Hillary Clinton's secret email servers

Hillary Clinton used her own email servers to handle all of her email communications while she was the Secretary of State.  It may have been illegal, but it was certainly improper.  And when she was caught, she excused her conduct with a series of dishonest pronouncements.  Her obfuscation is probably a large part of the reason there are so many unanswered questions about the Benghazi terrorist attack, and the phony cover story that was issued by the State Department immediately thereafter.

Valuable clues and historical timelines are hidden in Hillary's private email servers — if those servers haven't already been scrubbed.  We can safely presume that the establishment and configuration of the servers (and the scrubbing, if it happened) were not done by Mrs. Clinton herself, therefore a genuine conspiracy is afoot.

There is only one reason for Mrs. Clinton's behavior, and that is deception.  This shows — as if anyone needed additional evidence — that Hillary Clinton is unfit to hold any elected office, especially that of U.S. President.


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Overviews

Here's what to do with Hillary.  All the evidence, thus far, is that Hillary has committed grave offenses with respect to national security.  Her lieutenants appear just as guilty of criminal acts. [...] Hillary, and her associates abused classified documents.  These range from the lowest level of Confidential to the highest level of Top Secret - Special Access Program.  In between are Secret and Top Secret.  It is important to recognize that these documents were removed, without authorization and without secure protection, from secure facilities.  Such removal is itself a crime.  An even greater crime is replicating and exposing Special Access information.  Replicating, or exposing, Special Access documents is espionage!

Hillary's Actions Deserve a Special Prosecutor.  Indeed, Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told MSNBC Tuesday [11/22/2016] that "he doesn't wish to pursue these charges."  If true, this would abandon the pledge that Trump made to the hundreds of thousands of Americans who chanted "Lock her up!" at his rallies and the 61.9 million voters who sent Trump to Washington to purify Hillary's ethical Superfund site.  Hillary auctioned off public favors as if the Clinton Foundation were Sotheby's and abused state secrets so flagrantly that her maid reportedly printed out classified documents for the former secretary of state to read.  According to the New York Post's Paul Sperry, this may have included the Presidential Daily Brief, the most top-secret document in Washington.  Letting Hillary off the hook, yet again, will not only permit her to pay no price for her massive corruption, relentless lies, and shockingly high crimes.  If she gets away with this, it will confirm once and for all that, like slavery, equal justice under law is gone with the wind.

Obama Says He's Had A Scandal-Free Administration.  Here Are 11 of His Scandals.  [#7] Hillary's email scandal.  Clinton's use of a private email server that was unapproved and unsecured has been written about extensively, but it is also Obama's scandal as well, since it has been revealed that not only did Obama know about her private email server, he also communicated with her under the use of a pseudonym.  If their email exchanges involved classified information, then Obama also would have violated the Espionage Act.

Top 6 Hillary Emails We've Yet to See:  Strangely, the Obama Administration is Stonewalling Them.  Only the most ignorant of partisan ideologues could possibly believe that Hillary's private email server, her illegally deleted emails, her mishandling of classified information, and her serial lies about the entire matter were anything but an attempt to cover up criminal activity.

Email controversy dogs Clinton to convention.  The biggest impediment to Hillary Clinton's run for the White House is the controversy that has dogged her presidential campaign from the start:  her use of a private email server as secretary of State.  Republicans have hammered Clinton over the issue, and the persistence has taken a terrible toll on her poll numbers.  Only 28 percent of Americans view her as honest, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll earlier this month.  Sixty-seven percent view her as untrustworthy, a 5-point spike since just last month.  That's a big change from the spring of 2015, when only 45 percent of Americans judged her as untrustworthy.

10 Fun Facts: Hillary Clinton's Email Scandal.  [#4] The legal description of this behavior is termed "anticipatory obstruction of justice," and the punishment is up to 20 years in prison.

A conspiracy of silence:
The Worst Part Of The Email Scandal.  The most amazing part of this entire scandal is that Mrs. Clinton maintained the email and personal server for the four years she was Secretary of State and it never became public.  It was not until the State Department turned over eight emails to the House Benghazi Committee in August, 2014, that the world learned of clintonemail.com.  This was more than five years after the domain was established in January, 2009, during Mrs. Clinton's approval process in the U.S. Senate.  Mrs. Clinton worked for four years in the Obama Administration, and judging by the amount of emails she turned over (not to mentioned the unknown destroyed emails), she received a substantial number and sent a substantial number of emails (maybe upwards to 100,000).  But not one person said anything publicly about the fact that Mrs. Clinton was not using a government email address to send her government email.

Who is lying about Benghazi? Hillary Clinton or State Department?  Last March, when Hillary Clinton made her first public comments on the secret email system she maintained while secretary of state, she took care to say she had turned over everything to the State Department.  "I ... provided all my emails that could possibly be work-related," Clinton told reporters.  "I believe I have met all of my responsibilities and ... the State Department will be able, over time, to release all of the records that were provided."  The message was clear.  Clinton had turned over everything, and the State Department would make it all public.  Then State sent Clinton's emails that concerned Libya to the House Select Committee on Benghazi.  Chairman Trey Gowdy immediately expressed skepticism about the claim that everything had been turned over.  "There are gaps of months and months and months," Gowdy said.  Gowdy's suspicions appear to have been confirmed.

Hillary Clinton: the gold standard of flawed candidates?  [Scroll down]  She had unsubstantiated intelligence sent to her private email system; from an address her lawyers said did not exist when she was at State.  That was a lie.  She claims to be the most transparent (chuckle) person in public life, yet we find little nuggets every day about her non-profit failing to disclose donations, botching tax forms, and allegedly being the nexus for foreign governments to cash in on their favors from their donations to the Foundation.  She had a private email system, which she used to conduct all her business while at the State Department, even though it was pretty much against government regulation to do so — and served as judge and jury for emails on that server that were work-related and personal.  Oh, and she deleted the personal emails and wiped the server clean.

GOP: Hillary Clinton must turn over her email server.  You see, right now there is no way for us to know whether we have all of the State Department communications that rightfully belong to the American people.  The only way to truly know is by having access to Secretary Clinton's personal server.  Why is this so important?  Because these communications may help us answer vital questions.  We need to know why the security at our embassy was left inadequate.  Why were requests for additional security denied?  Why was our response not sufficient?  Why were some members of the administration slow to acknowledge a terrorist attack had actually occurred?  It is simply unacceptable for so many questions to remain unanswered.  And it is unjust and simply wrong for anyone to withhold evidence that may lead to the answers.

Hillary Clinton's secret mess.  Plainly, Clinton didn't want anyone snooping around her virtual file cabinet.  Who does?  But this isn't the point.  When you are secretary of state and are mulling a run for president, you steer clear of anything and anyone remotely questionable.  No one should know this better.  Questions that merit serious consideration include whether the Clinton server was secure.  Clinton insists that it was because her New York home, where the server lives, is protected by the Secret Service.  Given the optional sobriety of agents these days, this is less than reassuring.  Then, too, hacking doesn't require on-site handling.

Hillary's email scandal is about privilege.  "For any government employee, it is that government employee's responsibility to determine what's personal and what's work-related," Hillary Clinton said in her March 10 press conference called to address mounting concerns over her use of a private email system for official use during her four years as Secretary of State.  The phrase "any government employee" made it sound as if Clinton's actions were perfectly normal — no different than anybody else.  In reality, Clinton's actions reflect her sense of privilege, a broader problem for her presidential ambitions than the email scandal itself.

Advice for conservatives about Hillary Clinton email scandal.  The Clintons are synonymous with scandal:  Whitewater.  Rose Law firm.  Trading pork bellies.  Travelgate and now the 2016 presidential wannabee is up to her political eyeballs in another scandal.  This email scandal is a big story with lots of legs:  Did Mrs. Clinton break the law?  Was she hacked?  Is President Obama complicit?  Did Hillary Clinton use the State Department connection to fill the coffers of the Clinton Foundation and will those funds find their way into her presidential campaign?

New scandals and reasons to wonder if Hillary is hiding something.  The Hillary Clinton e-mail controversy is a reminder of one inescapable fact:  She comes with baggage. [...] How could anyone serve four years as secretary of state with no official e-mail account, instead conducting business from a private address with its own domain and server?  The answer is:  Deliberately.  The only reason for Clinton to go through the trouble of setting up this system — rather than just call the State Department's version of the IT help desk — would be to ensure that nobody got to rummage freely through her communications, personal or official.  She must have wanted to be able to decide which e-mails would become part of the historical record and which wouldn't.

Benghazi babe at clinton email dot com.  If you've been busy leading a full and rich life and missed this week's excitement here it is in a nutshell:  on the day of her confirmation hearing for the position of secretary of state, Hillary Clinton set up an internet server in her home (purchased under an apparent pseudonym "Eric Hoteham").  Perhaps the domain was even run out of two commercial web hosting firms, instead of the home server:  For her entire term at the department she exclusively used this unprotected email server, utilizing at last count about 9 different email addresses for all her Internet communications.  These entire addresses end in clintonemail [dot] com, which signaled to anyone reading the message that this was not sent on a government server.  This tactic allowed her to avoid disclosure of her correspondence to Freedom of Information Act and other document production requests, including Congressional inquiries.

Hillary Milhous Clinton.  Since 2005, the United States State Department has had very clear rules that employees cannot use personal email for official business.  In 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent out an internal directive reminding State Department employees that they could not use personal email addresses for government business.  Likewise, she removed a United States Ambassador for using personal email for government work.  Now we are learning that prior to becoming Secretary of State in 2009, Hillary Clinton set up a personal email server in her home.  She used that email address for all of her government business and her personal business.  She helped plan her daughter's wedding with that email address.  She received important State Department communications with that email address.  For six years she violated State Department policy.

Dems Spin Furiously for Hillary.  Democrats are circling the wagons to shield their likely 2016 presidential nominee after it was revealed that Hillary Clinton transacted sensitive government business using her personal email during her time as America's top diplomat.  The Benghazi bungler, the nation has learned, set up an email system worthy of a James Bond movie villain when she became U.S. secretary of state in 2009.  Mrs. Clinton used private instead of government email and even established her own private email server that has been traced back to her Chappaqua, N.Y., home address.

How Many Straws on Hillary's Back?  As secretary of state, Clinton used personal e-mail accounts on her own private, unsecured server in a way that was designed to avoid transparency.  But for a government official, communicating without an electronic trail is both unethical and illegal.  Promising when caught to turn over government correspondence is not quite the same as making such communications available from the get-go.  Note that Clinton's private, non-government server domain was not for secondary accounts; it was her sole e-mail account during her tenure in the Obama administration.  The only logical implication is that Clinton was trying to shield her communications from later public scrutiny — and from possible scandal or subpoenas.  And it largely has worked.  What is missing from discussion of this scandal is that the secretary of state for four years freelanced with private e-mail addresses — and that everyone in the administration who received her e-mails knew it, and no one cared.

Early Onset Clinton Fatigue.  She burned the tapes.  Had Richard Nixon burned his tapes, he would have survived Watergate.  Sure, there would have been a major firestorm, but no smoking gun.  Hillary Rodham was a young staffer on the House Judiciary Committee investigating Nixon.  She saw.  She learned.  Today you don't burn tapes.  You delete e-mails.  Hillary Clinton deleted 30,000, dismissing their destruction with the brilliantly casual:  "I didn't see any reason to keep them."  After all, they were private and personal, she assured everyone.  How do we know that?  She says so.

Hillary Clinton's Questionable Process for Sorting Work Emails.  Hillary Clinton asked the public to trust her during a recent press conference at the United Nations, when she stated that she has already complied with transparency laws by turning over all public records she generated as Secretary of State.  She had no business making that claim.  A Time magazine report about the process used to identify public records in her possession shows that she cannot possibly know if she is in compliance with the law.  And juxtaposing her process with the words used in her press conference shows her core claim to be misleading.

Team Hillary changes its story on email deletions.  "That's my story, and I'm sticking to it" worked for Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon, but Hillary Clinton's undeclared presidential campaign is taking a different approach to explaining how thirty-some thousand e-mails on her personal e-mail server (that also handled her official correspondence) ended up deleted.  Following her U.N. press conference last week, her office released a nine-page "fact sheet" that explained how the deletion process is supposed to have worked.

The Clintons' Criminal Board of Trustees.  [Scroll down]  More recently Hillary revealed that all her government emails from her time at the State Department were routed through her own personal Internet server and that tens of thousands of the emails that happened to be U.S. government property were deleted.  Emails were deleted while subject to a congressional subpoena from the Benghazi Select Committee.  This suggests Mrs. Clinton is guilty at a minimum of a species of obstruction of justice known as spoliation of evidence.



Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally

      (a) Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
      (b) Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States.  As used in this subsection, the term "office" does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.

18 U.S. Code § 2071      



Press conference, March 10, 2015

When elites lie without much consequence, the public follows their examples.  Hillary Clinton, to be candid, is a habitual fabulist.  She entered public life lying about everything from her 1-1000 cattle futures con to the location of her law firm's subpoenaed legal documents.  Recently she has been unable to tell the truth in any context whatsoever.  She will lie about big and small, trivial and fundamental, from the immigrant myths about her grandparents to the origins of her own name Hillary to her combat exposure in the Balkans. [...] Her press conference on the disappearing emails was unique in American political history in that everything Ms. Clinton said was, without exception, a demonstrable untruth.

How Many Lies Did Hillary Pack Into Her Press Conference?  In her brief press conference on Tuesday, which was meant to clear the air on her unusual use of a private email account while secretary of state, Hillary Clinton made several claims that even the mainstream press have begun to question.  Some seem like outright fabrications, others are dubious assertions, and some just unanswered questions.

The Eight Biggest Lies Hillary Told At Her Email Press Conference.  Actually she lied through her teeth but that is the Clinton way.  Going through the text of her press conference about her emails again, I found ten statements which I believe are false.  Since research only turned proof for only eight of them, the below only contains the first eight of her lies.

Hillary's email explanation is self-contradictory — here's how.  The problem with Hillary Clinton's explanation for her use of a personal email server and account for government business goes beyond the demonstrable falsehoods and suspicious nature of setting up such an arrangement.  Hillary explained that she turned over all work-related emails to the State Department, and "chose not to keep" (i.e., deleted) the personal emails on the server.  Thus, according to Hillary, the server now only has work related emails.  But Hillary says that she will not turn over the server to a neutral person for review, because the server has her personal emails on it.  But she already said the personal emails are not on it anymore.

Does Anyone Believe Hillary Clinton?  On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton said she set up a private email account simply because it seemed more convenient than carrying two phones — which in her world probably translates into having an aide carry two phones.  She said she deleted private emails only.  By the way, half of the 60,000-plus emails on the account were personal.  Oh, and she deleted them. [...] We all know why she set up a private account.  She didn't want to leave a paper trail.  She didn't want the media to get ahold of documents that might require explanation during her inevitable run for the White House in 2016.

Carefully scripted Hillary knocked out of comfort zone.  "I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two," she said.  Never mind that it's much easier to set up two email systems on one device than it is to set up a whole dark server hidden from the government.  And leave aside that a woman who travels with a very large entourage on non-commercial flights could probably manage two devices.  I'm sure she's right.  She set up the server for convenience — but not the convenience of sparing her the load of an additional 4-ounce phone.  When you want to hide what you're doing, a private server is definitely the way to go.

Hillary explains, eyes roll.  Clinton expects us to take her word that the deleted emails deal only with trivialities and that she transmitted no classified information.  However, nothing in Clinton's history suggests that we should take her word on anything, and her 20 minute (or so) appearance raised additional questions about her honesty.  For example, Clinton said she "fully complied with every rule."  Yet, as the Washington Post reminds us, even the Obama administration has said that Clinton did not follow its policy against using private or commercial e-mail for government business.

Internet Catches Hillary in Three Provable Email Falsehoods:
  #1: Hillary only used one phone
  #2: Bill Clinton uses email, too
  #3: There were no server security breaches

White House Squirms Trying to Defend Hillary Clinton's Deletion of Thousand of Emails.  In Tuesday's press conference, Hillary Clinton addressed the issue of her use of a personal email address for official State Department business.  Clinton mentioned that she deleted roughly half of the emails because she deemed them personal.  She defended this action by saying that they include details of her daughter's wedding as well as yoga poses.  During Wednesday's [3/11/2015] White House press briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest could not escape a barrage of questions on Clinton's statements.

White House won't say whether Obama uses private email.  White House press secretary Josh Earnest Wednesday [3/11/2015] declined to say whether President Obama uses a private or a government email address, claiming the president's personal security as a reason for withholding an answer.  "I'm not going to be in a position to talk about the president's email address for a variety of reasons," Earnest told reporters Wednesday when asked if Obama uses a private or a dot-gov email address.

Clinton's email explanation won't placate critics.  The message from Hillary Rodham Clinton:  Trust me.  But in a 21-minute news conference to address why she used a private email account as secretary of state, the favorite for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2016 did little to try to build that trust among those willing to give her the benefit of the doubt.

Democrats Are Ready for Hillary and Stuck with Her.  The good news was that after a week of ominous and politically damaging silence, Hillary Clinton emerged to answer questions from the press about her emails and demonstrated that she had no intention of letting this story deflect her from her goal of winning the presidency.  The bad news was that barely-suppressed rage about having to answer those questions and arrogant "trust me" attitude not only failed to defuse this controversy, it also raised serious questions as to whether she had the temperament to run a successful campaign for the presidency.  Taken together, it is more or less a perfect storm for a party seeking to hold onto the White House next year without having Barack Obama on the top of the ticket.

Hillary Clinton deleted 32,000 'private' emails, refuses to turn over server.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton deleted nearly 32,000 emails she deemed private from her time in the Obama administration and refused Tuesday to turn over her personal email server, insisting she "fully complied" with the law and that voters will have to trust her judgment.  Answering questions for the first time about her emails, Mrs. Clinton said she's turned over to the State Department 55,000 pages of emails she deemed work-related, but said she got rid of the rest last year.  She defended her decision to keep control of her emails by using a private account, saying previous secretaries did the same thing, and saying it was more "convenient" for her this way.

Are we ready for 10 more years of wrath from the eternal Woman Scorned?  Hillary Clinton's press performance Tuesday afternoon was, truly, everything Americans could have hoped for from our former First Lady, Modern Joan of Arc, Lady Macbeth, Senate carpetbagger and eternal public Woman Scorned.  She was everything she has ever been, always was and ever will be.

Multiple Contradictions in Clinton's First Comments on Email Scandal.  Hillary Clinton spoke publicly for the first time since her practice of using a private email address as secretary of state was revealed, and said the sole reason for the decision was "convenience."  The press conference came after nearly two weeks of silence from Clinton following the initial report that she exclusively used a personal email address during her time as secretary of state.  It was later revealed she set up a private email server to house emails for both herself and her top aides.  Clinton said she made a mistake when she "opted for convenience."  She said she chose not to use a government email address because she did not want to carry multiple devices.

Shameless.  Hillary stonewalled and has now outsourced her problem to attack-dog subordinates and Democratic stalwarts who, she believes, have Hillary — or no one — for 2016.  I guess the message is "I'm lying, so what?"  Remember Richard Nixon's vain attempt to keep Watergate tapes because he alone had determined that some were only private in nature and did not relate to government business or subpoenas — and the subsequent reaction to his "gaps."  That is Hillary Clinton's absurd line of something like "secretary of state privilege," and thus her press conference could only end in disaster.  After all the obfuscation, the only thing that one can take away from this embarrassing performance is that Hillary Clinton envisioned her own personal server for just such contingencies:  to trash a large percentage of her incoming and outgoing e-mails after becoming the sole arbitrator of what constituted her own, and her government's, business, and thus the preserver or destroyer of all her communications.

Jon Karl Grills Hillary: Why Did You Wait 2 Years to Comply with Email Rules?  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took questions from eager reporters on Tuesday about her personal email address, which she used exclusively instead of a government account during her time at the helm of the State Department.  Clinton said she opted for "convenience" in using just one email account (instead of carrying multiple phones), but added in hindsight "it would have been better if i'd simply used a second email account and carried a second phone, but at the time, this didn't seem like an issue."

Hillary said she emailed with Bill, but the thing is ...  Bill Clinton doesn't use email.  At a press conference on Tuesday [3/10/2015], Hillary Clinton said the server that housed her emails while she was secretary of state (that was reportedly housed at her home in New York) was set up for President Bill Clinton.  She also said that some of the "personal" emails she deleted were between her and her husband.  But just before Hillary began the press conference at the United Nations building, the Wall Street Journal reported that Bill Clinton does not use email.

Hillary Clinton: A Pay Phone Candidate in an iPhone World.  Staggered by self-inflicted wounds, the former secretary of State faced a choice between the right way and wrong way to manage a public-relations crisis in the post-Internet era, when the 1990s tactics of deflection, deception, and victimization are far less effective.  She chose the wrong way.  Rather than be transparent, completely honest, and accountable, Clinton doubled down on the 1990s.  She refused to turn over her emails stored on a secret service in violation of federal regulations.  She defended contributions to her family's charity from foreign nations that discriminate against women and support terrorism, a brazen contradiction to her public profile.

Hillary Flashback: I Have Two Phones.  At an event on February 24, Hillary Clinton said that she owns both an iPhone and a Blackberry.  When asked if she prefers iPhone or Android, Clinton responded "iPhone, OK, in full disclosure — and a Blackberry."  [Video clip]

Hillary speaks on email scandal.  She claims she used the server set up for Bill Clinton's post-presidency office, and therefore it was fully secure.  However, Fox News just reported that Bill Clinton has stated that he has sent only 2 emails in his life. [...] She will not let any other parties get their hands on her server.  She claims that because personal emails are on it, nobody should have access.  However, as Judge Andrew Napolitano and some others have pointed out, she is the one responsible for mixing official and private emails on the same server, and so must bear the burden of verification that she did not delete any emails. [...] She claimed there were no security breaches on the server.  As if she could possibly know.

Hillary Clinton had a duty higher than convenience.  Hillary Rodham Clinton offered a soupcon of regret at a news conference Tuesday [3/10/2015] for having used private e-mail exclusively during her nearly four years as secretary of state.  "Looking back, it would've been better" if she had not used a private e-mail account for official business, she conceded.  Ms. Clinton said she decided to do so for "convenience" because "I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal e-mails instead of two."

State Dept. Source: Hillary Likely Used Unauthorized iPad, iPhone as Sec. of State.  Besides exclusively using a secret email account to conduct official government business, it's likely that Hillary Clinton also used unauthorized electronic equipment — an iPad and an iPhone — as Secretary of State after being warned not to, a veteran State Department official told Judicial Watch this week.  On at least half a dozen occasions Clinton's top aides asked the State Department's Office of Security Technology to approve the use of an iPad and iPhone, according to JW's inside source.  Each time the request was rejected for security reasons, the source confirms.  The only mobile device that meets the agency's security standards is the BlackBerry, JW's source said, adding that the Office of Security Technology — Bureau of Diplomatic Security's Directorate of Countermeasures must approve all equipment such as cameras, phones and communication devices for all officials.

Hillary's Prickly Apologia.  Hillary Clinton's reliance on that word during her news conference at the United Nations on Tuesday minimized the exemption from standard procedure that she allowed herself when she decided — all on her own — to use only a private email address for both personal and government business.  She told reporters that she hadn't wanted to be weighed down by a second electronic device.

Fact Check: Clinton and Her Emails.  Federal officials are allowed to communicate on private email and are generally allowed to conduct government business in those exchanges, but that ability is constrained, both by federal regulations and by their supervisors.

Clintons and controversy: The circus is back in town.  Hillary Rodham Clinton has not yet even announced that she is running for president, but the spectacle of the Clinton years is unfolding again, touched off by the controversy over her practice of using a private email account, rather than an official one, while she was secretary of state.

America's Ex-Wife.  Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Bill Clinton does not use email.  A few hours later, Hillary said he did use email.  She said it was convenient for her to only use one email account and one device.  Two weeks ago she said she used both an iPhone and a Blackberry.  In fact, anyone savvy enough to go the private server route should be savvy enough to know an iPhone or Blackberry can handle multiple email accounts.  In fact, former Secretary of Defense Gate, who served along Hillary Clinton, used one device with multiple email accounts.  Hillary also said the server was someplace protected by the Secret Service.  Of course, that mean physical protection.  What about the internet connection?  Therein lies the rub.  Hillary Clinton clearly decided the rules did not apply to her.

Hillary's Train Wreck Press Conference: The Gender Card, The Spin, The Lies & The Many Unanswered Questions.  Hillary did herself no favors by claiming that the private e-mail account was strictly about convienience, that she did not want to have to use more than one device.  She certainly has not had that problem since leaving the State Department.  According to Legal Insurrection, Hillary appeared at Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women and ostentatiously made note that she "had both an iPhone and ... a Blackberry."  In addition, there's this from Hot Air regarding her time at the State Department:  "Judicial Watch claims that not only did she operate multiple devices, she insisted on using Apple products even though State's IT people told her that their enhanced security is designed for Blackberry only."  Moreover, the reason she gives for refusal to allow a neutral third party to inspect her server is even more obviously a lie (thanks, Bill).  Hillary says that she will not allow a third party to inspect her server is because it contains private communications between her and her wayward husband, former President Bill Clinton.  But according to Bill's spokesperson, Bill has sent all of two e-mails in his entire life, both when he was President.

In light of Clinton email scandal, media continues search for GOP comparisons.  News that Clinton used a likely compromised "homebrew" server to send and receive sensitive government documents has dominated headlines for the past two weeks.  And although Clinton maintained this week in a press conference that no classified material ever passed through her server during four years she served at State, doubts remain.  "I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email," Clinton said Tuesday during a press conference that drew harsh bipartisan criticism.

Liar, liar, Hillary's pantsuit is on fire.  She can't help herself.  Hillary Clinton is addicted to deception.  The news that she used an iPad as well as BlackBerry demolishes her already-ridiculous claim that she set up a private e-mail server so she would only need to carry one gadget as secretary of state.  At a March 10 press conference, Clinton put it this way:  "I thought using one device would be simpler, and, obviously, it hasn't worked out that way. Looking back, it would have been probably ... smarter to have used two devices."  Those comments, her first public ones on the scandal, are now revealed as a lie.  What a way to start a presidential campaign!

Update:
Emails: Hillary Used iPad And Blackberry, Despite Previous Claim.  Leading Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told the nation that she only used one device, a Blackberry, for her official email while secretary of state, and she promised those emails were secure.  But new emails to her friend Sidney Blumenthal casts doubt on that assertion.  In an email dated Aug. 30, 2012, then Secretary Clinton was soliciting more intelligence from Blumenthal, who was not a State Department employee, regarding an upcoming meeting with the National Transition Council of Libya.  The NTC was the governing body of Libya after the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi.  In the solicitation, Clinton mentioned that she was without Blackberry coverage or power after Tropical Storm Irene hit the East Coast.  As a result, she switched to a "new iPad" for her email and wasn't sure her emails were going through.


Press conference, August 18, 2015

Vote For Hillary, Not Convicted of Anything Yet.  Hillary Clinton has maneuvered her presidential campaign into a lose-lose situation — of her very own making.  Tuesday [8/18/2015] Clinton's second journey to become the first female to capture her presidential spouse's former office took on even more water with a disastrous abbreviated news conference in Las Vegas.  Remember last spring after the first of several campaign launches, she wouldn't take any media questions?  That lasted more than a month.

Hillary goes to Vegas, loses big with performance at press conference.  Wearing a prison-orange pantsuit yesterday, Hillary Clinton dug the hole she occupies several feet deeper with Tuesday's [8/18/2015] North Las Vegas gym presser.  Even normally supportive liberal pundits were appalled at her performance.  Ron Fournier of the National Journal, who has known and been fond of the Clintons since covering them in Little Rock, counted six separate lies, evasions, and mis-directions in appearances on Fox News and MSNBC.  Even Chris Matthews was shocked, discussing the presser on MSNBC's Morning Joe this morning [8/19/2015].

The Shrug Heard Round the World: Hillary Clinton Jokes About Wiping Email Server 'with a Cloth'.  The contentious exchange took place between Fox News' Ed Henry and Hillary just after an event in Las Vegas.  The question was prompted by an NBC News report in which unnamed sources at the FBI expressed confidence it could recover data from Hillary's server despite the fact that an attempt had been made to wipe it.  [Video clip]

Hillary Clinton won't say if her server was wiped.  In a testy exchange with reporters following a town hall meeting in North Las Vegas, Clinton responded, "What, like with a cloth or something?" when asked if the server had been wiped.  "I don't know how it works at all," she added.  After Ed Henry of Fox News pressed Clinton on the issue repeatedly, an aide ended the question-and-answer session and Clinton turned to walk away.  Another reporter shouted a question about whether the e-mail issue will ever go away.  Clinton turned and shrugged.  "Nobody talks to me about it other than you guys," she said.

Press Conference Disaster: Hillary Refuses To Say If She Knew Her Server Was Wiped.  Following her town hall event in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton was challenged by skeptical reporters to explain her email arrangement, and once again she insisted that everything she did while secretary of State was "legally permitted."  Clinton also refused to say if she knew that her email server, which was turned over to the FBI last week, had been wiped clean of data.  Fox New's Ed Henry asked Clinton if she plans on taking responsibility for her email scandal rather than making jokes about Snapchat and blaming Republicans.

Hillary Clinton's dumpster fire press conference.  America's addled grandma, Hillary Clinton, made a campaign stop in North Las Vegas today.  ["]More than 300 cheering and applauding people welcomed Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton to a town hall at the Pearson Community Center in North Las Vegas where she was scheduled to speak Tuesday.["]  [...] You read that right.  A crowd of 300.  She also had a press conference.  Instead of the somnolent, compliant press corps she usually faces (I've been told the mixed aromas of Polident and Depends has a soporific effect) she found one that was strangely awake and a little hungry and irritable.  They weren't interested in student loans.  They were interested in top secret emails kept of servers stored in bathrooms.

Hillary loses her cool when hounded about email servers.  According to reports, the FBI, which has possession of Clinton's server, believes there was an attempt to wipe it clean of data, but missing messages can be recovered.  Clinton talked to reporters after a Vegas speech, and defended her decision to not hand over emails that she deemed private.

Clinton apologists: Hey, just wait until Hillary testifies before Congress!  To call Hillary Clinton's press conference yesterday a disaster is to engage in understatement.  In a brief two-minute exchange with Fox News' Ed Henry, Hillary tried changing history by claiming totally voluntary transparency, and then put on a dumb-grandma act when asked about an act to which her attorney admitted months ago. [...] It's a two-minute exercise in falsehoods, false posturing, and stonewalling.

Clinton's Self-Inflicted Wounds.  Tuesday's news conference in North Las Vegas provided the latest installments in a series of misleading statements Mrs. Clinton has made since aides announced that last December they had turned over to the State Department 31,000 work-related emails.  In early March, it was revealed that Mrs. Clinton had used only a personal email account to conduct official business as secretary of state — potentially a violation of federal regulations.  The Associated Press then traced the account to a private server at her home in Chappaqua, N.Y.

5 mistakes Hillary Clinton made in her latest e-mail press conference.  [#2] She casts the whole thing as normal and everyday.  I don't doubt that there are regular disagreements between the State Department and the intelligence community's inspector general about who gets to look at what.  And we know that other secretaries of state have used private e-mail addresses.  But what Clinton elides over are these two facts:  (1) She is the first secretary of state in history to exclusively use a private e-mail address and server while on the job, and (2) she is running for president in 2016.  Those two facts explain why her situation does (and should) get more attention and scrutiny.

Hillary Clinton Covers Up Yesterday's Cavalcade of Lies With, Get This, More Lies.  The self-imputed Only Honest Man in DC, Ron Fournier, counted Hillary's lies in yesterday's press conference and came up with six.


Mrs. Clinton's improper use of private email to conduct public business:
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Clinton's River of Corruption.  [Scroll down]  Hillary Clinton's use of her private, unsecured email system to confer with her staff on Top Secret matters was confirmed by FBI Director James Comey in July, destroying her claim that she'd never sent or received classified information.  Long before that, I'd raised the obvious question of President Obama's involvement in that crime.  It had to go like this.  Hillary and her staff were using her unsecured email system exclusively.  They — both she and the staff — had to be communicating with our intelligence agencies that way, which would have brought about a Whiskey Tango Foxtrot question from the intel folks.  They would have had to have raised the obvious problem to their superiors up the line until it reached cabinet level.  Why hadn't Obama shut it down?  Simple.  As we know now from the WikiLeaks dumps of the Podesta emails, Obama was using her "Clintonemail.com" address to communicate with Clinton.

These are the times for which the Constitution was written.  This election presents us with the head of a criminal organization, a person who has already used her office of Secretary of State to solicit donations to her family's foundation, theoretically in exchange for access to the Secretary of State in policy issues.  Hillary Clinton is under investigation by the FBI for allowing access by foreign nations to state secrets by utilizing an unsecure email server that she would be able to control and unavailable to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.  Hillary Clinton is also under investigation by the FBI for engaging in a pay-for-play scheme involving the Clinton Foundation as mentioned above.  The Clinton Foundation is also under investigation by the FBI in connection with the actions of Hillary and Bill Clinton.  Ties to the Clinton campaign have been (self-admittedly) engaged in vote rigging and encouraging illegal voting and inciting riots at Clinton's political opponent's rallies.  There has been collusion between the Department of Justice and the Clinton campaign.

Hillary Clinton's Top 17 Scandals and Controversies.  [#1] The E-mail Leaks:  Somehow Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin are so incompetent, Huma's ex-husband Anthony Weiner has 10,000 of them (along with 650,000 others).  These aren't just "weddings and yoga" e-mails as Hillary claims, but national secrets, including at least 60 confidential and 22 top-secret e-mail threads.  The difference between the two is that confidential is information that can hurt the person who possesses it, and top secret information is information that could cause "exceptionally grave damage to national security".  This is why the FBI case has been reopened, as this information was put on a compromised private server and then deleted to hide the information from the government and FBI.  This doesn't even cover any other content that is actually in the emails.

Why Hillary Clinton Is Such An Effective, Perpetual Liar.  We know that Hillary Clinton's secret e-mail server was highly illegal because it processed and stored classified government information on an unsecure system.  We know that much of this classified information originated with Clinton herself.  We know that she ordered at least one aide to break the law on her behalf by sending classified information over an unsecure system.  We know she has lied repeatedly about transmitting classified information on her server, at press conferences and once, incredibly, under sworn testimony.  We know that, although she insisted otherwise, Clinton deleted thousands of work-related e-mails.  We know that one of her aides-destroyed Clinton's mobile devices with a hammer, preventing a full forensic analysis of her e-mail usage.  We know that Clinton has lied about the FBI's own assessment of her previous lies.  And so forth.  Given this staggering level of criminal behavior, one might ask:  how has Clinton been able to defend herself?  The answer is:  lying.  For much more than a year Clinton has lied repeatedly and ceaselessly about her e-mail woes.  She has lied about the classified information on the server, she has lied about her recordkeeping, she has lied about the very lies she has previously told, she has lied so frequently that it is entirely possible she has come to believe some of her own lies.

Too Stupid To Rule.  We have enough of the details at this stage to have a rough idea how we got to this point.  They wanted to have a secret communication method that would be not be subject to government security and Freedom of Information Act requests.  They also figured that this secret system would be free from Congressional oversight.  After all, if no one knew it existed, then no one could ask any questions about what was on it. [...] Hilariously, it appears they came to the conclusion that having their own e-mail server meant that all the e-mail was magically hidden in the box in Hillary's bathroom.  Their subsequent attempts to erase the hard drives suggests they did not know that e-mail travels across networks and is also stored on the receiver's servers.  Those servers are usually on a network not controlled by the recipient.  They started to realize this at some point, which is why they smashed their phones and laptops. [...] There are a lot of angles to these Clinton scandals, but the thing that transcends all of it is the rank stupidity of the people involved.

The Colossal Clinton Con.  This past year highlighted the Hillary I know in action.  The private server.  The classified emails on the unprotected server.  The destruction of laptops and phones with a hammer.  The actual risk to our national security and the lives of many, all for personal gain.  Many involved with this server holding not a whisper of a security clearance.  The bizarre immunity deals granted to just about everyone in her periphery when a grand jury had not even been impaneled.  The manipulation and the destruction of the emails while under a congressional subpoena.  The secret tarmac meeting between the Attorney General and Bill Clinton just before the FBI's curiously tortured findings were unveiled.

Hillary Clinton Email Scandal Explained.  Hillary Clinton is in the spotlight over the worst scandal for a presidential candidate since Watergate.  The FBI has a search warrant for Clinton aide Huma Abedin's laptop, obtained Sunday night after new emails surfaced in the law enforcement investigation of Abedin's husband Anthony Weiner for allegedly sexting with a minor.  The Hillary Clinton email scandal can seem complicated.  But it's easy to understand.  Here is the full story: [...]

13 Times Hillary Clinton Was A Truly 'Nasty Woman'.  [#13] All The Times She Acts Like She's Above The Law:  Hillary Clinton was instructed to be very, very careful with sensitive information and government secrets while serving as secretary of State, but instead she was "extremely careless."  Apparently her fast-and-loose approach to classified information rubbed off onto her staff.  E-mails reveal her staff repeatedly left sensitive documents in their hotel rooms and in cars while traveling abroad.  She also would repeatedly lose her Blackberry devices — which probably contained a lot of classified information.  After the news about her private server started to reach the ears of authorities, one of her State Department officials, Patrick Kennedy, tried to bribe the FBI into declassifying e-mails in order to save her from prosecution.

Clinton's Pretense That She Didn't Understand 'C' Was for 'Classified'.  So now Hillary finally knows what the "(C)" stands for in government documents:  It's Cartwright ... as in four-star Marine General James E. Cartwright, the retired 67-year-old former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the expendable federal official against whom laws protecting classified information actually get enforced. (C), see?  Oh wait — sorry.  I don't mean to confuse Mrs. Clinton by starting this second paragraph with "(C)".  After all, as she diva-'splained to the FBI, she could only "speculate" that "(C)" must have something to do with organizing paragraphs "in alphabetical order."  Speculation was necessary, she said, apparently with a straight face, because she didn't really know what "(C)" meant.

The Clinton Record.  Throughout her entire four-year tenure as secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton never acquired or used a government email account.  Instead, she transmitted — in violation of government regulations — all of her official correspondences via a private email address that traced back to a secret, private, unsecured server that was housed at her New York residence.  And immediately after those emails were subpoenaed by Congress, Clinton instructed a team of her advisers to unilaterally delete, with no oversight, almost 32,000 of the roughly 60,000 emails in question.  Clinton claimed that her reason for having used only a personal email account, rather than both a personal and a government account, was that she found it "easier," "better," "simpler" and more convenient to "carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two."  It was eventually learned, however, that Mrs. Clinton in fact had used no fewer than 13 mobile devices to access emails on her private server, but the FBI was unable to obtain any of those devices in its investigation, in some cases because Clinton aides had been instructed to smash them with a hammer.

Hillary Clinton, who tells dreadful lies.  Today, it is the American people who have been burned, time and again, by Hillary Clinton's dreadful lies.  Let's review just a few examples of her serial dishonesty:  She lied repeatedly about her emails.  She lied when she said she had "turned over everything I was obligated to turn over" (FBI Director James Comey said the FBI "discovered several thousand work-related e-mails that were not among the group of 30,000 e-mails returned by Secretary Clinton to state in 2014").  She lied when she said there was "no classified material" in her private emails ... that there was nothing "classified at the time" ... and that there was nothing "marked classified" in her private emails — all of which the FBI director said were untrue.  And, to top it all off, she lied about her lies — declaring on national television that "Director Comey said my answers were truthful, and what I've said is consistent with what I have told the American people" — a claim The Post's Fact Checker gave "Four Pinocchios."

Hillary Clinton's Email: the Definitive Timeline.  Clip and save for future reference.

The Clearest (No Spin) Summary of FBI Report on Hillary Clinton Email.  The FBI could not review all of the Hillary Clinton emails under investigation because:
  •   The Clintons' Apple personal server used for Hillary Clinton work email could not be located for the FBI to examine.
  •   An Apple MacBook laptop and thumb drive that contained Hillary Clinton email archives were lost, and the FBI couldn't examine them.
  •   2 BlackBerry devices provided to FBI didn't have their SIM or SD data cards.
  •   13 Hillary Clinton personal mobile devices were lost, discarded or destroyed.  Therefore, the FBI couldn't examine them.
  •   Various server backups were deleted over time, so the FBI couldn't examine them.
  •   After State Dept. notified Hillary Clinton her records would be sought by House Benghazi Committee, copies of her email on the laptops of her attorneys Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were wiped with BleachBit, and the FBI couldn't review them.
  •   After her emails were subpoenaed, Hillary Clinton's email archive was also permanently deleted from her then-server "PRN" with BleachBit, and the FBI couldn't review it.
  •   Also after the subpoena, backups of the PRN server were manually deleted.

Hillary Coordinated With Democrats To Set Up Benghazi Hearing.  Amidst all the controversy over Hillary Clinton's private email server, one question seems to be ignored more than any other:  why?  Why would the Secretary of State set up a private server, in advance, if she knew she wasn't going to do anything wrong?  Why would she run all of her email through it, rather than running her corruption-related emails through a private server, keeping it walled off from her normal work?  The answer:  Hillary's paranoid.

If Hillary Is Corrupt, Congress Should Impeach Her.  In keeping with page one of the Clinton-media playbook, any scandal that emerges on Friday night is "old news" by Monday morning.  The press seeks to stretch this hidebound strategy by regarding as "old," and therefore stale and unworthy of attention, any new revelation tied to the e-mail debacle.  It's the gambit you'd expect, given Mrs. Clinton's failed attempt to destroy well over 30,000 e-mails, tens of thousands of which are now dribbling out for the first time.  Since the newly revealed e-mails put the lie to Clinton's always risible claim that these communications were unrelated to State Department business, they tend to be double-whammies.  First, their substance is stunningly corrupt, often showing how she and her staff ran the State Department as an annex of the Clinton Foundation, the enterprise Bill and Hillary used to monetize political influence to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars.  Second, even the most innocuous of the e-mails that concern State Department business illustrate that Clinton brazenly lied to Congress and the public for over a year:  maintaining that the destroyed e-mails involved yoga, Chelsea's wedding, and other personal matters, not the operations of government.

Under Hillary, State and the Clinton Foundation were one seamless entity.  The Democratic nominee obviously didn't set up her server with the express purpose of exposing national secrets — that was incidental.  She set up the server to keep secret the details of the Clintons' private life — a life built around an elaborate and sweeping money-raising and self-promoting entity known as the Clinton Foundation.  Had Secretary Clinton kept the foundation at arm's length while in office — as obvious ethical standards would have dictated — there would never have been any need for a private server, or even private email.

What Happened This Week in the Clinton Corruption Chronicles.  First, we go back to her email problem.  She says it's all been resolved — nothing to see here.  But then the FBI finds another 15,000 documents related to her home-brew email server long after she had claimed that she had turned over all State Department-related emails.  So the appearance of a cover-up and further indicators of corruption grow.  This woman who so desperately wants to be president — anyone who craves elected office so strongly is obviously disturbed and therefore unfit — has clouds of shame from the 1980s she can't escape.  And the clouds get bigger and darker still, and they are clouds of her own making.  How can anyone with her history be qualified for any office?

The bribery standard.  The central problem with Hillary Clinton's emails was not the classified material.  It wasn't the headline-making charge by the FBI director of her extreme carelessness in handling it.  That's a serious offense, to be sure, and could very well have been grounds for indictment.  And it did damage her politically, exposing her sense of above-the-law entitlement and — in her dodges and prevarications, her parsing and evasions — demonstrating her arm's-length relationship with the truth.  But it was always something of a sideshow.  The real question wasn't classification but:  Why did she have a private server in the first place?  She obviously lied about the purpose.  It wasn't convenience.  It was concealment.  What exactly was she hiding?

The ultimate Clinton scandal.  The scandal of Hillary Clinton's private email server is in a sense the ultimate Clinton scandal.  It shows Hillary Clinton's heedless treatment of national security for corrupt personal reasons.  It shows her willingness to say anything to extricate herself from a fix.  Indeed, the scandal shows her pathological approach to facts.  She may believe her own lies.  One has the impression that she could pass a lie detector test on her multitudinous misrepresentations.  She lies like a criminal, without a conscience, to cover up her criminal wrongdoing.

Hillary Clinton short-circuited?  On the state secrets issue, she has told the public countless times that she never sent or received anything marked classified.  She could not have said that to the FBI, because even a novice FBI agent would have recognized such a statement as a trick answer.  Nothing is marked "classified."  The markings used by the federal government are "confidential" or "secret" or "top secret."  When Director Comey announced last month that the FBI was recommending against indictment, he revealed nevertheless that his agents found 110 emails in 52 email threads containing materials that were confidential, secret or top secret.  The agents also found seven email chains on her servers that were select access privilege, or SAP.  SAP emails cannot be received, opened or sent without knowing what they are, as a special alphanumeric code, one that changes continually, must be requested and employed in order to do so.  SAP is so secret that the FBI agents investigating Clinton lacked access to the code.  Could Clinton have legally received, opened, stored or sent a secret or top secret email without knowing it, as she has claimed?  In a word:  NO.

From Whitewater to Benghazi:  A Clinton-Scandal Primer.  [Scroll down]  During the course of the Benghazi investigation, New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt learned Clinton had used a personal email account while secretary of state.  It turned out she had also been using a private server, located at a house in New York.  The result was that Clinton and her staff decided which emails to turn over to the State Department as public records and which to withhold; they say they then destroyed the ones they had designated as personal. [...] A May report from the State Department inspector general is harshly critical of Clinton's email approach, but Loretta Lynch announced on July 6 that the Justice Department would not pursue criminal charges, removing the threat of an indictment that could be fatal to her campaign.  But the scandal will remain a millstone around her neck forever.

Hillary Clinton:  Too Connected to Jail.  [Scroll down]  There are, however, people who are not cynical about the Clintons.  These are the people who were reading Mrs. Clinton's electronic correspondence which she made accessible through her quest for secrecy.  It did not occur to her that in keeping her email away from the prying eyes of those pesky oversight committees she made it available to anyone with the will and the means to hack into her various servers.  In one of my police assignments I was schooled in electronic surveillance methods by former special forces operators who had practiced those methods overseas.  To anyone knowledgeable in this arena, it is inconceivable that Mrs. Clinton's email wasn't being read in real time for her entire tenure as secretary of state.  For all practical purposes, the United States had no secrets during that time.  Mrs. Clinton's defenders will point to Comey's statement that the FBI found no evidence that her email was successfully hacked, but this is only because her laxity in protecting it made such evidence impossible to detect.  You might discover you've been burglarized if you come home to find your door kicked in or a window broken, but if you've left your door unlocked, and if the thief has been careful in his selection of the loot, you might never know you've been victimized.

Yup, She's Crooked.  Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt person ever to get this close to becoming president of the United States.  Aaron Burr was corrupt, but his treason didn't occur until after his presidential possibilities had dried up.  Ulysses Grant was a great man whose administration was riddled with corruption, but he wasn't personally involved.  Warren Harding wasn't a great man, but he wasn't party to the corruption in his administration either.  Hillary Clinton stands alone.  Her corruption has many dimensions.  It encompasses her personal, professional, and political life.  There are lots of overlaps.  Her use of a private email server engulfs all three aspects.

Hillary Signed on the Dotted Line — And Then Broke the Law.  The non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is executed by all who have access to classified and sensitive information.  It is beyond doubt that Hillary Clinton executed one of these while secretary of State.  It is also beyond doubt that she violated her NDA, the "special confidence and trust" that such access confers, and the law.  This standard NDA delineates the conditions and prohibitions of disclosing, storing and maintaining classified and sensitive compartmented information (SCI).  These documents repeatedly refer to the specific statutes under the laws that govern transgressions of these requirements as well as acknowledgement and awareness of the "special confidence and trust" that this access confers.  The signatory also agrees never to divulge classified or SCI material, to adequately protect classified and SCI material and to return all classified and SCI material in their possession under penalty of law.

Democrats, Have You No Shame?  Hillary Clinton set up her own email operation separate of the State Dept. and against government policy.  No one she worked with ever questioned her use of a private email address for critical government information, much of which was top secret.  The use of this email address did not come to light until a Congressional committee finally received long-withheld documents two years after she left office.  Clinton dumped emails and has been caught in lies about what was in the emails, whether she transferred all relevant emails, and the security of those emails. [...] No Democrat stood up and questioned her abhorrent behavior.  No one called her out.

Why Hillary Clinton Must Go To Jail.  In 1994, Hillary Clinton took questions under a portrait of Abraham Lincoln.  Wearing a pink pantsuit, she offered what would become her customary mix of lies and defensiveness, admitting to something and then trying to shift the blame, denying that she had broken the law and then claiming ignorance.  It was an act that we would see over and over again for the next few decades, but back then it was still new when Hillary Clinton claimed that she couldn't remember anything, that the whole Whitewater affair was an invasion of her privacy and that she had never meant to do anything wrong.  Some twenty years later, we have spent the past few months witnessing the same performance.

Hillary Clinton:  Sandy Berger in Drag.  Gen.  David Petraeus was prosecuted and convicted of merely mishandling classified material, having it in his house to aid a biographer writing a book.  The material never made the book and was returned.  It was never exposed to hackers, which Comey confirmed, or was made available to blackmail a future president.  Hillary exposed classified material to foreign hackers and governments on an unsecured server.

The Insidious Power of the Media Disinformation Campaign for Hillary Clinton.  While it is certainly true that the chief editor of a major newspaper or the producer of a network newscast has the ability to spike or kill a story, which is essentially their way of "ignoring" the news if you will, what is more subtle, deceitful — and dare I suggest corrupt — is their penchant to frame a story to fit a specific narrative.  They no longer report the news, but they do shape a message.  There is not a finer example of the media ignoring the facts and shaping a message than what we are witnessing regarding Hillary Clinton's email server, the classified material on that server, as well as the case of the missing emails.  The media have embraced the Clinton campaign's narrative that there is "nothing to see here," that there wasn't some "mishandling email controversy," at most, or repeat Secretary Clinton's own bogus statement, "using a personal e-mail was permissible" as "other Secretaries of State did the same thing."  Other excuses have been thrown against the wall to see if something will stick, such as, she was "trying to protect her privacy" or "she was clueless about how regular emails work on a conventional computer."

EXCLUSIVE — Darrell Issa:  There Is Enough Evidence to Indict Hillary Clinton.  Republican California Rep.  Darrell Issa said that there is enough evidence to indict Hillary Clinton for mishandling national security information on her private email server. [...] Issa said that while there is enough evidence to indict, the American people will have to play judge and jury in November's election.  "It's not even a high bar.  To be considered to be president of the United States, you are supposed to be completely free of this kind of treachery against your country," Issa said.

Hillary Clinton faces serious, even legal, potholes on the road to becoming Democratic candidate for president.  First, her mishandling of emails while secretary of state will not go away.  A new report from the State Department's inspector general makes it clear that Clinton broke the rules.  Among five recent secretaries of state, Clinton was the only one who refused to co-operate with the investigation.  This wouldn't be so bad if she hadn't misled everyone a year ago.  She claimed none of the thousands of emails on her personal server were classified.  The IG report maintains more than 2,000 were, indeed, classified.  Some were even "top secret".  Her excuse of "convenience" was also questioned, given she carried several devices and how she used them took effort and planning.  Clinton broke State Department rules.  But did she also break the law?  The FBI is investigating, leaving open the possibility Clinton could be indicted on criminal charges under state secret statutes.

The Lawyers Who Could Take Down Hillary Clinton's Campaign.  In February, a federal judge took the highly unusual step of ruling that State Department officials and aides to Hillary Clinton should be questioned under oath about her use of a private email server, a controversy that has dogged the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee for more than a year.  In comments from the bench, a visibly frustrated Judge Emmet Sullivan complained about the fragmentary way that new revelations about Clinton's email use have come to light — largely through press reports and leaks and her shifting explanations for why she set up the server in her New York home rather than use an official ".gov" account when she was secretary of state.  "This is a constant drip... That's what we're having here, you know, and it needs to stop," Sullivan said.

Hillary Clinton:  The Unpopular, Corrupt, Shameless Habitual Liar Democrats Deserve.  [Hillary Clinton] has become the first presidential candidate of either gender to clinch a major party's nomination while under active FBI investigation.  That criminal probe — not a "security review" as she and her campaign have wrongly claimed — continues to produce serious new developments.  Based on her deliberate, national security-endangering conduct, as well as a string of clues and actions by federal investigators, it is entirely possible that a recommendation for criminal prosecution will be handed down in the coming weeks.  As America's top diplomat, Mrs. Clinton ordered the implementation of an improper email scheme that predictably culminated in the compromising of thousands of classified documents, including top secret and 'beyond top secret' material.  She ignored specific, personal warnings from State Department security officials about her reckless arrangement in 2009 and 2011, using her shockingly unsecure system throughout her four-year tenure as a means of thwarting public records requests and wielding total control over her correspondence.  When the existence of her private server was revealed, Clinton and her attorneys unilaterally deleted tens of thousands of messages, falsely stating that none of them were work-related.  She has verifiably and flagrantly lied about virtually every aspect of this scandal from the very beginning.

We can't reward Hillary Clinton with the White House for breaking all the rules.  In its report on how Hillary Clinton handled her "private" emails while serving as secretary of state, the State Department's inspector general (IG) has found that Hillary Clinton disregarded cyber security guidelines when she used a private computer server.  She continues to deny she did anything wrong and falsely claims she turned over "all" of her emails to the State Department after she left office.  In fact, she, or members of her team, deleted about 30,000 of them before an investigation of her practices began.

James Comey:  Enforcing the Law Requires Indicting Hillary Clinton.  The facts known about Secretary Hillary Clinton's actions surrounding the use of an unsecure private email server for conducting State Department business, show that she acted with reckless disregard of the security interests of the United States and violated some ten federal statutes.  Several are national security-related felonies, just three of which include:  1) disclosure of classified information (22 of which documents were Top Secret); 2) unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents; and 3) destruction of evidence (erasure of the hard drive and deletion of some 30,000 emails by Secretary Clinton), after a government investigation had commenced (Benghazi hearings began October 10, 2012).

4 things Hillary Clinton got wrong in her latest statement about those emails.  [Y]es, previous secretaries of state have used personal email addresses while in office — Colin Powell most notably and extensively.  But, and this is really important, Clinton is the first secretary of state to ever use a private email address exclusively to conduct her business.  Period.  That was and is unprecedented. [...] As for Clinton's assertion that she has turned over "all" of her emails, remember that Clinton deleted more than 31,000 emails that she deemed personal before ever turning anything over to the State Department.  There was no third party brought in to make judgments on what was entirely private and what might be closer to the professional line.  We have to, quite literally, take Clinton's word for it.

5 Reasons Hillary Clinton Isn't Fit To Be President.  [#4] She belongs in jail.  In America, no one is supposed to be "above the law."  Not you, not me, not the president of the United States.  Yet, if Hillary Clinton doesn't go to jail over having classified emails sent to her private server, it will be purely for political reasons.  She knew what she was doing was highly illegal from day one.  Not only are there people in jail for doing less than she has, any normal person with a government security clearance who did what she did would EXPECT to go to jail if he were caught.

From Whitewater to Benghazi:  A Clinton-Scandal Primer.  The email-server story seems to move in waves:  silence for a while, then an onslaught of news.  Late last Thursday [5/12/2016], it emerged that while Clinton hasn't spoken to the FBI yet, several of her top aides have.  (She has repeatedly said that she will cooperate if asked to speak.)  One of the aides to speak is Huma Abedin, one of Clinton's closest and longest-serving confidants.  It's not clear what other staffers have been interviewed.  Meanwhile, a judge ruled last week that the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch might be able to depose Clinton as part of a lawsuit over her use of private email — a matter that concerns not the national-security implications of a potentially vulnerable server, but whether Clinton actually complied with federal-records law in turning over her emails.

The Clinton Email Scandal Timeline.  I'm a political liberal, and up until a few months ago, I would have gladly supported Hillary Clinton.  I didn't pay much attention to Clinton's email scandal, and what I heard about it made me suspect that it was another Republican-led scandal that never amounted to much.  However, I eventually heard enough concerning news stories about it to make me want to take a closer look.  The more I learned, the more shocked and convinced I became that this was a very real and very serious scandal.

More background and overview:
Mens Rea and Hillary Clinton.  In connection with her February 1, 2013 departure from the State Department, Clinton was clearly responsible under the State Department's own records-management manual to prepare an inventory of personal papers and government materials, along with any proposal for retention of papers in the inventory for requisite State Department approval.  The purpose of the procedure was, by its own terms, to certify that the documentary materials proposed for removal could be removed without diminishing the official records of the department or violation of national security or other restrictions on disclosure.  The SF 312 requirements specifically encompassed in its coverage "Presidential appointees confirmed by the Senate."  Secretary Clinton did not comply with any of the SF 312 procedures upon her departure from the State Department, but rather, simply retained her private server. Her document retention included at least 22 TOP SECRET/SAP documents.  She continued to maintain the server in the basement of her Chappaqua, New York home.  In May 2013 she turned over the server to Platte River Networks that matriculated all of Clinton's emails to another server.  The emails were additionally backed up by a cloud-based backup server for recovery in the event the primary server failed.  Platte River Networks was not authorized to be a custodian of these government records.  For 22 months after Clinton's departure from State, the existence of the server was unknown to the vast majority of the federal government and the public at large.  Admittedly, some State Department personnel were aware of the server.  The existence of the server was first discovered by the Benghazi Special Committee in early 2015, and was brought to public by the New York Times on March 24, 2015.

Hillary's Sputtering Campaign.  Although the FBI has not finished its investigation and sent its results and recommendations to the Obama Justice Department, most of the media and public have learned enough about the e-mail/server scandal to conclude that had any mid-level State Department or intelligence-agency employee emulated Hillary Clinton's use of a private unsecured server — along with serial denials and lying about such use — he would have been fired and prosecuted. [...] What keeps Hillary out of jail, or at least a plea-bargain, is her political viability, first as the likely Democratic nominee, and second as a presumable winner over Trump.  But take either likelihood away, and she de facto loses exemption and becomes expendable — a fact that is well known to her and which cannot be an easy reality to face each morning.

Is It Time to Water the Tree of Liberty?  [Scroll down]  Without getting too deep in the technical weeds, let me try to explain this as simply as possible.  Hillary's server, and her computer, had an open 3389 port which allowed remote use of her tree system, called RDP or Remote Desktop Protocol, and that port is not secure in any way.  It also connects, as I understand it, the server system's various networks meaning that any computer, or email system networked through that server, as also easily accessed by the hackers.  To put it another way, the open 3389 port was easily accessible and open to the entire internet. [...] So, did Hillary Clinton commit espionage?  Because of her intentional efforts to store classified and above top secret documents away from government controlled secure systems, because she didn't provide even the most basic security on her unlawful private system, because she shared those documents with others who didn't have the proper security or any security clearance and because she intentionally disallowed government oversight, an Inspector General to be inside the State Department throughout her entire reign there... and as a result, her system was hacked, and those documents, including the SAP documents were then open and available to our friends and enemies alike... and because she obviously attempted to cover her tracks with regard to purging 30,000 emails, including every single email to or from her IT specialist, Bryan Pagliano... yes, Hillary committed espionage against the United States.

"Malicious intent" is not required to break the law in Hillary Clinton's case.  There's a new trend in the mainstream media's ongoing efforts to defend Hillary Clinton over her email scandal and you should be keeping your eyes open for more of it in the future.  When the question first came up, most liberal outlets went through the usual stages of denial and accommodation.  Initially it was all just some story cooked up by the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.  Then, when the private bathroom server turned out to be a reality which could no longer be denied, the story was that it was simply personal information or routine business with her staff, along with Chelsea's wedding and baby shower plans which were none of our business.  We all saw how the story morphed from that point on until it was painfully obvious that there had been Top Secret material left lying around on the server outside the control of the government.

Clinton Email Server Greatest Intel Disaster in History.  Former frontline CIA Officer Scott Uehlinger says Hillary Clinton clearly broke the law with her private unprotected server.  Uehlinger explains, "What the Clintons rely on is most Americans don't really understand the security procedures.  So, they can throw up a lot of smoke and mirrors that confuses people and makes them think that this was not so much of a problem.  But people in the military and people in the intelligence community understand this better, and certainly it is even worse than it appears. ... The fact that she set up a private server, in and of itself, means she is guilty of a felony right there.  Obviously, by having a private server, she was conspiring to evade her signed sworn statements that she would uphold secrecy agreements.  The fact that she simply established that (private server) regardless of what was on it, she intended to go around and circumvent the law.  Now, we had more than 100 highly classified emails on the server, and the fact that this server is absolutely vulnerable to any Chinese, Russian or Iranian hacking, this is the greatest disaster or mishandling of classified information at the upper levels of the U.S. government in history.  There is no question about it."

Will the Wheels of Justice Grind Hillary?  Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus believes Hillary Clinton will get indicted.  So does former attorney general Michael Mukasey, a Republican who served in the George W. Bush administration, as does the Senate majority whip, John Cornyn of Texas.  Many — perhaps even most — Republicans believe the former secretary of state will face some sort of legal consequence for keeping classified information on her private email system.  Republicans cite the cases of national security adviser Sandy Berger, CIA director John Deutch, and General David Petraeus to show clear precedent for prominent officials facing consequences for mishandling classified information.  They point to the preponderance of public evidence clearly and indisputably showing a bevy of classified information was stashed on Clinton's home-brew server.

Hillary's 'classified' smokescreen hides real crime.  Since the beginning of the Clinton email scandal, the nation has been subjected to a political and criminal defense generated smokescreen.  The Clinton campaign has attempted to make the public believe that she is not guilty of anything because the information on her very unprotected server was not "marked as classified" or "classified at the time."  The applicable statute, 18 USC 793, however, does not even once mention the word "classified."  The focus is on "information respecting the national defense" that potentially "could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation."  793 (f) specifically makes it a crime for anyone "entrusted with ... any document ... or information relating to the national defense ... through gross negligence (to permit) the same to be removed from its proper place of custody."  A jury (not a Democrat or Republican political administration) is, of course, the best body to determine gross negligence on the facts of this case.

New documents refute Hillary Clinton's secret email server timeline.  Documents confirm Hillary Clinton was using her secret email server before the March 18 start date she previously claimed, and the State Department had access to some of the messages all along but didn't notice, a conservative legal watchdog said Thursday [3/24/2016].  Judicial Watch, which has filed a host of lawsuits to try to pry loose Mrs. Clinton's emails, released a Feb. 13 exchange between Mrs. Clinton, the new secretary of state, and aide Cheryl Mills concerning Mrs. Clinton's desire for a secure BlackBerry to handle classified email traffic.  Last year, Mrs. Clinton indicated she started using her secret account on the clintonemail.com server she kept at her home in New York in March, two months after she was sworn in as secretary.

The Email Saga.  For alumni of U.S. national-security departments and agencies, Hillary Clinton's email saga is mind-numbing.  The publicly available information makes clear she and her aides violated so many elementary security prohibitions that alumni are speechless.  They wonder, had they done what she did, how quickly they would have lost their clearances and jobs and how extensive the criminal indictments against them would be.  By contrast, many who have never served in government or dealt with classified information see the affair as opaque, even overblown.  Certainly Clinton has worked hard to foster that impression.  Leaving political spin aside, and without delving into arcane legal analysis, which is it?  What did Clinton and her entourage actually do day-to-day, and what does it mean?

Is America Ruled By Law or Ruled by Power?  Hillary Clinton is a felon many times over.  Assuming the facts are as being reported — or that they are even a tenth of the severity of what has been reported — Hillary Clinton is guilty of multiple serious felonies stemming from her conscious choice to unlawfully hide her correspondence as Secretary of State on a "private" server that was kept in some dude's bathroom somewhere.  I use the term "private" only in the sense that it was non-governmental; every foreign intelligence agency, friend or foe, was reading it.  Only we American citizens can't see what was on it, and that's because much of it was highly classified material.  So she is a felon many times over.  Understand that this is not open to debate.  There is no "her side of the story."  There is no excuse nor harmless explanation.

Hillary's Email Recklessness Compromised Our National Security.  We could go on at length about Clinton's arrogance in setting up a homebrew communications network, an outrageous violation of the transparency standards that were her responsibility as secretary of state to enforce.  It was a familiar exercise in Clintonian self-dealing:  Anticipating running for president in 2016, she realized she was enmeshed in the Clinton Foundation's global scheme to sell influence for money, so she devised a way to avoid a paper trail.  Accountability, after all, is for peons:  The yoke of recordkeeping requirements, Freedom of Information Act productions, congressional inquiries, and the government's disclosure duties in judicial proceedings was not for her Highness.

Hillary Clinton's Secrets Contract Should [End] Her Candidacy.  Simply receiving at least two emails containing top secret material on the nonsecure private server she set up for herself, as we know she did, and for which the Justice Department is investigating her, is an obvious violation of that contract she signed with the federal government (and, considering the national security implications, with the American people themselves).  If it weren't for the steep slant of the dominant media, the revelation of Clinton's nondisclosure agreement would signal a perfect storm forming to doom her presidential candidacy.

Why is the Mainstream Press Still Coddling Clinton?  [Scroll down]  Over at NBC News, Lester Holt sat down with Clinton on Friday [1/29/2016] to ask her such hardball questions such as "do you get your feelings hurt," after admitting that he "winced" when he heard someone tell her at a town hall that people think she's dishonest.  Clinton got asked two perfunctory questions about the latest email revelations on CNN Monday morning [2/1/2016], one of them being, "How do you convince voters not to be concerned?"  Now, try to imagine a Republican running for office who, while secretary of state, conducted all his emails on a private, nonsecure server so he could pick and choose which emails to turn over to investigators, then tried to wipe the server before handing it over to a private third party, who clearly lied about not sending or receiving any classified information over that email system, and who then tried to blame it on liberals in government and Democrats for being on a witch hunt.  Oh, and because of this negligence, America's national security might very well have been put at risk.  Reporters would be in a state of mad fury, with all hands on deck to get to the bottom of it.  The story would dominate the news, day after day.

A Felon By Any Other Name.  Were her last name anything other than Clinton, Hillary would be indicted today.  Actually, she would have been indicted long ago and sitting in prison today.  But her last name is Clinton.  As such, she's on the verge of becoming the nominee of the Democratic Party for president. [...] The Clintons always have been about one thing — the Clintons.  Although there is a certain degree of narcissism necessary to run for public office, and an even healthier dose required the higher up the power ladder one climbs, only the Kennedys rival the Clintons in their naked lust for power and thwarting of the law.

Hillary's Last Hurrah.  The FBI is investigating two aspects of Clinton's conduct while she was secretary of state:  first, the handling of classified information — up to and including top secret/special access program information — on her private email system; second, the possibility that Clinton, as secretary of state, sold American foreign policy to the highest bidder who wanted to contribute to the Clinton Family Foundation or pay Bill another $500,000 for a twenty-minute speech.  To begin we have to recognize the obvious:  that her private email system was set up for a corrupt purpose, namely to ensure that she had control over all the communications she sent or received as secretary of state.

Hillary Email Scandal: 7 Smoking Guns Found ... So Far.  After each previous batch of emails that has been released, reporters would quickly proclaim that there was nothing in them definitely proving that Clinton broke the law.  At least, that's what one would assume constitutes a "smoking gun," given the way the scandal has been covered.  But what if a "smoking gun" means catching her in a flat lie or putting national security at risk or being unbelievably, if not criminally, negligent in her handing of classified information?  By those perfectly reasonable standards, there are so many smoking guns now that Hillary is starting to resemble Annie Oakley.  The latest revelation is the hardest for even a biased press to ignore, because it so clearly demonstrates that Clinton repeatedly lied when she said she never knowingly sent or received any classified material from the private, unsecured homebrew email server stashed in her New York home.

Why Hillary Clinton's legal woes are grave or even fatal.  The failure to safeguard state secrets is an area of the law in which the federal government has been aggressive to the point of being merciless.  State secrets are the product of members of the intelligence community's risking their lives to obtain information.  Before she was entrusted with any state secrets — indeed, on her first full day as secretary of state — Clinton received instruction from FBI agents on how to safeguard them; and she signed an oath swearing to comply with the laws commanding the safekeeping of these secrets.  She was warned that the failure to safeguard secrets — known as espionage — would most likely result in aggressive prosecution.

None Dare Call It Treason.  The disclosure about Valerie Plame was called "treason" and people have gone to jail for mishandling classified info, what Hillary Clinton is accused of.

6 things we've learned from Hillary Clinton's emails.  [#1]  Clinton used more than one device[.]  After news broke about her personal email account, Clinton said she'd used one only as a matter of convenience so she would not have to carry two devices.  "I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two," she said last March.  But her emails show she did have two devices — a BlackBerry and an iPad that she received in June 2010.  On Junev25 of that year, Clinton aide Philippe Reines sent her an email announcing the arrival of what he called her hPad.

Secrecy is the root of the Clinton email scandal.  The Washington Post has published a lengthy article by Robert O'Harrow, Jr. called "How Clinton's Email Scandal Took Root."  Much of the article covers ground familiar to those who are following this saga.  However, the story is still worth reading. [...] I doubt that, for purposes of determining whether Clinton violated the law, it matters whether her motive was convenience or a quest for control of her records.  However, O'Harrow's piece, without saying so, shows that her motive was control, not mere convenience.  It makes this clear in two ways.

Clinton Email Scandal: How A Biased Press Tried To Ignore It.  The Washington Post led its Monday [3/28/2016] paper with a story titled "How Clinton's Email Scandal Took Root."  What it revealed was that, left to the mainstream press, the story might never have hit the ground.  No one reading the Post's 5,000-word account can come away thinking that the Clinton email scandal is unimportant.  The FBI now has 147 agents chasing down leads.  A key person involved in the scandal has been granted immunity.  Hillary Clinton — who has already been caught in several lies — might be questioned by federal agents.  There are fairly obvious violations of the law, even if it's just those governing record-keeping.  And there were, and continue to be, concerns that national security secrets were compromised, or at least casually disregarded.

Caddell: Hillary's Email Scandal Worse Than Watergate.  On Breitbart News Saturday [2/13/2016] on Sirius XM, Pollster Pat Caddell, a former adviser to President Jimmy Carter, told host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon that the Hillary Clinton email scandal is "worse than Watergate." [...] "This is the greatest scandal in the history of the United States," Caddell said.  "They all ought to be indicted.  This is worse than Watergate."  Clinton, he explained, would soon be exposed for using her connections in the State Department to enrich her family, her foundation, and her supporters.

The Server Is the Smoking Gun, Part 2,088,129.  As I've been ranting for quite a while, the never-ending search for the smoking gun in Hillary's e-mails keeps missing the huge smoking artillery piece lying out in plain sight:  the server itself.  It was if not an explicitly criminal act to create it, it was a criminal act to use it the way she did.  All of the e-mails that have come to light simply demonstrate that fact.  It also bears repeating that every single thing Hillary Clinton said in that initial press conference at the U.N. has been proven to be a lie several times over.  One lie, however, still had a rice-paper-thin firewall.  In that press conference Clinton said "there is no classified material."

How Hillary's Insane Paranoia Led Her To Put Highly Classified Material On Her Homebrew Server.  Hillary Clinton may be headed to jail — and if she does, she wants you to know it's going to be all the fault of the vast right wing conspiracy.  Yes, even though the executive branch is controlled by her former boss Barack Obama, the real problem is unspecified conservatives illegally leaking information to the press.  On Tuesday [1/19/2016], Fox News reported that Hillary Clinton's private server contained intelligence "from the US government's most secretive and highly classified programs, according to an unclassified letter from a top inspector general to senior lawmakers."

Where Is The Indictment?  If anyone else had done any of what Hillary has done, they'd already be in the dock and probably already have had their trial.  They certainly wouldn't be running for President.

Hillary Email Scandal: Server Was Wellspring Of Classified Material.  It's been established that at least 1,340 of Clinton's emails contained classified material.  And now the inspector general for the intelligence community is saying that "several dozen" more with classified material have been found, including some with "a level of classification beyond even 'top secret,'" reports Fox.  That classification would be "special access programs," which Wikipedia says "may be a type of black project."  This is highly sensitive material intended to be available only to those who "need to know."  But Clinton couldn't be bothered with using a secure State Department email account and server, so this material was left exposed on her wonky server, which had a habit of crashing and was certainly not secure.

Why Clinton's email problem won't go away.  For readers who've mostly ignored emailgate — assuming it would disappear — and now feel the need to catch up, here's a primer on why it matters.  It's difficult to avoid the suspicion that Clinton, after the scandals that rocked her husband's presidency during the 1990s, simply did not want to leave behind a paper trail (or e-trail).  And so, as secretary of State, she tried to skirt federal records law by employing her own IT systems and servers, and by exclusively using a personal email address.  This maneuver, however, created a far bigger problem than the one she intended to avoid, because a large portion of what any secretary of State does is classified to some degree. High-level diplomacy is inherently a secret matter and always has been.

Why I've written 50 posts on Hillary Clinton's e-mails.  [Reason #3] The story about the e-mail server has changed.  Repeatedly. When Clinton acknowledged the existence of the server back in March — following a New York Times report revealing it — she insisted that the private server need not be examined by a third party.  She (finally) turned it over last month.  She said that the handing over of the e-mails was a procedure that all former and current secretaries of state were undergoing at the same time.  But, as reporting from The Post this week showed, the State Department specifically requested Clinton's e-mails after they realized she had used private e-mail exclusively.  It wasn't until months later that requests for documents was made of other former secretaries of state.  A story that keeps changing like that bears further analysis and investigation.

Clinton: Questions About my Email Are 'Beyond the Pale'.  Since the story broke in the spring, Clinton continually dismissed the saga over her use of private email while secretary of state as a distraction that she didn't have to apologize for, insisting over and over that what she did was allowed by the government.  Eventually, Clinton did say she was "sorry" for what she'd done.  Questions ranging from her potential misuse of classified information to why she elected to use a private server to conduct government business at all have dogged her campaign and caused her trustworthiness numbers to suffer with voters.

The United States of Injustice.  [Scroll down]  Where citizens used to be equal, there are now two kinds of citizens.  There are the allies of Obama, and there are the rest of us.  There are two sets of laws, two standards of behavior, two Americas — one for them, and one for us.  Look at Hillary Clinton, that poisonous, pant-suited toad whose shameless, felonious email antics would have her in a federal court docket if she was anyone else except the Democrat frontrunner.  It's not even a close call — those of us who dealt with classified information understand that had we done a tenth of what she did we would be spending the next decade transforming big rocks into little rocks at Leavenworth.  In fact, General Petraeus did just a tenth of what she did, and he was prosecuted.  But though her guilt is beyond question, she never, ever will be.  That is unjust.

Here's the bottom line of the Hillary e-mail dump.  The content of the Hillary Clinton emails released New Year's Eve doesn't matter nearly so much as what the State Department held back:  It found 275 of the messages to contain classified info — in two cases, "Secret" information.  The total so far is 1,274 classified emails, debunking Clinton's claims that she never sent or received such info on the account run from the private, unsecured server in her home.  Her fallback defense is that nothing was marked "classified."  Yet all State employees are warned that some stuff is "born classified."

'This was all planned': Former IG says Hillary, State Dept. are lying.  The State Department is lying when it says it didn't know until it was too late that Hillary Clinton was improperly using personal emails and a private server to conduct official business — because it never set up an agency email address for her in the first place, the department's former top watchdog says.  "This was all planned in advance" to skirt rules governing federal records management, said Howard J. Krongard, who served as the agency's inspector general from 2005 to 2008.  The Harvard-educated lawyer points out that, from Day One, Clinton was never assigned and never used a state.gov email address like previous secretaries.

Hillary needs to answer for her war.  Hillary Clinton, running for president, has not held a press conference in the past 88 days.  You'd think she was running from something rather than for something.  And maybe she is.  During that period, the State Department has released 16,700 of the emails she illegally concealed for years from the public and from lawful Freedom of Information requests.  In that same 88-day period since Clinton last faced unscreened press questions, 842 of those emails, which she stored on an insecure server in her own home, were deemed to contain national secrets that merit classified status.  About two dozen were deemed Top Secret.  One reportedly contained extremely sensitive information about an Afghan national who could have faced lethal retribution for collaborating with American intelligence services.


President Obama discusses the Clinton email scandal:

Obama still thinks Clinton email use didn't hurt national security.  The top White House spokesman said Tuesday [5/31/2016] that President Obama stands by his earlier statement that Hillary Clinton didn't do anything to jeopardize national security by using a private server for all of her work email when she ran the State Department.

