying to keep my theories to myself until I’m ready to come out with them. It’s not because I don’t have any.”
But Rice mentioned other prominent female figures – like Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice – who faced “ad hominem” attacks, suggesting a correlation.
Asked about the comments, a Republican Capitol Hill source pushed back. “This is screaming out for attention… She’s saying I don’t know why they all started picking on me to begin with.” As to the suggestion of race and gender being a factor, the source countered, then “why would there be a subpoena for a white male?”
That was a reference to the fact that Rice is not the only focus of the congressional probe into unmasking. Investigators have issued subpoenas to three different agencies: NSA, CIA and FBI.
Those subpoenas have asked for unmasking information related to three individuals: former CIA Director John Brennan, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, and Rice. She’s not the only focus of congressional frustration, either. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., had a tense exchange with a top intelligence community lawyer at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday where he complained he still doesn’t have an answer on whether his communications have been monitored.
“Am I ever gonna get [the response] in my lifetime?” he asked.
Rice told Judy Woodruff on PBS on March 22 that she “knew nothing” about the unmasking of Trump associates. But weeks later on MSNBC, she admitted she sometimes sought out the identities of Trump associates who communicated with foreigners, a request known as “unmasking” in the intelligence community. But “I leaked nothing to nobody,” Rice told MSNBC.
Rice initially became a target of Republican criticism back in 2012 for giving misleading information about the origin of the Benghazi terror attack. On Sept. 16, 2012, just days after the attack, Rice appeared on all five Sunday political talk shows to claim the Benghazi attack spun out of a protest over an anti-Muslim video produced in California.
Former CIA Director David Petraeus reportedly told lawmakers later that the intelligence community considered the attack an act of terrorism at the time. Four Americans were killed in Benghazi, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.
That President Trump is continuing the neoCon’s foreign policy in Syria is disheartening.
That Trump has elevated his daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka and Jared Kushner, to senior White House advisory positions although neither has any qualifications, is disheartening.
But whatever our unhappiness with Trump, just remember a President Hillary Rodham Clinton would be infinitely worse.
Having closed out the first one hundred days of the new administration, an assessment of the new president’s accomplishments is in order.
By any objective historical measure, the achievements of President Hillary Rodham Clinton have been extraordinary. Let’s start with the Budget and Defense One-Two Punch. The Omnibus Budget Act of 2017, passed by Congress and signed by the president in record time, calls for beefy increases in the budgets of the administration’s surrogate agencies: a 31% increase for the EPA, a 6% increase for the Department of Energy, and a 12% increase for the Department of the Interior, to name just a few. All of these increases have been offset dollar-for-dollar either by reductions in spending for the Pentagon and Department of Defense or by increases in taxes on the rich. “The era of the American military being used to intimidate and assault the freedom-loving people of the world is over,” Clinton is alleged to have proclaimed.
Some critics of Clinton’s budget have suggested that she is merely trading the externally facing military for the domestic-facing para-military, noting that many of the increases to the agencies are earmarked for “energetic and proactive enforcement” of regulations and that procurement requests for weapons and ammunition for the EPA’s various SWAT teams have already increased since passage of the budget.
The First Amendment has undergone a refreshing rebranding under the Clinton administration. “Hate groups, hateful individuals and hate speech will no longer be permitted to hide behind the Bill of Rights, like terrorists using civilian children as human shields” (also alleged but not disputed). Accordingly, all universities that accept federal funding, or that accept students who have taken federal student loans or grants, have been advised to follow the leadership of the University of California, Berkeley in setting standards for who may be allowed to speak on campus. Dozens of “Tea Party” groups have lost their tax-exempt status. “Lois Lerner was too lenient,” one staffer remarked off the record. “We are cracking down for real this time.”
Gun violence should be seeing a substantial reduction under the Clinton administration now that the national gun registry database is actively integrating records from state-level sales and other sources, and with mandatory universal enrollment required of all firearm owners before year’s end. At least one source close to the administration has said candidly off the record that “the die is cast. Before the end of the first HRC term, we’ll have [confiscated] all of their guns.” When asked what about those gun owners who would not be willing to give up their guns regardless of cost to themselves, the same staffer shrugged. “Then they will pay that cost.”
“Syrian” “refugees” and sanctuary cities are thriving in America.
