Hillary Clinton's secret email servers

Hillary Clinton used her own clandestine email servers to handle much of her email communications while she was the Secretary of State.  It was both illegal and improper.  And when she was caught, she excused her conduct with a series of dishonest pronouncements.  Her obfuscation is probably related to the many unanswered questions about the Benghazi terrorist attack, and the phony cover story that was issued by the State Department immediately thereafter.

It may also have a lot to do with uranium.

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) 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.

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The Supreme Court and the Electoral Coup.  [Scroll down]  Then there was the outrageous saga of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband and ex-president Bill who played tag team in shaking down foreign governments for nearly a billion dollars, which got shoveled into the Clinton Foundation.  All the while Secretary Clinton flagrantly violated U.S. Code § 1924 that prohibits the private storing of classified documents and confidential state matters, which she circumvented by use of an unsecure private server and email system.  That was obviously implemented to cover up her conflicts of interest while serving as secretary.

Since 2016, all that has mattered to most journalists, bureaucrats and other Democrats is getting their power back.  Didn't Hillary, her aides, Obama and many other bureaucrats and diplomats continually violate the nation's security laws by corresponding on a non-secure personal computer for four years?  Didn't her use of the private server jeopardize national security?  The purpose of the private server was clearly to subvert the law and allow her to hide information from the public and the government that they were entitled to.  It allowed her to delete over 30,000 emails without repercussions because the Obama Administration didn't care about the law, only power.  Shouldn't Hillary and others have been prosecuted for these serious violations or were they special and above the law?

I Am the Anonymous Whistleblower.  [Scroll down]  I am the anonymous whistleblower who blew the whistle on the Hillary Clinton corruption.  Travelgate.  Cattle futures.  Whitewater, and the missing records of the Rose Law Firm.  The Uranium One transfer of American uranium to Russian interests while Bill scandalously was getting paid huge speaking fees.  How she joked and giggled about successfully defending a monster who had raped a child.  How she sent the deceitful Susan Rice on four television talk shows in one day to lie to the American people about the real cause of the Benghazi massacre that saw our ambassador murdered, with Rice attributing the catastrophe to a stupid and unwatchable short YouTube video that almost no one ever viewed, even as Hillary secretly was emailing her daughter about the real and true cause of the disaster: an Arab Islamist jihad attack timed to coincide with September 11.  How Hillary was using her email account illegally, endangering the foreign policy of the United States by emailing confidential and highly classified documents in channels that exposed them to being hacked and intercepted by our enemies, even as she maintained a private server in her home bathroom.  How, when she was called upon to produce those emails, she destroyed 33,000 of them — an outright spoliation felony that would have landed any other American in prison long-term.  How she lied to us, as though we all are idiots, telling us that those spoliated emails dealt with things like her yoga classes and buying Chelsea a wedding dress — 33,000 emails for yoga and a dress.

Squeaky clean, huh?  Obama forgot about these 25 scandals.  [#2] Obama knew about Hillary's private email server.  As WND reported, five days after the New York Times disclosed the existence of Clinton's private email server, Obama told CBS News on March 7, 2015, that he learned about it at "the same time everybody else learned it, through news reports."  That was not true, because Obama himself had exchanged emails with Clinton on the server.  And he even used a fake name, for reasons never explained.  The White House later claimed Obama meant to say he did know of the server, just not the details.

What Is Justice for McCabe?  Hillary Clinton checked every box for a violation of the Espionage Act.  So much so that, in giving her a pass, the FBI figured it better couch her conduct as "extremely careless," rather than "grossly negligent." [...] In point of fact, the careless/negligent semantic game was a sideshow.  Mrs. Clinton's unlawful storage and transmission of classified information had been patently willful.  In contemptuous violation of government standards, which she was bound not only to honor but to enforce as secretary of state, she systematically conducted her government business by private email, via a laughably unsecure homebrew server set-up.  Her Obama administration allies stress that it was not her purpose to harm national security, but that was beside the point.  The crime was mishandling classified information, and she committed it.

The Deep State Will Face Justice Soon!  Right?  Today, treason and our two-tier justice system are casually discussed as inescapable facts of today's political landscape.  Heads up for those desperately trying to put the blindfold back on Lady Justice.  If a layered legal system is what we have, it has nothing to do with justice — that's anarchy.  And these smug criminals not only revel in their immunity, but rub our noses in it.  Take for example when Hillary Clinton literally laughed out loud at a question about her email investigation — had to wipe her eyes, she laughed so hard.  She laughed at us, at America, for being so clueless as to think she'd ever answer to our laws.  And she's still laughing, because she's right:  she's untouchable.  The consensus is that even though we know that the first email investigation was rigged by the FBI to clear Hillary, no one will reopen the case.

Trump can change history by declassifying three Obama-era documents.  [Scroll down]  The final Obama-era tranche that requires declassification concerns Hillary Clinton's email controversy — a highly classified set of documents that FBI agents identified as important and necessary in the investigation into whether she violated the law by transmitting classified emails on her unsecured private server.  As I wrote last week, the agents never got to review those documents in 2016 before then-FBI Director James Comey unilaterally decided not to seek criminal charges against Mrs. Clinton.  The Justice Department's internal watchdog in 2018 provided Congress a classified annex explaining how the FBI intended to examine that secret evidence, but never did.  Sources who have seen the annex say it contains explosive revelations about what really happened with Clinton's emails and the national security concerns that her conduct raised.

Hillary Ruins the Plan.  [Scroll down]  Upon becoming President Obama's secretary of state, Clinton improperly set up a private, non-secure system for email communications.  It featured her own personal server, stored in her home and, later, maintained by a private contractor.  Secretary Clinton used this private email system for all of her official State Department communications, notwithstanding that doing so (a) violated government regulations (which, as the department head, she was responsible for enforcing); (b) violated governmental record-keeping and record-production obligations imposed by federal law; and (c) made it inevitable — due to the nature of her responsibilities — that streams of classified information would flow through and be stored in the non-secure system.  This lack of security meant that top-secret intelligence — some of it classified at the highest levels, some of it involving Clinton's communications with the president of the United States and other top national-security officials — became accessible to people who were not cleared to see it.

Andrew McCabe is the new Joe McCarthy.  Simple fairness was not the hallmark of the Comey-McCabe era.  No disinterested observers think the Bureau's investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server was treated the same way as the amorphous charges against the Trump campaign.  That bias wasn't the fault of FBI field agents.  Comey pulled the investigation away from them and gave it to his inner circle.  They were men on a mission.  It was not a mission for blind justice.  Their double standards were clear when they passed out immunity to all Hillary's top aides without demanding full testimony in return, when they destroyed Clinton staffers' computers and cell phones without preserving the evidence, and when they wrote a memo clearing Mrs Clinton before she had been interviewed.  Comey, whose incompetence is rivaled only by his smug self-righteousness, then held a press conference that both smeared and cleared Hillary.  It smeared her with evidence that should never have been revealed unless she was charged.  It cleared her by whitewashing the crimes she should have been charged with.

Six Times the Obama Administration Should Have Appointed Special Counsel.  [#1] The Hillary Clinton email scandal:  What about this scandal wasn't tainted?  Obama's former secretary of state and heir apparent to the Oval Office is caught violating federal transparency laws by hosting a private email server — which was only discovered as a result of the Benghazi investigation (which they were also stonewalling). Over 30,000 emails were discovered to have been deleted.  Phones were smashed with hammers... Obama personally communicated with Hillary via this private email, with a pseudonym of his own... FBI Director James Comey had drafted Hillary's exoneration letter before even interviewing her.  We now know that FBI investigator Peter Strzok, who was investigating both Hillary and Trump, had personally softened the language on the exoneration statement.  Right around the same time, he was telling fellow investigator and lover Lisa Page that he would stop Trump from getting elected president.  What difference at this point does it make, right?  Everything about that investigation was tainted.  A special counsel was needed as soon as the private server was discovered.  But, Obama had to protect his heir apparent, and therefore his legacy, and so the investigation was run by pro-Hillary/anti-Trump partisans who had no business doing so.

The FBI, Hillary's computers, and the Russians:
[#1] Doesn't anyone find it strange that the FBI indicted 12 Russians for hacking computers that the DNC and Hillary refused to let agents see?  James Comey, testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, said, "The bureau requested, but was denied direct access to the Democratic National Committee's email servers and other hacked devices as part of its probe of Russian hacking."
[#2] Hillary Clinton, either directly or indirectly, ordered her computers to be wiped clean and all her phones to be broken up.  Clinton's I.T. team used the open source cleaning software BleachBit to wipe the computer systems "so even God couldn't read them," according to South Carolina representative Trey Gowdy.
[#3] The Washington Free Beacon reported that CNN confirmed that the Hillary campaign staff destroyed campaign cell phones with hammers.  The Washington Examiner said a contractor for Clinton deleted subpoenaed emails and refused to answer the critical question from the FBI on what he did and why.
[#4] Now the mystery takes us to the ultimate question: if the FBI never had access to the DNC or Hillary campaign computers or cell phones, how could the FBI identify the 12 Russians indicted just before the summit?
[#5] The Daily Caller reported that the FBI agreed to destroy Cheryl Mills's laptop as part of an immunity deal.  However, the FBI agents charged with the destruction refused.  There is no indication that the FBI or the Mueller investigation has done anything with the computer.  What a fantastic twist that the supposed good guys can't or won't see what is going on in front of them.  There are 33,000 emails destroyed while under subpoena, yet nothing happens.

Did Clinton & Obama's use of private email open a door to Chinese intelligence?  Did Clinton & Obama's use of private email, and her routing of govt comms illegally through an unsecured server in her home, open a door to Chinese intelligence?  I think the probability is HIGH.  If so, we are in uncharted territory. [...] It's bizarre that Obama & Clinton would use private email accounts to traffic classified information and comms.  To me, it suggests that they wanted a SECRET channel to conceal communications.  Sorry, but that's NOT normal.  It's also VERY risky.

Could Hillary Clinton still face charges over her emails?  Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information is getting another look with the release Thursday of a Justice Department inspector general report scrutinizing the FBI's investigation into whether she committed crimes using a private email server as secretary of state.  Although it would be controversial, the Justice Department is able to reopen the Clinton email case, and experts say President Trump's 2016 adversary arguably could be charged until March 2025 — after Trump would leave office even if he wins a second term.  Sloppy workers, leakers, whistleblowers, and spies face a variety of criminal charges for mishandling classified records.  But there are leading options available to prosecutors, with varying statutes of limitations.

Progressives on the Brink.  If it is true that President Obama ordered Attorney General Lynch and Director Comey to avoid bringing charges against candidate Clinton and to spy on the Trump campaign with the intention of throwing the election to Clinton, and if high officials at the FBI knowingly requested a FISA warrant on the basis of evidence known to be false, these actions will represent the most serious political crimes in the history of the country.

In Politicized Justice, Desperate Times Call for Disparate Measures.  If you or I had set up an unauthorized private communications system for official business for the patent purpose of defeating federal record-keeping and disclosure laws; if we had retained and transmitted thousands of classified emails on this non-secure system; if we had destroyed tens of thousands of government records; if we had carried out that destruction while those records were under subpoena; if we had lied to the FBI in our interview — well, we'd be writing this column from the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth.  Yet, in a feat of dizzying ratiocination, Director Comey explained that to prosecute Mrs. Clinton would be to hold her to a nitpicking, selective standard of justice not imposed on other Americans.

Does equal justice under the law exist in America today?  According to the Washington Post ("How Clinton's email scandal took root," March 27, 2016), Hillary Clinton used an unsecured server as her primary server for State Department emails.  Documents released on Dec. 29, 2017, by the U. S. Department of State in response to Judicial Watch's FOIA request revealed classified material was found on Anthony Weiner's laptop.  He was the husband of Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's former deputy chief of staff.  Have either of them come before a grand jury to determine if they ought to be charged?  No, but the Washington Times reports that Machinist Mate 1st Class Kristian Saucier, a Navy veteran, took pictures of a submarine control panel, which is considered classified information, and went to jail.  I believe Hillary Clinton lied continually to the public about how many devices she used to email State Department information, about the unsecured server, sending classified emails over an unsecured server and destroying 33,000 emails.  She was never interviewed under oath by the FBI.  This action protected her from prosecution for lying under oath, but Michael Flynn was charged for lying to the FBI.  In December 2017, Judicial Watch released documents showing the Obama State Department made a deal with Hillary Clinton to hide her call logs and schedules.  An average American's life and reputation would be destroyed if they acted similarly.

Comey Joins Stormy as Latest Porn Star to Target Trump.  First, he made a devastating case for prosecuting Hillary Clinton for her reckless disregard for national secrets using her illegal bathroom email server.  Yet, in the same press conference, announced he was giving her a pass on all of her crimes.  We have since learned that he and the entire cabal of Clinton cronies at the FBI and Department of Justice rigged not only that investigation but also the separate investigation into the Clinton Foundation.  Remember, the Clinton Foundation investigation centered on compelling evidence that the Clinton Cartel was using the foundation for a global shakedown and extortion racket.  They were raking in hundreds of millions in "speaking fees" and other donations in exchange for favors that could be performed far into the future — assuming, of course, that Hillary Clinton was a shoo-in for the White House.

The Real Collusion Story.  [Scroll down]  It is impossible to paste a classified document into an unclassified email accidentally, because the three computer systems (Unclassified, Confidential/Secret, and Top Secret) are physically separate networks, each feeding into an independent hard drive on the user's desk.  If a classified document appears in an unclassified email, then someone downloaded it onto a thumb drive and manually uploaded it to the unclassified network — an intentional act if ever there was one.  One of Clinton's emails suggests that downloading and uploading material in this fashion was a commonplace activity in her office. [...] The FBI recovered one email, for example, that contained a "C" in parenthesis in the margin — an obvious sign that the corresponding paragraph was classified "Confidential."  When an agent personally interviewed Clinton, on July 2, he showed her the document and asked whether she understood what the "C" meant.  For anyone who has ever held a security clearance, "C's" in the margins are more ubiquitous than "C's" on water faucets — and no more baffling.  But Clinton played the ditzy grandmother.  She had simply assumed, she said, that the "C" was marking an item in an alphabetized list.

Hillary's Espionage and the Statute of Limitations.  The U.S. government has spent billions of dollars developing, deploying, and protecting its internet protocol router networks to enable authorized government officials to conduct the business of government, properly exchange information, and intelligence, up to and including information classified SECRET, with others in the government (and their contractors) who are authorized and entitled to have it.  Mrs. Clinton purposely avoided using the government's networks through the use of a homebrew server.  That she found a way to transmit countless classified documents, up to and including special access program material, to her personal server has been made public and is not in question.  The former Democratic presidential candidate disclosed that she and her aides had deleted more than 30,000 emails she deemed "personal." [...] When the FBI retrieved the spools of microfilm, the Alger Hiss "Pumpkin Papers" printed out to a stack four and a half feet tall.  Hillary Clinton and the FBI have learned much from the Alger Hiss case.  The American public will not be able to read a transcript of Hillary Clinton's interview with the FBI, because the bureau did not transcribe it.  Furthermore, Mrs. Clinton was also not placed under oath during the three-and-a-half-hour interview.  When Mrs. Clinton wasn't placed under oath, she could not be charged with lying to the FBI, as Alger Hiss was eventually charged with and convicted of.

Three Times Barack Obama Attempted to Obstruct Justice.  Obama sent strong signals to police and the judiciary about how he wanted certain cases resolved.  While he was more subtle about it than the bull-in-a-china-shop Trump, his desires were no less clear.  Let's start with the most egregious example, his attempt on April 10, 2016, to influence the decision on whether to prosecute Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information by setting up her own email server.

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.

Comey grabbed authority he did not have to clear Hillary Clinton.  To begin with, Hillary Clinton has every right to be furious with Comey for holding his unprincipled news conference back in July 2016 where he announced she would not be charged over the issues surrounding her home-brewed server.  But he then went on to lay out a damning case against her recklessness and carelessness with classified material, even though it is highly unethical for anyone in law enforcement to lay out a case against someone who is not going to be charged.  What was truly outrageous, though, was Comey grabbing authority he did not have in announcing Hillary would not be charged.  He is the FBI director, not a prosecutor.  His job is to investigate and present his findings to a prosecutor, in this case, then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Obama's Guilty Contentment.  At least from the time she became secretary of state, Hillary Clinton used a private email system — "Clintonmail.com" — for official business.  She and her staff routinely sent top-secret information via that system to each other.  That information included "SITK" — Special Intelligence Talent Keyhole — intelligence information as well as "SAP" — Special Access Program — information.  There are no higher levels of classification our government uses to protect secrets than SITK and SAP.  Top-secret information — under an executive order signed by Obama — is defined as information the disclosure of which can severely damage the security of the United States.  Each of those emails was a violation of 18 US Code Section793(f), a felony carrying the penalty of ten years in jail.  Clinton's email system, according to internet security experts I know, didn't even have the rudimentary security features found on gmail.  Any foreign power or terrorist group could have — and must have — tapped into her system and learned our most closely-guarded secrets.

The Democrats' Long History of Making Incriminating Documents Disappear.  Then-FBI Director James Comey let Clinton off the hook because, he said later, she lacked "evil intent."  In making that judgment, Comey apparently failed to consider that spoliation of evidence — "the intentional, reckless, or negligent withholding, hiding, altering, fabricating, or destroying of evidence relevant to a legal proceeding" — is a modus operandi of the Clintons and their associates, and has been for four decades.

Scandal, Corruption, Lawbreaking — And So What?  The FISA-gate, Clinton emails, and Uranium One scandals are sort of reaching a consensus.  Many things quite wrong and illegal were done by both Hillary Clinton and her entourage and members of the Obama agencies and administration — both the acts themselves and the cover-ups and omissions that ensued.

Did Barack Obama 'Obstruct Justice' in Clinton Email Case?  [Scroll down]  In the draft, Comey mentions that President Obama had communicated with Clinton while she served as secretary of state and "was on the territory of ... an adversary":  "We also assess that Secretary Clinton's use of a personal email domain was both known by a large number of people and readily apparent," the draft statement reads.  "She also used her personal email extensively while outside the United States, including from the territory of sophisticated adversaries.  That use included an email exchange with the President while Secretary Clinton was on the territory of such an adversary.  Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton's personal email account."  By the time the July 5 statement was issued letting Clinton off the hook, any mention of emails made by Obama to Clinton's un-secure email account had been removed from Comey's statement, which is extremely fortunate for Obama, because if he did knowingly discuss classified information with Clinton through unsecured emails, he could also be investigated for violating federal laws forbidding such reckless activity.  And there's evidence Obama may have attempted to cover his tracks by having his e-mails sealed under the guise of executive privilege.

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.

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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.

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      

Timely news and commentary:

Russia Collusion Wasn't About Donald Trump, It Was Designed to Protect Hillary Clinton.  Barack Obama's spy chiefs never believed that Donald Trump was a Russian spy.  The Trump-Russia collusion narrative originated as a diversionary tactic in the event emails from Hillary Clinton's private email server went public. [...] This week a former senior intelligence official in the Obama administration confirmed to me that in the lead-up to the 2016 election, elements of the U.S. intelligence community informed the FBI that the Democratic candidate's emails had been compromised.  "They concluded that there were approximately 30,000 emails in the possession of foreign entities," said the former Obama official.  "The FBI was provided with digital copies of some of the emails and then evaluated them, determining their veracity and identifying what sensitive issues were being addressed.  The FBI had been informed of this prior to James Comey's press conference exonerating Clinton."

An Open Letter to Every [...] Politician!  On the Election, Corruption, all of it!  Night after night, year after year, we watch you on the evening news pontificate about this issue or that scandal and yet you all do nothing.  We're sick of it!  We watched Hillary Clinton break every law in the book by lying to the FBI about her using her own private server to conduct government business, and then deleting over 33,000 emails once she was caught.  She broke the law multiple times, regardless of intent.  In fact, the laws she broke specifically said that intent was not needed for the law to be broken.  And what did you do?  Nothing.  Sure, you put on a show, but who was punished?  Who went to jail?  Who was held accountable?  Hillary Clinton?  James Comey?  Please.  And what about the IRS targeting Tea Party Groups.  After the IRS was caught intentionally harassing these groups, they finally came clean and admitted that they were breaking the law.  Who was sent to jail?  Who was fired?  Lois Lerner?  James Clapper?  Obama?  CIA Director, Brennan?  No one, that's who!

Trouble for Joe?  Hillary's Emails Are Resurfacing.  Every election cycle there's some sort of "October surprise."  It's when campaigns release the dirt they have on their opponent, in hopes of flipping some voters.  But not every election surprise has to come from a campaign.  In fact, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said the State Department is getting closer to releasing emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server.  You know, the ones that contained classified information that should have been safeguarded?  "We've got the emails, we're getting them out.  We'll get all of this information out so the American people can see it," Pompeo told Fox News' Dana Perino.  "We're going to get all this information out so the American people can see it.  You'll remember there was classified information on a private server, should have never been there, Hillary Clinton should never have done that, that was unacceptable behavior."  According to Pompeo, Clinton should have never had classified information on a private server.

Jim Comey Ignored Department Whistleblower on Hillary's Crimes With Classified Material.  One year before Jim Comey was immersed in his plot to overthrow Donald Trump, the duly elected President of the United States, a brave Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State came forward with firsthand information of Hillary Clinton's rampant abuse of Classified material.  The man, a senior State Department diplomat who had served as the acting Ambassador (Chargé d'Affaires) in the Asia Pacific region under President Clinton, also was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.  The letter from this whistleblower is stunning and I am going to present it in total.  It is dated 10 January 2016. [...]

Mike Pompeo Says He Has Hillary Clinton's Deleted Emails and Will Begin Releasing Them Before Election Day.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday dropped a little October surprise said his department has Hillary Clinton's 'deleted' emails and will release them before the election.  "We're getting them out," Pompeo told Fox News Dana Perino.  "We'll get all of this information out so the American people can see them," Pompeo said.  "There will be more to see before the election."  "You will remember there was classified information on a private server.  It should never have been there.  Hillary Clinton should never have done that.  It is unacceptable behavior."

Sidney Powell discussing the 675,000 Hillary Clinton Emails found on Anthony Weiner's laptop.  675,000 Hillary Clinton Emails [were] found on Anthony Weiner's laptop.  "New York Police Officers who saw some of it, who were hardened investigators had to go throw up.. it's bad!"

Brennan Personally Briefed Obama on Clinton Campaign's Russia Collusion Operation in 2016.  CIA Director John Brennan personally briefed former President Barack Obama on Russia's knowledge of Hillary Clinton's "plan" to smear then-candidate Donald Trump as a Russian stooge during the 2016 presidential election, newly declassified documents reveal.  Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Tuesday declassified Brennan's handwritten notes from the briefing, as well as a CIA memo revealing that officials referred the matter to the FBI for potential investigative action.  That referral was sent to then-FBI Director James Comey and then-Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok.  Ratcliffe first revealed in a letter late last month that the FBI were aware of Russian intelligence regarding Hillary Clinton's plan to link Trump to Russia as "a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server."

Gregg Jarrett:  Declassification of Russia probe documents could prove Hillary Clinton committed [a] felony.  President Trump's announcement on Twitter Tuesday that he had fully authorized the declassification of all documents related to the Russia investigation is bad news for Hillary Clinton, Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett told "Hannity" Tuesday [10/6/2020].  "It demonstrates just how immoral, unscrupulous, devious and corrupt Hillary Clinton was," Jarrett said.  Earlier Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified documents revealing that then-CIA Director John Brennan briefed President Obama in 2016 on Hillary Clinton's "plan" to stir up a scandal tying then-candidate Donald Trump to Russia and distracting from the controversy over her private email server.  Jarrett said Clinton may have committed a felony in disseminating false information, depending on "how it [the information] was leaked and to whom."

Trump: I'm declassifying everything on "the single greatest political CRIME in American History".  Donald Trump is declassifying information on Fanny Foxe and Wilbur Mills?  No, of course that's the description Trump uses for the "Russia hoax" and its targeting of his 2016 campaign.  Last night, Trump announced that all material related to the investigation into Operation Crossfire Hurricane, including all intelligence notes, would be declassified: [...] Why now?  The catalyst appears to be a recently declassified — but still heavily redacted — set of notes from John Brennan from July 2016.  In the notes, the then-CIA director documented his briefing of Barack Obama and other administration officials about the Russia-collusion allegation.  According to the notes that weren't redacted, Brennan told Obama that the Hillary Clinton campaign planned to use this allegation as a distraction from her e-mail scandal.

President Trump Authorizes Total Declassification of All Documents Related to Spygate, Hillary Email Scandal — WITH NO REDACTIONS.  President Trump Tuesday night went scorched earth and authorized the total declassification of all documents related to the Russia hoax, Spygate and Hillary Clinton's email scandal.  "No redactions!" Trump said.  "I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax.  Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal.  No redactions!" Trump tweeted. [...] Trump's tweet comes after DNI John Ratcliffe declassified and released documents on Tuesday revealing former CIA Director John Brennan briefed Barack Obama on Hillary Clinton's plot to 'stir up' a scandal to tie Trump to Russia in order to distract from her email scandal ahead of the 2016 election.

Newly released documents give a clearer picture about the Russia hoax.  We learned last week that (a) Hillary Clinton approved of faking a Russia-Trump scandal to detract from her unsecured server; (b) that then-CIA director John Brennan briefed Obama and intelligence officials about the plan; and (c) that intelligence officials sent a memo to Peter Strzok tell him of Hillary's plan.  The actual documents were made available on Tuesday.  They revealed that Obama knew almost from the beginning that "Russian collusion" was a hoax, while the media's current cover-up of the newly released documents shows that the Russia hoax will live forever in their reporting.  Brennan's July 2016 notes of his meeting with Obama and other national security advisers are almost entirely blacked out.  What remains, though, establishes that Obama knew as of July that Hillary intended to fake collusion between Trump and the Russians.

DNI Declassifies Handwritten Notes From John Brennan, 2016 CIA Referral On Clinton Campaign's Collusion Operation.  Top U.S. intelligence officials were so concerned heading into the 2016 election that the Russians were aware of and potentially manipulating Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's plans to smear Donald Trump as a Russian agent that they personally briefed President Barack Obama on the matter, newly declassified Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) documents show.  CIA officials also requested that the FBI investigate Russian knowledge of the Clinton campaign's collusion smear operation.  Newly declassified handwritten notes from former CIA Director John Brennan show that the U.S. intelligence community knew in 2016 that Russian intelligence was actively monitoring, and potentially injecting disinformation into, Clinton's anti-Trump collusion narrative.  The intelligence concerning Russia's knowledge of Clinton's campaign plans was so concerning to Brennan and other national security officials that they personally informed Obama of the matter in the Oval Office in the summer of 2016.  The handwritten notes from Brennan were declassified by Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe and provided to Congress on Tuesday afternoon.

How much did the Russia and Hillary Clinton email probes cost taxpayers?  President Trump announced Tuesday evening [10/6/2020] that he has "fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents" related to the Russia investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server surrounding a 2012 attack that occurred in Benghazi that took the lives of four Americans.  According to biannual reports released by the special counsel's office, Mueller and his team spent $12.3 million in direct spending between his appointment on May 17, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018.  The office also said it incurred $12.9 million in "indirect" Justice Department spending, a category it described as "neither legally required" for disclosure, nor reported in filings by previous special counsels.

DNI declassifies Brennan notes, CIA memo on Hillary Clinton 'stirring up' scandal between Trump, Russia.  Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Tuesday declassified documents that revealed former CIA Director John Brennan briefed former President Obama on Hillary Clinton's purported "plan" to tie then-candidate Donald Trump to Russia as "a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server" ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Fox News has learned.  Ratcliffe declassified Brennan's handwritten notes — which were taken after he briefed Obama on the intelligence the CIA received — and a CIA memo, which revealed that officials referred the matter to the FBI for potential investigative action.  The Office of the Director of National Intelligence transmitted the declassified documents to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on Tuesday afternoon [10/6/2020].

Bombshell Allegation:  Hillary Orchestrated Collusion Hoax to Distract From Her Emails, According to Russian Intel.  Hillary Clinton personally signed off on the Russiagate farce to distract attention from her email scandal, according to a Russian intelligence analysis that was obtained by U.S. intelligence agencies in July 2016.  That is the bombshell allegation that National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe has just dropped on the Senate Judiciary Committee, with the first presidential debate just a few hours away and with former FBI director James Comey scheduled to testify before that Committee tomorrow morning [9/30/2020].

