Hillary Clinton hits book party for Lanny Davis’s tome that blames James Comey for her loss

Hillary Clinton speaks at an awards ceremony at Georgetown University on Feb. 5. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters) Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said she takes “absolute personal responsibility” for her 2016 loss to President Trump. But her presence at a swanky Washington book party on Monday night says . . . well, something else, maybe? Clinton was among the guests mingling at a Georgetown party in honor of her longtime friend, Lanny Davis, and his new book. The volume’s totally unsubtle title? “The Unmaking of the President 2016: How FBI Director James Comey Cost Hillary Clinton the Presidency.” According to a fellow guest, Clinton didn’t make any remarks herself, but nodded along as Davis spoke about how the former FBI director was to blame for Trump’s victory. The former SecState “shook her head no and chuckled” when another attendee asked Davis whether there was any way to go back and reverse the election result, we’re told. The party was held at the home of Elizabeth Bagley, the former ambassador to Portugal, and was packed with VIPs, including uber-agent Bob Barnett, Clinton allies including Melanne Verveer, and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and his wife Susan Blumenthal. Chatter at the soiree was of how well-rested Clinton looked, after giving a speech earlier in the day at Georgetown University in which she vowed to “remain on the front lines of democracy.” That inevitably meant that in addition to the crab cakes, something else was on guests’ lips: the word “2020.” Continue Reading

Trump rails against McCabe, Comey, and ‘phony’ Clinton investigation

President Donald Trump unleashed on two frequent targets, deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe and former FBI director James Comey, in a series of Saturday tweets."How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin' James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife's campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?" Trump tweeted. Trump also referred to a Washington Post report saying McCabe plans to retire in early 2018, when he is eligible for full pension benefits. "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!" Trump tweeted. It's not the first time the president has attacked Comey and McCabe, particularly as the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election — and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow — ramps up. "Problem is that the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H for wife!" Trump tweeted in July. See Also: WH denies Trump's reportedly racist 'AIDS' remarksThe next day, he added in a pair of tweets: "Why didn't A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation but got ... big dollars ($700,000) for his wife's political run from Hillary Clinton and her representatives. Drain the Swamp!"McCabe's wife, Dr. Jill McCabe, mounted an unsuccessful run for a Virginia state Senate seat in 2015. Her campaign received $675,000 in donations from the Virginia Democratic Party and from Common Good VA, the super PAC run by Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton supporter. None of the donations came from Clinton or her family. McCabe was also not in charge at the time of the bureau's investigation into Clinton's use of a Continue Reading

Readers sound off on Otto Warmbier, James Comey and the Mets

Sanction North Korea to shreds Santa Fe, N.M.: I can only hope that the retribution for the egregious death of Otto Warmbier is swift and sure. This horrible tragedy resulted from no more than a college prank, leading to the death of a vibrant, loving and intelligent young man. I can only imagine the suffering endured by his family and was brought to tears by their description of the peace that had come over his face, even in a coma, as he realized that at last he was at home. As a nation, we really need to put the screws to North Korea with every imaginable sanction, worthy of how you would treat a bunch of psychotic despots at the head of any government. In the meantime, we in New Mexico send our prayers and our deepest condolences to his grieving family. Stephen Fox Lost children Chandler, Ariz.: I want to send my condolences to Otto Warmbier’s parents, having followed his story only since I became aware of his transport home last week in a coma. My heart breaks for them, and I remain sad about another American civilian who lost her life in Asia, Kayla Mueller. Both sets of parents were kept wondering what had become of their adult child after being captured. It makes one wonder what could have been done by the American government at the time of their capture. Kayla’s parents here in Arizona and Otto’s parents in Ohio were supposedly advised not to interfere with supposed attempts to free their loved one. Were there really any attempts made by the Obama administration to secure a safe return? Neither of these young adults were returned safely. Anyone with a child or loved one in foreign countries, in any position, must be vigilant in prayer and reconsideration of how safe they are. JoAnn Street Kim Jong Deux Manhattan: What the hell does President Trump have to do to get impeached? Join the North Korean army .Al Pollock Two faces of evil Brooklyn: Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are two of a kind. They lie to get what they Continue Reading

