Hillary Clinton, accompanied by the Democrats, went on the offensive over the weekend against FBI Director James Comey who has announced a new discovery of emails that he said, “may appear to be pertinent” to previous investigations against the Democratic presidential candidate.
Donald Trump has been quick to react and, with him most of his supporters, have seized on the opportunity to attack Clinton hoping to damage what is left of Clinton’s credibility.
Right after the announcement by the FBI, Trump told rallies on Saturday that the FBI has “captured” some of the 33,000 emails that Clinton had destroyed from her server.
He added that, “Justice will be delivered, at last.”
According to the FBI, the new emails surfaced when they were investigating former congressman, Anthony Weiner, for exchanging emails with an underage girl. The FBI has not disclosed how many emails they have found, whether they include Clinton or were sent by Clinton.
In another twist to the story, Comey is well-known for his political beliefs. He was formerly registered as a Republican and Clinton’s camp has been quick to point out that this entire story looks like to be a stich-up against Clinton. True or not, Clinton’s email has been her Achilles’s heel through this presidential campaign.
The saga of Clinton’s email server began in 2009 when she was appointed by President Barack Obama to be Secretary of State.
Clinton used her Blackberry to communicate with her friends and check her emails. The problem is that Blackberry isn’t considered as safe enough by the government for official use. But Clinton refused to give up her Blackberry so her team came up with a strange solution: an email server, just for her, located in the basement of her house in Chappaqua, New York. She would have her own email domain: clintonemail.com.
Ever since, the question on why she was allowed to use her own personal email server remains a mystery. Was she just negligent or did she want to hide sensitive and classified information?
For months now, Trump has been saying the earlier investigation was closed without prosecution because the ‘system’ is rigged in favour of career politicians like Clinton.
Trump has claimed many times that she should be arrested and imprisoned for her actions. But until recently, for the FBI, her actions were just “extremely careless”. However, the fresh revelations have prompted more calls from Trump’s Stormtroopers to “lock her up” for good.
Therefore, the revelations of new emails being investigated by the FBI 11 days before election day, has prompted anger from the Clinton campaign.
Clinton’s camp has accused Comey of betraying the Bureau’s political neutrality, and came under growing pressure to make public everything he knows.
Clinton campaign chair John Podesta said:
“By providing selective information, he’s allowed partisans to distort and exaggerate in order to inflict maximum political damage and no one can separate what is true from what is not because Comey has not been forthcoming with the facts.
“What little Comey has told us makes it hard to understand why this step was warranted at all.”
With barely disguised anger, Clinton told reporters in Des Moines, Iowa:
“The American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately,”
“The director himself has said he doesn’t know whether the emails referenced in his letter are significant or not.”
Other senior Democrats have also expressed bafflement at Comey’s timing of his revelations. Senator Dianne Feinstein, a senior Democrat with a history of support for the security agencies, has even condemned Comey’s conduct.
“The FBI has a history of extreme caution near election day so as not to influence the results,” she said. “Today’s break from that tradition is appalling.”
What is sure however, is that the Democrats are running scared and try hard to portray their candidate as the victim of a political stich-up by Trump’s camp.
Trump is certainly not fit for being the US president, but Clinton isn’t a better option either.
At best, she was careless with the use of her emails and this should have been enough to disqualify her as a credible candidate.