Obama's latest defense of Clinton has lawyers cringing.  The president tried to remain neutral for months in the race for the White House, and pledged only to get involved in the general election after the Democratic Party had selected its nominee.  But this month, Obama waded into the increasingly contentious primary to bat down Bernie Sanders' argument that Clinton is not qualified to be president, and more recently appeared to diminish the severity of her alleged mishandling of classified documents on her private server.

Obama puts his thumb on the scale for Hillary.  [Scroll down]  Naturally, the assumption is that the Clintons have this thing wired, that she's got it all rigged the Chicago Way. [...] All the president had to do was decline to comment.  Officials do that all the time with pending investigations.  But the president didn't decline.  He talked.  And he knows that every word a president says has profound weight.  So with Mr. Obama all but testifying for Clinton, saying what she did was unintentional, that it may have been careless but ultimately harmless, well, you don't need a be a mountain man to read those tracks in the snow.

Machiavellian or dumb?  Obama's take on Hillary Clinton's emails is hard to figure out.  President Barack Obama's recent remarks to my Fox News colleague Chris Wallace about Hillary Clinton's email issues were either Machiavellian or dumb.  It is difficult to tell from them whether he wants the mountain of evidence of her criminal behavior presented to a federal grand jury or he wants her to succeed him in the White House.  He cannot have both.  His efforts to minimize his former secretary of state's diversion of emails from government-secured servers to her own non-secure home server by calling it "careless" may actually harm her in the eyes of the public or even serve as a dog whistle to the FBI.  That's because carelessness is a species of negligence, and espionage, which is the failure to safeguard state secrets by removing them from their proper place of custody, is the rare federal crime that can be proved by negligence — to be precise, gross negligence.

Leading Republican Rips Obama For Insulting Decision to 'Opine' About Clinton Email Probe.  The Senate's No. 2 Republican criticized President Obama's recent decision to "opine" publicly about the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email, calling the move inappropriate and insulting.  Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R., Texas) reiterated his call for the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the investigation during remarks to the Senate floor Thursday [4/14/2016], adding that Obama's remarks earlier this week reinforced the need for an objective party to investigate and possibly prosecute Clinton, a former member of the administration.  During an interview that aired on Fox News Sunday, Obama admitted that Clinton displayed a "carelessness" in handling her emails but dismissed concerns about her correspondences holding classified information.  While none of Clinton's messages were marked classified on her email, the federal government has determined that over 2,000 are currently classified, 22 of which at the "top secret" level.

Obama Declares Hillary Innocent, Then Guarantees No Interference.  [T]he reason the email affair of the Democrats' presidential front-runner is so important is that it has already been proved that she handled classified information, after categorically denying doing so, through the private server she set up at her home in New York state.  Unlike protected government communications, those emails could have been intercepted or later compromised by foreign governments like those of Russia or China, or by nongovernmental personnel tied to terrorists.  So when President Obama went on to double down on his claim last year that "I can tell that you this is not a situation in which America's national security was endangered," he was doing, as president, exactly what he was promising not to do — interfering.  In fact, he was declaring her innocent before she has been proven guilty or not guilty.

Obama's Latest View on Secrecy Overlooks Past Prosecution of Leaks.  When President Obama defended Hillary Clinton's email practices in a television interview over the weekend by saying, "there's classified, and then there's classified," he was only repeating what critics of government secrecy have long contended: that most of what is classified is merely sensitive, a little embarrassing or perhaps a policy debate still in progress.  But these are distinctions the Obama administration has not necessarily made in its treatment of classified information when dealing with news organizations, whistle-blowers or government officials accused of leaking information.

Obama Again Uses His Main Lie-Tell: "Period".  If you've kept up with our president's lying tells you'll recognize one of them in the following:  You can keep your doctor, period.  You can keep your plan, period.  You'll save $2500 a year, period.  More recently he's been quoted as saying that Iran has not broken the Nuke deal, period.  So at this point we have the advantage of knowing how to tell if Obama is lying (aside from his being awake and talking).  When Chris Wallace of Fox News last weekend asked him if he was involved in the FBI investigation of Hillary's email and server issue he said that he was not, "Period".  So there you have it from the supreme ruler's mouth.  Obama is heavily involved in getting Hillary out of her mess and no punishment will be inflicted on her at all.

Obama: "There's Classified, And Then There's Classified".  In the quote above, our beloved president was of course referring to Hillary's exposing of classified national secrets via her unsecured and illegal email server, and without question he asserts that Hillary has done nothing wrong, so we can expect the outcome of the FBI investigation into her destructive ramblings about the globe as Secretary of State to reflect what he wants to not happen here.  There will be no consequences for her destructive and illegal behavior and she'll continue her pursuit of the presidency.

Barack Obama, National Security Risk.  Barack Obama has made some of the stranger foreign policy decisions in American history such as going into Libya even after the Iraq debacle and making the nuclear deal with (aka billion-dollar hand-out to) Iran.  Now we know why.  He simply doesn't care about our national security.  He practically said as much on Fox News Sunday this weekend [4/10/2016].  As Obama explained to Chris Wallace regarding the contents of Hillary Clinton's email currently under FBI investigation, "there's classified and then there's classified."  He further opined that all Hillary was guilty of was "carelessness."  What a bizarre and lawless thing for a president to say while a federal investigation is being undertaken by over a hundred FBI agents.  Put simply, the president of the United States is a security risk.

Obama's 'classified' comments strike nerve.  President Obama's latest defense of Hillary Clinton has struck a nerve with both the GOP and government leakers such as Edward Snowden.  The president's comments — "there's classified and then there's classified" — suggested some classified information is more sensitive than other classified information, uniting in scorn critics across the political spectrum.  To advocates for government transparency, the remarks stunk of duplicity by suggesting that federal classification rules are arbitrary and don't apply to the Democratic presidential front-runner.

Obama vows no influence in Clinton email probe, defends terror fight.  President Obama repeatedly vowed there would be no political influence over the Justice Department's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state — in a wide-ranging interview with "Fox News Sunday" in which he also ardently defended his efforts to defeat the Islamic State and other terror groups amid criticism about his perceived indifference.  "I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department, or the FBI, not just in this case, but in any case," Obama said."  "Nobody is above the law.  How many times do I have to say it?"

The Editor says...
If you believe anything Barack H. Obama says, especially when he's this emphatic, you obviously haven't browsed through the catalog of Obama's lies.

Not Really TOP SECRET TOP SECRET.  [Scroll down]  Now this is almost unbelievable from a variety of perspectives, but we have grown accustomed to Obama's transgressions against propriety and taste as well as the legal order.  Today President Obama gives us a new top secret security classification for the benefit of Hillary Clinton:  Not really top secret top secret.  Loose translation:  forget about it.  The fix is in.  Incidentally, the exposure of national defense information through gross negligence makes out a felony violation of the Espionage Act.  You don't have to mean to do it.  You just have to do what Clinton did.

Obama Interferes in Hillary Email Case.  President Obama on Sunday [4/10/2016] appears to have inappropriately interfered in an FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton, suggesting she did little that was seriously wrong and touting her as a woman who might have exhibited "carelessness" but had done "an outstanding job" as secretary of state.  "I continue to believe that she has not jeopardized national security," Obama said during an interview on Fox News on Sunday [4/10/2016].  "There's a carelessness in terms of managing emails that she has owned and she has recognized, but I also think it's important to keep this in perspective.  This is somebody that has served her country for four years as secretary of state and done an outstanding job."

Obama vows 'no political influence' in Clinton email probe.  President Obama repeatedly vowed there would be no political influence over the Justice Department's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state — in a wide-ranging interview with "Fox News Sunday" [4/10/2016] in which he also ardently defended his efforts to defeat the Islamic State and other terror groups amid criticism about his perceived indifference.  "I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department, or the FBI, not just in this case, but in any case," Obama told "Fox News Sunday."  "Nobody is above the law.  How many times do I have to say it?"

Obama tells Loretta Lynch not to prosecute Hillary on classified email crimes.  Interviewed by Chris Wallace of Fox News, President Obama pulled down the blindfold on Lady Justice and signaled that there was no crime at all when Hillary Clinton set up an unsecured private server and left classified information vulnerable to hacking by the world's intelligence services.  He also created a new category of classification:  "top secret top secret" as opposed to mere "top secret," which he averred to Chris Wallace might be information that could be gleaned from public sources.  All in all, it was a remarkable performance, in which the president of the United States in effect told the Justice Department not to prosecute Hillary Clinton.

Obama: 'I Guarantee That There Is No Political Influence' in Any DOJ Investigation.  President Obama said he can "guarantee" that the ongoing FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails will be based on evidence, not politics. [... But] the Obama Justice Department previously has sidestepped investigations that could prove damaging to the president.  Under former Attorney General Eric Holder, the Justice Department refused to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-walking operation, for which Holder was held in contempt of Congress.  And the Obama Justice Department refused to prosecute former IRS official Lois Lerner for contempt of Congress after she to testify about the improper scrutiny given to conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status.


The Inspector General's report:

Hillary lies to create the illusion of transparency.  Mrs. Clinton spurned the idea her decision to use a private email server as Secretary of State was a way to avoid public record searches, and said it was more of a matter of convenience that was allowed by the State Department, which broke no laws.  "There's only so much I can control," Mrs. Clinton said of what she considered unwarranted attacks on her email server, adding her responses to federal authorities investigating the matter contained "more transparency and more information than anybody I'm aware of that's ever served in the government."  Not true.  Lies, according to a State Department Inspector General report leaked on Wednesday [5/25/2016].

How EmailGate Weakened America's National Security.  Last week's devastating report by the State Department Inspector General has made it plain to all who wish to see that Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state, violated numerous regulations pertaining to federal records and cybersecurity, then lied effusively about it to the public.  That State IG assessment has left Clinton's defenders without much of a leg to stand on if they want an honest, fact-based defense of her actions in EmailGate.  Therefore, Team Clinton has resorted to their customary deceptions and dissimulations, buttressed by legalisms designed to obscure truths rather than reveal them.

Inspector General Report Effectively Terminates Hillary Clinton's Presidential Aspirations.  With a State Department Inspector General's report concluding that Hillary Clinton was not, and would not have been, permitted to use a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state, the mainstream media have been forced to finally wake up and take notice of this persistent Clinton scandal.  But instead of reporting that the revelations demonstrate how unfit Mrs. Clinton is for president, these news reports largely focus on the claim that it was merely record-keeping policies, or rules, which were broken.  "When two IT staffers raised concerns in 2010 that the system might not properly preserve records, the official said the system had been reviewed by attorneys and chided the staffers 'never to speak of the Secretary's personal email system again,' the report says," according to The Washington Post.  "The IG's office said it could not find evidence of such a legal review."  In other words, the IT department was strong-armed into accepting Hillary's dangerous email setup.

Hillary on the ropes.  The inspector general's report is damning to Mrs. Clinton.  It refutes every defense she has offered to the allegation that she mishandled state secrets.  It revealed an email that hadn't been publicly made known showing Mrs. Clinton's state of mind.  And it paints a picture of a self-isolated secretary of state stubbornly refusing to comply with federal law for venal reasons; she simply did not want to be held accountable for her official behavior.  The report rejects Mrs. Clinton's argument that her use of a private server "was allowed."  The report makes clear that it was not allowed, nor did she seek permission to use it.  She did not inform the FBI, which had tutored her on the lawful handling of state secrets, and she did not inform her own State Department information technology folks.  The report also makes clear that had she sought permission to use her own server as the instrument through which all of her email traffic passed, such a request would have been flatly denied.

Clinton, aides tried to use wireless devices in secure areas.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her aides tried to use personal hand-held electronic devices inside areas used to store classified information, according to the just-released State Department inspector general report.  The Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the State Department's security arm, told the inspector general that in March 2009 Mrs. Clinton rejected an offer from security officials to provide her with a secure government smartphone.  "DS was informed that Secretary Clinton's staff had been asking to use BlackBerry devices inside classified areas," said the report, released late last month.

White House Can't Defend Hillary's (Lack Of) Cooperation With Inspector General Probe.  During Tuesday's White House briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest dodged a question asking him to defend Hillary Clinton's decision not to cooperate with the Inspector General's probe into her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.  The report the Inspector General's office released in late May stated Clinton refused to use a government email to avoid risking making her personal records "accessible."

How EmailGate Weakened America's National Security.  Last week's devastating report by the State Department Inspector General has made it plain to all who wish to see that Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state, violated numerous regulations pertaining to federal records and cybersecurity, then lied effusively about it to the public.  That State IG assessment has left Clinton's defenders without much of a leg to stand on if they want an honest, fact-based defense of her actions in EmailGate.  Therefore, Team Clinton has resorted to their customary deceptions and dissimulations, buttressed by legalisms designed to obscure truths rather than reveal them.

Hillary Clinton's Emails Now Might Finally Take Her Down.  This past week has been a milestone of sorts for those who closely follow the continuing saga of Hillary Clinton's wrongful use of email systems during her tenure as Secretary of State.  But the kind of milestone it was depends on where you stood when the week began.  For those of us who recognized from the outset that Ms. Clinton's exclusive use of a personal email system for all her official business (not to mention her unprecedented use of a private server atop that) was a clear violation of the Federal Records Act ("FRA"), the findings of the State Department's Inspector General ("IG") to that effect in his May 25 report were no surprise.  In fact, on the admitted facts of the case, no other conclusion was possible, and it was simply another "shoe waiting to be dropped."

Six Clinton  lies  contradictions exposed by State's audit.  [#4] It wasn't against the rules:  In July of last year, Clinton told CNN her private email use was not problematic because "there was no law, there was no regulation" prohibiting her from using a personal account.  She has repeatedly argued that her record-keeping practices were "above board."  However, the inspector general concluded Clinton did indeed violate rules that were in place at the time she served as secretary of state.  "Secretary Clinton should have preserved any federal records she created and received on her personal account by printing and filing those records ... because she did not do so, she did not comply with the department's policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act," the report said.

State Department Destroys 6 Clinton Lies About Her Email Server.  The State Department Investigator General released an 83 page report on Hillary Clinton's email practices as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 — and ripped her over and over again for corrupt practices and lies.  Here are six of those lies, debunked: [...]

Top 3 Lies Hillary Clinton Told About State Department Emails.  The State Department Office Of Inspector General (IG) released an audit last week that was absolutely damning to Hillary Clinton.  Comparing the "Evaluation Of Email Records Management And Cybersecurity Requirements" with the former secretary of state's past excuses and explanations could only conclude she was lying — pretty much at every turn.  Here are a few of the most notable, relevant statements made by Mrs. Clinton that have now proven to be categorically false.

Hillary Clinton is Compromised.  To assess just how damaging a new State Department Inspector General's report on Hillary Clinton's email practices is to her political career, one need only take note of the fact that the former secretary of state has disappeared.  When trouble arises, Clinton predictably scurries back into her bunker and allows the news cycle to sort itself out — presuming perhaps that the unfocused political media will tire of the story faster if she does not provide them with any new material to parse.  That is not an invalid operating theory for dealing with an ADD-afflicted press.  16 months into this scandal however, Clinton should know by now that this story isn't going away.  Further, the IG's report is objectively damning beyond its trite political value.  The report casts doubt on the notion that Hillary Clinton can serve as an unprejudiced commander-in-chief of the armed forces.  In fact, to swear Clinton into the presidency may seriously jeopardize American national security.

We Now Know Hillary Lied Multiple Times About Her Email Server.  Ever since news broke that Hillary Clinton used an unauthorized and unsecured private e-mail server for all of her correspondence as secretary of state, she has defended herself with several arguments.  None of the information transmitted through the server was classified, Clinton insisted at first, a claim that has been proven false in well over a thousand instances.  Even after that fell apart, Clinton claimed that the use of private e-mail for official business fell within the rules of the State Department and that she had ensured that the server met the department's security requirements.

Hillary Clinton's Emails:  Lying in Plain Sight.  Even after the inspector general's report was released, Clinton continued to spin lies.  She told ABC News and CNN that her use of a private server was "allowed."  It was not.  Indeed, the report found that her modus operandi presented "significant security risks."  State Department officials warned of hacking attempts, which she did not heed.  In an email she explained, "I don't want any risk of the personal being accessible."  So she risked national security.  According to the report, when staff spoke up about those risks, a staffer was told "never to speak of the Secretary's personal email system again."  Last week, the Associated Press reported that Clinton claimed, "I have provided all my work-related email."  Wrong again.

Hillary Clinton's endless lies.  With the Clintons you can always count on one thing — it's never the crime; it's the cover-up.  For more than a year former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has insisted her use of a private email server during her tenure at State was no big deal — nothing her predecessors didn't do.  However, according to a new inspector general's report, "By Secretary Clinton's tenure, the department's guidance was considerably more detailed and more sophisticated.  Secretary Clinton's cybersecurity practices accordingly must be evaluated in light of these more comprehensive directives."  The IG also found, "Secretary Clinton should have preserved any federal records she created and received on her personal account by printing and filing those records... At a minimum Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with department business before leaving government service, and because she did not do so, she did not comply with the department's policies..."  We also know she destroyed 32,000 emails because they were "personal."  How do we know that?  Well, because she says so.

Clinton email headache is about to get worse.  A scathing inspector general's report this week was just the first in what is likely to be a series of official actions related to her private server stemming from the FBI, a federal courthouse and Capitol Hill.  Clinton's presidential campaign has failed to quiet the furor over the issue, which has dogged her for more than a year.  In the next few weeks — just as the likely Democratic presidential nominee hopes to pivot towards a general election — it will face its toughest scrutiny yet.

Origin of Key Clinton Emails From Report Are a Mystery.  After 14 months of public scrutiny and skepticism over Clinton's motives in keeping her emails secret, new questions emerged Thursday [5/26/2016].  They centered on her apparent failure to turn over a November 2010 message in which she worried that her personal messages could become accessible to outsiders, along with two other messages a year later that divulged possible security weaknesses in the home email system she used while secretary of state.  The Clinton campaign has previously denied that her home server was breached, but newly revealed emails show an aide worried it could have been compromised.

Clinton's Style of Deception More Insidious than Trump's.  The State Department's inspector general released a report this week concluding that Hillary Clinton is a breathtakingly brazen and consistent liar.  No, that's not a direct quote.  Bureaucrats don't talk that way under the best of circumstances — and this IG, Steve Linick, is an Obama appointee whose report is about the apparent Democratic nominee for president.  So it's all the more shocking, then, that the report confirms nearly everything Clinton's critics have been saying.  By setting up a secret email server in her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., without proper authorization from any legal or security official, Clinton displayed a cavalier disregard for national security and an outrageous desire to hide her doings from Freedom of Information Act requests, government archivists, Congress, the press and, ultimately, the American people.

Cornyn: IG Report Shows Need for Special Counsel to Probe Hillary's Server.  The Senate majority whip today [5/26/2016] reiterated his call for a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server in the wake of the State Department inspector general's report that sharply criticized the practices of the former secretary of State.  The IG found that Clinton, who refused to be interviewed for the investigation, used the home-based server throughout her term as senator and in her 2008 presidential campaign, and kept on using it once at the State Department.

EmailGate Just Crippled the Clinton Express.  Running for president this year, after her abortive 2008 effort against Barack Obama, has not worked out quite as planned for Hillary Clinton.  This was supposed to be her year, at long last.  After enduring a quarter-century on the national stage — including tough years by the side of her gifted but scandal-prone husband — 2016 finally lined up as Ms. Clinton's best shot at moving back into the White House, this time with her in the Oval Office.  That outcome is looking less likely by the day.

Hillary Emails Confirm Private Server [was] Set Up For Secrecy.  It seems so long ago that Hillary Clinton unconvincingly told a packed press conference at the U.N. that she used a private email server "for convenience," instead of using the government server like all other executive branch employees.  It wasn't for convenience sake, though.  Not at all.  It was to keep Hillary's emails secret and outside of federal records laws and the Freedom of Information Act.  Now she is caught red handed in her lie.  The State Department Inspector General has released a "smoking gun" email exchange between Secretary of State Clinton from her top personal aide Huma Abedin indicating her concern that Hillary's emails were not being received by her employees.

Hillary Clinton, Drowning in Email.  Hillary Clinton's campaign for the presidency just got harder with the release of the State Department inspector general's finding that "significant security risks" were posed by her decision to use a private email server for personal and official business while she was secretary of state.  Contrary to Mrs.  Clinton's claims that the department had "allowed" the arrangement, the inspector general also found that she had not sought or received approval to use the server.  So far, no security breaches have been reported; a separate F.B.I. investigation is looking into that.  But above and beyond security questions, the inspector general's report is certain to fuel doubts about Mrs. Clinton's trustworthiness, lately measured as a significant problem for her in public polls.

The Clintons and the comeuppance at hand.  The 83-page summary of the State Department's investigation of Hillary's determined use of a private email server, stubbornly used despite dozens of warnings from high and low in the government, was released Thursday [5/26/2016] and it's devastating.  Beginning in late 2005, when widespread use of email was first introduced, the State Department revised its Foreign Affairs Manual and "issued various memoranda specifically discussing the obligation to use Department [email] systems in most instances and identifying the risks of not doing so."  Hillary knew these rules and she knew the risks when she arrived as secretary of State, and she ignored them.  Rules are necessary to guard the nation's secrets from prying eyes, but such rules were not for Clintons.  Rules never are.  So outrageous has Hillary's wanton disregard for rules and responsibility become that even her friends are saying enough is enough.

Clinton Campaign Responds to IG Report By Again Claiming She Did Nothing Wrong.  [Their] statement discounts these facts:  a) Hillary Clinton maintained a personal server in addition to a number of personal email addresses.  This is unique.  Other Secretaries of State who used private email from time to time weren't using private servers set up inside their homes.  b) The inspector general found Hillary Clinton violated the Federal Records Act by deleting tens-of-thousands of emails from her personal email server before turning over what she deemed to be government business emails to the State Department prior to her departure in 2013.  Other Secretaries of State did not engage in mass deletion as Clinton did. [...] c) Thousands of pieces of top secret, classified information have been found on Clinton's private server.

State Dept IG Finds Hillary Clinton Violated Government Records Act and Refused to Speak to Investigators.  The report is devastating, although it transparently strains to soften the blow.  For example, it concludes that State's "longstanding systemic weaknesses" in recordkeeping "go well beyond the tenure of any one Secretary of State."  Yet, it cannot avoid finding that Clinton's misconduct is singular in that she, unlike her predecessors, systematically used private e-mail for the purpose of evading recordkeeping requirements.

Clinton's inexcusable, willful disregard for the rules.  Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 has been justifiably criticized as an error of judgment.  What the new report from the State Department inspector general makes clear is that it also was not a casual oversight.  Ms. Clinton had plenty of warnings to use official government communications methods, so as to make sure that her records were properly preserved and to minimize cybersecurity risks.  She ignored them.  The 83-page report declares that "beginning in late 2005 and continuing through 2011," the department revised its Foreign Affairs Manual and "issued various memoranda specifically discussing the obligation to use Department systems in most circumstances and identifying the risks of not doing so."  Ms. Clinton didn't.

Report on E-mailgate shows Hillary can't be trusted.  Here's the bottom line:  Virtually everything Clinton has said about her emails has been a lie.  And no longer can supporters laugh off Emailgate so easily.  Hillary's culpability and her flouting of the law now seem clear.  But that leaves one more shoe to drop:  Will Attorney General Loretta Lynch indict the Democrats' presumptive presidential nominee?  If she doesn't, she'll need a good excuse why.

Hillary Clinton's email problems just got much worse.  One of the two big dominoes in the Hillary Clinton email controversy toppled today:  The State Department's inspector general released its report on the email practices of Clinton and a number of other past secretaries of state.  (The other major domino is, of course, the FBI investigation into Clinton's decision to exclusively use a private email server while serving as the nation's top diplomat.)  The report, which you can read in its entirety here, badly complicates Clinton's past explanations about the server and whether she complied fully with the laws in place governing electronic communication.  And it virtually ensures that Clinton's email practices will be front and center in Donald Trump's fusillade of attacks against her credibility and honesty between now and Nov. 8.

FNC's Bret Baier Absolutely Dismantles Hillary Spox on IG Report About Her E-Mail Server.  Hillary Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon conducted a number of interviews on Wednesday in reaction to the State Department Inspector General's scathing rebuke of Clinton's private e-mail account and server, but none measured up to FNC's Special Report host Bret Baier and his calm, thorough dismantling of Fallon.  Baier jumped right into the substance by showing video of Clinton repeatedly claiming her e-mail server was legal before noting that "[a]s you know, the Inspector General's report says something completely different" and providing an extensive quote from the IG about Clinton having failed to seek approval and notify the State Department.

Brzezinski: It Feels Like Hillary Clinton is 'Lying Straight Out' About Her Emails.  Liberal Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski has been one of Hillary Clinton's staunchest critics over her email scandal, and she said Thursday [5/26/2016] it felt like Clinton had lied "straight out."  Brzezinski challenged reporter Andrea Mitchell as to whether Clinton was lying as well, but Mitchell said she couldn't say for sure.  She acknowledged "there are so many inconsistencies."  A damning report from the State Department Inspector General Wednesday [5/25/2016] condemned Clinton's email practices as secretary of state, showing she violated clear rules about records-keeping.  As MSNBC reported, the IG served to "directly contradict" repeated claims by Clinton that her email conduct was permitted and aboveboard.

Leona Clinton and the little people.  Ever since Hillary Clinton first acknowledged in March 2015 that she had concealed her work emails from the public for up to five years, she and her allies have repeatedly claimed that she broke no rules.  They didn't care that the experts said otherwise.  It made no difference to their thinking that Clinton had obviously thwarted the purpose of both State Department rules and the entire purpose of the Freedom of Information Act.  But the task of defending, which is the Pavlovian impulse of her entourage to any suggestion of Clintonian misconduct, became more difficult on Wednesday [5/25/2016].  The State Department's Inspector General released a 78-page report to lawmakers that concluded that she broke the law.

State Department Inspector General:  Hillary's Private Bathoom Email Server Was, In Fact, Illegal.  The IG went on to note that Clinton and her lackeys failed to notify the State Department of possible security breaches (yet another crime) and that her exclusive use of a personal server was "an inappropriate form of [record] preservation."  Had a normal peon engaged in Hillary's email skulduggery while handling classified government documents, they'd be breaking rocks at Leavenworth and not wheezing while walking down flights of stairs while wearing Mao-style pantsuits.

The Clintons:  New York's Sixth Crime Family.  In a report that surfaced Wednesday, the State Department inspector general pulverized Hillary's claims that her outlaw e-mail server was perfectly legal.  The report said that Hillary "did not comply with the Department's policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act."  When staffers warned that her private server was vulnerable to hackers, they were ordered "never to speak of the Secretary's personal e-mail system again."  Indeed, in a January 9, 2011, e-mail, technology aide Bryan Pagliano wrote, "We were attacked again so I shut [the server] down for a few min."  And when then-deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin suggested that Hillary use government e-mail, she chose personal secrecy over national security:  "I don't want the personal being accessible."

Clinton campaign's email defense takes hits from all sides after IG report.  Hillary Clinton's myriad statements explaining her exclusive use of personal email for official business while secretary of state are coming under heavy fire from all sides in the wake of a damaging inspector general report — and her campaign's insistence the report proves her practices were nothing unusual is being met with similar criticism.  Top Republicans from presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump to House Speaker Paul Ryan slammed Clinton over the report, accusing her of breaking agency rules to "serve her own interests" and putting security at "risk" in the process.  But aside from shows of support from Democratic allies on Capitol Hill, other prominent voices in Washington were similarly unsparing toward the Democratic presidential front-runner.

Everyone is Missing the Most Troubling Part About Hillary Clinton Email Audit!  [Scroll down]  However, what is probably the most troubling about all of this is that, despite these blatant violations, there will be absolutely no legal repercussions for Mrs. Clinton for this offense.  She's off the hook!  Why aren't all the pundits screaming about that?  As LawNewz.com's contributor, Dan Metcalfe, wrote about several weeks ago, anyone who violates this law (and leaves office) will face zero consequences.  That's because it is a civil law, not a criminal law, and penalties only apply to current federal employees.  Employees, like Clinton and Powell, who leave office, can skirt punishment.  The Federal Records Act is in place not only to provide the American public with some level of transparency but also "to protect the legal and financial rights of the Government and of persons directly affected by the agency's activities."  "There are absolutely no penalties provided by law for this misconduct," Metcalfe said.  He would know, Metcalfe was the founding director of the Justice Department's Office of Information and Privacy.

NBC, ABC Cover for Hillary After Release of Damaging E-Mail Report.  NBC News tried to play it down, first by reporting on it after leading the night with the riots at Donald Trump's rallies in New Mexico and California.  "An independent government report is breathing new life into the controversy that just won't go away for Hillary Clinton," Nightly News host Lester Holt whined while leading into the story.  Clinton fan, Andrea Mitchell was the reporter on the case and she described the development as, "Today Hillary Clinton again dogged by her e-mail controversy."

Emails Add to Hillary Clinton's Central Problem:  Voters Just Don't Trust Her.  For more than a year, Hillary Clinton has traveled the country talking to voters about her policy plans.  She vowed to improve infrastructure in her first 100 days in office, promised to increase funding for Alzheimer's research and proposed a $10 billion plan to combat drug and alcohol addiction.  But as the Democratic primary contest comes to a close, any hopes Mrs. Clinton had of running a high-minded, policy-focused campaign have collided with a more visceral problem.  Voters just don't trust her.  The Clinton campaign had hoped to use the coming weeks to do everything they could to shed that image and convince voters that Mrs. Clinton can be trusted.  Instead, they must contend with a damaging new report by the State Department's inspector general that Mrs. Clinton had not sought or received approval to use a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Clinton: State Dept. report critical of email server won't affect presidency.  Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton said Wednesday night [5/25/2016] a State Department report critical of her use of a private email server is not "going to affect either the campaign or my presidency."

State Department audit faults Clinton on emails, says she broke records rules.  The State Department watchdog, in an extensive and detailed report, accused Hillary Clinton of flouting federal records rules and cybersecurity guidelines with her exclusive use of personal email for government business while secretary of state. [...] But the report singles out Clinton's failures as more serious.  The report includes numerous revelations, including that her server was at one point "attacked," that Clinton declined to be interviewed for the audit and that Clinton never sought approval to use her personal account for government work.

Clinton Email Scandal:  Hillary Never Got Legal OK For Her Risky Setup.  When Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server located in the basement of her New York home became public a year ago, Clinton claimed that there was nothing wrong with what she had done.  "I fully complied with every rule I was governed by," she said at her March 2015 news conference.  She's repeated that claim many times since.  But a new report from the State Department's inspector general says that, in fact, Clinton broke the rules.

Hillary Clinton failed to report several hacking attempts, grew afraid of opening emails.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a secret email to conduct official business broke a number of department policies, an inspector general concluded in a report sent to Capitol Hill Wednesday that also suggests she used the account to try to hide her communications from the public.  The 83-page report, obtained by The Washington Times, is devastating in its evaluation of Mrs. Clinton's behavior, saying it can find no record of her getting approval from either security or legal staffers for her unique arrangement.  The report also undercuts many of her campaign's explanations for her use of the system, dismisses comparisons to her predecessors' email use, and points to repeated hacking attempts that she failed to report.

Hillary Clinton clobbered by State Department audit.  Hillary Clinton disregarded various State Department guidelines for avoiding cybersecurity risks, an internal audit found Wednesday [5/25/2016], faulting her and past secretaries of state for weak information management.  And she failed to report numerous attempted hacker intrusions into a private email server she maintained at her home.  Despite guidelines to the contrary and never seeking approval, Clinton used mobile devices to conduct official business on her personal email account and on that private server, a 78-page analysis from the department's inspector general concluded.  She never sought approval from senior information officers, who would have refused the request because of security risks, the audit said.

Hillary's summer of scandal.  A long-awaited State Department inspector general report on the impact of personal email use on recordkeeping at State was released to lawmakers on Wednesday, and concluded that Clinton violated the agency's records rules.  And as many Americans prepare for the traditional Memorial Day kickoff to the summer season, longtime Clinton aide Cheryl Mills is scheduled to sit for a sworn deposition Friday in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by the conservative group Judicial Watch.  Mills' testimony would be the first known time a member of Clinton's inner circle has been questioned under oath in the email controversy.  Another top Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, is set to testify next month.

State Dept Audit Faults Clinton in Emails.  Hillary Clinton disregarded various State Department guidelines for avoiding cybersecurity risks, an internal audit found Wednesday [5/25/2016].

State Dept Audit Faults Clinton in Emails.  A State Department audit has faulted Hillary Clinton and previous secretaries of state for poorly managing email and other computer information and slowly responding to new cybersecurity risks.  The Associated Press obtained a copy of the report by the agency's inspector general Wednesday [5/25/2016].  It cites "longstanding, systemic weaknesses" related to communications.  These started in the secratary of state's office before Clinton's appointment to the post, but her failures were singled out as more serious.


The FBI neglects to indict Hillary Clinton:
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Hillary Clinton's use of file-wiping software:

Immunity deals stopped FBI from investigating BleachBit use in Clinton email case.  In a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch Wednesday, four Republican committee chairmen demanded to know why Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, two witnesses who also served as Clinton's personal attorneys, were granted such expansive protections despite the FBI's awareness that they had participated in potentially illegal activities.  For example, the FBI agreed to limit its search to emails written after June 1, 2014, but before Feb. 1, 2015.  By doing so, investigators were barred from looking at emails authored around the time Mills and David Kendall, Clinton's lead attorney, held a pair of conference calls with technology contractor Paul Combetta that immediately preceded his use of BleachBit to erase thousands of Clinton's emails.

Yes, the Fix Was In.  With concerns about Hillary Clinton's health intensifying, Congress is poised to revisit the FBI's investigation of her e-mail scandal.  As the Washington Examiner's Byron York reports, the House Government Oversight Committee chaired by Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) will begin hearings this week.  The committee is especially troubled by the facts that (a) unbeknownst to Congress, the Justice Department gave immunity to a key witness; yet, (b) prosecutors and the FBI indulged that witness's refusal to answer critical questions.  Specifically, Paul Combetta, a technician at Platte River Networks (the Colorado firm retained by the Clintons to handle the private e-mail system), is the person who destroyed Clinton's e-mails despite the fact that they were under congressional subpoena.  Nevertheless, he was permitted to invoke attorney-client privilege — not his own, mind you, but Mrs. Clinton's — in declining to discuss any instructions he received before (and after) carrying out the mass deletion of tens of thousands of Clinton e-mails, a task for which he used the "BleachBit" program in an effort to ensure that the deleted e-mails would be irretrievably lost.

Giuliani: Clinton acted 'with criminal intent'.  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani claimed Sunday that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton "acted intentionally and with criminal intent" in regard to the private email server she used while secretary of state.  Giuliani, a Donald Trump surrogate and former United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement released by Trump's campaign that Clinton's "powerful evidence of criminal intent" was how she deleted 33,000 emails and erased them with "expensive BleachBit software" that he claims is "used by criminals seeking to hide evidence from law enforcement."

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Bleachbit is not expensive software; in fact, it seems to be surprisingly affordable if not free.

Hillary Wiped Her Server With BleachBit Despite Subpoena.  [Scroll down]  Shortly after providing that data dump to the State Department, in "December 2014 or January 2015," both Heather Samuelson and Cheryl Mills requested that all emails be removed from their computers using "a program called BleachBit to delete the e-mail-related files so they could not be recovered."  For her part, "Clinton stated she never deleted, nor did she instruct anyone to delete, her e-mails to avoid complying with FOIA, State or FBI requests for information."  Of course not.  Hillary knew it would be a little too obvious to specifically instruct her staff to permanently delete the emails but she also knew it might be "inconvenient" to have them around.  So, she simply "decided she no longer needed access to any of her e-mails older than 60 days."  See?  She never specifically said to delete anything she just made a simple administrative decision on document retention policies.

Hillary's Emails:  Soaked in Bleach.  [Scroll down]  When questioned about the contents of the emails that Hillary and her team deleted and that have never been turned over to investigators as mandated, the company line that she and her team have stuck to is that they were mostly related to Hillary's yoga classes (anybody else not buy that Hillary does yoga?) and Chelsea's wedding and other such banalities irrelevant to the state.  If that's true, then why the BleachBit?  Sure, the software makes it easy, but make no mistake:  using BleachBit is an extreme measure.

FBI may not have been able to detect software used to scrub Clinton servers.  The developer of the Bleachbit software told the Daily Caller that the FBI may not have been able to detect its use in scrubbing the private email server used by Hillary Clinton. [...] It seems probable that many of the 14,900 emails recovered by the FBI were from sources other than the server.

Clinton's use of BleachBit avoided 'money trail' in email destruction.  Hillary Clinton's decision to use BleachBit to scrub her private email server could have been based on the fact that the free software can be downloaded and used with complete anonymity, the program's developer said.  Andrew Ziem, the creator of BleachBit, pointed to a recent CNN report about his software in which a computer security expert had speculated that Clinton's team would have selected a more expensive, more sophisticated service if it truly sought to conceal records.

Hillary Gets (More Than) a Little Help from Her Media Friends.  [Scroll down]  Indeed, we learned this week that Hillary used software called "BleachBit" to erase emails from her private server, a software that "helps users delete files in a way to 'prevent recovery and hide traces of files deleted'.  I'm sure even as credulous an observer as [Ruth] Marcus would have to concede that this seems rather extreme for emails which Hillary claimed were just about yoga and wedding plans.

CNN Tries to Whitewash Hillary Email Deletions.  BleachBit is not only the program at the center of the latest Clinton scandal.  It's what the media does for Hillary's scandals.  Let's start with CNN. [...]

Industrial strength data-erasing software company BRAGS that Hillary Clinton used their product to 'wipe' her email server.  A software company that sells a brute-force data erasure program is boasting that its technology gave Hillary Clinton the power to 'wipe' her private homebrew email server before it fell into the hands of the FBI.  Application developer Andrew Ziem wrote in a Thursday night [8/25/2016] press release that his BleachBit software prevented the FBI from accessing emails that Clinton deleted.  'Last year when Clinton was asked about wiping her email server, she joked, "Like with a cloth or something?"  It turns out now that BleachBit was that cloth.'

Hillary Clinton BleachBits her past.  While Hillary Clinton was preparing to deliver a big speech portraying Donald Trump as a racist, a figure from Clinton's recent unhappy past — Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi — added a new word to the 25-year vocabulary of Clinton scandals:  BleachBit.  That is the name of a publicly-available utility used to delete material from a computer's hard disk.  And it's not just for casual, quickie deletes of junk mail.  It's for when a user really wants to destroy material on a computer so that no one will be able to recover it.  According to Gowdy, BleachBit is what Clinton and her legal team used, or at least part of what her team used, to destroy the 30,000 or so emails on her secret system that she deemed "personal" from her years as secretary of state.

Hillary Clinton Deleted Emails Using Program Intended To 'Prevent Recovery'.  Hillary Clinton's team of aides and lawyers deleted emails from her private server using a software program intended to "prevent recovery" and hide traces of deleted files.  South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy revealed the information during an interview on Thursday [8/25/2016] on Fox News.  Citing notes that FBI investigators took during their probe of Clinton's private email server, Gowdy said that Clinton's team used open source software called BleachBit to remove tens of thousands of emails from her server.

Gowdy: Clinton used special tool to wipe email server.  [Congressman Trey] Gowdy (R-S.C.) said the use of BleachBit, computer software whose website advertises that it can "prevent recovery" of files, is further proof that Clinton had something to hide in deleting personal emails from the private email system she used during her tenure as secretary of state.  Clinton has long said that the deleted emails were all of a personal nature, relating largely to yoga and her daughter's wedding, but Gowdy said he did not know whether the Democratic nominee considered emails pertaining to the Clinton Foundation to be personal.

Clinton team used special program to scrub server, Gowdy says.  Hillary Clinton's team used more than just a "cloth" to scrub her private server — employing a special program known as BleachBit to delete her private emails and try to prevent their recovery, a senior Republican on the House oversight committee who has read the FBI's investigative file told Fox News. [...] The account is striking considering that Clinton, at a rare press conference last year in Las Vegas, seemed to claim ignorance when asked by Fox News whether she wiped her server.  "What, like with a cloth or something?" Clinton quipped, adding:  "I don't know how it works digitally at all."  Yet Gowdy said her team was using BleachBit, which is like an electronic shredder that permanently scrambles data.


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Will the DOJ Reopen the Hillary Clinton Email Case Under Jeff Sessions?  Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano thinks there is a very good chance the Hillary Clinton email investigation will be reopened because the latest FBI document dump made it clear that "the case is stronger than ever."  On Sunday [1/8/2017], while many Americans were focused on football and the Golden Globe Awards, the FBI quietly released 300 pages of emails related to its investigation of Clinton.  According to Fox News, it is "the fifth release of Clinton investigation documents on the FBI Vault website" and is "related to the handling of computer hardware collected from Clinton's lawyers for the investigation."

More Hillary Clinton emails surface — and show how anti-gay Sharia law ruler shunned by celebrities treated Bill 'like part of his family'.  Among the thousand cuts Donald Trump delivered to Hillary Clinton en route to her political death was the accusation that she was cozy with the repressive Sultan of Brunei.  A 2012 email released Thursday by the U.S. State Department seems to back him up.  In the message, Clinton aide Huma Abedin told the then-presidential candidate that Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, worth a reported $20 billion, wanted to see her and husband Bill for an intimate 'family style dinner.'  Brunei government officials 'say [the] sultan sees wjc [William Jefferson Clinton] as part of his family and this is treating you in this "informal" way,' she wrote.

FBI Claims DNC 'Inhibited' Its Investigation Of Stolen Emails.  The Democratic National Committee "inhibited" the FBI's investigation of email hacks by refusing to grant investigators access to the party's computer servers, the bureau is claiming.  "The FBI repeatedly stressed to DNC officials the necessity of obtaining direct access to servers and data, only to be rebuffed until well after the initial compromise had been mitigated," an FBI official said Thursday, according to BuzzFeed News.  "This left the FBI no choice but to rely upon a third party for information.  These actions caused significant delays and inhibited the FBI from addressing the intrusion earlier."

Email Headache Returns:  New Clinton messages show passwords, schedules flowed freely.  The election's over — but Hillary Clinton's emails are still coming to light.  And they help illustrate why the FBI declared she was "extremely careless" with the information flowing across her secret server.  A new batch of messages released by the State Department on Tuesday [1/3/2017] shows the former secretary of state and her team routinely shared her upcoming schedules, talking points and sensitive items — such as her iPad password — via the homebrewed system.  Other newly revealed emails, which were posted as the result of litigation, show Clinton's top advisers griping about her during her time as secretary of State; an Asian ruler who later implemented Sharia law saying he considered former President Bill Clinton part of his "family"; and Clinton talking about Justin Cooper, one of the key figures who administered to her private server.

The FBI Never Asked For Access To Hacked Computer Servers.  Six months after the FBI first said it was investigating the hack of the Democratic National Committee's computer network, the bureau has still not requested access to the hacked servers, a DNC spokesman said.  No US government entity has run an independent forensic analysis on the system, one US intelligence official told BuzzFeed News.  "The DNC had several meetings with representatives of the FBI's Cyber Division and its Washington (DC) Field Office, the Department of Justice's National Security Division, and U.S. Attorney's Offices, and it responded to a variety of requests for cooperation, but the FBI never requested access to the DNC's computer servers," Eric Walker, the DNC's deputy communications director, told BuzzFeed News in an email.

DC Court of Appeals re-opens search for deleted Hillary emails — this time with grand juries and subpoenas, if necessary.  Happy New Year, Hillary Clinton.  I hope you enjoy being the subject of a probe by A.G.-designate Jeff Sessions, and whatever grand jury probes and subpoenas he sees fit to use in seeking recovery of all those emails you deleted and BleachBitted in an effort to eradicate any evidence of their contents.  You can now plan out your 2017 calendar with time left for grand jury testimony, thanks to a ruling from D.C. Court of Appeals judge Stephen Williams.  His ruling reversed a lower court decision that halted FOIA lawsuits by Judicial Watch and Cause of Action that had sought Justice Department probes into the possible existence of records of the deleted emails.

U.S. appeals court revives Clinton email suit.  In a new legal development on the controversy over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails, an appeals court on Tuesday [12/27/2016] reversed a lower court ruling and said two U.S. government agencies should have done more to recover the emails.

John Podesta Lies About Role Of EMail Leak.  [Scroll down]  The national intelligence community has said the opposite of what Podesta claimed they said.  Furthermore, as we've discussed before, the CIA is alone in this assessment and lacks the reputation to say such things.  No reputable party is asserting that the emails given to Wikileaks came from anywhere but insider leaks.  John Podesta is a bitter clinger, we must conclude.  But consider for a moment what he wants you to believe.  He wants you to believe that release of his emails, by whatever method at all, caused the American public to reject the Clinton campaign because of its nefarious contents, and therefore that those contents should never have been released.

FBI still hasn't turned over Abedin emails.  The FBI still hasn't turned over to the State Department any of the messages it reportedly obtained from the computer shared by top Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her now-estranged husband Anthony Weiner, the administration told a federal judge Tuesday [11/29/2016].  FBI officials have signaled they will eventually turn over any State Department documents they obtain, lawyers said — but there is no time frame for doing so.  "We haven't recovered anything from the FBI," said Lisa A. Olson, the Justice Department lawyer handling the case.

Judicial Watch Asks Federal Court to Find Government Misconduct in Clinton Email Scandal, Force Release of Documents.  Judicial Watch announced today [11/23/2016] that it has asked a federal court to reject the State Department's secrecy claims over certain Clinton email-related document on the grounds that the documents relate to government misconduct.  Judicial Watch argues the agency should release 30 emails currently being withheld under various "deliberative process," "attorney client," and "attorney work product" privileges.  The lawsuit was originally filed in May 2015, and seeks "all emails sent or received by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in her official capacity as secretary of State, as well as all emails by other State Department employees to Secretary Clinton regarding her non-'state.gov' email address."

Hillary Clinton's email woes persist after election: 'Nothing has been settled'.  They won't now complicate a Hillary Clinton presidency, but the emails from her time in the State Department will still trickle out over the next months as the administration tries to clean up the mess Mrs. Clinton left.  Though President-elect Donald Trump has signaled that he would halt any official federal investigations into Mrs. Clinton's activities as secretary of state, groups that have driven the issue say they will continue to press the legal cases that have forced the release of tens of thousands of her emails and could still pry loose thousands more.  "Nothing has been settled," said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, one of the groups that has pressed for more transparency from the Obama administration.  He said the issues go much deeper than Mrs. Clinton alone.

Report: FBI Finds Hillary Emails on Weiner's Laptop — and They're Not Duplicates.  The FBI has reportedly found emails from Hillary Clinton's private server on the laptop computer seized from Anthony Weiner — and they are not duplicates of those already found in the server probe, according to CBS News.  It was not clear, however, if the emails were related in any way to the Clinton server scandal or how many new messages were found.

Trump's huge election night changes US politics forever.  Of course, we're seeing desperate and pathetic efforts to declare the results illegitimate.  For example, Paul Krugman of The New York Times said last night that Hillary Clinton's loss was due to conscious efforts to suppress the African-American vote.  That idea is beyond preposterous and intellectually deranged.  What we saw was a national wave that turned blue states red, not a case in which voter ID laws and efforts to restrict early voting changed the balance of a state or two. [...] The other facile explanation is that James Comey is at fault for making public his examination of the new e-mails two weeks ago.  If true, the fault goes back to March 2015, when Hillary Clinton's illicit homebrew server became a matter of public knowledge and she began a Nixonian effort to lie and cover up and hide the evidence of her reckless behavior.

A Changing Investigative Landscape.  Seemingly every important player in Clinton World appeared in the emails.  They are the thread connecting many controversies — the Clinton Foundation and it satellites, Teneo Holdings, cybersecurity and penetration of servers, relations with foreign governments, payments to various Clintons and Clinton entities, suspicions of quid pro quos, big money players, Wikileaks mischief, the Russians.  The Republican Congress is likely not finished with email investigations, though the media will soon lose interest, dazzled by all the bright shiny objects of the new Trump Administration.  The courts will continue to play an important role in the fight for transparency in the emails case.  Lawsuits from Judicial Watch and others will continue to produce documents.

Good riddance, Madam Secretary.  With Hillary Clinton's electoral defeat, millions of Americans are extremely disappointed.  After all, this isn't how things were supposed to work out for Clinton.  Genuine democracy wasn't supposed to interfere with the Clintons' dynastic ambitions.  Others are breathing sighs of relief, not least because the former first lady obviously lacks the character and the judgement needed to lead the nation.  In the run-up to Tuesday's vote, Clinton's emails were back in the spotlight again.  Notwithstanding FBI Director James Comey's last-minute missive on Sunday, it's hard to imagine the email saga is truly over.  After all, when it comes to the Clintons one always wonders if more scandalous details and inconvenient facts are about to emerge.

What can we do to indict Hillary Clinton, one of the most corrupt politicians in history?  There is little doubt in the minds of the American public that Hillary Clinton probably broke a law.  After all, she seems to have little reason to abide by it.  In fact, she may be the first presidential candidate to be interviewed by the FBI as often as she is by the media.  More recently, the FBI has reopened the investigation into wrongdoing by Hillary and her aides after the FBI stumbled upon thousands of additional State Department emails that may have been improperly shared after investigating a separate incident involving disgraced former congressman (and estranged husband of Hillary's closest aide, Huma Abedin) Anthony Weiner and his involvement with underage women.  Although the FBI has determined (perhaps politically) no wrongdoing by Clinton there either, it's unlikely the illegal activity surrounding Hillary's emails — and the fraudulent nature of the Clinton Foundation — will keep her off the radar of law enforcement.

"Weiner's Laptop": Is It Hillary's "Missing Laptop"?  Was Huma Abedin hiding Hillary's supposedly "missing laptop "in her apartment in order to keep it away from the FBI — not to protect Weiner, but to protect Hillary?  Is the laptop that was seized in the FBI sweep of the Abedin/ Weiner apartment as part of the Weiner criminal probe the one that belonged to Hillary?  A laptop that's been missing for 2 years.  It sure seems like it.  Has the case of the missing laptop been solved?  That's Hillary's worst nightmare.  The laptop has been "missing" for two years and Clinton and her aides claim that they have no idea where it is.  But a week ago, the FBI announced that there were 650,000 emails on the device seized from Weiner including thousands to and from Huma and Hillary regarding State Department matters.  Why would they be on a laptop that belonged to Weiner?

Why Clinton's email mess will never go away.  So Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her aides had her housekeeper printing out classified emails and venturing into her home Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility to grab classified faxes, too.  How many more shoes can drop, before or after Election Day?  The Clinton camp is already trumpeting FBI chief Jim Comey's report Sunday that nothing off the Anthony Weiner laptop changes his "no charges" finding from July.  But other ugly facts keep surfacing.  In Sunday's [11/6/2016] [New York] Post, Paul Sperry fingered at least five classified emails handled by Clinton's maid.  Material in the SCIF likely included Clinton's copies of the top-secret Presidential Daily Brief, prepared by the CIA and other intelligence agencies.

State Department tells court it needs 5 years to review deleted Clinton emails.  State Department officials asked a federal court Monday to consider allowing them up to five years for their review of 31,000 pages of emails recovered by the FBI during its year-long investigation of Hillary Clinton.  During the same hearing, the State Department admitted that the FBI provided 2,100 emails from Clinton's server that her legal team either deleted or withheld.

EMAILS: Clinton Sent Classified Info To Chelsea After UN Climate Talks.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent her daughter an email after the conclusion of a United Nations climate summit that had information later deemed classified by the Department of State.  Clinton sent an email to her daughter, Chelsea, two days after she and President Barack Obama tried to negotiate an international global warming agreement at Copenhagen in 2009.  The email was sent to Chelsea's alias email account under the name, "Diane Reynolds."  Clinton forwarded Chelsea a Dec. 19, 2009 email from top State Department officials and Obama's global warming "czar" Carol Browner — a long-time Clinton ally — according to emails released by the State Department Friday [11/4/2016].

Clinton instructed her housekeeper to print out emails — including classified materials — at Washington residence.  Hillary Clinton regularly instructed her housekeeper to print government emails and documents when she was secretary of state — including classified materials, according to FBI memos.  FBI memos show Marina Santos often handled sensitive information, but didn't have the security clearance to do so, the New York Post reports.  The housekeeper was paid to look after Clinton's home in Washington, known as Whitehaven.

The Destruction of Huma Abedin's Emails on the Clinton Server and their Surprise Recovery.  Despite extraordinarily intense coverage of all aspects of Hillary Clinton's emails, all commentary to date (to my knowledge), even the underlying FBI Report, has paid little to no attention to the destruction of Huma Abedin's emails, also stored on the Clinton server.  Further, even with the greatly increased interest in Huma's emails arising from the discoveries on Anthony Weiner's laptop, speculation has mostly focused on the potential connection to deleted Hillary emails, rather than the potentially much larger tranche of deleted Huma emails from the Clinton server (many of which would, in all probability, be connected to Hillary in any event.)  Both Hillary and Huma had clintonemail accounts.  Huma was unique in that respect among Hillary's coterie.  (Chelsea Clinton, under the pseudonym of Diane Reynolds, was the only other person with a clintonemail address.)

Assange:  Clinton resisted FBI, and now they're out for payback.  FBI director James B. Comey threw a spanner into the presidential race that threatened to become a Clinton procession last week, when he claimed that the agency had potentially obtained new information pertaining to Clinton's use of a personal email server, set up shortly after she became Secretary of State in 2009, when they obtained the laptop of Anthony Weiner, the ex-husband of close Clinton aide Huma Abedin.  Weiner was being investigated for an unrelated sexting offense.  Clinton has categorically denied mishandling classified information by using a vulnerable personal email address for State Department business.  Fox News has alleged that the FBI has obtained new evidence from Weiner's computer that shows that Clinton was "very likely hacked."

Hillary Drags Chelsea Down With Her — Classified Email Sent To Her Has Been Discovered.  Another damning bit of evidence has come to light on Hillary Clinton's email scandal.  This email was released from the State Department yesterday.  Evidently, Hillary forwarded an email with classified information in it to her daughter Chelsea.  Chelsea was emailing under the pseudonym "Diane Reynolds."  What's with all the clandestine and fake names for these people?  It indicates intent to cover-up what they were doing... and that points towards them knowing it was wrong in the first place.  This would further implicate Chelsea in this whole mess and I sincerely doubt that she realized what was transpiring was illegal.  Mother of the Year, Hillary is not by any means.  She gave no thought to the consequences to her daughter over all this.  The email was labeled by the State Department as a "near duplicate."

Clinton directed her maid to print out classified materials.  As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton routinely asked her maid to print out sensitive government emails and documents — including ones containing classified information — from her house in Washington, D.C., e-mails and FBI memos show.  But the housekeeper lacked the security clearance to handle such material.  In fact, Marina Santos was called on so frequently to receive e-mails that she may hold the secrets to E-mailgate — if only the FBI and Congress would subpoena her and the equipment she used.

Hillary Deleted Email Showing She Forwarded Classified Information To Her Daughter.  Hillary Clinton deleted a 2009 email in which she forwarded classified information to her daughter, Chelsea.  The email was released on Friday by the State Department.  It is one of thousands of documents recovered by the FBI from Clinton's private email server.  The Dec. 20, 2009 email chain, entitled "Update," started with a message from Michael Froman, who served as a deputy assistant to President Obama and deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs.

Hillary sent classified information to Chelsea.  Politico reports that Hillary Clinton sent her daughter Chelsea an email message that contains information the State Department deems classified.  The email, part of a new batch released today, originated with White House Deputy National Security Adviser Michael Froman and was forwarded to the former secretary of state by her policy aide Jake Sullivan.  Hillary Clinton sent it along to her daughter's email account with the notation:  "See below."

Clinton Cash Revisited, National Security Edition.  Thanks to WikiLeaks and some recent FBI revelations, it is now clear that Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified material was no casual act of inadvertence.  It was not, as she at first claimed with false naiveté, done simply as a matter of convenience by someone who was technically ill-informed and maladroit.  No, the whole process was a thoroughly calculated tactic.  Given what we know now, there is something slightly nauseating about watching clips of Clinton lie when asked about her emails.

An "avalanche of evidence" may now bury Hillary.  Americans who lived through the nightmares of both the Watergate and Lewinsky scandals recall vividly how every day seemed to produce new evidence of wrongdoing.  The drip, drip of deceptions and lies finally overflowed into a cascading pool of criminality and disgust.  The first scandal culminated in Articles of Impeachment.  The other an impeachment trial.  Is America now hurtling toward the same political abyss?  It looks like it.  So, fasten your seat belts and brace for impact.  Sources tell Fox News's Bret Baier that the FBI has uncovered an "avalanche of evidence" in the Clinton Foundation investigation.  Agents are "actively and aggressively pursuing this case," calling it a "very high priority."

FBI probe reveals Weiner's laptop DOES contain new Clinton emails — but the public won't know what's in them until long after Election Day.  The FBI has recovered emails from Anthony Weiner's laptop that are directly related to its ongoing probe into Hillary Clinton's unauthorized, homebrew email server.  The development came after federal investigators searched the disgraced former congressman's computer as part of a probe into a DailyMail.com report that he carried on a lurid sexting relationship with a 15-year-old girl.  Some of the estimated 650,000 messages on the computer are linked to Clinton's time as secretary of state, and they are not duplicates of emails the FBI has already seen, CBS News reported Thursday [11/3/2016].

Is Anthony Weiner Behind The Email Crisis?  The Wall Street Journal has up to date reporting on the mysteries surrounding Huma Abedin's newly-discovered emails.  The Journal's account answers some questions, while raising others.  First, the "device" in question reportedly is a laptop that Huma Abedin considered to be Anthony Weiner's.  This makes sense:  people like Abedin and Weiner don't share laptops, any more than they share cell phones.  They each have their own.  Thus, when Huma testified under oath that she had turned over to her lawyers, for production, all of her devices that she thought could contain relevant information, it is likely that she was telling the truth.  Reportedly, Abedin claims to be at a loss as to how her emails got onto Anthony's laptop.  That surprise could well be genuine.

Two more Clinton classified emails discovered in FBI documents.  The State Department this week deemed two more of former Secretary Hillary Clinton's emails to contain classified information, releasing redacted versions Friday, just days before Election Day.  The messages appear to contain U.S. government policy memos toward Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates, preparing Mrs. Clinton for phone calls with leaders of those two nations.  Information gleaned from foreign governments, as well as U.S. information about other governments, is supposed to be considered classified from the start.  In these instances, like nearly every other of the more than 2,500 messages now deemed classified, there were no markings at the time — a factor Mrs. Clinton's defenders say excuse her from liability for having sent them over her secret, but unprotected account.

NYPD Blows Whistle on New Hillary Emails.  New York Police Department detectives and prosecutors working an alleged underage sexting case against former Congressman Anthony Weiner have turned over a newly-found laptop he shared with wife Huma Abedin to the FBI with enough evidence "to put Hillary (Clinton) and her crew away for life," NYPD sources told True Pundit.  NYPD sources said Clinton's "crew" also included several unnamed yet implicated members of Congress in addition to her aides and insiders.  The NYPD seized the computer from Weiner during a search warrant and detectives discovered a trove of over 500,000 emails to and from Hillary Clinton, Abedin and other insiders during her tenure as secretary of state.  The content of those emails sparked the FBI to reopen its defunct email investigation into Clinton on Friday.

Did Obama violate the Espionage Act by communicating classified information on Hillary's server?  On his radio program Thursday, Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin delivered tomorrow's news today as he explained how President Obama is now implicated in Hillary Clinton's email scandal.  We now know, Levin said, that Obama "corresponded with Hillary Clinton on his specially secured Blackberry phone."  This means that the president of the United States communicated classified discussions via Hillary Clinton's private email server — the same unsecured email server that mishandled classified information and was assuredly hacked by foreign governments.

Hillary Clinton's reopened investigation.  The FBI is investigating the Clinton Foundation because it is a criminal enterprise.  Only six percent (6%) of donations to the Clintons' charity goes to charity, the remaining goes to fund the lifestyles of Bill, Hillary, Chelsea and their various aides — Huma Abedin, Sid Blumenthal, etc.  For four years, those donations also bought prime access to the U.S. Secretary of State.  That is why Hillary and her acolytes, Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, and the other supposed "government employees," used a private email server contrary to extant law.  The pay-for-play was so glaring it could not be on State Department emails destined for the National Archives.  Hillary undermined U.S. law as Secretary of State by hiding her communications in a private email server, thereby endangering national security, and granting access and giving favorable treatment to donors to her family's foundation.  Moreover, she disguised those facts by lying, obfuscation, and stonewalling.

Another Clinton server crisis!  Now Hillary goes to war on plane's wifi provider for leaving her in the dark about FBI's dramatic new move on her emails.  Hillary Clinton has joined the ranks of Americans who have been brought to their wit's end by their wireless provider — after her campaign's pricey communications gear was on the fritz during one of the pivotal moments of the presidential campaign — leaving the candidate completely in the dark that the was FBI reopening its investigation of her emails.  Now, Clinton's fed-up campaign team has gone public with its frustrations.  Clinton was flying from New York to Iowa Friday when the stunning bombshell rocked the political world and shook up the 2016 presidential campaign.  But one of the last people to learn the news was was the woman who at the moment could see a clear path to the presidency.  She was seated at the front of her plane, near longtime aide Huma Abedin — who as it turned out was at the center of the stunning developments which could yet see her prosecuted and jailed.

Herridge: Abedin Told FBI She Notified WH Every Time Clinton Changed Emails.  New developments in the FBI probes of former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner's computer and Hillary Clinton's alleged mishandling of classified information may land Clinton aide Huma Abedin in legal jeopardy, Catherine Herridge reported.  Herridge told Brit Hume that the bureau is "going through Weiner's computer to see if there are classified records on [it]."  If agents find classified information on it, Abedin may face legal trouble because she signed a "separation agreement" to return all such data to the State Department when she left it in 2013.  President Obama may also have a "vested interest in the outcome" of the race, she said.

Secret recordings fueled FBI's desire to probe Clinton Foundation as case moves toward 'likely' indictment.  An FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation is likely to lead to an indictment unless the Justice Department interferes, two sources familiar with the probe told Fox News.  The Clintons are accused of running a pay-for-play operation out of the State Department that favored donors to their charity — a charge they have denied.  But the feds are 'actively and aggressively pursuing this case,' Fox's Brit Hume said Wednesday [11/2/2016], and they have an 'avalanche' of evidence.

Julian Assange reveals truth over Clinton emails and Russia accusations.  Julian Assange has categorically denied WikiLeaks files implicating Hillary Clinton came from Russia — but said she will still win the US election.  In a bombshell interview with Russia Today, Assange who famously does not reveal his sources, dismissed claims from the Clinton camp Putin's country was behind leaked emails.  The WikiLeaks founder who is currently living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London assured the public troves of US Democratic Party and Clinton work and staff emails released this year were not linked to the Russian Government.

Some of Bret Baier's assertions were "walked back" the next day.
Bret Baier:  FBI Sources Believe Clinton Foundation Case Moving Towards "Likely an Indictment".  Fox News Channel's Bret Baier reports the latest news about the Clinton Foundation investigation from two sources inside the FBI.  He reveals five important new pieces of information in these two short clips:  [#1] The Clinton Foundation investigation is far more expansive than anybody has reported so far and has been going on for more than a year.  [#2]  The laptops of Clinton aides Cherryl Mills and Heather Samuelson have not been destroyed, and agents are currently combing through them.  The investigation has interviewed several people twice, and plans to interview some for a third time.  [#3]  Agents have found emails believed to have originated on Hillary Clinton's secret server on Anthony Weiner's laptop.  They say the emails are not duplicates and could potentially be classified in nature.  [#4]  Sources within the FBI have told Baier that an indictment is "likely" in the case of pay-for-play at the Clinton Foundation, "barring some obstruction in some way" from the Justice Department.  [#5]  FBI sources say with 99% accuracy that Hillary Clinton's server has been hacked by at least five foreign intelligence agencies, and that information have been taken from it.

Bret Baier:  Barring 'Obstruction,' Indictment Almost Certain In FBI Investigation.  Citing sources at the FBI, Fox News anchor Bret Baier said the FBI's renewed investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server will almost certainly end in an indictment, unless some sort of "obstruction" arises.  Baier made the claim Wednesday night [11/2/2016] during a broadcast of "On the Record" with Brit Hume.  He said that a "lot of evidence" had been recovered from Anthony Wiener's laptop, and made an eventual indictment appear very likely, even if it came months after the election.

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Fox's Bret Baier Apologizes for 'Mistake' in Reporting Clinton-FBI Story.  Fox's Bret Baier apologized Friday for his damning reports about the FBI's investigations into Hillary Clinton, namely his reporting that an indictment in the Clinton Foundation probe was in the works and that her server had been breached by foreign intelligence multiple times.  Baier had reported on Wednesday about the FBI's probes into the Clinton Foundation and her use of a private email server.  The Fox anchor cited "sources with intimate knowledge of the FBI investigations."  "Barring some obstruction in some way, they believe they [the investigations] will continue to likely an indictment," he told Brit Hume.  On Thursday morning [11/3/2016] he clarified that asserting an imminent "indictment" was "inartfully" phrased.  "That just wasn't 'inartful.'  It was a mistake, and for that I'm sorry," Baier told Fox's Jon Scott on Friday.  "I should have said, 'They will continue to build their case.'  Indictment obviously is a very loaded word, Jon, especially in this atmosphere."  He clarified that prosecutors, not FBI investigators, make the decision whether or not to pursue an indictment based on the evidence.

Emails show Clinton campaign coordinated with State Dept. official before email revelation.  Newly released emails appear to show a State Department official coordinating with Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign before her use of a private email to conduct government business was revealed.  Emails from campaign chairman John Podesta show that the state official provided Clinton aides with the agency's official response to a New York Times reporter in advance of the paper's March 2015 report that Clinton had used a private email account to conduct business while serving as secretary of state.  WikiLeaks released the hacked emails Wednesday [11/2/2016] in part of a massive trove of emails disclosed by the whistleblowing website.  The site has released new Podesta emails on a daily basis since October.  WikiLeaks has indicated it intends to leak emails stolen from Podesta's account every day through the election.

Secret Recordings Fueled FBI Feud in Clinton Probe.  Secret recordings of a suspect talking about the Clinton Foundation fueled an internal battle between FBI agents who wanted to pursue the case and corruption prosecutors who viewed the statements as worthless hearsay, people familiar with the matter said.

Recordings Led to FBI, DOJ Battle Over Whether to Investigate Clinton Foundation.  A new report out tonight says that there were some pretty fierce internal tensions between FBI investigators and Justice Department officials over whether they had enough to pursue an "aggressive" investigation into the Clinton Foundation.  The Wall Street Journal put out this new report tonight days after the paper reported that the FBI investigation may have been shut down completely by the DOJ.

Michael McCaul on Hillary Clinton server, hacks: 'It's treason'.  Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, on Thursday [11/3/2016] said Hillary Clinton's exposing sensitive information to potentially multiple hacks from foreign actors amounts to treason.  "This is why you have security protocols — to protect classified information," Mr. McCaul said on "Fox and Friends."  "She exposed it to our enemies, and now ... our adversaries have this very sensitive information that not only jeopardizes her and national security at home, but the men and women serving overseas."  "In my opinion, quite frankly, it's treason," said Mr. McCaul, Texas Republican.

Grassley Asks Justice Department IG to Investigate the Investigators in Clinton Email Probe.  Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is asking the Justice Department's inspector general to examine whether "high-ranking" DOJ and FBI officials "compromised the public trust in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's unauthorized use of a private email server as Secretary of State and potential mishandling of classified material."  Several of those high-ranking officials had previous ties to the Clintons, he said.

Task force working in shifts to handle new email cache in Clinton probe.  A special team of analysts has been activated to sort and sift through the cache of newly discovered emails that kick-started the dormant Hillary Clinton email probe, two intelligence sources confirmed to Fox News.  The sources say the multi-agency task force was re-engaged over the weekend, with analysts working overlapping shifts covering 16 hours a day to identify new classified material.

Clinton aide left classified info behind on 2010 China trip.  An unnamed "senior aide" to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left classified information unsecured and unattended in a hotel room during a 2010 trip to China, one of several overseas lapses by Clinton's inner circle, Fox News has learned.  Confirmation of the alarming violation comes as Clinton herself is under a renewed FBI probe for mishandling sensitive information on a private server and her longtime senior aide, Huma Abedin, also faces scrutiny as part of the investigation.  It was not known which of Clinton's aides left the information exposed.

Pagliano Emails Detail Attempts to Hack Clinton Unsecure Email Server 10 Times in Two Days in November 2010.  Judicial Watch today [11/1/2016] released new State Department documents detailing repeated efforts to hack into the unsecure non-state.gov email system used by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in November 2010.  The hacks are detailed in email exchanges between State Department IT official Brian Pagliano and Bill Clinton aide Justin Cooper.  The emails show the system was hacked 10 times in two days from November 27 to 29.  The documents also reveal that Pagliano warned Cooper that because of an outside service vendor relied upon by the Clinton system, "we'd be susceptible to such an attack."  Cooper subsequently informed the U.S. Secret Service of the attempted hacks, providing agents with each of the ten reports and summaries Pagliano had provided him.

Did Comey know Obama could be Hillary's star witness?  The WikiLeaks emails prove that Obama knew that Hillary was using a private email system.  As an experienced prosecutor, FBI director Comey knew that Hillary would argue in her defense that Obama knew about her using the private unsecured email system.  Obama did not stop her, did not object, and corresponded with Hillary on her system.  Given these facts, Hillary would argue she did not have the intent to violate the statutes because her superior, the command in chief, the president, conversed with her on her private email system.  Hillary would argue, How can I have the intent to violate the law when the president knows I use the private email system he uses to contact me?  Leaving aside that it is Hillary making the argument, it is a reasonable and powerful defense against the charges.

Don't Be Fooled:  Hillarygate Probe Is Now a Formal Federal Criminal Investigation.  The NY Times and the Wall Street Journal both reported on Monday morning [10/31/2016] that an FBI warrant application to a federal judge over the weekend for permission to search Huma Abedin's emails and laptop had been granted.  The application was made on the basis of the Clinton email investigation.  Necessarily, that application (as required by the Constitution's Fourth Amendment) would have been supported by FBI affidavits.  This new fact is a development of immense potential significance — both for Mrs. Clinton personally and for us as American citizens.  It is also unprecedented in American history.  At a minimum, it enables us to pierce the thick cloud of black ink and disinformation released over the weekend by Team Hillary and which is being widely misreported in the current news cycle.

FBI Release 100 Clinton Investigation Pages:  "Quid Pro Quo", "Shadow Government", and More.  The FBI has released the final batch of documents surrounding their investigation into Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her use of an unauthorized private email system.  There are numerous rather startling revelations within the released pages including: [...]

If Hillary wins, we'll have a potential blackmail target in the White House.  Last September, an FBI report noted the bureau couldn't find proof her private email server was hacked into by adversaries.  But it noted that the private server had to be shut down repeatedly because of hacker attacks and a successful attack wasn't likely to have left fingerprints.  Also, some "hostile foreign actors" were able to break into the personal email accounts of Clinton's close aides, obtaining a treasure trove of emails exchanged with her personal account.  Note that so far none of the WikiLeaks revelations have come from Hillary's personal account.  That could mean it wasn't hacked, or it could mean that "hostile" actors are waiting to make use of them.

Krauthammer: Clinton Had Secret Server Because She Anticipated Needing To Hide "Rank Corruption".  Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer says Hillary Clinton set up her private server to hide "rank corruption," in light of the latest revelations from WikiLeaks about Clinton money man Doug Band.

Why The Vast Clinton Email Corruption Case Matters.  The Clinton strategy has been one of avoidance and deflection.  All with the aid and comfort provided by Democrat cronies and quite a few members of the media.  Why do and why must the email revelations matter?  From the very first Wikileaks email revelation the silence from the Clinton camp has been noticeable.  If the emails were indeed photoshopped or falsified by other technology means, why hasn't the campaign produced evidence to back up those claims?  Answer:  Because the emails are real.

Clinton Chief Wanted 'Decoy' Leak After Email Scandal Broke.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign manager wanted to leak an announcement — presumably officially announcing her presidential candidacy — as a "decoy" after the New York Times first reported her email scandal in March 2015.  "I think we should get a credible leak out that we're announcing on the 20th.  As a decoy," campaign manager Robby Mook told Clinton adviser John Podesta in a March 12, 2015, email 10 days after the New York Times story broke.  The email was made public Monday [10/31/2016] by Wikileaks.

"Furious" FBI Agents to Leak Messages About Hillary Investigation Cover-Up.  Judge Andrew Napolitano dropped a bombshell today [10/27/2016].  According to Fox & Friends, Judge Napolitano said "leaked messages about Clinton's emails are coming from FBI agents who investigated" Hillary.  [Video clip]

Sources: Clinton emails would have been 'whitelisted' for Obama BlackBerry.  President Obama's high-security BlackBerry used a special process known as "whitelisting" that only allowed it to take calls and messages from pre-approved contacts, two former senior intelligence officials with knowledge of the set-up told Fox News — pointing to the detail as further proof the White House knew Hillary Clinton's private account was used for government business.  As the administration now acknowledges, Obama and Clinton emailed each other while she was helming the State Department.  If received on his BlackBerry, the "whitelisting" safeguard means Clinton and other contacts would have had to be approved as secure for data transmission — covering everything from emails to texts to phone calls.  The Obama BlackBerry would have also been configured to accept the communications.

Clinton Transmitted Classified Information to Her Lawyers.  As I outlined in last weekend's column, we know that Clinton's e-mails were replete with classified information.  According to the FBI, the classified e-mails included intelligence graded at the most closely guarded level: eight top-secret e-mails, and seven designated as "special access program" (SAP) information.  (While FBI director James Comey's presentation understandably left this vague, the likelihood is that seven of the eight top-secret e-mails are SAP.)  Under President Bill Clinton's 1995 executive order, top-secret intelligence is information the mishandling of which "could be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security."  The SAP designation is added when the unauthorized disclosure of intelligence could compromise critical intelligence-gathering methods or imperil the lives of intelligence sources.

Emails Show Obama Was Complicit in Cover-Up.  New revelations from Wikileaks seem to prove that the White House knew about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server.  President Obama previously denied that he had any prior knowledge of Clinton's "homebrew" server, but Wikileaks documents suggest that the president used a pseudonym to correspond directly with Clinton's private email address and then lied about it.

Irrefutable Proof Obama Lied to Protect Hillary Clinton's Run for the White House.  Thanks to Wikileaks, we now have the smoking gun email irrefutably proving not only did President Barack Obama know about Hillary Clinton's non-government-issued email account, he used it in correspondence with her. [...] [I]t appears the lie was a purposeful attempt to protect Clinton's upcoming bid for the presidency.  Shortly after the New York Times broke the story on March 2, 2015, of Clinton's use of a personal server to supplant the government system — and, as has been revealed, to thwart transparency — Obama announced publicly his lack of prior knowledge.

Podesta Leaks:  The Obama-Clinton E-mails.  As readers may recall, I have long maintained that the principal reason why Mrs. Clinton was not prosecuted, despite a mountain of evidence that she committed felony mishandling of classified information, is the fact that Obama engaged in the same kind of misconduct.  The president's use of a private, non-secure channel to discuss sensitive matters with high level officials may not have been systematic, as Mrs. Clinton's was.  (Obama's disturbing use of an alias, however, suggests that Clinton was not the only one he was privately e-mailing.)  Nevertheless, the fact that the president was e-mailing Clinton means he not only participated in her misconduct but also that the Obama-Clinton e-mails would have been admissible evidence in any criminal trial of Clinton.

Clinton State Department IT Official John Bentel Takes Fifth Amendment During Judicial Watch Deposition.  Judicial Watch announced today [10/24/2016] that another witness in the Clinton email matter asserted his Fifth Amendment rights during a Judicial Watch deposition today.  The deposition of John Bentel, the State Department's former Director of Information Resource Management of the Executive Secretariat ("S/ES-IRM"), was ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan.  S/ES-IRM is the office that handles information technology for the Office of the Secretary.  Mr. Bentel answered over 90 questions with "On advice from my legal counsel, I decline to answer the question and I invoke my Fifth Amendment rights."  Mr. Bentel, on advice of Obama Justice Department and personal counsel, refused to answer any questions about whether Hillary Clinton was paying his legal fees, offered him employment, or other financial incentives.  There were three government attorneys and two personal attorneys present for the deposition.

Now Trump says Obama 'knew all about' Clinton's email scandal and MUST be investigated.  Trump's remarks come after WikiLeaks released more of Hillary Clinton's leaked emails, which were sent from the private account of Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta.  One of the email exchanges details how Obama knew of the private email server — and how Democrat aides tried to cover up the mess.  Cheryl Mills, a Clinton aide, wrote to Podesta after Obama revealed he knew of the private server during a television interview in March 2015.

