FBI expands Hillary e-mail probe to investigate corruption

posted at 10:41 am on January 11, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

The FBI’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s secret e-mail server has expanded, Fox News’ Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne exclusively report, into a new and more personal direction. While continuing to press on the question of whether Hillary violated the Espionage Act on more than 1300 occasions, they also now have reason to look into whether the former Secretary of State used her office to enrich the family through the Clinton Foundation:

The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email as secretary of state has expanded to look at whether the possible “intersection” of Clinton Foundation work and State Department business may have violated public corruption laws, three intelligence sources not authorized to speak on the record told Fox News.

This track is in addition to the focus on classified material found on Clinton’s personal server.

“The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts and whether regular processes were followed,” one source said.

The source told Herridge that this expansion took place relatively early in the investigation — in April 2015. Over 100 agents have now been assigned to the probe, 50 of whom have been “TDYed” — temporarily assigned as the probe has expanded. That’s a rather significant commitment to the Clinton probe, and suggests that the FBI sees a need to do more than just read some redacted e-mails surrendered by Hillary after a long battle.

This development suggests something else, too. Hillary refused to turn over the server for even longer, finally surrendering the hardware last August. Originally, after being forced to give up her e-mails, she and her team went through the system and printed out about half of the 60,000+ messages it held. Hillary claimed the rest were personal and non-work-related, about her daughter Chelsea’s wedding plans and quick communications with Bill. That explanation is absurd on its face; that would amount to more than 20 personal e-mails a day for four years. At the time, many suspected that Hillary and her team deleted anything having to do with the Clinton Foundation, and then wiped the server so that the software could not be accessed.

Not long after the FBI took possession of the server, though, the FBI became optimistic that the server software could be recovered — including all of the deleted e-mails. That optimism increased when the backups to the server were potentially recovered from data firms involved in handling Hillary’s server. Since then, the news on that front has been quiet, but the FBI probe appears to have significantly expanded.

At the beginning of this probe, the Clinton Foundation appeared to have the most potential for career-ending revelations about Hillary Clinton, especially considering the millions of dollars that poured into the family coffers during her tenure at State — approximately $57 million from all sources, much of that through Bill’s speaking engagements. The FBI may be connecting all sorts of dots now, and that could force the Department of Justice into a very uncomfortable position. Soon.

Update: Speaking of pressure on the DoJ, Herridge reports that it’s building to a crescendo in the FBI:

One intelligence source told Fox News that FBI agents would be “screaming” if a prosecution is not pursued because “many previous public corruption cases have been made and successfully prosecuted with much less evidence than what is emerging in this investigation.”

The FBI is particularly on edge in the wake of how the case of former CIA Director David Petraeus was handled.

One of the three sources said some FBI agents felt Petraeus was given a slap on the wrist for sharing highly classified information with his mistress and biographer Paula Broadwell, as well as lying to FBI agents about his actions. Petraeus pled guilty to a misdemeanor in March 2015 after a two-plus-year federal investigation in which Attorney General Eric Holder initially declined to prosecute. …

By contrast, in the Clinton case, the number of classified emails has risen to at least 1,340. A 2015 appeal by the State Department to challenge the “Top Secret” classification of at least two emails failed and, as Fox News first reported, is now considered a settled matter.

Barack Obama might be forced to appoint a special prosecutor. And that could get very ugly for the Clintons and their foundation as well.

Update: Originally, I only credited Catherine Herridge for the exclusive, but Pamela Browne co-reported it with Herridge. I’ve fixed it above, and apologize for my error of omission.


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Chelsea better watch out: Mom and Dad might throw her under the bus next.

Heck, you’re young, Chelsea, you’ll only be forty-five when you get out.

Do it for the family!

Sherman1864 on January 11, 2016 at 9:47 PM

I note how you’ve phrased that – not disproven, just rejected.

Athos on January 11, 2016 at 4:07 PM

For me the two are synonymous.

Tlaloc on January 11, 2016 at 4:23 PM

And that says everything anyone could want to know about you.
Evidence is beside the point, because

Rejected = disproven
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Of course, the obvious corollary is

Accepted = proven

which should come as no surprise to any of us here.
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Where the claims came from and who has been pushing them.

