The private e-mail server used by Hillary Clinton during her tenure as Secretary of State has been one of the biggest and most-discussed issues of the 2016 presidential election. But admit it: You’re still not totally sure what actually happened. It’s OK; we weren’t either.
The server was installed in 2007 by a Clinton aide named Justin Cooper and was intended to be mostly used by Bill “due to concern over ensuring e-mail reliability and a desire to segregate e-mail for President Clinton's various post-presidency endeavors.”
According to the report, from 2007-2009, Hillary was doing personal business directly to her Blackberry email address (@att.blackberrv.net) and server. But, after being sworn in as Secretary of State, she transitioned to the private (@clintonemail.com) server for her personal communication. The reason cited for this was a “matter of convenience.”
4. Does This Mean All State Secrets Were Sent Through Her Personal Server?
...No. The FBI concluded that, for the most part, Secretary Clinton usually discussed classified information through the approved channels. Some stuff, however, slipped through and made it onto her personal e-mail.
5. How Many Classified E-mails Are We Talking About?
When it came out that Hillary Clinton might have conducted state business on her personal server, people were justifiably concerned and an investigation was ordered. Clinton was told to “produce all e-mail in her possession that constituted a federal record from her tenure as Secretary of State” and she complied, providing approximately 55,000 pages of e-mails.
According to the FBI report, “After her staff completed her e-mail production to State in December 2014, she was asked what she wanted to do with her remaining personal e-mails, Clinton instructed her staff she no longer needed the e-mails.”
After finishing its exhaustive report, the FBI director James Comey recommended no criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for the use of her private server. As The New York Timesreported, “there had to be evidence that Mrs. Clinton intentionally transmitted or willfully mishandled classified information. The F.B.I. found neither, and as a result, he said, ‘our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.’”
And then, just last week, the FBI decided to reopen the investigation due to some new e-mails seized from former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s computer. These e-mails belonged to Weiner’s wife and Clinton aide, Huma Abedin. However, the only official information we have to go by is a short, 3-paragraph letter to Congress that is incredibly lacking in details.
The FBI says that it hasn’t yet taken “appropriate investigative steps...to review these e-mails to determine whether they contain classified information" and "cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant."
So, until more information comes out, that’s all we have to go on for now, folks.
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