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The Resource The unmaking of the president 2016 : how FBI Director James Comey cost Hillary Clinton the presidency, Lanny J. Davis

The unmaking of the president 2016 : how FBI Director James Comey cost Hillary Clinton the presidency, Lanny J. Davis

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The unmaking of the president 2016 : how FBI Director James Comey cost Hillary Clinton the presidency
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The unmaking of the president 2016
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how FBI Director James Comey cost Hillary Clinton the presidency
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Lanny J. Davis
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eng
Summary
  • Argues that FBI Director James Comey's fateful letter to Congress, sent in the crucial days leading up to the presidential election, was the ultimate factor in shifting the election to a Trump victory, revealing how the letter violated long-standing Justice Department policies
  • "During the week of October 24, 2016, Hillary Clinton was decisively ahead of Donald Trump in most polls. Then FBI Director James Comey sent his infamous letter to Congress on October 28, saying the bureau was investigating additional emails potentially relevant to the Hillary Clinton email case. Lost in the immediate media firestorm was any thoughtful analysis of the long, complex--and in many ways, hidden--narrative that brought Comey to this irreversible moment. Now, in this losely reasoned account, Lanny J. Davis shows how Comey's misguided announcement swung a significant number of voters away from Clinton, winning Trump an Electoral College victory--and the presidency. Drawing on sources in the intelligence community and Justice Department, Davis challenges Comey's legal rationale for opening a criminal investigation of Clinton's email practices, questions whether Comey received sufficient Justice Department oversight, and cites the odd clairvoyance of Trump ally Rudolph Giuliani, who publicly predicted an "October surprise" was coming. Davis then proves, state by state, using authoritative polling data, how voter support for Clinton dropped after the Comey letter was made public, especially in key battleground states. Despite so many other issues in the election--Trump's behavior, the Russian hacking, Clinton's campaign missteps--after the October 28 Comey letter, everything changed. American history took a surprising turn. In his final chapter, Davis makes a strong case that an impeachment investigation of President Trump must be begun by the U.S. House of Representatives and that serious consideration should also be given to removal of Trump under the Twenty-Fifth Amendment in light of evidence of mental instability that raises the question whether he can safely discharge his duties and powers as President."--Dust jacket
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  • Davis, who served in the administrations of both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, offers state-by-state analysis showing the impact of former FBI director James Comey's October 28, 2016, letter informing Congress that the bureau was investigating additional emails possibly relevant to Hillary Clinton's email case, closed in July. And look what's happened since. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 06/01/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 10, p72)
  • /* Starred Review */ The former special counsel to former President Bill Clinton takes on the 2016 election and James Comey's effect on the outcome. According to Davis (Close-Up: Twelve Months at Yale, 2017, etc.), the negative effect is indisputable, and he has the data, compiled both before and well after the election, to back up his claims. While he occasionally tumbles into legal jargon, he provides compelling criticism of the FBI, the New York Times, and others. The seed was sown on March 3, 2015, when the Times published a story about Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email account at the State Department. Davis shows how there was a precedent and that the account was legal and never hacked. It was eventually proven that none of the 55,000 emails were marked as classified; they were also never "missing." The legislation requiring submission of records within 60 days of leaving office was amended after Clinton left the State Department, and 50,000 pages were submitted within one month of the change. The author next follows the statements and letters of Comey. The tumult over the March story died down until the Times published another story in late July claiming that two officials within the intelligence community recommended a "criminal referral" concerning Clinton's handling of the emails; that story was based on a leak. The officials released a joint public statement contradicting the Times story, and the FBI quietly opened a criminal investigation. Comey's statements about the investigation(s) were, in the words of a former prosecutor who worked for him, "an unprecedented public announcement by a non-prosecutor that there would be no prosecution." Indeed, he violated several long-standing Department of Justice practices of never confirming or denying existence of an investigation and to do nothing in the 60 days prior to a presidential election. The author's epilogue, "It's Time for an Impeachment and Twenty-Fifth Amendment Investigation," is surprisingly calming. Lapsed Trump supporters might well open their minds to this attorney's scholarly, entirely convincing proof of the damage done. (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2018)
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Davis, Lanny J
Dewey number
324.973/0932
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illustrations
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Clinton, Hillary Rodham
  • Comey, James B.
  • Presidents
  • United States
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Campaigns & Elections
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Corruption & Misconduct
  • HISTORY / United States / 21st Century
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how FBI director James Comey cost Hillary Clinton the presidency
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The unmaking of the president 2016 : how FBI Director James Comey cost Hillary Clinton the presidency, Lanny J. Davis
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-214) and index
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Contents
The wary candidate -- The Times gets the story half-wrong -- The Times gets it wrong again -- The FBI criminal investigation -- Policy and fairness be damned -- Giuliani in the shadows? -- The fallacy of the false choice -- Comey's letter elects Donald Trump
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on1012700966
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
xi, 226 pages
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9781501177729
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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(OCoLC)1012700966
Label
The unmaking of the president 2016 : how FBI Director James Comey cost Hillary Clinton the presidency, Lanny J. Davis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-214) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The wary candidate -- The Times gets the story half-wrong -- The Times gets it wrong again -- The FBI criminal investigation -- Policy and fairness be damned -- Giuliani in the shadows? -- The fallacy of the false choice -- Comey's letter elects Donald Trump
Control code
on1012700966
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
xi, 226 pages
Isbn
9781501177729
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1012700966

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