Sidney Powell's Speech From March Is Now Making Waves as New Reports Indicate Clinton Foundation Is Under a Criminal Investigation.  A speech by Sidney Powell back in November is now given more attention with word that the Clinton Foundation is now under a criminal investigation.  In her speech in March, Powell shared the following: ["]The Anthony Weiner laptop, which I don't know if you heard this.  I wrote an article about that too. 675,000 Clinton emails when they got Anthony Weiner's laptop in a search warrant because of all his sex perversion issues.  It was all the Clinton emails, the Clinton Foundation, her Secretary of State emails, Huma Abedin emails, lots of people emailed Huma as a proxy for Hillary, and it included what Comey called... the golden emails, because they were the blackberry backup emails.  That they were supposedly just looking for very diligently, well guess what they did when they found them on the Weiner laptop?  They got a search warrant for things that didn't include the blackberry backup emails.  So when they told us, when he stood there and said that day, oh we've reviewed all the emails now, there is nothing there.  That was a bald face lie."["]

FBI Agent Who Discovered Hillary's Emails On Weiner Laptop Claims He Was Told To Erase Computer.  FBI agent John Robertson, the man who found Hillary Clinton's emails on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, claims he was advised by bosses to erase his own computer.  Former FBI Director James Comey, you may recall, announced days before the 2016 presidential election that he had "learned of the existence" of the emails on Weiner's laptop.  Weiner is the disgraced husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin.  Robertson alleges that the manner in which his higher-ups in the FBI handled the case was "not ethically or morally right."

Book: FBI Agent on Sex Crimes Unit Found Hillary Clinton Emails.  An FBI agent investigating child pornography on former Rep. Anthony Weiner's computer first stumbled on hundreds of thousands of emails, many of which were to and from Hillary Clinton, ahead of the 2016 election, a new book reveals.  The Washington Post's Devlin Barrett wrote "October Surprise:  How the FBI Tried to Save Itself and Crashed an Election," in which he provides an inside look at what happened in the weeks before the 2016 election — and how the discovery of the Clinton emails threw a wrench into the electoral process.  Special Agent John Robertson was investigating allegations that Weiner sent sexually explicit material to a 15-year-old girl when he stumbled on 600,000 emails from an account belonging to Weiner's then-wife Huma Abedin, Clinton's top aide, sitting on Weiner's laptop.  Many of the emails were either to or from the private email address of Clinton, who served as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

New details emerge about FBI delay on Weiner laptop in 2016.  New details have emerged about 2016's "October Surprise," during which the FBI found emails belonging to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on disgraced New York Rep. Anthony Weiner's laptop, with the FBI official who found the emails speaking out for the first time.  FBI agent John Robertson, who worked in its New York office's child sex crimes unit and was later cited (though not named) in Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's 2018 report on the handling of the investigation of Clinton's unauthorized private email server, spoke with the Washington Post's Devlin Barrett for his upcoming book, October Surprise:  How the FBI Tried to Save Itself and Crashed an Election.  Robertson unearthed tens of thousands of Clinton emails in late September 2016 on the laptop belonging to Weiner, the husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, in a sex crimes case involving underage girls, but for weeks after being alerted, top FBI leaders [...] took little to no action to investigate.

FBI agent who found Hillary Clinton's emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop calls agency's handling of case 'immoral'.  An FBI agent who found the messages that led to the Hillary Clinton email investigation being reopened days before the 2016 election said the way the bureau handled the case was 'not ethically or morally right'.  John Robertson feared he would be made a 'scapegoat' when he found the new emails less than two months before voting day, in the wake of DailyMail.com's revelation that Anthony Weiner, whose wife Huma Abedin was Clinton's top aide, was sexting an underage girl.  Robertson watched nervously as the bureau did nothing for a month until he went outside the chain of command and spoke with the US Attorney's office overseeing the case.

Elite Democrats can wipe their phones and their servers with impunity; you can't.  [Scroll down]  Remember Hillary Clinton's "tech troubles"?  After the Benghazi scandal, when the then-Secretary of State stood beside the flag-draped caskets of American service-people and lied to Americans about the attack that killed them, her actions were the focus of an investigation.  What followed was a data-disappearing act of comic proportions.  The FBI reported that during their investigation they learned Ms. Clinton used a total of thirteen different mobile devices that would have contained classified information.  None of them could be located.  In addition, then-Democratic Presidential Nominee Clinton somehow miraculously had the server wiped that contained emails the investigator wanted to see.  When she was asked about the allegations of data-wiping, she famously responded in a smug and condescending manner:  "What?  You mean like with a cloth or something?"  Ms. Clinton's acts would have earned an indictment for any ordinary citizen, and they especially would have earned an indictment for not-so-ordinary Republicans.  Ms. Clinton is not going to jail.  Neither will anyone from the Mueller team who destroyed government records.

Appeals court rules Hillary Clinton doesn't have to sit for Judicial Watch deposition.  A three-judge appeals court panel ruled that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton can dodge a sworn deposition from a conservative watchdog group, reversing a lower court decision that had ordered the sworn testimony about her private email server during her time at the State Department.  Clinton, who appealed the order from earlier this year requiring she and her former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, sit down for depositions, scored the legal victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Friday [8/14/2020].

Time to Tear Hillary Clinton's Name from State Department Pavilion.  In the final days of the Obama Administration, Clinton's name was slapped up on the walls of the just-finished U.S. Diplomacy Center at Foggy Bottom.  The Hillary Rodham Clinton Pavilion was an obvious slap in the face of the incoming administration.  A defiant reminder of Secretary Clinton's shameful legacy.  On January 10, 2017, just ten days before Donald Trump was sworn into office (instead of Clinton), the former Secretary of State returned to the State Department to help open the new pavilion that bore her name.  "I'm thrilled to be here at the new Hillary Clinton Pavilion," Clinton said during her remarks at the ceremony.  "I'm sure you will notice it is the most transparent part of the entire project."  An obviously defiant statement mocking the deceitful nature of her tenure, which included her felonious use of a private, unsecured email server to transmit state secrets.

Hillary Clinton lost her appeal, order stands testify on private server and Benghazi emails.  Amid the chaos and anarchy across blue-city America that exclusively possessed public attention for the last couple of weeks, it was not hard to miss any other bit of news — especially if that news has not appeared or been even briefly mentioned by any major mainstream media outlet.  Take for example the news of Hillary Clinton, who lost her appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on June 2, where she tried to avoid testifying under oath about her emails and the Benghazi case.  The hearing in the D.C. Circuit came in the case Judicial Watch v.  Clinton, a public records case involving a request for State Department documents and communication about the 2012 terror attack at the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.  U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack.  The case also involves Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state.

Hillary Clinton asks appeals court to help her dodge Judicial Watch deposition on emails and Benghazi.  A three-judge appeals court panel heard arguments this week from Hillary Clinton's lawyer and Judicial Watch as the former secretary of state seeks to avoid a deposition about her private email server and the Benghazi attack talking points.  Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, argued Tuesday [6/2/2020] that the depositions of Clinton and Clinton's former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, ordered by a D.C. district court judge was necessary to understand whether Clinton attempted to avoid the Freedom of Information Act when she improperly used a private server to conduct her State Department business and whether the agency adequately searched for all her emails.

Google Subpoenaed for Emails of Mystery Gmail Account Tied to Hillary Clinton.  Judicial Watch served a court-authorized subpoena to Google on April 15 requesting emails from a controversial Gmail account tied to Hillary Clinton.  The subpoena is part of a yearslong Freedom of Information Act lawsuit which has led to the discovery of Clinton's use of an unauthorized private email server to conduct government business during her tenure as the secretary of state.  Judicial Watch, a conservative government transparency group, requested the emails and metadata from the [...] gmail.com account.  Clinton IT aide Paul Combetta claimed to have used the account to transfer all of Clinton's emails from a laptop to an email server.

Judicial Watch subpoenas Google in ongoing hunt for Hillary Clinton missing emails.  Legal watchdog group Judicial Watch has served Google with a subpoena for all emails believed to be linked to an account used by 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during her tenure as President Obama's secretary of state.  According to a press release, the subpoena — which was authorized by a federal court in Washington, D.C. — Platte River Network IT specialist Paul Combetta reportedly accessed the Google account to move Clinton's emails from a laptop to the firm's servers before using a program called Bleachbit to destroy the emails and remove all traces of them the computer.

Justice Department Declines to Support Blocking Hillary Clinton Deposition.  The Justice Department has declined to join former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's effort to block depositions of both herself and a key aide in a case concerning her use of a private email-server system to conduct Obama administration business.  Though the DOJ's decision will inevitably be reported as political retribution against President Trump's 2016 election rival, there is actually nothing much here.  The Trump State and Justice Departments have defended the former secretary throughout the suit in question.  The government's refusal to support Clinton's latest gambit to avoid answering questions under oath is consistent with Justice Department policy and will have no bearing on the outcome of the case.

FBI Using Chinese Virus as Excuse to Keep Protecting Hillary Clinton.  Is it just me, or is the FBI just about as worthless and pathetic today as it was the day before President Trump fired James Comey?  Here are two salient facts that have just come to light that we've never seen reported anywhere before:  First, the FBI actually found all 675,000 of Crooked Hillary's emails (oops), and second, they only reviewed 3,000 of them before declaring her innocence just days before the 2016 election.  The FBI received a court order to release Hillary's emails to Judicial Watch at long last, and it's been slow walking the release of those emails ever since. [...] Convicted child predator Anthony Weiner had all of Hillary's emails on his laptop for some reason. [...] This means Comey was actually able to recover the 30,000 emails that got Bleach Bitted when Hillary wiped her server.  You know, like, with a cloth.  It also included the tens of thousands of emails that Hillary sent on her Blackberry device, which the FBI had never recovered during its "exhaustive" investigation before Comey cleared Hillary the first time, in July of 2016.  Weiner's laptop even had all of Hillary's emails from her first two months as Obama's Secretary of State, which was another batch of emails that the FBI never recovered from any source.  But wait, there was more!  The Weiner laptop also had all of Hillary's Clinton Foundation emails on it.  Nothing to see there!

New Clinton scandal memos confirm FBI stalled a month to search Weiner's laptop.  The FBI waited a month between the time it discovered Hillary Clinton emails on disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner's laptop and obtaining a search warrant — as Clinton and Donald Trump were entering the closing weeks of their tight 2016 White House race, according to newly obtained records by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.  The documents are communications between former FBI official Peter Strzok and former FBI attorney Lisa Page, who exchanged emails during the 2016 race that suggested they did not support Trump becoming president.  Weiner, at the time the emails were discovered, was married to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.  The emails were purportedly from when Clinton was Secretary of State.  The Justice Department was already investigating Clinton using a private server to send official State Department information.

Hillary Clinton Appeals Ruling To Testify About Emails.  A federal judge has ordered criminal Hillary Clinton to sit for a deposition to address private emails and her illegal email server before Judicial Watch, but not Clinton has filed an appeal in order to overrule the order to testify about any of it.  Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton dropped a bombshell on Friday the 13th:  "Hillary Clinton APPEALS Ruling that She Must Testify About Emails."

Lawyers for Hillary Clinton Ask Appeals Court to Overturn Order for Her.  Judicial Watch announced today that lawyers for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills have asked the Court of Appeals to overturn a U.S. District court order granting Judicial Watch's request for their depositions about Clinton's emails and Benghazi attack records.  Lawyers for Clinton and Mills filed a "Petition for Writ of Mandamus" earlier today [3/13/2020].  The Clinton request comes in Judicial Watch's lawsuit that seeks records concerning "talking points or updates on the Benghazi attack".  Judicial Watch famously uncovered in 2014 that the "talking points" that provided the basis for Susan Rice's false statements were created by the Obama White House.  This Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit led directly to the disclosure of the Clinton email system in 2015.

Hillary Clinton:  The Most Investigated Innocent Person in America?  Hillary Rodham Clinton recently claimed that she is the most investigated innocent person in America.  Really? [...] In purposely saying there is no regulation against her use of a private email server (in the bathroom of her private residence) for highly classified communications, Mrs. Clinton attempts to excuse her actions or somehow exonerate herself.  She purposely overlooks the fact that her actions, as explained herein, are clear, flagrant, prima facie violations of the gross negligence provisions of the Espionage Act. [...] The provisions of the Espionage Act, subsection F, 18 USC 793, state that "an intent to deceive or perform illegal actions regarding the handling of classified government information is not required; gross negligence alone is grounds for prosecution."  Penalties allowed under the Espionage Act for gross negligence in handling classified materials include a fine, imprisonment of up to ten years, or both.

The Editor says...
No one needs to explain this to Hillary Clinton.  She went to law school.  She knew the risks.  She knows how much trouble she could be in now, and the best way to fight it is to stay out in front of it with phony claims about being the most investigated person in the country.

Hillary Says No Regulation Bars Secretary of State From Using Private Email Server.  Pompeo Disagrees.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed back Friday against former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's claim that there was no regulation against her use of a private email server.  "No, having a private email server and keeping your government records on that is completely unlawful," Pompeo said during an interview on Fox & Friends.  "She has been investigated a lot, I think there might be a reason for that," Pompeo added.  "We have an obligation, as senior leaders in the United States government, that our records are protected and available through [the Freedom of Information Act] and all the other mechanisms."  "It's a bad idea," Pompeo said regarding the destruction of records.  "Not a model that I recommend to any leader anywhere."

The Editor says...
If wasn't illegal, why was Hillary's email server kept secret?

Judicial Watch Wins Court Order Forcing Hillary Clinton and Cheryl Mills to Sit for Depositions.  A federal judge has ruled that Hillary Clinton and her former chief of staff Cheryl Mills must sit for a deposition within 75 days.  Judicial Watch won the court ruling despite the ongoing efforts by the DOJ to block their inquiry.

Federal Court Orders Deposition of Hillary Clinton on Emails and Benghazi.  Hillary Clinton has escaped the hoosegow for decades; the string of her perfidy is a mile long.  Here are just a few events for which the hangman has passed her by (so far):
  •   Cattle futures speculation
  •   Clinton Foundation money-laundering
  •   The Haitian squeeze play (Clinton Global Initiative-related)
  •   Uranium One
  •   Benghazi gun-running
  •   Emailgate pay-for-play
But hey!  Those last two might be back in play thanks to Judicial Watch.  A federal court announced today [3/2/2020] that Hillary Clinton has been ordered by Judge Royce Lambert to give a deposition on "Benghazi and emails."

Hillary Clinton is ordered to be DEPOSED over her secret server for the first time by federal judge.  A federal judge has ordered former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to submit to a deposition by lawyers for the conservative group Judicial Watch over her fateful decision to use of a private email server.  Judge Royce Lamberth issued the order in response to litigation by the group that has dragged on for more than five years and seeks the public release of information from Clinton's tenure at the State Department.  'Any further discovery should focus on whether she used a private server to evade FOIA and, as a corollary to that, what she understood about State's records management obligations,' the judge wrote about the federal open records law.

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Allow me to spoil the surprise:  No matter what questions are asked, Hillary Clinton will repeatedly claim she "can't recall" whatever she is asked.  And that will be the end of it.

Federal judge orders Hillary Clinton deposition to address private emails: 'Still more to learn'.  A federal judge Monday [3/2/2020] granted a request from conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch to have former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sit for a sworn deposition to answer questions about her use of a private email server to conduct government business.  Clinton has argued that she has already answered questions about this and should not have to do so again — the matter did not result in any charges for the then-presidential candidate in 2016 after a high-profile investigation — but D.C. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth said in his ruling that her past responses left much to be desired.

Thank You, Judicial Watch:  Hillary Clinton Must Be Deposed Over Her Private Email Server Fiasco.  Hillary Clinton is a former first lady, secretary of state, U.S. Senator, and a two-time presidential loser.  She also will have to revisit a 2016 ghost this year: her email server.  Clinton, while serving as our top diplomat, conducted all official State Department business on a private email server that was not secure.  It wasn't authorized by State Department officials, contrary to what the former first lady said about the unusual communication arrangement.  And if she did ask for permission, Clinton would have been denied.  It was all part of the State Department Inspector General Office's report on the matter, which only added more fuel to the fire over this story during the 2016 cycle.  And it kept the story in the news, which at the time — was something the Hillary campaign was desperate to neutralize.  It only added more suspicion and rehashed old criticisms of the Clintons, one of which being that they think the rules don't apply to them.

Hillary Clinton will feign amnesia if forced to testify about her secret email server.  Good luck deposing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  She's as slippery as an eel and twice as devious.  She'll figure out a way to circumvent the truth.  It's her greatest skill set.  Clinton and her lawyers have spent months inventing one excuse after another for why she shouldn't have to answer questions in a deposition about her unauthorized and unsecured computer system.  She used a clandestine server to handle all of her electronic communications as secretary of state, including the transfer and dissemination of thousands of classified and top-secret documents.  There is no doubt that Clinton's unprotected email apparatus jeopardized America's national security.  The State Department eventually divulged that there had been, at minimum, thirty separate security breaches.  Chinese intelligence reportedly gained access to her server housing classified documents.  Did the Russians penetrate the same system?  You can bet on it.

Hillary's Reckoning Isn't Over.  The increasingly desperate Democratic Party and its allies in the media weep tears of joy at the thought of Hillary Clinton riding in to save the party, perhaps after a deadlocked Democratic National Convention.  No such luck.  After a judge's decision Monday [3/2/2020], Clinton would be wise to lay presidential dreams aside and lawyer up. [...] On Monday, acting on a request from Judicial Watch, U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth said he would allow Judicial Watch to depose the one-time secretary of state, her former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and two other State Department officials.  Not only will this bring back questions about Hillary's actions before and after the Benghazi terrorist attack, in which four Americans were murdered, but it will at minimum serve as a reminder of the failure of her tenure as the nation's top diplomat. [...] It's clear that as secretary of state Clinton used her private email system to avoid legal scrutiny of her actions, either by the government agencies or by outside groups such as Judicial Watch.

The Monstrous Lie Behind CrowdStrike.  Robert Mueller's investigation into the 2016 presidential election was predicated largely on the claim Russian intelligence had hacked the Democratic National Committee's servers ahead of the November election. [...] A lot of ordinary folks just can't stop wondering why the DNC wouldn't let any federal investigators examine their servers.  Only CrowdStrike, an independent contractor on the DNC's payroll, was allowed to do so.  CrowdStrike executive Robert Johnson appeared on "60 Minutes" to address concerns that his firm hadn't been completely forthcoming with its findings.  But he only succeeded in raising more questions by claiming that the "FBI got what it needed and what it wanted."

Strzok email shows Hillary's apology for private server was excluded from FBI's 302 report.  Hillary Clinton had admitted to using her email server "out of convenience" and had apologized to the FBI according to newly released emails from former FBI official Peter Strzok.  But her apology was "not in" the FBI 302 report summarizing her interview, according to one message that was part of the 191 pages of emails between Strzok and his lover, former FBI attorney Lisa Page, obtained by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.

Obama Admin. Tried To Meddle In Several Criminal Probes.  [Scroll down]  Obama also downplayed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email scandal in 2015.  During an interview, he said he believed Clinton's breach of policy did not pose a national security problem.  He added he "didn't get an impression" from Clinton she was purposefully trying to hide something.  "Hillary Clinton is and has been an outstanding public servant," he said.  "She was a great Secretary of State for me."  Obama's decision resulted in James Comey's takeover of the investigation, in which Comey decided there was no basis for criminal indictments in the case.  This came after the former administration prosecuted others for having classified material on their private computers.

Sean Davis on Twitter:.  Multiple foreign governments hacked Barack Obama's email while he was president, which could explain why James Comey was so eager to make the investigation of Hillary Clinton's illegal private email scheme go away.

5 Times Barack Obama Protected His Allies from Justice and Democrats Didn't Care.  [#1] Hillary Clinton:  It was not all that long ago that Hillary Clinton was the heir-apparent to Barack Obama, and Obama wasn't going to let her criminal behavior get in the way of her winning the election and keeping his legacy intact.  Thanks to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey, Hillary was never going to be punished for her illegal private server and mishandling of classified and top-secret information that would have seen anyone else indicted.  In fact, FBI Director James Comey had drafted her exoneration letter before Hillary had even been interviewed by the FBI.

Could New Hillary E-mails Lead to Criminal Charges?  After a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit produced yet more e-mails this week from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — indicating that she had even more classified information transmitted on her unsecure and non-government server — calls are being raised for Clinton to face criminal consequences.  Clinton previously escaped any criminal sanctions in July 2016 when then-FBI Director James Comey announced he would not seek any such sanctions.  But now that Comey is no longer in a position to save her from criminal liability, these newly discovered e-mails have led to speculation that she could face a new — and real — investigation.  Judicial Watch released 37 pages of new Clinton emails that had been found by the FBI after the FOIA request.  Also found were text messages used by Clinton to conduct government business, which is also illegal.  The State Department told a federal court in November of last year that the FBI had found these previously undisclosed e-mails.

Fake Investigations — Designed To Fool You.  [Scroll down]  The second type of 'investigation' is when the Deep State pretends to investigate the Deep State.  In these 'investigations' the outcome is known in advance, but the script calls for pretending, sometimes for years, that it an honest investigation is underway.  There was nothing about the Hillary investigations that had anything to do with finding facts.  The purpose from the beginning was exoneration.  Key witnesses were given immunity and many were allowed to attend each other's interviews.  There were no early morning swat team raids to gather evidence.  Evidence was destroyed with no consequences.  When Anthony Weiner's laptop was found to contain over 340,000 Hillary emails in a file named "insurance", the FBI did not rejoice about finally getting the 'lost' email.  No, they hid the discovery for weeks until a New York agent threatened to go public.  Then, quite miraculously, Peter Strzok found a way to very quickly examine 340,000 messages and found that there was nothing at all that was incriminating.  No rational person would believe that.

Years Later, More Illicit Hillary Clinton Emails Emerge.  It has been more than three years since President Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, but all of Clinton's emails at the center of the email scandal that plagued her failed presidential campaign have still not seen the light of day.  But on Friday [1/10/2020], conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced the FBI produced 37 new pages of Clinton emails demonstrating she mishandled classified information and used text messages for official business as well.

How Stupid Do They Think We Are?  These days it seems like coincidence abounds in the precincts of leftism.  And an unquestioning Deep State Media are only too happy to label anyone who points out the absurdities of the supposed coincidences as "conspiracy theorists," having long ago abandoned journalistic inquisitiveness for allegiance to a political ideology. [...] Then we have Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton "bumping into" each other at the culmination of the FBI's pseudo-investigation into Hillary Clinton's outrageously criminal conduct in running highly classified government records over a ridiculously unsecure personal server, surely in violation of the Espionage Act and Federal Records Act, if not other laws.  The advance planning that goes into the travel of both a former president and a current Attorney General by their protective details and logistics personnel is immense.  Two such officials do not simply have their respective airplanes sidle up to each other on the tarmac of an airport like you might bump into an old high school chum at Starbucks.  The impropriety of the Attorney General meeting privately with the spouse of the subject of a high-profile FBI investigation was off the charts.  But, we were told, they just discussed golf outings and grandchildren.  Nothing to see here either folks.  And the likes of CNN dutifully reported that it was only congressional Republicans who saw fit to question the circumstances.

Judge delays legal challenge by conservative group over Clinton emails.  A federal judge has delayed a ruling on whether former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton must submit to cross-examination stemming from a complaint by a conservative group concerning emails she wrote and received while serving in an official capacity.  U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lambeth said Thursday a decision would likely come in January concerning a request by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch, but added he was concerned by the continuing emergence of new emails in the case.

Watchdog Asks Court to Subpoena Google for Records of Mystery Clinton-Tied Gmail Account.  A watchdog group asked a federal judge on Dec. 17 to subpoena Google for records on a Gmail account used to transfer the archive of Hillary Clinton's emails from her tenure as the secretary of state.  Judicial Watch, a conservative government transparency group, filed the request as part of its yearslong litigation against the Department of State.  The group also is seeking an interview with Paul Combetta, the information technology specialist who used the Gmail account to transfer all of Clinton's government emails to an unauthorized private email server.  Combetta created the Gmail account [...] in 2012 and used it to test email issues for his clients.  The name of the Gmail account, CarterHeavyIndustries, has fueled suspicions that China gained access to all of Clinton's emails.

Secretary Hillary Clinton and the Deep State:  A RICO Criminal Conspiracy.  [Scroll down]  The players acted together — in the usurpation of power, the abuse of power by public officials, bribery, thefts by fraud including federal funds, money laundering, perjury and the obstruction of justice, the violations of fundamental of civil rights, aided and abetted in the commission of these crimes and or to conceal these crimes.  Criminals will lie and can't keep their lies straight.  Their methods and behaviors are the same, whether engaging in street crimes or elaborate white-collar financial schemes.  The only difference is when more money is involved, the perps are more adept in concealing, covering up their sins, and hiding where the money went.  Many of these scandals are well known to the American Thinker readers.  I will focus my comments on Hillary's home brew sever and the Clinton Foundation as an example of how RICO can be used to prosecute the players.

Our Russia Collusion Nightmare:  All Hillary's Fault?  As awful as this orchestrated campaign against President Trump has been, it is absolutely maddening to realize that none of it would have happened had Hillary Clinton not engaged in one of the greatest pay-for-play operations in American history while placing our most guarded secrets (as well as the very lives of our soldiers and civilians) on a silver platter for those governments and adversaries who wish us the most harm in this world.  Three years of Russian hysteria happened only because of the deep corruption of Hillary Clinton.

FBI finds more irregular emails from Hillary Clinton.  The FBI has found more emails than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent from private servers and for which she is being investigated.  Public officials in the United States must use official servers to send information related to their government jobs so that this information is available to interested citizens through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

FBI Uncovers New Clinton Emails.  Judicial Watch today [11/28/2019] released a court filing that reveals the FBI found more Clinton emails it recently turned over to the State Department for review.  In the November 15, 2019 filing, the State Department informs the court that the FBI located additional Clinton emails that potentially had not been previously released.

Chuck Grassley Rips Comey:  You Missed Key Evidence In Clinton Investigation.  I'm Going To Find It.  On Tuesday, Senator Charles Grassley released a statement slamming former FBI Director James Comey for his failure during the Hillary Clinton investigation to find out that government officials deliberately transmitted classified information on unclassified systems. [...] Grassley noted that he had recently released a report from the State Department that noted Clinton's use of a non-government server for government business caused 588 security violations for mishandling classified information.  He continued, "If the average American did that, they'd lose their clearance, their job, and might even go to jail."

Russian Asset Number One:  Hillary, Not Tulsi.  [Scroll down]  Finally, there is the matter of the Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement (Form 302) that Hillary signed: [...] Having signed this document, under oath, means Hillary is charged with all required knowledge therein, a concept fully understood by any graduate of Yale Law School.  Thus, any hacking into her emails by foreign powers are intrusions for which she bears responsibility.  In consciously disregarding known, serious risks, she acted not only grossly negligently but also recklessly.  This made her not only a Russian asset but also a Chinese asset, a North Korean asset, an Iranian asset, etc.

Judicial Watch:  Benghazi Emails Confirm Clinton Email Cover-Up.  On Monday [10/21/2019], Judicial Watch released new emails involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Benghazi controversy that had been covered up for years and that would have exposed Clinton's private email account if they had been released to Judicial Watch in a FOIA request [in] 2014.  One long withheld email, which provides talking points for a call with senators and therefore fits the criteria of records concerning "talking points or updates on the Benghazi attack," should have been disclosed in 2014, but it was hidden from Judicial Watch for years.  "This email is a twofer — it shows Hillary Clinton misled the U.S. Senate on Benghazi and that the State Department wanted to hide the Benghazi connection to the Clinton email scheme," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.  "Rather than defending her email misconduct, the Justice Department has more than enough evidence to reopen its investigations into Hillary Clinton."

New Benghazi Documents Confirm Clinton Email Cover-Up.  Judicial Watch today [10/21/2019] released new Clinton emails on the Benghazi controversy that had been covered up for years and would have exposed Hillary Clinton's email account if they had been released when the State Department first uncovered them in 2014. [...] The Clinton email cover-up led to court-ordered discovery into three specific areas:  whether Secretary Clinton's use of a private email server was intended to stymie FOIA; whether the State Department's intent to settle this case in late 2014 and early 2015 amounted to bad faith; and whether the State Department has adequately searched for records responsive to Judicial Watch's request.  The court also authorized discovery into whether the Benghazi controversy motivated the cover-up of Clinton's email.  (The court ruled that the Clinton email system was "one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.")

