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    The FBI released notes from its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized private email server on Friday right before a long holiday weekend limiting its impact on the media narrative.

    On Friday, the FBI released documents detailing its investigative process into Hillary Clinton’s alleged malfeasance as Secretary of State tied to the use of an unauthorized private email server that opponents contest placed America’s national security in peril by leaving it vulnerable to hacks from foreign powers.

    The timing of the release, ahead of a three-day holiday weekend in the United States – a historic lull point in American media coverage as families across the country plan vacations and gather around the barbecue – appears to be the product of a careful stagecraft to limit the impact of the incendiary findings.

    Notably, the FBI report included statements by a Hillary Clinton aide, Justin Cooper, who recalled "two instances where he destroyed Clinton’s old mobile phones by breaking them in half or hitting them with a hammer" in stark violation to the mandate for evidence preservation placed on public figures if they have receive a subpoena or if it was foreseeable to a reasonable person that they may be in the future.

    Hillary Clinton had at least 13 mobile devices according to the investigation, used by the former Secretary of State to send official emails using her private email server, in a practice some are likening to a mobster’s use of burner phones to avoid detection by authorities. Her top aide, Huma Abedin, chalked up the unusual use of mobile devices to Clinton’s age and technological ignorance suggesting that Hillary would use a new phone for a few days before reverting back to an older, more familiar model.

    It has also been established in the FBI investigatory findings that Hillary Clinton’s IT team wiped the email server erasing any potentially incriminating evidence after she had already received a subpoena from the House Select Committee on Benghazi – an act that appears to meet federal criminal standards for destruction of evidence and failure to preserve documents when under an obligation by subpoena.

    Hillary received a subpoena from the House Select Committee on March 4, 2015 instructing her to preserve and deliver all emails from her personal servers, but three weeks later a staffer with Platte River Networks (PRN), Hillary’s IT team that managed the homebrew server, permanently erased the contents of the former Secretary of State’s email archive with a program called Bleach Bit.

    The FBI findings show that the PRN staff member "was aware of the existence of the preservation request and the fact that it meant he should not disturb Clinton’s email data on the PRN server."

    Federal officials appear to have decided not to pursue criminal charges against the low-level IT staffer who was not the target of the investigation and were unable to find a definitive link between Hillary and the destruction of evidence – such as a direct order by Secretary Clinton to delete the documents. It is established that there was a conference call between the PRN staff member and "President [Bill] Clinton’s Staff" immediately before the deletion of emails, but the contents of that call are unknown.

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    • avatar
      anne00marie
      Anybody else and what would have happened to them?
    • Victor Sin reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
      anne00marie, Exactly! How are these stuffers are not in jail for this, or are they?! FBI should be all about law and order, and they're looking at this like it's no big deal!!!
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      happy1
      This is pathetic and it's astounding that criminals like this are actually in the running to be the leader of one of the most powerful nations in the world, talk about corrupt.
    • avatar
      karlof1
      What happens after the Emperor's clothes are already removed; does the hair begin to fall out while body parts fall away? When does the head finally become dead? I know it already stinks grossly; when does it get condemned as a public health threat?
    • avatar
      jas
      Hillary Clinton had at least 13 mobile devices according to the investigation, used by the former Secretary of State to send official emails using her private email server,
      --Man, she operates like a drug dealer, burn phones all over.
    • avatar
      jas
      I was talking to someone about her yesterday. I think the one weakness that will take her down is that she's not very smart. The reason she isn't smart is because she never learns. She is convinced that she already knows everything.
    • avatar
      seanrkearney
      FBI what a disgrace. In my opinion next time they come after someone anywhere they should be told to get lost......In my view they have no credibility left......
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      michaelin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, maybe she believes that being at the top of the heap she can rely upon her advisors - and they are the ones who need to have the 'smarts', therefore she doesn't see the need to spend time understanding and learning about the world and people around her? (not being an apologist for her, simply looking at another way she may view the world) :)
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      PaleRider
      Her end is near.
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      PaleRiderin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, in large measure I think you are correct, OH the arrogance of it all.
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      michaelin reply toPaleRider(Show commentHide comment)
      PaleRider, ...and the sadness too. Thanks. :)
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      wconell
      It appears the FBI is owned. Perhaps the Clinton's know about some skeletons in the FBI's closet?
      I do believe the FBI needs investigating along with a certain Judge!!
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