Numerous polls conducted on social media by news organizations, including Deutsche Welle, Trump came out the outright victor.
Other news organizations, such as CNBC, Time magazine and ABC News, also saw similar results on their social media polls.
The heavily-redacted documents, almost 200 pages, include summaries of interviews with senior Clinton aides concerning the private email server, and brings to light details previously unknown.
During the interview with Huma Abedin, who served as deputy chief of staff under Clinton, the FBI reportedly presented her with an email exchange between Clinton and a person she did not recognize. The FBI then revealed the unknown person’s name was believed to be a pseudonym used by Obama. Abedin reacted by saying, “How is this not classified?”
This exchange could expose Obama as having mislead the public on the issue, given his 2015 statement that he found out about Clinton’s use of a private email server “the same time everybody else learned it, through news reports.”
The State Department will not make public the emails Clinton exchanged with Obama, citing “presidential communications privilege,” as reason to withhold the emails under the Freedom of Information Act, Politico reports.
FBI report reveals that Obama used a secret pseudonym to send emails Clinton and these emails ended up on her private server.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) September 24, 2016
The documents also include interview notes with other senior Clinton aides; Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan and former Bill Clinton advisor Justin Cooper, who registered the clintonemail.com domain. Romanian hacker Guccifer and a number of state department officials were also interviewed.
The latest FBI document cache also refers to the engineer who used BleachBit to permanently delete emails from Clinton’s server soon after the House Benghazi Committee issued a subpoena for documents relating to the 2012 attack on the US embassy in Libya. According to the engineer, he did this “of his own accord based on his normal practices as an engineer.”
Documents show employees from Platte River Networks, the IT company who managed Clinton’s emails, referring to a request to wipe emails in 2014 as the “Hilary [sic] cover-up operation”. An employee told the FBI this was a joke.
Clinton aide, Bryan Pagliano, said concerns were raised about whether Clinton’s server created a “federal records retention issue” by state department officials in 2009 or 2010. When he communicated these concerns to Mills, however, she said that Clinton’s predecessor, Colin Powell, had also used private email.
The reports further reveal Clinton’s alleged ineptitude with technology, with aides claiming she “could not use a computer,” and didn’t know her email password.
Abedin said she had two computers in her State Department office, one for unclassified communications and another for classified communications. She did most of her work on the unclassified computer and would go “days or weeks without logging into the classified system.”
One redacted interviewee described himself as a “Clintonista” and said he has a relationship with the Clintons dating back years. He said he would meet with Clinton four or five times a day and initially traveled with her until she was comfortable with the position of secretary of state.
US Republican ex-President George HW Bush will vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton in November, US news website Politico reports.
Mr Bush allegedly made the pledge to Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, niece to US ex-President John F Kennedy.
The former president’s office has not confirmed the report, with a spokesman saying he was checking.
Mr Bush, who held office from 1989 until 1993, has not endorsed Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Neither has his son, Jeb Bush, who unsuccessfully competed for the Republican nomination, or other rivals in the race, Ted Cruz and John Kasich.
Ms Kennedy Townsend, a former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, posted a photo on Facebook of a meeting with George HW Bush, alongside the caption: “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!”
Mr Bush’s spokesman, however, was cautious.
“Those reporting how @GeorgeHWBush will vote this year, it’s not clear anyone was there to verify KKT [Kathleen Kennedy Townsend]. Still checking, keep your powder dry,” Jim McGrath wrote.
The former deputy defense secretary said that he has “serious reservations” about Clinton, but that Trump is too reckless. He joins a growing chorus of prominent Republicans who oppose the party’s standard bearer.
Paul Wolfowitz, a neoconservative who as a senior advisor to then-US President George W. Bush was a vociferous advocate for the preemptive war against Iraq in 2003, says that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump poses a security risk to the country and that he will vote for the Democratic candidate, Secretary Hillary Clinton.
Wolfowitz told Der Spiegel magazine that he has “serious reservations” about Clinton, but that he could not vote for Trump.
