James Comey

James Comey and only James Comey to blame for Clinton?s defeat – Clinton

Hillary Clinton is now pointing the finger, laying blame for her loss solely at the feet of James Comey.

Hillary Clinton has blamed FBI director James Comey for her stunning defeat in the US presidential election in a conference call with her top campaign funders, according to two participants on the call.

Clinton was projected by nearly every national public opinion poll as the heavy favourite going into Tuesday’s race.

Instead, Republican Donald Trump won the election, shocking many throughout the nation and prompting widespread protests.

Clinton has kept a low profile since her defeat after delivering her concession speech on Wednesday morning.

On the phone call with supporters on Saturday, Clinton said her campaign and the national party had raised $US900 million ($A1.2 billion) from more than 3 million individual donors, according to the two participants who spoke to Reuters.

Clinton said Comey was at fault for her loss after he decided to send a letter to Congress only days before the election announcing that he was reinstating an investigation into whether she mishandled classified information when she used a private email server while secretary of state from 2009 to 2012. ? Read more »

Scott Adams on Comey, and why Hillary is stuffed, elected or not

Scott Adams can be a little too hard on the brain at times, but recently he’s been pitching some good posts. ?This one is one about Comey, and how his apparently contradictory public behaviour can be explained to make perfect sense.

Back to Comey.

As my regular readers know, the Persuasion Filter is related to the idea that the human brain never evolved to accurately comprehend reality. In order for us to be here today, our predecessors only needed to survive and procreate. They had no need to understand reality at any basic level. And we have no such need either. That?s why you might believe you are reincarnated from a monk and I might believe my prophet flew to heaven on a winged horse but we can both get through the day just fine. Many different interpretations of reality are good enough for survival. I like to describe reality as each person living their own movie, which works well unless our scripts conflict. When that happens, one of us goes into cognitive dissonance and rewrites our past to make the movies consistent.

That?s how I see the world.

Last year in this blog I suggested that the most productive and predictive way to view reality is through what I call the Persuasion Filter. That?s what I have been using to make spooky-good predictions about the election so far. And that?s what I?ll use today to give you an alternate movie about James Comey. Compare it to the movie you are running in your head and see which one better predicts the future.

The base assumption of the Persuasion Filter is that people are irrational 90% of the time and only rarely ? when no emotions are involved ? truly rational. This is the reverse of the common filter for reality, in which people are assumed to be rational 90% of the time and a bit crazy 10% of the time. That?s some background for context.

Back to Comey.

I?m hearing several interpretations for these two observations:

1. Comey seemed pro-Clinton when he dropped the initial email case.

2. Comey seems anti-Clinton this week because he announced a new round of investigations right before the election.

How can both behaviors be explained? Or, as I like to ask, which movie does the best job of explaining our observations and also predicting the future?

Some say Comey is a political pawn in a rigged system. By that movie script we can explain why he dropped the initial email case. But we can?t explain why he?s acting against Clinton?s interests now. What changed?

Well, some say Comey had to reopen the case against Clinton after discovering the Weiner laptop emails. If he failed to act, there might be a revolt at the FBI and maybe a whistleblower would come forward. But that leaves unexplained why Comey detailed to Congress how Clinton appeared to be guilty of crimes at the same time he said the FBI was dropping the case. If Comey had been protecting Clinton on the first round, he would have softened his description of her misdeeds, wouldn?t he? But he didn?t seem to hold back anything.

And none of those hypotheses explain why the people who know Comey have high regard for his integrity. Comey also has the security of a 10-year appointment as Director, so he has a low chance of getting fired or politically influenced. That?s exactly why the job has a 10-year term. Given what we know of Comey before any of the Clinton emails, any movie that casts Comey as an ass-covering weasel is probably making a casting mistake. Read more »

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And you thought House of Cards was fiction: FBI re-opens Clinton email investigation

You thought House of Cards was fiction didn’t you? Well, you were wrong, it is actually a documentary.

The FBI, under severe criticism for shelving Clinton’s email investigation earlier in the?year has announced they have re-opened the investigation 10 days out from the November 8 election.

Newly discovered emails found on a computer seized during an investigation of disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner have prompted the FBI to make new inquiries related to Hillary Clinton?s private email server, according to three people familiar with the deliberations.

FBI Director James B. Comey informed congressional leaders Friday that the agency would take ?appropriate investigative steps? to determine whether the newly discovered emails contain classified information and to assess their importance to the Clinton server probe.

The emails were found on a computer used jointly by both Weiner and his wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, according to a person with knowledge of the inquiry. Federal officials have been examining Weiner?s alleged sexually suggestive online messages with a teenage girl. The link to the Weiner probe was first reported by the New York Times.

Comey?s announcement appears to restart the FBI?s probe of Clinton?s server, which previously ended in July with no charges.

