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Trump Scorns Probe Into FBI Pre-Election Handling Of Clinton Emails

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Trump Scorns Probe Into FBI Pre-Election Handling Of Clinton Emails

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(Reuters) – Donald Trump responded with derision on Friday to news of an investigation into the FBI decision to make public an inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s emails days before the Nov. 8 presidential election, a decision that Clinton said was a factor in her defeat.

The Justice Department said on Thursday it would investigate the FBI actions.

FBI Director James Comey said on Oct. 28 the agency was reviewing emails that might be relevant to a previous inquiry into Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, then announced on Nov. 6 that the fresh review had yielded nothing to change the agency’s finding that she was not guilty of criminal wrongdoing.

“What are Hillary Clinton’s people complaining about with respect to the F.B.I. Based on the information they had, she should never have been allowed to run – guilty as hell,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday.

“They were VERY nice to her. She lost because she campaigned in the wrong states – no enthusiasm!” added the Republican president-elect, who is due to enter the White House in a week.

Democrats said Comey’s announcement of the new inquiry into the emails in October damaged her standing with voters right before the election, and he faced complaints that his moves were politically motivated. Announcing its inquiry on Thursday, the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General said it was looking into decisions leading up to Comey’s public statements and whether they may have been based on “improper considerations.”

Trump assailed Clinton over the email issue throughout the 2016 election campaign, and crowds at his rallies often chanted “lock her up!” In a debate in October, Trump vowed Clinton would “be in jail” over the matter if he became president, although in a New York Times interview soon after the election he indicated that he would not pursue prosecution.

After a year-long probe into whether Clinton mishandled classified information with her email practices, Comey said in July that while Clinton and her staff had been extremely careless, the agency recommended no charges be brought.

Brian Fallon, Clinton’s spokesman, told MSNBC on Thursday that Comey’s actions before the election “cried out for an independent review.” Referring to Trump’s reaction, Fallon said on CNN on Friday: “Those tweets are just the latest indication that Donald Trump is someone who is very insecure in his victory.”

Senator Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. Senate said Comey’s statements were not “fair, professional or consistent with the policies of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

Comey said on Thursday the FBI would cooperate fully with the investigation.

Trump will not have the power to dismiss the investigation. Federal law permits U.S. presidents to dismiss inspectors general for federal agencies, as long as the president provides Congress a written justification for the removal 30 days in advance.

(Reporting by Washington Newsroom; Writing by Frances Kerry; Editing by Howard Goller)

IMAGE: U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump  (R) speak at campaign rallies in Westbury, New York, U.S., September 26, 2016 and Toledo, Ohio, U.S. September 21, 2016 in a combination of file photos. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Jonathan Ernst/Files

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11 Comments

  1. iamproteus January 13, 2017

    You gotta wonder….why is Trump so worried about what such an investigation might discover? Hmmmm?

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    1. InGen12 January 14, 2017

      He “doth protest too much” – indications of guilt there.

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  2. itsfun January 14, 2017

    If Obama doesn’t pardon her, she may very well be headed to prison.

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    1. The lucky one January 14, 2017

      Never happen, whether she is guilty or not.

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    2. Rich January 14, 2017

      Comey won’t re-litigate because he knows there is not enough there to convict her. A second ‘acquittal’ would make Hillary look like a martyr.

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    3. iamproteus January 14, 2017

      Fool! Unlike you and your fellow idiots, President Obama is well aware of the fact that you can’t pardon someone who has NOT been convicted of a crime. Please list all the crimes for which Hillary has been convicted (in a court of law, not in the court of biased Republican opinion).

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      1. itsfun January 14, 2017

        President CAN pardon her before she is charged or convicted of a crime. He has that power. President Ford pardoned Richard Nixon before he was charge with any crime. This issue goes all the way back to 1866. You have the gull to call me a fool when you have absolutely no clue of what you are running you big mouth about. Look in the mirror and you will see a fool.

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  3. The lucky one January 14, 2017

    “What are Hillary Clinton’s people complaining about with respect to the F.B.I. Based on the information they had, she should never have been allowed to run – guilty as hell,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday.

    Well that makes two doesn’t it. We can have a pool. Which happens first Trump is impeached or resigns or Clinton is indicted. I’ve got $50 on Trump going first.

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  4. Blueberry Hill January 14, 2017

    The Trashy Trump is a traitor and should be treated as such, not made the President of the country he betrays.

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  5. Blueberry Hill January 14, 2017

    Trashy Trump thinks that we should believe everything that comes out of his lying mouth. What makes him think that what he says is right? We know he’s not right. Look how he lied and still lies about Hillary. She has been cleared by the FBI 3 times. She committed no crime and was never charged with a crime. Look at all the crimes the Trashy Trump has been charged with. He is awaiting 70 trials right now, and many more are being investigated. He asked the judge to postpone his trials, as he is too busy right now. Do you think that would work for any of us? He will be spending much of his time in court, and hopefully, in prison. The rape trial for the then 12-year old was supposed to be in December. He raped many young girls, should be in prison for life already.

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  6. johninPCFL January 17, 2017

    No problem for Comey. Putin has a spot on the payroll for him too.

    Reply

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