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FEC Rejects Complaint Against Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign

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The Federal Election Commission has dismissed a complaint alleging that Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign broke the law by soliciting favorable media coverage.

In a 6-0 vote, the commission tossed the complaint that relied primarily on WikiLeaks emails from Guccifer 2.0.

“Several prominent reporters and media personalities were mentioned in the complaint, including Maggie Haberman of The New York Times, John Harwood of CNN (formerly of CNBC, where he was during the 2016 campaign), as well as outlets such as The Boston Globe, Politico, NBC, and Univision,” Business Insider reported.

“Haberman, a Pulitzer Prize winner who revealed some of the Trump administration’s most embarrassing and politically costly scandals through her reporting, was mentioned in a Clinton campaign email obtained by The Intercept in October 2016 during the WikiLeaks saga,” the Business Insider report added.

Although former Intercept editor Glenn Greenwald wrote that “Haberman’s stories were more sophisticated, nuanced, and even somewhat more critical than what the Clinton memo envisioned,” the complaint from Tony Dane of Virginia used the article to support broader accusations of illegal donations.

Tony Dane of Virginia, who filed the complaint on his own behalf prior to the 2016 presidential election, alleged that the Clinton campaign was breaking campaign finance laws by using favorable media coverage as an unpaid or “in-kind” donation.

Dane also included emails from WikiLeaks in his complaint, which showed Clinton campaign staff planning off the record parties for media personalities.

Clinton has remained out of the political spotlight of late.

Back in May, she did warn Joe Biden and his administration about pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan at this time could have devastating consequences.

Clinton was interviewed by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria and was asked what she thought about Biden’s Afghanistan decision.

“This is what we call a wicked problem,” she said. “You know there are consequences both foreseen and unintended of staying and of leaving. The president has made the decision to leave.”

“I hope that the administration in concert with the Congress will have a very large visa program and will begin immediately to try to provide that channel for so many Afghans to utilize so that they are not left in danger. There will also be, I fear, a huge refugee outflow. And of course, the second big set of problems revolves around a resumption of activities by global terrorist groups, most particularly Al Qaeda and the Islamic State,” Clinton said.

“It’s one thing to pull out troops that have been supporting security in Afghanistan, supporting the Afghan military, leaving it pretty much to fend for itself, but we can’t afford to walk away from the consequences of that decision,” she said.

Ironically enough, she was not completely wrong.

Biden is dealing with a major disaster after his administration’s catastrophic handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal.


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