Clinton Camp Demands That Networks Cease Airing “Provably False” Pro-Trump Ads About FBI Investigation

CNN reports:

Hillary Clinton’s campaign sent cease-and-desist letters to broadcasters advising that they shouldn’t air ads from pro-Donald Trump PACs that include the claim that Clinton is “under investigation by the FBI.” The letters were dated Sunday, the same day the FBI announced that it was sticking by its conclusion that no charges were recommended against Clinton following completion of a review of recently discovered emails belonging to Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

“These ads falsely claim Secretary Clinton is under investigation by the FBI,” said the letter from Marc Elias, general counsel for the Clinton campaign. A copy of the letter was read to CNN by a recipient. The letter lists some pro-Trump PACs, including Rebuilding America Now and Future 45, and the titles of ads they are funding. Elias’ letter says that “at no point” did the FBI “reopen” the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

That’s a view Clinton campaign officials and their surrogates have repeatedly made since FBI Director James Comey sent an October 28 letter to Congress saying that the FBI was investigating a cache of thousands of emails found as part of an unrelated investigation. That unrelated investigation is focused on Abedin’s husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner. “Therefore the claim in these ads is provably false,” Elias wrote.

  • DaddyRay

    All the Republicans have left are lies and innuendo

    • bkmn

      and fear.

    • EdmondWherever

      I’d say they’ve done pretty well, then, since that’s all they started with.

    • Dave B

      left? It’s all they ever had.

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    • BearEyes

      and cheating

    • teeveedub

      … and voter suppression.

    • Rambie

      I’m sure the networks will be happy to stop airing the ads on Wednesday.

      • TampaDink

        They’ll miss the revenues from those ads.

    • chasmader

      and voter supression

    • another_steve

      Thank you. And fuck them and their progeny.

      Tomorrow, we celebrate.

    • William

      … fear, surprise and ruthless inefficiency.

    • LackofFaithify

      Don’t forget their closets, where they keep their lovers on the DL.

    • And Paul Ryan’s hot body and big blue eyes!

    • abqdan

      No, they still have vote rigging. Closing polling places in black/hispanic areas, false information about polling places/times, voter ID laws that favor whites.. the usual stuff.

  • bob

    Nearly ALL of his popular statements are false , and the media loves every one of them .

  • bkmn

    Oh come on. I think the networks should have just as good of a chance of not being compensated for airing his ads as the rest of the campaign vendors will.

  • Brooklyn Joe
  • Tiger Quinn

    I don’t know who this NZArtist c*nt is, but if you want to come threatening me you’re not going to like the things I say to you. Grow the f*ck up.

  • NZArtist

    This is an election campaign. We dont need no stinking facts.

  • bkmn
  • Chucktech

    I’m afraid that if I were the networks I’d have to tell the Clinton camp to go fuck off. They paid the piper, they call their tune. Especially since it’s really “only” dirty politics.


      But at the same time the ads are airing, this way the network news has to talk about the ads being dishonest.

  • ultragreen

    This is just more evidence that people in Trump’s campaign and today’s Republican party have no regard for the truth and ethics. They only care about money, power, and winning.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I only wish more people understood this instead of insanely continuing to vote GOP over and over again or at least didn’t pretend they had the high ground when it came to morals.

  • Lazycrockett
    • TampaDink

      All 4 of my relatives that are registered to vote in NoVa voted early…for the right people too.

  • The late momentum is clearly with Hillary, everyone feels it, and the Trump Republicans are doing everything in their power to stop it. They can’t stop the steamroller of democracy and decency from flattening them, and they know it. Get ready for the roughest election day in modern history — but Hillary will win!

    • another_steve

      The LA Times is predicting something like 350 electoral votes for Hillary.

      I think it’s gonna be a good, good evening — tomorrow.

  • Talisman

    Nice gesture, but I think it’s a little too late.

  • coram nobis

    If they want to run ads claiming Hillary is the Wicked Witch of the West, and dated Sacco and Vanzetti, they can, feedom of the press and all that. I just hope they’re charging top dollar to run Donnie’s fantasy ads.

