SECOND DOJ IMMUNITY DEAL SURFACES IN CLINTON EMAIL SCANDAL: The IT worker who deleted Hillary Clinton’s emails while they were under a preservation order by the U.S. Congress also took an immunity deal from the Department of Justice.The New York Times reports:
A computer specialist who deleted Hillary Clinton’s emails despite orders from Congress to preserve them was given immunity by the Justice Department during its investigation into her personal email account, according to a law enforcement official and others briefed on the investigation.
Republicans have called for the department to investigate the deletions, but the immunity deal with the specialist, Paul Combetta, makes it unlikely that the request will go far.
Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, the top Republican on the House oversight committee, asked the Justice Department on Tuesday to investigate whether Mrs. Clinton, her lawyers or the specialist obstructed justice when the emails were deleted in March 2015.
Mr. Combetta is one of at least two people who were given immunity by the Justice Department as part of the investigation. The other was Bryan Pagliano, a former campaign staffer for Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, who was granted immunity in exchange for answering questions about how he set up a server in Mrs. Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, N.Y., around the time she became secretary of state in 2009.
Hillary Clinton’s financial entanglements with foreign countries is “unprecedented” for a U.S. presidential nominee.
The Washington Times reports:
Hillary Clinton made history not only as the first woman to capture a major party’s presidential nomination but also by having the most financial entanglements with foreign countries of anyone who has sought the White House.
Mrs. Clinton’s big-money ties to Russia, China, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Oman, to name a few, are unprecedented for a U.S. presidential nominee, said George Washington University political historian Matthew Dallek. “Obviously, this has caused some complications,” he said. “It is not helpful to her candidacy.”
Countries and foreign businesses that either gave to the foundation or paid hefty speaking fees to Mr. Clinton did prosper during her tenure.
In one case the U.S. signed off on a deal that gave Russia control of uranium mines stretching from Asia to the Western U.S., including half of America’s uranium supply.Hillary Clinton said she “would never comment on any aspect of an intelligence briefing [she] received” but in 2008 while running for president she repeatedly discussed a classified briefing she was given on Iraq.
NBC News reports:
Hillary Clinton slammed Donald Trump for talking about an intelligence briefing he received — but she's done it, too … "I would never comment on any aspect of an intelligence briefing I received," Clinton said.
But as a candidate for president in 2008, Clinton herself commented on a secret briefing, citing it twice in her criticism of the George W. Bush administration.
In a Feb. 25 speech, as a New York senator during the 2008 primaries, she said she had pushed the administration to provide information about their Iraq withdrawal plans.
"They didn't want to talk to us about it, as is their usual response," she said then. "We finally were able to secure a briefing which although classified, I can tell you was cursory. It did not inspire confidence in our readiness to do this important task of withdrawing our troops and equipment."
Clinton also cited the briefing in a Jan. 13, 2008 appearance on NBC's Meet the Press.
"Last spring, I asked for a briefing on what the planning was. Secretary of Defense and the Department of Defense basically said 'We're not going to tell you.' And I said, 'Well, yes you are.' We had such a briefing. It was classified. I can't talk about it, but the bottom line is it was cursory. I don't think that the Bush White House wants there to be much planning."
There is a fishy story in Platte River Networks’ purge of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails.
The Denver Post editorializes:
The latest controversy involving Hillary Clinton’s decision to run her State Department e-mail through private servers contains a hard-to-believe shocker that ought to give reasonable people pause.
Given that FBI director James Comey’s decision to clear Clinton of wrongdoing in the e-mail scandal came with his unusual denunciation of her actions as “extremely careless,” the information from the bureau’s summary of its investigation doesn’t sit well.
It’s reasonable to ask why the FBI didn’t look deeper. I
t’s reasonable to ask why the engineer would act if, as the logic of the cover story must argue, the e-mails were simply personal notes about yoga appointments and being a grandmother.
No wonder Chaffetz would seek to dig in.In North Carolina, the NCGOP blasted Hillary Clinton ahead of her campaign rally Thursday.
The Charlotte Business Journal reports:
The Republican prebuttal Thursday morning at the Government Center included remarks by former Congressman and current state GOP chair Robin Hayes, who portrayed Democratic nominee Clinton as a scandal-plagued politician unfit for the presidency and suggested she drop out of the race.
Complied by the RNC.