Trump and Hillary React to FBI Director Comey’s October Surprise
by Stephen Lendman
Both candidates reacted as expected - despite no chance whatever that Comey will recommend Hillary be held accountable for wrongdoing after whitewashing her email scandal earlier.
Why he’s reopening things won’t be clear until more is known about his decision. A leaked email obtained by Fox News suggests his concern about news of the new email discovery becoming publicly known, furthering the argument of a coverup for Hillary. Yet acting so close to November 8 is astonishing and unprecedented.
Asked if she knew about new information discovered on devices owned by her close aide Huma Abedin and her husband, former congressman Anthony Weiner, defrocked over multiple sexting scandals, her usual dissembling followed, telling reporters in a hastily called news conference lasting around 4 minutes to avoid embarrassing questions:
“You know, we’ve heard these rumors. We don’t know what to believe, and I’m sure there will even be more rumors.”
“That’s why it is incumbent upon the FBI to tell us what they are talking about…because right now your guess is as good as mine, and I don’t think that’s good enough.”
“I’m confident whatever (new information the FBI has) will not change the conclusion (it) reached in July.”
“You know, I think people a long time ago made up their minds about the emails.” She urged “everyone to get out and vote early in all the states that have early voting.”
Following her comments, Politico reporter Gabriel Defenedetti tweeted: “Walking out of her presser, Clinton laughed when @kwelkernbc asked if the news would sink her campaign. She’s now flying back to NY.”
Trump called reopening the probe the “biggest political scandal since Watergate. It’s everybody’s hope that justice at last can be delivered.”
“The FBI would have never reopened the case at this time unless it was the most egregious criminal offense.”
“Tonight, Hillary Clinton tried to politicize this investigation,” emphasizing “another Clinton lie,” adding “I’ve had plenty of words about the FBI lately, but I give them great credit for having the courage to right this horrible wrong. Justice will prevail.”
“Hillary Clinton’s corruption is on a scale we have never seen before. We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the oval office.”
Separately, he tweeted @piersmorgan: BOMBSHELL: FBI reopening its investigation into HillaryClinton’s email server after new discovery!”
“We must not let #CrookedHillary take her CRIMINAL SCHEME into the Oval Office. #DrainTheSwamp”
Obama reacted to the FBI’s announcement dismissively, merely saying Hillary is “really, really qualified,” ignoring her high crimes and his own.
Maintaining one-sided support for her, New York Times editors downplayed the reopened FBI probe, saying it doesn’t mean it’s again “investigati(ing) Mrs. Clinton (or) trying to influence the election…(I)t’s impossible for voters to judge the significance of (new information) discovered…”
Washington Post editors accused Comey of “bad timing.” Wall Street Journal editors said his “probe has been a kid-glove exercise all along…Mrs. Clinton could be entering the White House amid an ongoing ethics investigation, which may be a historical first.”
Just societies indeed would “lock her up,” as Trump supporters chant when he speaks. Power brokers running America anointed her Obama’s successor before polls open next month.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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