CNN's Jeffrey Toobin Regrets Coverage of Clinton Email Scandal: 'I Should Have Been Talking About Other Issues'.  CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin voiced regret on Monday [10/21/2019] for how he covered the Hillary Clinton email scandal during her failed 2016 presidential run, saying in hindsight that he "should have been talking about other issues."  Toobin made the comments while responding to Friday's news on the Justice Department finally concluding their investigation into the Clinton email matter and found no "systemic" effort from the former secretary of state to flout laws protecting classified information.

Clinton Email Probe:  State Department Finds 38 People Committed Violations.  The U.S. State Department concluded its investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email usage and determined nearly 40 people committed violations, the Associated Press reported Friday [10/18/2019].  The department determined that those 38 people were "culpable" in 91 cases of sending classified information in messages that ended up in Clinton's personal email.  The 38 are current and former State Department officials but were not identified in the report that was sent to Congress this week.

Nobody is going to jail.  Why?
State Department Concludes Clinton Email Review, Says It Found Nearly 600 Security Violations.  State Department investigators probing Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state discovered nearly 600 security incidents that violated agency policy, according to a report the Daily Caller News Foundation obtained.  The investigation, conducted by the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, found 38 individuals were culpable for 91 security violations.  Another 497 violations were found, but no individuals were found culpable in those incidents.

State Department report on Clinton emails finds hundreds of violations, dozens of individuals at fault.  A State Department report into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server for government business, obtained by Fox News on Friday [10/18/2019], found dozens of individuals at fault and hundreds of security violations.  The report summarized an administrative review of the handling of classified information relating to Clinton's private email server used during her tenure as the nation's highest-ranking diplomat between 2009 and 2013.  The report, dated Sept. 13., was delivered to the office of Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa., who was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee until last year.  The report reflected only approximately 30,000 emails that the State Department was able to physically review, and found 38 individuals were responsible for 91 violations.

FBI Agent Says They Found 'Ten Times' as Many Hillary Emails as James Comey Publicly Claimed.  According to a new book, FBI agents claimed the discovery of thousands of Hillary Clinton's emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop was an "oh s***" moment, with one admitting there were "ten times" as many as former FBI Director James Comey has admitted to publicly.  The book, titled 'Deep State:  Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law,' written by James B. Stewart, paints a picture of an agency stunned by the findings.  Thousands of additional emails were discovered after investigators found them on devices used by Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin.  The agents had been probing the former Democrat congressman's explicit texts with a 15-year-old girl.

Judicial Watch Fights in Court to Depose Hillary Clinton.  The court previously ordered discovery into three specific areas: whether Secretary Clinton's use of a private email server was intended to stymie FOIA; whether the State Department's intent to settle this case in late 2014 and early 2015 amounted to bad faith; and whether the State Department has adequately searched for records responsive to Judicial Watch's request.  The court specifically ordered Obama administration senior State Department officials, lawyers and Clinton aides to be deposed or answer written questions under oath.  The court ruled that the Clinton email system was "one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency."  On August 22, 2019, the court then ruled that Clinton and Mills had 30 days to oppose being questioned in person under oath by Judicial Watch related to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.  Additionally, Judicial Watch was granted seven new depositions, three interrogatories and four document requests.  In granting the additional discovery, U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth commented:  "I'll tell you everything they've discovered in this period raises serious questions about what [...] the State Department's doing here."

The moment FBI agents found Hillary Clinton emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop.  FBI agents were stunned to find thousands of Hillary Clinton's private emails while examining Anthony Weiner's electronic devices for explicit text messages with a teen girl, a new book alleges.  The agents called the discovery an [alarming] moment as they combed through Weiner's iPhone, iPad and laptop after it was revealed he had been sending inappropriate messages to a minor, journalist James B. Stewart claims in his new book "Deep State:  Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law," out Tuesday [10/8/2019].  Within hours of the Sept. 26, 2016, search warrant, FBI technicians noticed there were 340,000 emails on the laptop between Clinton and her top aide, Weiner's wife Huma Abedin — many of them from domain addresses such as "hillaryclinton.com" and "state.gov."

The Madness of Progressive Projection.  Who made the decision to quash the investigation of Hillary Clinton after she destroyed over 30,000 emails under subpoena?  Who excused Obama officials after they knowingly misled federal FISA court justices?  Who leaked information about a surveilled phone call between Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador?  Who decided that it was acceptable for Samantha Power to request over 260 times the unmasking of names of American citizens swept up in government surveillance, many of which were illegally leaked to the press and most of which Power denied requesting and alleged others had used her name to do so?  Somewhere, somehow there was a great deal of obstruction and distortion of justice that so far has prevented the pursuit of these criminal acts.

State Department Ramps Up Investigation Into Hillary's Emails.  The State Department has reportedly ramped up its investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server, an issue that took center stage during the 2016 presidential election.  According to the Washington Post, the State Department has called in 130 officials who had access to Clinton's email inbox.  The officials ranged from low-level employees to senior officials who reported directly to Clinton.  Former aides were sent letters letting them know that their emails were retroactively deemed "classified" and sharing that information could be deemed a security violation.

At least 130 State Dept. officials notified of possible 'culpability' in 'security incidents' related to Hillary's private email server.  The wheels of federal bureaucratic responsibility, like the wheels of justice, grind very slowly, so only now are we learning that the scandal of Hillary Clinton's private email server used for official business is still being scrutinized.  And while the Big Fish, Hillary Clinton, is out there shooting off her mouth accusing President Trump of the corrupt practices she undertook, the smaller fish in the State Department are learning of their own culpability in corresponding with her on a private server.  Just the kind of leverage a determined prosecutor could use to obtain plea deals implicating higher ups.

State Dept. intensifies email probe of Hillary Clinton's former aides.  The Trump administration is investigating the email records of dozens of current and former senior State Department officials who sent messages to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email, reviving a politically toxic matter that overshadowed the 2016 election, current and former officials said.  As many as 130 officials have been contacted in recent weeks by State Department investigators — a list that includes senior officials who reported directly to Clinton as well as others in lower-level jobs whose emails were at some point relayed to her inbox, said current and former State Department officials.  Those targeted were notified that emails they sent years ago have been retroactively classified and now constitute potential security violations, according to letters reviewed by The Washington Post.  State Department investigators began contacting the former officials about 18 months ago, after President Trump's election, and then seemed to drop the effort before picking it up in August, officials said.

Hillary Clinton Seeks to Withhold 6-Page Memo Describing Her Lawyer's Review and Deletion of Her Emails.  Judicial Watch previously sought a deposition from Hillary Clinton, and last month the Court gave the watchdog group additional discovery and witnesses on the Clinton email case.  The judge wanted Judicial Watch to "shake the tree" on a newly uncovered potential Clinton email trove and gave Hillary 30 days to oppose their request to question her under oath.  Hillary Clinton's lawyers responded to Judicial Watch late Monday evening and sought to withhold a 6-page memo describing her attorney's deletion of her emails.

Federal Judge Blasts State Department Lawyers in Hillary Email Case — Warns 'No FOIA Exemption For Political Expedience'.  Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch on Friday released transcript from their hearing on August 22 where Judge Royce Lamberth granted new discovery and witnesses on Hillary Clinton's email case.  Judge Lamberth, a Reagan appointee blasted State Department lawyers defending Hillary Clinton who were working to cover up her email scandal.  'There is no FOIA exemption for political expedience, nor is there one for bureaucratic incompetence,' Judge Lamberth said warning the government lawyers.

Judicial Watch Victory:  Court Grants Significant New Discovery in Clinton Email Case.  Judicial Watch announced today that a federal judge granted seven additional depositions, three interrogatories and four document requests related to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private, unauthorized email server.  Hillary Clinton and her former top aide and current lawyer Cheryl Mills were given 30 days to oppose being deposed by Judicial Watch.  The court rejected Justice and State Department arguments to protect Clinton and the agencies from additional discovery and ordered agency lawyers to respond to Judicial Watch's questions about their knowledge of the Clinton email issue.  The court granted all of Judicial Watch's requested discovery but gave Clinton and Mills 30 days to file any opposition to the requests to question them in person under oath.

Mystery Gmail Account Revives Questions About Clinton Email Probe.  FBI Section Chief Peter Strzok looked dismissive and aloof as he listened to Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General investigator Frank Rucker relay an alarming lead for the Clinton email investigation on Feb. 18, 2016, at the bureau's headquarters in Washington, according to Rucker and Jeanette McMillian, an attorney who accompanied him to the meeting.  Days earlier, Rucker had discovered an anomaly in all but four of the 30,490 emails Clinton's lawyers provided to Congress.  Each message contained "carterheavyindustries@gmail.com" in the metadata, suggesting that a copy of each message that passed through Hillary Clinton's private, unauthorized server during her tenure as secretary of state was forwarded to the Gmail address in real-time.  Rucker's concern was amplified when he searched for "Carter Heavy Industries" on Google and came up with information for a Chinese company with a similar name.

Hillary's IT Guy Created An Encrypted Gmail Account And Sent All Of Clinton's Emails There.  Remember Hillary Clinton's emails, the 30,000 or so that went missing that were subpoenaed?  Well, we might be able to find them.  We just need to ask Google.  At The Daily Caller, investigative reporter Luke Rosiak said that the former first lady's IT guy, who ignored a congressional subpoena, might have created an encrypted Gmail account and forwarded all those communications to that address.

Hundreds of Hillary Clinton's classified emails sat unprotected on Gmail account weeks before Comey exonerated her.  Several hundred emails from former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton sat unprotected in a private Gmail account for more than two years and remained there about two weeks before then-FBI Director James Comey exonerated her for criminal mishandling of national secrets.

Clinton's Deliberate, Felonious Actions Harmed National Security.  Earlier today, my good friend and colleague, Bonchie, penned an excellent article about the latest twist in the Clinton e-mail saga, one that demonstrated just how dangerous her actions were to National Security.  Please go have a look.  Because of his timely article, I thought I might once again review just how corrupt the FBI was, especially former Director Comey, when he "cleared" Secretary Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing.  Comey's excuse?  Secretary Clinton had no intent to violate the law.  Despite the fact that the applicable statute regarding the handling of classified information doesn't require intent, the explainer below will show that there was indeed such intent and a number of people should be doing hard time.  Let me be clear at the outset; somebody committed a felony, likely several.

Clinton pastor's son is suspected mole during Hillary probe.  Senate says hater still works for Trump.  A suspected Clinton-linked mole within the federal investigative office that performed most of the probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's illicit email habits now reportedly works in President Donald Trump's administration in some sort of intelligence-related capacity.  Moreover, this suspected Clinton-linked mole's Facebook page was reportedly littered with anti-Republican, anti-Trump memes and content as recently as this past Thursday [8/15/2019].

The Hillary Clinton Email Saga Just Got A Lot Weirder.  Due to the declassification and release of a trove of documents late in the week, the Hillary email story has gone hot again.  As I shared a few days ago, we now have confirmation of what we heard from sources several months ago, namely that every email on her illegal server was being forwarded to a Chinese email account. [...] This account was setup by Paul Combetta, Hillary's IT specialist who was given immunity by the FBI for no justifiable reason.  Why Combetta chose to add an email account associated with a Chinese company and whether the emails were actually going to the Chinese required more investigation but the FBI decided to bury the evidence instead.

Strange Jeep Followed ICIG Investigators Probing Hillary Email Scandal.  Frank Rucker and several of his fellow ICIG investigators who were probing the Hillary Clinton email scandal were also followed by a strange Jeep for several weeks.  Recall, Frank Rucker and other ICIG investigators discovered Hillary Clinton's emails were hacked by China and confronted the FBI about the 'anomaly' they found on Hillary's server.  Peter Strzok ignored these warnings from the ICIG investigators and seemed 'indifferent' according to the Senate report.  One of the ICIG investigator's was followed from the State Department to his home where someone broke into his house and stole all of his computers — another investigator realized someone rummaged through his recycling bin in his home looking for paperwork.

Intel Lawyer With Clinton Ties Suspected Of Leaking During Email Probe, Now Works For Intel Director.  The Intelligence Community Inspector General — whose office performed some of the most important work on the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server — suspected someone on his team was leaking information, Senate testimony shows.  His counsel was tied to the Clintons.  The suspected mole is now working for the Trump administration in at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), according to the testimony.  After returning from the State Department, an ICIG investigator noticed a Jeep that began tailing him and his colleagues and even rummaging through recycling, according to testimony in a Senate report by GOP Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Chuck Grassley of Iowa released Wednesday.

More Clinton Email Funny Business.  [Scroll down]  We may never learn all the details of Hillary's email frolic, but we probably don't need to.  What we know for sure is bad enough: she ignored statutes and State Department rules by creating a technically incompetent off-the-books email system that was easily vulnerable to penetration by foreign powers.  She did this in order to evade the Freedom of Information Act and to keep secret matters relating to her job duties that the American people were entitled by law to know (and perhaps other things as well).  In the Obama administration, Clinton was no outlier.  Other senior Obama officials did the same or similar things — Obama's EPA head conducted official business using a private email account in the name of her dog — and President Obama himself was well aware of Hillary's improper conduct.

Clinton IT Aide Who Defied Subpoena Says He Created A Cryptic Gmail Account And Sent It Nearly All Of Hillary's Emails.  All but four of Hillary Clinton's 30,000 emails were copied, likely secretly, to a Gmail address called CarterHeavyIndustries@gmail.com, according to a new Senate report.  The FBI says that the account was linked to Paul Combetta, an IT aide Clinton hired who used BleachBit to destroy emails after they were subpoenaed and misled FBI agents.  Combetta said he sent all of her emails to the Gmail account as part of trying to copy them to a new server.

The Hillary Clinton Emails Worth Reading.  When she was first caught using a private email server, Hillary claimed the emails she destroyed were ones about Chelsea's wedding and Yoga, and the media tripped over their neckties, tumbling all the way down the rabbit hole.  This is what the influential WaPo wrote about the missing emails in:  "There's lots we don't know about Hillary Clinton's e-mail cache from her days as secretary of state.  But one thing we do know:  She was a diligent yogi!"  What a scoop!

What Hillary, Seth, and Paige Have in Common.  The insiders come in various stripes.  Many are simply careless.  These are people who, either for reasons of convenience or nefariousness (or both), choose to disregard the most basic security protocols with respect to their computer use.  Hillary Clinton, of course, is the most notorious recent example of this category of insider threat.  Her knowing use of an unsecure personal email server to traffic the nation's mostly highly guarded classified information would have landed any of the rest of us in jail.  Hillary engaged in this unbelievable behavior — as did dozens of government officials who knowingly corresponded with her on this system — with complete disregard for our nation's security and the safety of people who put their lives on the line for our country.  She did this in order to hide her corrupt pay-for-play operation, trading State Department favors for money to her Clinton Foundation, from public and congressional scrutiny.

New Evidence Unveils Disturbing Facts about Hillary's Email Scandal.  [T]he American Center for Law and Justice or ACLJ (Jay Sekulow's organization, not related to his role as the President's attorney), has obtained actual copies of the immunity agreements pertaining to Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson in the Hillary email scandal.  This was a stunning litigation win, hard-fought after years of litigation by the ACLJ attorneys, who were unable to extract the documents through the normal FOIA processes, due to a lack of cooperation by the government.  In reviewing what the agreements uncovered, keep in mind that Cheryl Mills was Secretary Clinton's Chief of Staff at the State Department and then bizarrely, she subsequently served as Clinton's attorney, representing her in the email scandal.  Heather Samuelson worked on Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign, and then became a Senior Advisor to her at the State Department, as well as the White House liaison.  Somehow, she also became one of Clinton's personal attorneys during the email scandal.

Too big to jail
ACLJ Has Obtained Obama DOJ's Immunity Agreements With Hillary Clinton's Attorneys.  On Monday night's [7/29/2019] edition of Hannity, it was announced that The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has obtained the Obama DOJ's immunity agreements with Hillary Clinton's lawyers, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson.  These records were obtained via a FOIA request filed by the ACLJ two years ago.  Mills served as Clinton's chief of staff and Samuelson served as a senior advisor and White House liaison during her tenure as Secretary of State.  Both women became her personal attorneys after she left [the Department of] State.

ACLJ Obtains Obama DOJ's Immunity Agreements with Hillary Clinton Lawyers Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson to "Dispose" of Evidence.  The ACLJ has just obtained previously unreleased documents related to the Clinton investigation and immunity agreements given to top Clinton aids.  These agreements reveal that James Comey's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Loretta Lynch's Department of Justice (DOJ) granted immunity to Hillary Clinton's aids and lawyers, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, from prosecution for anything found on their laptops violating multiple felony criminal statutes governing the mishandling of classified information and/or the removal or destruction of records, including Espionage Act provisions.  Further, the DOJ and FBI also agreed to evade the statutory requirements of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by purporting to deem the contents of the laptops as not under DOJ or FBI "custody or control."  These laptops were critical to any meaningful investigation of Hillary Clinton's handling of classified emails and records.  According to the DOJ Inspector General, who identified these as the "culling laptops," "[a]ll 62,320 emails pulled from the Clinton servers were stored at one time on these laptops."

The Fix Was in from the Start for Hillary's 'Exoneration,' Immunity Agreements with Aides Suggest.  The American Center for Law and Justice finally got some satisfaction from its numerous FOIA requests to the Department of Justice.  It took a specific court order from a federal judge to release long-secret documents that might raise a few eyebrows among those who are still interested in matters pertaining to Hillary Clinton's aides and the former secretary of state's missing emails.

Here's why Hillary Clinton can still be charged and imprisoned for her misuse of classified emails.  [Scroll down]  In a second video released Wednesday [7/10/2019], Judicial Watch reported that John Hackett, a former top official at the State Department, warned his superiors repeatedly about Clinton's email issues.  In particular, he first warned about Clinton's use of an unsecured Blackberry device, then warned about how she had deleted some 30,000 emails without following strict National Archives regulations and restrictions.  Hackett would go on to warn that the formal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) review process for Clinton's email documents may have been tampered with.  "This disturbing testimony points to an Obama administration conspiracy to hide and destroy Hillary Clinton's emails," Fitton said in a statement.  "Even worse, the testimony suggests Clinton's Benghazi emails were under-classified to protect Hillary Clinton," he added.

New Clinton Email Scandal Testimony.  Judicial Watch attorneys obtained blockbuster testimony from former State Department official John Hackett, who was Director for Information Programs and Services (IPS), which handles records management at the State Department, Mr. Hackett testified under oath that he had raised concerns about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's missing emails.  Her staff had "culled out 30,000" of the secretary's "personal" emails without following strict National Archives standards, he said in his deposition. [...] His testimony came as part of a series of court-ordered depositions and questions under oath of senior Obama-era State Department officials, lawyers, and Clinton aides.  Hackett also revealed that he believed there was interference with the formal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) review process related to the classification of Clinton's Benghazi-related emails.

Hillary Clinton Withdraws As Cybersecurity Conference Keynote Citing 'Unforeseen Circumstance'.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton withdrew from the cybersecurity conference where she was scheduled to be the keynote speaker, citing an "unforeseen circumstance," according to an email from the FireEye Cyber Defense Summit.  Clinton — who infamously transmitted classified information over a homemade server once housed in her bathroom — was the centerpiece of the October 9-10 summit in Washington, where Clinton was to have "engage[d] in a Q&A discussion with FireEye CEO, Kevin Mandia on the geopolitical landscape and its implications for global cyber security today."

Official Raised Alarm About Deleted Clinton Emails.  A former top official in the U.S. State Department testified that he raised concerns about deleted emails from Hillary Clinton's personal email system.  Clinton set up and used a private email server for the majority of her time as secretary of state during the Obama administration.  John Hackett served as deputy director and then director of the department's Information Programs and Services from 2013-16, which handles document management for Freedom of Information Act requests among other things.  Hackett said he was concerned over news that the Clinton team had segregated and then deleted about 30,000 emails out of a larger batch set to be turned back over to the department, and what criteria the team had applied when deciding which emails to delete.

FBI gave immunity to Hillary lawyer responsible for 33k email deletion.  Heather Samuelson testified under oath in a Judicial Watch court-ordered deposition that, contrary to what she told the FBI, she was, in fact, aware that Clinton used a private email account as secretary of state.  That's not all.  The former Secretary of State's White House Liaison at the State Department, and later Clinton's personal lawyer, Heather Samuelson, admitted under oath that she was granted immunity by the U.S. Department of Justice in June 2016.  Samuelson also revealed that, contrary to what she told the FBI in 2016, she was, in fact, aware that Sec. Clinton used a private email account while secretary of state.

China Hacked Clinton's Email Server, Congressman Confirms.  The U.S. intelligence community established that China hacked Hillary Clinton's unauthorized email server when she served as the secretary of state, according to Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas).  In an interview with The Epoch Times published on June 26, Gohmert said that the Chinese "actually hacked Hillary Clinton's personal server — as our intel community established without any question — even though the FBI refused to ever examine the evidence.  "There's no question, China was involved," he added.  Gohmert is the first lawmaker to publicly confirm that China was the foreign actor that hacked Clinton's server.  President Donald Trump is the only other official to have made the same claim.

Hillary Clinton's Lawyer Changes Story on When She Knew About Emails.  Heather Samuelson, Hillary Clinton's personal attorney, told the FBI and Judicial Watch conflicting explanations of when she learned the former secretary of state used a private email system to conduct official U.S. diplomatic business.  "I believe I first became aware when either she e-mailed me on personal matters, such as wishing me happy birthday, or when I infrequently would receive e-mails forwarded to me from others at the department that had that e-mail address listed elsewhere in the document," Samuelson told Judicial Watch lawyers during a June 13, 2019, deposition.

Comey Hid 'Clinton Emails' Binder In His Office Safe and Had Hillary's Backup Email Device.  Former FBI director James Comey had a white binder marked "Clinton Emails" in his office on May 16, 2017, a few days after he was fired, as the Department of Justice was trying to get back the items in Comey's office safe.  The State Department and FBI also possessed a "Datto" backup email device for Hillary Clinton's private email server, which a judge ordered released.  Michael Bekesha, who waged the Datto case for Judicial Watch, tells Big League Politics that the State Department is "still processing the FBI investigative file," even though Datto contents were ordered released by last September.

A Jihad Basis for the Coup.  We are the last defenders of civilization.  Period.  The evidence now shows that Obama, Hillary, and John Kerry sold out.  We still don't know how many secrets Hillary sold to foreign powers for money, but thirty thousand emails are still missing.  Even conservatives tend to forget how deeply the Democrats hate this country.  We don't really want to know that, being normal, decent people.  The Democrats colluded with Stalin in the 20th century, and they never got over being exposed by Joe McCarthy.  They were the party of slavery and secession, and later, they supported the Klan.  Their record is morally abysmal.  As for Obama, he never showed any understanding of American moral values.  He is either very blind or on the wrong side.  Take your pick.

Hillary's henchmen investigated.  The news out of Washington is 15 people are in trouble for aiding and abetting Hillary's use of a private computer to conduct official business as secretary of State.  The Washington Times reported, "While the full review is not completed, the department said it's found 23 violations and seven infractions of security protocols related to Mrs. Clinton's emails.  "Some of the 15 people got write-ups placed in their security files at the department, according to a letter sent to Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican.  Those could affect future attempts to gain security clearances, the department said."  No one was named but this could get quite sticky.

Why Wasn't Everyone Looking for Hillary's Missing Emails?  [Scroll down]  The accusation suggests that if Clinton's contraband communications — emails she claimed were non-work related — had been unearthed before the election, the trove could have influenced the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.  But how could that be if Clinton was telling the truth?  This should have raised suspicions that Clinton's deleted emails involved questions that risked implicating her in deeper scandals just months before Election Day.  (Talk about interference!)  Instead, the media immediately criminalized any attempt to locate the emails that Clinton's aides erased from her server — that is correspondence she sent and received during her tenure as secretary of state.  Never mind that the files were material to pending lawsuits and an ongoing congressional investigation.

State Dept.  Says Hillary Email Server Had at Least 30 Security Breaches.  It's not the public's fault that so much of this was kept hidden for so long and that it's just now starting to trickle out.  Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server made news again yesterday after a letter sent to Sen. Chuck Grassley was released.  In it, the State Department outlined that at least 30 security breaches took place during its operation. [...] Laws are for the little people though, so Hillary and her associates, who clearly knew about and intended to propagate the scheme that took place, have faced no consequences for their actions.  I'm not even sure any of them have lost their security clearances.

Judicial Watch Releases Testimony of Clinton Email Administrator — Clinton Lawyer Cheryl Mills Communicated with Him a Week Prior to Testimony.  Judicial Watch today released the deposition transcript of Justin Cooper, a former aide to President Bill Clinton and Clinton Foundation employee who registered the domain name of the unsecure clintonemail.com server that Hillary Clinton used while serving as Secretary of State.  Cooper admits that he spoke with Cheryl Mills, Clinton's former chief of staff, one week prior to his deposition and let her know that the deposition had been scheduled.  Cooper also said that he worked with Huma Abedin, Clinton's deputy chief of staff, to create the private email system, but can't recall if Clinton had any input in its creation or if he wiped the original server.  The entire transcript is available here.

State Dept identifies 15 people culpable in 30 instances of Hillary security violations.  The State Department has identified 30 instances of classified-intel mishandling involving 15 individuals connected to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's unauthorized use of a private, unsecured email server.  The mishandling of classified information was revealed in a letter from Mary Elizabeth Taylor, the assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs at the State Department, to Senator Chuck Grassley.  Grassley, a Republican, is leading Congressional oversight of the security review.  The State Department did not identify the culpable individuals pursuant to longstanding policy, nor did it reveal if any of the individuals still work at the State Department.

State Department: 15 [people] broke rules in mishandling Hillary Clinton emails.  At least 15 people broke State Department rules in mishandling former Secretary Hillary Clinton's emails, the department said in a review released publicly Monday [6/17/2019].  While the full review is not completed, the department said it's found 23 violations and seven infractions of security protocols related to Mrs. Clinton's emails.  Some of the 15 people got write-ups placed in their security files at the department, according to a letter sent to Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican.  Those could affect future attempts to gain security clearances, the department said.

State Department identifies 23 violations, 'multiple security incidents' concerning Clinton emails.  The State Department revealed Monday that it has identified "multiple security incidents" involving current or former employees' handling of Hillary Clinton's emails, and that 23 "violations" and seven "infractions" have been issued as part of the department's ongoing investigation.  The information came in a letter to Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, who is responsible for overseeing the security review.  "To this point, the Department has assessed culpability to 15 individuals, some of whom were culpable in multiple security incidents," Mary Elizabeth Taylor, the State Department's Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, wrote to Grassley.  "DS has issued 23 violations and 7 infractions incidents. ... This number will likely change as the review progresses."

FBI Notes on Clinton Emails Go Missing.  Given the FBI's repeated intransigence over the years in responding to our FOIA requests, I'm not of a mind to assume this story represents simply an innocent mistake.  The FBI has released 277 pages of redacted records that show the FBI failed to produce information from an August 2015 meeting with Intelligence Community Inspector General about Hillary Clinton's email server.  The FBI claimed that notes are "missing" and the CD containing notes from meeting is likely "damaged" irreparably.

Reference material:
Spoliation of evidence.  The spoliation of evidence is the intentional or negligent withholding, hiding, altering, or destroying of evidence relevant to a legal proceeding. [...] The spoliation inference is a negative evidentiary inference that a finder of fact can draw from a party's destruction of a document or thing that is relevant to an ongoing or reasonably foreseeable civil or criminal proceeding:  the finder of fact can review all evidence uncovered in as strong a light as possible against the spoliator and in favor of the opposing party.

Spoliation defined
Black's Law Dictionary, 1991, page 1401.

The FBI Just Dropped New Documents On Hillary Clinton And They Are Really Bad.  Late Friday night, we got a document dump from the FBI dealing with the investigation into Hillary Clinton's illegal email server.  While we've already gotten ample evidence that she absolutely should have been charged for her mishandling of classified information, these latest revelations are still pretty mind-blowing.  After you read them, you are left asking yourself how it was possible that she wasn't indicted.  Well, we know why. [...] Starting with Hillary's actions, her criminality isn't even in doubt anymore.  Stripping highly classified materials of their markings and then pushing them out via unapproved means is illegal.  Nowhere in the statute is their a requirement for "intent" nor could any serious person argue she didn't intend to do what she actively chose to do.  While we already knew that, it's pretty amazing to see that even the FBI was admitting it at the time.  Shortly after, the full whitewash would go into effect.

