(ANTIMEDIA) Claire Bernish — Apparently inviolable Hillary Clinton might have been let off the hook by the FBI in its bewildering but unsurprising refusal to recommend the Department of Justice prosecute any number of violations relating to her private email server and account, but that by no means indicates she isn’t guilty.
To the contrary, FBI Director James Comey’s scathing description of Clinton’s “careless” use of a non-secure platform — through which eight email chains contained information considered “Top Secret” and 36 considered “Secret” at the time it was transmitted — provided direct evidence the former secretary of state committed any number of crimes.
And perjury in testimony to Congress tops the list. Testifying before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Clinton lied under oath — no less than three times — and her mendacious statements in no way constituted fumbling forgetfulness, ambiguity, or misinterpretation.
Hillary Clinton Committed Perjury
First, Hillary’s claim she ‘turned over’ all emails relating to State Department business just isn’t factual. Asked by committee chair, Rep. Trey Gowdy, whether her previous insistence she ‘turned over everything’ was true, Clinton responded [all emphasis has been added],
“All my work-related emails, yes.”
“How do you know that?” Gowdy pressed. Clinton responded, “I know that because there was an exhaustive search done under the supervision of my attorneys, and that is exactly the outcome. We turned over every work-related email […]”
Comey’s statement tells quite a different tale:
“The FBI discovered several thousand work-related e-mails that were not in the group of 30,000 that were returned by Secretary Clinton to the State in 2014.”
Not only that, but in a separate segment of testimony in response to Rep. Jim Jordan, the lies continued.
Clinton, claiming her attorneys had “conducted a rigorous review” of all 62,000 or more emails to determine which were or were not business-related, was asked by Jordan to elaborate on the term “rigorous” — to which she replied:
“It means they were asked to provide anything that could possibly be construed as work related.”
Jordan again insisted she clarify, responding, “But I’m asking how — I’m asking how it was done. Was — did someone physically look at the 62,000 e-mails, or did you use search terms, date parameters? I want to know the specifics.”
“They did all of that,” Clinton asserted, “and I did not look over their shoulders, because I thought it would be appropriate for them to conduct that search, and they did.”
Asked to provide those search terms, she flippantly over-generalized:
“The search terms were everything you could imagine that might be related to anything, but they also went through every single e-mail.”
But, as Comey noted:
“The lawyers doing the sorting for Secretary Clinton in 2014 did not individually read the content of all of her e-mails, as we did for those available to us; instead, they relied on header information and used search terms to try to find all work-related e-mails among the reportedly more than 60,000 total e-mails remaining on Secretary Clinton’s personal system in 2014.”
Further, as her testimony continued — addressing the hotly-debated issue of classified information transmitted over her unclassified server, Clinton boldly declared:
“There was nothing marked classified on my e-mails, either sent or received.”
Again, a blatant untruth.
“In addition to this highly sensitive information,” Comey continued, discussing the aforementioned Top Secret and Secret matters, as well as additional e-mails considered Sensitive, “we also found information that was properly classified as Secret by the U.S. Intelligence Community at the time it was discussed on e-mail (that is, excluding the later ‘up-classified’ e-mails).”
Perjury isn’t the only potentially criminal act the FBI handily revealed Clinton having committed, but it might be the most blatant.
Despite the difficulty in charging someone with the “technical statute” of perjury for lying under oath in congressional testimony, most hiccups appear to lie in the believability of the person in question’s explanation of their perception at the time the perjurious statement was made.
“It is especially difficult, if not impossible to prosecute statements that may be misleading or evasive but subject to an arguably truthful interpretation,” explained attorney Mark Hopson, managing partner with Sidney Austin LLP’s Washington office, to TIME in 2014.
Clinton’s statements, of course, didn’t leave much room for interpretation.
Possible penalties for perjury include a fine of up to $100,000 — mere chump change for Clinton, who makes more than double that with those notorious speeches for the Big Banking crowd — or up to five years in prison.
At least, theoretically that would be the case.
Comey, for failing to recommend the DOJ prosecute the former secretary of state, has now been called to testify in front of the U.S. House Oversight Committee on Thursday after explosive criticism erupted following the FBI’s announcement.
But will Hillary Clinton ever see the world through prison bars — the same prison bars countless nonviolent criminals subject to penalties from the contentiously overbearing crime bill she championed during her husband’s tenure in the White House?
Judging by the enormity of the deceitful mishandling of the private email server and countless other highly questionable, if not outright criminal acts she is known or alleged to have committed, the answer would almost certainly be never.
Hillary Clinton and James Comey just proved the Clinton dynasty’s sacrosanct status to the establishment — an impunity so impenetrable, it would seem the family truly might be above the law.
