BREAKING NEWS: FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY TOLD CONGRESS, ON SUNDAY MORNING, THAT THERE WILL BE NO CHANGES IN CONCLUSIONS REACHED IN JULY REGARDING HILLARY CLINTON’S EMAIL AND SERVER. IN A LETTER, COMEY SAID, “BASED ON OUR REVIEW, WE HAVE NOT CHANGED OUR CONCLUSIONS THAT WE EXPRESSED IN JULY,” ACCORDING TO CNN.
As most of us know by now, FBI Director James Comey stepped in it over the weekend by sending a letter to Congressional committee chairs (Republicans) with copies to committee co-chairs (Democrats) regarding emails possibly related to Hillary Clinton. Without actually using the word “reopen” Comey left enough of a door open for Trump and the Republicans to shout to the rafters that Comey had reversed his opinion from last July regarding Hillary’s server and emails.
In actuality, Comey knew nothing at all when he sent that letter on Friday! All that happened was that the FBI recovered a laptop from former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner in an investigation of Weiner’s activities. Since Weiner is the separated husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin, that seemed to be the impetus to spark Comey into making up to Republicans for last July’s failed indictment they so desired. A cursory look at the laptop by the FBI revealed emails on it, and speculation that the laptop was shared between husband and wife.
But the point is, Comey and FBI did not have any details on the emails, who they were from or to, because they would need a search warrant to look at them. Comey came out to members of Congress before he had any REAL information, before a search warrant (that happened on Sunday, two days later). His only lead was that this computer belonged to the husband of Clinton’s closest aide!
In a memo that Comey sent AFTER the letter, Comey said that “I agreed that we should take appropriate steps” in an attempt to EXPLAIN himself. But WHO did he agree with?
It certainly wasn’t DOJ because Justice had already warned Comey not to send the letter. So, since it wasn’t Justice, who was it Comey “agreed” with? Trump or the Trump campaign? Republicans in Congress? Partisans in his own rank and file of the FBI? Who knows at this point?
But further, did Comey violate the Hatch Act which prohibits Federal employees from any activity which could disrupt the election process?
Only an investigation will reveal whether he did or didn’t violate Federal law. And even though a complaint has been filed with the investigating branch to find out whether Comey violated Federal law, it will probably takes months (at best) to get results, well AFTER the election.
So at this point, it’s the SMELL that matters! Comey, by sending that letter, smeared the image of the FBI. His action, followed by weak excuses to explain himself, reveals not a “straight shooter” as some have called him. But a weak willed cowardly character that bows to pressure from others, either internally from his own employees, or externally.
No matter Comey’s reasons, it stinks and Comey should step down!
Read the letter Comey sent to Congressional committee chairs ComeyLetter.pdf.
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Kellyanne Conway, campaign manager for The Donald, conceded to Chuck Todd yesterday that, yes, her candidate is “behind.”
Appearging on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, the overworked Conway agreed with the latest polls, finding it harder to spin Trump’s tailspin into a winner. Sounding more and more like Trump, all Conway could do is complain about the system being “rigged” and Hillary having more money. Read more here: Kellyanne Conway is right. Donald Trump is losing. – The Washington Post
Donald Trump went on another Twitter storm. In conduct unbecoming a business leader let alone a candidate for the highest office in the nation, Trump unleashed a string of invectives against Republicans, Speaker Ryan, Senator John McCain, and of course Hillary Clinton.
In unfocused stream-of-consciouness Tweets, one after another, Trump can’t seem to decide who his enemy is: maybe all of them, maybe just one of them, maybe even the American People, if they displease Trump. He sounds nuts!
It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2016
Donald Trump also has a habit of pointing the finger at his enemies for the behavior that he himself displays: i.e., calling Clinton “unfit” and McCain “foul mouthed.”
I hope people are looking at the disgraceful behavior of Hillary Clinton as exposed by WikiLeaks. She is unfit to run.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2016
The very foul mouthed Sen. John McCain begged for my support during his primary (I gave, he won), then dropped me over locker room remarks!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2016
Trump’s m.o. has always been that the rest of the world must please him: if you agree with him, you’re great, but the second you disagree with him, you’re a “loser.” For Trump, it’s all about control.
As more and more Republicans peel off from Trump, I just hope that Speaker Ryan realizes that by continuing to sit on the fence, he is helping to strengthen Trump and his Alt-right supporters. No one would hold it against Speaker Ryan to withdraw his endorsement of Trump.
Trump supporters were salivating with anticipation in the early morning hours over what they saw as the take-down of Hillary Clinton by Julian Assange’s Wikileaks. In a much-touted “October Surprise” a Trump campaigner even said that Clinton would be “done” by Wednesday. But alas, all their anticipation came to naught.
