Sunday, February 19, 2017

Flanagan, Michael; Goodman, H.A.; Hines, Debbie. (04 Nov 2016) RT, Crosstalk.

1.       Lavelle: Hello, and welcome to CrossTalk, where all Things are considered. I’m Lavelle. The polls are tightening, as well as the growing Investigation around the Clinton’s and their Foundation. Days before the Presidential Election, voters are faced with an unprecedented Dilemma. Will they vote for a candidate facing criminal Prosecution?

  To CrossTalk the upcoming presidential Election, I’m joined by my guests, Michael Flanagan in Washington. He is President of Flanagan Consulting and a former congressman. Also in Washington, we have Debbie Hines. She’s a legal analyst and a former prosecutor. And in Los Angeles we cross to, H.A. Goodman []. All Right. CrossTalk rules in effect, that means you can jump in any Time you want, and I always appreciate it. H.A. in Los Angeles, you’re a hero because you got up earliest for this programme, and I always reward the first Question to the Person that gets up earliest, so I’m going to go to you. H.A., we hear, through sources, that the FBI may be thinking about Indictments for Hillary Clinton and her circle possibly here. We have two major scandals on our hands and we only have a few days out. This presents a possible constitutional Crisis almost any way it works out. Go ahead in Los Angeles.

2.       Goodman: Well essentially, what Hillary Clinton did was, she put 22 top secret emails with special access programme Intelligence on a Server that was unencrypted, so it was un-encrypted for three months, according to Fortune Magazine. She connected that Server to a BlackBerry the NSA said she could not use. Then she deleted thirty thousand emails by keyword searches. She had no Right to do that. She broke State Department guidelines and rules. The initial FBI probe, there are two FBI probes, there’s an FBI probe going on right now where Brett Baier says that it’s very likely of an Indictment. Perhaps even before the Election. What’s taking place is that number one, nobody asked why Hillary Clinton had the Server. Everyone says, “Well, it was convenient or she said it was convenient.” Everyone believes that. Obviously, that’s not the excuse, that’s not the real reason. The real reason was to hide from Freedom of Information Act Laws, in doing so jeopardising National Security. It’s almost certain, according to Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, that Russia, China, Iran, and other Nations, have hacked into her Server. We know from the Brett Baier Report, just last night, that five Nations are said to have hacked into her private Server. This is a Person who you would never want as Secretary of State again. Nobody would say, “Yes, let’s have Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State once again.” We had an FBI criminal Investigation, now we have another FBI criminal Investigation linked to 650,000 emails on Anthony Weiner’s Laptop.
3.       Lavelle: Okay, okay, we’ll get to that. Let me go to Debbie here. Debbie, how do you react to all of this here? We had an Investigation, was seemingly closed, now is reopened, and now all of this material coming out about the Clinton Foundation. At the same Time, again, there are different Reports, there’s a Revolt going on inside the FBI itself, because of the way the Justice Department has handled these various affairs. Go ahead, Debbie in Washington.
4.       Hines: Yes, Peter. I think that all of this is much ado about nothing. The FBI Director Comey in July cleared Secretary Clinton of any Wrongdoing, said that, although it was not done the way it should have been done, it may have been sloppily done, obviously she should not have had emails on a private Server. That’s not the legal Standard that you look at. It’s whether she did anything intentional or willful in that regard. Anything criminal. It’s a different Standard [from] if you did something negligent, which is on the civil side, which has nothing to do with a criminal Prosecution. And in that regard, FBI Director Comey, said in July, it wasn’t even a close call. She didn’t do anything Wrong. Now we have.
5.       Lavelle: Well, no, no, he didn’t say that. Debbie he didn’t say that.
6.       Hines: Oh, yes. That is exactly what he meant.
7.       Lavelle: Let’s clear the air here. Let’s clear the air here. Let’s clear the air here. When he was interrogated by the Congress after he made that Decision there. They went through everything that he said in his statement to the Public, and he said that she had done many, many Things Wrong, that there were classified items there, and what she did was very intentional, setting up a Server with the Intention of not allowing People to see what she was doing. President Obama has lied about it as well. We’ll keep debating here. Let me get Michael here.
8.       Hines: We’re talking about a criminal Statute and there’s nothing criminal that was done.
9.       Lavelle: Michael, you’ve heard a lot so far, hang on, let me get the third guest on before we do this, okay? Let’s just be fair. Michael in Washington, you’ve already heard a lot here. React, go ahead.
