"I will reiterate because it's a fact--nothing I sent or received was marked classified." Hillary Clinton during our town hall a few months ago in Detroit, MI.
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer told viewers Tuesday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that he now considers Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a 'Non-criminal liar,' after the Federal Bureau of Investigation failed to recommend prosecution following the investigation into Clinton’s emails.
"The lying is obvious when you compare her statements with what Comey said," said Krauthammer.
FBI Director James Comey made his recommendation Tuesday in a rare public press conference. Comey explained that, although Clinton and her colleagues were "extremely careless" in their handling of classified information, the team of investigators did find any evidence regarding intent that would justify a criminal prosecution.
The Clinton campaign released a statement following Comey's announcement saying they were "pleased" with the FBI's handling of the investigation.
Krauthammer said he found Comey's logic puzzling: "He laid the case for gross negligence. He accused her of extreme carelessness and then he laid out the fact that she should have known, she did know, and then he created a completely irrelevant new standard, which is malicious intent. But negligence does not require intent."
Fox News Contributor and Syndicated Columnist Charles Krauthammer said Thursday Former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Lorreta Lynch should have known their unplanned meeting Monday at Phoenix’s airport was a mistake.
“I mean how do you bump into somebody, their private plane, if you’re starting from outside the plane,” Krauthammer said on Special Report.
Lynch told the press earlier this week there were no discussion of any cases, including the current government investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email practices. She added the conversation between her and President Clinton was social in nature and focused mostly on each other’s grandchildren and the former president’s travels.
Krauthammer said he would take the attorney general by her word but wondered what the rest of the conversation was about.
He called it a “silly self-inflicted wound” and “not a big deal,” but added “in the context of a Clinton campaign that is just riddled with lies, cover ups, prevarications, all kinds of excuses that are really hard to believe” it won’t help Hillary Clinton’s trustworthiness numbers.
The Navy’s top officer said the performance of 10 of his sailors leading up to and following their capture by Iranian forces in January did not meet the high standards expected of them.
“Those sailors clearly know our actions on that day in January, and this incident did not live up to our expectations of our Navy,” said Admiral John Richardson during a press briefing with reporters Thursday announcing the findings of an investigation into the incident.
One of Richardson’s top deputies said some of the sailors violated the long standing “code of conduct” that requires all service members to “I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country,” among the five articles. [read the code here]
According to the report, some of the Navy sailors gave up their passwords to their laptops, cellphones and sensitive data about their ships to their Iranian captors.
“The investigation also found that some crew members did not meet code of conduct standards while in custody,” said VICE ADMIRAL CHRIS AQUILINO (USN), DEPUTY FOR OPERATIONS, PLANS AND STRATEGY
Aquilino said the rules of engagement dealing with Iranian forces in the Persian Gulf “may not have been understood by the crews.”
Among the findings of the investigation was the crews failed to report they were off track after beginning their transit from Kuwait to Bahrain four hours behind schedule. To make up the time, the two Navy patrol boats decided to take a short cut, taking them inside Iranian territorial waters near Farsi Island, centrally located in the Persian Gulf.
Richardson said that Iran violated international law in their treatment of his sailors by taking the sailors at gunpoint.
“The investigation concluded that Iran violated international law by impeding the boats' innocent passage transit, and they violated sovereign immunity by boarding, searching and seizing the boats and by photographing and videotaping the crew,” he said.
Richardson said when the boat crew was reported missing “alert launches” of F-18s from the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman as well as US Air Force F-15s launched from bases on land nearby. A US Navy cruiser, USS Anzio was dispatched near Farsi Island where the US sailors were taken.
Richardson said the task force commander for Task Force 56, who oversaw the two patrol boats has been relieved. Richardson also said the commanding officer of the riverine squadron has been relieved.
Another officer in charge of the boat detachment in Kuwait was also let go. Six other people face punishment as well, Richardson says.
“Big incidents like this are always the result of the accumulation of a number of small problems. And so it's just the nature of these things,” said Richardson describing the incident.
Richardson said the lessons learned from the incident would be taught to sailors around the fleet and also to future generations of officers and enlisted sailors.
“So this will be something that we can mine for a lot of lessons,” said Richardson.
Admiral Richardson said he had not spoken to his Iranian counterpart to voice his displeasure over the incident.
A contentious exchange took place between DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and Texas Senator Ted Cruz Thursday during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing into DHS oversight.
Cruz went after Secretary Johnson over the administration’s alleged “scrubbing” of any references to Islamic extremism or the term “jihad” from DHS counterterrorism literature. Cruz also alleged that references to “Islamic extremism” and the term “jihad” were stricken from FBI counterterrorism manuals as well.
Speaking for the DHS side of the house, Johnson said he had “no idea” what Cruz was alluding to. He pushed back saying that while the broader conversation over terrorism characterizations is “very interesting” and “makes for good political debate,” in practical terms, if the administration were to start giving credence to the so-called Islamic State it would hinder efforts to build bridges within the Muslim community.
Johnson added that while he was legal advisor to the Pentagon’s drone program, when deciding whether to strike an individual he “didn’t care if the baseball card said violent extremist or Islamic extremist.”
Cruz fired back saying that the scrubbing of that terminology essentially changes law enforcement behavior when responding to terror attacks and accused the administration of “willful blindness” in its efforts to erase these references calling upon missed red flags prior to the Nidal Hasan Fort Hood attack as well as red flags on the Tsarnaev brothers prior to the Boston Marathon bombings.
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Wednesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that, as both presumptive presidential nominees – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton – have expressed concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and trade deals more generally, our allies have a lot to lose come 2017.
“If the Republicans are now abandoning free trade, for the first time ever in our memory, we're having a presidential campaign where neither side is for free trade,” Krauthammer said, adding, “Which I think bodes really badly for our allies abroad, the Australians, the Canadians, the Mexicans.”
Krauthammer went on to describe how a more narrow trade policy could impact allies like our neighbors to the south.
“Imagine the Mexicans looking at the cancellation of NAFTA, what effect it would have on them,” he said, concluding, “[Our allies] always assumed the United States would be the one country that would rise above the most narrow, economic nationalism, and save the idea of free trade. That's not going to be true come January 2017. And that will change the whole international landscape.”
A report released today by the Republican-led House committee probing the Benghazi terror attacks faulted the Obama administration for a range of missteps before, during and after the fatal 2012 attacks. Tonight on Special Report Bret will be joined by Benghazi Select Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy and Committee Member Rep. Susan Brooks to discuss the final Benghazi Report.
Tucker Carlson told “Special Report with Bret Baier” viewers Tuesday that it’s “ludicrous” for Hillary Clinton to attack Donald Trump’s economic plans.
“It’s always amazing to watch liberals lecture anyone else on debt,” said Carlson.
Clinton delivered a speech Tuesday with the singular goal of attacking the GOP frontrunner’s economic policies. Her venue was Columbus, OH, where a Quinnipiac University poll recently found Clinton and Trump in a dead heat at 40 percent each in the battleground state.
Carlson continued explaining the irony of Clinton’s claims.
“The boldest part of this address today was her claim that Trump is somehow a handmaiden to the rich,” said Carlson. “This is someone who’s running to continue Barack Obama’s economic policies…”
Bret sat down with the Dalai Lama for an interview that aired on Special Report. His Holiness spoke on numerous issues including China and Tibet, the refugee crisis, religion, terrorism and immigration. There was more on immigration that unfortunately did not make it into the piece that aired. Here’s the interview, with that missing part.
Bret will have the latest from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, amid the email controversy of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Tune in tonight at 6pm EST!
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