Also posted under Grounds for the impeachment of President Obama.

As long as you're lying, why not lie about lying?
White House:  Obama never lied about Hillary Clinton's emails.  President Obama's accounting of his email correspondence with Hillary Clinton when she was his secretary of state is "entirely factual," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Tuesday [10/25/2016].  "I can't verify the integrity of these emails," Earnest told reporters traveling with Obama as he fundraised in California, speaking of illegally obtained messages from Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, that were published by WikiLeaks and apparently show the Clinton camp challenging Obama's assertion that he didn't know Clinton was using a private email account.  Podesta's emails were "stolen," and, therefore, their authenticity cannot be verified.  Furthermore, they were released "to undermine our democracy," Earnest said.

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If somebody steals your car, that doesn't mean the authenticity of its ownership can't be confirmed.  If the postman reads a letter you wrote, that doesn't mean you didn't write it.  Either the Podesta emails are authentic, or someone at Wikileaks is the most prolific and most believable fiction writer in history!

What Did Obama Know and When?  When did Barack Obama learn of Hillary Clinton's "homebrew" email server, through which she funneled even the most sensitive electronic correspondence as Secretary of State?  "At the same time everybody else learned it through news reports," the president said in March 2015.  According to newly released private emails among Clinton advisors, that was not true.  "Looks like POTUS just said he found out HRC was using her personal email when he saw it in the news," wrote Hillary Clinton for America spokesman Josh Schwerin upon learning of Obama's contention.  "We need to clean this up," replied Cheryl Mills, Clinton's former chief of staff at the State Department.  "He has emails from her — they do not say state.gov."

Team Hillary:  "Clean up" on Aisle 1600 after POTUS denial on Hillary e-mail server.  When reporters asked Barack Obama about Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server for official business, he immediately declared that he knew nothing of it: [...] That clip came from an interview Obama did with CBS News reporter Steve Plante in the immediate aftermath of the exposure of Hillary's private e-mail server.  Clearly he wanted to maintain his distance from the scandal, but his unequivocal statement sent Hillary's team into a panic.

Clinton Email Scandal:  Anatomy of a Cover-Up.  This morning, Politico released a story titled:  "Aides mulled Clinton expressing regret for private email's effect on FOIA, State records."  That's a timely and revealing headline.  But the real news is the story behind the headline — which is what prompted the revelation that Clinton had skirted FOIA by using a non-government email server and address.

Hillary's 33,000 emails might not be 'missing' after all.  In a May interview with FBI agents, an executive with the Denver contractor that maintained Clinton's private server revealed that an underling didn't bleach-clean all her subpoenaed emails, just ones he stored in a data file he used to transfer the emails from the server to Clinton's aides, who in turn sorted them for delivery to Congress.  The Platte River Networks executive, whose name was redacted from the interview report, said PRN tech Paul Combetta "created a 'vehicle' to transfer email files from the live mailboxes of [Clinton Executive Services Corp.] email accounts [and] then later used BleachBit software to shred the 'vehicle,' but the email content still existed in the live email accounts."

Hacked Email Shows Obama Knew About Clinton's Private Email While Claiming He Didn't.  The same day that President Barack Obama publicly insisted that he learned about Hillary Clinton's use of private email for government business from news reports, internal campaign emails show that Clinton staffers knew he wasn't telling the truth.  Obama was asked by CBS in March 2015 when he learned about Clinton's use of "an email system outside the U.S. government for official business" as Secretary of State.  "The same time everybody else learned it, through news reports," he responded.

Also posted under the partial catalog of Obama's lies.

Clinton campaign chair's confidante said Hillary and her lawyers never disclosed secret email server because 'they wanted to get away with it'.  A close confidante of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman was convinced she 'wanted to get away with' keeping all her official emails on a private homebrew server, according to a stolen email released Tuesday [10/25/2016] by WikiLeaks.  In the message chain, Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden told Clinton chairman John Podesta — who was also the far-left group's board chairman — that Clinton should 'immediately' move to hand her entire email archive over to the National Archives.

Clinton camp sounded alarm over emails to Obama: 'We need to clean this up'.  Hillary Clinton's campaign sounded the alarm over President Obama's statement to the press in March 2015 that he learned about Clinton's private email use from news reports, emails published by WikiLeaks on Tuesday [10/25/2016] show.  Josh Schwerin, a campaign spokesman, sent an email to high-level staffers informing them of Obama's comments just a few days after the New York Times exposed Clinton's private email use for the first time.  "POTUS just said he found out HRC was using her personal email when he saw it in the news," Schwerin wrote, using Clinton's initials.

Wikileaks: Clinton aides scrambled to fix Obama false claim didn't know about personal email or server.  This was in March 2015.  He repeated the same thing to 60 minutes in October 2015.
    Bill Plante:  Mr. President, when did you first learn Hillary Clinton used an email system outside of the US government for official business while she was secretary of state?
    Obama:  The same time when everyone else learned about it through news reports.

In emails, aide stressed need to 'clean up' Obama's comments on Clinton's email.  A top aide to Hillary Clinton appeared to worry in March 2015 that President Obama might be accused of lying about his knowledge of Clinton's private email server.  In a brief email chain released by WikiLeaks on Tuesday [10/25/2016], Clinton allies seemed to scurry to respond to Obama's claim that he was unaware of Clinton's use of a personal email account while she was secretary of State until after it became public.

State Department aide pleads the Fifth more than 90 times.  A former State Department IT aide invoked his Fifth Amendment rights and refused to answer more than 90 questions Monday [10/24/2016] during the final deposition in a lawsuit over Hillary Clinton's private emails.  John Bentel, former Director of Information Resource Management of the executive secretariat, would not answer questions about whether the Clintons had paid his legal fees or offered him financial incentives, according to Judicial Watch, the conservative-leaning group that brought the suit.

1,000 Clinton-Petraeus emails missing from records sent to State, FBI files show.  Roughly 1,000 emails between Hillary Clinton and Gen. David Petraeus were thought to be missing from the 30,000 emails provided by Clinton's team to the State Department in December 2014, according to the newly released FBI investigative files.  Additional documents obtained through a federal lawsuit by Judicial Watch show Clinton had directed Petraeus to send her emails at her personal address, which was used for all government work during her tenure as secretary of state.  In a heavily redacted FBI interview summary from Aug. 17, 2015, a State Department employee from the Office of Information and Programs and Services (IPS), which handles Freedom of Information Act requests, discussed how Petraeus' records apparently were not among the work-related emails provided by the former secretary's team.

General Cartwright is paying the price for Hillary Clinton's sins.  The Obama administration Justice Department has investigated three senior officials for mishandling classified information over the past two years but only one faces a felony conviction, possible jail time and a humiliation that will ruin his career:  former Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman General James E. Cartwright.  The FBI's handling of the case stands in stark contrast to its treatment of Hillary Clinton and retired General David Petraeus — and it reeks of political considerations.

New Emails Show Hillary Clinton Contacts with Bryan Pagliano — Raise New Questions About Her Sworn Testimony.  Judicial Watch today [10/19/2016] released new State Department documents, which were uncovered by the FBI in its investigation of Clinton and her use of the clintonemail.com system.  The emails reveal direct communications between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top IT specialist, Bryan Pagliano, about clintonemail.com management problems.  Last week, Clinton claimed under oath to Judicial Watch that she "does not recall having communications" with Pagliano relating to the email system.  Clinton's emails to Pagliano, who installed and maintained the clintonemail.com computer system in the Clinton's New York home, relate to email management problems with Clinton's BlackBerry.  The FBI recovered these new emails from those not turned over by Hillary Clinton.  These new emails are government documents and not personal emails as Hillary Clinton claims in defending her decision to not turn over 30,000 emails sent or received by her as Secretary of State.

Clinton server email at heart of 'quid pro quo' controversy contained Benghazi intel.  The email at the heart of a "quid pro quo" controversy involving a senior State Department executive and the FBI contained intelligence about suspects in the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, two government sources told Fox News.  Heavily redacted FBI interview summaries, known as 302s, state that Patrick Kennedy, a top lieutenant to Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state, wanted to deep-six the email — which was one of two on her personal server that kick-started the FBI investigation into the mishandling of classified information on her unsecured system.  The Nov. 18, 2012 email sent to then-Secretary Clinton by aide Jake Sullivan contains the subject line "Fw:FYI - Report of arrests — possible Benghazi connection."

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That doesn't sound like yoga classes to me.  Hillary's excuse for deleting her embarrassing emails en masse was that many of the messages pertained to personal matters, like her interest in yoga.  Now that the deleted emails are resurfacing, have there been any leaked emails that contained any discussion of yoga?

Hillary Clinton Deleted Emails With Her Email Server Technician.  Hillary Clinton deleted several emails she exchanged with Bryan Pagliano, the former Clinton campaign official who managed her private email system while at the State Department.  Judicial Watch, which released the emails on Wednesday, say that they undermine Clinton's recent claims, made under oath, that she did not recall communicating with Pagliano about her emails.  The emails are part of a trove of 30,000-plus emails that Clinton and her team failed to turn over to the State Department in Dec. 2014.  They claimed that the records were personal in nature and not work-related.

The "Fact" That 17 Intelligence Agencies Confirmed Russia is Behind the Email Hacks Isn't Actually a "Fact".  [Scroll down]  As I also covered yesterday, Glenn Greenwald exhaustively back-traced where the 'Russia-hacked-the-election' meme came from and that it was pure spin.  The original author who set the entire farce in motion later admitted it was all a mistake, and in his own 'Mea Culpa' revealed that according to the subtext of extensive emails from a Newsweek reporter pressuring him to allow the lie to live, it was US intelligence agencies pushing to spread this narrative.  The "17 agencies that actually confirmed" it was the Russians?  Well it turns out that was one guy, namely DCI James Clapper:  the head of US intelligence.  The same man who committed perjury before congress after his NSA surveillance program was leaked.

Clinton Caught Obstructing Congressional Investigation Into Private Server.  The congressional leader of a key House committee governing the use of technology announced on Thursday [10/20/2016] that Congress is taking unprecedented action to hold in contempt a computer company that supplied former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with her private email server, which was since found to contain classified information in violation of federal protocol.  Rep. Lamar Smith (R., Texas), chair of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, informed reporters that he is moving forward with procedures to hold in contempt Platte River Networks, a security firm that helped maintain Clinton's private servers.  Smith announced that he is in possession of emails that show Clinton's lawyer instructed companies involved with the server to thwart an official investigation by Congress.

Clinton server email at heart of 'quid pro quo' controversy contained Benghazi intel.  The email at the heart of a "quid pro quo" controversy involving a senior State Department executive and the FBI contained intelligence about suspects in the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, two government sources told Fox News.  Heavily redacted FBI interview summaries, known as 302s, state that Patrick Kennedy, a top lieutenant to Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state, wanted to deep-six the email — which was one of two on her personal server that kick-started the FBI investigation into the mishandling of classified information on her unsecured system.

More Clinton classified email emerges in State Department document dump.  The State Department released another batch of emails from former Secretary Hillary Clinton's secret email server Friday [10/21/2016] and at least one of them is a new message not released before, but which contains sensitive classified information.  The Jan. 26, 2010, message was sent by top personal aide Huma Abedin to Mrs. Clinton relaying a conversation someone named "Jeff" had with the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates.  All of the information is redacted in the message, and is classified as "confidential" — the lowest level of secrecy.  It was flagged because it containts information gleaned from foreign sources and about U.S. foreign policy operations.

Missing From Hacked Emails:  Hillary Clinton Herself.  One person conspicuously absent so far in the thousands of hacked emails showing the internal workings of Hillary Clinton's presidential bid is Hillary Clinton herself.  Time and again, it is Mrs. Clinton's top aides who in a round robin of emails debate and shape major campaign speeches and strategy.  When Mrs. Clinton is heard from, it typically is second hand:  through an email sent by a confidante to other aides.

WikiLeaks: White House Knew 'POTUS And HRC Emailed'.  The White House knew President Barack Obama had emailed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email account that was run out of an unsecured server in her New York home, according to emails released by WikiLeaks.  Obama told CBS News in March 2015 he learned of Clinton's private server the way basically all Americans did, "through news reports."  But emails hacked from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta's Gmail account suggest the White House already knew about Clinton's private email server.

WikiLeaks: Obama Knew About Hillary Clinton's Private Email.  President Barack Obama did know that Hillary Clinton was using a private email address, despite his assertion that he learned about it "through news reports."  The president's answer was a problem for Clinton aide Philippe Reines, who flagged the issue for top Clinton aides as well as White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri in an email.  "It's not unreasonable to assume that Josh [Earnest] is going to get asked how this was possible, and he should have the factset," Reines wrote on March 8, 2015.

Clinton Emails with Petraeus Reveal Her 'BlackBerry Blues;' Clinton Tells Then-CENTCOM Commander to Use Her 'Personal Email Address'.  Judicial Watch today [10/20/2016] released new State Department documents containing email correspondence between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Gen.  David Petraeus, in which she had what she termed "blackberry blues" over her inability to use her BlackBerry inside her secure office.  The FBI recovered these new emails from those not turned over by Hillary Clinton.  These emails are government documents and not personal emails, as Clinton claims in defending her decision to not turn over 30,000 emails sent or received by her as secretary of state.  The emails also show she knew about the security issues of her BlackBerry use (and yet denied recalling anything about it or refused to answer questions).

Clinton Campaign And Harry Reid Worked With NYT To Smear State Dept Watchdog.  The Clinton campaign coordinated with Nevada Sen. Harry Reid to use The New York Times to smear the State Department's deputy inspector general as State's internal watchdog was investigating Clinton aide Huma Abedin, The Daily Caller can report.  The scheme is revealed in a series of emails hacked from the Gmail account of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta.  The most damning message is a Nov. 13, 2015 email that Clinton campaign press secretary Brian Fallon sent to Phil Schiliro, a former White House official and longtime Democratic operative who has helped the Clinton campaign in various capacities.

FBI: 6 Ways the Corrupt Obama State Department Tried to Cover Up Hillary's Illegal Email Activities.  [#3] Like the Rose Law Firm files, some critical emails "disappeared":  Clinton's legal team at first informed the State Department that it had prepared 14 banker boxes of printed emails for production to the government.  However, when officials arrived at her lawyer's office to retrieve the emails, they found only 12 boxes... [those] 12 boxes that did end up in State Department custody contained 52,455 pages of emails, packed into the boxes "with no folders or known method of organization."

Hillary Clinton's email problems just came roaring back.  For the past few months, Hillary Clinton's decision to exclusively use a private email server while at the State Department has receded as a campaign issue as Donald Trump's comments about women have come to dominate the daily chatter about the 2016 race.  On Monday [10/17/2016], however, the various issues associated with Clinton's email setup came roaring back.  According to emails released by the FBI, Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy asked the FBI to ease up on classification decisions in exchange for allowing more FBI agents in countries where they were not permitted to go.  The words "quid pro quo" were used to describe the proposed exchange by the FBI official.

FBI agents let Hillary's aide offer to bribe them to tamper with evidence in probe.  Fox News' senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano had a hard-hitting question for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in response to the release on Monday [10/17/2016] of over 100 new documents related to the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.  One of documents appears to prove the undersecretary of state purportedly offered a deal to the FBI in exchange for the bureau agreeing to reclassify documents in order to protect Hillary Clinton, a "quid pro quo" as described by an FBI agent.  Appearing on "America's Newsroom," Napolitano said the document points to several potential offenses.  "I've never seen this in my career, where an effort is made to change a document after it is evidence in a criminal prosecution," he said.

Ecuador ordered Assange's internet cut off to tilt election toward Clinton, experts say.  While both WikiLeaks and Ecuadorean officials have only made sparse comments on the cutting of Assange's internet access, there is speculation that President Rafael Correa is looking to repair the icy relationship between his country and the U.S. and he is hedging his bets that Clinton will win the race for the White House.  "It may in part have to do with Correa thinking that to assist the campaign of Donald Trump would be unconscionable," Eric Hershberg, the director of American University's Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, told Fox News Latino in reference to the idea that the WikiLeaks' releases are helping the GOP nominee's run for the White House.

Does night follow day?
Did Ecuador Take Away Assange's Internet to Protect Hillary?  Holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in Great Britain four four years, the founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange had is internet access was shut down by the government of Ecuador after leak two weeks Assange leaking the emails of Hillary Clinton's campaign head John Podesta. [...] The removal of Assange's internet access did not stop the podesta emails from going out.  Monday's was delayed, but Tuesday's batch went out in the morning as usual.

Trump's servers show glaring security flaws.  Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked Hillary Clinton's use of a private email system while serving as secretary of State, but the Republican presidential nominee's corporate enterprise appears to be equally vulnerable to cyberattacks.  A digital security architect on Monday evening [10/17/2016] discovered several weaknesses in the Trump Organization's email servers, which appeared to be outdated and not patched for security flaws.

The Editor says...
Nice try, but this entire story is a non sequitur and a red herring, most likely intended to benefit Hillary Clinton on the basis of "See?  He does it, too!"  If Trump's servers have security holes, that's not really our problem, and has no comparison to Hillary's clandestine email server, because [#1] Trump's server doesn't contain national security secrets, and [#2] Trump's servers were not set up for the purpose of information from the government and the public by dodging the Freedom of Information Act.

State Department tried to bribe FBI to unclassify Clinton emails.  A top State Department official offered a "quid pro quo" to an FBI investigator to declassify an e-mail from Hillary Clinton's private server in exchange for allowing the bureau to operate in countries where it was banned, stunning new documents revealed Monday [10/17/2016].  The FBI documents show that Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy pitched the deal to the unnamed agent, allegedly as part of an effort to back up Clinton's claim that she did not send or receive classified documents on the server in her Westchester home.

The great Clinton cover-up:  FBI's Hillary email files are covered in redactions which leave some pages unreadable.  The FBI released a trove of information on its investigation of Hillary Clinton on Monday — but it would take a forensic investigation to try to make sense of many of the heavily-redacted documents.  Some pages that were technically released have their contents entirely redacted.  Others are redacted piecemeal so as to make them almost completely unreadable.  The documents consist of summaries and notes from the agency's long investigation into Clinton's private email server and whether she mishandled classified information.

Intelligence Chair Calls for 'Abuse of Power' Investigation in State Dept.  Handling of Clinton Email Classification.  House Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R.-Calif.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R.-Utah) wrote to the inspector general of the State Department today calling for him to "initiate an inquiry into apparent abuse of power by senior State Department personnel trying to influence classification determinations for emails sent or received by Secretary Clinton."

Whatever it takes to keep the dirt under the carpet until after Election Day...
Ecuador cut off Assange's internet at U.S. request, WikiLeaks says.  Wikileaks said Tuesday [10/18/2016] that Secretary of State John Kerry asked Ecuador to stop WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, from publishing leaked emails that could disrupt peace negotiations with a guerrilla group in Colombia.  Assange, who has been in refuge in Ecuador's embassy in London for more than four years, saw his access to the internet cut over the weekend.

New WikiLeaks Release Contains Clinton Campaign Emails on Benghazi, Israel.  Ed Henry reported on "America's Newsroom" today about the latest WikiLeaks release of Hillary Clinton campaign emails.  Henry said that the 11th dump of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta's emails, which came out Tuesday morning, contains interesting details on the campaign's narrative on the Benghazi terror attack and strategy for showing support for Israel.

Obama Says 'Not True' FBI And State Made Deal on Clinton E-Mails.  President Barack Obama said claims that officials at the State Department and FBI discussed a quid pro quo agreement over the classification of an e-mail on Hillary Clinton's private server were "just not true."  "Some of the more sensational implications or appearances aren't based on actual events," Obama said Tuesday [10/18/2016] during a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the White House.

The Editor engages in mocking derision:
If Barack H. Obama says so, it must be true!

Is this for real?  The emails below were forwarded to me just before the holiday started.  I cannot vouch for their authenticity, but if they are true, wow....

Anonymous email

The FBI's Own Investigation Summary Proves Hillary Clinton Broke The Law.  According to documents released today [10/17/2016], Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy pressured a senior FBI official into unclassifying emails sent from Hillary Clinton's illegal private server.  The FBI official notes that Kennedy contacted the organization to ask for the change in classification in "exchange for a 'quid pro quo.'"  More specifically, "State would reciprocate by allowing the FBI to place more agents in countries where they are presently forbidden," according to a conversation relayed by The Weekly Standard's Stephen Hayes, who broke the story this weekend.  The FBI did not take Kennedy up on his offer.

Hillary's Henchmen Pressured FBI on Classification of Documents.  Today [10/17/2016] the FBI released another 100 pages relating to its investigation of Hillary Clinton's conduct as Secretary of State.  Why it has taken so long for the agency to review, redact and publish a very small quantity of documents is inexplicable.  Be that as it may, the documents released today are explosive.  You may have seen headlines to the effect that Hillary's State Department tried to pressure the FBI to say that various documents located on Hillary's insecure home server were not classified.  This was critical, obviously, because one of Hillary's lines of defense was to claim, falsely, that she never sent or received classified documents on her off-the-books email system.

It's 'felony corruption!' Trump demands resignation of State Dept. undersecretary at the center of FBI firestorm.  Donald Trump told a screaming crowd of supporters in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Monday night [10/17/2016] that electing him is the best way to end the 'corruption' exhibited in the Hillary Clinton investigative documents released by the FBI earlier in the day.  And he called for the ouster of Patrick Kennedy, the State Department undersecretary at the center of Monday's firestorm.  Calling Clinton-related corruption 'magnitudes worse than Watergate,' Trump castigated Kennedy for trying to persuade the bureau to declassify one of Hillary Clinton's emails related to the 2012 Benghazi, Libya terror attack.

FBI confirms:  Officials discussed deal to cover up Clinton emails.  Newly released documents from the FBI's year-long investigation of Hillary Clinton's server indicate a State Department official proposed a "quid pro quo" aimed at getting the FBI to cover up classified emails discovered on Clinton's server.  In return, an unnamed FBI official said it might be open to a deal if the State Department could agree to boosting the FBI's presence in Iraq.  The FBI notes released Monday [10/17/2016] show that Patrick Kennedy, State's undersecretary for management, pressured the FBI to change the classified markings on an email that had been upgraded to "secret."

Pressure Cited Against Marking Clinton E-Mails Classified.  A State Department team responsible for determining which records should be kept secret felt "immense pressure" not to label any of about 300 e-mails found on Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server as classified, according to interview summaries released by the FBI.  Officials from the State Department's Information Programs and Services office began a review in March 2015 of 296 e-mails that were set to be turned over to a House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.  "IPS felt immense pressure to complete the review quickly and not label anything as classified," according to interview notes from a State Department official whose name wasn't disclosed in the FBI summary.

Top Clinton aide offered FBI a funding 'quid pro quo' if agents helped him bury a Benghazi email — 'never to be seen again'.  A senior State Department official pressured the FBI to declassify one of Hillary Clinton's emails related to the Benghazi terror attack so he could use a loophole in the Freedom of Information Act to make sure it would never see the light of day, according to notes from an FBI interview released Monday [10/17/2016].  State Department Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy, the FBI file shows, discussed the possibility of approving the FBI's request for funding 'to place more agents in countries where they are presently forbidden.'  The FBI agent who interviewed him during the investigation into classified documents housed on Clinton's now-infamous secrt email server called the proposal a 'quid pro quo.'

The Editor says...
Apparently there was something in that email message that Hillary Clinton wanted to permanently suppress, and it had something to do with Benghazi.

Hillary Answers Judicial Watch Under Oath — "Does Not Recall" Most Of Her Tenure As Secretary Of State.  Back in August, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan granted Judicial Watch the right to ask 25 questions of Hillary Clinton about the creation of her private email server which she was required to answer under oath.  This morning Hillary filed her response to those 25 questions which can be best summarized by the following stats:
      Occurrences of the phrase "Does Not Recall":  20
      Occurrences of the word "Object" or "Objection":  84
To summarize the 23-page response, Hillary "does not recall" the majority of her tenure as Secretary of State and "objects" to everything that she does recall.

Wikileaks: Clinton Sent Intelligence Info To Podesta's Hacked Email Account.  Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton sent a lengthy Middle East intelligence breakdown in an email to longtime ally and lobbyist John Podesta while he was working in the White House.  "With all of its tragic aspects, the advance of ISIL through Iraq gives the U.S. Government an opportunity to change the way it deals with the chaotic security situation in North Africa and the Middle East," Clinton wrote to Podesta in an August 2014 email obtained by WikiLeaks.

The Most Explosive WikiLeaks Clinton Revelations (So Far).  [#7] Collusion with State Department on managing Clinton's email scandal:  It's pretty clear from these emails that Clinton's team knew she broke the law, but they were (justifiably) confident they could trump the rule of law with politics... and plenty of help from their good friends in the Obama Administration.  Other emails illustrate the Clinton team's conviction that all Democrat scandals can be overcome with distractions and delaying tactics, counting on that 90% Democrat media to be easily distracted, and to stay quiet while stonewalls are constructed.

Hillary Clinton's new health woe: email Alzheimer's.  Call it "email Alzheimers": Hillary Clinton's remarkable failure to recall much of anything touching on how she managed to grossly violate security protocols in her years heading the State Department.  Clinton this week had to supply written, sworn answers to 25 questions from the good-government group Judicial Watch about her home-brewed email setup.  On 21 of the 25, she came up with one version or another of, "I forget."  Which, as any lawyer will tell you, is the best way to avoid both self-incrimination and perjury.

Judicial Watch Releases New Hillary Clinton Email Answers Given under Oath.  Judicial Watch today [10/13/2016] released received responses under oath from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton concerning her email practices.  Judicial Watch submitted twenty-five questions on August 30 to Clinton as ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan.  The new Clinton responses in the Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit before Judge Sullivan was first filed in September 2013 seeking records about the controversial employment status of Huma Abedin, former deputy chief of staff to Clinton.  The lawsuit was reopened because of revelations about the clintonemail.com system.

Fox: Clinton Camp Was Worried About Emails Between Hillary and Obama After Server Scandal Broke.  Fox News' Ed Henry reported Friday [10/14/2016] on newly released emails from WikiLeaks that showed President Obama may have known more about Hillary Clinton's private email server than was initially known by the public.  This is part of the weeklong release of emails that belonged to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta after they were hacked.

'Does not recall': Clinton dodges email questions in court submission.  Hillary Clinton filed written responses this week to a conservative watchdog group's inquiries into the private and unauthorized email server she maintained when she was secretary of state, but nearly every one of her answers included the phrase "Secretary Clinton objects to Interrogatory" or "Secretary Clinton does not recall."  Judicial Watch submitted 25 specific questions to the Democratic nominee on Aug. 30, 2016.  Clinton and her legal team answered their inquiries point-by-point.  The watchdog group's interrogatories mostly involved either Clinton's public comments on her server or what the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it found in its review of her email habits.

Clinton answers written questions under penalty of perjury in email lawsuit.  Hillary Clinton submitted formal answers under penalty of perjury on Thursday [10/13/2016] about her use of a private email server, saying 20 times that she did not recall the requested information or related discussions, while also asserting that no one ever warned her that the practice could run afoul of laws on preserving federal records.  "Secretary Clinton states that she does not recall being advised, cautioned, or warned, she does not recall that it was ever suggested to her, and she does not recall participating in any communication, conversation, or meeting in which it was discussed that her use of a clintonemail.com e-mail account to conduct official State Department business conflicted with or violated federal recordkeeping laws," lawyers for Clinton wrote.

Clinton changes story, admits she didn't have permission for secret email server.  Hillary Clinton admitted under oath this week that she doesn't recall asking anyone for permission to use a secret server and email account during her time in the State Department, contradicting previous public pronouncements that she had received approval.  Mrs. Clinton said she didn't recall seeing a 2011 warning about increased hacking attempts on senior department officials' private accounts and that she didn't actually write another warning that was sent under her name.  "Secretary Clinton states that she does not recall being advised, cautioned, or warned during her tenure as Secretary of State about hacking or attempted hacking of her clintonemail.com e-mail account or the server that hosted her clintonemail.com account," she said in sworn testimony dated Monday and filed in federal court Thursday [10/13/2016].

Emails reveal Clinton camp's scramble to craft, defend server story.  Hillary Clinton's top aides privately debated whether to joke about her emerging email scandal, if they should shift some blame to former secretaries of state and how to frame, explain and defend her use of a homebrewed server in a series of purported March 2015 emails revealed by WikiLeaks this week.  The emails, which originated on the Gmail account of Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta, paint a portrait of a political team alternately worried and defiant in the face of their boss' mushrooming email disclosure.  Through the early days of the email revelations, and even throughout the summer as further discoveries turned up the heat, Clinton's group sweated the minutiae of her carefully crafted responses in an attempt to keep the campaign's preferred narrative on track.

Wikileaks Dump Provides More Evidence of Clinton Camp and State Dept. Cozy Coordination Over Emails.  The fourth round of emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta were released on Wednesday morning [10/12/2016] by Wikileaks.  The new emails shed more light on the apparent cozy relationship between the Clinton campaign and the State Department and provide the strongest evidence to date of direct coordination in the release of Hillary Clinton's emails.  On Tuesday LawNewz.com wrote about a March 2015 email that showed that a Clinton top aide and lawyer named Heather Samuelson received a heads up about a pending release of emails in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch.  Samuelson left the State Department in 2013 along with Clinton and her other top aides, so some questioned how she managed to get ahold of the information about the release before Judicial Watch, or the general public.

This Man Did What Hillary Did With Classified Information, And He's In Jail.  Last week, a person was arrested for allegedly having classified documents at home without authorization.  No, it wasn't Hillary Clinton — but it makes you wonder, why not?  Police executed a warrant to search Harold Thomas Martin III's home and found classified documents.  Did police execute a warrant to search Clinton's home?  No, of course not.  What is the evidence against Martin?  First, they found documents that "contained highly classified information of the United States, including Top Secret and Sensitive Compartmentalized Information (SCI)."  Hillary Clinton's server also contained eight email chains of Top Secret information and had emails classified as Special Access Programs an even more restricted subcategory of Sensitive Compartmented Information.

Emails show Clinton aides discussing home server.  Hacked emails show Hillary Clinton's campaign team was eager to move past the controversy over her use of a homebrew email server last year as it debated how to respond to the issue.

The New FBI Investigation Clinton Faces.  On July 5th, 2016, FBI Director James Comey announced to the world that Hillary Clinton would not face criminal repercussions for her private email server.  Many thought Clinton was home-free, ready to race for the White House and declare herself president.  Yes, the FBI investigation into her email server was over, but as Ed Klein's new book, Guilty as Sin, reveals, there is another FBI investigation of Clinton brewing, and it is going to be a lot harder for her to shake this one.  The Associated Press, not exactly a bastion of conservative propaganda, reported in late August that "more than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation."

Leaked emails reveal Clinton campaign's attempts to distract from email scandal.  In one conversation from March of last year, for example, Podesta suggested distracting from the email saga by focusing on the congressional Benghazi inquiry.  "My perspective is that we want the fight to be about Benghazi, not about servers in her basement," Podesta wrote to Cheryl Mills, a board member at the Clinton Foundation.  The House Select Committee on Benghazi had uncovered the existence of Clinton's private server weeks earlier, and was at that time pursuing her testimony in a closed-door meeting.  That never happened, and it was not until October of last year that members of the committee were able to question Clinton in a highly-anticipated public hearing.

Contradicting FBI view, Clinton's leaked speeches portray her as computer savvy.  Contrary to views collected by the FBI that Hillary Clinton was a technophobe unsophisticated in the use of computers, her paid speeches indicate that she was well aware of the dangers of computer hacking and penetration and that diplomats would be "totally vulnerable" without extreme precautions.  Excerpts from Clinton's speeches, which she refused to release during her hard fought primary campaign against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, were among some 2,050 private emails published Friday [10/7/2016] by the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks, after what the Obama administration says was a Russian intrusion that obtained the data.

New Emails Show From Day #1 Obama Administration Involved In Managing Clinton Email Scandal.  Now newly released emails reported on by The Wall Street Journal show that from day one senior White House officials, including one headed for the campaign, and one of Clinton's own attorneys who received immunity from prosecution, were coordinating responses with senior State Department officials about how to "manage" the growing Clinton email scandal These emails further raise questions about the integrity of officials at the highest levels of government in handling this matter.

White House Coordinated on Clinton Email Issues, New Documents Show.  Newly disclosed emails show top Obama administration officials were in close contact with Hillary Clinton's nascent presidential campaign in early 2015 about the potential fallout from revelations that the former secretary of state used a private email server.

WSJ: Docs Reveal White House Coordination on Clinton Emails.  Byron Tau of the Wall Street Journal writes that the Obama administration was aware of Hillary Clinton's private email server problems in early 2015 and coordinated with her staff on the matter.

Sen. Jeff Sessions:  Senate Must Investigate FBI's 'Breathtaking' Destruction of Evidence, Immunity to Cheryl Mills.  Sen. Jeff Sessions tells radio talk show Howie Carr he's lost confidence in FBI Director James B. Comey Jr.  The Alabama Republican adds that he thinks the Senate should investigate how the FBI granted immunity to Clinton Foundation director Cheryl Mills and destroyed evidence under congressional subpoena.  "I was a U.S. attorney and an assistant U.S. attorney before that and I have been through a lot of these issues," Sessions says.

A Banana Republic, If We Choose to Keep It.  ## That Hillary remains in the running at all is the most concrete affirmation of our descent into lawlessness.  Not only did the FBI grant immunity to key witnesses in the Clinton email scandal, many of whom promptly returned the favor by asserting their Fifth Amendment right not to testify before Congress — when they weren't completely ignoring a congressional subpoena — but the Bureau agreed to destroy the laptops of former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills and ex-campaign staffer Heather Samuelson.  Just as revealing, the FBI agents limited their search to documents authored before January 2015, relinquishing "any opportunity to find evidence related to the destruction of evidence or obstruction of justice related to Secretary Clinton's unauthorized use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State," stated a letter sent to the Attorney General Loretta Lynch by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).  It gets worse.  This side deal was made despite the reality the laptops could have been obtained via a subpoena with no conditions attached.  And when classified government documents are found on a computer, that computer legally becomes government property.  Furthermore, Mills — despite being the subject of a criminal investigation — was allowed to participate as one of Clinton's lawyers, with the concomitant assertion of attorney-client privilege, during Clinton's holiday weekend "interview" with the FBI.

Republicans blast FBI for 'astonishing' agreement to destroy Clinton aides' laptops.  Top-ranking Republicans on Wednesday [10/5/2016] escalated their inquiry into a controversial FBI agreement to destroy the laptops of two Hillary Clinton aides questioned in the email scandal investigation, pressing Attorney General Loretta Lynch for answers and suggesting the deal obstructed congressional investigators.  The agreement to destroy the computers, the lawmakers wrote Wednesday in a letter to Lynch, "is simply astonishing given the likelihood that evidence on the laptops would be of interest to congressional investigators."  The letter, signed by four Republican committee chairmen, follows allegations Monday that immunity deals for former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills and ex-campaign staffer Heather Samuelson included a side arrangement obliging the FBI to destroy their laptops after reviewing the devices.

How the FBI wound up destroying evidence.  Welcome to the Twilight Zone:  Under immunity deals given to two key Hillary Clinton aides in the e-mail probe, the FBI wound up destroying evidence.  Once they were done searching two laptops used to store Clinton's e-mails, the agents had to destroy them.  They also had to limit their search to include nothing after January 2015 — that is, before news broke of the whole home-brewed-server business.  Meaning the FBI investigation had that much less chance of stumbling across fresh proof of obstruction of justice.

What Sort of Immunity Deal Includes Destruction of Evidence?  Has such an immunity deal ever been offered to a non-Clinton associate in the history of the Republic?

Please Tell Me These FBI/DOJ 'Side Deals' with Clinton E-Mail Suspects Didn't Happen.  According to House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.), the immunity agreements struck by the Justice Department with Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, two top subjects of the FBI's Clinton e-mail investigation, included "side agreements."  Pursuant to these side agreements, it was stipulated that (a) the FBI would not scrutinize any documents dated after January 31, 2015 (i.e., about five weeks before the most disturbing actions suggestive of obstruction of justice occurred); and (b) the FBI — in an investigation critically involving destruction of documents — would destroy the computers after conducting its search.

How did Cheryl Mills get immunity if she was also acting as Clinton's lawyer?  GOP lodges formal complaint with D.C. bar.  The Republican Party has filed a formal complaint with the D.C. bar seeking disciplinary measures against longtime Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills for allegedly having a 'conflict of interest' when representing Clinton during her FBI interview in connection with her emails scandal.  Mills has represented Clinton as she fielded questions from FBI investigators as well while also fielding questions from congressional staff and lawmakers about whether she mishandled classified information and broke record keeping laws with her private email server.

FBI Colluded with Democrats, Team Clinton on Email 'Prosecution'.  The clueless Republicans — like most Americans — simply cannot bring themselves to realize what sort of government we are now living under. [...] The Obama administration has corrupted and weaponized the major enforcement agencies of the federal government, including the IRS and the FBI, and now is reaching down to the local level in order to bring municipal police forces under Washington's control.

Corrupt: FBI Agreed to Destroy Laptops of Clinton's Top Aides in Immunity Deal.  The FBI agreed to destroy the laptops of two of Hillary Clinton's top aides as part of their immunity deals, House Judiciary Committee sources revealed on Monday [10/3/2016].  The side agreements were made with former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills and ex-campaign staffer Heather Samuelson and also limited the FBI's search to no later than Jan. 31, 2015.  In other words, investigators could not review documents after the server became public, "preventing the bureau from discovering if there was any evidence of obstruction of justice," according to the sources.

Russian server co. head on DNC hack: 'No idea' why FBI still has not contacted us.  Blaming Russia because servers are from here is "absurd," Vladimir Fomenko, owner of the Russian server company implicated in the DNC hack, told RT adding that they are ready to help any special service in investigating the attack.  Fomenko's web hosting service, King Servers, was identified by American cybersecurity company ThreatConnect as the platform for the attack on emails of the Democratic National Committee.  Six out of the eight IP addresses used by the hackers were hosted on King Servers, ThreatConnect claimed in September.

FBI agreed to destroy immunized Clinton aides' laptops, sources say.  Sources said the arrangement with former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills and ex-campaign staffer Heather Samuelson also limited the search to no later than Jan. 31, 2015.  This meant investigators could not review documents for the period after the email server became public — in turn preventing the bureau from discovering if there was any evidence of obstruction of justice, sources said.  The Republican-led House Judiciary Committee fired off a letter Monday [10/3/2016] to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking why the DOJ and FBI agreed to the restrictive terms, including that the FBI would destroy the laptops after finishing the search.

DOJ Reached 'Side Agreements' To Limit Search Of Clinton Lawyers' Laptops.  As part of its immunity deals with Hillary Clinton's lawyers, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, the Justice Department agreed to destroy laptops the attorneys turned over to federal investigators and to limit searches of the devices to documents created before Jan. 31, 2015.  The perplexing "side agreements" are revealed in a letter that Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte sent to Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday [10/3/2016].  Investigators with the House Judiciary Committee, which Goodlatte chairs, were able to review the DOJ's agreements with Mills and Samuelson, who worked as aides to Clinton at the State Department before taking jobs as her lawyers.

The FBI director can't defend immunity for Hillary Clinton's aides — which says volumes.  Two revealing, if largely unnoticed, moments came in the middle of FBI Director Jim Comey's Wednesday testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.  When combined, these moments prove that Mr. Comey gave Hillary Clinton a pass.  Congress hauled Mr. Comey in to account for the explosive revelation that the government granted immunity to Clinton staffers Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson as part of its investigation into whether Mrs. Clinton had mishandled classified information.  Rep. Tom Marino (R., Pa.), who was once a Justice Department prosecutor and knows how these investigations roll, provided the first moment.  He asked Mr. Comey why Ms. Mills was so courteously offered immunity in return for her laptop — a laptop that Mr. Comey admitted investigators were very keen to obtain.  Why not simply impanel a grand jury, get a subpoena, and seize the evidence?

FBI Docs:  Hillary Deleted Nearly 1,000 Emails With David Petraeus.  A potentially explosive nugget from the FBI's Friday document dump of investigatory notes from the Clinton email probe has been all but ignored by the media.  And that is the revelation that Hillary Clinton deleted 1,000 work-related emails between herself and General David Petaeus from his time as the director of the United States Central Command.

It's Alive:  FBI files reveal how Clinton server was created in K Street lab.  If Hillary Clinton's 'homebrew' server ever got the Mary Shelley treatment, IT specialist Bryan Pagliano would make a fine Dr. Frankenstein — FBI documents reveal new details about how he painstakingly created the machine over a series of months while working in a room along Washington's storied K Street.  According to files released last Friday evening, Pagliano worked to design and build the now-infamous server inside a room once used as part of Clinton's campaign headquarters.

Reps: Clinton aides who got immunity deals directed email scrubbing.  The tech specialist who scrubbed Hillary Clinton's email archive and was recently found to have sought help on Reddit for how to hide a certain "VIP's" email address was acting at the behest of Clinton aides Cheryl Mills and IT specialist Bryan Pagliano, a top House Republican charged Wednesday [9/28/2016].  "The clincher:  just last week, he's going online and trying to delete these Reddit posts," Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio said of Colorado-based tech specialist Paul Combetta, who reached a limited immunity deal with the Justice Department.  "He's trying to cover up his tracks, he's trying to cover up the cover up."

Issa: FBI Can Now Choose To Look 'Less Effective' Or 'Corrupt'.  House Judiciary Committee member and Republican California Rep. Darrell Issa says the Federal Bureau of Investigation got nothing out of punting the Hillary Clinton classified e-mail probe but a "bad reputation."  "The FBI can now choose between looking like a less effective investigative organization or they can look corrupt," Issa told The Daily Caller Wednesday night.  "Because either they gave too much or too little along with the Justice Department."

FBI Director Comey Took Millions From Clinton Foundation Defense Contractor.  Is anyone surprised by this corruption?  When FBI Director James Comey said that the organization would not be seeking to bring charges against Hillary Clinton over her illegal email server, anyone paying attention knew there was a deep level of corruption.  Now, it's been made clear.  James Comey received millions of dollars from the corrupt Clinton Foundation, and his brother's law firm also does the Clinton's taxes.

Congressman: Cheryl Mills 'Lied To Everybody' About Hillary's Server.  FBI Director James Comey made excuses for Hillary Clinton's former State Department chief of staff Cheryl Mills on Wednesday when asked about conflicting statements she made to federal investigators about when she learned of the former secretary of state's private email server.  "Having done many investigations myself, there's always conflicting recollections of facts, some of which are central [to the investigation], some of which are peripheral," Comey told Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz during a House Judiciary Committee hearing.

The FBI's Hillary email probe is looking even more like a coverup.  It's bad enough that FBI Director James Comey agreed to pass out immunity deals like candy to material witnesses and potential targets of his investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's illegal private email server.  But now we learn that some of them were immunized despite lying to Comey's investigators.  In the latest bombshell from Congress' probe into what's looking more and more like an FBI whitewash (or coverup) of criminal behavior by the Democratic nominee and her aides, the Denver-based tech who destroyed subpoenaed emails from Clinton's server allegedly lied to FBI agents after he got an immunity deal.

Clinton Email Scandal:  Hillary's Security Clearance Should Have Been Revoked Long Ago.  When debate moderators get tired of asking Donald Trump about Barack Obama's birth certificate or the Miss Universe pageant, they might want to pose a question to Hillary Clinton that is actually worth asking.  Namely:  "Why did you fail to take any of the mandatory training courses on how to handle classified material — required to keep your security clearance — while you were Secretary of State?"  The fact that Clinton didn't get this training has now been firmly established, thanks to the dogged work of the Daily Caller, which has been suing the State Department for documents what would indicate if Clinton had.

Congressman Drops Bombshell Says FBI Gave Broader Immunity to Clinton Aides Than First Disclosed.  FBI Director James Comey appeared on Capitol Hill on Wednesday [9/28/2016] where he testified before the House Judiciary Committee and further discussed the Bureau's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server.  During one exchange with Congressman Darrell Issa, Issa let out a pretty big revelation about the scope of immunity granted to Clinton aides.  Issa claims it was much broader than first disclosed.  He claims that Clinton top aide Cheryl Mills also received immunity for destroying documents.

FBI Director James Comey Admits "Stonetear" is Paul Combetta During Hearing.  It has been 10 days since we originally presented the Stonetear Revelations on September 19th.  Yesterday [9/28/2016], Ohio Representative Jim Jordan questioned FBI Director James Comey about the "Stonetear" Reddit posting.  Director Comey admits that Stonetear is in fact Paul Combetta, and the "VERY VIP" was, indeed, Hillary Clinton.

FBI Director:  An FBI Agent Would 'Be In Big Trouble' If They Did What Hillary Did.  FBI director James Comey on Wednesday [9/28/2016] said that an FBI agent who operated a private email system similar to Hillary Clinton's would be "in big trouble" at the bureau.  Comey was responding in a House Judiciary Committee hearing to an allegation from Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot that the decision to not charge Clinton with mishandling classified information showed a "double standard."  Comey said that he disagreed with that characterization.  But he added that she would not get off scot-free.

Dem lawmaker wears Hillary pin during House hearing on Clinton email probe.  Wearing a candidate's campaign pin is hardly out of the ordinary this election season.  But doing it while conducting congressional oversight at a hearing where that candidate's conduct is front-and-center — that's another matter.  Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, raised eyebrows Wednesday when she showed up wearing a gold Hillary Clinton campaign pin to a House Judiciary Committee hearing dealing with the FBI probe regarding Clinton's private email server.  The committee heard testimony from FBI Director James Comey on the agency's decision not to pursue charges and a newly revealed set of controversial immunity deals given to Clinton's staff.

Behind the Clinton Immunity Deals.  Immunity deals are granted precisely to prosecute a case and, in the absence of utter corruption, would never be issued unless prosecutors had other more valuable targets they intended to put away in return for letting some of the smaller fry go.  That this did not happen in the Clinton email case is another factor that makes the decision so utterly fraught.  Just as unusually, the five immunized witnesses apparently were not required to cooperate with federal authorities or with Congress in return for their deals, other than providing a limited amount of immunized information.

Obama's Conflict Tanked the Clinton E-mail Investigation — As Predicted.  [Huma] Abedin knew an insurance policy when she saw one.  If Obama himself had been e-mailing over a non-government, non-secure system, then everyone else who had been doing it had a get-out-of-jail-free card.  Thanks to Friday's FBI document dump — 189 more pages of reports from the Bureau's year-long foray ("investigation" would not be the right word) into the Clinton e-mail scandal — we now know for certain what I predicted some eight months ago here at NRO: Any possibility of prosecuting Hillary Clinton was tanked by President Obama's conflict of interest. [...] It would not have been possible for the Justice Department to prosecute Clinton for her offense without its becoming painfully apparent that 1) Obama, too, had done everything necessary to commit a violation of federal law, and 2) the communications between Obama and Clinton were highly relevant evidence.

Surprise, It Looks Like Obama Lied; He Knew Hillary Was Using an Illegal Email Server.  President Barack Obama used a pseudonym when communicating with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by email, and at least one of those emails ended up on Clinton's private email server, new FBI documents reveal.  The FBI dumped a large batch of documents Friday [9/23/2016] concerning its investigation into Clinton's private email server.  The heavily-redacted documents include numerous notes the Bureau made of interviews with Clinton aides and Department of State officials concerning her private email server.

The Immunized Five:  Meet the People Covering For Hillary.  The Justice Department has granted immunity to a grand total of five individuals involved in the Hillary Clinton email scandal.  On Friday [9/23/2016], the FBI, in response to a subpoena, gave the House Oversight Committee information about immunity agreements reached as part of the Clinton email investigation.  The list included a total of five names, including two Clinton attorneys.  Here are their histories and their roles in the never-ending Clinton email fracas.

How's the Coverup Going, Hillary?  Yesterday the FBI did another Friday afternoon document dump, consisting of more documents relating to its investigation of Hillary Clinton's email security breaches.  The Washington Examiner spotted this hilarious item from an interview of a Platte River Networks employee who referred in 2014 to "the Hilary coverup operation."

FBI Clinton Email Report Review — Six Concerning Revelations.  [#1] One IT Worker Joked That A 60-Day retention Policy For Clinton Would Be A "Coverup Operation."  "But one IT worker took a somewhat cavalier attitude, joking in one interview that a new 60-day retention policy was a 'Hillary coverup operation' — which sparked the Trump campaign's anger."

Obama used pseudonym in emails with Clinton.  President Obama used a pseudonym in emails to Hillary Clinton, documents from the FBI released Friday show.  The FBI released a large batch documents related to its investigation into Clinton's private email server Friday afternoon.  The files include notes from interviews with several top Clinton aides, including longtime adviser Huma Abedin.  The FBI said in its notes from an Abedin interview that the address on a Clinton email chain "is believed to be a pseudonym used by the President."  Abedin said she didn't recognize the name and "expressed her amazement" that Obama used a pseudonym.

Obama reportedly used pseudonym to email with Clinton on her private server.  President Obama used a pseudonym when sending or receiving emails through the private server system Hillary Clinton used as secretary of state, according to nearly 200 pages of documents released Friday [9/23/2016] by the FBI.  Included in the documents are notes from an April 2016 interview with long-time Clinton aide Huma Abedin, conducted in connection with the FBI's two-year investigation into Clinton's use of the private server for official correspondence.

FBI DOCS: Surprise, It Looks Like Obama Lied; He Knew Hillary Was Using an Illegal Email Server.  President Barack Obama used a pseudonym when communicating with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by email, and at least one of those emails ended up on Clinton's private email server, new FBI documents reveal.  The FBI dumped a large batch of documents Friday concerning its investigation into Clinton's private email server.  The heavily-redacted documents include numerous notes the Bureau made of interviews with Clinton aides and Department of State officials concerning her private email server.  One of those interviews is with Clinton aide Huma Abedin.  During the interview, the FBI presented Abedin with an email exchange between Clinton and a person she did not recognize.  Eventually, the FBI revealed the unknown person's name was believed to be a pseudonym used by Obama.  The revelation provoked consternation from Abedin.  "How is this not classified?" she said, before asking for a copy of the email herself.  The FBI documents do not reveal what Obama's pseudonym was, or what was in the text of the email.

FBI Release 189 Pages of Investigative Notes Into Clinton Email — Platte River Network and "Stonetear".  All of the current headlines pushed by the MSM are shiny thing distractions from this after hours drop of FBI reports on a Friday before the presidential debate.  The timing of the release this evening by the FBI is yet again evidence the operational leadership within the DOJ are attempting to diffuse the content to the benefit of Hillary Clinton.  Against the "stonetear" revelations the heavily redacted investigative reports released today carry an increased dynamic.  Here is just one excerpt of importance. [...]

FBI gave top Clinton aide Cheryl Mills immunity in email probe, rep says.  Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff Cheryl Mills and two other staffers were granted immunity as part of the now-closed FBI probe into the former secretary of state's email practices, according to a top House Republican who questioned whether the numerous deals hindered the bureau's ability to build a case.  "This is beyond explanation," House oversight committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said in a statement Friday.  "The FBI was handing out immunity agreements like candy.  I've lost confidence in this investigation and I question the genuine effort in which it was carried out."  The arrangements detailed by Chaffetz bring the total number of publicly known immunity deals in the Clinton case to five.

Clinton Email Scandal:  New Revelations Of Cover-Up Spell Trouble For Hillary.  No doubt, Hillary Clinton and her avid supporters had hoped the email scandal that has plagued her all year was finally beginning to die down.  No such luck.  Polls show Americans still care about it — and it remains a major issue in her campaign.  The most recent revelation to show the duplicity and outright lying of Clinton about the email scandal was the discovery that her outside tech specialist, Paul Combetta of Platte River Networks, sought in July 2014 help on the Reddit forum to delete email addresses from the files of a "very VIP" client before shipping them to others.  Combetta used the screen name "stonetear," a name he had foolishly used elsewhere on the web, so it was directly traceable to him.

State Department reveals FBI uncovered 2,800 emails Clinton never turned over.  The State Department said Friday it likely has more than 2,800 new emails former Secretary Hillary Clinton never turned over but were recovered by the FBI, and will begin releasing them in batches beginning next month.  But only a small percentage will be processed before the election, the department said in court, arguing its resources are stretched too thin to get them done.  All told, the FBI turned over 15,171 emails it recovered that involved Mrs. Clinton, and of those about 60 percent have been deemed purely personal.  That leaves some 5,600 that are work-related, but based on a sample of data, nearly half of those are duplicates, leaving the 2,800 or so that are new.

Five Clinton aides received immunity deals in FBI probe.  Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff, received an immunity deal from the Justice Department during the year-long FBI investigation of Clinton's server.  Two other State Department staffers, John Bentel and Heather Samuelson, were also given immunity agreements, bringing the total number of witnesses who were protected by deals to five.  Bryan Pagliano, Clinton's former IT aide, and Paul Combetta, an employee at the firm hired to manage her server after she left the State Department, received such protection through deals that were reported previously.

Hillary Clinton's lawyer was given immunity 'like candy' by the FBI so they could access her laptop during secret server probe.  A congressman says Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and two other staff members were granted immunity deals in exchange for their cooperation in the now-closed FBI investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state.

FBI Gave Hillary Aide Cheryl Mills Immunity During Investigation.  House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) revealed that the FBI gave Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills immunity as they investigated her private email server.  This kind of news explains why the FBI recommended the DOJ not prosecute Hillary despite overwhelming evidence.

What Happens When You Can't Trust the FBI and the Department of Justice?  In a stunning Friday (isn't it always?) revelation, we found out that yet another key figure from Hillary Clinton's "rat pack" — her former chief-of-staff Cheryl Mills — was given immunity in the email server investigation.  As Ed Morrissey points out, that makes "at least five" — who knows how many there really are — who have received this treatment.  So far that's techies Bryan Pagliano and Paul Combetta (more of him in a moment), John Bentel of the Office of Information Resources Management, and Heather Samuelson, an aide to Mrs. Clinton.  How much the public knows of their immunized testimony is clear — nothing.

State Department convinces udge to delay release of 14,900 new Hillary Clinton emails until after Election Day.  The president of a government transparency group lashed out at the U.S. State Department on Friday after a federal judge ruled that a trove of Hillary Clinton's emails can be released to the public after Election Day.  That means the majority of messages recovered during an FBI investigation into Clinton's classified email scandal won't see the light of day until well after Americans pick a new president, raising the possibility that an 'October surprise' might pop up in December or January.  'This is an absolutely corrupt process the State Department has come up with,' Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton told The Wall Street Journal on Friday [9/123/2016], blaming the Obama administration for slow-walking the release.

Day #4 — The "stonetear" Investigation — Chairman Jason Chaffetz Sends Preservation Notice To Reddit.  On Sunday September 18th, researcher Katica discovered Hillary Clinton's email custodian, Paul Combetta, had an alias "stonetear" used on a 2014 Reddit forum asking for assistance in altering archived server records for Hillary Clinton.  We published the archive and discovery at 4:30 am Monday Sept 19th.  Within hours Combetta scrubs his prior posting and attempts to delete his web-footprint.  However, the information is viral as the internet shares the story.

'Hillary's Coverup Operation': Bombshell emails from her IT geeks.  In an important scoop in Sunday's [New York] Post, Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein revealed a host of bombshells from internal emails at Platte River Networks, the company that managed Hillary Clinton's private email servers after she left the State Department.

House panel holds Clinton IT aide in contempt.  Members of the House Oversight Committee voted Thursday [9/22/2016] to hold Hillary Clinton's former IT aide in contempt of Congress over his refusal to comply with a subpoena for documents and testimony.  Bryan Pagliano, the aide who set up Clinton's private email server, failed to appear before the committee on Sept. 13 and declined to provide a copy of the immunity agreement given to him by the Justice Department during the year-long FBI investigation of Clinton's email network.  "Subpoenas are not optional," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the Oversight Committee, at a hearing Thursday to consider Pagliano's fate.

House panel recommends holding former Clinton IT aide in contempt.  The House oversight committee voted Thursday [9/22/2016] to recommend holding the former State Department IT specialist who set up Hillary Clinton's private server in contempt of Congress, after he again ignored a subpoena to appear before the panel.  The resolution to hold Bryan Pagliano in contempt goes next to the full House, which would ultimately decide whether to hold the controversial figure in the Clinton email case in contempt.  "Subpoenas are not optional," committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said.  "This committee cannot operate, it cannot perform its duty ... if subpoenas are ignored."

DOJ reportedly granted immunity to computer expert who deleted Clinton emails.  The Department of Justice reportedly gave immunity to a computer expert who deleted Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails during its investigation into her private email server despite being ordered by Congress to keep them.  The New York Times reported Thursday [9/22/2016] that the Justice Department's immunity deal with Paul Combetta likely means that Republican lawmakers' calls for federal authorities to investigate his deletions will go unheard.  The top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, had asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Clinton, her lawyers or Combetta obstructed justice when the emails were deleted in March 2015.

GOP subpoenas FBI to turn over Clinton email docs.  House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, subpoenaed FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday [9/20/2016] for documents and information related to the security of the private email account and server Hillary Clinton used when she led the State Department.  Smith asked Comey for the documents in a Sept. 9 letter, but then issued the subpoena after Comey failed to comply with the request.

Rep. Lamar Smith Demands Interview With "Stonetear" aka Paul Combetta.  Hillary Clinton's IT technician Paul Combetta has been confirmed by all reasonable inquiry to be online user "stonetear" as originally discovered by Katica.  The Clinton camp is scrambling and took the day off today [9/20/2016] in a transparent attempt to come up with a coordinated strategy.  Today, the House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith is demanding answers.

Hillary's I.T. Guy Paul Combetta, aka: "stonetear" — The Reddit and The Timeline.  When Paul Combetta aka "stonetear" woke up yesterday morning, it's doubtful he would have suspected a two year old archive written under his Reddit pseudonym would have been on his mind. [...] However, someone must have alerted him asap because within hours of our story hitting the web (04:45am EDT) Combetta began furiously deleting his Reddit postings, user information, and various media forum histories.

House Committee Threatens To Subpoena Clinton Email Tech Who Sought Reddit Advice.  A congressional committee is threatening to subpoena the tech firm that managed Hillary Clinton's server after it was revealed on Monday [9/19/2016] that one of that company's technicians sought advice on the website Reddit on how to strip the former secretary of state's email address from her emails.  "Yesterday, new information emerged regarding the role of a key Platte River Networks employee in managing Secretary Clinton's private email server," Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, the chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, wrote to Platte River Networks (PRN) attorney Kenneth Eichner.

Rep. Chaffetz follows the Clinton 'Email Trail'.  This past week, for the first time, we heard public testimony from technicians who helped set up Hillary Clinton's email systems when she was Secretary of State then helped permanently delete emails after they were subpoenaed.  Which meant that the FBI couldn't review them.  This week, The Republican-led house oversight committee held hearings.  Sharyl Attkisson sat down with Chairman Jason Chaffetz to talk about the investigation.

Inside the scramble to cover up Clinton's private email server.  The FBI report noted there were many hacking attempts into the system, both while Clinton was secretary of state and afterward when Platte River Networks took over the administration of the home server.  The agency said none had been successful, and it never named the hackers or their points of origin.  But multiple internal Platte River emails reviewed by The Post show that computers in China tried on three occasions in 2014 to log into Clinton's server and a computer in Russia tried once in 2013.

FBI Botched Clinton Investigation:  Never Disclosed Hillary, Aides Used Covert Google Server to Hide Benghazi Emails.  It's like a bad spy movie involving a third-world government.  Or perhaps a slap stick comedy.  The Secretary of State of the United States reading, sending, receiving sensitive emails with national security secrets, threats and classified or top secret intelligence over Google's public Gmail.  We expect this from chatting soccer moms but not from the top diplomat of the United States and her aides.  But it gets even worse.  The FBI either never discovered this blatant and clandestine violation of federal laws or did and simply covered it up.

Government Corruption and Incompetence:  The Continuing Saga.  It is a stunning, disturbing and persistent pattern of incompetence, corruption, and possible obstruction of justice.  After reading and reviewing the FBI's publicly released 11-page 302 report on its interview with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the FBI's 47-page summary of its investigation into the State Department email scandal, it's difficult to come to any other conclusion.  These reports indicate that the Obama Administration has engaged in an alarming pattern of misbehavior despite the President's statement that "A democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires transparency."  Abundant evidence of incompetence and a lack of accountability by the FBI, the Department of Justice, and State Department issues forth from the handling of the investigation into private email servers and top-secret, classified information.

Oversight threatens to subpoena IT firm for Clinton server records.  The House Oversight Committee is threatening the IT firm that managed Hillary Clinton's private email server with a subpoena if it fails to turn over related documents.  Earlier this month, the panel asked that the Denver-based Platte River Networks turn over all documents and communications relating to Clinton's server, as well as specific information on the 2015 deletion of an email archive.  The firm did not respond by the Tuesday deadline set by Oversight.  Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Wednesday extended the deadline to Friday, "otherwise, the Committee will be required to issue a subpoena to obtain those materials."

DNC Discovers Emails Were Hacked... So They Emailed Everyone New Passwords.  These techie superstars probably considered changing their password to... "password"

DNI Declines Required Damage Assessment of Clinton's Leaked Email Secrets.  The U.S. intelligence community declined to conduct a required assessment of the damage to national security caused by former secretary of state Hillary Clinton sending and receiving secrets on a private email server.  "ODNI is not leading an [intelligence community]-wide damage assessment and is not aware of any individual IC element conducting such formal assessments," Joel D. Melstad, a spokesman for the of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said.  The most sensitive classified information leaked and possibly obtained by foreign intelligence services included ultra-secret information on U.S. drone strikes, according to American intelligence officials.

Facing Clinton stonewall, Congress ponders next move.  The House Government Oversight Committee subpoenaed three key figures in the Hillary Clinton email scandal to testify at a hearing Tuesday.  Two declined to testify, citing their Fifth Amendment rights.  A third refused to show up at all.  One of those who took the Fifth was Paul Combetta, a technician at Platte River Networks, the company that handled Clinton's email system.  Combetta is the man who actually deleted Clinton's email archives in March 2015, using the now-notorious BleachBit program.  The Justice Department reportedly gave Combetta immunity in its investigation, yet he still refused to talk to Congress.

Powell warned Clinton not to make him fall guy over email scandal, leaked messages reveal.  Colin Powell attempted to persuade Hillary Clinton and her aides to not use him as a scapegoat for the controversy surrounding Clinton's private email server, according to leaked emails hacked from Powell's Gmail account.  In the emails, which were leaked by the website D.C. Leaks, Powell wrote to at least one confidant about his repeated warning to Clinton not to blame him for the scandal.  "I told her staff three times not to try that gambit.  I had to throw a mini tantrum at a Hampton's party to get their attention.  She keeps tripping into these 'character' minefields," he wrote, according to The Intercept.  He reportedly had tried to settle the matter in a meeting with Clinton aide Cheryl Mills.

Clinton Email Tech Assistant Had No Security Clearance.  The aide who set up former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private servers and email apparently had no security clearance, according to the findings of a congressional committee Tuesday [9/13/2016].  Clinton aide Justin Cooper turned heads concerning the Department of State records preservation practices during a hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Cooper is the same aide who also sometimes destroyed Clinton's BlackBerry phones, "breaking them in half or hitting them with a hammer," the FBI investigative summary report said.

Hillary's IT guru says GOP is trying to harass and humiliate him.  The State Department official who set up Hillary Clinton's private email server will not comply with a congressional subpoena seeking his testimony at a House hearing on Tuesday [9/13/2016], claiming that he is being targeted for public harassment and humiliation.  Bryan Pagliano's lawyers informed the House Oversight Committee on Monday of his plans not to attend the session, according to The Washington Post.  "Any effort to require Mr. Pagliano to publicly appear this week and again assert his Fifth Amendment rights before a committee of the same Congress, inquiring about the same matter as the Benghazi Committee, furthers no legislative purpose and is a transparent effort to publicly harass and humiliate our client for unvarnished political purposes," Pagliano's lawyers at the Beltway firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld wrote in a letter to the Oversight Committee, which is chaired by Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

Lawmaker Subpoenas FBI Official For ALL Hillary Case Records During House Hearing.  In a dramatic moment during a House hearing on Monday, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz slapped an FBI official with a subpoena for all documents related to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  "Will the FBI provide to Congress the full file with no redactions of personal identifiable information?" Chaffetz asked Jason Herring, the FBI's acting assistant director of legislative affairs, during a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing.  "I cannot make that commitment sitting here today," Herring said.  Chaffetz has sought all of the records related to the FBI's Clinton email investigation, including all interview notes, which are referred to as 302s.  Earlier this month, the FBI released a heavily-redacted report of its conclusions from the investigation.

Clinton's Email Eraser Takes the Fifth.  Paul Combetta, the guy from Platte River Networks who used BleachBit to forever delete thousands of Clinton emails after they had been subpoenaed, took the Fifth today [9/13/2016] before Congress.  Uhh, people who were involved with a presidential candidate taking the Fifth.  It's Watergate redux, and yet Hillary Clinton remains a viable candidate.  Meantime, the dude who maintained Clinton's private server, Brain Pagliano, ignored the call to testify before Congress altogether.

Platte River Networks Employee Expressed Concern About Clinton Emails.  Yesterday, two witnesses who worked for Platte River Networks, the Colorado-based firm that managed the Clinton server after Hillary left the State Department, pleaded the Fifth before the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing titled "Examining Preservation of State Department Records."  In March of 2015, Paul Combetta and Bill Thornton deleted Clinton's archives even though they were aware of a court order and a congressional subpoena to preserve the records.  The House Oversight and Reform Committee on Tuesday [9/13/2016] released an email dated August 19, 2015, that was sent between Platte River Networks employees.  The email expressed deep concern over the destruction of the records.

FBI Director Comey refused to testify on Clinton emails.  FBI Director James Comey refused to attend a classified briefing with the House Oversight Committee despite receiving an invitation to testify about the bureau's reluctance to disclose thousands of pages of evidence compiled in its year-long investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email use.  Rep. Elijah Cummings, the committee's top Democrat, said Monday that Comey had declined to appear at the meeting because he had "already bent over backwards" to explain the FBI's decision-making in the Clinton email case.

Ex-Hillary Clinton aide refuses to appear at email hearing.  Two outside information technology consultants involved in handling Hillary Clinton's private email setup repeatedly invoked their 5th Amendment rights at a House hearing Tuesday, while a former State Department information technology official defied a subpoena and failed to show up for the session.  However, a former close aide to Bill Clinton who played a key role in setting up Hillary Clinton's email system — Justin Cooper — testified publicly on the arrangement for the first time at the House Oversight Committee hearing.

Clinton Email Tech Assistant Had No Security Clearance.  The aide who set up former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private servers and email apparently had no security clearance, according to the findings of a congressional committee Tuesday [9/13/2016].  Clinton aide Justin Cooper turned heads concerning the Department of State records preservation practices during a hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Cooper is the same aide who also sometimes destroyed Clinton's BlackBerry phones, "breaking them in half or hitting them with a hammer," the FBI investigative summary report said.

Clinton Aide Subpoenaed Over Server Won't Appear Before Congress.  An aide who helped Hillary Clinton maintain her private e-mail server didn't show up for a congressional hearing Tuesday [9/13/2016] despite a subpoena, while two other witnesses who worked for a company hired by the Clintons invoked their Fifth Amendment right not to answer questions.  Bryan Pagliano, a former staffer on Clinton's 2008 presidential bid who was granted immunity by the Justice Department during a probe of the server, has twice before invoked his Fifth Amendment rights on the matter and didn't attend the session.  The latest call for Pagliano to testify furthered "no legislative purpose and is a transparent effort to publicly harass and humiliate" him "for unvarnished political purposes," Pagliano's lawyers wrote in a letter to the committee's chairman, Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah.

Trump calls Hillary's email crisis 'a far bigger scandal than Watergate' as IT expert who set up her notorious homebrew server pleads the Fifth Amendment.  Donald Trump claimed Tuesday that Hillary Clinton's broadening classified email scandal is 'a far bigger scandal than Watergate,' as a trio of witnesses in the case cited their Fifth Amendment rights and refused to talk to Congress about it.  'Hillary Clinton made 13 phones disappear, including with a hammer, so the FBI couldn't see them,' Trump told an audience of supporters in Clive, Iowa.  'She "bleached" her emails after a Congressional subpoena — that's after the subpoena — came!'  'Now the people who destroyed the emails are all pleading the Fifth Amendment in front of Congress today,' Trump fumed.

Judge Nap: 'Inexplicable' That Clinton Staffers Were Granted Immunity by DOJ.  Congress is ramping up its investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server, and they're focusing on a Clinton staffer who set up the server and a computer technician who used a software program to delete backups of her emails.  The Justice Department has apparently granted immunity to those two men, Bryan Pagliano and Paul Combetta.  Now, the House Oversight Committee, led by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), wants to know what they told the FBI in exchange for their immunity.

House probe targets Clinton contractor who deleted subpoenaed email; refused to answer key question from FBI.  The chairman of the House Oversight Committee has sent a letter to the company that handled the technical side of Hillary Clinton's private email server.  Rep. Jason Chaffetz wants to know why an employee of Platte River Networks (PRN), which was under contract with Clinton to handle the server, deleted large amounts of email after the Clinton team received a congressional subpoena for the material, and why a PRN technical employee, apparently the one who performed the actual deletions, asserted a legal privilege and refused to tell the FBI what was said on a conference call he took part in with Clinton's attorneys on March 25, 2015, around the time the deletions were performed.

Clinton's experience with classified data contradicts 'unsophisticated' excuse.  "She doesn't come into this as your average person.  She comes in as someone who served on the Armed Services Committee, who has been privy to classified information in the past before she became secretary of state, and, by the way, she was a former first lady," said Sen.  Kelly Ayotte, a New Hampshire Republican who sits on the same committee, and who said she found Mrs. Clinton's explanation to be incredible.  The latest evidence confounding those trying to understand Mrs. Clinton's handling of emails comes from the FBI, which released notes of its criminal investigation last week showing the former secretary remarkably unaware of her own classification powers as secretary.

Clinton Faces Probe for Obstruction of Justice.  The chairman of the House oversight panel on Tuesday [9/6/2016] formally requested the top federal prosecutor for the District of Columbia investigate Hillary Clinton for obstruction of justice.  Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips citing the investigative files the FBI turned over last week. [...] In asking for the obstruction probe, Chaffetz cited evidence that a contractor working for Clinton deleted email archives in March 2015, despite knowing they were the subject of a congressional subpoena.

House GOP Leader Asks US Attorney to Investigate Clinton for Destruction of Evidence.  The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Republican Jason Chaffetz of Utah, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C. Channing Phillips, requesting that he investigate Hillary Clinton for potential destruction of evidence.  This was based on information disclosed by the FBI that a tech firm that Clinton hired to manage her private server deleted thousands of emails.  In the letter, Chaffetz said that "the Committee has identified a sequence of events that may amount to obstruction of justice and destruction of evidence by Secretary Clinton and her employees and contractors."

Federal Prosecutor Called On to Investigate Hillary Clinton for 'Obstruction of Justice'.  Hillary Clinton was let off the hook earlier this summer when The Department of Justice hastily dropped the mysterious case of the missing emails.  The flurry of activity coinciding around that curious decision was punctuated by an odd press conference delivered by FBI Director James Comey, followed by a pronouncement by Attorney General Loretta Lynch that 'of course, she'd be taking the advice of the FBI and would cease investigation of Mrs. Clinton posthaste.'  As is always the case with the Clintons, there is more to the story.  Signaling that a Hillary Clinton presidency would truly be a historically fractious one, the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has now issued a call for the federal prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton for "obstruction of justice."

Based on her FBI interview, Hillary is either a total liar or the dumbest person alive.  Sometimes I feel like I'm flogging a skeleton, telling you day after day what a gigantic liar Hillary is.  Even when the things we learn make it clear the reality is worse than anyone previously realized, it's almost as if people have become desensitized to it.  Sure, she's a total liar, but we've known that for years.  So what?  But it's more than just that.  It's also the extent to which others who should have been holding her accountable bent over backwards to avoid doing so.  Specifically I'm thinking about the director of the FBI and the news media, both of whom have access to extensive evidence of Hillary's dishonesty, and both of which have declined to take the actions they should have taken with the information they had.

Clinton email had 'multiple' classified markings, challenging her claim to FBI.  New details about the emails on Hillary Clinton's personal server that contained classified markings call into question her claim to the FBI that she didn't know what the markings meant — and even believed they represented an alphabetical listing of paragraphs.  A government source told Fox News that virtually every paragraph in one mail contained so-called portion markings used exclusively for classification purposes.  These classified codes are found on the left-hand side and reflect the classification of the intelligence contained in each paragraph.  The Clinton email has one paragraph marked "C" for "confidential," which is the lowest level of classification.  And the source said "multiple paragraphs (on the same email) are marked, SBU," which means "sensitive but unclassified."  Both codes are there so the reader knows what is classified intelligence.

Justice Dept.  Granted Immunity to Specialist Who Deleted Hillary Clinton's Emails.  A computer specialist who deleted Hillary Clinton's emails despite orders from Congress to preserve them was given immunity by the Justice Department during its investigation into her personal email account, according to a law enforcement official and others briefed on the investigation.  Republicans have called for the department to investigate the deletions, but the immunity deal with the specialist, Paul Combetta, makes it unlikely that the request will go far.  Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, the top Republican on the House oversight committee, asked the Justice Department on Tuesday to investigate whether Mrs. Clinton, her lawyers or the specialist obstructed justice when the emails were deleted in March 2015.

Clinton Email Scandal:  What Hillary Tells Voters Isn't What She Told The FBI.  Since her first news conference on the topic in March 2015, Clinton has claimed there was no classified material on her server. When classified information started turning up in abundance in her email chains, she modified her claim to say that none of the emails was marked classified.  It's a claim she has made ever since.  But just because Clinton keeps saying something doesn't make it true.  And in this case, what she's saying is intentionally misleading.  FBI Director James Comey made it clear that more than 100 emails that Clinton sent or received contained classified information "at the time they were sent or received."  Eight contained Top Secret information.  Whether these emails were marked or not is entirely irrelevant, a point Comey reiterated in his statement on the case."

Hillary Clinton refuses to explain what she told the FBI about how a concussion impaired her memory.  Hillary Clinton dodged a question on Thursday [9/8/2016] about FBI interview notes that suggested she attributed memory lapses to a 2012 concussion.  The FBI released agents' summaries on Friday from a sit-down with Clinton that came just days before the agency recommended against any criminal prosecution related to her lengthy classified email scandal.  'Can you clarify what you told the FBI about your concussion?' DailyMail.com asked as Clinton walked away from her podium on the tarmac in White Plains, N.Y.  'Read the reports,' she responded, offering no explanation.

Colin Powell DID teach Hillary Clinton how to use private servers and personal email to 'do business with foreign leaders'.  Colin Powell told Hillary Clinton how to use private servers to 'do business' without 'going through State Department servers,' newly released emails have revealed.  Last month Powell claimed that Clinton had been Secretary of State for a year before he told her how he used his personal email accounts while in the same position.  But emails released Wednesday [9/7/2016] by Congressional Democrats show her inquiring about restrictions on her BlackBerry on January 23, 2009, two days after beginning as Secretary of State — and Powell replying.

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Colin Powell's Outrageous Behavior Is Not a Clinton Defense.  Liberals are gleefully parading around what purports to be an e-mail from former Secretary of State Colin Powell to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. [...] The main thing to remember is that Powell was not Clinton's boss, professor, mentor, or instruction-giver, and that his intentional misbehavior does not give sanction to hers.  It simply cannot be used (credibly) to defend Mrs. Clinton.

Trump Tears Into Clinton Over Emails: 'People Who Have Nothing to Hide Don't Smash Phones'.  Donald Trump went off on Hillary Clinton over her emails during a campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina tonight [9/6/2016].  "People who have nothing to hide don't smash hammers with phones, they don't," he said.  "People who have nothing to hide don't bleach... their emails or destroy evidence to keep i from being publicly archived, as required under public law."  She said Clinton gets treated better than basically everyone else and said there's no parallel to this kind of thing in history.

Chaffetz: Clinton bought used Blackberrys on eBay.  Reckless users and antiquated technology represent the federal government's most critical cybersecurity vulnerabilities, House Oversight Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz said on Wednesday, a problem he said was exemplified by Hillary Clinton's practice of buying Blackberry devices from eBay.  "We have a huge problem with personnel," Chaffetz said at a forum in Washington, D.C.  "I don't want to get into this too much, but part of what was happening with the secretary of state was, she was acquiring technology that wasn't even supported by Blackberry.  You couldn't buy it.  She was actually buying this stuff off of eBay because somebody was selling their old machine.  That's what she liked, so she did.  It creates this huge vulnerability.  And it's unnecessary."

