The FBI refused to examine Blackberries or other electrical email devices of Hillary Clinton’s inner circle while investigating her for sending classified material on her personal server. And while this is certainly shocking that the FBI failed to do due diligence on their investigation, the reason why is even more alarming.
When Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz asked this question, they received a downright crazy response.
Agents replied that “the culture of mishandling classified information at the State Department which made the number of potential sources of evidence particularly vast” (see page 153).
In other words, they believed that they would find so much classified materials on unauthorized servers that it would be impossible to investigate everything.
“From my perspective, by failing to investigate material held on the personal devices belonging to Clinton’s senior leadership team and senior aides, the FBI failed in their duty to fully pursue realistic and feasible avenues of profitable investigation. Yes, it would have been utterly unfeasible to go through the devices of even senior-mid-ranking State Department officials. The bureau is rightly regarded as the world’s finest law enforcement service, but it beggars belief that the case agents didn’t even do a cursory search of those devices belonging to Clinton’s inner circle.
“The FBI has investigative tools to allow for a speedy download and keyword/form specific investigation of emails from a server. That basic step would perhaps have added a few days work to the investigation, but it may also have produced physical evidence to indicate prima facie criminal mishandling of classified material.
“I suspect that many police officers around the world would be shocked by this failure. As will the intelligence services of China, Russia, France, and Israel who, based on their traditional espionage tradecraft and targeting, likely focused on Clinton’s inner circle as a possible gold mine.”
It sounds like email practices at the State Department are reprehensible.