Wow: FBI re-opens investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server (Updated)

Oh my:

Here’s a fuller explanation of this breaking story (click the image of the letter to see a larger version):

The gist is this: The FBI was investigating an “unrelated case” when it “learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to” the previously closed probe of classified information on Hillary Clinton’s private, unsecured email server.

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So here we are, less than two weeks from Election Day, and the presumed front-runner of the presidential election is under an active federal investigation. Unbelievable, and probably unprecedented.

Of course, we have seen unbelievable moments in this case before — such as watching FBI Director James Comey lay out a detailed explanation of how Clinton had clearly broken the law regarding classified information, only to swerve at the end and say he wasn’t recommending prosecution in the case. At the time, Republicans charged that Comey was playing politics. Now, we can assume Democrats will say the same.

But what’s clear here, and has been clear all along, is that Hillary Clinton neither handled classified information properly nor produced all the information relevant to the case. Comey said as much back in July, when he acknowledged some of the emails examined in the original investigation had come from sources other than Clinton. He also said this: “It is also likely that there are other work-related e-mails that they did not produce to State and that we did not find elsewhere, and that are now gone because they deleted all e-mails they did not return to State, and the lawyers cleaned their devices in such a way as to preclude complete forensic recovery.”

We can speculate that the investigation is being re-opened because some of those emails were found elsewhere. But where?

I don’t have an exhaustive list of open FBI investigations, but I do know of two: the one into the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s emails, and the one into the personal and campaign finances of a longtime Clinton ally, Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia. It’s of course possible the emails in question were found during a different probe. But the DNC case would, on the surface, make the most sense because it also involves emails sent and received by Clinton’s allies.

Still, the McAuliffe case is an intriguing possibility given the news this week that McAuliffe’s PAC gave nearly $500,000 to the 2015 state Senate campaign of Jill McCabe, whose husband, Andrew, is the FBI’s deputy director and helped oversee the original investigation of Clinton’s email server. McAuliffe has denied any quid pro quo, saying his recruitment and support of McCabe as a candidate was no different from the help he as governor gives other Democrats seeking state office.

Wherever the new emails came from, the re-opening of this case couldn’t come at a worse time for Clinton. Her campaign is slammed nearly every day by the release of emails, ranging from embarrassing to worse, hacked from the Gmail account of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta by the anarchists at Wikileaks. That includes the revelation this week of a memo a longtime aide to Bill Clinton wrote in 2011 describing how he had served both the Clinton Foundation and what he called “Bill Clinton, Inc.” by working with private companies and individuals to give money to both.

Now the issue she was unable to put to rest for more than a year, until Comey’s announcement of no charges this summer, is back in the headlines. Considering how little time there is before the election — and millions of Americans are voting early in the meantime — it is highly unlikely the latest story will be resolved before Nov. 8.

Will Americans who have been lukewarm at best toward Clinton all along really be willing to pull the lever for her now that she’s back under an FBI investigation? How could they?

UPDATE at 3:35 p.m.:

The New York Times is reporting the emails in question came from … the FBI’s investigation of Anthony Weiner for allegedly sexting with an underage girl (!):

“Federal law enforcement officials said Friday that the new emails uncovered in the closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server were discovered after the F.B.I. seized electronic devices belonging to Huma Abedin, a top aide to Mrs. Clinton, and her husband, Anthony Weiner.

“The F.B.I. is investigating illicit text messages that Mr. Weiner sent to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. The bureau told Congress on Friday that it had uncovered new emails related to the Clinton case — one federal official said they numbered in the thousands — potentially reigniting an issue that has weighed on the presidential campaign and offering a lifeline to Donald J. Trump less than two weeks before the election.”

And guess who, among the billions of words he’s probably uttered during this campaign, actually alluded to this possibility?

2016: You can’t make this $#*! up.

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308 comments
Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

And in the end what does this all amount to ???


Another big fat nothingburger


Do you guys ever tire of crying wolf ?

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

Did you get tired of getting it wrong on Hillary wanting to force people to pay for other people's abortions?

PJ25
PJ25

Imagine if Huma is spy? 

lvg
lvg

Funny how Trump said in August that he knew classified information was being given to Weiner and that the FBI should not trust Huma. I wonder where he got that information or was it just standard Orange Clown BS??.I am sure Cons will want FBI to question Trump.

PJ25
PJ25

@lvg It's called common sense. 

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

Actually, the sketchy Friday news dump screams of collusion in getting bad news out in a way to minimize the damage politically. It really doesn't matter what they have, we all know how corrupt these people are, many people just don't care, and the Administration would trigger a Constitutional crisis before they send themselves and their friends to jail and tank their election.

It doesn't matter what the FBI does, it matters what the voters do. If we want to retain any hope for a free America we have to remain vigilant and clean the crooks out of Washington. By the nature of politics the vigilance can never abate.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@DawgDadII "It really doesn't matter what they have, ..."
That sums it up. For people like you, facts do not matter.

Jeffrey Greeno
Jeffrey Greeno

GET the ball rolling, there is NO WAY HiLLIARy is even eligible to run for, let alone be president!

lvg
lvg

So how is Comey's investigation of Trump's collusion with Russian hackers going? 

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

@lvg He probably hit the reset button or maybe he's waiting until after the elections so he has more leeway with the American voters.


Fact.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@IReportYouWhine @lvg 

Isn't that what Obama said to Medvedev, during his open mic moment. As I recall he asked Medvedev, to tell (Comrade Vlad,  he and Putin were on a first name basis back then) that once he was elected he could do more. Talk about collusion with the Russians.

whocares225
whocares225

@lvg actually the russians probably don't have a thing to do with it.

