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Tag: Hillary Clinton

Tearful Anthony Weiner Pleads Guilty, Says He Compulsively Sought Attention From Women

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Troubled Anthony Weiner tearfully admitted Friday in U.S. District Court in New York that he sent sexual material to a 15-year-old high school student in North Carolina. Under a plea agreement he will be forced to register as a sex offender and surrender his cell phone, ABC News reports.

Weiner,  a former Congressman and estranged husband of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, pleaded guilty to a single count of transferring obscene material to a minor.

In an emotional statement today, Weiner said he “compulsively sought attention from women,” and that his behavior began when he entered Congress and continued through part of 2016.

His plea agreement calls for a sentence of 21 to 27 months in prison. Sentencing is set for Sept. 8.

Hillary Clinton emails on his computer became the source of a major disruption in the 2016 presidential campaign.

James Comey Should Have Been Fired Last Year, NY Post Column Says

Former FBI Director James Comey

Former FBI Director James Comey

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There are many critics who think President Donald Trump should never have fired FBI Director James Comey.

Then there’s folks like Michael Walsh, an author, screenwriter and contributing editor at PJ Media, who thinks Comey should have been fired by President Barack Obama.

In a column in the New York Post, he writes:

Let’s cut right to the chase: James Comey should have been fired immediately following his disastrous press briefing last July, in which he candidly laid out the case against Hillary Clinton over her mishandling of classified information and then refused to recommend charges. Overstepping his authority while radiating sanctimony, arrogating power while clumsily intervening in the election, Comey deserved to be sacked on the spot.

Everything since has been one long slow twist in the wind for Comey, a former US attorney in Manhattan, where his most notable accomplishment was sending Martha Stewart to jail.

Ignore for the moment Comey’s series of missteps resulting from the Clinton investigation and his increasingly erratic and unconvincing public fan dance as he sent the nation into electoral paroxysms over the past 10 months.

On his watch, the FBI continued its politically correct, see-no-evil attitude toward radical Islam and thus failed to prevent the atrocity in San Bernardino; it also investigated the Orlando nightclub shooter for 10 months before closing its case, allowing him to kill or wound 102 people. Meanwhile, the federal office of personnel management was hacked by the Chinese, resulting in a serious data breach. That’s failure on an unacceptable level.

 

FBI Director Says He Has No Regrets about Handling of Hillary Clinton Probe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey told a Senate committee on Thursday that he felt “mildly nauseous” that he may have affected the outcome of the presidential election, but said he would do it over again.

Comey was hammered with questions for four hours from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Lordy, has this been painful,” Comey said. “I’ve gotten all kinds of rocks thrown at me and this has been really hard, but I think I’ve done the right thing at each turn.”

Comey insisted he had a responsibility to notify Congress that new information had prompted the FBI to reopen the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal less than two weeks before the election.

Sen. Patric Leahy, D-Vt., was not happy, he told the Washington Post after the hearing. 

“I would have been satisfied if he had done what all Republican and Democratic administrations have done in the past,” Leahy said. “The Justice Department has a procedure. You do not release information like that just before an election.”

Comey offered new details about what lead up to his decision to notify Congress of the investigation.

“Somehow, her emails were being forwarded to Anthony Weiner, including classified information,’’ Comey said, adding later, “His then-spouse Huma Abedin appears to have had a regular practice of forwarding emails to him for him to print out for her so she could deliver them to the secretary of state.”

Stephen Colbert Pokes Fun at FBI Director’s Testimony about Clinton Investigation

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Late night comedian Stephen Colbert had harsh words for FBI Director James Comey following controversial testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Colbert played clips of Wednesday’s committee hearing in which Comey defended his decision to notify Congress that the Hillary Clinton investigation had reopened.

Colbert also ribbed Comey for saying he was “mildly nauseous” for potentially upending the election.

“Maybe it’s morning sickness — after all, you did screw the whole country,” Colbert said. 

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Hillary Clinton in Rare Public Appearance Partly Blames FBI’s Comey, Russian Hacking for Election Loss

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hillary Clinton, in a rare public appearance, said she would be president if not for FBI Director James Comey’s decision to release information to Congress about reopening the bureau’s investigation into her use of a private email server.

Comey’s Oct. 28 letter to Congress reversed her momentum going into the Nov. 8 election, Clinton told a CNN anchor at a Women for Women International event in New York.