FBI docs:  Study found Clinton email server hacked, info found on dark web.  Information from Hillary Clinton's unauthorized, private email server were found on the dark web, newly released documents from the FBI show.  It has long been suspected that Clinton's server, located in her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., might have been breached by hackers, but that has never been publicly confirmed.  But notes from a independent review, obtained by the FBI and released from "The Vault" on Friday, determined the Romanian hacker known as Guccifer breached a server for Clinton ally Sidney Blumenthal, who was passing information about Libya to the secretary of state, and Clinton's server was "indirectly" hacked likely as a result of the breach of Blumenthal's server.  This information was transferred to a computer or network located south of Bucharest, Romania.

McCabe: Comey's Draft Statement Exonerating Clinton Two Months before Her FBI Interview Was Not Normal Protocol.  "This is the only time I am aware of, sir."  "I have not seen that before, sir."  "I've never seen that."  These are just some of the words utilized by former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe when asked during closed door testimony about an email penned by disgraced ex-FBI chief James Comey circulating a draft statement exonerating Hillary Clinton in the private email server case[,] a full two months before the FBI interviewed Clinton and other witnesses in the criminal probe.

Hillary Aide Huma Abedin Lied:  People Died.  It now appears that Clinton consigliere Huma Abedin bold-face lied to FBI investigators and — because we live in a two-tier justice system — she wasn't charged.  To set a little context, we now know that a variety of foreign adversaries hacked Hillary Clinton's server, dispatching every email she sent and received to — among others — the People's Republic of China.  Concurrent with this security debacle was the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack that occurred under Obama and Hillary's watch, probably the most devastating cyberwarfare event that has ever ocurred in American history.  The OPM, which maintains the most sensitive details of every applicant for any security clearance, was hacked from 2014 to 2015.  Millions of cleared individuals, including all covert agents, were revealed during the Obama-Clinton reign.

FBI Docs Show Notes about Meeting with Intelligence Community Inspector General about Clinton Emails are Missing, CD Containing Notes Likely Damaged.  Judicial Watch announced today [6/8/2019] that the FBI released 277 pages of redacted records in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that show the FBI failed to produce information from an August 2015 meeting with Intelligence Community Inspector General about Hillary Clinton's email server.  The FBI claimed that notes are "missing" and the CD containing notes from meeting is likely "damaged" irreparably.

The Editor says...
As recently as 2015, who used CD-ROM storage for vital information?  And why was there only one copy of it?  And why was the only copy of that CD-ROM left unattended in a place where Hillary could reach it?

FBI emails show rush to cooperate with Clinton after investigation.  The FBI rushed in the months ahead of the 2016 presidential election to accommodate Hillary Clinton's request for expedited processing of information from its investigation into her secret emails, according to documents released Monday [6/3/20119].  Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest legal group, obtained hundreds of pages of documents after suing the FBI for ignoring a public records request.  Among the documents are emails from then-FBI General Counsel James Baker recounting his conversation with Clinton attorney Doug Kendall in the weeks after then-FBI Director James B. Comey cleared the Democratic presidential candidate of criminal wrongdoing.

Deep State:  The collusion between the FBI and Mainstream Media that everyone stopped talking about.  The Office of Inspector General's report on the FBI and Justice Department's handling and mishandling of the investigation of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's use of an unauthorized, non-secure email server to conduct secret government business as Secretary of State revealed real and damning information on the mainstream media and their tight relationship with the deepest members of the deep state.  But for some reason this story has just disappeared into the ether.  And with all this talk of collusion you'd think this would be a hot topic.  While the FBI was leaking classified information, reporters were funneling bribes back to the leakers in the form of tickets to sporting events, golf outings, dinners, drinks, invites to private exclusive parties and more.

Hillary Clinton will give keynote speech at cyber defense summit.  Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will serve as a keynote speaker at the Cyber Defense Summit 2019, the cybersecurity company FireEye announced on Thursday. [...] The event is designed to inform executives on cybersecurity, as well as security practitioners on how to "mitigate, detect, and respond to cyber attacks."  Her comments will follow a slew of appearances in which she attributed her 2016 loss partly to Russian cyber activities used to interfere in the election.  In May, she said the election was "stolen" from her.

Hillary Clinton To Give Keynote Speech At Cyber Security Summit.  Hillary Clinton, who used a private email server as secretary of state, will speak at a cyber defense summit later in 2019, it was announced Thursday [5/30/2019].  FireEye, a cybersecurity company based in California, announced Clinton will give the keynote speech at its annual summit in Washington, D.C., in October.

Justice Department Declines to Prosecute Serial FBI Leaker.  The Department of Justice declined to prosecute a senior FBI official linked to the Clinton-email investigation, despite evidence that he or she leaked information from a sealed federal court filing in violation of federal law, according to an investigative summary released by the DOJ inspector general on May 29.  The inspector general discovered evidence that a deputy assistant director (DAD) at the FBI leaked sealed federal court information and sensitive law enforcement information to the media.  The FBI official also had dozens of contacts with the media in violation of FBI policy, according to the findings.

Americans Unite to Demand Justice.  The Equal Justice Tour kicked off in Chappaqua, New York, where citizens assembled outside the home of Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday, May 26, 2019, to call attention to her illegal activities as documented by FBI Director James Comey during her tenure as Secretary of State.  As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton used an unauthorized, unsecured server to store, send and receive classified emails, exposing some of the nation's most sensitive information to hostile foreign powers.  She deleted tens of thousands of emails, used software to irretrievably erase the server, and physically destroyed computer and telephone hardware while under FBI investigation.  Despite the obvious violations of law, Clinton was "exonerated" by former FBI Director James Comey on July 5, 2016.

Why Both The Left And The Right Should Defenestrate James Comey From Public Life.  Democrats and Republicans will never agree on the validity of the outcome of the Hillary Clinton investigation.  While Clinton backers believe the former secretary of state committed no crime by transmitting classified information through her personal email account, critics counter that former FBI director James Comey's conclusion that Clinton acted "extremely careless" euphemistically described gross negligence subjecting her to criminal liability. [...] Comey is playing his audience and America.  He is no hero.  He was a weak, smug, self-important fraud when he dragged the country through his mishandling of the Clinton investigation.

Judicial Watch:  Obama White House Orchestrated Clinton Email Cover Up.  According to newly released emails obtained by Judicial Watch, the Obama White House was tracking a December 2012 Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) records request concerning Hillary Clinton's unsecured, private email server.  These new emails prove that the Obama White House knew about the scandal earlier than previously admitted, and attempted to cover it up.  Months after the Obama White House got involved, "the State Department responded to the FOIA requestor, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), falsely stating that no such records existed."

Are Impeachment Democrats Geniuses or Idiots?  What would you have done as president the first time you heard about the Hillary e-mail system?  I'd say any president with half a brain would demand that either the e-mail system or Hillary is outta here by sundown.  But Obama is weak, feeble.  And what about the non-concession of the 2016 election?  I'd say that on election night, Hillary was drunk, and in no fit state to make a concession speech.  And then on the following day, she was hungover.  People don't make very good decisions when they are drunk and/or hungover.  And then the Mueller investigation.  I thought that Rule One for a lawyer is:  you never ask a question in court unless you already know the answer.  So, you gin up a two-year witch-hunt without knowing whether the witches did it?

Obama White House Knew About Clinton Emails Years Earlier Than Previously Admitted.  Top officials working in the White House for President Barack Obama knew Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was using a private email system for official government business three years before it became public, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch.  "WH [White House] called — have we received a FOIA request from CREW (Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington) on the topic of personal use of email by senior officials?  "Apparently other agencies have.  If we have it, can you give me the details so I can call the WH back?  I think they'd like it on quick turnaround.  Thanks!  Sheryl," read a Dec. 20, 2012 email from Sheryl L. Walter, who was then director of the Department of State's Office of Information Programs and Services (IPS).  Her email was addressed to several of her subordinates.

Obama White House Tracked FOIA Request For Hillary Emails That Was Improperly Denied.  The Obama White House kept tabs on a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email accounts that the State Department improperly denied, according to newly released emails.  The emails, which were provided to Judicial Watch, show for the first time that the Obama White House was aware of the Clinton-related FOIA request, which the liberal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) submitted to the State Department in December 2012.  The State Department denied the request in May 2013, claiming that no responsive records existed.  That despite officials at the State Department, the White House and even President Obama himself knowing that Clinton used a personal email account for government business.

Obama White House Was Tracking FOIA Requests Regarding Hillary Clinton.  Judicial Watch has scored an impressive achievement by digging into the records of the entire Clinton e-mail scandal, showing that not only was the Obama White House aware of what was going on, but Clinton's State Department may have lied in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.  While you probably thought we'd heard the last of this tale, it turns out that this debacle dates back to 2012.  At that time, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) had submitted a FOIA request to the State Department asking for information about how many email accounts the Secretary of State had been using.  They were told no such records existed and the White House continued to maintain that position for some time to come.  But now, new documents show that the White House was indeed aware of the situation and were tracking CREW's FOIA requests, presumably to keep a handle on the situation.

Judicial Watch:  New Records Reveal Obama White House Paranoid, Tracking FOIA Request For Hillary Clinton Emails.  Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch on Friday [5/10/2019] announced it obtained 44 pages of State Department records through a court-ordered discovery that revealed the Obama White House was paranoid and tracking a December 2012 FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] request seeking documents on then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private server system (shortly after the Benghazi terror attack).  A few months after the Obama White House intercepted and got involved, the State Department responded to the FOIA requestor, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), and falsely claimed that no such records existed.

Huma Abedin's Response When Told That Server Had Been Hacked.  At 2:57 am on January 9, 2011, Clinton aide Huma Abedin received an email from technology pro Justin Cooper, who oversaw Hillary Clinton's private email servers.  Cooper:  "I had to shut down the server.  Someone was trying to hack us and while they did not get in i didnt want to let them have the chance to.  I will restart in the morning." [...] This document indicates that there were many occasions when Clinton's technology team "either suspected it had been hacked or seemingly acknowledged that security measures had come up short."  This batch contains 277 pages of email exchanges, text messages and information about the specific equipment used by Clinton and her minions.

Attempt to hack email server stunned Clinton aide, FBI files show.  The revelation was contained in a trove of newly released, partially redacted FBI documents from the agency's investigation into whether Clinton mishandled classified information — a probe known as the "Midyear Exam."  The document release reveals numerous episodes in which the Clinton team either suspected it had been hacked or seemingly acknowledged that security measures had come up short.  In a tense email exchange, Cooper wrote to Abedin at 2:57 a.m.  Sunday [1/9/2011]:  "I had to shut down the server.  Someone was trying to hack us and while they did not get in i didnt want to let them have the chance to.  I will restart in the morning."

FBI admits notes from meeting with IG in Hillary email case went missing, evidence on damaged CD couldn't be copied.  Reportedly released last week by the FBI itself, the records contain internal emails sent only three months ago in which it's revealed that a CD that contained notes from an Aug. 3, 2015 meeting with the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community has gone "missing."

The Editor says...
I suppose that was the only copy of that information.  Does anyone believe it was not intentionally destroyed?

Clinton Projection Syndrome.  Hillary Clinton recently editorialized about the second volume of special counsel Robert Mueller's massive report.  She concluded of the report's assorted testimonies and inside White House gossip concerning President Trump's words and actions that "any other person engaged in those acts would certainly have been indicted."  Psychologists might call her claims "projection."  That is the well-known psychological malady of attributing bad behavior to others as a means of exonerating one's own similar, if not often even worse, sins.

How Pseudo Events Are Used by Media to Manufacture Controversy.  [Scroll down]  Hillary Clinton pulled a similar move the same day, stating on April 23 that when it came to Trump as described in the Mueller report, "any other person who had engaged in those acts would certainly have been indicted."  Keep in mind, this is the same Hillary Clinton who was let off in the investigations into her use of a private email server to handle classified information.  The DOJ under Obama's attorney general, Loretta Lynch, had set an unusually high threshold for prosecuting Clinton, effectively ensuring from the outset that she would not be charged.

The walls are closing in on Obama.  The truth of violations of law by the Obama White House, long buried, is being excavated by two private groups.  Judicial Watch has obtained testimony from a top FBI official that Hillary Clinton's home-brew server emails were found in the White House.  This means that Barack Obama's illegal handling of classified information contained in those emails is closer to being exposed.  This implicates him in the same felonies committed by Hillary Clinton that James Comey falsely claimed "no reasonable prosecutor" would pursue.

Judicial Watch:  FBI Admits Hillary Clinton Emails Found in Obama White House.  Judicial Watch announced today [4/23/2019] that a senior FBI official admitted, in writing and under oath, that the agency found Clinton email records in the Obama White House, specifically, the Executive Office of the President.  The FBI also admitted nearly 49,000 Clinton server emails were reviewed as result of a search warrant for her material on the laptop of Anthony Weiner.  E.W. (Bill) Priestap, assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, made the disclosure to Judicial Watch as part of court-ordered discovery into the Clinton email issue.  U.S District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ordered Obama administration senior State Department officials, lawyers, and Clinton aides, as well as Priestap, to be deposed or answer writer questions under oath.  The court ruled that the Clinton email system was "one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency."

Former FBI Official Admits Hillary Clinton Emails Were Found in Obama White House.  A former top FBI official has admitted under oath that a repository of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email records was obtained by the Obama White House and housed in the Executive Office of the President.  Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch recently coaxed the admission out of the former assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, Bill Priestap, as part of a court-ordered discovery regarding Clinton's unauthorized email server.

Rush Limbaugh:  Hillary Clinton Needs to Be Investigated, Indicted and in Jail.  Tuesday [4/23/2019] on Fox News Channel's "The Story," conservative talker Rush Limbaugh reacted to comments former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had made earlier in the day at the TIME 100 event in New York City regarding President Donald Trump and impeachment.  Limbaugh dismissed Clinton's overtures and said that instead, Clinton should be the one investigated.  "This is the irony:  Hillary Clinton is who tried to rig a presidential election, Martha," Limbaugh said.

Rush may be right:  Hillary Clinton 'needs to be in jail'.  Rush Limbaugh, on "The Story" on Fox News with Martha MacCallum, said it's not President Donald Trump who has anything to worry about when it comes to the whole Russia investigation thing — it's Hillary Clinton.  She should be in jail, Limbaugh said.  And a whole world of political watchers go — absolutely.  And then, just as quickly, a whole world of political watchers go, sigh. 'Cause it'll never happen.

Judicial Watch:  FBI Found Clinton Emails At Obama White House.  A top FBI official has confirmed Hillary Clinton's missing emails were found in the Obama White House.  Assistant FBI Director Bill Priestap admitted under oath the bureau had found 49,000 Clinton emails at the Executive Office of President Obama.  The new revelations are according to a statement made Tuesday [4/23/2019] by government watchdog group Judicial Watch.

Hillary Clinton:  Anyone other than Trump would have been indicted for obstruction.  Hillary Clinton said Tuesday [4/23/2019] she believes Donald Trump would have been indicted in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe if he weren't president, though stopped short of calling for his impeachment.  Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president in 2016, argued during a Q&A session in New York that Mueller's report "could not be clearer" in making the case Trump tried to obstruct the Russia investigation — even though Mueller did not come to an explicit conclusion on that question.

Hey Hillary, maybe you shouldn't speak too loudly about who should be indicted.
Hillary: Trump would 'have been indicted' by Mueller if he wasn't president.  Hillary Clinton said Tuesday the reason President Trump escaped obstruction charges following the Mueller report was because of his presidential title.  "Any other person who had engaged in those acts would certainly have been indicted, but because of the rule in the Justice Department that you can't indict a sitting President, the whole matter of obstruction was very directly sent to the Congress," the New York Democrat said while speaking at the Time 100 summit Tuesday [4/23/2019].  Ms. Clinton said she has little faith in Congress acting, saying Speaker Nancy Pelosi's efforts to investigate deeper into special counsel Robert Mueller's report will be for naught against "the do-nothing Senate."

White House:  Now probe Hillary email scandal, Clinton Foundation, Page, and Strzok.  The White House Thursday [4/18/2019] ripped the "breathless" media coverage of the Russia collusion "hoax" and said now that it's over, journalists should turn their attention on Obama-era scandals. [...] The administration cited the email scandal that dogged former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose loss to President Trump in 2016 still shocks Democrats.  The administration noted that former President Barack Obama gave the email scandal a pass when, on "60 Minutes," he said it was a "mistake" but not "a national security problem."  That comment raised concern in national security circles, and one former official said, "That's a problem, right?"  It also cited the destruction of over 30,000 Clinton emails from her private server in New York after a preservation order had been issued.

FBI failed to provide details on contact with Clinton campaign lawyer:  Judicial Watch.  The FBI failed to respond to an October 2018 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking more information about secretive communications in late 2016 between a top Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer and the bureau's then-general counsel, according to the transparency group Judicial Watch.  Additionally, the group said, the FBI has ignored September 2018 FOIA requests concerning bureau communications with, and payments to, British ex-spy Christopher Steele — who authored the infamous anti-Trump dossier.  In response, Judicial Watch announced Tuesday [4/16/2019] it has filed lawsuits seeking the full release of all relevant documents.  The flurry of litigation comes just days before Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report is set to be publicly released, with some redactions.

Judicial Watch FOIA Releases 422 Emails Proving Clinton "Cover-Up".  422 pages of FBI documents showing evidence of "cover-up" related to the Clinton email system were discovered by public watchdogs, according to reports.  FBI notes memorializing the Bureau's interviews with a Platte River Network official include an email dated December 11, 2014, that reads "Hillary cover up operation work ticket archive cleanup."  The bombshell revelation indicates that Hillary's hired cover-up contractors were also at least somewhat aware enough of the sensitivity of the operation that they had to keep more detailed communications about the operation offline.

Clinton Contractor Described 'Cover-up Operation Work Ticket' in Newly Uncovered Email.  A newly obtained internal message from the Denver-based Platte River Networks firm that serviced the personal email system used by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for official diplomatic business referenced a "Hillary cover-up operation work ticket archive cleanup," the nonprofit government watchdog Judicial Watch said on April 8.  The email with the cover-up reference is contained in FBI notes on a February 2016 interview of an unidentified Platte River Networks official.  Judicial Watch obtained the notes as part of more than 400 previously unreleased FBI documents a federal district court order turned over to the nonprofit as a result of its Freedom of Information Act suit.

Documents Received From Tom Fitton's FOIA Request Show Pretty Solid Evidence Of 'Cover-Up' By Hillary Clinton's Minions.  Thank goodness for Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton whose tireless pursuit of the truth has already exposed so much.  His most recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request has provided us with 422 pages of FBI documents related to "Midyear Exam," the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private server during her tenure as Secretary of State.  The server was managed by a company called Platte River Networks (PRN).  The FBI notes of a February 2016 interview with a PRN official are especially damaging to the former First Lady.  The notes reference an email dated December 11, 2014 which reads "Hillary cover up operation work ticket archive cleanup."  Asked about the email by an FBI agent, the official said it was "probably related to change to 60 day [sic] email retention policy/backup," but he did not "recall the prior policy."  The notes show that PRN "gave someone access to live HRC archive mailbox at some point."

Hillary's email server a 'serious' problem, 74% of Americans say in new poll.  Americans have not yet forgotten about Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State almost a decade ago.  She served in the role from 2009-13.  A new poll finds that nearly three-fourths of Americans still deem that practice a "serious" practice according to new research.  Six-out-of-10 also say the use of the server was illegal, says a wide-ranging Economist/You Gov poll released this week.

China Hacked Hillary's Server, Congress Knows, Comey Lied About It, But Still No Probe.  At the end of January, an Epoch Times reported that the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) told the "FBI in 2015 that a forensic review of Hillary Clinton's emails unearthed anomalies in the metadata of the messages.  The evidence in the metadata suggested that a copy of every email Hillary Clinton sent during her tenure as the secretary of state was forwarded to a foreign third party."  Evidence proved the third party was China. [...] Judicial Watch announced earlier this week that it is trying to get to the bottom of the hacking of Hillary's server.  They announced that it is suing the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) for details of a meeting they had with the FBI regarding national security threats associated with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's "private" email system.

The Next Shoes to Drop After the Mueller Report.  The slap-dash investigation of Hillary Clinton's email shenanigans must be thoroughly reviewed.  Her aides received unprecedented immunity without giving evidence; their computers and cellphones were destroyed; and the principal herself was cleared before an interview with her was conducted.  Who really made the decision not to prosecute?  James Comey says he did.  But FBI lawyer Lisa Page testified under oath that the order came from the Department of Justice.  This discrepancy must be resolved, along with the obvious questions raised by the original decision.  How high up did it go?  Did it reach the Obama White House?

How to end our national nightmare — probe Hillary Clinton again.  [Scroll down]  But even as we learn the details of what Mueller found, there remains a giant black hole about the very origins of the FBI investigation that led to his appointment in the first place.  It is astonishing, for example, that at this late date, we still do not know what evidence the disgraced James Comey and his FBI had to open the original probe in the summer of 2016, and whether there was anything other than the fatally tainted Russian dossier.  Nor do we know of any compelling reason why Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein later decided a special counsel was necessary to get to the bottom of the swirling accusations of collusion that started during the campaign and mushroomed after Trump's upset victory.

Judicial Watch Uncovers More Classified Emails in Hillary Clinton's Unsecure Email System.  Judicial Watch today [3/21/2019] announced it received 756 pages of newly uncovered emails that were among the materials former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to delete or destroy, several of which were classified and were transmitted over her unsecure, non-"state.gov" email system.  Hillary Clinton repeatedly stated that the 55,000 pages of documents she turned over to the State Department in December 2014 included all of her work-related emails.  In response to a court order in another Judicial Watch case, she declared under penalty of perjury in 2015 that she had "directed that all my emails on clintonemail.com in my custody that were or are potentially federal records be provided to the Department of State, and on information and belief, this has been done."

With Trump in Attendance, Crowd at Mar-a-Lago Fundraiser Cheers Lindsey Graham Call to Investigate Hillary Clinton Over Dossier.  Hours after the Mueller report was released with no new indictments, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania attended a GOP Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser held at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, Friday night [3/22/2019].  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) headlined the dinner; former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was the emcee.  Press was barred from the event but a few bits leaked out. [...]

Unfortunately For Hillary, The FBI Was Able To Recover Some Of The Emails Her Staff Tried To Destroy And Judicial Watch Has Obtained Them.  In 1996, the late William Safire called Hillary Clinton "a congenital liar."  His label was to become even more apropos over time.  In response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed in May 2015, Judicial Watch received 756 pages of Clinton's emails on Thursday which had been sent or received over her private server.  Unfortunately for Hillary, the FBI had been able to recover some of the emails her staff had tried to delete and/or destroy after she had received a congressional subpoena to turn them over.  The subpoena was sent on March 4, 2015 and the emails were destroyed sometime between March 25-31st.

Clinton, in newly revealed emails, discussed classified foreign policy matters, secretive 'private' comms channel with Israel.  A newly unearthed batch of heavily redacted, classified emails from Hillary Clinton's personal email server revealed that the former secretary of state discussed establishing a "private, 100% off-the-record" back channel to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and that one of her top aides warned her that she was in "danger" of being "savaged by Jewish organizations, in the Jewish press and among the phalanx of neoconservative media" as a result of political machinations by "Bibi and the Jewish leadership."  The 756-page group of new documents, revealed Thursday [3/21/2019] as part of a transparency lawsuit by Judicial Watch, seemingly contradicted Clinton's insistence under oath in 2015 that she had turned over all of her sensitive work-related emails to the State Department, and included a slew of classified communications on everything from foreign policy to State Department personnel matters.

DOJ reached agreement with Clinton lawyers to block FBI access to Clinton Foundation emails, Strzok says.  The Justice Department "negotiated" an agreement with Hillary Clinton's legal team that ensured the FBI did not have access to emails on her private servers relating to the Clinton Foundation, former FBI special agent Peter Strzok testified during a closed-door appearance before the House Judiciary Committee last summer, according to a newly released transcript.  Republicans late last year renewed their efforts to probe the Clinton Foundation, after tax documents showed a plunge in its incoming donations after Clinton's 2016 presidential election.  The numbers fueled longstanding allegations of possible "pay-to-play" transactions at the organization, amid a Justice Department probe covering foundation issues.

Finally, some things about the FBI and Hillary Clinton start to make sense.  The first of several former Obama administration officials and former aides to Hillary Clinton is set to be deposed Thursday [31/4/2019] after a judge ruled in January that they must answer questions under oath about the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks and the Clinton email scandal.  U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ordered the discovery after a lawsuit was brought by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch, which is seeking to uncover "whether the Benghazi scandal was one reason for keeping Mrs. Clinton's email secret."

Yeah, There Was Election Meddling From The FBI/DOJ During The 2016 Election.  [A]ll of our suspicions have been confirmed about how the FBI handled the Hillary Clinton email probe, one of two highly sensitive investigations in which disgraced former FBI Agent Peter Strzok was involved.  Strzok was a counterintelligence agent with the bureau before being demoted to human resources once his extramarital affair with Lisa Page, a former FBI lawyer, was revealed two years ago.  During the 2016 election, the two sent tens of thousands of texts, most were anti-Trump, which displayed gross unprofessionalism and added to the accusations that deep state antics were targeting Donald Trump and later his administration post-2016.  The two texts that caught the eye of everyone was one where the two had a meeting with then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe on August 15, 2016, where Strzok and Page discussed an "insurance policy" against a Trump presidency.  And another where he said they would stop Trump.

Trump blasts Obama DOJ as 'corrupt machine,' as Page transcript suggests Clinton case intervention.  President Trump on Wednesday [3/13/2019] seized on new revelations contained in transcripts from former FBI lawyer Lisa Page's congressional testimony to hammer the Obama Justice Department as a "broken and corrupt machine."  Those transcripts, released by House Judiciary Committee Republicans, appeared to show Page confirming that DOJ officials during the Hillary Clinton email investigation made clear to the FBI that they should not pursue Clinton for "gross negligence" in the handling of classified information.

Judicial Watch Announces Depositions of Obama-Era Officials and Former Hillary Clinton Aides.  Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Wednesday a schedule of depositions of senior Obama-era officials, lawyers and former Hillary Clinton aides.  Thanks to the heavy lifting by Judicial Watch, Judge Royce C. Lamberth ordered these corrupt Obama and Hillary officials to provide answers, under oath, to the watchdog group about the Benghazi and Hillary Clinton email scandals.

Lisa Page testimony means DOJ might want to re-open case against Hillary Clinton.  Lock her up?  More and more, it appears the Justice Department should have tried to do just that to Hillary Clinton and that only nefarious interference kept the attempt from occurring.  My colleague Becket Adams is correct in writing that newly released testimony by disgraced FBI attorney Lisa Page makes former U.S. attorney general Loretta Lynch look blatantly dishonest and makes her infamous "tarmac meeting" with former president Bill Clinton look even sleazier than it already had.  Specifically, despite sworn assurances to the contrary from Lynch, Page testified that Department of Justice officials repeatedly dissuaded the FBI from building a criminal case against Clinton for "gross negligence" in her handling of classified information.

Former NYPD Commissioner Calls for Obstruction Investigation into Clinton Email Probe.  Former NYPD Commissioner Benard Kerik warned Wednesday [3/13/2019] that Americans will "never have faith" in the U.S. government until the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe is investigated for obstruction of justice.  Kerik's remarks came in response to transcripts showing former FBI legal counsel Lisa Page testified to Congress that the Department of Justice ordered the FBI not to charge Clinton with "gross negligence" for mishandling classified information.

FBI's top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it.  For most of the past three years, the FBI has tried to portray its top leadership as united behind ex-Director James Comey's decision not to pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for transmitting classified information over her insecure, private email server.  Although in the end that may have been the case, we now are learning that Comey's top lawyer, then-FBI General Counsel James Baker, initially believed Clinton deserved to face criminal charges, but was talked out of it "pretty late in the process."  The revelation is contained in testimony Baker gave to House investigators last year.  His testimony has not been publicly released, but I was permitted to review a transcript.  During questioning by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), Baker was unequivocal about his early view that Clinton should face criminal charges.

A press blackout on news top FBI lawyer James Baker wanted Hillary Clinton prosecuted.  The news is out that then-FBI director James Comey did indeed have some credible prosecutors for Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified documents during her stint as secretary of state, passing around some of the U.S. government's most secret documents on an illegal private account attached to a server in some guy's bathroom.  "No reasonable prosecutor" would take the case, Comey intoned, who then let the former secretary of state and then-presidential candidate off the hook.  Actually, there was one, at least one, and he was sitting right next to Comey: none other than FBI general counsel James Baker, who admitted in congressional testimony that he did think Clinton's dishonest act merited prosecution.