Due to the untimely death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the precipitous retirement in February of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Clinton has been given her golden opportunity to railroad through her picks for the Supreme Court. As a result, Elizabeth Warren is on track to become the first Native American female justice, with Loretta Lynch not far behind (with the competing double-credential of first black woman – which will triumph?). Those irritating challenges to the constitutionality of the administration’s agenda from freedom of speech to gun control will all be DOA.
And of course, Obamacare is on the point of being repealed and replaced…with a single-payer system run exclusively by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in close consultation with the Veterans Administration and the Bureau of Indian Affairs: “America (finally) Cares.”
(End of nightmare fantasy. We now return you to your regularly scheduled life.)
Regardless of any failing of the Trump administration, “bullet” is far too feeble a word to describe what we as a nation have dodged. Howard Hyde is editor of www.CitizenEcon.com, fellow of the American Freedom Alliance, and author of the books Pull the Plug on Obamacare (2013) and Escape From Berkeley: An EX liberal progressive socialist embraces America (and doesn’t apologize) (2016).
Howard Hyde is actually too soft on President Hillary Rodham Clinton.
An even better picture of President Hillary’s first 100 days can be gleaned from Hillary Clinton’s 100 most damaging WikiLeaks (go to the link for more information on each “most damaging WikiLeaks”):
Obama lied: he knew about Hillary’s secret server and wrote to her using a pseudonym, cover-up happened (intent to destroy evidence).
Hillary Clinton dreams of completely “open borders”.
Hillary Clinton received money from and supported nations that she KNEW funded ISIS and terrorists.
Hillary has public positions on policy and her private ones.
Paying people to incite violence and unrest at Trump rallies.
Hillary’s campaign wants “unaware” and “compliant” citizens.
Top Hillary aides mock Catholics for their faith.
Hillary deleted her incriminating emails. State covered it up. Asked about using White House executive privilege to hide from Congress.
Bribery: King of Morocco gave Clinton Foundation $12 million for a meeting with Hillary, 6 months later Morocco gets weapons.
State Department tried to bribe FBI to un-classify Clinton emails (FBI docs).
Hillary caught on tape about rigging the Palestine election (audio).
Latinos are “needy”. Latino outreach is “taco bowl engagement”.
Clinton campaign was in direct communication with DOJ regarding Hillary’s investigation.
Bill Clinton receives $1 million “birthday gift” from ISIS-funding Qatar while Hillary was SoS, Qatar receives arms flow increases of 1,482%.
Hillary cheated in debates: DNC head Donna Brazile caught giving MULTIPLE debate questions to Hillary.
Hillary campaign prays for shooters in news stories to be white.
Rigging the primaries against Bernie Sanders (DNC favored Hillary).
Rigging the primaries against Bernie Sanders (Hillary’s team).
Hillary was hateful, neglectful, above the law, “contemptuous” to her security detail, and “blatantly disregarded” security, (FBI docs)
Clinton Foundation schemed with Big Pharma: keep the price of AIDS drugs high in America and NO to cheaper generic versions.
Democrats created fake Trump “grope under the meeting table” Craigslist employment ad in May 2016.
Hillary’s camp excited about a black teen’s murder (to help her agenda).
Rigging media polls through oversampling.
“Bill Clinton Inc.” How millions of dollars were raised for the Clintons. Blurred lines between personal and Foundation money.
Hillary sold 20% of America’s uranium to Russia as Secretary of State. Clinton camp worried that the deal is being investigated.
Hillary is still privately against gay marriage.
Acknowledging radical Islam is a real threat and a “serious problem for our future”.
Admitting terrorists will infiltrate the Syrian refugee program.
Hillary’s poor health (collapsing, memory loss, drug research).
Hillary took money from foreigners for campaign (illegal).
Hillary says climate change activists should “get a life”.
Hillary is pro-fracking, calls it “a gift”, despite what she publicly says.
Referring to a “Shadow Government” that protects Hillary (FBI docs).
List of reporters that Hillary wined and dined, including biggest journalists and pundits of CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, NY Times. Entire “interview” with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes is staged, reading word-for-word.
Democrats using American lobbyists to money launder foreign donations illegally.
The New York Times colluding with Hillary, allowing quote edits.
Racist remarks about Blacks and Muslims.
Tipped off by the State Department about Benghazi emails.
Hillary’s staff admitting she is “tainted” and “really vulnerable” on corruption and bribery.
