Clinton World gets into gear.
There have been numerous developments today in the reopening of the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton, most notably the declaration of war by Clinton World on James Comey.
The war started after almost 24 hours of shock and awe resulting from the Friday afternoon announcement left Team Hillary and the rest of Clinton World attempting to hold back the onslaught of news coverage.
Clinton World first tried to buy itself time by arguing over what the meaning of “reopen” was. It was comical, but arguing over definitions is what the Clintons do to buy themselves time until they can counter attack:
WaPo changed its headline from "reopens investigation" to "takes new investigative steps."
— James Oliphant (@jamesoliphant) October 28, 2016
Reporting from @PeteWilliamsNBC: This is not a "reopening" of the email investigation. As a technical matter, it was never closed
— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) October 28, 2016
Republicans who say that @HillaryClinton is now "under FBI investigation" or that the FBI "re-opened" one … are lying. They are liars.
— Marc Ambinder (@marcambinder) October 28, 2016
Semantics over whether FBI is "reopening" Clinton email case or continuing it is hurting my head. BOTTOM LINE: The probe is going forward.
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) October 28, 2016
Comey's letter actually says the FBI is taking "appropriate investigative steps", that's literally an FBI investigation. https://t.co/peDq8OCpAN
— Jason C. (@CounterMoonbat) October 29, 2016
Arguing over definitions was only a holding measure. Clinton World quickly has shifted into War mode:
There's zero ambiguity at this point: Team Clinton is launching a war on FBI Director Jim Comey.
— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) October 29, 2016
CNN reports, Clinton campaign wages new war against James Comey:
Hillary Clinton on Saturday questioned FBI Director James Comey’s decision to write to congressional leaders about emails uncovered in the bureau’s probe into Anthony Weiner, saying the timing of such a move was “unprecedented” and “deeply troubling.”
“It’s pretty strange to put something like that out with such little information right before an election,” Clinton told supporters in Daytona Beach, Florida, where the crowd booed at the mention of Comey’s letter. “In fact, it’s not just strange, it’s unprecedented and it’s deeply troubling because voters deserve to get full and complete facts.”
Clinton called on Comey to swiftly release more information, saying he must “explain everything right away, put it all right on the table.” ….
On a conference call with reporters, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta accused Comey of failing to be “forthcoming with the facts.” Podesta blasted both the timing and contents of the letter Comey sent to congressional leaders on Friday, summing the director’s actions as “providing selective information.”
Campaign manager Robby Mook echoed Podesta’s call for more information from Comey and suggested that the FBI has now waded into political territory.
“The Justice Department’s longstanding practice is: Don’t do anything seen as trying to influence an election,” Mook said. “It’s completely unfair to Secretary Clinton and it’s really unfair to the voters.”
The Hill reports, Dems train fire on Comey:
Democrats are ramping up pressure on FBI Director James Comey to provide details about new emails he says may relate to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server….
Top brass in the Democratic Party have called on Comey to quickly release more information to supplement his 3-paragraph letter to eight GOP chairmen and their Democratic counterparts on Capitol Hill.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Friday that it was “appalling” Comey would not exercise more caution given the current political climate.
“Without knowing how many emails are involved, who wrote them, when they were written or their subject matter, it’s impossible to make any informed judgment on this development,” Feinstein said in a statement.
“However, one thing is clear: Director Comey’s announcement played right into the political campaign of Donald Trump, who is already using the letter for political purposes. And all of this just 11 days before the election.”
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said that the controversy over Clinton’s server has always been based more on “froth than fact,” emphasizing that some reporting suggests the new emails may not amount to much.
“Now, as always, the public would benefit from more information,” Reid said, referencing the 3-paragraph letter. “Specifically, the public deserves more transparency from the FBI.”
Clinton’s running mate Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) also said it was “troubling” that the public learned about the new emails through leaks to the press and not from the FBI director himself.
Hillary held a rare press conference on the issue:
Now the attacks on Comey are coming fast and furious, based mostly on alleged anonymous leaks from within the FBI:
Word from inside @FBI. FURIOUS at Comey, think he's mishandled public revelations from get go. "Outrageous incompetence" one agent told me.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) October 29, 2016
I don't believe you. I think you and other journos are completely full of shit about your "sources in the FBI." There, I said it. https://t.co/rEPrhSkSZw
— Brandon Darby (@brandondarby) October 29, 2016
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 29, 2016
Nicely done by people who like and respect Comey.But Bottom line: he has damaged FBI badly,damaged himself, broken norms & tainted election https://t.co/eL0l6n2uUV
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) October 29, 2016
Comey's handling of these emails may well be the biggest screwup at his level since George Tenet's "slam dunk" on Iraqi WMD.
— Clyde Haberman (@ClydeHaberman) October 29, 2016
Sens Carper, Leahy, Feinstein and Cardin write Lynch and Comey asking for an update on new email investigation by Monday pic.twitter.com/UO5WxT7kpr
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) October 29, 2016
The pressure will build as the media gets fully on board and the Clintons can turn Comey into a bimbo eruption and fire up the War Room.
In the meantime, this nugget just dropped — Huma allegedly doesn’t know how those emails got on the laptop used mostly by Anthony:
Top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin has told people she is unsure how her emails could have ended up on a device she viewed as her husband’s computer, the seizure of which has reignited the Clinton email investigation, according to a person familiar with the investigation and civil litigation over the matter.
The person, who would not discuss the case unless granted anonymity, said Abedin was not a regular user of the computer, and even when she agreed to turn over emails to the State Department for federal records purposes, her lawyers did not search it for materials, not believing any of her messages to be there.
Consider this something of an Open Thread. I’ll add any new developments through the night and morning. Readers can add updates in the Comments.