While I'd heard FBI Director James Comey was an upstanding guy, I've lived long enough to know in this day and age, do your own footwork and trust only those you know can be trusted to tell the truth.
Therefore, I watched Comey's pronouncement and his testimony before the congressional oversight committee recently concerning Hillary Clinton's private, unsecured e-mail system being kept in her Chappaqua, N.Y., home during her tenure as Secretary of State, and the results of the yearlong FBI investigation as to laws broken in doing so.
A stunner, at first I was completely puzzled. Comey carefully laid out all the facts for which Hillary and her top aides were guilty. In a nutshell, it was "extremely careless" to keep the server with up to and including top secret information on it at her home with less security than Gmail.
With the ever-present possibility of being hacked, and it looked like it was numerous times, Clinton could be blackmailed. At the very least, it could put our undercover personnel and our soldiers all over the world in harm's way.
During the oversight hearing, Trey Gowdy brought out a couple of dozen laws, including felonies, Clinton was guilty of breaking, laws others were already serving time for. Comey even agreed.
However, just as Comey took us to the very edge of an obvious upcoming Hillary prosecution, Comey added that he would NOT refer Clinton for criminal charges to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Justice Department. Why? Because he couldn't say Hillary had done it deliberately or meant to hurt anyone. She did, of course, do it to cover up her long life of crime and lies without any thought of others being hurt. Such has always been Hillary Clinton's modus operandi.
Not usual to announce this from the FBI but then, it was also very unusual that Loretta Lynch had already recently announced that rather than go over the evidence, she would simply go along with whatever Comey recommended. She later explained that when she happened (?) to have met for 45 minutes with former President Bill Clinton in her private plane on the tarmac in Phoenix the week before Comey's announcement, with no one but her husband present, perhaps that meeting would look like a conflict of interest.
What are the odds of this chance meeting in Phoenix with the head of the Justice Department who would oversee a case Bill Clinton's wife was in the middle of who also happens to be running for president of the United States? Added to that, Bill Clinton, in 1999, had nominated Lynch as the chief federal U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. At the same time, FBI Director Comey was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. Comey, Lynch and Bill Clinton's paths had already crossed numerous times at this point.
Today, Sarah Westwood of the Washington Examiner, among others, has written that it appears there was an inside deal in the FBI to let Hillary walk. While it is common practice to sign an NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement) by the participating parties doing the investigating, this time new documents heretofore unheard of (Case Briefing Acknowledgement Forms) were presented for ALL to sign to keep them from blabbing any inside info on the investigation.
I also watched Lynch's 4½ hour hearing before the Congressional oversight committee (7-12-16). They wanted to know about Lynch's Bill Clinton visit, why she had suddenly decided to simply go along with whatever Comey from the FBI suggested. The hearing was stunning. For 4½ hours, Lynch repeated four answers designed by her and her attorney's obviously to say absolutely NOTHING. It was so bad, at one point, a Republican asked her if the legal speed limit on a certain road were marked 55 mph and a motorist was going 65 mph, would they be breaking the law? She would not even answer that.
To make it even more distasteful, to a man, every single Democrat refused to ask any Hillary questions, the very reason for the hearing - instead focusing entirely on white on black racism and the cops killing too many blacks. The only tidbit gleaned in all those hours was the one time Lynch slipped up and revealed that during the yearlong investigation into Hillary and her server, part of the people in the FBI group were, in fact, a group from Lynch's own Justice Department. Obviously, Lynch had information ahead of time before the FBI concluded their investigation. THE HILLARY FIX WAS IN! And if Hillary manages to become POTUS, it won't take much to believe she will certainly keep Lynch on as attorney general of the Justice Department.
TO EVEN UNDERSTAND HILLARY'S NON-PROSECUTION FOR VERY OBVIOUS CRIMES, WE MUST BACK UP A FEW YEARS AND PIECE THE PLAYERS LIVES TOGETHER FOR WITH THE CLINTONS, IT'S ALWAYS WHO YOU KNOW.
To begin, current FBI Director Comey has a long history with current Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Comey also has a long history of covering for both Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Enter master "digger" and author Jerome Corsi, who has dug up enough dirt on both the Clintons and Obama's (with corresponding documentation that is pure perfection) to fill a cemetery.
Loretta Lynch, back in her college days, formed a club for all black women. These are the liberals who scream racism. It had but one person who joined. That woman was none other than the future wife of former Attorney General Eric Holder, the very person whose position Loretta Lynch filled last year after President Obama nominated her. Lynch and Mrs. Holder have remained close all these years. First connection.
Next, enter Hogan and Hartson (H & H), a DC law firm with close ties to Hillary Clinton. They have, in fact, this time around, donated nearly $250,000 to Hillary Clinton's campaign. And Christine Varney, one H & H partner, in 1992 served as chief counsel for the Clinton-Gore campaign (The American Lawyer).
Over the years, Loretta Lynch, Cheryl Mills (who worked under Hillary Clinton at the State Department and who was investigated for her own e-mail problems similar to Hillary) and Sandy Berger (who was caught removing classified documents from the National Archives that showed the Clinton Administration was negligent in the buildup prior to the 9-11 attacks), all worked together at H & H. In fact, they would leave to work other jobs, then go back to work at H & H.
