FINALLY: DoJ RE-opens probe into Hillary EMAIL scandal after MORE classified data found on Huma laptop

(National SentinelJustice Delayed: The Trump Justice Department is reopening its previous investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure following the discovery that top Clinton Huma Abedin mishandled classified information.

As reported by The Daily Beast, the renewed effort by the Justice Department seeks new details on how Clinton, Abedin, and other aides handled classified information.

The department wants to know how much classified material was exchange, how much passed through Clinton’s private server, and how it arrived.

there is a renewed effort in the Justice Department to get new details on how Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin and other aides handled classified information. The DOJ wants to know just how much classified information was on Hillary’s private email server and how it got there.

Also, people familiar with the new probe say the department wants to know which investigators were aware of these issues and when.

An ally of Attorney General Jeff Sessions also said that officials have questions about immunity agreements that Clinton aides may have made.

Meanwhile, more evidence is surfacing that on Hillary’s orders, Huma Abedin directed Hillary’s immigrant D.C. maid, Marina Santos to print out classified “call sheets” and access other sensitive Clinton emails, Paul Sperry of the New York Post reported, as cited by The Gateway Pundit.

Santos, an immigrant without a security clearance, did not have permission to handle sensitive and classified materials.

Word of the new probe comes after President Donald J. Trump tweeted on Dec. 2, “Many people in our Country are asking what the ‘Justice’ Department is going to do about the fact that totally Crooked Hillary, AFTER receiving a subpoena from the United States Congress, deleted and ‘acid washed’ 33,000 Emails? No justice!”

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As reported last week, at least five emails that were determined to be classified were found among some 2,800 documents stored on a laptop belonging to former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York, whose then-wife Huma Abedin was a top aide to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The emails were part of a 2,800-document batch obtained via FOIA request by government watchdog group Judicial Watch from the State Department.

The documents included eight pages that were classified at the “confidential level,” the third-most sensitive level established by the U.S. government.

The Justice Department’s decision to reopen the email case was met with praise from Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.

“And we’re pleased to see that our work helped pressure the Sessions Justice Department to at least begin to ask questions about the sham Clinton email investigation by the Comey/Lynch FBI/DOJ under President Obama,” he tweeted Thursday.

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Hannity sez ‘People like Hillary Clinton should be nervous – People will be going to jail’ as GOP lawmakers find NEW ‘irregularities’ and ‘contradictions’ in FBI’s EMAIL investigation (Video)

(National SentinelCriminal Probes: Republican lawmakers on key committees say they have uncovered new evidence of irregularities and contradictions involving the FBI’s criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, in which she improperly handled classified data.

As reported by The Hill, for the first time congressional investigators say they have obtained written evidence that the FBI believed there were indications and additional evidence some laws were violated when the former secretary of state for President Obama and her top aides sent classified information through her unsecured private email server.

“That evidence includes passages in FBI documents stating the ‘sheer volume’ of classified information that flowed through Clinton’s insecure emails was proof of criminality as well as an admission of false statements by one key witness in the case, the investigators said,” as quoted by The Hill.

While the name of the witness has been redacted from the FBI documents, The Hill noted further that lawmakers have said he was an employee with a computer firm that helped maintain Clinton’s private email server after she left the Obama administration.

Also, lawmakers said the witness admitted belatedly that he had permanently erased an archive of her messages in 2015 after they had already been subpoenaed by Congress.

In addition, the congressional investigators confirmed that the FBI had started drafting a statement letting Clinton off the hook for any crimes even while evidence that pertained to subpoenas remained outstanding and before agents had talked to more than a dozen key witnesses.

Those witnesses included Clinton and the computer firm employee who permanently erased her email archives just days after the emails were subpoenaed by Congress, investigators told The Hill.

Some Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee, which deposed current FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in December, said they are now convinced there was a plot to exonerate Clinton no matter how much illegality agents uncovered.

“This was an effort to pre-bake the cake, pre-bake the outcome,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, a House Judiciary Committee member who attended the McCabe briefing before the holidays. “Hillary Clinton obviously benefited from people taking actions to ensure she wasn’t held accountable.

“I think we have more questions than answers based on what we’ve learned,” Gaetz added.

Lawmakers are expected to learn much more about the FBI’s actions and those of its top leaders, including fired FBI Director James Comey, during their investigation of Clinton, in the first half of this year. The Justice Department’s inspector general “is expected to release initial findings in what has become a wide-ranging probe into the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email case as well as whether agents and supervisors had political connections, ethical conflicts or biases that affected their work,” The Hill reported.

Comey said during his July 2016 press conference exonerating Clinton that the agency found she had mishandled classified information, which is normally a felony. He also noted that agents had found at least 110 emails that were marked “top secret” or “secret” at the time she transmitted or received them.

GOP congressional investigators told The Hill multiple drafts of Comey’s statement eventually exonerating Clinton also included specific language acknowledging there was “evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information.”

Meanwhile, Fox News host Sean Hannity discussed the possibility that Clinton and others including her top aide Huma Abedin should be worried.

“This year is going to be massive in terms of news especially about the corrupt media. And they are very, very nervous, rightly so, people like Hillary Clinton. They should be nervous. People will be going to jail. I promise you,” he said.

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Trump to DOJ: ‘JAIL!’ to Abedin, Comey; Calls on ‘DEEP STATE’ Justice Dept. to ACT

(National SentinelJustice Deserved: President Donald J. Trump on Tuesday slammed “Crooked Hillary” aide Huma Abedin and appeared to call on the “Deep State” Justice Department to act following new revelations she may have mishandled classified emails.

“Crooked Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, has been accused of disregarding basic security protocols. She put Classified Passwords into the hands of foreign agents. Remember sailors pictures on the submarine? Jail!” Trump tweeted early Tuesday. “Deep State Justice Dept must finally act? Also on Comey & others.”

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The president was making a reference to U.S. Navy sailor Kristian Saucier who was jailed after taking unauthorized cell phone photos inside a nuclear submarine. Trump appeared to be suggesting that a double standard was being employed against the sailor and Hillary Clinton, Abedin and others involved in mishandling classified data.

Fox News reported further:

The president’s tweet comes after the State Department, in a Friday news dump, released a batch of emails from Abedin’s account that were discovered by the FBI on a laptop belonging to her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner. At least four of the documents were marked “classified.”

As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail, the group Judicial Watch had filed suit to obtain the documents from the State Department. The group’s president, Tom Fitton, speculated in October that the laptop likely contained classified information.

At least five emails determined to be classified were found among 2,800 documents stored on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, whose then-wife Huma Abedin was deputy chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The State Department released its documents Friday afternoon. They included eight pages that were classified at the “confidential level,” the third-most sensitive level established by the U.S. government.

In addition, Abedin forwarded classified emails to her Yahoo account, reports noted Tuesday. All Yahoo accounts were hacked in 2013 by Russian state actors, according to a CNN/Money report.

Comey exonerated Clinton in July 2016 despite the fact that FBI agents had discovered evidence she mishandled classified information. He reopened the case in late October after agents found classified emails on a laptop belonging to Abedin’s now-estranged husband, former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Comey told lawmakers during a congressional hearing earlier this year that he believed Abedin forwarded emails to Weiner for him to print out so that she could give them to Clinton.

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WikiLeaks tweets PROOF the NY TIMES COLLUDED with Hillary Clinton while she was at State Dept.

(National SentinelDeep State: Whistleblower web site WikiLeaks overnight tweeted what appears to be irrefutable proof that at least one correspondent at The New York Times was colluding with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to update her in advance about stories the paper was preparing to run.

The tweet comes after the Times on Monday published what critics say was another “hit piece” on Republicans headlined, “Republican Attacks on Mueller and F.B.I. Open New Rift in GOP.”

The link in the tweet goes to a State Department site that includes a full PDF file of the cable, which is here.

“The players in the WikiLeaks email are interesting. Scott Shane is the national security reporter for the Times. And the recipient of his email, Philip Crowley, was at the time the United States Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs under Clinton’s State Department,” The Daily Wire reported.

Political observers said that the tip-off was meant to give Clinton and the State Department time to come up with responses to stories that put her and the agency in a bad light.

“Or, in another possible scenario, the heads up could give the State Department time to create a diversion for the same day, thus overriding a damaging story with other news its friends in the mainstream media would happily cover instead,” The Daily Wire noted further.

Late last week the State Department released 2,800 emails sought in a FOIA lawsuit by government watchdog Judicial Watch that came from a laptop computer belonging to former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

At least five of those emails contained classified information marked “confidential.” The Daily Mail noted that the confidential classification level is given to information in which unauthorized disclosure “reasonably could be expected to cause damage to national security.”

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CRIMINAL: Top Hillary Aide Huma Abedin forwarded State Dept. passwords to Yahoo email acct. before it was HACKED by Russians and others

(National SentinelCriminal Negligence: Hillary Clinton’s former top aide at the State Department, Huma Abedin, forwarded government email account passwords to her private unsecured Yahoo account before it was eventually hacked by foreign powers including Russia.

As reported by The Daily Caller‘s Luke Rosiak, an analysis of Abedin’s emails released by the State Department to government watchdog Judicial Watch last week found that Abedin regularly used her personal email provider to conduct sensitive State Department work.

CNN/Money reported in October that all Yahoo email accounts had been hacked in August 2013. Yahoo was also hit by another hack in 2014 believed to be separate from the 2013 hack and thought to have affected 500 million users, the network added.

“This guarantees that an account with high-level correspondence in Clinton’s State Department was impacted by one or more of a series of breaches — at least one of which was perpetrated by a ‘state-sponsored actor,'” Rosiak reported.

U.S. officials later charged Russian intelligence agent Igor Sushchin with hacking the 500 million accounts, he added. The 2014 hack allowed Sushchin and his associated to gain access to accounts in subsequent years — 2015 and 2016 — by using fake cookies.

Sushchin was also employed by Russian investment bank Renaissance Capital, the institution that paid former President Bill Clinton a half-million dollars for a single speech in Moscow in June 2010, when his wife was Obama’s secretary of state.

Abedin, Clinton’s deputy chief of staff at State, regularly forwarded work emails to her personal humamabedin@yahoo.com address, government officials said.

“She would use these accounts if her (State) account was down or if she needed to print an email or document. Abedin further explained that it was difficult to print from the DoS system so she routinely forwarded emails to her non-DoS accounts so she could more easily print,” noted an FBI report.

She sent passwords for her government laptop to her Yahoo account on Aug. 24, 2009, according to an email released by the State Department in September 2017.

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The Daily Caller noted further:

Long-time Clinton confidante Sid Blumenthal sent Clinton an email in July 2009 with the subject line: “Important. Not for circulation. You only. Sid.” The email began “CONFIDENTIAL… Re: Moscow Summit.” Abedin forwarded the email to her Yahoo address, potentially making it visible to hackers.

That email was deemed by government investigators as too sensitive to release to the public under Freedom of Information Act guidelines, so it was heavily redacted before being turned over to Judicial Watch.

The released copy says “Classified by DAS/ A/GIS, DoS on 10/30/2015 Class: Confidential.” The unredacted portion reads: “I have heard authoritatively from Bill Drozdiak, who is in Berlin…. We should expect that the Germans and Russians will now cut their own separate deals on energy, regional security, etc.”

In March 2009, Clinton forwarded an email to Abedin from Denis McDonough, a foreign policy advisor to Obama’s campaign and later his chief of staff, marked “Ambassadors.” It, too, was heavily redacted before being released to Judicial Watch.

As Abedin continued to use her Yahoo account to conduct sensitive work, media reports noted how poor Yahoo’s email security was. A July 2012 CNN article reported that credentials to 450,000 Yahoo accounts had been posted online. Five days later, Rosiak reported, Abedin forwarded sensitive email to her Yahoo account.

It seems clear that the Justice Department and FBI knew that Abedin and Clinton were essentially trafficking in sensitive materials via unsecured channels, but no charges were ever filed.

Clinton said on Oct. 9, 2016, at the second presidential debate with then-GOP nominee Donald J. Trump, “After a year-long investigation, there is no evidence that anyone hacked the server I was using and there is no evidence that anyone can point to at all, anyone who says otherwise has no basis, that any classified materials ended up in the wrong hands. I take classified materials very seriously and always have.”

But that is not consistent with FBI findings. Abedin’s use of her private Yahoo account fits with the bureau’s assessment that her account, and those of others involved, were indeed compromised.

“We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private email accounts of individuals with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her private account,” then-FBI director Jim Comey  said in 2016.

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Expert: James Comey LIED to Congress, as Weiner-Abedin CLASSIFIED emails prove

(National SentinelUnder Oath: Former FBI Director James Comey was not truthful with Congress when he testified earlier this year when he discussed classified emails that bureau investigators found on a laptop in 2016 belonging to former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, said Chris Farrell, the Director of Investigations and Research at Judicial Watch.

During an appearance on Fox Business‘ “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” Farrell noted that at least five of the emails turned over to his organization on Friday by the State Department in response to a FOIA lawsuit contained classified information. At the time they were discovered, Weiner was married to Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton when she served as President Obama’s secretary of state.

At the time of the emails, Abedin was married to Weiner, a onetime Democratic congressman who began a 21-month prison sentence last month after being convicted of sexting a 15-year-old girl.

Fox News reported Friday that Comey said during a congressional hearing earlier this year that he believed Abedin regularly forwarded emails to Weiner for him to print out so she could give them to Clinton.

Farrell insisted that Comey’s testimony to Congress was erroneous.

“I know that people have been jailed for a fraction, a tiny fraction, of what has now been made public and documented through Judicial Watch’s litigation and so this really cries out for a legitimate investigation being done,” he told Dobbs.

“Your earlier clip with Mr. Comey talking about intent is a fraud,” he continued. “There’s no requirement for proving intent under that particular citation I gave you a moment ago. Intent is irrelevant. The fact that the loss or the mishandling of the national defense information occurred – that’s the crime.”

He continued, “Frankly, these documents conform the foundation for an indictment of Comey and [Peter] Strzok, the investigator who is at the center of this entire nightmare of a security problem.”

Earlier in the day, Bernard Kerik, New York City’s former police commissioner, tweeted essentially the same thing.

“The possession, transmission, and failing to secure these documents are all federal crimes that do not require intent. Why hasn’t someone been prosecuted? Any member of the , or would’ve been prosecuted in a second for a violation that substantial,” he wrote.

Comey famously claimed in a July 2016 press conference and later to Congress that Clinton had been “extremely careless” in her handling of classified email, which is not a legally actionable term.

The former FBI director had initially written in his statement that her behavior was “grossly negligent,” which is a legally actionable term. However, Strzok later changed that portion of his statement to “extremely careless.”

Critics of the widening classified email scandal say the latest findings among documents released by the State Department indicate that criminal charges not only should have been recommended a year ago, but that they should still be filed.

“This is a major victory,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a Friday statement. “After years of hard work in federal court, Judicial Watch has forced the State Department to finally allow Americans to see these public documents.”

Fitton added, “That these government docs were on Anthony Weiner’s laptop dramatically illustrates the need for the Justice Department to finally do a serious investigation of Hillary Clinton’s and Huma Abedin’s obvious violations of law.”

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BREAKING: MORE classified docs found on PERV Anthony Weiner’s laptop tied to HILLARY

(National SentinelBusted: At least five emails that were determined to be classified were found among some 2,800 documents stored on a laptop belonging to former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York, whose then-wife Huma Abedin was a top aide to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a conservative legal watchdog group announced on Friday.

As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail, the group, Judicial Watch, had filed suit to obtain the documents from the State Department. The group’s president, Tom Fitton, speculated in October that the laptop likely contained classified information.

At least five emails determined to be classified were found among 2,800 documents stored on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, whose then-wife Huma Abedin was deputy chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The State Department released its documents Friday afternoon. They included eight pages that were classified at the “confidential level,” the third-most sensitive level established by the U.S. government.

The Daily Mail noted that the confidential classification level is given to information in which unauthorized disclosure “reasonably could be expected to cause damage to national security.”

“The emails date from 2010, 2011 and 2012 and concern discussions with Middle East leaders including some from Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority,” the paper noted in online editions.

The State Department redacted large portions, including entire pages, before releasing the documents to Judicial Watch.

Three of the emails were sent either to or from an address called “BBB Backup.” One email describes that as a backup of a Blackberry Bold 9700 that is believed to have belonged to Abedin.

One page is heavily redacted and mentions “Egyptian MFA on Hamas-PLO Talks,” referencing the Iranian proxy group and the Palestine Liberation Organization, more commonly known today as the Palestinian Authority.

Another heavily redacted portion is a four-page call sheet that was meant to guide Clinton through a sensitive phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The FBI recovered the sensitive emails from the laptop last year, but no charges were ever recommended or filed against Abedin, Weiner, or Clinton.

Critics were quick to point out that Clinton and those close to her have repeatedly put U.S. national security at risk, but so far without suffering any of the same legal penalties other Americans have experienced for lesser crimes.

Improperly handling classified information is a felony. It was unclear whether Weiner, once a U.S. congressman who resigned over sexting women onlinein 2011,  had the proper security clearances to handle classified information.

When in Congress, he did not serve on any committees that normally would have required such a clearance, the Daily Mail reported.

“This is a major victory. After years of hard work in federal court, Judicial Watch has forced the State Department to finally allow Americans to see these public documents,” Fitton said in a statement following his organization’s release of the emails.

“It will be in keeping with our past experience that Abedin’s emails on Weiner’s laptop will include classified and other sensitive materials. That these government docs were on Anthony Weiner’s laptop dramatically illustrates the need for the Justice Department to finally do a serious investigation of Hillary Clinton’s and Huma Abedin’s obvious violations of law,” he continued.

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State Dept. to release some emails, docs found on PERV Anthony Weiner’s LAPTOP

(National SentinelReveal: The State Department on Friday will release some emails and documents found on former New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner’s laptop during last year’s FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified data.

Tom Fitton, president of the conservative legal watchdog organization Judicial Watch, announced Thursday that the document dump was coming.

Judicial Watch revealed in October that the State Department admitted it received 2,800 government documents related to Weiner’s estranged wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, from the FBI that were found on Weiner’s laptop.

Fitton said that, in his experience dealing with Abedin emails on Weiner’s laptop, documents will likely include classified information.

“This is a disturbing development,” he said in October, after learning about the existence of the emails.

“Our experience with Abedin’s emails suggest these Weiner laptop documents will include classified and other sensitive materials. When will the Justice Department do a serious investigation of Hillary Clinton’s and Huma Abedin’s obvious violations of law?”

At the time, Fitton also tweeted that the FBI would be releasing documents by year’s end as well.

“The State Department will publish releasable portions of the 2800 government docs that the FBI found on Anthony Weiner laptop tomorrow (Dec 29th). Again, thanks to Judicial Watch lawsuits. Will president Trump DOJ finally take action on Clinton/Abedin misdeeds?” tweeted Fitton on Thursday.

In a subsequent tweet, Fitton added: “These docs will finally be released tomorrow! Might this development finally spurt Trump administration to seriously investigate the Clinton machine?”

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BUSTED: Hillary aides Abedin and Mills LIED to anti-Trump FBI agent, but weren’t charged like Michael Flynn was

(National SentinelCorruption: Two of Hillary Clinton’s most trusted aides made false statements to an FBI agent who has since been identified as having exchanged anti-Trump texts with an FBI lawyer, but neither of them were charged with the same crime former national security advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to on Friday.

As reported by The Daily Caller, aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills told former FBI section chief Peter Strzok neither had any knowledge of their boss’ illicit private email server that she used to conduct official business while serving as secretary of state to President Obama. But email exchanges reviewed by the news site revealed that both were aware of it and indeed sent their own emails through it.

However, neither of them faced any legal consequences for their false statements.

But another figure — Flynn — did after he made false statements to the very same FBI investigator, Strzok. He pleaded guilty last week to lying during an interview he gave on Jan. 24 to Strzok and another FBI agent.

As noted by Circa News‘ Sara Carter and Fox News‘ Sean Hannity, Strzok took part in interviewing Flynn. A former U.S. intelligence official told Carter, “With the recent revelation that Strzok was removed from the Special Counsel investigation for making anti-Trump text messages it seems likely that the accuracy and veracity of the 302 of Flynn’s interview as a whole should be reviewed and called into question.”

Form 302 is a summary of an interview.

As to Clinton’s former aides, “the starkly different outcomes from Strzok’s interviews — a felony charge against Flynn and a free pass to Mills and Abedin — are sure to raise questions from Republicans about double-standards in the FBI’s two most prominent political investigations,” The Daily Caller reported.

FBI Director Christopher Wray is scheduled to appear for an oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, where he will most likely be questioned about the Strzok scandal.

In addition to being a principal actor in the collusion investigation against Trump, Strzok was also the primary investigator in the Clinton email probe. “Along with Justice Department attorney David Laufman, Strzok interviewed Clinton herself on July 2, 2016. The pair also interviewed Mills, Abedin and two other Clinton aides, Jake Sullivan and Heather Samuelson,” The DC noted.

A review of the 302s from the Abedin and Mills interviews show that they told the FBI investigator and lawyer they were not aware of Clinton’s private email server.

Mills did not learn Clinton was using a private server until after Clinton’s [Department of State] tenure,” reads notes from Mills’ April 9, 2016 interview. “Mills stated she was not even sure she knew what a server was at the time.”

In addition, Abedin denied knowing about Clinton’s server until leaving the State Department in 2013.

“Abedin did not know that Clinton had a private server until about a year and a half ago when it became public knowledge,” the summary of Strzok’s interview with Abedin says.

But emails sent and received by both aides clearly show they were aware of the server’s existence and were actually using it to communicate back and forth.

“hrc email coming back — is server okay?” Mills asked in a Feb. 27, 2010 email to Abedin and Justin Cooper, the latter a longtime aide to Bill Clinton and one who helped set up the Clinton server.

“Ur funny. We are on the same server,” Cooper replied.

Both aides were also involved in an Aug. 30, 2011, during which State Department official Stephen Mull noted that Clinton’s “email server is down.”

Moreover, in a Jan. 9, 2011, exchange, Cooper told Abedin he had to shut the server down because “someone was trying to hack us.”

“Had to shut down the server,” wrote Cooper, who also told the FBI in his interviews that he talked about Clinton’s server with Abedin in 2009 as it was being set up.

The misleading statements were excused by former FBI Director James Comey during testimony before a House Judiciary Committee hearing held on Sept. 28, 2016.

“Having done many investigations myself, there’s always conflicting recollections of facts, some of which are central [to the investigation], some of which are peripheral,” Comey told former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who was serving on the committee last year.

Chaffetz was clear that he was not buying Comey’s explanation.

“I think she lied to everybody,” Chaffetz responded, adding there was “direct evidence that she actually did know [about the server].” He added that Comey’s defense “makes no sense.”

Also on Monday, it was revealed that Strzok was responsible for softening Comey’s language in the July 2016 statement to the media about why he was not recommending Clinton be indicted for mishandling classified information through her server.

Strzok edited a rough draft of Comey’s statement, exchanging the phrase “grossly negligent” — a term which has legal weight — with a softer phrase, “extremely careless.”

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Prosecutors want prison time for disgraced Huma ex Weiner

(National SentinelSexting Minors: New York prosecutors say that disgraced former Democratic congressmen Anthony Weiner, ex-husband of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, needs to be sent to prison for about two years over his conviction for sending lewd texts to a 15-year-old girl.

Weiner’s lawyers argued that he shouldn’t serve any time for his conviction, but prosecutors have called his appeal “simply inadequate,” The New York Times reports.

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In a sentencing memo, government prosecutors are asking the court to sentence Weiner, 53, to a prison term of 21 to 27 months. Weiner was caught up in the FBI’s [ultimately bogus] criminal investigation last year of Clinton over her improper use of an unsecured private email server over which she and others sent highly classified information.

He was convicted on one count of sending lewd texts to the girl, whom he contacted several times over months in early 2016.

Weiner’s lawyers argued that although his conduct was inexcusable, he had been remorseful and made “remarkable progress” in therapy over the past year, the Times reported.

That didn’t impress prosecutors. The office of Joon H. Kim, the acting United States attorney in Manhattan, wrote in a memorandum to Judge Denise L. Cote that although Mr. Weiner’s “self-destructive path from United States congressman to felon is indisputably sad, his crime is serious and his demonstrated need for deterrence is real.”

Prosecutors wrote that a sentence of 21 to 27 months would be “fair and appropriate.”

“Notwithstanding that he obviously grasped the importance of protecting minors from predatory conduct on the internet,” the prosecutors wrote, Mr. Weiner “readily engaged in extensive, inappropriate communications” with the girl. Weiner’s conduct, the prosecutors noted, “suggests a dangerous level of denial and lack of self-control,” warranting a prison sentence.

The girl, who was not named because she was a minor, told her story to the UK’s Daily Mail for a fee of $30,000. She included pictures of some of the text messages that Weiner sent.

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Document dump: Legal watchdog uncovers MORE classified emails Hillary didn’t turn over

(National SentinelHigh Crimes: Legal watchdog group Judicial Watch today released another trove of documents received from the State Department containing more evidence that Hillary Clinton and her aides trafficked in classified data over the former Democratic presidential nominee’s unsecured personal server.

read-here-first-FO-160x600red-alert-FO-160x600In a press release, Judicial Watch said its investigators discovered among 1,617 new pages of documents it released “numerous additional examples of classified information” sent via the unsecured, non-state.gov account of longtime aide Huma Abedin, who served as Clinton’s deputy chief of staff during her tenure as secretary of state.

In addition, the legal watchdog noted the documents revealed many instances of Hillary Clinton donors receiving special treatment and favors from the State Department.

“The documents included 97 email exchanges with Clinton not previously turned over to the State Department, bringing the known total to date to at least 627 emails that were not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over, and further contradicting a statement by Clinton that, ‘as far as she knew,’ all of her government emails had been turned over to department,” the statement said.

Judicial Watch noted further that the latest trove of documents is the 20th such production of emails and other data obtained via a court order stemming from a May 2015 lawsuit the organization filed against the State Department. The group filed suit after State Dept. officials failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request that sought “all emails of official State Department business received or sent by” Abedin between Jan. 1, 2009 and Feb. 1, 2013 “using a non-‘state.gov’ email address,” said the statement.

The legal watchdog provided more than a dozen examples between August 2009 and April 2012 of instances where classified information was exchanged via Abedin’s unsecured email account, a number of which involved Clinton and foreign diplomats.

The watchdog noted in one example:

The details of Hillary’s arrival on November 18, 2009, in war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan, for the inauguration of President Karzai, were found on Abedin’s unsecure email account. Included were precise times of landing at Kabul Airport, the occupants of her vehicle, arrival and departure times at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, and meeting times with U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

The group also provided several examples of so-called “pay for play” involving donors to the Clinton Foundation.

“The emails show ‘what happened’ was that Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin obviously violated laws about the handling of classified information and turned the State Department into a pay for play tool for the corrupt Clinton Foundation,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, a reference to Clinton’s just-released book by the same title. “The clear and mounting evidence of pay for play and mishandling of classified information warrant a serious criminal investigation by an independent Trump Justice Department.”

And yet, then-FBI Director James Comey and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch failed to see enough evidence to indict the two-time failed presidential contender.

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