FBI Director James Comey's decision to reopen the Clinton email investigation in so public a way was a bombshell, but not yet a well-understood one.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 30, 2016 — If Hillary Clinton’s life story were ever made into a movie, it would be the longest running, most implausible soap opera in television history. The best screenwriters in the world could not dream up the convoluted scandals team Clinton has created.
In any other year, in any other presidential campaign, FBI Director James Comey’s announcement that he is re-opening the investigation into Clinton’s e-mails would have been a bigger bombshell than it was. And it was a major bombshell.
But given the theater-of-the-absurd quality of this year’s election, it is still impossible to figure out what affect, if any, Comey’s announcement will have on the election.
Conservative talk show hosts initially spun out of control with suggestions that the Clinton’s had finally been caught with their hands in the cookie jar, and that there were plenty of other high level officials raiding the pantry with her.
It initially appeared that the mainstream press, which has done everything in its power to minimize the Clintons’ scandalous behavior, was finally forced to report the ugly details they have covered up for so long.
Did this mean that the daily WikiLeaks bundles of e-mails would finally get some attention, or that Project Veritas would begin to sound legitimate? Would the Clintons now have to spend their time on the campaign trail defending their actions? Would the Clinton Foundation be exposed as a fraud that made its creators wealthy?
As usual, there were counter-claims and questions which entailed a conspiracy theory. Some suggested that Comey may have made his announcement late in the game in order to minimize the impact of WikiLeaks revelations.
That may be a possible scenario, but it would be a huge gamble on the part of Team Clinton to go that deep into the weeds to cover up some other negative news about her.
Other talking heads said they believe that Comey must have something major to investigate because he is well aware of the consequences of releasing a story of such magnitude just 11 days before an election.
Or, could it have been a strategy on Comey’s part all along to close the investigation early, knowing full well that re-opening the case late in the game would far greater impact?
If further information comes out—and it should, because the media are finally trying to do what they should have done all along which is report the news—then the Clintons could be in much deeper trouble than before.
Clinton’s top advisor is Huma Abedin, a Muslim whose parents founded the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs and for which Abedin was listed as an associate editor from 1996–2008, was born in the United States but grew up in Saudi Arabia from the time she was two-years old.
Abedin worked as an assistant editor for her mother’s radical Muslim publication until 2008, coinciding with Clinton’s first run at the presidency.
Abedin, continues to work with the Clinton campaign and has been Clinton’s closest advisor since her days as a senator from New York and during her tenure as secretary of state.
Abedin continued to work for her mother at the same time, publishing articles in Saudi Arabia that contradicted Hillary Clinton’s feminist platform plank by plank.
In fact, an article in “Vogue” in August of this year, described Abedin’s mother as a “feminist” despite the fact she edited a book justifying “the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation under Islamic law.”
Whether any of this is relevant or merely interesting sidebar information remains to be seen, but given the events in Benghazi, the Iran nuclear agreement, increased tensions in the Middle East during the Obama administration, the Clinton Foundation scandal and any number of other rapidly breaking stories of corruption that all contain Clinton’s fingerprints, being a Muslim who is Clinton’s top aide cannot be a resume enhancer.
As John Podesta, who has been the subject of the majority of the Wikileaks dumps, said in the article in Vogue, “(Huma) always had a certain presence that made people rely on her to fix things that needed fixing.”
Obviously there is plenty that needs “fixing” right away, right now. Can it be patched up enough to get Hillary Clinton over the election day hump or will she become the first woman president, followed by being the first woman president to be indicted while in office, followed by being the first husband and wife presidents to be impeached and then the first president to run the country wearing an orange pantsuit?
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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