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FBI Hearing: The Fools On The Hill

FBI Director Comey explained to the indignant democrats at yesterday’s hearing his reasoning for making his official choice with the new info regarding Hillary aide Huma Abedin’s forwarding of thousands of official State Department classified emails to her husband’s (Anthony Weiner) computer weeks before the 2016 election.

DiFi is proving she is not serious about following and carrying out legal investigations no matter the most or least opportune time and there for not fit to be a legislator of our nation’s laws heaved down upon We The People.

BRIDGET JOHNSON @ PJM (via Instapundit): “In his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Director James Comey offered an impassioned defense of his decision to announce an additional investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails at the end of October.”

Yet, once again, James Comey lays out highly damning evidence of lawbreaking and still insists he and the FBI won’t be charging Huma Abedin for forwarding classified emails to Anthony Weiner

Is Comey right, though, that there’s no crime here so long as Abedin didn’t intend to mishandle classified information? Nope. The statute is clear:

(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

Sending classified info to the private laptop of someone who isn’t authorized to receive it because you can’t be bothered to print it out yourself does sound suspiciously like gross negligence, especially given Weiner’s other computer pastimes and the opportunities they created for foreign blackmail. (Weiner’s participation here makes the negligence “gross” in every sense of the word.) But then, so does setting up your own private “homebrew” email server to conduct official state business. Comey decided last summer that it doesn’t matter what the federal statute actually says; Congress can write whatever laws it wants but when it comes to applying them, prior DOJ practice will guide the FBI in recommending charges, not the text of the law. And DOJ practice requires proof of knowledge or intent, not mere gross negligence, to justify filing charges, never mind that no one as high up as a Secretary of State had ever been credibly accused of violating this particular statute before. If Hillary’s gross negligence wasn’t enough to get her charged, then Huma’s gross negligence isn’t enough either.

This, really, is the core issue Americans must takeaway from this Hillary Clinton dust-up: At the current status it is evident a Hell of a lot of our higher legal authorities have become politically corrupt and cannot be trusted to treat all citizens, civilians/military/politicians of a certain stripe, equally under the law(s)…

Charlie Martin @ PJM: “Comey knew that the Justice Department was no way going to indict Hillary. The “intent” excuse was just that — an excuse (18 USC 793(f) again.) At the same time, he could not bring himself to let a multiple felon be elected President.”

So, maybe Comey’s back-against-the-wall decision to not conceal the FBI’s new findings on the Huma classified email forwarding to her husband’s computer would be a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” move…

The Federalist: Comey Didn’t Sink Hillary. Hillary Sank Hillary: History shouldn’t be rewritten to soothe the hurt feelings of losers.

Clinton’s counterfactual tale about the infamous “Comey letter” has been a security blanket for many Democrats. But, as luck would have it, the FBI director was testifying in front of a Senate Judiciary Committee today, and he reminded us of some factors that Clinton ignored. That’s because even if we concede that Comey’s letter to Congress helped sink Clinton, Hillarydeserved that letter, and the FBI director had no choice but to send it.

In essence, what many Democrats have been arguing for the past six months is that Comey should have actively buried evidence that was pertinent to an ongoing congressional investigation — one that, incidentally, had turned up plenty of potential wrongdoing — because it might hurt their preferred candidate’s chances.

On Tuesday, Comey, in fact, confirmed that the FBI had learned that classified emails were forwarded from Clinton’s email account by Clinton aide Huma Abedin to her husband Anthony Weiner so he could print them out. (This appears to be illegal, but perhaps all those immunity deals Comey was handing out came in handy.) Her computer, like other servers and laptops that Hillary’s staff tried to dispose of, hide, clean, and whatnot, were supposed to have been in the hands of the FBI.

It’s worth pointing out that everything in the Comey letter was almost surely going to leak anyway. Not only because of its connection to the Hillary investigation, but because this “fella Anthony Weiner,” as Comey referred to him today, had access to classified information. That may not have made things any better for Hillary, but it certainly would have made the FBI look like it was actively protecting a candidate — which is undoubtedly why Comey said it was potentially “catastrophic.”

Whatever his political calculations, however, there was simply no reason for him not to apprise Congress of that kind of discovery. As this article byNewsweek pointed out at the time, Comey had an ethical obligation to inform Congress despite the best contrary efforts of overt partisans like Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Not only because Department of Justice rules maintain that relevant committees should be apprised of new evidence, but because Comey had informed Congress that he had completed its review. Once he did that, and once he came into possession of significant evidence that would have to be examined by the FBI, Comey had a duty to notify Congress to amend his initial testimony, which was no longer true.

Setting all that aside, however, it’s also worth reiterating that it was Hillary, not Comey, who initially set up a secret server to circumvent transparency, likely to hide favor-trading related to her foundation. It was Hillary, not Comey, who sent unsecured classified documents through that server, although she almost surely knew it was wrong. (The New York Times had pointed out chances are high that these documents were intercepted by foreign powers.) It was Hillary, not Comey, who was responsible for attempts to destroy all evidence related to that server. It was Hillary’s people, as Comey noted in his original congressional testimony, that had “cleaned their devices in such a way as to preclude complete forensic recovery.” And it was Hillary’s aide who failed to inform the FBI about classified emails on her computer.

It was Hillary who ran a poor campaign and lost to one of the most unpopular presidential candidates in history…

But the Clintons and the democrats and the lovelorn democrat base simply cannot accept reality, which is why they defy biology/DNA in the current LGBTXYZ bullshit, while denying and defying even more real science with the “climate change” crap.

And his own department decisions vs. election timing wasn’t Comey’s only major quandary…

AG Lerner and her DOJ under Barack Obama were the ones seriously and openly using their political position devices to help one candidate in the 2016 election, and it surely was not Donald Trump.

MORE:

He called it! Yeah, Trump was right about Huma Abedin and Hillary’s emails

Rush Limbaugh: Comey Hearing: Beyond the Theater of the Absurd

Important read:

AoSHQ: Whoa: Senators Now Asking if Fusion GPS, the PR Firm Behind the Trump Pee-Party Oppo Dump, Is Itself an Agent of Russian Intelligence

Buck Sexton scoops ‘the real story’ after Comey hearing

But Russia! David Corn upset that Hillary’s emails are back in the newsHe called it! Yeah, Trump was right about Huma Abedin and Hillary’s emails

Here’s why James Comey said Obama’s DOJ had ZERO credibility on Clinton probe

Sean Hannity: Jim Comey thinks we’re all stupid

TBT:

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