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The Email Saga Continues

- July 1, 2016

Clinton Managed To Close Out June With A Week Of Dreadful Developments In Her Secret Server Scandal


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Bill Clinton's meeting with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch garnered bipartisan criticism and fueled speculation that the Obama Administration is trying to influence the outcome of the FBI's investigation into Clinton's secret server.
  • Top Clinton aide Huma Abedin was deposed this week, where she revealed Clinton did not want her emails not be accessible to "anybody." And Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy, a key player in the Clinton State Department, raised eyebrows in a separate deposition by failing to recall key details about Clinton's server some 50 times.
  • On the heels of last week's revelation Clinton failed to turn over a key work-related email about her server, The Associated Press reported that Clinton failed to turn over "dozens" of additional work-related emails from her time at State, declaring last year, under penalty of perjury, that she had turned over all such emails.

THIS WEEK, BILL CLINTON AND ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH HAD A PRIVATE MEETING ON AN ARIZONA TARMAC, ADDING FUEL TO THE FIRE THAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WILL SHEILD CLINTON FROM CRIMINAL CHARGES

The Boston Herald Editorial Headline: "Tete-A-Tete On The Tarmac" (Editorial Board, "Tete-A-Tete On The Tarmac,"The Boston Herald, 7/1/16)

NPR: "Bipartisan Disapproval Follows Bill Clinton's Meeting With Loretta Lynch" (Carrie Johnson, "Bipartisan Disapproval Follows Bill Clinton's Meeting With Loretta Lynch,"NPR, 6/30/16)

Bill Clinton's Meeting With Attorney General Loretta Lynch "Has Created A Political Firestorm, Fueling Criticism Of The Justice Department's Investigation Into Hillary Clinton's Private Email Server." "The private meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton has created a political firestorm, fueling criticism of the Justice Department's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server." (Jesse Byrnes, "Lynch Meeting With Bill Clinton Creates Firestorm For Email Case," The Hill, 6/30/16)

Bill Clinton And Lynch Met Privately For 30 Minutes, Arousing "Further Suspicion About The Political Pressures Weighing On The Justice Department." "The 30-minute meeting on the tarmac at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport aroused further suspicion about the political pressures weighing on the Justice Department." (Julian Hattem, "Lynch Pressured To Recuse Herself After Clinton Tarmac Meeting,"The Hill , 7/1/16

Among Both Democrats And Republicans There Is "Widespread Disapproval" Of The Meeting. "A strange thing is uniting Democrats and Republicans in Washington: the widespread disapproval of a meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac in Arizona." (Carrie Johnson, "Bipartisan Disapproval Follows Bill Clinton's Meeting With Loretta Lynch," NPR, 6/30/16)

Following The Meeting, Lynch Is Facing Pressure To Hand Off Oversight Of The FBI Investigation Into Clinton's Secret Server. "Pressure is intensifying on Attorney General Loretta Lynch to hand off oversight of the federal investigation connected to Hillary Clinton's private email server. Calls for Lynch to step aside - which had already been simmering for months - appeared primed to boil over Thursday following the attorney general's unscheduled, private meeting with Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton." (Julian Hattem, "Lynch Pressured To Recuse Herself After Clinton Tarmac Meeting,"The Hill , 7/1/16)

