Hillary Clinton Statement on the Resignation of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

“I want to thank my longtime friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her leadership of the Democratic National Committee over the past five years. I am grateful to Debbie for getting the Democratic Party to this year’s historic convention in Philadelphia, and I know that this week’s events will be a success thanks to her hard work and leadership. There’s simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie–which is why I am glad that she has agreed to serve as honorary chair of my campaign’s 50-state program to gain ground and elect Democrats in every part of the country, and will continue to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally, in Florida, and in other key states. I look forward to campaigning with Debbie in Florida and helping her in her re-election bid–because as President, I will need fighters like Debbie in Congress who are ready on day one to get to work for the American people.”

Sanders Comments on Wasserman-Schultz Resignation

Sanders Statement on DNC Chair Resignation

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement on the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz as Democratic Party chairwoman:

“Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made the right decision for the future of the Democratic Party. While she deserves thanks for her years of service, the party now needs new leadership that will open the doors of the party and welcome in working people and young people. The party leadership must also always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race.”

Paul Manifort Asks for Hillary Clinton Dropout

From: Trump Spence 2016

PAUL MANAFORT STATEMENT ON DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned over her failure to secure the DNC’s email servers and the rigged system she set up with the Clinton campaign. Now Hillary Clinton should follow Wasserman Schultz’s lead and drop out over her failure to safeguard top secret, classified information both on her unauthorized home server and while traveling abroad. Wasserman Schultz’s emails only put the Democratic Party at risk, but Hillary Clinton’s emails put all of America at risk.

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 7/22/2016

Preparing All of Our Students for Success in College and Life

By: Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell

All Delaware students deserve the chance to make the most of their talents in an economy that requires a higher level of skill than ever before. Thanks to the hard work of many educators and administrators, we are getting closer to that goal, from vast improvement in access to high quality early childhood programs, to record high school graduation rates. And after just two years, our Pathways to Prosperity program is giving thousands of students the opportunity to earn college credit and workplace experience in high-demand industries like IT, engineering, and health care. That’s all important progress, but we must also remain focused on an obstacle preventing young people nationwide from reaching their potential. We have too many students who work hard to meet college entry requirements, and yet when their coursework begins, they find themselves behind. That creates the need to take remedial courses that cost money and create more debt, but don’t result in college credit. It’s no surprise that these students are far less likely to graduate or earn a professional credential. It’s why I’m excited and grateful that Delaware has won a $250,000 grant from the nonprofit USA Funds to address this challenge. We’ll establish a course for juniors who aren’t on track to graduate with the writing and reading skills needed in college and the workplace. They’ll complete a year-long class or receive individualized instruction to catch up by their senior year and, if they choose to pursue a 2 or 4-year degree, they will be ready for college-level classes on day one. This effort builds on a similar program we started in math two years ago. By ensuring all of our students get the support to graduate with the writing and comprehension abilities vital in our knowledge-based economy, we’ll keep Delaware moving forward.

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Sign Thieves Strike Ayotte Residence

Independent Party of Delaware 20th District State Representative, Don Ayotte’s TRUMP for President sign was stolen on the morning of Monday, June 18 sometime between 9:00 and 9:30 AM EDT while he was out grocery shopping. The adjacent DON AYOTTE for 20th DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE sign was left intact. “I hope that whoever did this is actually using the sign”, said Mr. Ayotte.

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Election cycles bring out the worst in some people who seem to think that their political partisanship gives them a license to steal opposing signs. While they may think that it is a political prank, theft of campaign signs is generally covered under the specific petty theft and trespassing laws of 50 states and can result in stiff fines and jail sentences upon conviction.

Last month, a HILLARY for PRISON sign, located on RT 9 West, east of Georgetown near RT 30, disappeared within three weeks of its placement.

The Midlantic Dispatch is currently investigating theft of campaign signs, regardless of party affiliation and needs your help. If you witness a campaign sign theft or have any information please contact (302) 354-6452 with details after calling state or local police. All replies will be kept confidential.

*** UPDATE ***

TRUMP Make America Great signs are available at Republican Headquarters on E. market Street (RT 9) in Georgetown @ 1 for $5 or 3 for $10 as a legal alternative to the “five-fingered discount”.

Smyk’s Spin Control Responds to Ayotte’s Criticism

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

In response to IPoD 20th District State Representative candidate, Don Ayotte’s criticism of incumbent St. Rep. Steven Smyk’s support for more restrictive gun control legislation in the form of House Bill 325 , aired live on last Friday’s Dan Gaffney Morning Show (WXDE 105.9 FM), Delaware House of Representatives Minority Caucus Communications Officer, Joe Fulgham has issused the following response, apparently on behalf of Representative Smyk:

Delaware 105.9 FM's Dan Gaffney interviews IPoD 20th Dist. State Rep. candidate, Don Ayotte
Delaware 105.9 FM’s Dan Gaffney interviews IPoD 20th Dist. State Rep. candidate, Don Ayotte
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Dan:

During your show today from Jimmy’s Grille, Don Ayotte was briefly interviewed.

During his time on-air, Mr. Ayotte made several factual errors regarding public policy. Specifically, he mischaracterized the actions of State Rep. Steve Smyk regarding House Bill 325 – a measure that lengthens the potential period a gun-buyer may have to wait for a background check before he or she can legally purchase a firearm.

Rep. Smyk was asked by the National Rifle Association to sponsor an amendment to the bill exempting LEOSA licensees (active and certain retired law enforcement officers) from the waiting period. These officers already undergo background checks and screenings that exceed the statutory requirement for firearms purchases.

The NRA understood that once that amendment was successfully attached, protocol would require Rep. Smyk to vote in favor of the amended bill. The edited legislation was approved by the House with 22 votes – one more than was needed for passage.

Both the National Rifle Association and the Delaware Sportsmen Association supported Rep. Smyk’s actions on this measure.

The bill was later approved in the Senate, but not before it was amended to reduce the potential waiting period from 30 to 25 days. That required the altered legislation to again be considered by the House, which voted on it June 22nd.

In the second vote, Rep. Smyk was no longer bound by procedure to support the measure. He voted “no,” but it was again approved by the House, this time on a vote of 21 to 18. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank You,

Joe Fulgham, Communications Officer Delaware House of Representatives Minority Caucus

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In response to Mr. Fulgham’s statement and its political context, Mr. Ayotte has issued the following statement:

“ That Mr. Smyk could not or would not directly defend his legislative record and instead resort to using a state employee in his stead, seems highly inappropriate and indicative of his generally poor legislative record and lack of ability to represent the people of the 20th District. The end result is that Smyk got the bill passed by adding an amendment favoring special police interests at public expense by further infringing on our Second Amendment rights, while receiving campaign contributions from lobbyists and special interests.

