Skip to comments.Seven new revelations from FBI’s Clinton probe
Posted on 07/05/2016 11:03:20 AM PDT by walford
FBI Director James Comey shed new light on Hillary Clintons private email setup when he announced Tuesday that the FBI would not recommend charges against the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Here are some of the new details revealed by Comey.
113 emails were classified at the time they were sent
Both Clintons presidential campaign and the State Department have repeatedly insisted that none of the approximately 2,000 emails now considered classified was deemed sensitive at the time.
But Comey on Tuesday said that wasnt quite the case.
In fact, federal agencies have claimed that 113 emails in more than 50 chains contained sensitive information at the time they were sent or received by her private setup, which she kept at her home in New York. Of those, eight chains contained information considered top secret, the highest level of classification.
Three of the sensitive emails were discovered among the thousands the former secretary of State claimed were purely personal in nature and which she deleted before giving her servers to the FBI last year.
An undisclosed very small number of messages bore markings indicating the presence of classified information, he said, without divulging additional details.
Thousands of work emails were deleted
Clinton has previously framed the decision to delete half of her machines cache of approximately 60,000 messages as an effort to avoid letting her private life become public.
I chose not to keep my private personal emails emails about planning Chelsea's wedding or my mother's funeral arrangements, condolence notes to friends as well as yoga routines, family vacations, the other things you typically find in inboxes, she said in March 2015 in a widely scrutinized press conference at the United Nations.
But FBI investigators uncovered several thousand work-related emails that were not in the group of 30,000 that were returned by Secretary Clinton to the State Department, Comey said on Tuesday.
The bureau found traces of those emails on machines connected to the private clintonemail.com domain, as well as fragments from decommissioned servers and from the email accounts of people who had communicated with her.
No official emails were intentionally deleted
None of the work-related messages was intentionally deleted from Clintons machine as part of an effort to evade federal laws, Comey said on Tuesday.
We found no evidence that any of the additional work-related e-mails were intentionally deleted in an effort to conceal them, he said. Our assessment is that, like many e-mail users, Secretary Clinton periodically deleted e-mails or e-mails were purged from the system when devices were changed.
Both government systems and commercial services such as Yahoo or Gmail routinely archive old emails. But Clintons bespoke setup did not include that feature, Comey said.
While deciding which emails to preserve and which to delete, Clintons lawyers also used a search tool and did not go through the emails one by one, as officials from the FBI did as part of their investigation. In doing so, they may have accidentally overlooked some emails that should have been sent to the government.
So it is not surprising that we discovered emails that were not on Secretary Clintons system in 2014, when she produced the 30,000 emails to the State Department, Comey said.
There were likely more work-related emails that will never be recovered
The FBI could not recover all of the emails that Clinton deleted, so theres a good chance that other official messages will be lost forever.
It is also likely that there are other work-related emails that they did not produce to State and that we did not find elsewhere, Comey said.
Those messages, he added, are likely now gone because they deleted all e-mails they did not return to State, and the lawyers cleaned their devices in such a way as to preclude complete forensic recovery.
Clinton used more than one server and multiple mobile devices
The public narrative about Clintons setup is that she used a single server throughout her tenure at the State Department, which was given to the FBI as part of its investigation last year.
But the reality is somewhat more complicated. In fact, Clinton changed machines when older ones became out of date, leaving a trail of out-of-order servers behind her.
Secretary Clinton used several different servers and administrators of those servers during her four years at the State Department, and used numerous mobile devices to view and send e-mail on that personal domain, Comey revealed on Tuesday. As new servers and equipment were employed, older servers were taken out of service, stored and decommissioned in various ways.
Old servers, such as one that was decommissioned in 2013, contained email fragments in the unused slack space that investigators combed to try to resurrect some of the old messages.
It's possible she was hacked
FBI officials did not uncover any evidence that Clintons private setup may have been hacked by foreigners, terrorists, activists or anyone else.
But that doesnt mean it didnt happen, according to the head of the FBI.
