Hillary Clinton, Friday, “I Cannot Recall” & Other Headlines
- Could Not Recall All Briefings Due to Concussion
- Hillary Used Eight BlackBerrys But FBI Could Nor Get Them
- Hillary Aide Deleted Emails After NYT Story Reveled Server Setup
- ‘Incredibly Negligent’ Hillary ‘Really Put the Country at Risk’
- Laptop That Held Clinton’s E-Mails Has Gone Missing
- FBI Releases Summary of Clinton E-Mail Probe
- FBI report reinforced “her tremendously bad judgment and dishonesty.”
- Hillary is Not Holding Pressers Because ‘She Can’t Tell the Truth’
- FBI Documents Bar Hillary From White House
- Paul Ryan Slam Hillary After FBI Releases Email Documents
“When asked of her knowledge regarding Top Secret, Secret, and Confidential classification levels of U.S. government information, Clinton responded that she did not pay attention to the ‘level’ of classified information and took all classified information seriously. Clinton was not concerned the displayed email contained classified information. Clinton believed the email amounted to a ‘condolence call’ and questioned the classification level.”
Hillary Clinton, 68 anni, told FBI investigators she did not recall all the briefings she received on handling government records while US Secretary of State because of a concussion suffered in Y 2012, according to a summary of the probe released Friday.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation released an 11-pg account of the 3.5-hour interview it conducted with the Democratic presidential candidate on 2 July 2016, as well as other details of its investigation into her use of an unauthorized private e-Mail system while running the State Department.
Mr.s Clinton, who is challenging Republican Donald Trump for the White House in the 8 November election, has been dogged by the fallout from her private e-Mail account for more than a year.
Republicans have repeatedly attacked Mrs. Clinton over the issue, helping drive opinion polls that show many US voters doubt her trustworthiness.
Donald Trump uses the issue as part of his claims that Hillary Clinton is dishonest, and his campaign Friday said the notes from the FBI report reinforced “her tremendously bad judgment and dishonesty.”
Mrs. Clinton has said that in hindsight she regrets using a private e-Mail system while US Secretary of State. The FBI’s investigation found that she mishandled classified government secrets, but it did not think a criminal prosecution was appropriate.
Mrs. Clinton told investigators she could not recall getting any briefings on how to handle classified information or comply with laws governing the preservation of federal records, the summary of her interview shows.
“However, in December of 2012, Clinton suffered a concussion and then around the New Year had a blood clot,” the FBI’s summary said. “Based on her doctor’s advice, she could only work at State for a few hours a day and could not recall every briefing she received.”
The concussion was widely reported at the time, and Republicans have since used it to attack the candidate’s health in a way her staff have said is unfounded.
According to the report, Clinton told the FBI that she did not set up a private email server to sidestep the law requiring her to keep her business communications a matter of public record. At least 1 federal judge is examining whether this was the case as part of a lawsuit against the State Department concerning public access to Clinton’s government records.
The documents also show that Mrs. Clinton contacted former Secretary of State Colin Powell in Y 2009 to ask about his use of a personal BlackBerry phone.
In his reply to Mrs. Clinton via e-Mail, General Powell told Mrs. Clinton to “be very careful” because the work-related e-Mails she sent on her BlackBerry could become public record.
“I got around it all by not saying much and not using systems that captured the data,” General Powell said, according to the summary.
After her use of a private e-Mail system became public knowledge in March 2015, Mrs. Clinton repeatedly said she did not use it to send or receive classified information. The government forbids handling such information outside secure channels.
The FBI has since concluded Mrs. Clinton was wrong to say that: At least 81 e-Mail threads contained information that was classified at the time, although the final number may be more than 2,000, the report says. Some of the e-Mails appear to include discussion of planned future attacks by unmanned US military drones, the FBI report shows.
“CLINTON believed the classification level of future drone strikes depended on the context,” the FBI’s interview summary said. The US government requires that military plans be classified.
The FBI released its report Friday afternoon before the Labor Day Weekend, a time many Americans are preparing to travel, this is called a holiday Friday “dump”.
State Department spokesman John Kirby said he would not comment on the FBI’s findings because the department “does not have full insight into the FBI’s investigation.”
“Furthermore, it is not appropriate to consider pieces of evidence outside of the broader context,” he said in a statement. “So the State Department is not going parse every individual piece of evidence that may be characterized through the media.”
Advocates for Hillary Clinton did not respond to questions about the concussion and other aspects of the FBI’s summary, but released a statement welcoming the summary’s release.
“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,” a campaign spokesman, said in his statement.
Some Republicans saw the files as confirming their belief that the Department of Justice (DOJ) should have prosecuted HillaryClinton.
“These documents demonstrate Hillary Clinton’s reckless and downright dangerous handling of classified information during her tenure as secretary of state,” the Republican Speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan (MI), said in a statement. “This is exactly why I have called for her to be denied access to classified information.”
Donald Trump has pulled into a tie with Democratic Hillary Clinton, erasing a substantial deficit as he consolidated support among his party’s likely voters in recent weeks, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos national tracking poll released Friday.
The poll showed 40% of likely voters supporting Donald Trump and 39% backing Hillary Clinton for the week of 26 August to 1 September. Mrs. Clinton’s support has dropped steadily in the weekly tracking poll since 25 August, eliminating what had been a 8-point lead for her.
Donald Trump’s gains came as GOP support for their party’s candidate jumped by 6% over the past 2 weeks, to about 78%. That is still below the 85% support Republican nominee Mitt Romney enjoyed in the Summer of Y 2012, but the improvement helps explain Donald Trump’s rise in the poll.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll is conducted online in English in all 50 US States. The latest poll surveyed 1,804 likely voters over the course of the week, it has a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of 3%.
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