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State Department tried to bribe FBI to unclassify Clinton emails

And yet I’m sure nothing will become of this. Corruption is the new norm in DC.

Hillary Clinton what difference does it make

Via NY Post: A top State Department official offered a bribe — a “quid pro quo” — to an FBI official in an attempt to declassify certain emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server that were previously deemed classified, according to FBI documents released Monday.

The documents allege Patrick Kennedy proposed the deal in exchange for the FBI being allowed to operate in countries where it’s currently banned.

Patrick Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy

“[Redacted] indicated he had been contacted by PATRICK KENNEDY, Undersecretary of State, who had asked his assistance in altering the email’s classification in exchange for a ‘quid pro quo,’” states the FBI document, a summary of an interview the agency conducted in investing Clinton’s email server.

“[Redacted] advised that in exchange for marking the email unclassified, STATE would reciprocate by allowing the FBI to place more Agents in countries where they are presently forbidden,” the document adds.

The redactions in the FBI documents strike the name of the official who was talking with Kennedy.

During a later meeting with the FBI, CIA and other agencies, Kennedy was asked whether any of the emails in question were classified. “Making eye contact with [redacted] KENNEDY remarked, ‘Well, we’ll see,’” Kennedy responded.

Donald Trump’s campaign pointed to the new documents as proof that the State Department and FBI worked together to protect Clinton. “These FBI documents provide undeniable proof that Hillary Clinton colluded with the FBI, DOJ and State Department to cover up criminal activity at the highest levels. Hillary Clinton has recklessly put our national security at extreme risk,” Trump surrogate Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said in a statement to the press.

We have men and women putting their lives on the line for this country. If any person had done a fraction of what she has done with our sensitive information, they would be criminally charged and those in our military would be court-martialed. Hillary Clinton acts as though she is above the law and therefore, she is not fit to serve as commander in chief,” Flynn added.

The FBI documents come from the more than year-long FBI investigation into Clinton’s handling of classified information on her private email server.

FBI Director James Comey announced in July that he would recommend the Justice Department not pursue criminal charges against Clinton.

It's good to be a demorat...

It’s good to be a demorat…

Days later, Attorney General Loretta Lynch released a statement saying she agreed with Comey’s assessment — and that charges against Clinton would not be filed.


Hillary Clinton used variations of ‘I don’t recall’ 21 out of 25 times when answering questions about private email server

I guess some of us still care about this story. Proggies, not so much. Truth doesn’t matter to them unless they can screw republicans out of it.


From Daily Mail: Hillary Clinton used variations of ‘I don’t recall’ 21 times when asked 25 questions under oath about how she deleted 33,000 State Department emails.

Sworn written testimony obtained by Judicial Watch show the Democratic presidential candidate dodged virtually all of the questions about the correspondences she removed from her private server while she was Secretary of State.

A federal judge ordered Clinton’s legal team to turn over written responses to questions concerning the so-called ‘homebrew’ server. Clinton signed the document containing the answers, written by her lawyers on her behalf, on Monday under ‘penalty of perjury’.

The former First Lady sidestepped most of the questions, and insisted that she did not ‘recall’ if anyone told her she could be breaking the law by deleting the emails. She also said she could not remember ever being warned about hacking threats to her private account or server. But her campaign has insisted the answers are consistent with what she has said before.

The questions addressed a number of issues. She was asked why she used the private server,

‘Secretary Clinton states that she does not recall being advised, cautioned, or warned, she does not recall that it was ever suggested to her, and she does not recall participating in any communication, conversation, or meeting in which it was discussed that her use of a e-mail account to conduct official State Department business conflicted with or violated federal recordkeeping laws,’ her lawyers wrote for one answer.

Judge Judy shakes head rolls eyes

Most of the responses to questions begin with the phrase: ‘Secretary Clinton objects to the Interrogatories.’

Clinton’s answers provided no new information beyond what she told FBI agents during the recently closed investigation into whether she and her staff mishandled classified information. But it does suggest she has contradicted sworn statements she has made in the past.

According to the court documents filed this week, Clinton was asked when she decided to use her private email account to conduct government business and whom she consulted in making that decision. Clinton said she recalled making the decision in early 2009, but she ‘does not recall any specific consultations regarding the decision.’