The announcement, coming less than two weeks before the presidential election, could reshape a campaign that Clinton, the Democratic nominee, has been leading in public polls. It was immediately hailed by Republican nominee Donald Trump, who, told supporters at a New Hampshire rally that, ?perhaps, finally, justice will be done.?

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The sell out of the FBI

Yesterday we blogged about the concerning details about the FBI and donors associated with Hillary Clinton.

Now, news is breaking in the US about the activities of FBI Director?James Comey’s actions in ceasing FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server.

As evidence mounts that the Director of the FBI subverted justice, damaged the reputation of the Bureau and squandered the support of his agents, calls for his resignation will surely escalate.

Can there be any confidence in his future judgments and decisions, as long as he continues to preside over the once-venerated Federal Bureau of Investigation?

That is the plight James Comey now faces in light of the exclusive story published by foxnews.com in which a person closely involved in the investigation of Hillary Clinton?s emails revealed that career FBI agents and attorneys who dedicated themselves to the year-long probe unanimously?believed she should have been criminally charged.

That’s not what Comey said at his press conference. He stated that??no reasonable prosecutor would bring this case,?.

More than 100 agents and analysts were assigned to the case.? They all thought Clinton committed crimes.? And maybe Comey believed it, too.? But he chose to ignore both the evidence and the law. It is sad and confounding and infuriating, all at the same time.

A second source, a high-ranking FBI official, confirmed the crux of his colleague?s stunning revelation.? He said that while it may not have been a unanimous belief, the vast?majority felt Clinton should be prosecuted.? Stripping her of her security clearance was unanimous, he explained.

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No wonder Hillary’s email scandal went nowhere with the FBI

If something waddles like a duck, and it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck…it most probably is a duck.

The political organisation of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, an influential Democrat with longstanding ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, gave nearly $500,000 to the election campaign of the wife of an official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation who later helped oversee the investigation into Mrs. Clinton?s email use.

Campaign finance records show Mr. McAuliffe?s political-action committee donated $467,500 to the 2015 state Senate campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe, who is married to Andrew McCabe, now the deputy director of the FBI.

The Virginia Democratic Party, over which Mr. McAuliffe exerts considerable control, donated an additional $207,788 worth of support to Dr. McCabe?s campaign in the form of mailers, according to the records. That adds up to slightly more than $675,000 to her candidacy from entities either directly under Mr. McAuliffe?s control or strongly influenced by him. The figure represents more than a third of all the campaign funds Dr. McCabe raised in the effort.

Mr. McAuliffe and other state party leaders recruited Dr. McCabe to run, according to party officials. She lost the election to incumbent Republican Dick Black.

A spokesman for the governor said he ?supported Jill McCabe because he believed she would be a good state senator. This is a customary practice for Virginia governors ? Any insinuation that his support was tied to anything other than his desire to elect candidates who would help pass his agenda is ridiculous.?

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FBI says they foiled planned July 4 attacks

The head of the FBI has announced that they foiled several Islamic terror attacks on the US that were timed for July 4.

U.S. officials stopped Islamic extremist-inspired attempts to kill Americans around the July 4 holiday, FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday.

Over the past four weeks, more than 10 people inspired by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have been arrested by U.S. authorities, Comey told multiple news outlets, some of which were focused on the Independence Day holiday.

“I do believe we disrupted efforts to kill people in connection to the Fourth,” Comey said, according to?CBS.

“Some of them were focused on the Fourth of July, and that’s as specific as I can get,? he added, according to?NBC.? ? Read more »

Al-Qaeda calls for ‘lone wolf’ attacks on UK airlines

Al-Qaeda is ramping up the stakes in the race to be the premier Islamic terror organisation.

ISIS has seriously dented their mosque cred but they are now suggesting to lone wolf terrorists to go and attack prominent British targets like British Airways, EasyJet and praising recent terror attacks.

Police and security services are investigating an Al-Qaeda magazine which calls for ‘lone wolf’ terrorists to blow up easyJet and British Airways planes using bombs made in their kitchens.

The chilling and widely-reported call to arms says high-profile airlines should be targeted in a bid to gain headlines and ‘crush the enemy’s economy’.

Released on Christmas Eve, the disturbing publication names British Airways because it is the ‘flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom’ and the largest airline by number of planes.

Budget carrier easyJet is equally targeted because it ‘is a low cost carrier, hence has a large number of passengers.’

A Home Office spokesman said: ‘We are aware of this publication and the police and security agencies are taking appropriate action. National security and protecting the public is our priority.

‘Our comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy includes measures to remove terrorist material hosted online, prevent radicalisation and protect the UK from acts of terrorism.’

Also targeted in the publication, which is called Inspire and has been widely reported by news outlets around the world, are Air France and U.S. carriers American Airlines, United and Delta alongside high-profile U.S. figures Bill Gates and Federal Reserve chairman?Ben Bernanke.

Continental Airlines is also singled out despite the fact that it stopped flying planes under its name two years ago after merging with United to form United Continental Holdings. ?? Read more »