Readers sound off on school diversity, James Comey and opera ashes

A school diversity success story Brooklyn: The Daily News’ call for improved school integration (“Learn to learn together,” Oct. 24) is worthy, but damages its own cause in falsely portraying Brooklyn’s mostly minority PS/MS 282. Far from “struggling to read and do math at city averages,” in 2016 our elementary test scores beat city averages significantly — 12 percentage points higher in English and 6 points in math. Our students have won two division national chess championships. We are city leaders in computer science and will be profiled in “New York City’s Best Public Pre-K & Elementary Schools,” to name a few accolades. Our school is an opportunity engine, sending kids of all ethnicities and incomes to some of NYC’s best upper schools and bright futures beyond. PS/MS 282 can teach a lot about what works in building schools that are both successful and diverse, and what doesn’t. One thing that does not work are opinion pieces that look only skin deep, dismissing hard-won accomplishments and jeopardizing the reputation of a fine school on the real front lines of NYC’s integration effort. Parent Teacher Organization of the Park Slope School PS/MS 282 Co-Presidents Una LaMarche and Andrew Marshall School Leadership Team Parent Chair Steve Hamill Community Education Council 13 President David Goldsmith Councilman Brad Lander Editor’s note: The News editorial on diversifying public schools, using statistics from the city’s Department of Education, did get PS 282’s achievement numbers wrong. The school’s proficiency figures are above, not below, city averages. We regret the error. Ghoul of the opera Manhattan: Thousands of people were more than inconvenienced (“Texas man who dumped friend’s ashes at Metropolitan Opera ‘beyond embarrassed,’ ” Nov. 1). It was terror. I was in the mezzanine. I can’t Continue Reading

Trump tweets that Bill and Hillary Clinton lost race because they ‘focused on wrong states’ and blew through ‘unlimited budget’

President-elect Donald Trump hit back at Bill Clinton Tuesday, tweeting that the former President and his wife botched her campaign by having "focused on the wrong states" and misusing an "unlimited budget." Trump's Tuesday morning tweet storm was in response to comments Clinton made about the President-elect to a local Westchester County paper in an article published Monday. "Bill Clinton stated that I called him after the election. Wrong, he called me (with a very nice congratulations). He 'doesn't know much,'" Trump tweeted Tuesday. "Especially how to get people, even with an unlimited budget, out to vote in the vital swing states (and more). They focused on wrong states," he added. Clinton, in a forthcoming, but brief, interview published a day earlier with The Record-Review, a weekly newspaper serving several towns in Westchester County, spoke bluntly about the factors he felt resulted in his wife losing last month's race to Trump. The top items on the list were the Russian hacking into the email systems of the DNC and top Clinton aide John Podesta, as well as FBI Director James Comey's decision to, just days before the election, reopen the probe into the former secretary of state's private email server. "James Comey lost her the election," Clinton told a reporter from the paper, who had encountered Clinton at a local bookstore. Regarding the Russian meddling in the race, Clinton added that, "you would need to have a single-digit IQ not to recognize what was going on." But he saved his harshest words for the President-elect, saying that the Trump "doesn't know much." "One thing he does know is how to get angry, white men to vote for him," Clinton said. Clinton also mentioned that it was Trump who'd called him the day after the election. Clinton said that Trump spoke during the conversation "like it was 15 years ago," referring to a time when he and Hillary Clinton were on good terms Continue Reading

Bill and Hillary Clinton lead diabolical, influence-peddling organized crime syndicate, FBI’s former NYC boss says