Podesta’s very close friend at DOJ in charge of FBI re-opening email investigation, previously gave campaign “heads up”.
Billionaire George Soros has influence over Hillary, ties to election fraud in systems used for U.S. voting.
Clinton campaign refuses to report sexual harassment (then forwards complaint to harasser).
CEO of Google (parent company) working for Hillary Campaign.
Admitting Hillary did not use private server for security reasons (shows intent).
Hillary Clinton “doesn’t seem to know what planet we are all living in at the moment”.
Hillary’s team: She has “the worst judgment” and her “instincts” have led to many problems for campaign.
Are there other emails that Hillary didn’t release to Congress? “Definitely”.
Obama elevated Malaysia on the human rights list JUST to let Malaysia into TPP.
Big media collusion email, working with reporters.
Using female senator to conjure fake sexist claims against Bernie.
Hillary campaign caught partaking in insider trading (illegal).
Hillary Clinton bragged about being invited to Putin’s “Inner Sanctum”.
Hillary needed to be reminded to NOT to discuss foreign policy intel over private email server.
John Podesta’s password was p@sswOrd.
Hillary Clinton had to be told when to smile during speeches.
“Bernie needs to be ground to a pulp” and more.
Disney, ABC head is colluding with Hillary’s campaign.
Coordinating with SuperPACs, which is illegal.
Hillary’s team admitting she lies a lot.
Plotting to attack Obama because “his father was a Muslim”.
Colluding over withholding Benghazi emails.
Hillary plans to support the TPP.
Entire “interview” with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes is staged, reading word-for-word.
Hillary Clinton stole furniture from the State Department (FBI docs).
Hillary told Tim Kaine back in July 2015 he would be VP.
Hillary tweaks her policies based on donors’ wants.
“…go through all the emails and pull the official ones”
Hillary sends U.S. intelligence and war plans to Podesta’s hacked email.
Hillary’s team admits to knowing of classified material in emails.
NBC colluded with the Clinton campaign.
Avoiding the press because of tough questions.
Clinton Foundation did not pay for the services they received.
Illegally coordinating with Priorities USA, a SuperPAC funded by George Soros.
Conflict of interest: Bill was personally paid and received gifts from CGI sponsors.
Man who ran ‘Bill Clinton Inc.’: “I’m also starting to worry that if this story gets out, we are screwed”.
Podesta illegally has access to top secret information.
Podesta connects to unsecure network where anyone could access.
Hillary’s speechwriters: “I don’t mind the ‘backs of dead Americans’ because we need a bit of moral outrage.” (Benghazi)
Admitting Hillary failed foreign policy.
The AP colluding with the Hillary campaign.
Hillary camp using “propaganda”.
Hillary’s camp says she has a “character problem” and is “arrogant”.
Staging fake anti-Trump protest, conspiring with Univision CEO.
Meeting to go over Cheryl Mills’ testimony to FBI/Congress.
Journalist talks strategy with Clinton staff and asks for permission to write article.
Violating campaign finance law.
Proof that ‘Correct the Record’ (SuperPAC) is directly coordinating with the Hillary campaign against federal campaign law.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in direct contact with the Hillary campaign.
Hillary’s team working with hundreds of MSM news pundits.
Admitting Obamacare isn’t working.
Hillary tries to hide her tiny rallies.
Hillary had a mole working on Biden’s team.
John Oliver caught colluding with Hillary’s campaign.
Politico’s Glenn Thrush colluding with Hillary’s campaign, admits to being a “hack”.
“We are finishing up the next round of TV scripts”
‘The Huffington Post’ colluded with Hillary.
Clinton campaign memorized their email cover-up script.
Heavy press collusion over Cuba and Hillary’s health.
Obama picked people in his administration from the suggestion list of CiTi bank advisor/Wall St shill.
“On April 19, 2016, WMR reported: […] ‘Snopes.com is run by a California couple named Barbara and David Mikkelson, who founded the San Fernando Valley Folklore Society . . . The Mikkelsons chose the name Snopes because it is the name of a fictional family featured in William Faulkner’s novels that includes a pedophile, a murderer, a bigamist, a corrupt racist politician, and a thief who live in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County in Mississippi. The idea is to label all those targeted by the Mikkelsons as candidates for membership in the Snopes family. […]’
Snopes.com is on record calling WMR a ‘disreputable web site.’ Nothing says ‘CIA’ more than Snopes.com’s description of legitimate news reports of CIA director John Brennan being a Wahhabist and Saudi sympathizer as ‘bogus.’ Snopes’s most recent dissembling of the truthwas to discount reports from Greece that Turkey has been shipping weapons disguised as furniture shipments to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and affiliated terrorist groups in North Africa and Europe.
