MAYBE THE FBI WILL ACTUALLY ENFORCE THE RULE OF LAW!
FROM BUSINESS INSIDER:
The FBI will reopen its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server after learning of “the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation,” Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz said on Friday.
In a letter to the chairmen of congressional committees, FBI director James Comey wrote that the investigative team in charge of looking into Clinton’s server briefed him on Thursday on new emails they found that might contain classified information.
“The FBI cannot assess whether or not this material may be significant,” Comey wrote.
Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, tweeted about the news: “A great day in our campaign just got even better. FBI reviewing new emails in Clinton probe.”
Clinton’s email scandal has dogged the Democratic presidential candidate for more than a year. In March 2015, she first admitted to exclusively using a private email account to send and receive work-related emails while she served as secretary of state. The controversy compelled her to hand over roughly 30,000 work-related emails to the State Department, which have been released in batches since last year.
But she deleted about 30,000 additional emails from her server that she says were “personal” in nature before handing it over to the FBI in August, five months after handing over individual emails to the State Department.
After examining her emails for more than a year, the State Department issued a scathing report in May concluding that she “did not comply” with the Department’s policies when she chose to use a personal email account to conduct government business.
The State Department faulted Clinton and previous secretaries of state for poorly managing email and other computer information and for slowly responding to new cybersecurity risks.
Two months later, the FBI decided not to recommend that the Justice Department bring charges against Clinton, saying that Clinton’s conduct did not meet the threshold used to prosecute past violators who shared classified information over unclassified channels.
“In looking back at our investigations into mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts,” Comey said in July, after the FBI interviewed Clinton for three hours about her use of the server while at the State Department.
Clinton’s opponent, Donald Trump, has called the FBI’s determination “very unfair” and has said that if he were elected president he would “lock her up” over her email scandal.
Clinton’s unusual email system was originally set up by a staffer during Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. It replaced another private server used by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
The new server was run by Bryan Pagliano, who had worked as the IT director on Hillary Clinton’s campaign before joining the State Department in May 2009. In 2013 — the same year she left the State Department — Clinton hired a small Denver-based IT firm named Platte River Networks to oversee the system.