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Comey's personal email versus Hillary's personal email

I've discussed Comey's use of personal email while he was FBI Director, and Hillary's use of her personal email server while Secretary of State. Since it's recently come out that Comey's personal email account had sensitive information in it, including (ironically) discussion about Hillary's case, I thought it's worth laying out the similarities and the differences.

What's similar: both Comey and Hillary had classified information on their personal email. Both Comey and Hillary used their personal email for official business frequently, potentially raising record-keeping issues.

What's different:
Comey's personal email was hosted on gmail, a commercial enterprise
Hillary's personal email was hosted by a small company and/or her personal employees

Legally, this difference doesn't matter much. Technically, gmail is likely to be more secure than Hillary's server.

Comey used personal email for some tasks but had a .gov address
Hillary used her server for everything and did not have a .gov address

This difference is important in theory but not in practice. Hillary's use of the personal server for everything means she was effectively evading record-keeping laws (probably her intended purpose) in addition to sending and receiving classified information. In theory, Comey's usage could be OK if he used the account only incidentally and did not use it for sensitive information, plus complied with FOIA and record-keeping laws. In practice, it appears he used it for classified information on a regular basis, so there's little real difference.

Broadly, Comey's usage fits the pattern of someone who wasn't as careful as he should have been with sensitive information. He could -- and arguably should -- be prosecuted for it. Hillary's personal server, on the other hand, demonstrates a broad intent to evade record-keeping laws in addition to carelessness with classified information and security issues in general. (Not discussed often is how easy it would be to forge an official-looking email from Clinton's server to the government server...)

It's possible for a fair-minded, objective prosecutor to exercise leniency in Comey's case. Yanking his security clearance, firing him, and ensuring he will not have a clearance in the future could be sufficient penalty, depending on exactly what information he was careless with.

In Hillary's case, there's just no room for that.

Notably, though, this new revelation about the contents of Comey's personal email strongly suggests that Comey and Hillary were vulnerable to exactly the same charge: classified information taken deliberately out of it's proper place and put in an unsecure environment. I've previously argued that Comey wasn't necessarily conflicted; he could have been using his personal email address within reason and within guidelines, without storing classified or sensitive information there.

It is now clear that is not the case, and his exoneration of Hillary set a precedent that now, if valid, would exonerate him. That seems a conflict of interest that should have warranted recusal, even if it was Comeys decision to make in the first place -- it should have been made at DOJ. Of course, Lynch was already recused and neither could risk an honest decision being made, because an honest decision would inevitably result in indictment for Hillary... and possibly, we now learn, Comey as well.

Mon Nov 12 05:24:45 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Explaining a puzzler

Over at Conservative Treehouse, there's a good explanation for something that has been puzzling me: the bizarre plea bargain of James Wolfe, which transformed the crime of leaking classified information to the media into a much lesser charge of lying to the FBI. The transition from a full-bore prosecution of leakers to a much reduced plea bargain now makes sense. What happened?

First, Sessions ordered a leak investigation, and that took place. It turned up (presumably among others) James Wolfe, who (as a staffer for the Senate intelligence committee) leaked classified information to (again among others) Ali Watkins. Everything was going swimmingly; he was arrested, charges were in the process, and so on.

Second, James Wolfe said he would go to trial, and that he would call Senators to testify in his defense. Presumably, he would say they ordered him to release the information, so it was not unauthorized. This became publicly known, and functions essentially as a blackmail threat, only in public. Suddenly, Senators are interested in helping with his defense.

Third, details of the indictment against Wolfe are leaked. The details basically prove that Wolfe leaked the unredacted Carter Page FISA warrant to the media.

Fourth, suddenly Wolfe gets a sweet plea deal and no need to call Senators to testify at his trial, which won't happen.

The question is, what happened between steps Three and Four?

The answer appears to be: The revelation that the leaked material was involved in the Russian Collusion investigation shifted supervision of the leak inquiry from AG Sessions to Rod Rosenstein due to Sessions' recusal from Russia matters. Rosenstein promptly plea-bargained with Wolfe to protect the Senators who participated in SpyGate.

That plea bargain demonstrates conclusively which side Rosenstein is on, and it isn't the side of Truth, Justice, and the Trump way.

Rosenstein must be removed from supervision of anything related to SpyGate. Removing Sessions, and his recusal bubble, is the simplest way the President can do that. And preventing a Senate-confirmed non-conflicted AG from taking over Rosenstein's current supervisory role is why Whitaker is under withering attack and the vote counts in Florida and possibly Arizona are being manipulated to keep the Republicans in the Senate from having a strong enough majority to confirm someone willing and able to properly cut this Gordian knot.

Mon Nov 12 04:24:45 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another fake hate crime

College FixA flier at a Kansas State University apartment complex bearing the very racist statement “Beware [N-words] Live Here!!! Knock at Your Own Risk” has turned out to be a hoax.

