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JohnM
10-31-2016, 05:21 PM
Weld: Comey, FBI 'off the reservation'

By Tom LoBianco, CNN
Updated 1827 GMT (0227 HKT) October 31, 2016

Washington (CNN) Libertarian vice presidential nominee William Weld lit into James Comey, saying Monday that his decision to announce a review of new emails was "disgraceful" and that the FBI director and the agency were "off the reservation."

"They're totally off the reservation," Weld told CNN's Alisyn Camerota Monday on "New Day," adding that the US Attorney General may need to get involved to rein in Comey.
Weld was the head of the Justice Department's criminal justice division during the final years of Ronald Reagan's tenure and said throughout the interview that his criticism of Comey's conduct was a professional critique, not political.
Pressed by Camerota on what he meant by "off the reservation," Weld said, "It means there's no way for Mrs. Clinton to know the evidentiary basis for which they made this update to their investigation, and they've said themselves they don't know. It makes it all the more unreasonable to have waded into these waters in the first place."
Weld, who is running with Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, said that if more information is leaked from the FBI before the newest emails are reviewed that Attorney General Loretta Lynch should step in and "order him to stand down."
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Donald Trump and his supporters have seized on news that emails from top Clinton aide Huma Abedin spurred the FBI to look again into Clinton's use of a private email server, with just days until the election.
The Trump campaign says it's evidence the FBI director is doing the right thing despite political pressure, but Clinton's allies say it is may violate federal laws barring the interference of justice officials in political events just before the election.
Weld blasted Trump with a reference to the "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" scene where a mob of villagers lob ridiculous arguments that their victim is a witch.
"Mr. Trump braying about this latest development reminds me of the guy in Monty Python who says 'She's a witch, burn her! Burn her!" Weld said, with a mock British accent. "It has no more content than that. And the point of that skit in Monty Python was that those townspeople were ignorant and stupid -- not that they were great."
Camerota asked Weld if he thought that he and Johnson were drawing votes from Clinton and could end up tossing the race to Trump, but he argued that he was confident they were pulling moderate Republican voters away from Trump.
"My appeal is to Republican voters: 'Think twice before you vote for Trump," he said.

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/31/politics/bill-weld-comey-reservation-clinton/index.html

Interesting times we live in.

Judge Napolitano seems to be saying something similar:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkaw4ibMTAo

Or have I got that wrong?

Brian4Liberty
11-01-2016, 10:44 AM
Judge Napolitano seems to be saying something similar:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkaw4ibMTAo

Or have I got that wrong?

Interesting discussion. Napolitano is saying that regulations prohibit this type of announcement with 60 days of an election. Haven't heard that before. He also mentions that perhaps the investigation is targeting Huma Abedin, so it might not qualify. What are Comey's obligations to Congress, whom he has been reporting and testifying to about these investigations the whole time? Do all communications with Congress between the FBI, DOJ, etc. cease for two months before every election?

wizardwatson
11-01-2016, 10:54 AM
Interesting discussion. Napolitano is saying that regulations prohibit this type of announcement with 60 days of an election. Haven't heard that before. He also mentions that perhaps the investigation is targeting Huma Abedin, so it might not qualify. What are Comey's obligations to Congress, whom he has been reporting and testifying to about these investigations the whole time? Do all communications with Congress between the FBI, DOJ, etc. cease for two months before every election?

Russia doesn't want me to win! They cheated!
Wikileaks doesn't want me to win! Not fair!
FBI breaking protocol! That's illegal.

Who gives a crap. You aren't on trial to be president, you're running for president. Due process doesn't apply in an election.

Her entire gripe is based on being a titty baby because the voter is unfairly informed.

staerker
11-01-2016, 10:55 AM
Interesting discussion. Napolitano is saying that regulations prohibit this type of announcement with 60 days of an election. Haven't heard that before. He also mentions that perhaps the investigation is targeting Huma Abedin, so it might not qualify. What are Comey's obligations to Congress, whom he has been reporting and testifying to about these investigations the whole time? Do all communications with Congress between the FBI, DOJ, etc. cease for two months before every election?

