42 redacted FBI documents reveal how the agency mishandled the Clinton email investigation.
Several of the documents were deemed “grand jury material,” revealing how serious of an investigation it was.
However, the former FBI director James Comey shut down the probe first in July and then reopened it in October for a short time before announcing its official close.
It looks like Obama’s Justice Department and Clinton’s camp made it very difficult to conduct the investigation.
“One redacted exchange reveals a back and forth subpoena response to the FBI from one of Mrs. Clinton’s private attorneys, Katherine Turner, a partner at Washington DC powerhouse firm Williams & Connolly. In the document, Turner agreed to turn over one of Mrs. Clinton’s non-secure Apple iPads and two of her BlackBerrys to the FBI,” writes Fox News.
However, most of these devices were never handed over.
“We are presuming there are still 13 devices at issue,”said Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch.
Clinton allegedly used or instructed her aides to use non-secure BlackBerrys to answer government-related emails. Some of these BlackBerrys were order to be destroyed by Huma Abedin in 2013 after Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal’s email was hacked.
Clinton did hand over two BlackBerrys and one iPad six days before her Benghazi hearing in 2015.
Another unusual occurrence referenced is Cheryl Mill’s involvement and why she was allowed to be in a the FBI interview, even though she was a potential witness.
“Mills, who was Clinton’s chief of staff and counselor at State, received immunity for her cooperation into the email investigation was permitted to be in the room while Clinton interviewed by the FBI in July 2016. Comey would later admit publicly that he had never heard of a potential witness representing the subject of an FBI investigation to be present during an interview with investigators,” writes Fox News.
Another Clinton aide, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was Comey’s boss at the time, suspiciously met with Bill Clinton on a tarmac in Phoenix, Arizona during the investigation.
Lynch was short and cold when Comey pushed for the reasons for their meeting.
In a New York Times article from April, it states the one of the FBI documents gave the account of an “Democratic operative who expressed confidence that Ms. Lynch would keep the Clinton investigation from going too far.”
In late June, the Senate Judiciary Committee said they were looking for evidence proving that Lynch intervened.
Lynch’s spokesman said that she would “cooperate fully with this inquiry and respond directly to the Senate Judiciary Committee.”
Ultimately, Comey said that Clinton’s team was “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information” and dropped the investigation. 22 emails were not released because of their “top secret” nature, but Clinton didn’t see the need to keep these exchanges on a secure server.
But, then Comey turned around and purposely leaked classified memos about the Russia investigation to the media. He admitted to this after he was fired.
“James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!” tweeted Trump.
It’s safe to say that Comey has proven time and time again that he doesn’t follow protocol.
Because of how poorly managed the Clinton investigation was, there has been an outcry for the new administration to do an audit.
“They (the FBI) were played by Mrs. Clinton’s lawyers and didn’t care,” said Fitton. “The Trump Justice Department needs to audit this mess and figure out if the Clinton matters need to be reopened or reinvigorated.”
In the recent FBI dump, 325 pages have been cited as “total deleted pages” and the readable 42 pages have 177 redactions.
Author’s note: We need a fresh set of eyes on the Clinton email investigation. Likely there’s case that can be made to prosecute Clinton, but it just needs to be properly uncovered.