FBI scrambled to respond to Hillary Clinton lawyer amid Weiner laptop review, newly released emails show.  Newly released internal FBI emails showed the agency's highest-ranking officials scrambling to answer to Hillary Clinton's lawyer in the days prior the 2016 presidential election, on the same day then-FBI Director James Comey sent a bombshell letter to Congress announcing a new review of hundreds of thousands of potentially classified emails found on former Rep. Anthony Weiner's laptop.  The trove of documents turned over by the FBI, in response to a lawsuit by the transparency group Judicial Watch, also included discussions by former FBI lawyer Lisa Page concerning a potential quid-pro-quo between the State Department and the FBI — in which the FBI would agree to downgrade the classification level of a Clinton email in exchange for more legal attache positions that would benefit the agency abroad.  There was no indication such a quid-pro-quo ever took place.

FBI General Counsel Talked to Hillary Clinton's Lawyer about Comey's Letter on Weiner Laptop Clinton Emails.  Judicial Watch announced today it received 215 pages of records from the U.S. Department of Justice revealing former FBI General Counsel James Baker discussed the investigation of Clinton-related emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop with Clinton's lawyer, David Kendall.  Baker then forwarded the conversation to his FBI colleagues.  The documents also further describe a previously reported quid pro quo from the Obama State Department offering the FBI more legal attaché positions if it would downgrade a redaction in an email found during the Hillary Clinton email investigation "from classified to something else."

New Emails Confirm FBI Tried To Work Deal With State Dept To Minimize Hillary Email Scandal.  Over two years after the fact, newly released FBI emails obtained via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request confirm that James Comey's FBI attempted to work out a quid pro quo deal with the Obama State Department to help minimize the Hillary Clinton private email server scandal just weeks before the 2016 election.  Fox News's Catherine Herridge and Pamela K. Browne first reported on the alleged deal back on October 15, 2016, but full confirmation did not come until this week when the government transparency watchdog group Judicial Watch released FBI communication related to the deal.

Judicial Watch Uncovers Email Between Clinton Lawyer David Kendall and FBI Lawyer James Baker Same Day FBI Was Forced to Re-Open Investigation.  A lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch has unearthed an email from Clinton Lawyer David Kendall to FBI chief legal counsel James Baker on the day the FBI was forced to re-open the Clinton email investigation due to the Weiner laptop.  With the passage of time the inherent issues have become somewhat clouded, and most people have forgotten many of the inherent issues that showcased how the FBI and DOJ had decided in advance not to prosecute Hillary Clinton.  However, the key takeaway from this latest FOIA finding is that Clinton lawyers directly contacted the FBI team that was investigating the Weiner laptop.

James Comey: 'Zero chance' Hillary Clinton gets prosecuted for her emails.  Former FBI Director James Comey said Monday there is "zero chance" Hillary Clinton will be prosecuted for her emails.  "There is zero chance, zero chance, on the facts in the Hillary Clinton case, that she would be prosecuted," Comey said during a town hall lecture in Sarasota, Fla.  "You are out of your mind if you don't think the FBI wanted to make a case if we could.  The facts weren't there.  Period.  Full stop."  As FBI director, Comey oversaw his agency's inquiry into the unauthorized email server Clinton used while serving as secretary of state.  In a stunning public admission in July 2016, Comey announced his agency would not recommend criminal charges against anyone involved with Clinton's private email network, even after finding that Clinton's team was "extremely careless" in handling classified emails.

Obama's FBI Ignored Lead That China Had Clinton Emails.  An Epoch Times report confirmed information first revealed by the Daily Caller and Fox News that the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) told the "FBI in 2015 that a forensic review of Hillary Clinton's emails unearthed anomalies in the metadata of the messages.  The evidence in the metadata suggested that a copy of every email Hillary Clinton sent during her tenure as the secretary of state was forwarded to a foreign third party."  Evidence proved the third party was China.

Obama Officials Ordered To Answer In Benghazi Lies, Email Scandal.  On Tuesday [1/15/2019], a federal judge, who is apparently sick and tired of deep state shenanigans, ordered Obama lackeys Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes, along with former Secretary of State Clinton staffers Monica Hanley and Lauren Jiloty, and E.W. (Bill) Priestap, an FBI official who supervised the investigation into Clinton's emails, to answer written questions in what appears to be an attempt to "hoodwink the court."  The case involves a Freedom of Information Act request issued by Judicial Watch concerning the 2012 Benghazi attack in Libya.  Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that these State Department officials, and others must come clean about both the attack, and Clinton's use of an illegal private server.

DOJ Seeks to Stall Court-Ordered Discovery on Clinton Email Scandal; Cites Government Shutdown.  Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes will be deposed under oath on the Benghazi scandal.  Last week Judicial Watch submitted a court-ordered discovery plan seeking depositions from top Obama officials involved in Hillary Clinton's email scandal including Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes.  The discovery plan stems from a December, 2018 ruling by Judge Royce Lamberth ordering the State Department and DOJ to submit discovery in three areas.  Judge Lamberth called Clinton's use of the private email server "one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency."

Federal Court Orders Discovery to Begin on Clinton Email Scandal — Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes Must Respond Under Oath.  Once again Judicial Watch is doing the heavy lifting.  A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that discovery can begin in Hillary Clinton's email scandal.  Judge Lamberth also ordered senior Obama officials to provide written answers to Judicial Watch under oath.  Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes will be deposed under oath on the Benghazi scandal.

Hillary Clinton Responds to Court Order-Files New Email Answers Under Oath on Private Server.  On Friday morning [12/14/2018] Hillary Clinton responded to a court order forced by Judicial Watch to answer more questions about the setting up of her private server.  Judicial Watch appeared in a DC federal court last month on a motion to compel more testimony from Hillary Clinton as well as to make public video recordings of depositions of top Clinton aides such as Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills.

It Looks Like the 33,000 Emails Aren't Gone After All!  What if Bleach-bit didn't really make Hillary's problems go away?  Recently, Judge Lambeth gave a devastating ruling on the Hillary Clinton Email case, one which will almost certainly obligate the FBI to reopen the case.

Federal Judge Rips DOJ and State, Orders Discovery on Clinton Emails.  Royce Lamberth is an outspoken and sometimes controversial federal judge.  Appointed by President Reagan, he has shown no partiality in going after litigants he considers to be malefactors.  This time, it is the State Department and the Department of Justice.  Judge Lamberth is presiding over the lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch against the State Department, asking for emails relating to the Benghazi talking points that were promulgated after that attack.  On Thursday [12/6/2018], he issued an order blasting the federal agencies and authorizing discovery by Judicial Watch, as described below.  In his order, Lamberth sets forth a long effort to deceive Judicial Watch and the court that was orchestrated by State and DOJ.  It may be that we have not yet heard the last of the Clinton email scandal.

Federal court blasts DoJ, State Dept.; orders discovery plan to see if Hillary sought to HIDE her emails to evade law.  It's become self-evident that were in not for Judicial Watch, much of what is now known about the various political scandals involving former President Obama's administration would still be unknown.  The watchdog scored another victory for transparency in government on Thursday [12/6/2018] involving Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server to conduct official business.  According to a press release, U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth "excoriated" the Department of Justice and the State Department for potentially acting in "bad faith" while colluding to "scuttle public scrutiny" of Clinton's use of a private server which many believe she did in order to hide her various dealings and activities from the 'prying eyes' of Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests, in violation of federal open records rules.

Court Rules Hillary Must Answer Additional Questions About Her Email Scandal Under Oath.  U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled on Thursday [11/15/2018] that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has 30 days to answer additional questions about her email scandal.  The decision comes after Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit to obtain additional information from Clinton and Director of Information Resource Management of the Executive Secretariat John Bentel.  The watchdog group also wanted top Clinton aides and State Department officials, including Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills', deposition videos made public.  The lawsuit was part of a broader Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that came about in October 2016 when Clinton refused to answer several of Judicial Watch's questions, saying she "does not recall."

Hillary Clinton Ordered To Answer Additional Questions Under Oath About Private Email Server.  A federal judge has ordered Hillary Clinton to respond to further questions, under oath, about her private email server.  Following a lengthy Wednesday [11/14/2018] court hearing, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan (who is also presiding over [former] National Security adviser Michael Flynn's case), ruled that Clinton has 30 days to answer two additional questions about her controversial email system in response to a lawsuit from Judicial Watch.

State Department provided 'clearly false' statements to derail requests for Clinton docs, 'shocked' federal judge says.  In a combative exchange at a hearing Friday [10/12/2018] in Washington, D.C., a federal judge unabashedly accused career State Department officials of lying and signing "clearly false" affidavits to derail a series of lawsuits seeking information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server and her handling of the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth also said he was "shocked" and "dumbfounded" when he learned that FBI had granted immunity to former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills during its investigation into the use of Clinton's server, according to a court transcript of his remarks.

DOJ New Benghazi Probe:  Five Hillary Clinton Emails That Led to Ambassador Chris Stevens Death.  As the Department of Justice slow-walks it's [sic] new probe into the criminal enterprises of the Clinton Foundation and the Clintons' collusion with Russia on the Uranium One Deal, according to an observer of the Deep State and Democratic Party shenanigans.  "There may yet be an indictable offense Hillary and others will.face," said former counter-terrorism unit police detective, James Briggs.  Five emails were discovered among the thousands obtained or destroyed concerning an issue Hillary hoped would just go away:  The Battle of Benghazi!  In an email previously released regarding Hillary's Benghazi investigation — and one totally ignored by her propagandists in the national news media — there was one specific message that detailed the exact location of the late Chris Stevens, the U.S. Ambassador to Libya.

Judge could put the squeeze on Hillary Clinton for testimony on emails.  A conservative watchdog group seeking to compel testimony from Hillary Clinton will get a hearing in federal court on the matter Wednesday afternoon [11/14/2018].  Judicial Watch announced Tuesday that U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan will hear the case, which stems from a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit regarding the controversial employment status of longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin, who was granted a "special government employee" designation to accept outside employment while she was working at the State Department.  Clinton submitted written testimony under oath in October 2016, but Judicial Watch took issue with her answering that she "does not recall" for multiple questions regarding her Clinton.com, non-state.gov email system.

Tom Fitton:  We Have a Specific Request for Hillary Clinton to Come In and Testify Under Oath.  Judicial Watch is relentless and is unwilling to give Hillary Clinton, the State Department, and other conspirators a pass on their lawlessness.  A federal court judge, U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth, is also upset about the abuses of the Clinton email cover-up.  In his opening remarks during a hearing last Friday (October 12), Judge Lamberth strongly criticized the U.S. Department of State:  "The information that I was provided was clearly false regarding the adequacy of the [Clinton email] search and... what we now know turned out to be the Secretary's email system."

Hillary Clinton's security clearance removed 'at her request,' Judiciary Committee reveals.  Hillary Clinton had her security clearance removed over the summer "at her request," the Senate Judiciary Committee, who received confirmation from the State Department, revealed Friday [10/12/2018].  The news comes as part of an update from the State Department of "its ongoing review of the mishandling of classified information related to the use of Clinton's non-government email server," a news release from the committee said.

Clinton Spox:  Hillary Gave Up Security Clearance as Protest Against Pres.  Trump Revoking John Brennan's Clearance.  Hillary Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said late Friday night that the former secretary of State voluntarily gave up her security clearance in August after reports that she lost the privilge amid her email scandal.  Merrill said it was a show of support following the op-ed by former commander of U.S. Special Operations Command Admiral William McRaven offering to surrender his security clearance in protest of President Donald Trump revoking the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan.

Hillary Clinton Loses Security Clearance Amid Email Scandal.  Hillary Clinton lost her security clearance according to an announcement from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday [10/12/2018].  Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley revealed that Hillary Clinton's aide (who magically became her lawyer) Cheryl Mills along with four others also no longer have clearance.

Hillary Clinton's security clearance withdrawn.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton no longer has a security clearance.  Clinton had her security clearance withdrawn in August "at her request," State Department official Charles Faulkner wrote to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, in a letter released Friday [10/12/2018].  Five other individuals whom Clinton had designated as researchers had their clearances withdrawn in September.

The Editor says...
Why wasn't her security clearance withdrawn the day after Trump was sworn in?

Judicial Watch Uncovers More Classified Material on Hillary Clinton's Unsecure Email System.  Judicial Watch announced today [10/10/2018] that it received 288 pages of newly uncovered emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that were transmitted over her unsecure, non-"state.gov" email system, three of which contain classified information.

GOP Operative Secretly Raised at Least $100,000 in Search for Clinton Emails.  A veteran Republican operative and opposition researcher solicited and raised at least $100,000 from donors as part of an effort to obtain what he believed to be emails stolen from Hillary Clinton, activities that remain of intense interest to federal investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller's office and on Capitol Hill.

Hillary Clinton & Google Created [a] Covert Server to Hide Classified Benghazi Emails from Congress; FBI Never Probed.  Following the Benghazi consulate attack in 2012, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secretly worked with Google to reroute email traffic away from her private computer server and use public Google Gmail servers instead.  That clandestine move served to cloak her inner circle's communications from lawmakers, public scrutiny and would-be criminal investigators, according to intelligence sources who provided documents to True Pundit.  These bombshell revelations shatter Clinton's repeated claims and testimony that she solely used her private server in her Chappaqua NY home to conduct government business at State.  But it also reveals that previously undisclosed computer servers were employed by Clinton and her aides for conducting official government business.

Intelligence Officials Refuse To Do Damage Assessment Of Clinton Email Hacks Even After U.S. Agents Captured & Terminated.  Fact:  During Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State a dramatic spike in U.S. agent captures/deaths took place in China.  Fact:  To date, U.S. intelligence agencies have refused to do a damage assessment of Hillary Clinton's hacked email server — hacks which many are convinced were carried out by the same Chinese government that then used that information to identify and eliminate deeply embedded U.S. agents in China.  Fact:  The above scenario appears to confirm that Mrs. Clinton, the Obama White House, and the Obama-era Deep State, have a lot of blood on their hands.

Chinese company reportedly hacked Clinton's server, got copy of every e-mail in real time.  A Chinese state-owned company reportedly hacked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email server, then inserted code that forwarded them a copy of virtually every email she sent or received after that — a revelation President Trump is demanding be investigated.  The Daily Caller reported that the firm operating in the D.C. area wrote code that was then embedded in the server and generated a "courtesy copy" for almost all her emails — which was then forwarded to the Chinese company.  The code reportedly was discovered in 2015 by the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG), which then warned FBI officials of the intrusion.

China Reportedly Hacked Clinton's State Dept.  Emails — Did The FBI Cover That Up, Too?  More than three years after Hillary Clinton admitted that she'd used an unsecured private email server to handle classified emails while secretary of State, and two years after the FBI exonerated her, we finally learn what we should have known all along.  That China apparently had unfettered access to all her emails, including many that were highly classified.

Sources:  China Hacked Hillary Clinton's Private Email Server.  A Chinese-owned company operating in the Washington, D.C., area hacked Hillary Clinton's private server throughout her term as secretary of state and obtained nearly all her emails, two sources briefed on the matter told The Daily Caller News Foundation.  The Chinese firm obtained Clinton's emails in real time as she sent and received communications and documents through her personal server, according to the sources, who said the hacking was conducted as part of an intelligence operation.  The Chinese wrote code that was embedded in the server, which was kept in Clinton's residence in upstate New York.  The code generated an instant "courtesy copy" for nearly all of her emails and forwarded them to the Chinese company, according to the sources.

FBI Hero John Robertson Discovered Hillary Clinton Emails on Computer During Child Sex Investigation.  It is worth noting that FBI hero John Robertson discovered the Hillary Clinton emails on Anthony Weiner's computer in a child sex investigation.  FBI agent John Robertson is proud of the work he does exposing and arresting child predators.  John was assigned to the Anthony Weiner case, a top Democrat married to Hillary Clinton adviser Huma Abedin.  During his investigation of Weiner's computer John discovered thousands of Hillary Clinton emails and blew the whistle on the Comey-McCabe and Strzok cover-up of evidence.

Chinese company reportedly hacked Clinton's server, got copy of every email in real-time.  A Chinese state-owned company reportedly hacked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email server, then inserted code that forwarded them a copy of virtually every email she sent or received after that — a revelation President Trump is demanding be investigated.  The Daily Caller reported that the firm operating in the D.C. area wrote code that was then embedded in the server and generated a "courtesy copy" for almost all her emails — which was then forwarded to the Chinese company.  The code reportedly was discovered in 2015 by the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG), which then warned FBI officials of the intrusion.

Sperry: FBI Only Read 3,000 Out of 700,000 Emails Found on Weiner Laptop — Contradicting Comey's Sworn Testimony.  Investigative reporter Paul Sperry dropped another bombshell this week.  James Comey sent a letter to the House Oversight Committee on October 28th 2016 stating the FBI reopened the Hillary email investigation after they found Clinton's State Department emails on pervert Anthony Weiner's laptop.  Hundreds of thousands of emails were found on Weiner's laptop yet the FBI closed the second investigation after a few days claiming they magically read through all the emails.  Former FBI Director James Comey previously told Congress the FBI examined all 700,000 emails found on Weiner's laptop — it turns out that the FBI only examined approximately 3,000 out of 700,000 emails.

Report: FBI checked less than half a percent of emails on Weiner laptop.  The FBI examined just 3,077 of the 694,000 emails found on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner which was used by his wife Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, a report said.  Despite then-FBI Director James Comey's insistence that the agency had "reviewed all of the communications" discovered on the laptop, less than one half of one percent of the emails were directly reviewed for classified or incriminating information, RealClear Investigations reported on Aug. 23.

Turns out Comey LIED about the emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop.  It turns out that Comey lied in 2016 about a full review of all the emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop as he finally closed the Hillary email scandal for good. [...] Of course we know what really happened.  Hillary's people put massive pressure on Comey and his Hillary henchmen to kill the investigation before the election.  So they did.  And of course, these same FBI agents were very busy with trying to defeat Trump so that had something to do with it too.  This is really amazing when you consider just how relentless the media attacks are on Trump these days.

Bombshell Report:  FBI Never Examined Vast Majority Of Emails On Weiner's Laptop, Despite Comey's Claims.  A damning report by RealClearInvestigations' Paul Sperry presents compelling evidence indicating that former FBI Director James Comey prematurely closed the investigation into Hillary Clinton based on political motivations and lied to the American people when he insisted days before the 2016 election that his agency had "reviewed all of the communications" found on the laptop of Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her husband Anthony Weiner.  Sperry notes that many wondered aloud at the time how the FBI could have possibly reviewed hundreds of thousands of emails in a matter of weeks.  It turns out, Sperry explains, that they simply didn't.  In fact, evidence suggests they didn't even come close, despite Comey's assurances that they'd fully reviewed the communications.

He lied, in other words.
Despite Comey Assurances, Vast Bulk of Weiner Laptop Emails Were Never Examined.  When then-FBI Director James Comey announced he was closing the Hillary Clinton email investigation for a second time just days before the 2016 election, he certified to Congress that his agency had "reviewed all of the communications" discovered on a personal laptop used by Clinton's closest aide, Huma Abedin, and her husband, Anthony Weiner.  At the time, many wondered how investigators managed over the course of one week to read the "hundreds of thousands" of emails residing on the machine, which had been a focus of a sex-crimes investigation of Weiner, a former Congressman.  Comey later told Congress that "thanks to the wizardry of our technology," the FBI was able to eliminate the vast majority of messages as "duplicates" of emails they'd previously seen.  Tireless agents, he claimed, then worked "night after night after night" to scrutinize the remaining material.

Massive retaliation.  [President Trump should] get a special counsel appointed to investigate whether the use by Hillary Clinton as secretary of state of unsecured communications did any damage to the national security and national interests of the United States in any way whatsoever and to prosecute any violations of the law found in the course of that investigation, including any irregularities in past investigations.  Also investigate how, if at all, the joint income of Hillary and Bill Clinton of $85 million during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state was related to her official duties and to prosecute any illegalities therefrom.

Despite Comey Assurances, Vast Bulk of Weiner Laptop Emails Were Never Examined.  When then-FBI Director James Comey announced he was closing the Hillary Clinton email investigation for a second time just days before the 2016 election, he certified to Congress that his agency had "reviewed all of the communications" discovered on a personal laptop used by Clinton's closest aide, Huma Abedin, and her husband, Anthony Weiner.  At the time, many wondered how investigators managed over the course of one week to read the "hundreds of thousands" of emails residing on the machine, which had been a focus of a sex-crimes investigation of Weiner, a former Congressman.

Judicial Watch Demands Re-Opening Of Hillary Email Probe After More Classified Info Found.  On Thursday [8/16/2018], the watchdog revealed that it had received two batches, 184 pages and 45 pages, of newly uncovered emails belonging to Hillary Clinton from the U.S. Department of State sent and received over her unsecured server.  The emails were uncovered by a FOIA lawsuit filed on May 6, 2015, after the State Department failed to respond to a March 4, 2015 FOIA request seeking all emails sent or received by Clinton in her official capacity as Secretary of State, as well as all emails by other State Department employees to Clinton regarding her non-"state.gov" email address.

Computer Specialist Who Deleted Clinton Emails May Have Asked Reddit for Tips.  An army of Reddit users believes it has found evidence that former Hillary Clinton computer specialist Paul Combetta solicited free advice regarding Clinton's private email server from users of the popular web forum.  A collaborative investigation showed a reddit user with the username stonetear requested help in relation to retaining and purging email messages after 60 days, and requested advice on how to remove a "VERY VIP" individual's email address from archived content.  The requests match neatly with publicly known dates related to Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state.

FBI Logged Cyber Intrusion Analysis Request to Hillary's Email Investigation ONE DAY After 2016 Election.  On Friday, the FBI released a tranche of documents on Hillary Clinton's email investigation thanks to a FOIA lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch.  The documents reveal the FBI logged a cyber intrusion analysis request to Hillary's email investigation one day after the 2016 election — the FBI had already closed the investigation.

FBI Vault Release — FBI Requested Data Forensics on Huma Abedin/Clinton Laptop AFTER the 2016 Election, Not Before.  [Scroll down]  The FBI never looked at the Anthony Weiner/Huma Abedin laptop, which contained 100% of Clinton emails and blackberry text messages, for intrusion or security breaches PRIOR TO the election.  Remember the IG report?  Reading Chapter 11 of the IG Report the content of the Inspector General report as it relates to the laptop device.  Consider this from page #388: [...] FBI Agent Peter Strzok, the lead investigative authority in the Hillary Clinton MYE (Mid-Year-Exam), is explaining to the IG how they were able to process an exhaustive volume of emails (350,000) and Blackberry communications (344,000) in a few days; [Oct 30 to Nov 5, 2016]  Now, how does that square with the laptop being turned over to FBI forensics on November 9th, 2016?

If Not Russia, Who Is Hillary's 'Foreign Entity'.  I've long said Hillary Clinton is insufficiently stupid to have believed she could operate an unsecured home server without compromising the security of any data transmitted through it or stored on it.  For just as long, it has been my contention that the server was the faucet through which she pumped information she was selling (yes, selling) to foreign entities, both public and private.  I.T. security protocols would've easily flagged attempts at intrusion if targeted toward the State Department's secure servers, through which then-secretary of state Clinton ought to have conducted business.  Likewise, the transfer or copying of said information from a secure server is a detectable act with access being tightly controlled and records kept of who looked at what and when.

The FBI's Lack Of Curiosity About A Foreign Power Getting 30K Hillary Clinton Emails Is Astounding.  [Scroll down]  The thing that has always struck me about the whole Hillary Clinton email fiasco is the studious lack of curiosity by the US government over how TS/SCI documents were removed from a SCIF and transmitted via garden variety email and stored on a server that had no cyber or physical security.  No curiosity was expressed about a document that appeared to have been produced via signals intelligence sources being sent by the half-[baked] "intelligence" group headed by Sid Blumenthal and the fortunately deceased Tyler Drumheller to Clinton.  The lack of curiosity extended so far as to give immunity from prosecution to the guy managing it.  McCabe was totally incurious about what was on Huma Abedin's laptop inasmuch as it included Clinton's emails.  And when told by the ICIG that Hillary Clinton's emails had been auto-forwarded to a foreign power... no interest whatsoever.

Gohmert:  Watchdog Found Clinton Emails Were Sent To 'Foreign Entity'.  A member of the House Committee on the Judiciary said during a hearing Thursday that a government watchdog found that nearly all of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails were sent to a foreign entity and that the FBI didn't follow-up on that finding.  The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found an "anomaly on Hillary Clinton's emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list," Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said during a hearing with FBI official Peter Strzok.  "It was going to an unauthorized source that was a foreign entity unrelated to Russia," he added.

FBI's Strzok Was Told a Foreign Power Hacked All of Clinton's Emails and Did Nothing.  A member of the House Committee on the Judiciary said during a hearing Thursday that a government watchdog found that nearly all of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails were sent to a foreign entity and that the FBI didn't follow-up on that finding.  The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found an "anomaly on Hillary Clinton's emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list," Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said during a hearing with FBI official Peter Strzok.  "It was going to an unauthorized source that was a foreign entity unrelated to Russia," he added.

Gohmert:  Watchdog Found Clinton Emails Were Sent To 'Foreign Entity'.  A member of the House Committee on the Judiciary said during a hearing Thursday that a government watchdog found that nearly all of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails were sent to a foreign entity and that the FBI didn't follow-up on that finding.  The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found an "anomaly on Hillary Clinton's emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list," Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said during a hearing with FBI official Peter Strzok.

FBI Ignored Hacking of Hillary's Emails by 'Foreign Entity'.  At the contentious hearing Thursday with FBI agent Peter Strzok, Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, revealed the FBI didn't follow up on a government watchdog's finding that nearly all of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails were sent to a foreign entity.  Gohmert, a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, said the Intelligence Community Inspector General found an "anomaly on Hillary Clinton's emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list."

Russian Hackers Kept DNC Backdoor Longer Than Anyone Knew.  Until today [7/13/2018], the story of the DNC hack ended promptly on June 14, 2016, when the Democrats went public with the intrusion in the pages of the Washington Post, and Crowdstrike, the security firm hired to respond to the breach, published a detailed technical account.  Today's indictment confirms every aspect of the DNC's and Crowdstrike's account, with one exception.  Both the DNC and Crowdstrike have said repeatedly that they went public only after expelling all the Russian hackers.  But buried in the new indictment is language suggesting that Crowdstrike missed a spot, and one computer infected with the GRU's malware "remained on the DNC network until in or around October 2016."

Gohmert: Peter Strzok Knew 'Foreign Entity' Hacked Clinton's Emails and Did Nothing.  Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said FBI agent Peter Strzok had been made aware of a "foreign entity" — not the Russian state — intercepting over 30,000 emails sent to or received by Hillary Clinton's unauthorized personal email server through which she conducted governmental communications in her former capacity as Secretary of State.

Unsealed documents detail tactics in Clinton email probe.  Court documents approved for release in the lead-up to a massive Justice Department watchdog report on the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email account offer fodder for both critics and defenders of the bureau's work.  The newly unsealed court filings, obtained by POLITICO, may well serve as a Rorschach test about the Clinton email probe.  They demonstrate that the FBI's investigation did not rely solely on the voluntary cooperation of those involved, since agents and prosecutors used a combination of search warrants and other court orders to gain evidence relevant to the probe.  At the same time, the records do not contradict complaints by Republicans that the FBI did not use grand jury subpoenas to demand testimony from top Clinton aides, obtain search warrants to gain access to laptops Clintons' lawyers used to review her emails, or seek the personal phones and similar devices used by her top aides.

Hillary Clinton email probe ends on cliffhanger.  After more than 450 investigators spent over a year investigating the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, the most startling thing about the new report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is how much it uncovered and how little it concluded.  "We found that several FBI employees who played critical roles in the investigation sent political messages — some of which related directly to the Midyear [Clinton email] investigation — that created the appearance of bias and thereby raised questions about the objectivity and thoroughness of the Midyear investigation," the 568-page report pronounced.

Grassley Demands Investigation Of Comey's Use Of Private Email Account.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley instructed the FBI on Monday that they must gain access to former FBI Director James Comey's private email account to see if any laws were broken when he used the account to conduct government business.  "It is disturbing that FBI employees tasked with investigating Secretary Clinton, including the former director, appear to have engaged in strikingly similar conduct," Grassley wrote in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

Yes, Hillary Should Have Been Prosecuted.  At the risk of oversimplifying a long and complex discussion, the IG time and again noted that (among other things) the FBI focused on the apparent lack of intent to violate the law and the lack of a clear precedent for initiating a prosecution under similar facts.  It also describes how the FBI wrestled with the definition of "gross negligence" — concluding that the term encompassed conduct "so gross as to almost suggest deliberate intention" or "something that falls just short of being willful."  After reading the analysis, I just flat-out don't buy that Hillary's conduct — and her senior team's conduct — didn't meet that standard.  The key reason for my skepticism is the nature of the classified information sent and received.

