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Thursday, January 17, 2019

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So, whatever happened with that FBI investigation of the hacks of the Democratic National Committee’s emails, as well as the email account of John Podesta, chairman of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign? That’s what Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid wants to know. Reid claims the bureau is sitting on “explosive information” linking Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to the Russian government, which is implicated in those email hacks.

On Friday, FBI director James Comey threw the 2016 presidential race into turmoil with a vague letter sent to the chairmen of eight congressional committees informing them that his agency had located additional emails that may be pertinent to the ongoing investigation of the Democratic presidential nominee’s use of a private email server for conducting government business during her tenure as secretary of state. At the time the letter was delivered, Comey had not yet examined the emails, and he admitted that they might amount to a whole lot of nothin’. (The FBI has since obtained a warrant to seize the newly discovered cache.)

According to Reid, in a letter to Comey on Sunday, the FBI director “possess[es] explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisers, and the Russian government—a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States, which Trump praises at every opportunity.”

Reid continued: “I wrote to you months ago calling for this information to be released to the public…and yet, you continue to resist calls to inform the public of this critical information.”

The latest episode in the Clinton email saga involves the FBI’s investigation of former congressman Anthony Weiner of New York for allegedly sexting a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. (Because the alleged crime took place across state lines, it is in the purview of the FBI.) During the course of that investigation, the FBI discovered emails from Clinton aide Huma Abedin on Weiner’s computer. Abedin is married to Weiner, but the two separated after Weiner’s last reported transgression in August, when he texted a woman a photograph of his bulging crotch as his four-year-old son napped in bed next to him.

Yet in a news conference, after news broke of one of the DNC email hacks and alleged Russian involvement in the breach, Trump invited Russia to have at Clinton’s private email server, despite whatever consequences that might portend for U.S. foreign policy. And Trump’s own involvement with Russian interests is well-documented.

In his letter to Comey, Reid also suggests that the nation’s top cop may have violated the Hatch Act, a law that forbids actions by members of the executive branch—including all employees of the federal government—from taking actions that could sway an election.

If legal action is taken against Comey charging a Hatch Act violation, it will create an interesting test of the law, which is more often applied to such situations as federal employees using their work emails for political purposes, or wearing campaign gear to work.

Read more from AlterNet on Donald Trump’s links to Russian figures.

Adele M. Stan is AlterNet’s senior Washington editor, and a weekly columnist for The American Prospect. Follow her on Twitter @addiestan.

IMAGE: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump points at the gathered media during his walk through at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, U.S., July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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33 responses to “Is Comey’s FBI Sitting On A Scandal That Could Destroy Trump’s Candidacy?”

  1. AgLander says:

    Thank you, Huma! Thank you, Anthony!
    You have just given American voters 650,000 reasons not to vote for Hillary Clinton who currently happens to be America’s top free roaming felon…..but not for long!

    • The knuckle-head has chimed in. Thanks. Agatha. Now, go prepare me a egg salad sandwich and give me a weather report, won’t you?

    • And one other thing for you state-sponsored programmers—Your Agatha creation needs reprogramming. Your algorithms are stuck in a rut and not adjusting in sync with the events. Using a court jester character, AgLander, to persuade us how to vote may work in your nation, but in a democracy we use our own minds to determine who to vote for and who NOT to vote for.
      Please update Agatha’s software. He’s getting tedious and lacks originality and soul.

    • I Am Helpy says:

      OK sorry that your deeply unpopular candidate is losing and you have to delude yourself into thinking this scandal is somehow real. Better luck next fascist vanity candidate!

    • I Am Helpy says:

      oops, I forgot to remind you that you gonna lose.

      You gonna lose!

      I regret the oversight.

    • cthetruth says:

      Mimicking Trump are you! He cannot win legitimately, so now that the Feds were bought, he will take it any way he can get it. I can only imagine Trump the whiny bitch if the situation was reversed.

  2. Duplicity, unadulterated hate, the excitement of broadcasting lies without corroboration, taking comments out of context, bringing into the conversations the misdeeds of others and forcing a connection with Hillary,,,,the list goes on, highlighting a tumor that is too extensive to extricate without mortal damage to the patient, i.e. the US system of governance. Which will require a major repair.
    The system still far exceeds the corruption that has rotted out the likes of systems in Russia and China, as well as that of Nigeria, Egypy, Syria, Iran, and countless other governments world-wide.
    Which means that a major enema is required to flush the system, and prepare the “patient” for a completely new form of governance. No need for me to repeat what some of the major building blocks must be, and there are still features from the current system that can be adjusted and kept.