Read the rest of the story here.


Report: FBI agreed to ‘destroy’ Hillary associates’ laptops after inspection

From @ShannonBream: “BREAKING from Catherine Herridge: FBI made side deals with 2 HRC associates to “destroy” their laptops after inspecting them

Read the portion of @RepGoodlatte letter to AGLynch re: FBI agreement to destroy laptops here.

h/t Twitchy


Obama administration granted immunity to a SECOND Clinton computer guru

Of course he did.

Hillary Clinton what difference does it make

From Daily Mail: The computer technician who deleted Hillary Clinton’s emails after she was ordered by Congress to preserve the records was reportedly offered immunity by federal officials.

The New York Times has identified the whiz as Paul Combetta, an employee of Platte River Networks, the firm Clinton hired to maintain her server. It was also the first outlet to report the immunity deal.

He is the second, known IT specialist who handled Clinton’s emails to have been granted legal protection by the Justice Department in exchange for his testimony.  The former campaign staffer and State Department employee who set up Clinton’s server, Bryan Pagliano, was the first.

Pagliano on the right/Facebook photo

Pagliano on the right/Facebook photo

House Republicans want the Obama administration to launch an obstruction of justice investigation over the matter, but the legal agreement protecting the computer guru presents an obstacle.  The Justice Department did not respond to the Times’ request for comment on its report naming Combetta.

Combetta was not named in the FBI report detailing the incident with Clinton’s emails last Friday, described as an ‘oh s***’ moment in the redacted text. The Times says that multiple sources confirmed that Combetta was the employee who made the error, however.

After the news outlet reported in 2012 that Clinton had a secret server in the basement of her New York home that contained work-related emails from the time she served as secretary of state, the House’s Benghazi committee subpoenaed the pertinent messages.

Around the same time, a redacted individual realized that he had not, as he was instructed several months before, deleted an archive of Clinton’s emails.

A summary of the FBI’s findings says he the individual, whom the Times says is Combetta, ‘indicated he believed he had an “oh s***’ moment and sometime between March 25-31, 2015 deleted the Clinton archive mailbox from the PRN server and used BleachBit to delete the exported .PST files he had created on the server system containing Clinton’s e-mails.’ PRN stands for Platte River Networks, Comebetta’s employer.

Combetta first told the Justice Department that he didn’t remember deleting the emails but changed his story several months later. He also said, ‘he was aware of the existence of the preservation request and the fact that it meant he should not disturb Clinton’s email data.’

The Republican-run House Oversight and Government reform committee is moving forward with its own investigation into the ‘circumstances leading to the failure to preserve federal records during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State,’ it said said Friday.

It has requested the presence of Pagliano, Combetta, longtime Clinton hand Justin Cooper, Platte River’s Bill Thornton, and Datto, Inc. founder and CEO Austin McChord at a hearing next Tuesday. Cooper monitored the server. Datto provided back-ups to Clinton’s emails.

Clinton’s presidential campaign says additional investigations into the way Clinton’s records were preserved are unnecessary. The matter was ‘thoroughly examined by the FBI prior to its decision to close out this case.’

‘As the FBI report notes, neither Hillary Clinton nor her attorneys had knowledge of the Platte River Network employee’s actions. It appears he acted on his own and against guidance given by both Clinton’s and Platte River’s attorneys to retain all data in compliance with a congressional preservation request,’ Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon told the Times.

The Oversight committee will also hold a hearing next week on the FBI report. An advisory said the committee is seeking answers on classified sections and redactions within the material, as well as pages it says were omitted entirely.

Benghazi committee chairman Trey Gowdy, a former prosecutor, told Fox News it was ‘stunning’ that DOJ would have given Combetta a get-out-of-jail free card.

‘This is prosecutor 101. You don’t give immunity to the person who actually robbed the bank,’ he exclaimed. ‘You may want to give it to the getaway driver. You may want to give it to the person who helped count the money afterwards, but you don’t give immunity to the person who walked in and robbed the bank.’

Gowdy said the FBI ‘blew it.’

