New details were exposed in documents just released Friday by the FBI regarding their investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Clinton has claimed that her use of a private server and personal devices during her term as Secretary of State was only out of convenience, and not to evade the law. However, investigators found there were multiple attempts by hackers to access Clinton’s system.
The documents reveal that the FBI had identified 13 different mobile devices which may have been used by Clinton to send emails from her personal address – plus two iPads – but none of the devices were produced when the FBI requested them from Clinton’s law firm.
A staffer reportedly told investigators that he personally destroyed two mobile devices, “by breaking them in half or hitting them with a hammer.”
In their report, the FBI wrote, “investigative limitations, including the FBI’s inability to obtain all mobile devices and various computer components associated with Clinton’s personal e-mail systems, prevented the FBI from conclusively determining whether the classified information transmitted and stored on Clinton’s personal server systems was compromised via cyber intrusion or other means.”
According to the Clinton campaign, the release proves her innocence. Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said, “While her use of a single email account was clearly a mistake and she has taken responsibility for it, these materials make clear why the Justice Department believed there was no basis to move forward with this case.”
In July, FBI Director James Comey said the FBI would not recommend criminal charges against Clinton, as they could not prove she intended to mishandle classified material, but he did say that she was “extremely careless” in how she treated classified information.
Republican nominee Donald Trump made this statement: “Hillary Clinton’s answers to the FBI about her private email server defy belief. I was absolutely shocked to see that her answers to the FBI stood in direct contradiction to what she told the American people. After reading these documents, I really don’t understand how she was able to get away from prosecution.”
The FBI discovered that after Clinton left office, a personal Gmail account was created to transfer a backup of Clinton’s email on a laptop to a server run by Platte River Networks. The laptop, which had not been wiped clean, was then shipped back to someone associated with Clinton, but was lost in shipment. “Dozens” of classified emails were then discovered by the FBI on that Gmail account.
Several instances in the FBI reports indicate that Clinton said she did not remember some things, or “did not know much about how the government classified information.” Saying she “took all classified information seriously,” Clinton claimed to not know the difference between levels of classification, and did not know what a “C” marking meant.
The Washington Post reported that Clinton repeatedly said she could not remember a specific exchange, but “trusted that her staff at the State Department knew how to handle classified material and would not email her material they should not.”
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