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But Her Emails...
Author: BobR    Date: 02/08/2018 15:07:31

During the 2016 election campaign, the drumbeats were relentless: "her emails!", referring to Hillary Clinton's practice of using a private email server - which was legal at the time, and done by her predecessors as well - for conducting state business. The crux of it was that a few classified emails slipped through, all but three of which were not marked as classified, and 3 which contained a small "c" in parenthesis that either she didn't notice or did not realize what it meant.

It was a modern example of a witch hunt. The FBI cleared her of any wrongdoing, but that wasn't enough for the Republicans. They kept having investigations and hearings, dragging her through them all. It was, as they say, a big "nothing-burger". It was, however, likely enough to keep her from winning the electoral votes she needed to secure a win in the race.

Based on all of this, one would rightly assume that Republicans are VERY concerned about the safety and security of our classified information, and would want to pursue anyone who was careless with it. One would think... but of course we are talking about the Republican party, where hypocrisy is a way of life.

Last year, tRump invited the Russian ambassador into the Oval Office for a private meeting where he disclosed sensitive classified information regarding ISIS:
President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

[...]

One day after dismissing Comey, Trump welcomed Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak — a key figure in earlier Russia controversies — into the Oval Office. It was during that meeting, officials said, that Trump went off script and began describing details of an Islamic State terrorist threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft.

For almost anyone in government, discussing such matters with an adversary would be illegal. As president, Trump has broad authority to declassify government secrets, making it unlikely that his disclosures broke the law.

This past week, there was a big dust up regarding White House aid Rob Porter, and accusations he has a woman-beating problem. His current girlfriend - White House Communications Director Hope Hicks - was tasked with writing the press release defending him (which added a certain salaciousness to it all - something the media loves to run with). Lost in all the #MeToo discussions was the revelation that he never got a proper security clearance:
Whatever the case, and whether this was emotion or calculation, it is remarkable just how wrong the White House got this one. Reports indicate that Porter never received a full security clearance, despite his high-ranking role as staff secretary — a gatekeeper serving closely alongside Kelly. The reason is that both ex-wives told the FBI during background interviews that he was abusive.

If how this was handled is true, it's an indictment of how the White House handled Porter's entire employment and an even bigger indictment of the staff's initial reactions to the news Tuesday. It's tough to believe nobody was asking questions about why Porter hadn't received a full security clearance.

This is only two examples of tRump being cavalier with classified information with regards to who got access to it. Had tRump been a Democrat, do you think the Republicans in Congress (and FOX "News") would be ignoring it?

But her emails, though...

 

26 comments (Latest Comment: 02/08/2018 22:55:37 by livingonli)
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Comment by Raine on 02/08/2018 14:14:00
good morning.

Comment by wickedpam on 02/08/2018 14:14:16
Morning

Comment by trojanrabbit on 02/08/2018 14:21:04
Good morning.
Working from home today so I wouldn't have to worry about falling on the sheet of ice outside.
Tripped on a cat toy walking to the computer room and fell anyway.
Sophie is watching over me now.

Comment by Scoopster on 02/08/2018 14:29:00
Mornin' all!

Comment by Raine on 02/08/2018 14:31:24
This was written in April of last year.

Jenny Willoughby, a woman who escaped her abuser. That abuser is being defended by the administration.

Comment by Raine on 02/08/2018 14:32:02
Quote by trojanrabbit:
Good morning.
Working from home today so I wouldn't have to worry about falling on the sheet of ice outside.
Tripped on a cat toy walking to the computer room and fell anyway.
Sophie is watching over me now.

yikes!



Comment by TriSec on 02/08/2018 14:42:02
I know I'm late to the party, but I've found some footage of what the march of Anal Fistulas might look like. (No offence to the military - "we were just following orders.")



Comment by TriSec on 02/08/2018 14:49:42
Comment by Raine on 02/08/2018 14:54:05
We are seeing who loves this nation and who does not, that's for sure.


Comment by BobR on 02/08/2018 15:08:13
BLOG IS POSTED!


Comment by Scoopster on 02/08/2018 15:10:19
Devin Nunes has a wall of his own going up.

Also of note... the entire GOP staff of the House Intel Committee is under an ethics investigation too?!

Comment by BobR on 02/08/2018 15:17:15
http://fourfreedomsblog.com/uploads/TrumpBald.jpg


Comment by Mondobubba on 02/08/2018 15:18:46
Quote by BobR:
http://fourfreedomsblog.com/uploads/TrumpBald.jpg


I can't unsee this.

Comment by Scoopster on 02/08/2018 15:20:45
Ohmahfookingawd Bobber...

Comment by BobR on 02/08/2018 15:34:21
Quote by Scoopster:
Devin Nunes has a wall of his own going up.

Also of note... the entire GOP staff of the House Intel Committee is under an ethics investigation too?!

One little blurb in the story - but wow... that is a story unto itself

Comment by Raine on 02/08/2018 16:50:29
ooOOoo






Comment by livingonli on 02/08/2018 17:08:47
The fact that the entire GOP side of the intelligence committee is under investigation shows the rot of corruption that exists in the Republican party. The Hillary and Obama investigations are big piles of projection.

Comment by Raine on 02/08/2018 17:55:06
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Comment by wickedpam on 02/08/2018 18:03:16
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Comment by Mondobubba on 02/08/2018 19:19:09
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Comment by livingonli on 02/08/2018 20:45:13
I need a nap.

Comment by Scoopster on 02/08/2018 20:55:28
Jeeeeez... there goes the DJ again.

Comment by livingonli on 02/08/2018 21:21:17
I heard it went down 1032 again.

Comment by Raine on 02/08/2018 22:05:34
10%

I don't buy the inflations worries.



Comment by livingonli on 02/08/2018 22:07:36
Quote by Raine:
10%

I don't buy the inflations worries.


Is it a realization that Trump's whole economy like his businesses are a con game?

Comment by livingonli on 02/08/2018 22:55:37
The House is in recess and Rand Paul is filibustering. That doesn't sound good for preventing a shutdown.