Friday, March 20, 2020

Still more emails found from Hillary Clinton's secret system


Hillary Clinton

Still more emails have been discovered from the unsecure, private email system Hillary Clinton used for government business as secretary of state for Barack Obama, according to government watchdog Judicial Watch.

The organization said Friday 80 pages of newly acquired documents include an email sent by Clinton just after the Benghazi terror attack and talking points for a meeting with Obama.

It was the second release from a batch of Clinton emails the FBI "inexplicably" found late in 2019, years after the requests for the records had been submitted, Judicial Watch said.

Judicial Watch, which has been fighting for access to the government records ever since it discovered Clinton's special email system while investigating the Benghazi terror attack on her watch that killed four Americans, said the State Department "previously claimed it had produced all releasable Clinton emails, including emails recovered by the FBI that Hillary Clinton tried to destroy or withhold."

"The State Department initially claimed all responsive emails had been produced in 2018, but then found more emails, which were produced for the first time early this year," the organization said.

The new emails include an Oct. 13, 2012, message from Clinton informing private attorney Robert Barnett of a conversation with Jake Sullivan, Clinton's senior adviser and deputy chief of staff, about Benghazi.

"Jake and I were discussing the Benghazi security issue since he tried to tell [Redacted] would be asked about it but they didn’t think so. Might be good for you to call Jake too," Clinton wrote.

Also found was a "cheat sheet" from Sullivan to Clinton, Clinton aide Huma Abedin and Clinton's confidential assistant Monica Hanley that included "Talking Points for POTUS" for a briefing that day. The talking points are redacted.

A 2009 memo that Ambassador Joseph Wilson emailed to Clinton promoted his company, Symbion Power.

Another, from 2011, was from Clinton aide Lona Valmoro to Clinton, Abedin and Sullivan. It included a copy of Clinton’s sensitive daily schedule, which is fully redacted.

"Magically, after years, the FBI finds more Clinton emails that are classified, involve Benghazi, and detail communications with President Obama," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "This drip, drip game that the DOJ, FBI, and State are playing is a key reason a federal court authorized more discovery, including the sworn deposition of Hillary Clinton."

Top intelligence officials have said it's likely that foreign governments accessed the information on Clinton's server. She famously acknowledged she had her staff delete some 33,000 emails that were under subpoena, insisting they were about personal matters. Shortly before FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI would not refer charges, her husband Bill Clinton met privately with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on a private jet in Phoenix.

A federal judge recently ordered Clinton to give a deposition, under oath, to Judicial Watch, on related issues. Her lawyers now have argued to an appeals court that she's exempt.

Judicial Watch says it already has learned:

  • John Hackett, former director of information programs and services (IPS) testified under oath that he had raised concerns that Clinton’s staff may have “culled out 30,000” of the secretary’s “personal” emails without following strict National Archives standards. He also believed there was interference with the formal FOIA review process related to the classification of Clinton’s Benghazi-related emails.
  • Heather Samuelson, Clinton’s White House liaison at the State Department, and later Clinton’s personal lawyer, admitted under oath that she was granted immunity by the Department of Justice in June 2016.
  • Justin Cooper, former aide to President Bill Clinton and Clinton Foundation employee who registered the domain name of the unsecure server that Clinton used while serving as secretary of state, testified he worked with Huma Abedin, Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, to create the non-government email system.
  • In interrogatory responses, E.W. Priestap, assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, stated that the agency found Clinton email records in the Obama White House, specifically, the Executive Office of the President.
  • Jacob Sullivan, Clinton’s senior advisor and deputy chief of staff when she was secretary of state, testified that both he and Clinton used her unsecure non-government email system to conduct official State Department business.
  • Eric Boswell, former assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, testified that Clinton was warned twice against using unsecure BlackBerrys and personal emails to transmit classified material.


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