MSNBC'S Morning Joe Panned The Meeting Saying, "Think They Have Their Own Rules…" CO-HOST OF MSNBC'S "MORNING JOE" MIKA BRZEZINSKI: "Well Chuck, you mentioned Bill Clinton, we have breaking news. The New York Times is reporting that Attorney General Loretta Lynch plans to announce that she will accept whatever recommendation career prosecutors and FBI Director James Comey make about whether to bring charges related to Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server. She's removing herself. The paper says that her decision removes the possibility that a political appointee will overrule investigators in the case. This development comes after a lot of criticism around the Attorney General's meeting with former President Bill Clinton aboard her plane at a Phoenix airport." CO-HOST OF MSNBC'S "MORNING JOE" JOE SCARBOROUGH: "By the way, can we just say, Mika, how much, how irritated is Barack Obama by Bill Clinton? How irritated is Barack Obama by the existence of Bill Clinton and the lack of discipline, the storm cloud that seems to follow Bill Clinton wherever he goes. It has to drive the President crazy." NBC NEWS POLITICAL DIRECTOR CHUCK TODD: "Why do you think it's only Barack Obama that's only annoyed with him" Why don't you think Hillary Clinton's a little annoyed with him too?" SCARBOROUGH: "Well no, I'm sure Hillary Clinton's very annoyed with him, I'm just saying. Eugene Robinson, the entire White House here has spanned this rough relationship between Barack Obama and Bill Clinton for eight years. And the two men do not understand each other. But when I see that split screen of Barack Obama's Attorney General and Bill Clinton, Bubba, you just can sense the President just rolls his eyes and can't believe what he's seeing." THE WASHINGTON POST COLUMNIST EUGENE ROBINSON: "I would guess he probably did more than roll his eyes, I bet there were probably a few choice words. You know, I have, I have been wrong about this. I thought Bill Clinton would be relatively well-behaved during this election cycle and that he probably wouldn't step in it since he stepped in it last time, last time around, several times. I thought he had learned from that. He hadn't learned quite as much as I had anticipated. And maybe this is the eruption, and he'll be better going forward, but we'll see. We'll see." BRZEZINSKI: "I don't get it." CO-HOST OF MSNBC'S "MORNING JOE" WILLIE GEIST: "In light of this news that she's going to, that Loretta Lynch is going to accept the decision of the FBI, she's not taking herself off the case, but she will accept the decision of the FBI. Which is important. You put it in the context of past decisions. Remember when Attorney General Holder with Petraeus. The recommendation of the FBI was to pursue criminal charges and he knocked it down to a misdemeanor. So they don't want any appearance of that. Here's the Attorney General defending her 30 minute conversation with former President Bill Clinton." U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH: "Our conversation was a great deal about his grand-children. It was primarily social and about our travels. He mentioned the gold he had played in Phoenix, and he mentioned travels he had had to West Virginia. We talked about former Attorney General Janet Reno, for example, whom we both know. But there was no discussion of any matter pending before the Department or any matter pending before any other body, there was no discussion of Benghazi. No discussion of the State Department e-mails by way of example." PRESUMPTIVE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE DONALD TRUMP: "Well when I first heard that yesterday afternoon, I actually thought they were joking. I thought that the people who told me were, I said, 'no way. Just no way that's going to happen.' And it happened. And I am just, I'm flabbergasted by it." GEIST: Bob Costa, let's go to you on this as well. Does this have any impact on what we're watching in the campaign? I mean obviously we were talking earlier that it just sort of supports this idea that there's a cloud of suspicion, that Clintons play above the rules, that they think they have their own rules, and some poor judgment on both sides here really." (MSNBC's " Morning Joe," 7/1/16)

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Following The Widespread Criticism, Lynch Still Refuses To Rule Out Overruling A Recommendation To Indict By Career Prosecutors

Bloomberg Headline: "Lynch Said To Stop Short Of Recusing Herself On Clinton E-Mails" (Toulouse Olorunnipa, Chris Strohm, and Mark Halperin, "Lynch Said To Stop Short Of Recusing Herself On Clinton E-Mails,"Bloomberg , 7/1/16)

Lynch Is "Reserving The Right To Overrule Prosecutors And FBI Investigators On Whether To Bring Charges…" "Attorney General Loretta Lynch is reserving the right to overrule prosecutors and FBI investigators on whether to bring charges after their probe into Hillary Clinton's personal e-mail server, but she is strongly inclined to follow their recommendation, a Justice Department official said." (Toulouse Olorunnipa, Chris Strohm, and Mark Halperin, "Lynch Said To Stop Short Of Recusing Herself On Clinton E-Mails,"Bloomberg , 7/1/16)

Lynch Stopping Short Of Recusing Herself, Continues The Debate "Over Whether She Will Exert Influence Over The Case As An Appointee" Of Obama. "Because Lynch will stop short of recusing herself, debate may continue over whether she will exert influence over the case as an appointee of President Barack Obama, who has endorsed Hillary Clinton's presidential bid." (Toulouse Olorunnipa, Chris Strohm, and Mark Halperin, "Lynch Said To Stop Short Of Recusing Herself On Clinton E-Mails,"Bloomberg , 7/1/16)

