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Busted? Sources Say FBI Has Hillary’s “Deleted” Emails

Busted? Sources Say FBI Has Hillary’s “Deleted” Emails

Contradictions, explanations falling flat

“Deleted?” Not so much.

Two government sources revealed last night that the FBI has managed to recover personal and work-related emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server. The sources say that the emails were “not hard” to recover, but did not elaborate as to whether this latest discovery included all 60,000 emails stored on the server.

The story was originally reported by Bloomberg:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s success at salvaging personal e-mails that Clinton said had been deleted raises the possibility that the Democratic presidential candidate’s correspondence eventually could become public. The disclosure of such e-mails would likely fan the controversy over Clinton’s use of a private e-mail system for official business.

The FBI is investigating how and why classified information ended up on Clinton’s server. The probe probably will take at least several more months, according to the person, who described the matter on condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing and deals with sensitive information.


Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, did not respond to phone calls or e-mails seeking comment. Nick Merrill, a spokesman, said, “We’ve cooperated to date and will continue to do so, including answering any questions about this that anyone including the public may have.”

A bureau spokeswoman, Carol Cratty, declined to discuss any aspect of the investigation. Emily Pierce, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, also declined to comment.

The scope of the FBI’s investigation into the server is so large that it could take several more months before we get a good view of the legal landscape. According to Bloomberg, this could drag out well into next year, and into the Democratic primary season which starts on February 1 at the Iowa caucuses.

Meanwhile, the State Department has all but thrown under the bus Hillary’s efforts to downplay the scandal. Following an interview in which Clinton described the investigation as the product of a routine records request, State Department spokesman John Kirby reached out to correct the record.

“When we were asked to help the State Department make sure they had everything from other secretaries of state, not just me, I’m the one who said, ‘Okay, great, I will go through them again,’ ” Clinton said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “And we provided all of them.”

But State Department officials provided new information Tuesday that undercuts Clinton’s characterization. They said the request was not simply about general rec­ord-keeping but was prompted entirely by the discovery that Clinton had exclusively used a private e-mail system. They also said they first contacted her in the summer of 2014, at least three months before the agency asked Clinton and three of her predecessors to provide their e-mails.

“In the process of responding to congressional document requests pertaining to Benghazi, State Department officials recognized that it had access to relatively few email records from former Secretary Clinton,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement e-mailed to The Washington Post. “State Department officials contacted her representatives during the summer of 2014 to learn more about her email use and the status of emails in that account.”

Kirby added that the agency then recognized “that we similarly did not have extensive email records from prior Secretaries of State and therefore included them when we requested their records in October 2014.”

This isn’t a new narrative for Clinton. Back in March she held a press conference and went on the record with her story about why her emails were originally called into question:

The Clinton campaign continues to maintain that Clinton handed over what email messages she had as part of a routine request.

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Comments

So, Obama now has the Clintons by the balls. The question is: How hard will he squeeze?

    userpen in reply to JohnC. | September 23, 2015 at 10:19 am

    It all depends on whether Biden decides to run or not. If Biden runs Obama will squeeze pretty hard with threats and so on to try to get her to drop out. If Biden does not run it will be nothing more than a little tickle and on his part and a little cackle on the other.

I find it fascinating that anybody treats Ol’ Walleyes’ guilt as an open question any longer.

She broke the lawSSSSSSS. She violated national security lavishly. She did ALLLLLLL she did in pursuit of her own very selfish interests.

These are no longer realms where any doubt exists, except the fiction of the presumption of innocence under the criminal law, which she now should face.

Orange is the new black. To go with that fabulous prison-orange jumpsuit / pantsuit, she needs some chunky statement jewelry such as large hand cuffs and ankle irons.

Well, you know, we heard it from the horses’ mouth: the 30,000 emails (neatly stored on a COVERT, secret, hidden away, next-to-a-toilet server w/regular backups, to be sure) contain Hillary’s personal emails about yoga and a wedding!

Whoa! It would take me probably ten to fifteen emails to go into my workout routine with someone (1 or 2) and to plan a wedding for my daughter (13 or 14, maybe a couple more). But, 30,000!