Mr. Fulgham’s apparent political political participation in this matter under cover of a state e-mail address is out of order and raises institutional bias and public integrity questions, as a statement of this nature should have more appropriately originated from the Smyk campaign.

Delaware has been rated as 48th in public integrity in a recent survey of fifty states. People want a state legislator who will truly represent them — not police them. In contrast to my opponent, I fully intend to safeguard constitutional liberties and the greater public interest in the face of special interest controlled politics as usual as your next 20th District State Representative.”

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Ayotte 2016 Campaign is Underway

Independent Party of Delaware candidate, Don Ayotte started off his 2016 campaign for 20th District State Representative with a frank interview with Dan Gaffney on WXDE Delaware 105.9 FM in the New Jimmy’s Grill in Rehoboth Beach, earlier this morning. “Tell me, Dan … what positive thing has [Representative] Steven Smyk done for the people in the 20th District in the last four years except draw $54,000 a year in salary?”, asked the candidate. Citing Smyk’s failed attempt at making having a secret compartment in a felony and other “police state” legislation, Ayotte said that he would read and research all bills before voting on them, and generally work to defend constitutional civil liberties and the greater public interest towards a brighter future for the people in the 20th District. IMG_20160715_073758200 The Ayotte for Representative 2016 campaign cordially welcomes citizens involvement and feedback. To volunteer or express your concerns on issues, call (302) 344-4433 or e-mail ayotteforrep@yahoo.com .

Don Ayotte Files for State Reprensentative

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

20th District is a 3-way Contest

Donald Raleigh Ayotte has officially filed as an Independent party of Delaware candidate for the office of 20th District State Representative, currently held by former DSP Trooper, Steven Smyk.

Mr. Ayotte’s decision to run was made in response to numerous citizens requests and inquiries.

He also faces Democrat, Barbara Vaughn a former Lewes City Councilwowan and member of the Lewes Historical Commission.

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“I believe we need real leadership and representation in the 20th District. If elected, I will closely monitor the concerns of not only the 20th District but those of all of Delaware. I will write and introduce legislation that will enhance our lives and invigorate our economy,” said Ayotte. “Representing the People and public interest is a full time job,” said Ayotte, “I will fully read all bills introduced in the House and consider whether they benefit the People of the 20th District and Delaware in general.”

“Real representation is based upon listening to and understanding the concerns of constituents. I cordially invite citizens input and involvement in our campaign for freedom and Liberty in the face of special interest /insider control of our government. Together, we can chart a brighter future”’ he added.

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Mr. Ayotte graduated from the University of Delaware in 2006, earning a BA in English, with a concentration in Journalism. He has been a small businessman in the Georgetown area is currently President and Managing Editor of, The Midlantic Dispatch and Delawarepolitics.net. He has a strong and longstanding interest in the Constitution of the United States and the Delaware Constitution as both documents are crucial to his campaign. He is also the State Chairman of the IPoD and an avid outdoor enthusiast.

“My campaign is based on the US and Delaware constitutions, common sense and advancement of individual freedom and liberty in the greater public interest in contrast to special interests and hidden agenda”, he said.

“I look forward to debating my opponents and hearing from concerned citizens during and after the 2016 campaign. I wholeheartedly encourage broad public participation in our campaign. We have much work to do”, he concluded.

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To join the Don Ayotte 2016 Campaign, call (302) 344-4433.

TRUMP Blasts Sanders

From TRUMP 2016:

BERNIE IS NOW OFFICIALLY PART OF A RIGGED SYSTEM

“Today, Bernie Sanders will be endorsing one of the most pro-war, pro-wall street, and pro-off shoring candidates in the history of the Democratic Party. The candidate who ran against special interests is endorsing the candidate who embodies special interests. The candidate who ran against TPP is endorsing the candidate who helped draft the TPP. The candidate who ran in opposition to globalization is running against the candidate who has led the push for globalization. The candidate who warned that open borders destroy the working class is endorsing the candidate with the most open borders policy in our history. The candidate who wants to reform H1-B visas is endorsing the candidate who supported lifting the caps on H1-B visas. The candidate who wants less war is endorsing the candidate who launched wars in Iraq and Libya and would lead us to a new war in Syria. The candidate who wants to get money out of politics is voting for the candidate who has made a career out of making money from politics.

Bernie’s endorsement becomes Exhibit A in our rigged system – the Democrat Party is disenfranchising its voters to benefit the select and privileged few.” – Stephen Miller, Senior Policy Advisor.

K. Emmanuel Magruder Files as an IPoD Candidate

K. Emmanuel Magruder, in a surprise move, has withdrawn from the Democratic Party primary and has filed as an Independent Party of Delaware candidate for City Councilman at-Large in Wilmington, DE.

K.Emmanuel Magruder, IPoD candidate for Wilmington City Councilman at-Large
K.Emmanuel Magruder, IPoD candidate for Wilmington City Councilman at-Large

“We are very appreciative that a high-quality candidate as Mr..Magruder has chosen to run as an IPoD candidate and heartily welcome him on board “, said IPoD Secretary General, Wolf. von Baumgart. “The Independent Party of Delaware offers the people of Wilmington a clear alternative to politics as usual. The road to constructive change is open and we invite people to actively participate in the process”, he added.

IPoD State Chairman, Don Ayotte said “As a highly qualified candidate for Wilmington City councilman at-Large Mr. Magruder is an important member of our Unified City Government Reform Ticket with IPoD mayoral candidate, Steven Washington,. With popular support, they will institute a major paradigm shift in the way Wilmington city government operates”.IPoD State Chairman, Don Ayotte said “As a highly qualified candidate for Wilmington City councilman at-Large Mr. Magruder is an important member of our Unified City Government Reform Ticket with IPoD mayoral candidate, Steven Washington,. With popular support, they will institute a major paradigm shift in the way Wilmington city government operates”.

Any other prospective candidates contemplating running on the IPoD ballot column should contact State Chairman, Don Ayotte by the August 1 nomination deadline. Call (302) 344-4433 for an interview.

Further information is available via www.KEM4Change.com .

Contact:

K. Emmanuel Magruder

Tel: 267-320-4563

Email: Kem4change@gmail.com

President Obama Comments on Dallas

THE WHITE HOUSE

Statement on Dallas

President Obama: “We are horrified over these events”

Last night, law enforcement officers in Dallas, Texas who were keeping people safe during a peaceful protest were targeted and attacked.

This morning, President Obama offered a statement on these tragic attacks and made it clear that we as a nation stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas.

