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State of the Race: FBI THROWING WEIGHT BEHIND TRUMP

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By Steven R. Maher

It seems the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is going all out to elect Donald Trump the next President of the United States. By accident or design, the bureau has done four things in the last week to discredit Hillary Clinton and shift what may be an unstoppable momentum to Trump. The FBI has jumped into this campaign with both feet.

• On Friday October 28, 2016 FBI Director James Comey sent a three-paragraph letter to the Chairmen of Congressional oversight committees updating his sworn testimony on the original investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email servers. Comey said the FBI came across emails “pertinent” to the Clinton email scandal after seizing Anthony Weiner’s computer during an investigation of Weiner’s alleged texting to a fifteen-year-old girl. Weiner is married but separated from Clinton’s former chief of staff Huma Abedin. Comey said the FBI would investigate the newly discovered emails to determine if they contained classified data.

• On October 31, 2016 MSNBC reported that Comey had blocked the FBI from signing off on a report by U.S. Intelligence agencies that the Russians were behind the WikiLeaks dumps of Clinton Campaign Manager Joh Podesta’s email. Comey reportedly blocked the release because it was too close to the election. As MSNBC reported, their source stated “some government insiders are perplexed as to why Comey would have election timing concerns with the Russian disclosure but not with the Huma Abedin email discovery disclosure he made Friday.”

• On Tuesday November 1, 2016 the FBI posted on its website 129 pages of files on Bill Clinton’s controversial 2001 last minute pardon of financier Marc Rich. The FBI claims this was a mechanical functioning of the Freedom of Information Act response mechanism, and the documents were not posted to harm Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

• The FBI has been leaking like a sieve with highly critical leaks of Clinton. According to published reports, Comey reopened the Clinton email investigation out of fear that they would be leaked anyway, and to stave off a mass resignation of FBI agents.
Comey flouted two Justice Department policies: commenting on an ongoing investigation, and doing so in a manner that could affect an election. “We now have real-time, raw-take transparency taken to its illogical limit, a kind of reality TV of federal criminal investigation,” wrote Republican Jamie Gorelick, a former Justice Department official, in the Washington Post. “Perhaps worst of all, it is happening on the eve of a presidential election. It is antithetical to the interests of justice, putting a thumb on the scale of this election and damaging our democracy.”

Trump seized on

Not unexpectedly, Trump seized upon Comey’s reopening of the investigation to lambast Clinton as guilty of all sorts of sins. The campaign, which had been heavily trending towards Clinton, immediately began to trend towards Trump. States such as New Hampshire and Nevada, once considered solidly blue, are trending to Trump.

Clinton’s campaign has been putting a brave front on recent developments, saying they expected the polls to tighten during the past week, that early voting trends favor the Democratic nominee, and that the electoral map demographics are in favor of Clinton. But unless something dramatic happens during the next six days, the FBI will bear the responsibility for electing Donald Trump President of the United States.

THE WEINER FACTOR

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By Steven R. Maher

It’s the factor that every campaign forgot to take into consideration. It went unnoticed by the supercomputers and embryo artificial intelligence units. The finest political minds and most brilliant pundits didn’t see it coming. That’s the re-emergence of former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, a.k.a. Carlos Danger, as a figure of extraordinary importance on the national stage. Americans will apparently have to get used to an R rating for their nightly news.

Weiner become a consummate figure of ridicule to liberals and conservatives after he resigned from Congress in 2011. Weiner was disgraced after he was found “sexting” to half a dozen women. This didn’t stop Weiner from making two runs for New York Mayor, and further scandals over an inability to control a self-destructive urge to text half naked pictures of himself to unwilling recipients. The media reported the FBI came across emails “pertinent” to the Clinton email scandal after seizing Weiner’s computer during an investigation of Weiner’s alleged texting to a fifteen-year-old girl. In May 2010 Weiner married Huma Abedin, a close aide of Hillary Clinton and her chief of staff.

Future generations are likely to talk of the “Weiner Factor” in the same context as “October surprise.” Anthony Weiner is the perfect symbol of all that is wrong with American politics – young people “sexting” without regard for the future impact on their lives, the low level to which political discourse has sunk, a country made cynical by the belief of both the Clintons and Donald J. Trump that they are entitled to special privileges not available to other Americans.

Significance unknown

For those of you who haven’t been near a television set this weekend, on Friday October 28, 2016, FBI Director James Comey sent a three-paragraph letter to the Chairmen of various Congressional committees updating his sworn testimony on the original investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email servers. As Comey knew, this was immediately leaked to the press.

In the letter, Comey said the emails were “pertinent” to the Clinton email investigation but “we don’t know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails.” Comey said the FBI would investigate the newly discovered emails to determine if they contained classified data.

Comey’s letter set off a firestorm. Coming only eleven days before the November 8 Presidential election, it couldn’t have been better timed from Trump’s perspective. Overnight, the news cycle and trajectory of the campaign changed.

Why did Comey do this?

Three different theories have appeared on the Internet as to why Comey did this:

One theory is that Comey felt he inflicted damage on the FBI by refusing to indict Clinton in July 2016. Comey was trying to recover lost reputation by reopening the Clinton inquiry. This writer suspects this is the mostly likely scenario.

A second theory is that the FBI wants to stop further attention to WikiLeaks by having the Clinton investigation reopened. Since this theory assumes Comey was trying to do the Clintons a favor, with friends like Comey, Clinton would no longer need her vast legions of enemies.

The third theory is the Weiner probe turned up something so incriminating of Hillary Clinton that Comey wanted to cover his rear end by making it known before the election. This is possible, but highly unlikely. If anything, Clinton has been thorough in covering up her tracks. She erased and then bleached her hard drive to destroy 31,000 emails. It is inconceivable that Clinton’s best friend retained incriminating data on her home computer. Logic would indicate that such data has been completely erased long ago, if it ever existed.
Clinton and her surrogates have been angrily demanding that Comey release the documents referenced in his October 28, 2016 letter to the Congressmen. Would Clinton be doing this if she didn’t know there was nothing incriminating on her chief of staff’s computer?

What impact this will have on the election is unknown at the time this is being written. This columnist believes that it will undoubtedly motivate Trump supporters and the “Never Trump” enthusiasts to come out of the woodwork to vote. Watching Fox News while writing this, it was noteworthy that Fox was unable to find any Clinton voters willing to say they switched from Clinton to Trump. Most of them were aware of the latest controversy, but unwilling to change their vote because of it. As the pundits are so fond of saying, the shadiness of Clinton’s background may be “baked in,” i.e. already taken into account by voters.

However this comes out, Anthony Weiner is now a living legend. His twisted and apparently uncontrollable sexual desires destroyed Weiner’s own career, ruined his wife’s life, and may have changed the course of world history. There is no doubt the “Weiner factor” took the country as much by surprise as his text messages astonished the women who opened them up.