Most likely the Democrat operative that was found shot in the back of the head leaked the info to Wikileaks. The email leak was clearly and inside job. The Russian story is just something democrats put out to fool the stupid people.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

Unprecedented is right. Unprecedented that a major political party could be running a presidential candidate that is under active federal investigation and runs a sham charity that sells off huge portions of the United States for personal gain.



whocares225
whocares225

@IReportYouWhine unprecedented is a lie as well. They did the same thing to Bush sr a week before the election with Bill Clinton.

Dems cheered widely for that and have the never to try and claim this is unprecidented now.


weetamoe
weetamoe

Ten days out from the election and Clinton is still lying.  She rushed before the cameras to claim that Comey had sent the pertinent letter to the republicans, when in fact he sent it to both committees at the same time:  to members of the republican house oversight committee and to ranking members of the democrat house oversight committee.

Signalred
Signalred

Nothing like jumping to conclusions.  Your update made you look like a fool.

lvg
lvg

Comey made a fool out of himself with that letter. he should have had the warrant first to seize the "pertinent" e-mails but can't get one because case is closed as to Hillary . No case open as to Huma so he is trying to get the lynch mob in the House to help out. This could backfire badly on Comey if  he was hauled before an unbiased committee.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@lvg 

Nice try but it won't fly. The FBI already has possession of Abiden and Carlos Dangers computer as a result of Wiener's underage sexting investigation. BTW...the party line is that Comey's doing this for political purpose. 

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@SGTGrit @lvg They ought to charge Loretta Lynch for obstructing justice for not helping him get a warrant.  She obstructed the investigation the first time by meeting with the husband of the suspect in secret.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@RafeHollister @SGTGrit @lvg 

Its been my understanding that the FBI has already been viewing the email on Abiden's computer as part of the Wiener investigation and that's how they discovered email pertinent to the Hillary Clinton investigation. I think it was Michael Issikoff a former liberal hack who worked for Newsweek that has come up with the warrant story. Haven't seen reports anywhere else. Evidently, the FBI has already had a warrant to investigate the emails.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Now we see the Clinton campaign going after Comey, implying that this release, so close to a national election is being done for political purpose. Translation, a legal challenge in the making.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

 24 years ago, as former President George H.W. Bush was surging back against challenger Bill Clinton, a special prosecutor raised new charges against Bush in the Iran-Contra probe, prompting Clinton to claim he was running against a "culture of corruption."



Many Republicans claimed that the indictment made by special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh against former Reagan-era Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger the weekend before the 1992 election cost Bush a second term. The indictment, later thrown out, challenged Bush's claim that he did not know about a controversial arms-for-hostages deal that dogged the Reagan-Bush administration.



http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/flashback-clinton-cheered-11th-hour-indictment-that-doomed-bush-reelection/article/2606000

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Talk about a security breach. Extreme carelessness or Gross negligence. The former description of Clinton's misconduct by Director Comey, resulted in Hillary, escaping with a minor verbal slap on the wrist. A finding of Gross Negligence would have resulted in an indictment and her removal as a candidate for president. Given all that we've learned I can't see how an unbiased jury would not find Clinton guilty. The strategy it seems that the democrats are taking is to sacrifice Huma Abidin. The GOP leadership is playing into this dodge by calling on Clinton, to fire Abidin. Not very smart. They should keep the focus on Hillary. This investigation will go well beyond the election.

Keith Watson
Keith Watson

The FBI director is covering his butt because he is scared of the Clintons there has already over 50 people that worked for or worked against them that have died mysterly or committed suicide. All of these people are afraid for their lives

Faith Williams
Faith Williams

Something smells\U0001f633! What's up their sleeves?

Tamara Smith
Tamara Smith

Crooks come out at night. Crooks come out by day. Repeat. The crooks come out! (Song Freaks Come Out by Whodini)

northbysoutheast
northbysoutheast

Short version: One of Clinton's aids traded emails with her husband, who happens to be a creep. In other words, nothing to do with Clinton. But hey, when you nominate a narcisitic orangutang, you'll grab anything you can, amiright?

Turd Burglestein
Turd Burglestein

@northbysoutheast Nope you're wrong. You are electing a cross eyed narcissistic criminal and either don't care or too dumb to know. I'm guessing the latter


Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

Because Hillary attempted to delete her emails, destroyed devices, hid other devices, and had hard drives wiped, its perfectly reasonable for the FBI to review the tens of thousands of emails Huma shared with Weiner. His laptop might have some emails they haven't seen before.

whocares225
whocares225

@northbysoutheast right 650 thousand plus email between Huma and her husband. LOL

Do be such a tool.  Huma lied to the FBI and so should lose her immunity deal they gave her. She and Hillary should both be sent to prision.


Francia Vela
Francia Vela

Stay classy America. These are to two top best candidates to be our leader. How shameful

Tony Martin
Tony Martin

and here we are with Trump going to Trump Fraud Court Nov. 28th and Rape trial in December.

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

The truth always prevails. Obama, Clinton, all of them are reaping what they sow. 

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Reports are that Obama's A.G. Lynch pin opposed Comey's letter to congress saying that he was reopening the Clinton email investigation. Sounds like a possible FBI insurrection in the DOJ. This may get ugly.

Starik
Starik

@SGTGrit Get ugly? It's already a horror movie brought to life.