“I speak for every single American when I say that we are horrified over these events, and that we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas … Let’s be clear: There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement. The FBI is already in touch with the Dallas police, and anyone involved in these senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done.

With your understanding, I want to begin with a few words about the situation back in the United States, specifically the situation in Dallas, Texas.

My team has been keeping me updated throughout the morning of the evening in Dallas. I spoke this morning with Mayor Rawlings of Dallas to convey the deepest condolences of the American people. I told him that the federal government will provide whatever assistance Dallas may need as it deals with this tremendous tragedy. We still don’t know all the facts. What we do know is that there has been a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement. Police in Dallas were on duty, doing their jobs, keeping people safe during peaceful protests. These law enforcement officers were targeted, and nearly a dozen officers were shot. Five were killed. Other officers and at least one civilian were wounded — some are in serious condition, and we are praying for their recovery.

As I told Mayor Rawlings, I believe that I speak for every single American when I say that we are horrified over these events, and that we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas. According to police, there are multiple suspects. We will learn more, undoubtedly, about their twisted motivations. But let’s be clear: There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement. The FBI is already in touch with the Dallas police, and anyone involved in these senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done.

I will have more to say about this as the facts become more clear. For now, let me just say that even as yesterday I spoke about our need to be concerned, as all Americans, about racial disparities in our criminal justice system, I also said yesterday that our police have an extraordinarily difficult job and the vast majority of them do their job in outstanding fashion. I also indicated the degree to which we need to be supportive of those officers who do their job each and every day, protecting us and protecting our communities.

Today is a wrenching reminder of the sacrifices that they make for us. We also know that when people are armed with powerful weapons, unfortunately it makes attacks like these more deadly and more tragic. And in the days ahead, we’re going to have to consider those realities as well.

In the meantime, today our focus is on the victims and their families. They are heartbroken. The entire city of Dallas is grieving. Police across America, which is a tight-knit family, feels this loss to their core. And we’re grieving with them. I’d ask all Americans to say a prayer for these officers and their families. Keep them in your thoughts. And as a nation, let’s remember to express our profound gratitude to our men and women in blue — not just today, but every day.

Watch the President’s statement here.here

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 7/8/2016

Ensuring Our Agriculture Industry Thrives

By: Delaware Governor Jack Markell

From poultry and livestock, to fruits and vegetables, to soybeans and other crops, Delaware’s agricultural community is as vibrant as ever. It’s our largest industry, injecting more than $8 billion into our economy annually, and our farmers lead the nation in the value of their products per acre. Our farmers’ markets surpassed $3 million in sales last year, every Delaware public school district buys directly from local farmers, and our family farmers are finding new markets by selling to local supermarkets who recognize the value in selling their products. The nutritional benefits of locally grown products are incredible; eating local reduces the environmental impact from shipping produce across the country and promotes a safer food supply; and starting Monday, we’ll celebrate Buy Local week, which brings attention to opportunities to purchase fruits and vegetables from local farmers. So visit a nearby farmers market and ask your grocer to point out locally-grown products you can buy for your family. Agriculture in Delaware isn’t just for family farmers. In recent years there’s been an amazing increase in community gardens all across our state, in rural areas, suburban communities, and particularly in our towns and cities, from just a handful eight years ago to more than 70 today. Community gardens increase access to healthy foods – fresh, local produce grown right here. Community gardens allow communities and neighborhoods to come together and have an amazing experience growing for the greater good. We’ll keep making this a priority, having just announced grants to 11 urban community gardens to strengthen neighborhoods and improve the quality of life in their communities. Purchasing locally-produced fruits and vegetables and the community garden movement will help our families grow healthy and strong, ensuring that our farmers continue to thrive, and grow the state’s economy. And that will keep Delaware moving forward.

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Trump Comments on Ambush of Dallas Police Officers

The Trump Campaign has canceled the trip to Miami, Florida today, due to the tragic events in Dallas last night

DONALD J. TRUMP STATEMENT

Last night’s horrific execution-style shootings of 12 Dallas law enforcement officers – five of whom were killed and seven wounded – is an attack on our country. It is a coordinated, premeditated assault on the men and women who keep us safe.

We must restore law and order. We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street.

The senseless, tragic deaths of two motorists in Louisiana and Minnesota reminds us how much more needs to be done.

This morning I offer my thoughts and prayers for all of the victims’ families, and we pray for our brave police officers and first responders who risk their lives to protect us every single day.

Our nation has become too divided. Too many Americans feel like they’ve lost hope. Crime is harming too many citizens. Racial tensions have gotten worse, not better. This isn’t the American Dream we all want for our children.

This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion. We will pull through these tragedies.

This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion. We will pull through these tragedies.

Open Thread On Police “Bad Shoots” vs Extreme Violence Against All Police.

Organized violence against police grows to new level in Dallas. Your views and concerns for America

My view: 99 percent of local and state police officers are great at their jobs and an asset to the communities they serve. The problem that exists is the tight closed fraternity or brotherhood that protects the officers that are bad actors. These bad actors who violate the law should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and punished like any citizen that violates our laws.

Colin Bonini for Governor Campaign Kickoff Saturday

Senator Colin Bonini (R-16) officially joined the race for Governor this week. He faces a primary with Businesswoman and former State Trooper Lacey Lafferty who filed March 10th. The winner will face off against Congressman John Carney in November. His campaign kick off will be July 9th at 2 p.m. at Frazier’s Restaurant 9 E. Loockerman Street in Dover. Several local candidates will be debuting at the kickoff. No charge, light hors d’oeuvres.

Bonini touts his conservative record as evidence that he can bring needed change to the state. He issued the following statement.

I am running for governor because I love Delaware, and I believe the people of this state deserve better. One-party Democratic rule has dominated our state for too long, and the result has been a crippled economy, higher taxes, increased violent crime, fewer high paying jobs, and unsustainable debt. The status quo is clearly not working. Delaware must change course! We need to bring balance and common sense solutions to Dover so we can improve the quality of life for every citizen

Trump Responds to Hillary Clinton’s Atlantic City Attack Speech

DONALD J. TRUMP STATEMENT ON ATLANTIC CITY RECORD

I have built a tremendously successful business, which has created tens of thousands of jobs. Out of the hundreds of businesses I have owned over the decades, and hundreds of deals and transactions, I have used the chapter laws of our country in four instances, much as many of our country’s elite business people do (but nobody cares about). It is an effective and commonly used practice in business to use bankruptcy proceedings to restructure a business and ultimately save jobs. Nobody understands the economy like I do and no one, especially not Crooked Hillary Clinton, will do more for the economy than I will. I want to bring jobs back to America, while Hillary Clinton wants to get elected to enrich herself with power at the expense of the people. I created thousands of jobs and made a lot of money in Atlantic City, which was what, as a businessman, I am supposed to do for my company and my family– and as President I will make America rich again, and Make America Great Again.I have built a tremendously successful business, which has created tens of thousands of jobs. Out of the hundreds of businesses I have owned over the decades, and hundreds of deals and transactions, I have used the chapter laws of our country in four instances, much as many of our country’s elite business people do (but nobody cares about). It is an effective and commonly used practice in business to use bankruptcy proceedings to restructure a business and ultimately save jobs. Nobody understands the economy like I do and no one, especially not Crooked Hillary Clinton, will do more for the economy than I will. I want to bring jobs back to America, while Hillary Clinton wants to get elected to enrich herself with power at the expense of the people. I created thousands of jobs and made a lot of money in Atlantic City, which was what, as a businessman, I am supposed to do for my company and my family– and as President I will make America rich again, and Make America Great Again.

