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On the Clinton Email investigation

A thought: a lot of people talk about the Clinton email scandal and the Trump-Russia scandal as though they are alternatives, which is probably due both to the human tendencies toward both tribalism and binary thinking fallacy. 

Report alleges that Washington FBI office gave only a cursory look at Clinton emails on Weiner laptop in rush to end that investigation. 

https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2018/08/22/despite_comey_assurance_vast_bulk_of_weiner_laptop_emails_never_examined.html

Opinion piece argues that HRC was never going to be charged and that blame for that doesn’t lie with the FBI. 

http://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/406500-dont-blame-the-fbi-hillary-clinton-was-never-going-to-be-charged

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On the Russia Investigation

Former Republican Senate leader Bill Frist on Robert Mueller and his investigation:

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5b412d43e4b05127ccf2cb65/amp

Former FBI and CIA director in support of Mueller:

Comparison of Mueller’s staffing to that of Ken Starr, who investigated Clinton:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-witch-hunt-special-counsel-mueller-clinton-lewinsky-starr-20180718-story.html

A summary of the investigation so far:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mueller-investigation-trump-russia-probe_us_5b4cdda5e4b0e7c958fe3141

The memos Comey released after leaving FBI did not contain classified information:

The investigation began because a Trump campaign staffer blabbed about hearing from the Russians that they had possession of HRC’s emails.

On the makeup of Mueller’s team

  • Lawyers tend to be dems, agents tend to be republicans, and we only know about some of the lawyers
  • Law/policy prevented Mueller from considering political leanings

https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2018/mar/21/donald-trump/fact-checking-donald-trumps-claims-about-Mueller/

Alberto Gonzales (attorney general under GW Bush) in support of Mueller and the investigation

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/402619-alberto-gonzales-defends-mueller-after-trump-attacks-he-is-a-man-of

Politifact article debunking key Garrett assertions

https://www.politifact.com/punditfact/article/2018/aug/02/fact-checking-fox-news-analysts-pro-trump-book-rus/

Snopes articles on Steele Dossier:

https://www.snopes.com/tag/steele-dossier/

National Review / Andrew McCarthy on the FISA application and the Steele Dossier

– Steele dossier not verified before use in FISA app

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/07/carter-page-fisa-applications-fbi-steele-dossier/

Brennan Center against McCarthy opinion, above

– Steele dossier met probable cause standard for FISA app

– Steele did not know he was working for DNC/Clinton

– Russia investigation already underway and Carter Page no longer with Trump campaign when FISA application first submitted

https://www.brennancenter.org/blog/fbi-wouldve-been-derelict-not-use-steele-dossier-carter-page-fisa-warrant

Vanity Fair article from early 2017 with the backstory of the Steele dossier.

– The FBI got the dossier from Steele, not DNC/Clinton

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/how-the-explosive-russian-dossier-was-compiled-christopher-steele

Wikipedia entry on the Steele dossier; seems to be thorough and well-sourced.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trump%E2%80%93Russia_dossier

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