Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Clinton Campaign Laboring Over E-Mail Scandal

Maybe she needs to do more kissing up:

"How to kiss up in D.C.? Clinton e-mails offer guide; Provide a primer in how D.C. works" by Annie Linskey Globe Staff  September 02, 2015

WASHINGTON — The thousands of pages of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s e-mails that crossed her unorthodox private server while she reigned as secretary of state offer a textbook on how official Washington communicates. For political junkies it’s a trove of insight not unlike the hacked Sony e-mails or messages from Wall Street traders that have leaked out during litigation.

Themes quickly emerge.

First thing to remember: When seeking help in self-promotion, it’s important to add some kind of wink. The reason for the cultural tic, according to one D.C. insider, is that nobody wants to openly admit garnering media attention is really important.


Even if you’re the secretary of state, your job will include some kissing up, too.

Clinton found that out in September 2010, doing the bidding of former British prime minister Tony Blair in order to get him to join a diplomatic mission. His participation involved breaking plans to appear at a conference in Aspen, Colo., with the famed Rothschild family.

Which is strange because they are absent my history books.

Blair wanted Clinton to be the one to deliver the bad news that he’d have to skip the engagement.

She complied, telling her friend Lynn Forester de Rothschild that Blair was blowing off the event at her request. Clinton added: “Let me know what penance I owe you.”

Well, now you know who is calling the shots.

After de Rothschild wrote back, Clinton coolly forwarded the entire thread to Blair.

“Tony,” she wrote, “Message delivered.”

"The message was just part of the daily Washington game of seeking attention from important people."


So that is all the Globe dug up reading through them, huh?

I'm trying to kick the habit regarding these superficial show fooley fillers so please bear with me:

"Ex-staffer won’t testify in Clinton e-mail probe; Declines request by colleagues to appear in House" by Matthew Daly Associated Press  September 04, 2015

WASHINGTON — Aides to presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton urged a former State Department employee who helped set up her private e-mail server to appear before a House investigative panel, but the staffer has said he will assert his constitutional right not to testify.

"Odd, since we're told nobody did anything wrong." -- xymphora

Clinton, the Democratic front-runner for the 2016 nomination, has been dogged by criticism about her use of a private server for government business during her tenure as secretary of state, and she has struggled to explain her decision.

How do you explain selling access to government information in exchange for donations to the Foundation and the setting up of a server so Israel could scoop up all the communications?

That is basically what we are talking here, and we are never going to see such things admitted by government or in print.

The response of Bryan Pagliano to a committee subpoena was unwelcome news to Clinton aides who had pressed the former staffer to be interviewed by the GOP-led panel investigating the deadly 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

The aides were not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

Attorneys for Pagliano sent the committee a letter Monday saying their client would not testify at a hearing planned for next week. The panel subpoenaed Pagliano last month.

Maryland Representative Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the panel, said he was not surprised that Pagliano would refuse to testify, given the ‘‘wild and unsubstantiated accusations’’ against Clinton.

‘‘This investigation has turned into a ‘derail Hillary Clinton’s nomination by any means necessary’’’ committee, Cummings said.

I'm disgusted by Democrats who have thrown in with this corrupt family.

The special committee was established last year to investigate the Obama administration’s response to the Benghazi attacks, which killed four Americans, including the US ambassador. The investigation has widened to focus on Clinton’s use of a private e-mail account and server.

Clinton has dismissed both controversies as ‘‘partisan games.’’ She also has said she regrets using a personal e-mail account to conduct government business.

I'll bet she does now.

Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton’s campaign, said in a statement Thursday that Clinton and her team ‘‘have been confident from the beginning that Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail was allowed and that she did not send or receive anything marked classified, facts confirmed by the State Department and the inspector general’’ for the department. Clinton ‘‘has made every effort to answer questions and be as helpful as possible, and has encouraged her aides, current and former, to do the same, including Bryan Pagliano,’’ Merrill said.


Her excuse? She didn't think about it!!