Not only did H & H do the Clintons' taxes, they filed a patent request in 2004 for Denver-based MX Logic Inc., which is the company responsible for Hillary's illegal server in her Chappaqua home. But prior to that, Hillary herself revealed that the server in their home was first Bill Clinton's.
Logic employees, without any type of clearance, have stated they had access to Hillary's classified documents when they took care of the server. Anything on it could be read, tapped, archived or forwarded to anyone in the world without anyone knowing it. And of course, it could also be hacked.
Enter then-Deputy Attorney General at Justice Comey, who limited the Berger National Archives theft investigation which could have implicated if not shown it was Bill Clinton who directed Berger to steal the documents. In fact, numerous people reported Comey appeared lax in making any connection between Clinton and the Berger theft.
That's not surprising to me, since Comey just testified, when asked, if he had put Hillary under oath when she was recently questioned and he said no. Had she been caught lying (she was), it would not even have been under oath. How convenient.
He did, however, state the following concerning issues of mishandling classified documents: "We take them very seriously ... having prosecuted and sought administrative sanctions against people for mishandling classified information."
"It's our lifeblood, those secrets," he said. "It's against the law for anyone to intentionally remove documents from the National Archives and destroy some of them." But apparently his seriousness about protecting classified documents didn't come into play when it came to the Hillary/unsecured server investigation.
As it turned out, Berger pleaded guilty, was fined $50,000, 100 hours of community service, two years of probation and his national security license stripped for two years. A convicted thief.
Nevertheless, it was learned from e-mails the FBI were able to retrieve that Hillary used convicted thief Berger when Secretary of State, giving him access to classified documents. It was he who advised her how to strongarm Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to be more cooperative and revealing to the Obama Administration.
Likewise, Hillary again as secretary of state, explicitly against Obama's wishes, hired her years-long friend Sidney Blumenthal at $200,000 a year to advise her concerning Benghazi, both having financial interests there before the slaughter. Blumenthal would actually go to Libya and direct Hillary from there. Unknown to Obama, obviously. And again, of course, e-mail Hillary certainly did NOT want anyone to ever see revealed this.
On to other Lynch/Comey connections.
THE HSBC LINK - When Lynch was nominated by Barack Obama in 2015 to be attorney general, it came out that in her capacity as U.S. Attorney in New York, Lynch decided not to prosecute banking giant HSBC for laundering funds for Mexican drug cartels and middle-eastern terrorists.
Former HSBC VP John Cruz had brought money laundering charges based on his more than 1,000 pages of evidence and secret audio recordings. But Lynch was alleged to have engaged in a Dept. of Justice cover-up, instead allowing HSBC in 2011 to enter into a "deferred prosecution" settlement in which HSBC would pay a $1.9 billion fine and admit to criminal conduct while all criminal investigations and prosecutions of HSBC employees and directors would be dropped.
In 2013, Comey himself had joined the HSBC board of directors, as a non-executive director and member of the bank's Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee, positions he held until he became FBI head on Aug. 3, 2013.
Going back to 2004 and the Valerie Plame/Joe Wilson case, where journalist Robert Novak supposedly leaked information that Plame was a CIA operative (a fact Plame herself had already revealed to many), Comey took over the investigation when then Attorney General John Ashcroft recused himself.
Comey then appointed Patrick Fitzgerald special counsel conducting the inquiry. At the time, Fitzgerald was already godfather to one of Comey's children. In 2005, Fitzgerald charged Scooter Libby, a devout Christian and prominent adviser to then-VP Dick Cheney, in the Plame investigation, saying Libby committed perjury, two counts of false statements to federal prosecutors and one count of obstruction of justice. Libby was convicted and sentenced to 2½ years in federal prison. I followed the case which by all accounts was a witchhunt to nail a conservative.
Just last year, NY Times reporter Judith Miller (hardly a conservative) in her memoir, "The Story: A Reporter's Journey," exposed unscrupulous conduct by Fitzgerald in the Libby trial. Miller herself had testified against Libby, later realizing she had been completely manipulated by Fitzgerald to do so and gave what later was deemed false testimony concerning Mr. Libby. This was Comey's man he had appointed, the godfather of his child.
Plame and her husband, retired ambassador Joseph Wilson have been tremendous supporters of Hillary Clinton's for years, openly acknowledging their closeness with both Hillary and Bill.
In a 2015 USA Today op-ed, they declared they had known the Clintons for some 20 years. Joe Wilson, while serving as National Security Council senior director for African Affairs, had arranged an African trip for President Bill Clinton which ended up changing their lives and connecting them to the Clinton Foundation.
This Clinton connection turned out to be very helpful for Plame and Wilson for after retirement, Wilson did contract work for an agency in Afghanistan and when he hit trouble, his old friend Hillary Clinton, with deep ties with everyone, came to the rescue, illegally, in her capacity in the State Department. Just another situation Hillary would not have wanted discovered on her "secret" server which, of course, was the very reason she had a private server in the first place. The Clinton connections never end but my time does.
You have to wonder what was on the 35,000 deleted e-mails Hillary said contained yoga lessons and wedding plans.