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FBI recovers Clinton emails involving Benghazi attack

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    A Libyan man investigated the inside of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after a deadly attack two days earlier, on Sept. 13, 2012. The State Department says about 30 emails that may be related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI’s recently closed investigation into her use of a private server.

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    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke in Reno, Nev. on Aug. 25. The State Department says about 30 emails that may be related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI’s recently closed investigation into her use of a private server.

WASHINGTON » The State Department says about 30 emails that may be related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI’s recently closed investigation into her use of a private server.

Government lawyers told U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta today that an undetermined number of the emails among the 30 were not included in the 55,000 pages previously provided by Clinton. The State Department’s lawyer said it would need until the end of September to review the emails and redact potentially classified information before they are released.

Mehta questioned why it would take so long to release so few documents, and urged that the process be sped up. He ordered the department to report to him in a week with more details about why the review process would take a full month.

The hearing was held in one of several lawsuits filed by the conservative legal group Judicial Watch, which has sued over access to government records involving the Democratic presidential nominee. The State Department has said the FBI provided it with about 14,900 emails purported not to have been among those previously released.

Clinton previously had said she withheld and deleted only personal emails not related to her duties as secretary of state. With the November election little more than two months away, Republicans are pressing for the release of as many documents related to Clinton as possible.

In a separate development today, Judicial Watch submitted 25 questions to Clinton about her 2009 decision to rely on a private server in the basement of her New York home rather than a government email account.

Clinton was ordered earlier this month by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan to answer the group’s questions under oath. The judge’s order was only a partial victory for the group, which had sought to depose Clinton in person.

It was not immediately clear from the wording of Sullivan’s order whether Clinton must answer the questions before or after the November election. Judicial Watch contends the deadline is Sept. 29.

Clinton lawyer David Kendall did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment about the timing of his client’s planned response. A woman who answered the phone at Sullivan’s chambers said he was unavailable to provide clarification.

A law enforcement official also told The Associated Press today that the FBI is expected to release documents soon related to its investigation, which focused on whether Clinton and her aides mishandled government secrets.

The official, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity, said documents in the case would be made public as the FBI responds to Freedom of Information Act requests. It wasn’t immediately clear when the documents would be released or exactly what they would include.

Though he described Clinton’s actions as “extremely careless,” FBI Director James Comey said his agents found no evidence that anyone intended to break the law and said “no reasonable prosecutor” would have brought a criminal case.

The FBI this month provided Congress portions of its file from the agency’s yearlong investigation.

The FBI interviewed Clinton for several hours at FBI headquarters in Washington just days before announcing its decision to close the investigation. The Justice Department accepted the FBI’s recommendation.

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  • First of all let me say I’m an Independent and support only the best possible leadership for our country. However, for the left to continue to only say that this is some right wing conspiracy against her is just incorrect. There are good reasons why this Benghazi thing is still sticking around. Yes, Trump is a clown and I would never vote for him but Hillary has done real damage to our country and is so untruthful. I believe that Gary Johnson and Bill Weld are our only choice for President and VP.

    • I might agree with you if Mr. Johnson were a viable candidate. Unfortunately his poll numbers are flatlined at 8.4 percent for the past year. He cannot win the election but like Ralph Nader, he can certainly lose an election. The best that Mr. Johnson and Ms Stein can do is to shift the conversation to substantive issues.

      • Benghazi was first used against President Obama in the 2012 election because after all he was president at the time. It failed and Republican’s are now trying to blame Hillary Clinton for Benghazi. Nine Republican Congressional investigations on Benghazi at a cost of over $20 million have cleared Clinton of any wrong doing. Republicans are going for an eleventh investigation.

        • Setting up a private server for her government and personal email can only mean one thing, she wanted to maintain control of her email and keep it completely private. Clinton is a lawyer, she knew she was breaking the law by routing state department email thru her personal server.
          I don’t see how anyone can say there was no evidence that anyone intended to break the law. The evidence to the contrary is quite overwhelming. If it weren’t for Obama, she likely would be in jail right now along with her IT people.

      • Let’s not write Gary off just yet. All it might take is a strong federal judge backing the efforts of Judicial Watch and the Clinton house of cards could come down. Then we’re left with Trump. There’s really nothing more the demos can do to him, he’s had tons of mud thrown at him already. At that point Johnson will become a very attractive option for frustrated voters of both parties.

      • If you throw your support behind him when the pollers call, and talk him up whenever there’s a chance, why not? Can you honestly say he’s not the best option out there? If we all get onboard, and his numbers swell, he’ll have a real shot when the serious mud starts flying in a couple of weeks. And remember, your vote’s not wasted until you turn in your ballot…

    • I’m neither right nor left, just want to elect the best (or least worst) person who’s running. The reason this Benghazi thing is sticking around is because the right is trying really hard to find something to pin on her.

      The reason nothing substantial has been pinned to her is because there isn’t any. The FBI director correctly summed it up as Hillary being “extremely careless.” She was careless to use her private server, and careless to mention Benghazi to her daughter (Diane Reynolds). To date, there has been no evidence of her being a counter-agent for the Russians, or that she personally made millions off the Clinton Foundation, or that she knowingly and laughingly allowed Americans to die in Benghazi.

      If any real, substantial dirt is found on Hillary, I’d be the first to say Never Hillary. Most of us are already at Never Clown (Trump). In which case Gary Johnson and Bill Weld deserve a closer look.

      Never Trump.

    • A vote for either Johnson or Stein IS a vote for Hiliary Clinton. So please don’t say that you wouldn’t vote for her. It’s as simple as that.