Repeatedly Pressed On Her Personal Role In The Outcome Of The FBI's Investigation, Lynch Gave Intentionally Vague And Convoluted Responses That Left Her Precise Role Unclear. THE WASHINTON POST'S JONATHAN CAPEHART: "You say you fully expect to accept their recommendations, one thing people were saying when the news broke was that you were 'recusing yourself from having any kind of role in the final determination,' is that the case?" ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH: "A recusal would mean that I wouldn't even be briefed on what the findings were or what the actions going forward would be. And while I don't have a role in those findings, in coming up with those findings or making those recommendations as to how to go forward, I will be briefed on it and I will be accepting their recommendations." CAPEHART: "And when you say, again, this must be the journalist in me or the linguist in me, accepting to me means 'here Madam Attorney General, here are our findings' and you completely accept them whole heartedly and then issue them to the public, or you accept them and look them over and then make your own determination as to what the final determination will be." LYNCH: "No, the final determination of how to proceed will be contained in the recommendations in the report and whatever format the team puts together, that has not been resolved, whatever report they provide to me, there will be a review of their investigation, there will be a review of what they have found and determined to have happened to have occurred, it will be their determinations as to how they feel as the case to proceed." CAPEHART: "When you say there will be a review, you mean the review will be done by you once you accept the recommendations and determinations or are you talking about the process of the review getting to that point?" LYNCH: "I understand, I'm talking about the initial process and how this case will be resolved, this case will be resolved by the team that's been working on it from the beginning. Supervisors always matters, this case has been reviewed by the people in the Department of Justice, and also the FBI will review it, up to and including the FBI Director and that will be the finalization of not just the factual findings and the next steps in this matter." (Loretta Lynch, Remarks, Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen, CO, 7/1/16)

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TWO OF CLINTON'S STAFF WERE DEPOSED IN A LAWSUIT INVOLVING CLINTON'S SECRET SERVER, RESULTING IN BAD PRESS FOR ALL INVOLVED

Top Clinton Aide Huma Abedin Revealed Under Oath That Clinton Opposed Her Private Emails Accessible To "Anybody"

The Associated Press Headline: "Aide: Clinton Opposed Private Emails Accessible To 'Anybody'" (Stephen Braun, "Aide: Clinton Opposed Private Emails Accessible To 'Anybody,'" The Associated Press , 6/30/16)

CNN Headline: "Huma Abedin Details Clinton Email Troubles In Deposition" (Tom LoBianco and Betsy Klein, "Huma Abedin Details Clinton Email Troubles In Deposition," CNN, 6/30/16)

The New York Times Headline: "Huma Abedin Says Clinton's Email Server Caused Frustration" (Steven Lee Myers, "Huma Abedin Says Clinton's Email Server Caused Frustration," The New York Times, 6/29/16)

Abedin Said That Clinton Didn't Want Her Private Emails She Mixed With State Department Emails Accessible To "Anybody…" "Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin said in a legal proceeding that Clinton did not want the private emails that she mixed in with State Department emails on her private computer server to be accessible to 'anybody,' according to transcripts released Wednesday." (Stephen Braun, "Aide: Clinton Opposed Private Emails Accessible To 'Anybody,'" The Associated Press , 6/30/16)

Abedin's Deposition Reveals "New Insight Into The Highly Unusual Decision" By Clinton To Use "A Private Email Server In Her Basement To Conduct Government Business…" "Abedin's comments provided new insight into the highly unusual decision by the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate to operate a private email server in her basement to conduct government business when she served as secretary of state." (Stephen Braun, "Aide: Clinton Opposed Private Emails Accessible To 'Anybody,'" The Associated Press , 6/30/16)

  • Abedin Is The Same Aide That Clinton Emailed In 2010 When She Was Concerned About The "Personal Being Accessible." Clinton turned over nearly 33,000 business-related messages while disposing of about the same number of personal messages. But Clinton failed to turn over at least three dozen work-related emails, according to the agency. Among those emails was a November 2010 email exchange with Abedin discussing her concerns about the risk of the 'personal being accessible.'" (Stephen Braun, "Aide: Clinton Opposed Private Emails Accessible To 'Anybody,'" The Associated Press , 6/30/16)

