Saturday, October 29, 2016

It has been reported today by numerous news sources that FBI Director, James Comey, has reopened the investigation into the Hillary Clinton Email probe. News outlets and commentators were quick to point out that the investigation had been reopened, but technically, that is not the case.

FBI Director Comey appears to be, in light of criticism from Congressional Committees about his handling of the case, trying to get ahead of any new information that might be forthcoming as a result of another FBI probe, specifically that of Anthony Weiner, Husband of Clinton Aide, Huma Abedin. Weiner is under investigation for allegedly texting illicit messages to a 15 year old girl in North Carolina.

FBI Director Comey has been both praised and lauded, and reviled and criticized for revisiting the Clinton Email Server investigation just eleven days before election day.

Conservative news sources are reporting Comey's action as a "bombshell" announcement, while their Liberal counterparts are crying foul, saying that Comey is interfering with the election.

Here is what Comey actually said to Congressional Committee chairmen:
"...Dear Messrs Chairmen ... In previous congressional testimony, I referred to the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had completed its investigation of former Secretary Clinton's personal email server.  Due to recent developments, I am writing to supplement my previous testimony ... In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation.  I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation ... Although the FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant, and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work, I believe it is important to update your Committees about our efforts in light of my previous testimony ... Sincerely yours ... James B. Comey ... Director [FBI] ..."
Hillary Clinton's news presser came out with the following:

Donald Trump's response:

The responses from both campaigns were what could be expected from both campaigns, but speculation on what might be in the newly discovered emails by the news networks and in social media, is clouding what might be the FBI's tactful and sneaky way of shutting down any new revelations that may come forth from the Clinton Email Server probe.

Comey's apparent "reopening" or "supplementing," as he puts it, of its report to Congress provides the FBI with the ability to shut down any questions Congress, the media, or any other investigators might have regarding the scandal, due to an "ongoing investigation."

There is precedent for this, and specifically and especially in THIS investigation:

As everyone scurries about, one side concerned that Comey is interfering with election results, and the other celebrating the "reopening" of the investigation, what is being overlooked is the possibility that Comey is shutting down the release of any new revelations that might come as a result of other probes which would contain information related to the Clinton investigation.

It is interesting to note that, while the Clinton side may have exhaled in relief, after the apparent FBI and Justice Department collusion in refusing to bring charges against Clinton, and the Republican side's outrage and frustration in response to that apparent collusion, few, if any,  have noticed that Comey has delivered a resounding blow to any further flow of information about this case, because it is an "ongoing investigation."

If indeed there has been "collusion" to absolve Clinton of any wrongdoing, the Clinton outrage about Comey's most recent action would be clearly a pretense, since Comey has essentially prevented any new information from coming to light, as this also offers another distraction that media favorable to Clinton can argue and debate about, taking up valuable media air time and print space away from the Trump campaign's media dominance, less than two weeks before election day.

Has Comey essentially shut down any new reveals about the Clinton server scandal?

Comey writes to Congressional Committee Chairmen:

"...I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work ... I believe it is important to update your Committees about our efforts in light of my previous testimony ... "

What do you think?

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