April 9, 2019

If anyone knows firsthand that persistence pays, it’s Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, after working literally for years to get information from the FBI about its “investigation” into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for official State Department business.

On July 7, 2016 (two days after then-FBI Director James Comey’s announcement that he would not recommend indictment for Hillary), Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request seeking all the “302s” (interview notes) having to do with the investigation into Hillary’s use of a private email server during her time at the State Department. It also sought all relevant communications involving the FBI, DOJ, President Obama, the DNC, and Hillary 2016 campaign officials, plus all communications relating to the tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch on June 27, 2016.

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That’s a lot of documents. Not surprisingly, the FBI failed to comply with their FOIA request, so Judicial Watch filed another one in October of that year.


Since then, they’ve actually received some of what they asked for, and on Monday they announced that they’ve got 422 pages of documents showing evidence of “cover-up” discussions related to the Clinton email system and Platte River Networks, one of the vendors that managed it; also revealing the concerns of Inspector General Charles McCullough about classified material stored on Hillary’s non-secure email server.


Judicial Watch even turned up Hillary’s signed 2009 Non-Disclosure Agreement, which affirmed that she understood what she could and couldn’t do with classified material. “I...understand that I am obligated to comply with laws and regulations that prohibit the unauthorized disclosure of classified information,” it reads in part. It also specifies that such classified information is the property of the United States government. (In other words, it’s NOT to be made an easy target for foreign hackers or erased with BleachBit or somehow transferred to Anthony Weiner’s laptop.)


Judicial Watch also finally got the FBI notes from an interview with an employee of Platte River Networks in February of 2016 that refers to an email about the “Hillary cover-up operation work ticket archive cleanup.” There are also email exchanges among Platte River employees in 2014 and 2015 expressing concern about the potential for hacking, the lack of any backups, and the problem of not being able to produce copies of documents. “We’re in some deep sh**,” says one.


Some names are still redacted, as in this email from March of 2015: “[Redacted] is going to send over a list of recommendations for us to apply for additional security against hackers. He did say we should probably remove all Clinton files, folders, info off our servers, etc., on an independent drive.”


There are even files documenting Platte River Networks’ use of BleachBit on Hillary’s server. We now know definitively from an event log that it was downloaded from a vendor named SourceForge at 11:42 a.m. on March 31, 2015, and for the next 30 minutes was used to delete the files on Hillary’s server. REALLY delete them so they would be gone baby gone. Seems pretty “intentional” to me.  Add obstruction of justice to her violation of the Espionage Act.


On June 27, 2015, a memo is sent from someone whose name has been redacted to Peggy Grafeld at the State Department with the subject line CONCERNS ABOUT THE HRC REVIEW. It begins, “While working with this Inspector [McCullough], I have personally reviewed hundreds of documents in the HRC collection. I can now say, without reservation, that there are literally hundreds of classified emails in this collection; maybe more...This material is subject to FOIA litigation, and the emails will now have to be found, reviewed and upgraded. Under the EO 13526, it would be in our right to classify the entire HRC collection at the Secret level because of the ‘mosaic effect’...I am very concerned about the inadvertent release of State Department’s equities when this collection is released in its entirety –- the potential damage to the foreign relations of the United States could be significant.”


Whoa. Think “no reasonable prosecutor” would prosecute you or me for something like this?

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In August, a classified memo from the FBI Counterintelligence Division regarding the findings of the IG said that in a sampling of just 40 emails out of the 30,000 on Hillary’s server, 4 were classified. There’s another letter about this that specifies they were classified at the Secret level.


In an internal memo from the same month, the FBI notes that Hillary had signed a June 28, 2011, directive advising all State Department employees that “due to recent targeting of personal email accounts by online adversaries,” State employees should “avoid conducting official Department business from (their) personal email accounts.”


Of course, being Hillary, she went on her merry way and completely disregarded it. But the internal FBI emails from August of 2015 show that Hillary’s use of a personal server had left quite a mess at the State Department, particularly in how to be responsive to FOIA requests. “It is unclear if the Department of Justice is reviewing the emails before FOIA release,” one says. Former-Secretary Clinton’s emails are the subject of numerous FOIA requests and multiple FOIA lawsuits. It may be prudent to integrate the Department of Justice into the FOIA process review to ensure the redactions can withstand potential legal challenges. If not already being done, recommend the State Department FOIA Office incorporate the Department into the FOIA process to ensure the legal sufficiency review of the FOIA exemptions and redactions.”