“It’s important to make it clear how unacceptable he is,” Wolfowitz told the magazine.
“I wish there was a candidate whom I could support enthusiastically,” he said. “I will have to vote for Hillary Clinton, although I have serious reservations about her.”
Wolfowitz, who was deputy defense secretary to fellow neocon Donald Rumsfeld, joins a long list of “neocons” who have said they will vote against the Republican nominee.
Earlier this month more than 70 prominent Republicans signed a letter urging the party to divert its multimillion dollar budget for Trump’s presidential campaign to down-ballot congressional races ahead of the November election.
The letter was both a recognition of Trump’s fading prospects – he is down six points in national polls, and trails by substantially larger margins in several swing state tabulations – and the antipathy felt by mainstream Republicans towards Trump’s unconventional and populist views.
Fearing a rout by Democrats
The letter, which was sent to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, said Trump’s “divisiveness, recklessness, incompetence, and record-breaking unpopularity” threatened to turn the election into a “Democratic landslide.”
“Dump Trump” calls emerged earlier this year when Mitt Romney, the Republican’s 2012 nominee, slammed the real estate magnate and reality TV celebrity. Since then the trickle of Republican defections to the Clinton camps has steadily grown.
Clinton also has the wind in her sails according to nationwide polls. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released this week gives the Democrat a 95 percent chance of winning the election, citing sizable leads that she holds in key swing states, such as Florida, Ohio and Virginia.
Wolfowitz is remembered mostly for his strident support of the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
UN weapons inspectors warned the US and Great Britain in the run-up to the war that they could not find any WMDs, despite a comprehensive inspection regime. Despite such warnings the neocons in Washington professed surprise after the war when it was conclusively determined that Iraq had no WMD program.
“Of course we would have proceeded differently if we had known that Saddam Hussein was not stockpiling weapons of mass destruction,” he said. “We would not have invaded.”
bik/kl (Reuters, AFP, AP, dpa)
After seeing the mural of the woman in the niqab, with just her eyes visible, which was created by a street artist known as Lushsux, Maribyrnong Council in Melbourne did not take kindly to the new creation.
A post on social media by Lushsux with the caption “Looks like the council wins” shows a council worker with a brush painting over the Muslim woman, so the wall is completely black in a move that Lushsux told RT was “pathetic.”
The controversy originally started after Maribyrnong Council threatened Lushsux with a fine after he painted a mural of Democratic presidential candidate Clinton wearing a star-spangled swimsuit with $100 bills tucked into it. Lushsux said he got the idea from a meme on the internet and wanted to paint it so “the virality of the meme has now turned into the virality of the wall.”
— streetartglobe (@streetartglobe) August 1, 2016
Bernie Sanders supporters protested at the Democratic National Convention even as Hillary Clinton won a large majority of votes and backing from her progressive rival. DW’s Hecko Flores reports from Philadelphia.
Thousands of Bernie Sanders’ supporters protesting outside the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia cheered loudly during roll call as states cast their votes in favor of the senator. They ultimately erupted in boos once Hillary Clinton clinched the nomination.
The number of votes needed for the nomination was 2,382. Bernie Sanders won 14 states and territories with a total of 1,865 votes, while Hillary Clinton won 42 states and territories with 2,842 votes.
“When was the last time that so many people from our own party came out to protest our own candidate?” asked Natalie Delgado, a fervent 27-year-old Bernie supporter from Lodi, New Jersey.
She drove down to Philadelphia to protest the DNC along with her friends. Natalie is just one of many young people who are inspired by Sanders’ rhetoric to participate actively in politics and who are unhappy with the current political system in the US.
“We love Bernie’s ideals and we stand by those ideals but not the man necessarily,” said Nick Santacroce, a 29-year-old medical technologist and Natalie’s friend.
Disillusioned with the end of Bernie’s campaign, neither will be voting for Hillary Clinton despite Sanders’ recent endorsement of the former First Lady.