Snopes claims that because the story of a Greek Coast Guard interception of a weapons shipment south of the island of Crete dates from 2015, there is no validity to the Turkish connection to weapons shipments to ISIL terrorists. The ship transporting the weapons was the Bolivian-flagged Haddad 1, operated by Delta Sea Maritime of Turkey. The vessel had loaded twelve containers at the Egyptian port of Alexandria, a favorite weapons shipment location for the CIA. The ship, before stopping in Famagusta in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, loaded another three containers at the Turkish port of Iskenderun, the transit port for the shipment of captured weapons from Muammar Qaddafi’s arms warehouses to Syrian jihadist rebels. It was the Iskenderun transport operation that involved the late U.S. envoy to Libya Christopher Stevens; Turkish Consul General in Benghazi Ali Sait Akin; CIA director David Petraeus; and, reportedly, senior advisers to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The CIA had to commission its favorite Internet disinformation site to throw cold water on the Turkish weapons links to ISIL because it threatens to expose the CIA’s massive weapons smuggling operations to ISIL terrorists that involved Turi Defense Group of Arizona — a case just buried by the Department of Justice on orders of the Obama administration and the Hillary Clinton campaign — and other covert weapons transfers being carried out on the orders of ‘Al Hadj’ John Brennan, veteran of the Islamic ritual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.
One of the CIA’s smuggling operations entailed the Belgian-based arms manufacturer Fabrique Nationale (FN), which has a CIA-connected subsidiary called FNH-USA. One particular FN rifle, the Fusil Automatique Léger (FAL), was the standard weapon used by the Libyan rebels in 2011 and 2012, including the jihadist group that attacked the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. The FAL, called the ‘Right Arm of the Free World’ during the Cold War, uses only NATO standard rounds. The weapon was never used by the Libyan Army, which relied on Soviet weaponry. Claims by NATO that the rebels were using Libyan weapons captured from Libyan army arsenals and caches were patently false. Snopes is now questioning Turkey’s weapons links to jihadist terrorists in North Africa and Europe. However, photographs do not lie, as seen below.Ammunition and 5,000 shotguns from the Turkish-owned arms dealer Yavex USA were shipped from Istanbul in boxes denoted as plastic office furniture manufactured by the Turkish firm ‘Senyayla Plastik Sanayi ve Ticaret A/S’ of Istanbul.The Turkish government and the CIA had their ‘plausible deniability’ cover story on the intercepted weapons and ammunition ready to go just after the Greek Coast Guard interception: The 492,000 handgun bullets were destined for the Sudanese national police and were to be delivered through the port of Beirut, Lebanon and the 4900 shotguns were ‘hunting rifles’ destined for Lebanese customers. The Haddad 1 was stopping at the Libyan ports of Misrata and Tobruk, according to the Turkish government, to deliver bags of ‘cement mix.’ At the time of the interception, Libya was subject to a United Nations arms embargo.
Yavex’s U.S. subsidiary is located at 6361 Corporate Park Circle in Fort Myers, Florida. It is clear that both Yavex USA, Turi Defense Group, and FN-USA, now called FN-America, were involved in a covert CIA weapons smuggling operation in violation of the UN arms embargoes imposed on Libya, and later, on Syria, with the connivance of Hillary Clinton.Not surprisingly, FN-America operates from a post office box in McLean, Virginia, not far from CIA headquarters in Langley.
What may have possessed Hillary Clinton to destroy thousands of State Department emails transmitted, processed, and stored on her personal servers? Perhaps it was her involvement in a major CIA weapons smuggling operation that saw U.S. and NATO weapons being shipped to jihadist terrorists in Libya, Syria, and Europe. As Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton had ultimate authority for approving U.S. weapons transfers abroad pursuant to the Arms Export Control Act.
As far as Snopes.com is concerned, nothing they report should be taken seriously. They are as reliable a news source as The Onion.”
