The FBI quietly released nearly 300 pages of records from its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server on Sunday night

by Chuck Ross

The FBI quietly released nearly 300 pages of records from its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server on Sunday night.

This is the fifth release of Clinton investigation records from the FBI. The documents deal with the handling of computer hardware collected from Clinton’s lawyers for the investigation and also contain emails from FBI officials discussing the classification of Clinton’s emails.

The FBI has previously released notes from interviews it conducted during its investigation of Clinton’s handling of classified information. FBI director James Comey declined to recommend that Clinton be charged in the case, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch accepted that advice.

The emails included in the documents are from the months prior to the formal opening of the Clinton email probe, which occurred on July 10, 2015. The exchanges show disagreements between the FBI and State Department over whether some of Clinton’s personal emails should be classified.

In one April 27, 2015 email, an FBI official wrote to other officials that they were “about to get drug into an issue on classification” of Clinton’s emails. The official, whose name is redacted, said that the State Department was “forum shopping,” or seeking a favorable opinion on the classification issue by asking different officials to rate emails as unclassified.


Other email traffic sheds light on a controversy involving State Department under secretary for management Patrick Kennedy and a request he made in 2015 that the FBI reduce its classification of a Clinton email related to the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi.

Clinton investigation notes released by the FBI in October showed that an FBI official said during an interview as part of the email probe that Kennedy asked him and others at the FBI to relax classifications on some emails. (RELATED: State Dept. Official Wanted Clinton Email Reclassified Because It ‘Caused Problems’)

The new FBI release contains a May 21, 2015 email in which Michael Steinbach, the FBI’s assistant director of the counterterrorism division, detailed a conversation he had with Kennedy about the classification issue.

Steinbach said that the FBI had determined that one of Clinton’s emails should be classified using b(1) and b(7) redactions, used to protect information in the interest of national defense and to prevent the disclosure of a confidential source, respectively. Kennedy asked Steinbach to classify the email using only the b(1) category.

An email sent two days earlier from a separate FBI official provided more information about the dispute.

The official, whose name is redacted, wrote that the Clinton email was redacted and classified on the rationale that it contained information that would cause “interference with foreign relations.”

The FBI official wrote that the email could disclose sources and investigative methods used by the bureau.

“While the email does not name the particular official, this might be deduced and, given the threat of violence in the region, any surmise could be fatal for whoever cooperated with us,” the official wrote.

“State will say no one will know if it is redacted, but that is not how classification works,” they added.

The official wrote that he informed Kennedy of that rationale and that Kennedy said he would be in contact with Steinbach.

The FBI release also includes an email from the attorney of Bryan Pagliano, the Hillary Clinton State Department aide who set up and managed her secret email server. In the email, Mark MacDougall, Pagliano’s lawyer, informed the FBI that Pagliano would decline the bureau’s request for an investigation. Pagliano would eventually meet with the FBI in December, but only after receiving limited immunity from the Department of Justice.


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Billionaire globalist pens panicked rant

Paul Joseph Watson | Infowars.com – DECEMBER 29, 2016

Billionaire globalist George Soros has penned a panicked rant in which he decries President-elect Donald Trump as a “would be dictator” who threatens the future of the new world order.

In an article for Project Syndicate, Soros begins by mentioning how he lived under both Nazi and then Soviet rule in Hungary before asserting that “various forms of closed societies – from fascist dictatorships to mafia states – are on the rise.”

This claim is confounded by the facts, which show that, “The share of the world population living in democracies (has) increased continuously.”

Soros writes that in voting for Trump, Americans “elected a con artist and would-be dictator as its president,” and that his defeat of Hillary Clinton means America will be “unable to protect and promote democracy in the rest of the world” (because that policy worked so well in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Libya).

Soros also slams Trump’s new cabinet as containing nothing other than “incompetent extremists” and “retired generals”.

Explaining how he supports the European Union because it is a successful attempt at “social engineering,” Soros laments the fact that the body has become “increasingly dysfunctional” and its disintegration has been accelerated, “first from Brexit, then from the election of Trump in the US, and on December 4 from Italian voters’ rejection, by a wide margin, of constitutional reforms.”