"Clinton: I didn’t ‘stop and think’ about e-mail system" by Ken Thomas Associated Press  September 05, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says her use of a private email system at the State Department wasn’t the ‘‘best choice’’ and acknowledged she didn’t ‘‘stop and think’’ about her email setup when she became President Barack Obama’s secretary of state in 2009.

That pretty much disqualifies her as president. The lack of attention to detail.

The Democratic presidential front-runner said in an interview with NBC News that she was immediately confronted by a number of global hotspots after joining the new Obama administration as its top diplomat and didn’t think much about her email after arriving at her new job.

‘‘You know, I was not thinking a lot when I got in. There was so much work to be done. We had so many problems around the world,’’ Clinton said. ‘‘I didn’t really stop and think what kind of email system will there be?’’

The fact that what she did broke the law? Oh, well.

But Clinton did not apologize for her decision when asked directly, ‘‘Are you sorry?’’ Instead, she again said she wishes she had ‘‘made a different choice’’ and that she takes responsibility for the decision to use a private email account and server based at her home in suburban New York.

She added it was a choice that should not raise questions about her judgment.


Republicans criticized Clinton’s unwillingness to apologize for the decision and said it underscored polls which have shown large numbers of people questioning her trustworthiness....

The subject of emails led off a wide-ranging NBC interview that included Vice President Joe Biden’s interest in a potential Democratic primary bid, Clinton’s plans to address the Iran nuclear deal and her views of Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

"Following a summer in which both Trump and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton's chief rival for the Democratic nomination, drew large campaign audiences, Clinton sought to cast her candidacy as one rooted in tackling the problems "that keep families up at night."

Sanders campaign spokesman Michael Briggs responded: "Bernie is doing more than attracting large crowds. He has a concrete set of proposals to take on the billionaire class and rebuild the disappearing middle class. That's what people are responding to."

Why the edits and cut?

Current and former Clinton aides have been testifying before a congressional panel investigating the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks. The committee has also delved into Clinton’s email practices at the State Department. She is scheduled to testify publicly next month.

Clinton in August handed over to the FBI her private server, which she used to send, receive and store emails during her four years as secretary of state. Clinton has said she set up her own system instead of using a State Department account for the convenience of using a single Blackberry device.

But her comments that she didn’t stop to think about setting up a private email server in her home belied the careful planning and technical sophistication required to set up, operate, maintain and protect a private server effectively — especially one responsible for the confidential communications of the U.S. government’s top diplomat as she traveled the globe.

Actually, the server wasn't in her home. It was in some closet at some small New Jersey tech firm and hallmark of data collecting spy operations.

Even homebrew servers typically require careful configuration, Internet registration, data backups, regular security audits and a secondary power supply in case of electrical problems.

Meaning her simplistic excuses and explanations aren't holding water.

In the interview, Clinton said, as she has in the past, that she ‘‘should have had two accounts, one for personal and one for work-related.’’

Thousands of pages of her emails publicly released in recent months have shown that Clinton received messages that were later determined to contain classified information, including some that contained material regarding the production and dissemination of U.S. intelligence.

But Clinton reiterated that she did not ‘‘send or receive any material marked classified. We dealt with classified material on a totally different system. I dealt with it in person.’’

Clinton also addressed other topics, including Iran and Trump.

Clinton noted her support for an Obama-backed agreement to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions and said she would address what she would do as president to enforce the deal, hold Iran accountable and "make clear that no options were off the table. That they can never ever have a nuclear weapon."

Has supporting the deal cost her the support of the Zionists? 

Clinton suggested that Trump, the leading GOP candidate at this juncture, did not have the temperament to lead the nation and conduct foreign policy. "Loose talk, threats, insults, they have consequences. So I'm going to conduct myself as I believe is appropriate for someone seeking the highest office in our country," she said.


"Panel on Benghazi attack questions Clinton aide" by Jesse J. Holland Associated Press  September 05, 2015

WASHINGTON — A senior member of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s inner circle testified Friday before a House panel investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Libya as an argument erupted between a Republican staffer and a Democratic lawmaker who says it’s time for the committee to disband.

