Trump statement on Weiner emails

Donald Trump has put out this statement on the FBI bombshell of bugger all.

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Trump is making things up, again.

The FBI stated “cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant”. So Trump is making claims he cannot substantiate.

Trump has got away with making false and unsubstantiated claims and accusations through his campaign, to the extent that he still could get elected President of the United States.

If he then continued with his habits of frequent fabricating and lying, and kept attacking the media, and follows through with threats of restricting the media, is that going to be worse than a President Clinton with a record of inappropriate and possibly illegal use of emails?

Clinton appears to have ignored good advice about her use of emails.

Trump has ignored a lot of advice in his campaign.

Two very flawed candidates.

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  1. @KellyannePolls
    Astonished by the all-out assault on Comey by Team Clinton. Suggesting he is a partisan interfering with the election is dangerous & unfair.

    @MaxBoot
    I’m old enough to remember when Trump was claiming FBI was corrupt and rigged. That was prior to 2 pm Friday.

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  2. Corky

     /  30th October 2016

    Both candidates are applying the correct spin in this situation. Trump is providing a narrative he wants people to perceive given the new investigation. And Hillary has applied the only feasible tactic that I can see- putting the onus back on the FBI to declare and explain the evidence against her regarding these allegations. Clinton is betting on any investigation lasting past the election date. The only problem is the FBI may call her bluff. And that may be followed by undecided voters too. Time for Trumpy to make hay……and start proceedings against women who claim sexual harassment.

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  3. Joe Bloggs

     /  30th October 2016

    Whatever way the cards fall in this election Comey is toast

    officials speaking on condition of anonymity saying that Comey was warned by the justice department before sending his letter to Congress.

    “He is operating independently of the justice department. And he knows it,” one official told the Post. “It violates decades of practice,” another told the New Yorker. “It’s aberrational.”

    Matthew Miller, who served at the department under attorney general Eric Holder, told the Guardian: “I think it was an unacceptable breach of years of department of justice practice and precedent.

    “The department goes out of its way not to take any action close to an election that could influence the outcome of that election. The FBI’s reputation for independence and integrity is really at the core to their ability to do their job effectively.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/oct/29/fury-fbi-director-cryptic-letter-clinton-emails-response

    The article in the link goes on to unfavourably compare Comey with Hoover – and that comparison says it all.

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  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  30th October 2016

    As I said, Comey has no credibility and must go. Political opinion masquerading as journalism is bad enough but political opinion masquerading as justice is intolerable.

    The need to remove Comey and his ilk from power in the US bureaucracy is sufficient reason to elect Trump.

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    • This guy is a Harvard Law professor. He discloses his CoI’s at beginning of the piece. It’s a quite in depth recounting of the background to Comey’s decisions and where he has done unusual things. Worth a read, Alan and JB.

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      • Joe Bloggs

         /  30th October 2016

        Thanks Ben… a propos of nothing in particular I see also that Comey has been a registered Republican for almost all his life.

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      • “On the public announcement, Comey was driven by at least two imperatives. The first and stated imperative was to correct his prior testimony about the investigation being completed in light of the the new information in the Weiner emails. A second and unstated imperative was almost certainly to avoid the controversy and taint that would have swirled if he had not disclosed the Weiner information and it had leaked out before the election or become public after the election. This second imperative is a matter of protecting the integrity and public trust of the institution he heads, the FBI.

        As former acting director and deputy director of the CIA John McLaughlin noted today, “if the FBI took time to make that determination and said nothing publicly until after the election, it would be accused of playing politics—the worst charge you can level against organizations like the FBI or CIA.” Putting the point another way, the Weiner email connection to Clinton was necessarily going to have an impact on the election—either before the election, through Comey’s statement or a leak, or after the election, when the information came out and would certainly cause many to believe that the government had held back information relevant to the election. ”

        Pulled that out of that excellent article..

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        • I also thank you Ben and give a Tick to Alan’s assessment. You will note that the Democrats have attacked the man-Comey and not the ball-i.e. explained how they could justify the use of unprotected and unclassified computers to process some of the most important and sensitive information provided to the Department of State of the USA. Some of that material that has been prejudiced has no doubt been derived from 5 Eyes Provided Intelligence (example, the Blair communications,and the summaries of allied thinking about Syria-Google the Wikileaks databases for the detail).

          By her dereliction of her duty to protect sensitive classified information, HRC has put not just USA sensitive and classified information but also has prejudiced allied sources of classified opinions. As a former senior adviser on Security, my advice to our Government would be to seek an assurance from the USA Government that they will provide a significant assurance that their processing of classified and sensitive information will receive the highest levels of integrity. This will hopefully protect lives. The casual, unclassified treatment of the movements and location of the USA Ambassador to Benghazi before he was killed is reprehensible.

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          • Sorry…not just put USA sensitive and classified information in jeopardy but …

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            • Gezza

               /  30th October 2016

              Wouldn’t a better approach be for Key to fly Gerry over to the US (with 1 or 2 stop offs to fix breakdowns) have him demand a meeting with Ashton Carter, at the Pentagon, and tell them him that if they don’t immediately give us the assurances we demand, we’ll pull all our troops currently in Iraq, and anywhere else we might not know about, back to New Zealand (with 1 or 2 stop offs to fix breakdowns) thus rendering the US coalition totally unable to mount any successful military operations in the region? I bet that’d wake their ideas up & let them know who’s calling the shots. 😡

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  30th October 2016

        Thanks, Ben, it gives another perspective. The link he gives to support their claim that the senior investigative team agreed with the decision not to prosecute did not appear to be substantive. The other claim that it was necessary for him to pre-empt the decision on prosecution because his superiors and the justice department were already politically compromised seems both overtly political and in conflict with the presumption that the evidence was clearly insufficient. Neither did I read any commentary there on the extraordinary compromises the FBI made in the investigation allowing both destruction of evidence and immunity from prosecution for so many involved parties.

