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

James Comey on release of GOP memo on FBI: ‘That’s it?’

Former FBI Director James Comey scorned the memo that was released by House Republicans after being declassified Friday by President Donald Trump, saying it doesn't add up to much. "That's it?" Comey said on Twitter. "Dishonest and misleading memo wrecked the House intel committee, destroyed trust with Intelligence Community, damaged relationship with FISA court, and inexcusably exposed classified investigation of an American citizen. For what?" Comey wrote, adding: "DOJ & FBI must keep doing their jobs." The tweet was the latest in a series from Comey this week as Trump clashed with the FBI over the release of the GOP-written memo. On Thursday, Comey stood up for the bureau's position against the document's disclosure and took aim at unnamed people he calls "weasels and liars." "All should appreciate the FBI speaking up. I wish more of our leaders would," Comey tweeted Thursday night amid news that the FBI had lobbied the White House to block the release of a partisan memo on the Russia investigation. On Friday morning, the president continued his verbal attacks against the FBI, writing on Twitter, "The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans — something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!" Trump and congressional Republicans have been attacking the FBI for its investigation of potential ties between Russia and Trump's 2016 campaign. Trump and Republicans on the House intelligence committee followed up on those attacks through the publication Friday of a GOP-authored memo that they say shows improper use of surveillance by the FBI in the initial stages of the investigation. The FBI, Justice Department and Democrats furiously lobbied Trump to stop the release, saying it could harm national security and mislead the public. On Twitter, Comey urged his former colleagues to "take Continue Reading

Comey’s fateful decision on Hillary Clinton’s emails is slowly coming into focus

Aaron Blake, The Washington Post Published 6:13 am, Wednesday, January 31, 2018 WASHINGTON - On Oct. 28, 2016, James Comey made a decision that I soon labeled "unavoidably horrible": to disclose that the FBI was reviewing more Hillary Clinton emails. This disclosure, 11 days before the presidential election, is now routinely blamed for her narrow loss, including by Clinton herself. And now we may be learning more about just how unavoidably horrible that decision was. The Post's Devlin Barrett and Karoun Demirjian report that a Justice Department inspector general has been looking into why Andrew McCabe, who stepped down Monday as deputy director of the FBI (its No. 2 role), didn't appear to examine those emails for three weeks before Comey disclosed them in a letter to Congress. This investigation was reportedly discussed by McCabe and current FBI Director Christopher A. Wray shortly before McCabe stepped down two months earlier than previously indicated. It's not clear exactly when Comey became aware of the emails. But the timeline here (with an assist from Philip Bump) is instructive: Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Pickup truck T-bones sedan on rural S.A.-area road, killing woman San Antonio Express-News Galveston PD releases image of 'Little Jacob' Galveston Police Department Man found covered in blood after crashing car into ditch San Antonio Express-News Man+killed+by+police+after+stealing+bike%2C+riding+onto+Loop+410 Jacob Beltran Police: Drive-by gunman fires 30+ rounds into home, strikes man San Antonio Express-News Woman killed as firefighters battle flames for hours San Antonio Express-News SAPD: Man catches 2 suspect breaking into car on West Side, opens fire Caleb Downs Kawhi Leonard's Relationship with Spurs Is Just Fine, According to His Uncle Sports Illustrated Shots fired call near Alamo Heights prompts large police presence Fares Sabawi UTEP athlete, SA native snubbed @lamTre_/ Twitter Continue Reading

Jim Comey’s clean hit on Hillary Clinton emails: She should have to answer to voters, not a criminal jury, for her serious errors

Amid political furies, FBI Director James Comey stood for proportion in recommending against criminally charging Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified government information. He sentenced her to face the proper jury of America’s electorate. Comey well-served the public by detailing both the elaborate extent of the bureau’s probe and the precise number of breaches committed by Clinton as she ran official communications through a series of private email servers. While a single potential compromise of security by a secretary of state is too many, the law preserves indictment for intentionally sharing classified information with unauthorized parties, or for gross negligence that allows information to be removed from channels or to be delivered to bad actors. There is no doubt that Clinton schemed to circumvent accountability when she chose to send and receive emails via her own system rather than through State Department channels. In and of itself, that is a matter for voters, not a national security crime. Further, there is no doubt that Clinton provided false and misleading statements about her use of the homebrew server, as well as about government regulations covering the classification of information. Again, not a crime but an issue for voters. Clinton approached criminality in transmitting classified information through a non-secure channel. Based on the FBI’s analysis of roughly 30,000 Clinton emails, Comey said that, in total, 110 emails in 52 separate email chains contained information that was classified at the time it was sent — based on the judgments expressed by the responsible government agencies when later questioned. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret, the highest level of classification. Although “only a very small number of the emails,” according to Comey, were marked as containing classified information at the time of 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