There are also some interesting documents pertaining to Hillary’s main IT guy, Brian Pagliano, who, according to records, was paid just over $40,000 over four years by the Clinton Executive Service Corp. On October 15, 2012, Pagliano sent a bill to Hillary’s aide Justin Cooper indicating that on July 28 and 29, he’d had to deal with “mailbox corruption” of her server. Documents show numerous examples of similar problems; one cites multiple “brute force attacks” against her server.


Recall that in 2016, in a deposition in a separate Judicial Watch lawsuit, Pagliano responded to questions about his work on the Clinton email server by invoking his Fifth Amendment rights.


Judicial Watch even found mentions of itself in the documents it finally received. A letter from the Secret Service to the Counterintelligence Division of the FBI cites Judicial Watch litigation in its concern over preservation of Hillary’s email server records. The Secret Service writes that its searches “did not reveal any responsive documents.” This is precisely why it suited Hillary to have her own email server –- no responsive documents would turn up in response to those pesky FOIA requests.

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Much more detail is included in Judicial Watch’s lengthy press release, including some November 2012 emails from Clinton top foreign policy adviser Jake Sullivan that discuss a “Report of arrests --- possible Benghazi connection” with her. Wonder what that’s about. Also, there’s an intriguing travel request from November 2015 that shows the FBI dispatched agents to Spain and Bahrain to conduct “Midyear Exam” interviews regarding a “sensitive investigative matter.” I want to know more about THAT.


Thanks to Judicial Watch for sticking with it. (Sen. Lindsay Graham deserves credit as well.) These documents show us even more clearly how serious Hillary’s mishandling of classified material was. They can’t indict her, but Attorney General Barr can, and should.


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  • Carolyn Shoemaker

    04/13/2019 04:58 PM

    I enjoy your newsletter and the information about the goings on in DC! If there is any justice (and I think there is) Hillary and her cohorts crimes will finally be made know and will get just what they deserve!! I pray for our country's continued growth under President Trump's leadership! I have been so proud of him for standing up to the the Democrats, who I believe have lost their ever loving mind!! I never thought I would in my lifetime see some of the things that have occurred, one being Muslims in our government!!! Thank You for all you do!! I wish you and your family the Very Best!! P.S. Oh, And by the way I love that chick in Washington, Sarah Sanders!!

  • Corine Pledger

    04/11/2019 10:26 PM

    Bro. Mike, I am enjoying your newsletter about the fiasco in DC. Be sure and keep notes and write a book near the last years of Trump presidency for the ones of us that don't get to keep up with all that's going on. Love Sarah. Take care and keep up good work.

  • Firewagon

    04/11/2019 02:01 PM

    Anybody with a modicum of common sense left knows the 'criminal Clinton' should be behind bars!

    No comment section on your Israel election results, Gov., so I pen it here: " an existential threat, a sort of suicidal impulse...." that being how the Israel Left is viewed by those electing PM Netanyahu! The same case can be made for what is left of America's 'Democrat' party.' They are "an existential threat, a sort of suicidal impulse," that enhances the further DECLINE of America!

  • Stephen Russell

    04/11/2019 11:47 AM

    Prosecute, leave No stone unturned. 24/7 referrals OK


    04/10/2019 06:25 PM


  • Daniel L

    04/10/2019 01:27 PM

    Hi Gov,
    Thanks for the continuing flow of information about the criminal treason of the Obama Administration and Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State and after, while running for President. I've corroborated it with several other sources. First, I am utterly sickened and astounded by the corruption and conspiracy undertook by the highest leaders in our government at the time. That they had the gall and the nerve to do this to the country means they MUST face justice and justice must FINALLY be swift and with the strongest penalties - by that I mean minimally life in prison if not death. I realize what I just said and I understand the implications - these people must face death sentences!
    To the email scandal and the numerous pay for play schemes undertaken, Clinton knew what she was doing was illegal and criminal - she signed the same non-disclosure agreements and took the same security briefings and training I took as a fed gov employee. There could be no clearer intent to undermine and disregard the law than by operating a private server on the open internet. If she cared about the security of the country, she would have never in her wildest imagination have created such an illegal system. That she did it proves beyond any doubt that not only did she not care about protecting United States classified information, she also intended to avoid oversight and follow the rules the rest of us must follow. Again, clear malicious intent. She, and those who aided her must go to prison! Not just the minions but Hillary and those at the highest level who aided and abetted the criminal operation.
    As to the conspiracy to undermine the will of the people in the 2016 vote and to unseat our duly elected President, let me be as clear as I can be. This criminal conspiracy was treason on the highest order and it MUST be dealt with by the conspirators facing death penalties, nothing less. They and their lapdog criminal media will never admit it, because to admit it would implicate them of this highest of state crimes. So the DOJ must get on with it and prosecute and penalize every stinking one of them. Or we might as well just surrender our country. Justice MUST PREVAIL!

