FBI probes Clinton’s private email server

Hillary Clinton’s campaign said the former Secretary of State agreed to hand over to the FBI her private e-mail server and thumb drive containing correspondence from her time at the State department. The Washington Post’s Roz Helderman writes:

Clinton has said that she and her attorney examined the e-mails and turned over all those that dealt with public business. In her new declaration, she writes that she directed that all e-mails that “were or potentially were” federal records be provided to the State Department. She turned over more than 30,000 e-mails, which are now being vetted and gradually released publicly.

Clinton has said she chose not to keep the remaining e-mails, indicating they dealt exclusively with personal matters.

The Associated Press reported:

“All this means is that Hillary Clinton, in the face of FBI scrutiny, has decided she has run out of options,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus in a statement. “She knows she did something wrong and has run out of ways to cover it up.”

The story overshadowed the candidate’s announcement on her college affordability plan.

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POLITICS

AdWeek writes about the Twitter photoshop battle between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.

In a major foreign policy speech on Tuesday night, Jeb Bush laid out a plan for taking the fight to ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Eli Stokols at Politico calls the political strategy “a delicate tightrope walk” that could backfire.

Arguing that Clinton, as secretary of state, “stood by” while Iraq fell apart and as the Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS, took root across Iraq and Syria puts Bush on offense, shifting the conversation away from whether the war itself was a mistake. (Bush admits now, after stumbling on this question for four days in May, that the invasion was a bad idea.)

“ISIS grew while the United States disengaged from the Middle East and ignored the threat,” Bush said. “And where was Secretary of State Clinton in all of this? Like the president himself, she had opposed the surge … then joined in claiming credit for its success … then stood by as that hard-won victory by American and allied forces was thrown away.”

Elsewhere on the GOP side, Donald Trump held his first in-person press conference since last Thursday’s Cleveland debate, ahead of a Lincoln Day speech in Birch Run, Michigan. After keeping broadcasters waiting for the best part of an hour, during which they only talked on-air about, er, Trump, appropriately enough when the presser started, the only audio was from the answers, not from the media’s questions.

It was quite surreal. You had to listen to the response then guess what the question was about. Sort of like the Trump campaign in microcosm.

Trump appeared to suggest that if he were elected President he would put investor Carl Icahn in charge of US trade policy in Asia.

The Washington Post editorial board called Trump “an aimless, angry leader.”

A couple of points about Mr. Trump’s following and its anger: It does not represent a majority of the GOP, much less the country; 23 percent of Americans identify as Republicans, and Mr. Trump is the choice of about a quarter of them, for now. Furthermore, their anger is unfocused and, to the extent it’s rooted in racially tinged perceptions of illegal immigration or of the nation’s first black president, repellent. And finally, even the most justified political anger is not a political program.

Meanwhile, CNN invited all the GOP candidates but one to the next debate on Sept 16. Former Virginia Gov Jim Gilmore is the only one who didn’t get a save the date card from Nancy Reagan.

On the Democratic side, Harvard Prof Lawrence Lessig, who has been advising Bernie Sanders, hinted that he would explore a run of his own, on the issue of political corruption and “citizen equality”.

(Lessig2016)

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WORLD

One of the first things Donald Trump wanted to talk about in his speech on Tuesday was China‘s decision to devalue the Yuan.

After a marathon negotiating session, Greece appeared to have agreed a broad rescue package with its creditors, but, as the FT reports, concerns remain. The Athens parliament is set to vote on the package on Thursday.

The Iran nuclear deal gained some high profile military backing, in an open letter by 36 former US Generals and Admirals.

Sen Chuck Schumer, however, was reported to be lobbying against the agreement, apparently contrary to the White House’s understanding that he would not do so.

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BUSINESS

Nine people were charged over an alleged insider trading scheme which involved obtaining early access to corporate press announcements.

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SPORTS

The New York Jets’ pre-season preparations, er, took a hit…

On the other side of the Atlantic, more medical mayhem, this time at Stamford Bridge, where Premier League champions Chelsea’s team doctor has apparently fallen foul of manager Jose Mourinho.

 

 

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