5 takeaways from the FBI’s Friday document dump … plus a Benghazi bonus

The FBI dumped almost 200 pages of notes from it’s closed investigation of Hillary Clinton‘s use of a private email server and while there were no bombshells, the documents still contained remarkable information.

The bureau is taking heat for once again choosing a Friday afternoon to drop the information, which included, in large part, summaries of interviews with former top aides, but others suggest the bureau’s actions keep the issue in the news just three days away from the first presidential debate.

Here are five takeaways from the Friday dump, plus a Benghazi bonus.

#1 -Daily Beast correspondent Shane Harris noted on Twitter that Clinton was apparently emailing directly with President Barack Obama, who used a pseudonym account that top aide Huma Abedin was not aware of.

“How is that not classified?” she asked the FBI upon learning of the pseudonym — Abedin would request a copy of the email.

#2 – Abedin also told the FBI that Clinton had to give the White House her new private email address so her emails would not be rejected by the president’s server.

#3 – Another tidbit shared by Washington Times reporter Andrew Blake is that Abedin sent emails to her Yahoo! account at times in order to print them — this being the same Yahoo that acknowledged this week 500 million email accounts were compromised in 2014.

There is plenty of speculation that this data breach was the handiwork of the Russians.


#4 – Blake also intimated that the need for security on Hillary’s home-brew server appeared to be of little concern:


#5 – USA Today reported on an aide talking about Clinton going through Blackberry devices — she used 13 as secretary of State, which the FBI never secured:

One aide recalled helping Clinton replace BlackBerry devices three or four times during her tenure, once after the secretary spilled coffee on a device and again when one of the new devices began to “slowly fail over time.”

Each time, confidential assistant Monica Hanley told FBI agents in a January interview, that a new device was secured and a technical aide would “sync” it with Clinton’s server and then “talk Hanley through the process of wiping the old device.”

“Hanley would provide the new BlackBerry to Clinton along with the old/wiped BlackBerry,” the FBI reported. “However, Hanley was not sure what Clinton did with the old BlackBerry after Hanley turned them over.”



Benghazi also came up, with an employee in the State Department’s Office of Information Programs and Services talking about “interference” with the review of information:

The IPS official described a rush last year to vet 296 emails, culled from a review of 30,000, that were found to relate to a congressional review of the 2012 attack of the U.S., diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. The official said she did not believe that the attorneys assigned to prepare the congressional response had the “appropriate training.” Later the official told agents that she believed “there was interference with the formal (Freedom of Information Act) review process.”


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