Comey's beautifully-crafted October Surprise was designed to link Anthony Weiner's computer to Clinton's email kerfuffle. Thanks to Comey, every pundit is wailing about Clinton's alleged dishonesty and secretiveness.
Yet she has nothing to do with any of this. Neither does her much-discussed server.
has exposed this story as a kind of hoax on the public:
This new evidence relates to how Abedin managed her emails. She maintained four email accounts -- an unclassified State Department account, another on the clintonemail.com domain and a third on Yahoo. The fourth was linked to her husband’s account; she used it to support his activities when he was running for Congress, investigative records show. Abedin, who did not know Clinton used a private server for her emails, told the bureau in an April interview that she used the account on the clintonemail.com domain only for issues related to the Secretary’s personal affairs, such as communicating with her friends. For work-related records, Abedin primarily used the email account provided to her by the State Department.
Because Clinton preferred to read documents on paper rather than on a screen, emails and other files were often printed out and provided to her either at her office or home, where they were delivered in a diplomatic pouch by a security agent. Abedin, like many State Department officials, found the government network technology to be cumbersome, and she had great trouble printing documents there, investigative records show. As a result, she sometimes transferred emails from her unclassified State Department account to either her Yahoo account or her account on Clinton’s server, and printed the emails from there.
(Emphasis added) Do you understand? UNCLASSIFIED
The world seems to be finding it impossible to comprehend that word. If the material was unclassified, there was no breach of security -- period.
The media and James Comey have seemingly conspired to transform a Big Nothing into a Big Something.
The Politico article referenced in a previous post indicates that Huma used her Yahoo account. So how did her personal emails appear on her husband's computer? There's one obvious answer: He peeked at her emails. His computer used to be her computer; her password was still stored by the browser.
This sort of thing happens all the time because people forget to clear their passwords when they give an old computer to a friend or family member. (Most people don't fully understand how browsers work.) Obviously, Weiner had plenty of motive to wonder about what his wife was saying about him.
This NYT piece
by Richard Painter (who happens to be a Republican) asks: "On Clinton Emails, Did the F.B.I. Director Abuse His Power?" Painter appears to feel that the answer is yes
. Increasingly, so do I.
Comey need not have made this matter public. In doing so, he violated standard Bureau procedure. He also may have violated the Hatch Act, as Painter argues.
If Comey did feel compelled to make the matter public, he could have at least stated that Huma has told agents that she transmitted UNCLASSIFIED material for printing back home. By leaving that key point out, he left everyone with the impression that this matter has some connection Hillary's server -- which it does not. Neither is there any link to classified materials.
Another telling point: The FBI acquired this computer on October 3. What took them so long? They should have examined everything
At this moment, all of cable Teeveeland is saying that Comey is waiting on a search warrant -- but that bit of drama is utterly unnecessary. No search warrant is needed: The FBI need merely have asked Huma (whose Yahoo account this is) for permission to look at the emails.
(When cops stop your car, they may want to look in your trunk for
whatever reason. If you say "Sure," they need no search warrant.)
Huma surely would have given her permission weeks ago, if asked -- after all, right now the Clinton campaign is begging for everything to be put on the table ASAP. Weiner would also have given permission, if needed: He is, by all accounts, fully cooperating with the FBI.
Conclusion: All of this guff about a warrant is nonsense
Let me repeat: The UNCLASSIFIED emails that Huma forwarded to her Yahoo account had nothing to do with Hillary. They were not written by her or to her. And they did not go through her server.
Comey turned an innocuous non-story into a national panic. Thanks to the FBI Director's big mouth, every mainstream editorialist is now spewing nonsense about Hillary's alleged penchant for secrecy and deception. Actually, she is the most transparent -- and hyper-scrutinized -- person on the national political stage; according to Politifact, her record for honesty exceeds that of Bernie Sanders.
Looks to me as though Comey wanted
things to turn out this way.
Added note: This WSJ story
speaks of as many as 650,000 emails linked to that investigation. The wording leaves the impression that Huma sent that many messages back home for printing -- but of course, that can't be true. "As federal agents prepare to scour roughly 650,000 emails to see how
many relate to a prior probe of Hillary Clinton’s email use..." I don't know where they got that number. It seems high even if we are talking about every single email (including all the spam) generated by every single account used by Weiner and Abedin over a number of years.
One can easily guess how that right is going to spin this.