Napolitano lost it on this one. Arguing against governmental transparency, using the existence of governmental regulations.

tod evans
11-01-2016, 11:17 AM
Napolitano lost it on this one. Arguing against governmental transparency, using the existence of governmental regulations.

How do you figure?

I heard him state what standing policy/law is.

staerker
11-01-2016, 11:19 AM
How do you figure?

I heard him state what standing policy/law is.

He didn't simply state anything, he went on to saw that by violating said policy, Comey did the wrong thing.

Brian4Liberty
11-01-2016, 11:44 AM
Now where was the outrage about political prosecutions occurring simultaneously with campaigns when Rand was running and Benton was being charged and prosecuted? Seems to me that primaries were going on while those prosecutions made news.

Does that mean if they decided to actually charge Huma or Hillary with something as opposed to a status message to Congress, it would be okay? Is there a difference between statements and charges/prosecutions?

tod evans
11-01-2016, 11:53 AM
He didn't simply state anything, he went on to saw that by violating said policy, Comey did the wrong thing.

Do you see him offering his opinion as "losing it"?

staerker
11-01-2016, 11:59 AM
Do you see him offering his opinion as "losing it"?

On this issue, he holds government mandate over the truth. So yes- you can form your own conclusion.

satchelmcqueen
11-01-2016, 05:27 PM
im more outraged they didnt get her the first go around.

Superfluous Man
11-01-2016, 05:41 PM
I think he's already campaigning for his next MA statewide race as a Republican.

Lovecraftian4Paul
11-02-2016, 05:49 PM
Yeah, this is just getting to be ridiculous:


WELD: Well, the person could very well decide not to do that, and for someone deciding not to do that, I have a lot to say about Mrs. Clinton that has not been said by others recently and that I think needs to be said. I mean I've known her for 40 years. I worked with her, I know her well professionally. I know her well personally. I know her to be a person of high moral character. A reliable person and an honest person, however Mr. Trump may rant and rave to the contrary. So I'm happy to say that. People can make their own choices.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/11/02/libertarian-party-vp-nominee-bill-weld-basically-just-endorsed-hillary-clinton/

Weld openly shilling for Hillary. There's nothing of value lost if the LP misses the 5% mark this time, which it likely will. There's no point in having a slightly better equipped third party when it nominates Democrat surrogates for the top of the ticket.

phill4paul
11-02-2016, 05:57 PM
Just like with Trump, the shadow government pulled no stops to get Hillary elected. Johnson/Weld was the third party power play. However, this corruption, and it's outing, may just give Trump the presidency. At this point I'm sure the shadow government is trying to make the best of it. Hillary isn't the shoe-in they expected now that all the shit they had on her are becoming public. Trump is as easily controllable as Hillary. After all, he was their plant.

Brian4Liberty
11-02-2016, 07:08 PM
It's official, the #Libertarian Party hit rock bottom with @GovBillWeld on the ticket. He threw the LP under the bus. @LPNational #TLOT
https://twitter.com/USAB4L/status/793982217349369856

793982217349369856

euphemia
11-02-2016, 07:40 PM
I don't think you can blame Comey and the FBI for Hillary's criminal activity. Comey has handled everything wrong on this. But he is facing what can only be called a munity of FBI agents if he didn't move forward with criminal investigation supervised by a federal judge.

Athan
11-02-2016, 09:48 PM
It was a notice evidence was found. They aren't interfering with the election. He had to change his testimony on the matter. Clinton doesn't like it she shouldn't have been creating a fucking mess.

Lovecraftian4Paul
11-02-2016, 10:37 PM
Honestly, Weld as VP is more shameful than Barr at the top of the ticket in 2008. Especially because it opened the LP to a bunch of hemming and hawwing from neo-cons and disgruntled Dems who get to say "maybe" they would have voted for it if Weld was at the top of the ticket (you know over 90% of these people never would).

The LP has gotten into a bad habit of jumping into bed with the first guys who flash them a pretty smile and have impressive resumes. Now, with Weld, they're going to wake up November 9th tainted and abandoned. No one is surprised.