Jail House Rock

by EDWARD CLINE November 21, 2016

 Perhaps they're already packing their golden parachutes to bail out and ensure themselves a soft landing in the rocky terrain of the real world: Loretta Lynch, the purchasable Attorney General, and FBI Director James Comey, the less-than-puissant fellow who couldn't make up his mind if Hillary was made for prison stripes or not. They certainly are not going to be in a Trump administration. 

During one of the presidential debates, Donald Trump told Clinton "If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation..." He then added, "because you'd be in jail." Hillary countered that she was glad someone like him wasn't in charge of the laws in the United States. 

The "situation" is that, among her other crimes, she was found eminently indictable for having endangered the nation's security by operating a hackable, freelance server over which she passed and received documents relating to her office as Secretary of State, many marked "confidential" and "secret," in complete contravention of the rules of the office. FBI Director Comey, however, buggered out of the responsibility for asking the Department of Justice for a warrant. And then:  

In late October, Rudy Giuliani, a Donald Trump surrogate and advisor, told Martha MacCallum of Fox News that "a surprise or two that you're going to hear about in the next two days" was coming from the Trump campaign.[] Giuliani later explained he did not have insider FBI information. Later confirmed by a second law enforcement source, an unnamed government source told Fox News that the email metadata on the computer in question contained "positive hits for state.gov and HRC emails," however, at the time Comey sent his letter to Congress, the FBI had still not obtained a warrant to review any of the e-mails in question and was not aware of the content of any of the e-mails in question.

On October 28, 2016, less than two weeks before the presidential election, Comey announced in a letter to Congress that the FBI learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation of Secretary Clinton's email server and the FBI will take steps to allow investigators to review these emails "to determine whether they contain classified information as well as to assess their importance to our investigation." Director Comey stated in the letter that he was writing the letter to "supplement his previous testimony" before Congress 

And emulating Emily Litella of "Saturday Night Live," he said, "Never Mind." 

What isn't mentioned in the hue and cry over Comey's letter to Congress is that the case "unrelated" to the Clinton email server case concerns Anthony Weiner's laptop, which was shared by Clinton staffer and close associate Huma Abedin (a card-carrying Muslim Brotherhood and Muslim Sisterhood member), who is now separated from Weiner (and when will she be separated from Clinton, now that there's no political position for her in the future?). So what were Department of State documents doing on a laptop riddled with Weiner's sextagrams to a 15-year-old girl. That was Abedin's doing. 

Comey's move certainly contributed in no little way to Clinton's failed bid for the White House. Read the list of charges and angry protests over Comey's badly timed action in hillaryclinton.com:

FBI Director James Comey is under widespread criticism for breaking department precedent by commenting on an ongoing investigation, and doing so just days before a presidential election. Indeed, the Washington Post reported this morning senior Justice Department officials made perfectly clear to Comey that he would be in violation of long-standing DOJ policy.

Moreover, according to CNN, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates both objected to Comey sending this inappropriate letter to Congress. Nevertheless, Director Comey independently decided to move forward, rattling the presidential election with a note that was heavy on innuendo and extremely light on actual information or needed details.

The result? Broad bipartisan condemnation and demands for the swift disclosure of more information:

Washington Post: Justice officials warned FBI that Comey's decision to update Congress was not consistent with department policy: "Senior Justice Department officials warned the FBI that Director James B. Comey's decision to notify Congress about renewing the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server was not consistent with long-standing practices of the department, according to officials familiar with the discussions. Comey told Justice Department officials that he intended to inform lawmakers of newly discovered emails. These officials told him the department's position "that we don't comment on an ongoing investigation. And we don't take steps that will be viewed as influencing an election," said one Justice Department official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the high-level conversations."

CNN: Comey notified Congress of email probe despite DOJ concerns: "Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates objected to FBI Director James Comey's decision to notify Congress about his bureau's review of emails related to Hillary Clinton's personal server, law enforcement officials familiar with the discussion said. Comey decided to disregard their objections and sent the letter Friday anyway, shaking the presidential race 11 days before the election and nearly four months after the FBI chief said he wouldn't recommend criminal charges over the Democratic nominee's use of the server.

New York Times: Justice Dept. Strongly Discouraged Comey on Move in Clinton Email Case: "Mr. Comey's letter opened him up to criticism not only from Democrats but also from current and former officials at the F.B.I. and the Justice Department, including Republicans. ‘There's a longstanding policy of not doing anything that could influence an election,' said George J. Terwilliger III, a deputy attorney general under the first President George Bush. ‘Those guidelines exist for a reason. Sometimes that makes for hard decisions. But bypassing them has consequences.'"

