September 29, 2019

Don't let the fact that Bill Barr is off in Italy on "official business," (what kind of offical business would the US Attorney General have in Italy?) as is Mike Pompeo, Steve Bannon and a Russian oligarch or two bother you, he's still working hard as de facto personal attorney for Donald Trump.

Stop me if you've heard this one:

The Trump administration is investigating the email records of dozens of current and former senior State Department officials who sent messages to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email, reviving a politically toxic matter that overshadowed the 2016 election, current and former officials said.

As many as 130 officials have been contacted in recent weeks by State Department investigators — a list that includes senior officials who reported directly to Clinton as well as others in lower-level jobs whose emails were at some point relayed to her inbox, said current and former State Department officials. Those targeted were notified that emails they sent years ago have been retroactively classified and now constitute potential security violations, according to letters reviewed by The Washington Post.

In virtually all of the cases, potentially sensitive information, now recategorized as “classified,” was sent to Clinton’s unsecure inbox.

Mind you, this had been thoroughly investigated by the FBI during the primary and general election season, with a testy James Comey saying that there really wasn't anything to indict on, although few in the media appeared to grasp that nuance. But now that these emails been retroactively classified (why?), now all those Qanon commenters will see all their conspiracy fantasies fulfilled.

Is it possible that Donald Trump thinks Hillary Clinton is going to run again?

UPDATED: I've been reminded that Hillary Clinton left the State Department 6 1/2 years ago and the statute of limitations for this is five years. This makes this investigation even more nonsensical.

Can you help us out?

For nearly 20 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.


We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service for information on our posting policy.