FBI Director Defends Timing Of Clinton Email Probe Document Dump
Sep 21 2016 by Desiree Burns
Later Wednesday, the top Democrat on the House Oversight committee released an email exchange between Clinton and former Secretary of State Colin Powell in which the Republican appointee advised her on the use of personal email.
The latest piece of this very bad jigsaw puzzle comes from the FBI's (mostly) declassified summaries of its probe of Clinton's use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state.
Clinton and her longtime aide and lawyer, Cheryl Mills, told FBI investigators during questioning that they had no knowledge of the technology company's deletions. In at least one recent such meeting, according to people familiar with the meeting, former agents were sharply critical of the FBI's handling of the Clinton probe and particularly the decision to not recommend charges against Clinton. Ironically, the Federal Bureau of Investigation documents make specific note of the fact that Clinton, at one point in 2011, appears to have sent an email with the subject line "Google email hacking and woeful state of civilian technology" after State Department employees had their personal email accounts hacked.
Meanwhile, Clinton national press secretary Brian Fallon stated that while Clinton clearly made a mistake, "she has taken responsibility for it, these materials make clear why the Justice Department believed there was no basis to move forward with this case".
"There is no legal requirement for you to provide Secretary Clinton with classified information", Ryan wrote, "and it would send the wrong signal to all those charged with safeguarding our nation's secrets if you choose to provide her access to this information despite the FBI's findings". Chaffetz demanded more information about the 2015 deletion and the firm's contacts with Clinton's lawyers.
Clinton's press secretary Brian Fallon said, "As we suspected, it appears these emails were nearly entirely redundant". The employee first said he did not recall making deletions based upon his realization, but in a later interview said he had an "Oh, s--" moment and deleted a Hillary Clinton email archive using a program called BleachBit, which is created to prevent recovery.
'Read the reports, ' she responded, offering no explanation.
In March 2009 a second server, formerly used by Clinton's presidential campaign staff, was brought in and installed in Clinton's Chappaqua, N.Y. home by Bill Clinton aide and Brian Pagliano, who did IT work for the Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
Speaking to host Glenn Klein, Ryan said that he "fundamentally" disagrees with James Comey's "conclusion", especially "now that we've seen that evidence".
"And those sending the emails knew they contained classified information - they just refuse to take any responsibility for it, and instead blame others in the State Department", Burr said. He also said more document releases are coming.