10.   Flanagan: Whatever Mr. Comey may or may not have said in July is not really at issue now. What is important is that new Information has come to light. 650,000 emails from Anthony Weiner’s Laptop have shown up that nobody thought would be there. You have a whole new ballgame as we say, baseball in Chicago. Go Cubs. You have a prima facie, sui generis issue here. The issue is, she’s toast. They’ve got her dead to right, top to bottom, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg. When you then layer in the Clinton Foundation criminal Schemes there, this whole Crime Family is going to collapse on itself here, very soon. The Question is, will it be before the Election or after the Election, and what will the President do about that?
11.   Lavelle: H.A. in Los Angeles, do you want to react to that? There could be a constitutional, and certainly, a political Crisis if Indictments are made before the Election, even after, she still will be subject to that, if they find the findings to go that way. Go ahead, H.A. in Los Angeles.
12.   Goodman: Well, when you talk about the constitutional Crisis, it’s very important to note. I speak every week, to a very powerful progressive voice named Tim Black, and we’ll talk about the fact that progressives, we’re voting for Dr. Jill Stein, but that fact that progressives, independents, conservatives, all know that Hillary Clinton is guilty, because the Intent that James Comey couldn’t find. Obviously she’s not stupid. Hillary Clinton, the whole Campaign Propaganda is, she’s ready from day one. She is ready from day one, she knows Politics, she’s been in the spotlight for decades, she will protect this Country. If she’s ready from day one, then she knew Protocol. According to the FBI Report, she blamed her concussion for not remembering Security briefings. According to the FBI Report, she didn’t even know what the C meant. Another Thing, according to the FBI Report, Bill Clinton’s aides actually shipped a Laptop, in the mail, UPS, FedEx, we don’t know. These are the outlandish issues pertained to Hillary Clinton. It’s always some kind of bizarre, weird scandal. In terms of the Clinton Foundation, 85 donors gave $156 million dollars. The quid pro quo was access. WikiLeaks emails show there’s 500 Conflicts of Interest in terms of WikiLeaks emails. Donna Brazile lost her Job. Debbie Wasserman Schultz lost her Job. Four other Democratic officials lost their Jobs. The WikiLeaks emails are authentic, genuine, and they show massive Corruption in the Clinton Campaign, and especially the Clinton Foundation. All of this stems directly towards the Clinton Foundation. Essentially, a Money laundering vehicle, by which they derive immense political Power. So the Clinton Campaign, initially there was three FBI field officers that wanted to investigate the Clinton Foundation, they were blocked by the DOJ. Now the Clinton Foundation is being investigated and it’s linked directly to the email scandal. Those 30,000 emails she deleted, almost certainly have to deal with the Clinton Foundation. The Intent was, she deleted the emails, she did not want People to know. The Intent regarding the Espionage Act, is that in hiding her emails, she jeopardised National Security and she removed top secret Information, and special access programme Intelligence from secure Government Networks. She found a way, with Pagliano and others, to rewire existing Networks and transfer those classified emails.
13.   Lavelle: Okay. I want equal Time for everybody here. Debbie, I am pretty sure how you’re going to react to all this but, a lot of People would say that everything we just heard from Los Angeles, from H.A., that any other Person accused of this, would be in very serious Trouble. In this case, it’s Hillary Clinton, somehow, it’s different. This is one of the perceptions People have of Hillary Clinton. The Clintons are above the Law. Go ahead and react. Go ahead.
14.   Hines: Okay. Here’s the real Problem with Hillary Clinton, and with the Clinton’s. Let me just be clear, I was a reluctant Hillary Clinton supporter, but I am a Hillary Clinton supporter in that regard. One of the Things that’s caused her problems, in terms of trustworthiness and where we are today, is that the Clintons like to walk a very narrow rope, so to speak. In that regard, what I mean is that, they are on the side of the Law. [Alan Dershowitz & Burt Neuborne] She is not going to be indicted, however, the Things that she’s done just makes it look sloppy, it makes it look like, oh, you were really trying to cut corners there, that in essence are going to turn out to be criminal. Everything that H.A. is saying, that may be his own opinion, but that is not what they FBI is saying.
15.   Goodman: No, it’s not. It’s not my opinion, it’s fact. It’s fact.
16.   Hines: All these leaks are very suspicious any way, that are going on.
17.   Lavelle: Well.
18.   Hines: No, it is not fact. Until the FBI comes out and say that they’re recommending to the Justice Department that they indict, there’s not going to be an Indictment.
19.   Lavelle: Yeah, it absolutely is fact. She was extremely careless and negligent. The FBI says she was extremely careless and negligent.
