Following Congressional Criticism, FBI Leaks Status Update On Recovery Of Clinton Emails To The Press
from the unofficially-the-official-word-on-the-investigation-it-can't-talk-about dept
Well, that didn’t take long. Shortly after Senator Chuck Grassley raised his voice about the FBI’s refusal to share information about its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails, a status update of sorts has been provided.
The FBI is still holding its “ongoing investigation” cards close to its chest, but it apparently authorized an anonymous, unofficial spokesperson to beat back the heat with the leak of a few details.
The FBI has recovered personal and work-related e-mails from the private computer server used by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state, according to a person familiar with the investigation.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s success at salvaging personal e-mails that Clinton said had been deleted raises the possibility that the Democratic presidential candidate’s correspondence eventually could become public. The disclosure of such e-mails would likely fan the controversy over Clinton’s use of a private e-mail system for official business.
This obviously won’t be good news for the presidential hopeful, but it does indicate the FOIA lawsuit brought against the State Department by Judicial Watch might start moving forward again.
The FBI is also attempting to determine how much classified information was stored on Clinton’s personal email server. Once that’s sorted out, it will presumably be up to the DOJ to decide how much of a wrist slap Clinton’s mixing of business and pleasure warrants.
“Computer specialists” quoted by Bloomberg say the FBI should be able to recover most of the deleted emails. This is likely true and the effort deployed probably won’t stretch the agency’s technical expertise. Clinton’s use of a private server had less to do with opsec than just making it more difficult to obtain these emails through public records requests.
And while the FBI would like to keeps its findings to itself until it wraps up the investigation (if for no other reason than to avoid weakening its “ongoing investigation” auto-denial), Del Quentin Wilber of Bloomberg points out Congressional committees can issue subpoenas to obtain information from the agency while the investigation is still underway.