“They view us as Bernie’s puppets and that we will blindly follow anything that he tells us – because they are party puppets and follow anything their chairman tells them,” said Delgado. “I’ll be writing in Bernie on the ballot.”
Voting your blue conscience
Her friend, Nick, is currently undecided but is also considering writing Bernie on the ballot. “I’ll most likely write in Bernie’s name but only because I live in a blue state,” says Nick.
Being in a “blue state” means that the state majority will vote Democrat and guarantees that the state’s votes will go to Clinton in the electoral college during the general election, another aspect of American politics that has been heavily criticized as it does not represent a direct democracy.
Deborah Kim from Seattle flew to Philadelphia also to protest and show her discontent with the Democratic Party. “I will not be voting Democrat during this election. We want to make a point and show the party that we do not agree with their practices,” said Kim, who will be voting for third-party candidate Jill Stein.
Kim admitted that she feels safe voting for Jill Stein since she lives in a blue state as well. If she lived in a swing state, she would reluctantly vote for Hillary Clinton as she understands that voting third-party could translate into helping the Republican Party.
Third-party candidates have failed to obtain more than one percent of the popular votes in the last three elections, while the rest of the votes have been divided within the well-established Democratic and Republican parties.
“This is no longer working for us. We need to free ourselves from the two-party system,” said Maria Guido from Pittsburgh. She made the trip to her state’s largest city to show support for Bernie Sanders.
“I have not lost any respect for Bernie. I understand that he was forced to play ball with the Democrats and did what he had to do,” said Guido, who was sporting a “Bernie or Bust” T-shirt and buttons with #NeverHillary written on them.
‘I’m with him’
Protesters carrying signs continued their anti-Clinton chants in unison despite the summer heat until sunset. Among them was Christopher Norris, an activist with NextGen Climate. He made blue buttons with the inscription “Flip-a-Delegate” on them in the hope of getting delegates to change their vote for the senator from Vermont.
The Hillary Clinton campaign surprised nobody in the political establishment by defying all logic going for the most heinously crooked and boring sidekick this side of Mike Pence.
“Let’s be really clear: It should be disqualifying for any potential Democratic vice presidential candidate to be part of the lobbyist-driven effort to help banks dodge consumer protection standards and regulations designed to prevent banks from destroying our economy,” Democracy for America executive director Charles Chamberlain said in a statement Thursday.
“Our presidential ticket cannot beat the bigot by simply being not-Donald Trump,” reminded Chamberlain whose group propelled Bernie Sanders in the primary. “To win in November, our ticket need to have an unquestionably strong record in the fight against income inequality, one of the defining issues of the 2016 election.”
Hillary Clinton, by contrast, has calculated that her campaign does not need the support of the Bernie voters to dispatch Donald Trump in November instead positioning herself to capture some of the Republicans who are dismayed with their nominee’s uncouth temperament, harsh words, and proclivity to walk the line of racism all too often.
In Kaine, Hillary is choosing the US Senator from Virginia who has a long history of executive experience as that state’s former Governor with a personality that is unlikely to steal the show from the Democratic nominee. Kaine is also the epitome of a Beltway establishment politician, however, which won’t play well with the Bernie Sanders crowd.
Kaine notably voted to provide President Obama fast-track negotiating authority for the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership deal that would fetter away American sovereignty to an unelected cabal that can force US taxpayers to compensate companies whose products violate the country’s health and safety standards. The secretive deal, many worry, would also lead to more outsourcing of US jobs and a further crackdown on American workplace protections. Kaine’s spokeswoman confirmed that the US Senator is a proponent of TPP saying that he was “obviously favorably inclined” to the deal.
His policy on regulating Wall Street may be far worse even than his position trade. Maine state Rep. Dianne Russell explained that “Kaine, in what many consider a signal to Wall Street, signed two letters this week to banking regulators and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau urging them to loosen regulations of the financial industry. That sentiment flies in the face of the majority of democratic voters who supported both Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders.”