Soros also bemoans Russian President Vladimir Putin’s alleged undue influence during the presidential election.

“At first, he tried to control social media. Then, in a brilliant move, he exploited social media companies’ business model to spread misinformation and fake news, disorienting electorates and destabilizing democracies. That is how he helped Trump get elected,” writes Soros.

Soros says Putin “felt threatened by “color revolutions” in Georgia, Ukraine, and elsewhere,” without mentioning that Soros himself played a key role in bankrolling these contrived uprisings, as well as the color revolution being fomented against Trump.

The irony of an ultra-rich elitist who has bankrolled the overthrow of innumerable governments insisting he cares about “democracy” and the will of the people is particularly rich.

The whole tone of the piece is clearly fraught with concern that the populist movement sweeping the west poses a direct threat to the plutocratic new world order that Soros has spent his entire life helping to build.

He concludes by warning that “the EU is on the verge of breakdown” due to stagnant economic growth and the out of control refugee crisis (that Soros himself again helped create in the first place as a way to obtain political power).

9 Scapegoats Progressives Blame for Hillary Clinton’s Stunning Loss


A month after Hillary Clinton’s devastating election loss to Donald Trump, progressives have placed blame for their defeat on everything from “fake news” to racism to Russian hackers.

Below is a roundup of the scapegoats progressives blame for Clinton’s loss.

1. “Fake News”

Hillary Clinton used her first public speech since her election loss to blame the “epidemic” rise of fake news for her defeat.

“The epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year — it’s now clear the so-called fake news can have real-world consequences,” Clinton said earlier this month in a speech on Capital Hill.

Clinton said “lives are at risk” because of fake news, calling it “a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly.”

2. Huma Abedin

Clinton advisors, still reeling from defeat, blamed her longtime aide Huma Abedin for their loss.

“She was enjoying the red carpet and enjoying the photo spreads much too much in my opinion,” a close Clinton insider told Vanity Fair“She enjoyed being a celebrity too much.”

Abedin, who’d spent 20 years as one of Clinton’s closest confidants, caused a campaign crisis weeks before the election after the FBI announced that emails related to its Clinton private server investigation were found on a laptop shared by Abedin and her estranged husband Anthony Weiner, who is being investigated for allegedly sending sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl.

3. Putin’s “Personal Beef”

Hillary Clinton claimed last week that Russia’s hack of her campaign was an attack “to undermine our democracy,” and was ordered by Vladimir V. Putin “because he has a personal beef against me.”

“Putin publicly blamed me for the outpouring of outrage by his own people, and that is the direct line between what he said back then and what he did in this election,” Clinton saidin speech to a group of donors referencing charges she made that the Russian President rigged the parliamentary elections in his country in 2011.

“Vladimir Putin himself directed the covert cyberattacks against our electoral system, against our democracy, apparently because he has a personal beef against me,” she said.

4. FBI Director James Comey

During a post-election conference call with Clinton surrogates, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta referred to FBI Director James Comey as the person “who we think may have cost us the election,” The Hill reported.

Two weeks before Election Day, Comey wrote a letter to Congress informing lawmakers of the discovery of a new batch of emails (found on Weiner’s computer), related to the investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State.

Two days before the election, Comey announced the FBI found no new information in the emails. But by then, Clinton’s camp believes the damage to their campaign had already been done.

5. Millennials

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook mentioned young voters as one of the reasons for Clinton’s loss.

During an election postmortem event at Harvard, Mook placed blame on “young people” who “were voting for third-party candidates” as one of the reasons Clinton loss.

6. Racism 

During the same post-election session at Harvard, Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri blamed Breitbart News and its former executive chairman turned Trump campaign CEO Stephen K. Bannon for Clinton’s loss.

“If providing a platform for white supremacists makes me a brilliant tactician, I am proud to have lost,” Palmieri said. “I would rather lose than win the way you guys did.”

7. White women who voted for Trump

Clinton campaign celebrity surrogate Lena Dunham scorned self-hating white women who voted for Donald Trump, and blamed them for her candidate’s defeat.

