Hillary Clinton got some bad news on Thursday when a new memo from two GOP-led House committees and an internal FBI email found that “foreign actors” obtained access to some of the former Secretary of State’s emails, including at least one email classified as “secret.”
Fox News reported that the memo was drawn up by the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, and it addressed a range of issues including Clinton’s email security.
“Documents provided to the Committees show foreign actors obtained access to some of Mrs. Clinton’s emails — including at least one email classified ‘Secret,'” the memo states, going on to add that foreign actors also accessed the private accounts of some Clinton staffers.
Though the memo does not identify the foreign actors and the accessed material, it does explain that secret information is defined as information that, if disclosed, could “reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to the national security.”
A May 2016 email from FBI investigator Peter Strzok has also just been released in which he says that “we know foreign actors obtained access” to some Clinton emails, including at least one “secret” message “via compromises of the private email accounts” of Clinton staffers.
In his statement in July of 2016, former FBI Director James Comey did not go as far as Strzok did.
“We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private commercial email accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account,” Comey said at the time.
In addition, the memo questions whether the DOJ and FBI properly analyzed and interpreted the law surrounding mishandling of classified information.
“Officials from both agencies have created a perception they misinterpreted the Espionage Act by stating Secretary Clinton lacked the requisite ‘intent’ for charges to be filed,” the memo states, citing statements made by Comey that indicated a belief that intent was required, which the memo says ignored “meaningful aspects” of the law.
Clearly, the Clinton investigation was grossly mishandled and needs to be reopened.
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