Tlaloc on January 11, 2016 at 5:21 PM

Exactly. If it’s someone you support, it’s “truth.” If it’s someone you don’t, it’s “lies.” Accepted=proven, rejected=disproven.

It certainly clears up any misgivings I had about saying you were detached from reality.

Tlaloc on January 11, 2016 at 5:03 PM

Considering how you’ve demonstrated your definition of “reality,” a critical thinker would regard that as a compliment.

Do you see why I regard you with such disdain?

Tlaloc on January 11, 2016 at 6:15 PM

To me the truly sad part is that it’s quite apparent that you don’t see why we regard you with such, even with the evidence in front of your eyes.

GrumpyOldFart on January 11, 2016 at 9:58 PM

A typical off year election.

Tlaloc on January 11, 2016 at 4:58 PM

Uh, no, it was actually the WORST defeat of any party in the history of the US Congress, moron.

fossten on January 11, 2016 at 9:43 PM

Worse than even that. The worst nationwide loss by any single party nationally, statewide, and locally. 30 states are now wholly controlled by the Republicans in state senates and house of representatives, with 31 governors Republican and 18 Dems, with one independent.

I’d say I’ll milk that too. :)

itsspideyman on January 11, 2016 at 10:28 PM

Chelsea better watch out: Mom and Dad might throw her under the bus next. Heck, you’re young, Chelsea, you’ll only be forty-five when you get out. Do it for the family!
Sherman1864 on January 11, 2016 at 9:47 PM

Her father-in-law should be able to give her some pointers:

“In March 2001, Edward Mezvinsky was indicted and later pleaded guilty to 31 of 69 felony charges of bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud.[12] Nearly $10 million was involved in the crimes. Shortly after his indictment, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but the judge at his trial disallowed a mental illness defense. He served his time at Federal Prison Camp, Eglin. Mezvinsky, Federal Bureau of Prisons # 55040-066, was released in April 2008. He remained on federal probation until 2011, and as of 2010 still owed $9.4 million in restitution to his victims.” Wikipedia.

AppraisHer on January 11, 2016 at 10:46 PM

Do you see why I regard you with such disdain?
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Tlaloc on January 11, 2016 at 6:15 PM

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To me the truly sad part is that it’s quite apparent that you don’t see why we regard you with such, even with the evidence in front of your eyes.
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GrumpyOldFart on January 11, 2016 at 9:58 PM

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That just puts you in good company, GrumpyOldFart.

“Badge of honor”, and all that.

listens2glenn on January 11, 2016 at 10:48 PM

Sure it can. But when you go to see a M. Night Shyamalan film you should be expecting a twist at the end…because he’s done it so many times.

Maybe this is the one time you guys actually manage to prove a case against a Clinton but then maybe this time the Washington Generals will beat the Globetrotters.

Tlaloc on January 11, 2016 at 3:48 PM

But amid the decades of defeat, there were a few scattered victories—six in all, according to the Washington Generals Fan Blog. The most memorable of those happened on Jan. 25, 1971, in Martin, Tenn.

Much is in dispute about the particulars: The Times’s obit says Klotz, who was 50 years old but still giving himself lots of playing time, took “a two-handed set shot from 20 feet with seconds to go.” In 2007, Klotz told me he’d let fly with a half-court shot at the buzzer. But from wherever it was taken and with however much time was left on the clock, everybody agrees Klotz’s shot went in and gave his band of losers a 100-99 victory over the Globetrotters.

How Red Klotz, 14,000-Time Loser, Beat The Harlem Globetrotters

You’re getting sloppy Lumpy…Tighten up.

tanked59 on January 11, 2016 at 11:39 PM

Barack Obama might be forced to appoint a special prosecutor. And that could get very ugly for the Clintons and their foundation as well.

Mr Obama might yet be forced to take a place in the dock next to her.

Mrs Clinton was not running an insecure email server ‘secretly’; quite apart from the IT people who are paid to check security and find weaknesses, she was corresponding with people openly. A lot of people must have known about her server and its insecurity, and since it wasn’t rapidly shut-down the supposition is that her actions were approved by somebody more senior than her.

YiZhangZhe on January 12, 2016 at 10:02 AM

Waving that finger, I did not have sex with that woooman!

She just sucked my ding dong in the WH.

Sherman1864 on January 12, 2016 at 7:52 PM

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