Hillary Clinton's People Knowingly Destroyed Emails They Knew Were Under Congressional and Legal Subpoena.  The story is thus:  Hillary's emails were broadly under subpoena by Congress.  The State Department agreed to provide them.  Hillary had — and this is problematic in itself — a policy of automatically deleting all emails older than 60 days.  This was obviously a way to avoid the Official Records Act, which requires the permanent retention of all work related records.  But after the New York Times story about Hillary's illegal email system broke, an employee at Platte River realized he had not been deleting emails older than 60 days.  In other words — gasp! — a lot of emails, much older than 60 days, had built up in Hillary's account, without being deleted.

EmailGate and the Mystery of the Missing GAMMA.  Last week's Federal Bureau of Investigation release of materials relating to their investigation of Hillary Clinton has reignited the political firestorm surrounding EmailGate.  How the Democratic nominee mishandled her emails while she was secretary of state is again front-page news, which is bad news for Hillary.  Particularly because the FBI's data dump demonstrates clearly that Clinton is either dumb or dishonest — and perhaps both.  Although Team Clinton has responded in their customary fashion, with lawyerly lies and evasions — nothing was "marked" classified, this is really about over-classification, classification is too complex for anybody to understand anyway — the FBI's assessment has thoroughly debunked all of them.  Hillary's professed inability to even recognize classified information, thinking the "C" (for Confidential) meant alphabetical order, will now enter the pantheon of laughable Clinton infamy, alongside her husband's debating the meaning of "is" while under oath.

FBI 'Unable to Acquire' Any of Clinton's 13 Mobile Devices; Aide Says He Smashed 2 With Hammer.  The FBI says its investigation identified "13 total mobile devices" associated with Hillary Clinton's "two known" phone numbers, both in the D.C. area code 212.  All 13 of those devices "potentially were used to send emails" through Clinton's personal email server, but the FBI was unable to acquire or examine any of those devices, at least two of which apparently were smashed by a hammer.

Hillary Clinton Originated State Department Cables With Classified Designation.  [Scroll down]  Hillary Clinton authored the content of the cables (as described); and she herself has originating autonomy to designate material as "classified" or "confidential".  Assange is essentially reminding everyone that Secretary Clinton assigned that designation personally.  It is ridiculous for Secretary Clinton to state she doesn't know what the "(c)" designation is, she used it herself.

Hillary: The Joe Isuzu of American Politics.  The past as they say, is prologue.  The lies Hillary told in the past were merely precursors to the present lies.  Hillary lied about having one device and a private server for "convenience".  She had 13 devices and multiple servers, some physically destroyed.  Perhaps her campaign song should be "If I Had A Hammer".  The setting up of the server, the switching of devices, some destroyed, some lost, implies intent to circumvent laws and regulations, no matter what FBI Director Comey says.  She lied about Colin Powell okaying her perfidy in advance.  She lied about knowing what the "C" on classified documents meant, even though it's the contents and not the markings that make them classified.  She lied about sending and receiving and sending classified documents.  She lied about turning over all work-related documents in her possession.  She lied to the American people, she lied to the American people, and she lied to the FBI.

FBI: Gen.  Petraeus Crossed Out 'Classified' Mark On Hillary Clinton Meeting Document.  Newly released documents from the FBI reveal that former CIA director Gen.  David Petraeus admitted to "crossing out" a classification marking in a document concerning a meeting that he had with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  These new files were actually released on August 26th, exactly one week before the FBI released the Clinton email investigation summary and interview notes, but, so far, have not received much media attention at all.

DOJ Official Who Led 'Independent' Clinton Email Probe Is An Obama Donor.  One of the Justice Department officials who interviewed Hillary Clinton in July as part of the government's investigation into her email practices has contributed to President Obama's presidential campaigns, The Daily Caller can reveal.  David H. Laufman is named in the notes taken during Clinton's July 2 interview.  Since December 2014 he has served as chief of the counterespionage section of the Justice Department's National Security Division. [...] But Federal Election Commission records show that Laufman has at least some political leanings.

Giuliani on Clinton: 'You're either stupid or you're lying'.  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is not pleased with Hillary Clinton, claiming she lied to the FBI during its investigation into her private email server.  The former secretary of state did actually know the "C" on an email meant "confidential," the Donald Trump surrogate said in an appearance on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning [9/6/2016].  "She said she thought it had to do with alphabetical order.  But the FBI didn't go and ask her, 'was there an A, a B, a D, an E, an F?'  How come she just saw a C?  So now if you can't figure out that 'C' doesn't mean confidential and you're the secretary of state, you're either stupid or you're lying.  I don't think she's the first.  I don't think she's stupid," Giuliani said.

Here's What Probably Led to Blow Up During Cheryl Mills' FBI Interview.  With the release of the Clinton's FBI 302 interview form last Friday, we finally learned that Mills was listed as one of Clinton's four attorneys present at the July 2 interview.  According to the FBI 302 interview form, "Present, for the interview were CLINTON attorney's David F. Kendall, Catherine M. Turner, Chervl D. Mills, Heather Samuelson and [name redacted]."  Thus, it appears as though the Department of Justice agreed to treat Mills as both Clinton's lawyer and fact witness.

Meet the mastermind behind Clinton's massive email coverup.  Newly released FBI documents detailing the bureau's investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails reveal the aide who would likely follow her into the White House as chief counsel was central to a cover-up of evidence sought by investigators.  Yet despite signs Clinton's former chief of staff Cheryl Mills obstructed efforts by investigators to obtain Clinton's emails, the FBI invited Mills to attend Hillary's interview at FBI headquarters as one of her lawyers.  "It's absolutely outrageous," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.

The Curious Case of Cheryl Mills.  The FBI's Labor Day weekend document dump regarding its investigation of Hillary Clinton gives those who thought the result was predetermined much to complain about.  The FBI's notes confirm that her former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, was among the several lawyers representing Clinton in her FBI interview.  Mills was hip-deep in the events at the heart of the FBI's criminal investigation and was herself a material witness who had previously sat for her own interview.  Yet not only was she allowed by the Department of Justice to participate as counsel in Clinton's interview, her communications with Clinton and other material witnesses also were actively protected by the Department of Justice throughout the criminal and civil investigations.  Typically, the DOJ would look askance where a material witness sought to act as a lawyer for the subject of a federal criminal investigation.  In Mills's case, Justice lawyers went out of their way to accommodate this highly unusual dual-hat role.  For those who wonder whether Clinton's FBI interview was all for show, Mills's participation as a lawyer should be Exhibit A.

Pelosi: Clinton emails [are just] a technicality.  Nancy Pelosi dismissed Hillary Clinton's growing email scandal as a series of "technicalities" Monday [9/5/2016], brushing aside FBI and congressional investigations.  The House minority leader said voters shouldn't get "bogged down in some technicalities" and added, "it's really much ado about nothing, but too much ado."  Pelosi, on CBS' "This Morning," had been asked about an FBI report released last week, in which Clinton repeatedly said she couldn't recall key details and events related to classified information procedures.

CNN Fact Check Confirms Clinton Aide Destroyed Mobile Devices With Hammers.  CNN confirmed live on air Friday [9/2/2016] that a Hillary Clinton aide destroyed some of the former secretary of state's used mobile devices with hammers, affirming information contained in the FBI's investigation of Clinton's private email server.  The discussion of mobile devices being destroyed by State Department personnel came after the FBI released on Friday [9/2/2016] files from its investigation, including notes from a lengthy interview with Clinton.

FBI: Clinton withheld 17,500 emails.  FBI agents said they recovered 17,448 "unique work-related and personal" emails from Hillary Clinton's private server that were not provided by her legal team.  The revelation came in notes released Friday by the FBI related to the investigation of Clinton's email system.  Agents said 81 email chains discovered in the course of their year-long probe should have been considered classified at the time they were written, contrary to Clinton's claims that everything sensitive was retroactively classified.

Hillary Deleted Subpoenaed Emails Related to Benghazi Terror Attack.  The Benghazi emails were subpoenaed by Congress on March 4, 2015.  It appears she had deleted them the previous December.  However, the State Department had asked her to turn over her work-related correspondence on October 28, 2014.  At the very least this strongly suggests that she willfully mishandled classified information, and that she perjured herself to cover it.  Even a half-serious attempt at justice would likely place her behind bars.

Guess Who Paid for Hillary's 'Private' Server.  Not many people object to the federal General Services Administration cover the costs of a former president's pensions, correspondence, support staff and travel — because most of the time these are fairly minor expenses.  For example, each president gets $96,600 per year for staffing that they can divide as they see fit; they could have one staffer making the full amount or three making about $32,000 per year, et cetera.  Politico's report notes George H. W. Bush has four people on his taxpayer-funded staff, while Bill Clinton has 10.  In other words, the GSA funding was used to boost salaries of Clinton staffers making money from other sources — i.e., the Foundation.  I know this will stun you, but foreign governments and individuals will still be able to give to the Clinton Foundation in a Hillary Clinton presidency — even with the "reforms" the Clintons promised.

Latest email disclosure is just more proof that Clinton lied.  On Tuesday [8/30/2016], The [New York] Post's Daniel Halper broke the news that Hillary Clinton continued recklessly mishandling classified information even after stepping down as secretary of state.  The revelation is bracing — but hardly surprising.  We already knew Clinton's email practices remained a national security vulnerability after she left the State Department at the end of President Obama's first term.  For nearly two years, she maintained the servers through which her unauthorized, non-secure homebrew communication system had operated.  As we now know, about 62,000 emails were stored on those servers, over 2,000 of which contained classified information, including some of the most sensitive national defense secrets — and the highly classified sources and methods for acquiring those secrets — maintained by our government.

John Kerry's Chief Of Staff Thought People Were 'Obsessed' With Clinton Email Story.  "Obsessed."  "Truly stupid."  "Embarrassing."  Those are a few of the comments that Secretary of State John Kerry's chief of staff Jonathan Finer made in email exchanges in the days and weeks after the Hillary Clinton email scandal blew up on the national stage last year.  The emails, which the State Department gave The Daily Caller in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, show the candid remarks of a high-ranking State Department official regarding the Clinton email fiasco as it was unfolding.

Taxpayers forked out $ to set up Clinton's secret server.  Taxpayer funds intended to allow ex-presidents maintain an office after they leave the White House helped pay a Bill Clinton aide who set up the family's infamous email account, a new analysis reveals.  The funds, about $97,000 per year per president, are part of an allocation that helps former presidents maintain an office after they leave public service.  In Clinton's case, the president apparently elected to split the funds among numerous staff aides — and then supplement their incomes with additional work on behalf of the Clinton Foundation and a private firm closely linked to Clinton and some of his top hands.

Clintons dispute report on Bill Clinton's use of ex-presidents program money.  A new report detailing how Bill Clinton spent federal dollars to set up his personal office after leaving the White House is fueling ongoing speculation about the links between the former president, the Democratic nominee and the Clinton Foundation.  The report, an investigation published Thursday [9/1/2016] by Politico, lays out how Clinton used money available to him through the Former Presidents Act to pay and provide benefits to members of his personal staff, many that also worked for his foundation, and to purchase supplies, including a server, for his office.

Bill Clinton used tax dollars to subsidize foundation, private email server.  Bill Clinton's staff used a decades-old federal government program, originally created to keep former presidents out of the poorhouse, to subsidize his family's foundation and an associated business, and to support his wife's private email server, a POLITICO investigation has found.  Taxpayer cash was used to buy IT equipment — including servers — housed at the Clinton Foundation, and also to supplement the pay and benefits of several aides now at the center of the email and cash-for-access scandals dogging Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

FBI found extensive evidence Hillary emails violated federal records laws.  Though it was not their primary mission, FBI agents who investigated Hillary Clinton's email collected significant evidence suggesting she and her team violated federal record-keeping laws, including persisting to use a private Blackberry and server to conduct State Department business after being warned they posed legal and security risks, government sources tell Circa.

FBI releases documents related to its Clinton email investigation.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation released a summary [9/2/2016] of the July 2 interview it conducted with the Democratic presidential candidate, as well as other details of its investigation into her use of a private email server while heading the State Department.

FBI releases Clinton investigation documents.  Several dozen pages of documents released Friday from the FBI's Hillary Clinton email probe show the former secretary of state repeatedly claimed to have little training or understanding about the classification process — despite leading the department that handled such information on a regular basis and having a security clearance.  The document dump also revealed the gaps that remain in the record.  Not only were numerous sections — and entire pages — redacted, but the files showed the FBI could not obtain 13 Clinton mobile devices that may have been used to send emails from her personal email address, in addition to two iPads.  And they showed Clinton claiming she could not recall numerous details.

Report: Clinton Emailed More Classified Info Than Previously Known.  Hillary Clinton may have sent more classified information than was previously known while she was secretary of state.  At least one of the seven DVDs of Clinton's emails from her private server that the FBI sent to the State Department contained classified material, Vice News reported Wednesday [8/31/2016].  What the classified information discussed is unknown.

Hillary Clinton may have sent even more classified info through email.  A Justice Department attorney made the disclosure during a hearing Wednesday [8/31/2016] in US District Court in Washington, DC, part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit VICE News filed against the FBI for a wide range of records the bureau recovered from Clinton's server.  During the 45-minute hearing, DOJ attorney Jennie Kneedler said the FBI sent the State Department two DVDs on July 21: one containing 14,900 documents, and the other containing an unknown number of classified records.  It's unclear whether any of those classified documents are the same communications that have already been identified and reviewed by the State Department, or if they're an entirely new batch of records.

Why did the 30 Benghazi emails FBI discovered escape destruction?  Everyone is wondering what's in the 30 previously unknown emails related to Benghazi the FBI managed to discover on Hillary's server and turned over to the State Department for potential redaction.  But the manner by which they escaped destruction may tell us a lot, no matter how much redaction takes place.  The very fact that the emails were recoverable has got Hillary and her team of lawyers in a lot of trouble.

Classified: Email Hillary Clinton sent after leaving State Department partially redacted.  An email that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton sent almost four months after she left the State Department was partially redacted before being publicly released, raising questions about whether she conveyed classified information as a private citizen.  The May 2013 email, which the Republican National Committee obtained under a Freedom of Information Act and provided Wednesday, joins more than 2,000 messages that the former secretary of state sent or received through her private server during her tenure that have been labeled "confidential," a low level of classification.

Clinton emailed classified information after leaving State Dept..  Hillary Clinton continued sending classified information even after leaving the State Department, The [New York] Post has exclusively learned.  On May 28, 2013, months after stepping down as secretary of state, Clinton sent an email to a group of diplomats and top aides about the "123 Deal" with the United Arab Emirates.  But the email, which was obtained by the Republican National Committee through a Freedom of Information Act request, was heavily redacted upon its release by the State Department because it contains classified information.

Mark Cuban:  It's Not Hillary's Fault Her Email Server Wasn't Set Up Right.  Monday night [8/29/2016] on "CNN Tonight," supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, said Clinton did nothing wrong because the person who set up her email should have set up "filters and alerts that said any email that came with a classified header."

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Of course Mark Cuban knows what he's talking about, from the technical side.  But his argument doesn't explain or excuse the underlying purpose of setting up a private email server in the first place — which apparently was deception, obscuranticity, and the evasion of FOIA.

Hillary Clinton to explain to court who 'recommended' secret email account.  Among the questions are who "recommended" that she use a secret email account in the first place, whether she ever told the officials responsible for archiving records that she had the secret account, and what steps she took after attempts to hack her account.  Mrs. Clinton could also have to answer whether she destroyed work-related emails.

A fresh reminder that the Clintons never play by the rules.  How about that:  Among the 14,900 "new" Hillary Clinton e-mails uncovered by the FBI are 30 or so that concern the Benghazi attack — the most controversial single episode in Clinton's four years running the State Department.  So much for Clinton's claim that she'd handed over all her work-related e-mails.  [Indeed]:  So much for any remaining illusion that she even tried to provide a complete record.  But, as someone once asked:  What difference, at this point, does it make?  Can Hillary's "trust deficit" get any deeper?  In part, that depends on what's actually in the e-mails, which may not be released until the end of September.

Judicial Watch Submits Email Questions Hillary Clinton — Written Answers, Under Oath, Due September 29.  Judicial Watch today [8/30/2016] announced it submitted questions to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton concerning her email practices.  Clinton's answers, under oath, are due on September 29.  On August 19, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan granted Judicial Watch further discovery on the Clinton email matter and ordered Clinton to answer the questions "by no later than thirty days thereafter...."  Under federal court rules, Judicial Watch is limited to twenty-five questions.

The 25 questions Clinton must answer under oath on her secret server — including whether she directly ordered the destruction of thousands of missing messages.  Here's a document Hillary Clinton almost certainly wishes she could just delete:  a 30-page list of interrogatories about her private email server that the former secretary of state must answer under court order.  The questions, prepared by attorneys for conservative open government group Judicial Watch, were transmitted to Clinton on Tuesday [8/30/2016].  Under an order by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, Clinton must respond by Sept. 29th.

FBI to release notes of agents interviewing Hillary Clinton about her secret email account.  The FBI plans to hand over some of its notes from its interview with U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton regarding her use of private email while secretary of state to news outlets that requested them, CNN reported on Tuesday [8/30/2016].  However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation will not yet release other notes from the law enforcement agency's interviews with Clinton aides or turn over other investigative material, CNN said, citing unnamed sources.

A Clinton scandal even the media can't ignore.  Judicial Watch says the court has mandated that the State Department review the emails and turn over responsive records by September 13th.  In a court statement last week, the State Department admitted that it found documents related to the September 11, 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack among the 14,900 Clinton emails and attachments uncovered by the FBI that Mrs. Clinton had deleted and withheld from the State Department.  "She thought she'd destroyed them," reports Chris Farrell, director of investigations at Judicial Watch.  "She thought that she hid them from the public, but nearly 15,000 more emails have been recovered."  He asserts that these are records the presidential candidate certainly does not want made public.

Now 30 Benghazi-related emails have been recovered from Hillary's server — and they weren't in the batch she turned over to the State Department.  The State Department's lawyer said it would need until the end of September to review the emails and redact potentially classified information before they are released.

Dozens of Hillary Clinton Emails About Benghazi Found in 15,000 Messages She Kept from FBI.  The State Department says about 30 emails that may be related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI's recently closed investigation into her use of a private server.

Hillary's Hacked Emails and Blackmail.  When an undercover agent's identity and mission is divulged to his/her adversaries, it can be properly said that the agent has been "compromised."  When a nation's secrets are provided to its enemies it may be said that the nation's security has been compromised.  Finally, people may also be compromised also when they act in a nefarious way and others become aware of their conduct.  This sort of compromise creates a vulnerability for that person and can leave such an individual open to blackmail or other covert coercion.  This is the world in which Hillary Clinton now resides as a direct result of her conduct — or rather, misconduct.

'Hillary Show' episodes entertaining.  Julian Assange of WikiLeaks promised on Fox this week that the next releases of embarrassing emails that Hillary Clinton futilely tried to deep six will be "quite interesting, some even entertaining." Entertaining?  For my money, the ones already released have been more fun than a barrel of monkeys.  The Hillary Show comes across as a sort of cross between Leona Helmsley and "I Love Lucy."  I mean, this is a woman who calls Harriet Tubman a "homegirl."  She has a pseudonym for her own daughter.  (Diane Reynolds.)  She orders aides to find out the times of TV shows, as well as the frequency of radio stations.

1/3 of Abedin Emails [were] 100% Redacted.  Judicial Watch's release this week of 725 pages of State Department emails involving Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin demonstrates the Obama administration considers a large percentage of the emails sent through Clinton's private server too sensitive for Congress or the American public to read.  Of the 725 pages, more than 250 pages were 100 percent redacted, many with "PAGE DENIED" stamped in bold.  Judicial Watch said the new cache includes previously unreleased email exchanges in which former Abedin "provided influential Clinton Foundation donors special, expedited access to the secretary of state."

Judicial Watch:  Hillary Clinton Withheld Or Deleted Benghazi Related Documents.  Among the 14,900 federal documents Hillary Clinton is said to have failed to turn over to the State Department in 2014 are some related to the Benghazi attacks, according to Judicial Watch.  The conservative watchdog group says that government lawyers admitted in court papers filed on Tuesday that the nearly 15,000 pages of Clinton records recovered by the FBI included some which "satisfied the [Benghazi-related] search terms."  That suggests that Clinton withheld or deleted records which referred to the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks which left four Americans dead.

Gowdy Lays Out What Answers Clinton Hasn't Given on Private Email, Deletion Practices.  Fox News host Martha MacCallum asked Gowdy, a career prosecutor, what questions he would have asked during the FBI interview of Clinton.  "The direct evidence would be, Madam Secretary, why did you set up this email server this way?  Why did you not take a state-dot-gov email address?" Gowdy asked.  "And her response was, and it always has been, convenience.  And then that's when you press and say, well, what could be more convenient than just doing a state-dot-gov email address?"  The "labyrinthine" efforts she used to have a home-brewed server were actually inconvenient, Gowdy said.  "I would then ask, why did you delete emails that you kept for a year and a half?  Keep in mind these personal emails, she didn't bother to delete them for a year and a half," Gowdy said.  "It was the fall of 2014, a year and a half after she left the State Department, that she decided to start deleting emails.  Why didn't you delete them the month you left?  Why didn't you delete them six months after you left?  And the other question they should have asked her is, Madam Secretary, why didn't you turn your emails over the day you left service?  Why did you hold onto them for almost two years?"

Court Orders New Clinton Email Production by September 13.  Judicial Watch today [8/25/2016] announced that a federal court has ordered the State Department to review newly found Clinton emails and turn over responsive records by September 13.  And, in two other Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits, the State Department is scheduled to release additional emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's non-state.gov email system beginning September 30.  In a court filing this week, the State Department admitted it had found Benghazi-related documents among the 14,900 Clinton emails and attachments uncovered by the FBI that Mrs. Clinton deleted and withheld from the State Department.

Clinton Email Scandal:  Hillary's 'Apology' Doesn't Cut It.  After 18 months of repeatedly making false claims and phony excuses about her email setup while secretary of state, Hillary Clinton offered what looked like a straight-on apology.  But it's only an apology in the Clinton sense of the word — one made out of desperation, not as an act of contrition.

Clinton's inescapable cloud of corruption.  As the drip, drip, drip of information highlighting the intersection between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department surfaces, the political fallout for Hillary Clinton is unavoidable.  The newly exposed emails demonstrate another lie told by the Clinton campaign.  Despite her lawyers stating that only 30,000 emails on her server were related to work, the 15,000 puts that number closer to 45,000.  But more importantly, it paints a clearer picture of what Hillary Clinton was attempting to hide by setting up private servers in the first place and attempting to wipe them clean.

Chaffetz claims FBI gave Congress conflicting documents on Clinton email probe.  House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) says he has a "couple problems" with the documents provided by the FBI from its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, including several differences between sets of documents in two separate binders.  One issue, Chaffetz explained on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," is the "high level of redactions."

Tom Fitton:  State Department Stonewalling Release of 15K Newly Discovered Hillary Clinton Emails.  The FBI announced on Monday [8/22/2016] that it has discovered fifteen thousand previously undisclosed Clinton emails — a stash nearly half the size of the work-related emails Clinton actually turned over to the State Department.  If Clinton was trying to keep this material hidden until after the election, it appears she might have succeeded.

One Lie Too Many for Hillary?  [Scroll down]  This is no defense; it's an indictment.  Secretary Clinton had, according to [Joe] Conason's reporting, already determined that it was in her best interest to use a private server for her electronic communications.  That server was used for all Clinton's correspondence, including sensitive and classified emails related to American national and diplomatic security — despite Powell's explicit warning against doing just that.

Clinton's pathetic 'Colin Powell made me do it' defense.  The influence that Colin Powell has over Hillary Clinton is something to behold.  His word is her command.  When he tells her to break the law and endanger the nation's secrets, she doesn't hesitate.  She salutes smartly and does as she is told.  Clinton has been desperate for the moral cover of Colin Powell for her email arrangement since the scandal first broke last year.  Now we've learned that Clinton told the FBI that Powell advised her to use private email as secretary of state at a dinner in 2009.  This escalates Clinton's email defense from, "Hey, Colin Powell did it, too," all the way to, "Colin Powell made me do it."  The Powell defense has given Clinton shills something to say on TV, but doesn't make much sense.

Rice has 'no recollection' of Clinton-Powell email conversation.  Another former Secretary of State — Condoleezza Rice — has been drawn into the fray over who advised Hillary Clinton to use a private email server while she was America's top diplomat.  An aide to Rice told CNN that Rice has "no recollection" of a conversation between Hillary Clinton and Colin Powell that reportedly took place at a 2009 dinner party of former Secretaries of State, during which Powell allegedly recommended that Clinton use a private email account.  The Daily Caller was first to report that Rice had commented on the issue.

Clinton Email Scandal:  Is Hillary's Cover-Up Unraveling?  Now that the FBI has found nearly 15,000 more emails and documents missing from Hillary Clinton's server, the strategy is clear:  Clinton will admit to nothing even as more emails dribble out, then when the pattern of criminality becomes clear in October or early November, her campaign will sing that it's "old news" or blame others.  And Big Media will ignore it.

Judge orders expedited release of 15,000 Hillary Clinton documents found by FBI.  At a heated hearing Monday [8/22/2016], a federal judge pressed the State Department on when it would release the 15,000 documents uncovered by the FBI during its investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server.  Initially, the State Department attorney would not answer Judge James Boasberg's repeated questions about the number of emails recovered by the FBI. The judge urged the State Department to expedite its review of what is called "Disc 1," which is one of two discs handed over from FBI to the State Department in late July.

FBI found 14,000 new Clinton emails.  The FBI found nearly 15,000 emails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never turned over to the government after she left office — despite her insistence she'd handed in all her work-related messages.  The Obama administration revealed the messages in a court hearing Monday [8/22/2016].  The 14,900 emails are just part of thousands the FBI has turned over, after it took control of Mrs. Clinton's secret email server.

Tim Kaine Just Realized He's in Over His Head with Hillary.  It seems as though Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine has finally realized what he's gotten himself into by having to come to the defense of his running mate Hillary Clinton.  Kaine crumbled, as Newsbusters pointed out, on the TODAY show this week when Savannah Guthrie "actually grilled him" on Clinton's lies that were perpetrated for years about her personal e-mail usage while secretary of state.

Judge orders Clinton to provide written answers to questions on private email use.  A federal judge Friday [8/19/2016] ordered Hillary Clinton to answer questions from a conservative watchdog group about her use of a private email server when she served as secretary of state.  U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan issued the order as part of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch.  The group had sought to question Clinton under oath and in person, but the judge ruled she would only have to answer questions in writing.

Federal judge gives Hillary Clinton 30 days to come up with lies in response to lawsuit questions.  Hillary Clinton has taken a couple days off recently, but that's understandable because Friday [8/19/2016] was Bill's birthday, so she probably had to stay home to turn away all the strippergrams.  But it's also possible her campaign team needed time to reinforce their lies about the emails and server in light of a federal judge's ruling.

Hillary's Done... And She Knows It.  [Scroll down]  She knows any day between now and November 8th... Julian Assange and Wikileaks will drop a bombshell that will destroy her presidential run, political career and legacy all in one.  She knows what's coming, because she knows what's in those emails.  If Wikileaks has what Hillary thinks they have, her future involves the "Big House," not the White House.

Colin Powell has had enough of Hillary 'pinning' email scandal on him.  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has had enough.  Since the Hillary Clinton email scandal first surfaced, she and her team of apologists have been bringing up Gen.  Colin Powell, the Republican-ish former Secretary of State who, according to Clinton, was the Neil Armstrong of personal email use.  "Clinton did nothing different than what Colin Powell did," was the constant refrain from Hillary's defenders.  Of course, that argument has been completely destroyed by the facts.

Colin Powell claims Hillary Clinton is falsely trying to blame him for email scandal.  Colin Powell says Hillary Clinton's camp is trying to falsely blame him for her email scandal.  In a three-and-a-half-hour interview with the FBI provided to Congress this week, Clinton claimed Powell, Secretary of State under George W Bush, told her to use a personal email account for official business.  But speaking to Page Six Saturday, Powell said that she had been using her personal email for a year before he told her he used to do the same thing.

Colin Powell Goes under the Clinton Bus.  To the list of victims, common folks, and politicians left in the wake of that runaway bus of crime and corruption known as Clinton, add one more — former Secretary of State Colin Powell. [...] Of course, even assuming Powell made such a comment, he certainly did not have in mind that Hillary would establish a private server in her home, and Powell in his documented comments on the use of private email was clear to specify it was only for unclassified material.  Hillary, of course, used it for both.  And Powell didn't operate a phony private charitable foundation to line the pockets of his family and a host of cronies during his tenure, manipulating American foreign policy to that end.  If he had, he might have needed such a private server to keep his corruption secret and avoid jail, like Hillary.

Facebook Falsely Claims Colin Powell Cleared Hillary In Email Case.  Facebook's "Trending Topics" section is at it again.  Saturday morning [8/20/2016] the site ran a headline in the section declaring, "Colin Powell:  Former Secretary of State Confirms He Recommended Using Personal Email to Hillary Clinton."  The only problem is Powell made no such declaration and he denied Clinton's claim.

Powell: 'No recollection' of dinner party email advice to Clinton.  Colin Powell rejected Hillary Clinton's assertion to the FBI that he had advised her during a 2009 dinner party to use a personal email account.  "General Powell has no recollection of the dinner conversation," the former secretary of state's office said in a statement Friday [8/19/2016].

Hillary Told FBI That Colin Powell Recommended She Use Personal Email.  Hillary Clinton told FBI investigators last month that Gen.  Colin Powell, her predecessor as secretary of state, suggested that she use a personal email account for State Department business.  The New York Times also reported that Clinton asked Powell about his email practices in a 2009 email exchange.  A person with knowledge of the contents of notes taken during Clinton's three-and-a-half [hour] interview with the FBI shared the information with The Times.  The FBI gave those notes, which are known as 302s, to Congress earlier this week.  They have not been made public, though Clinton's campaign has expressed concern that they will be.

Hillary To FBI: My Email Abuse was Colin Powell's Fault.  This is ridiculously stupid for two basic reasons... [#1] Colin Powell's private email was hacked [and] [#2] It doesn't remotely matter what Powell did or said.  There were basic laws in place.  Hillary and her people violated them.

Republicans blast FBI for format of Clinton email documents.  Republican lawmakers are expressing annoyance that, although the FBI has passed Congress the documents detailing the investigation into the Clinton email scandal, the documents are not actually readable due to the format in which they were handed over.  According to Fox News, the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Republican Chuck Grassley claimed that documents handed over by the FBI are largely unreadable because they published classified material together with unclassified material, so only a select few have the clearance to read the evidence.

House to hold Clinton perjury hearing.  Members of the House Judiciary Committee are set to question FBI officials next month about allegations of perjury involving Hillary Clinton's conflicting statements to Congress last year.  Witnesses at the hearing could include FBI Director James Comey, according to USA Today, which first reported the panel's plans.  A Judiciary Committee spokeswoman confirmed the hearing to the Washington Examiner and said lawmakers plan to approach the issue at an FBI oversight hearing the panel holds each year.

House panel to probe claims of Clinton perjury.  Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are planning to press officials from the FBI in a hearing scheduled for next month on allegations that Hillary Clinton committed perjury.  A GOP committee aide confirmed to The Hill that lawmakers intend to question the FBI about the lawmakers' charges during an oversight hearing planned at some point in September.

Kaine Crumbles When NBC Actually Presses Him on Hillary E-Mail Scandal.  During an exclusive interview aired on Wednesday's NBC Today, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine struggled to respond to Hillary Clinton's ongoing e-mail scandal as co-host Savannah Guthrie actually grilled him on the topic.  She pressed:  "This is something that dogs Hillary Clinton, whether or not people trust her.  If you look at what she said over the past year or so about her e-mail, I can count at least four statements that just turned out not to be true.  Has she earned that mistrust?"

Three Pinocchios:
Bill Clinton's misleading claim about 'marked classified' information in Hillary Clinton's emails.  Bill Clinton is correct that Comey "amended" his statement in the hearing, to provide more details about what the FBI had found.  But Comey did not say Hillary Clinton "had never received any emails marked classified."  Two of three emails that had portion markings were call sheets that were improperly marked, and State Department considers the markings no longer necessary or appropriate at the time they were sent.  Comey acknowledged that Clinton may not have known what the little-C marking meant.  The whole dispute over the little "c" versus big "C," portion markings versus header, and so on, is the political equivalent of three-card monte.  Democrats, like Bill Clinton, have cherry-picked Comey's comments from the five-hour hearing to declare Hillary Clinton vindicated.  But what they conveniently sweep under the rug are the 110 emails — which were not a part of the 2,000 that were retroactively classified — that were found to "contain classified information at the time they were sent or received."

Congressional Dems furious GOP may 'leak' (i.e. tell the public) what's in FBI's Hillary files.  You've heard by now that the FBI is turning over its notes from the Hillary e-mail interrogation to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Republicans on the committee want to see if Hillary's answers in the interviews were consistent with what she said under oath when she testified before them earlier this year, and whether there is any basis for a perjury case against her.  FBI Director James Comey was very careful in telling the committee that Hillary did not lie "to the FBI."  That doesn't mean she didn't lie to anyone.  A comparison of the FBI interview with her congressional testimony should be very interesting.  Now remember:  The Clintons' entire world revolves around keeping things secret if they possibly can.  This is why Hillary ran the schlock, homebrew e-mail server in the first place — to keep the contents of her e-mails out of public view in the event of subpoenas or Freedom of Information Act requests.  And because protecting Hillary means keeping information about her away from your prying eyes, Democrats on the committee are hopping mad at the FBI for turning over their notes to the committee.  Why?  Because they fear the worst, the worst being that the public will actually be shown the information.

GOP Lawmakers Lay Out Perjury Case Against Clinton.  The Republican chairmen of the House Oversight and House Judiciary Committees laid out the case for perjury charges against Hillary Clinton in a letter sent to the U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. on Monday [8/15/2016].  Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the chairs of Oversight and Judiciary, respectively, say that Clinton may have violated 18 U.S.C. § 1621 and § 1001, federal laws which govern perjury and false statements, respectively, during her Oct. 22, 2015 testimony in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.  In a letter to U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips, the lawmakers point to four inconsistent statements Clinton made regarding her private email system during that hearing.

House Panels Lay Out Case That Clinton Perjured Herself.  Two House committees sent a letter to the Department of Justice Monday laying out their case for why they believe Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton committed perjury during a hearing in Congress last year.  The letter to U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Channing Phillips from the Oversight and Government Reform and Judiciary committees provides four specific examples of times they believe Clinton lied under oath about her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State.  The letter said Clinton made several false statements during her testimony to the House Select Committee on Benghazi on October 22, 2015.

FBI sends documents on Clinton probe to Congress.  The FBI has provided documents to a House committee on its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private server for government business, in an unusual step taken in response to requests from lawmakers seeking insight into why Director James Comey did not recommend criminal charges.  A brief letter sent Wednesday [8/10/2016] from the bureau to House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said the FBI was providing for review "a number of documents related to this investigation."  The FBI, in its letter, said the materials cannot be shared without the bureau's permission.  The files include material that is "non-public," containing "classified and other sensitive" information.

GOP lays out case for charging Clinton with perjury.  A pair of leading House Republicans on Monday [8/15/2016] laid out detailed instructions for the Justice Department to file perjury charges against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.  More than a month after first requesting the department open a criminal probe into Clinton for alleged misstatements she made under oath, the GOP heads of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees told a federal prosecutor specifically where they believed Clinton had lied to Congress about her email setup at the Department of State.

All Clinton Emails The FBI Recovered Will Be Made Public.  All the emails then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent or received that the FBI uncovered will be released by the Department of State, a conservative non-profit government watchdog group announced Tuesday [8/16/2016].  "The American people will now see more of the emails Hillary Clinton tried to hide from them," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.  "Simply put, our lawsuits have unraveled Hillary Clinton's email cover-up."

House Republicans detail perjury allegations against Clinton.  House Republicans have detailed perjury allegations against Hillary Clinton, citing the apparent conflict between her 2015 congressional testimony about her email practices and the FBI's conclusions announced in July, according to a letter to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.  "The four pieces of sworn testimony by Secretary Clinton described herein are incompatible with the FBI's findings," House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., wrote to U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips.  "We hope this information is helpful to your office's consideration of our referral."

FBI will hand over notes on Clinton email investigation to Congress: report.  The FBI plans to hand over to Congress notes taken during the agency's interview with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her exclusive use of a private email server to handle classified documents, according to a Sunday [8/14/2016] report.  CNN anchor Jake Tapper cited sources who said that notes taken by an FBI agent during the interview would be turned over to Congress, adding:  "This email story, it's just not going away."  Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who heads the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has asked for all documents related to Mrs. Clinton's FBI interview, including transcripts, notes and analysis.

Congress WILL get to see notes from Hillary Clinton's three-hour interview with the FBI.  Members of Congress will receive notes from Hillary Clinton's interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, CNN is reporting.  Clinton spoke to the FBI on July 2, just three days before the bureau's director James Comey announced that he would recommend the former secretary of state not be charged with a crime in the private email server case.  Comey did, however, label Clinton's homebrew email setup 'extremely careless.'

FBI defends Clinton handling of classified material, says markings weren't conclusive.  The FBI went to bat for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday [8/16/2016], saying that handling emails with classified information — even when it's marked — isn't enough to prove she had "knowledge or intent" to break the law.  In a letter to congressional investigators, the FBI's chief liaison to Capitol Hill said Mrs. Clinton did handle three messages with a "(C)" mark next to paragraphs, "ostensibly indicating" the following information as classified.  But Jason V. Herring said that's not enough to show she was negligent.

Clinton Scandal: 44 More Lies Turn Up In Hillary's Emails.  Judicial Watch, which has been doing all the heavy lifting to expose the extent of Hillary Clinton's scandalous use of a private email account while secretary of state, released dozens of emails on Tuesday that shouldn't exist.  For more than a year, Clinton insisted that she didn't use her private email account until after March 18, 2009, since those were the earliest emails she turned over to the State Department.  According to Clinton, before that date, she was using an old Blackberry email account, to which she no longer had access.

'They Hanged Him?  What Difference at this Point Does it Make?'.  [Scroll down]  The difference it makes, by the way, is not only that Hillary Clinton's reckless mishandling of sensitive information might have gotten a friendly agent killed, but it will also make it difficult if not impossible to recruit other foreign nationals to spy for the United States.  Who will risk his life for us when Hillary Clinton, if she is elected or appointed to any position that has access to intelligence information, might blow his cover with a careless word?

Feds debate releasing Clinton's FBI interview.  The Obama administration is urgently debating how to respond to congressional demands for the official report on Hillary Clinton's three-and-a-half-hour interview at FBI headquarters, as some inside and outside government raise concerns about giving lawmakers access to politically sensitive records of the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email system.  During congressional testimony last month, FBI Director James Comey promised to respond promptly to lawmakers' requests for the interview summaries known as "302s" for Clinton and other witnesses, as well as other information gathered in the course of the year-long FBI probe.

As Hillary Clinton goes after Donald Trump, her own email troubles undermine her attacks.  Once again, Hillary Clinton's carefully laid campaign plans have been disrupted by old emails.  On a day in which Clinton was hoping to inflict considerable damage on Donald Trump — this time, by ripping into his economic agenda — her campaign was on the defensive, scurrying to clean up the latest damaging revelations in years-old messages that were sent by Clinton and her staff and released as the result of a lawsuit.  The ongoing email dispute undermined the potency of a speech for which Clinton's campaign had been laying groundwork all week, one in which she presented her economic agenda in full and tried to brand her self-styled populist rival a fraud.

Hillary's State Dept.  Aides Ignored Requests For Her Emails In 2012.  The American public may have learned much earlier than it eventually did that Hillary Clinton exclusively used a private email account.  But two of her State Department aides intervened in late 2012 and early 2013 to block a Freedom of Information Act request seeking records for Clinton's email accounts.  On Wednesday, Judicial Watch released two emails which show that Clinton insiders Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were made aware of a "significant" FOIA request seeking those records.  The liberal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) had filed the request on Dec. 6, 2012.

Testimony: Clinton aides worried about her email system after Guccifer hack.  Aides to Hillary Clinton worried about the potential impact on her private email system after a hacker gained access to the email account of one of her longtime advisers in early 2013, according to testimony made public Wednesday [8/10/2016] in connection with a pending lawsuit.  Former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills acknowledged in written answers to questions from the conservative group Judicial Watch that when emails from Clinton ally Sidney Blumenthal began appearing online via a Romanian hacker called Guccifer, Mills discussed the issue with Bryan Pagliano, a tech specialist who worked both at the State Department and for the Clintons.

The first casualty of Hillary Clinton's server.  Exactly how damaging the classified information is that was discovered on Hillary Clinton's server became clear this weekend when the Iranian government executed an alleged spy.  He had been mentioned in at least one email from an aide to Hillary, which called him "our friend."  The deceased Iranian was the nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri, who was executed for allegedly passing on information to the United States.  Amiri had been in and out of the news since 2009 when he first defected, eventually turning up on our shores.

Rudy Giuliani clobbers Clinton for naming executed Iranian in private-server emails.  Rudy Giuliani suggested on Tuesday that Hillary Clinton caused the death of Shahram Amiri, an Iranian national who was hanged on Sunday in the Islamic republic for 'revealing secrets to the enemy.'  Hillary Clinton used her private email server to discuss details of the Iranian nuclear scientist who was put to death for giving information to the CIA.

Death and Hillary Clinton.  Despite FBI and Leftmedia attempts to keep Americans as uninformed as possible about Hillary Clinton's history of corruption and lies, there is new information about the death of an Iranian nuclear scientist named Shahram Amiri.  Normally, the death of a foreigner wouldn't catch the attention of many Americans.  But in this case, Amiri was in contact with Clinton via email, and the circumstances and timing of his death are more than suspicious.  Who was this man that was just publicly hanged shortly after returning to Iran?

Judicial Watch releases private emails Clinton did not turn over.  They cover Clinton's first three months as secretary of state in early 2009, a period for which Clinton did not turn over any emails to the State Department last year.

GOP Congressman:  Clinton Should Be "In Jail Right Now," Not Running.  Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, an early Congressional backer of Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton should be in prison, not running for president.  "The fact is that her information was compromised," Hunter said on Kilmeade and Friends on Monday [8/8/2016].  "That's why you don't use a personal server to send our sources names through email.  That is why you don't do that.  That is the exact reason why she should not have done what she did and why she should be in jail right now as supposed to running for president."

'Hanged scientist's blood is on Hillary Clinton's hands'.  The Iranian hanging of scientist Shahram Amiri — referenced in Hillary Clinton's e-mail exchanges — could be just the beginning of the "human cost" of Clinton's private e-mail server, a Donald Trump surrogate said Monday [8/8/2016].  "Hillary Clinton's extreme carelessness in the use of private devices and a private server has placed US national security at high risk," retired Lt.  Gen.  Michael Flynn told Fox News.  "It's just sad and it's just tragic and we are going to see more of these kinds of things come up in the coming weeks and months just because of Hillary Clinton's extreme carelessness in what she did."

Rudy Giuliani Would Have Prosecuted Clinton Over Emails as Secretary of State.  FBI Director James Comey did not recommend charges against Clinton for her handling of classified information and use of a private email server during her tenure at the state department, saying, "Although there is evidence of potential violations regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case."  Giuliani strongly disagreed, saying he would have brought a case against Clinton.  "Many reasonable prosecutors have come to the conclusion that they would have brought such a case, I would have brought such a case.  I would have won such a case," Giuliani, who is also a former New York City mayor, said on ABC's "This Week."

Clinton stands by her email claims despite the evidence.  Mrs. Clinton again defended her email server during a press conference Friday [8/5/2016], directly contradicting FBI Director James B. Comey in saying no messages bearing "classified" markings passed through her account during her four years as secretary of state.  The former first lady, who has apologized for her email habits but simultaneously has maintained she did nothing wrong, also admitted that she may have "short-circuited" when she claimed last week that Mr. Comey agreed that she'd fully told the truth to the American people.  Mr. Comey, however, did no such thing, and in congressional testimony earlier this year, he explicitly said Mrs. Clinton was wrong when she said she'd never sent or received any classified material in her private account.

Cotton: Clinton discussed executed Iranian scientist on email.  Hillary Clinton recklessly discussed, in emails hosted on her private server, an Iranian nuclear scientist who was executed by Iran for treason, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said Sunday [8/7/2016].  "I'm not going to comment on what he may or may not have done for the United States government, but in the emails that were on Hillary Clinton's private server, there were conversations among her senior advisors about this gentleman," he said on "Face the Nation."  Cotton was speaking about Shahram Amiri, who gave information to the U.S. about Iran's nuclear program.  The senator said this lapse proves she is not capable of keeping the country safe.

Clinton's private server held emails about Iranian nuclear 'spy' who was executed today.  Hillary Clinton used her private email server to discuss details of the Iranian nuclear scientist who has executed for giving information to the CIA.  Shahram Amiri, who was hanged on Sunday [8/7/2016] for 'revealing secrets to the enemy', was in the US and allegedly informing on Tehran's extensive nuclear program during the Democrat's controversial reign as Secretary of State.  At the time she stressed researcher had been there of his 'own free will' and was described as 'our friend' in correspondences.  But he maintained he had been kidnapped by intelligence agents.

Iranian scientist gives info to US on Iran nuke program, Hillary discusses him in emails, Iran hangs him for treason.  Must be nice to be above the law and never have to suffer any consequences for your actions — and indeed, to be on the verge of being rewarded with the Presidency of the United States after years of treasonable carelessness (at best).

Did Clinton Emails Get Iranian Scientist Killed?  Senator Tom Cotton fielded an explosive charge this weekend:  that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exposed one of America's spies and got him killed.  Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri was hanged by the Iranian regime after a secret trial.  His original sentence was reported to be ten years, although it was not officially proclaimed as the Iranian regime often issues secret sentences.  Secretary Clinton's emails discussed, in an unclassified and unsecure format, the fact that he had provided "useful information" to the United States.

State Department dodges questions on Clinton emails about executed Iranian scientist.  A State Department spokeswoman dodged questions Monday about whether the discussion of Shahram Amiri, an Iranian scientist who was executed by the Iranian government for working with the U.S., in a pair of Hillary Clinton's private emails may have played a role in his recent fate.  "We're not going to comment on what may have led to this event," said Elizabeth Trudeau, a State Department spokeswoman.  "I couldn't speak to Iranian judicial procedures related to this specific case," Trudeau said.  "We've made our concerns known writ large around Iranian due process."

Republican senator:  Clinton's emails about Iranian nuclear scientist show she's reckless.  Republican Senator Tom Cotton questioned Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's qualifications to hold the United States' top office, saying Sunday that emails on her private server about an Iranian nuclear scientist who was executed for spying for the US show she's "reckless."  A spokesman for Iran's judiciary said on Sunday that the country had executed Shahram Amiri, who was detained in 2010 when he returned home from the United States, after a court convicted him of spying for Washington.

Tapper Shuts Down Clinton Surrogate on Clinton's Email Talking Points.  Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm was shut down by CNN's Jake Tapper when she used Hillary Clinton's talking points on Clinton's private email server.  Granholm called the Democratic presidential nominee honest and blamed the media for continuing to talking talk about Clinton's emails while misconstruing the story against her, Tapper called her out.  "Governor, with all due respect, I didn't misread anything or misrepresent anything," Tapper said.  "Every fact checker agrees with me, what she has been saying is not true and I do think a candidate's honesty is important."

Clinton contradicts FBI again, says no emails were 'marked classified'.  For the second time in a week, Hillary Clinton on Friday again directly contradicted FBI Director James Comey, defending her use of a private email server while secretary of state and telling an audience of journalists that "I never sent or received anything that was marked classified."  Speaking at a joint conference of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Democratic presidential nominee refused to admit that she'd mishandled classified information in her private email account.  While she again apologized for using a private server, she doubled down on her central defense — that she never sent or received any emails that were marked classified at the time, even though the FBI chief has told a different story.

CNN's Tapper Calls Out Clinton For Emails Lies:  You're Not Entitled 'To Your Own Facts'.  In a video made by CNN and FactCheck.org, Tapper destroyed Clinton's recent claim on "Fox News Sunday" that FBI Director James Comey's testified that her statements about her private email server were true.  Tapper said, "No.  That is not true.  According to her campaign aides, what Hillary Clinton was referring to was Director Comey testifying, 'We have no basis to conclude she lied to the FBI.'  But Clinton's comments to the FBI are different from what Chris Wallace was asking about, which were Clinton's comments to the American people."

Why Hillary Clinton continues to be the queen of deception.  [Scroll down]  Last week, William Binney, a 30-year career official at the National Security Agency turned whistleblower, revealed the unthinkable.  Binney, who devised the software that the NSA has used to capture the contents of emails and cellphone conversations of all in America but resigned from the NSA because of the unlawful and unconstitutional manner in which the software was used, told a Philadelphia radio audience that the DNC hacking was most likely done by NSA agents.  Why would the NSA hack into DNC computers, and why would the NSA leak what its agents saw?  Here is where the deep state meets the political world.

Dems Want to Investigate Trump, but Clinton has the Real Unseemly Russia Connections.  Sens.  Chris Coons of Delaware (D-DE) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have asked former Trump rival Ted Cruz (R-TX), to investigate Trump's comment to determine if laws were broken.  Cruz chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee oversight subpanel, the body tasked with investigating such claims.  Trump's comment came against the backdrop of Hillary Clinton's gross mishandling of classified data while secretary of state through the use of an unsecured, home-brewed bathroom server.  Despite her efforts to delete the emails, some of which constituted government property, the FBI was able to retrieve all but 30,000 of them.  Given the reckless manner in which she mishandled classified data, it is very possible, indeed probable, that the irretrievable emails are currently in possession of an unknown third party.

Report: FBI Sat on Russia Suspicions in DNC Hack for Months.  When the FBI began investigating the infiltration of the Democratic National Committee's computers last fall, they neglected to tell the DNC that they suspected Russian hackers.  In fact, they kept that information to themselves for months, sources told Reuters.  The FBI first contacted the DNC last fall, giving them a heads up to look for any suspicious network activity.  The Committee's staff didn't notice anything unusual, and when they asked for more information, a source says the FBI wouldn't give it to them.  Reportedly, it wasn't until March of this year that the DNC understood the nature of the cyber-attack.  During the months in between, the DNC and FBI had multiple discussions, but the feds never disclosed their suspicion of Russian actors.

Hillary Clinton is delusional.  Hillary Clinton sent and received classified information on her home-brewed email server.  "From the group of 30,000 emails returned to the State Department, 110 emails in 52 email chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received," FBI Director James B. Comey said last month, in conclusion of the agency's investigation into her server. [...] But not according to Mrs. Clinton.  When asked about her home-brewed server in an interview with Chris Wallace on Sunday, Mrs. Clinton maintained she did nothing wrong and her previous statements were consistent with what Mr. Comey said.

Exclusive: Hillary Completed No Security Briefings Or Courses At State Dept.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton completed no security briefings or courses on the proper handling of classified materials and how to conduct secure communications while at the Department of State, according to new Obama administration legal filings before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  The surprise admission was released late Friday and could reignite the controversy over Clinton's "careless" handling of classified materials as asserted by FBI Director James Comey, which has already been a central part of the presidential race.

Fournier: Senior Clinton Officials Say 'Trust Doesn't Matter,' She's 'Knowingly Misleading' About Email.  On Tuesday's [8/2/2016] broadcast of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," National Journal Senior Political Columnist Ron Fournier said that senior officials for Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have told him "trust doesn't matter," and that she's "knowingly" deceiving the public about her email.  Fournier said he "pulled out the last of my hair" watching Clinton's interview on "Fox News Sunday" because "she was parsing, she was talking about the fact that he said she didn't lie to the FBI.  And I'm like, you know, this is not the day and age to be parsing, and a parse is another word for a lie, because she's knowingly misleading.  She did violate policy.  We know that.  She did expose US secrets on a rogue server.  We know that."

NSA whistleblower says spy agency has all of Hillary Clinton's deleted emails in government database.  An NSA whistleblower is claiming that the agency likely has all of Hillary Clinton's emails from her private server — and the FBI could have gotten access to them had investigators wanted.  William Binney, one of the 'NSA four' whose revelations and warnings about government mass surveillance predates those of Edward Snowden, sat down with Breitbart's Aaron Klein on his eponymous radio show 'Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.'  Binney, a 30-plus year veteran of the NSA and a 'legendary crypto-scientist' according to the Nation magazine, had helped design one of the NSA's systems to collect date that had built-in privacy protections.

Hillary Clinton slapped with dreaded 'Four Pinocchios' rating for false claim that the FBI director said she told the truth about her classified emails.  FBI director James Comey testified in a July 7 congressional hearing that multiple statements the Democratic presidential nominee made to the public were untrue.  But in a rare Fox News Channel interview on Sunday [7/31/2016], Clinton claimed that Comey 'said my answers were truthful, and what I've said is consistent with what I have told the American people.'  The [Washington] Post's fact-checker pored over the record and found 'Clinton is cherry-picking statements by Comey to preserve her narrative' about why she sent and received classified documents on a private email server in her house.

Clinton Takes Lying To A Whole New Level.  Maybe it's because she has gotten away with it for so long, but Hillary Clinton seems to get more brazen in her mendacity as she gets closer to the White House.  Case in point is her interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News over the weekend.  At one point, Wallace asks Clinton about claims she made about her use of a private, unsecured email server while secretary of state, which the FBI investigation determined were completely false.

Bizarre: Clinton Mocks Trump For Wanting More Secure Military Communications.  Just weeks after the FBI issued an indictmentless indictment of Hillary Clinton over her "extremely careless" behavior using a private email server to both send and receive classified information, the Democratic nominee has decided it would be funny to mock Donald Trump for wanting more secure military communications. [...] What a bizarre issue to attack Trump on given Clinton's own problems with secure communications as secretary of state, not to mention the recent hacks of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as well as her own campaign.

Clinton camp refutes FBI: 'Not true' she sent classified info.  Hillary Clinton's campaign manager on Monday rejected the FBI's findings that Clinton sent and received information that was classified at the time on her private email server while she was secretary of state.  Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook defended his boss before an MSNBC panel that said Clinton essentially forced State Department employees to send her classified information on her private server because there was no other way to communicate with her.

Exclusive — NSA Whistleblower:  Agency Has All of Clinton's Deleted Emails.  The National Security Agency (NSA) has "all" of Hillary Clinton's deleted emails and the FBI could gain access to them if they so desired, William Binney, a former highly placed NSA official, declared in a radio interview broadcast on Sunday [7/31/2016].  Speaking as an analyst, Binney raised the possibility that the hack of the Democratic National Committee's server was done not by Russia but by a disgruntled U.S. intelligence worker concerned about Clinton's compromise of national security secrets via her personal email use.  Binney was an architect of the NSA's surveillance program.  He became a famed whistleblower when he resigned on October 31, 2001, after spending more than 30 years with the agency.

Mook Juke:  Hillary's Deleted Emails Are 'Not A Relevant Discussion'.  Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, argued on Sunday that the emails she deleted are "not a relevant discussion" anymore.  Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," host Chuck Todd asked Mook if the Clinton campaign would "encourage" the release the 33,000 emails that Hillary Clinton deleted from her time that she was secretary of state.  "This is settled over now," Mook replied.  "Secretary Clinton went in and testified for 11 hours in front of a Congressional committee.  They asked her a lot of questions about this.  They came up with nothing.  The FBI has concluded their look at this issue and so we're moving on. [...]"

The Editor says...
The assertion that the FBI "came up with nothing" is obviously untrue.  The FBI didn't take any action, but it's not because they "came up with nothing."

It's time to disbar Hillary.  FBI Director James Comey's statements before Congress proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Hillary not only lied, but jeopardized national security, and mishandled classified material.  At a minimum, that means Hillary has committed acts of professional misconduct that should be taken up by the state of Arkansas.  According to the code of ethics for the American Bar Association, which happens to coincide with the dictates of Arkansas' rules for professional conduct, Hillary is guilty of failing to 'maintain the integrity of her profession' as outlined in rule 8.4.

Clinton fact-checked on 'truthful' claim in email scandal.  Hillary Clinton is getting hammered for saying on "Fox News Sunday" that FBI Director James Comey confirmed her statements on her email scandal were "truthful" — with one prominent fact-checker giving the claim four "Pinocchios."  The former secretary of state cited Comey when asked to account for her repeated claims that she never sent or received material marked classified on her personal email account.  When host Chris Wallace noted that Comey said those things were not true, Clinton disagreed.

The Coming Election Fraud.  There is much talk about the very real probability that the Russians or other foreign entities have possession of the 33,000 missing Clinton emails from her tenure as Secretary of State.  The talk centers around whether these emails will be released before the election to damage her or if she is elected President to be used as blackmail.  Although Putin and the Russians are extremely adept at manipulating information for their benefit I believe they have totally underestimated the Clintons.  In either case Hillary Clinton will not be influenced by the threat of any type of exposure or blackmail because she has demonstrated that she does not care what information comes out.

State Dept.  Opposes Media's Attempt to Get Taped Depositions in Clinton Email Case.  The United States Department of State is opposing the media's attempt to gain access to taped depositions taken of Hillary Clinton's aides.  The depositions were taken as part of a FOIA lawsuit filed by conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch.  The group is trying to figure out if FOIA laws were circumvented by Clinton's use of a private email server.  Judicial Watch has recently deposed Cheryl Mills, who served as Clinton's chief of staff, Bryan Pagliano, who is believed to have set up Clinton's private server, and Huma Abedin, as well as others.

Hillary Clinton Battles Chris Wallace Over Emailgate:  That's 'Not What I Heard' Comey Say.  Former Secretary of State and current Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton took to Fox News Sunday for her first post-convention interview, and after host Chris Wallace made Secretary Clinton feel right at home by grilling her about Benghazi, he segued into a chunk of questions about the now-completed investigation into Clinton's emails, which revealed no criminal wrongdoing.  Wallace confronted Hillary with bits of FBI Director James Comey's testimony before Congress, and suggested that he contradicted many of her claims.  Hillary saw it somewhat differently:  [Video clip]

Confirmed: Hillary [was] hacked by same state-sponsored group as DNC!  After weeks of saying she wasn't hacked, it turns out the Clinton campaign was indeed targeted by hackers who breached their security. [...] U.S. officials have confirmed that it was probably the Russians.

FBI warned Clinton campaign of cyberattack by foreign government.  The FBI warned the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in March that its computers had been the object of a foreign-government cyberattack, Yahoo News reported Thursday evening.  However, according to Yahoo News, when the FBI requested that the Clinton team turn over email logs and staff addresses, the campaign's lawyers refused.  At the time, Mrs. Clinton was being investigated by the FBI for possible criminal offenses in her setting up and using a private email server to conduct government business and handle classified information.

Private Servers Were 'Recommended,' Clinton Says For First Time.  The revelation — highlighted in a Judicial Watch lawsuit against the State Department — raises new unanswered questions about who may have suggested or influenced Clinton's decision to relay sensitive and classified State Department information on private channels.  Clinton used a private email address and server located in her New York home throughout her tenure as the nation's chief diplomat.  An FBI investigation confirmed that contrary to her previous claims Clinton sent and received highly sensitive classified information on the server and that she did not turn over to the State Department thousands of emails concerning official business.

The Democrats' Email Scandal:  Hillary Clinton Corrupts Everything She Touches.  The news that Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, manipulated the levers of power at the DNC to ensure that Hillary Clinton would win the Party's nomination for President should not really come as a surprise to anyone.  What is surprising is that she actually resigned when she was outed through the release of thousands of emails stolen from the Democrats' email system, allegedly by Russian hackers.  Among the more than 19,000 messages released by the WikiLeaks website, reports The Wall Street Journal's Harriet Torry, are signs of bias in favor of Hillary Clinton over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders's campaign, undermining the DNC's stated objective of broad-based support for Democrats seeking office.

Chaos at the Democratic National Convention.  Perhaps the Russians are behind the DNC hacking.  It would be worth considering the fact that it's the Obama/Clinton/Kerry disaster of the past seven-and-a-half years that ushered in a new Cold War between the United States and Russia, including cyber-intrusions into every part of our government, ranging from the Office of Personnel Management to the White House itself.  Mrs. Clinton pointing a crooked finger at Mr. Trump for this disaster is the equivalent of blaming a YouTube video for the Benghazi massacre, a gay hate crime for the Orlando terrorist atrocity, and workplace violence for the Fort Hood terrorist attack.

Rudy Giuliani:  Hackers could release Hillary Clinton emails before election or extort, threaten her.  Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani on Wednesday predicted that hackers could release incriminating emails from Hillary Clinton before the November election, or extort or threaten Mrs. Clinton if they decide to hang onto them.  "I would be surprised ... if the Russians haven't hacked all of Hillary's emails way back when they were sitting in [a] garage," Mr. Giuliani said.  "That server of hers was less secure than the DNC server that was hacked — considerably less secure."

Another Clinton Email Scandal.  [Scroll down]  Did a foreign country hack Clinton's homebrewed server?  Did her deleted emails, the thousands unrecovered by the FBI, include any embarrassing information now in the hands of another country?  If the answer is yes to either one of those questions, October might come with a surprise.

Clinton practically handed her email password to the Russians.  Clinton was so careless when using her BlackBerry that the Russians stole her password.  All Russian President Vladimir Putin's gang had to do was log into Clinton's account and read whatever they wanted.  They had to be laughing [a lot].  So you can add the Russians to the list of people who know bad and personal things about Clinton that the Democrats will wish remain hidden.  FBI Director James Comey said a few weeks ago that Clinton had been "extremely careless" with her e-mails, but he added that he didn't think the server she'd been using had been hacked by "hostile actors."

Julian Assange Says Hillary Clinton Should Be Worried About Next Wikileaks Release.  The DNC seems to believe what Wikileaks published was simply a curated selection of years worth of communication.  They don't know, officially, whether the hackers — and Wikileaks — have any more private emails at their disposal.  Julian Assange, Wikileaks's founder, insists that they — and their candidate Hillary Clinton — have something very serious to worry about.  In an exclusive interview with ITV, Assange insisted that he had more to drop on the Democratic nominee, including, possibly, information related to her private email server.  The dump, Assange claims, will contain "enough evidence" to indict the former Secretary of State.

The Missing Man at the Center of Hillary Clinton's Email Scandal.  Of all the characters in the political drama of Hillary Clinton's private email server, none has been more mysterious — and potentially more important — than a 40-year-old technology specialist named Bryan Pagliano.  Pagliano didn't just set up the now infamous "homebrew" server in the basement of Clinton's New York home, which she used for official business while serving as secretary of state.  Pagliano has been the former secretary's go-to IT guy for the past several years.  He's also the only person in the entire investigation of Clinton's email who got an immunity deal, protecting him from possible criminal prosecution.  That was Pagliano's demand for telling FBI investigators about Clinton's unorthodox system — a system that he apparently knows more about than anyone else.

Lawyer: Clinton already answered every question on email use.  Hillary Clinton's lawyer told a federal judge Monday [7/18/2016] that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has already answered enough questions about her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state.

Hillary's sophisticated staff.  [Scroll down]  Here is the continuing mystery:  how did the confidential, secret, and top secret information (contained in then classified 52 email chains) jump the gap from the realm of secure classified computer networks onto Hillary's unclassified servers?  There are several ways this could happen.  If we take Mr. Comey's assertions at face value, these methods were all well beyond Hillary's grasp, but in fact they can easily be accomplished by anyone who can manage to make his own color copies at Staples.  The original classified information could be captured by printing a hard copy, then scanning it into the unclassified system.  Or by retyping the text.  Or by downloading the source document onto removable media like a thumb drive.  Each of these actions is a felony violation of federal law regarding the proper handling of classified information.

Judicial Watch chief:  Slowly but surely, the Clinton email cover up is unraveling.  [Scroll down]  What is notable is that the State Department finally admits that Clinton's practice of supposedly emailing other State officials using her non-state.gov account was not an "appropriate method of preserving federal records or making them available for searches under FOIA."  Second, it is both significant and disturbing that Hillary Clinton now asserts a private "claim of right" over her non-state.gov email account, including any of the 55,000 pages of federal records she returned to the State Department.  She further claims that these and other emails, including emails that may have contained classified information, have "never been the property of or in the possession or control of the State Department."

State Dept. to release deleted Clinton emails uncovered by FBI.  State Department officials plan to publish all work-related emails discovered on Hillary Clinton's private servers by the FBI once agents turn over the records Clinton withheld from the government.  "Just as we processed the material turned over to the department by former Secretary Clinton, we will appropriately and with due diligence process any additional material that we receive from the FBI to identify work-related records and make them available to the public," agency spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday [7/13/2016].  Clinton had previously stated her legal team provided everything that could possibly considered related to her State Department work to the agency in late 2014.

Clinton legal team moves to block deposition in email lawsuit.  Lawyers for Hillary Clinton are going to federal court for the first time to block efforts to force her to testify in a civil lawsuit related to her private email set-up.  Clinton's attorneys submitted a legal filing Tuesday morning in a bid to shut down a conservative group's request for an order forcing her to submit to a deposition in the midst of her presidential campaign.  Clinton's legal team said her testimony was unnecessary and superfluous in light of her questioning before the House Benghazi Committee last October and several State Department inquiries into the issue.

Clinton blames aides for email problems, says server now in hands of FBI.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blamed her aides for bungling her emails, telling a federal court Tuesday that department employees knew she was using a secret account and they should have been the ones to police her.  Mrs. Clinton, through her lawyers, begged the court not to order her to have to testify under oath about her emails, saying she no longer has any of them and she didn't set the system up to try to thwart open-records laws, so she has little to add to the ongoing Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

Romanian hacker with access to Clinton emails found dead in jail cell.  Christian Times Newspaper has learned that Guccifer, the Romanian hacker currently being held on charges for hacking Hillary Clinton's personal email server, has been found in his Virginia jail cell, dead of an apparent suicide.  Guccifer, also known as Marcel Lazar Lehel, was extradited to the United States to face charges after openly admitting to repeatedly hacking Hillary Clinton's email server.  This claim occurred in the midst of an FBI probe that was concluded this morning [7/5/2016] by Director Comey. [...] Comey, in his statement Tuesday morning, alluded to the fact that American enemies and individual actors most likely accessed Hillary Clinton's emails, but Guccifer was the only person to come forward with knowledge of their contents.

Also posted in The Clinton Body Count.

Former CIA Interrogation Expert Finds Clinton 'Willfully Engaging in Deception' About Emails.  There was an almost surreal element to the Capitol Hill hearing, in which Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) asked Director Comey about the truthfulness of several statements Secretary Clinton had made about the matter.  "Secretary Clinton said there was nothing marked classified on her emails either sent or received," Gowdy said.  "Was that true?"  "That's not true," Comey responded.  "There were a small number of portion markings on I think three of the documents."  "Secretary Clinton said, 'I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email.  There is no classified material,'" Gowdy continued.  "Was that true?"  "There was classified material emailed," Comey replied.  Gowdy was on a roll.  "Secretary Clinton said she used just one device.  Was that true?"  "She used multiple devices during her four-year term as Secretary of State," Comey responded.  "Secretary Clinton said all work-related emails were returned to the State Department," Gowdy said.  "Was that true?"  "No," Comey said.  "We found work-related emails, thousands, that were not returned."

Naturally:
DNI Clapper Denies Paul Ryan Request to Block Clinton From Classified Intel Briefings.  Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan's request to block Hillary Clinton from receiving classified intelligence briefings was denied by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Monday [7/11/2016].  In a letter to Ryan, Clapper wrote that he did "not intend to withhold briefings from any officially nominated, eligible candidate."  A spokeswoman for Ryan, AshLee Strong, said in a statement that "We obviously disagree with the decision and want to know what precautions will be taken and what assurances the director can give that Secretary Clinton won't mishandle classified information.  She has proven herself untrustworthy."

Breaking: GOP Congressmen Call for Hillary Clinton Perjury Investigation.  The chairmen of two House committees are formally requesting the U.S. attorney in D.C. conduct a perjury investigation into Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton will have to testify under oath if federal judge agrees to petition.  Prosecutors decided last week not to charge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her secret email server, but a federal court could still force her to testify under oath after a conservative law firm petitioned the judge to force her to talk.  Judicial Watch, which has been pursuing Mrs. Clinton's emails for years through more than a dozen open-records lawsuits and has already subjected her top aides to depositions, petitioned Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on Friday to order Mrs. Clinton to talk.  The group said there are questions only she can answer about how she handled her messages.  "It was her system.  She was the primary driving force behind it and was its principal user," Judicial Watch said in its court filing.  "Without Secretary Clinton's testimony, there can be no fair, rightful and conclusive answer to the court's questions."

Clinton email scandal made into a movie, Huma, Mills depositions top billing.  Phelim McAleer's "Clinton Email On Film" is based on depositions given by top Clinton aides to the watchdog group Judicial Watch, the latest from adviser Huma Abedin.  "It's compelling viewing — as she is in turn petulant, defiant and then apologetic," he said.  McAleer's films show actors re-enacting the real depositions, which were filmed but sealed from public view.  "We only made these re-enactments because Hillary's lawyers managed to persuade the judge to seal the tapes until after the election.  That's just not good enough, and by spreading these films you are helping to end censorship," he said of his productions.

Here Are 35 Email Lies Hillary Is Still Telling On Her Campaign Website.  A 4,000-word "fact sheet" on Hillary Clinton's campaign website contains 35 lies, half-truths, obfuscations, evasive statements and falsehoods about her private email setup, a Daily Caller analysis shows.  Clinton and her campaign have long referred to the "fact sheet" in response to questions about her use of a personal email account and private server.  Her team of elite attorneys even hid behind the document earlier this year when the State Department's inspector general sought to interview Clinton about her email practices.  IG Steve Linick said during a House hearing last week that Clinton's team declined an interview request and referred him to her "fact sheet."

Hillary Has A New Defense For Sending Classified Information.  In the wake of the FBI investigation which found 110 classified emails that were classified at the time of sending, Hillary Clinton said on Friday [7/8/2016] that at the time, she did not "believe" they were put under that category.  In an interview with on CNN's "The Lead," Wolf Blitzer asked Clinton if she would "acknowledge you were extremely careless" with her private server email setup while secretary of state.

Embarrassing: Hillary Spox Still Insists She Didn't Tell A Single Email Lie.  With the Summer Olympics just around the corner, Hillary Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon just brought home a gold medal in abject hackery.  Prodded by CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the many indisputable lies his boss has told for more than a year about what the FBI and State Department Inspector General has characterized as an "extremely careless" improper email scheme that constituted the very "definition of negligence," Fallon flatly denies the established truth.

Congress To Ask FBI To Investigate Hillary For Lying Under Oath.  Rep. Jason Chaffetz said on Thursday [7/7/2016] that he would ask the FBI to investigate Hillary Clinton's sworn testimony before Congress in which she falsely said that she did not send or received classified information via email.

Texas Rep. Hurd:  Americans Risked Their Lives for Intel on Clinton's Server.  Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) directly challenged FBI Director James Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, questioning if the Bureau understood the lengths human intelligence assets went to in order to collect information that was simply left unsecured on a server in Clinton's basement.  Hurd also challenged Democratic representatives' assertions that the hearing was political theater and pointed out that Americans risked their lives to gather the information.

Clinton Spokesman Called Out for Incomplete Investigation of His Boss.  Brian Fallon, the press secretary for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, was called out by Bloomberg's Mark Halperin on Thursday [7/7/2016] for defending the FBI investigation of Clinton.  Halperin asked Fallon about how thorough of an investigation the FBI and FBI Director James Comey had completed.  Halperin pointed out that FBI did not read every email sent to them by Clinton and he asked Fallon if the Clinton campaign misrepresented the thoroughness of the investigation. [...] In addition to looking at headers and doing keyword searches for a wide range of terms that would capture any work related correspondence, they did read a large number of them," Fallon said.

Chaffetz's FBI referral on Hillary perjury a time bomb?  It was an astonishing moment when FBI Director James Comey told the House Oversight Committee that his "comprehensive" investigation of Hillary Clinton's email practices had not bothered to consider her sworn testimony before Congress.  Testimony that was odds with the conclusions reported by Comey.  Rep. Chaffetz spoke derisively:  "Do you need a referral from Congress to investigate her statements under oath?" Chaffetz asked, to which Comey responded, "Sure do."  With a chuckle, Chaffetz said, "You'll have one.  You'll have one in the next few hours."  And so another FBI investigation of Hillary Cinton criminality is underway.

Senate Judiciary Chair: 'FBI Tried to Gag Its Agents With Non-Disclosure Agreement' on Clinton Probe.  In a strongly worded letter to FBI Director James Comey about his handling of the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server for government business, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said he was troubled that "the FBI tried to gag its agents with a non-disclosure agreement on this matter, in violation of whistleblower protection statutes."  Noting the many "inconsistencies" in Comey's announcement on Tuesday that he would not recommend criminal charges against Clinton, Grassley's July 6 letter stated that "in light of these inconsistencies, it is even more troubling that the FBI tried to gag its agents with a non-disclosure agreement on this matter, in violation of whistleblower protection statutes.

Email Scandal:  Was The Fix In For FBI's Investigation Of Hillary?  It's now evident that the FBI fumbled its investigation into Hillary's Clinton's misuse of a private email server while serving as secretary of state.  It found evidence of crimes but refused to prosecute.  Whether it was dereliction, incompetence or something far more sinister are the only real questions that remain to be answered.  Comments by FBI Director James Comey to Congress Thursday underscore just how badly our justice system performed in the Clinton investigation.  Not only did the FBI fail to put Clinton under oath during her 3½ hours of questioning last week, he said, but the FBI has no recording or transcript of it.  Apparently, apart from personal recollections of those who questioned her, there is no record of what she said — or whether, in the end, it was truthful.  This extraordinary bungling by the Justice Department and FBI can be no accident.

Judicial Watch Asks Federal Court for Additional Discovery:  Seeks Testimony of Hillary Clinton.  Judicial Watch announced today [7/8/2016] that it submitted a request for permission to depose former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; the Director of Office of Correspondence and Records of the Executive Secretariat Clarence Finney; and the former Director of Information Resource Management of the Executive Secretariat John Bentel.  Today's request arises in a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit before U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan that seeks records about the controversial employment status of Huma Abedin, former Deputy Chief of Staff to Clinton.  The lawsuit was reopened because of revelations about the clintonemail.com system.

Clinton's emails weren't just highly sensitive.  They were federal government property — but she destroyed them anyhow.  Despite all the evidence against her, the FBI won't arrest Hillary Clinton for putting national security at risk, and literally destroying the property of the federal government — those emails she sent on her private email server.

While Clinton tries to change the subject, Republicans pounce on email criticism.  Hillary Clinton came here Wednesday in an attempt to turn the spotlight away from her handling of classified emails and back on rival Donald Trump's controversial business practices.  But Republicans back in Washington began assembling the political machinery to keep the email issue at center stage through the presidential election.  The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee focused intently on everything but the email issue, with a speech bashing Trump and a major policy shift toward the free-college pledge promised by her primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Now The State Dept.  Is Blaming 'Human Error' For Marked Classified Emails Found On Hillary's Server.  State Department spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday that "human error" was responsible for emails that were marked classified ending up on Hillary Clinton's email server.  Kirby was addressing questions about FBI director James Comey's announcement on Wednesday that investigators recovered emails that had classified markings on them when they were sent to Clinton.  "Only a very small number of the e-mails containing classified information bore markings indicating the presence of classified information," Comey said during a press conference.

ABC8 Virginia Poll: 82% Say Hillary Clinton Should Be Criminally Prosecuted.  Over July 4th weekend, ABC8 in Richmond Virginia conducted a poll surrounding the ongoing FBI investigation and recent interview with Hillary Clinton.  Out of 1,645 respondents:  82% said Ms. Clinton should be criminally prosecuted, 16% said she should not.

Clinton Still Insists She Sent No Classified Material on Private Server, Won't Say Who Advised Her to Use It.  Hillary Clinton continued to insist she never sent nor received classified information on her private email server at the State Department after her long-awaited FBI interview on Saturday [7/2/2016].  Clinton met with the FBI for three-and-a-half hours at the agency's headquarters to face questioning over her private email server as secretary of state.  The scandal has hung over her campaign for more than a year, furthering public notions Clinton is not trustworthy and plays by her own set of rules.  She told MSNBC's Chuck Todd she was eager to take the meeting and bring the "review" to a conclusion, although this is a criminal investigation.