“It’s painful to know that white women, so unable to see the unity of female identity, so unable to look past their violent privilege, and so inoculated with hate for themselves, showed up to the polls for him, too,” Dunham wrote in an essay for her Lenny Letter blog published days after the election.

8. Electoral college

During his final press briefing of the year, President Obama blamed the Electoral College for Hillary Clinton’s election loss.

The Electoral College, Obama said, is one of the “structures in our political system as envisioned by the Founders that sometimes are going to disadvantage Democrats.”

“The Electoral College is a vestige, it’s a carryover from an earlier vision of how our federal government was going to work that put a lot of premium on states,” he added.

9. “Voter Suppression” 

Democratic National Chair Donna Brazile blamed “brand new voting restrictions put in place” to depress votes in “many swing states.”

“In many swing states, voter suppression succeeded in its ultimate, if unstated goal: diluting democracy through disfranchisement,” Brazile wrote weeks after the election.

Morning Joe Panel Slams Clinton’s Response to Why She Lost The 2016 Election

Published on Dec 19, 2016

Nick Smith

It’s amazing!! Mainstream can not just say it: Hillary is a criminal, the most corrupt person to run for office in history and the Dems are socialist propagators, communists and racial dividers. Mainstream has lost the fact that ppl are proud to be Americans not globalist, proud of heritage not racist, proud of values and liberty for all who don’t intend to cut our heads off and force themselves down our neck!

She should run again in 2020. I would love to watch her lose again!
Nigel Farage

She is not qualified at all , thats the funny thing about it. she is a criminal .
Pamela Sue

Two witnesses to the LEAKS not hacks have come forward. What is to investigate? How to WASTE OUR MONEY. This is exactly what America HATES ABOUT DEMOCRATS. WASTING OUR MONEY, TAXING TO HELL, INSTITUTING LAWS AGAINST OUR WILL & VOTE- what is hard to understand? These people are truly brain dead.

Huma & Chelsea Clinton are the Leakers.
jon carter

the DNC lost and loses because of obama’s policies and hillary’s lies, plane and simple. . . .
les visible

Putin had nothing to do with it. Hillary is a cunt. Trump rolled

She polled at 48 percent before the leaks, she ended up with 48 percent after the election. Leaks had no effect on her brainless followers. The fact is that she had no message to bring out her voters to the polls.
Mark Jordan

You lost because YOU SUCK

But the FBI works for the DOD, and the DOD works for BHO. So, is she blaming Obama? (The answer is “yes”.)
They Lie About Everything

I cant believe they’re still flogging the phony Russian hack thing… really? Does anybody actually believe their BS? I want to see the witch burn at the stake…

‘Unlike Western mainstream media, I’ve spent the last three days in East Aleppo’


Western media and propaganda have supported the incarceration, torture, abuse and horror that these civilians had had to go through says journalist Vanessa Beeley. Columnist Brent Budowsky and Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute join the debate.


Syria unrest

After liberating eastern Aleppo, government troops are making advances against terrorists that still control several districts of the Syrian city.

In response, the militants have again been targeting civilian areas of western Aleppo.

Meanwhile, the mainstream media continue to blame President Assad and Russia for the civilian suffering.

The grim picture of Aleppo’s liberation painted in the mainstream media has prompted crowds to protesters on the streets of European cities. People gathered in the German city of Hamburg as well as Paris calling to stop the slaughter of people in Aleppo.

Also, the lights of the Eiffel Tower have been turned off in solidarity with the civilians of Aleppo.

RT spoke to independent researcher and journalist Vanessa Beeley, the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute Daniel McAdams and columnist for ‘The Hill’ Brent Budowsky and heard some very different opinions on the Syrian conflict.


RT: Why so much hysteria in the media? Why is no one talking about defeating terrorists – who are Al-Nusra, the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria?

