Hillary Cleared As FBI Folds Again: Comey Says "No New Conclusions" After Clinton Email Review
Nov 6, 2016 3:28 PM
And now the pendulum of Comey backlash swings the other way. Which Republican politician will be the first to press charges against Comey under The Heath Act? And will Harry Reid drop his charges?
In a letter to several committee chairmen released Sunday, FBI Director James Comey announced on Sunday afternoon that just over a week after the FBI reopened its probe into Clinton emails, the Bureau has not changed its July conclusion regarding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of State.
House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz made waves Sunday afternoon, when he tweeted about the FBI letter.
FBI Dir just informed us "Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Sec Clinton"
3:15 PM - 6 Nov 2016
Below is the full letter from FBI Director Comey, with the key section highlighted.
The Clinton campaign is exuberant...
We were always confident nothing would cause the July decision to be revisited. Now Director Comey has confirmed it
3:18 PM - 6 Nov 2016
So, having reviewed 650,000 emails in less than a week (?), we can now go back to Democrats loving Comey and the FBI and Trump hating on them.
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The Mexican Peso is soaring on the news:
One cannot help but draw parallels between this 'relief' rally headline-driven event to the death of British MP Jo Cox days before the Brexit vote which swung polling opinion whipsawing markets before a Brexit vote that remain for "leave" anyway.
Trump Reacts: "It's A Rigged System, Hillary Is Protected"; Paul Ryan, RNC, Trump Campaign All Issue Statements On FBI Decision
The stunned reactions to Comey's shocking announcement are coming in fast and furious, as moments ago, Donald Trump - during a live speech - made the opening salvo by saying "it's a rigged system, and she's protected."
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.@realDonaldTrump on Hillary Clinton: "It's a rigged system, and she's protected." http://abcn.ws/2eXDp40
3:59 PM - 6 Nov 2016
Then, moments later, the official responses started flooding starting with House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has been notably on the fance regarding his support for Trump, and has failed to come to his support by naming him in recent public appearances, did just that, when in a statement said that "Regardless of this decision, the undisputed finding of the FBI's investigation is that Secretary Clinton put our nation's secrets at risk and in doing so compromised our national security. She simply believes she's above the law and always plays by her own rules. This is a pattern with the Clintons, and the American people should not have to endure four more years of their scandal and baggage. Fortunately, the American people have the opportunity to ensure Secretary Clinton never gets her hands on classified information again. Let's bring the Clinton era to an end by voting for Donald Trump on Tuesday."
Shortly thereafter, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus issued the following letter on the FBI's (latest) letter to Congress, saying that despite today's flipflop, "none of this changes the fact that the FBI continues to investigate the Clinton Foundation for corruption involving her tenure as secretary of state."
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Trump campaign spokesman followed next, stating that "if FBI conclusions remain unchanged, that means she still was reckless & careless, still lied about classified info, lied re: # of devices"
If FBI conclusions remain unchanged, that means she still was reckless & careless, still lied about classified info, lied re: # of devices
4:37 PM - 6 Nov 2016
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Senator Dianne Feinstein, one of the most vocal critics of James Comey after his first letter to Congress two weeks ago alongside Harry Reid, was not placated by today's move, quite the contrary in fact, saying "Today’s letter makes Director Comey’s actions nine days ago even more troubling."
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Then there was Senate Judiciary Committee chair ChuckGrassley, who called the FBI letter "another vague announcement".
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Meanwhile, for anyone expected a Tweetstrom from a furious Donald Trump, you may have to wait. According to the NYT, Trump's press aides have revoked access to his Twitter account, as the GOP nominee tries to stay on message for the campaign's final stretch. The report claimed that Trump no longer has control of what goes out on his Twitter account, with aides drafting and sending out messages with his help.
In one example given by the Times, Trump and top press aide Hope Hicks co-authored a tweet about how President Obama shouldn't be spending his time in office campaigning for Clinton that Hicks approved and sent.
Trump's social media account boasts more than 13 million followers and the unconventional politician has regularly leaned on it to tar political rivals and give voters an unfiltered look at his thoughts. But his Twitter musings have been a regular source of headaches for his campaign both during the primary election and the general election.
Something tells us, however, that Trump will promptly regain access to his Twitter account after the latest Comey shocker.