It what appears to be a blatant act of sexism as well as the obvious implication of partisanship, James Comey of the FBI “argued privately” and chose to withhold evidence of Russian interference in USA election outcome with email hacking citing election timing, while releasing a statement of an email investigation afresh of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and her aid Huma Abedin. The story was reported at CNBC and The Guardian.
Mr Comey also did not give information of a possible tie with Republican candidate Donald Trump and a Russian bank, Alfa Bank.
Mrs Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook has stated that:
“It is impossible to view this as anything less than a blatant double standard, Through these two decisions he shows he favours acting alone and without consulting … these are not the hallmarks of a responsible investigation”.
Huffington Post and CNBC reported Mr Comey had advised against exposing the Russian meddling in the USA elections while a former intelligence official stated: “A foreign power was trying to undermine the election. He believed it to be true but was against putting it out before the election.” Disclosures about the Russian interference were not signed by the FBI.
Slate reported that the Trump Organisation‘s server appeared to have a “sustained relationship with two servers registered to the entity of Alfa Bank. A quote from the Slate article by Frankin Foer.
The researchers had initially stumbled in their diagnosis because of the oddconfiguration of Trump’s server. “I’ve never seen a server set up like that,” says Christopher Davis, who runs the cybersecurity firm HYAS InfoSec Inc. and won a FBI Director Award for Excellence for his work tracking down the authors of one of the world’s nastiest botnet attacks. “It looked weird, and it didn’t pass the sniff test.” The server was first registered to Trump’s business in 2009 and was set up to run consumer marketing campaigns. It had a history of sending mass emails on behalf of Trump-branded properties and products. Researchers were ultimately convinced that the server indeed belonged to Trump. (Click here to see the server’s registration record.) But now this capacious server handled a strangely small load of traffic, such a small load that it would be hard for a company to justify the expense and trouble it would take to maintain it. “I get more mail in a day than the server handled,” Davis says.
The press have certainly been busy doing what they are intended to do in a democratic society, exposing truths and keeping those in powerful positions from abusing that very power.
The New York Times has reported that Donald Trump “used legally dubious methods to avoid paying taxes”. It is stated that Mr Trump avoided reporting hundreds of millions of dollars in income by using a tax avoidance maneouver that was later outlawed by Congress. His own attorneys described it as being “legally dubious”.
Mr Trump has not released his tax returns, an act that every Democratic and Republican candidate for president has done for over 40 years.