Something Huge Was Missing From The Democratic Debate That Says All You Need To Know

Two important topics were missing from Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate in Milwaukee in light of recent developments: The State Department Inspector General’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation, and the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Neither of the PBS moderators, Judy Woodruff or Gwen Ifill, chose to broach either subject. Breitbart reports that Woodruff contributed to the Clinton Foundation last year.

According to a Washington Post report published Thursday morning, “Investigators with the State Department issued a subpoena to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation last fall seeking documents about the charity’s projects that may have required approval from the federal government during Hillary Clinton’s term as secretary of state, according to people familiar with the subpoena and written correspondence about it.” (See video below.)

“The subpoena also asked for records related to Huma Abedin, a longtime Clinton aide who for six months in 2012 was employed simultaneously by the State Department, the foundation, Clinton’s personal office, and a private consulting firm with ties to the Clintons,” the Post added. 

Regarding Clinton’s use of an unsecured, private email server as secretary of state, the FBI filed a letter last week in federal court confirming the bureau is actively investigating the matter.

Despite Clinton’s assurances to the contrary, over 1,600 emails containing classified information have been discovered, some deemed “top secret” as well as “Special Access Programs” material, which is more sensitive then “top secret.”

Based on exit polling from the New Hampshire primary earlier this week, these topics are relevant for discussion at a debate. Sen. Bernie Sanders won the contest convincingly, 60 percent to 38 percent for Clinton. CNN exit polling found  honesty was the most important factor to voters in deciding who they would support in the Democratic primary; 34 percent listed it as most important, and of those 92 percent went for Sanders and 6 percent chose Clinton.

At a debate moderated by MSNBC last week, the former secretary of state sought to quash concerns the FBI investigation into her past conduct would in any way inhibit her bid for the presidency, saying she was “100 percent” certain nothing would come of it.

The Chicago Tribune’s editorial board published a compelling piece entitled Hillary Clinton and the FBI Primary last week, arguing the bureau will likely cast the deciding ballot of her candidacy. “In that election the FBI gets the only vote: Whether it thinks she should be prosecuted, or cleared, for her handling of government email outside of State Department protocols.”

h/t: Fox News

Federal Judge Just Made MAJOR Ruling That May Devastate Hillary’s Election Chances

In a ruling that could prove devastating to the Hillary Clinton campaign, a federal judge has ruled that the State Department must immediately begin publishing Clinton’s private emails.

The ruling, which came down Thursday from U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras, is in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed last year by Vice reporter Jason Leopold.

After missing the initial deadline for release back in January, the State Department again attempted to stall release until after the Democratic primary contests. Arguing that this delay would prevent voters from making an informed decision about Clinton in the upcoming caucuses, Leopold’s team convinced Judge Contreras that an immediate release was necessary.

Under the ruling, the State Department must release all the emails by the end of the month. The releases will come in four separate batches, the first of which will be dumped this Saturday and will include 550 of Clinton’s emails. The remaining dumps will be published on Feb. 19, Feb. 26, and Feb. 29.

The State Department has announced that despite the previously missed deadline and the current order, it will be withholding 37 pages of emails which were deemed “top secret.” This is the highest level of classification a document can receive in government.

The email scandal has undoubtedly hurt Hillary Clinton’s reputation as a trustworthy individual, and her numbers continue to slip against rival Bernie Sanders. After her major defeat in New Hampshire, it would seem the Clinton campaign can hardly afford any additional scandals. Depending on the content of the emails published, they could very well end her chances as a presidential contender.

h/t: Washington Examiner

Breaking: Obama Admin Just Had SICK Response To Iran After 10 US Sailors Captured

Iran demanded and got an apology from the United States after Iranian forces held 10 American sailors captive, according to top Iranian officials. The sailors were held for less than 24 hours after briefly and inadvertently entering Iranian waters due to an equipment malfunction.

The BBC first reported that Gen. Ali Fadavi, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ navy, said the U.S. apologized to Iran for entering Iranian waters.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif “had a firm stance, saying that they were in our territorial waters and should not have been, and saying that they (the US) should apologize,” Fadavi said Tuesday prior to the release of the sailors. “This has been done and it will not take long, and the naval force, according to its hierarchy, will act immediately upon the orders it receives,” he added.

On Wednesday, Iranian authorities said they let the sailors go “after they extended an apology,” according to a statement from the IRGC. The statement went on to say, “The Americans have undertaken not to repeat such mistakes.”

A State Department spokesman phrased things differently.

