FBI Investigating Hillary Clinton E-mail Server
The FBI has launched a probe into the security of a private e-mail server used by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
According to The Washington Post, a Denver-based company that helped manage the server has been questioned by the FBI. Clinton lawyer David Kendall has also been asked about a private thumb drive that contains copies of Clinton’s emails.
The investigation comes weeks after The New York Times reported that government investigators requested that the Department of Justice open an investigation into whether Clinton’s emails contained classified information. That Times story became a political flash-point after conservatives and liberals alike criticized the paper for watering down the story without an official correction.
The Times reported that the intel Inspector General, I. Charles McCullough, and his counterpart at State, Steve Linick, told the FBI that there were at least four pieces of classified information out of a limited sample of 40 that never should have been transferred through private e-mail.
The letter from the independent watchdogs the to oversight committees said none of the e-mails were marked “classified” at the time they were sent or received, but that some should have been handled as such and sent on a secure computer network.
In addition to alerting the DoJ to the potential compromise of classified info, the Inspector General of the U.S. intel community sent a memo to members of Congress indicating that “potentially hundreds of classified emails” were among the 30,000 that Clinton had provided to the State Department.
The State Department is reviewing 55,000 pages of e-mails with the goal of releasing all of them by 29 January. The Inspector General’s office said it also raised that concern with FBI counterintelligence officials and was recommending changes in how the e-mails are being reviewed and processed for public release.
The classified e-mails stored on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server contained information from five U.S. intelligence agencies and included material related to the fatal 2012 Benghazi attacks, McClatchy DC reported reported on July 30.
Of the five classified emails, the one known to be connected to Benghazi was among 296 emails made public in May by the State Department. Intelligence community officials have determined it was improperly released.
McClatchy also has determined some details of the five e-mails that the intelligence community’s inspector general has described as classified and improperly handled.
The Benghazi e-mail made public contained information from the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a spy agency that maps and tracks satellite imagery, according to the official, who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the matter.
The other four classified emails contained information from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the CIA, the official said.
The intelligence community inspector general only looked at a sample of 40 e-mails, even though a total of 30,000 emails were turned over to the State Department by Clinton.