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‘They gave immunity to the very person you would most want to prosecute, which is the person who destroyed official public records after there was a subpoena and after there was a prosecution order,’ the Republican congressman stated.


Facebook co-founder pledges $20M to defeat Donald Trump

I quit Facebook in 2014 and I don’t miss it AT ALL.

Dustin Moskovitz

Dustin Moskovitz

From NY Post: Billionaire Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz has pledged to spend $20 million to defeat Donald Trump — whom he accused of carrying out “a deliberate con” to promote “his personal brand.”

In a blog post on Medium, Moskovitz said the election is a “referendum on who we want to be” and — apparently referring to Trump — said: “Will we be driven by fear, towards tribalism, emphasizing the things that divide us?”

Moskovitz claimed that “the Republican Party, and Donald Trump in particular, is running on a zero-sum vision, stressing a false contest between their constituency and the rest of the world.”

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, he claimed, “is running on a vision of optimism, pragmatism, inclusiveness and mutual benefit,” thus earning the endorsement of him and his wife, Cara Tuna.

These four Americans didn't benefit from Hillary's tenure...

These four Americans didn’t benefit from Hillary’s tenure…

“As a nation, we need to figure out how to bring everyone with us, and we believe the Democratic platform currently is more aligned with ensuring that happens,” he wrote.

“In comparison, Donald Trump’s promises to this group are quite possibly a deliberate con, an attempt to rally energy and support without the ability or intention to deliver. His proposals are so implausible that the nation is forced to worry that his interest in the presidency might not even extend beyond winning a contest and promoting his personal brand.”

The tech mogul warned: “If Donald Trump wins, the country will fall backward, and become more isolated from the global community.”

Moskovitz said the cash — from him and his wife —will go to support Democrat-aligned groups.


Hillary Clinton reportedly used old BlackBerrys bought on eBay


Via NY Post: While serving as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton bought her BlackBerrys off eBay — since she preferred older models that the smartphone company had long retired — a top Republican on Capitol Hill revealed.

“I don’t want to get into this too much, but part of what was happening with the secretary of state was, she was acquiring technology that wasn’t even supported by BlackBerry,” House Oversight Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz told a forum in DC on Wednesday, according to the Washington Examiner.

“You couldn’t buy it. She was actually buying this stuff off of eBay because somebody was selling their old machine. That’s what she liked, so she did. It creates this huge vulnerability. And it’s unnecessary,” Chaffetz added in an appearance at the American Enterprise Institute.

Chaffetz’s remarks come a week after the FBI released notes from its interview of Clinton, part of its investigation into her private email server.

The FBI notes revealed Clinton had 13 BlackBerry devices over the course of her four years as America’s top diplomat. Clinton frequently lost or misplaced her smartphone, the notes said. And Bill Clinton aide Justin Cooper destroyed two old devices with a hammer.

Despite the FBI’s decision not to recommend the Justice Department pursue Clinton on criminal charges, Chaffetz has pledged to continue using his House committee to investigate the Democratic presidential candidate.


Clinton claims she didn’t know ‘C’ stood for ‘classified’ in emails

So let’s make her our CIC…makes sense to me!

Hillary Clinton what difference does it make

Via NY Post: Hillary Clinton couldn’t be bothered about digital security when she was secretary of state and didn’t even realize that a “(C)” marking in emails denoted classified information, according to notes of the FBI interview with her in July.

The agency released 58 pages of its 3 1/2-hour interview about her private e-mail server and they showed Clinton was slow to embrace technology and didn’t pay attention to various levels of government security classification.

Among the more startling things to emerge from the notes was that in 2009, Clinton still did not have a personal computer in her office at the White House or her home in Chappaqua.

Clinton admitted to FBI agents that she didn’t pay attention to the different levels of security– from classified to top secret.

Clinton could not give an example of how the classification of a document was determined. Rather, she stated there was a process in place before her tenure, and she relied on career foreign service professionals to appropriately mark and handle classified information,” according to the summary of her testimony by the FBI.

Remarkably, Clinton said she had no idea that a “(C)” designation in some of her e-mails meant they were classified.

Clinton aides Clinton aides said she often replaced her Blackberries and the fate of the old devices “frequently became unknown.” In two cases, aides said they simply smashed the old ones.