Over 40 pages of heavily censored documents from the FBI’s criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information reveals a flawed and uncooperative investigation.
It highlights the FBI and the Obama Justice Department’s poor handling of the case, according to a key watchdog group.
But it wasn’t just the FBI’s poor handling of the case—lawyers representing Hillary Clinton did not cooperate with the FBI either, Fox News reports.
In one exchange, Clinton’s private attorney, Katherine Turner, from the law firm William & Connolly, agreed to turn over Clinton’s personal Apple Ipads and two of her BlackBerry phones.
But none of the smartphones that were received from the law firm contained sim cards or SD (secure digital) cards.
“The new records show how badly the Obama Justice Department and FBI mishandled the Clinton email investigation. They get the equivalent of wiped phones from the Clinton lawyers and do nothing?” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told Fox News.
Additionally, a total of 13 mobile devices that the FBI identified with potential Clinton email addresses were never located or provided by the law firm.
“We are presuming there are still 13 devices at issue,” Fitton said.
Trump recently tweeted about the revelation, referencing the Russia allegation controversy, “Why aren’t the same standards placed on the Democrats. Look what Hillary Clinton may have gotten away with. Disgraceful!”
Why aren’t the same standards placed on the Democrats. Look what Hillary Clinton may have gotten away with. Disgraceful!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2017
Clinton would often assign aides such as Monica Hanley to fill a constant demand for nonsecure BlackBerrys for all of her official government work, according to extensive Fox news reporting.
Some of her BlackBerrys even wound up being smashed with hammers, upon direct orders by Huma Abedin after Clinton’s servers went down or when news that Sidney Blumenthal, Clinton’s close friend, had emails hacked in 2013.
The FBI’s latest document dump was 325 pages that were cited as “total deleted pages,” but 42 pages had not been deleted.
These 42 pages that were released are only readable in parts and include 177 redactions. Most redactions were linked to the Freedom of Information Act exemptions in which the information is denied because the newfound information could “disclose investigative techniques.”
It has nearly been a year since Comey made his final decision on the Clinton case—he did note that Clinton and her colleagues “were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”
And 22 top secret email exchanges were seen as too damaging to America’s national security to release to the public.
Almost a year later, James Comey was fired from his position as director of the FBI by President Donald Trump. Christopher Wray, Trump’s nominee, will sit down at a Senate hearing of a judiciary committee that will decide his confirmation process.