“There is no truth in reporting that Secretary (of State John) Kerry apologized to the Iranians,” Kerry spokesman John Kirby told reporters Wednesday, later tweeting that the claim had “zero” validity. “As the Secretary said in his statement this morning, he expressed gratitude to Iranian authorities for their cooperation in swiftly resolving this matter, and noted that the peaceful and efficient resolution of this issue is a testament to the critical role diplomacy plays in keeping our country safe, secure, and strong.”

The Obama administration defended keeping the incident out of the president’s final State of the Union message Tuesday night, claiming there was no “hostile intent” and that American officials had “received assurance they will be released.”

However, a U.S. official reportedly told CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr that Iran’s confiscation of the sailors’ GPS and communications equipment was “hostile.”

h/t: Brietbart

Scary: Advanced US Missile Went Missing; Where It Surfaced Has Officials Panicked

A Hellfire missile used by the United States for a NATO training exercise in Europe in 2014 never made it back to America. Instead, the missile was shipped to Cuba where it remains, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing State Department sources.

Although the missile was inert, U.S. sources said shipping such a sophisticated weapon to Cuba at a time when it and the U.S. had no diplomatic ties “would be among the worst mistakes of its kind in U.S. military history,” the Journal reported.

Officials said they were less concerned about Cuba making its own missiles than the fact sensors and guidance equipment on the high tech missile could have been shared with nations such as North Korea, Russia, China or terrorist groups such as ISIS.

“Now it’s a proliferation concern — someone else now understands how it works and what may have been cutting edge for us is deconstructed and packaged into what other players sell on the open market — and possibly provided to countries that we wouldn’t sell to,” Peter Singer, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation said, according to the Journal.

The officials who spoke to the Journal said the missile was being shipped from Germany and was mistakenly flown to Paris, and then to Cuba.

“Did someone take a bribe to send it somewhere else? Was it an intelligence operation, or just a series of mistakes? That’s what we’ve been trying to figure out,” one U.S. official told the Journal.

Another U.S. official told the Associated Press the government is blaming manufacturer Lockheed-Martin’s freight forwarders.

American officials have also been asking Cuba to return the missile, but with no results. America and Cuba restored diplomatic relations last year for the first time in more than 50 years.

If the missile was sent to Cuba on purpose, it would be a violation of the Arms Export Control Act and of the Cuban sanctions laws.

“Mis-shipments happen all the time because of the amount and volume of the defense trade,” a State Department official said, according to the Journal. The missile was found to be missing at a time when the U.S. and Cuba were holding secret negotiations to normalize relations.

The Hellfire is a laser-guided, air-to-surface missile weighing about 100 pounds. Deployed from Apache helicopters or Predator drones, the Hellfire received its name from the Pentagon’s specification for a “helicopter-launched, fire and forget” missile.

h/t: Wall Street Journal

The Email That Makes Benghazi Look Way Worse Was Just Released- Hillary And Obama Hid It For Years

Even as terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, the Hilary Clinton-run State Department was told that military forces were ready to come to its aid, according to a newly uncovered email previously kept secret.

“The Obama administration and Clinton officials hid this compelling Benghazi email for years,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The email makes readily apparent that the military was prepared to launch immediate assistance that could have made a difference, at least at the CIA Annex. The fact that the Obama Administration withheld this email for so long only worsens the scandal of Benghazi.”

The email, released by Judicial Watch, was sent at 7:19 p.m. EST by then-Department of Defense Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash, more than three hours after the initial Benghazi attack and about an hour after a second attack at a CIA Annex almost a mile from the main compound. Two Americans were killed at each location.

“I just tried you on the phone but you were all in with S (an apparent reference to Clinton),” it reads.

“After consulting with General Dempsey, General Ham and the Joint Staff, we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak. They include a (REDACTED),” it said.

“Assuming Principals agree to deploy these elements, we will ask State to procure the approval from host nation. Please advise how you wish to convey that approval to us (REDACTED),” it read.

The email was sent to Jacob Sullivan, Clinton’s deputy chief of staff; Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman; and Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides.

The email appears to contradict 2013 comments from former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta that “time, distance, the lack of an adequate warning, events that moved very quickly on the ground prevented a more immediate response.”

Judicial Watch, in releasing the email, noted congressional testimony by Gregory Hicks, the former deputy chief of mission for the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya.

Hicks said the four Americans killed in the attack might have been saved “if we had been able to scramble a fighter or aircraft or two over Benghazi as quickly as possible after the attack commenced.”

“I believe there would not have been a mortar attack on the annex in the morning because I believe the Libyans would have split. They would have been scared to death that we would have gotten a laser on them and killed them,” Hicks testified.

Staff for the House Select Committee on Benghazi said the panel has the full, unredacted Bash email and will address the email in its final report.

h/t: BizPac Review