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State Department: FBI Recovered 30 New Benghazi Emails from Clinton’s Server

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The State Department says it recovered about 30 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server that may be related to the Benghazi attack in 2012.

State Department lawyers told U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta that the emails were not included in the 55,000 pages previously turned over by Clinton, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

Before the emails are released, the State Department said it needs until the end of September to comb through the emails and redact any classified information.

Mehta urged the State Department to speed up the review and questioned the amount of time it would take to release the documents.

The hearing is part of a lawsuit filed by the conservative group Judicial Watch, which has sued the government for access to the records.

The discovery raises questions about whether Clinton lied when she maintained that she only deleted emails that weren’t related to her job as secretary of state.

New York Post: Recovered Emails Are Reminder That Clintons Play by Own Rules

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Editorial Board
New York Post

How about that: Among the 14,900 “new” Hillary Clinton e-mails uncovered by the FBI are 30 or so that concern the Benghazi attack — the most controversial single episode in Clinton’s four years running the State Department.

So much for Clinton’s claim that she’d handed over all her work-related e-mails. Heck: So much for any remaining illusion that she even tried to provide a complete record.

But, as someone once asked: What difference, at this point, does it make? Can Hillary’s “trust deficit” get any deeper?

In part, that depends on what’s actually in the e-mails, which may not be released until the end of September.

But it also seems to up the odds that the overall FBI “dump” will have some kind of bombshell. Benghazi’s been a matter of prime public and congressional interest for the last four years. If Clinton wouldn’t even make a good-faith effort to hand over everything on that topic, then she wasn’t trying for full disclosure on any front.

Bigger picture: This is a taste of what a Hillary presidency would bring, just as Bill’s did back in the ’90s — endless low-level scandal, occasionally flaring up into something far larger.

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Judge Orders State Department to Release Some Clinton E-Mails by Sept. 13

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The timing is bad for Hillary Clinton.

Under an order from a federal judge, the State Department must begin delivering a portion of the emails uncovered by the FBI during its investigation of Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server by Sept. 13, CNN reports. 

The conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, is suing for the records.

But the judge only ordered the release of documents related to the Benghazi attacks, and it’s possible that none of those documents exists, the State Department said.

“As we have said, the department agreed to search the materials we received from the FBI in response to several pending (Freedom of Information Act) requests and, to the extent responsive records are identified, produce them,” State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said Thursday. “Using broad search terms, we have identified a number of documents potentially responsive to a Benghazi-related request. At this time, we have not confirmed that the documents are, in fact, responsive. We also have not determined if they involve Secretary Clinton.”

FBI to Disclose Interview Notes with Hillary Clinton to Congress

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI plans to turn over notes from its interview with Hillary Clinton to members of Congress as early as today.

The FBI said there is no transcript of the three-and-a-half hour interview, the New York Post reports. 

Clinton was interviewed during the Fourth of July weekend about her role in sending and receiving classified information from her private email server.

Comey earlier told Congress that there’s “no basis to conclude she lied to the FBI” during the interview.

FBI to Turn Over Clinton’s E-Mails to State Department for Investigation

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI plans to hand over to the State Department thousands of work-related emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server.

The FBI agreed to return the emails Tuesday and said it would cooperate, the Washington Post reports.

“In accordance with our policies and procedures, the FBI will be providing this information to your Department for review and determination of record status pursuant to the Federal Records Act and subsequent [Freedom of Information Act] processing as appropriate,” FBI General Counsel James A. Baker wrote in a letter dated Tuesday and filed in federal court in Washington.

The disclosure may help the federal government hand over email records as part of dozens of pending public records lawsuits, including one filed by Judicial Watch.

“If State obtains additional State Department records, it intends to search them for records” that would respond to requests from Judicial Watch, Justice Department senior trial counsel Caroline Lewis Wolverton wrote in a court filing.

Clinton’s attorneys are suggesting the records are private because her email account “has never been the property of or possessed by the State Department.”

Poll: Majority of Americans Disagree with Decision Not to Charge Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Most Americans disagree with the FBI’s recommendation against charging Hillary Clinton with a crime over her e-mail practices, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found. 

A majority of those surveyed also said her handling of e-mails are concerning if she becomes president.

Still, about 60% of voters said they won’t change their vote based on the outcome of the investigation.

FBI Director James Comey recommended last week that Clinton not face charges and the Justice Department went along with that recommendation.

State Department Opens Internal Investigation of Clinton’s Mishandling of Classified Information

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. State Department is opening an internal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information after the Justice Department declined to file criminal charges.

The State Department suspended its internal review in April at the request of the FBI, Huffington Post reports. 

“Given the Department of Justice has now made its announcement, the State Department intends to conduct its internal review,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.

“I cannot provide specific information about the Department’s review, including what information we are evaluating. We will aim to be as expeditious as possible, but we will not put artificial deadlines on the process,” he said.

Chicago Tribune: FBI’s Damning Non-Indictment Shows ‘Extremely Careless’ Clinton

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Editorial Board
Chicago Tribune

Here’s the campaign bumper sticker you won’t see: “Clinton in ’16 — Because No Charges Were Recommended.”

FBI Director James Comey announced Tuesday that, having completed its investigation, his agency will not recommend to the U.S. Department of Justice that Hillary Clinton face criminal prosecution for mishandling sensitive emails when she was secretary of state. No reasonable prosecutor would take up this case, Comey said.

That decision is an enormous relief to Clinton, and an artful escape. The presumptive Democratic nominee for president no longer has to worry about the presumptive part. It looks like she’ll get the nod at the National Democratic Convention. If the FBI had concluded that Clinton likely broke the law, the bumper sticker of the day would have nixed her name and instead featured Joe Biden’s.

Let’s leave the cheerleading to her campaign staffers, though. This is a political disaster for Clinton. Relying exclusively on a private email server to do the public’s work as America’s top diplomat was foolish and reckless. Comey, in a surprise televised statement, rendered a two-word judgment that may never be forgotten: “extremely careless.” As that behavior applies to classified government information, it’s not what many people are looking for in a president.

Specifically, Comey said: “Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

He continued: “There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.”

Parsing that statement, the phrase that sticks out is “any reasonable person,” as in: You’d think the barest qualification for being secretary of state — or becoming president — is the ability to use reasonable judgment. Clinton, the FBI director asserted, failed that test. It’s not going too far to say that what she did could be a firing offense, if she were still on the job. Getting the ax would be the likely fate of any high federal official who showed a willful lack of respect for handling U.S. secrets. But set aside government protocols and politics. Imagine the phrase “extremely careless” stamped on your own performance evaluation by the boss. What might the consequences be?

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