The Virginia Senator has also called for greater NATO presence to combat the threat of Russian “aggression” in Crimea and serving as a resounding critic of Moscow’s efforts to stabilize Syria arguing that President Putin only looks to prop up Assad rather than combat Daesh.
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has urged a raw vote count release from the Iowa caucus, after results showed Hillary Clinton beating him by just .4 percentage points.
Sanders spoke of an unfolding controversy at certain Iowa precincts which did not have enough Democratic party volunteers to report delegate totals.
He called on officials to reveal underlying voter totals, a strategy which is not not typically practiced in Iowa.
Only projections of how many Democrats turn out to each Iowa precinct are typically released. Candidates are awarded on a precinct-by-precinct basis, regardless of the state-wide vote for each person.
“I honestly don’t know what happened. I know there are some precincts that have still not reported. I can only hope and expect that the count will be honest,” he said, as quoted by the Guardian.
“I have no idea, did we win the popular vote? I don’t know, but as much information as possible should be made available,” he continued.
Sanders’ campaign director, Jeff Weaver, said he did not “anticipate we are going to contest” specific results, but hoped there would be an investigation into the situation.
There were six instances where a coin was tossed to determine the Iowa winner, and Clinton won all six.
Despite any possible controversy, Sanders expressed optimism on Monday night, saying: “Tonight shows the American people that this is a campaign that can win.”
By Felicity Arbuthnot
Global Research, December 06, 2013
Accusing politicians or former politicians of “breathtaking hypocrisy” is not just over used, it is inadequacy of spectacular proportions. Sadly, searches in various thesaurus’ fail in meaningful improvement.
The death of Nelson Mandela, however, provides tributes resembling duplicity on a mind altering substance.
President Obama, whose litany of global assassinations by Drone, from infants to octogenarians – a personal weekly decree we are told, summary executions without Judge, Jury or trial – stated of the former South African’s President’s passing:
“We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again … His acts of reconciliation … set an example that all humanity should aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or our own personal lives.
“I studied his words and his writings … like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set, (as) long as I live I will do what I can to learn from him … it falls to us … to forward the example that he set: to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love …”
Mandela, said the Presidential High Executioner, had: “… bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.”(i)
Mandela, after nearly thirty years in jail (1964-1990) forgave his jailors and those who would have preferred to see him hung. Obama committed to closing Guantanamo, an election pledge, the prisoners still self starve in desperation as their lives rot away, without hope.
The decimation of Libya had no congressional approval, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan’s dismembered. Drone victims are a Presidential roll call of shame and horror and the Nobel Peace Laureate’s trigger finger still hovers over Syria and Iran, for all the talk of otherwise. When his troops finally limped out of Iraq, he left the biggest Embassy in the world and a proxy armed force, with no chance of them leaving being on even the most distant horizon.
Clearly learning, justice and being “guided by love” is proving bit of an uphill struggle. Ironically, Obama was born in 1964, the year Mandela was sentenced to jail and his “long walk to freedom.”
Bill Clinton, who (illegally, with the UK) ordered the near continual bombing of Iraq throughout his Presidency (1993-2001) and the siege conditions of the embargo, with an average of six thousand a month dying of “embargo related causes”, paid tribute to Mandela as: “a champion for human dignity and freedom, for peace and reconciliation … a man of uncommon grace and compassion, for whom abandoning bitterness and embracing adversaries was … a way of life. All of us are living in a better world because of the life that Madiba lived.” Tell that to America’s victims.
In the hypocrisy stakes, Prime Minister David Cameron can compete with the best. He said:
“A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a towering figure in our time; a legend in life and now in death – a true global hero.
… Meeting him was one of the great honours of my life.
On Twitter he reiterated: “A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time.” The flag on Downing Street was to hang at half mast, to which a follower replied: “Preferably by no-one who was in the Young Conservatives at a time they wanted him hanged, or those who broke sanctions, eh?”
Another responded: “The Tories wanted to hang Mandela.You utter hypocrite.”
