A summary of the FBI’s interview with Hillary Clinton concerning her use of a private email server reveals the former of secretary of state did not recall receiving security briefs regarding the handling of classified information.
The document linked Clinton suffering a serious concussion in 2012 and a subsequent blood clot in her brain to her inability to recall.
“However, in December of 2012, Clinton suffered a concussion and then around the New Year had a blood clot,” the FBI’s summary stated. “Based on her doctor’s advice, she could only work at State for a few hours a day and could not recall every briefing she received.”
“According to the report, Clinton told the FBI that she did not set up a private email server to sidestep the law requiring her to keep her business communications a matter of public record. At least one federal judge is examining whether this was the case as part of a lawsuit against the State Department concerning public access to Clinton’s government records,” Reuters reported.
The former secretary of state wrongly said on a number of a occasions that she did not receive classified information on her email server, which she later modified to none classified at the time it was sent or received.
The FBI investigation proved this claim to be false, with investigators finding 110 emails to contain classified information at the time it was sent, and over 2,000 later designated classified.
Some of the emails contained information concerning future planned drone strikes. When questioned why she thought that would not be classified, Clinton told the FBI that she believed the classification level of future drone strikes depended on the context.
House Speaker Paul Ryan responded to the release of the FBI findings to the public.
The documents from the FBI demonstrate Hillary Clinton's reckless & downright dangerous handling of classified info. pic.twitter.com/6tgRJTEOB0
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) September 2, 2016
As reported by Western Journalism, after reviewing the FBI notes, House Oversight Committee member Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. saw one glaring omission in the investigation.
“Remember [FBI director] James Comey said she was not indicted because he didn’t have sufficient evidence on the issue of intent? I didn’t see any questions on the issue of intent,” the congressman said on Fox News last week.
“There’s no question she handled [classified emails] negligently or extremely carelessly. He said he didn’t go forward with charges because she didn’t have specific criminal intent. I didn’t see any questions on that,” Gowdy added.
The former federal prosecutor said two questions that should have been asked in ferreting out the issue of her intent are, “Why did you delete emails that you kept for a year-and-a-half?” This act happened after her work-related emails became the subject of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit and congressional inquiry.
Second, “Why didn’t you turn emails over the day you left service [or shortly thereafter as required by law]?