Friday, June 23, 2017

EmailGate

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Wait, what does that spell?

On Wednesday, during a discussion at the Code Conference, Hillary Clinton, the former presidential candidate, dismissed the investigation of her private email server as being insignificant.

“The use of my email account was turned into, you know, the biggest scandal since Lord knows when,” Clinton said when the topic of “weaponizing” technology came up in the conversation. “And, you know … I’m just using everything that anybody else said about it besides me to basically say this was the biggest nothing-burger ever.”

Clinton continued, “It was a mistake. I’ve said it was a mistake. And obviously, if I could turn the clock back, I wouldn’t have done it in the first place. But the way that it was used was very damaging.”

The executive producer of the conference, Kara Swisher, from Recode, then asked Clinton, “And you didn’t handle it — that’s a mistake on your part, or the way it was used was a mistake on your — because we’re trying to get at what you think you misjudged?”

Clinton replied, reiterating her previous stance that she wasn’t careless and didn’t break any rules.

“Doing something that others had done before was no longer acceptable in the new environment in which we found ourselves,” Clinton explained to Swisher. “And there was no law against it; there was no rule — nothing of that sort. So, I didn’t break any rule. Nobody said, don’t do this — and I was very responsible and not at all careless.”

Later during the discussion, Clinton went on to compare the coverage her email scandal received to the US’ role in the World War 2 and how Pearl Harbor was covered by the media.

“And I think it was interesting — I know you had Dean Baquet here from The New York Times yesterday. And they covered it like it was Pearl Harbor,” Clinton said. “And then, in their endorsement of me, they said, this email thing — it’s like a help desk issue. So, it was always a hard issue to put to bed; but we put it to bed in July. And then, it rose up again.”

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Liberal women are STILL with her.

During Tuesday’s transmission of ABC’s famed daytime show, “The View,” two liberal co-hosts criticized the validity of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, claiming the topic was “fake news.”

Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg decried that the dispute behind Clinton’s email server could be called “fake news” purposely cooked up by the Russians.

Talking about the Russian investigation probe as a whole, the women discussed the allegations stemming from anonymous sources that President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was known to be in constant communication with Moscow prior to the 2016 election.

Jedidiah Bila, the conservative hsot of the show, gave the story no credibility; however, the liberal panelists said that they believed the story about Kushner and his association with the Russians to be true.

Goldberg then accused Bila of supporting “fake news,” and brought up Clinton’s emails.

“You believed that there were … e-mails, you believed the e-mail thing,” Goldberg accused Bila.

Bila responded, “Only what was found.”

“I’m sorry?” Goldberg asked, defending Clinton. “No, not just what we found. You know, I never want to point fingers but I will say that a lot of people occasionally said it at this very table, you know, her e-mails, she’s been dishonest.”

Bila then reminded Goldberg that the investigation into Clinton’s email server was not fake news. “That was proven, Whoopi. That was proven.”

Goldberg then reiterated her theory that Clinton’s email scandal was fake, and Behar joined in agreement.

“It was fake,” the two added on separate occasions.

“Fake news,” Behar added.

Later during the show, Behar deliberated why James Comey, the former FBI Director, didn’t acknowledge that Clinton’s emails were “fake news” cooked by the Russians to try and sabotage the 2016 election.

“Let me ask you something,” Behar said. “According to what I’ve been reading, Comey finds out at that time that this is fake news that the Russians basically planted. And yet he doesn’t … when he announces there’s some issue with Hillary’s e-mail he doesn’t tell the American people what he knows which is this is fake news. Why doesn’t he say that at that time?”

Bila responded, “I don’t know but what that proves to me … I don’t know but isn’t that proof that anything can be fake? Any of this can be fake.”

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No, not again!

Judicial Watch today released 1,184 pages of State Department records, including previously unreleased Hillary Clinton email exchanges, revealing additional instances of Abedin and Hillary Clinton sending classified information through unsecured email accounts and contributors being given special access to the former secretary of state.

