Courtesy of Crooks and Liars:
A letter sent by FBI Acting Assistant Director Jason Herring to the House Oversight Committee confirms that the three emails media is making such hay over did not originate with Secretary Clinton, nor was the use of the term "extremely careless" meant to establish some mythical standard of conduct which did not exist before Director Comey's statement.
Herring also specifically compared the Clinton emails with the prosecutions of Bryan Nishimura, David Petraeus, and Sandy Berger. In all of those cases, the FBI said, there was "clear evidence of knowledge and intent," which was not present in this investigation.
As for the term "extremely careless," Herring explained that the term was "intended to be a common sense way of describing the actions of Secretary Clinton and her colleagues." He further clarified that "the facts did not support a recommendation to prosecute her or others within the scope of the investigation for gross negligence."
The main three facts are the following:
- Clinton did not send emails with information marked classified in them. She received them.
- There was no intent on her part -- or her staff's -- to share classified information with people not entitled to see it.
- There has been no determination by the State Department as to whether these three e-mails were classified at the time they were sent.
In other words, Hillary did not lie about not sending classified e-mails on her private server.
Now of course the Republicans will still try to make the case that having these e-mails stored on her private server put them at risk of falling into the hands of our enemies.
However we then have to remind ourselves that the State Department, White House, FBI, DNC, and Hillary Clinton's campaign have all been hacked. In fact there is new evidence that even the NSA was hacked.
In other words perhaps the safest e-mail system in the country was the one that Hillary Clinton was using as Secretary of State.