Redacted from article by Paul Sperry appearing in the Washington Post
September 4, 2016
How the FBI went easy on Hillary Clinton ( You may remember Bill Clinton, by happenstance, walked over to US Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch’s private US government plane for a chat at the Phoenix airport while Hillary Clinton’s emails were the subject of multiple investigations and lawsuits. Hillary Clinton’s aides had already given depositions in one legal challenge just before the head of the FBI, James Comey, was to appear before the Congressional Investigation Comm.
Shortly afterward, Comey appeared before the Congressional Committee and proceeded to lie through his teeth, exonerating Hillary Clinton from criminal prosecution while ruining his whole career of respectability in desperate fear of Clinton retaliation.) jsk
The FBI interviewed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, one of the final steps in the ongoing criminal investigation into alleged mishandling of classified information. Clinton was interviewed for more than three hours. Top aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills were interviewed earlier this year. Former Clinton staffer Brian Pagliano, who was hired to set up the private server in Clinton’s home, was given immunity by the FBI and has been cooperating. During a separate deposition conducted by Judicial Watch, Pagliano plead the Fifth more than 125 times. More than 2000 pieces of classified information, including top secret information, have been found on Clinton’s server.
Yet despite signs that Clinton’s former chief of staff Cheryl Mills obstructed efforts by investigators to obtain Clinton’s emails, the FBI invited Mills to attend Clinton’s interview at FBI headquarters as one of her lawyers.
“It’s absolutely outrageous,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said.
“The FBI saw massive document destruction and clear intent to withhold material evidence,” he added, “and they just ignored that obstruction, and even let her sit in on the interview.”
The smoking gun is on Page 16 of the FBI’s 47-page report. It details how Mills ultimately made the determinations about which emails should be preserved before she and Clinton decided to delete the rest as “personal.” Clinton conducted both government and personal business using a personal email account — clintonemail.com — tied to an unsecured server set up in the basement of her New York home.
The FBI makes clear the procedure Mills used to sort out the emails was suspicious.
For starters, Mills was the one who ordered the server host to move the emails from the server to a laptop where she could screen them. She told investigators she could “not recall” if emails with non-gov addresses were included in the transfer. It’s unlikely they were, because an aide who helped her search told the FBI she only screened for emails sent to or from Clinton with .gov and .mil — not .com — addresses.
That means messages involving government business between Clinton and her then-deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin — the only aide who had an email account on the clintonemail.com system— were not likely captured. Nor were messages sent between Clinton and Mills and other aides using personal email addresses.
Correspondence between Clinton and Abedin (who regularly emailed her boss from firstname.lastname@example.org and HAbedin@hillaryclinton.com) is crucial, Fitton says, because Abedin acted as the go-between on requests for access to Clinton from shady foreign Clinton Foundation donors. He says the mushrooming “pay-for-play” scandal is the real reason the former secretary of state set up a private email system in the first place.
“The whole thing was designed to keep Clinton Foundation emails away from investigators,” he said.
And Mills may have been a key player in the game of hide-and-seek.
Indeed, the FBI said Mills “shredded” any copies of emails she “deemed not to be work-related” before they were turned over to State in response to requests for information from Judicial Watch, the media, Congress and the FBI. The laptop hard drive was later wiped clean using a computer program called BleachBit.
The FBI said it was “unable to obtain a complete list of keywords or named officials searched,” because Mills asserted that such information was “privileged.” In fact, when agents pressed her, Mills stormed out of the room and ended the interview. Curiously, the FBI honored her claim of privilege and did not pursue the matter.
Clinton claims she didn’t know emails marked ‘C’ were confidential
As participants in the activities under investigation, Mills and Samuelson should have been key FBI targets, yet both appeared at Clinton’s FBI interview with her phalanx of lawyers, allowing them insights into the investigation.
Paul E. Sperry is an American author, political commentator, and investigative journalist. He was a media fellow at the Hoover Institution. Sperry has previously been the Washington Bureau Chief at Investor’s Business Daily and WorldNetDaily.
(Information above compiled from multiple sources readily available on the Internet) Jerome S. Kaufman
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