The emails, were obtained in response to a court order from a May 5, 2015, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the State Department after it failed to respond to a March 18 FOIA request (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00684)). The lawsuit seeks:

  • All emails of official State Department business received or sent by former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin from January 1, 2009 through February 1, 2013 using a non-“state.gov” email address.

The records contain 29 previously undisclosed Clinton emails – of a total of which is now at least 288 emails that were not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department. This further appears to contradict statements by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department. Two of these emails are now available on the State Department’s website.

In a February 2010 email exchange Jake Sullivan, then-Deputy Chief of Staff to Clinton, sent to Clinton’s and Abedin’s unsecure email accounts information that the State Department has classified as the material includes information “to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy; foreign relations or foreign activities of the US, including confidential sources.” The redacted information concerns “former GTMO [Guantanamo] detainee Binyam Mohamed” and Mohamed’s request for “various classified intelligence documents” that contained U.S. intelligence information related to his detention before he was taken to Guantanamo.

In April 2010, Sid Blumenthal sent two email memos to Clinton containing information now classified.  Clinton forwarded this material to Abedin’s unsecure email account. The classified information, which Clinton asks Abedin to print off for her, concerns the change of government in the Kyrgyz Republic.

In other emails, Clinton’s “final” schedules with specific details concerning her whereabouts were transmitted by Lona Valmoro to the unsecure emails accounts of Clinton Foundation officials Doug Band, Terry Krivnic Margaret Steenberg and others, and forwarded to Abedin’s unsecure email account.

In a March 15, 2010, exchange, Band forwarded to Abedin a request for help from Philip Levine, who is presumably the mayor of Miami Beach.  Reports said Levine had been a fundraiser for the Clintons since the 1990s.

The newly obtained emails also reveal some unsuccessful efforts to set up phone meetings for Clinton with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

In a February 23, 2010, email, ambassador and Clinton friend Capricia Marshall asked Band and Abedin to work with her to plan Bill and Hillary Clinton’s funeral arrangements and notes: “once affirmed it will be very hard for someone to deny the type of ceremony she [Hillary] wanted – as well I understand that the President can request certain arrangements for her that she/her rep cannot (ie if you want the motorcade to go through DC – stop somewhere).”

A March 9, 2010, email exchange between Abedin and Band reveals some tension between Clinton’s top personal aide and the former secretary of state’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills. The apparent rift was revealed when Chelsea Clinton asked Band if he could arrange a White House tour for a female Haitian-American sailor from the USS Comfort.  Band passed the request to Abedin, who replied to Band: “I don’t want to get cross wise with cdm [Cheryl Mills] on anything Haiti related” and “HAVE YOU MET CHERYL MILLS? [Emphasis in original] you have no idea.”

“These emails are yet more evidence of Hillary Clinton’s casual and repeated violations of laws relating to the handling of classified information,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, “The Justice Department should finally begin an independent investigation into the Clinton email matter.”

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Will T-Rex Tillerson turn over Hillary's emails?

Government watchdog group Judicial Watch, went to court this morning in Washington, D.C. to ask Rex Tillerson’s Department of State to “recover emails of former Secretary of State Hilllary Clinton” and other Department of State employees.

The group had this to say about the hearing:

The hearing will focus on the next steps in light of the recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that required Secretary of State John Kerry (now Secretary Rex Tillerson) to seek the help of the attorney general in recovering additional Hillary Clinton emails.

The Federal Records Act states that an agency head “shall” initiate an action through the Attorney General when he becomes aware of any unlawful removal of agency records. The Obama State Department refused to do this. The Trump State Department apparently intends to do the same. This despite the recent D.C. Circuit ruling that the State Department had not proved it had done enough to recover missing emails and that an enforcement action must be sought unless “no imaginable enforcement action by the Attorney General could lead to recovery of the missing emails.” Neither the State Department nor anyone else has ever contended that all the emails have been returned.

This will be the first hearing since Judge James E. Boasberg granted Kerry’s lawyers motion to dismiss. Judicial Watch then won on appeal and Judge Boasberg reversed the decision on December 27, 2016.