  • Mike Smith

    04/10/2019 11:24 AM

    I've had time to think further about these new documents.

    I'm neither a juror nor a jurist. I'm not a law enforcement officer and I'm not a lawyer. I'm also not a journalist or a publisher.
    That being said, I don't think we have to stick with the idea that we need to be so delicate with our proclamations of advancing due process when presented with an abundance of evidence. Yes, due process should still be followed but there's no reason we can't just reach the only logical conclusion that right thinking minds of any kind would come to.


  • Bruce Vanderhoef

    04/10/2019 10:37 AM

    Hillary, your sins will find you out.

  • George Curl

    04/09/2019 10:46 PM

    This is all well and good, but I have no faith that anything will come of it.I believe that we will soon find that BHO was in on the Russia dossie and the following 25 month investigation. Muller's team was stacked with FBI investigators that were in on the cover-up. Soory for being a Debbie Downer, but I've lost all faith in the institutions I admired for so long.

  • Bernadette Dillon

    04/09/2019 10:43 PM

    Both Bill and Hillary should be in jail for crimes against this country including treason and pedophile. Bill destroyed the world's economy by deregulation the mortgage industry. He worked with Barney Frank and have all the CEO's of all the big banks get out of jail cards. That is the reason no bank President has served a day in jail for the economic collapse. Bill and Frank made it possible for people to buy homes they could not afford. Hilary lied lied and lied some more to the world. She was in bed with Russia and she lied to this country and the families of Benghazi. Hilary used her personal computer and was hacked by China. She supports Bill's trips to Epstein island where he has sex with kids. Where is the outrage like with Bill Cosby?

  • Samuel Smith

    04/09/2019 09:18 PM

    Yes there needs to be an investigate, and all those who were involved need to be charged to the full intent of the law. If this does not happen then how can you have any confident of the government, and the justice department. And it should keep these criminals out of office, and it would make it hard pressed for the Democrats to go after Mr. Trump and others.


    04/09/2019 06:57 PM

    What is taking so long for JUSTICE ? We have enough evidence against her and all the rest ! Justice could be done in 2 weeks,not 3 years ! I realize Barr has a lot on his plate,but this seems like a fast and overwhelming case! Should have been done a long time ago ! I really respect Barr,he seems as great as the two SCJD ! By the CONSTITUTION AND LAWS of the land !

  • rodney burke

    04/09/2019 06:31 PM

    No, Hilary DESERVES a noose for treason and other crimes of similar nature. She can't hide anymore. There is too much documentation. It's time to man up but she isn't adult enough to do that. She STILL thinks law and rules don't apply to her. Sociopath, and yes pure evil. She needs to be the first example of how the REST of us view lawlessness. When the indictments are made public and people start going to trial. The rest will wake up. Might even change the dem prez field. H-m-m Might shrink it to one or two. ha, ha! Hilary is indicative of the dems. Utter contempt for the American people and all we stand for. Time for her to go down...HARD!

  • Firewagon

    04/09/2019 04:27 PM

    "....possible Benghazi connection...." Possible? POSSIBLE?! LOL! I've said it before Gov; of all the American Consulates and Embassies around the world, the killer terrorists chose Benghazi? Had one of the 'leaders' of that attack been captured, he likely had in his pocket a Clinton email directed to Ambassador Stevens, not simply denying his request for additional security personnel, but indicating those personnel would be reduced! What part of these 'killers' knew there was a 'lightly,' all but unguarded, American Ambassador ripe for the taking!

    There is no doubt in my military mind that the woman & her boss have 'blood on their hands!'

  • Firewagon

    04/09/2019 04:11 PM

    "....possible Benghazi connection...." Possible? POSSIBLE?! LOL! I've said it before Gov; of all the American Consulates and Embassies around the world, the killer terrorists chose Benghazi? Had one of the 'leaders' of that attack been captured, he likely had in his pocket a Clinton email directed to Ambassador Stevens, not simply denying his request for additional security personnel, but indicating those personnel would be reduced! What part of these 'killers' knew there was a 'lightly,' all but unguarded, American Ambassador ripe for the taking!

    There is no doubt in my military mind that the woman & her boss have 'blood on their hands!'