The crazy reason the FBI didn't search the devices of Hillary Clinton's inner circle.  While the FBI was investigating Hillary Clinton's secret server where she kept official emails out of the view of the authorities until her lawyers could scrub them, for some reason, agents never searched the Blackberries or other email devices belonging to her inner circle at the State Department.  Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz and his team received a crazy response when they asked FBI agents on the Hillary Clinton email investigation why not.  The agents' primary excuse was to point to "the culture of mishandling classified information at the State Department which made the quantity of potential sources of evidence particularly vast".

FBI agent fast-tracked Clinton email case to 'stop' Trump from being elected.  FBI agent Peter Strzok put the Trump-Russia investigation on a fast track during the 2016 election season at the same time he was sending text messages to his lover condemning the Republican presidential candidate as an "idiot" and vowing to "stop" him.  Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, in a voluminous report, singled out as troubling Mr. Strzok's decision to move quickly from working on Hillary Clinton's email case to investigating Mr. Trump.

Bongino Slams Obama for Denying Early Knowledge of HRC Email Server.  Dan Bongino slammed former President Barack Obama for past comments he made denying early knowledge of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.  His criticism comes shortly after the release of the scathing report by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which found fired FBI Director James Comey was insubordinate and criticized his handling of the Clinton email probe.  Obama said in a 2015 interview with CBS News that he first learned of Clinton's use of the private server "at the same time everybody else learned it through news reports."  "That's nonsense," Bongino said Saturday on "Fox & Friends."  "Obama's clearly not telling the truth here."  [Video clip]

Obama's silky lie and FBI bias in the Clinton investigation.  [Hillary] Clinton had endangered top secret information by using an unsecured, home-brew email server when she was U.S. secretary of state.  Any other American who dared risk top government secrets on a basement server would have faced federal prosecution and prison.  Obama's lie was told in 2015, when Obama was asked by CBS' Bill Plante when he learned Mrs. Clinton had used an unsecured email server.  "The same time everybody else learned it, through news reports," Obama said.  He was so silky that you couldn't even hear his tongue rustling along his teeth.  He waxed on about how his administration was all about "transparency."  But Obama did not learn about Clinton's home-brew server like "everybody else."

They must be joking when they claim political bias was not what guided Obama's DoJ and FBI.  No political bias?  O.K., then, let's take them at their word.  As Hillary used to say: 'What difference does it make' why they did it?  They obviously targeted Trump and let anyone associated with his opponents, top Democrats President Obama and Hillary Clinton off.  That is evidence on its face that the FBI and Justice Department were political arms of Obama, just as the media was.  Everybody protected everybody.  Except for the American people.

Court Sets Hearing on Motion to Compel Email Testimony from Hillary Clinton.  Judicial Watch announced a federal court ordered a hearing for Thursday, October 11, 2018, on a motion to compel testimony about the email practices of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  The order was issued by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan.  The development comes in a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit about the controversial employment status of Huma Abedin, former Deputy Chief of Staff to Clinton.  The lawsuit, which seeks records regarding the authorization for Abedin to engage in outside employment while employed by the Department of State, was reopened because of revelations about the clintonemail.com system.

Pardoned Sailor Files Lawsuit Against Obama, Comey for Unequal Prosecution of Clinton Email Case.  Former Navy seaman Kristian Saucier, who was sentenced to one year in federal prison for taking pictures aboard a nuclear submarine in 2009, is suing former President Barack Obama and former FBI Director James Comey for unequal protection under the law.  Saucier alleges he was unfairly punished while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was left to walk for her unauthorized use of a private email server, the Washington Times reports.  President Donald Trump pardoned Saucier in March this year.  Saucier's attorney says the lawsuit now plans to highlight the political nature of his client's prosecution compared to Clinton's.  In 2016, when Saucier's case was being litigated, prosecutors rejected any comparison to the Clinton case.

Lawmakers Warn IG Being Pressured to Slow Roll Clinton FBI Report.  The Department of Justice and the FBI are deliberately attempting to slow roll and redact significant portions of DOJ Inspector General, Michael Horowitz's report on the bureau's handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation, according to numerous congressional officials and investigators.  The 400-page report, which was completed several weeks ago and addresses Clinton's use of her private server for government business, is currently being reviewed by the DOJ and FBI.  According to sources, individuals mentioned in the reports are also allowed to review the document.  It is expected to be "long and thorough" and will criticize the handling of the investigation by former FBI Director James Comey, who has spent the better part of the past several months promoting his book A Higher Loyalty.

Hillary Clinton [is] not off the hook just yet.  As Robert Mueller continues his special counsel investigation to nowhere, at least one government watchdog group is keeping up the pressure on Hillary Clinton.  "After uncovering the Clinton email scandal," Judicial Watch's president, Tom Fitton, said in a written release, "[we] now want a full accounting of the Hillary Clinton emails found on Anthony Weiner's laptop."

Andrew wants immunity for testimony on Clinton email probe — or he'll plead Fifth.  The former No. 2 guy at the FBI wants immunity.  The attorney for Andrew McCabe, who was fired as FBI deputy director, told Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, that his client "is eager" to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Mr. Grassley leads.  The panel wants Mr. McCabe to testify on a Justice Department inspector general's report that recommended that he be fired for leaking information about an investigation of Hillary Clinton and then lying about it to James B. Comey, then the FBI director.  But either he gets immunity or takes the Fifth, attorney Michael Bromwich wrote in a letter to Mr. Grassley, according to Fox News Channel.

There's a huge difference between the Trump and Clinton probes.  Clinton's core wrongdoing was publicly established fact from the start — whereas the Trump investigation has always been an effort to find out if there was any wrongdoing.  It was actually the House Select Committee on Benghazi that started asking questions after a hacker unveiled Clinton's e-mails with Sidney Blumenthal.  Some of those e-mails were related to the 2012 Benghazi attack yet had never been handed over to investigators in all the many Benghazi probes.

Why the Mueller probe is really five scandals, not one.  [Scandal #2]  The extraordinary deep state defense of Hillary Clinton, combined with the systematic avoidance of exposing and dealing with her illegal behaviors while protecting her staff members when they support and participate in her illegality, is beyond anything we have seen in American history.

Huma email horror returns to haunt FBI brass, in IG report on Clinton case.  Ever since she lost the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton has repeatedly blamed her defeat on the FBI's decision to reopen the probe into her email use after messages were found on the laptop of confidante Huma Abedin's estranged husband.  But now that laptop and those emails are back in the spotlight, this time causing problems for FBI leaders as part of a forthcoming inspector general report.  The probe is expected to fault bureau officials for sitting on those emails in the first place.

House GOP sets three FBI interviews in Clinton probe.  House Republicans are preparing to conduct the first interviews in more than four months in their investigation into the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.  A joint investigation run by the Judiciary and the Oversight and Government Reform committees has set three witness interviews for June, including testimony from Bill Priestap, the assistant director of the FBI's counterintelligence division, and Michael Steinbach, the former head of the FBI's national security division.

IG report on Clinton case expected to hit FBI leaders for sitting on emails in 2016.  A highly anticipated report from the Justice Department's internal watchdog reportedly is expected to hit FBI leaders for moving too slowly to review a batch of Hillary Clinton emails discovered toward the end of the 2016 presidential campaign.  Offering a glimpse at the contents of the closely held inspector general review, The Associated Press cited people familiar with the findings in reporting Monday that the investigation would criticize the bureau for its handling of that incident.

Report: Inspector General Will Declare FBI, DOJ Broke Law in Clinton Email Probe.  A new report suggests an imminent Inspector General (IG) report may rule that FBI and Justice Department officials broke the law in their handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  Investigative reporter Paul Sperry said Thursday [5/17/2018] that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has "found 'reasonable grounds' for believing there has been a violation of federal criminal law in the FBI/DOJ's handling of the Clinton investigation/s," adding that the top watchdog official has "referred his findings of potential criminal misconduct to Huber for possible criminal prosecution."

DOJ inspector general completes long-awaited review of Hillary Clinton probe.  The completion of a long-awaited watchdog report on the FBI and DOJ's Hillary Clinton investigation during the 2016 presidential campaign has put Washington on edge, as the clock counts down to its potentially explosive release.  "We're all anxiously awaiting this report," Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told Fox News' "Hannity."  Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced the draft report was done in a letter to members of Congress on Wednesday.  He did not say when the results of the review will be officially released to the FBI, DOJ and congressional committees.

The Clinton reckoning is tiptoeing in.  This is a historic moment of bated breath and tight sphincters all over Clintonworld.  After decades of skating on their grifts, abuses, and outright crimes, a reckoning is coming.  And not just for the Hillary Clinton, but for her enablers.  The leaks begin about the I.G. report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation[.]  Until Wednesday [5/16/2018], there had been virtually no genuine leaks coming out of the inspector general's office at the Department of Justice — the sign of a probe with integrity.  But that silence ended when the I.G.'s office circulated relevant portions of its report to people named in it, for their comments, which would be included when the report is published.

IG Report on Clinton Investigation "extremely long and thorough".  The Department of Justice Inspector General has sent what is described as an "extremely long and thorough draft" of the much anticipated report on the FBI and DOJ's investigation and handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe, this reporter has learned.  The detailed report on the FBI's decision making process into the Clinton investigation could lead to possible criminal referrals for some of the officials involved in the case.  Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report, which is expected to be released within the next three to four weeks to the public, has been turned over to current and former officials for review, as first reported in The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.  The draft, however, does not include any recommendations for criminal prosecution.  If there was any evidence collected by the Inspector General's office of criminality, Horowitz would then refer the matter to the Department of Justice and submit a criminal referral to prosecutors.

FBI inspector general's report on the agency's handling of the Hillary email probe is ready.  Washington is on edge as it awaits the release of the highly-anticipated watchdog report on the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, a potentially explosive document that is expected to be highly critical of former FBI director James Comey and other officials.  The Department of Justice Inspector General's report is expected to address multiple questions that have lingered about the FBI's actions leading up to the 2016 presidential election, in which Clinton found herself exonerated and then subject to another investigation in the days before voters went to the polls.  In addition to Comey, a number of high-profile names could be featured when the report, written by Michael Horowitz, makes its debut.

Obama DOJ and FBI Leadership Referred for Criminal Prosecution for Clinton Email Cover-Up.  As we reported earlier Thursday, a long-awaited report by the Department of Justice's internal watchdog into the Hillary Clinton email investigation has moved into its final phase, as the DOJ notified multiple subjects mentioned in the document that they can privately review it by week's end, and will have a "few days" to craft any response to criticism contained within the report, according to the Wall Street Journal.

DOJ inspector general's testimony postponed, amid new leads in Clinton case review.  Inspector General Michael Horowitz's widely anticipated testimony next week before the House Oversight Committee has been postponed, as the Justice Department IG has pursued new leads in his review of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, according to a congressional letter and sources familiar with the matter.  "It is of the utmost importance that your review be as fulsome, complete and unimpeded as possible," Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the chairman of the committee, wrote in a recent letter to Horowitz obtained by Fox News.  Horowitz was scheduled to appear before the committee on May 8.  But Gowdy told Horowitz he wants to reschedule his testimony "as close to the day the report is finalized as is practicable."

IG Horowitz Postpones Testimony to Pursue New Leads in His Review of Hillary Clinton Email Investigation.  The Office of Inspector General is very close to completing a comprehensive report on how the FBI and DOJ handled Hillary Clinton's email investigation.  Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein said on Friday [5/4/2018], IG Horowitz will have a complete report "within the next few weeks."

Did Obama's Justice Department pressure FBI to end the Clinton Foundation investigation?  A key House Republican on Tuesday asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate whether former President Barack Obama administration officials pressured the FBI to "stand down" from its probe of the Clinton Foundation that was ongoing during Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said in a letter to Sessions that he wants an investigation into Sally Yates, who Obama appointed to serve as the deputy attorney general at the time.  Goodlatte wants to know if Yates ordered her principal associate deputy attorney general, or PADAG, to call the FBI and ask for the probe of the Clinton Foundation to end.

FBI Never Investigated Abedin/Clinton Laptop Emails In October 2016.  As many people are aware, CTH has decided to go back through two years of documents, releases, reports, testimony, media interviews; including interviews with fired FBI Director James Comey; question all prior assumptions; re-examine the entire framework within all the known granular DOJ and FBI activity; and finally contrast it all against the full scope of released messaging between FBI Agent Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.  Within this project some breakout discoveries need to be highlighted.  One of those discoveries pertains to the Fox News interview with James Comey and Bret Baier.

FBI Delays Release of Communications With Firm That Examined DNC Servers.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has pushed back the estimated completion date of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for documents pertaining to its communications with the security firm that examined the Democratic National Committee's hacked servers to October.  The Washington Free Beacon submitted the FOIA request in July 2017 with the FBI seeking all communication between the bureau and CrowdStrike, Inc., the California-based cyber security firm that examined the DNC's servers following the infiltration that led to the release of John Podesta's emails.  The FBI said in December the documents should be available by March.  The FBI, which was never granted access to the DNC's servers for inspection, instead relied on the third-party firm that was brought in by the DNC for information regarding the compromised network who concluded that Russia was behind the hack.  The FBI previously awarded an unrelated $150,000 contract to CrowdStrike in July 2015.  Details and communications between the firm and the bureau regarding that past contract were requested as part of the FOIA.

The Clintons and 'the Jews'.  In its never-ending pursuit of revelatory records meant to expose corruption, fraud, waste — and evil generally — in the Deep State, Judicial Watch published an interesting set of records today received from the government in its glacial response to demands for Hillary Clinton's emails. [...] Judicial Watch published an interesting analysis of this most recent batch of records, rightly focusing again on Hillary Clinton's dangerous abuse of national security information by trafficking it on her unsecure "home-brew" server.

New Clinton Emails Reveal Classified Docs, Clinton Foundation Connections.  Judicial Watch today released 281 pages of newly uncovered emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from the U.S. Department of State sent and received over her unsecure, non-"state.gov" email system.  The emails, dated 2010 through 2013, contain classified information and detail collusion between the Clinton State Department and the Clinton Foundation.  Ten emails contain classified information redacted "in the interest of national defense or foreign policy," including confidential sources, and concern Israel and the Middle East.  Most of the emails include exchanges with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.  The emails show Hillary Clinton conducted classified and sensitive negotiations about the Israel-Arab conflict on her unsecure, non-governmental server.

Goodlatte, Gowdy Strike a Deal to Review Long-Sought Documents on FBI's Clinton Email Probe.  Republican lawmakers examining the FBI's handling of the Clinton email investigation say they have reached an agreement with Justice Department officials to review and obtain documents they have been requesting for months.  Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said they "look forward to reviewing the information to better understand the decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016 and 2017."

We Need A Special Prosecutor — For Hillary Clinton.  Nearly a year has passed since Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation launched, and "Russian collusion" remains more fantasy than fact.  As Democrats and their media allies fear-monger for political reasons, they face an inconvenient truth:  There is still no smoking gun.  While Russian actors appear to have interfered with the 2016 election, the Mueller team — stacked with Clinton and Obama donors — has presented no evidence that President Donald Trump helped orchestrate any of the interference.  In Tucker Carlson's words:  "Almost no information has come out to justify the [Russia] obsession.  None has come out to justify the claim that there was collusion."  Desperate for the evidence to justify its existence, the Mueller investigation has now seemingly transitioned to President Trump's personal life — yet another distraction for ratings-obsessed media elites.

James and the Giant Preach.  James Comey loves to preach to us lesser mortals about ethics and such. [...] Comey's contribution to Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, for now, is this classic:  "No reasonable prosecutor would bring such charges."  The idea that Comey has a clue of what defines reasonableness is itself impugned each time he opens his mouth.

New emails bolster GOP claims of FBI, DOJ 'coordination' on Clinton case response.  Emails reviewed by Fox News from February 2016 suggest the FBI and DOJ worked together to craft a response to a key development in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, amid newly raised Republican concerns about a "concerning level of coordination" between the two agencies during the probe.  The emails concern the period after 22 messages with "Top Secret" information were found on the former secretary of state's personal email server.  Republican Rep. Mark Meadows cited them in a letter earlier this week claiming former FBI Director James Comey's testimony to Congress — in which he downplayed FBI-DOJ coordination on the Clinton case — may be at odds with documents suggesting "frequent" coordination.

Meowing Media Fuel Mass Delusion of Russian Collusion.  Some background:  In March 2015, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted that, while in office, she diverted some 66,000 emails to a server in the basement of her house.  As the Associated Press would determine, the server was "vulnerable to hackers" and the setup was "the subject of U.S. government and industry warnings at the time over attacks from even low-skilled intruders."  After the diversion was discovered, Clinton returned roughly half of the stolen emails.  The other half, she claimed, related to private matters and were deleted.  Some, it turned out, were destroyed while under subpoena.  Despite the deletions, there was a chance that the stolen emails might be found because Russia and other adversaries probably had their own copies.

New emails show Hillary-FBI-DOJ coordination.  Newly uncovered emails containing 22 messages with "Top Secret" information found on former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's personal email server indicate that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) "coordinated" efforts to devise a response to a major development in her email probe.  The recent discovery bolsters Republicans' newly raised allegations that there was a "concerning level of coordination" between the FBI and DOJ during Clinton's private email investigation.  "Republican Rep. Mark Meadows cited [the accusations] in a letter earlier this week claiming former FBI Director James Comey's testimony to Congress — in which he downplayed FBI-DOJ coordination on the Clinton case — may be at odds with documents suggesting 'frequent' coordination," Fox News announced.

Comey is a Pink-Hatted Women's-Marcher.  It doesn't matter how James Comey voted when he discharged his duties as FBI director as a partisan campaign operator for Team Clinton.  As his book reveals, his actions were all directed toward electing Hillary Clinton and discrediting her opponent.  He wrote a letter exonerating Clinton long before he interviewed her and her campaign associates.  His October surprise, reopening the Clinton email investigation, was not to hurt Clinton, but instead to exonerate her before the election.  He read the polls, knew she would win, and wanted to clear the decks for her presidency by declaring the email issue dead and buried.  I wonder what Mr. and Mrs. Comey discussed in the year before the election?  He was supposed to be nonpartisan in his position, but she certainly didn't have to be.

McCabe got the order to shut down Hillary investigation from...Obama?  Rush Limbaugh on his April 19 show said the important news in the report of Inspector General Horowitz's report is the August 12, 2016 call to McCabe from the Obama DOJ regarding the Clinton Foundation investigation. Limbaugh believes that it was Sally Yates, of the Obama DOJ, who called McCabe to tell him they were "concerned" about the investigation. [...] While Mueller searches in vain for the nonexistent collusion and obstruction of justice by President Trump, there is clear evidence in the Horowitz report of obstruction of justice to interfere with the 2016 election by the Obama DOJ.

Oops: Comey Accidentally Reveals Someone is Concealing Hundreds of Thousands of Clinton Emails.  Thanks to the tireless Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, we now know that there are roughly 200,000 or more previously unknown Hillary Clinton emails that were hidden by the Obama administration from a federal judge.  During his utterly boring interview on 60 Minutes, the egomaniacal former FBI director accidentally blurted out the truth: [...]

Comey's Hubris Will Be His Demise.  [Scroll down]  In the aftermath of his bizarre statement to the press regarding the Hillary Clinton email investigation, more than 100 field agents of the FBI, and roughly half a dozen attorneys from the DOJ, made public through a source their total disbelief and disagreement with his assessment.  In a lengthy statement read to the cameras, Comey laid out as clear a picture of wrongdoing as could be made, before jettisoning the issue by claiming "no prosecutor" would've brought a criminal indictment and been successful.  At the time — and before the 106 agents and attorneys who worked the case came forward — I had several notable prosecutors in New York City tell me face to face that they could've prosecuted it and won a conviction.

Comey: I Announced the Hillary Investigation Because Polls Showed Her Ahead.  In his new book "A Higher Loyalty," former FBI Director James Comey says the reason he announced that the FBI had re-opened its investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server was polling.  Yes.  Seriously.  In late October of 2016, just days before the presidential election, polling was skewing in Clinton's favor.  Comey says this subconsciously influenced him to send a signed letter to Congress announcing that the bureau had re-opened its investigation into the former secretary of state.

Here Are 8 Things You Need To Know About The FBI's Raid on Michael Cohen's Offices.  [#7] The FBI Never Treated Hillary Clinton This Way:  This is perfectly obvious.  Hillary wasn't merely allowed to delete 33,000 documents from her computer server three weeks after revelations that she had a private computer server, she was protected by the DOJ and the FBI, which allowed her personal attorney, Cheryl Mills — who was also under investigation — to invoke attorney-client privilege to stop the FBI from investigating Hillary's email scheme

FBI doubles staff in response to subpoena for alleged FISA abuse, Hillary Clinton email probe documents.  FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday [3/27/2018] that he is doubling the number of FBI staff to handle House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte's records request related to the panel's inquiry into alleged bias at the Justice Department, as well as the investigation into the handling of the Hillary Clinton private emails probe.  "Up until today, we have dedicated 27 FBI staff to review the records that are potentially responsive to Chairman Goodlatte's requests.  The actual number of documents responsive to this request is likely in the thousands," Wray said in statement, revealing he is doubling the number of staff to 54.  "The staff will work two shifts per day from 8 a.m to midnight "to expedite completion of this project," he said.

The FBI Gets The Attention Of The AG And Courts Over Ignoring Subpoenas.  Morale Possibly Ruined.  Late last week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte hit Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein with a subpoena for documents related to several investigations, such as the Clinton email investigation.  What brought this on was stonewalling of the committee's document requests by the FBI.

House subpoena rattles Justice Department; Sessions 'angry' at slow response.  The FBI is promising swift action on a House subpoena covering three politically charged investigations after word that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has grown angry with the bureau's slow-walking of congressional requests for information.  Last week the House Judiciary Committee sent a subpoena to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein demanding documents from the Justice Department and the FBI "regarding charging decisions in the investigation surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server, potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility recommendation to fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe," according to a committee press release.

Was the FBI's Investigation of Hillary Clinton a 'Sham'?  This should be big news.  In fact, this should have led the evening news on Sunday night, and there should be some kind of media investigation of this planned today, but there wasn't, and there won't be.  The reason this story didn't lead the news yesterday, and that the media won't be investigating it today (or ever) is because it doesn't fit the liberal narrative.  Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared on the Fox News Channel Sunday morning to continue his call for a second special counsel to investigate the FBI's behavior during the 2016 elections.

House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas 1.2M Documents Reviewed by DOJ IG.  Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has run out of patience with the U.S. Justice Department and is now subpoenaing 1.2 million DOJ documents, including decisions made by former FBI Director James Comey not to prosecute former Secretary of State Clinton and other matters leading up to and beyond the 2016 election.  The DOJ inspector-general also is investigating the FBI's handling of the Clinton case.  "Well, we want to see everything that the inspector general has seen, which is, we understand, about 1.2 million documents," Goodlatte told Fox News's Neil Cavuto on Monday.  He said the documents are critical to his committee's oversight of the FBI and DOJ.

Judge Nap on Push for Clinton Email Probe Records: 'The Excuse for Her Exoneration Is Not Credible'.  Judge Andrew Napolitano said it's "very unusual" that the Justice Department has been slow to release documents related to how the FBI handled its investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) on Sunday said he is prepared to subpoena the DOJ to obtain more than one million missing documents related to the case.  "It's very unusual that a Republican Department of Justice is resisting the efforts of a Republican House of Representatives judiciary committee to find out what happened when the Democrats ran the Department of Justice," Napolitano said on "Fox & Friends First."

DOJ: Inspector General Examining Whether McCabe Was Promised Promotion to FBI Director by Hillary Clinton.  Andrew McCabe may have revealed to his inner circle an inside plan to replace his friend James Comey as FBI director if and when Hillary Clinton was elected president of the United States, according to top officials in the Justice Department. [...] If those discussions about a promotion to FBI director with co-workers and McCabe's inner circle were anything more than bravado, that certainly is troubling.  And given the fact that McCabe's wife Jill was given more than $1.25 million in Hillary-backed campaign donations to run for state senate in Virginia, it could spell additional legal woes for her husband.  McCabe was in charge of the Hillary Clinton email investigation at the FBI at the same time his wife ran for office.  At the same time he and his wife struck a deal to run for office with Hillary consigliere and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who was allegedly under investigation at the time by the FBI for a public corruption case.

Rod Rosenstein's Wife Represented Bill Clinton Shortly After Rod Cleared Hillary As A Prosecutor.  Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein's wife Lisa Barsoomian represented then-President Bill Clinton in a 1998-99 civil case in federal court.  Rod Rosenstein worked as a Whitewater prosecutor.  In this role, he was in charge of the "FBI Travel Office" case, in which it was found that the Clinton White House illegally seized FBI files from White House travel office employees, including the Clintons' travel director.  Rosenstein interrogated Hillary Clinton on January 14, 1998, and was seen as responsible for clearing her of potential charges in the case.  By that time, Rosenstein had already been picked to work for the U.S. Attorney's office in Maryland in the Clinton administration.  When he applied to the Senate to become deputy attorney general, he falsely stated the dates he worked for Starr's team, saying he ended his employment with Starr in 1997 (before his friendly 15-minute interrogation of Hillary Clinton).

Rod Rosenstein Submitted False Documents To Senate Concerning His Interrogation of Hillary Clinton.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave a resume to the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation to be Deputy Attorney General.  In that resume, provided under oath, he falsely stated the dates at which he worked for Ken Starr's investigative legal team.  Rosenstein testified to the Senate that he worked on Starr's team beginning in 1995 and ending in 1997.  Rosenstein said that he began working at the U.S. Attorney's office in Maryland for the Clinton administration in the year 1997.  However, records show that Rosenstein interviewed Hillary Clinton for Ken Starr in the Whitewater case on January 14, 1998.  Rosenstein's official interview with Hillary Clinton lasted fifteen minutes and cleared her of charges stemming from the seizing of FBI documents on the former Clinton White House travel director.

Pardoned Sailor Kristian Saucier Says Obama DOJ Used Him As A Hillary 'Scapegoat'.  Kristian Saucier, the U.S. Navy sailor pardoned by President Trump Friday [3/9/2018], harshly criticized the Obama administration during a Saturday morning interview with Fox News' Pete Hegseth.  Saucier was charged and jailed in October 2016 for taking photos onboard a nuclear submarine in 2009.  He believes his case was an attempt by the Obama administration to "take the heat" off of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server at the State Department.

DiGenova: Strzok, Clapper Ignored Possible Hack of Hillary's Server 'With Consent of Obama'.  Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Joe diGenova said Tuesday that key Obama administration officials ignored reports of a possible breach of Hillary Clinton's private email server in order to protect the 2016 presidential candidate.  DiGenova said that not only did FBI Agent Peter Strzok and then-Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper ignore the possible hack, but that they did so "with the consent of the president (Obama)."  Tucker Carlson said technicians found discrepancies in metadata contained in the email server, which may indicate it was hacked or tampered with.

FBI agent Peter Strzok was told of possible breach into Clinton's server but didn't follow up, sources say.  During the final months of the Clinton email investigation, FBI agent Peter Strzok was advised of an irregularity in the metadata of Hillary Clinton's server that suggested a possible breach, but there was no significant follow up, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter.  Sources told Fox News that Strzok, who sent anti-Trump text messages that got him removed from the ongoing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, was told about the metadata anomaly in 2016, but Strzok did not support a formal damage assessment.

FBI Interviewed Huma Abedin About Clinton Emails Even After Investigation Was Closed.  FBI agents interviewed Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin in December 2016, more than a month after the official close of the Clinton email probe and much more recently than previously believed.  The Washington Post reports that agents were interested in how Abedin and Clinton emails wound up on a laptop used by Abedin's husband, Anthony Weiner.  The FBI discovered Abedin and Clinton emails on the laptop while conducting an investigation into Weiner's contact with an underaged girl in September 2016.  The Clinton email probe, which had been closed in July 2016, was reopened on Oct. 28.  It was closed again on Nov. 6, two days before the election, after FBI officials determined that none of the emails on the laptop would warrant criminal charges.

Senator seeks answers on why FBI waited weeks to act on Weiner laptop in Clinton case.  A Republican senator is pressing for answers on why the FBI waited weeks to act after the 2016 discovery of thousands of emails on ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner's laptop that potentially were relevant to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., fired off a letter Thursday to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein asking about the timeline, citing texts between two key FBI investigators.  The messages, first reported by The Wall Street Journal in late January, indicate that top bureau officials were aware of the discovery of thousands of emails from Weiner well before the FBI sought a search warrant in late October, and effectively revived the Clinton probe right before the election.

