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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Yes/no is not the problem. Maybe is. And what about more likely than not?

Access peddling? Image source, here.

UPDATE: An interesting link because of mention of the Justice Department's SDNY U.S. Attorney moving apart from Justice Department headquarters (under Lynch, with headquarters disinclined to act, apparently):

Multiple FBI investigations are underway involving potential corruption charges against the Clinton Foundation, according to a former senior law enforcement official.

The investigation centers on New York City where the Clinton Foundation has its main offices, according to the former official who has direct knowledge of the activities.

Prosecutorial support will come from various U.S. Attorneys Offices — a major departure from other centralized FBI investigations.

The New York-based probe is being led by Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. [...] Bharara is best known for securing convictions of prominent political figures, including former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Silver had a seemingly intractable grip on power in the state for decades. He was convicted of accepting $4 million in exchange for helping a cancer researcher and two real estate developers.

He also secured the conviction of New York Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who was sentenced to five years in prison for corruption.

The former official said the investigation is being coordinated between bureau field offices and FBI managers at headquarters in Washington, D.C. The unusual process would ensure senior FBI supervisors, including Director James Comey, would be kept abreast of case progress and of significant developments.

The reliance on U.S. attorneys would be a significant departure from the centralized manner in which the FBI managed the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server and email addresses.

The Daily Caller is what it is, not neutral journalism, but it makes specific interesting claims. Note, however, the report is single sourced, a former official, . . .

FURTHER - MAYBE. AND MORE LIKELY THAN NOT. WaPo, here. In a way it would be cleaner for the FBI and the SDNY U.S. Attorney if there were the Ozzie Myers smoking gun ABSCAM phrasing of record, from the Clinton pack. A talk and walk saying, but not the more commonly used one. Yet a usage applicable in terms of likely Foundation-related circumstantial inference.

FURTHER: More, "go figure:" ABC online here. Ending of that item:

Clinton campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin said the emails released are a political attack on the Clintons. "Citizens United is a right-wing group that's been attacking the Clintons since the 1990s and, once again, is trying to make something out of nothing," Schwerin told ABC News.

How's that for a non sequitur? As if an inquiry were from one expecting an explanation of negative or questionable information would have a focus on Clinton allies and information they publicize? A "Never mind the message, nothing to see there, shoot the enemy messenger," response is less than reassuring. Indeed, it is artless and stupid.

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