        I got the impression the friendship with Comey disclosed by one of the authors had influenced some of the judgements.

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  5. Zedd

     /  30th October 2016

    “Go Jill Stein.. its time to shine !” 🙂 😀

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  6. So Trump is making claims he cannot substantiate.

    Non sequitur. He said that he knew Weiner well.

    “It came out that Huma Abedin knows all about Hillary’s private illegal emails. Huma’s PR husband, Anthony Weiner, will tell the world.” ~ Donald Trump, August 2015.

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  7. Of course Huma knows it all. Look at the databases of HRC, Weiner, Huma and Podesta’s emails, all available on line. It is not rocket science. They collectively are as guilty as all hell of failing to protect classified information. However, because the US Attorney-General is complicit in the cover-up by her exercising power over her subordinate Director of the FBI, he will be sacked and the usual cover-up will occur. This is almost Shakespearean (and Marlow) in creation. The USA has been made the laughing stock of the world and has been diminished in stature. Mr Putin will be laughing his red socks off.

    My guess is that we all will remember the next 7 days for a long time to come. What will happen when the next Wikileaks revelations are public, but more importantly, when does the Russian fleet arrive in their Tactical Area of Operations near Syria?

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    • Klik Bate

       /  30th October 2016

      James Wood nails it!

      Retweeted from George Galloway with reference to Julian Assange….

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    • MaureenW

       /  30th October 2016

      NZ is a barking dog for the USA. We don’t have democracy here, we have an ethos of freedom contained within invisible fences

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    • “They collectively are as guilty as all hell of failing to protect classified information.”

      For that volume – 650000 emails – I think it’s more about collecting information which can be used later as leverage.

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  8. patupaiarehe

     /  30th October 2016

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  9. I note that the White House has said the Director of FBI is NOT subverting the electoral process in the USA. Pay back time by Obama for al the Clinton insults?

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    • More pragmatism that payback, IMO. The discontent within the FBI over the lack of action against Clinton is very evident, essentially Comey’s hand was forced. Obama is already implicated in covering up for Hillary, so opposition to the FBI investigation of Weiner’s emails would paint him as an active accessory.

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  10. Dick Morris from Newsmax has this up-to date comment”

    “The dramatic developments in the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton portend great trouble for her candidacy. The threats are numerous, on several different fronts, and each has the potential to be lethal.

    Huma Abedin probably lied under oath when she told the FBI that she had turned over all emails and devices in her possession. The Wall Street Journal reports that 650,000 new emails have been found on the computers seized at the Weiner-Abedin apartment.

    She had been given immunity by the Justice Department, but her lies under oath likely vitiate the deal. If Huma is vulnerable to a perjury or obstruction of justice charge, it could lead her to turn on her mentor. In any case, Hillary has to fire her.

    Included in the 650,000 emails may be some or all of the ones Hillary had deleted before she turned over the remainder to the State Department. If any of those deleted emails contained classified or top secret material, she is in very, very deep trouble and would likely face criminal charges.

    The Wall Street Journal reports that the FBI is also investigating the Clinton Foundation and has been doing so since February. The Justice Department opposed the investigation and has tried to rein it in but the FBI — and local U.S. Attorneys in four cities — are determined to proceed.

    Was that what former President Bill Clinton spoke to Attorney General Loretta Lynch about on her plane in Phoenix on the tarmac? The Foundation is so riddled with pay-for-play scandals that investigating it could be very dangerous for the Clintons.

    So what about between now and Election Day? None of this new evidence can be processed in the remaining week, so don’t expect clear results. But the fact of the investigations and the public announcement FBI Director James Comey has already made are likely to sink Hillary’s candidacy.”

    Breaking News at Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/Dick-Morris-FBI-Clinton-Email/2016/10/31/id/756196/#ixzz4OhhgS1qY

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    • None of this new evidence can be processed in the remaining week.

      I wouldn’t be so sure. FBI agents could quite possibly leak information from the emails before the election simply on the grounds of public interest.

      “there are at least 6 members of Congress, several top leadership from federal agencies, and others all implicated in a massive child trafficking and pedophile sex ring. This was being directly ran with the Clinton Foundation as a front.”

      The CF child predator ring is currently only an Internet rumour, but it does have some credibility because of the Franklin Scandal and the more recent Clinton-Epstein “frequent flier” story.

      Google Cathy O’Brien, Brice Taylor, and John DeCamp for more info.

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      • The comment I saw was that the leaks will most likely be sourced from te Justice Department leaking to MSM journalists. The FBI have a record of integrity and personal discipline and being non-political. I have no reason to believe otherwise.

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  11. The media have found Huma looking like she is hising away in New York. The photo showed a young lady obviously very concerned about her . I guess she should be, the Clinton’s make their decisions on hiring and firing on what is best for them. We all have read about HRC’s obscene rants. Pity, as Huma seemed an attractive person..however?

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