Former Hillary for America campaign chairman John Podesta was interviewed on the latest episode of The Global Politico podcast. While there are a few comments in the interview about the 2016 election, the majority of the interview is about President Donald Trump, his firing of FBI Director James Comey, and whether Republicans can impeach Trump without damaging the party. Podesta is critical of Trump’s presidency and still blames Comey for Clinton’s loss last November. He said, “I still think what Jim Comey did last fall was wrong, but he shouldn’t have been fired, given the circumstances that he was leading this investigation.” Read a transcript of the interview HERE, or you can listen to the interview below.
On Tuesday afternoon, Hillary Clinton was a guest of the Women for Women International Luncheon in New York City. During the event, Clinton had a conversation with Christiane Amanpour. The two discussed a number of issues including the Donald Trump administration, a potential conflict with North Korea, and the 2016 presidential election. While Clinton accepted the blame for her loss, she said that there were a number of other factors including the letter from FBI Director James Comey and Russian hacking of the emails of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary for America Campaign Director John Podesta.
Clinton said she would have won the election if it had not been for the Comey letter and Wikileaks in late October adding, “If the election had been held on October 27, I’d be your president, and it wasn’t. It was on October 28.” Clinton did not deflect all of the blame saying that her campaign made mistakes. “I was the candidate, I was the person who was on the ballot and I am very aware of the challenges, the problems, the shortfalls that we had,” she admitted. Clinton vowed to remain active in politics as a citizen and urged everyone to do the same. Watch a video from the event below.
John Podesta, the former chairman of Hillary for America, published an op-ed in The Washington Post attacking President Donald Trump for his continued distortion of the facts and attacks on the media. In the piece, Podesta calls out Trump for calling anything that does not portray him in the best light “fake news.” He has said this about poll numbers, his businesses, his connections to Russia, and any of his nominees. Podesta calls Trump’s attacks on the media “dangerous” as he is trying to turn people against the media and the political system. “He’s not just trying to spin the bad news of the day; all politicians do that. He seeks nothing less than to undermine the public’s belief that any news can be trusted, that any news is true, that there is any fixed reality,” he says. Read the full op-ed HERE.
Follow Podesta on Twitter @johnpodesta.
News Source: The Washington Post
John Podesta, the former chairman for Hillary for America, was interviewed by Tech Crunch about the election, and specifically the hacking of his Gmail account and the emails of the Democratic National Committee shortly before the election in November. The emails from the DNC and Podesta were then posted on WikiLeaks. US intelligence agencies traced the hacking back to Russia, and the hack was one of the issues that plagued the Clinton campaign in the weeks leading up to the election.
In the interview, Podesta spoke about the hacking and the failure of the FBI to properly investigate. “I think to this day it’s inexplicable that they were so casual about the investigation of the Russian penetration of the DNC emails. They didn’t even bother to send an agent to the DNC; they left a couple of messages at the IT help desk saying, ‘You might want to be careful.’ There are at least forces within the FBI that wanted her to lose,” he said. Podesta also discusses the failures of the campaign and the rise of fake news. Read the full interview HERE. Follow Podesta on Twitter @johnpodesta.
News Source: Tech Crunch
On Tuesday, a federal judge ordered that the search warrant that many have faulted for Hillary Clinton’s loss be unsealed. The warrant called for the investigation of emails between Clinton and aide Huma Abedin that were found on a laptop belonging to Abedin’s ex-husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner. The document does not provide in detail what the FBI hoped to find, and the investigation ultimately turned up nothing. The warrant was approved by U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin Nathaniel Fox.
Many people have criticized the timing of the investigation by the FBI and the manner in which FBI director James Comey handled the investigation. He sent a letter to Congress two weeks before the election saying that the email investigation had been reopened. A few days later they concluded that no new evidence was found, but the damage to Clinton had been done. Despite winning the popular vote, Clinton lost the electoral college and the presidency. Clinton and her former campaign staffers blame Comey and the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary for America chair John Podesta for their loss.
Read a copy of the warrant below or download a PDF copy HERE.