I don't think I've ever seen an actual, genuinely anti-black racist hate crime in my life. Hatred of jews, yes, including multiple synagogue attacks. Hatred of white people. Religious bigotry, mostly by Muslims against Jews. Political hatred, mostly by Democrats against Republicans. But things that conform to The Narrative? Nope, every single one of those has turned out to be fake in some way.

Mon Nov 12 03:24:45 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats are stealing elections in Florida

Fox News"Late Tuesday night, our win was projected to be around 57,000 votes," Scott told reporters. "By Wednesday morning, that lead dropped to 38,000. By Wednesday evening, it was around 30,000. This morning, it was around 21,000. Now, it is 15,000."

He continued: "On election night, Broward County said there were 634,000 votes cast. At 1 a.m. today, there were 695,700 ballots cast on election day. At 2:30 p.m. today, the number was up to 707,223 ballots cast on Election Day. And we just learned, that the number has increased to 712,840 ballots cast on Election Day. In Palm Beach County, there are 15,000 new votes found since election night.

"So, it has been over 48 hours since the polls closed and Broward and Palm Beach Counties are still finding and counting ballots – and the Supervisors – Brenda Snipes and Susan Bucher – cannot seem to say how many ballots still exist or where these ballots came from, or where they have been," Scott said.

So far, Broward County election officials in Florida have refused to provide vote totals, refused to provide updates on counted votes, and refused to allow witnesses to observe the vote counting process. There is no reason for them to refuse any of these requests -- which are, I might add, required by election law in Florida. The only reason for this is to manufacture votes to change the outcome of the election.

It must not be allowed to stand.

Mon Nov 12 02:24:45 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Georgia looks at Florida and says "Hold my beer!"

Washington ExaminerThere may be hope yet for Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor.

The Democratic Party of Georgia tweeted Saturday evening that a "handful" of Georgia counties reported thousands of "new" absentee, early, and Election Day votes not accounted for by Republican candidate Brian Kemp.

Just to be clear, these are "new" ballots. So fresh the ink isn't dry yet.

Mon Nov 12 01:24:45 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump seriously considering declassifying SpyGate documents

Sara CarterPresident Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is “seriously” considering declassifying a slew of documents requested by former Republican House leaders investigating the FBI’s handling of the Russia probe.

Declassification is probably going to have to wait until the Mueller probe shuts down, because anything else is begging for Mueller to add it to the report and call it obstruction. But Mueller's shield, Rosenstein, is no longer able to defend him.

Fri Nov 09 08:50:37 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

House Dems decide to go for impeachment

The FederalistJudiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., revealed plans for House Democrats to investigate and impeach Justice Brett Kavanaugh for alleged perjury and investigate and impeach President Donald Trump for alleged treasonous collusion with Russia.

Did no one inform him he needs 66 votes in the Senate to actually remove either of them? And that's just not going to happen. His party doesn't even have a majority.

The FederalistIn post-election chats with various callers while riding the Acela train from New York to Washington, Nadler gave advice to a newly elected representative and discussed potential 2020 Democratic presidential nominees with another. He also lamented identity politics and the thriving economy and worried about Democrats losing working-class voters while gaining elite former Republicans and suburban women.

The first takeaway: Don't discuss your super-secret political strategies on a public train. Your fellow travelers may not be fellow travelers, if you get my drift.

The FederalistFollowing the train ride, Nadler weighed in on Twitter about the news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned, using the language of accountability: “Americans must have answers immediately as to the reasoning behind @realDonaldTrump removing Jeff Sessions from @TheJusticeDept. Why is the President making this change and who has authority over Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation? We will be holding people accountable.”

In March 2017, however, Nadler called for Sessions to resign: [on twitter]

In the political world, there are people of principal who take a stand on things based on evidence and beliefs, and then there are people who take a stand because they don't like the person on the other side.

Fri Nov 09 07:50:37 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Teaching Racism in Common Core

The Federalist“If you are under the impression that there are good white people and bad white people, you’re wrong,” UnboundEd CEO Kate Gerson told the teachers this year, according to Hess and Addison. “Gerson informed her charges that racial biases are pervasive, universal, and something ‘you cannot be cured from.'”

Gerson used to be directly employed by New York taxpayers within the New York Department of Education’s project to create Common Core-compliant curriculum, EngageNY. The curricula she helped create didn’t stay in New York, however. It’s reached across the country because the Obama administration funded it to create one of the few earliest available and widely endorsed set of Common Core-compliant materials. So if you’re a taxpayer, you funded this under the guise of Common Core.

This is why the school curriculum should be under local control by parents with kids in school (and preferably partnering with local businesses). Any attempt at a national curriculum will inevitably end up as a political football used for indoctrination and propaganda.