Clinton Excoriates Trump on AC Record

Donald Trump’s Record In Atlantic City Is A Disaster, Literally

From: Hillary for America Press

Donald Trump’s Record In Atlantic City Is A Disaster, Literally

Hillary Clinton just delivered a speech in Atlantic City, New Jersey, making the case that Donald Trump is unfit to serve as president based on the wake of destruction his business dealings have left in the seaside town and for businesses and families across the country. In remarks in front of Boardwalk Hall, Clinton highlighted Trump’s history in Atlantic City of multiple bankruptcies, stiffing contractors and spurring hundreds of job losses while pocketing cash for himself. She showed that Donald Trump’s promise that he would “do for the country what I did for my business” is a clear threat, and a major reason why voters cannot allow him to endanger our economy from the White House.

See for yourself how the lines from Hillary’s Clinton’s speech today compare with Trump’s record:

Donald Trump says he’s qualified to be president because of his business record.

TRUMP: I’ve been a world-class businessman…That’s the thinking that our country needs

Three weeks ago, he said, and I quote, “I’m going to do for the country what I did for my business.”

TRUMP: I’m going to do for the country what I did for my business.

Maybe he hoped we wouldn’t check. Because what he did for his businesses – and his workers – is nothing to brag about. In fact, it’s shameful. And every single voter in America needs to know about it – so we don’t let him do to our country what he did to his business.

New York Times: How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, but Still Earned Millions

AP: ‘Little guy’ contractors still angry at Trump Taj bankruptcy

Chris Wallace: In that case alone lenders to your company lost over $1 billion and more than 1,100 people were laid off.

We’re standing in front of the old Trump Plaza Casino and Hotel. Donald Trump once predicted, “It will be the biggest hit yet.”

TRUMP: It will be the biggest hit yet

Now it’s abandoned. You can just make out the word TRUMP where it used to be written in big flashy lights. He got the letters taken down a few years ago.

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CBS News: Rusty stains on the former Trump Plaza…still spelled out his name after neon letters were taken down

Not far from here is the old Trump Marina Hotel Casino. A few years ago, it was sold at a huge loss.

New York Times: The long-failing Trump Marina Hotel Casino was sold at a major loss five years ago and is now known as the Golden Nugget.

Just down the boardwalk is the Trump Taj Mahal. Donald once called it the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

New York Times: Mr. Trump bills his new casino, his third, as ”the eighth wonder of the world.”

It filed for bankruptcy in 2009.

Washington Post: In 2009, Trump Entertainment Resorts, formed in the aftermath of the Trump empire’s bankruptcies, itself declared bankruptcy after missing a $53 million bond interest payment.

CBS News: The Taj Mahal is being taken over by fellow billionaire Carl Icahn from bankruptcy court, and Trump’s 10 percent ownership stake has become all but worthless.

Things got so bad, the new management canceled workers’ health insurance and pensions.

Associated Press: The casino enraged its unionized workers during its most recent spin through bankruptcy court in October 2014 when it got a judge to allow it to cancel health and pension benefits.

Now those workers are on strike.

Associated Press: Union goes on strike against Trump Taj Mahal casino

Isn’t Donald Trump supposed to be some kind of amazing businessman? What in the world happened here? His excuse for all this failure is that Atlantic City just went downhill. It’s not his fault. Don’t believe it. His businesses were failing long before the rest of the town was struggling.

New York Times: Though [Trump] now says his casinos were overtaken by the same tidal wave that eventually slammed this seaside city’s gambling industry, in reality he was failing in Atlantic City long before Atlantic City itself was failing.

In fact, other businesses here did worse because Donald Trump acted so irresponsibly.

Newsweek: Small vendors who grappled with delayed or lower payments as a business practice then became the unsecured creditors in the bankruptcies.

He calls himself the “King of Debt,”

TRUMP: I am the king of debt. and he earned that title right here in A.C.

Washington Post: Trump’s bad bet: How too much debt drove his biggest casino aground

His bad decisions hurt the whole city.

CNN: But the bankruptcies have hurt Atlantic City, a city that is now blighted with empty hulking buildings, unemployment substantially higher than the national average, and a high violent crime rate.

He intentionally ran up huge amounts of debt on his companies – hundreds of millions of dollars. He borrowed at high interest rates – even after promising regulators that he wouldn’t.

Washington Post: Trump’s bad bet: How too much debt drove his biggest casino aground

Washington Post: Because of his reputation as a dealmaker, [Trump] said, bankers were lining up to lend him money at prime rates. That meant he could avoid the risky, high-interest loans known as junk bonds….the prime-rate loans never materialized. Determined to move forward, [Trump] turned to the very junk bonds he had derided in the hearing.

What came next? He defaulted on those loans. Didn’t pay them back.

Washington Post: The Taj defaulted on interest payments to bondholders as his finances went into a tailspin.

And in the end, he bankrupted his companies – not once, not twice, but four times.

PolitiFact: Clinton was right that Trump bankrupted companies four times

Here’s what he said about one of those bankruptcies: “I figured it was the bank’s problem, not mine. What the hell did I care?”

TRUMP: I figured it was the bank’s problem, not mine. What the hell did I care?

And here’s an important thing about how Donald Trump operates. He doesn’t default and go bankrupt as a last resort. He does it over and over again on purpose – even though he knows he’ll leave others empty-handed while he keeps the plane, the helicopter, the penthouse.

Washington Post: Today, Trump lives in a luxury apartment on one of the top floors of Trump Tower. He also owns the Tower. He still gets around by limousine and helicopter, protected by personal bodyguards, and has millions of dollars at his disposal.

TRUMP: I used the law four times and made a tremendous thing. I’m in business. I did a very good job.

He convinced other people that his Atlantic City properties were a great investment, so they would put in their own hard-earned money. But he always rigged it so he got paid, no matter how his companies performed.