    Meanwhile, over at The Intercept, a story on expanded FBI “humint” — which is to say, informers. Real story is that we all may be subject to FBI investigation, and that will continue into a Hillary administration.

    Sleep tight.

    • Jeffrey

      I don’t think freedom of the press allows for outright lies. It’s slander and it is actionable.

    • Tiger Quinn

      Right, because in a Trump administration that last line would have….what? Not happened? Nice dog whistle, friend.

      • coram nobis

        No, with Trump all bets are off. Let’s not all get euphoric about a HIllary victory, not now that we know we have a rogue secret police agency at FBI. Whether she can rein them in, or use them, remains to be seen, since it’s a culture that seems to have been growing for some years.

  • Tiger Quinn

    They were going to?! Wow.

  • DaddyRay

    Only One More Day for Donny

  • Tiger Quinn

    Irritating, but we said it would be like this 16 months ago – a tight horse race, scandal, she rockets ahead, then tight race, then a HUGE swell at the end as everyone gets on board doing what they were always going to do the whole time. Even when you knows the rapids it’s still really hard to get through. I need a drink.

  • juanjo54

    The Trump Campaign can be summed up in a simple quote – it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Macbeth, Act V, Scene 5

  • EweTaw

    The networks and cable news channels don’t care. They won’t do anything except sell as much air time as they can. What are they smoking at the Clinton Campaign? Chill Hill. You’ve got this in the bag. Go after the lies after the fact by introducing stronger stuff in the libel laws and the sterilization of the Trump family.

    • TrollopeReader

      probably just a tactical move in the overall strategic sense … if it can work now…. they can use the same reasoning in future for precedence, etc ??

    • another_steve

      Exactly. Girlfriend isn’t even mentioning the latest Comey thing in her stump speeches.

      They know they got it made.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      If Hillary wins its because she never chills. She’s always working.

  • T-Batwoman

    Since when has the truth stopped the teflon don?

    • Friday

      He’s not Teflon, he just walks around covered in his own shit and waving dollar bills and everyone ignores the rest.
      He’s not even ‘wearing no clothes,’ he’s popular cause his followers, handlers, and party, just don’t see or smell *nothing* anyway.

  • Treant

    I dunno, that ad is playing here and we laugh at it as a classical overreach.

    Warranted, low-information Republicans will believe it, but they were never going to vote for her anyway.

  • OT, but did anyone listen to Hannity today? my good god on a stick, he is absolutely freaking the fuck out. like, holy crap ballz.
    I just smiled and smiled.

    • Jay George

      That post would be a great beginning for a poetry slam. ;^)

    • Joe in PA

      ala Karl Rove 2012? 2012?

    • Homo Erectus

      Just wait ’til Wednesday!

    • DaddyRay

      Hannity knows Trump doesn’t stand a chance

    • LovesIrony

      he is a loathsome fuck isn’t he

  • JT


    Donald Trump Breaks 40-Year Bipartisan Tradition By Not Releasing Tax Returns

    • well, *that’s* why he’ll probably lose.

      • JT

        There are so many reasons.

    • NZArtist

      And now there’s a recent precedent for the next snake to not release theirs in an upcoming campaign.
      Like I said, the damage Trump has done to America is going to last decades. This amongnst so many other terrible things.

      • Joe in PA

        I sure hope you are wrong. I was thinking about that today in fact. Does this indeed set a precedent in an otherwise Unprecedented election?

        • canoebum

          I think going forward, the pressure release tax returns during the primaries will be intense. Failure to do so will be used as a weapon against the the holdouts.

        • NZArtist

          Every precedent is unprecedented. That’s why it’s a precedent.

      • canoebum

        We still have another 60 years to get over the damage done by Reagan.

        • NZArtist

          True dat.

  • Homo Erectus

    I am looking forward for any Trumpster to try and hinder me when I vote tomorrow.

    • LackofFaithify

      You have something on your face…tusks?

      • PLAINTOM

        Only when I get annoyed.

      • Acronym Jim

        That’s the concept art for the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.

