Hillary Clinton’s lawyers failed to give the FBI at least 13 different mobile devices containing information about Clinton’s private email network clintonemail.com, according to a new FBI document dump.
This revelation comes almost two years after Clinton signed a sworn statement confirming that she turned over all of her emails to federal government investigators.
Williams and Connelly, the law firm representing Clinton, gave the FBI two or three smartphones that did not include a SIM card, essentially rendering them meaningless to any investigation into Clinton’s conduct in the email affair.
The 42 pages of documents dumped by the FBI were mostly redacted, making it difficult to ascertain what, exactly, the FBI did while investigating Clinton throughout the presidential campaign.
“We are presuming there are still 13 devices at issue. The new records show how badly the Obama Justice Department and FBI mishandled the Clinton email investigation. They get the equivalent of wiped phones from the Clinton lawyers and do nothing?,” said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, who has been struggling to retrieve information from the FBI probe.
An FBI insider told Big League Politics that the dumped documents suggest that fired FBI director James Comey was personally managing the investigation instead of the special agent assigned to the case — a highly unusual situation.
“This is the most important case the Bureau had and the case agent in charge of the case is only involved in a third of the case. The case agent is a pasty and case agent (SA) in name only. Comey ran the case!!! This case was never conducted according to FBI MIOG (Manual of Investigative Operations) rules,” Chuck Marler, a longtime FBI Special Surveillance Group member, told Big League.
Marler points to the 39 “1A” forms dumped by the FBI, one for each piece of evidence collected in that portion of the investigation. In most of these FBI documents, the Received “By” line is fully redacted.
But in two of the documents, the “By” line features the handwritten term “SA” followed by a redacted portion. “SA” stands for “Special Agent,” meaning, the special agent working the case. Therefore, it is only confirmed that two of the 39 pieces of evidence were formally received by the special agent working the case.
At least one is signed by “FOA,” or “Forensic accountant,” indicating that individuals other than the special agent received some of the evidence and the special agent never signed off on the evidence in question.
Marler points to handwriting inconsistencies — including strict capitalization on some forms and not on others — to make his case that the special agent did not sign off on some of the evidence.
The highly unusual scenario points to a situation in which FBI management, and not an individual special agent or team, was processing evidence.
As Big League Politics reported, the FBI was in possession of a definitive Clinton backup email device the whole time, unbeknownst to most lawmakers and members of the public.
Court records show that the Connecticut-based email storage company Datto handed over a “device” consisting of five or six disks to the FBI in October 2015. Insiders believe the device potentially contains every electronic communication that Hillary Clinton sent or received during her tenure as Secretary of State. James Comey spent his entire FBI investigation missing many Hillary Clinton emails and communications, according to the official version of events.
The FBI handed the device over to the State Department, which has not searched it at all.