Hackers have targeted people she communicated with, such as longtime confidant Sidney Blumenthal, and her arrangement was relatively well-known and readily apparent, Comey said.
It is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clintons personal email account, he said.
Anyone else might have faced administrative punishments
Clinton was let off the hook in the eyes of the law, but the FBI doesnt want to send a message that her behavior was OK.
There was evidence of potential violations of laws against handling classified information, Comey said.
Just not enough to bring charges.
Our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case, he told reporters.
To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences, Comey added. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions.
But that is not what we are deciding now.
Sec'y of State Hillary Rodham Clinton decides to host her official communications on a private server. Why? It is clear that she was anticipating having something to hide from the American people before even taking office. Hence, she made damn sure that such communications would be stored on a server that was under her complete control -- rather than government control that would be subject to exposure via the Freedom of Information Act.
Then when a planned Islamic terror attack on our foreign diplomatic missions took place, her Department denied repeated requests for added security before, gave orders to our military assets to stand down during, then fraudulently characterized these attacks as spontaneous reactions to a "terrible, horrible video that we had NOTHING to do with" afterward. The quickest official response to the Benghazi attacks was to perp-walk one of the producers of said video, making it clear that Shari'a de-facto trumps the 1st Amendment.
The fact that these decisions were taken within weeks of an upcoming Presidential election was no coincidence.
Given all of this, what possible investigation outcome could we expect from a Justice Department that is lead by those appointed by a President who benefited from this cynical coverup? This farcical theater has further pushed what was once a nation of laws that much closer to being what Ayn Rand called an Aristocracy of Political Pull.
The law in this country is applied differently, based upon political connections, wealth and membership in a politically favored demographic.
If Hillary Clinton becomes the next PoTUS, America will sink deeper toward Third World tin-pot dictatorship status.
What happened to Guccifer? Is he going down the memory hole?
If Hillary is elected, Putin has ALL of her emails and will BLACKMAIL her to no end. We're going to see the old USSR come back to life because she will do NOTHING to stop it.
I guess FBI wasn’t also looking into the corruption that Hillary used her office to boost the bank account of the Clinton Foundation too...
Our Gubmint is totally corrupt. Comey is as scummy as any of them.
BTW and for the record, the notion of ‘it wasn’t classified at the time but now it is’ is A TOTAL LOAD OF CRAP. Information is BORN CLASSIFIED and never or extremely rarely does information start out unclassified then becomes classified later.
Comey previously stated that much of the forensic reconstruction was based on recovered data fragments residing on hard drives.
How can one reconstruct server access by professional espionage agents from a hard drive full of data segments.
Guccifer reportedly struck a plea bargain with the FBI to cooperate in their investigation. I guess his role in all this is no longer relevant.
Those who think she will walk away from this have to explain how this all just goes away. It won’t.
It is clear why the IT guy was given limited immunity. It was to protect him from questioning.
Not a “new revelation” but it certainly emerged clearly from the investigation: Hillary Clinton can do pretty much anything she chooses, legal or illegal, and she will never be prosecuted.
So many crimes she committed. Comey is a sickening POS.
I wonder if part of his "deal" was to clam up about hacking Hillary.
Did Bill give Loretta some DIRT ON COMEY when he boarded that airplane?
I’m starting the list of mass resignations from the FBI that I was told would happen if this happened.
List so far
Think of the power this all indicates for The woman as President. All power will reside formally in the White House. Before the election we still pretend that Congress has some input and the People have some input. After the election there will be no more pretense. The main question will be When does the blood start to flow?
47% of the public wants free stuff and will vote for her no matter what.
The media declares any mention of this after today as "old news" and buried. Attempts by Trump or anyone else in the GOP to discuss it will be spun by the media as "sour grapes." A certain segment of the "conservative" media (actually GOPe) will either agree with that spin, or just keep harping on how "Trump is just as bad or worse."
That is enough to get her elected.
And whether or not she is elected, Obama has the pardon all written up for December 31. If she won the election, he rationalize the pardon as "heeding the will of the voter." If she lost he rationalizes it as "healing the nation and moving on."
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