    • Joe in PA

      Yayayayayay!! I was thinking the same thing. I can remember years ago being intimidated by “poll workers’ handing me a ballot. Fuck that shit. Get out of my way!

    • Jay George

      Lord yes. I pity the fool…

    • Friday

      Mind dramatic poses though, they may not be as effective fighting as you were led to believe. 🙂

  • Bad Tom

    Dirty Tricks R* Us
    * You know what the R stands for.

    • LackofFaithify

      Dirty Tricks R* Us…discount gigolos?

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    The GOP is losing because they don’t have jack shit in terms of policies that hasn’t already proven to be bullshit: trickle down, deregulation, pretending racism and sexism don’t exist, pray to Jeebus, etc.

    The e-mail thing is suffering from the “cry wolf” thing except there isn’t even a wolf.

    • Joe in PA

      Does the term “low information” mean anything to you?

    • LackofFaithify

      If the Senate goes 50/50, poor Tim Kaine is going to have to ride that thing hard and daily.

      • Well for reorg maybe, but I expect Susan Collins will vote for the decent side quite often 🙂

      • Treant

        Did it just get warm in here?

        • Joe in PA

          You are either having hot flashes or you need to get layed….just saying. 🙂

          • Treant

            Both. I’m developing a cold and I always get kind of frisky when I get ill.

          • LackofFaithify

            All of that ooze running all over. Elevated temperature, hot times.

          • Acronym Jim

            Take it easy on the cough syrup or you might just find yourself trying to fuck the toaster.

          • Joe in PA

            and the problem would be????

          • Acronym Jim

            Possible pinching when your penis has reached the desired degree of toastiness.

          • LackofFaithify

            It’ll give you your burnt penis back once it’s done with you. Ding!

          • NZArtist

            It has a ‘crumpet’ setting. (You may not get the reference if you’re not English. And from the 60’s. And still only 8 years old.)

          • Acronym Jim

            Since I’m none of those, I have no idea what you mean. Have an upvote anyways because “crumpet” is an amusing word.

          • CB

            Oom pah pah Omm pah pah. That’s how it goes.

          • Acronym Jim
          • Way back in the last millenium, the Canberra Yellow Pages had a classification for “crumpet manufacturers”. There was only one, but it sat at the top of its page — and the small reference next to the page number read “crumpet”. Much merriment ensued, especially when it was discovered that the firm’s office was three or four doors down the street from an, ahem, massage parlour.

          • NZArtist

            I suppose another name for a brothel is ‘crumpet manufacturer’ 🙂

          • Treant

            I did that once. It was hot.

          • William

            There’s nothing quite like a sick fuck.

          • NZArtist

            Not entirely OT…
            Yesterday I learned a valuable life lesson. It’s important not to play with a very large urethral sounding rod if you’re not prepared.
            On the plus side, it was a very intense orgasm. And also on the plus side the bleeding has since stopped.
            On the down side it still feels like I’m pissing barbed wire.
            But my life has been enriched by new knowledge and experience!

          • NZArtist

            “I heard you were sick in bed.
            They say the same about me.”

          • William

            Could I have both?

          • Joe in PA

            You could, and SHOULD. 🙂

          • Helen Damnation 🍑™

            Gurl, NOBODY wants to have a hot flash. Ever woke up in a pool of sweat, hot and cold at the same time? Fun times!

      • DaddyRay

        Well even Sarah Palin knows that the Vice President is in charge of the Senate

    • NZArtist

      So… eight years of threatened filibusters?

      • Bye Bye to filibusters!!!!! Betcha! Definitely for SCOTUS, but enough is enough!

        • Joe in PA

          Nuclear baby!

          • LackofFaithify

            So if they get rid of it…fillabortion?

          • Joe in PA

            only in the first trimester, k?

    • JT

      HuffPost has it this way:

      Senate Forecast





      (VP determines
      balance of power)



  • Mark

    T minus 14 feeling that big blue lever….

    • NZArtist

      There must be fifty ways to love your lever.

      • Mark

        That’s a big WIN! WIN! WIN!

      • Treant

        Just pull the D, Lee. And set yourself free.

