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Old 07-01-2016, 08:11 AM
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Feds want more time to probe emails of Hillary’s ex-aides
By Bob Fredericks
July 1, 2016 | 1:20am

The State Department has asked a federal judge to extend the deadline for turning over emails of four ex-Hillary Clinton aides until October 2018.

Justice Department lawyers told federal Judge Rudolph Contreras that the State Department won’t be able to meet a July 21 deadline he set in a lawsuit brought by Citizens United, the conservative watchdog that sued to get the emails.

Eric Stein, the State official handling the emails, said the agency initially thought it would have to vet 6,000 documents, but discovered “errors in the manner in which the searches had been conducted,” so the backlog is now 14,000 pages.

Citizens United called the State Department request “outrageous” and an effort to “protect their candidate” until nearly two years after the November election.

And the president of Judicial Watch, another watchdog group that has filed a separate suit to get Clinton’s emails while she was using a private server as secretary of state, called the delay tactics typical.

“Getting this information is like extracting blood from a stone,” said Tom Fitton.

The group wants the emails that then-Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin, Ambassador-At-Large Melanne Verveer and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Michael Fuchs exchanged with staffers at the Clinton Foundation or at Teneo consulting, a firm with close ties to the Clintons.
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Hillary Clinton’s FBI interview to happen ‘very soon’
By Daniel Halper
July 1, 2016 | 4:16pm

Hillary Clinton will be interviewed Saturday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Daily Caller reported.

One source told The Post that the sitdown would take place “very soon” but couldn’t confirm the Saturday date.

The interview would come just five days after US Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton chatted in Phoenix and would indicate that the investigation into the former secretary of state’s emails is winding up.

The FBI investigation has been scrutinizing whether the private email server Clinton set up in her home broke any federal laws.

The investigation began almost one year ago.

Clinton has said repeatedly that she’d be willing to answer questions from the feds — even though any resistance on her part would decimate her campaign for president.

“There wouldn’t be an interview unless the investigation were near conclusion,” a former top-ranking FBI official told The Post.

“This is most likely the last piece because you don’t interview the principal subject until you have everything. The culmination of this investigation is this interview,” he added.

The interview reportedly will take place at Clinton’s Washington, DC, home, according to the Daily Caller.
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Lynch may be forced to charge Hillary after Bill’s shady powwow
By Charles Gasparino
July 1, 2016 | 10:20pm

It’s common knowledge in law-enforcement circles that, while FBI staffers believe Hillary Clinton should face some charges over her handling of classified government information through her private e-mail server, political types at the Justice Department would (for obvious political reasons) love to quash any talk of an indictment.

But thanks to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the quashing of the case against the former secretary of state just got more difficult, legal officials tell me — no matter how an indictment might derail Clinton’s plans to become the next president of the United States.

At issue, of course, is the revelation that Lynch, the country’s chief prosecutor, had the audacity to have a private meeting with ex-President Bill Clinton — the spouse of the target of the e-mail investigation.

Yes, Lynch went to great lengths to say the meeting was innocent , just a chat about their grandkids and golf. And on Friday, she said she’ll accept the recommendation of career Justice staffers — not the political types who want Hillary to win what they view as a third Obama term in the White House.

But that doesn’t even begin to address either the politics or the legal propriety of what just went down, law-enforcement sources tell me.

Indeed, because this friendly “chat” looks so bad, and her meeting may, in fact, amount to witness tampering, Lynch may now be in a box, these sources tell me: She may have no choice but to accept what some have termed a very possible FBI recommendation to charge the former first lady with a crime over mishandling classified information.

First, Bill Clinton may not be an innocent bystander: He hasn’t been charged in the e-mail probe nor is it clear he’s directly under scrutiny, but as I’ve reported in The Post, FBI staffers are probing not just his wife’s use of a private server for top-secret information, but also possible shenanigans involving the Clinton Foundation, the nonprofit she runs with her husband.

One avenue of possible inquiry: whether the secretary of state may have stepped over the legal line by commingling her official State Department business with her role at the charity.

Lynch may have no choice but to accept what some have termed a very possible FBI recommendation to charge the former first lady with a crime over mishandling classified information.