  3. AgLander says:

    Hillary Clinton, the nations longest running free roaming felon (3 decades), is no longer running against Trump. She is running against the FBI and that is bad news for crooked Hillary because the FBI doesn’t gather votes to decide the issue, they gather EVIDENCE. And there are 650,000 pieces of evidence in their hands being examined for building the case that will bring an end to the Clinton Crime Enterprise very soon. It’s over for Bill and Hillary…..over!

  4. Blueberry Hill says:

    Comey and his cronies are sitting on a mountain of crimes and corruption by the Trump Trash. Have been for a long time. The FBI is playing a nasty game trying to get this crook elected, and it will bite them in the butt before it is over. They are trying to keep our eyes on benign emails that are not even Hillary’s just so they can keep hiding the Trump crimes and ties to the mob and Russia, which should have knocked him out of the race before he even got in it. We don’t want mobsters and Russian agents for our President. Maybe there are a few who don’t know any better and will believe whatever he says, but we who are part of the intelligent ones know better.



  5. Box says:

    This is utterly crazy! Trump has business ties to Russian businessmen, but Hillary receives donations from foreign governments hostile to US and THAT is ok?
    And Reid sees no problems in Huma’s relationship to these hostile governments?

    And Reid has no problem with Lynch claiming the fifth amendment in the illegal hostage payments to a hostile government?


    • cthetruth says:

      Release all information including Trump’s ties and let the peolple decide which is more egregious. Some agency now should investigate the Feds and see why they refuse to show us Trumps’ties to Russia.Who has the authority to look into their motives, the CIA? This is really unacceptable and really gives the perception of partisan politics. Where are the Feds that investigate without “pride or prejudice” and with “honesty and integrity”.

      • dbtheonly says:

        Hillary’s charity accepts money from people. They do good work with money, regardless of its source.

        They should turn down the money in a snit and not do the good work?

        • cthetruth says:

          I agree and this is a moot subject as long as Trumps’ Russian ties are not disclosed, along with his foundation discrepancies among all his other issues.At least her foundations gives to charity,Trump uses his as a personal bank account

          • dbtheonly says:

            The RW complaint always struck me as failing afoul of that questions I asked. Even if we grant Trump all his claims about taking the money, the money is going to good work. Does he really suggest it not be taken and the work undone.

            Too bad I didn’t get a question at the Town Hall.

    • I Am Helpy says:

      Hillary has received no donations from foreign governments.

  6. Box says:

    Everyone says Hillary has done nothing wrong. So why this? Why would Podesta order rapid dumping of emails if there was nothing in them and therefore nothing to worry about?

  7. Box says:

    Everyone roasts Trump for false accusations the system is rigged. Then why did CNN fire Donna Brazile for rigging the debate for Hillary? And why dont CNN fans talk about it? And why doesnt NM cover it? And this, after the sacking of Wasserman?

    Hillary cannot win a fair fight. Trump was right.

    • I Am Helpy says:

      Oh no something something a journalist!!!1 That proves something or other, probably1!!

      Well I guess we have to vote for the racist child molester now.

    • oldlion says:

      What about Lewandowski at CNN? He’s a paid lackey for Trump and they don’t have any problems keeping him on the payroll. By the way, Trump is never right.

  8. dpaano says:

    I agree there’s something seriously wrong when the FBI investigates one candidate (Hillary) over and over again, but fails to investigate the other candidate who, by the way, has much more to investigate! Seems something is kinda strange there, and I think it should ALSO be investigated! I hope Reid can get something done about this, but the damage has already been done when it comes to Hillary.

  9. Jon says:

    While the FBI investigates ties between one of Trump’s private servers to one owned by Putin and Russia pours millions of dollars into Trumps pockets Comey sits quietly. Apparently he feels that is none of the voter’s business. Trump believes that his tax returns which would reveal even deeper ties to Russian oligarchs and the mob and that Trump provides no financial support for the U.S. are none of the voter’s business. In the meantime the man who has erased hundreds of thousands of emails screams like a stuck sow about 33,000 personal emails Hillary erased. He claims there are 650,000 emails on the Weiner/Abedin laptop that are connected to Hillary and contain evidence of criminal activity.
    Trump has used his threats, connections, money, and celebrity to avoid jail thus far. Now he can add the FBI as a tool he uses to remain at large. Comey’s allegiance and priority cannot be more transparent.

  10. Thomas Martin says:

    Comey is Trump’s lackey. On top of it, Putin will be nominated as Secretary of State for the US by Little Donnie. Netanwahoo, from Israel will be recommended for Secretary of Defense.

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