Election Watch 2016: November 1st Edition

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Update (November 6th, 2016): With less than two days until the election, FBI director James Comey has closed the matter once again, and again stated that Hillary Clinton should not be charged with any criminal conduct.

Unfortunately for the world, Hillary Clinton’s private email server is once again in the news, due to a pair of letters sent by FBI Director James Comey last Friday. A review of Comey’s actions throughout this investigation is rather informative, as is a look at what Comey wrote in his letter to people inside the FBI. It includes this key line:

…given that we don’t know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails, I don’t want to create a misleading impression.

In short, the FBI doesn’t know what they’re looking at, but Comey felt he needed to tell Congress he was looking at something that might be relevant. To do so, he sent an unprecedented letter to the Republican chairmen of eight congressional committees, despite being advised not to do so. That letter has done exactly what he stated he didn’t want to do: created a misleading impression.

Ken Crossland has the definitive primer on the email controversy. Whether you think you’re well-versed in this matter, or you’re unsure what it’s all about, it’s worth a read. Finally, have a look at NPR’s review of the latest information. At present, it certainly appears that there is no new information, no new problems, and nothing new that should influence voters in the election. Hillary Clinton is still the most qualified candidate for president this election, and possibly ever. Meanwhile, Donald Trump remains a vile human who shouldn’t be anywhere near the Oval Office.

Finally, in slightly lighter news, the Yale Record does not endorse Hillary Clinton.

In particular, we do not endorse Hillary Clinton’s exemplary leadership during her 30 years in the public eye. We do not support her impressive commitment to serving and improving this country—a commitment to which she has dedicated her entire professional career. Because of unambiguous tax law, we do not encourage you to support the most qualified presidential candidate in modern American history, nor do we encourage all citizens to shatter the glass ceiling once and for all by electing Secretary Clinton on November 8.


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