        • NZArtist

          Wait… did you just say ‘pull the D’?
          Why yes, I *am* only 8 years old. 😉

          • Treant

            Er, yes. At least in PA, you can touch the D at the top and vote straight-line Democrat.

            And it’s a great double entendre.

          • tim870

            So you’re going to pull the full D!

          • Treant

            You always have to work the D from the top to the bottom, making sure not to miss anything.

      • DaddyRay

        Get on the Hillary Bus Gus

        • Treant

          Don’t need to discuss Trump…

      • CB

        Just when the anxiety and horrors of this process is about to get the best of me, I can count on the JMG community to help me out. What a lovely, witty bunch! #grateful

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    At Friendly Atheist, there’s a blog post discussing multi-level marketing schemes. For me, it just seems that Trump/GOP should be considered on the same level as them.

    • William

      John Oliver dedicated most of last night’s episode to debunking MLM schemes.

  • tenaciousmonkey

    Just saw an ad paid for by Future 45 with that claim…clearly it hasn’t worked yet.

  • kanehau

    Ad just aired here in Hawaii.

    Edit: Damn house gecko on my windows is pushing all my knickknacks onto the floor.

  • William

    Tomorrow night, we dance the Mamushka!

    • Friday

      Some people just never understood Goths. Frightening , but talented with sharp objects, Also a very silly and convivial people, with our simple diversions. 🙂

      To this day, I’ll take ‘Pretentious, yet endearing’ over ‘Drooling aggressive ignorance’ any day. 🙂

  • Friday

    Yo, Republicans: Stop lying and vote-suppressing and calling it ‘democracy.’ Everyone knows youdon’t get it and dont’ want to.

  • Tom000

    As of this evening, the local Toledo, Ohio stations are still airing the ads.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Broadcasters are immune under Section 315 of the Communications Act for these types of ads. In fact, they are prohibited from censoring them.

      • JustSayin’

        Sorry but sect 315 in no way shields a station from compliance with a cease and desist order or liability from refusing to stop the ad in question.

        Here is the law

        And not a single word in it does as you claim.

        Political ads are not removed from laws regarding defamation or slander.

        As the seller of the ad time slot the station is the most legally compentent entity to halt airing a defaming and legally false ad. Failure to comply compunds the damage and they are at fault for those further damages.

  • Gregory In Seattle

    The Democrats, just like the Republicans, have fought long and very, very hard AGAINST requiring truth in political advertising. You will understand why I have absolutely no tears for them being blown up by their own landmines.

    • Friday

      You understand why I don’t believe you when you say ‘The Democrats did it too?’

      (That’s as close as Republicans ever get to admitting they did wrong, you know.)

      Reality: social conventions and common decency have …to a ffault, prevented America from demanding our political candidates and networks don’t *bald-faced lie to us.* It’s the Republicans who have since they invented Swiftboating at *least* forced us into a position where we really have to do something about areal situation where it’s easier to *lie to gain power* than *actually investigate and report the news.*

      This will not be tidy, but we can no longer count on the cons’ good behavior. They have shown they will lie in five different ways on five different networks and none can afford to challenge them. We are supposed to be better than this but are not, and the Russians and Swedish rapists sure ain’t.

    • leastyebejudged

      That and any real election finance reform when it comes to being bought like whores.

  • coram nobis

    Donald, in NC: “The world hates us.”

    He would certainly make it so if he’s somehow erected.

  • jefe5084

    Another demonstration of the infinitely deep and wide chasm between what Trump is like and what Obama is like. I am sure that President Clinton, too, would have infinitely more empathy for the feelings of children like this. Trump is just disgusting–well, he’s beyond that.

  • Brian in Valdosta

    Here I sit in my living room.
    And I have no television.

    Aaaaaaaaahhhhh, the pleasure of it.

  • coram nobis

    Dear Joe My Godwin, let’s put a Hitler metaphor here.

    • Grumpy Old Man

      Thank you for bringing that meme back – I love it so.

  • Cylux

    The Clinton Foundation investigation is however still ongoing.