The FBI’s “new emails” investigation has Republicans smirking like Dr. Evil in his lair. But guess what? New polls STILL show Hillary Clinton way ahead.
Daily Kos‘ Elections model still gives Hillary Clinton a 96 percent chance of winning the White House based on Monday’s numbers. Likewise, FiveThirtyEight‘s 2016 Election Forecast still lays her odds at a lower but still massive lead of 77.8 percent to Donald Trump’s 22 percent.
For any Trumpets still delusional about who's been winning the debates. Source 538 pic.twitter.com/BKohsVM3Ih
— ☭Thomas☭Jerard☭ (@ThomasJerard) October 5, 2016
A newly released POLITICO/Morning Consult poll from Monday morning shows no change in people voting for Hillary Clinton, though Donald Trump’s numbers have gotten a bit of a bump. Her numbers have stayed at 42 percent, while Donald Trump’s have gone up three points from 36 percent to 39 percent since the FBI’s announcement.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) October 31, 2016
Until more numbers come in, it’s tough to say whether the bogus “new emails” revelations will have any strong effect on Hillary Clinton’s chances. Sure, some polls show her commanding lead tightening. But that might not matter at this point. For starters, thanks to early voting, 21 million people have already cast their ballots. In addition, Hillary Clinton still has far more support from Democratic voters than Donald Trump has among Republican ones.
Furthermore, the FBI’s bogus “new emails” investigation may benefit Hillary Clinton by increasing turnout from voters. After all, what are a few emails compared with racism, sexism, anti-Muslim bigotry, and sexual assault?
WATCH: MSNBC analyst explains how FBI’s “new emails” could help Hillary Clinton.
For those who’ve been lucky enough to remain blissfully unaware of this new development, FBI Director James Comey must have missed all the attention he was getting after closing the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails in July. At least that’s one way to explain why he lobbed a giant exploding turd of a hand grenade into the final days of the 2016 presidential election.
On Friday, Comey sent a letter to eight members of Congress who head up various committees saying he’d reopened the investigation because they’d found MORE EMAILS. Where? On someone else’s device during an unrelated investigation.
FBI Director Comey, in letter to members of Congress, says FBI is investigating additional emails in Clinton private server case pic.twitter.com/Ue0qlhqT5w
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) October 28, 2016
That story took less than two hours to get debunked. For starters, the “other device” turned out to belong to Anthony Weiner. The FBI seized it while investigating him for sexting a 15-year-old girl, and there happened to be some emails from Weiner’s soon-to-be ex-wife Huma Abedin, a top Clinton aide.
You could fill a museum with Anthony Weiner NY Post covers: pic.twitter.com/jtyi32cqoV
— andrew kaczynski 🤔 (@KFILE) October 29, 2016
It’s highly unlikely that Huma Abedin would exchange any potentially compromising emails about Hillary Clinton on a laptop she shared with a known sexting problem. After all, discretion’s a major part of her job description. On top of that, unnamed sources within the FBI have leaked that the emails probably aren’t even new. They’re most likely copies of emails that have already been cleared.
U.S. Dept. of Justice officials, FBI staffers, and even Fox News guest former judge Jeanine Pirro have blasted James Comey for improperly sending that letter and opening himself to accusations that he was trying to influence the election. The timing of the letter also breaks with a long-standing DOJ tradition of trying to avoid this type of situation. Alas, once you let the cat out of the bag, you can’t put it back in.
And the following leaked memo shows James Comey knew exactly what the ramifications of sending that letter to people in Congress would be.
— Mister H (@ATHudd) October 31, 2016
Bringing the matter up in public with just over a week before the election forced the DOJ’s hand: On Monday, they secured a warrant so the FBI can inspect these supposed “new emails.”