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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Did I Say E-Mails? (Updated)

Well, I called it: to no one's real surprise, the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server while Secretary of State has turned up exactly nothing (except some bad judgment, same as Colin Powell, who also had a private e-mail server). And to no one's further surprise, the right is up in arms. Cue the House Witch-Hunt Committee:

"While I respect the professionals at the FBI, this announcement defies explanation," House Speaker Paul Ryan, Trump's most prominent political supporter, said in a statement.

"No one should be above the law."

There's a real simple explanation, Mr. Speaker: the investigation found no evidence of criminal intent, nor did Clinton break any laws. Therefore, no criminal charges. See how that works?

And of course, Twitter-Wizard Donald The Hairpiece knows what's afoot:

 Donald Trump immediately called foul on the FBI's decision.

Via Digby, who also notes:

The prevailing GOP theme is that there was some kind of corrupt deal between Obama, Clinton, Lynch and James Comey that kept her from an indictment. The prevailing coverage from the press is that because Comey took the unprecedented step of holding a press conference to lay out evidence in a case for which he will not recommend a prosecution, it means that the "optics" are so bad that "the narrative" is that she is in real trouble even though she is not legally liable and many other government officials have used exactly the same practices.

I hear Trey Gowdy is looking for something to do.

Update: John Cole has some interesting background on the whole "why" of the private server:

Regardless, the idea that HRC used her own server to avoid FOIA requests is not the case. The reason she did it is posted proudly on the Judicial Watch server:
Newly released emails show a 2009 request to issue a secure government smartphone to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was denied by the National Security Agency.

A month later, she began using private email accounts accessed through her BlackBerry to exchange messages with her top aides.

There's more. Read the whole thing.

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