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Clinton BlackBerry photo led to State official’s query about email account
Politico ^ | 6/9/2016 | Josh Gerstein

Posted on 06/10/2016 4:14:55 AM PDT by simpson96

An iconic photograph of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton using her BlackBerry while wearing sunglasses on a military plane in 2011 prompted a recordkeeping official in her office to inquire about whether Clinton had been assigned a email address, the State Department disclosed this week.

Clarence Finney, who oversaw an office responsible for Freedom of Information Act searches, raised the question about an official account after seeing the photo in the media, according to testimony at a deposition held Wednesday and released Thursday. The image went viral on social media in 2012, prompting a "Texts from Hillary" meme.

"When Mrs. Clinton's photo appeared in the media with her using — appearing to use some sort of a mobile device, Clarence Finney checked with [information management staff] to confirm ... whether the answer was still that she did not have a e-mail account," State Director of Executive Secretariat Staff Karin Lang said.

Lang said Finney was told at the outset of Clinton's tenure as secretary that, "like her predecessor, [Clinton] would not use an official account." The follow-up question prompted by the photo elicited the same answer, that Clinton "still did not have a account," Lang added.

Finney can't recall who told him in 2008 or 2009 that Clinton did not plan to use official email, or who confirmed her continued lack of an account a few years later, Lang said.

The sworn testimony took place by court order in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the conservative group Judicial Watch seeking records about employment arrangements of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; 2009; 2011; 2012; 2014; 201405; 20140501; blackberries; blackberry; brunei; childabuse; china; clarencefinney; clinton; colinpowell; epstein; finney; foia; harem; lolitaexpress; missamerica; nongovemails; pedophilia; powell; princejefri; prostitution; putin; russia; sexslavery; sharia; sultan; textsfromhillary; transparency; zemin

I'm delighted to learn that this image, which liberals held up as iconic, may well be the thing that leads to her undoing.

1 posted on 06/10/2016 4:14:55 AM PDT by simpson96
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2 posted on 06/10/2016 4:18:01 AM PDT by Travis McGee (
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I think it was Trey Gowdy who tracked down the date if this picture and found no official email exchanged on this date or for this entire trip. Yet, the Blackberry was as tight a companion as Huma, probably fingered as often, too.

3 posted on 06/10/2016 4:19:03 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: Travis McGee

The Clintons and the Sultan of Brunei Have a History

Bill Clinton hinted at post-presidency money obsession from Brunei palace

In words spoken from the Sultan of Brunei’s lavish Empire Hotel in 2000, President Bill Clinton told reporters that his post-presidency would be about making money: “Now I have a United States senator to support, I understand that’s an expensive proposition.”

Clinton traveled to Brunei with his daughter, Chelsea, for an economic summit that was also attended by leaders such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and Jiang Zemin, then China’s president.

The sultan, known in Brunei as His Majesty Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, put on an exhibition of luxury for his summit guests. Four hundred ninety three new cars were purchased to transport the various dignitaries around town.

Perhaps the abundance of wealth had an effect on Clinton, who according to New York Times reporters also in Brunei, “made a strong case for his need to start producing some serious revenue flow.”

Forging a relationship with the Sultan of Brunei would aid him in that goal.

The government of Brunei contributed between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation in 2002, which said that the donation went toward the construction of the Clinton Presidential Library in Arkansas.

Clinton would return to Brunei that same year—this time without his daughter.

Clinton was picked up at a Japanese naval base by Jeffrey Epstein and his private Boeing 727—known to many as either “the orgy jet” or “Lolita Express”—and flown to Brunei to visit with Sultan Bolkiah, according to flight records.

Epstein is a registered sex offender who would regularly host Clinton and many others at his private Caribbean island before being put in prison for sexually abusing underage girls around the globe.

He spent just 13 months in jail for the charges, though evidence is reported to have existed that could have led to more serious federal charges such as using his private jet for sex trafficking.

Two of the alleged “madames” linked to Epstein’s case—one of whom reached an immunity deal with prosecutors—were also aboard the flight to Brunei, according to the flight records.

Clinton stayed in the Emperor Suite of the sultan’s Empire Hotel, a $16,600 per night “football-field sized suite that features its own swimming pool and carpets flecked with real gold”

Clinton returned to Brunei in 2005, to thank Sultan Bolkiah for the donation he made to the Clinton library.

“I’m now going to Brunei for a private visit,” wrote Clinton on his personal blog. “I want to thank His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah for his generous donation to the Clinton library.”

The sultan, whose net worth was last estimated to be $20 billion, has held the throne in Brunei since 1967.

He owns a Boeing 747, which he purchased for $400 million and pilots himself. He is also the owner of an Airbus 340, 16 other planes, two helicopters, 9,000 luxury cars, and a palace with 1,788 rooms in it.

Also like Epstein, he has been accused of sexual wrongdoing. In 1997, he was sued by a former Miss USA who said she was held as a sex slave, drugged, and molested by Brunei’s royal family. The lawsuit was dropped after the Sultan and his brother claimed diplomatic immunity.

The sultan and his brother Prince Jefri have become “infamous for their sex parties and their harems composed mainly of underage girls.”

Jillian Lauren, who at 18 years of age was recruited for Jefri’s harem, wrote a book about her experience in which she claimed that “there’s no such thing as underage” in Brunei. Lauren also had sexual relations with the sultan.

The sultan, however, has also pushed the small country toward radical Sharia law over his decades-long reign.

The shift was accelerated on May 1, 2014, when he announced in a royal decree that “the enforcement of Sharia law phase one” has begun and would be “followed by the other phases.”

Crimes such as homosexuality, sodomy, adultery, and the discussion of faith by non-Muslims are now punishable by amputation of limbs, public flogging, or death by stoning.

