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FBI Releases Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton Email Investigation Documents to the Public

The documents include technical details of how the server in Clinton's basement was set up

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September 3, 2016: The FBI released 58 pages of documents to the public Friday from its investigation of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s controversial use of a private email server during her time as U.S. secretary of state.

“Today the FBI is releasing a summary of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s July 2, 2016, interview with the FBI concerning allegations that classified information was improperly stored or transmitted on a personal email server she used during her tenure,” an official statement from the FBI’s press office read.

The FBI also released what it called a “factual summary” of its investigation in the interest of transparency and in response to multiple Freedom of Information Act requests.

Republican candidate Donald Trump’s campaign again criticised Clinton for using a private email server while secretary of state.

“Hillary Clinton is applying for a job that begins each day with a Top Secret intelligence briefing, and the notes from her FBI interview reinforce her tremendously bad judgment and dishonesty,” spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement emailed to reporters.

The documents include technical details of how the server in Clinton’s basement was set up.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation closed its year-long probe last month into whether Clinton and her aides had mishandled sensitive information that flowed through the private email server located in her New York home.

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FBI Director James Comey said his agents found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the Democratic presidential nominee. He called her actions “extremely careless” but said no criminal charges were warranted. (VOA)

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FBI Probed Whether Donald Trump Was Secretly Working For Moscow: Report

Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his Moscow ties

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FBI probed whether Trump was working for Moscow: Report. VOA

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had opened an inquiry in 2017 into whether US President Donald Trump was secretly working on behalf of Russia after he fired the agency’s Director James Comey, the media reported.

The New York Times, citing unnamed sources familiar with the investigation, reported on Friday that counterintelligence officials weighed whether Trump’s actions were undermining national security and whether he was knowingly working for Russia or had “unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence”.

Trump has repeatedly denied that he colluded with Russia and called special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt”.

Reacting to the report, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said: “This is absurd. James Comey was fired because he’s a disgraced partisan hack, and his Deputy Andrew McCabe, who was in charge at the time, is a known liar fired by the FBI.

“Unlike President (Barack) Obama, who let Russia and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Donald Trump has actually been tough on Russia.”

In 2016, US intelligence agencies concluded that Russia had launched cyberattacks and planted fake news stories on the social media in a bid to boost Trump and damage his rival Hillary Clinton’s chances for the presidency.

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The investigation the FBI opened into Donald Trump also had a criminal aspect that whether his firing of Comey constituted obstruction of justice, the report said.

The FBI investigation was later folded into Mueller’s inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Moscow, the paper said, adding that it was unclear if the counterintelligence aspect was still being pursued.

The Times said that the FBI had been suspicious of Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign. But it held off on opening an investigation till the President sacked Comey, who refused to swear his allegiance and roll back the Russia investigation.

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Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the daily that he had no knowledge of the inquiry but said that since it was opened a year and a half ago and they hadn’t heard anything, apparently “they found nothing”.

Nonetheless, the inquiry put some of the President’s closest associates in the dock. His former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for campaign finance and fraud crimes, while his campaign chief Paul Manafort was convicted of financial fraud.

Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his Moscow ties. (IANS)