Fri Nov 09 06:50:39 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller begins writing his final report

The HillSpecial counsel Robert Mueller's team has started writing its final report after a months-long investigation into possible ties between President Trump's presidential campaign and Russia, multiple sources told CNN on Thursday.

Funny how a supposedly non-political investigation had to wait until after the elections to begin writing their final report. I mean, I could understand waiting until after the elections to release it. But if you start writing immediately after the elections, it sort of suggests that you needed to know the outcome of those elections to determine what you would write.

Fri Nov 09 06:02:35 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats appear to be trying to steal elections in Florida, Arizona

In Arizona, Dems are trying to find an extra 9,610 votes in the Senate.

In Florida, Broward County is trying to erase a 60,000 vote lead. Law enforcement is investigating. In both cases, the attempted fraud leans Democrat.

UPDATE: Judicial Branch says hey wait a minute...

UPDATE: Eyewitness accounts of blank ballots being filled out in Broward County. Details.

Fri Nov 09 05:02:35 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

New York subway bomber convicted, hates Trump, supports ISIS

CBS NewsAkayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi immigrant who set off a pipe bomb in New York City's busiest subway station at rush hour, was convicted Tuesday of terrorism charges. After the verdict was announced and the jury left the room, Ullah spoke out, telling the judge: "I was angry with Donald Trump because he says he will bomb the Middle East and then he will protect his nation."

So he hates Trump and bombed the subway because he hates Trump. Is he a Democrat? Inquiring minds want to know.

Also, notice how he wants to defend "his nation" (Bangladesh) against Trump, even though he is "an immigrant" which usually means he wants to become a US citizen and, in theory, his country would be the US.

Fri Nov 09 04:02:35 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mob surrounds home of news talking head Tucker Carlson

PattericoLast night, Tucker Carlson’s wife was at home alone when a mob of approximately 20 individuals congregated in front of the Carlson’s Northwest D.C. home and pounded on the front door, terrifying Mrs. Carlson:

Naively, I assumed this mob bullshit would stop after the election. It appears I was wrong.

Fri Nov 09 03:02:35 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Isn't it interesting...

... how so many so-called Republicans with media platforms are running the same NPC script as the media-platformed Democrats and calling their fellow Republicans who support Trump racists?

I am not a racist because I believe in having an immigration policy and following it. Neither is Trump. So far as I can tell, there is no other evidence that Trump is a racist, and certainly not a "white nationalist" or Nazi or whatever. And yet that's the constant talking point.

I think the appropriate term is "controlled opposition".

Fri Nov 09 02:02:35 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump: illegal border crossers not eligible for asylum

Sara CarterThe administration has decided to process asylum-seekers only by “lawfully present themselves” at ports of entry and any claims of asylum made when caught illegally entering the country would be summarily denied under Trumps proposal.

This decision by President Trump would inevitably face federal court challenges due to language in the Immigration and Nationality Act which says anyone who arrives in the United States may claim asylum if they have a well-founded fear of persecution.

This is an eminently reasonable position to take, but it won't stop the NPCs from calling Trump racist.

Fri Nov 09 01:02:35 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Notorious RBG hospitalized

She fell, and broke 3 ribs. It's not the first time; she's 85 years old.

It's time for her to retire.

Thu Nov 08 09:53:07 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mass murder in California

I don't have details yet. Ugh.

UPDATE: Details. Interesting point: The first cop inside the building was shot and killed, but when the rest entered, the murdered was dead. Did the murderer commit suicide after encountering resistance from police, even if he successfully killed the first cop in (which apparently made the next one wait for SWAT)?

Thu Nov 08 08:40:44 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fox called the House loss before the polls closed

PJMedia“Why can we call the Democrats taking the House this early?” Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked analyst Chris Stirewalt. “Because we’re just that good,” Stirewalt replied with a proud smirk.

That just about sums up Fox’s election coverage of the 2018 midterms. It was a self-indulgent display of self-promotion, bickering, and irresponsibility as the entire House was called before polls in the western part of the country had even closed. One has to wonder how many people were deterred from voting when they heard Republicans had already lost the House.

An ethical news media would wait for polls to close before trying to report on results.

Thu Nov 08 03:49:07 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

MSNBC airs graphic showing fake election results on election day

Daily Pundit quoting BreitbartMSNBC anchor Chris Hayes was left red-faced Monday evening after the cable news network aired a graphic showing Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum beating his Republican rival Ron DeSantis by 45,000 votes. Of course, polls for the hotly contested race do not close until Tuesday evening.

Why did they even have such a graphic -- with a specific number of votes and a winner decided! -- created?

The specific number of votes makes it very, very suspicious. Maybe it was meant to depict a current lead in the totals, but early in the date, that seems irresponsible too.

