The imbroglio concerning Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer absorbed much of the U.S. media audience's attention on Tuesday. But an FBI document dump is a heady reminder that the Trump campaign was not the only one with email problems.
The FBI's release of 42 pages of highly redacted documents provides a flashback to the torrid days of Hillary's email fever, when the Democratic presidential candidate was routinely getting hammered — or rather literally, the same can be said of her Blackberrys, which were destroyed by order of campaign adviser Huma Abedin.
The “Midyear Exam,” as the report was titled, regarded “mishandling of classified” documents and concerned potential grand jury material.
The FBI documents touch on the matter of Blackberrys used by Clinton that were effectively “wiped” through the removal of SIM cards and physical damage. The action arguably constituted the physical destruction of government property, mishandling of classified information, and obstruction of justice.
Fox News reported on the details of the FBI document release:
Some of Clinton's BlackBerrys wound up being pounded with hammers on orders by Huma Abedin after Clinton's homebrew servers went down or when news that Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal's email had been hacked in 2013 by the Romanian hacker known as “Guccifer” — Marcel Lehel Lazar.
The new documents offer a glimpse into the lawyering ballet inside the Beltway — as this surrendering of two BlackBerrys and one iPad by her private attorneys occurred just six days before Hillary Clinton, then the leading Democratic nominee for president, testified before Congress on Oct. 22, 2015 about the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.
President Donald Trump, after his election in November, said that he was not interested in pursuing a federal criminal case against his former campaign opponent. This pronouncement came despite his campaign audience often invoking the raucous chant of “Lock her up!”
Ironically, Donald Trump Jr, a Trump campaign surrogate and the president's son, has his own email matters to be concerned about and is currently under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The FBI document, obtained by Judicial Watch, was hailed by the watchdog group's president, Tom Fitton, as illustrative of the former administration's approach to the Clinton investigation.
“We are presuming there are still 13 devices at issue,” Fitton said in a statement. ”The new records show how badly the Obama Justice Department and FBI mishandled the Clinton email investigation. They get the equivalent of wiped phones from the Clinton lawyers and do nothing?"
It appears that “do nothing” will continue to be the U.S. government's conclusion regarding the longstanding Clinton email case. Whether that holds true with Mueller's investigative team, which is stacked with Democratic Party allies, regarding Trump Jr.'s email fiasco remains to be seen.