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State Department Opens Internal Investigation of Clinton’s Mishandling of Classified Information

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. State Department is opening an internal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information after the Justice Department declined to file criminal charges.

The State Department suspended its internal review in April at the request of the FBI, Huffington Post reports. 

“Given the Department of Justice has now made its announcement, the State Department intends to conduct its internal review,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.

“I cannot provide specific information about the Department’s review, including what information we are evaluating. We will aim to be as expeditious as possible, but we will not put artificial deadlines on the process,” he said.

Legal Ethics Professor Blasts Comey, Calls Email Press Conference ‘Out of Line’

Professor Stephen Gillers

Professor Stephen Gillers

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A professor of legal ethics at N.Y.U. School of Law blasted FBI Director James B. Comey for holding a press conference on Tuesday and delivering “his verdict on Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server.”

In a letter to editor at the New York Times on Thursday, Professor Stephen Gillers wrote that the press conference was “was out of line.”

He went on to write: 

The F.B.I. is neither judge nor jury. And it certainly has no business characterizing the noncriminal conduct of subjects of investigation, as Mr. Comey did. Cops, even top cops, should not play this role.

While it may gratify the country to hear Mr. Comey’s independent views on the server controversy, his press briefing sets a bad precedent that can harm the fair administration of justice. Few people under investigation have the resources Mrs. Clinton has to defend herself.

True, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she would accept the recommendation of Mr. Comey and career prosecutors, but that was not a license for the director to go public. Furthermore, even if Ms. Lynch had given Mr. Comey the sole authority to decide whether to indict Mrs. Clinton, that’s all he should have decided.

Once a decision is made not to indict, a prosecuting agency should say nothing more. Its job is to prosecute crime, and if there is no crime, it should remain silent.

 

State Department Slams Hillary Clinton’s Use of a Private E-mail in New Report

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hillary Clinton violated the rules and failed to inform key staff members about her use of a private e-mail server, according to a scorching State Department Inspector General report.

“At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act,” the report states.

CNN reports that officials examined the rules and policies of the State Department, and the internal investigation included interviews with former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. 

Clinton and several members of her staff declined to be interviewed.

According to the report, two staff members in the Office of Information Resources Management who “discussed their concerns about Secretary Clinton’s ue of a personal email account in separate meetings with the then-Director” of their office.

“According to the staff member, the Director stated that the Secretary’s personal system had been reviewed and approved by Department legal staff and that the matter was not to be discussed any further,” the report states. The same director reportedly “instructed the staff never to speak of the Secretary’s personal email system again.”

Clinton has maintained that received permission to use her private email.

U.S. Warns Travelers of ‘Near-Term’ Attacks in Europe After Terrorism in Brussels

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. authorities have issued a warning to Americans traveling to Europe that “near-term” attacks are possible throughout the continent.

“Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation,” said the State Department alert, which expires on June 20, reports ABC News. 

“U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation.”

The warning urged Americans to take caution “during religious holidays and at a large festivals or events.”

The TSA also is beefing up security at major city airports and at rail and transit stations nationwide following the attacks in Brussels on Tuesday.

Homeland Security officials said there are “no specific, credible intelligence of any plot to conduct similar attacks here in the United States.”

“That said, we remain very focused on the threat posed by lone terrorist actors who may lack direct connection to a foreign terrorist organization,” said DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson in a statement.

Other Stories of Interest

Former Hillary Clinton Staffer Cooperates with FBI in Exchange for Immunity

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former State Department staffer who set up Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server in her New York home in 2009 is cooperating with the Justice Department and FBI in exchange for immunity, a senior law enforcement official told the Washington Post. 

The Justice Department has granted immunity to Bryan Pagliano, who is now cooperating wth the FBI as it investigates possible mishandling of classified information.

The FBI is expected to complete the investigation in the coming months.

The Post wrote that “agents are likely to want to interview Clinton and her senior aides about the decision to use a private server, how it was set up, and whether any of the participants knew they were sending classified information in emails,” citing current and former officials.

No evidence has surfaced yet that prosecutors have convened a grand jury.

State Department: Powell, Rice also Received Classified Info via Personal Email

collin powell

Colin Powell

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hillary Clinton was not the only former secretary of state who received classified information through private e-mail accounts, according to a review by the State Department.

Politco reports that former Secretary of State Colin Powell was contacted by the FBI about using a personal e-mail account while he was on the job.

The State Department inquire revealed that Powell and former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice also received sensitive information through private accounts.

Powell, however, insisted none of the e-mails he received though his personal e-mail were classified.

“The FBI has come to us,” Powell said, adding that two agents visited him late yeast year to discus e-mail practices while he was SOS from 2001 to 2005

FBI Expands Investigation of Hillary Clinton Over Her Public Charity

Hillary_Clinton_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait_cropBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is expanding its investigation of Hillary Clinton to determine whether her use of a private email account amounted to public corruption, Fox News reports.

The FBI has been focusing on the mishandling of classified information, but three intelligence sources said the investigation now includes whether there’s an “intersection” between the Clinton Foundation work and State Department business.

“The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts and whether regular processes were followed,” one source said.

Clinton said she was not aware of an expanded investigation.

The Clinton Foundation, a public charity that raised $144 million in 2013, may have benefited from her work when she was secretary of state, the sources said.

“Many previous public corruption cases have been made and successfully prosecuted with much less evidence than what is emerging in this investigation,” an intelligence source told Fox News.

State Department: FBI Director Meant No Disrespect in Column about Holocaust

Director James B. Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Following a torrent of criticism over his column last week about the Holocaust, FBI Director James Comey emphasized that he did not mean to suggest that Poland was responsible for the genocide of Jews, NBC News reports.

His comments come after Poland’s ambassador called the remarks “unacceptable.” Even the U.S. ambassador to Warsaw was called by Polish authorities.

In the column, Comey said: “In their minds, the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn’t do something evil. They convinced themselves it was the right thing to do, the thing they had to do.”

A State Department spokeswoman said the U.S. “recognizes and admires the brave efforts of countless Poles, Hungarians and others in occupied Europe in protecting their Jewish countrymen and women from Nazi genocide.

“Director Comey certainly did not intend to suggest otherwise, did not intend to suggest that Poland was in some way responsible for the Holocaust,” the spokeswoman added.