Will FBI Director Comey’s October Surprise Derail Hillary’s White House Bid?

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STEPHEN LENDMAN

stephen-lendman  H   aving closed his earlier investigation into Hillary’s use of her private email server for classified State Department documents without bringing charges, dismissing indictable evidence, it’s hard imagining a shift of agency policy now.

So what’s going on? Is FBI Director Comey trying to save face, even at this late stage, having tarnished the reputation of the agency and himself. The fullness of time will show what he has in mind. He faces intense political pressure from key Democrat senators, demanding immediate answers about why he’s reopening his investigation days before November’s election, an unprecedented act.
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Senators Patrick Leahy, Dianne Feinstein, Thomas Carper and Ben Cardin wrote Comey, saying:
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“(N)o later than Monday, 31 October 2016, we request you provide us with more detailed information about the investigative steps being taken, the number of emails involved, and what is being done to determine how many of the emails are duplicative of those already reviewed by the FBI.” They want Attorney General Loretta Lynch explaining her involvement in Comey’s action, if any. The Hillary campaign called for “public answers” to clarify what new information the FBI discovered.
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After saying that revisiting his decision last July would be unlikely, Comey opted for an October surprise – the likes of which Washington hasn’t seen since the tumultuous end of Nixon’s tenure.
Paul Craig Roberts said he’s gotten wordthat the FBI has reopened the Hillary case of her violation of US National Security protocols, not because of the content of the new email releases, but because voter support for Trump seems to be overwhelming, while Hillary has cancelled appearances due to inability to muster a crowd. The popular vote leaves the FBI far out on the limb for its corrupt clearance of Hillary. The agency now has to redeem itself.”
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How remains to be seen. Like Roberts, I’m puzzled. Washington power brokers chose Hillary to succeed Obama. Enormous resources, energy, corporate pollsters consistently showing her ahead, and one-sided scoundrel media support have gone into assuring it.
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Have things changed days before November 8? Are power brokers abandoning Hillary this late in the game? The last 48 hours have been breathtaking – the stuff Hollywood thrillers are made of. Will Hillary supporters blame Russia for Comey’s action? One Democrat congressman suggested it. Will Comey be accused of being a Kremlin agent?
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However things unfold in the campaign’s final days, Trump got a significant boost – whether enough for a “master of suspense” Alfred Hitchcock ending remains to be seen. My view, right or wrong, remains the same. After going all-out for Hillary throughout months of campaigning, it’s hard believing power brokers decided otherwise this late in the game – unheard of in US electoral politics.



Media Scoundrels for Hillary React to Comey’s Bombshell

Leading broadsheets New York Times and Washington Post have gone all-out for Hillary throughout months of campaigning – one-sidedly supporting her, denigrating Trump relentlessly. Comey’s unexpected Friday bombshell shocked them, leaving them scrambling to react. The Times called Comey’s letter to Congress “cryptic…fail(ing) to provide any specifics about a new, potentially important development…”
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It quoted Hillary calling his action “strange…unprecedented…deeply troubling,” barely stopping short of accusing him of partisan interference in November’s election. Campaign chairman John Podesta called it “long on innuendo and short on facts,” letting Republicans “distort and exaggerate” its message. The Washington Post said he’s chosen “to restrike the balance between transparency and fairness, departing from the department’s traditions…He’s “putting a thumb on the scale of this election and damaging our democracy.”
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Since J. Edgar Hoover ran the agency, its mandate has been to protect privilege against beneficial social change.  In his book, titled “Dirty Truths,” Michael Parenti explained “unaccountable state power whose primary function is to maintain the existing politico-economic structure, using surveillance, infiltration, sabotage, judicial harassment, disinformation, trumped-up charges and false arrests, tax harassment, blackmail, and even violence and assassination to make the world safe for those who own it.”
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The national security state within the state includes top “CIA, DAI, FBI, NSA, the Pentagon, and” administration policymakers. They operate unaccountably, waging war on humanity “to destroy any government or social movement that manifests an unwillingness to reduce its people to economic fodder for the giant corporations that rule the world’s economy.”
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America’s deep state chooses its  leaders and top officials. Democracy exists in name only, serving its privileged few at the expense of most others.  Rutherford Institute’s John Whitehead calls it “America’s shadow government…(a) corporatized, militarized, entrenched bureaucracy that is fully operational and staffed by unelected officials who are, in essence, running the country, this shadow government represents the hidden face of a government that has no respect for the freedom of its citizenry.”
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No matter who holds top posts in all three branches of government, unnamed power brokers run things – “the hidden face of the American police state,” remaining in place, operating unaccountably, assuring dirty business as usual continues. A same day article asked if Comey’s October surprise will derail Hillary’s White House bid, the establishment candidate, chosen last year to succeed Obama.
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I doubt it, but in an election season full of surprises, who knows for sure how things will turn out.

NOTE: ALL IMAGE CAPTIONS, PULL QUOTES AND COMMENTARY BY THE EDITORS, NOT THE AUTHORS


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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STEPHEN LENDMAN lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”  ( http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html ) Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com



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