Jake Sullivan, a former policy director and deputy chief of staff under Clinton at the State Department, was questioned in a daylong session of testimony behind closed doors.

Representative Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican and the committee’s chairman, said Sullivan was in a unique position to talk about how US policy in Libya required the State Department to have a physical presence in the country. Sullivan is currently a top policy aide on Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the senior Democrat on the committee, said at midday that Sullivan had answered every question.

The panel is investigating the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Another bullish** investigation.

Mike Morell, the CIA’s former deputy director, will probably be the next witness to appear before the panel, Gowdy told reporters.

Separately, Representative Adam Schiff, a California Democrat and member of the panel, wrote in a New York Times op-ed article that the committee had become ‘‘little more than a partisan tool to influence the presidential race, a dangerous precedent that will haunt Congress for decades.’’

He said the panel had let down the families of those killed in the attacks.

That prompted an unusual, scathing attack from Jamal Ware, spokesman for the GOP-led panel. In an e-mail, Ware said Schiff had not attended enough of the panel’s meetings to levy criticism, including Friday’s session. Schiff was traveling from California to Washington on Friday.

‘‘You all need to ask Mr. Schiff how it is he has drawn these conclusions since he has only seen fit to attend one hour of one witness interview since the committee was constituted,’’ Ware said.

It's all part of the show.

Cummings seized on the exchange, calling Ware’s comments a ‘‘bizarre, highly defensive, and erratic statement overflowing with false claims.’’ He also questioned whether Gowdy approved the comments, which he described as an attack on a member of Congress in a ‘‘direct and offensive manner that I have never seen.’’

Clinton, the Democratic front-runner for the 2016 nomination, has been dogged by criticism about her use of a private e-mail server for government business during her tenure as secretary of state.

Clinton acknowledged on Friday that the use of a private e-mail system wasn’t the best choice. In an interview with NBC News, Clinton did not apologize for her decision.

The GOP-led House panel that was established to investigate Benghazi has gotten immersed in the controversy surrounding Clinton’s e-mail practices. Clinton is scheduled to testify before the committee next month.

Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s former chief of staff, answered questions for the panel for 9½ hours on Thursday.

Few details were released, but officials said lawmakers asked Mills about her role in preparing talking points for administration officials after the 2012 attack on US diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the US ambassador to Libya. The officials requested anonymity.

We were lied to right from the start.

Gowdy said Friday that inquiries that focused on a private e-mail server Clinton used while serving as secretary of state, including its setup, came only later in the session. ‘‘Our committee is the committee on Benghazi. It’s not the committee on e-mails,’’ Gowdy said.

In his op-ed, Schiff called for the panel to be shut down.

‘‘Whatever their original purpose, the Select Committee’s leaders appear no longer to have any interest in Benghazi, except as the tragic events of that day may be used as a cudgel against the likely Democratic nominee for president,’’ he wrote.

The politics of it is being used to obscure the illegality.


It's all going nowhere:

"Specialists see no criminal trouble for Clinton in e-mail flap" by Ken Dilanian Associated Press  September 01, 2015

WASHINGTON — Specialists in government secrecy law see almost no possibility of criminal action against Hillary Rodham Clinton or her top aides in connection with now-classified information sent over unsecure e-mail while she was secretary of state, based on the public evidence thus far.

Some Republicans, including leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, have called Clinton’s actions criminal and compared her situation to that of David Petraeus, the former CIA director who was prosecuted after giving top secret information to his paramour. Others have cited the case of another past CIA chief, John Deutch, who took highly classified material home.

But in both of those cases, no one disputed that the information was highly classified and in many cases top secret. Petraeus pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor; Deutch was pardoned by President Bill Clinton.

Petraeus will never be president now, and meanwhile, the black guy got jailed.

By contrast, there is no evidence of e-mails stored in Hillary Clinton’s private server bearing classified markings. State Department officials say they don’t believe that e-mails she sent or received included material classified at that time. And even if other government officials dispute that assertion, it is extremely difficult to prove anyone knowingly mishandled secrets.