Despite the president’s campaign criticism of Hillary Clinton’s email practices and the protection of her illegal behavior by the Obama administration, the Trump State Department told Judicial Watch this week that it would continue to object to asking the Attorney General to take steps to recover Clinton’s emails.

Judicial Watch has been the top organization pursuing Hillary Clinton’s email scandal and, during the Clinton Administration, filed suit against Bill and Hillary Clinton over numerous others issues including Filegate, Chinagate, Travelgate, etc.

The Clinton Administration was sued over 100 times by Judicial Watch.

Please comment below.

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The pace of government.

Judicial Watch today announced a hearing will be held Tuesday, February 7, 2017, regarding Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking records held by the FBI containing text messages and emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stored on the equipment of Datto Inc., a commercial data management company, as well as FBI records about the device and what materials were recovered on it (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:16-cv-02369)).  The case is before U.S. District Court Judge Randolph D. Moss.

At the previous hearing Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Trump administration lawyers for the FBI informed Judicial Watch and the court that it located 35 FBI records that concern the Datto device and that it may take up to two years to release the records.  In addition, the FBI recovered approximately 10,000 messages from the Datto device.  The messages were turned over to the State Department to be processed and released on its website.

Tomorrow’s hearing should address whether the Trump FBI will be able to slow walk the release of these records.

Judicial Watch’s lawsuit seeks:

  • All records, including but not limited to emails or text messages (SMSs, MMSs, BBMs, iMessages, etc.), discovered, recovered, retrieved from, or found on any Datto device, equipment, or hardware connected to or used to backup or support former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s clintonemail.com email system.
  • All records relating to the FBI’s efforts to discover, recover, retrieve, or find emails or text messages stored on the Datto device, equipment, or hardware …

Clinton reportedly was using an online backup service called Datto Inc. to create copies of her data during a time when she and her aides were improperly handling classified material. Datto’s website company promises data is “invincible, secure, and instantly restorable at any time.

Datto announced it had turned over a “hardware device” to the FBI, along with all Clinton emails the company had in its possession, possibly including Clinton’s deleted private emails:

“With the consent of our client and their end user, and consistent with our policies regarding data privacy, yesterday, Tuesday, October 6, Datto delivered a hardware device to the FBI containing all backed up data related to Platte Rivers Networks’ client known to be in its possession,” said the company.

The court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s email scandal has taken another unique turn that is putting Hillary’s chances of indictment much higher.

When Hillary Clinton took office as Secretary of State in January of 2009, she already had the clintonmail.com server up and running. She started using the home server on day one.

The breaking news is that she did not have the necessary certificate on the server to even have the ability to encrypt anything. To put it simply, anyone with any remedial hacking skills could have read her email during that time.

A couple of months later in March of 2009 she realized that she needed to make sure that her home server was encrypted. The real question is why did she wait two months to do this? What made her think of it while she was busy in her new job as Secretary of State?

Well, the two-month lapse looks to be enough time to have people from one or several of the countries she visited break into her server and read all her emails. She visited Japan, China, South Korea and Indonesia from February 16-21 of 2009.

Again, why did she realize she needed to encrypt it? Simple, because someone in the intelligence community told Hillary that her server had been compromised and need to encrypt it immediately.

Secretary Eric Boswell from the State Department wrote a memo to Clinton. In reference to Hillary Clinton’s and her staff publicly fighting to keep their Blackberries during this time, Secretary Boswell said “her attention was drawn to a sentence that indicates we have intelligence concerning this vulnerability during her recent trip to Asia.”

The looks like Hillary allowed a breech in 2009 and it’s possible that China was reading all of her emails.

This news comes out as Hillary is planning on sitting down with the FBI Director for an official interview into his agency’s yearlong investigation into her criminal actions regarding her emails.

Never in our nation’s history has a presidential front-runner been under criminal investigation by the FBI during the elections. Hillary doesn’t think it is a big issue, but the FBI disagrees. What do you think?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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