Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Monday, November 07, 2016

New Emails Reviewed


Yesterday, FBI Director James Comey told Congress, that the agency hasn't changed its opinion, and that Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges after a review of new emails.

Twelve days ago, Director Comey informed Congress that the FBI had discovered emails in its separate investigation of Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, that could be connected to its investigation of whether Clinton mishandled classified information by using a private email server.

The last-minute announcement, by Comey that the FBI is still not recommending charges against Democratic presidential nominee after conducting a review of the newly discovered emails.  The announcement could put to rest a controversy that had reportedly helped Donald Trump, in the closing days of the presidential race, by narrowing the polling gap nationally in key battleground states.

In a letter, Director Comey said: "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."

Law enforcement officials explained that the conclusion was reached quickly, because thousands of the emails were duplicates of what had already been seen.  The laptop which was found was very old, around a decade, with lots of personal content on it not relevant to the investigation.

Clinton’s communications director Jennifer Palmieri said: “We are glad to see that he has found - and we were confident that he would- that he has confirmed the conclusion he reached in July; and we’re glad that this matter is resolved.”

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