According to Wikipedia, the Mikkelsons, a California couple, created the Snopes site in 1995. By mid-2014, the couple had divorced and Barbara Mikkelson had not written for the site “in several years”. So David Mikkelson “hired employees to assist him from Snopes.com’s message board.” Barbara no longer has an ownership stake in Snopes.com.
In other words, we are to believe that one man, David Mikkelson, with “assistants” he’d hired from Snopes’ message board, manages to pump out a steady stream of researched articles every day. If you believe that, I have the proverbial swamp in Florida to sell you.
H/t Will Shanley
“Liberalism is a mental disorder” is a much-used aphorism, but it is daily confirmed by the Left’s meltdown over Hillary Clinton losing the election.
Below are excerpts from a first-person testimonial by Eirene Donohue — a Hollywood screenwriter who calls herself “fighter, mother, lover” and “collector of all things wicked awesome” (whatever that means).
She says she can’t stop crying over Hillary’s loss because, as she puts it, “I am her”. Calling liberalism a mental disorder is an understatement.
From Eirene Donohue, “No You Can’t: Why I’m Still Crying Over Hillary’s Loss,” Medium, Nov. 27, 2016. Words in green between [brackets] are mine:
“I thought I had it together. I thought I was moving on, “getting over it” as the world kept telling me to. She lost, he won. The only thing we can do is keep fighting. We are seeds, we are safety pins, we are stronger together. So I picked myself up from the black hole of despair I had fallen into after Trump won and I got back to the business of life.
I worked on a new script. I took my three-year old daughter to preschool. I drove out to a kids’ consignment sale in the valley. Because the fact that a racist, misogynistic ignorant hatred-spewing demagogue has been elected president doesn’t change the fact that my kid needed a new booster seat and jammies that fit . . . . I am her. The words flashed through my head. And suddenly, there on the 101 freeway, I was down the hole again. Tears streaming, sobs choking, heart breaking. The realization hitting me. I am Her. [Note the capital H]
And here was the root of my pain. This wasn’t just about the disappointment that my candidate lost. Or the fear of what Trump will do to this country. It felt like my very soul hurt and I realized that it was because of what this election said to me as a woman. It said no.
No, woman, stay in your place. No, woman, you are not good enough. No, woman, no matter what you do, you will not win, you will not be the boss of me.
It crushed a part of my female core to realize that yes, the world at large really does hate women that much. And while there are other reasons to dislike Hilary Clinton and disagree with her policies, misogyny and sexism are the gas that fuels the fire they burned her with.
We are supposed to stay quiet and not ask for much. Stay in our place and say please and thank you and don’t challenge anyone. We must be perfect, ten times more perfect than the man beside us. And then we must wait for them to give us permission to follow their orders.” [Hey, Eirene! Here’s a “quiet” woman who doesn’t “challenge anyone” and doesn’t “ask for much”!]
“I have always been both a strong woman [No, you’re not, if you’re still crying over losing an election that happened weeks ago] and a good girl. I got straight A’s. I was class president. I went to an Ivy League school [where you were woefully mis-educated]and even gave the commencement address, just like Hillary. I sailed through a hurricane off the Cape of Good Hope as the only woman on a crew of eight men. I sold everything I owned and moved across the country [Is that supposed to be a mark of singular courage? LOL] in order to pursue my dream of being a screenwriter. I put my husband through nursing school while raising a daughter who doesn’t believe in sleeping through the night. I dream big dreams. I make hard choices. I don’t give up. Just like Hillary.
And yet every time I walk into a meeting, usually to try and sell a female driven story, I have to sell my “likability” because I know only 26% of creators, writers, directors and producers in TV are women. And every time I walk down the street alone at night I have to hold my phone in my hand, finger ready to dial 911 should that man walking towards me decide that he’d like to converse with me with some “locker room talk.”
Hillary Clinton did everything they told her to do. She smiled, she worked hard, she was polite and caring, she stayed calm. She was not a Bitch, even when she had every right to be. She wore just the right amount of make up, kept every hair in place. She did her best. She did the best. And still.” [Hey, Eirene! For all your Ivy League education, you somehow missed this!]
“. . . Hillary gave me hope. Things were going to be different. For me and my daughter. The broken shards of the glass ceiling would crumble to glitter dust beneath our empowered feet. [Earth to Eirene! Hillary doesn’t give a hoot about you.] We were going to dance together in the fresh air of that open sky, nothing to keep our hands from reaching for the sun. It was an exciting, inspiring time to be a woman. [Geesh, with purply-prose writing like this, no wonder you’re a failed screenwriter.]
