Tuesday, September 15, 2015

What is going on with Hillary Clinton’s E-mails now that the FBI has her server ? ? ?


What the FBI is doing as part of its investigation involving HRC’s E-Mails and Server  —   Mother Jones:  An expert explains how the agency may be trying to resurrect her emails....  Given that this involves lawyers, the FBI, the State Department, and a host of intelligence agencies, that expert adds,  “....  It's going to be really messy” 



FBI INVESTIGATION DISCUSSED IN MOTHER JONES ARTICLE



According to the folks at Mother Jones  —   “Last week, Hillary Clinton finally apologized for using a private email server when she was secretary of state. That server is now in the hands of the FBI, but it took a while to get there. In December, the Clinton camp provided 30,000 or so work-related emails to the State Department after it deleted more than 31,000 emails from the server that it considered personal. In March, while declining to give a congressional committee access to the server, Clinton's lawyer David Kendall said the emails stored on it had been permanently erased, or ‘wiped.’ But weeks ago, with the email controversy showing no signs of subsiding, Clinton handed over the server to the FBI. The Washington Post reported Saturday that Platte River Networks, the Denver-based company that has managed Clinton's email system since 2013, had no record of the server being ‘wiped.’  So this could mean the FBI will be able to recover emails that the Clinton crew deleted—and that the bureau will be able to review all the emails and documents on the server to determine if materials, possibly including classified information, were handled properly....”  (See “These Are the Forensic Tests the FBI Is Running on Hillary Clinton's Server” by AJ Vicens,  9/14/15, Mother Jones/ Politics [http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/08/hillary-clinton-emails-server-fbi]).

AJ Vicens at “Mother Jones” asked  Jon Berryhill, a computer forensics expert and a former US Air Force investigator, to help explain what the FBI might trying to do to pull-up the deleted (or non-deleted)  material from Hillary Clinton's email server and detail what challenges the FBI’s investigators might have to face. The Vicens-Mother Jones article then detailed several of the techniques that the FBI computer experts would employ on the Hillary Clinton server to determine a variety questions related to the configuration, operational history and security of the Clinton server; and the preservation and/or recovery of all the “official” and “private” E-mails.

According to Jon Berryhill,  “....  Within a couple of hours....  ‘the analyst is going to have a good feel for the kinds of things that are there and what's possible.’  If there is information to pull from the machine, investigators will likely use automated tools to comb through the system, grab files and piece them together, but this could take weeks. ‘The time line of something like this gets drawn out usually because of other things and other people....  If you put it on paper, you could have millions of pages out of a process like that.’ Given that this involves lawyers, the FBI, the State Department, and a host of intelligence agencies, he adds, ‘it's going to be really messy.’...”

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mother Jones is a right wing rag

Galewyn Massey said...

RESPONSE: THE "I KNOW WHO YOU ARE & I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE & I KNOW WHERE YOU HIDE OUT" EDITION

David Corn would find your snarky snipe very amusing, but he might quibble about your factual basis for making that observation.

But, it is I that will be watching you very closely from this point forward -- I have banned one of your close friends, BB, from this blog already. Don't think I won't do the same to you.

Galewyn Massey said...

UPDATE: THE “HILLARY CLINTON ALREADY MIGHT HAVE A CASE OF PERJURY TO ANSWER FOR” EDITION

WASHINGTON TIMES REPORTS THAT U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ACKNOWLEDGED A MONTHS-LONG GAP IN THE HILLARY CLINTON E-MAILS PROVIDED FROM HER SERVER

JUDICIAL WATCH RAISES POSSIBILITY THAT HRC MIGHT BE FACING “PERJURY” OVER THAT GAP IN HER E-MAILS AND A STATEMENT MADE TO COURT IN A FOIA CASE

According to the report that appeared in yesterday’s Washington Times, “The emails former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton turned back over to the government last year contained “gaps,” according to internal department messages evaluating her production.... Mrs. Clinton took office on Jan. 21, 2009, but the first message she turned back over to the department was dated March 18, and the earliest-dated message she herself sent was on April 13, or nearly three months into her time in office, according to a message obtained through an open records request by Judicial Watch, which released it Monday....” (See “State Dept. concedes ‘gaps’ in Clinton emails; contradiction could result in perjury charge” by Stephen Dinan, 9/14/15, The Washington Times [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/sep/14/state-dept-cites-gaps-hillary-clinton-email-record/]).

The Dinan-Washington Times article made particular note of the following: “.... Mrs Clinton has said she continued using a previous account she’d used during her time as a senator for business at the beginning of her time as secretary, but the differing dates between the first email received and the first sent raise still more questions....”

The article also discussed the gaps as follows: “.... The revelation of a possible email gap in Mrs. Clinton’s own records came out of the State Department’s response to one of the open records cases.... According to Eric F. Stein, a State Department official who wrote the evaluation of Mrs. Clinton’s messages, there were “gaps” of several weeks at the beginning and end of her records.... For example, the last message she turned over was dated on her last day in office, Feb. 1, 2013, and it came from Cheryl Mills, one of her top aides. But the last message Mrs. Clinton herself sent and turned over was dated Dec. 30, 2012, a month before she left office....”

This is the most recent State Department response about Hillary’s gap in her E-mails based on Stephen Dinan’s report in the WashTimes: “.... ‘We are not aware of any gaps in the Clinton email set, with the exception of the first few months of her tenure when Sec. Clinton used a different email account that she advised she no longer has access to,’ the department said. ‘There is no “gap” in Secretary Clinton’s sent messages from … December 2012 through the end of January 2013. Upon review, the department has many messages sent by Secretary Clinton during that period, including messages that appear to have been produced directly from her “sent” mailbox. Future document releases will include emails from this time period.’...”

JUDICIAL WATCH CHARGE OF POSSIBLE PERJURY AGAINST HILLARY CLINTON
Here’s how the Washington Times characterized the claims made by Judicial Watch: “.... [The] conservative public interest law firm [Judicial Watch] that has filed 20 separate open records lawsuits demanding release of emails from Mrs. Clinton or her aides, said the gaps could contradict Mrs. Clinton’s assertion, under penalty of perjury, when she said she returned all work-related emails that were on the server she kept at her New York home.... ‘The Obama administration and Hillary Clinton have taken their cover-up of the email scandal too far,’ said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. ‘I suspect that federal courts will want more information, under oath, about the issues raised in these incredible documents.’... The emails obtained by Judicial Watch give more details about the documents Mrs. Clinton turned over — 55,000 printed pages, divided into 12 boxes...."