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Those Saying Hillary Lied Are The Ones Lying Or They’re Profoundly Ignorant Of the Facts

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A Hillary hater critic sent me a Daily Show Youtube clip in which the show’s host absolutely “destroys” Hillary for “lying” based on what FBI Director James Comey said in his presser excoriating Hillary only saving her the ultimate excoriation were he to recommend her indictment, which he didn’t,stating the evidence did not suggest that she did anything she could be indicted under the applicable law.

I have both “destroying” and “lying” in quotes because the truth is, for anyone who knows or understands the facts and law in this case, what Trevor has brilliantly done is to smear Hillary based on his genuinely not understanding the facts and law in the case which both actually support the opposite conclusion as to lying, namely, Hillary did not lie as Trevor claims, parroting a lie that is being peddled by mostly the right wing media but also equally ignorant or lying MSM reporters and pundits.

Here’s a breakdown for you to make my point:

In the clip, Trevor uses Hillary’s own words she has been saying and contrasts that with Comey’s own words contradicting them and thus leading Trevor and others reaching the same conclusion, namely, if what Hillary is saying is contradictory to what Comey is saying she must therefore be lying.

Not true.

Both Comey and Hillary are telling the truth.

Hillary says she did not send “any classified material to anyone on [her] email.” Comey says “110 emails in 52 email chains have been determined to contain classified material at the time they were sent.”

However, Hillary has also been saying she did not send or receive any emails that were “marked” classified, it is true as Comey says that there were classified emails sent or received at the relevant time, but it’s also true as Hillary says she did not receive or send classified emails because they were not so marked as Comey confirms!

Comey, however, took exception to this, namely, Hillary saying none of the emails were not marked as “classified” saying even though these emails were not so marked, a reasonable person and therefore Hillary should have known the content of the email was classified information.

Indeed, this is mainly the reason why Comey excoriated Hillary that what she did was “extremely careless” even though not to the level of gross negligence required for criminal prosecution.

At the same time, Comey also said something that was extremely damning and initially provided the evidence that Hillary lied when he said a “small portion” of these emails were found to bear markings, which obviously directly contradicts what Hillary and those of us who have followed this closely said to ourselves, “that’s bad; no way both can be true.”

However, thanks to the stupidity of Congressional Republicans hauling Comey to testify but really as a means to discredit this highly regarded and respected civil servant—thanks to that stupidity Comey provided new information that completely removes this as a contradiction and makes what Hillary said about it not a lie.

As it turns out, the “small portion” that Comey was talking about were 3 emails out of more than 30,000 Hillary received and sent that were marked classified.

However, Comey under questioning from a sharp Democrat admitted that the markings in those 3 emails were not in conformity with rules governing how classified communication should be marked and, more importantly, Comey admitted that a reasonable person could have reached the same conclusion as Hillary did that these emails were not classified!

In other words, Comey shreds to pieces the charge that Hillary lied about not receiving marked classified emails because paltry 3 found to be marked were incorrectly marked to make what she said true despite what Comey said to the contrary.

As icing to the cake, Comey also admitted in this moronically called hearing what would have otherwise received little notice, namely, the fact that the State Department said the day before that 2 of those 3 emails did not after contain classified information because the classified marking the bore—incorrect as it were, were in error to begin with!

Meaning, there’s only 1 email out of more than 30,000 that bears a classified marking but as noted above, that marking was incorrect therefore leaving intact and true what Hillary has been saying about not receiving or sending emails marked classified.

The clip next shows Hllary saying she “provided all [her] emails that could be possibly work related” to SOS after being asked to do so but Comey says in the clip “several thousand that were not among the group of 30,000 emails returned.”

From this, Trevor and others charge that Hillary is therefore lying about this; how could she say she turned in ALL her emails when Comey found “thousands more” that were not turned in?

The answer is simple and Comey actually provided it in his presser except those eager to depict Hillary as a liar have no time to hear what he said, don’t care or the lying narrative is good for business, which is exactly the case in this Trevor clip.

