FBI Docs: Hillary Deleted Nearly 1,000 Emails With David Petraeus–47fh.,b43
A potentially explosive nugget from the FBI’s Friday document dump of investigatory notes from the Clinton email probe has been all but ignored by the media. And that is the revelation that Hillary Clinton deleted 1,000 work-related emails between herself and General David Petaeus from his time as the director of the United States Central Command.
In Aug. 2015, the Pentagon called the State Department and informed an unnamed official there that “CENTCOM records showed approximately 1,000 work-related emails between Clinton’s personal email and General David Petraeus.” The FBI noted that “[m]ost of those 1,000 emails were not believed to be included in the 30,000 emails” that Clinton turned over to the State Department in Dec. 2014.
Hillary has long maintained that the emails her lawyers unilaterally deleted were personal emails pertaining to “yoga routines, family vacations” and other matters that had nothing to do with government. She repeated the same nonsense to Congress while under oath. In August of 2015, she signed a statement to a federal judge declaring “under penalty of perjury” that she turned over all work-related emails.
Now we find out that 1,000 emails between Clinton and General Petraeus were not turned over. This should be a bigger story. Petraeus started out as the leader of U.S. Central Command and then became the director of the CIA during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of State, so not only were those emails obviously work related, they very likely were highly classified. The implications here are staggering.
27 things we learned from Clinton’s FBI files——
A 189-page summary of interviews conducted in the year-long investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private server shed new light on the shifting stories Clinton’s aides told agents. The report, which was made public Friday evening, came on the heels of House Republicans’ revelation that three additional witnesses had received immunity agreements from the Justice Department, bringing the total number of witnesses who were shielded from prosecution to five.
Here are 27 new details that emerged from the latest FBI documents.
After the public learned of Clinton’s private email use, Congress and watchdog groups began demanding the release of emails. The House Select Committee on Benghazi had already requested records related to the 2012 terror attack, and Freedom of Information Act cases that had been closed improperly began to come back to life. But one witness told the FBI he “believed there was interference with the formal FOIA review process.”
That witness pointed to the collection of 296 Benghazi emails that were among the first records to emerge publicly from Clinton’s email trove. The unnamed individual told the FBI that State Department officials had “included redactions done for Clinton’s privacy but unrelated to national security.” According to the witness, State Department officials at one point attempted to classify information in order to have an excuse to redact it even though the agency’s own Office of Legal Counsel thought the email was not worthy of classification.
The witness said he and other career officers, who were typically involved in the FOIA process and in responding to congressional inquiries, were “cut out of the loop” when Clinton’s emails needed processing. Instead, new staffers were “placed” by “top State officials” to take over the job of screening Clinton’s emails; the witness said the officials — whose identities were redacted — had “a very narrow focus on all Clinton-related items and were put in positions that were not advertised.” FOIA reviews are supposed to be performed by career officials to prevent politics from affecting the government’s response, particularly in a case as politically fraught as the Clinton email situation.
Clinton deleted nearly 1,000 emails with Petraeus
Officials felt ‘pressure’ not to classify any Benghazi emails
Sidney Blumenthal advised more high-level officials
State Department officials definitely knew about the server
At least three people had emails on the ‘clintonemail.com’ network
Pagliano tried to sound the alarm
Witnesses were nervous about talking to the FBI
President Obama used a fake name
FBI agents conducted interviews in Denver, San Francisco
Clinton’s team tried to mop up emails after NYT story
Staffers shattered discs that stored emails
Witnesses pleaded the 5th during FBI interviews
The State Department timeline doesn’t fit
Clinton relied on staff outside State
There’s a lost thumb drive with all the emails on it
Clinton’s attorney was cleaning up
An aide left classified documents in a Russian hotel room
Kennedy may have misled the inspector general
Clinton ‘could not use a computer’
State officials weren’t buying Clinton’s email excuses
Clinton left the doors of her SCIF open when she wasn’t home
State officials worried about Clinton and classified material from the start
Clinton frequently used a flip phone
Tech aides described ‘Hillary cover-up operation’
Clinton created second personal account when server crashed
Clinton’s top aides were hacked
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