20.   Hines: Can I finish my point, H.A.? The other real Problem that’s going on is that the Justice Department has had a long-term guideline that’s been going on between Democrats, as well as Republicans, that basically says, that when it’s sixty days out from an Election, that the Justice Department, of which the FBI falls under the Jurisdiction, is not to do anything that would impact an Election. That is exactly what FBI Comey is trying to do with all these innuendos and putting everything out and trying to say that there might be something, there is something, that’s all that is going on.
21.   Lavelle: Okay. It’s very. Let me go to Michael here. Debbie’s talking about the Hatch Act here. Okay, Michael, but I’d like to react to what H.A. was saying. That’s not his opinion. These are basically agreed to facts here. It’s coming from the FBI, that seems to be at war with the Justice Department here. It’s Loretta Lynch that is the Problem here, and I think the more we get into this, the more we’re going to see that she has been a barrier to Investigations. Go ahead Michael.
22.   Flanagan: I’ll tell you, Debbie, I love you because you’re a Good soldier, and you’re doing you best today, but you have an untenable position. She has muddied the Waters for her Future and the Future of the Democratic Party in a way that’s not going to be recovered quickly. I’m from Chicago, I have made my political Life, my whole Life, among liberals. The one great Thing I’ve always admired about progressives, about real, real liberals, is that the only Thing they detest more than conservative Republicans are dishonest politicians. You’re seeing that now with the progressives. They are just stepping back, saying, I just can’t do this. She’s just too much of a stain on our Party and on where we want to go. This is the Problem with the Clintons. I was in Congress in the [1990s], with the endless scandals that come from them. When you own the prosecutorial Forces, like Janet Reno and the others, you can avoid this, and you can step quietly around the issue, not by saying she’s innocent, but by saying the Hatch Act says you’re not allowed to talk about it. What an incredibly weak reed to lean on. This is part of the Problem.
23.   Lavelle: All Right. All Right. Gentleman. Gentleman and lady, I have to jump in here. We’re going to a short break, and after that short break we’ll continue more Discussion on some of the burning issues facing voters. Stay with RT.

  Welcome back to CrossTalk, where all Things are considered, I’m Lavelle. TO remind you, we’re discussing the Clinton scandals, before the Election.

  Okay, H.A. back in Los Angeles, my gut feeling is, is that there’s going to be some kind of Indictment. The FBI is so furious about how all of this has been handled over the last half year or so, but there is the very interesting prospect that Obama could Pardon Clinton, if something like that were to happen. He could do it for a lot of variety of reasons that I wouldn’t agree with, and you probably wouldn’t either. There is this prospect out there. What do you think about that?
24.   Goodman: I think that President Obama would Pardon Hillary Clinton, because he’s implicated in everything. There’s WikiLeaks email, dated March 7th, where Cheryl Mills states, very clearly, in the WikiLeaks email, President Obama has emails from Hillary Clinton, they do not say, so the big difference between Condoleeza Rice or Colin Powell or anyone else and Hillary Clinton is that everyone else had a, and they never put special access programme Intelligence on an unencrypted, private Server. Exclusive use. She did this to hide. Hillary Clinton is not naïve, and she’s not stupid. She’s brilliant, and she did it for a Purpose. This is the Problem. The issue with President Obama knowing is that he stated to the American Public that he did not know. Of course he knew, we have the WikiLeaks emails showing that he knew. We also have the WikiLeaks email on March 2nd, where John Podesta says he we got to dump these emails. In addition to that, we have the DOJ sending Information through Brian Fallon to the Clinton Campaign. We have State Department, Justice Department officials. One Justice Department official went to college with John Podesta. That’s in another WikiLeaks email. The whole Thing is a giant fiasco a big scandal, because one issue with this whole situation is that the Clinton Campaign says, well Hillary Clinton is ready from day one. Then everyone defends every single scandal she’s a part of, saying we’ll, she didn’t mean to do it. Well, how on Earth could you be ready from day one, and just say, oh it was a mistake, the Server was a mistake. There’s two FBI criminal Investigations, for a reason. There’s a Clinton Foundation Corruption scandal for a reason. There’s too much Money going into the Clinton Foundation. There’s obvious quid pro quo, and in terms of the Intent needed to indict, again, to believe Hillary Clinton, you would have to believe that she does not know the Law, that she is just completely ignorant of Protocol and that she’s stupid. She’s obviously very intelligent. President Obama said she was wicked smart. Therefore there is Intent to do what she intentionally did, which was rewire existing State Department Networks.
