“We Do Investigations Here At The FBI”: FBI Director Reportedly Contradicts Clinton On Email Investigation

Hillary_Clinton_Testimony_to_House_Select_Committee_on_BenghaziThe FBI and its director James Comey have been careful not to be swept into the political campaign in comments about the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s personal server. The Clinton campaign, and the candidate herself, have repeatedly scoffed at any danger of an indictment and insisted that this is merely a “security review” or “security inquiry.” Indeed, close Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal was on CNN this morning stressing that this was nothing more than a security review. Now Comey is being quoted by Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge as directly refuting this core claim by Clinton and saying that this is a criminal investigation. He would also likely disagree with Bill Clinton’s recent claim that the investigation was just a “game” and nothing more.

Jcomey-100Herridge asked Comey if the bureau is conducting a “security inquiry” into the server and Comey responded “I don’t even know what that means, a security inquiry. We do investigations here at the FBI.” While that certainly does not mean that Clinton will be indicted, it directly contradicts her repeated characterization in the scandal — and a virtual mantra by Clinton supporters.

Some of us have been questioning the dismissal of the investigation as an inquiry as well as the clearly misleading argument that the key issue was whether material was marked as classified. The emails never had to be marked to be considered classified. Yet, Hillary Clinton has insisted that “I never sent classified material on my email, and I never received any that was marked classified.” The key of this spin is again the word “marked.” I have previously discussed why that explanation is less than compelling, particularly for anyone who has handled sensitive or classified material. As I discussed earlier, virtually anything coming out of the office of the Secretary of State would be considered classified as a matter of course. I have had a TS/SCI clearance since Reagan due to my national security work and have lived under the restrictions imposed on email and other systems. The defense is that this material was not technically classified at the time that it was sent. Thus it was not “classified” information. The problem is that it was not reviewed and classified because it was kept out of the State Department system. Moreover, most high-level communications are treated as classified and only individually marked as classified when there is a request for disclosure. You do not generate material as the Secretary of State and assume that it is unclassified. You are supposed to assume and treat it as presumptively classified. Indeed that understanding was formally agreed to by Clinton when she signed the “Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement,” or SF-312, which states that “classified information is marked or unmarked classified information, including oral communications.” Otherwise, there would be massive exposure of classified material and willful blindness as to the implications of the actions of persons disregarding precautions. For example, there is not a person standing next to the President with a classification stamp in the Oval Office. However, those communications are deemed as presumptively classified and are not disclosed absent review. Under the same logic, the President could use a personal email system because his text messages by definition are not marked as classified. Classified oral communications are not “marked” nor would classified information removed from secure systems and sent via a personal server. Likewise, classified oral communications that are followed up with emails would not be “marked.” This is the whole reason that Clinton and others were told to use the protected email system run by the State Department. We have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to secure such systems.

In other developments, the FBI has agreed to some limitations on questioning top Clinton people as evidenced by the walk out of Cheryl Mills when asked about aspects of the email system and the review of emails. There was also a recent disclosure that the State Department is saying that all emails from the IT person responsible for setting up the server have gone missing.

60 thoughts on ““We Do Investigations Here At The FBI”: FBI Director Reportedly Contradicts Clinton On Email Investigation”

  1. According to U.S. and International Law all the U.S. / Israeli invasions are Wars of Aggression, War Crimes
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    Millions have been murdered & maimed due to these invasions
    Washington, DC = Nazi Berlin
    Anyone who supports the Republicans, Democrats & Israel are accomplices to murder
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  2. Bush officials confessed to felony crimes and other abuses on national television.

    Although many of those felonies don’t have a statute of limitations, the clock is running out on many of their crimes.

    Where are the federal and state prosecutors? Where is the FBI? With the Bush felonies we have ample hard evidence and Bush officials openly confessed to the crimes.