Krauthammer: New FBI Message Will Have ‘Zero Effect’ on Hillary Clinton

Pirro: Clinton's Guilt a 'Moot Point' -- 'She Cannot Take the Oval Office' 'You Can't Eat a Jay-Z': Trump Surrogate Says NY Mogul Best for Inner Cities WATCH: A Look Back at Tucker Carlson's Time on the Curvy Couch Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer reacted to FBI Director James Comey's new letter to Congress, in which he said his July recommendation against charges for Hillary Clinton stands.The news comes ten days after Comey wrote a letter to Congress saying thousands of 'pertinent' emails had been found on the computer of disgraced former Congressman Anthony D. Weiner (D-N.Y.)."This is technically a win for Secretary Clinton," Krauthammer said."Politically, it probably has zero effect, or a marginal net plus," he said, "it comes too late."Krauthammer said, "There's not enough time for this to be processed...or accepted and become part of the [political] landscape. She lost ten days, [the effects of which are] not erasable."However, he predicted the FBI's "screw-up will not be repeated" in future election cycles.What do you think? Watch the full clip above and let us know what you think in the comments. New FBI Letter to Congress: Decision Not to Prosecute Hillary Has 'Not Changed' Emails: Clinton Asked Maid to Handle Classified Info 'His Biggest Fan': Grieving Parents Recall Donald Trump's Touching Letters 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

Free Press poll: Donald Trump gains on Hillary Clinton as race in Michigan tightens

Hillary Clinton is hanging onto a narrow 4-point lead over Donald Trump in Michigan heading into the last weekend before Tuesday’s election, with a new Free Press poll showing clear momentum for the Republican nominee in a state that several weeks ago was believed all but decided for the Democrat.The poll, done exclusively for the Free Press by EPIC-MRA of Lansing, shows Clinton’s support steady at 42% — up a point from where it was late last month. But it also clearly shows Republicans and some independents rallying around Trump in the waning days of the campaign season, with his support up four points from two weeks ago to 38%.Meanwhile, the number of undecided voters — 13% — remains extraordinarily high for this late in an election cycle, speaking to the high unfavorable marks voters give both major party candidates. Should they break for Trump on Election Day, it could be decisive, though with that high a number this late in the campaign it could indicate many will sit out this race altogether.►Free Press 2016 Endorsements: The full list“Half of them I think are going to end up not going to the polls,” said EPIC-MRA pollster Bernie Porn. “A lot of them are not motivated to vote.” The new poll showed Trump’s surge of support not coming from undecided voters or from voters switching from Clinton, but from those who had previously voiced support for Libertarian Gary Johnson. As the election approaches, Johnson’s support fell from nine points two weeks ago to five points now.EPIC-MRA surveyed 600 likely voters between Tuesday and Thursday for the poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. That means that while the poll showed a lead for Clinton in Michigan — which hasn’t turned for a Republican nominee for president since George H.W. Bush in 1988 — the state could well be in play on Tuesday, depending on whose voters turn 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

Did Donald Trump Jr. break any laws by seeking damaging information from Russia on Hillary Clinton?

WASHINGTON – Emails released by Donald Trump Jr. Tuesday show he was excited about the possibility of the Russian government providing him with damaging information about Hillary Clinton during last year's presidential campaign."If it's what you say I love it,” the president’s eldest son wrote to an intermediary eager to set up a meeting where Trump Jr. was promised information that would "incriminate" Clinton.  Related: But is that evidence of any crime?Here’s a look at some of the legal issues that could be in play, based on what we know now. Maybe.There’s a lot more to learn from the ongoing investigations by a special counsel and congressional committees, which are whether Trump associates colluded with Russia. The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed a campaign of cyberattacks and fake news to influence the 2016 presidential election in favor of Trump.“I don’t think we’re at the end. We’re at the beginning,” said Ron Hosko, a former chief of the FBI's criminal division, of the latest bombshell revelation. “It gives Bob Mueller, who has fairly wide latitude, plenty of potential questions to ask and to probe.” Mueller, a former FBI director, is the special counsel overseeing the Justice Department's Russia investigation. However, while collusion has been the hot topic in Washington for the last several months of investigations, that's not the only thing that can could potentially get Trump Jr. in hot water, experts sayLegal analysts said Trump Jr. may have breached campaign finance laws that forbid foreign contributions — even in-kind contributions. "A meeting with a foreign national known to have ties to a sensitive foreign regime raises a host of legal issues, including under campaign finance law because what is being offered is potentially an illegal foreign in-kind Continue Reading