As Donald Trump and the Republican party spent much of the day Friday flat-out bragging about the news that the FBI was looking into emails linked to Hillary Clinton, as with so many things we’ve seen this election, the details completely debunk everything they’re claiming.
First, no, the FBI didn’t “reopen” the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server because, technically, it was never officially “closed.” So these headlines I saw flying around suggesting something had happened that caused the FBI to “reopen” its investigation are a textbook example of irresponsible reporting.
Since we live in a day and age where being first often matters more than being accurate, stories were written and published before most people really knew what the heck was going on.
Second, while the FBI is looking into emails related to Clinton, this new “investigation” doesn’t really have much of anything to do with her.
Once the smoke had cleared, what we learned was that during the FBI’s investigation into infamous pervert and possible sexual predator Anthony Weiner, they found emails related to Clinton’s server on devices he and his wife Huma Abedin owned.
Basically what it boils down to is that because emails linked to Clinton’s server were found on these devices, that requires the FBI to look at those documents to determine whether or not they were classified.
No, seriously, that’s pretty much the entire “story.”
Because these emails relate to Clinton’s server, FBI Director James Comey then had to authorize people to look into them to determine whether or not they’re classified. The only reason this really became a “story” is because Comey wrote a very vague letter to inform Congress that they were looking into more emails related to Clinton’s server, a letter that Donald Trump and many Republicans then ran with, making all sorts of claims that, ultimately, the facts then completely debunked.
Here’s what Trump said about this on Friday:
I have great respect for the fact that the FBI and Department of Justice are now willing to have the courage to right the horrible mistake that they made. This was a grave miscarriage of justice that the American people fully understood and is about to be corrected.
But, wait, I thought the FBI and Director Comey were all part of a conspiracy to “rig” the election for Clinton? So, then what Trump’s admitting to with this statement is that he was wrong about all of that? Ignoring for a moment that his comments had nothing to do with what Comey actually said in his letter to Congress, Trump heaping praise on the FBI (and the DOJ for some reason, even though they have absolutely nothing to do with this) was essentially his admission that all of this “the FBI is helping to rig the election for Clinton” conspiracy nonsense he’s been pushing was completely unfounded.
Of course, most rational and sane people already knew that.
What Trump’s comment means is that, from here on out, he can’t whine about the FBI trying to help Clinton because he heaped praise on Comey alerting Congress that they were looking into more emails.
Furthermore, what this letter Comey sent to Congress really does is soundly debunk all of these “the FBI is helping Clinton” conspiracies. Not only does this “story” coming out this close to the election hurt Clinton — because even though it’s a non-story, anything related to the FBI looking into her emails is going to be spun negatively for her campaign — it also proves that Comey oversaw the investigation legally and ethically. If Comey was really trying to protect Clinton to help her chances of being elected president, then I’m fairly certain he would have done everything he could to make sure the news of this “story” didn’t become public knowledge until after the election.
Plus, Clinton’s campaign has very quickly and publicly said that they want the FBI to release more details of what’s happening concerning these emails, a clear indication that they have nothing to hide. Which doesn’t quite go along with this idea that Clinton is shady and unethical considering that if she were actually worried about any of this, she obviously wouldn’t be pushing the FBI to be more open and transparent about what they’re looking into.
If she did have something to hide, she’d likely be acting a whole lot more like Trump and how he’s acted concerning his tax returns.
Not only that, being that he didn’t even have to inform Congress concerning what was going on, the FBI could have looked into these new emails and there’s a good chance nobody would have ever found out about it. And even if they did, it would have most likely been after the election, which would have looked really bad for Comey and the FBI. That’s probably the reason why he sent this letter in the first place — so that Republicans can’t claim “conspiracy” and accuse Comey of trying to protect Clinton by concealing the fact that they had investigated more emails.
Truthfully, Comey should have probably never sent this letter in the first place. Especially considering Republicans then twisted what it actually said, many implying that the “investigation into Clinton’s emails had been reopened” — when that wasn’t the case.
However, in the end, all this really did was disprove the biggest anti-Clinton conspiracy that Donald Trump and the GOP have been pushing. Because if she really had broken the law, though only avoided going to prison because the “FBI investigation was rigged to help her,” then this letter would have never been sent — especially this close to Election Day.
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