The Hillary Clinton email story continued on Friday, as the FBI released two documents totaling 55 pages of detail into how the Bureau conducted its controversial investigation into the Democratic presidential nominee’s use of a private email server in her home during her tenure as United States Secretary of State, in the first term of President Barack Obama’s administration.
While the new documents appear to contain no “smoking gun” revelations, they do reveal what seems to be sloppiness on the part of Clinton aides in transferring her email archive between computers. Whether Clinton was aware of her aides’ activities or authorized them is not made clear in the FBI report.
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After the extensive investigation, FBI Director James Comey announced that his agents had found no grounds to bring charges against Clinton for possible mishandling of classified information in the emails sent from, to, and stored on her home server. The server was revealed in the new FBI documents to be an Apple computer running the company’s OSX server operating system.
Republicans and other political opponents of Hillary Clinton have continued to insist that the former Secretary of State must have committed some sort of crime in her use of the private email server.
“Today the FBI is releasing a summary of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s July 2, 2016 interview with the FBI concerning allegations that classified information was improperly stored or transmitted on a personal e-mail server she used during her tenure,” the Bureau announced in a prepared statement on Friday.
“We also are releasing a factual summary of the FBI’s investigation into this matter. We are making these materials available to the public in the interest of transparency and in response to numerous Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Appropriate redactions have been made for classified information or other material exempt from disclosure under FOIA. Additional information related to this investigation that the FBI releases in the future will be placed on The Vault, the FBI’s electronic FOIA library,” the FBI statement said.
Whether the new documents, which include an 11-page summary of Clinton’ previously confidential interrogation by FBI agents, contain any significant new revelations appears unlikely.
The 47-page FBI summary of its investigation mentions the previously undisclosed detail that at one point, a Clinton aide transferred the contents of Clinton’s email archive on the then-Secretary of State’s laptop computer into a “personal Gmail account.”
The account was created by the aide, whose name is redacted in the FBI report, and the laptop was sent to the unnamed aide by Monica Hanley, one of the top personal assistants Clinton’s staff.
The dump into a Gmail account was carried out as part of a transfer of the Clinton email archive from the laptop to another computer server. The FBI says that the unnamed aide then deleted all emails from the Gmail account, as well as from the laptop, though he did not “wipe” the laptop, meaning that someone with expertise in computer security could conceivably recover the deleted emails.
The latter detail could be potentially significant because the “archive laptop” was later misplaced and never recovered, as was a “thumb drive” that also contained the email archive.
“Neither Hanley nor [redacted] could identify the current whereabouts of the Archive laptop or thumb drive containing the archive, and the FBI does not have either item in its possession,” the FBI report states.
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The FBI report makes no mention of whether Hillary Clinton was aware that her underlings had transferred her email archive into a Gmail account, or that the archive laptop could not be found.
To read the new FBI Hillary Clinton email investigation documents, which will be downloaded from an FBI “Vault” server in PDF form, click on this link for the 47-page summary of the FBI investigation and click on this link for the seven-page summary of Clinton’s FBI interrogation.
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