Biden: 'I Find It Hard to Believe' Hillary Would Do Anything 'Intentionally Wrong'.  In an interview with NPR's "Weekend Edition," Vice President Joe Biden discussed the upcoming presidential, in particular the "cloud" over presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of state.  Biden told NPR's Rachel Martin that while he couldn't comment on the situation specifically, he said he found it hard to believe she "would do anything intentionally wrong."

Senator Admits The FBI Is "About To Ask Putin For His Copies Of Hillary's Emails".  It is well known that the FBI still does not have roughly 30,000 emails that Hillary Clinton deleted from her private server due to Clinton categorizing them as personal and not work related.  We have also reported that Russia may be in possession of those emails, and according to Judge Andrew Napolitano, there is a debate going on in the Kremlin about whether or not to release them.  Given that the FBI still doesn't have the emails, Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton, who is a Trump supporter and also serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee, has become so frustrated that Cotton suggests the FBI is about to ask Putin for his copies.

WikiLeaks Releases Over 1,000 Clinton Iraq War Emails.  WikiLeaks has released 1,258 of Hillary Clinton's emails in relation to the Iraq war, preceding the British Chilcot report on the conflict set to be released later this week.  WikiLeaks tweeted a link to their email archive from their official Twitter page today.  Wikileaks appears to have a substantial amount of information on Clinton, having already released a large archive of Clinton's emails earlier in the year.  Breitbart has previously reported on Julian Assange's claims that Google is complicit in the managing of Clintons online media campaign.

Republican National Committee:  Hillary Clinton Becomes First Major Party Candidate to Sit for FBI Criminal Interview.  The Republican National Committee (RNC) said that Hillary Clinton's meeting Saturday [7/2/2016] with the Federal Bureau of Investigation makes her the first major party presidential candidate to sit for an interview with an FBI criminal investigation about her own conduct.  RNC chairman Reince Priebus remarked upon the historical significance of such an interview.  Breitbart News has extensively reported on the potential Espionage Act violations committed by Clinton and her top aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills.

Hillary's Strange Security Adviser.  Hillary Clinton's campaign has been forced to acknowledge over the past week that the former secretary of state did not, as she had claimed, turn over all her work-related email to the State Department.  The new story is that her deletion of these emails was an oversight.  Team Clinton is hoping therefore that you won't hear the story of Rajiv K. Fernando, which would suggest the oversight tale to be yet another untruth.

Clinton email scandal grows ahead of convention.  Hillary Clinton's email woes are reaching new heights just a few weeks before the Democratic national convention.  From the release of a scathing report on Benghazi, to a dust-up over her husband's private meeting with the attorney general, to Saturday's news that she was interviewed for several hours by FBI investigators, Clinton stumbled through a difficult week by remaining largely silent.  But her highest hurdles may still lie ahead as the Justice Department prepares to issue a decision on whether the presumptive Democratic nominee will face criminal charges for her mishandling of sensitive material in an unclassified environment.

Indicted or not indicted, Clinton could lose politically.  No matter how the FBI investigation into the handling of sensitive information on Hillary Clinton's personal computer server ends, it likely will hurt her presidential bid.  If she is indicted, she will face further questions about her honesty and perhaps even calls for her to step aside.  If she isn't indicted, as many legal experts predict, critics will accuse the Obama administration of letting her escape charges merely because they want her to win the White House.  Clinton was interviewed by the FBI Saturday for three-and-half hours at its headquarters in Washington, according to her campaign, suggesting the inquiry is nearing its end.  "Secretary Clinton gave a voluntary interview this morning about her email arrangements while she was secretary," Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement.  "She is pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the Department of Justice in bringing this review to a conclusion."

Maybe It's Time to Stop 'Thinking about Tomorrow'.  With the investigation into his wife's wrongdoings while Secretary of State drawing to a close [...] Bill Clinton hopped aboard a government plane on the tarmac in Phoenix.  Aboard that plane was Attorney General Loretta Lynch, tasked to decide on whether to indict Hillary.  The meeting stirred up a raft of speculation about the odorous half-hour discussion they held in private and her continuing role in the matter.  For example:  How is it that Lynch and Bill Clinton were both in Phoenix on the tarmac at the same time?  The most credible accounts I can find indicate they both flew there separately.  She was in Phoenix to give a speech on the administration's (unprecedented) intrusion into local police operations aka "community policing".  His presence there was never credibly explained.  Yes, there were reports he was there to play golf but it was over 100 degrees and he is in poor health so that seems unlikely.

More about the Phoenix incident can be found on this page.

Exclusive: Hillary Clinton's emails packed with America's secrets were stored by company 'wide open to hackers' and run by 'morons' whistleblowers reveal.  Hillary Clinton is facing damaging new revelations about the lax security surrounding her emails.  A Daily Mail Online investigation has found that a second firm — hired to store a back-up of Clinton's secret server — was so lax in its security employees failed to change passwords frequently and left computers logged in, unattended for extended periods and its own clients stumbled upon other clients data.  Datto Inc, the company in question, was hired to store Hilary's emails by Platte River, the mom-and-pop company contracted to maintain her 'homebrew' email system.

Russia to release Clinton emails?  U.S. intelligence agencies are said to be closely watching Russian online blogs and other postings for any signs that Moscow hackers have covertly obtained the bulk of Hillary Clinton's email messages stolen from her private email server and are preparing to make them public.  A U.S. intelligence official told Inside the Ring that the indications of the email release are being closely watched, although the veracity of at least two postings on the matter could not be confirmed as authoritative.

State Department Won't Release Clinton Foundation Emails for 27 Months.  Department of Justice officials filed a motion in federal court late Wednesday [6/29/2016] seeking a 27-month delay in producing correspondence between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's four top aides and officials with the Clinton Foundation and Teneo Holdings, a closely allied public relations firm that Bill Clinton helped launch.  If the court permits the delay, the public won't be able to read the communications until October 2018, about 22 months into her prospective first term as President.  The four senior Clinton aides involved were Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Michael Fuchs, Ambassador-At-Large Melanne Verveer, Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin.

State Department seeks 27-month delay for release of Clinton Foundation emails.  The State Department has sought to delay the court-ordered release of emails between four of Hillary Clinton's top aides and officials at the Clinton Foundation and a closely associated public relations firm.  The motion, filed in federal court by the Justice Department late Wednesday, seeks to put off the release of the emails by 27 months.  It was first reported on by The Daily Caller.  In the filing, the State Department says it originally estimated that approximately 6,000 emails and other documents were exchanged between the aides — identified as former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Michael Fuchs, former Ambassador-At-Large Melanne Verveer, Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin — and the Clinton Foundation and Teneo Holdings, a communications shop that former President Bill Clinton helped launch.

FBI director takes center stage in Clinton email case.  FBI Director James Comey is now firmly in the driver's seat of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, after Attorney General Loretta Lynch pledged she would accept whatever course of action his bureau and career prosecutors recommend.  Lynch's influence will continue to be felt throughout the department, and her refusal to fully remove herself from the case ensures that she will continue to be briefed about its developments.  Prosecutors within her department — not the FBI — will ultimately decide whether or not to press ahead with charges.

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Hillary Clinton questioned by FBI on emails.  US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been questioned by the FBI over her use of emails while she was secretary of state, her campaign says.  A spokesperson said it was a voluntary interview.  The FBI is investigating Mrs Clinton and her aides over whether they mishandled classified information on a private email server she used while serving as secretary of state.  Mrs Clinton denies handling classified information in her private emails.

Hillary Clinton Interviewed by FBI About Private Emails While Secretary of State.  Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was questioned by the FBI in a long-awaited interview Saturday over the use of her private email server, she said.  The purpose of the interview, which was voluntary, was to delve into whether Clinton mishandled classified information submitted on her private email system while she served as secretary of state.  Her top staffers have already given testimony.  The interview happened at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., on the Saturday morning of the long holiday weekend, and lasted approximately three and a half hours, sources said.

Ex-DOJ Official:  Don't Get Your Hopes Up For a Hillary Indictment, Peons.  Appearing on The Rush Limbaugh Show yesterday, former Department of Justice official J. Christian Adams did his best to quash hopes for a well-deserved indictment as it pertains to Hillary Clinton's email scandal.  Aside from all sorts of impropriety on the part of the administration — from Barack Obama pooh-poohing Clinton's mishandling of classified emails to Loretta Lynch meeting with the target of an FBI investigation — Adams outlines the reality for those working inside the bureaucracy.

Exclusive: Hillary Clinton Scheduled To Meet With FBI On Saturday.  Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to meet Saturday [7/2/2016] with the FBI, a source close to the investigation into her private email server tells The Daily Caller.  The source went on to suggest the interview may take place at her Washington, D.C. home.  The bureau's interview with the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is believed to be the final step in its investigation into the potential mishandling of classified information on Clinton's private email server.  Hundreds of now-classified documents — some of them "Top Secret" — were sent and received through Clinton's private server, which she housed at her New York residence during her tenure at the State Department.

Record keeper pleads ignorance in Clinton private server case.  A senior State Department official in charge of record-keeping during Hillary Clinton's time in office said he did not know whether Clinton was authorized to use a personal email account.  Patrick Kennedy, the agency's undersecretary for management, said he did not realize the significance of Clinton's private email use during her tenure.  He admitted to exchanging more than two dozen emails with Clinton on her personal account.  Kennedy was deposed by attorneys for conservative watchdog Judicial Watch Wednesday in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit over personnel files from Clinton's time in office.

Hillary Clinton to Meet With FBI Investigators Tomorrow.  Possibly triggered by the highly controversial, clandestine meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton, the FBI has announced that it has finally scheduled an interview with Hillary Clinton regarding her ever-expanding email scandal.

New analysis shows 160 emails missing from Clinton's disclosure to State.  [Scroll down]  But disclosures over the past several weeks have revealed dozens of emails related to Clinton's official duties that crossed her private server and were not included in the 55,000 pages of correspondence she turned over to the State Department when the agency sought her emails in 2014.  At least 160 such emails have come to light so far, many of them through public-records lawsuits brought by the conservative group Judicial Watch.  In one email released by Judicial Watch on Monday, Clinton queried aide Huma Abedin and another staffer about how her official records were being maintained.

Hillary Clinton's email story continues to get harder and harder to believe.  On Monday night [6/27/2016], the Associated Press published a piece noting the release of an additional 165 pages of emails Hillary Clinton sent from her private email address while serving as secretary of state.  These were emails that had never been previously released and only were made public because of a court order in response to a request from a conservative group.  And yet again, the emails poke holes in Clinton's initial explanation for why she decided to exclusively use a private email server for her electronic correspondence while serving as the nation's top diplomat.

Why Hillary Is Stalling Her FBI Interview.  James Comey, the straight-arrow director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is eager to wind up his investigation of Hillary's use of an unsecure email system, but he can't do that until he and Justice Department prosecutors sit down with Hillary and interview her.  Hillary says that neither she nor her campaign have been contacted by the FBI.  But that is not true.  Negotiations have been going on for quite some time between the FBI and Hillary's attorney, David Kendall, who went to law school with Hillary and defended Bill Clinton in his impeachment trial.

Former U.S. Attorney says Hillary Clinton Could Face Criminal Charges in 60 Days.  If former U.S. Attorney Joe DiGenova's prediction is true, Hillary Clinton will most likely no longer be a contender for the 2016 presidential race.  He told Fox News' Gretchen Carlson that he thinks Hillary Clinton and some of her staff may be indicted within the next 60 to 90 days.  "They (the FBI) are going to make a recommendation that there is going to be charges against a series of people," DiGenova said on the program.  "What I know is that the FBI has been building a compelling — an unassailable case against Hillary and her surrounding group inside the State department," he said.

Clinton Email Scandal:  Is The Cover-up Worse Than The Crime?  Bad news about Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while Secretary of State keeps dribbling out.  The latest is that she failed to turn over dozens of work-related emails, many of which just happen to completely undercut key claims she's made over the past year.

Judge Napolitano Warns of Massive FBI Rebellion on Eve of DNC: "Saturday Night Massacre".  Fox News senior legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano speculated there could be a serious storm brewing in Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's future, and the timing couldn't be worse.  He referred to a possibly incriminating email Clinton failed to release to the State Department that was of "critical importance."  The judge appeared on Fox Business Network's "Mornings With Maria," [6/28/2016] where he explained that the email in question was from Clinton aide Huma Abedin to the then-secretary of state and her inner circle.  It said that they had been hacked and that technology staffers were temporarily disabling State Department security features to accommodate Clinton's private server.

Here's even more of the emails Hillary Clinton deleted because they were 'private' but which a judge says are government related.  An additional 165 pages of emails from Hillary Clinton's time at the State Department surfaced Monday [6/27/2016], including nearly three dozen that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee failed to hand over last year that were sent through her private server.  The latest emails were released under court order by the State Department to the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch.  The batch includes 34 new emails Clinton exchanged through her private account with her deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin.  The aide, who also had a private email account on Clinton's home server, later gave her copies to the government.

New Clinton Emails Produced by State Department; Clinton Email Shows She Was Concerned About Records.  Judicial Watch today [6/27/2016] released 165 pages of new State Department records that include a previously unreleased March 22, 2009, email of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealing that she was concerned about how her records were being handled and had "no idea how my papers are treated at State.  Who manages both my personal and official files?"  Clinton top aide Huma Abedin responds:  "We've discussed this" and promises to explain it again.

Huma Abedin, Patrick Kennedy to Testify in Hillary Clinton Email Case.  Judicial Watch today [6/27/2016] announced the scheduled depositions of Huma Abedin, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's deputy Chief of Staff, and Patrick Kennedy, undersecretary for management at the State Department, regarding their involvement with the clintonemail.com record system.  The deposition of Abedin is scheduled for June 28, and Kennedy is to give his deposition on June 29.

Only thing transparent about Hillary is her dishonesty.  [Scroll down]  It was November 2010, and [Huma] Abedin had urged the secretary to get onto the state.gov e-mail system or look at "releasing your email address to the department" because State's spam filter was blocking messages from clintonemail.com.  No, came Clinton's reply:  "Let's get separate address or device but I don't want any risk of the personal being accessible" — almost certainly meaning, accessible to Freedom of Information Act requests.  And it directly contradicts her repeated claims that she relied on the private account purely to avoid having to use more than one device.

With Clinton at helm, State Dept. got 'prestigious' award for record-keeping.  At the same time then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was storing emails on a personal server in violation of the rules, her department twice received a "prestigious" award for its record-keeping practices — an honor that, in retrospect, has watchdogs scratching their heads.  The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) gave the so-called Archivist Award to the State Department in 2010 and again in September 2012, toward the end of Clinton's tenure.  During the 2012 ceremony, NARA Chief Records Officer Paul Wester described the honor, also bestowed upon the Treasury Department, as "prestigious."

Clinton Campaign Admits Hillary Didn't Turn Over Mysterious Email Exchange With Top Aide.  Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is acknowledging that the former secretary of state failed to turn over a cryptic work-related email that she sent to her aide Huma Abedin while she was in office. [...] One such email is from a Nov. 13, 2010 exchange in which Abedin asked Clinton if she wanted to begin using a State.gov email account.  Clinton, who used only a personal account, indicated she was open to the idea, but said "I don't want any risk of the personal being accessible."

State Dept:  Clinton failed to hand over key email.  The disclosure makes it unclear what other work-related emails may have been deleted by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

Smoking Gun: Hillary Did Not Turn Over Email Showing She Hid Information.  Hillary Clinton did not turn over an important email about the problems caused by her use of a private email server for classified information.  Clinton sent an email to her deputy chief of staff stating that she did not want some of her emails to be "accessible," presumably to Congress or to the State Department itself.  That email helped form the basis of a scathing inspector general report that found Clinton violated rules.  Now, we know that Clinton did not hand over that email to State Department investigators, proving that Clinton violated her sworn statement that she handed over all of her emails.  Her inability to hand over this email could also provide more evidence that she violated the Espionage Act by allowing national defense information to be "lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed" through gross negligence.

Clinton Email Scandal:  Latest Batch Exposes Two Big New Problems For Hillary.  First, it turns out that Clinton managed to avoid turning over one key email, despite her repeated promises that she gave the State Department every single work-related email from her private email server.  As the Associated Press reported, in the missing email, Clinton admits that her private setup was a problem. [...] Another email released this week reveals that State had set up an official government email account for Clinton to use, and then gives a clue as to why Clinton never used it.

Hillary's secret server aide invokes Fifth Amendment One Hundred and Twenty Five times as he is questioned.  The State Department aide who set up Hillary Clinton's private server inside her home invoked his Fifth Amendment right 'more than 125 times' in a case involving the email system. [...] Pagliano worked on Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign and set up her basement server as she transitioned to the State Department in 2009.  He simultaneously took on an official role at State.  In his disclosure forms, he did not disclose that he was being paid by Clinton to keep tabs on the server.

Clinton staff disabled security of private email server: report.  Tech staffers at the State Department temporarily disabled crucial security features on Hillary Clinton's private email server in 2010 — leaving a trove of sensitive information vulnerable to hackers.  Anti-virus software was turned off after Clinton and aide Huma Adebin experienced problems sending emails, it was revealed Wednesday in documents released under court order to Judicial Watch, the conservative advocacy group suing the State Department for access to public records from Clinton's tenure as secretary.  State staffers were desperate to resolve the problem, according to their own emails to each other.

Emails: Key security features disabled on Clinton's server.  State Department staffers wrestled for weeks in December 2010 over a serious technical problem that affected emails from then-Secretary Hillary Clinton's home email server, causing them to temporarily disable security features on the government's own systems, according to emails released Wednesday [6/22/2016].

Documents show State Dept. tried to give Clinton official email.  A collection of records made public Wednesday indicates State Department officials attempted to give Hillary Clinton a government email account to use while she was secretary of state, contradicting previous claims from agency officials that no such account was ever set up.  But the email account, SSHRC@state.gov, went unused after a State Department official warned one of Clinton's aides in Aug. 2011 that messages sent to and from the address would be "subject to [Freedom of Information Act] searches."  The records, which were referenced but not published in an inspector general report released last month, were obtained by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch.

Clinton IT specialist invokes 5th more than 125 times in deposition.  Hillary Clinton IT specialist Bryan Pagliano invoked the Fifth more than 125 times during a 90-minute, closed-door deposition Wednesday [6/22/2016] with the conservative watchdog Judicial Watch, a source with the group told Fox News.  The official said Pagliano was working off an index card and read the same crafted statement each time.  "It was a sad day for government transparency," the Judicial Watch official said, adding they asked all their questions and Pagliano invoked the Fifth Amendment right not to answer them.  Pagliano was a central figure in the set-up and management of Clinton's personal server she used exclusively for government business while secretary of state.  The State Department inspector general found Clinton violated government rules with that arrangement.

Clinton IT Witness' Testimony Scheduled for Wednesday, June 22.  Judicial Watch today [6/20/2016] announced that the deposition of Bryan Pagliano, the Clinton State Department IT official who reportedly provided support for the Clinton email system, is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22.  U.S District Court Judge Sullivan recently ruled that Pagliano's deposition can be videotaped.  The video will be kept under court seal for now, but the transcript will be publicly available.

The Coming Constitutional Crisis Over Hillary Clinton's EmailGate.  Suddenly things were aligning perfectly for Hillary Clinton in her quest for the presidency.  After months of embarrassing inability to vanquish Senator Bernie Sanders, a 74-year-old socialist who represents a state with just two-tenths of a percent of the American population, she wrapped up her party's nomination for the White House.  The Democratic convention in Philadelphia next month will be a formality, no matter how loudly Bernie Bros stomp their feet.  To cap that triumph last week, President Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton as their party's nominee for 2016.  While this, too, was a formality, since Mr. Obama was eventually going to endorse her — no matter how much bad blood lingers between them from the 2008 race — it was satisfying to her supporters, if perhaps overdue.

Hillary Clinton:  Could She Really Be Blackmailed By Vladimir Putin Over Hacked Emails?  Hillary Clinton's email is now very likely in the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin.  It is also likely Putin is not the only one reading their own hacked copy.  Romanian Hacker Guccifer told Fox News hacking Hillary's server was easy.

When Will Wikileaks Release Clinton's Deleted Emails?  Is Putin Involved?  [Scroll down]  For years it has been widely reported that Putin despises President Obama.  Thus, the pending release of Clinton's "deleted" emails (likely through a third party such as Wikileaks) provides Putin with a golden opportunity to humiliate Obama in two ways.  First, Putin proves that while Clinton served as Secretary of State, her communication system was an open door to U.S. secrets allowing access to the emails of everyone with whom she communicated, including Obama.  Second, Putin could damage Obama's chosen successor.  If Putin is complicit in allowing Clinton's "deleted" emails to be released and the emails prove that Clinton violated numerous U.S. laws, there is a good chance that she will be forced to withdraw from the presidential race.

Has FBI Director Comey Waited Too Long on Clinton Scandals?  We have regularly cited the various scandals still hanging over Mrs. Clinton's head.  They include the mishandling of classified materials, obstruction of justice, the public corruption scandal in which she used the State Department as leverage for benefitting the Clinton Foundation as well as her family, and Benghazi.  Contrary to President Obama's assertion that he is allowing a non-partisan and full investigation, by endorsing Mrs. Clinton he has placed his hand on the scale of justice and made his wishes more than clear to federal investigators.  The question is, will Director Comey and the FBI follow the President's direction?

Federal Judge Orders Videotaping of Clinton IT Witness' Testimony.  Judicial Watch today [6/14/2016] announced that a court order was issued by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan requiring the testimony of Bryan Pagliano, the Clinton State Department IT official who reportedly provided support for the Clinton email system, be videotaped during his upcoming deposition and that the transcript be made public.  The court also confirmed that a Justice Department criminal investigation is underway related to the Clinton email issue.

Sources: Russian Government Intercepted and Will Release Hillary's Emails.  Sources are reporting that the Russian government is prepared to release private emails that it obtained from Hillary Clinton's email server, proving Clinton allowed classified information to end up in the hands of foreign adversaries.  Intelligence sources are bracing for the Russian release of Clinton's intercepted emails, according to a report in the trade publication Oilprice.com.

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FBI's Probe Of Clinton Email Server Is A 'Criminal Investigation,' Judge Says.  The FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server is "criminal" in nature, U.S. District Court judge Emmet Sullivan said in a court filing on Tuesday [6/14/2016].  Sullivan was responding to a plea from attorneys for former State Department information technology specialist Bryan Pagliano who asked that details of an immunity deal he made with the FBI to discuss Clinton's server be kept secret.

Team Hillary's final e-mail defense: mass amnesia.  It was another week of news poking fresh holes in Hillary Clinton's tattered e-mail defense.  At this point, the only cover she has left are all the ongoing stonewalls.  One landmark event came Wednesday, when presidential spokesman Josh Earnest for the first time referred to the FBI's probe of the e-mails as a "criminal investigation."  Then came a Wall Street Journal scoop:  One thing making it criminal is that top State Department aides sent her e-mails on "born classified" discussions of drone strikes in Pakistan.  The record already shows that Secretary Clinton's inner circle knew full well that her private account was run off a home-brewed server — their e-discussions are full of notices that she's "off e-mail" while the server gets restarted, and even that it's been taken down because of possible hacker attacks.

Republicans fear 'bias' in Clinton email probe after Obama endorsement.  President Obama's decision to endorse Hillary Clinton Thursday reignited concerns that the administration could shield the presumptive Democratic standard-bearer from any legal consequences that emerge from an FBI investigation into her private email use.  Republicans were quick to point out the conflicts of interest at play after Obama pledged his support to Clinton in a video message to her supporters.  "President Obama's official endorsement of an individual whose actions are the subject of an FBI criminal investigation is as disturbing as it is inappropriate," Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., told the Washington Examiner.

Trump:  Obama is 'protecting' Clinton from 'going to jail'.  Hillary Clinton uses the term "radical jihadism" rather than "radical Islamic terrorism" because she is "probably afraid" of President Barack Obama, Donald Trump said Monday [6/13/2016]. [...] Alluding to the ongoing FBI investigation into the private server Clinton used for official business at the State Department, Trump remarked that Clinton's decision to call it by that name as a calculated move.  "He's protecting her from going to jail, so she's not going to use it," Trump said.  "But I bet you that ... she would love to use to those words, because almost everybody agrees that those words should be used."

White House confirms 'criminal' probe over Clinton emails, 'shreds' campaign claim.  Perhaps it was an unguarded moment, but the White House has seemingly confirmed that the Justice Department is conducting a "criminal investigation" regarding Hillary Clinton's personal email use — despite persistent claims from the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee that investigators are pursuing a mere "security inquiry."  Press Secretary Josh Earnest used the term at Thursday's [6/9/2016] briefing, after being asked by Fox News about whether President Obama's newly unveiled endorsement of Clinton might apply pressure to investigators assigned to the Clinton case.  Earnest rejected the premise, saying the job of career prosecutors is to follow the evidence to its logical conclusion.

Major Updates on Email and Clinton Foundation Scandals.  As Donald Trump readies his anti-Clinton barrage on Monday [6/13/2016], he has plenty of fresh material to work with.  Hillary famously claimed that her bootleg, unsecure email server contained "no classified material."  This was comprehensively false.  Thousands of classified emails passed through her improper server — including more than 100 she personally sent herself, and dozens that contained information at secret, top secret, and 'beyond top secret' levels.  Intelligence experts this week told the Associated Press that some of these messages could have compromised the identities of CIA assets, and now the Wall Street Journal reports that at least some of her emails pertained to planned US drone strikes in Pakistan.

A 'Special Prosecutor' Is Still a Bad Idea in a Criminal Investigation of Clinton.  Special prosecutors are unconstitutional if truly independent, and counterproductive if not so.  They are a poor excuse for avoiding the Constitution's remedy for corrupt public officials:  impeachment and disqualification.  Moreover, it is simply not true that Obama's endorsement of Clinton meaningfully ratchets up his conflict of interest; that conflict was already profound because we have known for months that Obama is implicated in Clinton's lawlessness.

6 in 10 Americans Believe Hillary Clinton is Lying About Emails.  A majority of Americans believe that Hillary Clinton is lying about the handling of her emails on a private server during her tenure as secretary of state, a new poll shows.  A survey released by Fox News on Thursday [6/9/2016] found that 60 percent of registered voters believe that Clinton "is lying about how her emails were handled while she was secretary of state," while 27 percent think she is addressing the situation truthfully.  Thirteen percent of those polled said they remain uncertain.  The poll result is essentially consistent with an identical survey released last September, which found that 58 percent of Americans believed Clinton to be lying about her emails.

Despite Clinton claims, 2012 email had classified marking.  Hillary Clinton, from the moment her exclusive use of personal email for government business was exposed, has claimed nothing she sent or received was marked classified at the time.  But a 2012 email released by the State Department appears to challenge that claim because it carries a classified code known as a "portion marking" — and that marking was on the email when it was sent directly to Clinton's account.  The "C" — which means it was marked classified at the confidential level — is in the left-hand-margin and relates to an April 2012 phone call with Malawi's first female president, Joyce Banda, who took power after the death of President Mutharika in 2012.

Viral picture of Clinton on her Blackberry started her secret server scandal — because started State Dept officials didn't know she had email until they saw it.  The photo of Hillary Clinton on her Blackberry that birthed the 'Texts from Hillary' meme and softened her image is turning out to be less of a blessing and more of a curse for the former secretary of state.  A State Department official testified this week she didn't know Clinton even had an email address until she came across that photo, as the address was not provided through the federal government.  State Director of Executive Secretariat Staff Karin Lang said she was told when Clinton started that she would not use an 'official account.'  And she didn't.

Bombs away!  Drone emails could sink Clinton.  After huge victories in the California and New Jersey primaries, Hillary Clinton has all but locked up the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential election.  There's just one thing that remains that could stop her — a federal indictment over her misuse of government secrets while secretary of state.  Just one day after the White House publicly admitted that Clinton was under criminal investigation, new reports reveal the FBI is focusing on a series of emails sent between 2010 and 2011.

Emails in Clinton probe dealt with planned drone strikes — WSJ.  Emails between U.S. diplomats in Islamabad and State Department officials in Washington about whether to challenge specific U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan are at the center of a criminal probe involving Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday [6/9/2016].  The 2011 and 2012 emails were sent via the "low side" — government slang for a computer system for unclassified matters — as part of a secret arrangement that gave the State Department more of a voice in whether a CIA drone strike went ahead, according to congressional and law enforcement officials briefed on the FBI probe, the Journal said.

White House refers to Clinton email probe as 'criminal'.  White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Thursday [6/9/2016] referred to the probe into Hillary Clinton's private email system as a possible "criminal investigation," which Republicans quickly seized on as a critical slip just moments after President Obama endorsed Clinton for president.  Earnest was asked whether the FBI might be pressured to go easy on Clinton in the investigation in light of Obama's endorsement, and used the term "criminal investigation" in his answer.

Emails at center of Clinton FBI probe focused on drone strikes, report says.  A series of emails between American diplomats in Pakistan and Washington over drone strikes are the focus of the criminal probe involving presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information, according to a report Thursday [6/9/2016] by The Wall Street Journal.  The emails in 2011 and 2012 were sent through a "computer system for unclassified matters" that gave the State Department input into whether a Central Intelligence Agency drone strike went forward, congressional and law enforcement officials briefed on the FBI probe told the Journal.  Some of those emails were then sent by then-Secretary of State Clinton's aides to her personal email account and private server, officials told the Journal.  The vaguely worded messages, however, didn't mention the "CIA," "drones" or details about the targets, the Journal reported.

Hillary Clinton's Truth Problem.  Unless she has been given a back-channel briefing on the investigation, which would be highly unusual and unethical, Clinton does not know for certain what the FBI has uncovered or what the Department of Justice might do. [...] She cannot know what the inspector general wants to talk about because she has refused to meet with him, despite promising to do so.

Was this photo the beginning of the end for Hillary?  State Department officials in charge of public records were not aware Hillary Clinton was using e-mail during her tenure there until they saw a viral image of the then-secretary of state looking at her BlackBerry on a satirical blog called "Texts from Hillary."  Speaking under oath in a lawsuit brought against the department by a conservative legal watchdog, a State Department official said the office in charge of processing open-records requests at the agency had no idea Clinton was using e-mail.  So when "Texts from Hillary" made the Clinton image ubiquitous in 2012, the department decided to check whether she still had no official account.

Clinton Email Scandal:  Experts Say She Likely Exposed CIA Agents.  Since becoming the Democratic Party's de facto nominee, Hillary Clinton has been adamant that the email scandal that has dogged her since last March will amount to nothing.  But news this week suggests that, if anything, an indictment has become more likely.

State Dept:  FOIA officers didn't know, didn't ask about Clinton use of private email.  A State Department official produced to answer questions in a civil lawsuit probing Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email server said no officials responsible for handling public records requests knew of her private email account while she was secretary, but she was instructed not to answer whether the department's top legal office knew, according to a transcript released Thursday [6/9/2016].  In a deposition Wednesday, answers provided by Karin M. Lang seemed to corroborate several defenses raised by Clinton and her aides in the handling of the controversy while challenging other explanations given in a lawsuit by the conservative group Judicial Watch that examines whether Clinton's email setup thwarted the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

WH Denies Endorsement Will Intimidate FBI Investigators; Obama Meets Privately with AG Lynch.  White House press secretary Josh Earnest insisted that President Obama's endorsement of Hillary Clinton will not "sway" the ongoing FBI investigation into Clinton.  The statement came after Obama released a video endorsing Clinton for president of the United States.  Later this afternoon [6/9/2016], according to the White House, Obama is meeting with the attorney general.  The meeting is "closed press."

State Dept.  Official Undermines Key Clinton Email Claim In Judicial Watch Deposition.  In a deposition given to the watchdog group Judicial Watch on Wednesday [6/8/2016], Karin Lang, the State Department's director of Executive Secretariat staff, said that it would not have been "reasonably possible" to obtain Hillary Clinton's emails through the Freedom of Information Act before she turned the records over in Dec. 2014 — nearly two years after she left office.  That conflicts with Clinton's longstanding claim that her email practices were above board — and not an attempt to skirt FOIA requirements — because the "vast majority" of her emails were available to the State Department through other officials' government email accounts.

The Facts Keep Undermining Hillary's E-mail Tales.  Before we go on, let's revisit Clinton's words from August 26, 2015.  Back then, she declared that, "I did not send classified material and I did not receive any material that was marked or designated classified, which is the way you know whether something is." This was a classic Clintonian defense, resting as it did on a largely irrelevant straw man — if she did not receive information "marked" or "designated" classified, and such designations are "the way you know" something is classified, then she never knowingly mishandled classified information.  Yet as I (and many others) have pointed out before, Clinton's actual legal obligation was to safeguard marked and unmarked classified information, and to fulfill that obligation she would necessarily have to know the classification of everything she handled, whether it was marked or not.

'When Clinton Ordered The Deletion Of 30,000 Emails, That Was A Federal Crime'.  This is a true must watch clip.  I never post long clips but this is a unique case.  The first 15 minutes are nothing but bombshells, one after another.  At a panel hosted by Judicial Watch last month, former U.S. Attorney Joseph DiGenova discusses the criminal aspect of Hillary's email scandal.  Hillary's hitman at the State Department Patrick Kennedy is singled out for destruction multiple times.  DiGenova is convinced there is a grand jury in this case which would explain Bryan Pagliano's immunity, and he predicts the FBI will recommend charges against everyone in Clinton's inner circle including Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin, Patrick Kennedy and Hillary Clinton herself.  [Video clip]

Found: At Least One Pagliano Email Sent Directly to Clinton.  The State Department announced Monday [6/6/2016] that the agency found no emails to or from Bryan Pagliano, Hillary Clinton's IT specialist, while Clinton was secretary of state.  However, an email already released by the State Department does show an email from Pagliano to Clinton at Clinton's clintonemail.com address, the email that Pagliano himself set up.

State Department will release these Clinton emails after everyone who sent them is dead.  It will take about 75 years to fully compile and release the emails sent by Hillary Clinton and three of her top aides during her tenure in the Obama administration, the State Department said this week in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filing requesting the records.  "Given the Department's current FOIA workload and the complexity of these documents, it can process about 500 pages a month," the agency calculated, bringing the final deadline to somewhere around 2091. Following the predictable uproar over such a lengthy timeline, which would be completed years after the death of everyone involved, State spokesman Mark Toner defended the estimate Tuesday [6/7/2016] by arguing that it is not "outlandish" because of the "enormous amount of FOIA requests" that are "very complex."

Hillary Clinton's TPP Emails Could Reveal Damning Information About Her.  Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump demanded that the State Department immediately release the emails of Hillary Clinton regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnerships, which he claims threatens the U.S. economy.  In a statement, Stephen Miller, senior policy advisory of Trump, said that Hillary Clinton's support to the TPP will "permanently undermine U.S. workers and sovereignty."  "Hillary is 100 percent controlled by corporate interests, including foreign corporate interests, and it is essential these emails see the light of day," the statement added.  Apparently, the State Department is dilly-dallying on the request to release Hillary Clinton's emails in connection to the TPP, at least after the presidential elections.

Clinton Aide Will Plead Fifth in Court, Attorneys Cite 'Sufficient' Risk of Self-Incrimination.  Attorneys for a tech aide to Hillary Clinton defended his right to plead the Fifth Amendment in an upcoming deposition, arguing that an immunity deal he struck with the Department of Justice would not protect him from self-incriminating comments about the email server that he might make in the civil case.  Bryan Pagliano, the IT aide who set up Clinton's email server, has been summoned to a deposition in a public records lawsuit brought by the watchdog group Judicial Watch against the State Department.  Pagliano's attorneys have said the former Clinton aide will not answer questions due to concerns about potential self-incrimination.  They defended the legal basis for this position in a court filing on Tuesday evening [6/7/2016].

'People Really Go To Jail For Breaking This Law': Clinton Email Scandal May Have Finally Crossed The Line.  Emails stored on Hillary Clinton's unsecured personal server may have put Central Intelligence Agency personnel at risk, according to security experts.  At least 47 of the 55,000 emails Clinton turned over to the State Department contained the words "B3 CIA PERS/ORG," the Associated Press reported Wednesday [6/8/2016], indicating that the email contained information on CIA personnel or the agency itself.

FBI: Records from Clinton's email server being held as 'evidence'.  FBI agents have confirmed that they recovered records from Hillary Clinton's private server and other electronic devices, but won't reveal any details about those records because that information is being treated as "evidence" in a "pending investigation."  "[A]ll of the materials retrieved from any electronic equipment obtained from former Secretary Clinton for the investigation are evidence, potential evidence, or information that has not yet been assessed for evidentiary value," the FBI said in documents filed with a federal court Monday [6/6/2016].

Hillary Clinton and the 'FBI Primary'.  [Bradley] Blakeman says the FBI has deliberately waited to interview Hillary Clinton until after the primaries because the bureau did not want to interfere with the nominating process.  He thinks the FBI is "likely" to recommend to the Department of Justice whether or not she should be indicted for violating what she says are agency rules and what others call the law between now and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, which begins July 25.  If she is indicted before the convention, Blakeman says, it will give the party an opportunity to make changes in the rules that could result in an alternate nominee.  Here is the intriguing part about Blakeman's scenario:  "If a grand jury is empaneled, or if she were to be indicted before the convention, the Democrats would have to let her go."  If an indictment were to come after the convention, he says, it presents a different problem because each state needs to certify their ballots before November.  If an indictment occurs after the states have certified their ballots, it would be nearly impossible to replace Hillary Clinton with another candidate.

State Dept.  Claims It Would Take 75 Years to Compile Clinton Emails.  The State Department claims it would take 75 years to compile the 450,000 pages of emails between Hillary Clinton and her top aides, meaning it will be able to satisfy two Freedom of Information Act lawsuits from the Republican National Committee no later than 2091. [...] This should conclusively refute the State Department Inspector General's accusation that the department constantly provides slow, inaccurate, and incomplete responses to FOIA requests — delays that always seem to have the magical result of producing vital information after the November elections.

Bryan Pagliano's Lawyers Provide New Details About Immunity Agreement With Justice Department.  Lawyers for Bryan Pagliano, the former State Department information technology specialist who managed Hillary Clinton's email system, provided new details in a federal lawsuit on Tuesday about an immunity agreement he has with the Justice Department.  They also argued that Pagliano should be allowed to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in a pending deposition with the watchdog group Judicial Watch because he has information that could "furnish a link in the chain of evidence needed to prosecute" in the Clinton email investigation.

Clinton tech aide asks court to keep immunity deal secret.  A former technology adviser to Hillary Clinton is seeking to keep under wraps an immunity deal the aide reached with the Justice Department in its investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state.  A lawyer for Bryan Pagliano submitted a sealed motion and exhibits to U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan Tuesday afternoon, less than two hours before the 5 p.m. deadline Sullivan set for the filing of Pagliano's immunity agreement.

FBI offers second secret filing in Clinton email suit.  The FBI is offering a federal judge a second secret glimpse into the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.  The Justice Department asked a federal judge Monday to accept "additional details" under seal about how the FBI conducted its search for records a Vice News journalist requested under the Freedom of Information Act from the law enforcement agency about the probe it is conducting into Clinton's email set-up and how classified information came to reside in the Democratic presidential candidate's account.

Judicial Watch Releases Clinton Email Deposition Testimony of Amb.  Stephen Mull, Former Executive Secretary for State Department.  Judicial Watch today released the deposition transcript of Ambassador Stephen D. Mull, executive secretary of the State Department from June 2010 to October 2012, who suggested that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton be issued a State Department BlackBerry, which would protect her identity and would also be subject to FOIA requests. [...] Amb.  Mull now serves as the State Department's lead coordinator for Iran nuclear implementation.  Amb.  Mull's testimony and other discovery arises in a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that seeks records about the controversial employment status of Huma Abedin, former deputy chief of staff to Clinton.  The lawsuit was reopened because of revelations about the clintonemail.com system.

Exclusive: Emails Show State Dept.  Officials Were Warned Of Hillary Clinton Email Spin.  Newly released State Department emails show that in the days after Hillary Clinton's exclusive personal email use made international news, officials with the agency's legal department were urged by the former head of that division to make it clear that the bureau did not sign off on the former secretary of state's arrangement.  But that advice, which came from John Bellinger, the State Department's Legal Adviser during the George W. Bush administration, appears to have gone unheeded, at least publicly.  The State Department never publicly clarified that Clinton self-approved her personal email system.

Former US attorney:  Clinton aides' legal strategy is 'red flag'.  Four central figures in the FBI's criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton's email practices are all using the same lawyer, a move described as a "red flag" by a former U.S. attorney who now runs a government watchdog group.  Lawyer Beth Wilkinson is representing:  Clinton former chief of staff Cheryl Mills; policy adviser Jake Sullivan; media gatekeeper Philippe Reines; and former aide Heather Samuelson, who helped decide which Clinton emails were destroyed before turning over the remaining 30,000 records to the State Department.  "I think it would be a real red flag," Matthew Whitaker, executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, or FACT, told Fox News, in reference to the legal defense.  He suggested having a single lawyer would help the four Clinton aides align their stories for FBI interviews.

Secretary without honor.  Apologists for Hillary Clinton's alleged criminal mishandling of classified documents say that it doesn't matter, that she really did nothing wrong, or nothing significant.  But the real question is not so much what she did as how she has responded to being found out.

It's the Server, Stupid.  The State Department inspector general's conclusion that Hillary Clinton violated federal records law should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the controversy.  The IG report, released in late May, is devastating to Clinton's constantly shifting defenses of her misconduct.  And while the inspector general does not opine on the legality of her home-brewed email server under federal criminal law, the report outlines the factual predicate for criminal prosecution.

Did the FBI contact Clinton?  Hillary dodges question and answers that the agency hasn't requested an interview yet.  Hillary Clinton side-stepped a question this morning [6/5/2016] when asked if she had been contacted by the FBI regarding the agency's ongoing investigation into her emails.  'I have not been asked to come in for an interview,' Clinton told ABC 'This Week' host George Stephanopoulos, eschewing answering the original query of whether contact had been made.

Exclusive: General Jerry Boykin on Hillary Exposing Intelligence Sources: 'Lives Have Been Endangered... Punishable By Jail Time'.  Bush administration Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence General Jerry Boykin said that Hillary Clinton posting the names of CIA-protected intelligence agents on her private email server means that she must be indicted.  "What Hillary Clinton has done, I can tell you, it is... punishable by jail time.  I think ultimately she's going be indicted.  She has to be.  This cannot stand," Boykin said on Breitbart News Saturday [6/4/2016] [...]

Former defense official:  Clinton is the real 'danger'.  Former Defense Intelligence Agency Director retired Lt.  Gen Michael Flynn faulted Hillary Clinton's foreign policy experiences, classifying all of them as failures during a Thursday night [6/2/2016] interview on Fox News.  Flynn told host Greta Van Susteren he would describe presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump as a "more secure" commander in chief because Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, has a record of lying to the public.  "She talked about people who are dangerous.  I mean, a secretary of state who lies to the American public, a secretary of state who uses an unsecure email server to send and receive highly classified national security information, knowing that she is not doing the right thing," Flynn said.

Top Hillary aide suffers memory loss in deposition.  Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clinton's chief of staff during her four years as secretary of state, demonstrated a repeated inability to recall key information about her former boss's private, unsecured email server in a deposition with Judicial Watch, according to a 270-page transcript released Tuesday.  In testimony Friday [6/3/2016] that lasted seven hours, three attorneys representing Mills and four from the Justice Department interrupted Judicial Watch attorneys approximately 250 times, shouting "objection" to argue why Mills should not answer the question posed.  When Mills finally did answer, she responded "I don't recall" 40 times and "I don't know" to another 182 questions.

Judge Orders The Release Of More Emails From Hillary's Private Server.  Things are not looking up for Hillary Clinton.  After receiving a damning report from the Inspector General that she violated state policies by using an unsecured home-based email server while she was the Secretary of State, a federal judge has now ordered the Obama administration to release new emails before the Democratic Convention.  Judge Kitanji Brown released an order on Wednesday telling the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to hand over to the Republican National Committee (RNC) whatever they can by July 11.  This is in response to the RNC's public records lawsuit, which aims to find out whether the Clintons had an influence on USAID.  After handing over the documents, USAID is expected to cooperate with the State Department to examine hundreds of pages of other documents.  The information could be made public in the future.

Pathetic excuses and endless stonewalls:  The Clintons' version of the truth.  In her sworn testimony made public this week, longtime Clinton aide Cheryl Mills proved that Team Hillary won't give up an ounce of truth without a fight. [...] In fact, the record's clear that [Hillary] "went home-brew" precisely to frustrate Freedom of Information Act requests.  Worse, Clinton and her inner circle all signed agreements promising to safeguard classified info — then winked as the private server put those secrets at risk.  The rest of Mills' testimony was just as tendentious, including 40 answers of "I don't recall" and 182 of "I don't know."

Federal Judge Orders Clinton IT Witness To Produce Reported Immunity Agreement, Legal Basis for Fifth Amendment Claims.  Judicial Watch today [6/3/2016] announced that a court order was issued by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan requiring Bryan Pagliano, the Clinton State Department IT official who reportedly provided support for the Clinton email system, to produce to the court his reported immunity agreement and the legal basis for the Fifth Amendment claims he planned to assert in Judicial Watch's discovery into the Clinton email system.  The order delays Mr. Pagliano's deposition, which had been scheduled for Monday, June 6.

Clinton Email Scandal:  Hillary Could Face A 10-Year Prison Stint If Her Server Was Hacked.  [Scroll down]  In her early March press briefing, she had the following exchange:  Question:  "Were you ever ... specifically briefed on the security implications of using ... your own email server and using your personal address to email with the president?"  Clinton:  "I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email.  There is no classified material.  So I'm certainly well aware of the classification requirement and did not send classified material."  This is plainly a lie, since the initial investigation by Charles McCullough, the intelligence agencies' inspector general, found at least 1,000 classified documents on Clinton's server, with some two dozen of those classified as either Top Secret or SAP.  For those who don't know, SAP is even higher than Top Secret, and involves the most sensitive secrets the nation has.

Federal Judge Orders Clinton IT Witness To Produce Reported Immunity Agreement, Legal Basis for Fifth Amendment Claims.  Judicial Watch today [6/3/2016] announced that a court order was issued by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan requiring Bryan Pagliano, the Clinton State Department IT official who reportedly provided support for the Clinton email system, to produce to the court his reported immunity agreement and the legal basis for the Fifth Amendment claims he planned to assert in Judicial Watch's discovery into the Clinton email system.  The order delays Mr. Pagliano's deposition, which had been scheduled for Monday, June 6.

Cheryl Mills would prefer not to.  Kim Strassel has read the transcript of the deposition of Cheryl Mills in the case brought by Judicial Watch against the State Department under the Freedom of Information Act.  Although the transcript runs to 270 pages, it can't have taken long to review.  It also can't have been a pleasant experience.

Bad sign:  Republicans release signed documents from Clinton aides.  Senior Hillary Clinton aide Jake Sullivan and former tech support staffer Brian Pagliano each signed agreements with the government pledging not to disclose classified information, according to government documents released Thursday [6/2/2016] by Republicans.  Both men signed the nondisclosure statements swearing to protect 'marked or unmarked classified information, including email communications,' according to documents released by the Republican National Committee.

Does Bryan Pagliano Pleading The Fifth Mean Hillary Is More Likely To Be Deposed in Judicial Watch Case?  Bryan Pagliano's decision — revealed on Wednesday [6/1/2016] — to plead the fifth in a Judicial Watch deposition scheduled for next week leaves a huge void in the watchdog's efforts to get to the bottom of Hillary Clinton's private email arrangement.  But could it open up the door to the federal judge handling the lawsuit to allow the deposition of the former secretary of state?  U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan approved limited discovery of several Clinton aides and State Department officials earlier this year in the Judicial Watch suit.

Exclusive: Hillary Clinton Posted Names of Hidden Intelligence Officials On Her Email.  Hillary Clinton posted and shared the names of concealed U.S. intelligence officials on her unprotected email system.  Federal records reveal that Clinton swapped these highly classified names on an email account that was vulnerable to attack and was breached repeatedly by Russia-linked hacker attempts.  These new revelations — reminiscent of the Valerie Plame scandal during George W. Bush's tenure — could give FBI investigators the evidence they need to make a case that Clinton violated the Espionage Act by mishandling national defense information through "gross negligence."

Dark Clouds Gather Over Hillary Clinton.  Dan Metcalfe teaches secrecy law at American University's Washington College of Law.  He served as Director of the Justice Department's Office of Information and Privacy for more than 25 years, during which time he handled information-disclosure policy issues on dozens of Clinton Administration scandals.  He's a registered Democrat who says he will vote for Hillary Clinton in November "if she escapes indictment and manages to become the Democratic presidential nominee."  Metcalfe believes, however, that Clinton will be indicted, and should be, over the email scandal.

Hillary Clinton's chief email defense is false.  Hillary Clinton's chief defense of her email behavior is that she tried to forward her messages so they were captured by the State Department — but a Washington Times analysis found she clearly did that only a quarter of the time when she was corresponding with someone outside the department.  More often than not, when Mrs. Clinton was exchanging thoughts or policy memos with outsiders, their correspondence ended up in the digital black hole of her secret email system and were never forwarded to anyone else in the State Department.

Clinton aides promised to protect 'marked and unmarked' classified info.  The Republican National Committee (RNC) on Thursday released classified nondisclosure agreements signed by a pair of Hillary Clinton's State Department aides in which they promised to protect classified information.  The release of the documents from Jacob Sullivan and Bryan Pagliano comes hours before Clinton is set to deliver a major national security address attacking presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, and appear to be designed to undercut her claims to be the most responsible steward of American power.

Mastermind behind Hillary's email server won't answer questions.  Former State Department employee Bryan Pagliano, who set up Hillary Clinton's infamous home email server, will refuse to answer questions in an ongoing civil lawsuit and doesn't want to be videotaped invoking his Fifth Amendment rights, according to court documents obtained by The [New York] Post.

Clinton IT aide Pagliano to plead Fifth in email case.  The man who set up Hillary Clinton's private email server will assert his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination and refuse to answer questions over an open records lawsuit, according to court documents obtained Wednesday [6/1/2016] by Fox News.  Bryan Pagliano declined to answer questions from watchdog group Judicial Watch during his deposition scheduled for Monday, according to his lawyers.  His lawyers also asked a federal judge to block Judicial Watch from recording his deposition, stating that a written transcription should be enough.

Judge orders Obama administration to release new Clinton emails.  A federal judge has ordered the Obama administration to release new emails connected to Hillary Clinton before Democratic National Convention in July.  In an order late on Wednesday, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson told the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to hand over to the Republican National Committee (RNC) whatever records it could as part of an RNC's open-records lawsuit on July 11.  After that, USAID will need to consult with the State Department about hundreds of other pages of documents, which could be released at some point in the future.

Hillary's Potential Email Felonies.  While Hillary Clinton likes to appear unconcerned about her email scandal, her actions have the potential to invite serious Federal issues. [...] The contents of the Clinton private server have yet to be fully investigated.  However, if Hillary made any contact with any foreign agent or officer, such as booking speeches by Bill Clinton, she committed a Federal felony.  The FBI seem to be looking into the connections between her Charitable Foundation and her actions as Secretary of State.  And when she "allowed" Russia to control 20% of Canadian uranium in return for donations to the entity of her foundation, even indirectly, she violated §201.  The penalty for each offense is to be fined or imprisoned for two years or both.

Clinton IT aide to plead Fifth in email case.  The man believed to have set up and maintained Hillary Clinton's private email server will assert his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination and refuse to answer questions as part of an open records lawsuit against the State Department.  Bryan Pagliano will decline to answer questions from Judicial Watch, the conservative legal watchdog group, during a deposition scheduled for Monday, his lawyers wrote in a court filing on Wednesday afternoon [6/1/2016].  The move forecloses the possibility that Pagliano would break his months of silence about the server issue, even as scrutiny has intensified on his role.

Cheryl Mills Deposition — Clinton Email Was Not Subject to FOIA Inquiry.  Cheryl Mills testimony covered Clinton's use of emails; whether FOIA searches were done of Clinton emails, information about the set-up of the Clinton email server; Mills' communication with Clinton email witness Bryan Pagliano; Mills' involvement in prior Clinton email controversies; and the handling of politically sensitive FOIA responses.  Mills' attorneys directed her not to answer many questions.

Lawyers for Clinton aide block questioning on IT specialist who set up server.  Lawyers for senior Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills, during a nearly five-hour deposition last week in Washington, repeatedly objected to questions about IT specialist Bryan Pagliano's role in setting up the former secretary of state's private server.  According to a transcript of the deposition with watchdog group Judicial Watch released on Tuesday, Mills attorney Beth Wilkinson — as well as Obama administration lawyers — objected to the line of questioning about Pagliano, who has emerged as a central figure in the FBI's ongoing criminal probe of Clinton's email practices.  "I'm going to instruct her not to answer.  It's a legal question," Wilkinson responded, when asked by Judicial Watch whether Pagliano was an "agent of the Clintons" when the server was set up.

Clinton's chief of staff is quizzed about her secret email server — but can't answer questions because she is now Hillary's lawyer.  Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff discussed the Democratic hopeful's secret email server with the IT aide who set the system up, but can't talk about it because she's now Clinton's lawyer.  Aide-turned-attorney Cheryl Mills testified for five hours on Friday [5/27/2016] as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit launched by the conservative group Judicial Watch, which has been trying to get access to Clinton's emails during her tenure as secretary of state.

Former Top Clinton Aide Refuses to Answer Deposition Questions In FOIA Lawsuit.  The deposition transcript of Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff at the State Department was released on Tuesday [5/31/2016] by the legal watchdog group Judicial Watch.  Cheryl Mills sat for her deposition last Friday to answer questions as part of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch that seeks to determine whether the State Department acted in good faith in responding to Freedom of Information Act requests.

Judicial Watch Releases Former Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills Deposition Testimony.  Judicial Watch today [5/31/2016] released the deposition transcript of Cheryl D. Mills, Hillary Clinton's chief of staff throughout her four years as secretary of state. [...] Mills testimony covered Clinton's use of emails; whether FOIA searches were done of Clinton emails, information about the set-up of the Clinton email server; Mills' communication with Clinton email witness Bryan Pagliano; Mills' involvement in prior Clinton email controversies; and the handling of politically sensitive FOIA responses.  Mills' attorneys directed her not to answer many questions.

Report: Intel Community Concerned About Double Standard in Clinton E-Mail Investigation.  A new report on Monday [5/30/2016] that longtime Hillary Clinton aide, Cheryl Mills, kept her top secret security clearance despite sending classified information to the Clinton Foundation and to Clinton's private e-mail server has some current and former Intelligence Community and State Department personnel deeply concerned that a double standard is at play as it relates to the investigation into Clinton's e-mail.  According a Fox News report, in her position as Clinton's State Department chief of staff, Mills often forwarded e-mails to Clinton's personal account, including a Jan. 23, 2011 e-mail that contained classified information, as well as foreign government information that is considered "born classified."  Under normal circumstances, intelligence officials say it is standard practice to suspend a clearance pending the outcome of an investigation, yet Mills was allowed to maintain her top secret security clearance, according to congressional letters obtained by the network.

Hillary's Latest Excuse Is Her Worst Yet.  Clinton had long suggested that she wasn't the first government official to use a private e-mail address to conduct official business.  But in a memo sent over the weekend to big donors, Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, claimed that Clinton thought she was just following State Department tradition when setting up her home-brew server in the basement of her New York home.  "She believed she was following the practices of other Secretaries and senior officials," Podesta wrote in the memo, which BuzzFeed News obtained.  Podesta doesn't offer any evidence as to how Clinton arrived at this belief, presumably because there is none.

Lawyers for Clinton aide block questioning on IT specialist who set up server.  Lawyers for senior Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills, during a nearly five-hour deposition last week in Washington, repeatedly objected to questions about IT specialist Bryan Pagliano's role in setting up the former secretary of state's private server.  According to a transcript of the deposition with watchdog group Judicial Watch released on Tuesday [5/31/2016], Mills attorney Beth Wilkinson — as well as Obama administration lawyers — objected to the line of questioning about Pagliano, who has emerged as a central figure in the FBI's ongoing criminal probe of Clinton's email practices.

'I'd Expect More From You': Wallace Battles Guest on Hillary's Email Defense.  Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) joined Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" today, and things got heated while discussing the scathing IG report on Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.  The State Department audit found Hillary Clinton and previous secretaries of state at fault for their use of private email.  Lankford said that Clinton neither asked nor received permission to use a private server, adding that her violations were exacerbated by the fact that she conducted 100 percent of her electronic communication on the unapproved device.

Former State Dept. watchdog debunks central Clinton email claim.  The State Department's former top watchdog, in an interview with Fox News, rejected Hillary Clinton's repeated claims that her personal email use was in line with her predecessors' — while saying he would have immediately opened an investigation if he caught wind of a secretary of state using such an account.  Howard Krongard, a George W. Bush administration appointee who served as the State Department inspector general from April 2005 to January 2008, cited his own experience in challenging Clinton's insistence that her practices were nothing out of the ordinary.

Hillary and Staff May Have Blown Counterterrorism Ops With 'Sloppy' Communications.  A retired senior State Department military adviser claims that Hillary Clinton's "sloppy communications with her senior staff" when she was secretary of state may have compromised at least two counterterrorism operations.  Bill Johnson, who was the State Department's political adviser to the special operations section of the U.S. Pacific Command, or PACOM, in 2010 and 2011, says secret plans to eliminate the leader of a Filipino Islamist separatist group and intercept Chinese-made weapons components being smuggled into Iraq were repeatedly foiled.

Feds fight to prevent Clinton deposition in email case.  The Obama administration is trying to prevent former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from being deposed in an ongoing open records case connected to her use of a private email server.  Late Thursday evening [5/26/2016], the Justice Department filed a court motion opposing the Clinton deposition request from conservative legal watchdog Judicial Watch, claiming that the organization was trying to dramatically expand the scope of the lawsuit.  Judicial Watch is "seeking instead to transform these proceedings into a wide-ranging inquiry into matters beyond the scope of the court's order and unrelated to the FOIA request at issue in this case," government lawyers wrote in their filing, referring to the Freedom of Information Act.

State Dept.  Tries to Block Deposition of Hillary Clinton.  Attorneys for the U.S. Department of State are trying to block the deposition of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in a FOIA case that is making its way through federal court.  State Department attorneys believe the request to depose Clinton is "wholly inappropriate" given a ruling in another case.  This case involves a lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog organization.  The group had filed FOIA requests seeking information and talking points about the attacks of September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya.  In their response to a proposed order for discovery, the State Department contends that many of the depositions that the group is seeking would overlap with depositions scheduled to take place in another lawsuit filed by the same group.

Hillary Clinton should quit presidential race as email scandal engulfs her campaign.  On Thursday [5/26/2016], Joe Scarborough, the former Republican Congressman, was absent on his MSNBC morning show "Morning Joe."  His co-host, Mika Brzezinski, instead led a panel of guests including herself, Chuck Todd, and Andrea Mitchell — all of whom are far from excessively adversarial to the Clinton campaign.  In fact, I've criticized those very panelists often for being outrageously biased in their support of Clinton. [...] From the very beginning of the segment, it was clear that the report issued by inspector general of the State Department on the scandal, and the subsequent excuses issued by the Clinton campaign, had completely taken the wind out of Mika and the team.  They were equal parts miffed, exasperated, and disgusted — and sustained these emotions throughout the entire segment.

State Department official thought Clinton used personal email for 'family and friends'.  In a two-hour deposition with the conservative legal watchdog group Judicial Watch last week, Lewis Lukens also said he offered to set up a "stand-alone" computer for Clinton to check her personal email account, only to be told that she "does not know how to use a computer to do email."  Lukens' testimony was released Thursday [5/26/2016], the day after the State Department inspector general released a report criticizing Clinton's email setup, saying that it violated federal records rules and cybersecurity guidelines.  The FBI is investigating possible mishandling of classified information that passed through the server, which was set up in the basement of Clinton's Chappaqua, N.Y. home.

Shocking Deposition:  Hillary Clueless On Using Computer Emails.  As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton never used a password to protect her computer emails, and she was clueless about how regular emails work on a conventional computer, according to a deposition of a foreign service officer at the State Department.  She also continued to push for the use of her personal Blackberry phone in the Secretary's highly-secured government suite even though National Security Agency (NSA) regulations barred its use in that office.

Guccifer may have Hillary emails stashed online.  The Romanian hacker known as Guccifer has agreed to plead guilty to cybercrime, likely as part of deal with federal prosecutors.  Guccifer, whose real name is Marcel Lazar, revealed in early 2014 to a reporter for The Smoking Gun that he had stored large numbers of documents on Google Drive.  The TSG reporter subsequently reviewed these files, which contained email messages, photos, videos and other documents which he had stolen from several high profile people.  Lazar also hacked into Hillary confidante Sidney Blumenthal's email account and revealed the existence of Hillary's private email server.  Lazar also claimed to have hacked into Hillary's email server, but thus far has not offered any proof of doing so.  It may be that Lazar has additional files on Google Drive or other web servers where he stored Hillary's emails that he can now share with the FBI as part of the plea deal.

Hacker who claims he breached Clinton server pleads guilty, strikes deal with feds.  The Romanian hacker who claimed he easily breached Hillary Clinton's email server pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to two counts of computer hacking charges, as part of a deal with the Justice Department.  In exchange for a reduced sentence, Marcel Lehel Lazar — also known as Guccifer — has agreed to cooperate with federal authorities in the future.  Lazar pleaded guilty to the unauthorized access of a protected computer and aggravated identity theft, counts tied to his illegal intrusion into systems belonging to former U.S. government officials, including former Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.  Under the deal, Lazar faces seven years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.

Does this DOJ memo hint that criminal action against Hillary is forthcoming?  A new filing by the Justice Department contains a key phrase that some might construe as a hint that criminal prosecution is being planned for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.  Last week, Vice News reporter Jason Leopold formally protested the classification of an FBI declaration that provided details about the investigation into how sensitive information ended up on Clinton's private email server.  The Justice Department submitted the declaration as part of "a secret filing," but a U.S. District Court judge ordered them to publicly submit a redacted copy of the document or at least "show cause why" that isn't possible.

Romanian hacker who says he breached Clinton server finalizing plea deal.  It is not publicly known whether the deal being worked out has a provision for cooperating with federal authorities — and whether that has anything to do with the investigation into Clinton's exclusive use of a private email server for government business while secretary of state.  But an intelligence source familiar with the FBI probe said if Guccifer pleads guilty to compromising Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal's AOL account — which is one of the nine charges — it will show that Clinton's use of a personal server put sensitive information outside secure government channels and made it accessible to foreign hackers.

Hillary Clinton Should Testify Under Oath.  Our investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email system entered a significant new phase this week.  We announced a schedule of depositions of her top aides, Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, as well as top State Department official Patrick Kennedy, and former State IT employee Bryan Pagliano.  Their testimony is about the creation and operation of Clinton's non-government email system.  The first witness, Lewis A. Lukens, a deputy assistant secretary, was deposed on May 18. I can't say much about the testimony at this point, other than to tell you that it was not helpful to either Mrs. Clinton or the Obama State Department.  U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan set this historic evidence gathering in motion.  Judge Sullivan granted us "discovery" into Clinton's email system, noting that "based on information learned during discovery, the deposition of Mrs. Clinton may be necessary."

Will Obama Indict Clinton to Save his Party?  [Scroll down]  I don't believe for a moment that Obama has any personal investment in Hillary Clinton becoming President — he'd personally be just as happy with Bernie if not more so.  Moreover, his own Justice Department is allegedly threatening open mutiny if action is not taken against Clinton after the probe into her private email server is completed.  If Clinton were in a strong position for the general election, no doubt Obama would order Lynch to softpedal any action that lands on Clinton herself, no matter what the facts say.  However, Obama can read the polls as well as anyone, and he knows that Sanders would walk all over Donald Trump, whereas Clinton might well find herself in a dogfight.  At this point, an indictment of Clinton might well seem like an escape hatch for President Obama.

Judicial Watch President:  State Dept.  Official's Deposition Was 'Embarrassing' For Hillary.  The president of the watchdog group Judicial Watch says that information that a former State Department official provided about Hillary Clinton and her private email system in a lawsuit deposition conducted on Wednesday [5/18/2016] will be embarrassing for the former secretary of state.  Tom Fitton, whose group is suing the State Department, says he is restricted in what he can legally say about an interview conducted with Lewis Lukens, who served as deputy assistant secretary of state and the executive directory of the secretariat during Clinton's tenure.  But the Judicial Watch president did tell The Daily Caller that Clinton will not be pleased with the information he provided.  "The testimony was not helpful for Clinton or the State Department," Fitton told The [Daily Caller] in a phone interview.

13 Incompetent Failures in the Obama Administration.  The former secretary of State not only stored classified email on an insecure server (thus making it much more likely that foreigners would be able to hack sensitive intel), but she also lied and continues to lie about it.  As more and more details came out in the past year or so, the scandal has appeared gravely criminal, but media outlets continue to misrepresent the situation.

Ex-Clinton aides to give depositions in email server lawsuit.  Cheryl Mills, the former chief of staff, and Huma Abedin, her deputy chief of staff, are among depositions set up by Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act case.  U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled May 4 that the conservative group could depose six current and former senior Clinton and department aides in the group's lawsuit in a 2013 public records request for information about Abedin's employment.

Judicial Watch Announces the Schedule for Deposition Testimony in Clinton Email Lawsuit.  Judicial Watch announced today [5/17/2016] that it has scheduled the depositions of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's top aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, as well as top State Department official Patrick Kennedy, and former State IT employee Bryan Pagliano regarding the creation and operation of Clinton's non-government email system.  The first witness, Lewis A. Lukens, will be deposed on Wednesday, May 18.

"Crooked Hillary" Hides Email Deletions Behind Attorney-Client Privilege.  Hillary is apparently now claiming attorney-client privilege about her covert decision to delete certain emails from her server and retain others.  She doesn't want us to know what criteria she used to determine which emails disappeared and which ones she decided to make public.  She clearly doesn't want us to see those emails that she deemed to be personal — if they are personal.  How do we know that?  Because Cheryl Mills walked out of her FBI interview last week after an FBI agent had the nerve to ask about how the decision was made about deleting the emails.  Mills claimed that there was an agreement not to ask her about it because of the attorney-client privilege.  She came back, but was not required to testify about the deletions.  It's important to remember that only the client can invoke attorney-client privilege — and that's clearly what Hillary has done.

Hillary Clinton's Long History of Hiding Documents.  It doesn't matter.  That's what some in the media have insisted about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's decision to use her own private server and email address to avoid public scrutiny for her entire tenure.  David Brock, wild-haired henchman for Hillary Clinton at the Clinton-backed Media Matters for America, appeared on MSNBC today [3/4/2015] to play defense.  He demanded that The New York Times retract their story on Hillary's hidden emails.  "There is no violation of law here, Joe, that I can see whatsoever," Brock insisted.

Depositions Start This Week In Hillary Email Lawsuit.  The first interview will be conducted on Wednesday [5/18/2016] with Lewis Lukens, the former deputy assistant secretary of state and executive director of the Executive Secretariat.  Next week, on May 27, Judicial Watch's lawyers will depose Clinton's former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills.  Bryan Pagliano, the information technology specialist who managed Clinton's email system, will be deposed on June 6 and Huma Abedin, Clinton's "body woman," will be interviewed on June 28.  The watchdog will interview two other State Department officials — former executive secretary of state Stephen Mull and under secretary for management Patrick Kennedy — next month.

Is Obama's Stonewall Strategy Blowing Up In Hillary's Face?  As we have observed many times, the Obama administration's response to scandals, investigations and inquiries has been invariable:  it stonewalls them.  And the Obama Stonewall Strategy has been highly successful. [...] But in the dying days of the Obama administration, one of its chief obstructionists, Hillary Clinton, may finally pay a price for the administration's chronic lack of transparency.  On May 4, Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan signed an order permitting Judicial Watch to take depositions of Hillary's key aides in Judicial Watch, Inc. v.  Department of State.

CNN: Email Investigation Worries Clinton Campaign Most Because They Can't Control It.  CNN reporter Jeff Zeleny said Sunday that the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server has her campaign worried the most because it has no control over the outcome.  CNN anchor John Berman asked Zeleny whether the new movie version of Peter Schweizer's book Clinton Cash debuting at the Cannes Film Festival would concern the Clintons.  The movie brings Schweizer's book and its allegations against the Clinton Foundation as an unscrupulous slush fund to the big screen.

You Know Those Missing Hillary Emails? Russia Might Leak 20,000 of Them.  Hillary Clinton sits at the center of a raging firestorm concerning her arrangement of a private email account and server set up in her home — from which top secret information may have been deleted.  But despite Bernie Sanders' apparent annoyance with the "d*** emails," the scandal just exponentially intensified, when Judge Andrew Napolitano revealed on Monday that Russia has possession of around 20,000 of Clinton's emails — leaving open the possibility her deletions might not have been permanent after all.

Group seeks to force Hillary Clinton to testify under oath about emails.  A conservative legal group asked a judge Monday to order Hillary Clinton to face deposition under oath about her role in creating the secret email account she used as secretary of state at the State Department.  Judicial Watch had previously won the right to question her top aides, but the group says it now wants to question Mrs. Clinton herself about her decision to use a non-State.gov account to conduct all of her official business.

Hillary Clinton, the Conveniently Negligent Queen.  As a bewildered, polarized nation awaits, may Attorney General Loretta Lynch lay down the law — sort of; "We do all our reviews, investigations of any matter carefully, thoroughly, and efficiently.  And when the matter is ready for resolution, a recommendation will be made and we'll come to a decision at that time and I'm not able to give you a prediction.  Sorry."  Sorry indeed.  Spare a thought for the army immersed in the Hillary Clinton subterranean server FBI saga, dissecting a web of tens of thousands of cyberspace "transactions".  Yet the True Detective-style plot boils down to two investigative highways:  mishandling of classified information; and those eyebrow-raising sums — tens of millions of dollars — feeding the Clinton Foundation's piggy bank while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, a phenomenon Clintonistas would arguably define as a "grey area".

Clinton E-mail Trove Likely in Russian Hands.  Thousands of e-mails from Hillary Clinton's private, unsecured server, created while she served as Secretary of State, are reportedly in the possession of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR). The SVR is said to have gained access to the e-mails, of which it made copies, through its monitoring of a Romanian computer hacker named Marcel Lazăr Lehel (aka Guccifer).  Guccifer had learned about the existence of Hillary Clinton's private e-mail account after accessing the e-mails of her close confidante and informal adviser, Sidney Blumenthal, with whom Hillary had extensive correspondence during her term as Secretary of State.

Clinton E-mails:  Is the Fix In?  There was an extraordinary report in Tuesday's [5/10/2016] Washington Post about the Clinton e-mail investigation.  It involved the government's interview of longtime Clinton consigliere Cheryl Mills.  It details how Justice Department attorneys made an agreement with Mills's attorney to cut off questioning about a key aspect of the case.

Former Top DOJ Official:  Clinton Likely Committed 'Biggest Violation of Federal Records Act in History'.  When most people hear the phrase, "violates the law," or "is contrary to law," or perhaps even the word "unlawful," they tend to think that the conduct involved is a violation of some criminal law for which there are criminal penalties.  But some laws and legal obligations are only civil in nature, for which there exist only monetary or administrative sanctions at best.  Such is the case with federal records laws such as the Federal Records Act and the Freedom of Information Act, which govern the conduct of federal employees and officials, even that of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  What's more, the civil sanctions provided in these laws can be applied only to people who still remain federal employees at the time at which their violation is discovered and acted upon.  In other words, if you violate these laws and then leave government service quickly enough, you are beyond the reach of their penalties.

Interpreting the Latest Clinton Email Scandal Tea Leaves.  The most recent revelatory tea leaves available to interpret in the Clinton email scandal give us a bit more to go on.  Those recent events are the Cheryl Mills FBI interview and FBI Director James Comey's recent comments on Clinton's characterization of the investigation as a "security inquiry."  In order of probability we can assume the following from these events: [...]

Video: Jake Tapper fact checks Hillary Clinton on her email server claims — brutally.  [Scroll down]  The rules allowed for some communications in other channels, but as Jake [Tapper] points out, they also required that all such communications be stored inside government control.  That never happened until 21 months after Clinton left office when the server became public knowledge.  And even if such a thing wasn't flatly prohibited it was still unusual in the extreme and "frowned upon."  Of course, that only applies to the original decision to use a private server as her sole channel of communications.  Failing to store all the communications inside the government system takes it to another level.

DNC Chairwoman Schultz claims Clinton 'not the target' of FBI probe.  Even in the face of the FBI boss scoffing at Hillary Clinton's description of the "investigation" into her email practices as a "security inquiry," the head of the Democratic Party is now insisting the front-running Democratic presidential candidate isn't even a focus of the probe. "Secretary Clinton isn't even a target of this inquiry, investigation, whatever 'I' word you want to use," Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz told Fox News on Friday [5/13/2016].  Asked to back up her statement, Schultz said she's "repeatedly been told that" — though she did not say who might have told her.

DOJ that donated tens of thousands to Hillary certain to treat her crimes with the utmost of objectivity.  In what appears to be a super-sized potential conflict of interest, Clinton, a pathological, self-serving liar who doesn't mind if Americans die to further her political ambitions, has accepted almost $75,000 in campaign contributions in the current election cycle from employees at the Justice Department, the cabinet bureau that will eventually decide whether to prosecute the Benghazi bungler for her use of a hacker-friendly home-brew email server while top U.S. diplomat.  The server is at the heart of the scandal over Clinton's mishandling of an Islamic terrorist attack in militant-infested Benghazi, Libya on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 that left four Americans, including U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens, dead.  Even now, almost four years after the assault, the Obama administration has failed to provide an autopsy report about Stevens who was initially reported to have been ritualistically sodomized before being murdered by Muslim terrorists.

Stephanopoulos Claims Hillary 'Turned Over All the E-Mails in Her Possession'.  While grilling Donald Trump during Friday's [5/13/2016] Good Morning America on whether he would release his tax returns, co-host George Stephanopoulos laughably held up his former boss Hillary Clinton as a model of transparency:  "...you said you would release your tax returns when Secretary Clinton released her e-mails.  She has turned over all the e-mails in her possession."  Trump countered:  "She didn't turn over all, there's plenty missing.  I read yesterday where there are a lot of e-mails missing.  Don't — I know she's a good friends of yours and I know you worked for them and you didn't reveal it.  But you know, she did not turn over her e-mails.  There are a lot of e-mails missing."

Ex-DoJ Official:  FBI has more than one way to bag Clinton associates.  The FBI is probably going to be successful in seeking charges against at least some of Hillary Clinton's associates, according to a former Justice Department official, if not Clinton herself.  If it isn't because of classified information, he suggested, it will be because they talk too much and are ill-equipped to defend against charges of public corruption.  "My sense is that the bureau will refer a criminal case over," Matthew Whitaker, who served as a U.S. attorney under President George W. Bush, told the Washington Examiner.  "I don't know if it's going to be against Hillary Clinton or others in the inner circle who were actually doing the work of taking classified documents and stripping off information, but my sense is that there will be people charged in this case."

Is Hillary's E-mail Nightmare About to Explode?  Negative headlines about Clinton's e-mails have seemed to be reaching critical mass in recent days.  On Monday [5/9/2016], the State Department revealed that it couldn't find any e-mails from Bryan Pagliano, Clinton's senior I.T. staffer when she was secretary of state.  Pagliano had been responsible for setting up Clinton's private server in the basement of her home in Chappaqua, making his testimony and communications central to the F.B.I. probe into any potential wrongdoing, yet four years' worth of his e-mails had mysteriously disappeared.

FBI's Comey:  Not a 'security review' of Clinton server, it's an investigation.  FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday he feels "pressure" to complete the federal investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server competently and quickly.  However, Comey said the pressure is similar to other high-profile cases the bureau handles such as terrorism investigations.  "We want to do it well and we want to do it promptly.  I feel pressure to do both of those things," Comey told reporters during a roundtable at FBI headquarters.  "As between the two things, we will always choose 'well.'"

Watchdog: New Emails Show Clinton Knew About Security Risks of Private BlackBerry.  Emails obtained by the watchdog group Judicial Watch indicate that Hillary Clinton was aware of the security risks of communicating over a private BlackBerry, the organization said on Thursday [5/12/2016].  Judicial Watch released nearly 300 pages of State Department records on Thursday, including an email that showed Clinton acknowledging security restrictions on her BlackBerry use and another in which Clinton declined to use a secure line to talk to an aide.  In a Feb. 27, 2009, email from Clinton to Dr.  Mark Hyman, a health care advocate, the secretary of state told him that she had not replied to a prior email because she was not allowed to use her BlackBerry in her State Department office.

