FBI Director James Comey appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to answer questions about the bureau’s investigation into the use of a private email server by Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state.
On Tuesday, Comey recommended not charging Clinton with any wrongdoing, despite evidence of “extremely careless” conduct.
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Judge Jeanine Pirro reacted to Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s decision not to charge Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her email server, saying the “politicization” of the Department of Justice and the FBI would have J. Edgar Hoover “spinning in his grave.”
“The optics are so clear,” Pirro said on Hannity. “You have someone who owes Bill Clinton. He meets her when he knows he shouldn’t meet her. FBI meets her on a day they don’t normally meet her. She then says ‘You know what, I’m going to keep this person who has my whole career in her hands if [she becomes] president,’ and the next day they’re on Air Force One.”
Pirro said that “the American people are not stupid” and that they will give the ultimate verdict on Clinton in a “November decision.”
Pirro also said that the public should not feel comfortable with Clinton having special access information.
“She is not a woman who is entitled to have or can be trusted with this kind of information.
Anti-Monsanto protesters ‘make it rain’ by tossing money onto Senate floor
Members of the Organic Consumers Association threw money from the Senate gallery onto the floor on Wednesday to protest a vote on a bill to block states from issuing mandatory labeling laws for foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
The protesters yelled “Monsanto Money” and “Sen. Stabenow, listen to the people, not Monsanto” while $2,000 fell to the floor.
The disturbance came during a procedural vote to advance the bill in the Senate.
In an email to The Hill, U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said four people were arrested for the disturbance in the Senate gallery and are being charged with unlawfully demonstrating, a misdemeanor.
The legislation, authored by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), allows food producers to use QR codes, or a form of barcode, that consumers scan with smartphones to find out if a product contains GMOs. The codes would come in place of a label that the product was “produced with genetic engineering” — something now required by state laws in Vermont, Maine, Connecticut and Alaska.
Opponents have nicknamed the bill, and others like it, the DARK, or Denying Americans the Right to Know, Act.
The Organic Consumers Association said the money is to highlight the fact that senators who received money from Monsanto and other agribusinesses are voting against the 9 out of 10 people in America who support GMO labels.
“When Congress moves to crush the will of 9 out of 10 Americans because they need companies like Monsanto to fund their campaigns, you know our democracy is in real trouble,” Alexis Baden-Mayer, the group’s political director who participated in the action, said in a statement. “The corporate lobbyists are totally corrupt.”
In a statement to The Hill, Monsanto said 1,000 food, agriculture and business organizations and companies back the bipartisan solution from Roberts and Stabenow.
“The overwhelming majority of food and agriculture is voicing support for this bill with the members of the U.S. Senate,” Charla Lord, the company’s spokeswoman, said.
Critics of the bill say Congress is letting special interest money decide the fate of GMO labeling, instead of doing what consumers clearly want.
“Surveys consistently show 80-90 percent support for clear, concise labeling, exactly what thousands of products are already doing to comply with Vermont,” Errol Schweizer, a former Whole Foods executive, said in a statement. “And consumers are voting with their dollars to make Organic and non-GMO the fastest growth trends in the food industry.”