    • @Papaya123:
      Sadly, our popular vote won’t count for anything since the electoral votes are going to that careless woman. I hope the Independents pull a miracle and win 🙁

  • Hmmm, HilLIARy previously said that she only deleted “personal” emails, now this appears, that she deleted Benghazi related emails. Maybe she meant that she allowed her personal friend, Ambassador Chris Stevens to die in the most despicable manner without lifting a finger to help as a personal email. Did she say this under oath? Could an indictment be far behind? Don’t hold your breath, with the corrupt Obama in charge.

    • If it’s shown that she knowingly allowed Ambassador Stevens to die without lifting a finger, I’ll join the witch burning, will even light the match. But so far, there’s been no such evidence.

      I suspect the Benghazi-related emails she deleted include those she sent to her daughter, basically mom-daughter emails in which she mentions that she’s busy because something came up, some “Al-Qaida type group” attacked the embassy. Again, careless to mention it to her daughter, but nothing Satanic, as Trump imagines.

    • It’s now wonder she’s such an accomplished liar. Her white trash sensei wrote the book on lying when he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. That sensei is none other than Bill “It depends on what the meaning of the word is is” Clinton. That would be Bill “I did not have s@x$a# relations with that woman.” Clinton.

      • you mean the one who was impeached and disbarred and now is chief hustler in charge of the clinton foundation and gets paid half a million dollars for delivering a speech? None of which the spouse knows a darned thing about and only that pesky donald trumpkin is making trouble about?

        • Hold on a minute, lemme’ check my notes. – sarcastic pause as if I don’t know if we’re talking about the same guy – Yup, that’s the one.

        • keaukaha, you must inhabit an alternative universe. This from the newspaper of record, the unimpeachable NY Times. WASHINGTON, Dec. 19— William Jefferson Clinton was impeached on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice today by a divided House of Representatives, which recommended virtually along party lines that the Senate remove the nation’s 42d President from office.

    • You need to be indicted first. You can hold your breath until you drop dead but unlike the Chumps tax returns the email information is in the possession of the FBI and they continuously are saying that none is illegal.

  • The FBI James Comey’s “No Prosecution Recommendation”? IMHO should have been left for the prosecutors to decide! Maybe a teeny bit of discretion in his recommendations part? You think?
    His job is purely this, Head of the FBI he is(was) not a prosecutor.
    We havn’t yet created an agency where the (FBI) and the (DOJ) Prosecutors are all,of the same agency.OR? Are they?

    • MoiLee, I believe FBI Director Comey and his fellow agents are pi-sed that more emails are surfacing that they have never reviewed. Let’s see how the email issue developes.

  • The funny thing about telling a lie is that you need to keep telling lies to support the original lie. It must be very taxing on the old girl’s brain to keep all of the lies catalogued. No wonder her health is failing. Evidently she has been ordered by a judge to answer some questions under oath. Does anybody on the planet believe she will answer any of those answers truthfully? If you do I have partially built rail transit system for sale.

  • You get what you pay for. The Bleachbit system cleaner Hillary’s team used on her private server is advertised as free. Maybe she should have pulled a few bucks from the foundation to pay for something better. But, then, why delete anything at all if she wasn’t doing anything wrong?

  • “FBI Director James Comey said his agents found no evidence that anyone intended to break the law and said “no reasonable prosecutor” would have brought a criminal case.” Similar to what AG Lynch stated but when questioned, she could not give a simple yes or no as to why there are laws such as involuntary manslaughter and that many dui drivers had to INTENT of killing someone but are prosecuted. Words such as no intent or extremely careless the reasons for her not being prosecuted. We the people should be horrified that she may be president.

  • “FBI Director James Comey said his agents found no evidence that anyone intended to break the law and said “no reasonable prosecutor” would have brought a criminal case.” Similar to what AG Lynch stated but when questioned, she could not give a simple yes or no as to why there are laws such as involuntary manslaughter and that many dui drivers had to INTENT of killing someone but are prosecuted. Words such as no intent or extremely careless the reasons for her not being prosecuted. We the people should be embarrassed that she may become president.

    • kiragirl: You are 100% correct, how did we get to this stage where the tentacles of corruption reach the levels that they have? How is it that Bill Clinton has a private meeting with AG Lynch in the midst of Hillary’s multiple ethical issues and the media ignores the whole thing? The real problem when the corruption gets this high is that there is nobody left to hold the criminals accountable. It’s clear the republican leadership isn’t interested in doing so. And the obedient left wing media is the great enabler. The governed have no voice, that’s for sure. I hate to be negative but those who underestimate the Clinton Machine do so at their own peril. We will soon have a government of the Clintons, by the Clintons and for the Clintons.

  • The root of the problem for Clinton is that her issues represent in the minds and perception of the public that she is “more of the same” that has gridlocked Washington, that she will likely mean more of the same “old” democratic ideas and practices.

    And interestingly, her campaign has not yet seemed to realize that Trump’s current strategy of tossing meaningless “tabloid” type “news” every day, gives her just a little less time, each time, to respond to what really matters. Simply, she needs to show, in sincere tones, that she will not be “more of the same”, and put forth in plain, simple, sincere talk of how that will happen.

    Clinton has a way of talking in a condescending tone at times, tries to be too perfect all the time, which simply does not come across well to the general public. Add trust factor to that, and that is precisely why she has the problems that she does. Correct these things, and it’s no longer a problem.

  • Personally voting for Gary Johnson is a vote by a long shot of winning. However, it’s not impossible. Voting for him is better than not voting at all. In addition, knowing I’ve voted for someone bearing none of the tainted issues that comes from the two major candidates, Clinton and Trump, will create in me a clean heart and conscience free mind.

  • Clinton’s team bleached the server, but these emails got sent somewhere.. Now they are turning up and we are seeing that she is full of it. She is going down, hopefully.

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