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Democrats Slam FBI's Email Review

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FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Monday, 31 Oct 2016 08:32 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Democrats were quick to blast FBI Director James Comey’s surprise announcement that he was re-opening the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

The newly opened probe will focus on unreleased emails from longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin that were sent on the computer she reportedly shared with estranged husband and former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who has suffered public humiliation for sexting with numerous women.

 

“This is just the latest in a series of events Republican have been promoting since the Whitewater days [an Arkansas land deal involving the Clintons] when Hillary was first lady of Arkansas,” said Don Fowler, who served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee when Bill Clinton was president.

Fowler noted that that “roughly $60 million has been spent trying to make some case against Hillary and no one has ever substantiated any wrongdoing on her part.”

Asked what he felt the outcome of the election would be, Fowler told Newsmax: “Hillary will win by a comfortable margin — it won’t be a landslide but it will be a pretty good margin.”

Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey, one of the leading opponents to Bill Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1992, was not so sure.

“It is possible that Mr. Comey will be able to take credit for defeating Hillary Clinton and then after the election will say there was nothing worthy of prosecuting in the Weiner laptop,” Kerrey told me.

Kerrey said that Comey “was duty-bound to inform Congress, when in fact, he was duty-bound to do the opposite.”

He went on to liken the timing of Comey’s announcement to the conviction on corruption charges of his onetime colleague, the late Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, on Oct. 27, 2008 — days before the election in which Stevens was narrowly defeated.

The conviction was later overturned by a federal judge seven months later, with the judge harshly condemning the prosecutorial tactics of the Department of Justice.

“Sen. Stevens’ conviction is a terrible example of justice gone wrong,” said Kerrey. “Conservatives who may be our only hope in curtailing the power of the federal government should be outraged by the latest example of this demonstrated by Mr. Comey.”

Veteran Democratic political consultant and commentator Joe Rothstein predicted that “if there's nothing more from the FBI before election, the effect will be to bring down her victory margin somewhat. This may be enough to make the difference in some states, but not in the final outcome.”

Rothstein, who has helped elect such Democrats as former Sens. Mike Gravel of Alaska and Don Riegle of Michigan, also said that “the major effect will be to help down-ballot Senate and House Republican candidates argue they need to win to keep her from having free rein.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

 

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