Why’s The State Department Re-Investigating Mrs. Clinton’s Email Handling?

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I have been arguing that the former Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton’s supposed email scandal, based on when she served in this post from 2009-2013, was blown way out of proportion to what it should have been. While it was a news worthy story, the amount of coverage was way over the top. AND then it was fueled by the news media frequently printing headline stories about her emails, in collusion with Russia’s and WikiLeaks’ well timed leaks of stolen emails regarding Mrs. Clinton and other democratic officials, without the appropriate context and/ or caveat of how the material was obtained. These were news items which constantly haunted the democratic candidate Mrs. Clinton throughout her 2015-2016 presidential campaign.

I still am convinced that the media in large part helped the republican President Donald Trump squeak out a victory over his Democratic Party opponent, Hillary Clinton.

It didn’t help that the democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton initially avoided the press when pressed with questions by reporters about the email issue, and then when she did try to explain, she never presented an easy to understand accounting of what and how her emails were handled.

HILLARY CLINTON/ Doug Mills—The New York Times/Redux
The State Department and the Department of Justice should not be acting in 2019-2020 at the behest of the republican President Donald Trump as tools to target those on the president’s enemies’ list, like Hillary Clinton. But this is exactly what’s happening.

It turns out that the US State Department headed by Secretary Mike Pompeo has again been investigating the handling of emails by Hillary Clinton when she served as its secretary from 2009-2013.

In addition 2 US GOP Senators have submitted a letter to the (DOJ) US Department of Justice headed by the Attorney General William Barr regarding another tall-tale about government corruption allegations that the Justice Department should be pursuing.

Hillary Clinton checks her messages upon departure from Malta for the as-yet-undisclosed location, Tripoli, Oct. 18, 2011.

Here’s what 2 senators wrote in a letter dated Sept. 27:

“The Justice Department has yet to inform Congress and the public whether it has begun an investigation into links and coordination between the Ukrainian government and individuals associated with the campaign of Hillary Clinton or the Democratic National Committee. Ukrainian efforts, abetted by a U.S. political party, to interfere in the 2016 election should not be ignored. Are you investigating links and coordination between the Ukrainian government and individuals associated with the campaign of Hillary Clinton or the Democratic National Committee? If not, why not?”

Here’s the rest of the story…

Back to 2016…

What the FBI Director Comey has never explained well to anyone’s satisfaction, is how the classification system works within the state department. If I could request just one thing of news reporters and /or US House representatives, it would be for them to find and interview a current or recently separated state department employee, to verify for themselves what the rest of the story is regarding the Clinton’s email saga.

The mail, data, whatever correspondence comes into the US Department of State is reviewed and then separated by experienced eyes into levels of classified data and non classified material. This is why classified documents, as per standard procedure, require the heading “CLASSIFIED,” at the top in bold letters, to limit errors of confidential to highly classified data being incorrectly categorized as “non-classified.” But any audit at any time of the State Departments non-classified documents transmitted by the designated government server will reveal that there are a certain number of mistakes that occur.

Mrs. Clinton got into trouble for her handling of emails, where she was supposed to be dealing solely with the State Department’s non-classified material. If an audit were to be done today of the State Department’s non-classified data with exactly the same handling of non-classified work as what Mrs. Clinton did from 2009-2013, except for the usage of her own personal server versus the government’s designated server, out of 62,000 pieces of work product, there would be a certain number that would still have to be marked classified retroactively, and a few that weren’t properly marked at the top as “classified.”

Benjamin Lowy for TIME
CLINTON/ Benjamin Lowy for TIME

What Mr. Comey discovered after reviewing all of Hillary Clinton’s emails was that about 110 out of over 60,000 that should have been marked “classified’ and 3 which were not headed with the word “classified” at the top of the page but there was a “C” for confidential in the body of the document.

This is why, the FBI Director James Comey was never in a position to prove INTENT BY HILLARY CLINTON TO PASS CLASSIFIED DATA to anyone not cleared to view it, which is a requisite standard to criminally charge anyone. The question he should have been asked by astute GOP Congressional lawmakers, is what steps has his office and/ or the state department taken to improve the state department’s rate of accuracy in dividing correspondence between that which is classified and that which isn’t?

Hillary Clinton campaigning in the N.H. presidential primary at Winnacunnet High School, in Hampton, N.H., on Feb. 3, 2016.
CLINTON/ James Nachtwey for TIME
Incidentally, the government server that Secretary Hillary Clinton had been expected to use was not a secure system and never had been while she was on the job.  Also, there’s government data proving that the non-secured government server had been successfully hacked during her tenure by the Russians.

And contrary to the FBI Director Comey’s assertions, I can state with 100% certainty that the Russians did not hack into Mrs. Clinton’s private server, because they definitely would’ve shared her personal emails if they had possession of them, as openly requested by her opponent. Those emails have never been produced which is absolute proof that the Russians were never able to successfully penetrate her private server.

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama
CLINTON/ OBAMA/ Charles Krupa—AP
Plus, at the time when Mrs. Hillary Clinton was serving as secretary of state from 2009-2013, nothing, except the preservation of government agencies’ work products for historical records, had been codified into law, including the 2009 government regulations regarding email handling within government agencies. This means that the FBI were not in a position  to hold Mrs. Clinton criminally liable over her usage of a private server, as her predecessors had admitted doing. The FBI Director Comey could only have criminally charged Mrs. Clinton if she decided to lie to the FBI, which of course, she didn’t.

As per an 11/7/16 ABC News report, “President Obama signed the Federal Records Act into law in late November 2014, requiring the head of each agency (including the state department) to “make and preserve records containing adequate and proper documentation of the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures and essential transactions of the agency.”