  • Patricia McMahon

    04/09/2019 04:05 PM

    It is a very good thing that these good folks are still on the hunt. I'm not sure what can
    come from it. I'm very glad they are keeping HRC's feet held to the fire. Wonder if Justice
    Dept. will take this on?

  • Joseph

    04/09/2019 03:53 PM

    This is all great info but we of the American Conservatives already knew she was guilty of even a lot more than these things. We know she was in someway involved in the deaths of many of her acquaintances and business partners over the coarse of 40 years. We also know she was involved in crooked dealings as First Lady in Arkansas as well as in the State Dept. What America really wants to know is will she or any corrupt Democrat ever going to be put in prison for their crimes or will they be allowed walk free while the people go to jail for much leaser crimes.

  • Gregory Weinman

    04/09/2019 01:53 PM

    Secretary Clinton certainly mishandled State department information. Her negligence was criminal but a selective wordsmith treatment allowed AG Lynch freedom from further action against the secretary. It's nearly 3 years old and nothing more will come of it. Ms Clinton is out of the public eye never to return. Public speaking fees have dried up. She must live on the largess her and her husband accumulated during their time in public office. Neither she nor her husband has much earning potential left. I will be surprised if either Clinton is asked about speaking at the DNC.
    I think the Clinton family is of the past and should be left in the past. Let bygones be bygones. Publish her transgressions and leave it at that.

  • Tom Williams

    04/09/2019 01:45 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee:

    I have to admit being totally amused by the Democrats' immediate demand for full release of the Mueller report. It will just strengthen the demand from everyone else to immediately demand the full release of all the FISA documents and the FBI report on the Hillary server fiasco and all the cover-up activities involved.

    Moral of the story: People who live in grass huts might not want to light fires (Much more evocative than People living in glass houses throwing stones).

    By all means let's investigate all of the serious lying to congress and the American people.

    Many thanks for exposing the lies, cover-ups, and malfeasance.

  • Evelyn Elaine Hudson

    04/09/2019 01:00 PM

    I feel the AG needs to indict Hillary Clinton & show the entire Democratic Party that not one of them is above the law...they want to condemn any & all that the Republicans do but exempt their party - so two-faced ... well he who is without sin can cast the first stone ... they need to seriously look in their own closets & into their own mirror & check themselves very seriously ... God already knows the end from the beginning & they will reap their reward ... AOC needs to realize only God knows when the end of the world will come ... scripture tells us no man knows the day or hour when the Son of Man will come - least of all AOC who thinks she knows everything & in all reality she knows nothing ... I pray daily for our President that he will make the right decisions for our country - there is so much evil in our country including many within our own government ... may God help our country!!!

  • Ballard Kamees

    04/09/2019 12:59 PM

    Lock both these "TREASONISTS UP"!!!

  • Ken dailey

    04/09/2019 12:32 PM

    Mike, thank you for all you have done and your stead-fast faith in the knowledge of the truth and how it has become twisted in DC. Our gov. has become so corrupted by the "deep state", i want to vomit!
    Trump is doing what he said he would do. He is doing what he was elected to do by the people, clean up DC. It is a dirty job and he knew it going in. He is the only one that has the balls to stand up to those that want to take this country down a path we can't allow it to go...into a socialistic system. Trump should encourage Barr to go after all involved, it is the right and fair thing to do. No plea deals, all involved knew what they were doing. Trump needs to do it before someone else gets into office in years to come, and decides to do whatever they want to the enslavement of America. Tell President Trump to play that hard nose, bad ass, new kid in town Trump card everytime! I trust POTUS more than any other president we have had in my lifetime, and I am 60. I think POTUS has a very good sense of what needs to be done and what we will have to endure to make America great. I believe Trump does not follow other's lead...he was hired to lead! Have a blessed day Mike, and thanks again for...YOU!

  • Suzanne Gibbs

    04/09/2019 12:31 PM

    Dear Gov. Mike,
    I'm shocked! (sarcastic).........what I really want to know is why she hasn't been arrested yet? Oh right, she is going to take everyone down with her. Is that a bad thing?

  • Charles Richard Morgan Jr.

    04/09/2019 12:08 PM

    I belive that Hillary should stand trial for her email scandal let alone for her uranium and Bengazi handling.

  • Mike Smith

    04/09/2019 11:50 AM

    They're holding on as long as they can - not much longer before they can use the excuse of exceeding the length of limitations period - aka statute of limitations. Somebody better get going, and fast.