FBI Releases Documents on Clinton Email Investigation: 7 Things to Know
The FBI released a summary of an interview it did with Hillary Clinton as part of its investigation into her handling of classified information.
“We are making these materials available to the public in the interest of transparency,” said the FBI in a press release on Sept. 1.
The Democratic presidential candidate was accompanied by her attorneys and aides during the interview on July 2.
The records show that Clinton failed to recall certain emails or incidents. The FBI also said that Clinton “could not recall any briefing or training by State related to the retention of federal records or handling classified information,” among other topics.
1. Powell: ‘Be very careful’
The FBI summary says Clinton sent an email to former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Jan. 23, 2009, to inquire about the use of a BlackBerry while she served in office. Powell warned Clinton that if it became “public” that she had a BlackBerry and used it to “do business” her emails could become “official records and subject to the law.”
“Be very careful. I got around it all by not saying much and not using systems that captured data,” said Powell according to the interview.
2. Missing iPads
The FBI says it does not have possession of any of Clinton’s 13 mobile devices which “potentially were used to end e-mails using her clintonemail.com adresses.” Since the FBI was unable to, the agency could not determine whether the devices were compromised. Clinton used five iPads during her time at the State Department, which were used to send and receive emails.
3. Devices Destroyed With Hammers
According to the FBI notes former Clinton aide Monica Hanley often bought replacement BlackBerry devices for the Democratic nominee while she was at the State Department. Hanley mostly bought the devices at AT&T stores in the Washington D.C. area. What happened to the previous devices after a new replacement would “frequently become unknown,” Hanley and Clinton aide Huma Abedin said.
“Cooper did recall two instances where he destroyed Clinton’s old mobile devices by breaking them in half or hitting them with a hammer,” said former Bill Clinton aide Justin Cooper according to the FBI documents. According to the FBI, Cooper was usually responsible for setting up the devices.