Here's a Guy Who Might Know How the FBI Clinton Email Probe Was Sabotaged.  FBI veteran John Giacalone served as executive assistant director of the FBI from June 2014 through February 2016, working from the Washington, D.C., headquarters.  His Linkedin profile indicates that during this period he "manage[d] the strategic risks associated with the FBI's counterterrorism, counterintelligence and weapons of mass destruction programs in close coordination with domestic and international partners."  Giacalone was also centrally involved in the FBI investigation into Clinton's mishandling of classified information — a serious felony crime — and he resigned suddenly, for reasons not yet fully understood.  Evidence now tumbling into the public domain suggests Giacalone may have exhausted his tolerance for a rigged inquiry late in January 2016.

FBI, Hillary scandals could have a ripple effect on Wall Street.  Again, if you are investing in US financial markets, keep a close eye on developments regarding the FBI and the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation.  The markets don't like chaos, and that's what we are headed for.  There have been a lot of major developments recently, although most big media organizations are ignoring them.  They will soon regret that.

FBI Missed Clinton Emails Openly Marked Classified, Wanted To Conclude Probe Before IG Caught Mistake.  The FBI didn't notice that some emails from Hillary Clinton's private email server were marked classified with a "(C)" when they were sent — something that seemingly would have been one of the first and most obvious checks in an investigation, and one that FBI agents instantly recognized put the facts at odds with Clinton's public statements.  The Intelligence Community Inspector General spotted it after the FBI missed it, texts between FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, reveal.  "Holy cow," Strzok wrote, "if the FBI missed this, what else was missed?"

IG poised to reignite war over FBI's Clinton case.  Few people have heard of Michael Horowitz, but that's about to change.  Horowitz, the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general, is an increasingly critical player in the controversy surrounding the FBI, President Trump and the Russia investigation.  With little fanfare, he has been conducting a sprawling probe of the FBI's handling of the 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.  His full report, which could set off shockwaves, is expected by the early spring.  A political appointee in both the Bush and Obama administrations, Horowitz's yearlong investigation already reportedly contributed to the early resignation of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.  And his work has been felt in other ways.

Comey Wasn't Snookered, He Knew Russian Doc Was Fake, But Used It As Excuse Anyway.  Earlier this week we reported that because the FBI received a secret Russian document describing an email indicating that the Justice Dept. would not try to hard to win the case against Hillary Clinton, then-FBI director Comey was snookered into making his speech that Ms. Clinton was probably guilty but no prosecutor would press charges against her.  The Washington Post had reported the document was not only unreliable but possibly a Russian ruse "according to people familiar with its contents."  Now CNN reports that Comey wasn't snookered, he knew the document was fake BEFORE he made the speech letting HRC off the hook.  He snookered the FBI, the Justice Dept., and congress by using it as an excuse for making the speech.

Other Secrets of the FBI.  It is a crime to make even an unsworn false statement to the FBI under 18 USC §1001, the False Statement Act.  Oaths are not necessary under this act.  Moreover, oaths are not administered by FBI agents.  It is doubtful that they even could be.  Thus, Mrs. Clinton remains liable under the False Statement Act for any false statements made to the FBI — and not only to the FBI, inasmuch as the statute actually covers statements made to other agencies as well.  For instance, Mrs. Clinton stated to the Inspector General of the State Department that she turned all her government emails over to the Department of State.  Yet the FBI found she did not turn over 17,000 of them.

The Center of the Web.  The conduct of Lynch, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, and others did not occur in a vacuum.  There was a purpose and direction to it.  The first question is, who benefits?  The answer is, Hillary and Obama. [...] This is the worst political scandal in our history.  The president and presidential candidate of the Democratic Party used the FBI and DOJ to help Hillary and attack Trump.  Comey, Strzok, McCabe, Lynch, and others are the "buffers," assisted by much of the media, protecting Obama and Hillary.  The Democrats and their media friends have circled the wagons.

Clinton-Obama Emails:  The Key to Understanding Why Hillary Wasn't Indicted.  From the first, these columns have argued that the whitewash of the Hillary Clinton-emails caper was President Barack Obama's call — not the FBI's, and not the Justice Department's.  The decision was inevitable.  Obama, using a pseudonymous email account, had repeatedly communicated with Secretary Clinton over her private, non-secure email account.  These emails must have involved some classified information, given the nature of consultations between presidents and secretaries of state, the broad outlines of Obama's own executive order defining classified intelligence (see EO 13526, section 1.4), and the fact that the Obama administration adamantly refused to disclose the Clinton-Obama emails.  If classified information was mishandled, it was necessarily mishandled on both ends of these email exchanges.

Texts surface; FBI officials worried abt being too tough on Hillary during email investigation.  After reports surfaced earlier this week that five months of text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page disappeared and several difference excuses later as to how it could have occurred, the DOJ's Inspector General reported earlier today that the text messages are in the process of being recovered.  The result, additional text messages from October 2016 revealed that former FBI Director, James Comey thought that Andrew McCabe should recuse himself from the Clinton investigation... for starters.  Talk about a can of worms.  In the meantime, Progressives are becoming more bitter and hateful by the hour, a true sign of their desperation.

Grassley Releases Strzok-Page Texts Showing FBI Was 'Pulling Punches' In Clinton Probe.  A text message exchange between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page is evidence that the FBI was "pulling punches" in its investigation into Hillary Clinton, a top Republican senator is alleging.  In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, drew attention to a Feb. 25, 2016 text message exchanged between Strzok and Page.  The message was included in seven pages of messages that Grassley released on Thursday.  The Justice Department recently provided six congressional committees with 384 pages of text messages between the pair.

Andrew McCarthy Discusses Why Clinton Email Scandal Was Protected By President Obama Communication.  W.H. "Bill" Priestap is the FBI Head of Counterintelligence.  Priestap was one of the first FBI officials who caught our attention (spring of 2017) because FBI Director James Comey mysteriously pointed a finger upon him during testimony to congress on March 20th, 2017 [Although Comey didn't use Bill Priestap's name, only his position].  James Comey said last year the reason the FBI did not inform congress of the ongoing eight month counterintelligence investigation (required by congressional intelligence oversight), which began in July 2016 into candidate Donald Trump, was because Bill Priestap specifically told Director Comey not to inform congress or intelligence oversight.

The Clinton investigation revisited.  Since early on in the phony baloney Clinton email investigation, Andrew McCarthy has insisted that Madam Hillary was never to be charged.  The rationale is overdetermined, but she would never be charged in part because President Obama was himself implicated in her misconduct.  McCarthy noted that Obama, using a pseudonymous email account, had repeatedly communicated with Clinton over her own non-secure email account.  Today [1/24/2018] McCarthy draws on the latest tranche of Strzok/Page text messages released by Senator Johnson yesterday to revisit and reiterate this basic point.

New Documents Reveal More Instances of Classified Information on Hillary Clinton's Unsecure, Non-'State.gov' System.  Judicial Watch today [1/19/2018] released 78 pages of new documents from the U.S. Department of State containing emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent and received over her unsecure, non-"state.gov" email system.  Three of the email exchanges include classified information.  The emails also reveal that Clinton had detailed knowledge about the security issues with in her non-State Department email system.

GOP House investigators want James Comey to testify on Clinton email investigation.  House Republicans are preparing to ask former FBI Director James Comey to testify as part of the Republican-led probe into the FBI and Justice Department handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  Comey's testimony, if he appeared, would raise the stakes of the joint Judiciary and Oversight Committee investigation into the decision not to charge the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee over classified emails on her private server — and the rare step for Comey to publicly announce Clinton would not be charged — as the probe has become a proxy battle on Capitol Hill between Democrats and Republicans over special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.  Several Republicans told CNN that Comey is a key witness for the investigation, although it's not clear how soon he would be asked to testify.

The FBI Takes a Mulligan.  Last week the FBI announced that it was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private unsecured email system while she was secretary of state and separately reviving the investigation into possibly illegal actions by her and her staff related to donations to the Clinton Foundation in those same years.  It's no wonder that the FBI wants to "take a Mulligan" on both.  The FBI's — meaning then-FBI director James Comey's — bizarre exoneration of Clinton in the former and the Bureau's burial of the latter investigation have done more damage to the FBI's reputation than any other incidents in its history.  A Justice Department Inspector General investigation into the Clinton email mess will soon highlight the ugly facts.  That is probably the reason for the revivals.

The FBI's Dubious Probe of Hillary's Emails.  The FBI did everything but drive Hillary's getaway car.  Former secretary of state Clinton is a free woman largely thanks to the tender loving care that the FBI provided her and her conspirators during its probe of her illegal, unsecure email server and related abuse of government secrets.  GOP lawmakers concluded this after grilling FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe on December 21, behind closed doors, according to John Solomon's molar-grinding exposé in Tuesday's [1/2/2018] The Hill.  "For the first time, investigators say they have secured written evidence that the FBI believed there was evidence that some laws were broken," Solomon reported.  This proof includes what Solomon calls revelations of "irregularities and contradictions" in the FBI's inquiry.

Congressional investigators find irregularities in FBI's handling of Clinton email case.  That evidence includes passages in FBI documents stating the "sheer volume" of classified information that flowed through Clinton's insecure emails was proof of criminality as well as an admission of false statements by one key witness in the case, the investigators said.  The name of the witness is redacted from the FBI documents but lawmakers said he was an employee of a computer firm that helped maintain her personal server after she left office as America's top diplomat and who belatedly admitted he had permanently erased an archive of her messages in 2015 after they had been subpoenaed by Congress.  The investigators also confirmed that the FBI began drafting a statement exonerating Clinton of any crimes while evidence responsive to subpoenas was still outstanding and before agents had interviewed more than a dozen key witnesses.

Now We Know:  FBI Ignored Lawbreaking To Exonerate Hillary Clinton.  Each new revelation about how the FBI handled — or, more appropriately, mishandled — the Clinton email scandal makes it that much clearer that politics trumped law enforcement, even when it involved matters of national security.

New Evidence Found That FBI Investigators Believed "Laws Were Broken" by Hillary Clinton.  In what could be a major black eye for the deep state and yet another nail in the Clinton legacy coffin, The Hill's John Solomon reports that Republicans on key congressional committees say they have uncovered new irregularities and contradictions inside the FBI's probe of Hillary Clinton's email server.

Now We Know:  FBI Ignored Lawbreaking To Exonerate Hillary Clinton.  Each new revelation about how the FBI handled — or, more appropriately, mishandled — the Clinton email scandal makes it that much clearer that politics trumped law enforcement, even when it involved matters of national security.  The Hill's John Solomon reported on Wednesday [1/3/2018] that congressional investigators have turned up evidence that the FBI believed laws had been broken when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aides exchanged a multitude of classified information via email over Clinton's unsecured, home-brew server.

DOJ prepares new probe of Clinton's email server.  The Trump administration is launching another probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state, a new report said Thursday.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions hopes to uncover new details on how Clinton and her aides handled classified material, The Daily Beast reported, citing a source close to the former Alabama senator.  The new probe was prompted by President Trump's repeated calls on Twitter and elsewhere for another FBI investigation into "Crooked Hillary," the source said.

Justice Department reopens Hillary Clinton email investigation.  The Department of Justice has caved to pressure from the White House and is reportedly reopening the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.  According to the Daily Beast, there is a new effort in the department to get new details on how Clinton and her aides — including former top aide Huma Abedin — handled classified material.  The effort will look at how much classified information was on her private email server, and how that information got there.  President Trump has continually questioned if and when the Justice Department would reopen its investigation into Clinton.

Congressional investigators find irregularities in FBI's handling of Clinton email case.  Republicans on key congressional committees say they have uncovered new irregularities and contradictions inside the FBI's probe of Hillary Clinton's email server.  For the first time, investigators say they have secured written evidence that the FBI believed there was evidence that some laws were broken when the former secretary of State and her top aides transmitted classified information through her insecure private email server, lawmakers and investigators told The Hill.  That evidence includes passages in FBI documents stating the "sheer volume" of classified information that flowed through Clinton's insecure emails was proof of criminality as well as an admission of false statements by one key witness in the case, the investigators said.

Republicans claim to have found written evidence that proves the FBI found 'criminality' during the probe of Hillary Clinton's email server.  Republicans have reportedly found written evidence that proves the FBI found 'criminality' during the agency's 2016 probe of Hillary Clinton's email server.  A new report by The Hill claims Republicans on key congressional committees have secured written documentation that the FBI believed there was evidence that some laws were broken when Clinton and her top aides sent classified information through her private email server.  The evidence reportedly includes FBI documents stating the 'sheer volume' of classified information that was transmitted through Clinton's insecure server was proof of criminality.

Jail Hillary and Huma, Not Kristian Saucier.  Most Americans are not familiar with the name of Kristian Saucier, but they should be.  He is the U.S. Navy sailor sentenced to prison for taking pictures inside the nuclear submarine he served in.  He was not a spy for a foreign power.  He had no intent, to coin a phrase, to do anything with these photos except keep them as personal memories of his proud and honorable service. [...] No doubt Saucier watched with bitterly ironic interest as the email scandals involving former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and aide Huma Abedin unfolded with tales of private servers, mishandled classified emails, smashed devices, and scrubbed hard drives.  After all that, despite laying out a case for Hillary's indictment and incarceration, FBI director James Comey, who was writing her exoneration memo before even conducting a sham of an investigation, said no prosecutor worth his salt would bring a case because Hillary lacked "intent" even though the law regarding mishandling of classified information does not require intent.

FBI Knew The 'Bleach Bit' Computer Guy Lied In Clinton Email Testimony, Gave Him Immunity.  The Hill published a story today based on leaks from a recent House Judiciary Committee meeting where FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe discussed elements of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  Republicans on the committee say McCabe outlined some irregularities that suggest the outcome of the investigation was rigged in Clinton's favor.  Among the new findings is that an unnamed tech specialist who used Bleach Bit to wipe Clinton's server after a congressional subpoena was issued admitted lying to the FBI.

Time to Give Clinton's Server Technician the Mueller Treatment.  New Year's Eve gets people thinking about resolutions.  Alas, when a year passes, a mothballed prosecutor finds himself thinking about the statute of limitations.  As 2018 beckons, it has me thinking about Paul Combetta — the Platte River Networks technician who used the "BleachBit" program to destroy thousands of Hillary Clinton's emails when they were under congressional subpoena and preservation orders.  It is not just the tick-tock of the criminal clock that has me thinking about Combetta — about how much longer his obstructive destruction of government files in March 2015 could still be subject to investigation and prosecution.  The statute of limitations is five years.  Time's a-wastin', but there could still be a live case for a while.  The other reason Combetta leaps to the front of the mind is ... Robert Mueller.

Revenge Of The Email Server.  There is more than a little irony in the criticism special counsel Robert Mueller's office is taking over how it came into possession of thousands of emails from the Trump transition team.  After all, the route to Mueller's appointment began with Hillary Clinton's misbegotten decisions to house her own emails as secretary of state on a private server, and then to obliterate some 30,000 that she and her lawyers deemed "personal" before turning over the balance to their rightful owner, the U.S. government.  A series of hacks, blamed by U.S. intelligence on Russian operatives, targeted various Democratic officials during the 2016 presidential campaign, and at one point Trump himself seemingly encouraged hackers from Russia (or anywhere else) to retrieve and disclose those 30,000 missing emails if they could.  It never happened, but there were enough other embarrassing disclosures to prompt Democratic accusations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, which ultimately led to Mueller's appointment.

The quiet probe into Clinton email investigation could be a landmine for Robert Mueller.  In early January, news that the Justice Department's inspector general launched an investigation into the government's disputed handling of the Hillary Clinton email inquiry was quickly overtaken by the chaotic run-up to President Trump's inauguration.  Nearly a year later, Inspector General Michael Horowitz's wide-ranging review of the FBI and Justice's work in the politically-charged Clinton case now looms as a potential landmine for Russia special counsel Robert Mueller.  For months, Horowitz's investigation — which has amassed interviews with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former FBI Director James Comey and other key officials — had been grinding on in near anonymity.  That is, until earlier this month when the inspector general acknowledged that Mueller was alerted to a cache of text messages exchanged between two FBI officials on his staff that disparaged Trump.

Facing Republican attacks, FBI's deputy director plans to retire early next year.  Andrew McCabe, the FBI's deputy director who has been the target of Republican critics for more than a year, plans to retire in a few months when he becomes fully eligible for pension benefits, according to people familiar with the matter.  McCabe spent hours in Congress this past week, facing questions behind closed doors from members of three committees.  Republicans said they were dissatisfied with his answers; Democrats called it a partisan hounding.  McCabe, 49, holds a unique position in the political firestorm surrounding the FBI.  He was former director James B. Comey's right-hand man, a position that involved him in most of the FBI's actions that vex President Trump and in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state, a matter that still riles Democrats.

The Scheme to Exonerate Hillary Clinton Blows Wide Open:  Comey, McCabe and Strzok Implicated.  The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has discovered that edits made to former FBI Director James Comey's statement exonerating Hillary Clinton for transmitting classified info over an unsecured, private email server went far beyond what was previously known, as detailed in a Thursday letter from committee chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) to FBI Director Christopher Wray.  The letter reveals specific edits made by senior FBI agents when Deputy Director Andr ew McCabe exchanged drafts of Comey's statement with senior FBI officials, including Peter Strzok, Strzok's direct supervisor, E.W. "Bill" Priestap, Jonathan Moffa, and an unnamed employee from the Office of General Counsel (identified by Newsweek as DOJ Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson) — in what was a coordinated conspiracy among top FBI brass to decriminalize Clinton's conduct by changing legal terms and phrases, omitting key information, and minimizing the role of the Intelligence Community in the email investigation.  Doing so virtually guaranteed one thing:  That then-Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton would not be prosecuted for her criminal actions.

Yes, Investigate the Investigators.  Everything that has happened in the Trump probe stands out against a backdrop of leniency in the Clinton investigation.  While Mueller has prosecuted two Trump associates for lying to the FBI, the Obama Justice Department gave a pass to Mrs. Clinton and her subordinates, who gave the FBI misinformation about such key matters as whether Clinton understood markings in classified documents and whether her aides knew about her homebrew server system during their State Department service.  Mueller's team conducted a predawn raid at gunpoint in executing a search warrant on Paul Manafort's home while Manafort was cooperating with congressional committees.  When it came to the Clinton case, though, the Justice Department not only eschewed search warrants, or even mere subpoenas, but they never even took possession of the DNC server alleged to have been hacked by Russian operatives.  The irregularities in the Clinton-emails investigation are breathtaking:  the failure to use the grand jury to compel the production of key physical evidence; the Justice Department's collaboration with defense lawyers to restrict the FBI's ability to pursue obvious lines of inquiry and examine digital evidence; immunity grants to suspects who should have been charged with crimes and pressured to cooperate; allowing subjects of the investigation to be present for each other's FBI interviews and even to act as lawyers for Clinton, in violation of legal and ethical rules; Comey's preparation of a statement exonerating Clinton months before the investigation was complete and key witnesses — including Clinton herself — were interviewed; and the shameful tarmac meeting between Obama attorney general Loretta Lynch and Mrs. Clinton's husband just days before Mrs. Clinton sat for a perfunctory FBI interview (after which Comey announced the decision not to charge her).

Mueller's 'Right-Hand Man' on Russia Probe Represented Clinton IT Aide Who Set Up Unsecure Server.  Yet another key member of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe appears to have deep ties to the Democratic Party.  Aaron Zebley served previously as Mueller's chief of staff at the FBI and as a senior counselor in the National Security Division at the Department of Justice.  He also served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the National Security and Terrorism Unit in Alexandria, Virginia.  He is often referred to in the media as Mueller's "right-hand man."  Also, in 2015 when he was a lawyer, he represented Justin Cooper, the IT staffer who personally set up Hillary Clinton's unsecure server in her Chappaqua home, Fox News' Tucker Carlson revealed on his show Thursday [12/7/2017].

New documents reveal FBI's Clinton cover-up.  In Washington, the ostensible story is rarely the real story.  We know, for example, that former President Clinton engineered a meeting with President Obama's attorney general, Loretta Lynch, on the tarmac of the Phoenix Airport on June 27, 2016.  That's the official story, replete with the charming and intentionally disarming detail that all they talked about was their grandchildren.  It was just coincidental, don't you know, that at the time the FBI was looking into Hillary Clinton's use of a "personal" email server to send, receive and store classified information.  And it was also simply coincidental that just a few days later, the director of the FBI — who served under Attorney General Lynch — announced that he wouldn't recommend a prosecution of Hillary Clinton.

Tom Fitton:  We're Going to Find Out the FBI and DOJ Were Ruined Trying to Protect Hillary Clinton.  President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton dropped a truth bomb — the FBI and DOJ were ruined trying to protect Hillary Clinton.  The root of this evil is Hillary and Obama.

Hillary lackeys warned she would fire me as soon as she was elected for blowing whistle on her secret server reveals government inspector.  Former Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough III said his job security had been threatened after he exposed Hillary Clinton for having 'Top Secret' emails on her unsecured server.  'I was told that we would be the first two to be fired with her administration,' McCullough said of himself and a colleague to Fox News, in an interview that aired Monday [11/27/2017].

Obama IG guy flags 'strategic coordination' of State, Clinton on emails.  Here's something you don't hear every day — but an inspector general who was actually appointed by Barack Obama told Tucker Carlson of Fox News that there was "strategic coordination" taking place among the State Department, Campaign Team Hillary Clinton, certain key legal minds and politicos on Capitol Hill, regarding the behind-scenes talk of The Emails.  Yes, those emails — the ones that were marked classified and top secret and that were found on Clinton's private and unsecured email system.

Intelligence Community Chief Inspector General Outlines Politicization of Clinton Email Investigation.  Inspector General Charles McCullough III was the top of the IG office in direct oversight of 17 intelligence agencies including Treasury and FBI.  In his position Mr. McCullough was directly responsible for oversight of the Hillary Clinton email investigation from the position of reviewing any potential risk to the entire intelligence community.  McCullough's direct boss was the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), James Clapper.  McCullough informed Clapper of the "above top secret' content of Hillary Clinton's emails.  However, soon after sharing that information McCullough received instructions to stop briefing James Clapper.  Continued briefing would remove the necessary 'plausible deniability' Clapper, James Comey (FBI) and John Brennan (CIA) would later use to defend their actions in the investigation.

'Blowback': Clinton campaign planned to fire me over email probe, Obama intel watchdog says.  A government watchdog who played a central role in the Hillary Clinton email investigation during the Obama administration told Fox News that he, his family and his staffers faced an intense backlash at the time from Clinton allies — and that the campaign even put out word that it planned to fire him if the Democratic presidential nominee won the 2016 election.

House Conservatives Call for Full Review of DOJ Handling of Clinton Email Probe.  If House conservatives get their way, Congress will soon be investigating whether the Justice Department gave 2016 Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton special treatment during its investigation into her improper use of an unsecure email server while secretary of state.  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) announced on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" Friday that he and his colleagues (presumably from the House Conservative Caucus) are calling for "a full review by the Judiciary Committee of the processes and procedures that potentially gave Hillary Clinton a different process and a different standard of justice than would be applied to any other American."  Gaetz said that the evidence now shows that the FBI gave the Clinton email probe "special status."

New Classified Clinton Emails.  While there are now belated rumbles in Washington about a Department of Justice investigation of Hillary Clinton's email practices, we continue to steadily discover for you and the American people the nature of the corruption going on behind the scenes at her State Department.  This week we released 109 pages of Hillary Clinton emails from her tenure as secretary of state.  The documents include two email exchanges classified confidential and a 2011 exchange with Sid Blumenthal about "serious trouble for the Libyan rebels."  The newly produced emails were part of 72,000 pages of documents the FBI recovered last year in its investigation into Clinton's use of an unsecure, non-government email system.  The records include emails Hillary Clinton attempted to delete or did not otherwise disclose.  These emails are also available on the State Department's website.

The Trump Collusion Case Is Not Getting the Clinton Emails Treatment.  [Scroll down]  Lest we forget, President Obama had endorsed Mrs. Clinton, his former secretary of state and his party's nominee, to be president.  Moreover, Obama had knowingly participated in the conduct for which Clinton was under investigation — using a pseudonym in communicating with her about classified government business over an unsecure private communication system.  Obama prejudiced the emails investigation.  Long before it was formally ended, he publicly pronounced Clinton innocent.

Federal judge tosses suit, says FBI did all it could on Clinton emails.  A federal judge tossed a lawsuit Thursday [11/9/2017] that would have pushed the State Department and FBI to do more to try to track down Hillary Clinton's emails, ruling the government has done all it reasonably could to locate the former secretary of state's messages.  Two watchdog groups, Judicial Watch and Cause of Action, had sued in 2015 demanding the government recover all of Mrs. Clinton's emails, saying she violated open-records laws by not preserving her messages.  U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg, though, said the FBI did what it could, and did manage to recover thousands of messages Mrs. Clinton didn't return herself.  "Those efforts went well beyond the mine-run search for missing federal records ... and were largely successful, save for some emails sent during a two-month stretch.  Even then, the FBI pursued every imaginable avenue to recover the missing emails," wrote Judge Boasberg, an Obama appointee to the court.

House to investigate Justice Department's handling of Hillary Clinton email scandal.  A pair of senior House Republicans have opened a joint investigation into the Justice Department's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, the lawmakers announced Tuesday [10/24/2017].  The probe will be conducted by two congressional panels responsible for overseeing the Justice Department and government operations in general.  The investigators will review then-FBI Director James Comey's various decisions pertaining to the Clinton investigation, such as his unusual announcement that she should not face indictment.

Judicial Watch Rips State Department for Not Releasing Clinton Emails.  Hillary Clinton might be long gone from Foggy Bottom, but a conservative watchdog group Monday accused the State Department of running interference for its former secretary.  Judicial Watch, which sued in 2015 for the release of emails related to the FBI's investigation into Clinton's use of a private server, reacted Monday [10/23/2017] to the State Department's admission that it has yet to process 40,000 of 72,000 pages of records that investigators reviewed as part of its probe.

State Dept Admits There are 40,000 Pages of Clinton Emails They Haven't Even Looked At.  So far, the State Department has processed more than 32,000 pages of Hillary Clinton's emails as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.  At a recent court hearing, however, the Department acknowledged that this isn't even half of the total number of records that they have to release.  According to a press release from the organization, the State Department admitted in federal court that they still have 40,000 pages of emails that they still have to go through.  "Secretary Tillerson should be asked why his State Department is still sitting on a motherlode of Clinton emails," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.  "It is disheartening that an administration elected to 'drain the swamp' is stalling the release of documents to protect Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration."  The State Department, for their part, said that they are dedicating additional resources to reviewing the documents, which are stored on 7 FBI discs.

Trump calls James Comey's investigation of Hillary Clinton 'obviously a fix'.  Donald Trump suggested in tweets early on Wednesday that former FBI director James Comey had decided to spare Hillary Clinton from prosecution "long before investigation was complete" into her government email practices, calling the process "a fix".  "FBI confirms report that James Comey drafted letter exonerating Crooked Hillary Clinton long before investigation was complete," Trump tweeted, continuing, "Many people not interviewed, including Clinton herself.  Comey stated under oath that he didn't do this-obviously a fix?  Where is Justice Dept?"  Trump was referring to documents released by the FBI on Monday which show that Comey had composed a draft entitled:  "Drafts of Director Comey's July 5, 2016 Statement Regarding Email Server Investigation Part 01 of 01" about two months before the statement was actually made and before Clinton was interviewed.

Gowdy wants Comey to testify again following Clinton email draft release.  Following the FBI's release of documents confirming that former FBI Director James Comey began drafting a letter on the Hillary Clinton email investigation months before completing several interviews, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. said Comey needs to testify before Congress again.  Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee and a member of the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committee, told Fox News' Bret Baier on "Special Report" Tuesday night [10/17/2017] that "for a number of reasons" Comey should return to Capitol Hill and the committees needed to further examine the FBI memos before he did.

Court Will Review Clinton Emails over Objections of Tillerson State Department and Sessions Justice Department.  Judicial Watch announced today [9/28/2017] that a federal judge will personally review, in camera, redacted material from emails discussing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of iPads and iPhones during her tenure at the State Department.  Judge Kollar-Kotelly also ordered the State Department to file an affidavit addressing why it should not have to search new Clinton emails recovered.  In taking these steps, the court rejected arguments by the Tillerson State Department and its lawyers at the Sessions Justice Department.  The court will review the blacked-out information so as to better ascertain whether the government misconduct exception would require the release of the full emails.