Has anybody else noticed how Willy J seems to have vanished from the face of the earth?

    Insufficiently Sensitive in reply to Merlin. | September 23, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Has anybody else noticed how Willy J seems to have vanished from the face of the earth?

    Noticed? There’s such a great gaping void where Godfather Bill stood, and lovely Ms. Chelsea and her new millions, and the manna-from-heaven Clinton Foundation (it used to get a puff piece a week from our enlightened ‘news’ media), there’s no way we could NOT notice.

    I wonder if they’ve all laid off their promo flacks, or are keeping them in reserve in case somehow the Clinton mob is restored to grace.

    American Human in reply to Merlin. | September 23, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    He’s probably on the pedophile’s private island enjoying the…um…cool ocean breezes and sampling the…er…local cuisine.

Behind closed doors at the DNC:

“Hillary is toast. We can drag her across the finish line for the nomination easily enough, but she’ll get killed in the general. So, Bernie Sanders? Please. Joe ‘Grope ‘N Change’ Biden would be a gaffe factory and he’s been wrong on every single foreign policy question since 1975. We’d have to sew his mouth shut for the whole campaign. So, what do we do?”

Run Bill Clinton again.

Wow! You guys really have a lot of trust in the FBI. They don’t prosecute, all they do is investigate and then turn their findings over to the justice department. Guess who runs that corrupt outfit? loretta lynch who is the female version of eric holder. Did you not read about the DoJ lawyers at the hearing concerning hillary’s e-mails where they said she had every right to delete her “Private” e-mails. These are the same lawyers that will eventually have to prosecute her if loretta decides to go forward. BTW, no caps for anyone in the obama administration!

    That’s why the real drama is whether Valerie Jarrett quietly tells Obama to let the DoJ proceed, or not.

    DaveGinOly in reply to inspectorudy. | September 23, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    All bets are off if a Republican wins the presidency. The entire Obama administration, from the president down, could then be investigated and tried for a wide variety of criminal conduct. This is why the Dems are desperate to maintain control of the office. And presidential pardons (if issued by Obama prior to his departure from office) won’t work – they can be revoked. (It’s been done before.)

I’m amazed the FBI actually looked at the server. The first step (as I understand) of dealing with a chunk of evidence such as this is to make a sector-by-sector copy, which is stored in read-only form. That way any forensic work done on the copy can not affect the original drives. If all the company did was a simple quick format of the server, *everything* that was on it can be trivially recovered, even if the emails had been deleted out of the Exchange server.

If this is what happened, it is far to easy to imagine the nervous political appointees in the FBI as they are now sitting on a hot potato of amazing thermal potential. *Nothing* regarding ‘The Server’ would be trusted to email, phone calls, or paper at that point.

    The FBI has its own long-term issues. This is not a political investigation so much as a counter-intelligence operation against foreign intelligence services, finding out what a) may have, b) did, fall into the hands of foreign powers that was lives-at-stake dangerous to let that happen with. So when inspector-generals for serious sorts, like the NSA and CIA, referred it, the FBI telling them to go pound sand would mean a complete repudiation of the FBI’s domestic counter-intelligence authority, a loss of status that would have repercussions for decades.

    They don’t owe a lame duck president quite that much. Nor do they need his permission to turn this into a legal-political time bomb before calmly depositing it in DoJ’s lap.

      I didn’t even consider that idea. You are quite correct.

      Ignoring for the moment the nitwits that think the NSA records every single email that ever existed, if the NSA/CIA examine the emails and discover that a particular foreign agent displayed knowledge of them a set period after each of them passed through a clintonemail.com address, they could reasonably draw the conclusion that the server was compromised and that any information that passed through it should be examined to determine if any ongoing operations had been compromised in turn. Not that SecState would ever be involved in any spying. Nope.

      Just part of the wonderful game of ‘Who Knows What’ that various three-letter agencies play every day in order to keep the world… safer?

Maybe the FBI is giving Hillary an opportunity to get out while she can.

Okay, they found them. I hope that this doesn’t get swept under the rug. She needs to be put out of the running for office FOREVER! Nobody wans or needs a lying beeotch in office!

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