New York Times: But even as his companies did poorly, Mr. Trump did well. He put up little of his own money, shifted personal debts to the casinos and collected millions of dollars in salary, bonuses and other payments. The burden of his failures fell on investors and others who had bet on his business acumen.

When this casino collapsed because of how badly he mismanaged it, hundreds of people lost their jobs.

Chris Wallace: In that case alone lenders to your company lost over $1 billion and more than 1,100 people were laid off.

Shareholders were wiped out.

Forbes: In the case of his casinos, Trump has screwed his shareholders three consecutive times by wiping out their investment.

Lenders lost money.

New York Times: His casino companies made four trips to bankruptcy court, each time persuading bondholders to accept less money rather than be wiped out.

Contractors – many of them small businesses – took heavy losses. Many went bust.

New York Times: Triad Building Specialties nearly collapsed when Mr. Trump took the Taj into bankruptcy.

USA Today: Construction bill that went unpaid by Trump began the demise of Edward J. Friel Company.

But Donald Trump walked away with millions.

New York Times: How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, but Still Earned Millions

Here’s what he says about the whole experience: “Atlantic City was a very good cash cow for me for a long time.”

TRUMP: Atlantic City was a very good cash cow for me for a long time.

“The money I took out of there was incredible.” The money he took out of here.

TRUMP: Atlantic City fueled a lot of growth for me…The money I took out of there was incredible.

That says everything you need to know about how Donald Trump does business. It’s not about what he can build. It’s about how much he can take. He did it again just this morning. He went on Twitter and said, “I made a lot of money in Atlantic City and left.” He got rich and got out, and he thinks that’s something to be proud of.

TRUMP: I made a lot of money in Atlantic City and left 7 years ago, great timing (as all know).

And he didn’t just take advantage of investors. He took advantage of working people.

USA Today: Hundreds allege Donald Trump doesn’t pay his bills

Donald Trump has been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits over the past 30 years. That’s one every three days, give or take. Today’s Wednesday, so he’s due for another one.

USA Today: Trump’s 3,500 lawsuits unprecedented for a presidential nominee

You may know about Vera Coking, the widow whose house on Columbia Place Donald tried to seize through eminent domain and turn into a parking lot for limousines.

Vox: Donald Trump really did try to take an elderly widow’s house for a limousine parking lot

New York Times: Vera Coking, a widow who lives in one of the two houses on the block slated for condemnation, is also fighting to stay until she gets what she believes the property is worth….Ms. Coking was offered $251,000 for her three-story rooming house, which would become a limousine staging area.

NJ.com: Trump reportedly made Coking a similar $1 million offer with the hopes of expanding the land around the Plaza to include a park, a parking lot, and a waiting area for limousines. Coking refused again. That’s when the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority stepped in, filing a lawsuit using eminent domain to condemn Coking’s property and offer her $251,000 for it.

He lost that fight.

Washington Post: The time Donald Trump’s empire took on a stubborn widow — and lost

NY Daily News: She Kicks Sand in Trump’s Face Sneers At The Donald’s Bucks

But there were thousands more. And many of those lawsuits were filed by ordinary Americans who did work for Donald Trump and never got paid. Painters, waiters, plumbers – people who needed the money, and didn’t get it – not because he couldn’t pay them, but because he wouldn’t pay them.

USA Today: At least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings reviewed by the USA TODAY NETWORK, document people who have accused Trump and his businesses of failing to pay them for their work. Among them: a dishwasher in Florida. A glass company in New Jersey. A carpet company. A plumber. Painters. Forty-eight waiters.

Hundreds of liens have been filed against him by contractors, going back decades. They all tell the same story: I worked for him, I did my job, he wouldn’t pay me what he owed me. One person after another after another.

USA Today: Trump [offered] as little as 30 cents on the dollar to some of the contractors

Associated Press: ‘Little guy’ contractors still angry at Trump Taj bankruptcy

We just heard from Marty Rosenberg. His company was called Atlantic Plate Glass. They were hired to do a big job for the Trump Taj Mahal. They worked really hard on it. But at some point, Donald Trump just… stopped paying. In the end, he owed them nearly half a million dollars. Marty’s business barely survived.

USA Today: Marty Rosenberg, vice president of Atlantic Plate Glass Co. …was owed about $1.5 million for work at the Taj Mahal.

Marty Rosenberg: We got to the end of the job, and I think he owed APG about $1.5 million…I was waiting for my check, and it didn’t come.

Washington Times: Atlantic Plate Glass lost about $450,000 in the settlement, said Mr. Rosenberg, adding that his personal finances took a hit because of his minority stockholder stake in the firm, and that the company struggled but overcame the loss. Others fared worse, he said, including smaller businesses that didn’t survive.

He did the same thing to a kitchen equipment company…

Reuters: First [Trump] asked to pay the contractors 30 cents on the dollar, according to Charles Sperry, the president of Baring Industries, which had a multi-million dollar contract to provide kitchen equipment like stoves, walk-in freezers and countertops. … They eventually received 90 percent of what they were owed. Sperry said it was just enough to cover expenses and pay workers, but not enough to realize a profit for Baring’s work.

a cabinet-maker…

USA Today: The family cabinetry business, founded in the 1940s by Edward’s father, finished its work in 1984 and submitted its final bill to the general contractor for the Trump Organization, the resort’s builder. Edward’s son, Paul, who was the firm’s accountant, still remembers the amount of that bill more than 30 years later: $83,600. The reason: the money never came. “That began the demise of the Edward J. Friel Company… which has been around since my grandfather,” he said.

and a music store owner.

Philadelphia Inquirer: “When it came time to pay for the pianos, we weren’t getting paid,” said Michael Diehl, 88, owner of Freehold Music Co., which sold Trump eight Yamaha grand pianos for about $100,000. … Diehl did better than most: 70 cents on the dollar, an offer that came with a warning of much less if it came to bankruptcy.

Newsweek: J. Michael Diehl, who owns Freehold Music Center, sold Trump eight Yamaha grand pianos for around $100,000. “He put out a bid for pianos about a year before the Taj opened. I won the bid. I delivered the pianos, and I waited and I waited to get paid. And finally I heard from them that I had three choices: to accept 70 percent of the bid or to wait until the casino could afford to pay the bill in full. Or I could force them into bankruptcy with everybody else and maybe get 10 cents on the dollar. I took the 70 percent, and I lost 30 percent.”

NBC News: Diehl, 88, told NBC News that even though he held up his end of the contract, he felt he had no choice but to take the discounted payment and lose $30,000 — or about a third of his yearly income.

