The 2016 presidential election has been unlike any other in recent history. This has largely been due to the fact that the two larger-than-life individuals vying for the White House – former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and billionaire/reality television star Donald Trump – are equally polarizing.
Less than a week ago, the pundits from both the left and the right were virtually calling the race for Clinton. On Friday, October 28, the game completely changed when FBI Director James Comey announced that he was re-opening the investigation into Clinton’s use of a homebrew email server based on his learning of the existence of potentially pertinent emails from an unrelated case.
The unrelated case was later revealed to be none other than that of former disgraced New York congressman Anthony Weiner who was being investigated for sexting with a minor. Weiner is the estranged husband of Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin. Apparently, the potentially pertinent emails are among the 650,000 found on a computer jointly shared by Abedin and Weiner.
The Washington Post/ABC poll which was released over the weekend shows that Clinton’s lead over Trump evaporated from twelve points to one within a week. Other polls including the LA Times poll show Trump up by four points. The Trump campaign is clearly back in the catbird seat.
The FBI obtained a warrant to search Anthony Weiner’s laptop. Weiner has turned over the laptop and is cooperating with the FBI’s investigation perhaps in an effort to strike a deal for himself given that he could face fifty years in prison if child porn is discovered on his laptop.
Pundits are now saying that the Weiner connection could be the smoking gun which awards the election to Donald Trump. After all, what can you expect when Huma lobbies the same convenience argument as Clinton?
Although Abedin has stated that she does not know what emails are on the computer she shared with Weiner, Abedin was reportedly forwarding email from her State.gov account to her Yahoo account. Apparently, she was printing the emails without reading them because it was easier to print from Yahoo than from her State Department email account.
The emails which have been publicly communicated go back to 2009 which suggests that the treasure trove is likely to include Benghazi-related emails. If she was indeed forwarding all of her email, it is possible that some of 33,000 emails which Hillary Clinton deleted could be among the 650,000 on the Weiner-Abedin laptop.
Abedin who has literally been described as Hillary Clinton’s second daughter has been conspicuously absent from the campaign trail since Friday afternoon.
Interestingly enough, last August upon learning that Abedin and Weiner were separating following news of the Weiner sexting scandal, Trump was eerily prescient about the risk of the Abedin-Weiner marriage to national security. “Huma is making a very wise decision,” Trump said in a statement. “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.” He then added, “Who knows what he learned and who he told? It is possible that our country and its security have been greatly compromised by this.”
They say what goes around, comes around. Clinton and Abedin – who has been in Clinton’s employ since she first arrived at The White House as an intern in 1996 – are extremely close. However, they also share the same penchant for carelessness and for bad judgment when it comes to selecting the men in their lives.
Hillary Clinton played an indirect role in introducing Abedin to Weiner. The recently estranged couple met in 2001 at a Democratic National Committee Retreat in Martha’s Vineyard while Abedin was employed by then-New York Senator Clinton. Wouldn’t it be the irony of ironies if the Abedin-Weiner alliance costs Hillary Clinton the presidency?
How is that for a Halloween trick?
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