The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s appalling decision to “reopen” the inquiry into Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s private email server turns out to have been based on absolutely nothing but a partisan desire to interfere in a tight election and to publically pursue a witch-hunt of one of the American people’s most dedicated public servants.
Emails that “might have been pertinent” to the FBI’s concluded inquiry were discovered on the laptop of Clinton aide Huma Abedin, whose husband Anthony Weiner was under investigation for an entirely unrelated sexual misconduct probe. The FBI filed a search warrant, which was granted by district court Judge Kevin Fox, and decided to loudly inform Congress, giving the right-wing propaganda machine all the ammo they needed to seriously distort the public’s image of Clinton just a week before the election.
That warrant has been released to the public, and it will make your blood boil.
Los Angeles lawyer E. Randol Schoenberg obtained the warrant via a Freedom of Information Act request, and he is “appalled” at what he found.
“I see nothing at all in the search warrant application that would give rise to probable cause, nothing that would make anyone suspect that there was anything on the laptop beyond what the FBI had already searched and determined not to be evidence of a crime, nothing to suggest that there would be anything other than routine correspondence between Secretary Clinton and her longtime aide Huma Abedin” wrote Schoenberg to USA Today.
Our election was stolen. The American people were deliberately mislead by their officials, elected and appointed, in service of a grand conspiracy to hand our government over to a coven of treasonous oligarchs.
Constitutional law professor Kevin Katkin explains just why the laws invoked on the warrant are so problematic:
This is outrageous in many different ways. There is no basis whatsoever in it to support a belief that Secretary Clinton ever had any *unauthorized* possession of any information, 18 U.S.C. 793(e). There is also no basis whatsoever to support a belief that Secretary Clinton ever permitted any information relating to the national defense to actually be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed. 18 U.S.C. 793(f). Moreover, if there were such evidence of the latter, logically it would not be found on the laptop or in the emails. Executive Order 13526 is not a criminal statute, and is not relevant to a criminal investigation. The same is true of 32 C.F.R. Parts 2001 and 2003. This is an outrage. The election was stolen.
While we must live with the results of this stolen election for the next four years, it is imperative that we demand our elected officials remove and punish those responsible for abusing the powers of their office. Between the interference of Russian hackers and the email inquisition by the FBI, it is clear that our democracy has been desecrated by the machinations of wealthy and powerful conservatives.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.