Here's more evidence Team Hillary tried to destroy.  Something Else Happened the week of Hillary Clinton's book launch: the release of more "lost" e-mails that further highlight her corrupt ways.  The watchdogs at Judicial Watch shared 1,600 fresh e-mails released thanks to their Freedom of Information lawsuits — missives that Clinton & Co. failed to turn over from her private servers, but which the feds recovered from other sources.  The e-mails contain new examples of the Clinton Foundation requesting and receiving State Department favors, plus more cases of classified information being sent through unsecure, non-state.gov accounts.  This latest dump, notes Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, shows foundation honcho Doug Band working with Clinton aide Huma Abedin to get favors for donors, from visas to Cuba to meetings in Singapore.

The Deep State Wraps Its Protective Cocoon Around Hillary Clinton.  The Department of Justice still has a lot of Clinton people in there, and they're in there for this exact reason.  These people, they go to Ivy League schools or wherever, and they are trained and this is their purpose.  They grow up, they are raised — and then they are educated — to become part of government, to advance a particular political point of view.  And that's what they do, and they don't think twice about it.  And it would be impossible to root all of them out, in this amount of time, if it were even an objective, and I don't think that it is.  But a great example what you're talking about is somebody went to the FBI — it might have been Judicial Watch or some special interest group — and made a Freedom of Information Act request for more Hillary Clinton emails.  And the FBI said, "Nah, we don't think anybody cares.  "There's not a valid public interest, so we're not gonna make them available."  Not a valid public interest?  She had an illegal server.  She almost could have been charged with felonious criminal behavior in this, and they're saying there's not a big public interest?

'Pay-to-play' at Clinton State Department exposed in new emails, watchdog says.  Newly disclosed emails expose fresh examples of "pay to play" at the Clinton State Department, a conservative watchdog group said Thursday [9/14/2017].  The emails, from Clinton aide Huma Abedin's account, were among 1,600 documents turned over by the State Department in connection with Judicial Watch's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.  Judicial Watch said the documents reveal Clinton Foundation friends requesting and receiving favors from the State Department.  "The emails show 'what happened' was that Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin obviously violated laws about the handling of classified information and turned the State Department into a pay for play tool for the corrupt Clinton Foundation," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said, in a swipe at Clinton's newly released campaign memoir "What Happened."

New Hillary Emails Warrant Special Prosecutor.  New emails unearthed by Judicial Watch confirm that the Clinton Foundation was in fact a pay-to-play influence peddling operation far more worthy of a special prosecutor than imaginary Russians colluding under Trump Administration beds.  It is time for President Trump to keep the promise he made in the presidential debate to indict Hillary Clinton for her crimes. [...] Clinton played a pivotal role in the Uranium One deal which ended up giving Russian interests control of 20 percent of our uranium supply in exchange for donations of $145 million to the Clinton Foundation.  That, ladies and gentlemen, is a federal crime.

Hillary Clinton Admits She Emailed Over 100 Government Employees from Private Server.  Hillary Clinton admitted in her latest memoir released Tuesday that she emailed more than one hundred government employees from her private email server, including correspondence with White House officials.  Clinton further wrote that she received assistance from the Information Technology (IT) department of the State Department when it came to using her infamous Blackberry device.  Clinton was offering the information in defense of her illicit email setup, arguing that she made no attempt to keep her private email server a secret.

New Clinton Emails Uncovered, Reveal Additional Mishandling of Classified Information.  Judicial Watch today [9/14/2017] released 1,617 new pages of documents from the U.S. Department of State revealing numerous additional examples of classified information being transmitted through the unsecure, non-state.gov account of Huma Abedin, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's deputy chief of staff, as well as many instances of Hillary Clinton donors receiving special favors from the State Department.  The documents included 97 email exchanges with Clinton not previously turned over to the State Department, bringing the known total to date to at least 627 emails that were not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over, and further contradicting a statement by Clinton that, "as far as she knew," all of her government emails had been turned over to department.

Trump prods State Department to stop delaying release of Clinton emails.  The White House has been privately urging the State Department to speed up its protracted process for releasing Hillary Clinton's still-undisclosed emails. [...] The pressure from the White House may be working.  On Thursday, the State Department released a batch of Clinton-related emails that show how she honored requests from Clinton Foundation and campaign donors to pull some strings.  The department turned over to Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group, 1,617 pages of documents, including 97 email exchanges not previously disclosed.

Investigation into Clinton lawyers accused of deleting emails is ordered.  A Maryland county judge has ordered the state bar to investigate three lawyers accused of deleting thousands of Hillary Clinton's emails.  Circuit Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. ruled Monday [9/11/2017] that the Attorney Grievance Commission and Office of Bar Counsel Maryland Office of Bar Counsel must look into complaints against Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson and David E. Kendall, citing "allegations of destroying evidence," according to the Washington Times.  The ruling came after Ty Clevenger, an attorney in New York City, filed the complaint.  He recently was denied files from the FBI related to Clinton's email investigation, due to what the bureau called a lack of public interest.

FINALLY: Judge Orders Probe Into Hillary Clinton Lawyers Over Destroyed Emails.  A Circuit Court judge in Maryland has ordered the state bar to open investigations into three lawyers who allegedly deleted thousands of Hillary Clinton's emails.  Overruling lawyers representing the state, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. said the complaints lodged against top Clinton lawyers David E. Kendall, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson could not be dismissed as frivolous.  "There are allegations of destroying evidence," Judge Harris said at a hearing on Monday [9/11/2017].  He said that investigations must be conducted if the allegations have merit.

Lawyer Says FBI Covering 'Rear End' By Not Releasing Clinton Emails.  Lawyer Ty Clevenger says the FBI is desperately trying to cover its tracks by not releasing former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails.  Clevenger spoke with Tucker Carlson on Fox News Thursday night [9/7/2017] about his efforts to gain access through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.  That request was denied and the lawyer said he originally wondered if former president Barack Obama was still running the FBI.  The FBI told him that his request "wasn't in the public interest."  "They're saying the public doesn't care," Clevenger added.

Time For A Full-Scale Investigation — Maybe Even A Special Counsel — On Hillary, Obama, and Comey.  Last week, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) released news that they'd found evidence that in April and May 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey prepared a statement letting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton off the hook for her alleged mistreatment of classified information.  As the senators noted, "As of early May 2016, the FBI had not yet interviewed Secretary Clinton.  Moreover, it had yet to finish interviewing sixteen other key witnesses, including Cheryl Mills, Bryan Pagliano, Heather Samuelson, Justin Cooper and John Bentel.  These individuals had intimate and personal knowledge relating to Secretary Clinton's non-government server, including helping her build and administer the device."  This is patently insane.  It's particularly insane given the fact that Comey posed for years as a by-the-book, no-nonsense advocate for the law.  But the fact is that Comey knew that no matter what happened, Attorney General Loretta Lynch would exonerate Hillary Clinton, and so he decided to take the heat off of Lynch and President Obama by putting his reputation on the line on their behalf.

Comey and Clinton:  Rigged from the beginning.  Newly disclosed evidence that then-FBI Director James Comey began working on a statement to reject criminal charges against former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton months before she and other key witnesses were interviewed by the FBI shows that President Trump was right to fire Comey.  The evidence proves that Trump and his supporters were correct to say throughout the presidential campaign that Washington operates on a "rigged" crony system that serves the interests of the powerful and rewards corporate globalists to the detriment of the American people.  As evidence of the rigged system, voters sided with Trump during the campaign in often citing Clinton's apparent immunity from consequences regarding her unsavory acts as secretary of state, especially her hidden emails on a private server, as well as corrupt Clinton Foundation dealings.

Was Obama Involved in Comey's Fix on Hillary's Emails?  With the new revelation that fired FBI Director James Comey began writing the draft of the Hillary Clinton investigation and the forthcoming exoneration before concluding the investigation, it begs the question, "What did Obama know and when did he know it?"  Follow me on this.  In April, Comey began drafting his statement finding Hillary committed no crimes.  Seventeen witnesses had not even been interviewed yet.  That includes Hillary herself.

Release Clinton email probe details, judge orders FBI.  A federal judge has ordered the FBI to disclose more details on how the agency handled Hillary Clinton's secret email account.  U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg said court papers that describe the grand jury subpoenas the FBI obtained to press for information from Clinton's internet service providers can be made available to the public, the Washington Times reported.  "After reviewing the document in camera, the court concludes that it largely rehashes information already made public, thus obviating any need for secrecy," the judge said.  Two groups, Judicial Watch and Cause of Action Institute, have been pressing the government for more information about the Clinton emails, and they say the ruling is a victory for transparency.

Federal judge to FBI: Yeah, no, you have to release the Hillary e-mail documents.  [Scroll down]  I suspect that's exactly how President Trump feels about it.  We've seen since the day the president took office that the deep state bureaucracies within the executive branch have an agenda to undermine and sabotage his leadership, and it's clear that the FBI's established leadership has been looking to protect Hillary from the beginning of this matter.  That includes James Comey, by the way, who we now learn had made the decision to let Hillary skate months before the investigation was even concluded.

Judge orders feds to release details of FBI's Clinton email probe.  A federal judge ordered the FBI Thursday [8/31/2017] to disclose more details about how it handled its investigation into Hillary Clinton's secret email account.  U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg said court papers describing the grand jury subpoenas the FBI obtained to compel information from Mrs. Clinton's Internet service providers can be made public.  In doing so, he overruled objections by the Trump administration that had insisted making the information public would violate grand jury secrecy rules.

James Comey started drafting statement exonerating Hillary Clinton before FBI interviewed her, aides.  Former FBI Director James Comey started to draft a statement exonerating Hillary Clinton in the bureau's investigation into her use of a private email server before the FBI interviewed her or her key witnesses, the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday [8/31/2017].  "Conclusion first, fact-gathering second — that's no way to run an investigation.  The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy," Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a letter to the FBI.  The Judiciary Committee reviewed transcripts, which were heavily redacted, indicating Comey began drafting the exoneration statement in April or May 2016, before the FBI interviewed up to 17 key witnesses, including Clinton and some of her close aides.

Will Justice Come For IRS Lawbreakers At Last?  As reported by the Washington Examiner, Judge Reggie B. Walton of the Washington, D.C., District Court last week revived legal attention to the scandal, telling the IRS it has to reveal the names of IRS employees who targeted conservative, libertarian and Tea Party groups.  But Walton didn't stop there.  He also gave the IRS until Oct. 16 to find all the records in IRS databases from May 2009 to March 2015 that are relevant to the case and to explain just why these groups were targeted.  All of this is the result of a suit against the IRS brought in 2013 by True the Vote and 38 other groups.

FBI says lack of public interest in Hillary emails justifies withholding documents.  Hillary Clinton's case isn't interesting enough to the public to justify releasing the FBI's files on her, the bureau said this week in rejecting an open-records request by a lawyer seeking to have the former secretary of state punished for perjury.  Ty Clevenger has been trying to get Mrs. Clinton and her personal attorneys disbarred for their handling of her official emails during her time as secretary of state.  He's met with resistance among lawyers, and now his request for information from the FBI's files has been shot down.

Comey botched the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  [Scroll down]  Never, I repeat never, in my 25-year career have I or any FBI agent known to me investigated a criminal case without the use of a federal grand jury, federal grand jury subpoenas, search warrants, etc.  Search warrants and/or subpoenas should have been executed at Clinton's residences in Chappaqua and Washington and at Platte River Networks.  In fact, Comey frequently cites his vast experience.  Well, I am certain that in every case with which he was involved (except this one, conveniently) he employed the use of a federal grand jury and all of the authority that encompasses.  Comey's parsing of words to justify his cowardly decision was awkward and juvenile.

Clinton email case far from closure as FBI hands over more classified documents to State.  The Hillary Clinton email fiasco isn't ending anytime soon, with State Department officials saying they have no idea when they will finish sorting though and releasing the previously hidden messages.  More classified documents that the former secretary of state improperly handled keep coming to light.  The Trump administration doesn't even know if it has hunted down every trace of the emails that Mrs. Clinton — a former first lady, U.S. senator, top diplomat and Democratic presidential nominee — sent from a secret email server stashed in her home.  "At this time, we do not have an estimate for completion of processing all of these documents," a State Department official told The Washington Times.

Federal Judge Orders State Dept To Search Hillary Aides' Accounts For Benghazi Records.  The search for State Department emails regarding the Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks received a boost this week when a federal judge ordered the agency to search the government email accounts of several Hillary Clinton aides.  Washington D.C. District Court Judge Amit Mehta, an Obama appointee, ordered State to search the accounts of Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan, Clinton's top aides at the State Department, in response to a lawsuit filed by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.  Mehta said that the State Department did not do enough to search for all emails it has on its computer systems regarding the Benghazi attacks, which left four Americans dead.

A Plea Bargain for Hillary?  The Justice Department has reopened the investigation of Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified material on her private email system while she was secretary of state, and is considering offering her a plea bargain if she will agree to plead guilty to charges of breaking the law, according to a Clinton attorney.  The discussion of a plea bargain took place late last month and was offered by a high-ranking Justice Department official to the Clinton lawyer.

Federal Judge Orders State Department to Search for Clinton's Benghazi Emails.  Nine months after Hillary Clinton was defeated by Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, a federal judge is ordering the State Department to make another attempt in locating Clinton's missing emails about the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack. [...] Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, said the State Department's initial search was not good enough because it didn't search the email accounts of Clinton's top aides for relevant messages pertaining to Benghazi.  Mehta, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, agreed with Judicial Watch in a 10-page ruling.

Hillary's deleted emails are still floating around somewhere.  Hillary's e-mails pose several problems.  The biggest one is the fact that they are not "missing," even though everyone assumes they are.  As I've written before, a very good source says they are in the possession of American intelligence agencies.  How?  Spies spy on each other.  So the Russians stole Hillary's BlackBerry password a long time ago and were reading and copying her mail.  But the US National Security Agency was hacking the Russians while Hillary's e-mails were being taken.  In fact, as I've written before, those e-mails were offered to the FBI but then-Director James Comey turned them down.  If Congress persists on an investigation Hillary's e-mails are bound to show up.

Judge reinvigorates bar grievance against Clinton lawyers.  A Maryland judge has allowed a grievance to move forward against Hillary Clinton's lawyers, saying the bar's refusal to investigate the lawyers seems to violate the state's policy.  Ty Clevenger, the lawyer who filed the grievance, called the decision last week by Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Ronald A. Silkworth a surprise victory.  It's the latest twist in the fallout from Mrs. Clinton's secret email server, which she used during her time in the State Department.

Proliferating Scandals Make Mueller Investigation Ludicrous.  [Scandal #5] The Lynch Non-Mob:  Our previous attorney general has so much more to answer for than our current one — the tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton, insisting the case of the massive Hillary email erasures was a "matter" and not an "investigation" when the alleged crimes would almost certainly send a civilian to jail for life.  This undoubtedly contributed to the bizarre behavior of James Comey and to the fact that so much about this "matter" was never truly investigated, tarnishing the FBI's reputation perhaps forever.  A lot of Republicans think this was a big-time coverup and there's more evidence for that than there is for Trump-Russia collusion, miles more.  (Comic relief:  Lanny Davis still insisting on Fox the other night that the 30,000 plus erased emails were about yoga lessons.)

The State Department said there's less urgency to release Clinton's emails due to low interest.  The State Department argued at a federal hearing Thursday that its ability to process the 100,000 Hillary Clinton emails ordered released under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit has been hindered by a lack of manpower due to a "hiring freeze" and that the urgency to release the documents has been diminished by the public's lack of interest in the subject, according to the watchdog group that won the lawsuit for the document's release.  But Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that sued the State Department in May 2015 for the thousands of emails and documents, isn't buying it.

What campaign wouldn't seek motherlode of Clinton emails?  The public learned on March 10, 2015 that Hillary Clinton had more than 60,000 emails on her private email system, and that she had turned over "about half" of them to the State Department and destroyed the rest, which she said were "personal" and "not in any way related" to her work as Secretary of State.  The public learned later the lengths to which Clinton went to make sure the "personal" emails were completely and permanently deleted.  Her team used a commercial-strength program called BleachBit to erase all traces of the emails, and they used hammers to physically destroy mobile devices that might have had the emails on them.  The person who did the actual deleting later cited legal privileges and the Fifth Amendment to avoid talking to the FBI and Congress.

New Information In A Bizarre Story About A Quest To Hunt Down Hillary Clinton's Deleted Emails.  Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal broke the story that a longtime political operative named Peter Smith formed a team of researchers, investigators, computer experts and attorneys to obtain 33,000 emails that Clinton deleted from the email server she used as secretary of state.  Smith hoped to show that Clinton's server had been hacked, an allegation she repeatedly denied during the campaign.  The Journal report was particularly intriguing because Smith, who died in May at the age of 81, suggested to associates that retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn may have been involved in the Clinton email hunt.

Hillary's Emails, The Gift That Keeps On Giving.  [Scroll down]  Adding to the cloud of suspicion that surrounds Lynch is the now infamous half-hour meeting she had with Bill Clinton on a Phoenix tarmac, just days before Hillary was scheduled to testify before the FBI. Lynch alleged that she merely discussed innocuous things like "grandchildren" and "golf." Sure she did! [...] Lynch's disquieting evasiveness on such a simple matter likely means that she had no interest or desire to review the evidence.  All that mattered was that Clinton was exonerated and she had secured a cushy spot for herself in the next administration.  But Lynch's days of obfuscation are numbered.  The Senate is now actively investigating her actions pertaining to the email probe.  On June 23, the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Lynch directing her to disclose any communications she had with the Clinton campaign or DNC staffers in connection with the email investigation.  Letters were also sent to other Democratic Party insiders named by Comey[,] including Clinton staffer Amanda Renteria as well as Leonard Benardo and Gail Scovell of George Soros' Open Society Foundations.

Did Loretta Lynch Try to Stifle the Clinton Email Probe?  Senators Send Her Questions.  The Senate Judiciary Committee is probing alleged political interference by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  Last Thursday [6/22/2017], two Republicans and two Democrats on the committee sent letters to four people, including Lynch.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Ranking Member Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) signed the letters, all pointing to an April 22, 2017 New York Times report that said the FBI obtained an email or memo "written by a Democratic operative who expressed confidence that Ms. Lynch would keep the Clinton investigation from going too far."

The Rise and Fall of James Comey.  [Scroll down]  During this period Hillary maintained a commanding lead in the polls in any head-to-head match-up with the Republican front runner, Donald Trump.  Virtually all the cognoscenti in Washington were convinced she would win the presidency.  Apparently so did James Comey.  For someone whose career was made on the dogged pursuit of convictions at any cost using, if necessary, the bludgeon of obstruction of justice, he was extraordinarily passive.  Particularly considering there were innumerable examples of pre-meditated destruction of evidence.  He also severely limited the FBI data searches on Clinton staff members computers then ordered them destroyed.  A technician who erased evidence and lied to the FBI even after receiving immunity was given a pass by Comey.

Judicial Watch's Fitton:  Reopen Hillary Email Investigation.  A new investigation should be launched into Hillary Clinton's use of a private server as secretary of state now that a set of new emails have been uncovered, Tom Fitton, president of the government watchdog, told Newsmax TV.  "These are emails that we didn't know about before," Fitton told host Bill Tucker on Monday's "America Talks Live."  "Mrs. Clinton said she turned them all over.  Obviously she didn't, so we should be questioning whether she was telling the truth under oath to Congress.

Judicial Watch Forced to Sue Tillerson State Department to Release All Hillary Emails.  Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a motion in opposition to the Tillerson State Department's motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its failure to take any action to recover emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other employees unlawfully removed from the agency.  The lawsuit seeks to force State Department compliance with the Federal Records Act (FRA).  The Trump administration continues to object to taking this strong action to recover Clinton's emails.  On April 30, 2015, Judicial Watch sued former Secretary John Kerry after the State Department failed to take action on a letter sent to Kerry "notifying him of the unlawful removal of the Clinton emails and requesting that he initiate enforcement action pursuant to the [Federal Records Act]," including working through the Attorney General to recover the emails.

Trump Has Dirt on Comey:  Strategic Firing of Swamp Rat James Comey.  As head of the FBI, Comey (and his lackeys in key positions) deliberately screwed up the investigation into Hillary's use of a private server and her plain violation of national security law on classified information.  The investigation was deliberately mishandled in every aspect.  Comey gave immunity to all of Hillary's lackeys, did not use subpoenas or warrants, lost evidence, allowed the destruction of evidence, failed to do any searches or seizures of evidence, did not use a grand jury, did not swear witnesses, did not record testimony, allowed attorneys to represent multiple suspects (corrupting the testimony).  Everything that could be done to ruin the FBI investigation and to cover for Hillary was done.  A "slam-dunk" case became a mess.  Immunity was given every witness even though they provided no help.  Maybe more importantly, by focusing the FBI on the email scandal, attention was drawn away from the much bigger scandal of the Clinton Foundation that could bring down a huge number of corrupt politicians, lobbyists, and even governments.

Judicial Watch obtains new classified Clinton emails.  A nonprofit legal watchdog claimed Thursday [6/1/2017] that newly unearthed documents show Hillary Clinton sent and received more classified information on her private server than previously known, and that the papers also show top aide Huma Abedin did favors for Clinton Foundation insiders.  Judicial Watch released more than 2,000 pages of documents it obtained pursuant to a May 5, 2015 court order, after filing a lawsuit against the State Department for failing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.  The new documents included 115 Clinton email exchanges that were not previously turned over by the State Department.

Donald Trump firing Comey has Republicans calling for official investigation — into Clinton's emails.  Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey has left many conservatives hoping the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server can be reopened.  Lots of Republicans, and others on the right, were furious when Mr Comey announced last summer, that after probing her actions, he had decided against bringing criminal charges.  The decision infuriated Donald Trump and his supporters, who started to to chant "lock her up" at his election rallies.  During one of the three presidential debates, Mr Trump even vowed to investigate her behaviour if he was elected.  "If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there has never been so many lies, so much deception," he said.

Inept or crooked, Comey deserved to be fired.  While President Donald J. Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey on May 9, Barack Obama should have sacked him July 5.  Comey's behavior in the E-mailgate investigation suggests either staggering incompetence or a clumsy effort to whitewash Hillary Clinton's crimes.  During Clinton's July 2 interrogation at FBI headquarters, she was not under oath.  How could the FBI possibly reach in its probe "the last step of a year-long investigation" — as Comey described it at a July 7 House Government Oversight Committee hearing — without a potential perjury conviction hanging over her head?  Given Clinton's peanut-allergy-like aversion to the truth, not swearing her in confirmed either the FBI's grotesque ineptness or a deliberate loophole to allow her to slither free.

Obama White House counsel part of early talks on Clinton email release, notes show.  The Obama administration's White House counsel was directly involved in deliberations over the release of Hillary Clinton emails as early as spring 2015, according to handwritten FBI agent notes released by the bureau late Friday [5/5/2017].  The notes read:  "Pat Kennedy (early May '15) calls interagency MTG (meeting) re: scheduled release by JAN '16, asking quick turnarounds - WH Counsel, CIA, etc...OSD, DNI, NSC and (redacted)"  The notes offer a raw account of the case from the perspective of FBI agents.  Much of the content already had been documented in previously released FBI interview summaries, called 302s.  The reference to "Counsel," however, appears to be the earliest confirmation of White House involvement.

New Huma Abedin Emails Reveal 29 Previously Undisclosed Clinton Emails With Classified Information.  The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch released State Department documents on Tuesday [5/2/2017] revealing 29 email correspondences between Hillary Clinton and her aide Huma Abedin containing classified information.  Judicial Watch revealed new documents from the email accounts of Abedin that were obtained in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from March 18, 2015.  The emails ranged from January 1, 2009 through February 1, 2013 using a non-"state.gov" email address.  As a result of the FOIA request, 29 previously undisclosed email exchanges including classified information were released, part of a total of 317 emails that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton failed to turn over to the State Department.  Clinton used an unsecured private email server and private email address during her tenure as secretary of state.  Clinton turned over 55,000 pages of emails, claiming to have relinquished all relevant work emails.  But those documents did not include the emails that Judicial Watch received, which included [...]

Review this.  Hillary Clinton insisted on calling the FBI investigation into the private email system she established to conduct official business as Secretary of State a "security review."  She elaborated:  "[T]here are lots of those that are conducted in our government all the time and you don't hear about most of them."  Well, of course, as with all things Clintonian, the words are terms of art.  It depends on the meaning of "security review."  For "security review" read "criminal investigation."  The FBI doesn't do security reviews.  But "criminal investigation" also needs to be understood in a Clintonian sense.

House Committee Seeks Charges For Hillary Clinton's IT Firm.  A House committee is referring the head of a company that managed Hillary Clinton's private email server to the Justice Department for obstruction of justice and making false statements.  Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, the chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, issued the referral for Treve Suazo, the CEO of Platte River Networks.

FBI Court Filing Reveals Grand Jury Targeted Hillary Clinton.  Judicial Watch today [4/27/2017] released new State Department documents including a declaration from FBI Special Agent E.W. Priestap, the supervisor of the agency's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email activities, stating that the former secretary of state was the subject of a grand jury investigation related to her BlackBerry email accounts.  The declaration was produced in response to Judicial Watch's lawsuit seeking to force Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to take steps to "recover emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton" and other U.S. Department of State employees.  The lawsuit was originally filed against then-Secretary of State John Kerry.  The Trump State Department filing includes details of the agency's continuing refusal to refer the Clinton email issue to the Justice Department, as the law requires.

A Case for Congress and the Trump Justice Department, Not the Courts.  [Scroll down]  And, of course, the Clinton e-mails investigation, featuring:  Justice Department collusion with Clinton-camp lawyers; inexplicable immunity deals; suspects who received immunity permitted to appear as lawyers for other suspects; no prosecutions despite significant evidence, several immunity grants, and patently misleading statements during FBI interviews; a furtive tarmac tête-à-tête between the attorney general and the main suspect's husband (the former U.S. president who just happened to have launched the attorney general into public prominence, and who was positioned to influence whether the attorney general got to keep her job in an anticipated Hillary Clinton administration) just days before it was announced — surprise! — that there would be no indictment of Hillary Clinton; and startling public commentary by the FBI regarding an uncharged case that bore heavily on a presidential election.

Clinton email probe reportedly caused rift between Comey, Lynch.  FBI Director James Comey reportedly did not trust former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other senior officials at the Justice Department, speculating they might provide Hillary Clinton some political cover over her email scandal during the presidential election.  Comey's so-called "go-it-alone strategy" in the Clinton investigation emerged from suspicions that Lynch and other Justice Department officials might look to down play the email probe, The New York Times reported Saturday [4/22/2017].

Book: Hillary's Sneaky Email Server Practices Began Earlier Than Initially Thought.  Hillary Clinton's sneaky email server practices began earlier than previously believed, according to a [...] new book out Tuesday about the two-time presidential candidate.  In "Shattered:  Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign," authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes write that in 2008, after losing the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama, then-New York Sen. Clinton "instructed a trusted aide to access the campaign's server and download the [email] messages sent and received by top staffers."  The purpose of the project was to expose staffers who Clinton believed were disloyal to her during the campaign, The Wall Street Journal writes in a review of "Shattered," which relies on more than 100 sources.

Obama Couldn't Understand Clinton's Handling Of Her Email Fiasco.  If you thought Hillary Clinton's handling of her email fiasco was puzzling, you're not alone.  Even President Obama was befuddled by the way his former adversary handled the situation, noting that it reminded him of how he beat her in the 2008 primaries.  In the new book by The Hill's Amie Parnes and Sidewire's Jonathan Allen, "Shattered:  Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign," released today [4/19/2017] details what should have been a winnable election for the career politician that turned into an abject nightmare over largely avoidable mistakes.

New Huma Abedin Emails Reveal Additional Instances of Clinton Sending Classified Information through Unsecured Emails, Special Favors for Clinton Donors.  Judicial Watch today [3/29/2017] released 1,184 pages of State Department records, including previously unreleased Hillary Clinton email exchanges, revealing additional instances of Abedin and Hillary Clinton sending classified information through unsecured email accounts and contributors being given special access to the former secretary of state.  The emails, were obtained in response to a court order from a May 5, 2015, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the State Department after it failed to respond to a March 18 FOIA request.

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.

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.

The Editor says...
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."

The Editor says...
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....

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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.

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."

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.

More about Lois Lerner.

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.