A former top FBI official blasted Hillary and Bill Clinton on Sunday as the heads of an influence-peddling "crime family" rife with corruption and deceit. James Kallstrom, the head of the FBI's New York City office in the mid-90s, said the bureau's reopening of its probe into Clinton's private email server confirmed that the former secretary of state was never subject to a "real investigation" in the first place. "The Clintons, that's a crime family. It's like organized crime. The Clinton Foundation is a cesspool ... It's just outrageous how Hillary Clinton sold her office for money. She's a pathological liar," Kallstrom railed to John Catsimatidis on his "Cats Roundtable" radio program, before directing his ire at his former employer. "This investigation was never a real investigation, they never had grand jury empaneled," Kallstrom said about the FBI probe into Clinton's emails. "This investigation was without the ability to serve subpoenas, serve search warrants, and obtain evidence ... It was just ludicrous." "They left so much stuff on the table. Cases of conspiracy and destruction of evidence and obstruction of justice and perjury," he said. "This is not the FBI agents who are to blame for this fiasco ... This is the leadership. This is Jim Comey ... The agents are furious with what's going on. I know that for a fact," he added. Kallstrom's comments come as the FBI announced it discovered a trove of fresh emails sent and received by Huma Abedin, a close Clinton confidante, prompting the agency to reopen its high-profile investigation. The latest batch of emails were found amid a separate probe into Anthony Weiner, Abedin's now-estranged husband, who allegedly sexted with a 15-year-old girl. Continue Reading

Voicers sound off on Jose Reyes, cop shootings and Hillary Clinton

Jose Reyes and second chances Glendale: In no way do I condone the actions of Jose Reyes, who beat his wife. Yet Reyes paid his dues by being suspended by Major League Baseball for 51 games, losing millions in pay. It’s hypocritical that the Daily News never took other stars such as Jason Kidd to task who beat their wives. He was never suspended. Not only was he adored as a player with the Nets but as a player with the Knicks and coach of the Nets. Meanwhile, this past season The News seemed to slobber over Kobe Bryant’s retirement tour, forgetting how he got away with rape about 15 years ago. Thomas Murawski Ossining, N.Y.: So Jose Reyes (receiver of second chances) comes back into the lineup, takes back his No. 7 jersey from Travis D’Arnaud, goes 0-for-4 in his “debut.” As if that isn’t bad enough. Now he is bumping Wilmer Flores (6 for 6 in a game against the best team in the National League) back to a utility player? Uh, wake up, Mets owners and management. It seems like the chemistry is off already. MaryBeth Foley Great broadcasting team Whitestone: You cannot be a true Mets fan and not love listening to SNY announcers Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and Gary Cohen! These guys are great. They break down every part of the game, which for me and my 86-year-old Greek mother is very helpful. They have a great rapport and they are quite funny. I am sure many of you remember Tim McCarver and his nonsensical banter all through the games. Keith, Gary and Ron are a breath of fresh air and it’s very disappointing when they don’t call the games. As for Jose Reyes, what he did was wrong. Many of us are all too familiar with domestic abuse. He owned up to it and apologized. Let’s see if he stays true to his promise to his fans — but most of all to his family. Stella McGuire Unfair coverage Bronx: While I am disappointed in Jose Reyes’ actions, I feel everyone should be given another chance. He Continue Reading

Meghan McCain: Blaming James Comey for Hillary’s Loss Is ‘Shortsighted’

