Friday’s FBI document dump (since when do federal investigators dump information on Fridays as if they were politicians) included a treasure trove of new information connected to the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a non-secure, unauthorized, non-government email server to conduct government business while she was Secretary of State.
One of the more fascinating exchanges included staffers referring to something called the “Hillary Cover-up” operation, which the Washington Examiner explains involved the deletion of multiple emails around the same time congress was asking for the same emails to be retained:
Employees at Platte River Network, the firm tapped to manage Hillary Clinton’s emails in 2013, sent emails describing the ‘Hilary [sic] coverup [sic] operation’ after Clinton’s staff asked them to begin wiping emails in Dec. 2014.
On Sunday’s State of the Union on CNN, host Jake Tapper asked Clinton campaign manager Roby Mook to explain why staffers would refer to the opertion as a “cover-up plan.” His answer is… well… it’s not an answer at all:
JAKE TAPPER, CNN: There was a document dump on Friday where we learned from the FBI that an I.T. contractor managing Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server made reference to the “Hillary coverup operation” in a work ticket.
He used that after an aide asked him to automatically delete emails after 60 days. This I.T. worker thought he was covering something up, no?
ROBBY MOOK: I’m glad you asked this question. A lot of this stuff is swirling around out the ether. It’s important to pull back and look at the facts.
The FBI did a comprehensive and deep investigation into this and at the conclusion of that, FBI Director Comey came out and said to the world that there was no case here. That they did not have evidence of wrongdoing on Hillary’s part.
TAPPER: So what’s the “Hillary cover-up operation” that the I.T. worker was referring to?
MOOK: This is the perfect example of what’s going on here. The Republicans in the House are selectively leaking documents for the purpose of making Hillary look bad. We asked FBI to release all information they shared with the Republicans so we can get the full picture.
Again I would trust the career professionals at the FBI and Justice Department who looked into this matter, concluded there was no case [more] than I would Republicans who are selectively leaking information.
See? There wasn’t a cover-up. And if there was a cover-up, it was the Repulican’s fault. Or something.\