  3. If the blog wants to defame Hillary then buy some Hillary toilet paper rolls and mail the out to the constituents of the blog who so request. I would like a roll. I already have a roll of Trump toilet paper. I would like on depicting Woodrow Wilson. He is the one who segregated he armed forces and Washington DC and helped make the World Safe For Democracy.

    Meanwhile America needs to go back to the Diplomatic Pouch.

  4. Keep stirring the pot. Oh, you know all about national security. Oh, the FBI only investigates crime. Hillary the 8th is a criminal. And someone in the world learned that the food served at the Saudi Embassy dinner was terrible and there was a hairball on her water glass at that dinner. And my God the Russians may have found out. And she told Chelsi not to go out with that dork from her college history class. And she…..
    Enough of this email crap already.

  5. Lay off….nothing is going to happen to hillary. The usg has no interest in prosecuting her.. . why if the damage is done a prosecution only causes more damage. Think of it like this….we have super spook units….from time to time they might need lay info. They do not reveal themself or info they are after by doing a blatent search. They bury it with a searxh and no one knows what was culled. I am sorry but if you are reallly in for america the private server decoy makes sense. Its the money raising and quid pro that doesn’t.

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  7. Not that she doesn’t deserve it, but I have serious doubt that she’ll be indicted if she hasn’t been already. I’ve heard the stories that they’re timing the indictment for later in the campaign. I think that’s all hogwash.

  8. It is utterly fascinating reading and watching Hillary lemmings.

  9. Blog Post #3062 on Hillary Clinton.

    Tomorrow’s post:

    Hillary Clinton shortchanges parking meter.

  10. I showed my father this article, which he enjoyed.

    He said that there was a red sign hanging above the door to the vault at the Pentagon where they dealt with classified information. It read, “Feeling lonely? Want to talk to someone? Then leave your safe unlocked tonight.”

    Should they amend the sign that uploading the Cloud is totally OK?

  11. The thing I truly do not understand is how the Government’s IT department/personnel aren’t able to produce these emails. In the corporate world, pretty much everything sent/received is archived, the length of the archiving depends on the specific company. But since the government is *REQUIRED* to retain all records, how is it that Every Stinking Email isn’t archived and available for document production immediately?

    It has to be purposeful. There’s no other reasonable explanation.

  12. Turley, see a mental health professional about your fixation.

    TRUMP and CLINTON are both Warmongering Israeli Zionist Stooges
    Veterans Today: Until such time as American voters wake up from their deep sleep and coma, rise and stand up for America, all presidential candidates and all candidates for Senate and House will always be Israeli candidates and never American candidates.


    The FBI has a long history of shameful behavior. The late J. “Edna” Hoover was believed to have been compromised by the mafia’s allegation that he(?) had been arrested in New Orleans for soliciting a minor, and they supposedly had some photos of him in Drag and fellating his boyfriend Clyde Toler. That’s why Hoover always claimed there is no such thing as the Mafia.

    And his agents did everything necessary to frame Lee HARVEY Oswald. I could go on and on, but I’m sure that you and some others here get the point.

  15. It’s a big deal. It’s not a big deal.
    She’s going to be indicted any day. She will never be indicted.
    Everyone else does it. No one else does it.

    Meanwhile where are Karl Rove’s 22 million missing emails! Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

    Besides, if she does get indicted and withdraws from the race, Bernie will absolutely cream the Drumpf. So bring it on.

  16. On what does Prissy (top post) base her “untrustworthy” characterization of Comey? Per Wiki, when Comey worked at the DOJ, he was “…prepared to resign if the White House ignored the Department of Justice’s legal conclusions on the wiretapping issue. FBI director Mueller’s notes on the March 10, 2004, incident, which were released to a House Judiciary committee, confirms that he “Saw [the] AG, John Ashcroft in the room. AG is feeble, barely articulate, clearly stressed.”[23] Comey withdrew his threat to resign after meeting directly with President Bush, who gave his support to making changes in the surveillance program…” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Comey

    Oboma hired Comey because of trustworthiness. He hired Hillary to follow the advice, “Keep your friends close, your enemies closer.”

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