PolitiFact: What We Know About The FBI’s Investigation Into Hillary’s Emails
Originally posted at Tampa Bay Times by Lauren Carroll.
Over the past couple of days, some Hillary Clinton critics have complained over the way her campaign has described the FBI’s probe into her private email server. Clinton and her campaign have called the probe a “security inquiry” regarding information stored on the server, as opposed to a criminal probe.
“I say what I have said now for many, many months: It’s a security inquiry,” she said Sunday on CBS.
But on Wednesday, reporters met with FBI director James Comey, and he said he is not familiar with the term “security inquiry.” Instead, he said, “We’re conducting an investigation. That’s what we do.”
So is it an “inquiry” or is it an “investigation”? While Clinton might shy away from the word “investigation,” it is truly a distinction without a difference. Inquiry is just another word for investigation.
Clinton’s critics jumped on Comey’s words as proof that the FBI is on track to prosecute Clinton for mishandling classified information. Her campaign continues to deny that the case will ever reach that point.
While serving as secretary of state, Clinton sent and received emails hosted on a private server located in her New York home, outside the State Department’s cyber security fence. Clinton says she did this out of convenience but that, in retrospect, it was a mistake.
Here’s what we know about the investigation so far.
The FBI is conducting an investigation. (It’s the Federal Bureau of Investigation, after all.)
Inspectors general from the State Department and the intelligence community referred the case to the Executive Branch in July 2015. The referral memo made clear that the inspectors general were not suggesting that anyone involved in Clinton’s email setup committed a crime. Rather, they were following their statutory obligation to inform the intelligence community about any potential security breach — namely, that Clinton possibly held classified information on her email server located outside secure government facilities.
Clinton says she never knowingly sent or received classified information, a possibly criminal action.
In August, the FBI entered the case.
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