New Clinton Emails Reveal Clinton Knew about Security Risk of Private Blackberry, Avoided Use of Secure Phone.  Judicial Watch today [5/12/2016] released 296 pages of new State Department documents, including a February 27, 2009, email in which the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apologized to health care activist/physician Mark Hyman for failing to respond to a message because, "no blackberry contact permitted in my office."  The new documents also contain a February 22, 2009, email exchange between Clinton and her then-Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, trying to communicate over a secure line after Clinton returned from a trip (evidently to Asia). Unable to set up a secure communication, Clinton told Mills, "I called ops and they gave me your 'secure' cells... but only got a high-pitched whining sound."  When Mills suggested that Clinton try the secure line again, the former secretary wrote back, "I give up.  Call me on my home #."

Former DOJ Official:  Email Case Against Hillary Clinton 'Stinks To High Heaven'.  Hillary Clinton is coming under pressure, as federal investigators question her top aides about the private email scandal that is haunting the former Secretary of State's campaign for the presidency.  Clinton is still reeling from news that her former staffer Bryan Pagliano's emails are not in the possession of the State Department.  Pagliano, who installed Clinton's private server, pleaded the Fifth Amendment to avoid self-incrimination in the growing criminal investigation.

Clinton Email Scandal:  Now A Key Witness' Emails Have Mysteriously Vanished.  The latest twist is news that four years' worth of State Department emails from Clinton's top IT staffer, Bryan Pagliano, can't be found.  "The Department has searched for Mr. Pagliano's email pst file and has not located one that covers the time period of Secretary Clinton's tenure," said State's Elizabeth Trudeau.  State was, however, able to find Pagliano emails for his "recent work at the Department as a contractor, but the files are from after Secretary Clinton left the Department."

Guess who's covering up the tracks of Hillary's email scandal?  The emails that the State Department yesterday [5/9/2016] told the Republican National Committee cannot be found are the ones sent and received by Clinton former aide, Bryan Pagliano — the person who set up Clinton's private server and email apparatus who was granted immunity to testify in March, 2016.  Having been granted the immunity he sought, his emails go missing?  How convenient!

Cheryl Mills walks out on interview with FBI and Justice Department over Hillary's emails.  There are tantalizing signs that the FBI struck a nerve during an interview with close Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills, conducted jointly by the FBI and Department of Justice.  And that the Department of Justice is acting on Hillary's behalf to quell the flames.  The account of the incident by Matt Zapotosky of the Washington Post, which broke the story, was frustratingly vague.

Cheryl Mills walked out on FBI interview after question about email sorting procedure.  [Scroll down]  The fact that the procedures used to sort Clinton's email is such a big secret is certainly not without irony.  Clinton may not have devoted much thought or care to keeping her correspondence secure from hackers, at least one of whom has claimed he gained access to the site, but she certainly put a lot of thought into making sure no one could gainsay her decisions about those deleted emails.

Comey rebuffs Clinton claim FBI only conducting 'security inquiry' on emails.  Hillary Clinton for months has downplayed the FBI investigation into her private email server and practices as a mere "security inquiry."  But when asked Wednesday [5/11/2016] by Fox News about Clinton's characterization of the bureau's probe, FBI Director James Comey said he doesn't know what "security inquiry" means — adding, "We're conducting an investigation. ... That's what we do."  The FBI director reiterated that he's "not familiar with the term security inquiry" when told that is the phrase Clinton has used.  As for the timeline for the investigation, Comey, during a briefing with reporters, said he prefers doing the investigation "well" over promptly and said he's not "tethered" to a schedule.

State Department says it can't find emails from Clinton IT specialist.  The State Department told the Republican National Committee that it could not find any emails to or from Hillary Clinton's former IT specialist, who managed her private email server during her tenure as secretary of state before going on to work for the agency, according to a court filing made public Monday [5/9/2016].  The government's revelation in U.S. District Court in Washington came in answer to a lawsuit by the Republican National Committee.  The RNC had sued over its public records request for all work-related emails sent to or received by Clinton's former aide, Bryan Pagliano, between 2009 and 2013, the years of Clinton's tenure as America's top diplomat.  The lawsuit also pressed for other State Department records from the Clinton era.

AG Lynch says she cannot make 'prediction' about timing of Clinton probe.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday she could not make any "prediction" about the timing of a final resolution to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  Asked at a news conference if the clock had run out against taking action against Clinton in light of the advanced election schedule, Lynch replied, "We do all our reviews, investigations of any matter carefully, thoroughly, and efficiently.  And when the matter is ready for resolution, a recommendation will be made and we'll come to a decision at that time and I'm not able to give you a prediction.  Sorry."

Source: Clinton IT specialist revealing server details to FBI, 'devastating witness'.  Former Hillary Clinton IT specialist Bryan Pagliano, a key witness in the email probe who struck an immunity deal with the Justice Department, has told the FBI a range of details about how her personal email system was set up, according to an intelligence source close to the case who called him a "devastating witness."  The source said Pagliano told the FBI who had access to the former secretary of state's system — as well as when — and what devices were used, amounting to a roadmap for investigators.

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I'll be deeply disillusioned about the FBI if it turns out that the FBI actually learned something from Mr. Pagliano that they didn't already know.

Sid Blumenthal Continues To Assist Clinton:  Won't Say If FBI Has Interviewed Him.  Hillary Clinton's longtime friend and off-the-books intel provider Sidney Blumenthal claimed in an interview on Monday [5/9/2016] that he is all in favor of transparency, but refused to say if he has been interviewed by the FBI as part of its ongoing investigation into the former secretary of state's private email server.  "Have you been interviewed by the FBI yet on this matter?" MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews asked Blumenthal, who sent and received hundreds of the emails contained in the State Department's release of Clinton emails.  "Well, I'm — you know, I really don't want to talk about an ongoing inquiry right now," stammered Blumenthal, who worked at the Clinton Foundation and several other Clinton-linked organizations while Hillary Clinton was in office.

From Whitewater to Benghazi:  A Clinton-Scandal Primer.  Back in early March, The New York Times reported that the FBI would be interviewing Hillary Clinton and her top aides about her private email server within the coming weeks.  A source told the paper the investigation would probably conclude by early May, at which point the Justice Department would be left to decide whether to file charges against Clinton or anyone else, and what charges to file.  The final decision rests with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  Then things went quiet for a while.  On Monday [5/2/2016] — fully two months after the Times report — Clinton even told Andrea Mitchell that the FBI hadn't contacted her for an interview about the server.  What gives?

Emails From Hillary Clinton's IT Director at State Department Appear to Be Missing.  The State Department said today [5/9/2016] it can't find any of Bryan Pagliano's emails from the time he served as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's senior information technology staffer during her tenure there.  Pagliano would have been required to turn over any official communications from his work account before he left the government.  State Department officials say he had an official email account, but that they can't find any of those records and continue to search for them.

Hillary's latest email lie didn't even last a week.  On Tuesday [5/3/2016], MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell asked her outright:  "Have you been contacted — or your representatives contacted — by the FBI to set up an interview" over her e-mail mess?  Clinton gave a flat "no."  Two days later, news broke that the FBI has already interviewed Clinton's closest confidant, Huma Abedin, and other top aides.  And officials close to the probe say Hillary's to be interviewed in the next few weeks — which means she's surely been contacted.

Hillary to Face FBI Interrogators Within Weeks.  As CBS reports, a source has confirmed that Hillary Clinton will be interviewed by the FBI within the coming weeks, in connection with the investigation into her private email server.  As reported last night, Hillary's top aide, Huma Abedin was interviewed by the FBI at its Washington field office in April.  The FBI and Justice Department have been investigating whether sensitive information that flowed through Clinton's email server was mishandled.

Clinton's Mother's Day present?  FBI close to end of investigation.  At one point in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private bathroom email server, reporters were able to coax an unnamed "FBI official" into saying that Hillary Clinton was "not the target" of the investigation.  It's a line which all of her defenders, including the White House, have stuck to like glue.  But now the end days of this long process appear to be upon us and that line of defense is crumbling quickly.

Romanian hacker who claims he breached Clinton server says he spoke with FBI at length.  The Romanian hacker who says he easily breached Hillary Clinton's personal email server also claimed, in a series of interviews with Fox News, that he spoke with the FBI at length on the plane when extradited from Romania to Virginia last month.  "They came after me, a guy from the FBI, from the State Department," 44-year-old Marcel Lehel Lazar, who goes by the moniker "Guccifer," told Fox News during a jailhouse phone interview. [...] A government source confirmed that the hacker had a lot to say on the plane but provided no other details.  Lazar was flown to the U.S. to face separate cyber-crime charges.

The real reason the FBI interviewed Hillary's closet aide.  Fox News has confirmed that the FBI has interviewed Huma Abedin, top aide to Hillary Clinton, as part of its investigation into Clinton's use of a private email and whether classified information was willfully transmitted on her unsecured network. [...] Abedin is a valued source of information because she apparently used an email on Clinton's private system.  She may have voiced concerns about whether the server was violating the law or, equally important, discussed how the law could be circumvented.  She and other staffers were surely questioned about the 2,200 classified communications contained on the server, including the 22 documents that were "top secret".  How did they end up on the unauthorized system?  Did the aides have clearance to read them?  Didn't they know they were classified?  Were classified markings erased?  Who decided to delete thousands of emails which were government property?  Who ordered the server to be "wiped clean"?

Get ready for a report about 'Hillary Clinton:  Inadvertent Lawbreaker'.  According to reports on the progress of the Clinton investigation, by the time it's all over she might get a new kickass campaign slogan out of it:  "Hillary 2016: She'll only break laws accidentally!" [...] Obviously the final determination has yet to be made, but I won't be surprised if it goes along the "she didn't willfully break the law" path.  That's been the Clintons wheelhouse for decades.

Officials: Scant evidence that Clinton had malicious intent in handling of emails.  Prosecutors and FBI agents investigating Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email server have so far found scant evidence that the leading Democratic presidential candidate intended to break classification rules, though they are still probing the case aggressively with an eye on interviewing Clinton herself, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.  FBI agents on the case have been joined by federal prosecutors from the same office that successfully prosecuted 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui — and who would handle any Edward Snowden case, should he ever return to the country, according to the U.S. officials familiar with the matter.  And in recent weeks, prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Virginia and their FBI counterparts have been interviewing top Clinton aides as they seek to bring the case to a close.

Federal judge says Hillary might have to answer server-gate questions under oath: 'The deposition of Mrs. Clinton may be necessary'.  Hillary Clinton could be called on to testify about her secret server and email set-up just as she enters the home stretch of her fight for the Democratic nomination.  A federal judge ordered senior State Department aides to deliver statements under oath about the unusual arrangement and whether they acted in 'good faith' during a Freedom of Information Act Request by potentially omitting emails from the clintonemail.com system.  Judge Emmet Sullivan also said 'based on information learned during discovery, the deposition of Mrs. Clinton may be necessary.'

Clinton aide interviewed in email investigation.  The FBI has interviewed Huma Abedin, a close aide to Hillary Clinton, as part of a federal investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state, a person familiar with the probe said Thursday [5/5/2016].

Judicial Watch Lawsuit Uncovers More Hillary Clinton Emails Withheld from State Department.  Judicial Watch today [5/5/2016] released new State Department emails (one batch of 103 pages, the second of 138 pages) that again appear to contradict statements by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that, "as far as she knew," all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department and that she did not use her clintonemail.com system until March 18, 2009.  Judicial Watch recently released Clinton State Department emails dating from February 2009 that also call into question her statements about her emails.

Did NBC Sit on Guccifer Claims on Hacking Hillary Server?  Romanian hacker Marcel Lazar AKA "Guccifer" told FNC's Catherine Herridge that accessing Hillary Clinton's server was "easy.  For me, for everybody."  But Herridge, who appeared on Wednesday's [5/4/2016] Kelly File to discuss the bombshell accusation, wasn't the only reporter with the story.  A May 5 NBC News online story reported the Romanian hacker revealed "in an exclusive interview" with correspondent Cynthia McFadden that Clinton's server was "like an open orchid on the Internet."  However, as PowerLine's Scott Johnson pointed out, "NBC interviewed Guccifer during his pre-extradition detention in Romania.  That means the reported interview took place at least a month ago."

Hillary Clinton Is A Danger To The United States.  On Wednesday [5/4/2016], the Romanian hacker "Guccifer" (aka Marcel Lehel Lazar) said that he had breached Hillary Clinton's private email server.  "As far as I remember, yes, there were... up to 10, like, IPs from other parts of the world," said Lazar.  He said that Hillary's server was "completely unsecured... like an open orchid on the internet."  Hillary, a criminal who should be making claims from her prison cell, quickly fought back, with her team stating, "There is absolutely no basis to believe the claims made by this criminal from his prison cell."  They added, "It is unfathomable that he would have gained access to her emails and not leaked them the way he did to his other victims."  In other words, the Clinton camp won't even maintain that the emails were secure.  They simply say that the fact that the emails aren't public shows that they were never hacked — an insanely stupid defense that must have lawyers everywhere cringing.

Huma and Hillary: sign of conflict in newly released email?  Judicial Watch released more Hillary emails that were withheld from State Department after she claimed to have turned over all of them.  This contradicts earlier sworn statements and raises potential legal issues.

Why was news just leaked that Huma Abedin was questioned by FBI a month ago?  The Clinton spin machine went into high gear yesterday [5/5/2016].  A series of leaks to the media cascaded out a day after Catherine Herridge of Fox News broke the story that Romanian hacker Guccifer told her that he had easily been able to hack into her private email server, and browse through the emails that we now know contained material of the highest classification.  Notably, NBC News had access to this information earlier, but sat on it for weeks, leaving the scoop to Fox News, which is bizarre behavior for a purported news organization.  But then again, other mainstream media largely have ignored the Fox scoop.

Romanian hacker Guccifer:  I breached Clinton server, 'it was easy'.  The infamous Romanian hacker known as "Guccifer," speaking exclusively with Fox News, claimed he easily — and repeatedly — breached former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's personal email server in early 2013.  "For me, it was easy ... easy for me, for everybody," Marcel Lehel Lazar, who goes by the moniker "Guccifer," told Fox News from a Virginia jail where he is being held.

Deadlines loom for answers in Clinton email probe as U.S. judge sets discovery.  A federal judge on Wednesday [5/4/2016] directed State Department officials and top aides to Hillary Clinton to answer questions under oath by June 29 about whether they intentionally thwarted federal open-records laws by allowing Clinton's use of a private email server throughout her tenure as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

Judge orders top Hillary Clinton aides to answer questions about secret emails.  A federal judge on Wednesday [5/4/2016] ordered Hillary Clinton's top aides to answer questions about her secret email server, including detailing who made the decision to set it up and whether it was intended to thwart open records laws.  Top Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl D. Mills will be deposed, as will Bryan Pagliano, who reportedly maintained the clintonemail.com server and Mrs. Clinton's email account tied to the secret system.  Mrs. Clinton herself could also have to answer questions in the open records case brought by Judicial Watch, according to Judge Emmet G. Sullivan's order — though he said a decision on that would be made later.

Bernstein: There Will Be 'Very Damaging' Leaks From Hillary Email Investigation, Her Actions Reckless and Entitled.  On Wednesday's [5/4/2016] "CNN Tonight," Journalist and author Carl Bernstein stated that there would be "very damaging" leaks from the investigation into Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email, and described her conduct as "what she did was an act of recklessness, and entitlement, that there's no excuse for."  Bernstein began by stating that in the general election "all bets are off," including the usual GOP-Dem breakdown as an important factor, celebrity might be more important than ideology, and "TMZ, Drudge, new media, [are] going to have a huge role in this, much more than the usual, fact-based media."

Clinton Campaign Made Payments to Hard Drive and Document Destruction Company.  The Hillary Clinton campaign made multiple payments to a company that specializes in hard drive and document destruction, campaign finance records show.  The payments, which were recorded in February and March of 2016, went to the Nevada-based American Document Destruction, Inc., which claims expertise in destroying hard drives or "anything else that a hard drive can come from."  "Our hard drive destruction procedures take place either at your site or at our secure facility in Sparks, NV," the company's website states.  "This decision is yours to decide based on cost and convenience to you.  In either situation, the hard drive will be destroyed by a shredding."

Clinton emails 'far more egregious' than data breach that has Marine officer facing dismissal.  A Marine officer fighting dismissal for mishandling classified material on his computer has filed a complaint in federal court.  He charges that Marine generals unfairly singled him out, citing statistics that show Marines often wrongly stored classified information and went unpunished.  Marine Reserve Maj.  Jason Brezler's lawsuit does not mention Mrs. Clinton, whose handling of secrets on her private server as secretary of state is under FBI investigation.  But legal observers say that if the military can impose harsh punishment on a war veteran for keeping secrets in the wrong computer, then the FBI, in fairness, should cast a critical eye on Mrs. Clinton and her stash of information that the intelligence community says contained top-secret data.

Hillary Clinton's Damning Emails.  [Scroll down]  During an interview last September, [Edward] Snowden was asked to respond to the revelations about highly classified material showing up on Clinton's personal server:  "When the unclassified systems of the United States government, which has a full-time information security staff, regularly gets hacked, the idea that someone keeping a private server in the renovated bathroom of a server farm in Colorado is more secure is completely ridiculous."  Asked if Clinton "intentionally endangered US international security by being so careless with her email," Snowden said it was not his place to say.  Nor, it would seem, is it President Barack Obama's place to say, especially considering that the FBI is actively investigating Clinton's security breach.  But Obama has said it anyway.

Lynch: No deadline for Clinton email probe.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch said there's no deadline for concluding the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, and said setting a deadline would only make the probe less thorough.  "People have to have confidence that we treat every case the same, no matter who's last name is involved, no matter how much publicity it gets," Lynch said in an interview on PBS' "Charlie Rose."

Hillary Clinton's Unencrypted Personal Email Server May Have Led to Benghazi Attack.  There's an important article over at Consortium News by longtime CIA analyst Ray McGovern, who prepared Presidential Daily Briefings for presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan, and which highlights an interesting point I hadn't come across before.  Namely, that Hillary's use of an insecure personal email server — that was almost certainly hacked by America's enemies — could very well have exposed Ambassador Steven's lack of security in his Benghazi compound, thereby leading directly to the terror attack that killed four Americans.

Report: Clintons Are Paying Legal Bills For Aide Who Registered Private Email Address.  The Clintons have paid "hundreds of thousands of dollars" to cover the legal bills for a Bill Clinton aide who sits at the center of the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.  That's according to Washington Times opinion editor Monica Crowley who reports in a new column that a knowledgeable source tells her that the Clintons are covering legal expenses for Justin Cooper, a longtime aide to the former president.  Such an arrangement would raise questions over whether the Clintons are paying Cooper's bills in order to ensure that they have some oversight of his interactions with federal investigators.  It would also raise questions about whether the Clintons are paying other aides' legal costs.  Cooper registered clintonemail.com in his own name on Jan. 13, 2009.

DOJ Claims Revealing FBI Declaration Will Jeopardize Clinton Email Investigation.  Attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice say they cannot make public a classified FBI declaration because it would "adversely affect the ongoing investigation" into Hillary Clinton's private email server.  The recent filing by DOJ attorneys, obtained by LawNewz.com, is significant because it not only acknowledges the ongoing federal probe, but also asserts that if the declaration is made public, it could "reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings."  The DOJ's memorandum is part of a FOIA lawsuit that was originally filed in federal court by Vice News reporter Jason Leopold.  Leopold is seeking Clinton's emails that the DOJ obtained from her private server.  He is also seeking correspondence between the FBI and Clinton referencing the Clinton email server.

Are Bill Clinton and his team the key to the FBI's Hillary investigation?  Was Hillary Clinton's unsecure, private email server set up by her husband's top political operative in order to turbocharge their own political and financial interests?  Justin Cooper may hold the answer.  Mr. Cooper is a central player in the shadowy worlds of Bill and Hillary Clinton — serving as Mr. Clinton's top aide since 2015, when his predecessor, former right-hand man and "surrogate son" Doug Band, resigned from the Clinton Foundation — yet he has largely escaped notice.  The obscure Mr. Cooper may, in fact, be the linchpin of the case swirling around the Clintons.

State: 'Administrative error' caused Clinton email confusion.  The State Department said a clerical error on its end is to blame for the confusion that arose Tuesday [4/26/2016] over when officials first withheld an email that revealed Hillary Clinton was using a private email address.  Tuesday morning, the watchdog group Judicial Watch said it got a letter from State that said it withheld that email in November, 2014.  That prompted Judicial Watch to claim that State appears to have withheld the email to keep it from seeing Clinton's private email address.  The group noted that State's failure to release the email in late 2014 meant everyone had to wait until early March, 2015, when Clinton's private email was first reported.

State Dept.  Delayed Releasing Email That Could Have Blown Lid Off Hillary Email Scandal.  The State Department withheld an email that would have shown — months before it was eventually reported — that Hillary Clinton used a personal email account to conduct State Department business, a conservative watchdog group claims.  Judicial Watch says that it received a letter from the State Department last week in which agency officials said that a September 2012 email had been completely withheld from a production of documents that the watchdog demanded as part of a Freedom of Information Act seeking records containing Benghazi talking points.

State Department Hid Key Clinton Benghazi Email from Judicial Watch.  The Obama State Department last week admitted it withheld a key Benghazi email of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from Judicial Watch since at least September 2014.  If the State Department disclosed the email when first supposedly found, Clinton's email server and her hidden emails would have been disclosed nearly two years ago, before Clinton authorized the alleged deletion of tens of thousands of emails.

State Dept.  Withheld Key Email From Clinton's Private Server in FOIA Lawsuit.  The State Department has now acknowledged that it withheld a key Benghazi e-mail in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed in July 2014.  The State Department acknowledged finding the e-mail in 2014, but it was withheld in its entirety until last week.  This latest admission comes in a FOIA lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative legal watchdog group, that seeks records related to the drafting and use of the Benghazi talking points.

Most Transparent Administration Ever Withheld Incriminating Hillary Emails From Federal Courts.  It would seem that the only group interested in performing oversight of the Obama administration is an independent watchdog group, not the Republican-controlled Oversight committees in Congress.  Those committees appear to be either complicit, incompetent or (more likely) both.  Instead, we are left to groups like Judicial Watch (an organization that I have financially supported in the past thanks to my generous readers) to perform oversight on the most lawless administration in modern American history.

Busted!  Obama hiding Benghazi emails.  The Obama administration defied a federal court order and refused to release a key Hillary Clinton email concerning the 2012 attacks on a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.  By holding back the information, the administration wasn't just protecting Clinton from Benghazi fallout — they may have been trying to hide the fact that Clinton maintained a private email account while secretary of state.

What Did Hillary Crony Admit That Everyone Already Knows?  While being interviewed on WMAL radio in Washington, D.C., Lanny Davis, a longtime Clinton fixer — has any political family ever need more fixing? — told the hosts that he wouldn't be surprised if Clinton's private email server had been hacked.  It was such a startling admission that host Larry O'Connor had to ask Davis again to make sure that he had not misunderstood him. [...] Indeed, a high-ranking former KGB officer told John R. Schindler, a former national security affairs professor at the Naval War College, that "of course" the Russian foreign intelligence "service got it all" from Clinton's email, and it didn't even have to work hard for it.  "I don't know if we're as good as we were in my time," Schindler's source told him, "but even half-drunk the SVR" — today's version of the KGB — "could get those emails, they probably couldn't believe how easy Hillary made it for them."

The Clinton E-mail Case Transcends Hillary's Presidential Campaign.  When friends ask me about the 2016 presidential campaign, my answer is always the same:  It is a matter of "if," not "when," exploding bombshells from the Clinton e-mail investigation quickly transform the current political landscape.  One could argue that the future integrity of our nation rests on how the Justice Department resolves the case.  The political bombs will begin to explode when the outcome of the FBI investigations are announced or leaked.  Finally, there will be concrete answers to questions that have dogged Clinton's presidential campaign for over a year.

FBI Director Says Hillary Email Investigation Could Stretch Past DNC Convention.  FBI director James Comey said Thursday [4/21/2016] that he has no set timetable for wrapping up the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server and that the probe could even extend beyond the Democratic National Committee's convention in July.  Comey was asked about the status of the investigation during an interview at the Aspen Security Forum in London.  "There's no timetable on any investigation," Comey said, adding that he has been asked if the Democratic National Convention is "a key date" for wrapping up the investigation, which centers on whether classified information was mishandled on Clinton's server.

Judge rejects DOJ's classified court filing on Clinton emails.  A federal judge ruled Wednesday [4/20/2016] that the Justice Department needs to make public at least a partial copy of a classified filing that seeks to keep details about Hillary Clinton's private server out of the public eye.  The ruling comes after the department submitted a classified filing to U.S. District Court Judge Randy Moss last month asking that he prevent certain information about the server from being released.  In a motion filed on Tuesday [4/19/2016], Vice News reporter Jason Leopold asked the court to deny that request.

Clinton IT staffer refuses to testify after immunity deal.  The former State Department staffer who set up a private server in Hillary Clinton's basement is refusing to testify before Congress in spite of his immunity deal.  An attorney for Bryan Pagliano said that he would "respectfully decline" a request to testify before two Senate committees, according to a letter provided to the Associated Press on Friday [4/22/2016].  Pagliano received an immunity deal from the Justice Department in early March in exchange for cooperating with the FBI's investigation into the issue.

Why Hillary Clinton Will Be Indicted for Mishandling Classified Information.  Hillary Clinton's email scandal is one of the most important, yet largely undiscussed issues of the 2016 election.  Even though this scandal has been going on for over a year, a vast majority of Americans are still unsure of what exactly she did wrong.  Many in the Democratic Party believe this whole controversy has simply been a partisan, Republican attack to damage her Presidential campaign.  That view has been reinforced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) who has refused to raise the issue in the primary elections thus far — something both potential Republican nominees have promised to do in the general election.

Attorneys Take on DOJ For Filing Secret Document About Clinton Email Investigation.  Attorneys for Vice News reporter Jason Leopold are taking the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice to task after the feds filed a classified declaration supposedly providing more information to the court about the FBI's investigation into Clinton's private email server.  The filing was part of a FOIA lawsuit filed in federal court by Leopold seeking Clinton's emails from her private server as well as correspondence between the FBI and Clinton referencing the Clinton email server.  In March, the government filed a motion for summary judgement in the case, and incorporated as one of the supporting documents this classified declaration.  That's significant because as former federal prosecutor Bill Thomas told LawNewz.com not only is the "information being submitted to the court classified, but its really more than that, it is information that if revealed there exists 'reasonable danger that compulsion of the evidence will expose military matters which, in the interest of national security, should not be divulged.'"

State Department Consents to Depositions Over Clinton Email Server.  The U.S. State Department reached an agreement with the watchdog group Judicial Watch on Friday [4/15/2016] that would allow the organization's attorneys to depose Hillary Clinton's top aides about the "creation and operation" of her private email server.  The agreement is the latest legal victory for Judicial Watch, which has been suing the State Department for public records related to Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.  U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan approved Judicial Watch's request for discovery last month, a rare move in a Freedom of Information Act case.  Judicial Watch is seeking information on whether Clinton's email server allowed her and top aides to evade public records laws and whether State Department officials intentionally obstructed efforts to obtain public information.

Feds Agree To Allow Probe Of 'Creation And Operation' Of Hillary's Email System.  The State Department and Judicial Watch reached a tentative agreement late Friday [4/15/2016] that will allow the conservative watchdog group to conduct discovery regarding the "creation and operation" of Hillary Clinton's private email system.  The proposed joint order must now be approved by Emmet Sullivan, the U.S. District Court judge handling the Judicial Watch lawsuit, which seeks records related to the "special government employee" status of Huma Abedin, Clinton's deputy chief of staff at the State Department.  Abedin and Cheryl Mills, Clinton's chief of staff, will likely provide sworn depositions in the case.

Time for Hillary to Pay.  [Scroll down]  It would appear, however, that Obama and Hillary are protecting each other.  If Hillary is indicted, Obama surely would be ensnared in the scandal, and would face the wrath of the Clintons for destroying her chance to become president.  As we move toward the two presidential nominating conventions this summer, the FBI's dual probes into the transmission of classified material on Mrs. Clinton's private server, and allegations of corruption, may have reached a vital stage.

ABSCAM agents to FBI chief:  Bureau's 'reputation' on the line in Clinton probe.  Former FBI agents who worked the notorious 1970s sting operation known as ABSCAM have written FBI Director James Comey to warn that nothing less than the bureau's "reputation" is on the line as the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices enters a critical phase.  The agents, in a March 16 letter obtained by Fox News, offered their support for Comey and the agents working the email case.  But the letter cautioned the outcome would have long-lasting implications.  "Decisions must be made on facts alone.  Much is at stake here — people's trust in the Bureau for years to come, as well as the Bureau's reputation among our allies, partners, and friends as the greatest law enforcement agency in the world," wrote John F. Good, president of the Long Island Chapter of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.

How Hillary Clinton's Misuse Of Classified Documents Alters U.S. Law.  In the short run, President Obama's suggestion that mishandling classified documents is not necessarily a criminal offense merely signals his intention to keep a prominent Democrat out of jail.  But him pointing to the complexity of U.S. law regarding secrets, after his administration has brought more prosecutions for disclosures of classified information under the Espionage Act of 1917 than all presidencies combined, points to how well that complexity lends itself to political game-playing.

Top 10 Misreported or Underreported Stories of 2015.  [#8] Vetting Hillary Clinton:  No matter how shameful her falsehoods or accompanying excuses, the mainstream media continue to give Hillary Clinton a free pass on virtually anything she alleges. [...] Hillary Clinton's email scandal has also turned into a campaign season debacle of drip, drip, drip.  She deleted half of her emails as Secretary of State — which were stored on a private email server — and then sent the remaining half to the State Department, claiming that those messages she deleted were personal.  It turns out that she deleted portions of the emails she sent on to the State Department, and also failed to provide a number of emails that were sent between her and confidante Sydney Blumenthal.  And, Mrs. Clinton falsely maintained that she never emailed classified information using her email server.  The intelligence community Inspector General has since declared at least two of her emails Top Secret.

The Real Clinton Email Scandal?  It Might Be What She Did Legally.  I have a saying:  "The scandal isn't what's illegal, the scandal is what's legal," liberal editor and commentator Michael Kinsley once said.  He was referring to the legal forms of corruption that go on day after day in Washington.  By that standard, the real scandal involving Hillary Clinton's e-mails might not be that she compromised national security out of convenience by using a private e-mail server while secretary of state.  The real scandal could lie elsewhere — namely, in what some of her e-mails reveal about her willingness use her position of power to help her corporate friends and campaign contributors.

Clinton Email Scandal: Hillary's Documents Flowed Openly Across Web.  While secretary of state, Clinton conducted State Department business through a personal email account handled by a private server that did not meet the government's security standards.  The homebrew system was probably the most susceptible to hackers during its first two months of existence when emails passed through it without encryption.

State Department: Don't Ask Hillary Aides About Classified Info in Lawsuit.  Lawyers for the State Department want to limit the types of questions that a watchdog group can ask former aides to Hillary Clinton, and potentially the former secretary of state herself, about her creation and use of a private email system while she was in office.  The department asked a federal judge Tuesday night to grant "limited discovery" to Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that wants to depose some of Clinton's closest associates and staffers.

Why is the FBI so slow on Clinton e-mail probe?  IF FBI Director James Comey feels no deadline pressure to wrap up the investigation into Hillary Clinton's e-mail server, he should.  "The urgency is to do it well and promptly.  And 'well' comes first," Comey told local law enforcement agents in Buffalo on Monday [4/4/2016], according to the Niagara Gazette.

Hillary just boxed in AG Loretta Lynch.  Hillary Clinton yesterday [4/6/2016] made it very difficult for Attorney General Loretta Lynch to decline to prosecute a possible criminal referral from the FBI.  Using her trademark sandpaper tone of voice when she is being emphatic, speaking to a rally in Pennsylvania, Hillary flat-out declared:  "Everyone who violates the law anywhere should be held accountable."

No 'Coincidence': Romanian hacker extradited amid Clinton email probe.  The extradition of Romanian hacker "Guccifer" to the U.S. at a critical point in the FBI's criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton's email use is "not a coincidence," according to an intelligence source close to the case.  One of the notches on Guccifer's cyber-crime belt was allegedly accessing the email account of Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal, one of Clinton's most prolific advice-givers when she was secretary of state.  It was through that hack that Clinton's use of a personal account — clintonemail.com — first came to light.

Hillary laughs off email scandal as GOP 'fantasy'.  Hillary Clinton on Friday laughed off as a "fantasy" the Republicans' hopes that the federal probe into her use of a private email server will lead to her being led off in handcuffs.  "Oh my goodness!" the Democratic front-runner told Matt Lauer in an interview that aired Friday morning on NBC's "Today" show.  "I know that they live in that world of fantasy and hope because they've got a mess on their hands on the Republican side.  That is not gonna happen.  There is not even the remotest chance that it's going to happen," she told Lauer on Thursday [4/7/2016] in a Bronx diner.

Will Guccifer Upend Hillary?  After several years of incarceration in his native Romania, Marcel Lazar Lehel, aka Guccifer, has finally arrived this week in Alexandria, Virginia, to face nine charges of computer hacking.  Guccifer, it will be recalled, is the one who revealed the presence of Hillary Clinton's private server through his hacking of Sidney Blumenthal's email account.

Indicting Mrs. Boss Hogg.  The FBI is on a winning streak.  They haven't looked this good since the heyday of Efrem Zimabalist, Jr. [...] The agents doing the investigation are not talking, and, one suspects, just given the size of the investigation — 147 agents — they have found something good.  And don't forget, James Comey is the hard case who insisted on not just prosecuting Martha Stewart, but sending her to prison.  If some of the people around the Clintons really are talking, no telling where it might lead.

This is how the FBI destroys Hillary: The 10 questions that could end her White House dreams.  The FBI's upcoming interview of Hillary Clinton will be a turning point in the race for Democratic nominee, especially since Clinton won't be able to speak to James Comey and his FBI agents in the same manner her campaign has communicated with the public. [...] They mean business, and lying to an FBI agent is a felony, so Hillary Clinton and her aides will be forced to tell the truth.  The doublespeak involving convenience and retroactive classification won't matter to seasoned FBI agents whose reputations are on the line; the entire country feels there's a double-standard regarding this email controversy.  Imagine if you had 22 Top Secret emails on your computer?  Would you be able to claim negligence?

Any One Of These Four Laws Could Put Hillary, Aides In Jail.  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and key aides are vulnerable to three felony charges and one misdemeanor count under the Espionage Act because of the unauthorized transfer of classified documents to her private email server, former national security and law enforcement officials tell The Daily Caller News Foundation.  As many as 150 FBI agents are deployed on the case and FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch are reportedly meeting twice weekly to discuss the progress of the investigation.

Feds May Have Known Hillary's Unsecure Blackberry Was Been Hacked in 2009.  [A] Washington Post article from last week is a very good and very exhaustive piece of reporting on Hillary's email scandal.  Let me quote the article as regards The Battle of the Blackberry.  Hillary was absolutely determined to keep using her Blackberry, and her Palace Guard was determined to see the Queen's will made manifest, but apparently the government doesn't use Blackberries as secure phones.  (The article doesn't say what type of phone they use.)

Clinton Email Scandal: DOJ Veteran Says Hillary Should Be Indicted.  Should Hillary Clinton be charged with a crime because of her use of an unsecured, private email server to conduct all of her State Department business?  The question is usually asked in the context of the multitude of emails Clinton had on her server that have been classified or even top-secret.  Clinton has maintained all along that, even if there were classified emails on her server, she didn't know it because none of them was marked as such at the time.  But Ronald Sievert, who was with the Justice Department for 25 years and now teaches national security and international law, says the focus on classified material is a smokescreen.

Former DHS Official: 'Very Real Probability' Asian Intelligence Services Read Unsecured Clinton E-Mails.  Stewart Baker, writing for The Volokh Conspiracy Blog at the Washington Post on Monday [4/4/2016], raises some largely overlooked, yet potentially very troubling issues related to Hillary Clinton's use of private server while serving as Secretary of State.  Baker would know about this issue too, he previously served as the first assistant secretary of policy for the U.S.  Department of Homeland Security.  When analyzing newly available information about when Clinton started using the clintonemail.com home-brew server, Baker, a former Department of Homeland Security official, learned that for most of the first three months of Clinton's term as Secretary of State, her private e-mail server apparently was not encrypted or authenticated with a digital certificate needed to encrypt communications.

Clinton server may have been breached in 2009.  Information pieced together from Hillary Clinton's trove of released email suggests that her request for a secure Blackberry may have followed an intrusion into her system during a trip to Asia, according to an analysis by a former Homeland Security official.  "There now seems to be a very real probability that Hillary Clinton rushed to install an encryption certificate in March 2009 because the U.S.  intelligence community caught another country reading Clinton's unencrypted messages during her February 16-21, 2009, trip to China, Indonesia, Japan, and S. Korea," wrote Stewart Baker, a former assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security, in a column for the Washington Post.

On the Left, Deep Unease About the Dowager Empress of Chappaqua.  Pass the popcorn: while conservatives are engrossed in the battle between Trump and non-Trump, over on the Left, they're having an ideological conniption fit over the fixed-fight they call the Democrat primaries.  Nobody, it seems, much likes Hillary: [...] In fact, no one less than the FBI director himself, James Comey, will interview the new chief of the Clinton Crime Family.  With nearly 150 agents on the case, it's clear that where there's (obvious) smoke there's also a four-alarm fire; the only question is whether the corrupt Obama "Justice" Department will dare or deign to indict the career criminal, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Four Hillary Aides Hire Joint Defense Counsel.  Politico yesterday revealed that four of Hillary Clinton's aides — not including Huma Abedin and Bryan Pagliano — are using the same high-powered, well-connected D.C.  lawyer for their counsel as they face likely FBI questioning over their role in the private server/classified email and possible criminal referral.  The group includes chief of staff Cheryl Mills; her deputy chief Jake Sullivan; Heather Samuelson, also on Mills's staff; and Philippe Reines, who served as Clinton's spokesman at State.

Clinton aides unite on FBI legal strategy.  Four of Hillary Clinton's closest aides appear to have adopted an unusual legal strategy, hiring the same ex-Justice Department attorney to represent them in the FBI's investigation of Clinton's private email server.  Beth Wilkinson, a well-connected former assistant U.S.  attorney best known for prosecuting Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, is listed as representing three of Clinton's top State Department staffers, according to a congressional letter obtained by POLITICO and dated Feb. 10.  A fourth Clinton aide, Philippe Reines, is also represented by Wilkinson, according to sources familiar with their representation.

Former Dem senator: Clinton email claim 'false on its face'.  A former Democratic senator on Friday dismissed Hillary Clinton's claim that she used a private server for convenience as "false on its face."  "She's a government official.  The law says the public has a right to know what's going on," former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey said in an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo.  Kerrey, who has endorsed Clinton's presidential candidacy, nonetheless accused her of trying to circumvent the law.

Klein: Comey And 'A Lot Of Other FBI Agents' Will Resign If Hillary Is Not Indicted.  Clinton author Ed Klein says that if Hillary Clinton is not indicted, FBI Director James Comey and "a lot of other FBI agents" would resign as well in protest.  In an interview with Fox Business Network's "Varney & Co" on Friday, Klein said, "I think Comey realizes that he's got to wrap this [investigation] up well before the conventions otherwise he's going to disenfranchise millions and millions of people.  So I think this is going to be wrapped up in around six more weeks."

State Dept suspends review into 'top secret' Clinton emails.  The State Department has suspended its internal review into whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or her top aides mishandled emails containing information now deemed "top secret."  Spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said Friday [4/1/2016] the department had paused the review to avoid interfering with an ongoing FBI investigation into Clinton's use of a private server while she was America's top diplomat.  She said the decision was made after the department sought the FBI's advice on how to proceed with the review and received word that it should follow its standard practice.  Trudeau said the department's standard practice is to place internal reviews "on hold while there is an ongoing law enforcement investigation underway."

10 Questions That Hillary And The State Dept.  Still Need To Answer About The Email Scandal.  There are the big, general questions such as why, exactly, Clinton chose to use a private email system to conduct her State Department business.  And why the State Department didn't do more to prevent the former secretary of state from using the system once officials found out about it.  But there are also questions about specific pieces of the email scandal puzzle that have largely gone unasked, such as whether and when Clinton deleted any of her work-related emails or who was involved in hiring the IT technician who managed her email system.

FBI orders State Dept.  to halt review of Clinton emails.  The State Department said Friday that the FBI has asked the department to halt its internal investigation into emails sent or received by Hillary Clinton while she led the department, emails that are now deemed to contain "top secret" information.  State had been reviewing whether the information was deemed top secret at the time it was sent, or whether the information only became top secret later.  But State Department spokesman Elizabeth Trudeau said the FBI asked the department to stop so as not to interfere with the FBI's own investigation.

Speculation mounts that Hillary's FBI interview on her secret email server is imminent as investigation reaches 'critical stage'.  Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton could be questioned by the FBI in days with the email investigation being wrapped up in weeks, according to new reporting from Al Jazeera America.  The network's David Shuster reported that the investigation has now reached a 'critical stage,' in that the bureau has finished examining her emails and homebrew server and will now be interviewing top aides, along with Clinton herself.  Among those to be interviewed: Clinton's State Department chief of staff Cheryl Mills and senior advisor Philippe Reines, Al Jazeera America said.

The Clinton investigation enters a dangerous phase.  Federal law enforcement sources have let it be known that federal prosecutors and the FBI have completed their examination of raw data in the case.  After the FBI acquires raw data — for example, the nature and number of the state secrets in the emails Clinton failed to protect or the regular, consistent, systematic nature of that failure — prosecutors and agents proceed to draw rational inferences from that data.  Then they proceed to corroborate those inferences, looking for other sources to support or even to contradict them.  With one exception, all of this work has been done with neutral sources of evidence — documents, email metadata, government records and technical experts.

Second Judge Grants Discovery in Hillary's Ever-Expanding Email Scandal.  There have been some interesting developments in the Hillary Clinton e-mail saga over the past two weeks.  In response to an FOIA request, conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch obtained documents which seem to show that Clinton was well aware her BlackBerry wasn't secure from the very beginning of her tenure as the nation's top diplomat.  Correspondence between Senior Coordinator for Security Infrastructure Donald Reid, long-time Clinton aide Cheryl Mills and the NSA suggests the former First Lady had become "addicted" to her BlackBerry and essentially refused to use the secure desktop computer provided to her by security officials.

Hillary Clinton's top 10 most ethically challenged emails.  Hillary Clinton's closest aides are finding themselves between the proverbial rock and a hard place as the investigation of her emails enters a new phase, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday [3/28/2016].  As the FBI begins scheduling interviews about her use of the private email and server throughout her tenure as secretary of state, Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, and others are now "in a position of choosing between being honest about those emails, or lying to the FBI, which is a crime," said Matthew G.  Whitaker, executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) in Washington, D.C.  and former U.S.  Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa.

Second judge grants discovery in Clinton email lawsuit.  Citing indications of wrongdoing and bad faith, a federal judge has overruled government objections by declaring that a conservative group is entitled to more details about how Hillary Clinton's private email account was integrated into the State Department recordkeeping system and why it was not searched in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.  U.S.  District Court Judge Royce Lamberth entered an order Tuesday [3/29/2016] agreeing that Judicial Watch can pursue legal discovery — which often includes depositions of relevant individuals — as the group pursues legal claims that State did not respond completely to a FOIA request filed in May 2014 seeking records about talking points then-U.S.  Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice used for TV appearances discussing the deadly attack on U.S.  facilities in Benghazi in September 2012.

State Department Loses Another Round in the Clinton Email Fiasco.  In a second loss in less than two weeks, a federal court has once again ruled against the Obama administration, this time in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) tussle with Judicial Watch over the Clinton email fiasco.  Previously, on March 22, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Justice Department and the IRS to stop their "continuous resistance" and "meritless" objections to producing information and documentation sought in a lawsuit filed by a Tea Party organization in the IRS targeting scandal.

Hillary Clinton's not-so-smartphone a troubling cyber sign.  With cyberterrorism one of America's greatest national security threats, voters need to think long and hard if they want to elect a president who chose personal convenience over national security concerns while secretary of state.  Is this who we want protecting us from Iranian hackers, the North Koreans, ISIS and a growing list of highly sophisticated cyber-thugs?  In addition to operating an off-the-grid private server, we've now learned from a Washington Post story that the Democratic front-runner insisted on using her BlackBerry while secretary of state despite being warned by top security officials about the risks it posed.

Federal judge allows further digging in Clinton email lawsuit.  A second federal judge has ruled that a conservative group should be allowed to dig deeper in its quest for emails sent by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in a decision Tuesday [3/29/2016] that could allow the group to seek more documents and depositions from current and former State Department officials.  U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth's order grants limited discovery to Judicial Watch, which sued in 2014 in order to gain access to records relating to the drafting of the talking points given to then-Ambassador Susan Rice in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

FBI readies crucial interviews of Hillary and her aides.  Sources have told the Los Angeles Times that the FBI has alerted attorneys for Hillary Clinton's aides, telling them that the Bureau will be interviewing them about Clinton's private email server and the potential misshandling of classified information.  The sources say the interviews will be conducted in the next few weeks. [...] Reading between the lines of this particular story, it looks as though federal prosecutors are inclined to interpret the law about handling classified information far more generously toward Clinton than the FBI.  This doesn't mean that Clinton is off the hook.

Investor's Business Daily, HuffPo Columnist Agree: Hillary Should Withdraw.  The free-market, liberty-loving editorial board at Investor's Business Daily and a Bernie Sanders-supporting columnist at the Huffingon Post [sic] agree on one thing:  Hillary Clinton should withdraw from the presidential race.  Okay, IBD wants her to "suspend," while HuffPo's H.A. Goodman says she should "concede."  Both missives declare that Mrs. Clinton's withdrawal should be based on the FBI's criminal investigation into her "homebrew" server and her alleged reckless treatment of classified emails and the information contained therein.

The Loretta Lynch Stonewall: Will It Elect Hillary?  When it comes to Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal, the most important thing to bear in mind — even more than classified information — is this:  It was all about avoiding accountability.  It still is.  Mrs. Clinton did not set out to damage national security and compromise defense secrets, although she obviously had no compunction about doing so as necessary to serve her higher personal interests.  For a generation, she has been a public person whose most intimate companion has been scandal.  She knew her State Department stewardship would be no different.  Her motive in designing a communication system that circumvented government recordkeeping and disclosure laws was to avoid a day of reckoning as she campaigned in 2016 for the power of the presidency she craves.  And that is where Loretta Lynch comes in.

FBI to Interview Hillary Clinton's Top Aides in Email Investigation.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is kicking its Hillary Clinton email investigation into high gear.  The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday [3/27/2016] that the FBI and federal prosecutors are setting up interviews with Clinton's top aides, a group that presumably includes Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills.

A year after 'wiped clean' Hillary's email still a mess.  [Scroll down]  But just remember that in the year since we learned about "wiped clean," Democratic primary voters have been the main victims of Clinton's shifting stories.  The subtext of her claim to her party was that she had done nothing wrong... and that she had taken every step necessary to thwart investigators even if she had.  She was, she assured her party, a safe bet.  As it turns out she had neither done right in her electronic hygiene nor been thorough in preventing the discovery of her bad practices.  She proved neither forthright nor expert at the kind of tactical blocking for which she and her husband were famed.

Los Angeles Times previews Hillary's strategy to dispute a criminal referral on email scandal.  Hillary Clinton's allies are carefully implementing a strategy to deal with a possible criminal referral to the Justice Department by the FBI. [...] I see the Los Angeles Times as laying the groundwork for Hillary and her supporters to claim that a criminal referral from the FBI would be unjustified, and the result of "overzealous" agents seeking to justify their expensive inquiry.  When Bill Clinton's scandals were being investigated, the Democrats suddenly became obsessed with the cost of a government program, detailing the spending of Kenneth Starr.  You can expect the Hillary camp to do the same with a criminal referral should it occur.

How Clinton's email scandal took root.  Hillary Clinton's email problems began in her first days as secretary of state.  She insisted on using her personal BlackBerry for all her email communications, but she wasn't allowed to take the device into her seventh-floor suite of offices, a secure space known as Mahogany Row.  For Clinton, this was frustrating.  As a political heavyweight and chief of the nation's diplomatic corps, she needed to manage a torrent of email to stay connected to colleagues, friends and supporters.  She hated having to put her BlackBerry into a lockbox before going into her own office.  Her aides and senior officials pushed to find a way to enable her to use the device in the secure area.

Clinton email probe enters new phase as FBI interviews loom.  Federal prosecutors investigating the possible mishandling of classified materials on Hillary Clinton's private email server have begun the process of setting up formal interviews with some of her longtime and closest aides, according to two people familiar with the probe, an indication that the inquiry is moving into its final phases.  Those interviews and the final review of the case, however, could still take many weeks, all but guaranteeing that the investigation will continue to dog Clinton's presidential campaign through most, if not all, of the remaining presidential primaries.

New FBI Filings Reveal 'Pending Investigation' Into Clinton's E-Mails is Far From Over.  A pair of declarations submitted to a federal judge by the FBI late Friday [3/25/2016] in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by Vice News reveal new details about the Bureau's "pending investigation" into Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server ("Clinton Server") that tend to indicate the matter is far from over.

Role of tech who set up Clinton's server unknown to bosses at State.  The technician, Bryan Pagliano, was running the off-grid email server that Clinton had him set up in her New York home for her work as secretary of state.  But even as years passed, Pagliano's supervisors never learned of his most sensitive task, according to the department and one of his former colleagues.

More lost Clinton emails unearthed.  Judicial Watch on Thursday [3/24/2016] announced that it had unearthed emails from Hillary Clinton's personal email account dated February 2009.  Until now, the former secretary of state had maintained she was not using the account at that time.  The findings include a Feb. 13, 2009, exchange between Clinton and her chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, in which Mills conveys to Clinton that the National Security Agency is not pleased with her request for a more secure, personalized BlackBerry.  Clinton sought the device to circumvent normal security protocols for accessing classified information.

Watchdog Discovers Another Email Hillary Failed To Turn Over To The State Department.  A conservative watchdog group has discovered yet another email from the early days of Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state that she failed to turn over to the State Department.  On Thursday [3/24/2016], Judicial Watch published a Feb. 13, 2009 email that Clinton sent her State Department chief of staff Cheryl Mills in response to news about obtaining a special BlackBerry that Clinton wanted to use at the State Department's executive offices, which are designated as a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF).  Mills was slated to meet that day with the National Security Agency's (NSA) State Department representative to discuss the issue, she said.  She also forwarded an email from another official suggesting that NSA was likely to approve the request.

Benghazi bombshell found in Clinton emails.  The final batch of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private server was released by the State Department yesterday — and they included a long-rumored email proving that Clinton was well aware of the deteriorating security situation in Benghazi, Libya.  And it appears that she did almost nothing to prevent the tragedy.

Ed Klein: Hillary Closer to Indictment.  Ed Klein, one of the best investigative journalist on Hillary's trail, says that his sources tell him that the "Justice Department is close to empaneling a grand jury and deciding whether to grant statutory immunity to Huma Abedin, Hillary's closest adviser."  Klein, who rarely gets it wrong, notes that such a development would force Abedin to testify under oath, facing perjury charges if she lies.  He also adds that he is "also told that Hillary herself will most likely be forced to testify."  Klein has previously reported that the FBI has notified Hillary's three closest aides, Abedin, Cheryl Mills, and Jake Sullivan, that they will be required to testify.

Here's Everything We Know So Far About Hillary's Shady BlackBerry Use.  Much of the focus on Hillary Clinton's email use as secretary of state has focused on the mystery that is the private email server that was set up in the basement of her New York home.  But Clinton's BlackBerry — which was not issued by the State Department — is also a crucial piece of the puzzle.  State Department emails published last week add to records that have been released over the past few months to paint a better picture of just how Clinton came to solely use that personal BlackBerry.

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Was the infamous email server set up in the basement of Hillary's residence, or in the bathroom, or in a closet?  I've heard all three.

Judicial Watch Lawsuit Uncovers New Hillary Clinton Email Withheld from State Department.  Judicial Watch announced today [3/24/2016] that it has obtained State Department documents from February 2009 containing emails that appear to contradict statements by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that, "as far as she knew," all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department and that she did not use her clintonemail.com email system until March 2009.  The emails also contain more evidence of the battle between security officials in the State Department, National Security Administration, Clinton and her staff over attempts to obtain secure Blackberrys.

Obama busted in Clinton email cover-up.  Did President Barack Obama's administration intentionally help hide some of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's aides emails from public record?  Some critics are claiming that the Obama administration couldn't have just misplaced nearly 100,000 emails and documents from a Clinton aide they claimed they couldn't find — until a lawsuit seemed to jog their memory.  And it looks like hiding emails and documents that should be public record has become a pattern for the Obama administration.

State Dept. still lacks staffers to process Hillary Clinton's emails.  The State Department is still struggling to hire enough staffers to review all of the open-records requests being filed for emails and other documents from former Secretary Hillary Clinton and her top aides, the department acknowledged in a court filing Monday night [3/21/2016].  Department officials had promised Judge Rudolph Contreras that they would try to hire 50 screeners by February but had just 35 on board as of the end of last week.  It hired 39 in total, but four screeners have left the job, Benjamin C. Mizer, the principal deputy attorney general, said in court papers.  Of those 35, only 20 are reviewers with top-secret clearance eligible to screen the documents.

The perfect as the enemy of the good in the FBI's investigation of Hillary.  Here is my take on the state of play regarding Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State and the FBI's investigation of the matter:  [#1] There's a good chance that Hillary Clinton, the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party, has committed a felony.  And not just any felony, but a violation of the Espionage Act.  [#2] Given the consequences associated with a felon being nominated, or worse yet elected president, there is a strong national interest in a prompt determination by the government as to whether Clinton committed one or more felonies.  [#3] The inquiry under the Espionage Act is fairly straightforward.  For example, under 18 U.S.C. Section 793(f), the questions as I see them are (1) whether Clinton had possession or control of documents relating to the national defense; (2) whether she removed such information from its proper place of custody and/or delivered it to someone in violation of her trust; and (3) whether she acted with gross negligence.

Hillary Has an NSA Problem.  [Scroll down] Now, over two months later, I can confirm that the contents of Sid Blumenthal's June 8, 2011, email to Hillary Clinton, sent to her personal, unclassified account, were indeed based on highly sensitive NSA information.  The agency investigated this compromise and determined that Mr. Blumenthal's highly detailed account of Sudanese goings-on, including the retelling of high-level conversations in that country, was indeed derived from NSA intelligence.  Specifically, this information was illegally lifted from four different NSA reports, all of them classified "Top Secret / Special Intelligence."  Worse, at least one of those reports was issued under the GAMMA compartment, which is an NSA handling caveat that is applied to extraordinarily sensitive information (for instance, decrypted conversations between top foreign leadership, as this was).

Clinton E-mail Scandal Update — Is Sidney Blumenthal in Trouble?  [Scroll down] If true, this report highlights the extent to which close Clinton friends and confidantes may soon find themselves in serious legal jeopardy.  Clinton's extraordinarily selfish act — her insistence on setting up a private server and a special, for-herself-only communications protocol — meant that her inner circle was inevitably ensnared.  If she insisted on communicating with her own devices — and simultaneously demanded timely intelligence information — then aides would constantly encounter a choice between following the law and obeying Hillary.

Will Hillary get charged, or what?  FBI chief James Comey and his investigators are increasingly certain that presidential nominee Hillary Clinton violated laws in handling classified government information through her private email server, career agents say.  Some expect him to push for charges, but he faces a formidable obstacle: the political types in the Obama White House who view a Clinton presidency as a third Obama term.  With that, agents have been spreading the word, largely through associates in the private sector, that their boss is getting stonewalled, despite uncovering compelling evidence that Clinton broke the law.

Bolton: FBI Will 'Explode' If Hillary Not Indicted Over Email Scandal Due to Politics.  Speaking in a radio interview on Sunday, John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, stated he believes the FBI will "explode" if Hillary Clinton ultimately is not indicted for her email infractions due to what he described as politics triumphing over the legal system.

Clinton Email Scandal: It's Time Hillary Suspended Her Campaign.  Though she tries to ignore it, Hillary Clinton can't escape her email problem. Almost every day brings more trouble for her.  It's time she did what a decent person would do — temporarily shelve her presidential campaign.

FBI chief James Comey 'increasingly convinced' Hillary's secret email server broke the law.  Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James Comey is 'increasingly convinced' that Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton broke the law with her private email setup, says the New York Post, citing unnamed 'career agents.'  The paper charges that Comey is contemplating pushing for charges but doesn't have the backing of the Obama White House, who would like to see Clinton elected over Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.  Without such political will, agents have begun whispering to their friends in the private sector, telling them Comey is getting stonewalled, writes reporter Charles Gasparino.

State Department Documents Show that NSA Rebuffed Hillary Clinton's Attempts to Obtain a Secure Blackberry.  Judicial Watch announced today [3/16/2016] that it obtained State Department documents revealing that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeatedly sought to obtain "Blackberry-like communications," but was rebuffed by the National Security Agency due to security and cost concerns.  The National Security Agency's Information Assurance Directorate response was "shut up and color."  The emails show that Clinton demanded Blackberry devices that could be used by her and her staff in her office's Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF).

Clinton tried to change rules to use BlackBerry in secure facility for classified information.  Less than a month after becoming secretary of state, and registering the personal email domain that she would use exclusively for government business, Hillary Clinton's team aggressively pursued changes to existing State Department security protocols so she could use her BlackBerry in secure facilities for classified information, according to new documents released under the Freedom of Information Act.  "Anyone who has any appreciation at all of security, you don't ask a question like that," cybersecurity analyst Morgan Wright told Fox News.  "It is contempt for the system, contempt for the rules that are designed to protect the exact kind of information that was exposed through this email set up."

Clinton Email Scandal: She Knew The Security Risk But Took It Anyway.  Soon after Clinton took office as secretary of state in 2009, the National Security Agency rejected her request to use a smartphone to conduct government business.  She wanted a "BlackBerry-like" device, the Associated Press reported, similar to the one provided to President Obama.  According to emails obtained by Judicial Watch, which has filed a number of lawsuits to uncover what Clinton tried to cover up as secretary, she had become "hooked" on using a BlackBerry like the one she used during the 2008 presidential race to keep up with her emails.  She did not want to use a secure laptop or desktop computer to access email while secretary.

NSA: How did GAMMA compartment info end up in Hillary's unclassified e-mail?  Hillary and her team did not want to use computer terminals to access their e-mails and lose access to their Blackberries for outside e-mails, but such devices are not allowed in Secure Compartment Information Facilities (SCIFs).  This conflict at the start of Hillary's tenure set the table for much of what followed in the e-mail scandal.

Judicial Watch Names Clinton Aides To Be Deposed.  Eight present and past Department of State officials linked to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's private email scandal will be deposed by Judicial Watch in the non-profit government watchdog's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit if the federal judge hearing the case agrees.  Judicial Watch attorneys told U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Emmet G. Sullivan Tuesday [3/15/2016] it wants to depose the following individuals and could complete the depositions within two months of beginning: [...]

Watchdog Seeks To Interview 8 State Dept. Officials, May Need To Depose Hillary.  Judicial Watch filed a plan for a "narrowly tailored discovery" as part of its lawsuit against the State Department for failing to turn over records it requested in 2013.  The group is asking U.S. District Court judge Emmet Sullivan for permission to depose key State Department official who likely have detailed knowledge about Clinton's off-the-books email system, which involved the use of a home-brew server.  And "based on information learned during discovery, the deposition of Mrs. Clinton may be necessary," Judicial Watch wrote in its court filing.

Judicial Watch Submits Proposed Witness List, Discovery Plan to Federal Court in Clinton Email Matter.  Judicial Watch's discovery plan seeks the testimony of eight current and former State Department officials, including top State Department official Patrick Kennedy, former State IT employee Bryan Pagliano, and Clinton's two top aides at the State Department:  Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin.  Judicial Watch's plan says that "based on information learned during discovery, the deposition of Mrs. Clinton may be necessary" but would only occur with permission by the Court.

'Filegate' Attorney Represents State Dept. Tech Official Who Is Silent On Hillary Server.  A high-priced Washington, D.C. attorney who represented a key figure in the "FileGate" controversy — one of the many scandals that marred the Bill Clinton White House — is back in the thick of another Clinton imbroglio, this time as the lawyer for John Bentel, a former State Department information technology official who is refusing to talk to Congress about Hillary Clinton's private email server.  Bentel's hiring of the Clinton-era lawyer — Randy Turk, of the firm Baker Botts — raises questions about whether the Clintons are working behind the scenes to ensure that people with potentially damaging information remain under their control, one longtime Clinton watcher says.

Will Hillary's IT Guru Be A Superstar Witness Against Her?  Bryan Pagliano is not a household name, but he could become an unlikely superstar in the federal investigation of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state.  Fox News reported Friday that only a week after the Department of Justice granted Pagliano immunity from prosecution, he was described as a "devastating witness."  "Bryan Pagliano is a devastating witness and, as the webmaster, knows exactly who had access to [Clinton's] computer and devices at specific times.  His importance to this case cannot be over-emphasized," the intelligence source told Fox News.

Could Hillary Clinton face the same fate as David Petraeus?  [David] Petraeus pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanour offence, mishandling classified information, after being accused of handing notebooks with classified information to his biographer-turned mistress, Paula Broadwell.  He was fined and placed on probation — a resolution that some have called a slap on the wrist.  In other cases people who have revealed classified information were sent to prison.  In 2009 Stephen Kim, a former government contractor, was sentenced to 13 months for giving classified material to a reporter.

Another Ex-State Dept. Official Refuses To Talk To Congress About Hillary's Server.  Politico reports that John Bentel, who retired from the State Department in Dec. 2012, has told the House Select Committee on Benghazi and the Senate Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees that he will not meet to discuss the server and what, if anything, he knows about it.  In response to a Dec. 5 letter from Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley and Homeland Security chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, Bentel said he had "no memory of knowledge" about the server.  But the Senators believe Bentel may know something.  As director of information resources management at the office of executive secretariat, Bentel oversaw information technology for top level officials at the State Department, including Clinton.

Former State Dept. IT Official Threatened With Subpoena Over Clinton Emails.  Hillary Clinton's legal woes appear to be getting only worse as another former State Department IT official has refused to talk to Congressional investigators looking at Clinton's private email server.  However, Senate Republicans are now threatening to subpoena John Bentel, unless he voluntarily cooperates with the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Homeland Security Committee according to The Hill.  Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.), chairmen of the Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees respectively, wrote to Bentel's lawyer in a letter that was made public Monday [3/14/2016].

Lynch indicates DOJ not required to charge Clinton.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch indicated Wednesday [3/9/2016] that the law doesn't require the Justice Department to pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email system, even if the FBI recommends criminal charges.  Lynch was asked in a hearing by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, what her department would do if the FBI were to recommend that step.  "If the FBI were to make a referral to the Department of Justice to pursue a case by way of indictment and to convene a grand jury for that purpose, the Department of Justice is not required by law to do so, are they — are you?" Cornyn asked.

The Entire Criminal Enterprise Known as the Clinton Foundation Laid Bare.  It's a well-established fact that by setting up her private email server in the basement of her New York home, Secretary Clinton was able to avoid accountability through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.  The Wall Street Journal's Kim Strassel penned an important op-ed last night that takes a closer look at the other reason Clinton set up a non-governmental email:  the Clinton Foundation.  By using one private email account, Clinton was free to conduct both State Department and Clinton Foundation business — often overlapping — on the same email account.  The same is likely true for close aide Huma Abedin, who in fact worked simultaneously for the State Department and the Clinton Foundation (oh, and for Clinton in a private capacity and the Clinton-tied Teneo Consulting).

Clinton Email Server Technician Described As A 'Devastating Witness'.  Bryan Pagliano, the former State Department computer network technician who managed Hillary Clinton's email system, is being described as a "devastating witness" for the FBI in its investigation into whether classified information was mishandled on the Democratic presidential candidate's email server.  According to Fox News, Pagliano has provided information that will allow investigators to piece together who had access to Clinton's server and when.

Odds of a Hillary email grand jury underway just went much higher.  I have speculated that, given the immunity offered to Bryan Pagliano, it is possible that a grand jury has been convened.  But I am not a lawyer, much less a former U.S. attorney.  Joseph E. diGenova, on the other hand, is one of a small group of attorneys generally considered a super-lawyer, and not only a veteran U.S. attorney, but the former U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C., at the very top of federal prosecutors.  So when Joe diGenova offers an opinion on the likelihood of a grand jury being empaneled, we [all] should pay attention.

Another debate, another pack of lies from Hillary Clinton.  Looks like Hillary Clinton means to squirm out of tough questions all the way to Election Day.  Start with her use of a home-brewed server for all her work emails.  "It was not prohibited," she said at the last Democratic debate.  "My predecessors did the same thing."  "Not prohibited"?  Univision's Jorge Ramos had just finished noting that she'd personally sent a department-wide memo warning against any use of a non-secured, unofficial system — the kind she always used.  And, no, no other secretary of state has relied on a home system for all his or her work — especially not the classified stuff.

Source: Clinton IT specialist revealing server details to FBI, 'devastating witness'.  Former Hillary Clinton IT specialist Bryan Pagliano, a key witness in the email probe who struck an immunity deal with the Justice Department, has told the FBI a range of details about how her personal email system was set up, according to an intelligence source close to the case who called him a "devastating witness."  The source said Pagliano told the FBI who had access to the former secretary of state's system — as well as when — and what devices were used, amounting to a roadmap for investigators.  "Bryan Pagliano is a devastating witness and, as the webmaster, knows exactly who had access to [Clinton's] computer and devices at specific times.  His importance to this case cannot be over-emphasized," the intelligence source said.

Loretta Lynch Says White House Should 'Stay Silent' About Hillary Email Investigation.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday [3/9/2016] that neither she nor anyone else at the Justice Department has briefed President Obama about the Hillary Clinton email investigation and that the White House should "stay silent" about the probe.  The question of whether she had was brought up during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing by North Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who referred to comments that White House press secretary Josh Earnest made back in January downplaying the investigation into how classified information was handled on Clinton's private email server.

Hillary's 'No Classified Markings' Canard Actually Makes Things Worse.  Let's also keep in mind a fact that's easy to forget since what's before our eyes is so outrageous:  For now, we are only talking about the Clinton emails that she deigned to turn over to the government.  As Guy reminds us, there are another 32,000 emails that she attempted to delete.  There have been reports indicating that the FBI has been able to recover at least some of these from the server.  It is a shoe that has yet to drop.

Hillary to Lose the FBI Primary.  [Scroll down]  Hillary forgets that emails are marked because they are classified and not classified because they are marked.  It is the content that makes all the difference, not the markings.  She put the classified information in these emails and her claim that there were no classified markings is specious because at least one of her emails instructed her staff to remove markings and send classified data via unsecure means.

Email Scandal: Hillary Clinton's Last Defense Just Blew Up.  The Washington Post, of all places, found that not only did Hillary Clinton send and receive classified material on her unsecured email server as Secretary of State, she wrote dozens of classified emails herself.

Ratting Out Hillary.  Clinton's defenders have searched the dictionaries and encyclopedias to find a way to spin the FBI's investigation of her conduct as secretary of state.  They've said it was an investigation into her private email system, but not of her.  They've said it's not a criminal investigation and that it's nothing more than a "security review."  What nonsense.  The FBI doesn't investigate email systems, it investigates what people communicated while using them.  The FBI only investigates people's conduct to determine if they have violated federal criminal law.

What Bryan Pagliano will sing about.  [Scroll down]  My guess is that Huma, who has dedicated her life to ingratiating herself with Hillary and who comes from a family dedicated to the Long Jihad of the Muslim Brotherhood, will go to jail rather than testify.  Cheryl Mills has very long history with Clinton and may also clam up.

Hillary Clinton tries putting her email scandal to bed by clearing up 'misinformation going on around here' during Fox News forum.  Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton was again was forced to answer questions about her ongoing email scandal during a town hall tonight on Fox News hosted by Bret Baier.  Clinton said neither she nor her lawyers, nor any former or current aides, have been notified by the FBI that they're the focus of an ongoing investigation.  'No, but let me clarify this, because there's much misinformation going on around here and let me just start with the basic facts,' she said, subtly dinging the conservative cable network.

Hillary's Emails Can Wait Until After the Election.  The State Department announced it may put off its review of the sensitive classified information former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent on her illegal, insecure email server until after Election Day.  The server is at the heart of the scandal over Clinton's mishandling of an Islamic terrorist attack in militant-infested Benghazi, Libya on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 that left four Americans, including U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens, dead.  Even now, three years after the assault, the Obama administration has failed to provide an autopsy report about Stevens who was initially reported to have been ritualistically sodomized before being murdered by Muslim terrorists.  But this possible delay is a transparent ploy intended to benefit Clinton's presidential campaign.

Judge Napolitano: Indictment Certain in Clinton Email Scandal Before November.  Expect the indictment of former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or one or more of her high-level aides from the State Department in the next few months.  Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Andrew Napolitano explained in a Fox Business panel discussion last week that the granting of immunity against self-incrimination to Bryan Pagliano, who helped set up the private email server for Clinton that is central to an ongoing investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), means the Department of Justice intends to secure indictment of a person or people up the "totem pole" from Pagliano in the Hillary Clinton email scandal.  Concludes Napolitano, "I think there will surely be indictments prior to November."

Clinton's Laughable Claim: Petraeus Offense Was Worse.  For months it has been obvious that a serious criminal investigation of the former secretary of State's reckless mishandling of classified information has been underway.  Yet Camp Clinton has maintained that the government is merely engaged in a "security inquiry" that is focused on the physical server itself — not a probe of criminal suspects.  This has never made sense.  The FBI, which has assigned many agents to the case, is in the criminal investigation business.  Plus, when the now-immunized former staffer, Bryan Pagliano, invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege in refusing to testify before the House Benghazi committee, it signaled that he feared truthful answers would incriminate him.  Now with Pagliano apparently poised to cooperate with the FBI, the claim that Mrs. Clinton is not a criminal suspect is untenable.  So Clinton and her supporters are changing tack:  instead of implausibly insisting there is no crime to investigate, they argue that there is no crime worth prosecuting.

Here Are The 23 Classified Memos Sidney Blumenthal Sent To Hillary Clinton.  Of the dozens of intelligence memos that Sidney Blumenthal sent to Hillary Clinton while she served as secretary of state, 23 contained information classified as "Confidential" or "Secret," a Daily Caller analysis shows.  Sending nearly two dozen sensitive emails makes Blumenthal, a former journalist and aide in the Bill Clinton White House, one of Clinton's most prolific sharers of classified information.  The Democratic presidential candidate herself sent 104 emails containing classified information, The Washington Post found.

13 Times Hillary And Surrogates Scoffed At The FBI's Investigation Of Her Server.  Now that Hillary Clinton's email server technician is cooperating with the FBI in its investigation into the mishandling of classified information, it's worth taking a look back at all the times that the candidate and her surrogates have downplayed the probe or outright laughed at it.  The FBI seized control of Clinton's server in August, just after the intelligence community's inspector general flagged "Top Secret" emails that traversed the device.  Clinton housed the server at her New York residence during her State Department tenure.  She hired Bryan Pagliano, a staffer on her 2008 presidential campaign, to manage the system.  She even got him at a job at the State Department as an information technology specialist.

Release of Clinton Documents Delayed After State Department Discovers 'Thousands' of Unsearched Records.  The State Department's recent discovery of thousands of unsearched records from Hillary Clinton's tenure has delayed several public records lawsuits and could keep many of the documents out of the public sphere until next fall.  The watchdog groups Citizens United and Judicial Watch, which are suing the State Department for Clinton-related records, are two plaintiffs that have been affected by the discovery.  The State Department said the new documents could take months to process, a time period that extends well beyond its court-ordered deadlines.

Email Scandal: A Desperate Clinton Lashes Out At Independent Investigators.  If Hillary Clinton's increasingly reckless attempts to spin conspiracy theories are any indication, she's far more worried about her email scandal than she lets on.  Witness her recent attempts to smear independent investigators.

The FBI's Hillary probe closes in on a political crisis.  The FBI probe of Hillary Clinton took a major step forward this week with news that the guy who ran her illicit home-brew email has been granted immunity.  Clinton aide Bryan Pagliano had invoked his Fifth Amendment rights in refusing to testify or cooperate with investigators.  A tech with the 2008 Clinton campaign, he got hired for related duties when she took over at State — then won the nearly $140,000-a-year side job of setting up and maintaining her private email system.

Report: FBI Investigating Whether Clinton Aides Retyped Classified Info Into Emails.  In its investigation into whether classified information was sent using Hillary Clinton's private email server, the FBI is reportedly looking at whether aides to the former secretary of state retyped information from classified sources into emails then sent to Clinton's unsecured system.

Former Attorney General Lists All Laws Hillary Possibly Broke.  Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey listed four laws Hillary Clinton possibly broke with her email server:  "There are a couple of them.  There's one that says you can't put classified information in an unclassified setting.  That's the one that General Petraeus was convicted of on his own plea.  There's one that says that you can't expose national secrets through gross negligence.  Then there's one that says you can't destroy government information.  And then there's one that says you can't obstruct justice.  So there's four of them," Mukasey told MSNBC's Morning Joe.  [Video clip]

Hillary and the Espionage Act of 1917.  Attorneys fresh out of law school are familiar with the legal issue known as "spoliation of evidence."  When parties fail to produce relevant evidence within their span of control, evidence which they are otherwise naturally expected to possess, the U.S. legal system allows and even mandates that unfavorable presumptions be drawn against them.  So when some item of relevant evidence — whether documents, physical objects or data relevant to an ongoing legal matter — is destroyed, discarded or modified in some way, the U.S. legal system allows us to presume that the missing evidence was unfavorable to that party and allows us to draw conclusions accordingly.

Hillary aide Huma's email on North Korea revealed in last of Clinton's secret server messages.  The State Department has released the 14th and final batch of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private server, bringing the total to more than 52,000 including 2,100 that were censored or withheld completely for containing information now deemed classified.  Among the emails: a message from President Barack Obama that is being withheld until after he leaves office and one from aide Huma Abedin on North Korea that the intelligence community wanted to mark 'top secret' but State successfully walked back to 'secret.'

Huge New Developments in Clinton Email Scandal.  Two extremely significant stories broke today [3/2/2016] in The Washington Post and The New York Times regarding the FBI's investigation into the Hillary Clinton email scandal.  The deep-fat fryer is just heating up.

Cover-Up: Review Of 22 Top Secret Clinton Emails May Not Be Done Before General Election.  Today [3/1/2016], the State Department said that it will not commit to finishing its review of whether the 22 "Top Secret" emails on Clinton's server were classified at the time they were sent or received before the general election more than eight months away.

State Dept: Review of Clinton secret emails may wait until after November election.  The State Department may wait until after the November election to finish its review of classified information former Secretary Hillary Clinton sent on her secret email account, a spokesman said Tuesday [3/1/2016], vowing they will not be held to the political calendar.  "We're not going to rush judgment of any of these things," spokesman John Kirby told reporters.  Mrs. Clinton, who rejected use of an account tied to the official state.gov secure email system and instead relied on an account tied to a server she kept at her New York home, returned more than 30,000 messages to the department in December 2014, or nearly two years after she left office.

The Editor says...
Others have already said this in many ways, but if the defendant in this case were anyone but Hillary Clinton, that defendant would have been in prison months ago.  The State Department isn't going to rush to judgement, they say.  And after the election, what will they say?  Oh, that's ancient history.

FBI investigating if Clinton aides shared passwords to access classified info.  The FBI is investigating whether computer passwords were shared among Hillary Clinton's close aides to determine how sensitive intelligence "jumped the gap" between the classified systems and Clinton's unsecured personal server, according to an intelligence source familiar with the probe.  The source emphasized to Fox News that "if [Clinton] was allowing other people to use her passwords, that is a big problem."  The Foreign Service Officers Manual prohibits the sharing of passwords.

What Pagliano's Immunity Deal in the Clinton Email Scandal Reveals.  The revelation that former Clinton aide Bryan Pagliano was given immunity by the Justice Department in the former Secretary of State's email scandal has led to a kaleidoscopic array of interpretations, a true Rashomon moment.  Democrats see the granting of immunity of the last step in a process of clearing the Clinton of wrongdoing.  Some conservative commentators see the immunity grant as proof that a federal grand jury has been convened with dire consequences for the putative Democrat presidential nominee.  It is impossible to say for sure which interpretation is true, but an objective legal view suggests that this development is more likely to bode ill for Clinton than be the first step of her exoneration.

