Highly redacted documents have been obtained from the FBI’s criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified materials, revealing a serious but flawed investigation stymied by a lack of cooperation.
According to Judicial Watch, the 42 pages of documents were part of the investigation called “Midyear Exam,” and included information specified as “grand jury material,” denoting the potential seriousness of the probe.
Included in the documents is an exchange regarding a subpoena response to the FBI from one of Clinton’s private attorneys, Katherine Turner, a partner at Washington DC firm Williams & Connolly. Turner is shown to have agreed to turn over one of Clinton’s non-secure Apple iPads and two of her BlackBerrys to the FBI.
Neither of the devices submitted under the subpoena contained SIM cards or Secure Digital (SD) cards, and a total of 13 mobile devices identified by the FBI as potentially using clintonemail.com email addresses were never located by the law firm.
“We are presuming there are still 13 devices at issue,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told Fox News. “The new records show how badly the Obama Justice Department and FBI mishandled the Clinton email investigation. They get the equivalent of wiped phones from the Clinton lawyers and do nothing?”
On July 5, 2016, former FBI Director James Comey announced that “regarding the handling of classified information, our judgement is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
Comey came to such a conclusion despite contending that Clinton and her colleagues “were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information,” and even though 22 top secret email exchanges were determined to be too damaging to national security to release.
“They (the FBI) were played by Mrs. Clinton’s lawyers and didn’t care,” Fitton said. “The Trump Justice Department needs to audit this mess and figure out if the Clinton matters need to be reopened or reinvigorated.”
According to Fox News, “In the latest documents dumped by the FBI, a whopping 325 pages are cited as ‘total deleted pages.’ The 42 pages that were released and are only readable in parts include 177 redactions. The redactions include those made citing Freedom of Information Act exemptions under (b) (7) (e) in which the information is denied because revelations could “disclose investigation techniques.”
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