On Saturday, Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced that it will take part in a vote recount in Wisconsin. The recount was initiated on by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. The recount comes in light of fears that voting technology may have been tampered with in the state. In a post on Medium, Clinton lawyer Marc Elias wrote that, while their internal investigations did not reveal an evidence of vote tampering, the campaign will take part in the recount.
A number of prominent politicians and Clinton supporters have called upon the Clinton campaign to challenge the results in battleground states such as Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. There is a building frustration among Clinton’s supporters for a lack of comment from the former presidential candidate’s campaign, especially as Clinton’s lead in the popular vote count remains close to 2 million. Elias says that the campaign appreciates the support, but they have not felt the need to push for expensive recounts. He wrote, “The campaign is grateful to all those who have expended time and effort to investigate various claims of abnormalities and irregularities. While that effort has not, in our view, resulted in evidence of manipulation of results, now that a recount is underway, we believe we have an obligation to the more than 64 million Americans who cast ballots for Hillary Clinton to participate in ongoing proceedings to ensure that an accurate vote count will be reported.” Read Elias’s full post below:
Listening and Responding To Calls for an Audit and Recount
Over the last few days, officials in the Clinton campaign have received hundreds of messages, emails, and calls urging us to do something, anything, to investigate claims that the election results were hacked and altered in a way to disadvantage Secretary Clinton. The concerns have arisen, in particular, with respect to Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — three states that together proved decisive in this presidential election and where the combined margin of victory for Donald Trump was merely 107,000 votes.
It should go without saying that we take these concerns extremely seriously. We certainly understand the heartbreak felt by so many who worked so hard to elect Hillary Clinton, and it is a fundamental principle of our democracy to ensure that every vote is properly counted.
Moreover, this election cycle was unique in the degree of foreign interference witnessed throughout the campaign: the U.S. government concluded that Russian state actors were behind the hacks of the Democratic National Committee and the personal email accounts of Hillary for America campaign officials, and just yesterday, the Washington Post reported that the Russian government was behind much of the “fake news” propaganda that circulated online in the closing weeks of the election.
For all these reasons, we have quietly taken a number of steps in the last two weeks to rule in or out any possibility of outside interference in the vote tally in these critical battleground states.
First, since the day after the election we have had lawyers and data scientists and analysts combing over the results to spot anomalies that would suggest a hacked result. These have included analysts both from within the campaign and outside, with backgrounds in politics, technology and academia.
Second, we have had numerous meetings and calls with various outside experts to hear their concerns and to discuss and review their data and findings. As a part of this, we have also shared out data and findings with them. Most of those discussions have remained private, while at least one has unfortunately been the subject of leaks.
Third, we have attempted to systematically catalogue and investigate every theory that has been presented to us within our ability to do so.
Fourth, we have examined the laws and practices as they pertain to recounts, contests and audits.
Fifth, and most importantly, we have monitored and staffed the post-election canvasses — where voting machine tapes are compared to poll-books, provisional ballots are resolved, and all of the math is double checked from election night. During that process, we have seen Secretary Clinton’s vote total grow, so that, today, her national popular vote lead now exceeds more than 2 million votes.
In the coming days, we will continue to perform our due diligence and actively follow all further activities that are to occur prior to the certification of any election results. For instance, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania conduct post-election audits using a sampling of precincts. Michigan and many other states still do not. This is unfortunate; it is our strong belief that, in addition to an election canvass, every state should do this basic audit to ensure accuracy and public confidence in the election.
Beyond the post-election audit, Green Party candidate Jill Stein announced Friday that she will exercise her right as a candidate to pursue a recount in the state of Wisconsin. She has indicated plans to also seek recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides. If Jill Stein follows through as she has promised and pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, we will take the same approach in those states as well. We do so fully aware that the number of votes separating Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the closest of these states — Michigan — well exceeds the largest margin ever overcome in a recount. But regardless of the potential to change the outcome in any of the states, we feel it is important, on principle, to ensure our campaign is legally represented in any court proceedings and represented on the ground in order to monitor the recount process itself.