Ex-Clinton staffer who set up email server accepts immunity offer from FBI to provide interview, official says.  First he said he would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights but now the IT specialist, who set up Hillary Clinton's controversial private email server, is ready to cooperate with the FBI.  In doing so, Bryan Pagliano, 39, has been granted immunity by the Justice Department as it continues its criminal investigation into whether or not the current Democratic Presidential candidate mishandled classified information.  Pagliano, a former State Department employee and Clinton presidential campaign staffer, set up the server in 2009 at her New York home during her time as Secretary of State.

The secret life of Bryan Pagliano revisited.  Bryan Pagliano is the former State Department staffer who has now reportedly been granted immunity in the Clinton email investigation.  This past September Pagliano asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination before a congressional committee seeking his testimony.

DOJ grants immunity to federal worker in Clinton email case: report.  The Justice Department has granted immunity to a State Department employee that worked on former secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server, according to the Washington Post.  A law enforcement official told the Post that Bryan Pagliano has agreed to work with the FBI in exchange for not facing any possible criminal charges.  The new development is not a good sign for the Democratic presidential front-runner, though there is still no indication that any criminal charges will be brought against Clinton.

In Clinton email investigation, Justice Department grants immunity to former State Department staffer.  The Justice Department has granted immunity to the former State Department staffer who worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email server as part of a criminal investigation into the possible mishandling of classified information, according to a senior law enforcement official.  The official said the FBI had secured the cooperation of Bryan Pagliano who worked on Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the server in her New York home in 2009.  As the FBI looks to wrap up its investigation in the coming months, agents will likely want to interview Clinton and her senior aides about the decision to use a private server, how it was set up, and whether any of the participants knew they were sending classified information in emails, current and former officials said.

Comey speaks, tersely.  On the rare occasions when she is asked about the FBI investigation arising from her use of an insecure email server to conduct official business as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton refers to it as "a security review."v It is, moreover, "a security review" that "was requested," as though the FBI is doing someone a favor.  The woman lies with the ease and abandon of a pathological liar.  Clinton makes it sound routine.  The FBI, however, does not perform "security reviews."  It conducts criminal investigations.  Its handling of the Clinton email matter clearly constitutes a criminal investigation.

As Presidential Campaign Unfolds, So Do Inquiries Into Clinton's Emails.  As Hillary Clinton moves toward the Democratic presidential nomination, she faces legal hurdles from her use of a private computer server as secretary of state that could jar her campaign's momentum in the months ahead.  Foremost among a half-dozen inquiries and legal proceedings into whether classified information was sent through Mrs. Clinton's server is an investigation by the F.B.I., whose agents, according to one law enforcement official, could seek to question Mrs. Clinton's closest aides and possibly the candidate herself within weeks.

Hume on Hillary Emails: 'Not a Huge Case,' 'You Don't Have Any Criminal Intent'.  Monday [2/29/2016] on Fox News Channel's "Outnumbered," while discussing the possibility of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton being indicted as a result of the current FBI investigation into her handling of classified material on an unsecured email server during her tenure as secretary of state, Fox News senior political contributor Brit Hume said there were enough questions about the circumstances of Clinton's case that an indictment isn't a slam dunk.

The Editor says...
Deceptive cover-up appears to have been the whole purpose of establishing a secret email server.  The circumvention of the Freedom of Information Act is the least of it, but even that shows criminal intent.  If the secret email system was set up to hide graft, bribery or espionage, the email server is just a subsidiary issue.

Hillary Emails Betrayed Whereabouts of Murdered Ambassador Chris Stevens.  An email containing the whereabouts and plans of murdered U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens passed through Hillary Clinton's private server, dispatches released Monday [2/29/2016] in the final group of messages from Clinton's emails reveal.  The email was actually first released last May but was contained in Monday's batch as well, serving as a reminder that numerous emails sent to Clinton's private address betrayed Stevens' location while he was stationed in arguably one of the most dangerous zones in the world for an American diplomat.

Hillary Clinton 'secret' email count doubles as latest batch is released.  The State Department on Monday deemed 23 more of former Secretary Hillary Clinton's emails "secret," more than doubling the number of messages she sent or received on her special account that have now been given that high level of classification.  Those messages were part of the last batch of 1,700 or so Clinton emails released by the State Department on Monday [2/29/2016], closing out a 14-month process in which the department, under a judge's order, processed and released 30,322 messages from Mrs. Clinton's secret server.

State Dept. declares 261 new Clinton emails classified.  State Department officials declared 261 of Hillary Clinton's private emails classified Monday [2/29/2016] when the agency released the final batch of the former secretary of state's records.  The batch included 1,723 emails, totaling more than 3,800 pages.  Its release marked the end of a months-long process of reviewing and redacting Clinton's private emails for release at the end of each month, a process that began last summer with a judge's ruling in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Jason Leopold of Vice News.  The State Department has now classified more than 2,000 emails, including 22 that were deemed "top secret" in January.

Top 11 Emails From The Final Batch Of Clinton's Private Server Emails.  Today the last batch of Clinton emails from her illicit, private server were released by the State Department.  Of the 1,723 released today [2/29/2016], 261 were found to contain classified information.  Those 261 new classified emails brings the final tally to an astounding 2,079 emails held on Clinton's unsecure server that now are said to contain classified information.  In the 261 classified emails, 19 contained "secret" information.  That also means that this batch includes the largest number of secret emails in any tranche.

Senior Clinton aide maintained top secret clearance amid email probe, letters show.  A senior Hillary Clinton aide has maintained her top secret security clearance despite sending information now deemed classified to the Clinton Foundation and to then-Secretary of State Clinton's private unsecured email account, according to congressional letters obtained by Fox News.  Current and former intelligence officials say it is standard practice to suspend a clearance pending the outcome of an investigation.  Yet in the case of Cheryl Mills, Clinton's former chief of staff at the State Department, two letters indicate this practice is not being followed — even as the Clinton email system remains the subject of an FBI investigation.

Final Clinton emails coming today.  The State Department will release the final batch of Hillary Clinton's emails on Monday, some 10 months after the process began.  The release comes just ahead of 11 Super Tuesday contests, which Clinton hopes will propel her to a commanding lead over Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential race.  Clinton's campaign has tried to shake off the email controversy, but the monthly releases have fueled fresh headlines about her exclusive use of a private email account while serving as secretary of State.  With the releases now nearing an end, Republicans have seized on the fact that more than 1,800 emails from her machine were eventually classified.

Hillary's email account an open secret in Washington long before scandal broke.  Hundreds of people — from White House officials and titans of the mainstream media to senators, Supreme Court justices and many of her top colleagues at the State Department — could have known about Hillary Clinton's secret email account, if only they'd cared to look closely enough.  Listed on some of the more than 28,000 messages Mrs. Clinton released so far are several White House chiefs of staff and a former director of the Office of Management and Budget, much of the rest of official Washington, and a number of people who had oversight of the State Department's key operations and open-records obligations.  President Obama was also on a series of messages, though the government is withholding those.

State Dept. to withhold two new Clinton emails.  State Department officials will withhold two emails from the batch of Hillary Clinton's private records set for release Monday but none because they contain "top secret" material, spokesman John Kirby said.  The agency will withhold one email between Clinton and President Obama, bringing the total number of undisclosed emails sent back and forth between the two to 19.  It will withhold another email at the request of an unspecified law enforcement agency, Kirby said, although he noted the email was not classified.

With the Clintons, the political scandals never stop.  After two presidents who've served beyond personal reproach, many Americans have forgotten the eight-year stream of Clinton scandals — right up to the pardons for fat-cat donors in Bill's final days in the White House.  If Hillary wins come November, it'll all start up again.  Indeed, Judge Sullivan just ensured that she'd take office with at least one investigation still open.  He ruled that top State Department officials and Clinton aides can be questioned under oath about whether her private email server was set up specifically to evade the freedom-of-information laws.  Oh, and the FBI's still doing its criminal probe into Clinton and her cohorts' mishandling of top-secret information.  Mind you, Judge Sullivan was named to the bench by Bill Clinton — and he made it clear he's fed up with this stalling.

Lynch confirms career Justice Department attorneys involved in Clinton email probe.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch confirmed to Congress Wednesday [2/24/2016] that career Justice Department attorneys are working with FBI agents on the criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton's email practices and the handling of classified material.  Legal experts say the assignment of career Justice Department attorneys to the case shows the FBI probe has progressed beyond the initial referral, or "matured," giving agents access to the U.S. government's full investigative tool box, including subpoena power for individuals, business or phone records, as well as witnesses.  The Associated Press reported earlier this month that career lawyers were involved, but Lynch's comments are the most expansive to Congress.

FBI professionals 'will be angry' if no indictment recommendation is made.  In a story published Thursday [2/25/2016], Catherine Herridge of Fox News added incrementally to what we know about the ongoing investigation, but the buried lede may be word of the current mood at the FBI.  Herridge quotes an unnamed source with knowledge of the investigation who tells her career professionals at the FBI, "will be angry and walk off if no indictment recommendation is followed through."  That certainly makes it sound as if some portion of the FBI — presumably those with knowledge of the case — think there is enough evidence to recommend prosecution (of someone).  They wouldn't be ready to "walk off" unless they were pretty certain the evidence supported their conclusion.  And, reading a bit more between the lines, it seems there is some impatience in the ranks to go ahead and conclude the matter in the way these professionals have already concluded is warranted.

John Kerry Says He Had 'No Knowledge What Kind Of Email' Hillary Used At State Dept. When He Was Emailing Her.  The nation's top diplomat, who testified on the State Department's budget in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also asserted that the American people "are really getting bored with" questions about the Clinton email scandal.  "You're fixated on this," Kerry told California Rep. Darrell Issa after a tough line of questioning about Clinton's email arrangement and his knowledge of it.  Issa, a Republican, pressed Kerry over emails revealed last month that show he sent emails from his personal address to Clinton's personal address discussing government business.  Information in one of those emails has been retroactively classified as "Secret," the second-highest classification level.

At least 1,818 Clinton emails contain classified material.  At least 1,818 emails that Hillary Clinton sent or received contained classified material, according to the State Department's latest update from its ongoing review of more than 30,000 emails.  The State Department released a new batch of 1,589 pages of Clinton's emails Friday evening [2/26/2016] in response to a court order.  Of those, 88 contain classified information.  All are at the confidential level, which is the lowest level of classification.  None of Clinton's emails was marked as classified during her tenure, State Department officials say, but intelligence officials say some material was clearly classified at the time.  Her aides also sent and received classified information.

Is it Espionage?  [Scroll down] One official involved in the investigation said that the special access program information found on Hillary Clinton's email was so sensitive that Intelligence Community's Inspector General, Charles McCullough and some of his aides, had to receive clearance to be "read on" the SAP before they could view the sworn declaration about the Clinton emails.  The Special Access Program material does not appear to be the same two Top Secret emails identified earlier among the hundreds of classified emails found on Clinton's server.  FBI may refer Hillary Clinton and her staff — Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, and Jake Sullivan — for indictment for the simple charge of mishandling classified information.  But don't bet the rent money.  Over the last 70 years, left-leaning Justice Departments have a history of watering down or drowning any indictment of top-level Democrats caught in the act or suspected of conducting classic espionage.

Clinton antagonist: We'll get all the emails.  All of the roughly 30,000 personal emails Hillary Clinton claimed to have deleted from her private email server will eventually be reviewed by the government — and many will be made public, according to a top legal adversary of Clinton.  "They're all going to get reviewed eventually, despite Mrs. Clinton's resistance," Tom Fitton, the head of the conservative legal watchdog organization Judicial Watch, said in an interview with The Hill.  Clinton has said she "chose not to keep" roughly half of her server's email cache because the 30,000 personal emails contained information about "yoga routines," "family vacations" and "condolence notes."

The Five Must-Read Emails of the Latest Clinton Email Dump.  Today [2/26/2016] the State Department released the penultimate batch of emails gleaned from Hillary Clinton's illicit, private email server.  The release featured another 88 emails that the government has determined contained classified information.  Those 88 emails bring the total number of Clinton's email that contain classified information to at least 1,818.  While the State Department's release of Clinton's emails is winding down, the amount of damaging information found in Clinton's emails certainly isn't.  The latest tranche of Clinton emails spotlight many of questionable aspects of her State Department tenure.  The biggest bombshell of the batch is an email from Neera Tanden that exposes Clinton's faulty approach to email security.  Others, such as one from Wendy Sherman, highlight the failed policies Clinton pursued at the State Department.  There is also a damaging exchange about trade that reminds people of the many flip-flops Clinton has made this campaign.

State Department Turns Over 1,600 Newly-Discovered Clinton Documents to Benghazi Committee.  The State Department turned over 1,600 pages of previously undisclosed documents related to Hillary Clinton and Libya to the House Benghazi committee on Friday [2/26/2016], a month after it revealed the existence of the documents in an unrelated court case.  The House Select Committee on Benghazi announced it received the records on Friday, adding that the State Department has yet to fully comply with document requests the committee made nearly a year ago.  "Today the State Department turned over more than 1,600 pages of new documents related to former Secretary Clinton and Libya," the committee said.  "The State [Department] claimed in a January 8th court filing that it only recently discovered these new documents from the Office of the Secretary."

House chairman: Military files, emails deleted amid probe.  The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Thursday [2/25/2016] that personnel at U.S. Central Command have deleted files and emails amid allegations that intelligence assessments were altered to exaggerate progress against Islamic State militants.

Emails on Hillary Clinton's secret server matched top secret documents virtually word for word.  U.S. spy agencies have told Congress that Hillary Clinton's home computer server contained some emails that should have been treated as 'top secret' because their wording matched sections of some of the government's most highly classified documents, four sources familiar with the agency reports said.  The two reports are the first formal declarations by U.S. spy agencies detailing how they believe Clinton violated government rules when highly classified information in at least 22 email messages passed through her unsecured home server.

Hillary conspiracy to evade FOIA through server? Judicial Watch gets to find out.  In a ruling sure to keep the Hillary Clinton email scandal alive through the summer, if not longer, a federal just has granted Judicial Watch the right to take discovery as to whether Hillary's home server was part of an effort to evade the Freedom of Information (FOIA) law by shifting federal records off-site and into the sole control of Hillary, her attorney's and consultants.  We have been following Judicial Watch's federal lawsuit seeking State Department records regarding Huma Abedin's outside employment.  The FOIA request giving rise to the suit also has given rise to much obfuscation by State, which even resulted in the Court ordering Hillary Clinton to provide a declaration under oath as to records.

Clinton's right-hand woman Huma Abedin faces being questioned under oath over Hillary's secret server.  A federal judge opened the door to allowing a conservative legal group to question top aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about whether she deliberately sought to thwart open records laws by using a private email server.

Aides' email-server testimony could throw Clinton campaign a curveball.  A federal judge ruled Tuesday [2/23/2016] that top aides to Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton should be questioned under oath about her use of a private email server as secretary of state, raising new political and legal complications for Clinton as she tries to maintain momentum for her campaign.  The ruling granted a request from the conservative group Judicial Watch, which sought testimony from State Department officials and members of Clinton's inner circle to determine whether Clinton's email arrangement thwarted federal open-records laws.

Is Hillary Clinton Getting A Free Pass On Her Email Scandal?  CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was found guilty last year of leaking classified information to a New York Times reporter about Iran's nuclear program.  Today, he's at the front end of a 3½ year stint in prison.  So what does Sterling think about the treatment Hillary Clinton is getting after it came to light that her unsecured, private email server contained more than 1,700 classified emails, 22 of them at the highest "Top Secret" level?  Sterling thinks Clinton is getting special treatment.

Jailed CIA leaker Says Hillary's Been 'Given a Pass' for Emails.  Hillary Clinton has not only been given a pass for her multitude of email indiscretions, she's been given an "almost apologetic pass," according to Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer who is now serving jail time for leaking documents to the New York Times.  In an interview with the Washington Post yesterday, Sterling accused federal officials of "setting a double standard" by refusing to prosecute Hillary Clinton.

He was fired from the CIA and jailed for a leak.  Locked away in federal prison, Jeffrey Sterling is struggling to keep his demons at bay.  The former CIA officer whose case came to signify the Obama administration's crackdown on leakers spends his days reading, tutoring fellow inmates and finishing a memoir, which he says he has to write by hand and mail home so his wife can type it.  "There is no sugarcoating it for me," Sterling said.  "I'm in prison."

Judge threatens subpoena against Clinton over emails.  A federal judge warned Tuesday that he may have to subpoena former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's entire secret email account, saying he has real questions about whether the Obama administration gave her special treatment.  In the interim, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said he was granting discovery to Judicial Watch, a public interest law firm who's sued to get a look at the emails, meaning the group will be able to demand the State Department explain who approved Mrs. Clinton's server, how many officials knew about it, and what accommodations they made to her after her emails become a public issue.

State releases hundreds of Clinton emails just before Nevada caucus.  State Department officials published 550 of Hillary Clinton's private emails Friday [2/19/2016] in accordance with a judge's order in a contentious Freedom of Information Act case.  The roughly 1,000 pages of emails came just hours before the start of the Nevada caucus Saturday.  Clinton has faced increased scrutiny of her private email use since the end of last month, when the State Department withheld at least 22 emails deemed "top secret," the highest level of classification in government.  Since then, Clinton has attempted to argue the controversial decision was the result of "over classification."

More than 500 new Clinton emails released by State Dept.  The 562 new documents posted online totaled 1,116 pages of emails.  The latest public release brought the total number of pages released to 46,946, or about 85 percent of the 55,000 pages originally surrendered by Clinton.  Friday's [2/19/2016] release brought the total number of public Clinton emails containing classified information to 1,731.

Clinton email chain discussed Afghan national's CIA ties, official says.  One of the classified email chains discovered on Hillary Clinton's personal unsecured server discussed an Afghan national's ties to the CIA and a report that he was on the agency's payroll, a U.S. government official with knowledge of the document told Fox News.  The discussion of a foreign national working with the U.S. government raises security implications — an executive order signed by President Obama said unauthorized disclosures are "presumed to cause damage to the national security."

Watchdog Wants Investigation Into Ex-State Dept. Employees' Using Clinton Campaign Email Accounts.  A government watchdog group is asking two lawmakers to investigate whether State Department employees violated federal law by using email accounts from Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign to conduct official government business.  The request, which the Cause of Action Institute sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, was prompted by the discovery that Bryan Pagliano, the State Department staffer who managed Clinton's private email server, communicated with Clinton's chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, from his campaign email address [...]

Exclusive: Hillary Clinton And Cheryl Mills Did Not Sign Mandatory Agreement to Return Classified Materials.  Breitbart News has obtained confirmation on State Department letterhead that Hillary Clinton did NOT sign a mandatory OF-109 "Separation Statement" when she left the State Department.  That statement would have required her to affirm that she had returned all classified materials in her possession.  Clinton's top aide Cheryl Mills also avoided signing a separation statement.  Additionally, Clinton never certified that she went through a mandatory security debriefing to learn how to handle classified information.

Republicans stand down for FBI investigation of Clinton server.  Republicans are refusing to use the Benghazi playbook to go after Hillary Clinton's private email server.  Instead of launching formal investigations or propping up a new special committee to investigate the emails — as they did with the 2012 Libya terror attack — House Republicans have gone out of their way to avoid formal inquiries into allegations that classified information was mishandled on Clinton's personal machine.

If Putin Is Reading Her Email....  It is highly likely that Vladimir Putin's minions obtained Hillary Clinton's emails while they were hanging out there on her insecure private server.  Even former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said so.  (I'm sure the same applies to the intelligence services of other hostile states as well.)  Well, so what?  Paul Roderick Gregory addresses the question in an intensely interesting Forbes column.

What If Vladimir Putin Has Hillary Clinton's Emails?  [Scroll down]  A Kremlin penetration of Clinton's private e-mail account would give it the world's most complete record of her secretary of state correspondence including the almost 32,000 emails that the Clinton team deemed private and made unavailable.  Consider Vladimir Putin with a full inventory of Clinton e-mails.  Putin's KGB training was in running agents, most recruited by kompromat (compromising information) that he had gathered, meaning that he would immediately have understood the possibilities.  Putin's FSB and military security experts would be told to scour the load of e-mails for operational information, names, addresses and dates.  As kompromat specialists, they would look for personal Clinton material ranging from embarrassing to compromising.

More Clinton Emails Designated 'Classified' and 'Secret' in Latest Doc Dump.  The State Department performed one of their weekend document dumps, releasing another 550 Hillary Clinton emails — more than 1000 pages.  They also reclassified another 84 emails, bringing the total number of sensitive communications that had no business being on a private server to more than 1700.

Hillary's latest batch of emails dropped yesterday with more Top Secret goodness.  To describe yesterday [2/13/2016] as a "busy" day would be a bit of an understatement, but there was still news being made on the national front.  One big story which got shoved toward the back of the shelf was the fact that yet another set of Hillary Clinton's emails was released.  This batch numbered more than 500, with a full fifteen percent of them being classified at one level or another and three ringing the Top Secret bell.

Number of Classified Emails Found on Clinton's Bathroom Server Climbs to 1,700.  That steady drip, drip, drip sound you hear is not just the leaky faucet in Hillary's bathroom.  It's also the repeated revelations that she compromised national security by maintaining a email private server to evade public and governmental scrutiny.  Today's [2/13/2016] release of 1,000 pages of emails revealed 84 new classified documents, bringing the total number of felony violations to nearly 1,700.

More Hillary Clinton emails released by State Department.  Among the 551 emails released Saturday by the State Department from Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, parts of 84 of the documents were upgraded in classification level, but none of them to the "top secret" classification.  Most of the emails, according to the State Department, were upgraded to "confidential," the lowest classification level, and none were marked classified at the time they were sent.  The government upgraded three of Clinton's emails to the "secret" level of classification.  The latest batch of emails span a range of topics — including several amusing illustrations of Clinton's well-documented struggles with technology and her "berry phone."

15 percent of latest Clinton emails marked classified; 551 released Saturday.  More than 15 percent of the latest batch of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails released Saturday contain classified information, with three of the messages being labeled "secret" — continuing to add to the questions surrounding her email use.  One of the messages is an extensive missive from David Satterfield, a top U.S. diplomat to Egypt, who told top officials in both the White House and State Department about negotiations in the Sinai.  The entire contents of the messages are now deemed "secret," though there is no indication they were marked as such at the time.  The message was forwarded to Mrs. Clinton by top aide Jacob Sullivan.

Former intel chief: Clinton should drop out, save FBI the manpower.  A former top military intelligence official to President Obama said Hillary Clinton should step out of the 2016 presidential race due to the amount of resources and manpower required to conduct the private email investigation that could be put to better use.  "It's been stated that there are 100 FBI agents that are on this case.  And yet we have the FBI director that has told us that all 50 states, we have Islamic State cases ongoing," said retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Friday [2/12/2016] to CNN's Jake Tapper.

Former Obama intel official: Hillary Clinton should drop out.  President Barack Obama's former top military intelligence official said Hillary Clinton should pull out of the presidential race while the FBI investigate her use of a private email server for official government communication while secretary of state.  Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the retired chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency, made the call in an interview with Jake Tapper on "The Lead."  "If it were me, I would have been out the door and probably in jail," said Flynn, who decried what he said was a "lack of accountability, frankly, in a person who should have been much more responsible in her actions as the secretary of state of the United States of America."

The Democrats' Likely Nominee Appears to Be a Felon — This Is Not Business as Usual.  For all the surreal projection of normalcy, the race is enveloped by an extremely serious criminal investigation.  If press reporting is to be believed — in particular, the yeoman's work of Fox News's Catherine Herridge and Pamela K. Browne — Hillary Clinton, the likely nominee of one of the two major parties, appears to have committed serious felony violations of federal law.  That she has the audacity to run despite the circumstances is no surprise — Clinton scandals, the background music of our politics for a quarter-century, are interrupted only by new Clinton scandals.  What is shocking is that the Democrats are allowing her to run.

At least 1,666 Clinton emails contain classified material.  The State Department released a new batch of 1,012 pages of Clinton's emails Saturday afternoon [2/13/2016] in response to a court order.  Of those, 84 contain classified information.  Most are at the confidential level, which is the lowest level of classification, though three are at the secret level.  None of Clinton's emails was marked as classified during her tenure, State Department officials say, but intelligence officials say some material was clearly classified at the time.  Her aides also sent and received classified information.

Judge orders four more Hillary Clinton email releases.  U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras issued an order Thursday [2/11/2016] requiring State to release batches of the still-undisclosed portion of Clinton's emails on Feb. 13, 19 and 26 with "all remaining documents" released by "the close of business" on Feb. 29.  Contreras had publicly discussed the possibility of releasing some of the messages directly to the Freedom of Information Act litigant whose case the judge is overseeing, Jason Leopold of Vice News.  However, the judge's order Thursday [2/11/2016] directs State to release the records on its website, as the agency has done at least once each month since last May.

The Clintons' Mind-Boggling Damage to National Security.  [Scroll down]  If it is true that Hillary Clinton had SAP information on her unsecure server, whether it was marked or not, you can be sure that the FBI will strongly recommend that charges be brought against Hillary Clinton and continue in an exhaustive investigation to trace back to every single person that had even the tiniest role in this unbelievable security compromise.  If the Attorney General, through "prosecutorial discretion," elected not to prosecute this crime, I believe Congress would have no alternative but to impeach her, and the FBI would then have no choice but to conduct a criminal investigation of her for a deliberate cover up — so grave is this security violation.  If President Obama were to pardon Hillary Clinton for a compromise of this magnitude he would render himself in the historical record as an "enemy of the state," and could himself face criminal prosecution — so grave is such a security compromise.

Could It Get Worse For Hillary? Yes, And Here's Why.  Throughout her email problem, Clinton has said that she neither sent nor received classified material on her personal email that was handled by a private server in her home.  When it turned out that more than 1,300 of her emails held classified information, she changed her defense.  The material was designated as classified only after she sent or received it, her camp said.  But new information from Judicial Watch shows that Clinton's personal email wasn't the only one that had classified and top secret material.  There was a wide breach in the Clinton State Department.  According to the government watchdog organization, "Clinton and her top aides, deputy chiefs of staff Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan, received and sent classified information on their non-state.gov email accounts."

Hillary Clinton Is Now Tied To At Least Four Investigations By Federal Agencies.  The State Department's inspector general last year subpoenaed the Clinton Foundation for documents related to work that required approval from the Hillary Clinton State Department, making it now at least four investigations involving the Democratic presidential candidate being conducted by federal agencies.  According to The Washington Post, the State Department inspector general's subpoena, which was filed in the fall, also sought records related to longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin's concurrent employment in 2012 with the State Department, the Clinton Foundation, and Teneo Holdings, a Clinton-connected consulting firm.

State Dept to release 550 Clinton emails over weekend, under court pressure.  The State Department will release 550 emails from Hillary Clinton's private server this weekend after pressure from a federal judge who earlier this week appeared visibly annoyed at its delayed efforts.  In a court filing late Wednesday night [2/10/2016], State Department official Eric Stein told the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that department staffers have made "significant progress" on preparing the emails for release.  As a result, the department will now be able to release the roughly 550 emails — roughly 14 percent of the 3,700 remaining Clinton emails — on Saturday [2/13/2016], in the middle of the Presidents Day holiday weekend.  The department had previously said it could not release the emails until late next week.

Spillage: Up to 30 accounts on Hillary server interacted with top-secret data.  According to an exclusive report from Fox News reporters Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne, the 29 e-mails considered too damaging to release even in redacted form went through at least a dozen different e-mail accounts on Hillary's secret server and at the State Department.

State Department offers to release some Hillary Clinton emails on Saturday.  A federal judge has ordered the State Department to release Hillary Clinton's remaining work-related emails in four installments over the next three weeks.  The order by Judge Rudolph Contreras comes just hours after the State Department proposed releasing the emails in two batches — one on February 13th and another on February 29th.

So many coincidences help Hillary Clinton in her email scandal.  The FBI has acknowledged she [Hillary Clinton] and some aides are targets of an investigation surrounding their use of an unsecured private server as her primary email device for national security information when Secretary of State.  President Obama, however, has said he's sure there are no national security problems there.  How he knows what the FBI doesn't is unclear.  But in Obama's Washington, where the IRS, Justice Department and EPA have been profoundly politicized, it's raised dark suspicions of inappropriate political influence in a criminal probe.

Exclusive: Former Obama Defense Intel Chief Says Hillary Should 'Step Down'.  President Barack Obama's former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) believes Hillary Clinton should drop out of the presidential race to clear the way for the probe of her private email server by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation, Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn (Ret.) said he thought the former Secretary of State should leave the Democratic presidential race:  "I think Hillary Clinton, for the good of the country, should step down and let this FBI investigation play out."

How Much Trouble Is Hillary Clinton In?  She survived a squeaker in Iowa, but suffered a shellacking in New Hampshire.  Every Democrat under 30 is feeling the Bern.  Her dishonesty over her email server has turned into a legal problem that keeps bubbling and bubbling and bubbling.  She's a Wall Street candidate running in an anti-establishment election cycle, delivering a muddled message to an electorate looking for clarity of vision.

The Democrats' dilemma: Clinton may not be salvageable.  Clinton's problems are threefold.  First and foremost, she has a serious legal problem, one that cannot be wished away by those indifferent to the facts.  The FBI does not investigate and devote considerable resources for nothing.  It does not lightly send a letter stating it is investigating a former high government official's use of an unsecured email [system].  And someone (whether in the FBI, the Justice Department or some other corner of the administration) does not without good reason leak a story as damaging as this latest Fox News report: [...]

Is Bill Clinton in the FBI crosshairs too?  [Scroll down]  First, did Mr. Clinton, in fact, own, pay for and house on his property the server used by Mrs. Clinton while she was secretary of state?  And second, did he touch, read, see and/or use any of the classified documents that appeared on that server, and if so, did he have the appropriate clearances and approval?  Let's take a step back.  In March 2015, when the story first broke that as secretary, Mrs. Clinton had kept a private server through which all of her official government business passed, the Associated Press reported that the server was traced back to an Internet service registered to the Clinton home in Chappaqua, N.Y.  At her initial press conference on the matter that month, Mrs. Clinton said the server that housed her emails while she was secretary was set up for Mr. Clinton.

Official: Top Clinton aides also handled 'top secret' intel on server.  At least a dozen email accounts handled the "top secret" intelligence that was found on Hillary Clinton's server and recently deemed too damaging for national security to release, a U.S. government official close to the review told Fox News.  The official said the accounts include not only Clinton's but those of top aides — including Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin, Jake Sullivan and Philippe Reines — as well as State Department Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy and others.  A second source not authorized to speak on the record said the number of accounts involved could be as high as 30 and reflects how the intelligence was broadly shared, replied to, and copied to individuals using the unsecured server.

State Department Asked Hillary Clinton Lawyer to Delete Specific Classified Records, Return Paper Copies.  [Scroll down]  "This letter highlights how the State Department took a casual approach to Hillary Clinton's violations of law concerning classified information," stated Tom Fitton.  "The Obama State Department should have sent the FBI to retrieve and secure this classified information.  Does Hillary Clinton still have other classified material she is hiding from the State Department?"

New Emails Show Hillary Clinton and Aides Had Classified Information on Non-Government Email Accounts.  Judicial Watch today [2/9/2016] released nearly 70 pages of State Department records that show that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aides, Deputy Chiefs of Staff Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan, received and sent classified information on their non-state.gov email accounts. [...] The new documents show that Hillary Clinton used the clintonemail.com system to ask Huma Abedin (also on a non-state.gov email account) to print two March 2011 emails, which were sent from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (using the moniker "aclb") to Jake Sullivan on Sullivan's non-state.gov email account.  The Obama State Department redacted the Blair emails under Exemption (b)(1) which allows the withholding of classified material.  The material is marked as being classified as "Foreign government information" and "foreign relations or foreign activities of the US, including confidential sources."

Judge orders State Dept. to speed up Clinton emails: 'Unreasonably long'.  A federal judge told the State Department to speed up the final release of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails, saying the voting public has an interest in seeing them as the primaries are underway.  Judge Rudolph Contreras said the government is taking an "unreasonably long" time processing the messages and is already more than a week overdue on making them all public — and said he didn't like being told speeding up could hurt national security.  "Government has me between a rock and a hard place," he said.

Judicial Watch: Hillary e-mail requested printout "without any identifiers".  A new release from the State Department of e-mails involving Hillary Clinton aides and the secret, unauthorized private server once more calls into question denials by Hillary of sending or receiving classified data.  Judicial Watch received dozens of pages in response to a FIOA lawsuit filed last May that specifically sought e-mails from Huma Abedin in the scandal.

Obama may be Ensnared in the Clinton Email Scandal.  Perhaps President Obama's involvement is the reason that the FBI has not yet referred charges to the Justice Department in the Hillary Clinton email case.  It may be metastasizing so quickly and so dangerously that not only are agents and lawyers within the agency having trouble keeping up with new evidence of wrongdoing, but that the scandal itself now threatens a constitutional crisis.  The Department of State's refusal to release 18 emails exchanged between President Obama and Clinton through her unsecured home server at best creates a conflict of interest for Obama while at worst it raises the likelihood that the President has run afoul of national security laws and ought to be impeached.

Pressure mounting on Lynch for special counsel on Hillary e-mails?  Will she or won't she?  That's the question Loretta Lynch faces on the investigation into Hillary Clinton's unauthorized homebrew e-mail server, on two levels.  If the FBI brings her a recommendation for indictments, will she pursue the case?  Or, will Lynch opt for a special counsel if that decision comes with too much political freight?

Pressure on Lynch to step aside in Clinton email probe.  Loretta Lynch is on the edge of the spotlight, about to be dragged to the center.  If the FBI finds sufficient evidence to launch a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton or one of her top aides for mishandling classified information, Lynch's Justice Department will have to decide whether to press ahead.  Even if no evidence of wrongdoing is found, Clinton's many critics are unlikely to take the word of an appointee of President Obama's and will doubt that justice has been served.  Already, top Republicans are calling for a special prosecutor to be brought in and evaluate the situation.

FBI formally confirms its investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server.  In a letter disclosed Monday [2/8/2016] in a federal court filing, the FBI confirms one of the world's worst-kept secrets:  It is looking into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.  Why say this at all, since it was widely known to be true?  Because in August in response to a judge's direction, the State Department asked the FBI for information about what it was up to.  Sorry, the FBI said at the time, we can neither confirm nor deny the existence of any investigation.  Now, in a letter dated February 2 and filed in court Monday, the FBI's general counsel, James Baker, notes that in public statements and congressional testimony, the FBI "has acknowledged generally that it is working on matters related to former Secretary Clinton's use of a private email server."

Clinton Emails: Appoint A Special Counsel, Guarantee A Speedy Trial.  The investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email account is taking on the look of a political stonewall.  It's time for an independent counsel to ensure that justice isn't delayed past the next election.  The Hill reported Monday [2/8/2016] that pressure on Attorney General Loretta Lynch to appoint an outside solicitor in the Clinton email scandal is starting to build as "top Republicans are calling for a special prosecutor to be brought in and evaluate the situation."  As one GOP congressman pointed out, the unique circumstances of this case require an exceptional response.

Issa: FBI Has No Choice But To Recommend Clinton Indictment.  Former Secretary of State and current Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been under criminal investigation by the FBI for nearly a year.  At this point, it's been reported Clinton hosted thousands of emails containing classified information on her private email server.  Worse, at least 22-emails contain the most sensitive of all top secret information about human sources, putting lives at risk in addition to compromising U.S. national security.  Yesterday [2/3/2016] on The Intelligence Report, former House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa explained why FBI Direct James Comey has no choice but to refer Clinton for indictment.

Judge Wants Explanation from State Department on 'Newly' Discovered Clinton Records.  Judicial Watch announced today [2/4/2016] that a federal judge ordered the State Department to explain how and when new records from the office of Hillary Clinton were located and why they were not identified previously.  The court order comes in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking records about the State Department vetting of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's potential conflicts of interest.  The explanation was initially due on Monday, but Judge Rudolph Contreras granted the State Department an extension to Friday, February 5, 2015, due to the federal government shutdown because of the recent blizzard.

Clinton hit for invoking 'everybody did it' defense on email scandal.  Critics are blasting Hillary Clinton for claiming at Thursday night's [2/4/2016] Democratic debate nothing will come of the FBI probe into her email practices and seizing on reports that other former officials received classified information on personal accounts — saying she's glossing over glaring differences between her case and theirs.  "The attempt to paint her predecessors in the State Department as equal offenders in mishandling classified material is an insult to what we now know to be the truth," Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said in a statement Thursday, calling the argument an "everybody did it" defense.

The Democrats' New Game:
State Goes Back and Retroactively Classifies Emails Sent to Powell's and Rice's Personal Accounts, So They Can Say "Everybody Does It".  The interesting thing here is that State can classify, or declassify, information originating with State.  But they cannot classify, nor declassify, information originating with another service, like the CIA or NSA.  Hillary is claiming that State "disputes" the CIA's and NSA's determination that the information she was passing around was top-top-secret.  Shockingly secret.  State is disputing this on her behalf — but they have no such power to classify or declassify CIA or NSA information.

Email Scandal Spin: No, Hillary, Powell and Rice Didn't 'Do It Too'.  [Scroll down]  In summary, Hillary Clinton's server is the scandal.  It's possible that Rice's aides and Sec. Powell may have acted improperly (though the email rules were set forth after Powell left office).  They may have been sloppy with a small number of low-level classified information on an ad hoc basis.  The rules and laws pertaining to the US government's data security must be followed.  By everyone.  But Clinton mishandled hundreds upon hundreds of classified emails, which held state secrets at the highest classification levels.

The e-mail scandal stretches far beyond Hillary.  The State Department has confirmed that Clinton's successor as secretary of state, John Kerry, sent her a message, now deemed secret, from his personal email account.  At the time (May 2011), Kerry chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with access to top-level secrets.  But since Kerry sent the message, he presumably knew Hillary also wasn't using a government email address.  Same for President Obama:  He claims he first learned about Clinton's private email address from news accounts — but it turns out he and Hillary exchanged at least 18 emails, which State refuses to make public.

Speaking as an expert on the subject...
Clinton Calls Cybersecurity 'One of the Most Important Challenges' for the Next President.  At the end of a get out the vote campaign event in New Hampshire on Wednesday [2/3/2016], Hillary Clinton was asked about her plans for protecting cyber security.  "It is one of the most important challenges the next president is going to face," Clinton said.  Clinton said that the technology offenses conducted by hostile states have become more advanced.  She named Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea as countries that are just going to accelerate their attacks on the cyber infrastructure of the United States.

Powell says his email use was 'a lot different' than Clinton's.  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell pushed back on attempts Thursday [2/4/2016] to liken his infrequent use of a personal email address more than a decade ago to Hillary Clinton's exclusive reliance on a private server when she held the State Department's top position.  "It's a lot different from what the rest of us were doing and what Mrs. Clinton is doing," Powell, a Republican appointee, told NBC.  Powell spoke after a top House Democrat revealed in a public letter the discovery that Powell had received two classified emails in his private inbox while serving as secretary of state.

Clinton's Security Clearance Is Under Scrutiny.  Now that several e-mails on Hillary Clinton's private server have been classified, there is a more immediate question than the outcome of the investigation:  Should the former secretary of state retain her security clearance during the inquiry?  Congressional Republicans and Democrats offer predictably different answers.  The State Department announced Friday [1/29/2016] that it would not release 22 e-mails from Clinton's private server after a review found they contained information designated as top secret.  U.S. officials who reviewed the e-mails tell us they contain the names of U.S. intelligence officers overseas, but not the identities of undercover spies; summaries of sensitive meetings with foreign officials; and information on classified programs like drone strikes and intelligence-collection efforts in North Korea.

What voters know about Hillary Clinton: She's a crook.  On the Friday before Monday's caucuses, the State Department, which Clinton headed in President Obama's first term, revealed that it discovered 22 top-secret emails on the private computer server to which Clinton diverted all her governmental email traffic.  This acknowledgement marks a radical departure from previous State Department pronouncements and is a direct repudiation of Clinton's repeated assertions.  She has repeatedly asserted that she neither sent nor received anything "marked classified" using her private email server.  The State Department, until last Friday, has backed that up by claiming that while the substance of at least 1,300 of her emails was confidential, secret or top secret, they were not "marked" as such when she dealt with them.

How the FBI Could Force DOJ to Prosecute Hillary Clinton.  Ken Cuccinelli, the former attorney general of Virginia, knows the laws regarding classified information firsthand.  In his private practice, Cuccinelli defended a Marine lieutenant colonel court martialed on charges of possessing such information outside a secure facility.  He says Clinton's actions in the e-mail scandal clearly satisfy all five requirements necessary to sustain charges of mishandling classified material, and constitute a breach perhaps even more glaring than the one for which General David Petraeus was convicted.

Seven additional Clinton emails to be marked 'top secret'.  A Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday [2/3/2016] that the State Department has classified seven more of Hillary Clinton's private emails as "top secret."  "There are more than 22, and it's not just one or two more," Rep. Chris Stewart told the Washington Examiner, referring to the 22 emails deemed top secret by the State Department last week.  "It's a more meaningful number than that."  Stewart said the State Department has classified seven additional emails as "top secret."  The agency will now withhold 29 emails from the public due to their sensitive content.

Lawmaker Says He's 'Never Read Anything That's More Sensitive' Than Information In Hillary's 'Top Secret' Emails.  A member of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that he has "never read anything that's more sensitive" than the contents of the "Top Secret" Hillary Clinton emails identified by the State Department last week.  Utah Rep. Chris Stewart also said during an interview with Fox New's "America's Newsroom" that there are "actually more" than 22 "Top Secret emails," which is the number reported by the State Department.  In a separate interview with the Washington Examiner, Stewart said that another seven emails are being withheld in full because of their sensitive nature.

Obama's Growing Conflict of Interest in the Clinton E-Mail Scandal.  [Scroll down]  So egregious have the scandal's latest developments been that a critical State Department admission from last week has received almost no coverage:  Eighteen e-mails between Mrs. Clinton and President Obama have been identified, and the government is refusing to disclose them. [...] Think about what this means.  Not only is it obvious that President Obama knew Mrs. Clinton was conducting government business over her private e-mail account, the exchanges the president engaged in with his secretary of state over this unsecured system clearly involved sensitive issues of policy.  Clinton was being asked for "advice and counsel" — not about her recommendations for the best country clubs in Martha's Vineyard, but about matters that the White House judges too sensitive to reveal.

Hillary's ridiculousness is approaching critical mass.  Clinton's stories continue to evolve. In 2007 having a secret email account was "shredding the Constitution."  Back on March 10 of last year, there was no classified information on her server:  "I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email; there is no classified material."  Until there was.  More than 1300 of them.

The 'Secret' Email John Kerry Sent To Hillary From His iPad Was Also From A Non-Official Account.  As a Senator in 2011, Sec. of State John Kerry sent an email containing information that the State Department now says is classified as "Secret" from a non-government account to Hillary Clinton, agency spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday [2/2/2016].  The tranche of Hillary Clinton records released on Friday contains the sensitive May 11, 2011 email, which is heavily redacted because it contains foreign government information.  In the email, which Kerry sent from his iPad and was first reported on Friday, the former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee discussed negotiations between India and Pakistan.

Former FBI Official Red-Flags Troubling Lack of Activity at DOJ Regarding Hillary's Emails.  A former assistant director of the FBI is voicing concern about the Justice Department's lack of movement on the ongoing FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's email arrangement which, according to sources, will be wrapping up soon.  If Bureau leaks are to be believed, the results will show that Mrs. Clinton and her underlings flagrantly violated some of our most important laws — laws that are designed to protect national security.  Anyone else would have been arrested by now.

Three Big Unanswered Questions About Hillary Clinton's Emails.  Question 1:  What sort of role is the White House playing in the investigation and is it exerting any pressure to exonerate Clinton?  White House spokesman Josh Earnest said last week that that Hillary Clinton would not be indicted "based on what we know."  Are the Justice Department and FBI briefing the White House on the ongoing investigation?  What does the White House know that we don't?  Given the political consequences of an indictment and the fact that the White House may have lots of reasons to influence the investigation that have nothing to do with seeing the law fairly applied, doesn't the White House's statement about Clinton not being indicted come off as unseemly?

Plans for Hidden IT Network to Help Clinton Skirt Rules Uncovered by Judicial Watch.  Judicial Watch announced today [2/1/2016] that it recently received records from the Department of State disclosing plans by senior State Department officials to set up a "stand-alone PC" so that Clinton could check her emails in an office "across the hall" through a separate, non-State Department computer network system.  Referencing the special Clinton computer system, Under Secretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy, writes Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, "The stand-alone separate network PC is a great idea."  The emails are from January 23-24, 2009, a few days after Clinton was sworn in as Secretary of State.  The new emails were obtained by Judicial Watch in response a court order in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for State Department records about Hillary Clinton's separate email system.

Hillary Clinton Put Spies' Lives at Risk.  I've elaborated how Hillary Clinton, the apparent Democratic frontrunner for President this year, put large amounts of classified information at grave risk through slipshod security practices by herself and her staff.  Now that scandal has taken a significant turn for the more ominous.  Last Friday afternoon [1/29/2016] the State Department's latest court-mandated release of Hillary Clinton's emails from when she was Secretary of State caused a new political firestorm.  While many more emails were released by Foggy Bottom, some with redactions due to classified materials they contained, twenty-two emails totaling thirty-seven pages of text were withheld entirely at the request of the Intelligence Community.  Those twenty-two emails, deemed "unclassified" by Ms. Clinton and her staff, were judged to be Top Secret in reality.

Behind Closed Doors, Media and Government Buzzing about Hillary's Emails.  [Scroll down]  Wait — is he referring to Hillary Clinton's email scandal?  But we've been assured by Democratic flacks that Hillary has little to worry about.  That's when host Joe Scarborough let in the audience on the conversation among elites.  "A couple people held their breath when we talked about it the other day," he said.  "Everybody in the government, everybody in the media, everybody that runs anything is talking about how advanced this investigation is.  And nobody's telling the American people about it.  So I had an executive at another network ask 'is it safe to talk about it now?'"  Barnicle agreed, saying, "There's just too much buzz around it from all different levels of government, media, and everything to ignore it, and Bernie is no longer ignoring it."

That ever changing Clinton email defense may be running out of excuses.  Unless you're a complete idiot, you know what does or doesn't fall within the realm of classified ... especially if you're the Secretary of State.  And its not like this was all new to her.  She'd served as a US Senator and been privy to classified material before and was certainly briefed on how to handle it.  One can't imagine, given the stringent rules surrounding the handling of classified material, that she didn't receive additional briefings when she took State.  She chose to ignore them all.

Grassley probes Clinton aide's refusal to cooperate with investigators.  A top aide to Hillary Clinton "refused" to cooperate with investigators looking into whether the Clinton team suppressed a 2012 records request that could have exposed their private email use years before a separate congressional inquiry did so, Sen. Chuck Grassley said Monday [2/1/2016].  The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman raised concerns about the role Cheryl Mills, then-chief of staff to Clinton, played in blocking a Freedom of Information Act request for Clinton's email use in a pair of letters to the State Department and the agency's inspector general Monday [2/1/2016].

Judge Sets Hearing Date in Hillary Clinton E-mail Case.  The federal judge overseeing the main Hillary Clinton e-mail lawsuit has scheduled a status conference for next week to see where the headline-generating case goes from here.  Judge Rudolph Contreras will ask the lawyers at the hearing on February 9 where the lawsuit stands, now that the State Department has said it will finish disclosing the relevant documents by the end of the month.  February 9 also happens to be the day of the New Hampshire primary.

Hillary's emails included CIA officers' names, report says.  Hillary Clinton's e-mails included the names of CIA officers serving overseas and foreigners who are on the spy agency's payroll — potentially endangering their lives, it was reported Monday [2/1/2016].  "It's a death sentence," a senior intelligence-community official told the Observer.  "If we're lucky, only [foreign] agents, not our officers, will get killed because of this."  The paper said the intelligence community is in panic mode trying to determine which agents may have been compromised.

Clinton Scandal: Hillary Used A Team To Help Her Hide Emails.  Hillary Clinton's effort to conceal her State Department communications from the disinfecting glare of sunlight was planned from the beginning.  It's time to know what she wanted to hide.  Emails received Monday [2/1/2016] from the State Department by a government watchdog organization show that department officials were busy early in Clinton's tenure setting up a stand-alone personal computer in a "counselor office" so the secretary could "go across hall regularly to check her email."

How long can Hillary Clinton hide in a parallel universe?  Hillary Clinton's defense of her seemingly criminal mishandling of the nation's secrets now looks to be pretty much, I live in a parallel universe.  The latest:  She insists the e-mail story is still in the news only because some "people are selectively leaking and making comments that have no basis in anything I'm aware of."  That's what she told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on Monday [2/1/2016] — just three days after the State Department announced it can't release 22 of her e-mails because they're too dense with highly classified information.

Emails show aides wanted 'super encrypted' Blackberry for Clinton.  An internal email chain from Hillary Clinton's early days at the State Department suggests Clinton's staff initially sought a "super encrypted" Blackberry for the secretary of state before apparently abandoning those plans in favor of a personal device.  The records indicate Cheryl Mills, then Clinton's chief of staff, had pushed for a secure cellphone because Clinton did "not know how to use a computer to do email," according to an exchange obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch.

Republican warns of White House influence on Clinton investigation.  The second-ranking Republican in the Senate is amplifying his call for the Justice Department to name a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton's email server, suggesting the White House is trying to influence the FBI's probe.  "I believe that Secretary Clinton has likely violated multiple criminal statues," Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Monday [2/1/2016].  Cornyn said Attorney General Loretta Lynch should name a special counsel to counter the "apparent inability of the White House to resist the temptation to try to influence or at worst obstruct the current investigation."

If you can't prosecute Hillary Clinton, then you can't prosecute Edward Snowden.  In the latest Friday night document dump 2,000 Hillary Clinton emails were made public.  Twenty two of them were not released, as they were considered "too damaging" to even release in redacted form.  The State Department has been dragging its feet in releasing the Clinton emails and won't meet a Court ordered deadline to release the remaining emails due to an "internal oversight."  Now the Clinton campaign wants the Top Secret emails made public.

Cheryl Mills Refused To Speak To State Dept. Investigators About Hillary's Email Account.  Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, refused to speak to investigators with the State Department's Office of the Inspector General about her handling of a 2012 public records request for information about Clinton's private email addresses that the agency falsely denied.  That's according Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, who sent letters last week to Secretary of State John Kerry and the State Department's inspector general Steve Linick, in response to a report Linick's office released last month about the State Department's mishandling of Freedom of Information Act requests for records pertaining to Clinton's email account and private email system.

NYT Reporter: Clinton's Problem Is the FBI, Not RepublicansNew York Times reporter Peter Baker rebuked Hillary Clinton's rhetoric over the weekend about Republicans politicizing her private email scandal, suggesting on CNN Sunday [1/31/2016] that it was the FBI that should be really on Clinton's mind.  The Obama administration announced Friday [1/29/2016] it could not release 22 of Clinton's emails from her private server because they were top-secret, while Clinton maintained her line that those emails were not marked classified when they were sent or received, a statement columnist Ron Fournier remarked was "irrelevant."  The Washington Free Beacon reported Clinton signed a non-disclosure agreement laying out criminal penalties for any mishandling of classified information as secretary of state.

Hillary's Email Scandal Envelops the Intelligence Agencies.  The latest revelations about Hillary Clinton's misuse of an unsecured private email system to communicate top secret information appear to lead possible criminal complicity in some intelligence agencies that had to know of her conduct.  This past week we found out that at least twenty-two of those emails are so highly classified that they cannot be released even in a heavily redacted form.  Clinton, predictably, is trying to score political points by saying they should all be released, thus putting the blame on the State Department for withholding them even though she knows perfectly well that the emails in question can't possibly be disclosed because of the intensely guarded secrets they contain.

Who Received Hillary's Secret Emails?  Congressman Darrell Issa has predicted that Hillary and Huma will never be indicted for leaking top-secret information through their illegal email scam. [...] If H&H are not indicted soon, FBI and DOJ career lawyers may retaliate by leaking additional evidence about Hillary's criminal, irresponsible, and dangerous malfeasance in high office.  Hillary is therefore deeply implicated in the worst hostile penetration of the U.S. government since Stalin.  Huma's lifelong collaboration with the Nazi-era Muslim Brotherhood has been thoroughly documented.

Plans For Hidden IT Network To Help Clinton Skirt Rules Uncovered by Judicial Watch.  Judicial Watch announced today [2/1/2016] that it recently received records from the Department of State disclosing plans by senior State Department officials to set up a "stand-alone PC" so that Clinton could check her emails in an office "across the hall" through a separate, non-State Department computer network system.  Referencing the special Clinton computer system, Under Secretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy, writes Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, "The stand-alone separate network PC is a great idea."  The emails are from January 23-24, 2009, a few days after Clinton was sworn in as Secretary of State.

Official: Withheld Clinton emails contain 'operational' intel, put lives at risk.  Highly classified Hillary Clinton emails that the intelligence community and State Department recently deemed too damaging to national security to release contain "operational intelligence" — and their presence on the unsecure, personal email system jeopardized "sources, methods and lives," a U.S. government official who has reviewed the documents told Fox News.  The official, who was not authorized to speak on the record and was limited in discussing the contents because of their highly classified nature, was referring to the 22 "TOP SECRET" emails that the State Department announced Friday [1/29/2016] it could not release in any form, even with entire sections redacted.

Hillary Clinton: When I'm President, I Won't Let Staffers Do What I Did.  Hillary Clinton said in a Sunday [1/31/2016] interview with Iowa's WHO that if she is elected president, her staff will not be allowed to use a private email for official government use.

Hillary Clinton Put Spies' Lives at Risk.  Last Friday afternoon [1/29/2016] the State Department's latest court-mandated release of Hillary Clinton's emails from when she was Secretary of State caused a new political firestorm.  While many more emails were released by Foggy Bottom, some with redactions due to classified materials they contained, twenty-two emails totaling thirty-seven pages of text were withheld entirely at the request of the Intelligence Community.  Those twenty-two emails, deemed "unclassified" by Ms. Clinton and her staff, were judged to be Top Secret in reality.

State Dept. Records Show John Kerry Sent Hillary A 'SECRET' Email From His iPad.  Emails released by the State Department on Friday [1/29/2016] show that in 2011, then-Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry sent then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton an email from his iPad that has been deemed to contain information classified as "Secret."  While previous releases of Clinton's emails have shown that she and her staff communicated directly with Kerry when he was a senator, the new email is the first from Kerry that the State Department has determined contains sensitive information.

Hillary Compares FBI Investigation of Email to Benghazi: 'Pretty Clear They're Grasping at Straws'.  Sunday [1/31/2016] on ABC's "This Week," Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton compared the FBI investigation into her handling of classified material on her private email server during her tenure as secretary of state to the investigations into the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks saying, "I think it's pretty clear they're grasping at straws and this will turn out the same."

Hillary Emails "Too Damaging" To National Security To Release.  Bad news for Hillary Clinton as new revelations further undercut the former Secretary of State's claims that she never received or sent classified emails stored on her home-brew email server.  Fox News's Catherine Herridge is reporting that intelligence officials will not be releasing some of Hillary Clinton's emails because doing so would be "too damaging" to national security.

State Department Won't Acknowledge That Clinton Emails Have Already Been Classified Top Secret.  State Department spokesman John Kirby would not acknowledge on Friday [1/29/2016] a letter from the intelligence community's inspector general stating that information on Hillary Clinton's private server was classified at the time it was sent and received.  Fox News reporter Catherine Herridge asked whether the State Department disagreed with the intelligence community's determination that Clinton's email contained information that was highly-classified when it hit the server.  The Clinton campaign has argued that the information was only classified retroactively.

Hillary Email Scandal Takes Yet Another Troubling Turn.  Fox News, which seems to be the only news outlet doing any reporting on the story these days, reports that some of the emails found on Hillary Clinton's private, unsecured email server are "too damaging" to ever be released.  That's according to a Fox News source "close to the ongoing review."  The State Department itself confirmed the gravity of the situation, however, when it announced Friday that even email chains are being withheld from the public "in full" because of the sensitivity of the information they contain.

Hillary Clinton Campaign Meltdown: Top-Secret Emails 'Innocuous,' Should Be Released.  This week's Friday afternoon news drop was a blockbuster for Hillary Clinton, with revelations that some of her emails contained information so sensitive they cannot be released to the public at all, others will be delayed beyond the first few primaries by the State Department, and the number of Top Secret documents in her homebrew private email server has risen to 22.

Last Night's State Department Email Dump: The Most Damning for Hillary Yet.  With a classification rate of nearly 27 percent, this was the most highly classified batch of emails yet, despite the fact the State Department only produced 10 percent of the emails it was required to under court order.  And given the State Department's claim that many of the emails they withheld were still being reviewed by other agencies as well as the steep increase in the number of emails classified as 'SECRET,' it appears Hillary Clinton's email woes are only going to get worse.  Indeed, many redactions in last night's production had to do with information from several intelligence agencies including the CIA.  No wonder Clinton's friends in the State Department are trying to delay further releases until she's cleared the early nominating contests.  Here are some of the most eye-popping emails from last night's release [...]

Another Friday night Hillary Email Dump — minus the 22 Top Secret ones.  It's Friday night.  So the State Department just released a new batch of Hillary emails.

About Those 22 E-Mails.  If you or I had one top secret e-mail, never mind 22 of them there would be an armed swat team descending on our homes faster than you could say wilful suspension of disbelief.

Hillary Clinton emails declared 'top secret'.  Twenty-two emails sent through Hillary Clinton's unsecured home server while she was secretary of state contained government secrets, US officials say.  The State Department said the messages were "top secret" and could not be released.  Spokesman John Kirby said the emails were not marked classified at the time they were sent.  Mrs Clinton's use of a personal email as secretary of state has dogged her bid for the US presidency.

Josh Earnest may have gotten himself in a whole heap of trouble with comments on Hillary email scandal.  There are two very big dangers here.  It would be entirely improper for the White House to be in communication with the Justice Department over an ongoing criminal investigation.  This would constitute political interference.  A congressional committee could well issue a subpoena for Earnest, which would raise the Watergate flag when executive privilege likely would be claimed.  Second, this claim is likely to infuriate the FBI and those DoJ prosecutors with integrity.

Four Sid Blumenthal Emails In Latest Clinton Release Are COMPLETELY Classified.  Previous State Department releases of Hillary Clinton emails have contained messages from her longtime friend and intelligence-provider, Sidney Blumenthal, that have been deemed to contain some classified information.  But none of the records were completely classified, as is the case with four emails Blumenthal emails released by the State Department on Friday [1/29/2016].  Blumenthal, a former Bill Clinton White House aide, was infamously blocked from taking a job at the State Department under Clinton because of his anti-Obama campaigning in the 2008 Democratic primaries.

Hillary's lame excuses for her e-mail misconduct are crumbling.  The State Department just knocked a gaping hole in Hillary Clinton's happy e-mail fable.  State, the Associated Press reports, won't release 22 of Clinton's messages to the public because they contain too much most-secret information.  OK:  Clinton's only promised that none of her e-mails were labeled "classified" — so she's technically not a blatant liar.  But US intelligence agencies have determined these message contain enough sensitive information that even blacking out whole passages isn't enough to make them safe for public view.

Scarborough/Halperin on FBI Investigation of Hillary: Sources Say Something Happening.  What it is ain't exactly clear, but it doesn't seem to bode well for Hillary Clinton.  Today's [1/29/2016] Morning Joe featured an ominous exchange between Joe Scarborough and Mark Halperin.  The notion was that a variety of sources — from a senior network exec, to top Obama admin officials, to FBI agents — are saying the same thing:  the FBI investigation of Hillary is much further along than most people realize.

Oh my: Some Hillary e-mails "too damaging" to release?  What happens when redactions become insufficient to cover the damage to national security from Hillary Clinton's unauthorized and unsecured home-brew e-mail system?  Get ready to find out.  Fox News' Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne exclusively report that the intelligence community will prevent the State Department from releasing at least 22 e-mails in the current tranche, because not even redactions can prevent damage to national security from their release.

Official: Some Clinton emails 'too damaging' to release.  The intelligence community has deemed some of Hillary Clinton's emails "too damaging" to national security to release under any circumstances, according to a U.S. government official close to the ongoing review.  A second source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, backed up the finding.  The determination was first reported by Fox News, hours before the State Department formally announced Friday that seven email chains, found in 22 documents, will be withheld "in full" because they, in fact, contain "Top Secret" information.

Ex-FBI Official: Hillary Indictment Will Come During the Heat of the General Election.  Six months after the FBI began their investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server, sources believe that an indictment might fall during the "the heat of the general election campaign."  Former FBI assistant director Ron Hosko told The Hill that he doesn't "know that there's any magical cutoff date," and that the protracted length of the probe is not unusual for such investigations.

Why Hillary's EmailGate Matters.  Every few days, another bombshell appears in the media illustrating just how poorly Hillary Clinton, during her tenure as our nation's foreign policy boss, handled communications security.  By now, we have a complex portrait of someone whose mishandling of our nation's secrets, by herself and her staff, beggars belief for anyone versed in such matters.  EmailGate isn't going away, no matter how much Ms. Clinton's supporters want it to.  The number of "unclassified" emails that turn out to be classified, some of which transited Ms. Clinton's unencrypted server of bathroom fame, now surpasses 1,300 and may go higher still.  A couple weeks ago I explained how Ms. Clinton's emails included highly classified information from the National Security Agency, based on signals intelligence about Sudan at the Top Secret Codeword level.  How they got there has yet to be explained.

State Dept. set to release some Clinton emails amid legal battle.  State Department officials are set to release a batch of Hillary Clinton's private emails Friday [1/29/2016] amid a contentious court battle over whether the remainder of her records will see the light of day before the Democratic primary begins.  Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Jason Leopold, a reporter for Vice News, the State Department was required to complete the publication of roughly 30,000 Clinton emails by the end of January.

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State Department Delays Full Hillary Clinton Email Dump Until After Early Primaries.  The State Department will release 2,000 pages of Hillary Clinton emails Friday [1/29/2016], but that's a fraction of the remaining Clinton emails still in its possession.  The Department has 7,000 more pages of Clinton's emails that it chooses not to release yet.  The State Department's Friday dump represents less than 23 percent of the remaining emails.  Vice reporter Jason Leopold is suing the State Department in District Court in Washington, D.C. for the full release.

Did Obama just send Hillary Clinton the all-clear on the FBI investigation?  Each day brings new details about the classified information Hillary Clinton had on her homebrew server.  The disclosures are inevitably followed by demands that she be indicted.  Color me skeptical that she will face criminal charges, especially after President Obama's kind words for her.  His praise of Clinton's experience in an interview, twinned with his comparison of Bernie Sanders as a "bright, shiny object," were widely interpreted as a Clinton endorsement.

Hillary Clinton's worst nightmare: Hint — it's not Bernie Sanders.  It seems that every week, more information comes to light about Clinton's grave legal woes.  Her worries are in two broad categories:  One is her well-documented failure to safeguard state secrets and the other is her probable use of her position as secretary of state to advance financially her husband's charitable foundation.  The FBI is currently and aggressively investigating both.  What I will describe below is in the state secrets category.  It is apparently not new to the FBI, but it is new to the public.  Among the data that the FBI either found on the Clinton server or acquired from the State Department via its responses to Freedom of Information Act requests is a top-secret email that has been denominated Special Access Program.

Hillary Can't Pin E-mailgate on the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.  As Hillary Clinton sinks ever deeper into E-mailgate, her excuses for grossly mishandling state secrets grow ever weaker.  In defense of her gross negligence, Clinton and her comrades have dusted off a vintage 1990s cliché:  "It's the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy!"  Clinton has been hobbled by Inspector General of the Intelligence Community I. Charles McCullough III's discovery that her private, unsecure computer server contained "several dozen" e-mails classified TOP SECRET/SAP.  "Special Access Programs" is America's highest clandestine designation.  Such secrets must remain concealed because, under federal law, their "unauthorized disclosure could reasonably be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security."  As former Africom strategist Dan Maguire told Fox News, "There are people's lives at stake."

FBI's Clinton investigation not letting up.  Six months after it began, the federal investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server shows no signs of slowing down.  Former FBI officials said the length of the probe is not unusual and speculated that a decision on whether to file charges against Clinton or her top aides could come later this year, during the heat of the general election campaign.

We are witnessing the end of the House of Clinton.  There is the stench of political death around Hillary, Bill, Chelsea and the entire House of Clinton.  You could feel it when Republican front-runner Donald Trump hit back — hard — over the "penchant for sexism" charge by basically calling Hillary Clinton an enabler in the former president's sexual shenanigans.  When have we ever seen the Clintons back off?  But they did.  Then came further reports about an expanded FBI probe of her handling of secure information; the nexus of State Department favors for donors to the Clinton Foundation; and the story that Hillary Clinton or her staff might have lied to FBI agents in this probe.

Hillary's email scandal now potentially a matter of high treason.  Catherine Herridge of Fox News reports that the FBI is going directly to the intelligence agencies that generated the assessments to determine the original classification level.  The investigators "will go directly to depose specific individuals in agencies who generated the highly classified materials."  This is the prudent and smart thing to do in order to get specifics on the classification authority and to compare original documents with those that were stripped of classification markings.  But there is potentially something deeper and more sinister going on. [...] The FBI appears to have moved from a criminal investigation into an espionage investigation.

Hillary Decides What's Top Secret, What's Not.  Hillary Clinton and her campaign minions are trying mightily to dismiss the conclusions of the intelligence community inspector general that highly classified Special Access Protocol (SAP) documents were transferred to Clinton's unsecured private server.  The first line of Clinton's defense is (as usual) that the allegations are 1) nothing new and 2) politically motivated.  But beyond this usual rote Clintonian response is the additional claim that the documents were also 1) not so classified when Clinton received them and 2) even if they were classified documents the information they contained was public knowledge anyway, so no harm, no foul.  As to Clinton's first line of defense, what can one say?  You support Hillary and accept her mendacious paranoia as part of the package, or you don't.

How the FBI Could Force DOJ to Prosecute Hillary Clinton.  Could the Hillary Clinton e-mail saga end with FBI Director James Comey resigning in protest?  Ken Cuccinelli, the former attorney general of Virginia, knows the laws regarding classified information firsthand.  In his private practice, Cuccinelli defended a Marine lieutenant colonel court martialed on charges of possessing such information outside a secure facility.  He says Clinton's actions in the e-mail scandal clearly satisfy all five requirements necessary to sustain charges of mishandling classified material, and constitute a breach perhaps even more glaring than the one for which General David Petraeus was convicted.

Hillary Clinton: Private Email Was a Mistake, But Only 'Because of the Reaction'.  In a meeting with Iowa's Quad-City Times editorial board, Hillary Clinton explained that she does believe her use of a private email server while Secretary of State was a mistake... but only because of the way other people reacted to it.

Clinton Chief Of Staff Lost Her Personal Blackberry, Which Contained Classified Emails.  While working as Hillary Clinton's chief of staff at the State Department, Cheryl Mills lost her personal Blackberry, on which she sent emails that the State Department has determined contain classified information.  Records obtained by The Daily Caller through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit show Mills revealed that she lost her Blackberry in a March 20, 2010 email she sent to Bryan Pagliano, the State Department IT staffer who managed Clinton's private email server.

FBI going 'right to the source' in Clinton email probe, interviewing intel agencies.  The FBI is going straight to the source in its investigation of classified emails that crossed Hillary Clinton's personal server, speaking with the intelligence agencies — and in some cases, the individuals — that generated the information, two intelligence sources familiar with the probe told Fox News.  Investigators are meeting with the agencies and individuals to determine the classification level in the emails.  The step speaks to the diligence with which the bureau is handling the investigation, despite the former secretary of state's claims that the matter boils down to a mere interagency dispute.

The Clinton E-Mail Scandal And How It Will End.  The media are doing their best to keep it very much under the wire, but the Clinton e-mail scandal has been heating up to the point it can't be ignored much longer.  Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III just made an absolutely damning report to the intelligence committees in the House and Senate to the effect that in addition to 1,340 emails designated "classified" stored on her private home brew server, Mrs. Clinton actually had emails on her server that contained intelligence from "special access programs," which is "a level of classification beyond even 'top secret'."

DeLay: FBI sources say they're 'ready to indict' Hillary.  Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Monday [1/25/2016] his FBI sources had informed him they are ready to bring charges against Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information.  "I have friends in the FBI, and they tell me they're ready to indict," DeLay said during an appearance on Newsmax's "Steve Malzberg Show."  "They also say that if the attorney general does not indict, they're going public," the Texas Republican added.

How Hillary Got Classified Information Onto Her Private Email.  Hillary Clinton's acolytes are racing to dismiss the latest allegations that classified material was cut and pasted into her emails, but this isn't some mere oversight that can be hand-waved away with a shrug and a sad trombone honk.  One doesn't spill classified material into an unclassified system accidentally or through mere negligence.  What these new revelations show — if they are true — is conduct that was conscious, intentional, and felonious as all get-out.

Hillary and the Law of the Jungle.  Hillary Clinton claims the email scandal that hovers over her presidential campaign is all about politics.  She's right, but not in the sense that she would like people to believe, i.e., that a "vast right-wing conspiracy" is persecuting her — again.  In fact, she has undoubtedly violated the laws of the United States with her reckless and dangerous use of a private email account that exposed the most highly classified documents the country possesses to foreign intelligence services.  That she has not already been charged and locked up (as would have happened to almost anyone else who did the same) is because of politics.  Under the "law" of the political jungle her status and power have protected her.  But the law of the jungle only protects the strong.  And as Hillary grows weaker politically, her vulnerability to the laws of the United States grows considerably.

Motion filed to block State from delaying release of Clinton emails.  The journalist who forced the State Department to release thousands of Hillary Clinton's emails is opposing the government's efforts to delay the final release by one month, warning the extension would cause "irrevocable harm."  On Monday [1/25/2016], lawyers for Vice News reporter Jason Leopold filed a motion seeking to block the department from extending the amount of time that it has to release emails from the former secretary of State's personal server.

Reporter fights Hillary Clinton email delay.  Lawyers for a journalist seeking release of Hillary Clinton's email trove are objecting to the State Department's request for a month-long delay to complete disclosure of the final set of the former secretary of state's messages, warning that allowing the process to drag out until the end of February could deprive voters in early caucus and primary states of information on the Democratic presidential candidate.

State Department accused of political tampering in delay of Clinton emails.  The reporter whose case has forced the release of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails accused the Obama administration on Monday [1/25/2016] of political tampering by asking to delay making the final set of messages public until after the first four states have already voted in the Democratic presidential primary.  Another 11 states are slated to vote March 1, just hours after the State Department has said it wants to release the final 4,000 or so emails — which are likely to include some of the most controversial messages.  That means nearly 45 million voters won't have enough time to digest the emails before having to vote, Jason Leopold, a reporter at Vice, said in a court filing opposing the State Department's new schedule.

Hillary Clinton's Email Scandal Appears Gravely Criminal.  [Scroll down]  The Clintons have made careers of defying our assumptions about how low they can go.  I should have reminded myself that anything was possible.  Now, Paul Sperry reports that the FBI is probing indications that Mrs. Clinton did precisely what I assumed, because of the time and purposeful effort involved, she wouldn't have done. [...] As I noted in my National Review weekend column, we now know that highly classified information from the secure systems ended up on Clinton's private, unsecured (and relatively easy to hack) system.  That, however, is not the half of it.  Sperry reports that the actual documents themselves appear to have ended up in Clinton's unsecured system — but carefully shorn of their classified markings.

Hillary's team copied intel off top-secret server to email.  The FBI is investigating whether members of Hillary Clinton's inner circle "cut and pasted" material from the government's classified network so that it could be sent to her private email address, former State Department security officials say.  Clinton and her top aides had access to a Pentagon-run classified network that goes up to the Secret level, as well as a separate system used for Top Secret communications.

Hillary Clinton's E-Mail Scandal: Far Graver than First Thought.  If a bumbling Clinton had let a smattering of classified e-mails land on her unsecured server, one might overlook an occasional slip-up or two.  However, the State Department so far reports that Clinton's private server held at least 1,340 e-mails that contain classified data.  The final tranche of Clinton's e-mails should arrive January 29, most likely featuring even more e-mails brimming with state secrets.

Hillary's emails contained Top Secret HUMINT as State Dept. Stalls.  As the State Department asked for an extension to publish the last of Hillary Clinton's emails, it's been revealed that at least one of them found on her private server contained extremely sensitive information.  According to Fox News, an intelligence agency has identified the email as 'HCS-O', which is the code used to report on human intelligence sources in ongoing operations.  A January 14 letter sent to Congress by the intelligence community's inspector general advises the Oversight committees that Special Access Program (SAP), which is intelligence beyond top secret, was identified in Clinton's emails, Fox News reported.

Clinton's email excuses are falling apart.  Hillary Clinton went into damage-control mode when news broke that the inspector general of the intelligence agencies had identified additional classified emails on her private server, including ones containing intelligence on covert "Special Access Programs."  Her campaign even accused the inspector general — an Obama appointee confirmed by a Democratic-controlled Senate — of engaging in a "coordinated leak" with Republicans "for the purposes of hurting her campaign."  Lash out as she might, Clinton's constantly changing email story is rapidly falling apart.  First, Clinton claimed there was "no classified material" on her private server — which turned out to be untrue.  Then she claimed none of the intelligence on her server was "classified at the time" — which also turned out to be untrue.

The shoes are raining down in Hillary's e-mail mess.  Fox News, which last week disclosed that messages on Clinton's private server went beyond even Top Secret classification, now reports they even included material on clandestine human-intelligence sources.  That is, secret agents and local assets in the field — people whose very lives are in danger if they're exposed.  And this comes as President Obama's own former defense secretary, Robert Gates, admitted, "the odds are pretty high" that her home server was accessed by one or more hostile foreign governments.

Why the Justice Department Won't Work with the FBI on Clinton's E-mail Case.  Another day, another double-take reading the New York Times.  The latest shoe in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's scandalous mishandling of classified information dropped heavily this week.  It had already been reported that, contrary to her denials, hundreds of secret intelligence communications were transmitted over the private, unsecured e-mail system on which the former secretary of state recklessly conducted government business.  It is now clear that some of these contained "top secret/SAP" information.  (SAP is "special access programs.")  This indicates defense secrets of the highest order, the compromise of which can destroy vital intelligence programs, get covert agents killed, and imperil national security.

Page and McLaughlin: The FBI Will Recommend Prosecution For HillaryChicago Tribune Editorial Board member Clarence Page and "McLaughlin Group" host John McLaughlin predicted the FBI will recommend Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton face prosecution for mishandling classified information on Friday [1/22/2016].  [Video clip]

CNN's Baldwin Presses Karen Finney on Hillary Campaign's E-Mail Conspiracy Theory.  Brooke Baldwin pursued Hillary Clinton flack Karen Finney on Thursday's [1/21/2016] CNN Newsroom over her campaign's conspiracy theory that the intelligence community's inspector general purposely leaked the latest revelation about the highly-classified information on Mrs. Clinton's server.  When Finney cited unnamed officials who alleged that the I.G. "unfairly targeted Hillary Clinton," Baldwin interjected, "What would the motivation be for this inspector general to do this?"  When the Democratic operative asserted that "they want to take down Hillary Clinton," the anchor twice asked, "What is your proof for that?"  [Video clip]

The smoking gun?  Special Access Programs (SAP) is a game changer.  It is now undeniably clear that the results of the FBI investigation will be the end of one of two things:  Hillary's bid for the White House or the legitimacy of the FBI — at least when it comes to prosecuting cases on the mishandling of classified material.

Email scandal puts Hillary Clinton's presidential aspirations in peril.  Hillary Clinton is vehemently disputing new charges that she sent top-secret information from a nonsecure email account while at the State Department, but analysts say the scandal has already damaged her so deeply that her presidential ambitions are at risk.  Mrs. Clinton's messages contained some information classified above "top secret," the intelligence community's inspector general said in a letter to Congress this week.  Fox News reported Thursday [1/21/2016] that the information is so sensitive that even senators, who already have clearance, must go through additional hoops if they want to see some of what she was sending.

