Friday, May 5, 2017

Feinstein: ‘Sanctimonious’ Comey Arguments ‘Baloney’ — He ‘Played a Role’ in Hillary’s Loss

Feinstein: ‘Sanctimonious’ Comey Arguments ‘Baloney’ — He ‘Played a Role’ in Hillary’s Loss
by Pam Key 3 May 2017
Wednesday on MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said while she still has confidence in FBI Director James Comey, his explanation of why he announced a new investigation into then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton days before the election was “baloney.”

Partial transcript as follows:

TODD: Let me start straightforward. Did Director Comey convince you that he made the right decision?

FEINSTEIN: No. As a matter of fact, it went strongly the other way. I went back to the office. I read the policy of the FBI with regard to announcing things shortly before an election. This was 11 days before. He didn’t get a search warrant to see what was in the Weiner computer, but I guess he made an assumption that they were all new emails. In fact, none of them were new emails. There were 3,000. Twelve were classified and they were duplicates of everything that he had before. So he announces he is reopening the hearing. There is new information, which implies that there’s new evidence. Well, there really wasn’t. And guess what happened?

TODD: What’s the recourse?

FEINSTEIN: There is no recourse. The election took place. Secretary Clinton lost. And I just can’t believe what happened. And for some reason, he felt terribly torn that he couldn’t hold this information for 11 days. He couldn’t go and get a warrant, a search warrant, find out what was in that computer. And there was nothing that was new.

TODD: What do you make of his straw man argument? And I’ve heard this, from people close to him. The straw man argument is this senator if he withholds it, she wins the election, it comes out that they had, that they got a tip on this, they were searching an extra computer, there was classified information shared with Weiner, all of a sudden you would have all sorts of Capitol Hill haywire, at least on the Republican side, and all sorts of hearings, hamstringing the new president. What do you do? What do you say to that argument?

FEINSTEIN: Well, that argument in my view is baloney. If you have a doubt, and there was a reason to have many doubts, you would get a search warrant. And you would. You say let’s see what we have before we go out and indict, and if they looked at what they had, they would have to say, well, there’s nothing new. We looked at all of this before. Ergo, there is no case. And then two days before the election, he came back and essentially said that. But it was too late then. And I — it is very hard for me to believe that he felt so sanctimonious about coming forward. Let me just say this was a historic election. This was the first woman. She was very qualified, eight years a United States senator, first lady, secretary of state, did a good job, prepared herself, went out. She won the popular vote by three million votes. She lost the electoral vote narrowly and everybody that knows her and I think her pollsters among them, believe this played a role.

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Rodham Clinton was a director at the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, and the candidate for the 2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign.

Note: Ready PAC supported the 2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign.
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, and the Human Rights Watch.
George Soros is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, a co-chair, national finance council for the Ready PAC, was a benefactor for the Human Rights Watch, the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, and Gavin Newsom was invited to his 2013 wedding reception,
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Human Rights Watch, and the Brookings Institution (think tank).
John J. Studzinski is a director at the Human Rights Watch, and was a co-head of investment banking for the HSBC Holdings plc.
James B. Comey was a director at the HSBC Holdings plc, and is a director for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
HSBC Holdings plc was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Richard C. Blum was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and married to Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Dianne Feinstein is married to Richard C. Blum, a California Senator, and was the San Francisco (CA) mayor.
Gavin Newsom was a San Francisco (CA) mayor, invited to George Soros’s 2013 wedding reception, and is the California state government lieutenant governor.

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