FBI Initially Asked Hillary’s Permission to Access Her Blackberry Emails
Thanks to conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, new information has been released showing that the FBI “primarily” relied on ‘consensual access’, or asking Hillary permission to view her Blackberry emails rather than use search warrants.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
The FBI released a previously undisclosed declaration filed in federal court Wednesday evening. The declaration contains new information regarding grand jury subpoenas issued in the investigation into Clinton’s private server.
Watchdog groups Cause of Action and Judicial Watch successfully convinced a federal judge to order the release of the declaration submitted ex parte and in camera in the civil case by E.W. Priestap, who supervised the Clinton investigation at the FBI. Cause of Action and Judicial Watch are suing the State Department and National Archives for violations of the Federal Records Act, for failing to properly preserve Clinton’s emails.
Priestap’s declaration was a supplemental filing related to the grand jury subpoenas and was only seen by federal judge James Boasberg and the government’s lawyers. The newly released declaration does not reveal the exact language of the grand jury subpoenas that were issued in the case, making it difficult to decipher the specific actions taken by the FBI.
Priestap’s declaration also reveals grand jury subpoenas were issued to wireless companies Cingular and then its successor AT& T Wireless and the maker of Blackberry devices, RIM (Research in Motion) indicating the investigation was criminal in nature.
The FBI initially asked Hillary permission to obtain her emails rather than use search warrants. The FBI claimed it had a hard time proving probably cause that classified information was on her non government email accounts she used with her private server.
“FBI sought to obtain all identified email communications that were transmitted or stored upon former Secretary Clinton’s private email servers. These investigative efforts consisted of obtaining email repositories through consent of former Secretary Clinton, her representatives, former members of her staff, the State Department, and numerous other government agencies with which the Secretary communicated,” Priestap wrote in the declaration.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that Comey previously said consensual access was used when dealing with Clinton’s aides who were lawyers, arguing informal agreements are faster than issuing subpoenas, which could be delay through the legal process.
As previously reported, Hillary Clinton’s lawyers were uncooperative and played the FBI. None of the smartphones received from the law firm contained SIM cards or Secure Digital (SD) cards, and a total of 13 mobile devices and 5 iPads were identified by the FBI as potentially using clintonemail.com email addresses were never located by Williams & Connelly, Fox News reports.
It was also revealed that Hillary Clinton’s staff destroyed many of her mobile devices with hammers.
Media was set ablaze in late August after bombshell documents released show former FBI head James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton before the investigation into her email conduct had concluded. Even more concerning is “Mr. Comey even circulated an early draft statement to select members of senior FBI leadership,” reports Townhall.
The former FBI Director also testified to Congress that he decided not to recommended charges in relation to handling of classified information, after the FBI interviewed Hillary Clinton on July 2, 2016. However, a new report reveals Comey penned a memo exonerating Clinton in the Spring.
An attorney for Trump, Jay Sekulow pointed out that Hillary was exonerated and immunity was handed out like candy BEFORE 17 witnesses were even interviewed–including Hillary Clinton.
A real investigation must be conducted. Hillary Clinton was protected, and is STILL being protected by Deep State operatives. Any other person would be in jail if they committed even a fraction of the crimes Hillary did while Secretary of State.