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SOTG 484 - FBI Decision Reinforces Fears of Corruption

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The latest decision by FBI director James Comey to yet again excuse criminal behavior by Hillary Clinton serves not only to reinforce, but confirm, fears that Americans have about the FBI being compromised. The Bureau now has been added to a long list of US government agencies that have been corrupted by the DC criminal power structure.

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‘You can’t review 650,000 new emails in eight days!’ Furious Trump blasts FBI Director after Houdini Hillary is CLEARED over second email investigation sparked by Anthony Weiner’s teen sexting scandal.

Donald Trump blasted the FBI’s director on Sunday night, telling a crowd of 8,000 people in Michigan that he rejects the bureau’s latest move to exonerate Hillary Clinton.

FBI chief James Comey told leaders in Congress hours earlier that a review of 650,000 emails discovered on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner had reinforced his July 5 decision to let her off the hook.

‘The investigations into her crimes will go on for a long, long time,’ Trump said in the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights.

‘The rank-and-file special agents in the FBI won’t let her get away with her terrible crimes – including the deletion of 33,000 emails after receiving a congressional subpoena.’

‘Right now she’s being protected by a rigged system!’ he exclaimed.

‘You can’t review 650,000 new emails in eight days! You can’t do it, folks!’

Comey’s decision means the Democratic presidential nominee will not be charged with a crime related to her mishandling of thousands of classified documents on a homebrew email server she used while she was secretary of state.

Congressman Jason Chaffetz fist tweeted out the bombshell news Sunday afternoon before FBI Director James Comey released a letter that said the investigation was closed.

‘FBI Dir just informed us ‘Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Sec Clinton’,’ Chaffetz wrote.

Speaking to reporters with Clinton in Cleveland, Ohio, campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri said: ‘We have seen Director Comey’s latest letter to the [Capitol] Hill. We are glad to see that he has found, as we were confident that he would, that he has confirmed the conclusion that he reached in July, and we’re glad that this matter is resolved.’

The investigation was reopened on October 28 – sparked by a DailyMail.com story that revealed Weiner was sending sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl. The emails in question were found on Weiner’s laptop.

Weiner’s estranged wife Huma Abedin is among Clinton’s most trusted advisers.

The letter from Comey surfaced just before Trump’s early afternoon rally in Minneapolis, leaving him to change his speech to remove references to the FBI at the last minute.

But at dinnertime in Michigan, the Republican presidential candidate was in high dudgeon once again.

‘Hillary Clinton is guilty,’ he declared. ‘She knows it, the FBI knows it, the people know it.’

‘And now it’s up to the American people to deliver justice at the ballot box on Nov. 8.’

‘Unbelievable’ he said. ‘Unbelievable if she gets away with it.’

Most of Trump’s speech was focused on the rust-belt woes Michigan’s formerly world-leading automotive sector has seen since the forces of global trade changed the balance of power and sent jobs offshore.

‘The same rigged system that’s protecting Hillary Clinton is the system that’s stolen your jobs and shipped our wealth – Our wealth! – overseas and to Mexico,’ he said.

‘We will make Michigan into the manufacturing hub of the world once again,’ he told his cheering throngs. ‘And no politician will do that. They don’t have a clue.’

‘Hillary Clinton’s policies have devastated your automobile industry … We will put a stop to all of that.

The crowd, who waited more than an hour for Trump to arrive, screamed and chanted slogans as he riffed through his standard stump speech.

‘USA! USA!’ and ‘Build that wall!’ made appearances. So did ‘Lock her up!’ – among the loudest versions of the anti-Clinton battle cry heard since the line made its debut at the Republican national Convention

Trump smells victory in Michigan, a traditionally blue state that could easily flip on Tuesday.

He appealed to African-American and Latino voters, labor union members and other traditional Democratic constituencies.

But all roads led back to jobs and what used to be the ‘Big Three’ carmakers.

On Sunday Trump linked the job losses and the poisoned water supply in the nearby city of Flint.

‘It used to be that the cars were made in Flint and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico,’ he said.

‘Now the cars are made in Mexico and you can’t drink the water in Flint!

In Trump’s first speech of the day, in Iowa – hours before Comey’s letter was released – the billionaire seemed to think the classified email saga was swinging in his direction just before Election Day.

‘There’s little doubt that FBI director Comey and the great special agents within the FBI will be able to collect more than enough evidence to garner indictments against Hillary Clinton and her inner circle,’ Trump said then, ‘despite her effort to disparage and discredit the FBI.’

‘We could very well have a sitting president under felony indictment, and ultimately a criminal trial,’ he warned of the long-lasting Clinton scandal.

A Trump campaign aide told DailyMail.com that those sections of his stump speech were struck from the script while his plane sat on the tarmac and a wild throng waited for him to emerge.

Before Trump spoke at the earlier rally, Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King hinted that Congress might have the last word on the Clinton emails.

‘The good thing is, Congress has preserved them for our access,’ King said.

‘So the Weiner leaks, the WikiLeaks, you name your leaks, we’ve got our hands on all of them – 650,000 emails.’

Back on the Clinton’s plane, Palmieri was quick to pivot to a more welcome topic.

‘I have one other thing to tell you, that we are adding a guest to our rally tomorrow night in Philadelphia’ – Springsteen.