The scrubbing of the files must be complete.


On Monday, the State Department released a batch of about 7,000 e-mails — the largest such release to date. Those include about 150 that have been partially or entirely censored because the State Department determined they contain classified material.... 

That's what the Globe went through.

State Department officials said the information redacted from the emails released Monday night was classified in preparation for public release and was not identified as classified at the time Clinton sent or received the messages.

That doesn't make sense. Retroactive classification? Little late, isn't it?

Department officials said the redacted information was classified in preparation for the public release of the e-mails and not identified as classified at the time Clinton sent or received the messages. 

We aren't be told the truth about anything, and for some reason, the rest of the story is different:

All the censored material in the latest group of e-mails is classified at the ‘‘confidential’’ level, not at higher ‘‘top secret’’ or compartmentalized levels, they said.

Still, the increasing amounts of blacked-out information from Clinton’s e-mail history as secretary of state will surely prompt additional questions about her handling of government secrets while in office and that of her most trusted advisers.

The Democratic presidential front-runner now says her use of a home e-mail server for government business was a mistake, and government inspectors have pointed to exchanges that never should have been sent via unsecured channels.

Print finished with this:

Clinton's critics have focused on the email server Clinton used while in office and suggested that she should have known that secrets were improperly coursing through an unsecure system, leaving them easily accessible to foreign intelligence agencies.

And we know which one.

But to prove a crime, the government would have to demonstrate that Clinton or aides knew they were mishandling the information -- not that she should have known, although I was not told at least one email involved CIA drone strikes.


Time for Hillary to make some noise:

"Clinton likens the GOP field to a terrorist group" August 28, 2015

CLEVELAND — Hillary Rodham Clinton drew parallels between terrorist organizations and the field of Republican candidates for president when it comes to their views on women, telling an Ohio audience Thursday potential GOP rivals push out-of-date policies.

Desperation on the cusps of hysteria.

‘‘Now extreme views about women? We expect that from some of the terrorist groups. We expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world,’’ Clinton said.

‘‘But it’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States, yet they espouse out-of-date and out-of-touch policies,’’ she added at a rally in Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University.

‘‘They are dead wrong for 21st-century America.’’

She didn’t mention any specific terrorist or militant group.

‘‘For Hillary Clinton to equate her political opponents to terrorists is a new low for her flailing campaign,’’ said Allison Moore, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee. ‘‘She should apologize.’’

And not just for the remark. 

"Clinton, DNC face fury from her rivals" Washington Post   August 29, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to cement her standing as the rightful leader of the Democratic Party here Friday, but two of her challengers launched a fierce counterattack against her and against a party establishment they see as trying to hand her the 2016 presidential nomination.

What began as a routine forum of candidate speeches evolved into a dramatic day at the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting, as Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent of Vermont, and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley issued thinly veiled attacks on Clinton and party leadership.

Speaking at the dais, with DNC chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz nearby, O’Malley blasted the ‘‘rigged process.’’

Sanders, who caucuses with Democrats, said, ‘‘We need a movement which takes on the economic and political establishment, not one which is part of that establishment.’’


They are sensing vulnerability.

"DNC has fund-raising trouble

MINNEAPOLIS — The Democratic National Committee barely has more cash than it does IOUs, and it is being outraised month after month by its Republican competitor.

Looks like an all Republican government coming up.

Its $24 million debt from the 2012 presidential election, only recently paid down, has squeezed investments. Underdeveloped party resources such as voter data files could become a serious disadvantage for the eventual nominee, particularly if that person is not front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Those fund-raising realities are in the forefront as Democratic officials, donors, and activists meet Thursday through Saturday in Minneapolis. Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders, former governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland, and Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee, former senators of Virginia and Rhode Island, will speak Friday."

Who are those other guys with Sanders?

