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FBI Investigation of Hillary Clinton Focused on Emails about Secret Drone Strikes

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Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The investigation of Hillary Clinton is reportedly centered around e-mail exchanges about CIA drone strikes.

Citing “congressional and law-enforcement officials briefed on the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe,” The Wall Street Journal reports that classified information was shared in a series of emails about drone strikes in Pakistan.

The 2011 and 2012 e-mails involved a secret arrangement that allowed the State Department to oppose specific drone strikes.

Some of the email exchanges were made on less-secure networks, also known as the “low side.”

The Wall Street Journal wrote:

The CIA drone campaign, though widely reported in Pakistan, is treated as secret by the U.S. government. Under strict U.S. classification rules, U.S. officials have been barred from discussing strikes publicly and even privately outside of secure communications systems. The State Department said in January that 22 emails on Mrs. Clinton’s personal server at her home have been judged to contain top-secret information and aren’t being publicly released. Many of them dealt with whether diplomats concurred or not with the CIA drone strikes, congressional and law-enforcement officials said.

Lengel: FBI Probe Into Hillary Starting to Border on Obstruction of Democracy

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Give the FBI credit for being thorough.

Over the years,  the FBI has often moved forth slowly in big cases involving high-profile, political figures. It’s typical. After all when you go hunting for big game, you better hit the target squarely between the eyes, or pay the consequences and deal with the fall out.

I get it.

But the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails is starting to border on obstruction of democracy.

The Democratic Convention in Philadelphia begins July 25. That’s less than three months away, and the cloud of the investigation still hangs heavy over the Clinton campaign and the Democratic party.

If the FBI and Justice Department plan to indict Clinton, they need to do it very very soon.

An indictment right before, during or right after the convention — or if the case drags — would create serious chaos and undermine the political process.

It would be black eye for the political process and the FBI.

The agency doesn’t need to be accused of meddling in the political processes and having a hand in who Americans elect president.

The FBI needs to quickly finish up the interviews with Clinton’s former staff.  Bring in extra agents if need be. Bring in extra Justice Department lawyers.

Either way, it’s time to pull the trigger very soon — one way or another.

FBI Director Questions Hillary Clinton’s Characterization of Email Investigation

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Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey took issue with Hillary Clinton’s characterization of the investigation into her use of a private email server.

Clinton has repeatedly described the FBI probe as a “security inquiry.”

“I don’t know what that means,” Comey told reporters today in Washington, D.C., ABC News reports. “We’re conducting an investigation. That’s the bureau’s business. That’s what we do.” 

The FBI confirmed it recently interviewed a handful Clinton’s closest aides and advisors.

Comey wouldn’t say when the investigation would be complete.

“I don’t tether to any particular external deadline,” Comey said. “Look, I understand the interest in this particular investigation. And so I do feel the pressure to do it well and promptly. As between the two, I will always choose well.”

FBI Interviews Several Clinton Aides As Part of Ongoing Investigation into Private E-Mail Server

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Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has interviewed several of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides as part of an investigation into her use of a private e-mail server while she was Secretary of State.

CNN reports that long-time advisor Huma Abedin was among those interviewed.

But so far, investigators have not found evidence to show that Clinton willfully violated the law, federal officials said.

The interviews took place over the past several weeks.

Clinton has not yet been interviewed.

Abedin’s lawyers declined to comment.

MSNBC Host Accuses FBI of Injecting Politics into Hillary Clinton Investigation

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

MSNCB host Joe Scarborough, who is a former congressman, suggested Monday that the FBI may be playing politics with the Hillary Clinton investigation.

Scarborough claimed on “Morning Joe” that Clinton clearly violated the law by using a private e-mail server while she was secretary of state.

“Why is FBI investigation taking the FBI so long?” Scarborough asked.   “This is a clear [case of] mishandling of classified information.  Whether you bring an indictment against Hillary Clinton or those around her, it is a clear mishandling of classified information.  It doesn’t take this long. Why is the FBI dragging their feet? … What is their political motivation for dragging their feet?

Panelist Mike Barnicle said he does not believe politics are involved.

“I have not spoken to anyone who believes there is an indictable offense that has occurred.”

FBI Battled Encryption 13 Years Ago in Investigation of Animal Welfare Group

Data securityBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When the FBI was investigating an animal welfare group accused of sabotaging a company that tests drugs on animals in early 2003, agents hit began intercepting call and e-mails of the activists.

But agents couldn’t read the e-mail because of software.

The New York Times reports that the FBI persuaded a judge to let agents install a software to bypass encryption on the group’s computers.

“This was the first time that the Department of Justice had ever approved such an intercept of this type,” an F.B.I. agent wrote in a 2005 document summing up the case.

The encryption helped prosecutors convict six activists with conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Protection Act.

The case is a precursor to the battle with Apple of encryption.

Lengel: The FBI and Justice Department Will Get Grief for The Hillary Email Probe When It’s Complete, No Matter What

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Any way you put, when the FBI probe into the Hillary Clinton emails is finished, FBI Director James Comey and his agents, along with Attorney General Loretta Lynch,  are bound to get a lot of grief.

If Hillary walks free, the Hillary fans will say it all proves it was a witch hunt and a waste of money and time investigators could have better spent looking at far more important things like terrorism, medicare fraud and public corruption. If she gets indicted, they’ll cry foul and accuse the feds of meddling in the political process.

Conversely,  if there’s no indictment, conservatives will scream that that the FBI and Justice Department are toadies of the Obama Administration, which has an interest in Hillary winning the presidential election.

It’s a no win. But the FBI and Justice are banking on the hopes that people see they did a thorough job and tried to call the shots objectively.

Either way, it would only be fair that investigators wrap it up as soon as possible. A presidential election could be in the balance, and the closer November gets, the more the FBI and Justice subject itself to accusations of tampering with the political process.

It’s not an unenviable spot to be in.

 

Nearly 150 FBI Agents Investigating Clinton’s Use of Private E-Mail

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If you think the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server is just a right-wing creation, consider this: 147 agents are investigating the case.

And the investigation has entered a second stage as agents prepare to interview Clinton and some of her top aides.

But the Washington Post reports that “Clinton is very unlikely to be punished” because it wasn’t forbidden for secretary of states to use private e-mail. Plus, past secretaries of state also have used private e-mails.

The Post writes:

On the good news front, the push to wrap it up one way or the other soon means that if she is largely cleared of wrongdoing, this story won’t continue to dog her in a general election race — or it at least won’t be an active investigation during that contest. On the bad news front, you never really want 150 FBI agents chasing down leads in relation to anything you have a hand in. That’s just a lot of people digging through your professional life.