On Tuesday, July 5, FBI Director James Comey appeared in a televised press conference to report that they are not recommending charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of private email servers.
What they found: Top Secret, Secret, and Classified transmissions
FBI director Comey stated that over the year’s investigation, they found “things that anyone should reasonably know” should not have been transmitted on private or public email servers. Hillary should have known, and we strongly suspect she did and just didn’t give a rip.
“From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification. Separate from those, about 2,000 additional e-mails were “up-classified” to make them Confidential; the information in those had not been classified at the time the e-mails were sent.”
An email “chain” is the back and forth between participants under one subject heading.
Whether she was in a foreign country or here in the U.S., they found that she used her unsecured devices to transmit classified information that she should have known were not to be sent in that manner.
He told reporters that even when something is not “marked” classified, any reasonable person should know that the subject matter should not be sent on public or private servers that are not secure.
He said that she had more than one private server, and when those servers were taken off line, the software was destroyed, leaving bits and piece of emails in a vacant space. The FBI had to reconstruct those emails like a “jigsaw puzzle.” They found several violations of protocol inside those fragments.
“Secretary Clinton used several different servers and administrators of those servers during her four years at the State Department, and used numerous mobile devices to view and send e-mail on that personal domain. As new servers and equipment were employed, older servers were taken out of service, stored, and decommissioned in various ways.”
He said that their investigation could not find real evidence of a hacking by a foreign government or “hostile players” of any kind, but that it could very well have occurred since she transmitted things carelessly while abroad.
Intent or careless?
He stated that they could not find “intent” in her attorney’s deletion of thousands of emails, but they did not bother to read them before they were deleted.
“None of these e-mails should have been on any kind of unclassified system, but their presence is especially concerning because all of these e-mails were housed on unclassified personal servers not even supported by full-time security staff, like those found at Departments and Agencies of the U.S. Government—or even with a commercial service like Gmail.”
He also stated that the State Department in general has a habit of sloppy practices with regard to classified information:
“There is evidence that they were extremely careless of very sensitive, highly classified information.” James Comey
But the recommendation is not to charge her because they can’t prove “intent.” He said that most of the time, someone would be sanctioned in some way for doing these things, but that “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
So Hillary Clinton once again will skate because she knows exactly what she can get away with in all that she does. Deletion of sensitive emails, placing the US at risk by transmitting Top Secret information carelessly…she simply doesn’t care.
“What difference does it make,” right? Did her husband know about this ahead of time after the Lynch/Clinton meeting?
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