Anyone who has paid attention to the machinations of Washington knows that when powerful elites want to bury a story they have it released on a Friday night. Moreover, this is preferably done before a long holiday weekend when the American people’s attention is focused elsewhere. So, the beginning of this Labor Day weekend witnessed the cynical release of the FBI's investigatory report covering Hillary Clinton's July interview. Some of the public had been already disturbed when FBI Director James Comey previously came before the nation's media to give his report of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary’s shenanigans as Secretary of State and her final interview. Director Comey sequentially stated the case against Hillary Clinton’s use of an illegal server as Secretary of State, exposing Top Secret Classified governmental materials to foreign eyes, and then subsequently stating his Pontius Pilate-like washing of his hands by shockingly not recommending any actions be taken over her previously stated violations of Federal Statutes. All of this occurred as you may remember as Bill Clinton “coincidentally” conferenced privately with Comey’s direct superior, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, on the tarmac in Arizona in a locked-down plane. Now, as America settles in to College football and barbeque, comes the release of the background report of that very same FBI interview of the Secretary of State and Presidential candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

This document, known as a ‘302’ is the FBI's investigatory report of that interview that Director Comey previously paraphrased and details the specifics of who was present and what was said. Firstly, the documents show Hillary was accompanied by a phalanx of lawyers, namely David Kendall, Catherine Turner, Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson, and amazingly enough, ‘an attorney who shall not be named’. What? Secondly, it relates the substance of her responses to questions by the FBI lawyers which generally took the form of "I don't recall" or "I trusted State Department professionals."  She claimed ignorance of receiving training from the State Dept. for classification categories, handling of classified information, and procedures for retention of government document despite the legal Non-Disclosure Agreement she herself signed that she had. In all, Hillary amazingly stated at least 26 times that she could not recall key incriminating actions taken by her as Secretary of State. These include:

- When she received security clearance
- Being briefed on how to handle classified material
- How many times she used her authority to designate items classified
- Any briefing on how to handle very top-secret "Special Access Program" material
- How to select a target for a drone strike
- How the data from her mobile devices was destroyed when she switched devices
- The number of times her staff was given a secure phone
- Why she didn’t get a secure Blackberry
- Receiving any emails she thought should not be on the private system
- Did not remember giving staff direction to create private email account
- Getting guidance from state on email policy
- Who had access to her Blackberry account
- The process for deleting her emails
- Ever getting a message that her storage was almost full
- Anyone besides Huma Abedin being offered an account on the private server
- Being sent information on state government private emails being hacked
- Receiving cable on State Dept personnel securing personal email accounts
- Receiving cable on Bryan Pagliano upgrading her server
- Using an iPad mini
- An Oct. 13, 2012, email on Egypt with Clinton pal Sidney Blumenthal
- Jacob Sullivan using personal email
- State Department protocol for confirming classified information in media reports
- Every briefing she received after suffering concussions
- Being nofied of a FOIA request on Dec. 11, 2012
- Being read out of her clearance
- Any further access to her private email account from her State Department tenure after switching to her account

In truth, all of the document is political farce masquerading as high drama and shows Hillary mostly restating her standard defenses to compliant FBI attorneys. More importantly though there are no questions about the emails relayed by the illegal server(s)-in-question to and from Clinton aides regarding Clinton Foundation business. These emails have only recently come after-the-fact to light, most likely on the council of her lawyers who advised withholding them in the first place which in turn forced the FBI to recover them. This kabuki dance served a dual purpose: 1) Hillary was allowed to appear forthcoming, even though she did nothing but provide the same talking points and evasions she had all along, and 2) the facilitation of this charade by the FBI who provided her with an official forum to repeat her outright denials of intent. This was a Win/Win for both pares, Hillary and the FBI.

Please allow me your forbearance in borrowing the metaphor that, on this weekend there is more smoke out there than is being generated by the nation’s collective barbeques. I can only conclude from the dense clouds wafting across the nation that both pares are guilty. Hillary for her evasions and FBI Director James Comey for being a political lackey, or bought off, or both. Nonetheless, as I previously said, the timing has been preordained to minimize the impact of these revelations and buffalo a distracted, unalert, and possibly inebriated, American public.

Carry on.

Michael Wolkowicz
Stanardsville, VA
To: FBI Director James Comey:

Thank you, Director Comey.

I have a small, home-based business, and you have made my life so much easier.

Since my husband recently retired, I have decided to significantly downsize my marketing to simplify life in our senior years. Your decision not to indict for the mishandling of classified government security documents further simplifies what has always been a very time-consuming task for me: the meticulous record-keeping for government tax purposes.

I am the same age as Hillary Clinton, and like her I am not “sophisticated” with government coding and computer skills. Unlike Hillary, I do not have a staff of highly skilled, highly paid professionals to assist me in the administration of those skills. 

My record-keeping for tax purposes has been extremely laborious. I am glad that it is perfectly acceptable for me now to adapt that process for the sake of convenience.

I do not intend to misplace any tax information. However, I am glad to know that I can now legitimately care less about the process and that if, accidently in my carelessness, I unintentionally misplace such things as records of sales, I will be exonerated.

I anticipate that the standard of intent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be the same standard for the Internal Revenue Service. Likewise, I anticipate that the standard of intent for a former secretary of state will be the same standard for an ordinary citizen, like me.

Deloris Linam
Greene County

Originally published in The Daily Progress