But now that hope feels gone . . . . Hillary Clinton stood up for women [Yeah, like she “stood up” for all the women her husband Bill screwed, raped and molested.] and when the world slapped her back down, my cheek felt the sting. I know that there is work to be done, battles to fight, toddlers to raise into Nasty Women. [You mean like Hillary? See “Hillary Clinton is a monster, says Secret Service agents”.]And so I keep driving. But even now as I seek the horizon, the words keep going through my head. I am Her. I am Her. I am Her. And the tears keep falling.”
And the tears keep falling . . . .
Eirene Donohue’s insanity is pervasive, judging by the readers’ comments to her essay. Here’s a sample:
Rebecca Rice: “Right on. I cried this morning as well while having breakfast out with my husband….”
Lorraine Devon Wilke: “I cry at least once a day thinking about our loss of advancement as women, the loss of our children’s safety….”
Sandie Chamberlain: “I am from the United Kingdom and I live in New Zealand….and I am still crying too….”
Erin Oliver: “That is exactly how it feels…how could they reject her..because I am her..” [Note: the two ellipses .. are Erin Oliver’s]
Rose Hook: “…when I read your article I started crying. We ALL were her!”
Tina Stanley: “…Yes, I am her, too.”
Lesley Kluchin: “I am only a year younger than Hillary, and I too have been crying and feeling lost…”
Patty Keller Jeddy: “…I cried at the thought that Americans could choose a complete and utter despicable human being over someone who did not have a penis so she must be evil….” [Psst, Jeddy. It’s not her lack of a penis that makes Hillary evil. It’s this ↓↓↓]
But it’s also liberal women like Hillary and Eirene Donohue who insist there are no gender differences, that women are just as strong as men, blah, blah, blah. And yet, by their incessant weeping and whining over Hillary’s defeat, they are behaving just like the traditional stereotype of females being emotionally fragile who cry at the slightest provocation.
I don’t recall conservative women incessantly crying after Obama was twice elected, do you?
And yet I’m sure nothing will become of this. Corruption is the new norm in DC.
Via NY Post: A top State Department official offered a bribe — a “quid pro quo” — to an FBI official in an attempt to declassify certain emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server that were previously deemed classified, according to FBI documents released Monday. The documents allege Patrick Kennedy proposed the deal in exchange for the FBI being allowed to operate in countries where it’s currently banned.
“[Redacted] indicated he had been contacted by PATRICK KENNEDY, Undersecretary of State, who had asked his assistance in altering the email’s classification in exchange for a ‘quid pro quo,’” states the FBI document, a summary of an interview the agency conducted in investing Clinton’s email server. “[Redacted] advised that in exchange for marking the email unclassified, STATE would reciprocate by allowing the FBI to place more Agents in countries where they are presently forbidden,” the document adds.
The redactions in the FBI documents strike the name of the official who was talking with Kennedy.
During a later meeting with the FBI, CIA and other agencies, Kennedy was asked whether any of the emails in question were classified. “Making eye contact with [redacted] KENNEDY remarked, ‘Well, we’ll see,’” Kennedy responded.
Donald Trump’s campaign pointed to the new documents as proof that the State Department and FBI worked together to protect Clinton. “These FBI documents provide undeniable proof that Hillary Clinton colluded with the FBI, DOJ and State Department to cover up criminal activity at the highest levels. Hillary Clinton has recklessly put our national security at extreme risk,” Trump surrogate Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said in a statement to the press.
“We have men and women putting their lives on the line for this country. If any person had done a fraction of what she has done with our sensitive information, they would be criminally charged and those in our military would be court-martialed. Hillary Clinton acts as though she is above the law and therefore, she is not fit to serve as commander in chief,” Flynn added.
The FBI documents come from the more than year-long FBI investigation into Clinton’s handling of classified information on her private email server.
FBI Director James Comey announced in July that he would recommend the Justice Department not pursue criminal charges against Clinton.
It’s good to be a demorat…
Days later, Attorney General Loretta Lynch released a statement saying she agreed with Comey’s assessment — and that charges against Clinton would not be filed.
I guess some of us still care about this story. Proggies, not so much. Truth doesn’t matter to them unless they can screw republicans out of it.
