Why The New Hillary Clinton ‘Email Scandal’ Is Complete BS

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As Bernie Sanders once said, we are sick and tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s damn emails — but some people (cough cough James Comey cough cough) just won’t drop it. The latest “October Surprise” (I hate surprises) in the 2016 election is a very weird one: On Friday, FBI director James Comey told Congress that the FBI “learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation” and that the FBI would “take appropriate investigative steps.”


Why is this BS? Because the emails weren’t Hillary Clinton's. The emails were discovered on electronic devices belonging to dick pic photographer and all-around terrible human (and soon-to-be-ex-husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin) Anthony Weiner during a separate and unrelated investigation into the allegations that Weiner sent sexually explicit text messages to a 15-year-old girl. 

The investigation into Clinton’s emails was closed in July, and even though the FBI is not re-opening the email case now, Clinton’s rivals are trying to make it look that way. It's despicable that Comey decided to go ahead and cause a scandal less than two weeks before the election — despite the fact that Justice Department officials told Comey he shouldn’t make an announcement, despite the fact that Comey himself indicated that the emails may not be significant, despite the fact that even some Republicans are calling Comey’s actions “unfair” to Clinton, and despite the fact that reports indicate the “new” emails may just be duplicates (WE CAN GO ON).

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At Politico, writer Riley Roberts explains just how bad Comey’s actions are, detailing how he has “repeatedly bowed to political pressures arising from the Clinton investigation.” Roberts writes:

“This unusual step [...] not only made the FBI complicit in a political assault on a presidential candidate; it invited members of Congress to pick through reams of investigative materials that the bureau normally holds in strict confidence. Even worse, Comey’s decision to release these materials to the public at the same time deprived Clinton of the chance to defend her actions and challenge the government’s findings in a court of law. By making the materials publicly available, Comey empowered political actors to second-guess investigators while arming Republicans with the evidence they needed to take their case to the court of public opinion.”

"We are 11 days out from perhaps the most important national election of our lifetimes,” Clinton said in a news conference. “Voting is already underway in our country. So the American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately.”

Let’s be clear: This is an undeserved, unfair attack on Clinton. And it’s working, a little — FiveThirtyEight shows that Clinton’s lead in the polls has decreased slightly. Which is frustrating, because this is just a manufactured scandal attempting to create the appearance of wrongdoing where the FBI has already found there wasn’t any. The Weiner case has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton — he’s her aide’s soon-to-be-ex-husband, so this is like if your boss got fired because of your incredibly terrible ex. Don’t get me wrong, sending sexually explicit messages to an underage girl is absolutely despicable, but Weiner is the one who should be punished for his actions, not Clinton. And we, the voters, should instead be focusing on the dozens of women who have spoken up about being sexually assaulted by Donald Trump — not to mention all of Trump's other sexist, racist, prejudiced positions.

So, yeah — We’re With Her, same as ever. And you should be, too. Don’t let this BS distract you. Take a look at the many, many, MANY reasons we support Hillary Clinton and find information on your polling place here. And on November 8th, GO VOTE.

Top photo: Facebook/Hillary Clinton

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Erika W. Smith is BUST's digital editorial director. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @erikawynn and email her at erikawsmith@bust.com.

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