Friday, September 2, 2016

Hillary Clinton Neither Deleted nor Asked Anyone to Delete Her Email to Avoid Complying

So the FBI released Hillary's email files.

"Key from FBI summary: HRC "never deleted, nor did she instruct anyone to delete, her e-mail to avoid complying..."

So that should be egg on the face of those who have been claiming that she deleted 30,000 emails to avoid compliance. Of course, this is the Beltway media.

Some things are scandals, some things aren't. The media goes into full tilt about a Clinton Foundation story that shows nothing untoward happened. Someone from the CF asked for a special passport and didn't receive it.

Yet some are treating this as a scandal. On the other hand, there is the fact that Patti Bondi who spoke for Trump at the convention was the Florida AG back in 2013 whose office was looking into complaints by Florida residents that they'd been scammed by Trump U.

While the investigation was ongoing, Ms. Bondi actually solicited and received a major campaign donation from Donald Trump.

Paul Waldman:
"Now let me point you to another story, one you probably haven’t heard about. "

You haven't heard about it because it's not about Hillary Clinton but her opponent. If you're Hillary Clinton's opponent, the media gives you a pass on such things.

"Yesterday we learned that Donald Trump paid the IRS a $2,500 penalty over a contribution his foundation made to a PAC affiliated with Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, whom you might remember from the Republican convention, where she gave a rousing speech endorsing Trump. Does this story “raise questions”? Does it ever."

"Here’s the quick summary: In 2013, Bondi’s office received multiple complaints from Floridians who said they had been cheated out of thousands of dollars by a fraudulent operation called Trump University. While Bondi’s office was looking into the claims to determine if they should join New York State’s lawsuit against Trump University, Bondi called Donald Trump and asked him for a contribution to her PAC."

"Now let’s pause for a moment to savor the idea that Bondi, the highest-ranking law enforcement official in the state, would solicit a contribution from someone her office was in the process of investigating. She did solicit that contribution, and Donald Trump came through with $25,000."

"Or actually, his foundation paid Bondi’s PAC the $25,000, which is an illegal contribution. Trump’s people say this was just a clerical error, and Trump himself reimbursed the foundation — that’s what the IRS fine was about. But days before getting the check, Bondi’s office announced that they were considering whether to go after Trump University, and not long after the check was cashed, they decided to drop the whole thing."

Just a clerical error. Well fine then. Trump said it's just a clerical era, so what's there to see? That's not obvious nonsense like Hilary saying she wants two phones for convenience. I mean-obvious. We can't take an excuse of convenience at face value but can take Trump's claim of a clerical error-an excuse he's used for a number of tax breaks he's taken as well-at face value.

So this story of where Trump had to pay a $2,500 dollar fine for a contribution to pay off someone investigating him is barely a blip on the media landscape. The fact that someone who worked at the CF asked and didn't receive a special passport? Constitutional crisis if there ever was one.

So what's going on? The Clinton Rules. More generally, as Eric Boehlert chronicles the media is asymmetric in the way it treats both parties.

"whatever half-assed claims GOP comes up with, press rushes it into print. it gets debunked. press does same thing 28 more times.

"at NO POINT does anyone in press turn around say, 'the real story is that GOP just keeps making bullshit, hollow allegations'"

That's something you notice. The media never charges the GOP any penalty for repeatedly crying wolf.

Why? Concerns over access:

"b/c that means their sources for bullshit GO allegations would dry up. and the content, the 'scoop', is more important that whether its true"

"KEY POINT: this dynamic categorically does not exist for DC press and Dems. if Dems make hollow charge, the press buries them in contempt."

In other news. Karen Tumulty has a very good piece about the history of Clinton hunting on the Right.

Even Ms. Tumulty seems to feel that the Clinton's have a 'penchant for secrecy' that hasn't been proved.

Like the fact that Hillary didn't want to respond to a Washington Post request for information about Whitewater in 1993 shows a 'penchant for secrecy.'

So when someone accuses you of terrible and false things it's on you to quickly deliver whatever they ask?

This ignores that if someone, say, falsely accuses you of being a child molester it's degrading for you to be forced to prove the negative publicly. To simply hand over whatever info your accuser is demanding even though it has no merit.