Brent Budowsky, columnist for the Hill: Nobody wants to kill and defeat the terrorists more than I do and more than the US, but what is happening in Aleppo is a moral crime against humanity. I agree with what Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Russian government should do everything to stop it, to end it, to support a ceasefire, to end the carnage, the killing and the bombing of innocent civilians. The UN is concerned about it. And I agree with their investigation into possible war crimes. I agree with what the pictures tell us. The bombing of civilians and the massacre of the innocents must stop. My strong advice to President Putin would be to follow John Kerry’s advice and end that carnage and killing right now. So should Assad, so should the Syrian army. It is a joke to treat them as liberators; they are mass-murdering civilians…

RT: Vanessa, what is your reaction to this political view of the events? As a journalist, how do you feel about that?

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RT in Aleppo: Locals deny reports that pro-Assad forces shot at evacuees’ buses

Vanessa Beeley, journalist: I’ve just returned from three days in East Aleppo, and I would like to 100 percent correct the lies that are being disseminated by the media, think tanks, governments across the West. Particularly your guest who has just uttered complete lies. I’ve spent basically three days in all the various liberated areas of East Aleppo… Many of the testimonies that we received from the civilians that this gentleman has just accused Russia and Syria of bombing, actually told us that they had been incarcerated for the last four years by the various US-backed terrorist militant groups such as Al-Nusra Front, Ahrar al-Sham, Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki whom we know beheaded the 12-year old Palestinian child. We were told stories about civilians who were trying to leave this imprisonment when the Russian and Syrian governments opened the humanitarian corridors. I interviewed one lady, I have her on film, where she tells me that one woman, who had been kept in a condition of starvation and malnutrition by these militant factions – who were stockpiling any humanitarian aid that came in and either selling it at extortionate prices. When this lady went on her knees to beg for food, she was shot in the mouth by the militant factions that have been imprisoning these civilians for the last four and a half years. Your [American] media and propaganda have supported that incarceration, torture, abuse and absolute horror that these civilians had had to go through.

RT: The spokesperson of the US State Department said he hasn’t seen the videos of people celebrating on Aleppo’s streets. He’s in a senior position; he must know what he’s talking about, doesn’t he?

Brent Budowsky: We can witness day by day dead babies by dead babies. You can watch the CNN, the BBC, any other television station. The point is – the killing, the bombings of civilians must stop. The dead children and babies is a moral outrage against humanity.

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‘When camera gone they leave people under rubble’ – Aleppo residents on Western-backed White Helmets

Vanessa Beeley: Can I ask one question? Where are these sources being able to transmit this information from? Because in East Aleppo there is no 3G, there is no wi-fi, there is no electricity. So I’d like to know how these sources are able to get this information via Skype connection to organizations – I’ll use that term loosely – like CNN, BBC, Channel 4. I would very much like to know how they achieve it and how there’re able to do that in East Aleppo. Unlike the corporate mainstream media, I have been in East Aleppo for the last three days, therefore, I’m giving you eyewitness testimony unlike your mainstream media that has not been there and relies upon spurious activists – like the White Helmets, who are funded by every single nation that has a vested and declared interest in regime change in Syria. That is your reliable source. Or perhaps the ‘Aleppo Media Center’ – French Foreign Office funded…

Daniel McAdams, executive director at Ron Paul Institute: This is a good example of what is wrong with the mainstream media. You have a mainstream media source like this Brent Budowsky who goes on television telling us: “You’ve got to believe the US government.” This is the same media that lie through its teeth about Iraq; that lied through its teeth about Benghazi, about the slaughters that were not happening there. There are no foreign media sources in East Aleppo right now. They are not on the ground. They are all using information that they are getting through rebel sources. That is the truth. So, Budowsky, what you are doing right now is you are putting out fake news. And you know it because there are no sources on the ground. You’re saying, ‘Just believe the US government.’ You’re supposed to be in the media! You’re supposed to be doing independent work…

Go back to 2005 in a document from the US Embassy in Damascus was sent back to Washington outlining exactly how to destabilize and overthrow the Syria government, which is exactly the roadmap they took. Who was really responsible for the carnage in Syria? It is the interventionists in the West and their enablers in the mainstream media that push a regime change policy that destroys countries like Iraq, like Syria, like Libya, like Afghanistan, and so on. They are the real perpetrators of this crime.