The public may soon know after all the truth about the email server Hillary Clinton used as Secretary of State, and if she was hiding anything by deleting 31,000 “personal” emails. Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 that the FBI was able to recover the work and personal emails Clinton erased from her server. Bloomberg named their source “a person familiar with the investigation.” The source however, did say how many of the emails the FBI recovered. The news comes just one day after the FBI was accused of refusing to cooperate with a court order to work with the State Department and report to the Justice Department about their investigation. Instead, the FBI sent a letter to Justice Department on Monday, Sept. 21 refusing to confirm any investigation.
According to Bloomberg’s report, since the FBI was able to recover the emails, they might be made public, like the rest of Clinton’s emails. FBI is supposedly working on the original server. Clinton handed over the server to Colorado based, Platte River Networks that managed and maintained it. Last month the company handed over the server after receiving the FBI’s request and Clinton’s approval.
Bloomberg believes that those emails release will “fan the controversy over Clinton’s use of a private e-mail system” as Secretary of State dealing with information relating to national security. So far, two emails were tagged “top secret,” upping the importance of the scandal, and significance in Clinton’s wrongdoing by using her private email server system. So far, 213 emails reviewed have been deemed classified. The FBI however, will not release the emails until the end of their investigation, which will probably coincide with the Iowa caucus on February 1.
The FBI is currently investing why Clinton sent classified information through her personal server. The source who spoke anonymously said the investigation will continue for the next couple of months. The FBI has to now sort through the emails they are recovering and specifically looking for work related emails among the ones Clinton claimed were personal. Additionally, the FBI has been investigating whether there are more copies of Clinton’s server.
Last month, Clinton handed over a thumb drive and the server to the Justice Department. The Justice Department just cleared Clinton, concluding she was allowed to use a private server for government business and she was allowed to delete personal emails on the server. The House Committee on Benghazi is in the process of interviewing Clinton’s former aides at the State Department and Clinton is set to testify on Oct. 22. Most recently, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) sent Attorney General Loretta Lynch a letter on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 requesting the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton. There are increasing calls to criminally investigate Clinton’s actions.
Clinton had her aides headed by her former chief of staff Cheryl Mills in charge of reviewing Clinton’s emails and “sifting” through the professional and personal emails on the server, determining which ones would be handed over to the State Department. In total, 32,000 emails were completely erased because they were personal in nature. Clinton said the personal emails related to planning her daughter, “Chelsea’s wedding, yoga routines and condolence messages.” Most of the emails however, work-related, containing “schedules, press clippings, staffing updates, speech notes, and requests to aides for tech support, and requests to speak with people over secure phone lines.”
In December 2014, Clinton handed over 30,000 emails, 55,000 pages to the State Department; the emails were given only in print format. Despite Clinton giving the emails three months earlier, only in March 2015 did the press first discover and made public that Clinton used a private server during her tenure as Secretary of State (2009-2013). The New York Times was the first to break the story. Clinton has always justified her usage by saying she was allowed by the State Department, and did so out of convenience not to use to phones. Earlier this month Clinton finally apologized to the nation for using the private server and the ongoing scandal.
The controversy over her decision to use a private server and then review and erase the emails including previously claiming to have wiped the serve clean has affected the public’s perception of Clinton. Clinton has taken a hit in the polls, and a majority of voters view Clinton unfavorably, they consider her untrustworthy and dishonest, and most associate her with the word liar.
The revelation about restoring the server comes a day after the FBI supposedly refused to abide “court-ordered inquiry” into Clinton’s server. The FBI refuse to even tell the State Department they are in fact investigating Clinton’s email system. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered and gave the FBI and the State Department to communicate about the investigation and determine if any of the emails on the server were recoverable. The FBI was required to hand over any finding of their investigation to the State and Justice Departments.
The FBI was supposed to “reply” about the investigation on Monday, Sept. 14 to the Justice Department. Instead, they did a week with a letter written by FBI General Counsel James A. Baker addressed to the Justice Department. Baker wrote, “At this time, consistent with long-standing Department of Justice and FBI policy, we can neither confirm nor deny the existence of any ongoing investigation, nor are we in a position to provide additional information at this time.”
Conservative group Judicial Watch is behind the litigation against Clinton and the court order
By Judge Rudolph Contreras requiring the State Department release the emails in batches every 30 days since June and ending in January 2016. They group filed their own brief on Monday claiming not to know where Clinton’s original server is, and if the one in the FBI’s possession is the original one.
Judicial Watch’s brief questioned, “We also do not know whether the server purportedly in the possession of the FBI – an assumption based on unsworn statements by third parties – is the actual email server that was used by Mrs. Clinton and Ms. Abedin to conduct official government business during their four years of employment at the State Department or whether it is a copy of such an email server. Nor do we know whether any copies of the email server or copies of the records from the email server exist.”
The conservative group also released 50 pages of emails Clinton’s long time aide and deputy chief of Staff Huma Abedin, who also used the private server. Abedin is also under investigation for her dual roles working in the State Department and as the same time as a private contractor for the Clintons. Abedin emailed sensitive information on the server about Clinton’s travels and where she was staying.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton expressed, “These emails Judicial Watch forced out through a federal lawsuit show that Huma Abedin used her separate clintonemail.com account to conduct the most sensitive government business, endangering not only her safety but the safety of Hillary Clinton and countless others.” Other Clinton aides including Cheryl Mills and Philippe Reines also used the clintonemail.com server, but the State Department has no plans to release any of those emails.
Currently the State Department has “100 different open records lawsuits” not all have to do with Clinton directly. As the Washington times notes, “of the 26 requests where the State Department has sought to halt proceedings, six have already been denied. Only one has been granted, one was granted in part and denied in part by the same judge, and another is being held in abeyance.”