Truth is, Comey said himself he found no evidence that email withheld any emails and provided an explanation for the additional emails found could have simply the case of technical inability to capture all emails in the various systems Hillary used over the 4-year period.

In other words, Hillary did not lie about this because at the time she said it, she actually believed she had produced all emails that could be possibly official email.

Hillary is next shown to say, they “went through a thorough process to identify all work related emails” but Comey says “lawyers doing the sorting did not individually read the content of all of her emails.”

Again, both are true and Hillary is therefore not lying about this either because the process her lawyers utilized to make sure all work related were identified and produced was “thorough” but you can’t compare that with resources at FBI disposal which is obviously more thorough but doesn’t mean the process Hillary used wasn’t thorough as she says it was therefore no lie here.

Hillary says she “thought it would be easier to carry just one devise” but Comey says she “used numerous devices. Again, no lie here because Hillary is talking about why she initially set-up her private server and her using a single device was part of that rationale even though she obviously later used more than one device.

Hillary has been saying “there were no security breaches” but Comey says “it’s possible hostile actors had access to SOS personal email account.” Again, anyone who bothered to listen or read the transcript of what Comey said would know there’s a simple explanation for this that makes both what Hillary said and what Comey said to be true, which means she’s not lying on this either.

Recall the server Hillary was using is that of her husband, the former president of the United States and therefore you would have to expect this is not some jua kali system as everyone who hates Hillary would have you believe and she has repeatedly said what was, in fact, confirmed that the system had safeguards to ensure security and was NOT HACKED despite numerous attempts.

Indeed, Comey specifically said they found no evidence of hacking but added the superfluous her critics are trying to milk, namely, that “it’s possible” the system could have been breached and they just couldn’t find the evidence but that was an irresponsible statement because it puts Hillary in a position to prove a negative in order to reconcile what she said and what he said.

However, for purposes of whether Hillary “lied” about this, what Comey found and said is enough to reach the conclusion she did not.

Given this sound analysis, it should be clear to anyone watching this clip that it’s not Hillary who’s lying but those who are saying she’s lying are the ones lying question is why?

Only three possibilities: (1) They hate Hillary therefore to them facts don’t matter or (2) they’re just lazy to take time to learn and understand all the facts or (3) they’re simply parroting the right wing lies to up their own ratings, Trevor is guilty of one or two of these hint: he doesn’t hate Hillary.

Please note I have provided more info that’s in the clip because that’s what a good analyst does and now the reader knows nothing but the whole the truth.

As I have been saying, now get ready for our next president of this already great country Hillary Clinton because a majority of voters just won’t allow the bigoted clown to become our president, especially more so under this climate we urgently need a coming together not reversing to the ugly past where bigotry and discrimination reigned unabashedly.

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Posted by on July 8, 2016 in Law, Politics

 

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Republicans Have Once Again Not Disappointed In Proving Their Tone-Deafness

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Angry that FBI Director James Comey eviscerated their last hopes of derailing or altogether killing the presidential hopes of Hillary Clinton by not recommending her indictment, Congressional Republicans hurriedly called an “emergency” hearing and hauled Comey to Congress to berate him on his intellectually, factually and legally sound decision to not recommend indictment of the Democratic Party presumptive nominee and Republicans’ worst nightmare, the aforementioned Hillary Clinton.

The whole rationale—if one can call it that, for hauling Comey to Capitol Hill was simply to discredit him, which is moronic on so many levels.

For one, Director Comey is probably the only person in government there has been unanimous agreement by everyone that his honor and integrity is unassailable.

Unassailable, that is, until the man made a decision informed by facts and law not to indict Hillary, which suddenly unleashed all manner of derision and unprecedented efforts to discredit the man.

Indeed, every one of these same Republicans now trashing and discrediting Comey have all along said that they had total confidence in Comey thoroughly investigating the matter and making the “right” recommendation to the Attorney General as to his factual findings and conclusions.

