BREAKING: FBI Announces Hillary Clinton Was ‘Extremely Careless’ – Recommends No Charges
Director of FBI Says It Is Recommending Dept of Justice Not Press Charges, Finds No Ill Intent
FBI Director Jamey Comey has just announced that Hillary Clinton will not face any charges after the Bureau has completed its investigation into the former Secretary of State’s private email server. Comey, a Republican who was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2003 asÂ Deputy Attorney General, was nominated to serve as FBI Director by President Obama in 2013.
“Basically [Comey’s] conclusion was — it was sloppy, but it wasn’t criminal,” @PeteWilliamsNBC says on NBC News Special Report
â€” Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 5, 2016
Director Comey said his statement has not been co-ordinated with the Dept. of Justice.
Clinton use numerous servers, Comey said, saying it took thousands of hours of effort to piece together all the pieces.Â
Among Clinton’s emails were top secret and classified emails.
Director Comey saidÂ â€œno reasonable prosecutorâ€ would bring a case against Clinton.Â
Bottom line: FBI Director says what Clinton did not criminal, but it was careless.
This clip gives the main portion of the conference:
FBI Director Comey: Our view is no charges in Clinton email investigation https://t.co/isjAUoXFb8
â€” MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 5, 2016
FBI Dir says email inquiry focus was on legal standard of whether classified info was mishandled intentionally, or in grossly negligent way
â€” Ari Melber MSNBC (@AriMelber) July 5, 2016
52 email chains of Clinton’s contained classified info at the time, 8 of which were top secret, Comey says
â€” Juliet Eilperin (@eilperin) July 5, 2016
None of Clinton’s deleted emails were “intentionally” done so to hide them
â€” Julian Hattem (@jmhattem) July 5, 2016
FBI found no intentional deletion with intent to conceal them. “Like many email users,” Clinton deleted emails as a routine matter.
â€” Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 5, 2016
Comey: FBI found no intention to hide info in pattern of deletions.
â€” mark seibel (@markseibel) July 5, 2016
FBI Director James Comey: 110 Clinton emails contained classified information at the time https://t.co/5M873L5vSZ https://t.co/thdp7aQaDN
â€” The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) July 5, 2016
Comey: Clinton and team were “extremely careless” in handling classified email
â€” Manu Raju (@mkraju) July 5, 2016
FBI director: “There is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of highly sensitive or classified information.”
â€” Scott Bixby (@scottbix) July 5, 2016
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Trump Lawyer’s ‘Critical Evidence’ Will Help DOJ Make Decision to Charge ‘Without Significant Delay’: Former Prosecutor
Donald Trump‘s attorney Evan Corcoran, who allegedly directed another Trump attorney to draft the false statement claiming all classified and sensitive documents had been returned, has been ordered to testify before a grand jury and hand over documents and records to Special Counsel Jack Smith in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents criminal investigation.
Trump appealed U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell’s decision ordering Corcoran to testify and hand over documents, including handwritten notes. The Appeals Court in light speed mode, rejected Trump’s appeal.
Corcoran will be testifying before the grand jury on Friday, CNN reports.
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One former top DOJ official, Brandon Van Grack, says the “Special Counsel is about to get access to the most critical evidence in the case. Should allow DOJ to make a charging decision without significant delay.”
He did not define what “without significant delay” means in terms of days, weeks, or months.
Van Grack served at Main Justice for eleven years, including as a lead prosecutor in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and later, as the Chief of the DOJ’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit.
“The announcement from a panel of three judges in the appeals court – less than a day after Trump sought to put Corcoran’s testimony on hold – adds momentum to the special counsel investigation as it seeks to secure evidence that could make or break a federal criminal case against Trump,” CNN explains. “The Justice Department has successfully argued in court that prosecutors have enough evidence that Trump’s interactions with the lawyer were part of a possible crime that they can pierce the confidentiality of the conversations between the two.”
‘National Security Implications’: Former DOJ Official Speculates on Ruling Ordering Trump Attorney to Hand Over Docs
A former top Dept. of Justice official says a federal judge’s expedited ruling ordering an attorney for Donald Trump to testify against his client before a grand jury and hand over documents very well may be related to “national security.”
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ruled that DOJ Special Counsel Jack Smith had successfully made the case Donald Trump may have committed a crime, via his attorneys, in his classified documents case. That finding allowed her to invoke the crime-fraud exception, and order Trump attorney Evan Corcoran to testify before the grand jury investigating the ex-president’s unlawful retention and refusal to return hundreds of classified documents.
Former FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann, who also worked for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and headed the DOJ’s Criminal Fraud Section, Wednesday afternoon on MSNBC said it’s possible Judge Howell’s expedited decisions were related to national security.
Tuesday night Judge Howell ordered DOJ to provide information by 6:00 AM Wednesday.
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Trump appealed Howell’s ruling, and Wednesday afternoon the Appeals Court denied his appeal related to the documents, Politico reports.
“I’ve never seen anything that quick. It’s very hard to know why. I have to say, to me, when I think about what can be a plausible reason– and this is pure speculation – is that there must be something in the papers that gave the judges concern about national security implications, because it’s such a short timeframe.”
“The reason this is a bombshell is you could end up with Evan Corcoran as a key, fundamental witness against Donald Trump in an obstruction of justice case and a false statements case,” Weissmann adds.
According to Politico, Wednesday’s appeals court ruling “effectively permits the Justice Department to circumvent Trump’s attorney-client privilege after a lower-court judge found that the documents likely contain evidence of a crime.”
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This article was updated to correctly spell Andrew Weissmann’s last name.
RIGHT WING EXTREMISM
Trump Appeals After Judge Agrees With Special Counsel on Crime-Fraud Exception and Requires His Attorney to Testify
Donald Trump’s attorneys have appealed a ruling that requires one of his lawyers to testify before a grand jury investigating his unlawful removal, retention, and refusal to return classified documents from the White House.
Attorneys for the Special Counsel “said there is evidence of a deliberate effort not to turn over all the material covered by the subpoena,” The Washington Post reports, citing people familiar with the matter.
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell had reportedly agreed with Special Counsel Smith that there is sufficient evidence proving Donald Trump may have committed a crime via his attorneys, and ruled his attorney must testify before a grand jury. The ruling, which was not made public, was handed down Friday night, NBC News reported Wednesday afternoon.
Judge Howell “ruled in favor of applying the ‘crime fraud’ exception to Trump’s attorney-client privilege and ordered Trump lawyer Evan Corcoran to testify before the federal grand jury.”
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Trump’s attorneys have already appealed the ruling.
“People familiar with the matter said an appeals panel has already begun reviewing the decision, after Trump’s lawyers appealed,” The Washington Post adds. “The extraordinarily quick timeline suggests that the judges — all nominated by Democratic presidents — intend to rule swiftly.”
Trump could take his case all the way to the Supreme Court, but The Post says it’s “not clear he would have a much better chance of success there.”
According to an NBC News report from October, Corcoran directed another Trump attorney, Christina Bobb, to sign the letter claiming a thorough search of Mar-a-Lago had been made and all classified or “sensitive” documents had been returned. That was proven untrue after federal agents, executing a search warrant, recovered hundreds of documents with classified markings.
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