Governor Scott Walker
It’s probably safe to say Gov. Walker didn’t expect the reaction he received with the election message he sent Oct. 2. The Republican governor tweeted a photo of Obama and Clinton hugging, writing, “If you like the past 8 years, vote @Hillary Clinton.” Many Twitter users characterized Walker’s tweet as an inadvertent endorsement of Clinton and Obama. Walker’s tweet was the No. 1 trend on Twitter’s Today and Election 2016 sections. As Walker sees it, President Obama is awful and unpopular; Hillary Clinton and Obama share many ideas and priorities; and it therefore helps Republicans to tie the Democratic leaders together. From the perspective of those inside a GOP bubble, this must seem like an effective election message. But outside that bubble, it’s a very different story. In fact, Clinton and her campaign team are quite pleased to be associated with the president – Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are two of Clinton’s most effective surrogates – and would have been just as likely to publish Walker’s tweet as Walker himself. Jesse Ferguson, a member of Clinton’s press team, actually did retweet the Wisconsin governor’s message, saying, “I’ve never said this before but #ThanksScott.”
Senator Tammy Baldwin
Sen. Baldwin says FBI Director James Comey made a mistake when he announced the agency was reviewing emails that may be pertinent to the dormant investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private emails while secretary of state. Comey sent a short letter to Congress saying the FBI was reviewing the emails. The notification came less than two weeks before the election, sparking criticism from former prosecutors, congressional Democrats and others. Baldwin told reporters during an appearance with Democratic Senate hopeful Russ Feingold on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus that she thinks Comey made an error in judgment. She ripped his letter as “vague” and said Comey doesn’t even know what he’s investigating.
Source: The Associated Press
Senator Ron Johnson
Sen. Johnson said he believes Hillary Clinton’s actions with her private email server are impeachable offenses should she be elected president. “She purposefully circumvented it (the law), this was willful concealment and destruction,” Johnson said during an interview at the Beloit Daily News. Johnson cited 18 U.S. Code 793 (f) and 18 U.S. Code 2071, which have to do with the willful destruction or removal from proper custody of information relating to national defense. Johnson honed in on the latter of the two, which reads in part that anyone found to have concealed or removed records “shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States.”
“I’m not a lawyer, but this is clearly written,” Johnson said. “I would say yes, high crime or misdemeanor, I believe she is in violation of both laws.”
Source: Beloit Daily News
President Barack Obama
President Obama warned against FBI “leaks” and “innuendo” in his first public comments about the agency’s decision to disclose its new review into emails that could be relevant to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server while she was secretary of state. Speaking to NowThisNews in an interview released Nov. 2, Obama said he didn’t want to meddle in the law enforcement process. But he criticized any action that might allow intimations or suggestions – rather than facts – to pervade the public’s view of the case. “I do think that there is a norm that when there are investigations, we don’t operate on innuendo and we don’t operate on incomplete information and we don’t operate on leaks,” Obama said. “We operate based on concrete decisions that are made.” Obama did not mention FBI Director James Comey by name, although he was asked a question specifically about Comey’s decision to make the information public days before the presidential election. And he wasn’t outwardly critical of any specific move made by the department, noting that he didn’t want to be seen as influencing the investigation. But he did downplay the implications of the Clinton email investigation, saying the matter had been resolved.