September 3, 2016

Quick Takes (v12) Extra! Read All About It!

Quick Takes
Earlier this year, when FBI director James Comey held his now famous press conference with his detailed comments and opinions about Hillary Clinton, her technical expertise (or lack thereof), how she handled her emails, and the ultimate decision that there was insufficient evidence to charge her with a crime - actually, so little evidence that "no reasonable prosecutor" would bring charges - there was more than a little consternation that it was the FBI, not the Justice Department, that announced the decision.

After all, the person who controls whether or not there'll be charges is typically the prosecutor, not the investigators.

And now? There's some additional consternation, albeit perhaps more limited, as the FBI has decided to release information from their investigation.
(September 2, 2016) the FBI is releasing a summary of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's July 2, 2016 interview with the FBI concerning allegations that classified information was improperly stored or transmitted on a personal email server she used during her tenure. We are also releasing a factual summary of the FBI's investigation into this matter. We are making these materials available to the public in the interest of transparency and in response to numerous Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Appropriate redactions have been made for classified information or other material exempt from disclosure under FOIA. Additional information that the FBI releases in the future will be placed on The Vault, the FBI's electronic FOIA library.
Ah yes, nothing like fresh meat for the end-of-summer barbecue, for those who have spent the past couple of decades trying to take down the Clintons.

A "summary." A "factual summary." I'm giddy with excitement! I'm so giddy, I'm firing up the grill and it's not even Labor Day yet!

Now, don't get me wrong, it's not like Bill and Hillary haven't set themselves up as good targets. Of course, much of what they do is similar to what lots of other politicians do, in terms of toeing the ethical line - excluding Bill's White House sex scandal, of course - it's just that they do the same thing, only better. It's the same precipice, its just that it seems the Clintons have a slightly better view of the bottom, if you believe everything you read.

Congress is due back in Washington next week, having spent a long summer trying to figure out how to support, or not support, their party's nominee for President while raising money in hopes that their own long-term future will be secured, even if that of the country... well, you know what I mean. They're not all bad, these folks, but they're all in a pretty bad spot this year. And now, we'll see how interested they are in governing, versus how interested they are in the reality show that passes for governing in the US today. Will they be more interested in, say, passing some kind of funding plan to keep the country running, or will they be more interested in talking about Hillary Clinton's emails?

I have my guess, but we'll have to wait and see.

Me? I'm not so much interested in reading the Clinton stuff -- after all, we had Comey's self-aggrandizing press conference, and we had the "Look at me, I'm on TV!" congressional hearings, which were not at all about getting more information, they were about the election, just as the Benghazi hearings were not about what happened in Libya so much as they were about the election.

I am looking forward to all of the other investigative summaries that the FBI will now be releasing, since we have this great precedent. They've likely got some really juicy stuff on current and former Congressmen, senators, White House staffers and the like - there must be pages and pages and pages of them.

Democrats, get off your high horse! Quit trying to legislate, or get a Supreme Court Justice confirmed, and get your butts down to the FOIA office at the FBI. The time's a-wasting!

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