The “right” decision that is, if it was a decision to recommend indictment which is the only decision these hapless partisans wanted from day one regardless of what the facts turned out to be.

Now that the decision Comey made was not to indict, the condemnation of both the decision and the man has been swift and severe and more so during the hastily arranged “emergency” hearing today.

I actually delayed a meeting I was to have this morning for two hours just so I can at least watch the proceedings, which I did but had to leave after about two hours fully satisfied the hearing was probably the best thing Hillary could have wished for today, given what I observed and twitted immediately to the Chair of the Committee holding the hearing Jason Chavetz when he finished his questioning Comey, “@jasonthehouse you look shaken perhaps realizing hauling #Comey to testify was bone-headed decision given he has dessimated your rationale.”

Then I heard Rep. Gerry Connolly render one of the best exposure I have heard anyone give exposing what a sham all these hearings have been and shamelessly set up simply to bring down Hillary and each has failed miserably and actually one can argue combined they have actually had the opposite effect.

After two hours of watching, I left for my meeting knowing as I note above this was a good day for Hillary for several reasons, not the least of which is, by hurriedly holding the hearing, the hapless Republican partisans gave Comey an opportunity to explain his decision in manner that took the sting away from what he said in his presser in which he announced his decision but in a manner so painfully excoriating for Hillary it would have taken a long time to heal but the wounds are quickly healing thanks to the stupidity of these hapless Republicans.

I have now watched the entirety of the hearing and reconfirmed what I earlier concluded, namely, Republicans once again have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory largely owing to their bone-headedness or political ineptness, whichever you fancy.

I am not just saying that; it’s actually the case.

For example, thanks to the hearing, we now know several facts that completely undermine what case the Republicans were hoping to make against Hillary, based on what Comey said the other day.

There’s no need to go through all of these facts and explanations Comey provided that actually lessen the sting on Hillary from his presser the other day but here are just the highlights that go to the core of the case the bigoted Clown and therefore Republicans were going to make or will still make against Hillary.

First, Republicans and their right wing media echo chambers have been shouting to hoarseness since Comey gave the presser that what he said proved that Hillary lied and has been lying about the emails.

Indeed, the hapless Republicans went further today and accused Hillary for lying under oath when she testified about these issues during the sham Benghazi hearing.

To their chagrin, Comey, in fact, expressly said Hillary did not lie!

Stunned, Committee Chair Chavitz asked Comey if he was aware that Hillary had lied to the House and whether he was going to investigate her for that.

By asking the question, Chavitz demonstrated in seconds how incompetent he is as Comey slapped him back, “there has been no referral made by the House.” “Oh, you mean we need to do that—well, we’re sending one today,” Chavitz shot back almost giddy about yet another investigation of Hillary!

Small problem and one of the many reasons why hauling Comey to testify was moronic: Comey in his testimony tore to shreds the basis for such referral because he offered an explanation why what Hillary said under oath is not perjury even if it’s in contradiction of what he said!

Comey also provided testimony and new facts and information in response to several questions that make the other charges of lying under oath the tone-deaf Republicans have referred equally moot.

In other words, once the DOJ receives the referral to investigate Hillary for “lying under oath,” the Attorney General will reject the referral with a one sentence explanation anyone other than a moron would understand which means only a moron would have made the referral to begin with but, as we have seen, Congress is not without a shortage of them.

Time allowing, I will soon post a more detailed analysis as to why but take it to the bank despite what you’ll be hearing ad nauseam to the contrary from the right wing and by some ignorant reporters and pundits in MSM parroting the same, it just won’t be the case the facts are as follows:

One, Hillary did not lie about not sending or receiving classified email despite Comey saying she did receive or send about 100 emails that were classified among the 30,000+ emails she sent or received because she didn’t know at the time she sent or received them that they were classified. Comey says a reasonable person should have known that they were but he also says he didn’t find any evidence that she knew they were classified and sent or received them anyway (lack of intent).

