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‘Get her’: How the FBI’s rank-and-file were really targeting Democrats in 2016

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On Monday, columnist Jonathan Chait wrote a column in The New York Times previewing some of the information covered in James Stewart’s upcoming book, “Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law,” which discusses what was going on behind the scenes at the FBI during the 2016 campaign cycle, when both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were subject to two interlinked federal investigations.

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One of the key takeaways from Stewart’s book, Chait wrote, is that the FBI knew almost immediately after opening the investigation into Clinton’s email server that it would be impossible to charge her with a crime — something that in fact many sober legal commentators were pointing out at the time — but that higher-ups at the agency, including then-Director James Comey, felt pressured to continue the investigation publicly, because the FBI field offices in New York and Little Rock, Arkansas wanted Clinton’s blood.

“Stewart describes how F.B.I. officials encouraged colleagues investigating the Democratic nominee with messages like ‘You have to get her’ and ‘You guys are finally going to get that b*tch,'” wrote Chait.” James Comey … went so far as to tell Attorney General Loretta Lynch, ‘It’s clear to me that there is a cadre of senior people in New York who have a deep and visceral hatred of Secretary Clinton.’ Those agents leaked regularly to right-wing media sources that the bureau was turning a blind eye to what they saw as Clinton’s criminality.”

“This pressure drove Comey to make two fateful decisions,” wrote Chait. “First, when he announced that the bureau was not bringing charges against Clinton, he denounced her ‘extremely careless’ behavior, as a kind of middle course between what the law dictated and what Republicans demanded. Second, when an unrelated investigation into sex crimes by the former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner turned up more Clinton email 11 days before the election, Comey felt trapped into announcing that he had reopened the investigation.”

While there will never be a way to know for sure, some elections analysts believe it likely that these actions were decisive in costing Clinton the election. What was more, ironically, “William Barr enthusiastically endorsed Comey’s decision to reopen the case against Clinton, but then — once Comey became a threat to Trump — cited that very decision as grounds to fire him.”

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Trump trashes Fox Business host and former GOP House Speaker in bizarre Twitter rant

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On Thursday, President Donald Trump lashed out on Twitter, attacking RealClearPolitics columnist A. B. Stoddard, Fox Business host Neil Cavuto, and former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) in response to a TV segment that faulted his performance in the 2016 presidential debates.

"Could somebody at @foxnews please explain to Trump hater A.B. Stoddard (zero talent!) and @TeamCavuto, that I won every one of my debates, from beginning to end," Trump tweeted. "Check the polls taken immediately after the debates. The debates got me elected. Must be Fox Board Member Paul Ryan!"

https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1230611451431153666?s=21

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David Letterman jokes ‘enormous fellow’ Donald Trump can ‘eat the restaurant empty’

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The folks over at TMZ caught up David Letterman in Los Angeles this Thursday and asked him his thoughts on which presidential candidate, Donald Trump or Michael Bloomberg, is more fun to have dinner with.

Letterman, who knows both men well, and according to the former late-night talk show host. "there'd be nothing left" on the plate.

"He's such an enormous fellow, he would eat he restaurant empty," Letterman said.

In regards to Bloomberg, Letterman said, "I think he eats like a bird."

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‘Possibly the craziest and scariest thing he has done’: Conservative blasts Trump for DNI Richard Grenell

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Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot blasted President Donald Trump's new appointee Richard Grenell to take over as acting director of national intelligence.

Previously, Trump was furious at his acting DNI when he learned that Democrats were given an intelligence briefing. The source speaking to the Post said that Trump gave Maguire a “dressing down” that left the former acting DNI “despondent.”

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