US Video Analysis: Will Clinton’s E-Mails Lead to President Trump?

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I joined Al Jazeera’s Inside Story on Saturday to discuss the latest development in the US Presidential race — the FBI’s announcement that it is again looking at Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server.

The incident which sparked the surprise declaration by FBI Director James Comey on Friday is probably insignificant, at least with respect to US security, and unlikely to lead to further action against Clinton. E-mails were discovered on the computer of a former US Congressman from New York, Anthony Weiner, who is being investigated for sending sexually-explicit texts to a 15-year-old girl.

Weiner is the estranged husband of Huma Abedin, a senior aide to Clinton.

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However, only nine days before the Presidential election, image may be far more important than substance. The superficial invocation of Clinton and her handling of e-mails is already giving much-needed political ammunition to the campaign of Donald Trump, pushing away the Republican candidate’s recent troubles over failure to produce tax returns and his alleged sexual abuse of women.

Discussion considers these immediate consequences, but I also raise wider issues about the long-term damage to US political culture and to the image of “America” in the world.

The other panelists are author and political development consultant Lincoln Mitchell and Clyde Wilcox, a professor at the Georgetown University campus in Doha, Qatar.

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  1. Thought you claimed Donald was finished? If he is elected, will you recognize him as your president or will you do what Mousavi supporters did 7 years ago and reject his legitimacy and authority.

  2. 1. The FBI never ‘cleared’ Clinton as this AJ-shill keeps claiming [while HoseBeest-surrogate Scott studiously avoids correcting him] … it corruptly declined, thus far, to recommend prosecution, due to the fix being in with the InJustice Department, as others are now starting to make clear, e.g. the former assistant FBI director who weighs in today on Crooked Hillary:
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    “The Clintons, that’s a crime family, basically,” Kallstrom said. “It’s like organized crime. I mean the Clinton Foundation is a cesspool.”
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    Kallstrom, best known for leading the investigation into the explosion of TWA flight 800 in the late ’90s, said that Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, was a “pathological liar.”
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    He also blasted Attorney General Loretta Lynch, claiming that she impeded the investigation into Clinton’s private server.
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    “The problem here is this investigation was never a real investigation,” he said. “That’s the problem. They never had a grand jury empanelled, and the reason they never had a grand jury empanelled, I’m sure, is Loretta Lynch would not go along with that.”
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    “God forbid we put someone like that in the White House,” he added of Clinton.
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    Kallstrom also said that FBI Director James Comey and the rest of the FBI’s leadership were responsible for holding back the investigation, not the rest of the bureau.
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    “The agents are furious with what’s going on, I know that for a fact,” he said.
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    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/303458-former-fbi-official-clintons-are-a-crime-family
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    2. On top of that, the FBI is now also investigating the Clinton Foundation for ‘Pay-to-Play’:
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    Assistant Director of the FBI Thomas Fuentes said, “The FBI has an intensive investigation ongoing into the Clinton Foundation.”
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    He added, “The FBI made the determination that the investigation would go forward as a comprehensive unified case and be coordinated, so that investigation is ongoing and Huma Abedin and her role and activities concerning secretary of state in the nature of the foundation and possible pay to play, that’s still being looked at and now.”
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    http://www.breitbart.com/video/2016/10/30/clinton-foundation-fbi-investigation-confirmed-former-assistant-fbi-director/
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    3. Press begins calling on Democrats to Depose HillDawg:
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-hillary-clinton-emails-kass-1030-20161028-column.html
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    4. HillDawg & Huma struggle to forget this nasty Email business:
    https://twitter.com/UnSocialMe/status/792745284442783745

    • You have to appreciate the irony of a hardcore leftist posting links to neoconservative rags such as The Hill and breitbart. LOL. I suppose desperate times call for desperate measures, eh? Trolling ain’t easy.

  3. 1. Rumour has it FBI forced to reopen HoseBeest case out of fear NYPD would expose coverup:
    https://twitter.com/ConstanceQueen8/status/792494422508367873/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
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    2. Others have it Comey collapsed under internal pressure and weight of his guilty Catholic conscience:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3886942/Resignation-letters-piling-disaffected-FBI-agents-wife-urging-admit-wrong-Director-Comey-jumped-chance-reopen-Hillary-investigation.html
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    3. In any case, Fox is sharpening its claws to dissect this ball of wax:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi54CVrTrbM
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    4. Podesta Email rightly predicted — “If this P2P story gets out, we’re screwed!”
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-30/doug-band-john-podesta-if-story-gets-out-we-are-screwed
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    5. Washing his hands, Biden jumps ship:
    http://www.breitbart.com/video/2016/10/29/biden-trump-wins-ill-extend-hand/
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    6. Huma lawyers up, possibly angling for immunity in order to toss HillDawg under the bus:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3886250/Huma-Abedin-holed-New-York-home-day-FBI-reopens-case-against-Clinton.html

  4. I can’t believe that hack who claimed Clinton was not scandal ridden. The Clintons have been ridden with scandal. Look at the Marc Rich bribery for pardon. The way they shacked down billionaires for the Clinton foundation and as Sec of State, she led the way in destroying LIbya.

    And as for foreign perception, the people I have come across generally regard as Trump as a harmless bufoon but Clinton as a frighterning war mongering psychopath.

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