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Feds Prepare to Interview Clinton Aides Over Handling of Classified Material

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors are preparing to interview some of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides as part of an investigation into her use of a private e-mail server, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

That process, as well as a final review of the case, may still be weeks away at a time when she’s in the thick of the presidential primaries.

A federal prosecutor has alerted lawyers of the advisors that they soon will be questioned by FBI agents and prosecutors. Clinton also is expected to be interviewed.

Federal authorities are trying to determine whether Clinton mishandled classified materials by using a private e-mail server.

“The interviews are critical to understand the volume of information they have accumulated,” said James McJunkin, former head of the FBI’s Washington field office.  “They are likely nearing the end of the investigation and the agents need to interview these people to put the information in context. They will then spend time aligning these statements with other information, emails, classified documents, etc., to determine whether there is a prosecutable case.”

GOP Files FOIA Suit Against State Department for Access to Clinton E-Mails

GOP elephantBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Republican National Committee has filed two lawsuits against the federal government in hopes of accessing Hillary Clinton’s e-mails and text messages when she was secretary of state.

The GOP requested access to the records in Freedom of Information Act requests filed last year but so far has received no documents, Fox News reports. 

There are no at least 34 civil suits that have been filed for access to the records.

“For too long the State Department has undermined the public and the media’s legitimate right to records under the Freedom of Information Act, and it’s time it complies with the law,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

The FBI is investigating whether Clinton used her private e-mail server to pass on sensitive information.

Clinton continues to say that she never sent or received information that was considered classified.

On Wednesday, Republican senators also asked for more information involving the investigation.

Hillary Clinton Says FBI Hasn’t Told Her She Is Target of E-Mail Investigation

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hillary Clinton said during a Democratic town hall debate Monday that it was a “mistake” to “use a personal computer” when she was secretary of state, but emphasized that the FBI has not told her she is under investigation.

Fox News anchor Bret Baier told Clinton that “I’ve heard others say that neither you nor your lawyers have been apprised that you’re the target of the investigation.”

Clinton responded, “Absolutely not.”

She repeated the answer when asked, “Have your or your lawyers been apprised that your current or former staff are targets of the investigation?”

Clinton said she did nothing wrong by using the personal email account at the State Department.

“There’s much misinformation going on around here,” Clinton continued. “I have said it was not the best choice to use a personal email. It was a mistake.

“However, I am not alone in that. Many people in the government, past and current, on occasion or as a practice, done the same.”

Clinton added, “Nothing I sent was marked ‘classified.’”

Her comments come about a week after the Justice Department granted immunity in exchange for cooperation to former staffer Bryan Pagliano, who helped build Clinton’s server. 

Republican Congressman Tells Colleagues to ‘Shut Up’ About Hillary Clinton Probe

Rep. Trey Gowdy

Rep. Trey Gowdy

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Republican chairman of the House Select Committee, which is investigating the 2012 attack on the American consulate in Libya, is mincing no words about his colleagues in Congress who are speculating about the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton.

The Boston Herald reports that Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, told his colleagues to “shut up” about the case and let the FBI investigate.

“Everything I have heard about (FBI Director) Jim Comey tells me he is a straight arrow,” Gowdy said on Boston Herald Radio. “I am going to give him the room to do his investigation. He is not supposed to tell anyone what he is doing, he is not supposed to tell anyone what’s found and I wish my colleagues would shut up talking about the FBI investigation because this an executive branch entity.

“It should be a decidedly apolitical investigation and I’m convinced that’s what (Comey) wants to do,” the Republican congressman added.

The news comes after the White House confirmed Friday that 22 “top secret” emails were found on Clinton’s home server.

Clinton has denied she sent or received classified information on her personal e-mail account.

“The documents are being upgraded at the request of the intelligence community because they contain a category of top secret information,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told the Associated Press, adding the move was “not unusual.”

Ex-Federal Prosecutor Says Hillary Clinton Could Soon Be Indicted Because of ‘Overwhelming’ Evidence

Hillary_Clinton_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait_cropBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In the midst of the Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, a former U.S. attorney said he believes the Democratic frontrunner may soon be indicted over the e-mail scandal, The Daily Mail reports. 

The remarks come just before the Iowa caucuses in February, which suggests Clinton’s campaign could be derailed.

Joe DiGenova, a prosecutor appointed to President Reagan, said the investigation has reached a “critical mass.”

“They have reached a critical mass in their investigation of the secretary and all of her senior staff,” DiGenova said Tuesday. “And, it’s going to come to a head, I would suggest, in the next 60 days.”

DiGenova said the Justice Department is “not going to be able to walk away from it.”

“They are now at over 1,200 classified emails. And, that’s just for the ones we know about from the State Department. That does not include the ones that the FBI is, in fact, recovering from her hard drives.”

With Benghazi Behind Her, Hillary Clinton Still Faces FBI Probe Over Private E-Mails

hillary-clintonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Now that the Benghazi investigation is behind her, Hillary Clinton may feel like the heat is off her.

But it’s not.

The Daily Mail reports that the presidential candidate faces months of investigation into her use of private emails when she was secretary of state.

The bureau’s Counterintelligence Division is being urged to complete its probe as soon as possible. It involves more than 600 emails that contained classified material.

The FBI is trying to determine whether Clinton failed to protect the sensitive data.

Other Stories of Interest

Sen. Chuck Grassley Blasts FBI for Rebuffing Judge’s Request for Clinton E-Mails

Sen. Grassley

Sen. Grassley

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s decision to reject a judge’s request for information on the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail system has prompted outrage from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.

Politico reports that Grassley didn’t mince words after the FBI refused to provide information on whether the bureau retrieved e-mail records.

“The FBI is behaving like it’s above the law,” said Grassley, whose committee oversees the bureau. “Simply refusing to cooperate with a court-ordered request is not an appropriate course of action.”

Grassley hasn’t said yet what actions his committee will take.

FBI, NSA Monitored Emails, Texts in Salt Lake City Area During Winter Olympics in 2002

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI and NSA monitored all emails and text messages in the Salt Lake City area in 2002 when the city was hosting the Winter Olympics, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Unnamed officials said the two agencies worked with Qwest Communications to intercept communications for nearly six months.

Former Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, said he wasn’t aware of the surveillance but said it’s to be expected.

“If they were not intercepting text messages then they were not doing their jobs at the center of world attention,” Bennett said. “Sure they were. I just assumed that they were.”

The Olympics came just five months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.