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CLINTON-GATE REVISITED FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF U.S.-HUNGARIAN RELATIONS!

U.S. media networks were stunned by breaking news that FBI Director James Comey informed Congress that he was reopening the investigation into Clinton’s email scandal.

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The stock market tumbled. “October surprise!” came the cry from many analysts prior to the national election.

In the meantime, it is no secret that we are rooting for the other „guy”. We are doing so, as it has become evident that, once elected, Madame Clinton would be a terrible blow to U.S.-Hungarian relations, stemming from the practice that her foreign policy staff is politically charged to bring the Hungarian government to its knees, which so far has been a completely unsuccessful vendetta. But, Clinton’s people do not give up. Recently, Charles Gati, Andras Simonyi and Victoria Nuland threw their own 1956 commemorative event to „honor the Hungarian revolution” on October 23, to which they invited all those who loathe the conservative government in Hungary. They simply refused to even consider taking part in the official commemorative event organized by the Hungarian embassy. We are aware that well-financed built-in operatives in Washington once again resumed their bulldog mentality trying to distabilize the conservative national agenda in Hungary.

It is against this backdrop that we need to look at U.S.-Hungarian relations.

Days before the election, the Clinton scandal is coming to a boiling point. By this past Sunday, we knew the source of the scandal. Huma Abedin, Clinton’s top aide, sent thousands of emails to the private laptop she shared with husband Anthony Weiner, a.k.a. Carlos Danger, who is under FBI investigation for allegedly sexting (a new term) with a 15-year-old girl. The Weiner-Abedin laptop contains an enormous amount of 650,000 emails.

The FBI has not yet reviewed Abedin’s emails, but chances are there may be something there that would be an embarrasment to the Clinton campaign. Unfortunately, we will not know for certain until after the election. There have been others who abused private e-mail system and/or national security secrets, like Edward Snowden and General David Petraeus. They have been either forced out of office or have been sought by law enforcement for prosecution.

Clinton, understandably, was stunned and outraged by Comey’s letter. For it casts a cloud of suspicion over her candidacy by raising the possibility that the FBI director could reverse his decision of July, and recommend her to be prosecuted.

By Oct. 31, new problems have arisen, some potentially crippling to a Clinton presidency. Reporters have uncovered a near-mutiny inside the FBI over the decision to shut down the investigation of the Clinton email scandal and Comey’s recommendation of no prosecution. As it turns out, Andrew McCabe, No. 2 at the FBI, has come under anonymous fire from inside the bureau as one of those most reluctant to pursue aggressively any investigations of the Clintons. McCabe’s wife, in a 2015 state senate race in Virginia, received $475,000 in PAC contributions from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime friend and major fundraiser for Bill and Hillary Clinton. After the Senate race that McCabe’s wife lost, he was promoted from No. 3 at the FBI to No. 2, where he has far more influence over decisions to investigate and/or recommend prosecution. That is why presumably Clinton was provided a reprieve.

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However, considering the new developments outlined above, if Clinton wins this election, and if the Republicans retain a majority in both houses of Congress, investigations of the Clinton scandals may start soon after her inaugural and will likely go on for an extended period of time.

Donald Trump says this is equal or worse than Watergate. For now, analysts and the media continue to make a last-ditch effort to play down the scandal and keep hoping for a resolve. However, if Hillary Clinton does take the oath of office on Jan. 20, there is a real possibility that, like Nixon, after some time in office, she could be impeached. The prosecution and the subsequent impeachment process will seriously impede her ability to lead the country during the interim, which may in fact be a blessing for Hungarians and Poles in central Europe.

But the overriding issue is whether Americans want to go through this ordeal again!? They will decide at the voting booth on November 8.

Adam Topolansky