Two, Hillary did not lie when she said she did not receive or send emails “marked” classified even though Comey initially said and repeated today that a “small portion” were so marked. She did not lie because Comey explained today that there were only 3 emails that were so marked out of the 30,000+ that she sent or received but they were not properly marked such that when asked, Comey acknowledged a reasonable person could have concluded they were not marked.

Even better for Hillary, 2 of those 3 emails were mistakenly marked as classified and they’re no longer classified, leaving only one marked classified but even that one is improperly marked therefore, with Comey’s explanation and DOS clarification yesterday, it’s true as Hillary has been saying and testified to that she did not send or receive emails marked classified.

Three, you’ll hear that Hillary “falsely testified under oath” that she returned all official emails to DOS when Comey says they found “thousands” of emails that were not returned. However, as Comey said in his stinging presser, he did not find any intentional withholding of these emails and offered there were a number of plausible explanations as to why these emails were not captured and returned.

Comey also found in a related finding that he did not find any criminal wrongdoing by Hillary or her lawyers deleting emails they deemed personal.

In sum, once again Republicans have found a way to overreach and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by hauling Comey to Congress to discredit him only for him to make an even stronger case he made the other day why he made the recommendation not to indict and in doing so, provided enough new information and facts that removed the sting of his excoriating presser.

No one could be happier about this than Democrats in general and Hillary in particular.

In a few days, this will be largely forgotten even though as some of us always say, never underestimate these hapless Republicans to outdo themselves in their bone-headedness elections are in still a few months away so be on look-out for their next overreaching but meanwhile enjoy the circus from their leader if he survives the coup currently being plotted against him.

Again, no one could be happier than Democrats in general and Hillary in particular given all this, especially given who her opponent is—yes, the bigoted clown who must and shall be defeated come November to return to wherever he came from.

 

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2016 in Law, Politics

 

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Trump Hijack of the Republican Party Is Complete

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It’s a cliché already to say nobody saw this coming but the now all but assured nomination of Donald Trump as the Republican flag bearer in the upcoming general election against Hillary Clinton who’s also all but assured her nomination as the Democratic Party flag bearer raises the unlikeliest of prospects in American history and that’s Americans will have a liberal president come next year regardless of who between the two they vote for.

This is because Trump has been a life-long supporter of liberal causes via his supporting liberal Democrats such as Senator Chuck Schumer of New York and Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, not to say anything about Hillary Clinton herself who she not only gave political contributions, they were close enough as friends he invited her and her husband former president Bill Clinton to his latest wedding.

In fact, Trump, who’s 69 and a lifelong New Yorker, registered for the first time in New York as a Republican in July 1987, only to dump the GOP more than a decade later for the Independence Party in October 1999, according to the New York City Board of Elections.

In August 2001, the man many have always dismissed as a joker switched parties and registered as a Democrat only to return the Republican Party eight years later, according to The Smoking Gun.

After only two years as a registered Republican, Trump left the Republican Party again but this time he marked a box that indicated, “I do not wish to enroll in a party,” according to the Smoking Gun.

The Smoking Gun reported that Mr. Trump returned to the Republican Party in April 2012 where he remained put through last year when declared his candidacy.

Since declaring his candidacy, Trump has made it known to all he doesn’t really care about the party at all and he certainly doesn’t care about its conservative ideology but his mission has been to simply hijack the party and use it as a vehicle to get elected president, something every rich person of his pedigree dreams about not for the sake of having the job and actually working to do what is required but to check the box of things dreamed of that have been done which for Trump must have been the box right above the box “Dump Marla, Marry New Younger Hottie.”

It’s precisely for this reason that most Republicans, and true conservatives in particular have been so against Trump and even starting a #NeverTrump movement which is more than a hashtag but an effort to stop Trump from becoming the Republican Party’s nominee, a task more daunting than ever now that Trump has knocked off the last remaining hope they had in Ted Cruz who dropped out last night after being walloped in Indiana, a state he had to win if the #NeverTrump movement were to have any luck.