Politico: Comey's disclosure shocks former prosecutors: "James Comey's surprise announcement that investigators are examining new evidence in the probe of Hillary Clinton's email server put the FBI director back under a harsh spotlight, reigniting criticism of his unusual decision to discuss the high-profile case in front of the media and two congressional committees."

Los Angeles Times: "The emails were not to or from Clinton, and contained information that appeared to be more of what agents had already uncovered, the official said, but in an abundance of caution, they felt they needed to further scrutinize them.

 There are several pages more of this hand-wringing, angry jaw-dropping, and bitch-lapping. This is what it was all about. 

Here is Comey's letter to Congress of October 28th, in which he claims he is reopening the email server case reads:

To all:

This morning I sent a letter to Congress in connection with the Secretary Clinton email investigation.  Yesterday, the investigative team briefed me on their recommendation with respect to seeking access to emails that have recently been found in an unrelated case.  Because those emails appear to be pertinent to our investigation, I agreed that we should take appropriate steps to obtain and review them.

Of course, we don't ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed. I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record.  At the same time, however, given that we don't know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails, I don't want to create a misleading impression.  In trying to strike that balance, in a brief letter and in the middle of an election season, there is significant risk of being misunderstood, but I wanted you to hear directly from me about it.

Jim Comey

The Washington Post reports John Podesta's teeth-gnashing:

"It is extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election," said John Podesta, the chairman of Clinton's presidential campaign. "The Director owes it to the American people to immediately provide the full details of what he is now examining. We are confident this will not produce any conclusions different from the one the FBI reached in July."

His plan of action, as reported by Fox Nation via Right Scoop, on November 1st, "UM... A new Podesta Wikileaks email says "we are going to have to DUMP all those emails...", was to erase the evidence:

So this new email turned up in Wikileaks today and it looks really, really bad. It's an email from John Podesta to Cheryl Mills saying "we are going to have to dump all those emails...."

Podesta doesn't specify what emails they need to dump, but this email was sent only 2 weeks after the email scandal broke in March 2015. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to know what emails he's talking about! 

Doubtless, Comey was in thrall to the Clinton's. Corruption comes under many names. One of them is now Comey. And Huma Abedin adrift now in a world she never made, was granted immunity from all future prosecution concerning the illicit State emails. True Pundit wrote:

Abedin was also exposed to criminal charges on an additional front, sources said. Abedin provided many inconsistencies when interviewed by FBI, compared to intelligence gathered during the investigation and interviews conducted with Clinton and other witnesses involved in the probe, sources said....

Last week Congressman Jason Chaffetz who chairs the Oversight Committee, blew the whistle on the Justice Department's secret immunity deal with Cheryl Mills. Mills served as Clinton's counsel and chief of staff at State while she was secretary of state.

Abedin's would-be deal brings the current tally of immunity packages doled out by the DOJ in the Clinton investigation to six, an unprecedented amount of get-out-of-jail-free cards for a non-RICO (Organized Crime) related criminal case. Chaffetz charged that DOJ was handing out immunity deals "like candy."

The fix was in, to protect Clinton and some of her top aides. And the fix was made possible by Comey and Lynch. One fixer, charged with protecting American citizens from criminals, the other fixer was charged with prosecuting them. Both failed in the Clinton email server case because both are corrupted. 

Here's an extra bonus connected to Hillary's foiled dreams of supremacy. It's doubtful that the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) will be able to implement its global anti-islamophobia censorship program. Remember that she hosted  OIC get-togethers in Istanbul and Washington. The OIC blames freedom of speech for Islamophobia. 

The OIC champions "Human Rights." But, there's a catch. To the 57 members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, all human rights must first be based on Islamic religious law, Sharia: whatever is inside Sharia is a human right, whatever is outside Sharia is not a human right. This what Clinton has approved of and encouraged for a long time. 

Comey and Lynch should both rehearse "The Jailhouse Rock." They could learn to harmonize with Prisoner Clinton. It would be an unusual vocal trio.

Edward Cline is the author of the Sparrowhawk novels set in England and Virginia in the pre-Revolutionary period, of several detective and suspense novels, and three collections of his commentaries and columns, all available on Amazon Books. His essays, book reviews, and other articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Journal of Information Ethics and other publications. He is a frequent contributor to Rule of Reason, Family Security Matters, Capitalism Magazine and other Web publications.     


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