Clinton's Under Secretary For Management Patrick Kennedy Also Was Deposed, Revealing Even More About The Department's Awareness Of The Set-Up Of Clinton's Secret Server

The Washington Post Headline: "State Undersecretary Patrick Kennedy: Clinton Private Email Use Struck 'No Bells'" (Spencer Hsu, "State Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy: Clinton Private Email Use Struck 'No Bells,'" The Washington Post , 7/1/16)

Kennedy Is "The State Department's Senior-Most Official Responsible For Compliance With Federal-Record Keeping Laws…" "The State Department's senior-most official responsible for compliance with federal record-keeping laws said he never 'focused on' Hillary Clinton's use of a private email account for official business while secretary, according to transcript released Thursday." (Spencer Hsu, "State Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy: Clinton Private Email Use Struck 'No Bells,'" The Washington Post , 7/1/16)

Kennedy Said That He Didn't Think It Was Unusual For Clinton To Have Used A Private Server. "Kennedy didn't think it was unusual for Clinton to be using an email account ending in clintonemail.com rather than state.gov, he said, 'because previous secretaries of State had not used email addresses at all.'" (Julian Hattem, "State Dept Official: Clinton's Private Email Use 'Did Not Register,'"The Hill , 6/30/16)

Kennedy Responded To "Roughly 50 Questions" By Saying He Could Not Recall Or Remember Aspects Of His Work For Clinton. "He responded to roughly 50 questions by saying he did not remember aspects of his work for Clinton, including when asked if he recalled sending emails that Judicial Watch attorneys had printed out and presented to him." (Sarah Westwood, "Record Keeper Pleads Ignorance In Clinton Private Server Case," The Washington Examiner , 6/30/16)

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTED THAT CLINTON FAILED TO TURN OVER "DOZENS" OF WORK-RELATED EMAILS DESPITE HAVING DECLARED UNDER POTENTIAL PENALTY OF PERJURY THAT SHE HAD DONE SO

The Associated Press Reported That Dozens Of Work-Related Emails That Clinton "Failed" To Hand Over To The State Department Were Released Under A Freedom Of Information Act Lawsuit. " Another 165 pages of emails from Hillary Clinton's time at the State Department have surfaced, including dozens sent through her private server that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee failed to hand over last year. The latest emails were released under court order by the State Department to the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch, which released them Monday." (Michael Biesecker, "More Clinton Emails Released, Including Some She Deleted," The Associated Press , 6/27/16)

  • These Emails Were "Not Among The 55,000 Pages Of Work-Related Messages That Clinton Provided…" "The emails were not among the 55,000 pages of work-related messages that Clinton provided, including one where the then-secretary of state discusses how her official records would be kept. Clinton and her lawyers deleted tens of thousands of messages she claimed were clearly personal." (Michael Biesecker, "More Clinton Emails Released, Including Some She Deleted," The Associated Press , 6/27/16)

Just A Week Ago, The Associated Press Also Revealed Another "Key" Email That Clinton Failed To Turn Over

Last Week, It Was Revealed That Clinton "Failed To Turn Over A Copy Of A Key" Email About Security Threats Posed By Her Use Of A Secret Server. "Former Secretary Hillary Clinton failed to turn over a copy of a key message involving problems caused by her use of a private homebrew email server, the State Department confirmed Thursday. The disclosure makes it unclear what other work-related emails may have been deleted by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee … Clinton has never outlined in detail what criteria she and her lawyers used to determine which emails to release and which to delete, but her 2010 email with Abedin appears clearly work-related under the State Department's own criteria for agency records under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act." (Michael Biesecker, "Clinton Failed To Hand Over Key Email To State Department," The Associated Press, 6/23/16)

Last Year, Clinton Pledged She Had Turned Over All Work-Related Email Under Penalty Of Perjury

In Early August 2015, Clinton Certified Under Penalty Of Perjury That She Had Turned Over All Work-Related Emails. (Hillary Clinton, Declaration On Content Of Emails, Supplement To Defendant's August 7, 2015 Status Report, Executed 8/8/15)


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