The campaign is grateful to all those who have expended time and effort to investigate various claims of abnormalities and irregularities. While that effort has not, in our view, resulted in evidence of manipulation of results, now that a recount is underway, we believe we have an obligation to the more than 64 million Americans who cast ballots for Hillary Clinton to participate in ongoing proceedings to ensure that an accurate vote count will be reported.
Hillary for America Campaign Manager Robby Mook released the following statement in support of bipartisan efforts to extend voting hours in Durham County, NC:
“The Durham County Board of Elections — made up of two Republicans and one Democrat — has agreed that voting hours must be extended due to technical problems that occurred earlier today. We are urging the North Carolina Board of Elections to heed this bipartisan call and approve this urgent measure so that every voter can have their voice heard. Especially in light of the fact that Durham County had limited early voting sites, we have to ensure that voters have equal access to the ballot box.”
The polls have only been open for a few hours and we expect millions more Americans to vote before the day is over. The good news is, with more polling locations and longer hours in many states, it’s never been easier to vote. Folks across the country are sharing their experiences, saying that voting was “quick,” “easy” and “made me feel great!”
Katie (OH): Voting in Columbus, Ohio was hopping! 40-ish people in line (usually only a few). Lots of machines, moved fast. Many Millenials and women.
Adam Jardy (OH): Area Man Slightly Disappointed In Quick, Uneventful Voting Experience
Michelle Daniels (OH): I voted early, no line & no waiting! HaHaHa!Ohio Please go vote today! #ElectionDay
Jane Jensen (VA): Voting in #arlingtonva #arlington #election2016 #Imwithher #pantsuitnation Lines are short and fast moving #cometogether2017
Lauren Keim (VA): Parking lot full at @VirginiaMOCA but short & quick line inside for voting!
In NORTH CAROLINA…
Kristin Ketchell (NC): About 1/4 of the way through this line. Seems to be moving so far. Got my @Starbucks coffee. Is there anything more American? #NCVotes
Michael Bayer (NC): Not the biggest sticker but proof that I voted! Very smooth process in downtown #Raleigh #NorthCarolina #Election2016 #ElectionDay
Brendon Shank (PA): Voting line is a block long in #SouthPhilly but moving fast. #Election2016
Ashley Carelock (PA): Walked across the street to vote and saw a massive line, only to find that our ward/division line is tiny. We’re 3rd in line. Time to #vote!
Will Crosswell (PA): Taken around 7:40 AM. Line was out the door but moving quickly. #Election2016 #ElectionDay #Vote
Heather Donnelly (FL): First time voting not by mail and it was FAST! No lines at my precinct GO VOTE! 🇺🇸 #Election2016 #Vote
Raijini Vaidyanathan (FL): No crowds here at #Miami polling station, as voting begins. Anna just voted, says most people people she knows early voted. #election2016
Brian London (FL): Voted and back in bed at 7:19
Kyle Ashby (UT): Dropbox voting in rural #Utah is fast and convenient. #Election2016 #MyVote2016 #ElectionDay #IVOTED @standardex
Rachael Cardella (ME): Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make voting this morning an easy & efficient process.Vote. Vote. Vote.
In NEW HAMPSHIRE…
Maya Dominguez (NH): @PetesWire line at Ledge Elementary is super short! Get out and #vote #nhvotes #nhpolitics #noline
Brian Peters (MI): Voter 293 in Ann Arbor’s 1-5 @ ~9:30AM. No line, however there was a significant line for the 1-6. The younger vote is out! #electionday
In NEW YORK…
Mackenzie Cole: Poughkeepsie voters – voting was super fast and there were smiles all around even despite the fact that it was like 6 AM!!!
Courtney Griffin (AZ): Polling places are now open in #Arizona! Let’s get this party started #Election2016 #govote #battlegroundstate lines moving quickly
Leslie Herod (CO): There is a steady stream of enthusiastic voters dropping off their ballots Hiawatha. Women voting together with their daughters. #hillorado
Cynthia Washington (AZ): No line at St Joseph’s Catholic Parish. People are coming in and out, no problem #tucson #Election2016
Brett Kurland (AZ): In and out in less than 20 minutes at 7:45 AM, no line when I left.#Election2016 #Phoenix #Arizona #vote
Kathryn Bursch (FL): A steady stream of people, but no long line at Sunken Gardens. Please vote everyone!