The two tweeters clearly knew their history. In 2009, when Cameron was pitching to become Prime Minister, it came to light that in 1989, when Mandela was still in prison, David Cameron, then a: “rising star of the Conservative Research Department … accepted an all expenses paid trip to apartheid South Africa … funded by a firm that lobbied against the imposition of sanctions on the apartheid regime.”
Asked if Cameron: “wrote a memo or had to report back to the office about his trip, Alistair Cooke (his then boss at Conservative Central Office) said it was ‘simply a jolly’, adding: ‘It was all terribly relaxed, just a little treat, a perk of the job … ‘ “
Former Cabinet Minister Peter Hain commented of the trip:
“This just exposes his hypocrisy because he has tried to present himself as a progressive Conservative, but just on the eve of the apartheid downfall, and Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, when negotiations were taking place about a transfer of power, here he was being wined and dined on a sanctions-busting visit.
“This is the real Conservative Party … his colleagues who used to wear ‘Hang Nelson Mandela’ badges at university are now sitting on the benches around him. Their leader at the time Margaret Thatcher described Mandela as a terrorist.” (ii)
In the book of condolences opened at South Africa House, five minutes walk from his Downing Street residence, Cameron, who has voted for, or enjoined all the onslaughts or threatened ones referred to above, wrote:
“ … your generosity, compassion and profound sense of forgiveness have given us all lessons to learn and live by.
He ended his message with: “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” Hopefully your lower jaw is still attached to your face, dear reader. If so, hang on to it, worse is to come.
The farcically titled Middle East Peace Envoy, former Prime Minister Tony Blair (think “dodgy dossiers” “forty five minutes” to destruction, illegal invasion, Iraq’s ruins and ongoing carnage, heartbreak, after over a decade) stated:
“Through his leadership, he guided the world into a new era of politics in which black and white, developing and developed, north and south … stood for the first time together on equal terms.
“Through his dignity, grace and the quality of his forgiveness, he made racism everywhere not just immoral but stupid; something not only to be disagreed with, but to be despised. In its place he put the inalienable right of all humankind to be free and to be equal.
“I worked with him closely … “ (iii) said the man whose desire for “humankind to be free and equal” (tell that to the Iraqis) now includes demolishing Syria and possibly Iran.
As ever, it seems with Blair, the memories of others are a little different:
“Nelson Mandela felt so betrayed by Blair’s decision to join the US-led invasion of Iraq that he launched a fiery tirade against him in a phone call to a cabinet minister, it emerged.
“Peter Hain who (knew) the ex-South African President well, said Mandela was ‘breathing fire’ down the line in protest at the 2003 military action.
“The trenchant criticisms were made in a formal call to the Minister’s office, not in a private capacity, and Blair was informed of what had been said, Hain added.
‘I had never heard Nelson Mandela so angry and frustrated.” (iv)
On the BBC’s flagship morning news programme “Today” former Prime Minister “Iraq is a better place, I’d do it again” Blair, said of Nelson Mandela:
“ … he came to represent something quite inspirational for the future of the world and for peace and reconciliation in the 21st century.”
Comment is left to former BBC employee, Elizabeth Morley, with peerless knowledge of Middle East politics, who takes no prisoners:
“Dear Today Complaints,
“How could you? Your almost ten minute long interview with the war criminal Tony Blair was the antithesis to all the tributes to the great man. I cannot even bring myself to put the two names in the same sentence. How could you?
“Blair has the blood of millions of Iraqis on his hands. Blair has declared himself willing to do the same to Iranians. How many countries did Mandela bomb? Blair condones apartheid in Israel. Blair turns a blind eye to white supremacists massacring Palestinians. And you insult us by making us listen to him while our hearts and minds are focussed on Mandela.
How could you?” (Reproduced with permission.)
As the avalanche of hypocrisy cascades across the globe from shameless Western politicians, Archbishop Desmond Tutu reflected in two lines the thoughts in the hearts of the true mourners:
“We are relieved that his suffering is over, but our relief is drowned by our grief. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.”