Clinton also blamed Russian hackers, which the FBI is investigating.

“If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president,” Clinton told CNN moderator Christiane Amanpour.

Clinton added: “I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off — and the evidence for that intervening event is, I think, compelling (and) persuasive.”

Still, Clinton said she takes “absolute personal responsibility” for failing to win the election but continued to blame external forces, including “misogyny.”

Just two days before the election, Comey notified Congress that no new evidence was found to conclude that Clinton should face criminal charges.

FBI: Grand Jury Subpoenas Were Issued in Hillary Clinton Email Investigation Last Year

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors investigating Hillary Clinton’s email server issued grand jury subpoenas in the case, according to a court filing this week, Politico reports. 

It previously wasn’t known that the FBI had sought grand jury subpoenas, which indicates authorities were investigating a crime.

The subpoenas were used in an unsuccessful attempt to obtain achieved copies of some of Clinton’s old email messages, according to a filing in a civil lawsuit.  

“The FBI…obtained grand jury subpoenas related to the Blackberry e-mail accounts, which produced no responsive materials, as the requested data was outside the retention time utilized by those providers,” FBI Assistant Director for the Counterintelligence Division E.W. Priestap wrote in a declaration filed Monday in federal court in Washington.

Details of the subpoenas were unclear, but it appears AT&T and Cingular were targeted.

Politico wrote:

While most investigative work in the probe was done via voluntary interviews and provision of evidence, prosecutors and the FBI eventually turned to mandatory process again when the investigation was reactivated weeks before the presidential election. A search warrant was obtained in late October to review copies of additional email messages discovered on a laptop seized from former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The warrant required the FBI to indicate probable cause that the laptop contained evidence of a crime or some sort of contraband.

Priestap’s declaration was filed in connection with lawsuits conservative watchdog groups Judicial Watch and Cause of Action Institute filed against former Secretary of State John Kerry and Archivist of the U.S. David Ferriero in an effort to force the government to take additional steps to try to recover Clinton’s work-related messages. Tens of thousands of those messages have been retrieved and have already been made public by the State Department.

The government’s new court filing, including Priestap’s statement, sought to establish that there is nothing practical officials can do at this point to try to recover more of Clinton’s messages.

However, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said he’s puzzled that the FBI revealed the grand jury action at this juncture.

Comey May Have Wanted to Stay Out of Politics, But He Shaped the Election — N.Y. Times

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A New York Times examination of the 2016 election concludes that while FBI Director James Comey insisted on avoiding politics, he ended up shaping the election.

Reporters Matt Apuzzo, Michael Schmidt, Adam Goldman and Eric Lichblau of the New York Times write about the Hillary Clinton email probe:

But with polls showing Mrs. Clinton holding a comfortable lead, Mr. Comey ended up plunging the F.B.I. into the molten center of a bitter election. Fearing the backlash that would come if it were revealed after the election that the F.B.I. had been investigating the next president and had kept it a secret, Mr. Comey sent a letter informing Congress that the case was reopened.

What he did not say was that the F.B.I. was also investigating the campaign of Donald J. Trump. Just weeks before, Mr. Comey had declined to answer a question from Congress about whether there was such an investigation. Only in March, long after the election, did Mr. Comey confirm that there was one.

The paper goes on to write:

An examination by The New York Times, based on interviews with more than 30 current and former law enforcement, congressional and other government officials, found that while partisanship was not a factor in Mr. Comey’s approach to the two investigations, he handled them in starkly different ways. In the case of Mrs. Clinton, he rewrote the script, partly based on the F.B.I.’s expectation that she would win and fearing the bureau would be accused of helping her. In the case of Mr. Trump, he conducted the investigation by the book, with the F.B.I.’s traditional secrecy. Many of the officials discussed the investigations on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

 

Poll: Public Largely Supports FBI Investigation into Russian Interference of Election

Donald Trump, via Wikipedia

Donald Trump, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The public is largely supportive of the FBI investigation into the possible links between Donald Trump’s campaign team and the Russian government.

The Huffington Post/YouGov poll found that Americans support an investigation by a 17-point margin, 48% to 31%.

The poll also found that about half of Americans believe Russia interfered in the 2016 election, but only about a third believe the intent was to help Trump win.

Opinions on the investigation are largely determined by whom voters supported in the presidential election. More than 80% of Clinton supporters believe the Russia story is a legitimate issue, while Trump voters disagree, 65% to 22%.