Was FBI Director James Comey the main reason for Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton?Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) both argued this week that the October letter to Congress about the discovery of new emails was a big factor in the outcome of the election.Lewandowski called it "amazing" for the Trump campaign, adding that it reminded voters that "there are two different rules in Washington - those of the elites, and the privileged and those for everybody else."Meantime, Reid went as far as to call Comey a "Republican operative" in an interview with MSNBC, saying he's "the reason" Clinton was defeated. "He can be fat and happy in his office there for seven more years after having thrown an election to Donald Trump. If he feels good about that, that's nice," said Reid. Clinton reportedly echoed the sentiments about Comey in a post-election call with donors. Some of the "Outnumbered" hosts disagreed, however, with Meghan McCain arguing that these statements are "shortsighted." "Hillary's numbers were already slipping. I actually think this does a complete disservice to the people that Donald Trump reached out to in the Rust Belt. The thing I think people are forgetting is that there are a lot of people that voted for Obama that ended up switching and voting for Donald Trump," she said. McCain said Democrats are not going to win back these Rust Belt voters if they think Comey was the only reason Clinton lost.Ainsley Earhardt said Clinton lost the election "on her own" by setting up the private email server in the first place. Juan Williams noted that Comey "broke with all precedent" with his late October announcement and pointed out that late-deciding voters broke overwhelmingly for Trump. Watch the discussion above and let us know what you think.   San Fran Teacher's Lesson Plan: Pres-Elect Trump a 'Racist and Sexist Man' 'I Feel Continue Reading

FBI Director James Comey ‘mildly nauseous’ Clinton email probe decisions may have impacted election

WASHINGTON –  FBI Director James Comey staunchly defended his decision to publicly announce the reopening of the probe into Hillary Clinton's private email server 11 days before the November election, telling a Senate panel on Wednesday it would have been the "death of the FBI as an institution in America" had he remained silent about possible new evidence.Still, Comey acknowledged the possible repercussions of such a move. "It makes me mildly nauseous that we would have had an impact on the election," Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee in his most detailed explanation yet of his controversial October action.Comey said he had no choice but to inform lawmakers about the investigation’s developments in late October, after he learned thousands of Clinton emails had been recovered from a laptop used by former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, the husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. He recalled the decision as a personal struggle to either "conceal or speak'' about the rapidly unfolding developments so close to the election."We had to walk into a world of really bad,'' Comey said. "I could not see a door labeled, 'No action needed.'" He declined to respond to repeated questions from senators about whether former Attorney General Loretta Lynch had sought to provide cover for Clinton during the bureau's investigation.Nevertheless, the director acknowledged that he "worried'' about the Justice Department's credibility to resolve the inquiry after Lynch's impromptu June meeting with former President Bill Clinton when their planes were parked nearby at the Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport. So, Comey said he took it upon himself to first publicly announce the outcome of the FBI's inquiry in July and then re-open it in October.  "Her meeting with President Clinton on that airplane was the capper for me, '' Comey said.Still, the director added, "I wouldn't have done anything differently. I don't have any Continue Reading

Here’s what the FBI’s James Comey said about Clinton’s emails, Russia and WikiLeaks

FBI Director James Comey was fired by President Trump on Tuesday, becoming the latest person to be dismissed in the early days of Trump's presidency.Last week, Comey answered senators' questions about the probe into Hillary Clinton's emails, Russia and Wikileaks. Here are some key quotes from his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee:"I could see two doors, and they were both actions: One was labeled 'speak,' the other was labeled 'conceal,'" Comey said of his decision to inform lawmakers in late October about possible new evidence in the probe of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of State."Because here's how I thought about it... Having repeatedly told this Congress that we're done and there's nothing there, there's no case there, to restart, in a hugely significant way, potentially finding the emails that would reflect on her intent from the beginning, and not speak about it would require an act of concealment, in my view."And so I stared at 'speak' and 'conceal.' 'Speak' would be really bad, there's an election in 11 days. Lordy, that would be really bad. 'Concealing,' in my view, would be catastrophic. Not just to the FBI, but well beyond. And honestly, as between 'really bad' and 'catastrophic,' I said to my team, 'We've gotta walk into the world of really bad.""Look, this is terrible," he said of the email revelation. "It makes me feel mildly nauseous that we might have had some impact on the election. But honestly, it wouldn't change the decision. Everybody who disagrees with me has to come back to Oct. 28 with me and stare at this and tell me what you would do.""We have high confidence that the Russians did the hacking of the DNC and other organizations," he said, referencing the release of thousands of emails from the Democratic organization and its key staffers."I think I treated both investigations consistently, under the same principles," he said, saying that the Trump investigation Continue Reading