In addition to her prepared statement, Hillary Clinton told reporters in response to a question that neither she nor any of her advisers have been contacted directly by either Jim Comey or anyone else at the FBI on the day that the revelations of the investigation being reopened became public.
She’s asked if she’s concerned that the new emails will in any way reveal classified information that she sent or received, a question that she chose to ignore.
She stated that it is her belief that people have already made up their minds about the emails and it is factored into what they think. They need to hurry to the polls and vote early, apparently because there is a danger presented by waiting for more information to be leaked out.
She’s asked if she has spoken to Huma Abedin about the location of the emails and whether Huma has been able to give her any information about that. Clinton again chooses not to answer the question but rather to rant about not being told what the FBI found out about her. She calls them “rumors” and says that she’s sure there will be even more.
Clinton demands of the FBI that “If they’re going to be sending this kind of letter that is only going originally to Republican members of the House, that they need to share whatever facts they claim to have with the American people.” The letter went to those in leadership positions, that being the Republicans because they are in the majority. The American people would love to see what’s in those emails too, as Clinton knows, but the more damning content would be classified and therefore, much of it may be beyond our reach.
Lou Dobbs asks Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for his input based upon what he has seen and learned, following the brief statement by Clinton. He says that Director Comey “had an absolute duty, eleven days or not, to come forward with the new information that he has and let the American people know that too. So she is under criminal investigation. The FBI, as Director Comey said some months ago, does not do security reviews. It does criminal investigations.”
“So that’s what’s at stake here,” says Sessions, “and I hate it but we also, I’m sure, have to realize the significance of these secret emails perhaps being sent to multiple unsecure computer systems throughout the country. That’s very, very bad.”
Mr. Dobbs notes that there is a concern over the security of an ongoing investigation but ask if there isn’t a higher responsibility to the American people in view of the fact that the timing is critical in the process of selecting a president.
Sessions reminds the audience that it is not the job of the FBI Director to do background checks on potential presidents, and that his focus should be on investigation of criminal acts and a recommendation if warranted that they be prosecuted.
Dobbs asks if the current situation is not an acknowledgment that Comey has already “mucked it up.” He says, “The fact is, that server, those devices, all were in existence during the course of the investigation that he said he had concluded on July 5th. Why didn’t we know then what we apparently are learning now?”
Sessions replies, “Well, that is a good question. It does appear this was learned from an entirely different avenue, an entirely different investigation. What they’ve determined so far, I don’t know, but Lou, I don’t think it’s a little bitty matter. I don’t believe he would announce this unless he thought there was something pretty darn serious here that he had to tell the American people about rather than keep it secret.”
Sessions added, “Because, if it’s different from what he told the Congress in his testimony and the American people then he had to correct it.
Dobbs expresses his concerns over the lack of integrity, objectivity and judgment exhibited by the DOJ and the dissent within the FBI over the questionable decisions from their and DOJ leadership. The meeting with Bill Clinton by Loretta Lynch and the turmoil that Dobbs characterized as calamity on top of calamity.
Senator Sessions says, “I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. I’m uncomfortable with the way the investigation was conducted. He describes the Clinton – Lynch meeting on the Phoenix tarmac as putting Comey at the time into a position where he had to make an announcement, giving facts as he made it.”
He believes Comey “probably wasn’t happy with it and now other things have come forward and he’s stepped up and done what his duty is, I think. He’s got evidence to go forward now, with further criminal investigation. He has no other responsibility than to follow that and then tell the American people what he’s doing.”
Dobbs states his understanding of the inferences of Senator Sessions to be that this would not have taken place had the new evidence not been of the blockbuster, momentous variety. Sessions replies, “Well, it’s certainly significant. And I don’t believe a minor matter would have led to him making this announcement.
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