Kristin Toussaint (MA): Line at this Brighton polling place moving so quick! Hearing lots of good things about how orderly the voting is #Election2016
Laura (MN): One thing I love about MN is how easy it is to vote here. I was in and out in about 5 mins. #ElectionDay @MNSteveSimon @electionland
In NEW HAMPSHIRE:
Carrie C. Mulligan (NH): Voted! Kudos to the Town of Canaan, #NH for a smooth & speedy vote at 10:30am! #ElectionDay
Jonae (NV): Quick and easy. Place was full but no line. Go vote.
Seth A. Richardson (NV): Short line here at the Reno Downtown Library. Polls open in 5 minutes.
In NEW YORK:
KeKe Simot (NY): I voted! It was fast and it was easy. It felt empowering! Now it’s your turn! Go VOTE you have until 9pm!
In NORTH CAROLINA:
MoRA Charlotte (NC): No line at Garr Church and other MoRA voting locations. Vote NOW and avoid long lines.
Ronnie Duncan (NC): I want to thank all of you who stood in long lines to vote early for making it easy for me to walk straight in today and vote. Zero line. 🙂
Michael Principato (OH): Voted no lines in Mason Ohio @Local12 #ElectionDay #ImVotingBecause
Faith (OH): It didn’t take as long as I thought it would. Glad the lines moved fast. #voted#ImWithHer
Chris Keeney (OH): Cleveland residents are turning out to vote by any means necessary.@clevelanddotcom @CNN @wkyc @jonfavs @dan (click for tractor video!!)
Priha Joshi (PA): Armed w grey-eyed Athena, I voted. Gorgeous Philly day. 5 min line. LET’S VOTE, Philly! #ImWithHer #@Westphillylocal @votephilly
… and all across the country, voting is easy. Voters should visit iwillvote.com or Text WHERE to 4-7-2-4-6 to find their nearest polling location to get out and vote today.
On Sunday, Chelsea Clinton campaigned on behalf of her mother at five events in Pennsylvania. The events were in the vicinity of Philadelphia and included stops in Chester, Morton, West Chester, Norristown, and Elkins Park. At each event, Chelsea spoke with supporters and volunteers, and she outlined several points of Hillary Clinton’s platform. Chelsea’s primary concern was ensuring that everyone votes on Tuesday and that the volunteers knock on as many doors and make as many phone calls as possible between now and then. “I know that if we keep rooting this election in what really is at stake – for or families – or communities our country we will win,” she said. Videos from today’s events will be posted when/if available.
Meanwhile, in Miami, Florida, a fundraiser was held on behalf of Hillary for America. The event featured a conversation with Cher.
News Source: Fox 29
On Sunday morning, representatives for Hillary for America made the talk show rounds and spoke about the final strategies before Tuesday’s election. Tim Kaine was on CBS’s Face the Nation and John Dickerson and Kaine discussed the affect the FBI investigation has had on the campaign. “We’ve seen it add to the energy on our side. People on our side view this campaign as so important, the ‘Stronger Together’ message as so important and people don’t want it to be distracted. So there has been a great uptick in energy on our side in the early vote,” Kaine said. Watch a video of the full interview below.
John Podesta was interviewed on ABC’s This Week and NBC’s Meet the Press. During each interview, Podesta explained that while he is optimistic, the Clinton campaign is leaving nothing to chance before election. Podesta was also asked about the leaks of information coming out of the FBI and Podesta responded saying, “I think the men and women of the FBI are doing a tremendous job out here across the country. But the leakers should shut up.” Watch videos of Podesta’s interviews below.
HFA representative Joel Benenson was interviewed on this morning’s episode of Fox News Sunday. Benenson was asked about the FBI investigation into Clinton’s email and the campaign’s strategy for the final days of the campaign. Benenson said that they are “playing offense in every state” and will continue to do so through Monday. Watch a video of the interview below.