Already, there have been some interesting connections between foreign governments, businesses and some individuals looking for preferential treatment from Hillary’s State Department and elsewhere in the administration, with some of those entities giving donations to the foundation — which doled out a few bucks to charity but also lined the pockets of the Clintons and their friends.

In other words, that friendly chat between Lynch and Bill Clinton could also be construed as witness tampering, law-enforcement types tell me.

Then there’s the politics of the matter. The rift between the FBI and the political hacks at Justice over the e-mail scandal was real and deep; I’m told it was the main reason the e-mail inquiry has dragged on for so long, with some speculating that the final recommendation might come after the 2016 presidential election.

In fact, many law-enforcement sources I speak to say FBI chief James Comey has already signaled to Lynch privately that his staff believes Clinton stepped over the line with her use of the private server for government business, and has gotten pushback from the DOJ.

But the timing of any announcement has likely gotten a lot faster, law-enforcement sources say.

Comey’s hand has been strengthened immensely in bringing a case before the election, because, as one former prosecutor puts it, “If Comey’s recommendation to bring a case is rejected, he will resign as a hero. It will look like politics pure and simple, which is why that meeting was so stupid.”

Of course, Comey may decide that Clinton’s wrongdoing isn’t as bad as what got former CIA chief David Petraeus in hot water. But many FBI officials believe he’s more likely to follow the lead of his men, and recommend charges against Hillary — and the political implications will, of course, be yuuuge.
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Clinton interviewed by the FBI about private email server
July 02, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI interviewed Hillary Clinton on Saturday about her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, her campaign announced after the meeting, as federal investigators neared the end of the probe that has hung over her White House bid.

Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, gave a voluntary interview for 3 ½ hours at FBI headquarters in Washington, her campaign said.

“She is pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the Department of Justice in bringing this review to a conclusion,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said. “Out of respect for the investigative process, she will not comment further on her interview.”

Spokespeople for the FBI and the Justice Department declined to comment Saturday.

For Clinton, the interview indicates that the Justice Department’s yearlong probe is drawing to a close only four weeks before she is set to be formally nominated as the Democrats’ choice to succeed President Barack Obama.

Clinton’s FBI interview was expected, and it does not suggest that she or anyone else is likely to face prosecution. If Clinton and her aides are exonerated, it might help brush aside a major distraction throughout her campaign that has made many voters question her trustworthiness.

But as the past week shows, the case is complicated. Clinton sat down with the FBI just days after her husband, former President Bill Clinton, walked across a hot airport tarmac in Phoenix for an impromptu meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Lynch’s husband. The couple had just landed.

The nation’s top law enforcement official later expressed regret that she had met with the former president, whose plane was about to depart Phoenix, even though she said it was social in nature and they did not discuss the email review. Bill Clinton nominated Lynch as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York in 1999.

Lynch said Friday that she intended to accept the findings and recommendations of career prosecutors who have spent months investigating the case.

Clinton’s campaign did not comment on the meeting between Lynch and the ex-president. But it has raised questions about its propriety given the investigation, and congressional Republicans have renews calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor in the case.

Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee, has repeatedly said the email issue undermines Clinton’s fitness for office, and he suggested she will receive leniency from a Democratic administration. Trump has called his opponent “Crooked Hillary” and said she cannot be trusted in the White House.

Following reports of Clinton’s FBI interview, Trump tweeted: “It is impossible for the FBI not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton. What she did was wrong! What Bill did was stupid!”

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement Saturday that the FBI interview reinforces Clinton’s “central role in deliberately creating a culture which put her own political ambitions above State Department rules and jeopardized our national security.”

During the campaign, the former New York senator has argued that she is more trustworthy than Trump on handling the issues that matter to most Americans: foreign policy, national security and running the economy.

But the investigation also poses an unwelcome distraction just as Clinton has vanquished her primary rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, holds a huge fundraising advantage over Trump and polls show her well-placed to become America’s first female president even as many voters question her honesty.

While she was Obama’s secretary of state, Clinton exclusively used a private email server for her government and personal emails, rather than the State Department’s email system. The Associated Press revealed the existence of the server in March 2015.