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Democratic presidential frontrunner, and subject of a criminal FBI investigation, is set to meet with the agency on Saturday over her mishandling of classified information on a private email server.
The Daily Caller reports that their source has suggested the interview may take place at her home in Washington, DC.
The news of the meeting comes amid controversy over Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch having a private meeting at the Phoenix Airport earlier this week. As Lynch is overseeing the Clinton investigation, the secretive meeting has raised serious concerns.
On Friday, following massive outrage from both Republicans and some Democrats, Lynch announced that she will accept whatever recommendation the FBI makes when they conclude their probe.
“The matter is being handled by career, agents and investigators with the Department of Justice. They’ve had it since the beginning. They are independent,” Lynch stated. “That team will make findings… and then, as is the common process, they present it to me, and I fully expect to accept their recommendations.”
“In terms of timing, I actually don’t know that because again, I don’t have that insight into, I’d say the nuts and bolts of the investigation,” Lynch continued.
The case is centered on a server used by Clinton during her tenure as Secretary of State from 2009 through 2013. It has been revealed that Clinton shared more than 100 emails about highly classified US government programs and other sensitive information via her unsecured communications, contrary to established rules. Many believe that it was an attempt to circumvent Freedom of Information Act requests, and hinder any press or legal investigations.
There are also allegations that deleted emails may contain evidence that Clinton was attending secret meetings with foreign donors to her foundation.
“Citizens United wants to know how many overseas dinners Secretary Clinton attended with Clinton Foundation donors that didn’t make it on her schedule,” David Bossie, president of the conservative nonprofit Citizens United who is investigating Clinton’s activities told The National Review.
In March WikiLeaks published a searchable archive of over 30,000 emails that Clinton sent and received while she was Secretary of State.
Last month, despite vowing not to influence the Department of Justice and FBI probe into the allegations, the Obama administration barred the release of those Clinton emails linked to the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, until after the election.
Then, on Thursday, the administration asked a federal court to delay the release of 14,000 pages of emails from aides to Clinton until October 2018 — 27 months from now — potentially blocking voters from information that would be useful in making an informed decision at the polls in November.
The emails were originally due to be released on July 21, but administration lawyers claimed that the State Department miscalculated the amount of material that would need to be processed.
“There’s been dramatic, significant surge in FOIA requests to the State Department in recent years, which we are working very, very hard to clear and to respond to,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Thursday, while declining to discuss the Clinton case specifically.
Clinton has repeatedly asserted that there is “zero chance” that the investigation will be a problem for her presidential aspirations.
Man Accused of Planning Gay Attacks Asks Cops To Protect Him From ‘CIA Handlers’.
June 20, 2016 by Sean Adl-Tabatabai in News, US YourNewsWire.com
Two Santa Monica police officers have been issued gagging orders following claims that a suspect planning more gay attacks in California pleaded with cops to protect him from his alleged “CIA handlers”.
According to police insiders, James Wesley Howell, the Indiana man who was caught with explosives and weapons on during gay pride in Santa Monica last week, claimed he had been set up by the CIA.
According to the LA Times, Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks initially said on Twitter that the 20-year-old Indiana man (James Howell) told one of her officers after he was arrested that he wanted “to harm the Gay Pride event.”
However, after the FBI quickly took over the case, a Santa Monica police spokesman Saul Rodriguez indicated that Seabrooks was mistaken and offered that the Santa Monica detectives who were working the case are “not aware of what the suspect’s intentions were at this point.”
The official version
of this story released by the LA Times falsely claims that on early Sunday, Santa Monica police received a call about a suspected prowler who was knocking on a resident’s door and window about 5 a.m. in the 1700 block of 11th Street, Santa Monica police said.
Patrol officers responded and encountered Howell, who was sitting in a car registered in Indiana, police said. Officers inspected the car and found three assault rifles, high-capacity ammunition and a 5-gallon bucket containing “chemicals capable of forming an improvised explosive device,” police said.
A law enforcement source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the contents of the bucket included Tannerite, an ingredient that could be used to create pipe bombs.
The source, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation, said authorities also found camouflage clothing in the car.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said the suspect told police he was going to the Pride parade to look for a friend. Authorities were looking for that individual.
The real truth of the story was released to a former Los Angeles County prosecutor who works for Get Off the BS by two Santa Monica police officers that have been issued gag orders under threat of Federal prosecution for talking further talking about the incident.
According to two department sources, Howell called the Santa Monica police on Sunday morning claiming that he needed protection from the CIA. Howell further elaborated to the dispatcher stating that he “had been set up by the CIA – they are going to kill me.”
According to Howell, he was in LA to meet with another person in a collaborated attack on the gay communities in both Florida and Los Angeles.