Julian Assange and his Wikileaks instead celebrated their tenth anniversary with a press conference and said that documents may be released after the elections. He also indicated that Wikeleaks had no intention of disrupting American elections or harming any candidates.
But the Right reads conspiracy into everything and mistook Assange’s anniversary press conference to mean that devastating documents would be released to end Clinton’s campaign. In the lead-up to last night, Assange had even appeared on Fox News’ Kelly Files where he said that documents could be coming but they would have to be carefully vetted before release. He talked about his ten years of a “perfect” record without a mistake and he was careful to indicate that documents currently in their possession would not be released until they were properly validated and would not be released if they couldn’t be verified. But no matter, because for many on the Right, that goes in one ear and out the other.
So, all the excitement in the early morning hours, with the likes of Alex Jones on live stream, and Right-wing bloggers awaiting anxiously, for the 4 am ET presser, their hopes and dreams came crashing down. And of course, their excitement was followed by anger, name calling, and more conspiracy theories.
Here is a suggestion for the Right. Quit expecting to win by name-calling and conspiring to destroy the other side! Instead, try coming up with some ideas!
The only real positive in Donald Trump’s debate performance was that he kept his temper under control and didn’t go into a rant at Hillary’s many provocations. Other than that, his performance was less than stellar and probably will do no good to swing voters his way.
During the first half-hour, Trump seemed to start out strong out of the gate, with quick come-backs and concise responses to questions. But then it all went down hill.
In lieu of getting angry, Trump resorted to a defensive stance with over-long explanations of why he did or didn’t do something, of which Hillary accused him. Often, those defensive explanations resulted in stream of consciousness that made no sense of what he was talking about.
In addition, his breathing (through his nose) became so strong (probably in attempting to control his anger) that it became annoyingly loud in his microphone.
The Donald missed several obvious opportunities to hit it out of the park. Most obvious was during the economy segment on jobs when he could have hit Hillary on wanting to put West Virginia’s coal miners out of work by shutting done the mines. Also, during cyber security, when he could have slammed her on her private server. Instead, Trump opted to take the bait from her attacks and launch into long rants which made no sense.
Trump had plenty of time to prepare for this debate and the very best of people to help him prepare. He therefore should have done much better.
So far, his bad performance has not seemed to make much difference. Fortunately for him and for his campaign and supporters! Those firmly in their chosen candidate’s corner were not swayed by the other one, last night. And those undecided are still not swayed, although some early polls show that some “could” be swayed, but not yet.
Trump, if he really wants this, needs to get his act together! This isn’t a reality show, nicely scripted, of “Who Wants to Be the Next President?” This is the big leagues of politics. And Trump is up against a master politician, not 16 oother candidates of his same party. No doubt that Hillary, and the entire Clinton family for that matter, really want the White House!
If Trump can’t control himself better, and LEARN from those political professionals in place to help him in his campaign, then he should get out, and get out now, and hand it over to Pence!
The first Presidential debate of the 2016 election season takes place tonight and promises to be the most watched of its kind in history. Polls show both candidates neck and neck (some are showing Trump with a lead). This morning, Nate Silver, the sports analyst who also analyzes the elections, says that Trump would win by 54% if the election were held today!
Is Hillary scared? It sure looks like she is! Her campaign is continuing to pressure the debate committee to have moderator Lester Holt “fact check” everything Trump says tonight, you know, a la Candy Crowley!
You will be able to watch the debate even if you don’t have cable. It will be shown on all broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX), as well as all news channels (FOX, CNN, and MSNBC). It is scheduled to begin at 9 pm Eastern (6 pm Pacific).
Missouri-based Monsanto has agreed to sell itself to Germany’s aspirin giant Bayer for $66 billion, pending approval from shareholders and regulatory agencies. Bayer accepted the sale price which is $4 billion more than originally offered.
Monsanto, as many know, is a global food supply titan infamous for its genetically engineered seeds (GMO’s). Bayer, a German pharmaceutical, famous for its aspirin brand, is also into agriculture, a producer of pesticides.
The move by these two titans to join forces is just more evidence of corporate oligarchs consolidating control over life’s necessities. Should we be concerned? Yes. We can only hope that this deal will not be approved. Read more here: Behind Bayer-Monsanto, an Odd Couple Out to Rule the World – Bloomberg
Greta Van Susteren announced that she is leaving Fox News, effective immediately. Van Susteren, the host of On the Record, says that the news channel “has not felt like home to me for a few years,” according to USA Today.
Van Susteren used a clause in her contract to end her relationship of 14 years with Fox. She previously was a host and legal analyst for CNN.
Brit Hume will pick up Van Susteren’s show for the rest of the election cycle, beginning today. Read more here: ‘On The Record’ Host Greta Van Susteren leaves Fox News