Clinton has said relying on a private server was a mistake but other secretaries of state had also used a personal email address.

The FBI is investigating the potential mishandling of sensitive information. The matter was referred last summer by the inspectors general for the State Department and intelligence community following the discovery of emails that were later determined to contain classified material.

Clinton has repeatedly said that none of the emails were marked classified at the time they were sent or received. As part of the probe, she has turned over the hard drive from her email server to the FBI.

The State Department’s inspector general, the agency’s internal watchdog, said in a blistering audit in May that Clinton and her team ignored clear warnings from State Department officials that her email setup violated federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers. Clinton declined to talk to the inspector general, but the audit reported that Clinton feared “the personal being accessible” if she used a government email account.

Agents have already interviewed top Clinton aides including her former State Department chief of staff Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, a longtime aide who is currently the vice chairwoman of Clinton’s campaign.

The staffer who set up the server, Bryan Pagliano, was granted limited immunity from prosecution by the Justice Department and has also cooperated with federal investigators. The FBI as a matter of course seeks to interview individuals central to an investigation before concluding its work.

The emails were routed through a server located in the basement of Clinton’s New York home during her tenure as the nation’s top diplomat from 2009 to 2013.
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Huma Abedin admits that Clinton burned daily schedules
By Daniel Halper
July 4, 2016 | 12:52am

Hillary Clinton’s closest aide revealed in a deposition last week that her boss destroyed at least some of her schedules as secretary of state — a revelation that could complicate matters for the presumptive Democratic nominee, who, along with the State Department she ran, is facing numerous lawsuits seeking those public records.

Huma Abedin was deposed in connection with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit into Clinton’s emails — but her admission could be relevant to another lawsuit seeking Clinton’s schedules.

“If there was a schedule that was created that was her Secretary of State daily schedule, and a copy of that was then put in the burn bag, that . . . that certainly happened on . . . on more than one occasion,” Abedin told lawyers representing Judicial Watch, the conservative organization behind the emails lawsuit.

Abedin made the surprising admission in response to a question about document destruction at the Department of State. A lawyer for Judicial Watch asked: “And during your tenure at the State Department, were you aware of your obligation not to delete federal records or destroy federal records?”

Abedin was not pressed for more details.

Clinton has admitted to destroying “private personal emails” as secretary of state. But Abedin’s admission that she used so-called “burn bags” — a container that material is placed in before it is destroyed — for some of her schedules is the first time anyone close to her has disclosed destroying public records.

The exact circumstances surrounding those destroyed records will likely come under intense scrutiny, critics said.

A former State Department official told The Post it was unprecedented for a diplomat to destroy a schedule like this.

“I spent eight years at the State Department and watched as four US ambassadors and two secretaries of state shared their daily schedules with a variety of State Department employees and US officials,” said Richard Grenell, former diplomat and US spokesman at the United Nations.

“I’ve never seen anyone put their schedule in the burn bag — because every one of them had a state.gov email address and therefore their daily schedules became public records, as required by law.”

Others said Clinton’s careful approach to her schedule further highlights her recklessness in using a personal server for all her email communications.

“The [president’s] schedule was not classified but it was deemed ‘highly sensitive.’ Instructions were given at the White House and on the road that schedules would be disposed of through the use of ‘burn bags’ and/or shredding,” said Brad Blakeman, a scheduler for President George W. Bush.

“This shows, in my opinion, a skewed sense of security. The Clinton people would dispose of the secretary’s schedule in the same manner as if it were classified yet those same safeguards were not in place with regard to email communications.”

Ambassador John Bolton, a Clinton critic, said the matter shows Clinton’s “recklessness” regarding her emails. But he noted it’s unlikely Clinton could have completely destroyed her schedules.

“They can’t eliminate it even if they wanted to,” Bolton said.

The Associated Press has been seeking Clinton’s schedule through Freedom of Information Act requests asking for Clinton’s public and private calendars and schedules from Jan. 21, 2009, through Feb. 1, 2013. The wire service sued the State Department for those schedules in 2015.
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