I'm reposting a long excerpt form Hillary's campaign chair John Podesta because what's going on with the new crap about the emails needs to be widely circulated, especially the last paragraph on Republican intimidation of the FBI:

Here's the quick backstory: In July, FBI Director James Comey concluded a year-long investigation by deciding not to go forward with any case about Hillary's emails. It wasn't even a close call, he said. In his words, "no reasonable prosecutor" would have brought charges.

Yesterday, in a surprise to us all, Comey wrote a very strange letter to Congress that was long on innuendo and short on facts. He said that in a completely separate investigation, the FBI had found some emails that may or may not be related to Hillary, and indeed may or may not be significant at all.

It's since been reported that these emails may not have even been sent by or to Hillary; that they weren't withheld by Hillary or the campaign in the earlier investigation; and most or even all of them may be duplicates of emails already in the FBI's possession.

It's being reported that Comey sent this letter over the objections of Department of Justice officials who told him that it was inconsistent with longstanding policy of both Democratic and Republican administrations not to take action that might impact an election. It's an unprecedented intrusion into a close presidential election with 10 days until Election Day.

But by being vague and obfuscating, Comey opened the door to conspiracy theories, Republican attacks against Hillary, and a surge of fundraising for Trump and his team. So this bears repeating: There is no evidence of wrongdoing, no charge of wrongdoing, and no indication that any of this even involves Hillary.

Voters deserve answers.

Comey needs to come clean with the American people about what he found and answer all the questions about why he took this unprecedented step less than two weeks before the election.

Here's what this changes for you and this campaign: Absolutely nothing.

Trump has spent more than a year trying to bully his way to the presidency. He's been browbeating the FBI (indeed, many have speculated that Comey took this extraordinary action in part to reduce the pressure on his agency that Trump's campaign and his Republican Congressional allies has been building up), leading crowds in chants of "lock her up," and even saying Hillary should be in prison -- and if he won, he'd put her there.

Please pass this on.

The thing with the whole email situation is federal email is not secure, period--don't forget last year's huge OPM breach. The technology is new and we're not up to keeping it secure--it's a game of whack a mole and will be for a long time, not because government is bad--it's just necessarily too large and wide-ranging to secure with all the agencies, departments, and contracting companies they have to go back and forth between and all the work that has to be done to keep servers communicating and myriad sources secure.

And everyone's email is all over the place--if any other government official was investigated like Hillary has been, they would be found wanting in confidentiality protocols as well. It's such a non-issue the Republicans have used to undermine her credibility and it is no reason to mistrust her, period.


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