"Though Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has inched closer to Clinton in some early state polling, the race is ‘‘fundamentally unchanged’’ from early August, strategist Joel Benenson said. With the exception of one poll — the Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register survey released this week and conducted by J. Ann Selzer — Clinton is at around 45 percent in Iowa. The race is tighter in New Hampshire but ‘‘we’ve always said it would be a tight race in New Hampshire,’’ Benenson said, adding that it will be ‘‘nip and tuck all the way.’’

So much for all that hard work, Bernie.

"In N.H., Hillary Clinton champions women’s rights; Endorsed by Shaheen during visit" by Steve Annear Globe Staff  September 05, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Twenty years after Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered a speech in Beijing strongly championing women’s rights, she felt the merits of her stance were well worth repeating.

“Human rights are women’s rights,” Clinton said to a roaring crowd of supporters Saturday. “And women’s rights are human rights, once and for all.”

How many women have been murdered or widowed by the drone strikes and wars she has supported?

The former secretary of state returned this weekend to New Hampshire to receive an endorsement for president from US Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Clinton headlined the New Hampshire Women for Hillary rally on the front steps of Portsmouth Middle School. Later Saturday, she was scheduled to appear with organized labor groups for a Labor Day weekend event.

Clinton said she is a “proud lifelong fighter for women’s issues,” because she firmly believes that what’s good for women is good for the entire country.

And what is good for General Motors.... nice to know women are a monolithic group with all the same needs.

Voicing her support, Shaheen said women are standing with the presidential candidate because “Hillary stands with women.”

“On issue after issue, from equal pay to reproductive rights to child care, she’s always been there, and she always will be,” Shaheen said.

Shaheen noted that it was appropriate to launch Women for Hillary on Saturday because it was the 20th anniversary of Clinton’s speech in China at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women.

“Hillary’s clarion call two decades ago was a seminal moment for women and girls around the world,” Shaheen said.

You've come a long way, baby.

Clinton backers filled the front lawn outside of the school, wearing stickers and holding large signs bearing the Democratic front-runner’s name. Posters taped to fences across the street from the school read “We love Hillary,” and “Deal Me In,” a reference to Clinton’s recent remarks about “playing the gender card” for equal pay.

Were they actually comparing her to Jesus?

During her address to voters, Clinton touched on topics like ending gun violence, curbing mass incarceration, and promoting clean energy.

But she kept her main focus on greater access to paid family leave and efforts to close the wage gap, stressing that women’s rights issues have an echoing effect on the overall economy.

“If you can’t afford to go to work or find a place safe to leave your kids, you’re not going to have the kind of economic opportunity you deserve. That’s something that all Americans should care about,” Clinton said. “Because when women can fully participate in the workforce, our economy grows and benefits.”

That rings so hollow from the shakedown artists over at the foundation. 

Have people forgot her crying poverty at the beginning of the campaign?

Clinton used her discussion on fairness for women as an opportunity to chide members of the Republican party who are seeking their own party’s presidential nomination. Clinton specifically cast fiery comments directly at Donald Trump, calling him “flamboyant” and a “bully,” before rattling off a list of recent comments made by the real estate mogul regarding women’s health issues.

“[Donald Trump] insults and dismisses women,” Clinton said. “Whenever he is pressed about the things he says about women, he says he ‘Loves women.’ In fact, to quote him, he says he ‘cherishes’ us. Well, if it’s all the same to you Mr. Trump, I’d rather you stop cherishing women, and start respecting women.” 

I'm not going to defend Trump. He's just another $cum elite.

Deirdre Shea said she was encouraged to see Clinton standing up for women’s rights at the school where Shea works as a teacher.

“It was exciting to hear somebody speaking out for women. It scares me that I haven’t been hearing that. I feel like Hillary Clinton is speaking for me, and I don’t feel like anyone else is,” said Shea, who lives in Dover, N.H.

Well, she's got it better than me. I have no candidate, not a one.

Carol Aronson-Shore of Portsmouth said Clinton hit her mark.

“She really spoke to all the issues that were important to her audience,” Aronson-Shore said.

And it was all prescreened and scripted.

