It was June of 2011 when the Governor of Alaska, (the one who took over when Palin resigned) produced over 24,000 e-mails of Sarah Palin from her short time as Governor.
Reporters line up to get their copy of the e-mails. The press frantically reviewed the massive production hoping to find scandal or proof of corruption. Some hoped to find verification that the First Dude was a pimp. After the dust settled, there wasn’t much to report. The bigger story was what was not produced. At the outset it is important to remember that the documents had been requested in 2008 when Palin was the Republican nominee for Vice President. Alaska is supposed to respond to document requests within ten days, but they can ask for extensions, and the state did so repeatedly when it came to the Palin emails. Thus the release came 2 1/2 years after the documents were required, by law, to be produced. Even more troubling was the fact that the release did not include a significant number of documents. For starters, the state of Alaska redacted information from some emails, and simply withhold others. (Before the release, the state said it was withholding more than 2,000 pages out of executive privilege, attorney-client privilege and other concerns.) Reporters has no way of evaluating whether the state’s decisions about redaction and withholding was justified.
The list of withheld and redacted documents alone was 189 pages long(PDF), and says emails were redacted or withheld for reasons including that they dealt with personal issues like a “child custody matter” and “children, dinner, and prayer,” staffing issues and potential state appointees. In addition, Palin and her aides were known to use private email accounts, possibly to avoid some messages becoming public. The Associated Press reports that “Palin gave the state a CD with emails from her Yahoo account, and other employees were asked to review their private accounts for emails related to state business and to send those to their state accounts,” but it’s not clear what information from the private accounts, if any, will be included in the release.
Thus Sarah Palin did the very thing that Republicans are now complaining about with regard to Hillary Clinton. It doesn’t make Clinton’s use of private servers acceptable, but it does make criticism by Republicans, including Palin, hypocritical. Palin shouldn’t have used private e-mail servers and neither should Hillary have used them.
On July 5, 2016, after investigating the Clinton e-mail scandal, FBI Director Comey announced that the United States Department of Justice would not file criminal charges relating to the Hillary Clinton email controversy. During an unusual 15-minute press conference in the J. Edgar Hoover Building, Comey called Secretary Clinton’s and her top aides’ behavior “extremely careless,” but concluded that “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. On July 7, 2016, Comey was questioned by a Republican-led House committee during a hearing regarding the FBI’s recommendation.
On October 28, 2016, less than two weeks before the presidential election, Comey announced in a letter to Congress that the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s email server and the FBI will take steps to allow investigators to review these emails “to determine whether they contain classified information as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.” Comey’s announcement was inconsistent with Justice Department policy and he was warned by lawyers at the Department of Justice against proceeding with his letter to Congress. Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers, as well as both the Clinton and Trump campaigns have called on Comey to provide additional details. At the time Comey sent his letter to Congress, the FBI had still not obtained a warrant to review any of the e-mails in question and was not aware of the content of any of the e-mails in question. In making the announcement Comey acted on his own against the advice given to him by top Justice Department officials who were described by a government source as “apoplectic” over the letter. The fear that information about the newly-discovered e-mails would be leaked to the press influenced, in part, Comey’s decision to inform Congress about the relevance of the new emails to the Clinton investigation.
The the most outrageous, unforgivable, thing is the way the FBI Director Comey announced the new investigation. The FBI acquired a warrant to investigate emails found on a laptop used by an aide to Hillary Clinton as part of its investigation into the Democratic presidential nominee’s use of a private email server. It wasn’t the warrant that was problematic. It was the announcement by Director Comey that an investigation was being launched, suggesting there was some reason to suspect something inappropriate existed in Anthony Weiner’s lap top that related to Hillary. Harry Reid was outraged at the blatant attempt of Director Comey to influence the Presidential election. Senator Reid warned that the head of the FBI, James Comey, may have broken the law.
In a scathing letter, Reid wrote: “Your actions in recent months have demonstrated a disturbing double standard for the treatment of sensitive information, with what appears to be a clear intent to aid one political party over another. “My office has determined that these actions may violate the Hatch Act, which bars FBI officials from using their official authority to influence an election. Through your partisan action, you may have broken the law.”
