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FBI Releases Notes From Hillary Clinton’s Interview on Personal E-mail Server

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The FBI released a summary of their July interview with Hillary Clinton regarding classified information that was allegedly transmitted or stored on a personal e-mail server at her New York home while she served as Secretary of State.

The Bureau is making the 58-page report public in response to the many Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests they’ve received on the matter and "in the interest of transparency." Included in the report are interviews with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and more than a dozen top level Clinton staffers and State Department officials.

FBI Director James Comey announced in July that the Bureau would not be pursuing criminal charges against Clinton,though he classified the handling of sensitive information as "extremely careless." 

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The report notes that Clinton used a personal device to handle office operations, which was not uncommon to people who held her position in the past.

"Clinton was not issued a mobile device by State, but continued to use the password protected BlackBerry she used during her time in the Senate. This device was connected to her AT&T BlackBerry address which was used for both personal communications and official business. Clinton made this decision out of convenience and noted she had spoken to former Secretary of State Colin Powell who used a private email account, as had other Secretaries of State before him." 

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The presidential nominee’s aides told the Bureau that she replaced her BlackBerry frequently, and that the old device’s location would “frequently become unknown.”

The decision not to indict Clinton on criminal charges relied largely on email correspondence, witness statements and information found on other devices about the administration, security, setup and maintenance of the servers. The report concluded that "FBI investigation and forensic analysis did not find evidence confirming that Clinton’s email server systems were compromised by cyber means." 

However, "The FBI’s inability to recover all server equipment and the lack of complete server log data for the relevant time period limited the FBI’s forensic analysis of the server systems."

The July interview lasted nearly three hours, during which Clinton claimed she couldn’t recall more than 36 things about which she was questioned regarding security and specific emails.

Some of the information she couldn’t remember was transmitted years ago, and Clinton also claimed that she couldn’t recall briefings she had after suffering a concussion in 2012, an injury that resulted in a blood clot in her head. 

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The report read, "Clinton stated she received no instructions or direction regarding the preservation or production of records from [the] State [Department] during the transition out of her role as secretary of state in 2013," adding, "However, in December of 2012, Clinton suffered a concussion and then around the New Year had a blood clot. Based on her doctor’s advice, she could only work at State for a few hours a day and could not recall every briefing she received."

She also said she "did not remember" or could "not recall" a process for determining a drone strike target, compromising the Gmail accounts of State Department employees, which aides had access to her email accounts and BlackBerry and receiving FOIA requests related to her email, among other things.

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