Thu Nov 08 02:49:07 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

New York Times compared Trump to Hitler on election day

They have to know it's not even close to true, and it's not exactly a new sentiment on the left, but it's especially offensive to do it on election day -- obviously hoping to affect election results -- and in the wake of a mass murder at a synagogue.

The Democrats are obviously mad as hell at Trump, but Trump isn't running. Republicans (and a fair number of independents and ex-Democrats who voted for Trump) are feeling the cold anger.

Thu Nov 08 01:49:07 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Rosenstein removed from supervising Mueller, may resign

Sources say. This was prompted by Jeff Sessions resigning.

The new acting AG will take over. This is normal. (Sessions was recused from Russian matters because he helped Trump with his campaign; the new acting AG has no such potential conflicts). I don't think anyone has a feel for the Acting AG on this issue yet -- except presumably Trump. So Rosenstein losing his supervision of Mueller is normal.

Rosenstein resigning on the other hand is not.

Did Trump finally accept the resignation Rosenstein had reportedly offered? Did the new acting AG ask for a resignation? Did Trump?

It looks like Trump is moving fast following the elections.

UPDATE: Acting AG Matthew Whitaker has criticized the Mueller probe. A good sign that we may finally get some adult supervision at DOJ.

Wed Nov 07 15:58:08 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump Jr expecting to be indicted?

Sara CarterOn the heels of the Vanity Fair article reporting that White House staffers were “worried” about Donald Trump Jr. and the Mueller probe, Politico reported Wednesday that the president’s son is expecting to be indicted.

According to the report, Donald Trump Jr. “has told friends in recent weeks that he believes he could be indicted…”

In a sane world, taking a meeting in which nothing of substance was offered and no money changed hands would be less serious than paying myriad unidentified Russian intelligence sources to lie about your political opponent and enable your own government to spy on said opponent.

Apparently we do not live in a sane world.

If the Dems won the House, Mueller was always going to come up with something to keep threatening Trump and avoid the full declassification that would expect the FBI, DOJ, CIA, etc to full sunlight.

I guess this is it. Mueller can effectively threaten Trump Jr with prosecution for that meeting and keep the threat live for another two years while Trump has to run for re-election.

On the other hand, Sessions just resigned, meaning Mueller will have a new boss shortly.

Wed Nov 07 14:12:33 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sessions resigns immediately after 2018 election

Fox NewsJeff Sessions, once one of President Trump’s most loyal and trusted advisers before infuriating Trump over his recusal from the Russia investigation, has resigned as attorney general at the request of the president.

“At your request, I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions wrote in the Wednesday letter to Trump.

The president tweeted that Matthew Whitaker, who currently serves as chief of staff to Sessions, will become the acting attorney general.

Trump should be able to confirm his replacement pretty easily with more Republican votes in the Senate than before, but it might need to wait until the new Congress is seated. Sessions leaving was expected, but I think the alacrity of his departure will still surprise some. It certainly surprised me.

A new Attorney General will likely not need to recuse himself from the Russian Collusion witch hunt, and be able to take the reins back from Rosenstein and hopefully neuter Mueller and his weasels doing weasel things.

UPDATE: It's worth noting that Democrats often called for Sessions to resign. Keep this in mind when they accuse Trump of obstructing justice by firing him.

UPDATE: Rosenstein pulled off supervision of Mueller and may be resigning.

Wed Nov 07 14:12:27 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Maryland gun confiscation goes bad

Police show up at a man's home to take his guns. He answers the door with a gun. A struggle ensues and he is killed by police.

He's unlikely to be a poster child for our cause. But he would still be alive if the police hadn't decided to take his property without cause.

UPDATE: He may end up a poster child after all. He was 60, and I haven't seen any reports of a criminal record. Apparently he has some arguments or feuds with his family. His niece said he likes to speak his mind, but harmless. One of her aunts requested the protective order.

History books may well describe this as the first death in the second American Revolution.

Wed Nov 07 07:49:07 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another man claimed he kissed Ford accuser as described

BreitbartHe said that the kiss happened in the bedroom of a house which was about a 15-to 20 minute walk from the Van Ness Metro, that Dr. Ford was wearing a swimsuit under her clothing, and that the kissing ended when a friend jumped on them as a joke. [Redacted] said that the woman initiated the kissing and that he did not force himself on her.

This may protect her from a false statements charge, but as someone once famously said about a similar situation, where does Kavanaugh go to get his reputation back?

Of course, he also said she initiated the kissing, so...

Wed Nov 07 06:49:09 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Violating both the 1st and 2nd Amendments

New York wants to check your social media before letting you buy a gun. And that includes a year of your internet search history.

No mystery writer or fiction author with ever again by able to buy a gun under those rules, which I suspect New York is just fine with.

Wed Nov 07 05:57:43 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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