Congressman Steve Cohen called for Comey to resign. He said Comey’s letter “was plainly premature, careless and unprecedented in its potential impact upon a presidential election without a speck of information regarding the emails in question, their validity, substance or relevance”. The former attorney general Eric Holder joined dozens of former federal prosecutors in signing a letter critical of Comey. Comey broke from justice department policy when he alerted Congress to the new discovery of emails potentially related to the Clinton email investigation. Comey’s disclosure “invited considerable, uninformed public speculation” about the significance of the emails.
In a brief letter to congressional leaders on Friday, 11 days before the election, Comey said he did not yet know whether the newly discovered emails were pertinent or significant. The Trump campaign, trailing in national polls, seized on the news, which the candidate himself said was indicative of a scandal “bigger than Watergate”. It’s like saying the FBI is investigating newly discovered e-mails on the lap top of Shailey Tripp which could implicate Todd Palin in the biggest prostitution scandal in the history of American politics.
It’s like saying that the FBI is investigating newly discovered e-mails on Trig Palin’s I-pad that could implicate Sarah in the cover-up of the Todd Palin prostitution ring. It’s like saying that the FBI seized the lap top of Track Palin’s girlfriend, but he doesn’t know yet whether it has e-mails on it that implicate Track Palin, the amputee, in the biggest narcartoics ring in Alaska.
As further proof that Comey intended to influence the election, Don Lemmon of CNN uncovered video footage of Rudy Giuliani predicting this very thing. By way of background, Guliana, an avid proponent for Trump, was Comey’s boss for two or three years when Giuliani was Mayor of New York.
Giuliani previously said he was “very disappointed” in FBI Director James B. Comey after Mr. Comey declined to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton in the matter surrounding her private email set-up.
He said Mr. Comey’s decision was “logically inconsistent.”
AS Giuliani cackled on Fox News about his prediction of something scandalous that was about to be released that would change the momentum for Hillary in the election, Giuliani said: “I think he’s got a surprise or two you’re going to hear about in the next two days,” … “I’m talking about some pretty big surprises.”
“I heard you say that this morning. What do you mean?” the Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt asked.
“You’ll see,” Giuliani replied. “We’re not going to go down and we’re certainly not going to stop fighting. We’ve got a couple things up our sleeve that should turn this thing around.”
Lemon noted that two days later the Comey letter dropped to Congress. “Do you think he could have known about it?”
Upon hearing the clip from Fox News Michael Moore, who was being interviewed by Lemon, seemed shocked. “It sure sounds like he knew something. This man is a former federal prosecutor, worked for the Justice Department, that if somebody slipped him some information there, I mean, that is amazing.” Moore went on to call for an investigation into both Comey as well as what Giuliani knew and how he knew it. “I think somebody should be raising questions about him and why this happened why he did it on Friday night, and it’s got everybody in the sort of tornado about the e-mails.” He went on to call the video Lemon played a big news item. “Has anybody run it on CNN?” Lemon didn’t know.
Donald Trump has marketed himself as a person outside the political elite. He claims that his election would not result in the same type of corrupt behavior of our elected officials who have held office for years. Yet this is a perfect example of the corruption and fraud that the government commits in pursuit of a political agenda. The FBI isn’t launching a new investigation of Todd Palin, and there is no indication that the laptop of anyone contains e-mails that implicate Todd in the business of prostitution.
Should we expect to hear in the news that :
- The IRS is launching an investigation into the laptop of Trump’s son to determine if there are any e-mails indicating that Trump loaned Eric, his son, to Vladimir Putin to use for sexual exploitation?
- Child Protective services is launching an investigation into the laptop of Ivanka Trump to determine if there are any e-mail implicating Donald Trump in an incestuous relationship with his daughter.
3. The Justice Department is launching an investigation into the laptop of the 13 year old girl who alleges she witnessed Trump raping a 12 year old girl to determine if there are any e-mails that describe the encounter.
4. The New York housing authority is launching an investigation into the laptop of the real estate agent who leased apartments in Trump Towers to determine if there are any e-mails implicating Donald Trump in a cross-dressing party.
5. The Palm Beach police are launching an investigation into the laptop of a drug dealer in Palm Beach to determine if there are any e-mails implicating Donald Trump in the sale of drugs, including heroin, to guests at Mar-a Logo.