The State Department’s review of Clinton’s email use was released in May 2016. It offered harsh criticism of Clinton’s choice to exclusively use private email during her tenure as Secretary of State; however, it did not say it was illegal. A full copy of the State Department’s report can be read HERE. Clinton released a fact sheet about her email use and was interviewed by the FBI as a part of an investigation in July 2016. She apologized for the use her private email server in September 2015 during an interview with ABC News. A video of the interview is below:
On July 5, 2016, FBI Director James Comey spoke about his department’s investigation into the handling of classified material by Hillary Clinton and her staff during her tenure as Secretary of State. The bureau ultimately decided not to bring any criminal charges against Clinton or any of her staff members, but Director Comey did have some harsh words. He said that both Clinton and her staff were “extremely careless” in handling sensitive material. He went on to say that security in the State Department in general is “lacking.” A video from Director Comey’s press conference is below:
Clinton has admitted that using a private email server was a mistake and has stated that she wants the emails from her private server to be available to the public in the interest of transparency. The State Department released the final batch of emails at the end of February. Since the release of the emails was part of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), all the emails were posted to the State Department’s FOIA website.
To access the emails, follow the steps below:
- Go to http://foia.state.gov/Search
- Type “F-2014-20439” in the Case Number field
- Click on the arrow next to the “Posted Date” column header and select “Sort Descending” so that the recently released documents show first
- Click the title of the document in the “Subject” field to open a PDF copy
Update (8/30/2016): A conservative watch dog group released 725 pages of emails that it obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The emails released were not from Hillary Clinton, but instead from Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin. The group, Judicial Watch, claims that the emails prove that donors to the Clinton Foundation were given preferential treatment and special access to Clinton. In fact, the emails reveal that while Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band attempts to set up meetings for donors with Clinton, Abedin is reluctant to do so or offers to set up meetings through official channels.
Clinton campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin responded to the release saying, “Once again this right-wing organization that has been going after the Clintons since the 1990s is distorting facts to make utterly false attacks. No matter how this group tries to mischaracterize these documents, the fact remains that Hillary Clinton never took action as secretary of State because of donations to the Clinton Foundation.” A full set of the emails can be downloaded HERE.
Update (9/3/2016): This week, the conservative group Judicial Watch released a new set of emails showing correspondence between Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band and Hillary Clinton’s top State Department aide Huma Abedin. In one exchange that is referenced by the group, Abedin and Band are discussing his request for diplomatic passport to visit North Korea. Officials have confirmed that his request was related to the release of American hostages negotiated by former President Bill Clinton. The same official stated that Band was not granted the passport. A copy of the emails is embedded below, and a PDF version of the emails can be downloaded HERE.
Update (9/2/2016): The FBI released a collection of documents related to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as Secretary of State. The 58 page document includes a number of pages about the investigation process, but it also includes the notes from Clinton’s FBI interview on July 2. The interview reveals several facts about the server and devices Clinton used as Secretary of State, such as the fact that Clinton used thirteen different devices (cell phones, iPads, etc.) throughout her tenure as Secretary of State. The release of the document came as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request. The full document is embedded below and can also be downloaded HERE.
Update (9/9/2016): The State Department announced that of the 15,000 emails found on Hillary Clinton’s email server turned over to the department by the FBI, 30 were related to the attacks in Benghazi, Libya. This past week, the State Department said that of the 30 emails, only three had been previously unreleased. The one new email is dated January 23, 2013 and is from Ambassador to Brazil Tom Shannon to Clinton’s aide Cheryl Mills complimenting Clinton on her handling of her testimony on Capitol Hill. Mills then forwarded the email to Clinton. The other two emails are forwarded copies of two previously released emails. A copy of the emails is embedded below, and a PDF copy can be downloaded HERE.
Update (9/24/2016): The FBI released a new document containing notes from their investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as Secretary of State. The new report is 189 pages long and features notes from interviews with Clinton staffers including Cheryl Mills and Bryan Pagliano, the person who set up and maintained Clinton’s server. The document reveals that State Department officials were concerned whether the use of private email complied with public record keeping policies. Mills and Pagliano cited other Secretaries of State that had used private email. Hillary for America spokesman Brian Fallon responded to the document release saying, “These materials further demonstrate why the Justice Department believed there was no basis to move forward with this case.” In July, the FBI announced that it did not have case against Clinton for mishandling classified information. Read a copy of the the FBI’s notes below or download a copy HERE.