From Daily Mail: Hillary Clinton used variations of ‘I don’t recall’ 21 times when asked 25 questions under oath about how she deleted 33,000 State Department emails.
Sworn written testimony obtained by Judicial Watch show the Democratic presidential candidate dodged virtually all of the questions about the correspondences she removed from her private server while she was Secretary of State.
A federal judge ordered Clinton’s legal team to turn over written responses to questions concerning the so-called ‘homebrew’ server. Clinton signed the document containing the answers, written by her lawyers on her behalf, on Monday under ‘penalty of perjury’. The former First Lady sidestepped most of the questions, and insisted that she did not ‘recall’ if anyone told her she could be breaking the law by deleting the emails. She also said she could not remember ever being warned about hacking threats to her private account or server. But her campaign has insisted the answers are consistent with what she has said before.
The questions addressed a number of issues. She was asked why she used the private server, ‘Secretary Clinton states that she does not recall being advised, cautioned, or warned, she does not recall that it was ever suggested to her, and she does not recall participating in any communication, conversation, or meeting in which it was discussed that her use of a clintonemail.com e-mail account to conduct official State Department business conflicted with or violated federal recordkeeping laws,’ her lawyers wrote for one answer.
Most of the responses to questions begin with the phrase: ‘Secretary Clinton objects to the Interrogatories.’
Clinton’s answers provided no new information beyond what she told FBI agents during the recently closed investigation into whether she and her staff mishandled classified information. But it does suggest she has contradicted sworn statements she has made in the past.
According to the court documents filed this week, Clinton was asked when she decided to use her private email account to conduct government business and whom she consulted in making that decision. Clinton said she recalled making the decision in early 2009, but she ‘does not recall any specific consultations regarding the decision.’
Read the rest of the story here.
Keep in mind, if any military personnel had done what Hillary did with her private server and emails, they’d be in Leavenworth.
Senator Tom Cotton drops a bomb…
From Washington Examiner: Hillary Clinton recklessly discussed, in emails hosted on her private server, an Iranian nuclear scientist who was executed by Iran for treason, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said Sunday.
“I’m not going to comment on what he may or may not have done for the United States government, but in the emails that were on Hillary Clinton’s private server, there were conversations among her senior advisors about this gentleman,” he said on “Face the Nation.” Cotton was speaking about Shahram Amiri, who gave information to the U.S. about Iran’s nuclear program. The senator said this lapse proves she is not capable of keeping the country safe. “That goes to show just how reckless and careless her decision was to put that kind of highly classified information on a private server. And I think her judgment is not suited to keep this country safe,” he said.
The revelation could cause further political damage to Clinton, who was already on the defensive Sunday after commenting oddly last week that she had “short-circuited” in a statement related to her honesty about the email scandal.
Republican nominee Donald Trump seized on the statement to question her mental stability.
Shahram Amiri, executed by Iran
Iran confirmed on Sunday that Amiri had been hanged for treason. He was convicted of spying charges in a death sentence case that was upheld on appeal, according to the Associated Press. “This person who had access to the country’s secret and classified information had been linked to our hostile and No. 1 enemy, America, the Great Satan” a spokesman for the Iranian judiciary said. “He provided the enemy with vital and secret information of the country.”
His body was returned to his mother with rope marks around the neck. It would appear possible that discussion on an unclassified — and quite possibly hacked — email system about a person who was hanged as a spy will have a chilling effect on others who might want to engage in espionage for the United States.
Amiri disappeared while on a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in 2009, but he then resurfaced a year later in the U.S., where he visited the Iranian interest section of the Pakistani embassy and demanded to be sent home to Iran. While Amiri told reporters that he was held against his will by both the Saudis and the Americans, U.S. officials said he was receiving millions of dollars for information he provided about Iran’s nuclear program. The scientist shows up in Clinton’s emails back in 2010, just nine days before he returned to Iran. “We have a diplomatic, ‘psychological’ issue, not a legal one. Our friend has to be given a way out,” the email by Richard Morningstar, a former State Department special envoy for Eurasian energy, read, according to the Associated Press. “Our person won’t be able to do anything anyway. If he has to leave so be it.” Cotton Sunday also accused the Obama administration of “working like a gun cartel” by sending $400 million to Iran in what many regard as ransom for hostages. Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate Tim Kaine described the payment as “appropriate.”