(National Sentinel)Â During the highly irregular July 2016Â news conferenceÂ in which he inexplicably exonerated Hillary Clinton, James Comey said something that did not get nearly the attention it warranted at the time or since.
He said that during the course of the FBIâ€™s investigation into Clintonâ€™s criminal mishandling of classified information, agents were all but convinced that a foreign government had gained access to the unsecured private email server she was using during her tenure as secretary of state.
He noted then:
With respect to potential computer intrusion by hostile actors, we did not find direct evidence that Secretary Clintonâ€™s personal e-mail domain, in its various configurations since 2009, was successfully hacked. But, given the nature of the system and of the actors potentially involved, we assess that we would be unlikely to see such direct evidence. We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private commercial e-mail accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account. We also assess that Secretary Clintonâ€™s use of a personal e-mail domain was both known by a large number of people and readily apparent. She also used her personal e-mail extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related e-mails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries. Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clintonâ€™s personal e-mail account.
Fast-forward to last week, when Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his much-anticipated report regarding how the FBI handled the Clinton email investigation.
As reported byÂ Fox News, the FBI ascertained that during the investigation agents wereÂ certainÂ â€œforeign actorsâ€ got access to some of Clintonâ€™s emails, including one classified as â€œsecret,â€ according to an internal bureau email and two House committees.
And, unsurprisingly, that email was written by none other thanÂ Trump hater and Hillary sycophant Peter Strzok.
The networkâ€™s Catherine Herridge claims she obtained the memo which was prepared by the House Judiciary and Oversight committees laying out the key findings in Horowitzâ€™s report ahead of testimony he is scheduled to provide to Congress this week regarding his probe.
â€œDocuments provided to the Committees show foreign actors obtained access to some of Mrs. Clintonâ€™s emails â€” including at least one email classified â€˜Secret,’â€ said the memo. The committees also said, based on information obtained from the FBI, that foreign agents accessed the private email accounts of some of Clintonâ€™s former staffers.
And letâ€™s never forget that then-President Obama â€” whoÂ once claimedÂ he only learned about Clintonâ€™s private server through â€˜news reportsâ€™ â€”Â actually emailed her at her private server address.
The congressional memo doesnâ€™t say who likely gained access to the accounts of Clinton and her associates, but itâ€™s not hard to figure out that China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea are probably on the list. There may even be others that would surprise most Americans, such as European allies or the Israelis.
The point is that the FBIÂ knewÂ that her server had been hacked when Comey gave his 2016 press conference, but of course he didnâ€™t tell us that. Nor did he tell us why, after finding â€œ110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains,â€ he still believed â€œno reasonable prosecutorâ€ would pursue the case, given that U.S. military personnel and intelligence agency staffers haveÂ gone to jail for compromising far less.
Along that line, the congressional memos also pointed out that up to this pointÂ no oneÂ has been held accountable for Clintonâ€™s careless compromising of U.S. national security. Whatâ€™s more, even Horowitzâ€™s report doesnâ€™t recommend that someone be held accountable.
If Hillary Clinton did not violate the Espionage Act six ways to Sunday, then there can beÂ noÂ violations of the Espionage Act â€” ever. By anyone.
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.
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