Trump warned of Clinton-Abedin-Weiner security risks
Hilary Clinton may think voters have "already factored in" her email scandal into their election day plans, but the decision by FBI director James Comey to reopen the investigation he had said earlier did not warrant further legal action is, as Donald Trump might say, "yuge."
Hillary and the rest of Team Clinton may bleat that the FBI should show the cards it is holding to be fair to the American electorate, but the issue is not that the FBI is refusing to release any emails and any other evidence it may have, but that it is Hillary Clinton herself who refused to release her emails, some of which may have caused the FBI to renew its investigation. She is the one who used sophisticated technology to delete emails, who lied about sending and receiving classified material and lied about turning all her material over. It is she who conspired to delete and hide material from the American electorate. It is she who displayed, as Comey so delicately put it, "extreme carelessness" with American national secrets and security.
The mystery is not why now, but why her only accomplishment as senator, secretary of state, and Bill Clinton's wife has been to escape prosecution. We do not know what the FBI has, but it must be more damning than just recovering some missing emails to warrant reopening her investigation. Director Comey risked condemnation for playing politics before the election, but he chose to risk that rather than be damned forever for participating in a cover-up.
The evidence apparently came from devices used by aide and confidante Huma Abedin and her estranged husband Anthony Weiner, he of the sexting scandal. This only shows how extreme Hillary's carelessness was if she transmitted classified material to Huma and Weiner. Exposing national secrets in this way should disqualify her from the presidency and even from running for it.
In this sense, Donald Trump is right when he claims that the system is rigged. It is rigged by a media obsessed with his dirty talk and alleged groping rather than Hillary's career of lies and deception now manifest in endangering American security and exposing a future president to blackmail.
Donald Trump tried to warn us that the link among Hillary, Huma, and Anthony Weiner might be dangerous. In an August 31, 2015 tweet, Trump said Huma Abedin was wise to separate from her husband and that her marriage to Weiner posed a national security risk. In a later statement, he warned:
Huma is making a very wise decision. I know Anthony Weiner well, and she will be far better off without him. I only worry for the country in that Hillary Clinton was careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information. Who knows what he learned and who he told? It's just another example of Hillary Clinton's bad judgment. It is possible that our country and its security have been greatly compromised by this.
As for Huma Abedin, her association with Hillary Clinton has proven personally profitable but damaging to America's national security interests. As Investor's Business daily notes:
Abedin made $135,000 a year as Clinton's deputy, a period in which she is reported to have raked in as much as $355,000 from consulting contracts. Having a pipeline into the Clinton inner circle is invaluable to some. This reminds us of Johnny Chung's famous comparison of the Clinton White House to a subway turn style — you had to put money in to gain entry[.]
Abedin also has some interesting family connections. Her father is said to be close with the Saudi government's Muslim World League, and her mother is said to be a member of the Muslim Sisterhood. World Trade Center bombing prosecutor Andrew McCarthy wrote in National Review: "The ties of Ms. Abedin's father, mother and brother to the Muslim Brotherhood are both specific and substantiated."
The Muslim Brotherhood took power in Egypt with the Obama administration's approval after it had all but abandoned the government of Hosni Mubarak, a long-time ally and friend. It was while Abedin was advising Hillary that State dropped its long-standing policy of having no dealings with the Muslim Brotherhood.
As Andrew McCarthy wrote in National Review, Huma Abedin's family and work history suggests a devotion to Islamic supremacist ideology that may go a long way to explaining our imploding Middle East policy from Baghdad to Egypt:
Ms. Abedin worked for many years at a journal that promotes Islamic-supremacist ideology that was founded by a top al-Qaeda financier, Abdullah Omar Naseef. Naseef ran the Rabita Trust, a formally designated foreign terrorist organization under American law. Ms. Abedin and Naseef overlapped at the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (JMMA) for at least seven years. Throughout that time (1996–2003), Ms. Abdein worked for Hillary Clinton in various capacities.
The consulting firm Abedin worked for was Tenco Strategies, founded by longtime Bill Clinton aide Douglas Band, with the former president initially serving on its board. Abedin allegedly sent some 7,000 emails on her government account that involved Band, now famous for his recently unearthed memo about "Clinton, Inc." That memo showed how Bill Clinton enriched himself as part of the Clinton Foundation's "pay to play" schemes.
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) had a particular interest in Abedin's 2013 designation as an SGE, or "special government employee," which is a government designation for those who fill "an unmet government need for rare or unique expertise, while allowing individuals to retain their private-sector positions." As we have seen, Abedin's expertise is indeed unique, and her simultaneous employment by three employers allowed her a unique position to influence and to peddle influence. As the Washington Examiner reported:
"The Committee has learned of allegations that, during your simultaneous employment by the Department of State, Teneo, and the Clinton Foundation, you were solicited for and delivered favors for preferred individuals," Grassley wrote to Abedin.
Abedin was reportedly among several key aides to Hillary Clinton that hosted email accounts on a private server in the presidential candidate's New York home in violation of federal records laws.
Hillary Clinton may indeed make political history, but not because of her gender. Her activities and personal ambition may yet result in a criminal referral from the FBI, and even should she run the gauntlet through the nomination and election process, she may wind up being the first president to pardon herself.
Daniel John Sobieski is a freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in Investor's Business Daily, Human Events, Reason Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.