Clinton faced scrutiny from reporters after the event about her use of a private e-mail server at her home during her time as the secretary of state, a sticking point that has cast a shadow over Clinton’s presidential campaign as she makes a dash for the White House.

Oh, the reporters ruined the event, huh?

Clinton said her family had compensated a State Department employee for his technical assistance and to maintain the server “for a period of time.”

She added that she doesn’t believe it will hurt her campaign moving forward.

Then she is delusional.

“The facts are the facts, and we have been repeating them over and over again,” she told reporters.

You can do the same with lies, and people might believe it.

Art Hoffman, 67, of Greenland, N.H., said he wished that people would get beyond the server story, and instead start focusing on other issues, most notably, he said, mending the rift between Republicans and Democrats in Congress.


“It seems to be my biggest concern with politicians,” Hoffman said. “I think it’s key that no matter who you are in your capability, without a coordinated effort of the two parties we are just spinning our wheels.”

That is what I'm doing working on these political fillers.


She's also laboring over this endorsement:

"2016 endorsement decision weighs heavily on Walsh; The mayor backed Hillary Clinton in 2008, but has ties to Joe Biden" by Jim O’Sullivan Globe Staff  September 07, 2015

The value of a Mayor Martin J. Walsh endorsement, for either candidate, is debatable. But at a point in the election cycle where Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is behind Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont in some polls, is under intense scrutiny for any sign of weakness, defection by a big-city mayor would be regarded as a sign of Vice President Joe Biden’s momentum.

“He’s been courted aggressively by the Clinton campaign,” one Walsh adviser said.

Many of those bodies will probably be at the Greater Boston Labor Council breakfast at the Park Plaza on Monday morning, where Obama, Walsh, and both of the state’s US senators are expected to speak.

As Clinton has seen her poll numbers decline, her camp has stepped up its pressure on Walsh for an endorsement, people familiar with the conversations said.

Early on, talks between Clinton’s camp and Walsh’s centered on the mayor signaling his support not by appearing with Clinton, but on his Twitter account, according to two people familiar with the discussions.

Clinton placed a brief phone call to Walsh about three weeks ago. Walsh said he and Clinton discussed substance abuse and recovery, “one of my passions in life,” and said he was “very grateful” for the conversation.

Clinton and Walsh also share a political adviser, Michael Whouley, long a stalwart of the Clinton political apparatus and, like Walsh, a Dorchester native.

Walsh formally endorsed Hillary Clinton in November 2007, at a time when she still led Obama in polls, but Obama had picked off key members of the state’s Democratic establishment and both have compelling stories of overcoming personal adversity. Biden lost his first wife and daughter in a car accident weeks after winning election to the Senate; in May, his son Beau died of cancer. Walsh overcame childhood cancer and an addiction to alcohol.

Most of the state’s Democratic establishment has this year lined up behind Clinton, who early in the race established herself as the front-runner. Two notable exceptions are Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has said she will probably endorse a candidate at some point, and US Representative Seth Moulton, who has called Biden a political mentor....


Haven't seen much about Bill in any of those articles.

Soon after the words were typed:

"For her part, Clinton had long insisted that the controversy was a news media fixation and argued that voters had not raised it with her on the campaign trail. At a Democratic dinner in Iowa last month, she joked [and] quipped, but Clinton’s standing in public opinion polls has suffered amid continuing reports about her private e-mail server and whether it contained classified information. In recent days, Clinton’s aides have signaled that she planned to address the e-mail controversy more openly, and with a tone of humility rather than defensiveness. A New Hampshire focus group of independents and Democrats said they wanted to hear more from Clinton about the issue. Clinton herself has complained to friends, as has her husband, former president Bill Clinton, that nothing has been able to penetrate the e-mail noise. Several of Clinton’s allies have privately compared her resistance to using the word “mistake” to her similar reluctance to say she had erred in voting to support the invasion of Iraq in 2002 when she was a senator. That vote dogged her in the 2008 presidential primary."


So if Hillary falls, who can the Democrats recruit?