(AP) — The FBI on Friday took the unusual step of releasing to the public documents related to its yearlong investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state. The documents include a summary of her July interview with FBI agents as well as a detailed chronology of steps that investigators took in deciding whether criminal charges were warranted.
Here are some of the highlights from the documents:
IT ALL STARTED WHEN …
Clinton told the FBI that she directed her aides in early 2009 to create a private email account and that, “as a matter of convenience,” it was moved onto a system maintained by her husband’s staff.
She said she was aware that a private email server was located in the basement of her Chappaqua, New York, home but had no knowledge of the “hardware, software and security protocols used to construct and operate the server.”
According to the FBI investigation, Clinton contacted Colin Powell in January 2009 to ask about his use of a BlackBerry when he was secretary of state. He warned her if she used a BlackBerry to “do business,” her emails could become official public records. “Be very careful. I got around it all by not saying much and not using systems that captured the data.”
She also said she didn’t recall receiving guidance from the State Department on email policies and said she didn’t explicitly request permission regarding a private email account or server — but said no one at the State Department expressed any confusion.
Clinton told the FBI that she didn’t pay attention to particular levels of classified information, though she said she treated all classified information the same.
At one point in the interview, she was presented with a 2012 email that included a “c” marking next to one of the paragraphs. Though the marking was meant to connote that the material in that paragraph was “confidential,” Clinton said she wasn’t sure and thought perhaps the “c” referenced the paragraphs being marked in alphabetical order, according to the FBI interview.
Either way, Clinton said she treated the content of the email as a “condolence call” and questioned the classification level.
Some of the FBI questioning concerned a 2011 exchange in which Clinton directed one of her advisers, Jake Sullivan, to transmit a set of talking points and turn it “into nonpaper w/no identifying heading and send nonsecure.”
Clinton told investigators that she thought “nonpaper” was a document with no official heading that cannot be attributed to the U.S. government. She said she thought the practice went back “200 years.”
When presented with the email, she said she believed she was asking Sullivan to remove the State Department letterhead and to provide unclassified talking points. But she said she had no intention of removing classification markings, and she said she couldn’t recall actually receiving a “nonpaper” fax in that instance.
Editor’s note: The above makes it clear that there is no email scandal. It’s a “Trumped” up accusation which has been accepted as fact. We MUST ensure that Donald Trump is never elected POTUS. Hillary is still a far better choice, “warts and all”.