Released FBI Report Reveals That Hillary's E-mail Scandal Is Worse Than We Thought

November 02, 2016Nov 02, 2016

The FBI is revealing a plethora of devastating information after releasing (somewhat redacted) notes from their criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal. We've already outlined some of the devastating highlights in our Part 1 and Part 2 stories.

Here are the highlights of what we found in the rest of the report:

— When Hillary was required to turn over all of her e-mails in 2014, her aides turned over tens of thousands of e-mails but gave the FBI conflicting answers on where exactly all the e-mails came from. The process her aide Heather Samuelson (given FBI immunity) to determine which of Hillary's e-mails were work-related and needed to be handed over was shoddy at best.
— Hillary aide Monica Hanley, who was also tasked with handing over Hillary's e-mails, put them on her personal laptop and forgot about them. Hillary's e-mails — a number of them classified — sat on Hanley's laptop in her own apartment for almost a year, thus making them vulnerable to hacking and theft. Later, when her Hillary e-mails were transferred, they were done so on an unsecured Gmail account (56 classified e-mails never got deleted out of that account). Worse yet, while the e-mails were deleted on Hanley's laptop, they were never fully wiped off. When the laptop was shipped to another location, it went missing. Hanley's thumb drive, which also contained a copy of the e-mails, also disappeared.
— Hillary aides Cheryl Mills (granted FBI immunity) and Samuelson used BleachBit to purge their copies of Hillary's e-mails in order to make sure they could never be recovered. Another person involved in the handover of e-mails, whose name has been redacted, also used BleachBit to delete backups of Hillary's e-mails even though a request was sent out from the Committee on Benghazi to stop deleting Hillary's e-mails.
— Two entire months of Hillary's e-mails have never been recovered.
— As has been previously reported, some of the classified e-mails Hillary sent and received on her personal e-mail account had a "C" header to denote they were classified. When asked about the C, Hillary said she didn't know what it meant. But she did correctly identify that a SBU header means "sensitive but unclassified."
— Out of the 81 classified e-mail chains found in Hillary's e-mails, 36 had information that was marked to indicate it should never get in the hands of a foreign government, yet Hillary repeatedly used her personal e-mail account on her personal BlackBerry while traveling outside the U.S. and connecting to unsecured, foreign servers for internet access.
— Hillary told the FBI she was aware that she had the authority to label information classified, but said she couldn't give an example of how to do that and never received any instruction on how.
— When asked if she ever received any e-mails that raised a red flag for her because they shouldn't be on her unsecured personal e-mail server, Hillary said she couldn't recall any. She said that in spite of the massive amount of classified e-mails sent and received from her personal e-mail account. Even when shown examples of the classified e-mails she handled, Hillary refused to acknowledge that they were classified.
— Bryan Pagliano (granted immunity by the FBI), who set up one of Hillary's unauthorized personal e-mail servers, admitted to the FBI that there were numerous "brute force attacks" from hackers trying to get into Hillary's e-mail server. He acknowledged finding at least one virus on the server. Hillary's tech, Justin Cooper, also warned Huma of an attempted hack on the server.
— The FBI independently found additional evidence of Hillary's server being hacked into and browsed through. They said, though, that because they're missing Hillary's 13 mobile devices, they don't know if they were directly hacked or not.
— Hillary received multiple phishing attack e-mails and even replied to one. She even clicked on the link of a suspicious e-mail, which took her to a very sketchy website.
— Hillary and her top aides were warned in 2011 to not use personal e-mail accounts due to an increase in cyberattacks.
— E-mails between Hillary and her longtime confidant Sidney Blumenthal were stolen by a Romanian hacker and broadcasted to 31 news outlets, including a Russian one. At least one of those e-mails was confidential.

The last 13 pages of the 47-page report are entirely redacted.

What do you think of this?