Exclusive: Clinton email exposed intel from human spying.  At least one of the emails on Hillary Clinton's private server contained extremely sensitive information identified by an intelligence agency as "HCS-O," which is the code used for reporting on human intelligence sources in ongoing operations, according to two sources not authorized to speak on the record.  Both sources are familiar with the intelligence community inspector general's January 14 letter to Congress, advising the Oversight committees that intelligence beyond Top Secret — known as Special Access Program (SAP) — was identified in the Clinton emails, as well the supporting documents from the affected agencies that owned the information and have final say on classification.

State Department Asks For More Time To Release Last Batch Of Hillary Emails.  The State Department is citing a snowstorm expected to hit Washington D.C. this weekend and a need for additional "interagency review" in its request to a federal judge on Friday [1/22/2016] to grant it an additional month to complete its final release of all of Hillary Clinton's work-related emails.

Former Attorney General: Hillary Clinton Knew Enough to Support Conviction for Mishandling Classified Information.  Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey says there is enough evidence to justify criminal charges against Hillary Clinton and to bring a conviction for mishandling classified information.  Writing in the Wall Street Journal Thursday [1/21/2016], Mukasey, who served as Attorney General under President George W. Bush from 2007-2009 and now serves as an adviser to Republican candidate Jeb Bush, suggests there are several different charges that could be brought against Clinton.

Fallon's fallacies.  [Scroll down]  The "Justice Department inquiry" is in part a euphemism for the FBI investigation.  It also refers to the outcome of the inquiry including prosecutorial decisions.  Whether or not anyone is prosecuted for the wrongs Hilary Clinton has committed is ultimately in part a political decision.  We are capable of making up our own minds based on relevant information.  The lameness of [Brian] Fallon's comment is itself indicative of the vacuity in Clinton's position at this point.  As the Clinton scandal management playbook dictates, Hillary Clinton is playing for time and counting on political considerations to save the day.

Clinton emails so secret some lawmakers can't read them.  Some of Hillary Clinton's emails on her private server contained information so secret that senior lawmakers who oversee the State Department cannot read them without fulfilling additional security requirements, Fox News has learned.  The emails in question, as Fox News first reported earlier this week, contained intelligence classified at a level beyond "top secret."  Because of this designation, not all the lawmakers on key committees reviewing the case have high enough clearances.  A source with knowledge of the intelligence review told Fox News that senior members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, despite having high-level clearances, are among those not authorized to read the intelligence from so-called "special access programs" without taking additional security steps — like signing new non-disclosure agreements.

Hillary Clinton's Email Scandal Turns Deadly.  At the moment, about 1,340 emails that went to or from Secretary Clinton contained material the State Department deems to be "classified."  Clinton says they were not classified when she got or sent them and that their classification is only retroactive.  Her critics say she should have recognized them as classified and labeled them so herself, which she is authorized to do.  But the fact that she also sent or received SAP material is an even more significant breech of intelligence protocol.

Why Team Hillary's Conspiracy-Mongering Doesn't Pass the Laugh Test.  PJ Media's Stephen Kruiser reported earlier today that the embattled Clinton campaign is now resorting to conspiracy-mongering to stave off damaging reports about Hillary's metastasizing email scandal.  On MSNBC's Morning Joe, the panel cringed at Team Hillary's absurd argument that the Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III is somehow a member of the "vast right-wing conspiracy." [...] It turns out that McCullough is an Obama appointee who was confirmed by a Democrat-controlled Senate by unanimous consent.

Hillary campaign's response to latest email revelations reveals desperation.  It is hard to overstate the significance of the latest revelations about the national security catastrophe caused by Hillary Clinton's private email server.  The nation's highest-level secrets were kept on an unsecure server that is believed to be have been hacked by multiple overseas parties.  These revelations come from the nation's Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough III, not some partisan.  He is a nonpolitical official who was confirmed by the Senate and entrusted with keeping our intelligence agencies honest.  For those readers who have not yet familiarized themselves with the revelations, Catherine Herridge's exclusive report at Fox News must be read.

Hillary Clinton Email Said to Include Material Exceeding 'Top Secret'.  Intelligence officials reviewing emails on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private computer server have found information they consider to be of a higher level of classification than "top secret," according to a letter sent to lawmakers last week by the intelligence agencies' inspector general.

State Department Releases Clinton IT Guru Emails.  The State Department has released for the first time a batch of emails specifically regarding Bryan Pagliano, the former State Department tech worker who helped manage Hillary Clinton's private email system.  The records, which were provided to The Daily Caller in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed on its behalf by the watchdog group Cause of Action, suggest that Pagliano is a central figure in a State Department inspector general investigation.  They also show Pagliano, who started working at State in May 2009, discussing personnel and IT-related matters with Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, Clinton's top two State Department aides.

Krauthammer's Take: Hillary E-mail Scandal Now 'Worse than What Snowden Did'.  A new report that Hillary Clinton's personal server contained information about "special access programs" makes her handling of sensitive material "worse than what Snowden did," Charles Krauthammer said tonight [1/19/2016].  "What people have to understand is that there is nothing higher, more secret than an SAP," Krauthammer said on Tuesday's Special Report.  "From some people I have talked to, this is worse than what Snowden did because he didn't have access to SAP."  "The reason it's [so sensitive] is if it's compromised, people die," he said.  "It also means that operations that have been embedded for years and years get destroyed and cannot be reconstituted.  This is very serious."

Is Hillary Clinton 'Too Big To Go To Jail'?  During the Democratic debate two nights ago, team Hillary tweeted out the message that there should be "no individual too big to jail."  Privately, Mrs. Clinton is almost certainly hoping — and perhaps even on her knees praying — she's wrong about that.  Her email headache got substantially worse today [1/19/2016] with the Fox News bombshell regarding the top-secret nature of some of the emails found on her unsecured, homebrew server.  According to I. Charles McCullough III, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, "several dozen" additional classified emails have been identified on Clinton's server.  These include specific intelligence known as "special access programs" (SAP), a classification level that goes "beyond top secret."

Hillary's Email Saga: Time to Move On?  [Scroll down]  If Hillary's email troubles grow into a criminal investigation it may be impossible for the administration's lawyers to firewall the scandal from other officials.  President Obama himself corresponded with Secretary of State Clinton over the controversial server. [...] The president is on record as saying "I don't think it posed a national security problem," on CBS's 60 Minutes.  "This is not a situation in which America's national security was endangered."  The New York Times reported that the president's remarks "rankle[d] some in the FBI".  The FBI may be irritated but it is ultimately a part of the executive branch.  With Hillary running, in David Brock's words, "to cement this president's legacy" it is hard to see how a criminal investigation would not similarly indict this same legacy.  It is clearly in the president's political interest to hope Clinton survives this latest blow-up.

What Happens if Hillary Isn't Indicted?  Just when we were thinking it couldn't get much worse with Hillary's email scandal, an inspector general's unclassified letter to lawmakers tells us the former secretary of state was keeping the most classified of all intelligence material — beyond "top secret" — on her homebrew server. [...] Note there were several dozen of these SAP emails, not just the two we previously heard about that didn't even reach this classification.  Those included satellite photos of North Korea.  What do you suppose this is?  Gross negligence is the important criminal standard here and it sounds as if it's been passed by the proverbial country mile.

Inspector General: Clinton emails had intel from most secretive, classified programs.  Hillary Clinton's emails on her unsecured, homebrew server contained intelligence from the U.S. government's most secretive and highly classified programs, according to an unclassified letter from a top inspector general to senior lawmakers.  Fox News exclusively obtained the unclassified letter, sent Jan. 14 from Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III.  It laid out the findings of a recent comprehensive review by intelligence agencies that identified "several dozen" additional classified emails — including specific intelligence known as "special access programs" (SAP).

Hillary's Campaign Accuses Intel IG Of Coordinating With GOP On Damning Email Reports.  Hillary Clinton's top campaign spokesman believes a vast right-wing conspiracy of sorts is behind Tuesday's [1/19/2016] explosive report about the discovery of emails on the former secretary of state's server that are classified at levels higher than previously known.  According to NBC's Andrea Mitchell, Brian Fallon, Clinton's communications director, believes that the Intelligence Community's inspector general, I. Charles McCullough III, is "selectively" leaking information in coordination with Republicans.

Clinton's 'no individual too big to jail' tweet backfires.  Hillary Clinton's campaign encountered heavy backlash Sunday night [1/17/2016] shortly after tweeting a statement made by Clinton during the fourth Democratic primary debate.  "There should be no bank too big to fail and no individual too big to jail," Clinton told the moderators during the first hour of the debate Sunday [1/17/2016].  Within seconds, the remark was tweeted out to the former secretary of state's five-plus million Twitter followers.

Hillary's subconscious acts up in Dem debate, provides 6 words that will haunt her.  There may still be a reasonable debate on whether or not Hillary Clinton has a conscience, but Sunday night's Democratic presidential debate proves that she does have a subconscious.  That part of her mind put words into her mouth that her conscious mind would rather not admit.  The critical six words:  "No individual too big to jail."

The Comey Plan: What An Indictment of Hillary Clinton Would Mean For The Obama Legacy.  In June of 2013, President Barack Obama reached outside the spectrum of political logic to select a former Bush appointed Republican as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  At 6'8", FBI Director James Comey stands tall amongst his fellow members of the Obama administration not only due to his height, but also his consistent financial support of Republicans John McCain and Mitt Romney in their bids for President.  Why would Obama select a Republican, with nearly four decades of successfully prosecuting high-profile individuals for obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI, to a ten-year appointment as its Director?  To preserve his legacy through the pursuit of justice against Hillary Clinton.

Clinton Aides Resisted State Department Suggestion That Clinton Use State.gov Account.  Bombshell emails from the State Department show that a top official at the agency suggested to Hillary Clinton's aide, Huma Abedin, in August 2011 that the then-secretary of state begin using a government email account to protect against unexpected outages of her private email server.  But as the emails show, Abedin pushed back on the suggestion, telling the official, Stephen D. Mull, then the executive secretary of the State Department, that a State-issued Blackberry equipped with a state.gov email address "doesn't make a lot of sense."  Besides showing that Clinton's top aides were against the idea of her using a state.gov email account, the emails show for the first time that top State Department officials were aware of Clinton's private email server arrangement.

State Department Suddenly Discovers Thousands More Clinton Documents.  Watchdog group Judicial Watch has been trying to squeeze Hillary Clinton's documents out of the State Department with Freedom of Information Act requests for years.  FOIA requests have a way of turning into FOIA lawsuits before any wing of the Obama Administration responds to them.  Last Friday [1/8/2016], three years after one such suit was filed, the State Department suddenly discovered thousands of previously undisclosed Clinton documents.

Released emails reveal just how deeply Clinton and her advisers despise Israel.  If you hate Israel and wish to see nothing but misfortune for the Jewish State, stop reading because Hillary is your candidate.  If you care about Israel and its relationship with the United States, read on.  Hillary's email scandal has unleashed a treasure trove of information pertaining to the former secretary of state's views on Israel as well as those of her closest advisors, Sidney Blumenthal, Anne Marie Slaughter and Thomas Pickering.  The latest email exposé involves Thomas Pickering.  Pickering has never been known to be friendly toward Israel but what he suggested to Hillary in a 2011 email is frankly shocking, even by anti-Israel standards.  He hatched a scheme to foment unrest in Israel through mass Arab demonstrations to pressure the Israeli government and arm-twist it into making damaging concessions.

Citizens United sues over Chelsea Clinton emails.  Citizens United filed a lawsuit in Washington, D.C., on Thursday in hopes of having a federal court grant the conservative group access to emails exchanged between Chelsea Clinton and five top aides to her mother, White House contender Hillary Clinton, while the presidential hopeful served as secretary of state.  The Freedom of Information Act suit, first reported by Politico, was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington in an effort to uncover any correspondence that could further detail the former first daughter's role with respect to her mother's tenure in the State Department from 2009 to 2013.

State Department Discovers 'Thousands' of Previously Undisclosed Clinton Documents.  The Department of State recently discovered "thousands" of previously unreviewed documents that relate to Hillary Clinton and the Benghazi attack, according to a watchdog group that has been suing the department to release public records from Clinton's tenure.  The State Department disclosed the existence of the additional records in a court filing on Friday [1/8/2016] and asked the judge for further time to search and review the documents.  The watchdog group Judicial Watch has been suing the State Department for years to turn over public records related to Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation, the employment arrangements of Clinton's top aides, and her response to the Benghazi attack.

Clinton denies FBI investigation into family foundation.  Hillary Clinton disputed a report Monday that the FBI is investigating whether there were illegal connections between her family's foundation and her service as secretary of state.  Clinton, the leading Democratic candidate for president, was asked about the Fox News story during a meeting Monday afternoon [1/11/2016] with the Des Moines Register's editorial board.  "It's an unsourced, irresponsible claim that has no basis," she responded.  "It is something that is really without merit and should not have any influence whatsoever in this nominating process."  Clinton said there is no such FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation.  "There is nothing like that happening," she said.

'150 agents' working Clinton Foundation probe: Ex-U.S. atty.  Joseph DiGenova, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, said the FBI's foundation probe "has reached such a proportion of inquiry that it's starting to sneak out," but that it was sparked months ago by information pulled from Hillary Clinton's private server and from the tax filings of corporations that have donated to the charity.  "There are now, I am told, 150 agents working on this case," DiGenova told the Washington Examiner Monday [1/11/2016], noting that was "a very unusually high number" of investigators to be working on one case.

FBI expands Hillary e-mail probe to investigate corruption.  The FBI's probe into Hillary Clinton's secret e-mail server has expanded, Fox News' Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne exclusively report, into a new and more personal direction.  While continuing to press on the question of whether Hillary violated the Espionage Act on more than 1300 occasions, they also now have reason to look into whether the former Secretary of State used her office to enrich the family through the Clinton Foundation.

Key to Hillary conspiracy to subvert classification system revealed?  One of the mysteries of the Hillary email scandal has been how over 1000 emails containing various levels of classified material were sent to Hillary without being "marked" as classified.  It is that lack of emails being "marked" classified "at the time" that is Hillary's central defense.  On September 25, 2015, Kemberlee wrote that there must have been some signal to State Department employees to send the classified material without markings; there's just no way it could be coincidence and Hillary must have known

Clinton Email Scandal Widens.  Judicial Watch is asking for discovery concerning Hillary Clinton's emails in three separate FOIA lawsuits against the State Department:  [#1] Lawsuit against Secretary of State John Kerry to force action on Clinton emails[,]  [#2] Lawsuit for records of talking points given to Ambassador Rice regarding the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya[,]  [#3] Lawsuit for records on State Department's "Special Government Employment" status for Clinton aide Huma Abedin[.]  Notably, the OIG specifically cites our Benghazi and Abedin FOIA requests listed above as being thwarted by the Clinton State Department's FOIA fraud.  The OIG report also points the finger at Hillary Clinton's then-Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills for supervising an "incorrect" no-records response to the left-wing watchdog CREW's request asking about Hillary Clinton email accounts!

2016 Starts Bad For Hillary — Will It End Worse?  The latest batch of Clinton's State Department emails included one in which she told an aide to take a "secure fax," turn it "into nonpaper" and "send nonsecure."  Some are saying this is the smoking gun showing that Clinton broke the law by mishandling classified information.  But of course, it's not an isolated instance of poor decision-making on her part.  So far, we know she's sent at least 1,340 emails that held classified material via her personal, non-secure email.  And her use of her personal email while at State might be leading to even deeper trouble.  Fox News is reporting that the FBI probe into her email "has expanded to look at whether the possible 'intersection' of Clinton Foundation work and State Department business may have violated public corruption laws."  Emails aren't her only problem, though.

Hillary Tries to Put Out the Fire.  In recent days, attention has focused on an email exchange that Hillary Clinton had with one of her principal aides, Jake Sullivan, in June 2011.  As Paul noted here and here, some have characterized the exchange as a smoking gun, demonstrating that Hillary improperly instructed Sullivan to send classified information by unsecure email when an attempt to send by secure fax failed.  If true, this would refute Hillary's last line of defense with regard to her bizarre homebrew email setup, i.e., the claim that her home server was never used to send or receive classified information.

Clinton: I didn't request classified information via email.  A new batch of correspondence released Friday by the State Department includes a 2011 email in which Clinton, then secretary of state, asked an aide to send information by email after attempts to send the document through a secure fax line failed.

The Editor says...
Whenever Bill or Hillary make a statement, parse it carefully to see where the loopholes are.  If you have asked someone else to send classified information via email to a third party, you can still claim you didn't request classified information via email.

Report: FBI Email Probe Now Investigating Potential Clinton Foundation Corruption.  According to reporting from Fox News, the FBI probe of Hillary Clinton's email use has expanded and is now investigating whether the "intersection" of Clinton Foundation donations and State Department decisions during Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State violated corruption laws.  Three sources from the intelligence community confirmed the probe's expansion to Fox's Catherine Herridge.  "The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts and whether regular processes were followed," one source told Fox.

Hillary: Look, My Latest Classified Email Problem is Just Another Fake Controversy.  [Scroll down]  One problem with this explanation is that in light of Hillary's, shall we say, less than assiduous approach to handling classified data, the notion that she'd be a stickler about sending sensitive, but unclassified, information through non-secure means strains credulity.  Plus, the talking points she was seeking at the time have since been redacted, as has the subject matter of those talking points — albeit under the 'internal deliberations' FOIA exemption.  Are we to believe that their contents were not secret?  Also, why else would she ask for identifying markings be stripped away before being 'sent nonsecure'?

FBI's Clinton probe expands to public corruption track.  The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of private email as secretary of state has expanded to look at whether the possible "intersection" of Clinton Foundation work and State Department business may have violated public corruption laws, three intelligence sources not authorized to speak on the record told Fox News.  This new investigative track is in addition to the focus on classified material found on Clinton's personal server.

Hillary's EmailGate Goes Nuclear.  The latest court-ordered dump of her email, just placed online by the State Department, brings more troubles for Team Hillary.  This release of over 3,000 pages includes 66 "Unclassified" messages that the State Department subsequently determined actually were classified; however, all but one of those 66 were deemed Confidential, the lowest classification level, while one was found to be Secret, bringing the total of Secret messages discovered so far to seven.  In all, 1,340 Hillary emails at State have been reassessed as classified.

Hillary's Email: It's a Felony!  Secretary Clinton continues to stand on her statement that none of the e-mail she sent or received had classified markings.  Other folks in the conversation comment that many of the e-mails Secretary Clinton wrote and received were "born classified," at the time she wrote or received them.  We need to cut to the chase.  Somebody committed a felony, likely several.  If, as some reports have indicated, there was certain overhead imagery, marked or unmarked on Secretary Clinton's e-mail server, someone committed a serious crime.  The way government information/automation systems are set up, someone had to take a deliberate series of felonious actions in order for that imagery to get there.

Do Hillary Clinton's Emails Expose A Scheme To Trade US Secrets For Political Influence?  Back in August, I wrote a post titled The real email question: Did Hillary Clinton sell US secrets?  As much as I loathe Hillary, this was a very serious question based on the facts that we know.  The IG representing the 17 US intelligence agencies identified two emails residing on Hillary Clinton's private, unsecure email server as being properly classified as TS\TK, that is, the were classified Top Secret and compartmentalized under the code words Talent Keyhole which indicates that it is imagery deriving from a KH-11 reconnaissance satellite.

The real email question: Did Hillary Clinton sell US secrets?  While the media is focusing your attention on the shiny object that is her email server, the real story is not being told.  The circumstantial evidence indicates that Hillary Clinton, or members of her inner circle with her connivance, purloined highly classified US intelligence and either sold it, traded it, or used it for personal gain.  This is not a conspiracy theory and it is not hyperbole.

Hillary's EmailGate Goes Nuclear.  The latest court-ordered dump of her email, just placed online by the State Department, brings more troubles for Team Hillary.  This release of over 3,000 pages includes 66 "Unclassified" messages that the State Department subsequently determined actually were classified; however, all but one of those 66 were deemed Confidential, the lowest classification level, while one was found to be Secret, bringing the total of Secret messages discovered so far to seven.  In all, 1,340 Hillary emails at State have been reassessed as classified.

GOP Benghazi committee member hopeful Hillary Clinton will be charged over classified emails.  A Republican member of the House Benghazi committee said he's "hopeful" the Justice Department will bring charges against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for having classified information on her private email server.  Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) said there is increasing evidence "an enormous amount of information" on Clinton's private server is classified.  "It was classified when it was on her server and it was classified when it was sent," he said.

Hillary ordered one of her flunkies to break the law.  In its latest dump of 3,000-plus Hillary Clinton e-mails, the State Department found another 66 to be classified, pushing the total over 1,300.  But two of the non-classified messages were eye-openers.  One tacitly admits her own wrongdoing.  The other orders a flunky to break the law on handling classified info. [...] No word yet on whether [Jake] Sullivan obeyed the order, and so broke federal law — but it's still smoking-gun evidence of a secretary of state ordering up a crime.  Mind you, Hillary Clinton is a lawyer — her degree is from Yale, no less.

The 8 must-read Hillary Clinton emails.  The State Department's releases of Hillary Clinton's emails are winding down but are still offering up colorful glimpses into the former secretary of state's four years at Foggy Bottom.  The latest batch of roughly 3,000 pages of emails — which State posted in the wee hours of Friday morning after missing a court-ordered deadline to keep up its schedule — showed the lavish praise heaped on Clinton, her aides' gallows humor, and struggles with technology that had Clinton turning to unsecure forms of communication.  It also showed how Sidney Blumenthal flooded the secretary's inbox with intelligence and advice, some of which made its way to the White House.

At least 1,340 Clinton emails now known to contain classified material.  At least 1,340 emails that Hillary Clinton sent or received contained classified material, according to the State Department's latest update from its ongoing review of more than 30,000 emails.  The State Department released a new batch of 3,007 pages of Clinton's emails after 1:30 a.m. Friday [1/8/2016] in response to a court order.  Of those, 66 contain classified information.  None of Clinton's emails was marked as classified during her tenure, State Department officials say, but intelligence officials say some material was clearly classified at the time.  Her aides also sent and received classified information.

The Bells Toll for Hillary.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation will recommend that the Justice Department bring criminal charges against Hillary Clinton and various of her aides, and soon.  The evidence consists of materials that the Bureau has gathered in the course of its months-long investigation of Mrs. Clinton's personal server.  The recommendations will come very soon.  The charges will consist of some of the following:
  1.  Improper disclosure or retention of classified information.
  2.  Destruction of government records.
  3.  Lying to federal agents.
  4.  Lying under oath.
  5.  Obstruction of justice.
All the counts are familiar to those of us who have followed the Clintons for a quarter of a century, but, as one source familiar with the FBI's investigation told me, the evidence has now reached a "critical mass."

Senator: Newly released Clinton email 'disturbing'.  The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee released a scathing statement Friday [1/8/2016], calling on Hillary Clinton to "come clean" after the State Department released an email in which she asked an aide to send information on a non-secure system after attempts to send the document securely failed.  Sen. Chuck Grassley said the email, released at about 1:30 am Friday morning along with about 3,000 other emails from Clinton's State Department tenure, is "disturbing," and "appears to show the former Secretary of State instructing a subordinate to remove the headings from a classified document and send it to her in an unsecure manner."

Bombshell: In Email, Hillary Ordered Aide to Strip Classified Marking and Send Sensitive Material.  The State Department waited until the middle of the night to execute its belated, court-ordered release of the latest tranche of Hillary Clinton's emails — the ones she and her attorneys didn't unilaterally delete with no oversight, that is.  Fox News notices a significant exchange that may point to criminal conduct: [...]

Watchdog: Clinton email responses 'inaccurate and incomplete'.  The State Department has been providing "inaccurate and incomplete" responses to requests for emails and other documents involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a watchdog says in a new report released Thursday [1/7/2016].  The 29-page IG report says the leadership of the State Department "has not played a meaningful role in overseeing or reviewing the quality" of the responses to requests for documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Scathing IG Report On Hillary Email Account Puts David Brock In A Bind.  [A] report from the State Department's Office of the Inspector General about the agency's improper handling of public records requests for information on Hillary Clinton's email account has put David Brock, one of the former secretary of state's most dogged supporters, in an awkward position.  Brock, a former foe of Bill and Hillary Clinton, has been the public face of the campaign to downplay the Clinton email scandal.  He's made numerous media appearances defending the Democratic presidential candidate, spinning her numerous inconsistent statements and portraying the whole affair as a throwback to the anti-Clinton attacks of the 1990s.

State dumps thousands of Clinton emails at 1 a.m..  State Department officials released roughly 2,900 pages of Hillary Clinton's private emails early Friday morning [1/82016], several hours past their target of late Thursday evening.  State first set a broad target of somewhere between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday.  But as the night wore on, that shifted to a 2 a.m. estimate.  They were finally released right around 1 a.m.  The late release was on top of State's failure to release all the emails by New Year's Eve.  Instead of releasing everything on Dec. 31, State said it needed another few days to finish the group of Clinton messages.

State Department gave 'inaccurate' answer on Clinton email use, review says.  Two years before the public learned of Hillary Clinton's private server, the State Department gave an "inaccurate and incomplete" response about her email use when it told an outside group that it had no documents about Clinton's email accounts beyond her government address, according to a report from the State Department's inspector general to be released Thursday [1/7/2016].  The State Department made its statement in response to a 2012 records request from the independent watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).  The response came even though Clinton's chief of staff, who knew about the secretary's private account, was aware of the inquiry, the report says.  In addition, the IG review found that agency staffers had not searched Clinton's office for emails.

A vast left-wing conspiracy:
State Department covered up Hillary's private email server for years even though 'dozens of senior officials' knew about it, says scathing inspector general report.  The U.S. State Department told a watchdog group in 2013 that it didn't have any information about former secretary Hillary Clinton's emails, even though 'dozens of senior officials' knew she was using a private server for all her electronic communications.  A report released Thursday [1/7/2016] by the agency's inspector general — a powerful and impartial internal investigator — described a cavalier culture about transparency inside Clinton's agency, saying that 177 requests for documents about Clinton are still 'pending' nearly three years after she left office.  The Freedom of Information Act requires federal agencies to respond to requests for information within 20 business days.

Hillary Clinton's State Department bungled many public records requests, watchdog report says.  The State Department produced "inaccurate and incomplete" responses to public records requests while Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton led the department, including its inability to find documents showing she used a private email account for official business, the agency's watchdog reported Thursday [1/7/2016].

Clinton's private email account exploits FOIA loophole, report says.  Hillary Clinton's unorthodox use of a private email account and personal server for government business exploited a loophole in the State Department's FOIA, or Freedom of Information Act, process, according to the findings of the first Inspector General report to stem from her email scandal.  Congress asked the Office of Inspector General, the State Department's independent watchdog, to investigate the issue following the revelation that Mrs. Clinton did not use a government email account while secretary of state.

Former federal prosecutor says Hillary could be indicted in the next 60 days as the FBI compiles 'overwhelming' evidence against her.  Joe DiGenova, a one-time federal prosecutor originally appointed by President Reagan, told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham Tuesday [1/5/2016] that the FBI's still-pending investigation of Clinton's email server seems to have reached 'a critical mass.'  Congressional Republicans last spring discovered that Clinton used a private, home-based email server in her New York home while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.  The scandal has dogged her presidential campaign for almost the entire past year.

Could Obama be planning a huge surprise for the 2016 election?  The U.K. Daily Mail reports that Joe DiGenova, a one-time federal prosecutor, told radio host Laura Ingraham Tuesday [1/5/2016] "that the FBI's still-pending investigation of Clinton's email server seems to have reached 'a critical mass.'"  Further, "[a] recommendation for prosecution would not only roil the presidential race, but would put President Barack Obama in an unbelievably difficult position."  All well and good, but [...] there are two things we know about Barack:  one, he has an infinite capacity for self-delusion, and two, he hates both Clintons.  So here's a prediction:  if Clinton gets indicted, Michelle Obama gets the Obama team's nod for the nomination.  Can Barack and Michelle pull such a thing off?  No, but the point is that they will think they can.

Hillary Will Be Indicted Says Former U.S. Attorney.  A former U.S. Attorney predicts a Watergate-style showdown in the Department of Justice if Attorney General Loretta Lynch overrules a potential FBI recommendation to indict Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.  "The [FBI] has so much information about criminal conduct by her and her staff that there is no way that they walk away from this," Joseph diGenova, formerly the District of Columbia's U.S. Attorney, told Laura Ingraham in a Tuesday [1/5/2016] radio interview.  "They are going to make a recommendation that people be charged and then Loretta Lynch is going to have the decision of a lifetime.  "I believe that the evidence that the FBI is compiling will be so compelling that, unless [Lynch] agrees to the charges, there will be a massive revolt inside the FBI, which she will not be able to survive as an attorney general.  It will be like Watergate.  It will be unbelievable."

Former U.S. Attorney: Hillary Could Face Indictment Within 60 Days.  A former U.S. attorney predicted this week that Hillary Clinton "will not make it to the finish line" in 2016 because she will soon be facing a criminal indictment from the FBI.  During an appearance on Laura Ingraham's radio show Tuesday [1/5/2016], famed attorney Joseph DiGenova said that the FBI has "reached a critical mass in their investigation of the secretary and all of her senior staff" and predicted that it would come to a head "in the next 60 days."  DiGenova, who rose to national prominence during the Clinton scandals of the '90s, told Ingraham that if Attorney General Loretta Lynch refuses to indict Clinton, there will be a "massive revolt inside the FBI, which she will not be able to survive as an Attorney General."

Will Hillary be indicted?  Joseph diGenova, a well-respected former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, predicted today that Hillary Clinton will be indicted for crimes connected with her use of a private email server for State Department business.  He made this prediction on Laura Ingraham's radio program.  For Hillary to be indicted, the FBI would have to call for an indictment and the Attorney General would have to approve the recommendation.  FBI director James Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch are both Obama appointees.  Comey has a reputation as a straight shooter.  In part, that reputation derives from the independence he displayed as a high-ranking Justice Department official during the administration of President George W. Bush.

Rumor Mill: Hillary Facing Criminal Indictment, Obama 2016 Surprise in the Works.  Opinions on Hillary Clinton's chances in 2016 come in two forms with not much in between:  "It ain't happening" and "Hillary's got it locked in."  We may soon find out which one of those prognostications is right.  Washington insiders are saying that the evidence in the FBI's investigation into Clinton's "unique email arrangement" has reached "critical mass."  The American Spectator's R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. joins former prosecutor Joe DiGenova in predicting that a decision to indict is coming soon.

Clinton's Staff Vetted Public Records Requests, Emails Show.  Hillary Clinton's top aide was closely involved in vetting a politically sensitive document requested under public information laws, according to emails from the Department of State released on Thursday [12/31/2015].  Public records officials at the State Department sought clearance from Clinton's chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, in 2012 before releasing a memo related to the Bush administration's enhanced interrogation program.  The email corroborates a Wall Street Journal article last May that reported that Mills had been involved in vetting documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act, a process that is typically expected to be independent of political influence.

Emails Show Hillary Met At State Department With Sidney Blumenthal.  During the fallout from her use of a personal email account, Hillary Clinton has attempted to downplay her working relationship with Sidney Blumenthal, but emails released last week show that the two met at her State Department office in 2012.  Blumenthal has proved a thorn in the Democratic presidential candidate's side.  The former journalist, who worked as an aide in the Bill Clinton White House, frequently emailed Clinton intelligence that he had gleaned from undisclosed sources. [...] In distancing herself from Blumenthal, Clinton has claimed that his emails were "unsolicited."

New 'secret' message among Clinton's emails as classification rate spikes again.  The State Department has decided that yet another of former Secretary Hillary Clinton's emails contains "secret" information, and has classified hundreds more at a lower level of secrecy — part of Thursday afternoon's release of more than 3,000 messages from her unique email arrangement.  The secret message was deemed "unclassified" at the time it was sent, but has been elevated as officials process and release more than 30,000 of Mrs. Clinton's emails, which she belatedly returned to the government nearly two years after she left office.

State Department releases over 3,000 Clinton emails on New Year's Eve.  The State Department on Thursday released over 3,000 of Hillary Clinton's personal emails from her time as Secretary of State, marking the last of the major document dumps of the year.  Still, the agency said Thursday [12/31/2015] that it will fall short of the mandate to release 82 percent of Clinton's total emails by the end of 2015, blaming the holiday schedule and the sheer number of documents involved.

State Dept. breaks judge's deadline on Clinton emails.  The State Department broke a judge's order on the number of former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails it was supposed to release Thursday [12/31/2015], blaming the holiday season for throwing it off track.  The department promised another release of emails next week to make up for its breach, and said even the emails it was releasing Thursday will not be fully processed and won't be able to be sorted by senders or recipients in the department's computer system.

State Department to Fall Short on Today's Hillary Clinton Email Release.  The U.S. State Department just released 5,552 pages of former Secretary Hillary Clinton's private email, the second to last installment of the court-mandated roll-out.  But in a statement sent to the press this afternoon, the State Department said it had fallen short of the court's order to release 82 percent of the documents by today.  Only about 76 percent are available online.

NOW more than 1,000 of Hillary Clinton's emails have been deemed classified.  The State Department released another 5,500 pages of Hillary Clinton's emails just hours before the New Year's Eve ball is set to drop.  The dump was originally supposed to be much bigger, instead of the just 3,100 messages the public can now browse.  The total number of Clinton's emails now deemed classified has climbed to 1,274, according to Politico, with 275 messages in this most recent cache being retroactively given the classified distinction.  Two emails released in the latest batch have been designated as 'secret,' the second-highest level of classification.

State Department still doesn't have all of Clinton's emails.  Despite the high-profile release of Hillary Clinton's emails each month, voters are unlikely to get a chance to read all of her correspondence.  That's because Clinton failed to hand over all her work emails, despite being asked to do so repeatedly, and the State Department is not searching for them elsewhere.  The Democratic front-runner for president said she is unable to access emails she sent or received in her first two months as secretary of state in 2009 because her emails were not yet being captured on her private computer server.

State Department releases more Hillary Clinton emails marked "classified".  The State Department on Thursday released around 5,500 pages of Hillary Clinton's emails from her tenure as secretary of state, in its continued effort to comply with a court order and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.  Since earlier this year, Clinton has been under fire for using a private email account and private server to conduct business, rather than an official State Department address.  Questions about her email account have died down since Clinton addressed the issue at length during an 11-hour hearing of the House Benghazi Committee.

Hillary's Server, Monica's Blue Dress, and History.  What the server's e-mails indicate is that on the night that four Americans were murdered in Benghazi, Hillary e-mailed the truth of how they died to her daughter.  She told Chelsea that the Americans were the victims of an organized terrorist attack.  She later admitted that to the Egyptian prime minister also.  Nonetheless she signed a public statement from the State Department proclaiming that the Americans were the victims of a riot provoked by a YouTube video.  After lying to the American people the evening of the attack, she repeated the lie to the victims' relatives when their bodies were flown in to Joint Base Andrews.  Moreover, she stood by her false account when she testified to the House Select Committee.  There are other untruths that have been passed on from Hillary's server.  She has lied about arranging lecture fees from her State Department office for the gifted Bill Clinton.  There are lies about arranging donations for her family foundation, her forthcoming political campaign, and her own speaking fees.  There are lies on the topic of influence pedaling and on whom she kept in contact with.

FBI Probe Focuses on Hillary's 'Materially False' Statements.  The FBI has expanded its probe into the private email arrangement of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to determine if there's any evidence she violated a federal false statements law, Fox News reports.  According to Fox News, unnamed intelligence sources say the agency is now focusing on U.S. Code 18, Section 1001 — a provision that pertains to "materially false" statements given either in writing, orally or through a third party — a felony punishable by five years in prison.

State Dept. plans New Year's Eve release of Clinton emails.  Thousands of Hillary Clinton's private emails will hit the Internet on New Year's Eve thanks to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that permits the State Department to wait until the end of each month to release the documents.  The holiday email release will mark the eighth time the agency has published a batch of Clinton's records according to the monthly schedule.

Sources: Review affirms Clinton server emails were 'top secret,' despite department challenge.  An intelligence community review has re-affirmed that two classified emails were indeed "top secret" when they hit Hillary Clinton's unsecured personal server despite a challenge to that designation by the State Department, according to two sources familiar with the review.  The sources described the dispute over whether the two emails were classified at the highest level as a "settled matter."  The agencies that owned and originated that intelligence — the CIA and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency or NGA — reviewed the emails to determine how they should be properly stored, as the State Department took issue with their highly classified nature.  The subject matter of the messages is widely reported to be the movement of North Korean missiles and a drone strike.

Clinton aide key focus in FBI server investigation.  More than 100 days after he invoked his Fifth Amendment right to avoid testifying before the House committee investigating the Benghazi terrorist attack, a key Hillary Clinton aide is at the center of the separate and ongoing investigation by the FBI into Clinton's use of a private unsecured server while she was secretary of state.  That former staffer, Bryan Pagliano, set up the controversial private email server in Clinton's home in Chappaqua, N.Y.  Pagliano is believed to be the only witness publicly identified during the politically charged hearings on Benghazi to invoke the Fifth Amendment.

State Department belatedly finds 1300 emails on Anwar Al-Awlaki.  The State Department has belatedly discovered about 1,300 emails relating to deceased Islamic cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki in official accounts belonging to top aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, more than four years after a conservative group requested all such records, a new court filing reports.  At a federal court hearing in Washington last month, Justice Department attorneys assigned to the case brought by Judicial Watch told a federal judge that State's "executive secretariat" — the repository of records for the secretary's office — was searched in response to the initial Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch.

State Dept. cannot find emails of Clinton IT staffer.  The State Department cannot find emails sent by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's IT staffer Bryan Pagliano who helped setup Clinton's private email server, a State Department official told Fox News on Friday [12/11/2015].  Alec Gerlach, a State Department spokesman, told Fox News investigators working on recovering Pagliano's emails from the server "have not yet located a .pst that covers the time period of Secretary's Clinton tenure."

State Department Can't Find Emails For Hillary's IT Guy.  The State Department says it cannot find copies or backups of emails from the account of Bryan Pagliano, the State Department IT staffer who was paid by Hillary Clinton to maintain her private email server while she served as secretary of state.  Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley revealed the finding in a letter sent Friday [12/11/2015] to Sec. of State John Kerry which was obtained by Politico.  Grassley has considered granting immunity to Pagliano, who invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during testimony in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi in September.

The Editor says...
This fellow really is an IT guru, if he can make himself disappear from the internet.

Here's Why the Media Stopped Reporting on Clinton's New Emails.  Hillary Clinton told the media not just once but several times that her secret e-mail server did not transmit or store sensitive or classified information.  The Clinton e-mail story broke in March when The New York Times provided the first public notice that the former Secretary of State had exclusively used a personal server for her electronic communications rather than an official and secured government e-mail system — a fact that only came to light through a congressional investigation into the sacking of our consulate in Benghazi.  For four years, the State Department had told Congress and federal courts reviewing FOIA petitions that Secretary Clinton had sent no e-mails responsive to their demands, thanks to the subterfuge of Clinton's system and the obstruction of legitimate oversight that it produced.

Senators probe possible leaks in Clinton email review.  Two top Republican senators have written directly to Secretary of State John Kerry and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper about possible leaks from their departments on the review of Hillary Clinton's emails that left the wrong impression that two "Top Secret" messages were not that sensitive.  Fox News has confirmed the letter was sent by Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., who heads the powerful Intelligence Committee, on November 13.  Copies were sent to the intelligence community and State Department watchdogs, known as the Inspectors General.  The IGs were asked to conduct an independent review of the process.

As Hillary Runs, Marine Will Be Ousted for Emailing Classified Documents.  A Marine and U.S. Naval Academy graduate who self-reported that he improperly stored classified documents will be separated from the Marine Corps Reserve following a decision by Assistant Navy Secretary Juan Garcia, the Washington Post reported Monday [11/30/2015].  Maj. Jason Brezler's emails warned officials about the corruption, including homosexual pedophilia, of an Afghan police chief named Anwar Jan, whose servant later killed three Marines and wounded a fourth.

Shock Email: Hillary Claimed She 'Lost A Bunch Of Emails' When She Switched Blackberries.  Hillary Clinton told an email correspondent in February 2012 that she lost his email along with a bunch of others when she switched Blackberry devices.  "Dear Hank," Clinton wrote to Massachusetts state representative Harold Naughton on Feb. 5, 2012.  "When I switched blackberries last week, I lost a bunch of emails, including yours."

Clinton records reveal discrepancies in her official calendar.  The documents, obtained by the Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, indicated Clinton met with nearly 100 corporate executives who have also donated extensively to her campaign and to her family's foundation.  Meeting lists showed Clinton welcomed executives who had commercial interests on her desk, raising further questions about whether the then-former and future presidential candidate took any steps to shield herself from the appearance of conflicts of interest.

Emails show Clinton staff asked NFL for help spinning her concussion, the State Department blacked out its list of Hillary's 'achievements' and Madame Secretary couldn't find 'Homeland' on her TV.  Hillary Clinton needed help finding the Showtime network on her cable box so she could watch 'Homeland' — according to an email the State Department released Monday [11/30/2015].  Her chief communications guru asked National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell for help spinning the press on the dangers of her December 2012 concussion, according to another message.  The State Department completely censored a third, which appeared to consist of a bullet-pointed list of four Clinton 'accomplishments' as secretary of state, determining it wasn't fit for disclosure under the Freedom Of Information Act's guidelines.

Henry: Indication Of More Classified Information Contained In Hillary Clinton's Emails.  The State Department released another batch of the emails on Hillary Clinton's private server, and with that more indications Clinton possessed classified information on her unsecured private account according to Ed Henry.  "The bigger picture, the broader point here is Hillary Clinton back in March said no classified information on this server and as we continue to see the drip-drip there are indications, of course, that there are dozens of those emails already come out that did have classified information," Henry said.

Nearly 1,000 Clinton emails had classified info.  The State Department's latest release of Hillary Clinton documents brings the total number of Clinton emails known to contain classified material to nearly 1,000.  The department on Monday [11/30/2015] released its largest batch of emails yet, posting 7,800 pages of the former secretary of state's communications.  The latest batch contains 328 emails deemed to have classified information.  According to the State Department, that brings the total number with classified information to 999.

Do Hillary's Emails Confirm Clinton-Obama Enmity?  The State Department released several thousand emails today [11/30/2015].  Out of curiosity, I searched for "Sid" and was rewarded with nine pages of documents — including, as always, duplicates.  Sid Blumenthal ranked high on the list of those who emailed directly to Hillary at her off-the-books, unsecured address; most such communications were forwarded to her by Huma Abedin or Cheryl Mills.  Reading Blumenthal's emails, one is reminded of the fact that he is an "old friend" of Hillary's, as she told a Congressional committee, and has no such relationship with Barack Obama.

State Dept. set to release 7,800 new Clinton emails.  State Department officials are set to release roughly 7,800 pages of Hillary Clinton's private emails Monday amid new speculation about the former secretary of state's official meeting schedule.  The email production Monday afternoon will kick off a countdown to the final two Clinton email releases, which will take place at the end of December and January respectively.

Hillary and the mystery of the vanishing woman who decided which of her emails were to be erased:.  Heather Samuelson was the Clinton aide who was tasked to go through the former secretary of state's emails and then, later on, was to take a job with the 2016 campaign.  But, according to Politico, Samuelson made the move — from Washington, D.C. to New York, as Clinton's campaign is headquartered in Brooklyn — but never started her campaign job.

Hillary's Private Email Server Used by Aide to Converse with Known Islamic Activist.  As the investigation continues into Hillary Clinton's alleged illegal use of her own private server for official State Department business, investigators have also been looking into the emails of some of her top aides that also used her private server.  One of those aides is Huma Abedin who for most of Clinton's time as Secretary of State was her closet aide and confidant.

Beyond Emails: Embassy Classified Info Unprotected Under Hillary Clinton.  There is a largely unknown security scandal emerging, which centers not on the doomed U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, but on the American Embassy in Tripoli about 400 miles away.  This scandal, combined with classified information on Clinton's private server and sensitive material looted from the dangerously unprotected Benghazi compound, may spell trouble in Hillary Clinton-land, especially in regard to the presidential candidate's national security credentials.

Comey Can Nail Hillary — But Will He?  FBI Director James Comey probably holds the fate of the presumptive Democrat nominee, Hillary Clinton, in his hands, as his agency investigates her use of a private server for official government emails.  Whether Comey will handle the matter as a principled and honest policeman or as a conniving politician is the great unknown.

Report: FBI Investigating Whether 'Materially False' Statements [were] Given In Hillary Email Probe.  Sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News that agents are focusing on U.S. Code 18, Section 1001 which governs "materially false" statements made in writing, orally or through a third party.  The section could apply to Clinton, her aides or her attorneys if they made any misleading or false statements about her emails which caused federal agents to expend more resources and time on the investigation.  Violations of the code are punishable by up to five years in prison.

Why Hillary has a Martha Stewart problem — and why she's likely safe.  Looks like Hillary Clinton has a Martha Stewart problem.  Stewart went to prison for lying to federal investigators.  She wasn't under oath when she did — but it was still a crime.  Other violators include Bernie Madoff, Bush-era White House aide Scooter Libby and Illinois then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  Politico and Fox News report the FBI has expanded its probe of Clinton's use of that "home-brewed" e-mail server.  As Fox puts it, "agents [are] exploring whether multiple statements violate a federal false-statements statute, according to intelligence sources familiar with the ongoing case."  The statute targets "materially false" comments "either in writing, orally or through a third party."

What lies are the FBI going to unearth in the Hillary Clinton server scandal?  The ongoing dumpster fire for Democrats that was Hillary Clinton's insanely risky email security strategy — to put it in the simplest terms, she didn't have one — has sparked a lot of concern, speculation, and cynicism.  The concern is:  What did Hillary Clinton's incompetence reveal to our rivals and enemies?  The speculation is:  What will the FBI find?  And the cynicism is:  At what point will Barack Obama swoop in and derail the investigation?  Well, this latest report from Fox News suggests that the answer to the third question is The FBI is still being allowed to do its job.

The Scandal We Were Told Was Over Just Won't Go Away.  Clinton might still be the Democrats' candidate, but she's not outrunning her email scandal, no matter how happy her media supporters are.  First, multiple news sources have reported that the investigation into the personal email account managed by a private server that she used while secretary of state has been ramped up.  Fox News disclosed Thursday [11/12/2015] "the FBI has expanded its probe of Hillary Clinton's emails, with agents exploring whether multiple statements violate a federal false statements statute, according to intelligence sources familiar with the ongoing case."

Judge Rules Against Judicial Watch's Attempt To Speed Up Email Release.  A judge ruled against a conservative group trying to speed up the release of some of Hillary Clinton's emails related to the 2012 Benghazi attack, according to the Hill.  Federal Judge Amit Mehta said it would be potentially risky to release the 242 emails, which are already on track to be released by next February because of a separate lawsuit.  The group conservative group Judicial Watch asked for the 242 emails to be taken from the larger spread of emails set to be released by next February.  The emails were either sent or received by Clinton, and were requested under a Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch.  The larger spread includes about 55,000 pages of emails Clinton flagged as related to her work.

Top Hillary Aide Signed, Failed To Comply With State Dept 'Separation Agreement'.  That aide, Huma Abedin, maintained control of emails she sent and received through a personal email account hosted on Clinton's private email server for nearly two-and-a-half years after she left the agency in Feb. 2013.  In signing the form — called the OF-109 — but failing to turn over State Department records, Abedin may have opened herself up to criminal charges.

Court blow for Clinton: Judge orders release of 700 new docs.  A federal judge ordered the State Department Tuesday [11/10/2015] to provide 700 new pages of records from Hillary Clinton's former office by Dec. 1, paving the way for a spate of document releases that could continue well into next year.  The order by Judge Rudolph Contreras pushed agency officials to finish searching documents from Clinton's time as secretary of State, including emails, memos and notes, by the end of the year, according to court documents obtained by the Washington Examiner.

FBI expands probe of Clinton emails, launches independent classification review.  The FBI has expanded its probe of Hillary Clinton's emails, with agents exploring whether multiple statements violate a federal false statements statute, according to intelligence sources familiar with the ongoing case.  Fox News is told agents are looking at U.S. Code 18, Section 1001, which pertains to "materially false" statements given either in writing, orally or through a third party.  Violations also include pressuring a third party to conspire in a cover-up.  Each felony violation is subject to five years in prison.

FBI steps up interviews in Clinton email probe.  Even as Hillary Clinton tries to put questions about her private email server behind her, the FBI has stepped up inquiries into the security of the former secretary of state's home-made email system and how aides communicated over email, POLITICO has learned.  The FBI's recent moves suggest that its inquiry could have evolved from the preliminary fact-finding stage that the agency launches when it receives a credible referral, according to former FBI and Justice Department officials interviewed by POLITICO.

Signs emerge FBI investigation of Hillary emails has moved to a new, more serious stage.  Momentum is a concept that applies to criminal investigations almost as much as it does to sports teams.  And from the signs available, it looks as if the probe into potential criminality in the Hillary email scandal has got the Big Mo.  Despite the FBI's efforts to remain tight-lipped over the ongoing investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server, it looks as though substantial resources are being devoted, so that a political kill of the query would be difficult to justify if push comes to shove.  Politico has been interviewing as many people as it can, both on and off the record, to get a sense of where the investigation is leading, and the indications are that Hillary should be worried.

17 of Hillary Clinton's Worst Email Lies.  Word came late yesterday that the FBI has expanded its probe of Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified files.  A former assistant director of the FBI, Tom Fuentes, notes that "it's [likely] more than a preliminary inquiry; it sounds like a full-blown investigation ...When you have this amount of resources going into it ... I think it's at the investigative level."

The FBI's Clinton Email Probe Just Took A New Turn.  The FBI has expanded its probe into Hillary Clinton's personal email system to what one analyst is calling a "full-blown investigation," Politico is reporting.  The FBI has interviewed a former State Department official about how Clinton aides communicated over email.  And last month, the agency requested records from a data broker Clinton hired to find companies to manage her private email system after she left office in early 2013.

Is the FBI Closing in on Hillary?  According to Dr. Monica Crowley, quoted below, [FBI Director James] Comey is closely overseeing his crack cyber-forensic team, which has masterfully managed to do what many claimed couldn't be done:  they accessed the files on Hillary Clinton's "wiped" email server.  If they find ample evidence to indict her, as Crowley intimates below, and the Justice Department decides not to pursue charges, many political pundits foresee Comey resigning, or looking the other way when whatever illegal activity they found starts to leak.

Whitewashing Hillary — step one in shutting down the FBI's probe.  Hmm.  [James] Clapper answers to the president — who issued clear marching orders months ago, announcing that Clinton's server scam was "not a situation in which America's national security was endangered."  Oddly, news of Clapper's finding got leaked to Politico soon after the Washington Free Beacon reported Clinton did indeed, right after taking over at State, acknowledge her responsibility to properly guard classified info — and that "negligent handling" of it could bring criminal penalties.  Until the Beacon broke that news, even the State Department was unclear on whether Clinton ever signed the Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement.  By so doing, she promised not to put classified info at risk — by, say, storing it on a home-brewed email server.

Three Pinocchios:
Hillary Clinton's claim that 90 percent of her emails were 'in the system'.  Clinton clearly erred in saying that the "90 to 95 percent" figure was from the State Department.  This is her own staff's calculation, and she should correct the record.  While not all of the e-mails she submitted to the State Department have been released, what has been made available so far suggests that a substantial majority are to and from at least one "state.gov" e-mail address.  It is not an unreasonable assumption that these e-mails are contained somewhere within the bowels of the State Department.  But Clinton cannot make a definitive statement and certainly cannot attribute that to the State Department.

Hillary Clinton's Secrets Contract Should [End] Her Candidacy.  Massive government is usually viewed as functioning top-down:  The elected politician tries to guide the bureaucracies, directives routinely get distorted, and the end result includes horrors such as little old ladies being manhandled as potential terrorists at airports.  In the case of Clinton becoming secretary of state in 2009, however, it worked bottom-up, and accomplished something quite sensible.  Thanks to an open records request by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a key non-disclosure agreement the beleaguered front-runner for the Democrats' presidential nomination signed is now public.

Clinton Signed NDA Laying Out Criminal Penalties for Mishandling of Classified Info.  A day after assuming office as secretary of state, Clinton signed a Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement that laid out criminal penalties for "any unauthorized disclosure" of classified information.  Experts have guessed that Clinton signed such an agreement, but a copy of her specific contract, obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute through an open records request and shared with the Washington Free Beacon, reveals for the first time the exact language of the NDA.

Clinton Signed NDA Laying Out Criminal Penalties for Mishandling of Classified Info.  As the nation's chief diplomat, Hillary Clinton was responsible for ascertaining whether information in her possession was classified and acknowledged that "negligent handling" of that information could jeopardize national security, according to a copy of an agreement she signed upon taking the job.  A day after assuming office as secretary of state, Clinton signed a Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement that laid out criminal penalties for "any unauthorized disclosure" of classified information.

Hillary signed State Department contract saying it was HER job to know if documents were classified top secret.  Hillary Clinton's claim that she was unaware top secret documents on her private email server were highly classified took a hit on Friday [11/6/2015], with the revelation of a State Department contract she signed in 2009.  The 'Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement,' which Clinton inked during her second day as Secretary of State, declared that she was personally responsible for determining if sensitive documents in her possession were classified at the government's highest level.

FBI found TOP SECRET info in Hillary emails, evidence enough to charge Clinton.  Fox News' Monica Crowley revealed that several anonymous sources indicated to her that the FBI has found confidential "top secret" information on Hillary's private email account, and that this is enough to press charges against her for obstruction.  [Video clip]

The Benghazi Hearings.  The presence of a server in her home, the attempts to hide it, to prevent anyone seeing any email at all, speak volumes.  In the absence of recorded or filmed conversations, emails are the most solid evidence we can have.  Why was she not conducting business on State Department security approved computers and devices?  Federal law requires official communications to be preserved.  The object is a clean and transparent government responsive to the citizens they serve.  At one point Barack Obama promised the most transparent administration in history — but that was then and this is now.

Hillary's emails show paranoia about GOP.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's paranoia about Republicans permeates her emails, where even a common error message on an undelivered email prompted her to speculated — presumably jokingly — that the "neocons" must be reading her mail.  The jabs at the Republicans were just part of the more than 4,000 new messages released Friday [10/30/2015] in the latest dump from Mrs. Clinton's four years at the State Department, when her unique email arrangement shielded some of her communications from public view.

The Truth About Hillary.  In office, Clinton's use of an unsecured private email server ought to have been an impeachable offense for the "high crime" of being too inept at her job to keep it.  Clintonemail.com was the high-tech equivalent of sending old-fashioned radio communications unencrypted over public airwaves all across the globe.  In the old days, a King would have summarily executed his foreign minister for such treachery.  These days, the King gives her his tacit blessing to become his successor.

Looking at the latest round of Hillary's emails.  In case you haven't been following the Hillary Clinton email scandal lately, the most recent round of emails from Hillary's private server were dropped yesterday, and the news just keeps getting worse for the presidential aspirant.  As you might expect, there's plenty of important information we can mine from this.  The exchange over the former Secretary's struggles with emojis seems to have gotten the most press, but we should not let that be the shiny object that distracts us from far more important things contained within the latest release.

'Unsolicited?': Emails Show Blumenthal Drafted Speech Hillary Gave In 2009.  Far from providing just "unsolicited" advice to Hillary Clinton, Sidney Blumenthal appears to have authored a draft of at least one of the Democratic presidential frontrunner's speeches during her time as secretary of state at her behest.  Blumenthal has drawn controversy for the stream of emails he sent to Clinton during her time as secretary of state, especially those providing supposed intelligence on Libya.  After serving as an adviser during Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, Blumenthal was barred by the Obama administration from working with Clinton when she was confirmed as secretary of state.

Did Hillary Emails Put State Department In Compromised Position?  Government officials routinely make Friday afternoon document dumps knowing that the news coverage and public interest will be weak.  It's their way of hiding what should be out in the open.  Friday's [10/30/2015] deposit of emails might turn up the evidence many are looking for.  But it will take time before the entire tranche can be scrutinized.  If there's gun in there that's still smoking, it's unlikely to be uncovered right away.

Sid Blumenthal Emailed Hillary About 'Setting Up Secret Channels Between Insurgents And Governments'.  Emails released by the State Department on Friday [10/30/2015] show that Hillary Clinton's longtime friend Sidney Blumenthal reached out to her on behalf of a former United Kingdom diplomat who was interested in "setting up secret channels between insurgents and governments."  Clinton was receptive to the idea which came via Blumenthal from Jonathan Powell, former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair's chief of staff.

Classification rate continues to rise in Clinton emails.  The rate of classified information in former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails continues to spike, with another 266 in the latest release Friday [10/30/2015].  That means one out of every 16 emails Mrs. Clinton sent or received in this latest batch now have information classified as "confidential," meaning it requires at least some degree of secrecy — posing still more questions about Mrs. Clinton's decision to reject use of an official, secure email account.

'ServerGate For Dummies': 10 Hillary Email Answers.  Some might ask: Why would anyone want or need such a setup in their home?  How would it be used?  And for that matter, what exactly is a server?  IBD got the answers to this, and more, from a quartet of cybersecurity professionals.  The answers weren't always clear, as even the experts often couldn't reach a consensus on some questions.  But all agreed on one critical issue:  If Clinton thought the setup would give her extra security, then she was delusional.  No computer network is impenetrable, the experts say, and there is evidence that she didn't use the most secure options available.

Clinton paying a price now for her 2012 Benghazi lies.  In 1973 and 1974, many in the media wanted to see Richard Nixon disgraced and removed from office.  In 2015, many in the media don't want to see the only plausible candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination disgraced and rendered unelectable. [...] And in both cases, despite claims of partisan witch hunts, the committees unearthed legitimately revealing material which the target sought to keep secret.  The Watergate committee discovered the Nixon tapes.  The Benghazi Committee discovered Hillary Clinton's home-brew email system.

Hillary's Attorney Concedes Criminal Behavior — Months of Official Emails Are "Missing".  Federal law states that agencies that allow federal employees to use non-government email systems must ensure that federal records are preserved in the appropriate recordkeeping system.  "Agencies that allow employees to send and receive official electronic mail messages using a system not operated by the agency must ensure that Federal records sent or received on such systems are preserved in the appropriate agency recordkeeping system."  [36 C.F.R. 1236.24(b)]

Effort to recover missing Clinton emails fails.  An attorney for Hillary Clinton says it's not possible to recover emails missing from the former secretary of State's personal server, according to The Wall Street Journal.  Emails from Clinton's first two months on the job were missing from the batch of 30,000 emails turned over last year.  David Kendall, an attorney for Clinton, said in a letter to the State Department this month that the lost emails proved irretrievable due to technical errors in the server when it was first created.

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Mr. Kendall might want to patent those "errors" and sell them to anyone else who wants to build an email server that doesn't leave any residual evidence when messages are deleted.

State Can't Verify Clinton Email Claim Made At Benghazi Hearing.  One of the sticking points in Mrs. Clinton's testimony in front of the Benghazi panel was her claim that 90% to 95% of her work emails were automatically preserved in the State Department's system. [...] But State Department spokesman Mark Toner on Friday [10/23/2015] said the figure is something her campaign is using and referred questions to them for "the rationale or the background behind it."  "I'm not aware that we have given that figure," he said at a press briefing.  "I'm not in a position right now to confirm that."

State Dept. Cannot Confirm Clinton's Email Claim At Benghazi Hearing.  The State Department said that it could not confirm a figure Hillary Clinton cited during testimony to the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Thursday, suggesting that it was fashioned by her presidential campaign.  The Wall Street Journal reported that a State Department spokesman said Friday that the agency could not "confirm" Clinton's claim that between 90 and 95 percent of her work emails were already preserved in the State Department's computer system because she emailed other government officials on their work accounts.

DOJ Officials Fear Foreign Telecoms Hacked Clinton Emails, Server.  Officials close to the matter at the Department of Justice are concerned the emails Hillary Clinton sent from her personal devices while overseas on business as U.S. Secretary of State were breached by foreign telecoms in the countries she visited — a list which includes China.  "Her emails could have easily been hacked into by telecoms in these countries.  They got the emails first, and then routed them back to her home server.  They could have hacked into both," one Justice Department official close to the matter says.

DOJ believes China telecoms hacked Hillary's insecure bathroom email server.  Over at Fox Business News, Elizabeth MacDonald reveals that the Obama administration is doing everything in its power to destroy Hillary Clinton's campaign.  In this case, insiders at the Department of Justice have leaked stunning new information regarding Hillary Clinton's illegal bathroom email server.

Hillary as first prisoner-in-chief.  There's very little stigma now for celebrities serving time.  Even a Clinton is not guilty until a judge and jury says she isn't, and there may be a judge and jury lurking in Hillary's future.  Cities and states routinely send aldermen, judges, mayors and governors to prison.  Illinois, from whence Hillary sprang, needs an entire gubernatorial wing at state prison.  Prison could strengthen the character of any president as he (or she) reflects on life from the inside of a cell block.

Why did Hillary copy classified historical State Dept. files to her private server?  Why was Hillary Clinton transferring/extracting data from secure, and monitored, classified State Department data bases, into her non-secure private email server?  What else was data-mined and extracted from government accounts, that could/would be discovered with a thorough forensics investigation into the private server?  She wasn't just reading them, she was extracting them.  Why would she be doing this, if not to build a shadow file for use at a later date?

'Smoking gun' emails just released by UK Daily Mail prove Hillary a bigger liar than Tony Blair.  [Scroll down]  But much more important to me than this UK-centric story is what we learn about Hillary Clinton's emails.  Take a look at the memo itself, the top line in the left had column.  [Illustration]  This proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that, as my friend Mike Nadler says, "she lied in her numerous statements that there were no classified documents on her server, even with her later qualification that none were marked classified at the time."  At the time she was doing this research, the memo was still classified, only to be unclassified in 2014.  Pantsuit on fire!

Hillary's Least Favorite Game Show — To Tell the Truth.  An FBI agent who spoke with The Daily Mail and has had a 20-year career in federal law enforcement and serves in a supervisory capacity in a domestic FBI field office.  He said that Hillary not telling Obama about her personal server would be enough to put her in jail for ten years based on The Federal Espionage Act under which she is being investigated.  Barack Obama was clear on 60 Minutes Sunday [10/11/2015].  When asked if he knew about the server, he said, "no".  A New York Times article suggests that Barack Obama's comments claiming her handling of emails did not violate national security has infuriated FBI agents.  Obama is steering the FBI.

Report Suggests Hillary Clinton Violated The Espionage Act.  Evidence may be mounting that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton violated a provision in the federal Espionage Act.  The penalty for such a violation under the Espionage Act of 1913:  a fine, a prison term of up to ten years, or "both."

Clinton cracks up over question about FBI probe into email server.  A question about the FBI investigation into her private email server caused former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to laugh out loud during a Friday [10/16/2015] interview with CNN's Jake Tapper[.]  "Bernie Sanders said that 'the American people are tired of hearing about your d--- emails,' but there are a lot of people who are not, including FBI officials looking into whether national security was compromised because of this server," Tapper said in the interview, prompting Clinton to produce several hearty guffaws.  Clinton reiterated that she never transmitted classified information over the private server that she held during her tenure at State.

Hillary's Bizarre Reaction When Asked About FBI Investigation into Emails.  Hillary Clinton burst into uncontrollable laughter Friday [10/16/2015] when asked by CNN host Jake Tapper about the ongoing controversy surrounding her use of a private email server as secretary of state. [Video clip]

The FBI, not Bernie Sanders, has the last word on Hillary's emails.  Hillary Clinton was surely ecstatic when President Obama told a national TV audience that her private e-mail server was "not a situation in which America's national security was endangered."  Oops:  The flip side of Clinton's glee is the anger reportedly felt inside the FBI — where agents fear the president was trying to compromise their ongoing investigation.

Why You Actually Should Care About Hillary Clinton's Emails.  [Scroll down]  The emails are insightful because she really didn't know what to do.  She looked to all these outside advisors.  She wanted to know how [then-Senator] Carl Levin voted on the Iraq surge.  What the email shows is that this is a person who was very concerned at the time about how her decision — her important, important policy decision — would reflect upon her personally, and how it would impact her standing with the public.  That's important.

Obama's Comments on Clinton Emails Collide With F.B.I. Inquiry.  "I don't think it posed a national security problem," Mr. Obama said Sunday [10/11/2015] on CBS's "60 Minutes."  He said it was a mistake for Mrs. Clinton to use a private email account when she was secretary of state, but his conclusion was unmistakable:  "This is not a situation in which America's national security was endangered."  Those statements angered F.B.I. agents who have been working for months to determine whether Ms. Clinton's email setup had in fact put any of the nation's secrets at risk, according to current and former law enforcement officials.

Clinton Server's Technical Problems Boosted Use of Personal Accounts.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server appears to have routinely suffered technical problems while she was at the State Department, at times prompting correspondents to forward messages to top aides' personal email accounts, newly released emails show.

Hillary Should Be Going to JAIL Based on a Big Story Out Thursday.  There was a big story Thursday [10/15/2015].  Several whistleblowers came out to talk about the way they were aggressively prosecuted while they were working with journalists to expose government misconduct and they compared their treatment to politically connected and powerful people accused of the same or worst who received a slap on the wrist.  Based on the whistleblowers' stories, Hillary has to go to jail!

Email Scandal: Hillary Could Face Real Jail Time As FBI Probe Intensifies.  Fox News reported this week that the FBI is looking into whether there's been any violation of the Espionage Act as a result of her use of a private, unsecured email system while secretary of state.  When classified material started showing up in Clinton's emails, she argued that she'd done nothing wrong because none of the emails she sent or received was marked "classified" at the time.  But violating the Espionage Act doesn't require that the information come emblazoned with such markings.  "Gross negligence" in handling "information relating to national defense" is all that's needed to be found guilty.  And the maximum penalty is 10 years in prison.

Investigation into Hillary's email server focuses on Espionage Act and could get her 10 years in jail.  Hillary Clinton could be prosecuted in federal court for failing to tell President Barack Obama about her private email server at the time she was running it, according to a veteran FBI agent. [...] The FBI agent who spoke with DailyMail.com has had a 20-year career in federal law enforcement and serves in a supervisory capacity in a domestic FBI field office.  He said on Friday [10/16/2015] that failing to put Obama in the loop could be enough to send her to prison for ten years.

Source: FBI probe of Clinton email focused on 'gross negligence' provision.  Three months after Hillary Clinton's use of a private email address and server while secretary of state was referred to the FBI, an intelligence source familiar with the investigation tells Fox News that the team is now focused on whether there were violations of an Espionage Act subsection pertaining to "gross negligence" in the safekeeping of national defense information.  Under 18 USC 793 subsection F, the information does not have to be classified to count as a violation.

Report: FBI probe of Hillary is focused on Section 793(f) of Espionage Act.  [Scroll down]  Now, Fox News reports that "an intelligence source familiar with the [FBI] investigation of Clinton" says the Bureau is focused on whether there were violations of this very provision of the Espionage Act.  The intelligence source points out that Section 793(f) says nothing about classified information, but instead is triggered by lawful possession of national defense information when a security clearance holder "through gross negligence," such as the use of an unsecure computer network, permits the material to be removed or abstracted from its proper, secure location.  That sounds a lot like what Hillary Clinton did.

Email Scandal: 3 Questions That Demand Answers Before Hillary Can 'Put It Behind Her'.  'The American people," Sanders said after Hillary tried to explain away her email problems, "are sick and tired of hearing about your d*** emails."  Not only did the partisan audience erupt in cheers; so did reporters covering it.  "The entire press room just exploded when Bernie said that about Hillary's emails," one tweeted.  And, like other outlets, U.S. News concluded that "Hillary Clinton put the summer of emails behind her, with help from Bernie Sanders."

The Clinton vocabulary.  The definition of "is" episode has been the gold standard of semantic distortion in American politics for nearly two decades, but no more.  The language surrounding Hillary Clinton's email controversy is far more complicated than your basic verbs.  When it comes to examining the Clintons and their scandals, one is advised to have a dictionary at hand.  When it was revealed in March that Mrs. Clinton relied exclusively on a non-government email system set up in her basement while secretary of state, words like "home-brew" and "server" entered the popular lexicon.  Now we're talking about "nodes" and a "SIRIUS box" — other pieces of hardware that the FBI has requested from Platte River Networks or Datto, which provided back-end support to Mrs. Clinton's email concoction.

Is Obama working the refs on the FBI's investigation into Hillary's server?  Did you happen to catch the President on Sixty Minutes on Sunday night?  You get a free pass if you didn't because I know I was watching football.  His appearance dealt quite a bit with Vladimir Putin and Russia's involvement in the deteriorating situation in Syria... certainly an important and worthy topic.  But when the host got around to mentioning Hillary Clinton's email woes, the President took a decidedly more cavalier tone, discussing the ongoing investigation as if it were not that big of a deal.

Hillary Clinton: The Mae West of the internet.  In 2012, the State Department banned the use of remote-access software even on unclassified servers, without a waiver.  That same year, the Homeland Security Department's U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team warned that "an attacker with a low skill level would be able to exploit this vulnerability."  And someone did.  AP reports that a hacker using a computer in Serbia "scanned Clinton's basement server in Chappaqua at least twice, in August and December 2012" (after the ban and the warning on her technology cited above)[.]  The server identified itself as providing email services for clintonemail.com.

Hillary's Email: Low-Skilled Hackers Could Get In.  Hillary Clinton wants to be president, but the White House would be a risky place to put her.  She should be nowhere near government secrets, given her unserious attitude about keeping them under cover.  When Clinton was secretary of state, she had the option of using a secure government email account.  Instead, she opted for a personal account handled by a private server — one, the AP says, that was vulnerable to "low-skilled intruders."  This much-discussed email setup, the AP reported Tuesday [10/13/2015], "appeared to allow users to connect openly over the Internet to control it remotely."

Security farce at 'data fortress' run by company that held Hillary Clinton's emails.  The facility owned by Datto Inc was part of the network that stored classified messages from the private email server the Democratic presidential candidate used as Secretary of State.  But unlike most government buildings, it is possible to walk to the front door without being challenged.  Daily Mail Online also saw employees from inside the building emptying trash into a dumpster that was kept open and unattended.

Hillary server had remote-control gateways wide open.  The only item missing from the secret e-mail server run by Hillary Clinton appears to be the welcome mat for hackers.  According to the Associated Press, the Clintons set up remote-control operations of its server without ever bothering to build in the normal security that would accompany those functions in a professional setting — if one could even find a professional setting that would allow those functions to operate at all.

White House says Obama not trying to influence FBI probe of Hillary Clinton's email server.  The White House said Tuesday that President Obama wasn't trying to influence an FBI investigation into Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email server when he declared that Mrs. Clinton hadn't harmed national security.  "Of course not," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said when asked if the president was intruding into a federal investigation.  He said Mr. Obama "certainly respects the integrity of" an independent probe.

Michael Isikoff: Blumenthal E-mail to Hillary Is 'Evidence of a Commission of a Federal Crime'.  Investigative journalist Michael Isikoff reports that an e-mail Sidney Blumenthal sent Hillary Clinton while secretary of State revealed the name of a CIA operator, putting the spy's life at risk.  Appearing Monday [10/12/2015] on Morning Joe, Isikoff said the e-mail, which Clinton forwarded to one of her State Department colleagues, is "evidence of a commission of a federal crime by somebody," though not necessarily Clinton.  "This is maybe the single most problematic e-mail exchange we've seen with Hillary Clinton yet of all the e-mails that have been raised," Isikoff said.

AP Exclusive: Clinton server's software had hacking risk.  The private email server running in Hillary Rodham Clinton's home basement when she was secretary of state was connected to the Internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers, according to data and documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

Meanwhile, the Hillary Clinton Scandal Just Got Even Worse.  While everyone has been focusing on House Republicans and their inability to elect a speaker, the Hillary Clinton email scandal has been growing more troubling by the day.  A letter released by the House Benghazi Committee last week revealed that Clinton acted to promote the business interests of her "old friend" Sidney Blumenthal, the longtime Clinton loyalist who sent her numerous "unsolicited" memos while running a rogue intelligence operation and earning a hefty paycheck from the Clinton Foundation.

Former CIA Lawyer: Hillary Emails Could Have Been 'Literally Lethal'.  In an interview with MSNBC's Morning Joe [10/12/2015], a former top CIA lawyer said Hillary Clinton's decision to move forward and store emails with the names of CIA operatives on them was extremely dangerous.  "As a former CIA counsel, what's most troubling about this email to you — specifically this email — and then if you're troubled by it, the Secretary's use of private email," host Willie Geist asked John Rizzo.  "The most troubling thing Willie is, if the [Trey Gowdy] version is accurate, the true name of a human CIA source being bandied about, really," Rizzo said.

Incompetent or indifferent: Clinton burns CIA Libya contact.  Clinton has come under fire this year for choosing to withhold her work emails from the State Department, and the public, for as many as five years after she began her employment as secretary of state.  Clinton's decision to conduct all work on a private server, and to keep the contents of that server to herself for more than a year after leaving office, was undertaken out of a false sense of entitlement to privacy.  It not only kept the public in the dark as to her communications in office but it also placed sensitive and classified information within reach of hackers, because the server was not properly secured.

President Obama's lukewarm defense of Hillary Clinton on the e-mail controversy.  If Hillary Clinton happened to be watching President Obama's interview with Steve Kroft on "60 Minutes" Sunday night [10/11/2015], her former boss's answers on her decision to use a private e-mail server as secretary of state had to bring a grimace to her face.  Kroft first asked Obama if he knew that Clinton was exclusively using a private e-mail server for her communication.  "No," the president replied.  Kroft then followed up by asking Obama whether Clinton's server posed a "national security problem."  Here's what the president said in response: [...]

Clinton Email Could Prompt New Intelligence Investigation.  An email forwarded by Hillary Clinton to a colleague that identified a top CIA informant in Libya could trigger an intelligence investigation and add to concerns that she mishandled classified information, according to intelligence sources.  Clinton received an email in March 2011 from her longtime adviser Sidney Blumenthal that identified a covert Libyan source who was reportedly working with the CIA.  Blumenthal said his business partner, the late former CIA agent Tyler Drumheller, had given the information to him.  Clinton forwarded the email over her personal server to a colleague, according to emails published on Thursday [10/8/2015] by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.), chairman of the House select committee on Benghazi.

5 Obama Scandals The Mainstream Press Is Ignoring.  Obama administration officials claimed not to know about Hillary's reckless use of a private email server as secretary of state.  Hillary says everybody knew about it.  Who's lying?  Was there any discussion about it among top White House officials?  Did anyone in Obama's circle express concern about this dangerous practice?  There's not even a hint that any of these questions are being pursued.

Clinton Emailed Identity Of Top CIA Asset Over Unsecure Server.  Last night, Yahoo News broke another big development in Hillary Clinton's growing email scandal.  According the below report, Hillary Clinton used her secret email server to "pass along the identity of one of the CIA's top Libyan intelligence sources," material the government considers "some of the most protected information in our intelligence community."  This latest shoe to drop underscores the recklessness of Hillary Clinton's decision to skirt transparency laws with her secret email server.

The Odds That Hillary's Emails Were Hacked Just Got A Lot Higher.  What sort of attacks happened before SECNAP started its cybersecurity efforts is, at this point, anyone's guess.  But given what we now know, it's a virtual certainty that Clinton's sensitive, classified, even top-secret information has fallen into the hands of foreign governments.  Over the four-plus years Clinton's server was in use — when she sent and received hundreds of emails containing classified information — it was either unencrypted, unsecured or insufficiently protected against determined, sophisticated hackers.

Clinton woes far from over.  [Scroll down]  But now we have learned that two technology companies are worried Clinton may have ensnared them in a cover-up, and the FBI has seized four more servers from the State Department in order to determine how top-secret information flowed from Clinton aides at the agency to her private server during her tenure as secretary there.  Maybe a backlash against the Benghazi investigation won't be enough to change the subject after all.

Benghazi committee, under fire, releases more Clinton emails.  Hillary Clinton used her private email account to pass along the identity of one of the CIA's top Libyan intelligence sources, raising new questions about her handling of classified information, according to excerpts from previously undisclosed emails released Thursday [10/8/2015] by Rep. Trey Gowdy, the Republican chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

Who cops a plea deal first, Huma or Cheryl Mills?  It now appears certain that someone in Hillary Clinton's inner circle copied Top Secret information from a SCIF (Secure Compartmented Information Facility) to an unclassified email system, thereby committing multiple felonies.  Each such instance is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.  The FBI is so certain that this occurred that it has seized four (count 'em: four) State Department servers in order to forensically determine who perpetrated these crimes.

FBI Seizes Four State Department Servers in Clinton Email Probe.  The FBI has seized four State Department computer servers as part of its probe into how classified information was compromised on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinto