New documents obtained by a government watchdog include discussions with the company that managed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email server, revealing that the FBI and United States Department of Justice (DOJ) were involved in a “cover-up” to destroy incriminating evidence.
The 422 pages uncovered by Judicial Watch provide evidence of “cover-up” discussions about Platte River Networks (PRN) – a vendor that managed Clinton’s email server – and its handling of her sensitive communications, but that’s not all …
“The documents also show Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) Charles McCullough forwarding ‘concerns’ about classified information in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails,” Judicial Watch announced. “The new documents uncovered by Judicial Watch also contain Clinton’s 2009 classified information Non-Disclosure Agreement bearing her signature.”
No denying …
Back in December 2014, PRN emailed about its knowledge of the Obama administration trying to keep the Hillary email server scandal from public knowledge.
“Its [sic] all part of the Hillary coverup operation – I’ll have to tell you about it at the party,” the company emailed, according to the documents divulged by Judicial Watch, which obtained the documents as a result of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit it filed in October 2016 after the DOJ did not abide by the watchdog’s FOIA request earlier that year in July.
The newly obtained documents expose a concerted effort to destroy incriminating evidence that the FBI and DOJ did not want revealed in the investigation.
“[D]ocuments show Platte River Networks’ use of BleachBit on the Clinton server to delete files,” WND informed. “The program was downloaded on March 31, 2015 – according to a computer event log. Over the next half-hour, it was used to delete the files on the server at a time when they were under subpoena.”
Notes taken by the FBI from a interview it conducted with an undisclosed PRN official in February 2016 – nearly a year after the Clinton’s email scandal went public –reveal blatant attempts to destroy evidence.
“[PRN] gave someone access to live HRC archive mailbox at some point,” the notes read, followed by a disclosure that a December 11, 2014, email exists that reveals a plan to destroy evidence that would incriminate Clinton.
The PRN official indicated a timeframe by which the potentially damaging communications would be eradicated from Clinton’s account.
“[T]he email [was] entitled, ‘Hillary cover up operation work ticket archive cleanup,’ which he said was ‘probably related to change to 60 day [sic] email retention policy/backup,’” InfoWars.com explained.
Allegations about classified info confirmed
“Concerns” about the classified information on Clinton’s server were written down by the Intelligence Community Inspector General in the form of notes and emails.
One revealing communication to State Department Official Margaret “Peggy” Grafeld was written by a redacted sender, who mentioned how info on Clinton’s server could jeopardize America’s international standing.
“[The] inadvertent release of State Department’s equities when this collection is released in its entirety – the potential damage to the foreign relations of the United States – could be significant,” the email reads. “ICIG McCullough forwards the concern, saying: ‘Need you plugged in on this.'”
And the potentially damaging information on Clinton’s server was substantial.
“While working with this inspector, I have personally reviewed hundreds of documents in the HRC collection,” the sender added. “I can now say – without reservation – that there are literally hundreds of classified emails in this collection; maybe more.”
An official correspondence sent by Hillary Clinton urged State Department staff not to use personal email accounts, according to an internal memo from the FBI written in August 2015.
“[D]ue to recent targeting of personal e-mail accounts by online adversaries, [State employees should] avoid conducting official Department business from (their) personal e-mail accounts,” Clinton’s announcement reads.
Knowledge that Clinton had breached protocol via use of her private email server for business was further communicated within Obama’s State Department.
“The same FBI memo noted a memo from Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy to all senior State Department officials on Aug. 28, 2014,” WND explained. “In it, Kennedy included excerpts from the Foreign Affairs Manual that said that ‘classified information must be sent via classified e-mail channels only.’”
Frustration and divisions over the handling of the matter was also exposed in the latest communications obtained by the government watchdog based in Washington, D.C.
“The documents uncovered by Judicial Watch also show infighting between Kennedy and the ICIG over the processing of the potentially compromised Clinton email communications,” WND noted.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton asserted that the latest round of documents his group received provides more than enough information to warrant a DOJ probe into Clinton’s private email server – as well as an investigation into the Obama administrations’ covert operations devised to assist the former first lady in covering up her email scandal.
“Judicial Watch uncovered new ‘cover-up’ records on the illicit Clinton email system that further demonstrate the sham nature of the FBI/DOJ ‘investigation’ of her,” Fitton stated. “These shocking new documents show that various Obama agencies were protecting Hillary Clinton from the consequences of her misconduct. It is well past time for the DOJ to stop shielding Hillary Clinton and hold her fully accountable to the rule of law.”