The FBI are investigating Hillary Clinton’s security precautions surrounding her use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State. Clinton has maintained that she used her private email address because she did not want to carry more than one device, and has handed over 30,000 emails she deemed within the public domain.
Additionally, she erased 33,000 other emails that she did not want seen by the public, saying that these were strictly personal in nature.
The FBI has contacted the company that set up the e-mail server and system at Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, New York, seeking information as to its security, the official said. The agency also got in touch with Kendall about a thumb drive with copies of Clinton’s e-mails, wanting assurances about the secure storage of that data.
Clinton “did not send nor receive any e-mails that were marked classified at the time,” Nick Merrill, a campaign spokesman, said in a statement. “We want to ensure that appropriate procedures are followed as these e-mails are reviewed while not unduly delaying the release of her e-mails. We want that to happen as quickly and as transparently as possible.”
A spot check of 40 of the released emails by a team representing the 17 intelligence agencies were able to identify 4 that contained what was considered “classified/sensitive”, even if only deemed so after the fact. The Inspectors General of both the State Department and Intelligence Community have since referred the situation to the Justice Department for review.
The New York Times previously reported that this probe was criminal in nature, but later retracted that part of the story and came under heavy fire from the Clinton campaign. The New York Times was also the first news organization to report on the ongoing communications between Clinton and ally Sidney Blumenthal, who was blocked from taking a position in the State Department due to rumors he had spread about Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign.
Longtime ClintonWorld nemesis Larry Klayman, who is pursuing a RICO case against the Clintons for their financial dealings, has filed motions for the court to take possession of the email server and USB flash drive which contains copies of Clinton’s emails.
It’s worth noting that when Clinton turned over her 30,000 work-related email in March she did so via printed-out hard copies. This was a highly unusual move which has added to the delay in reviewing the emails and releasing them as prescribed by a judge in response to a January FIOA request by Vice News. Her lawyer David Kendall testified to the Benghazi Committee electronic copies were no longer available via the email server but conveniently forgot to mention the USB flash drive.
The New York Post, a publication that is no stranger to sensationalism, is reporting that at least one inside source is claiming that the FBI probe of Clinton is criminal in nature:
“It’s definitely a criminal probe,” said the source. “I’m not sure why they’re not calling it a criminal probe.
“The DOJ [Department of Justice] and FBI can conduct civil investigations in very limited circumstances,” but that’s not what this is, the source stressed. “In this case, a security violation would lead to criminal charges. Maybe DOJ is trying to protect her campaign.”
Now as many as four other senate and house committees may want to join the fray, either beginning their own investigations concurrent or immediately following the wrap-up of the Benghazi probe.
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