When FBI director James Comey stunned America last week by exonerating Hillary Clinton for being “grossly negligent” in her abuse of professional duties, but not criminal, he opened up a whole new can of worms for the presidential candidate, namely that she had repeatedly perjured herself and lied to both Congress and the American people.
As a result, House Republicans said Thursday they would seek a new FBI probe whether Clinton lied to Congress about her handling of classified information, as well as whether she perjured herself under oath during an 11-hour testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, That referral could lead to a new investigation, once again putting Clinton under the glare of the Justice Department.
It will hardly be difficult for an objective investigation to refute that Hillary lied: here is a brief summary of points which Hillary has made both on Capitol Hill and elsewhere, which the FBI report officially refuted:
“I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email”
As the Hill reminds us, this was one of first claims that Clinton made about her email setup, in a press conference at the United Nations shortly after it was revealed last year. We now know that more than 2,000 emails now contain information considered classified, but most of that was upgraded after it was sent. According to Comey, a total of 113 emails contained information that was classified at the time the messages were sent or received. Among those are eight threads containing 22 emails classified as top secret — the highest tier of classification. “There was classified material emailed,” Comey told the House Oversight Committee on Thursday.
“It was allowed, but it was not a good choice”
Clinton has repeatedly described her email setup as permitted under the letter of the rules, though perhaps “unwise” as she put it in the middle of her Benghazi Committee testimony. Both the State Department’s inspector general and the FBI disagree with that claim. The department’s internal watchdog released a harshly critical report earlier this year saying that the setup “would not” have been approved, had Clinton sought permission. Had employees within the FBI had a similar system, Comey testified this week, they might have been subject to a range of punishments up to and including being fired. “You could be walked out or, depending on the nature of the facts, you could be reprimanded,” the FBI director testified in the House.However, the bureau would not have been able to prosecute them for federal crimes, he added. And there would be no punishments that could be handed down after the official had left office.
“I provided the department with all of my work-related emails, all that I had”
Hillary also claimed repeatedly that all of her work-related messages were contained within the roughly 30,000 messages given to the State Department in 2014. Another batch of a similar size was purely personal, she has said, and those messages destroyed. This quote also came from the hearing in the Select Committee on Benghazi. The FBI managed to recover some of those deleted emails, through inboxes of her colleagues and from electronic breadcrumbs on decommissioned severs that Clinton used. According to Comey, “thousands” of those allegedly personal emails pertained to her work at the State Department. At least of them contained classified information.
“I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two”
This is another early claim of Clinton’s, given during her March 2015, press conference explaining why she used a private server out of convenience. The rationale, she said at the time, was to use just her one BlackBerry device for all email traffic, instead of switching between multiple devices. But in fact, Clinton used “multiple devices” throughout her four years as the nation’s top diplomat, according to the head of the FBI chief. “The FBI has the server that was used during the tenure of my State Department service” The common understanding of Clinton’s setup is that she used a single server throughout all four years, as this quote during the Benghazi Committee hearing seems to assert. But the FBI said that she used “several” different machines, which were taken offline as they became outdated and replaced.
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