He owed 3.9 million dollars to a company that supplied marble for his properties. That business had to shut down, and eventually, the owner had to file for personal bankruptcy. Donald Trump might not think going bankrupt is a big deal – but it’s devastating if you’re someone who plays by the rules.

Associated Press: One of the hardest hit was John Millar, a marble supplier who was owed $3.9 million. … Millar eventually had to lay off workers, shut down his business Avalon Commercial, close many of his retail stores and borrow from friends to make ends meet… In 1996, he filed for personal bankruptcy.

What he did here in Atlantic City is exactly what he’ll do if he wins this November. Step one: give a huge tax cut to millionaires like himself.

The Briefing: The Trump Tax Plan – By the Billionaire, For the Billionaires

Washington Post: No matter how we slice it, we do not see how Trump can justify his claim that his tax plan would cost him “a fortune.” On the contrary, it appears it would significantly reduce his taxes — and the taxes of his heirs.

Step two: add trillions to the national debt.

Tax Policy Center: Trump’s plan “would add $11.2 trillion to the national debt by 2026 and $34.1 trillion by 2036”

Step three: he suggested we could default on our national debt – just like he defaulted on his business debt.

TRUMP: I would borrow knowing that if the economy crashed you could make a deal. And if the economy was good it was good so therefore you can’t lose. It’s like, you know, you make a deal before you go into a poker game, and your odds are so much better.

The people he’s trying to convince to vote for him now are the same people he’s been exploiting for years: working people, trying to support their families.

Slate: The People Donald Trump Allegedly Ripped Off Through Trump University Look a Lot Like Trump Voters

Those promises he’s making at his rallies? They’re the same promises he made to his customers at Trump University. Now they’re suing him for fraud.

CNN: Donald Trump still battling lawsuits from defunct Trump University

Fortune: How Bad Are the Charges Against Trump University? Really Bad

The New Yorker: Trump University: It’s Worse Than You Think

The Daily Beast: Maddings, an ex-marine now 32, who told The Daily Beast that he racked up around $45,000 in credit card debt to buy Trump University seminars and products. … “It was a con. I’m 25-years-old, barely making $3,000 a month and they told me to increase my credit limit. I just maxed out three credit cards and I’m supposed to be able to qualify for loans to buy real estate? Those stupid principles have led me to borrow $700,000 of other people’s money and lose it all. I’m still paying off some of that debt to this day.”

They’re the same promises he made about another scheme called Trump Institute.

Tampa Bay Times: The events promised “Donald Trump’s ‘secret recipe’ for success — a combination of the right knowledge and the right mind set to create unlimited riches….In the four years Trump Institute operated out of Boca Raton, complaints to the state streamed in from customers across the country who felt underwhelmed, trapped or simply ripped off.

The New York Times reports that the lessons it sold for thousands of dollars apiece were plagiarized.

New York Times: Trump Institute Offered Get-Rich Schemes With Plagiarized Lessons

They’re the same promises he made to his customers at Trump Condos in Baja California.

Los Angeles Times: Trump’s failed Baja condo resort left buyers feeling betrayed and angry

You should hear these people’s stories. They handed over their savings.

Los Angeles Times: Simms, then an aerospace purchasing agent living in Canoga Park, said she used her life savings to pay a deposit of just over $50,000 for unit No. 602, a one-bedroom overlooking the Pacific.

Then their calls stopped getting answered. The condos were never built, and they never got their money back.

Los Angeles Times: Sapol and her husband, who own an embroidery and screen printing franchise, knew something was wrong when Trump Baja’s sales force stopped responding to their phone calls and emails. “We just started getting a pit in our stomach,” she said at their shop in an Encinitas strip mall.

The Newark Star-Ledger says he – quote – “excels at ripping people off.”

Star-Ledger: There is still a lingering misperception that Donald Trump is some kind of business wizard, but it’s actually easy to identify one of his key strategies for success: He excels at ripping people off.

They wrote, “As a result of his narcissistic, destructive risk-taking with other people’s money, his casinos posted huge losses while others thrived.”

Star-Ledger: As a result of his narcissistic, destructive risk-taking with other people’s money, his casinos posted huge losses while others thrived. The losers were the investors, the creditors and subcontractors who didn’t get paid — people like Beth Rosser’s father, who ultimately earned only 30 cents on the dollar for the work of his building company.

And remember what he promised: “I’m going to do for the country what I did for my business.”

TRUMP: I’m going to do for the country what I did for my business.

He says he’s for the working men and women of America. But Trump furniture is made in Turkey – he could have made it in Lakewood, New Jersey.

Trump Home Press Release: The entire production process, from the moment the raw wood is cut until the product is finished or upholstered, occurs in Dorya’s Izmir, Turkey.

Trump suits are made in Mexico, instead of Ashland, Pennsylvania.

WALLACE: Your Trump Collection clothing line, some of it is made in Mexico – TRUMP: It’s true. WALLACE: — and China.

Trump lamps are made in China, not Altoona. If he wants to make America great again, maybe he should start by actually making things in America again.

Trump Home Herringbone Table Lamp: Origin: China

That’s not all. Donald Trump stood on a debate stage and said Americans’ wages are too high.

The Week: Donald Trump kicks off GOP debate by saying American wages are ‘too high’

TRUMP: Our wages are too high

He wants to get rid of the federal minimum wage.

The Guardian: Trump calls for end to federal minimum wage as views shift

PolitiFact: When Trump was asked if he would have a federal floor with states going higher if they wish,Trump said, “No.”

His campaign said, let’s sell off America’s assets.

Trump senior campaign advisor Barry Bennett: The United States government owns more real estate than anybody else, more land than anybody else, more energy than anybody else. We can get rid of government buildings we’re not using, we can extract the energy from government lands, we can do all kinds of things to extract value from the assets that we hold.

The bad ideas just keep coming.

The Atlantic: Donald Trump’s Economic Plans Would Destroy the U.S. Economy

And he wants to wipe out the tough rules we put on big banks after the last crisis. He’d rig the economy for Wall Street all over again.

TRUMP: Dodd-Frank has made it impossible for bankers to function…[My plan] will be close to dismantling of Dodd-Frank.

We shouldn’t be surprised. Of course he’d be for protecting a system where the rich and powerful stick it to the little guy. He got rich playing by those rules. He wants to keep it that way.

Slate: With Trump University, Donald Trump allegedly participated in an old, persistent scam: ripping off poor souls who want to get rich quick.

He says he’s a businessman, and this is what businessmen do.

TRUMP: Every major business leader, has used the – I never went bank bankrupt, by the way, as you know, everybody knows. But – hundreds of companies, hundreds of deals, I used the law four times and made a tremendous thing. I’m in business. I did a very good job.

