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.’...”