To be sure, those behind this effort may as yet play their last card, including even recruiting someone to vie as a Republican rendering credence to the notion and now reality that Trump has, in fact, hijacked the Republican Party and the total take-over is all but a formality left for the party’s Convention in July.

That being the case, we will have in November this non-Republican sympathizer and supporter of liberal causes leading the Republican Party against Hillary Clinton, a lifelong Democrat and liberal leading to this intriguing outcome no one would have expected and that is, having a liberal in the White House regardless of which party wins the presidency.

However, given the dynamics of this year’s elections and, in particular, given Trump has managed to offend almost every major group other than white men without college education, a fete which has driven his negatives through the roof, the next occupier of the White House as president is in all likelihood going to be Hillary Clinton this despite her own high negatives and other flaws which pale in comparison to what many see in a Trump presidency—scary stuff.

So, congratulations Mr. Donald Trump for your success in hijacking the Republican Party but this could only come at the expense of the party losing in a landslide as it’s surely poised to and for that, Democrats thank you for handing over the presidency to them, something that would not have happened were a Republican nominated—any Republican except Ted Cruz who’s hated even more than you.

Now, the question that remains is, how low are you going to go in your efforts to destroy Hillary even as you go down as the most unelectable candidate the party you’ve hijacked has nominated since Barry Goldwater in 1964?

As Hillary herself has noted, she has experience dealing with men like you who have no boundaries in what they say or do so she’s ready and so are voters who care more about this country than your narcissistic quest for the presidency and will resoundingly reject your style and tactics.

 
 

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Why Hillary Clinton Will Not Be Indicted

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There’s no doubt the US presidential election of 2016 is thus far the most fascinating and equally baffling election anyone alive has seen, judging from what the dinosaurs in political punditry are saying certainly nothing those of us headed there have seen.

The hijacking of the Republican Party by a reality television star and sometimes successful real estate developer known as Donald Trump is in by itself the very definition of strange politics where nothing makes sense, especially when the clown seems to essentially defy the laws of gravity.

On the Democratic side, the strange phenomena is a Socialist Bernie Sanders giving Hillary Clinton a run for her money, at least in the only 3 states where his socialism finds home among Democrats who support him.

The odds on favorite to win the Democratic Party nomination, however, is still Hillary who is also likely to win come November against anyone who emerges as the wounded Republican nominee, especially if the wounded nominee is either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz neither of whom have a chance against Hillary unless Trump flips and gives the middle finger to those who nominated him and abandons all the crazy and impossible promises he has and continues to make thus far in which case he might avoid losing in a landslide and minimizes losses down the ticket when Hillary emerges as the victor.

But Republicans’ first major obstacle to regaining the White House is Hillary that’s why their strategy has been and continues to be finding a way of derailing or stopping her from being nominated because they know they just can’t stop her once she’s nominated.

The irony is, they must also find a way to stop either Trump or Ted Cruz to stand a chance of winning the presidency, let alone other offices down the line.

When 4 Americans were killed in Libya back in 2012 including the US Ambassador there and it later emerged that the Obama administration had mischaracterized the nature of the attack and in particular, who was behind it, Republican operatives got on their knees, put their hands together and looking to heaven thanked God for the tragedy.

This was an opportunity, in their view, to get rid of Hillary or at least damage her enough to derail her match to the White House as president.

This is because Hillary having been Secretary of State at the time the attacks occurred and having essentially been the architect of the US policy that led to the toppling of Libya’s leader Muamar Gaddafi which in turn led to creating the environment under which the attacks took place, Republicans were determined to wrap the failed policy around Hillary and use the four tragic deaths as the noose to strangle and kill her politically.

That strategy was in full throttle and making significant progress as Hillary’s honesty and trustworthy numbers steadily got worse until God smiled on her as Representative Kevin MacCarthy shocked everyone by publicly admitting what Democrats knew but could not prove and that’s, the Benghazi Committee—one of several Republicans had convened since the attack—was put together simply to hurt Hillary politically.

