As the liberal democrats and their puppy-dog MSM contort themselves trying to feed the American people a false premise and false narrative about Trump wrongly firing FBI Director James Comey earlier in the week the real solid fact remains the person who absolutely needs a deep investigation is (still) Hillary Clinton and mostly for her doings while Secretary of State in the Obama administration … and by extension The Clinton Foundation’s “fundraising” and foreign funds, especially during that time … and now, on top of her pile is the possible involvement, collusion – if you will, with James Comey and his links to the obvious Lynch DOJ and Obama White House string-pulling of covering Clinton’s massive ass. This is why HotAir’s Ed Morrissey suggests: “The Comey Firing Proves We Need Two Special Counsels, Not One”
However, when Trump actually fired Comey for precisely the same issues Schumer raised, he and other Democrats called it a cover-up and demanded that the ongoing investigation gets assigned to a special counsel. “I don’t think there’s any alternative at this point,” his deputy Dick Durbin told reporters. “I worry that they’ll refuse the special prosecutor, and we’ll never hear again from the FBI investigation.”
They’re right to call for a special counsel, but they don’t go far enough. This requires two special counsels, not one – and had the Obama administration taken this kind of action up front, we might never have needed one of them.
When The New York Times broke the news about Hillary Clinton’s secret e-mail server in February 2015, it immediately raised issues about conflicts of interest with the current administration. Clinton was hiding those e-mails while serving as Barack Obama’s Secretary of State and was about to become his party’s frontrunner to replace him in the White House. Calls started early for a special counsel to conduct the investigation, but Obama and Lynch refused to accommodate them.
Even after the news of Lynch’s tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton in Phoenix broke, Lynch not only dismissed calls for a special counsel, she refused to fully recuse herself from any decision to prosecute. Lynch promised to accept whatever recommendation came from the FBI – a point which partially rebuts Rosenstein’s conclusions – but left herself in charge of the overall decision. A spokeswoman for the Department of Justice made that clear immediately afterward. “She’s the head of the department,” Melanie Newman noted, “and with that comes ultimate responsibility for any decision.”
At that point, a special prosecutor should have been appointed to relieve the political appointees of any input into the potential pursuit of criminal charges. Given Comey’s description of the findings of that investigation – especially with the grossly negligent handling of highly classified material by Clinton and her team – there is good reason for a special counsel to review the case again, independent of both the Obama and Trump administrations. Had a special counsel been appointed at the time, the career of a dedicated but perhaps misguided public servant might not have been ended this week.
The whole Trump/Russia non-scandal is simply an ongoing democrat and MSM ploy to try to delegitimize the current administration and POTUS, and to continue to bury the seriously mishandled and unaddressed Hillary Clinton charges (in addition to Lois Lerner and the IRS scandal…).
There has always been a constant drip-drip of Hillary facts that the MSM continues to refuse to investigate, or even report. Just a couple more to add:
A document filed last month by the Podesta Group revealed the firm failed to disclose dozens of contact points it made with people in influential government offices while lobbying on behalf of a pro-Russia Ukrainian think tank from 2012 to 2014.
Newly disclosed points of contact between the Podesta Group and the American government, which often took the form of meetings, emails and phone calls, included outreach to the State Department, the office of Vice President Joe Biden, and the National Security Council.
The firm was representing the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, a Ukrainian think tank looking to soften the position of the Obama administration toward the country’s then-pro-Russian government.
CNN’s 1,600-word report on the lobbying firm’s new filing, though thorough and detailed, failed to note Tony Podesta’s involvement in fundraising for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. It also did not mention that the Podesta Group was co-founded by Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.
Tony Podesta, current chairman of the firm, was a bundler for Clinton’s campaign. By July of 2016 alone, Podesta had raised $268,000 for the campaign and $31,000 for the Hillary Victory Fund. Clinton’s campaign website lists him among its “Hillblazers,” described as “individuals who have contributed and/or raised $100,000 or more for Hillary for America, the Hillary Victory Fund, and/or the Hillary Action Fund” since the campaign’s launch.
Given that he was lobbying the State Department under her tenure, that information is obviously relevant.
While secretary of state, Hillary Clinton made a personal call to pressure Bangladesh’s prime minister to aid a donor to her husband’s charitable foundation despite federal ethics laws that require government officials to recuse themselves from matters that could impact their spouse’s business.
The Office of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina confirmed to Circa that Mrs. Clinton called her office in March 2011 to demand that Dr. Muhammed Yunus, a 2006 Nobel Peace prize winner, be restored to his role as chairman of the country’s most famous microcredit bank, Grameen Bank. The bank’s nonprofit Grameen America, which Yunus chairs, has given between $100,000 and $250,000 to the Clinton Global Initiative. Grameen Research, which is chaired by Yunus, has donated between $25,000 and $50,000, according to the Clinton Foundation website.
“Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telephoned Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in March 2011 insisting her not to remove Dr. Muhammad Yunus from the post of Managing Director of Grameen Bank,” Deputy Press Secretary Md Nazrul Islam told Circa in an email.
Read the whole thing.
Selena Zito: “Hillary’s perfectly crafted untruths”
Michael Kinsley once observed that “a gaffe is when a politician tells the truth.”
By this definition — and this is how the press appears to view it — Trump speaks in gaffes.
Now, that doesn’t mean Trump is always accurate in what he says, but he says (or tweets) what he truly thinks at that moment.
We in the press are just not accustomed to this type of honesty. Most politicians are loath to veer from carefully vetted talking points; they don’t commit “gaffes” because they never tell you what they really think. Instead, they talk around the point or tell you what they think you want to hear. Trump never does this.
Trump’s willingness to say what he thought during the 2016 campaign endeared him to his supporters. Unlike the press, Trump supporters understood that Trump shot from the hip and would make mistakes. To many of them, his walking-back of some of what he said then makes sense; is a sign of learning, not of duplicity.
Compare this to Clinton’s interview Monday with Christiane Amanpour: She conceded to mistakes during the campaign, offered to write a “confessional” seeking “absolution” — and then blamed it all on FBI Director James Comey.
Bruce Haynes, founding partner of the bipartisan Purple Strategies consulting firm, calls this typical political doublespeak: “She may as well have said, ‘Wasn’t on me, bro.’ She says she takes responsibility but, in the next breath, she blames James Comey, WikiLeaks, Vladimir Putin and who knows who else.”
“Clinton neglected to include things like calling voters ‘deplorable’ and ‘irredeemable’ and failing to adequately campaign in states like Michigan, where voters had the highest levels of economic anxiety and the biggest questions about what her policies would do to help,” Haynes said.
The reality is, she put her campaign at risk by using a private email server, while the campaign’s decision to try to manipulate the Democratic primaries in her favor (and its embarrassing internal emails that others exposed) also helped to put her in a bad light. Comey didn’t put the email server in her basement, Putin didn’t invent the phrase “basket of deplorables,” and Julian Assange didn’t write the embarrassing campaign emails, said Haynes.
“It doesn’t make their actions right,” he said, “but it doesn’t change who the ultimate actor was either.”
Again, read the whole thing. If anyone has their finger on the pulse of the American people it’s Selena Zito.