This shift has made association with the sultan and the nation of Brunei a red flag in the progressive community.

Hollywood stars boycotted the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel, owned by the sultan, after Brunei formally adopted strict Islamic law. The City of Beverly Hills government even adopted a formal resolution urging him to divest from the hotel.

The hotel turned into a “ghost town,” as events hosted by the likes of Jeffrey Katzenberg were moved to other venues.

The Beverly Hills Hotel then hired Mark Fabiani, a former Clinton White House aide who handled crisis communications for the administration, to help it deal with the backlash.

The Clinton Foundation has previously stated that the contribution from Brunei was a “one-time donation” and that it does not expect any further donations. A request for comment about whether it has considered returning the money given Brunei’s turn towards repressive Sharia law went unreturned.

As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton traveled to Brunei in 2012 to “meet with senior officials to emphasize the importance of the increasingly vibrant U.S.-Brunei relationship.” She joined the sultan for dinner at one of his palaces.

Clinton also accepted $58,000 worth of jewelry from Brunei while she was with the State Department.

4 posted on 06/10/2016 4:21:53 AM PDT by Travis McGee (
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Hearing the sordid news, GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump. tweeted, “Obama wants four more years of Obama – but nobody else does!”

YOU CAN SAY THAT AGAIN, DONALD. Wonder how much Obama extorted from the Clintons to make the (gag) endorsement?


OH, THIS IS RICH: Feeble-minded Hillary fearing more exposes, demanded that Trump delete his Twitter account.

Trump shot back: “How long did it take your campaign staff of 823 people to think that up – and where are your 33,000 emails that you deleted?”


As FHAYEK posted elsewhere: "There is not a single thing that Hillary has said about these emails that has been shown to be true. She has lied, obfuscated, stonewalled and backtracked on everything......the self-serving Clintons never seem to understand what the fuss is all about."

"I wish someone would ask Hillary how she would handle members of a Hillary Clinton administration who played as fast and loose with the rules as she had. "

(Looks like Donald is poised to ask the question.)

5 posted on 06/10/2016 4:23:32 AM PDT by Liz (SAFE PLACE? A liberal's mind. Nothing's there. Nothing penetrates it.)
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Did the FBI recover emails Hillary said she deleted? And does Hillary have a copy? If she does, she is in violation of the Federal Records Act and possibly the Espionage Act.

Her "ignorance" of technology has left her swinging in the breeze. Her purported "tech-ignorance" is sll an act----another lie she thinks people actually believe.

EVEN BEFORE HER INFAMOUS UN PRESSER WHERE THE SMIRKNG HILLARY DENIED EVERYTHING---Fox has Hillary on video wherein Hillary tells an earlier tech conference in California: “I have, you know, an iPad, a mini iPad, an iPhone and a Blackberry.”

" Where are all those electronics, Hillary"?

Did Hillary delete pertinent e-mails while subject to congressional investigation?

6 posted on 06/10/2016 4:31:12 AM PDT by Liz (SAFE PLACE? A liberal's mind. Nothing's there. Nothing penetrates it.)
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THE NYT REPORTED 3/27/15: Clinton’s review (and erasing?) of her emails did not occur when she was secretary of state ......or even shortly after she left office.

In October, nearly two years after she left office, the State Department sent her a letter requesting all government records, like emails, she may have possessed. In response, she provided the State Department in December with about 30,000 printed emails that she said were government records. She has said that an additional 30,000 emails were personal.

It appears Clinton still has copies of the emails she deemed public records. Attached to Mr. Kendall’s letter was one sent to him by the State Department this week.

A letter from the under secretary of state for management, Patrick F. Kennedy, said that the department understood that she wanted to keep copies of those documents.

Mr. Kennedy said that the agency had consulted with the National Archives, and that allowing her “access to the documents is in the public interest as it will promote informed discussion” as she responds to congressional and other inquiries.

7 posted on 06/10/2016 4:32:29 AM PDT by Liz (SAFE PLACE? A liberal's mind. Nothing's there. Nothing penetrates it.)
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which raises the issue, did Huma have a account?

8 posted on 06/10/2016 4:35:44 AM PDT by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc;+12, 73, ....Opabinia can teach us a lot)
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"State has said it's overhauling how it responds to FOIA requests..."

"Looks like we're gonna need a BIGGER Delete button."

9 posted on 06/10/2016 4:48:30 AM PDT by moovova
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Shoulda been done 13 sept 2012

10 posted on 06/10/2016 4:52:56 AM PDT by stanne
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11 posted on 06/10/2016 4:55:15 AM PDT by Doogle (( USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Liz

Very grateful for the work your doing here Liz....... informative and educational “facts”that I share with, family, friends and coworkers every day.......

Thank You !

12 posted on 06/10/2016 5:38:13 AM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: Liz

Anybody remember the media pouring over Sarah Palin emails after she was nominated for...veep?

13 posted on 06/10/2016 6:36:29 AM PDT by proudpapa (Trump 2016!)
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To: simpson96

I had some involvement in the four seat pallet she is sitting on. Another ironic fact about this photo is the democrats led by Nancy Pelosi did everything in their power to destroy this project, including calling a two star general to congress and grilling him about it. Keyword: Senior leader Intransit Pallet. What intrigue too. Everything from a whistle-blower (democratic operative) with company proprietary bidding information/project photos (released to a non profit) to release of the contracting company officers political contributions to the republican party.

14 posted on 06/10/2016 7:26:08 AM PDT by OftheOhio (never could dance but always could kata - Romeo company)
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They found out by watching the news. The excuse works for Obama. Why not this guy?

15 posted on 06/10/2016 7:57:19 AM PDT by mommab2003 (Stop these White House Chefs!!!)
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To: Travis McGee



16 posted on 06/10/2016 11:09:04 AM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
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