Well, as CNN has pointed out, no major company has filed Chapter 11 more often in the last 30 years than Trump’s casinos. So no – this is not normal behavior.

CNN: No major U.S. company has filed for Chapter 11 more than Trump’s casino empire in the last 30 years

Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be President of the United States. We can’t let him roll the dice with our children’s futures.

New York Times: How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, but Still Earned Millions

18 U.S. Code § 793 – Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information

Here is the federal statute of primary bearing in the Hilary Clinton personal e-mail investigation:

18 U.S. Code § 793 – Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information18 U.S. Code § 793 – Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information

Current through Pub. L. 114-38. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.)

(a) Whoever, for the purpose of obtaining information respecting the national defense with intent or reason to believe that the information is to be used to the injury of the United States, or to the advantage of any foreign nation, goes upon, enters, flies over, or otherwise obtains information concerning any vessel, aircraft, work of defense, navy yard, naval station, submarine base, fueling station, fort, battery, torpedo station, dockyard, canal, railroad, arsenal, camp, factory, mine, telegraph, telephone, wireless, or signal station, building, office, research laboratory or station or other place connected with the national defense owned or constructed, or in progress of construction by the United States or under the control of the United States, or of any of its officers, departments, or agencies, or within the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States, or any place in which any vessel, aircraft, arms, munitions, or other materials or instruments for use in time of war are being made, prepared, repaired, stored, or are the subject of research or development, under any contract or agreement with the United States, or any department or agency thereof, or with any person on behalf of the United States, or otherwise on behalf of the United States, or any prohibited place so designated by the President by proclamation in time of war or in case of national emergency in which anything for the use of the Army, Navy, or Air Force is being prepared or constructed or stored, information as to which prohibited place the President has determined would be prejudicial to the national defense; or (b) Whoever, for the purpose aforesaid, and with like intent or reason to believe, copies, takes, makes, or obtains, or attempts to copy, take, make, or obtain, any sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, document, writing, or note of anything connected with the national defense; or (c) Whoever, for the purpose aforesaid, receives or obtains or agrees or attempts to receive or obtain from any person, or from any source whatever, any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note, of anything connected with the national defense, knowing or having reason to believe, at the time he receives or obtains, or agrees or attempts to receive or obtain it, that it has been or will be obtained, taken, made, or disposed of by any person contrary to the provisions of this chapter; or (d) Whoever, lawfully having possession of, access to, control over, or being entrusted with any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note relating to the national defense, or information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted or attempts to communicate, deliver, transmit or cause to be communicated, delivered or transmitted the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it on demand to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or (e) Whoever having unauthorized possession of, access to, or control over any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note relating to the national defense, or information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted, or attempts to communicate, deliver, transmit or cause to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or (f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer— Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both. (g) If two or more persons conspire to violate any of the foregoing provisions of this section, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each of the parties to such conspiracy shall be subject to the punishment provided for the offense which is the object of such conspiracy. (h) (1) Any person convicted of a violation of this section shall forfeit to the United States, irrespective of any provision of State law, any property constituting, or derived from, any proceeds the person obtained, directly or indirectly, from any foreign government, or any faction or party or military or naval force within a foreign country, whether recognized or unrecognized by the United States, as the result of such violation. For the purposes of this subsection, the term “State” includes a State of the United States, the District of Columbia, and any commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States. (2) The court, in imposing sentence on a defendant for a conviction of a violation of this section, shall order that the defendant forfeit to the United States all property described in paragraph (1) of this subsection. (3) The provisions of subsections (b), (c), and (e) through (p) of section 413 of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 (21 U.S.C. 853(b), (c), and (e)–(p)) shall apply to— (A) property subject to forfeiture under this subsection; (B) any seizure or disposition of such property; and (C) any administrative or judicial proceeding in relation to such property, if not inconsistent with this subsection. (4) Notwithstanding section 524(c) of title 28, there shall be deposited in the Crime Victims Fund in the Treasury all amounts from the forfeiture of property under this subsection remaining after the payment of expenses for forfeiture and sale authorized by law. (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 736; Sept. 23, 1950, ch. 1024, title I, § 18, 64 Stat. 1003; Pub. L. 99–399, title XIII, § 1306(a), Aug. 27, 1986, 100 Stat. 898; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(L), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147; Pub. L. 103–359, title VIII, § 804(b)(1), Oct. 14, 1994, 108 Stat. 3440; Pub. L. 104–294, title VI, § 607(b), Oct. 11, 1996, 110 Stat. 3511.)

FBI Director Comments on Investigation of Hillary Clinton’s E-mail Management

Statement by FBI Director James B. Comey on the Investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Use of a Personal E-Mail System

Washington, D.C.July 05, 2016

FBI National Press Office(202) 324-3691

Remarks prepared for delivery at press briefing.

Good morning. I’m here to give you an update on the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail system during her time as Secretary of State.

After a tremendous amount of work over the last year, the FBI is completing its investigation and referring the case to the Department of Justice for a prosecutive decision. What I would like to do today is tell you three things: what we did; what we found; and what we are recommending to the Department of Justice.

This will be an unusual statement in at least a couple ways. First, I am going to include more detail about our process than I ordinarily would, because I think the American people deserve those details in a case of intense public interest. Second, I have not coordinated or reviewed this statement in any way with the Department of Justice or any other part of the government. They do not know what I am about to say.

I want to start by thanking the FBI employees who did remarkable work in this case. Once you have a better sense of how much we have done, you will understand why I am so grateful and proud of their efforts.

So, first, what we have done:

The investigation began as a referral from the Intelligence Community Inspector General in connection with Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail server during her time as Secretary of State. The referral focused on whether classified information was transmitted on that personal system.

Our investigation looked at whether there is evidence classified information was improperly stored or transmitted on that personal system, in violation of a federal statute making it a felony to mishandle classified information either intentionally or in a grossly negligent way, or a second statute making it a misdemeanor to knowingly remove classified information from appropriate systems or storage facilities.

Consistent with our counterintelligence responsibilities, we have also investigated to determine whether there is evidence of computer intrusion in connection with the personal e-mail server by any foreign power, or other hostile actors.

I have so far used the singular term, “e-mail server,” in describing the referral that began our investigation. It turns out to have been more complicated than that. Secretary Clinton used several different servers and administrators of those servers during her four years at the State Department, and used numerous mobile devices to view and send e-mail on that personal domain. As new servers and equipment were employed, older servers were taken out of service, stored, and decommissioned in various ways. Piecing all of that back together—to gain as full an understanding as possible of the ways in which personal e-mail was used for government work—has been a painstaking undertaking, requiring thousands of hours of effort.