Howell additionally stated that, “everything has gone south. Dan was gone when I got here. They killed the leader of the Florida attack this morning. They are going to kill me. I need protection.”
According to sources within the police department’s investigation Howell indicated to officers who first made contact with him that Howell claimed he was one of five people involved in a planned Sunday attack on both the east and west coasts.
Howell stated that he was suppose to “hook up” late Saturday night with his contact in LA who was suppose to have more weapons and chemicals to mix with the Tannerite he was in possession of.
“When I got here, Dan was gone. I went to his apartment and he had cleared out….I tried calling him but he never answered me,” said Howell.
When questioned about the other four people involved in the plot, Howell was only familiar with the first names of three of the alleged suspects, naming his contact in LA – Dan and two of the three contacts in Florida, Omar and Brandy
Speaking of the suspect killed in the Pulse Bar massacre in Florida, Howell stated, “Omar was not suppose to be killed. They lied to us – Omar and Brandy were suppose to get away.”
When Howell was questioned about how he and his conspirators knew each other, he said that,
“We were all familiar with each other through an online fundamental Islamic knowledge seminary course – we were recruited through the course and trained together at a camp in Virginia – we were taught how to shoot and make bombs – everyone knew their part – something went wrong….”
Before the officers could further question Howell, agents working for the Los Angeles office of the FBI quickly swept in and took over the case. Santa Monica detectives were never allowed to talk with Howell.
In summary, it appears that Howell was on his way to “hook up” with another conspirator (Dan) to set off explosives and shoot people at the gay pride parade in Hollywood California on Sunday.
Finding his contact missing when he got to LA and having heard that Omar Matteen had been killed by a FBI SWAT teem in Orlando, Howell determined he had been double crossed by the CIA and feared for his own life.
Howell was taken in to custody by the FBI before Santa Monica police officers could further question him about the motives behind killing gay people on both coasts of the US on Sunday.
However, in absence of further information and or anyone who will officially go on the record, there is no doubt that the America public is not being told the truth about the Orlando Florida shooting and the arrest of Howell on Sunday.
It is a shame that the Fed’s got to the Santa Monica police chief on Sunday before she was silenced, however we are very thankful that at least two officers have risked their jobs and freedom to reveal what she would of most likely Tweeted had the Fed’s not got to her.
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The owner of a Florida gun store said he tried to alert the FBI to a “very suspicious” man later identified as Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen after Mateen tried to buy body armor and bulk ammunition from the store.
Robert Abell, a co-owner of Lotus Gunworks in Jensen Beach, Florida, told ABC News today that a man entered the store five or six weeks ago and asked specific questions about high-end body armor. When employees said the store didn’t carry the body armor he wanted, Abell said, the man made a phone call in a foreign language, hung up and then asked about ammunition in bulk.
Abell said a member of his staff thought the questions were “odd” and made him uncomfortable, so he turned the man away.
Abell added that they thought the man was “very suspicious,” so they called the local FBI office in West Palm Beach and reported the incident. But they didn’t have the man’s name, since no sale was made, and the only surveillance footage they had was grainy.
“We gave them information and everything that took place, and that was the end of the conversation,” he said.
There was a follow-up conversation with agents, Abell said, but the FBI never visited the store or investigated further.
That was the end of it until he saw the news about the Orlando shooting that took place early Sunday morning and images of the man identified as the killer: Mateen, the man who Abell said was in the store.
“He slipped through the cracks,” Abell said.
He said his staffers contacted the FBI after the shooting to remind them about their run-in with the suspicious man. The store’s surveillance tape, however, had long since been overwritten, he said.
Public affairs officials for the FBI’s Miami field office, which oversees the West Palm Beach satellite office, and at headquarters in Washington, D.C., did not immediately return requests for comment from ABC News.
Earlier this week the FBI faced sharp questions for having investigated Mateen twice in 2013 and 2014 for purported ties to extremists and determining that he was not a threat. After reviewing those investigations, FBI Director James Comey said Monday he hadn’t seen anything that his “agents should have done differently.”
Comey also stressed the law enforcement motto “See something, say something.”
Abell said he thought his team had “done [its] job” after contacting authorities.
Mateen, 29, began his attack on a popular gay Orlando nightclub at around 2 a.m. Sunday. At some point that morning, he posted on Facebook his allegiance to ISIS, a demand that the U.S. and Russia to “stop bombing” the Syrian-based terrorist group and a warning of attacks to come, FBI officials said.
“You kill innocent women and children by doing us airstrikes..now taste the Islamic state vengeance,” Mateen posted, according to officials in the FBI’s counterterrorism division. “In the next few days you will see attacks from the Islamic State in the usa.”