New FBI documents say that on July 2, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told the FBI in an interview that she could not recall all the briefings she received on the handling or disposal of sensitive information as she transitioned out of the job of Secretary of State in 2013, due to the concussion she had suffered the previous December, according to a Reuters news report.
Clinton, whose mental and physical health has been questioned by critics amid evidence she may be suffering from seizures and other disorders, lately has been denying that she has any health problems that make her unfit to be president, yet the FBI documents released Friday — an 11-page summary and about 58 pages of notes — show that she used her health problems as an excuse during questioning about her dangerously negligent handling of classified information.
In fact, she denied being able to recall key details about her server at least 26 times during that same interview.
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According to the FBI report, “Clinton said she received no instructions or direction regarding the preservation or production of records from (the) State (Department) during the transition out of her role as Secretary of State in 2013. However, in December of 2012, Clinton suffered a concussion and then around the New Year had a blood clot (in her head). 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.”
We know that Clinton received briefings about the handling of classified information when she came into the office of Secretary of State, because included in Friday’s document dump was a form Clinton signed on January 22, 2009, stating that she had been briefed on exactly that. Below is a screen capture of the section of the FBI report stating Hillary couldn’t recall being briefed or trained by the State Department in the handling of classified information, and the section of the classified information nondisclosure agreement she signed, stating she had been briefed on handling of classified information.
Also included in the documents released on Friday is the revelation that Clinton “lost” at least 11 smartphones that included classified information on them.
One of the reports says that Clinton was known to have used 11 different smartphones while at the State Department, and two after her tenure there. Investigators tried to find or account for all the devices and learned that two had been physically smashed, possibly in violation of rules about the destruction of devices containing federal records, but that the remaining 11 were nowhere to be found.
According to testimony from aides Huma Abedin and Monica Hanley, some of the devices were lost whenever Clinton upgraded to a new phone. The destruction of the ones that are known to have been smashed not only may have violated recordkeeping laws, but they may represent destruction of evidence.
And there’s simply no way of knowing if the other devices were destroyed or if they may have found their way into the hands of someone else, and whether any of the information on them may have been recovered by unauthorized people.
Recall that in March 2015, when the email scandal had just broken, Clinton insisted that she had only used one device during her time at State, a lie she and her minions maintained for months.
So was that her concussion talking again? Or did she just flat out lie and hope nobody would notice?
It’s kind of important, not only because she wants to be president and defend our laws, including ones about perjury, but the public needs to know the truth because the Clinton campaign has been pushing the story that the cabal of “fact check” websites has ruled that she is the most honest of the presidential candidates.
Maybe the fact checkers have a concussion too?
There are other damning discoveries in the newly released documents. Remember when Clinton said she had released all her emails? She actually withheld around 17,500 of them, the FBI said.
They also show that even after Congress had asked that her emails be preserved, Clinton had technicians frantically trying to delete an entire archive of her documents.
The documents also detail how someone, using the Tor privacy program to cover their tracks, infiltrated the Clinton homebrew server, along with information that one of Clinton’s own IT technicians had activated a remote desktop feature on the server, despite its known security vulnerabilities.
Among the weirder statements in the documents is that Clinton claimed she thought that the letter “C” on sensitive emails, that indicates a document is “classified,” was a symbol that indicated alphabetized paragraphs. The FBI report stated, “When asked what the parenthetical ‘C’ meant before a paragraph … Clinton stated she did not know and could only speculate it was referencing paragraphs marked in alphabetical order.”
Then there’s the tidbit about how Clinton’s email was targeted by multiple phishing attacks, including one that contained a link to a porn site, which Clinton may or may not have clicked. The FBI documents, amid several redacted lines, said, “Open source information indicated, if opened, the targeted user’s device may have been infected, and information would have been sent to at least three computers overseas, including one in Russia.”
So in light of all this information, there are some serious questions that need to be asked and answered, quickly, probably by Congress.
It seems to me there are several possibilities regarding Clinton’s behavior.
- One, that she and her campaign are lying about her being healthy, and she is actually suffering from a severe brain injury that makes her forget important details related to her daily activities. Such a crippling injury should probably disqualify her from the presidency, particularly if, as has been suggested by numerous health experts, she has seizures triggered by stress.
- Two, she actually is healthy, in which case she lied to the FBI about not recalling details due to her concussion. That would make her testimony 100% Grade A, the-dog-ate-my-homework bull. That would also be obstruction of justice, possibly perjury if she was under oath, both crimes that should disqualify her from the presidency.
- Three, she really is as much of an idiot about technology, national security procedures and the handling of classified information as she has claimed to be, despite having undergone training regarding sensitive information and how to treat it. Nobody that dumb has any business being within a hundred yards of the Oval Office.
- Four, her idiot act is just that, an act, in which case she knew exactly what she was doing the whole time of the email business, during and after her time at State, and has been lying through her teeth to the public and to law enforcement investigators, just to maintain her viability and get back into the White House. That would make her the lowest, most conniving snake in the entire nest of vipers in Washington, because she’s not just getting away with breaking the law, she planned to break the law and walk away from the beginning.
Personally, I believe all of the above may be true to some degree, but mostly No. 4, which begs a question I’ve been dying to raise.
It’s pretty plain that Hillary is as corrupt as the day is long, and her Clinton Foundation seems to function in essence as a big money laundering operation through which she granted political favors in return for donations. We also know her server was leaking classified information like a rusty boat. Now we have the revelation about missing electronic devices with classified information on them.
Maybe I’ve read too many spy novels, but when I hear about a device or an object containing classified information being “lost,” I think of what in the Cold War days used to be called a dead drop.
So here’s my question. I do not have evidence to prove this, let’s be clear, but I think the question needs to be asked: Did Clinton or any of her aides drop classified information, either on the email server, or on a mobile device, in exchange for donations at the Clinton Foundation?
Again, I do not have evidence to support the idea, so don’t think I’m accusing Clinton of such. But, America needs to know the definitive answer, post haste. Congress?