While this admission cost MaCarthy ascendancy to the Speakership and possibly earned him a spot in the annals of US history albeit for the wrong reasons, the admission uncurled the noose around Hillary’s neck breathing a new life to her political life from which she continues to benefit as she resumes her position as the presumptive nominee for Democrats and ultimately capturing the big trophy and that’s keys to the White House.

Hillary, however, is not in the clear as she must first get to the nomination and actually get nominated and every Republican and foe of hers who prays, prays and hopes that doesn’t happen which can only be the case if she’s indicted over the use of her private server to conduct official business when she was Secretary of State.

Those who have never prayed, are praying for the first time that she’s indicted but in the minds of her enemies, she’s already indicted, convicted and sent to jail even though none of that will happen in reality.

Most objective lawyers who have analyzed Hillary’s use of a private server, however, have come to the conclusion that Hillary cannot be indicted, based on what’s known about the facts and it’s unlikely any facts will emerge to change the outcome.

Providing a detailed analysis of the legal issues leading to this conclusion is beyond this article’s scope but if interested, No, Hillary Clinton Did Not Commit A Crime is a good analysis as to why.

Which brings me to this conclusion for reasons separate and apart from the analysis Dan Abrams provides in the article linked above that yours truly and most objective legal analysts agree with and that is, Hillary can also not be indicted for political reasons.

Let’s assume for the sake of argument that the FBI director recommends that Hillary should be indicted. Under US law, the Attorney General (AG) has the final say whether or not to bring charges of this kind against anyone.

On the other hand, even though technically under the AG, the FBI Director is an independent office so its director can conceivably make decisions that are antithetical to his boss (the AG) or even opposed by the President, who is their boss—and nothing will happen to him.

In short, the AG can’t be fired for simply taking some action that’s inconsistent with the president’s wishes or interests because the protection against arbitrary firing is in his appointment and confirmation his termination can only be for cause and recommending the prosecution of Hillary is not cause.

The question then becomes, what would happen were the FBI Director to recommend that Hillary be indicted?

There are three options: One, the AG shelves the recommendation where it collects dust for several months going into the first months of Hillary’s administration in which case what to do with it would be obvious (hint: nothing). Two, the AG can empanel a jury and have Hillary indicted. Three, she can receive the recommendation and declare to the world “after carefully reviewing the recommendation, I have concluded there’s no sufficient legal basis to seek an indictment.”

In the informed opinion of this writer, even though the first option is extremely attractive and less problematic for the AG or president for that matter, the third option would be the case even if there’s evidence gathered to indict a hapless and average Joe or Jane Doe.

This is because in American jurisprudence, one has traditionally been deemed to be innocent until proven guilty but this notion is increasingly being turned on its head to the point it’s now the case one is guilty until proven innocent, especially in politically charged cases.

Thus, in the event Hillary is indicted, that would be the equivalent of having her declared she’s guilty as charged long before even a trial takes place to put the government to task in proving the case beyond a reasonable doubt, which no one serious who knows anything about criminal law other than hapless partisans thinks they can.

Indicting Hillary will therefore be grossly unfair and irreparably so, especially given the fact as noted above, it’s more likely than not that she will ultimately be acquitted of all charges were she to be charged and therefore in hindsight be a victim of an overambitious prosecution that serves nobody any good other than those baying for her political blood and throwing the Democratic Party into a spin that could only be worse and fatalistic than the mess Republicans find themselves.

That’s a prospect no president would want for his or her party as a legacy and the AG knows that so she would do the right thing without the President even as suggesting that she does so and follow either of the two options above and certainly not having Hillary indicted.

It’s exactly what a Republican president would want done under identical circumstances.
In other words, it’s as old-fashioned politics as it can be that’s not to say it would be the case were the circumstances different, say, an open and shut case of criminal conduct.

That’s not the case here therefore expect Hillary to continue marching to White House this time and the next and first female person to hold that powerful office.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2016 in Law, Politics

 

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