For example, when one of Secretary Clinton’s original personal servers was decommissioned in 2013, the e-mail software was removed. Doing that didn’t remove the e-mail content, but it was like removing the frame from a huge finished jigsaw puzzle and dumping the pieces on the floor. The effect was that millions of e-mail fragments end up unsorted in the server’s unused—or “slack”—space. We searched through all of it to see what was there, and what parts of the puzzle could be put back together.

FBI investigators have also read all of the approximately 30,000 e-mails provided by Secretary Clinton to the State Department in December 2014. Where an e-mail was assessed as possibly containing classified information, the FBI referred the e-mail to any U.S. government agency that was a likely “owner” of information in the e-mail, so that agency could make a determination as to whether the e-mail contained classified information at the time it was sent or received, or whether there was reason to classify the e-mail now, even if its content was not classified at the time it was sent (that is the process sometimes referred to as “up-classifying”).

From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification. Separate from those, about 2,000 additional e-mails were “up-classified” to make them Confidential; the information in those had not been classified at the time the e-mails were sent.

The FBI also discovered several thousand work-related e-mails that were not in the group of 30,000 that were returned by Secretary Clinton to State in 2014. We found those additional e-mails in a variety of ways. Some had been deleted over the years and we found traces of them on devices that supported or were connected to the private e-mail domain. Others we found by reviewing the archived government e-mail accounts of people who had been government employees at the same time as Secretary Clinton, including high-ranking officials at other agencies, people with whom a Secretary of State might naturally correspond.

This helped us recover work-related e-mails that were not among the 30,000 produced to State. Still others we recovered from the laborious review of the millions of e-mail fragments dumped into the slack space of the server decommissioned in 2013.

With respect to the thousands of e-mails we found that were not among those produced to State, agencies have concluded that three of those were classified at the time they were sent or received, one at the Secret level and two at the Confidential level. There were no additional Top Secret e-mails found. Finally, none of those we found have since been “up-classified.”

I should add here that we found no evidence that any of the additional work-related e-mails were intentionally deleted in an effort to conceal them. Our assessment is that, like many e-mail users, Secretary Clinton periodically deleted e-mails or e-mails were purged from the system when devices were changed. Because she was not using a government account—or even a commercial account like Gmail—there was no archiving at all of her e-mails, so it is not surprising that we discovered e-mails that were not on Secretary Clinton’s system in 2014, when she produced the 30,000 e-mails to the State Department.

It could also be that some of the additional work-related e-mails we recovered were among those deleted as “personal” by Secretary Clinton’s lawyers when they reviewed and sorted her e-mails for production in 2014.

The lawyers doing the sorting for Secretary Clinton in 2014 did not individually read the content of all of her e-mails, as we did for those available to us; instead, they relied on header information and used search terms to try to find all work-related e-mails among the reportedly more than 60,000 total e-mails remaining on Secretary Clinton’s personal system in 2014. It is highly likely their search terms missed some work-related e-mails, and that we later found them, for example, in the mailboxes of other officials or in the slack space of a server.

It is also likely that there are other work-related e-mails that they did not produce to State and that we did not find elsewhere, and that are now gone because they deleted all e-mails they did not return to State, and the lawyers cleaned their devices in such a way as to preclude complete forensic recovery.

We have conducted interviews and done technical examination to attempt to understand how that sorting was done by her attorneys. Although we do not have complete visibility because we are not able to fully reconstruct the electronic record of that sorting, we believe our investigation has been sufficient to give us reasonable confidence there was no intentional misconduct in connection with that sorting effort.

And, of course, in addition to our technical work, we interviewed many people, from those involved in setting up and maintaining the various iterations of Secretary Clinton’s personal server, to staff members with whom she corresponded on e-mail, to those involved in the e-mail production to State, and finally, Secretary Clinton herself.

Last, we have done extensive work to understand what indications there might be of compromise by hostile actors in connection with the personal e-mail operation.

That’s what we have done. Now let me tell you what we found:

Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.

For example, seven e-mail chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received. These chains involved Secretary Clinton both sending e-mails about those matters and receiving e-mails from others about the same matters. There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation. In addition to this highly sensitive information, we also found information that was properly classified as Secret by the U.S. Intelligence Community at the time it was discussed on e-mail (that is, excluding the later “up-classified” e-mails).

None of these e-mails should have been on any kind of unclassified system, but their presence is especially concerning because all of these e-mails were housed on unclassified personal servers not even supported by full-time security staff, like those found at Departments and Agencies of the U.S. Government—or even with a commercial service like Gmail.

Separately, it is important to say something about the marking of classified information. Only a very small number of the e-mails containing classified information bore markings indicating the presence of classified information. But even if information is not marked “classified” in an e-mail, participants who know or should know that the subject matter is classified are still obligated to protect it.

While not the focus of our investigation, we also developed evidence that the security culture of the State Department in general, and with respect to use of unclassified e-mail systems in particular, was generally lacking in the kind of care for classified information found elsewhere in the government.

With respect to potential computer intrusion by hostile actors, we did not find direct evidence that Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail domain, in its various configurations since 2009, was successfully hacked. But, given the nature of the system and of the actors potentially involved, we assess that we would be unlikely to see such direct evidence. We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private commercial e-mail accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account. We also assess that Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail domain was both known by a large number of people and readily apparent. She also used her personal e-mail extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related e-mails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries. Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.

So that’s what we found. Finally, with respect to our recommendation to the Department of Justice:

In our system, the prosecutors make the decisions about whether charges are appropriate based on evidence the FBI has helped collect. Although we don’t normally make public our recommendations to the prosecutors, we frequently make recommendations and engage in productive conversations with prosecutors about what resolution may be appropriate, given the evidence. In this case, given the importance of the matter, I think unusual transparency is in order.

Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. Prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before bringing charges. There are obvious considerations, like the strength of the evidence, especially regarding intent. Responsible decisions also consider the context of a person’s actions, and how similar situations have been handled in the past.

In looking back at our investigations into mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts. All the cases prosecuted involved some combination of: clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information; or vast quantities of materials exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct; or indications of disloyalty to the United States; or efforts to obstruct justice. We do not see those things here.

To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.

As a result, although the Department of Justice makes final decisions on matters like this, we are expressing to Justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case.

I know there will be intense public debate in the wake of this recommendation, as there was throughout this investigation. What I can assure the American people is that this investigation was done competently, honestly, and independently. No outside influence of any kind was brought to bear.

I know there were many opinions expressed by people who were not part of the investigation—including people in government—but none of that mattered to us. Opinions are irrelevant, and they were all uninformed by insight into our investigation, because we did the investigation the right way. Only facts matter, and the FBI found them here in an entirely apolitical and professional way. I couldn’t be prouder to be part of this organization.

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