At that point, she turned away from reporters who gathered to listen her inside the cabin of Clinton’s campaign plane.

Clinton’s Monday night event in Philadelphia features President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, along with President Bill Clinton.

Spokesman Brian Fallon added on Twitter: ‘We were always confident nothing would cause the July decision to be revisited. Now Director Comey has confirmed it.’

Kellyanne Conway responded to the tweet, writing: ‘Then why did you, your colleagues, and your candidate attack Comey and his credibility?’

While campaigning in Hickory, North Carolina, Gov. Mike Pence took the stage and slammed Clinton after hearing the FBI closed the investigation into her email server.

‘So while she was secretary of state the United States in charge of all the foreign policy in our country, she had a personal family foundation that took millions of dollars from foreign governments,’ Pence said.

‘In between those two things she had that private server, and apparently she had that private server to kind of keep out of our reach whatever was going on when she was secretary of state and had a private foundation.

‘And when it was discovered by the media that she had that private server, she used high technology and hammers to try and get rid of all of it.’

In reacting to Comey’s announcement, House Speaker Paul Ryan encouraged Republicans to support Trump and ‘bring the Clinton era to an end.’

‘Regardless of this decision, the undisputed finding of the FBI’s investigation is that Secretary Clinton put our nation’s secrets at risk and in doing so compromised our national security,’ Ryan said in a statement.

‘She simply believes she’s above the law and always plays by her own rules.

‘This is a pattern with the Clintons, and the American people should not have to endure four more years of their scandal and baggage.

‘Fortunately, the American people have the opportunity to ensure Secretary Clinton never gets her hands on classified information again.

‘Let’s bring the Clinton era to an end by voting for Donald Trump on Tuesday.’

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich also reacted and took to Twitter saying, ‘The destruction of James Comey by political pressure is painful to watch. He is being twisted into an indefensible pretzel of contradictions’

Not long after Comey’s letter was released, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus released a statement and said Clinton should ‘never be president.’

‘The FBI’s findings from its criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s secret email server were a damning and unprecedented indictment of her judgment,’ it read.

‘The FBI found evidence Clinton broke the law, that she placed highly classified national security information at risk and repeatedly lied to the American people about her reckless conduct.

After the news broke about the investigation ending. Sen. Diane Feinstein, who is a Democrat from California and is supporting Clinton this election, said: ‘This should end the email saga once and for all.’

Twice in year, Comey has cleared Clinton of any charges and his second letter released on Sunday echoed the message in his first statement from the summer said.

‘I write to supplement my October 28, 2016 letter that notified you the FBI would be taking additional investigative steps with respect to former Secretary of State Clinton’s use of a personal email server,’ the FBI Director wrote in the letter released on Sunday.

‘Since my letter, the FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation.

‘During that process, we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State.

‘Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.’

Comey then thanked the FBI staff who worked on the investigation.

His carefully parsed words leaves open the possibility that the 650,000 emails might become the basis for criminal charges against someone else.

Aside from Weiner, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin could become a target.

NBC’s Pete Williams reported the majority of the ‘new’ emails that led to the new investigation were mostly ‘duplicates or personal’.

It is believed the team of investigators have sorted through about 650,000 emails in just nine days.

Shortly after the news broke, Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway insisted that Clinton’s mishandling of classified information is still not in doubt.

‘Some things haven’t changed at all,’ Conway said on MSNBC.

‘What FBI Director Comey said on July 7th under oath to Congress is still the same: that she was reckless and careless in her handling of information … The reason that so many Americans have a problem with Hillary Clinton’s honesty and trustworthiness and veracity does not change.’

And citing Comey’s July 5 announcement that he was clearing Clinton, she reiterated that the Democratic candidate ‘was careless and reckless.’

Comey’s potentially election-changing announcement comes little more than a week after he shockingly revealed the investigation – which had been closed in July – was back on.

In a letter sent to Congress on October 28, Comey said that he had launched an investigation into the ‘pertinent’ exchanges to determine if any of the emails – which allegedly number more than 1,000 in total – contain classified information and whether any of them are ‘significant.’

It was also revealed the investigation was reopened after emails were discovered on a device owned by disgraced former congressman Weiner.

Weiner was under investigation after DailyMail.com revealed he had sent explicit messages and graphic pictures to the 15-year-old, fully aware she was under-age.

Weiner’s estranged wife, Abedin, is Clinton’s senior aide. The couple said it was splitting up earlier this year after the latest sexting scandal was uncovered.

The initial investigation saw Clinton hand over 55,000 pages – approximately 30,000 emails. The ones she left out were deemed ‘personal’.

In the days since the investigation was reopened, Donald Trump had pulled closer in the race against Clinton.

He also repeatedly claimed the email scandal would be what sunk Clinton’s campaign.

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Paul G. Markel has worn many hats during his lifetime. He has been a U.S. Marine, Police Officer, Professional Bodyguard, and Small Arms and Tactics Instructor. Mr. Markel has been writing professionally for law enforcement and firearms periodicals for nearly twenty years with hundreds and hundreds of articles in print. Paul is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and subject matter expert in firearms training and use of force. Mr. Markel has been teaching safe and effective firearms handling to students young and old for decades and has worked actively with the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Paul holds numerous instructor certifications in multiple disciplines and a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution; nonetheless, he is and will remain a dedicated Student of the Gun.

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