25.   Lavelle: Okay. All Right. Let me let Debbie in Washington D.C., that was a lot to hear. Go ahead, react to it Debbie. Go ahead.
26.   Hines: That was a lot. Okay. There’s several Things that a President can do, a Pardon or a Commutation. A Commutation is when this Person is already serving a Sentence. To my Knowledge, I could be Wrong, but I think, [An example of condescension derived from professional Knowledge & malignant cunt.] that a Pardon can only occur, number one, not just the Person being indicted, but a Person actually being convicted of a Crime. That is where most of the Pardons really do occur. Right now there’s tons and tons and tons of People, hundreds, if not thousands, that are asking President Obama to. [A cunt with a low standard.]
27.   Lavelle: Well, Richard Nixon was never convicted, but he was pardoned, okay? The President can do that. The President does not even have to explain.
28.   Hines: Let me finish. I doubt we’re even going to get. Okay, we’re working with a very tight schedule. Let me tell you how it works in the Real prosecutorial World. The FBI Director doesn’t just bring an Indictment. It has to go before a Grand Jury. There is not enough Time between now what happens, and January, whatever date it is that new President, hopefully Hillary Clinton, is installed into office, there is not enough Time for all of that to occur.
29.   Lavelle: Debbie, no. No, no. Comey can call a Grand Jury right now. He can call it right now.
30.   Flanagan: Absolutely.
31.   Hines: There is not. You’re acting like a Grand Jury. But they have to hear and see all of that Evidence, They don’t just go on the word of the FBI director. I have done Grand Jury Work. It doesn’t work the way the Media is presuming that it works. It would be a much longer Process, even with the Grand Jury Process, when there were the Police Killings in this Country. They took three months just to come out with a Conclusion. It isn’t working the way everyone in this Media room thinks it’s working.
32.   Lavelle: Okay. No, no, no, no. I know how the Law works.
33.   Flanagan: Debbie.
34.   Lavelle: Okay. Michael in Washington. Let me go to Michael. Debbie, please don’t filibuster, don’t filibuster okay? Let’s not do that. Michael let me go to you. A Grand Jury could be called at this moment, if they have the Evidence for an Indictment. It’s not about Time, it’s about a Strategy. Apparently, there is enough Evidence Right there, and a Strategy to move forward. Now, I don’t know if it’s going to be before, or after the Election, but I got a pretty Good Idea it’s going to happen one way or another, and it’s going to be before inauguration day. Go ahead, Michael.
35.   Flanagan: Richard Nixon was elected carrying 49 States and was out of Office eighteen months later. Shortly after that Gerald Ford pardoned him. He was never indicted, there was never a Grand Jury, there was never a Conviction. He was pardoned for any acts, Past, Present, or Future. It cost Gerald Ford the Election a few years later to Jimmy Carter, because many People thought Nixon should have gone through the Process that Debbie has so clearly discussed. Mr. Obama could Pardon Hillary Clinton this afternoon for anything she’s ever done in her Life or ever will do. I believe that if she is elected, he will do that the next day. That’s because he wants to save a constitutional Crisis and protect his legacy, and to protect the Democratic Party. He believes that in four years the Democrats will forgive him for having done that. I think he’ll permanently tarnish his legacy by doing that. The Nation will not forgive that happening, and Mrs. Clinton will have an absolutely fractured, destroyed presidency because of it. She is crippled. There is no way that she can successfully serve four years, whether she’s indicted, whether she’s pardoned, whether she’s convicted, or not. The progressives have the point on this is that, and Doug Schoen said it best. He said, “Whatever you think of her, however you want to support her, she’s crippled, and she cannot serve, and we must find someone else”.
36.   Lavelle: Okay. H.A., if I can go back to you in Los Angeles. They’re not going to find somebody else, and she’s not going to step away. This is a trainwreck about to happen. Go ahead.
