In what is being characterized as an “oh sh*t” moment, a staffer admitted that he deleted some Hillary Clinton emails AFTER the House Select Committee on Benghazi had ordered her emails to be preserved.
Other eye-opening details found in documents released Friday by the Federal Bureau of Investigations show that Clinton had 13 mobile devices during her time as secretary of state, plus five iPads, AND that she may have personally deleted some of the emails.
The FBI said it was releasing the 58 pages of material in the interests of transparency… more from Twitter:
This is crazy. 3 weeks after NYT publish Clinton email server story, there was a big wipe of her emails conducted pic.twitter.com/tlO0KJWYgz
— Chris Cillizza (@ChrisCillizza) September 2, 2016
(!!!!!) FBI appears to speculate that HRC could have *personally* deleted some emails to preclude archiving/review pic.twitter.com/CW0KMNHTXP
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) September 3, 2016
The Wall Street Journal offered more details on the “oh sh*t” moment:
The FBI report also said a technical staffer at a company helping maintain Mrs. Clinton’s email server told law enforcement officials that he had an “oh sh*t” moment when he realized he had forgotten to delete an archive of Mrs. Clinton’s emails from his company’s systems, as had been requested by Mrs. Clinton’s attorneys in late 2014.
After Mrs. Clinton’s private email server became public in 2015, the staffer realized that he had never made the deletion and took steps to purge the files. That occurred after the Republican-led House Benghazi committee had ordered Mrs. Clinton’s emails preserved in March 2015. Mrs. Clinton herself said that month that she wanted her emails released to the public.
The FBI said in the report that Mrs. Clinton “stated she never deleted, nor did she instruct anyone to delete, her emails to avoid complying with FOIA, State or FBI requests for information.”
The FBI report goes on to say the bureau does not have any of the 13 devices in its possession and “could not make a determination as to whether any of the devices were subject to compromise.”
Team Hillary continues to insist there’s nothing to see here.
“We are pleased that the FBI has released the materials from Hillary Clinton’s interview, as we had requested,” Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said, according to the Journal. “While her use of a single email account was clearly a mistake and she has taken responsibility for it, these materials make clear why the Justice Department believed there was no basis to move forward with this case.”
GOP rival Donald Trump remains perplexed over how Clinton has escaped accountability for her actions.
“After reading these documents, I really don’t understand how she was able to get away from prosecution,” Trump said in a statement
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