Whitewater proved to have no merit. Yet, supposedly the Clintons were wrong for not being more cooperative with those making these false allegations.


  1. O/T: Mike, did you see my DM to you about @USAsHero AKA "Mike Pence's gay BFF" and author of this book, having exactly 1 review on Amazon:

    Mr.Mcconaghy's idea of civil discussion leaves a lot to be desired. [I couldn't agree more BTW! Lol]

    earning him an average (and median and total) of 1 stars? The deranged moron wants to fly out to CA from Austin TX to fight me because a tweet of mine got under his skin. He also looked up various Tom Browns in the area on LinkedIn and other media, sent me screen shots asking if they were me (none were) and threatening to find me, find where I work and "ruin" me? You ever encounter somebody that deranged on Twitter before?

    I swear I sent him a grand total of four tweets, two criticizing his absurd logic about undocumented immigrants (his response to the 1st included him tweeting the mother of the murder victim of an illegal who killed her) and one pointing out that his orange god-king Trump hired (and married) illegals.

    No, I didn't block him, but I did alert the local authorities in case he actually starts threatening some of the Tom Browns he found online thinking they might be me. Sheez!... I stopped communicating w/ him once he started looking up Tom Browns in my area... he convinced me he really is mentally unstable.

    1. OK, in my 1st tweet I did say I'd trade 10M heroin addicted welfare rednecks for an equal number of hardworking immigrants... that got him pretty riled, but it wasn't until I pointed out DT's history with illegal workers that he went completely nuts.

    2. Yes I saw that. He is very angry at you. LOL

      Don't get the comment about Mike Pence and don't want to get it

    3. He blamed you for the death of @Sabine_Durbine. What a nutjob.

    4. Yeah, I got a tweet from her mom, but not really directed to me. She just said "thank you" I suppose to him. It showed up in my notifications, with about a dozen other "likes" or short comments from his followers... nothing bad really, except his insane over-the-top tweets. I have the important parts of the thread linked to below.

  2. Yet, you still didn't block him. LOL

    You told your local authorities? You could also report him on Twitter, If he gets too many complaints he could be in trouble.

    I have to check him out. LOL

  3. Mike Pence's gay BFF? I checked him out. I will be sure not to talk to him. LOL

    1. Where's your sense of adventure Mike? Send him one of those news stories about Melania being an illegal and Trump hiring illegals. That subject seems to really stick in his craw... it's funny because I originally followed him for his strange name, thinking he might have some fun irreverent tweets, but it soon became clear he was in the tank 100% for Trump, so I'd simply tweet him some anti-Trump propaganda once in a while. Never any response until I challenged him on his obscene attempt to blame all undocumented people for the murder of one young woman.

      OK, this contains the bulk of the thread, minus about 3 or 4 other tweets he later sent me with other guesses as to which Tom Brown I am. Not to mention about a dozen or more (actually still trickling in) likes of his tweet to both me and the mother of the murder victim (all by his fans of course).

      Check your DM tomorrow... something funny occurs to me, but I can't use it now.

    2. I'll let you have all the fun with this one, Tom. Though I'm happy to laugh as I watch. LOL.

      I guess my fun is hitting Chris Cillizza on Twitter. LOL

    3. Wow Tom. He seems to want to challenge you to a duel, like Zell Miller or something.

      Of course, Tom Brown is such easy name. There aren't many guys named Tom or last name Brown.


    4. Has Cillizza ever threatened to kick your ass, or "ruin you?" =)

      BTW, I have blocked exactly one person so far: an egg w/ 3 followers who was spouting pro-Trump / anti-HRC propaganda. I asked "How's the weather there in Russia?" and he replied, but just kept up w/ the propaganda, ... didn't even deny he was from Russia. I figured I'd block a paid Russian troll.

    5. Well Sumner came close. I've gotten under some folks' skin in my time. No one has threatened to kick my ass-smart for them. LOL

      I have been cursed out and of course the Trumpsters always go right to the racial slurs.

  4. See Tom, you see guys like this out. LOL. I look at him and have not the slightest desire in the world to ever talk to him about anything

  5. I DMed you with a follow up thought just now. Enjoy!