37.   Goodman: Well, we learned from the DNC WikiLeaks emails that Bernie Sanders was cheated. Bernie Sanders defeated Donald Trump by over ten points, he didn’t have the scandals, he had a very, very powerful progressive base and dependence, even conservatives. He stood for something. He stood for Ideals, and a very bold, powerful message. Debbie Wasserman Schultz lost her Job at the DNC because she cheated Bernie Sanders. We learned that from WikiLeaks, and then directly worked for Clinton’s Campaign. In terms of Hillary Clinton, at this point right now, FBI director James Comey has to save this Country. We cannot have a President who could serve Jail-time going into the presidency. If there’s a risk, the FBI director should have indicted Hillary Clinton when he had the chance. Now there’s a second criminal probe. If he doesn’t find anything, there will be a third, and a fourth, and a fifth, and a sixth. The issue with Hillary Clinton, is that, when you talk about the nature of Technology, there’s 650,000 emails. Anthony Weiner, we know, over six women, he sent photos to, from a Laptop, and a Computer system that Huma Abedin owned, that was connected in some way, to Hillary Clinton’s private Server. When you just talk about the nature of Technology, there’s million Things that could go Wrong. Then you have the Clinton Foundation, where Bill Clinton said, “Oh, well if Hillary is elected, we won’t take foreign Donations.” That’s an Admission of Guilt right there. Why would you not take foreign Donation if she’s elected, but continue to take foreign Donations before she’s elected? The issue with Hillary Clinton is not only that she’s corrupt and not trustworthy. It’s that when she’s caught, defenders say, “Well, it was a mistake, she didn’t know.” When she wants votes, then defenders say, well, she’s ready from day one, she’s better than anyone else, she knows Politics, and she’s a great leader. You can’t have it both way. The issue with James Comey is that he has what, five days to save this Country from, not only a constitutional Crisis, becoming the laughing stock in the World. The entire Plant is going to laugh at us if our President is either indicted or at risk on Indictments in the Oval Office. I just hope that the FBI does the Right Thing. Just last night there were Reports that State that the Clinton Foundation and Indictments are going to happen. They’re very likely. Let’s hope Director Comey does the Right Thing.
38.   Lavelle: Debbie, what can Hillary Clinton do now? I mean, because she is suffering in the polls. That doesn’t necessarily mean she’s going to lose, there’s still the Swing States there. How is her Campaign going to be able to react to this, or are they just going to go silent and just wait for the Election?
39.   Hines: I think what Hillary Clinton’s Campaign is doing is what should be done, which is getting out the vote. I doubt very seriously if there will absolutely be any Indictments. I just think that’s a lot of the Media buzz that’s making a lot of this up. In terms of being ready one day one, we have a choice, in this Country of electing a Person that is more than qualified, who yes, will be ready on day one or a Person who will make us the laughing stock of the entire World in the name of Donald Trump who doesn’t understand our Constitution, who doesn’t understand our Democracy, who doesn’t understand.
40.   Goodman: How can you be more than qualified with two criminal Investigations?
41.   Hines: How the World works in the United States, who is against African-Americans, who is against Latinos, who is against Gay, who is against Muslims, who is against everything that the Constitution stand for. That is what will make us the laughing stock of this World, not Hillary Clinton being elected.
42.   Goodman: Hillary Clinton used Racism against President Obama in [2008].
43.   Flanagan: I think Hillary might understand the Constitution too well because she bends it for her own use and Value.
44.   Lavelle: Okay. I think this Election makes the whole World laugh at America, okay? I know, I’m standing outside looking in. Michael, how do you asses the Media’s coverage, in the United States, of the two candidates? Before we go.
45.   Flanagan: To borrow a word, deplorable. I think it’s an Industry run by the very young and owned by the very old. I think that they don’t have the Ability to have the breadth of Experience or Time to do their Job well. The Media has largely become an Arm of the Entertainment Business, and younger People are pretty People, and pretty People build Ratings, and Ratings sell soap and that is, of course, the Value of Television. [Bill Maher. Larry King. Piers Morgan. Diane Sawyer. Andrea Mitchell. Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert & John Oliver. Howard Stern.] It’s not about bringing News to the viewer, but about selling soap. I think the Media has been just, God-awful. It’s the Media on the right or the left, it’s the same. They have a point of View. And I tell you, years and years ago, you used to have Republican Newspapers, Democratic Newspapers, Republican Radio stations, democrat News stations, and when you say out loud and up front, this is my point of View, and I’m sharing it with you, and if you don’t like it, go buy a different Newspaper, I’m actually in favour of that. I think that’s fine. It’s this pretense at Independence, at Fairness, at “I’m going to give you both sides,” and then never give you the other side at all, is really appalling. I talked to friends in Chicago, all the Time, who live in an Information vacuum. It’s like a Gulag, it’s like a totalitarian State. You tell them Things that we all know and understand, and they’re like, “Where did you hear that?” I’m like, “How did you not hear this?” And the Answer is, they’re buried alive in a Media vacuum.
46.   Lavelle: We’ve run out of Time, but Michael, welcome to my World. That happens to me all the Time. Many thanks my guests in Washington and in Los Angeles, and thanks to our viewers for watching us here at RT. See you next Time, and remember, CrossTalk rules.

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