New FBI Clinton Emails Result in One New Exchange Over Benghazi

FBI Director James Comey defended the bureau’s decision not to pursue charges against Clinton.

Sept. 8, 2016, 10:59 a.m.

“Only one email from the batch of 14,900 new doc­u­ments the FBI found from … Clin­ton’s private serv­er dir­ectly ref­er­ences the Benghazi at­tacks—and that was a let­ter of praise from an am­bas­sad­or, the State De­part­ment said Wed­nes­day. The State De­part­ment is re­view­ing the large trove of doc­u­ments re­covered from Clin­ton’s serv­er and last week said that as many as 30 ex­changes could be re­lated to Benghazi. But the de­part­ment told a fed­er­al court Wed­nes­day that all but one had been pre­vi­ously re­leased.” (CNN)

“FBI Dir­ect­or James Comey is de­fend­ing the bur­eau’s Fri­day af­ter­noon re­lease of doc­u­ments from the … Clin­ton email in­vest­ig­a­tion, say­ing ‘we don’t play games’ and that the doc­u­ments were put out when ready. In a memo to em­ploy­ees Wed­nes­day, Comey said the de­cision to not re­com­mend charges against the now-Demo­crat­ic nom­in­ee wasn’t a close call.” (CNN)

“House Demo­crats late Wed­nes­day re­leased a full email ex­change in which Colin Pow­ell ad­vised … Clin­ton just after she was sworn in as sec­ret­ary of state on the use of per­son­al email and devices. The ex­change, re­leased by” Rep. Eli­jah Cum­mings (D-MD), “the top Demo­crat on the House Over­sight and Gov­ern­ment Re­form Com­mit­tee, oc­curred two days after she took over the cab­in­et po­s­i­tion in 2009. … Cum­mings said in a state­ment that the email ex­change shows ‘the long­stand­ing prob­lem’ that no sec­ret­ary of state ever used an of­fi­cial un­clas­si­fied email ac­count and that Pow­ell him­self tried to cir­cum­vent the rules.” (CBS News)

Cum­mings said the House Over­sight and Govt Re­form Com­mit­tee set “sev­er­al ‘hast­ily-sched­uled’ hear­ings on Hil­lary Clin­ton e-mail is­sue.” The hear­ings run today through Tues­day. (Bloomberg)

THURSDAY PRESS­ER. “Hold­ing her first form­al press con­fer­ence in 278 days. … Clin­ton re­flec­ted on Wed­nes­day night’s Com­mand­er-in-Chief For­um, blast­ing Don­ald Trump for ‘trash-talk­ing’ Amer­ica’s gen­er­als and prais­ing Rus­si­an Pres­id­ent Vladi­mir Putin.” (NBC News)

CLAS­SI­FIC­A­TION REDO. “U.S. in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials are con­sid­er­ing a fun­da­ment­al over­haul of the pro­cess used to clas­si­fy in­form­a­tion, pos­sibly do­ing away with the low-level des­ig­na­tion of “con­fid­en­tial” that con­trib­uted to…Clin­ton’s troubles. Without men­tion­ing Clin­ton or the in­quir­ies in­to her use of a private e-mail sys­tem, Dir­ect­or of Na­tion­al In­tel­li­gence James Clap­per said Wed­nes­day that in­tel­li­gence agen­cies are “guilty” of over­clas­si­fy­ing ma­ter­i­al.” (Bloomberg)

HACK­ING UP­DATES. Guc­ci­fer 2.0, a “hack­er be­lieved re­spons­ible for leak­ing dam­aging in­form­a­tion about the Demo­crat­ic Party on Wed­nes­day denied as­ser­tions that it is work­ing on be­half of the Rus­si­an gov­ern­ment, say­ing it was con­veni­ent for people to blame Rus­sia or China for breaches without proof.” (Wall Street Journ­al)

SCOTUS VA­CANCY. Clin­ton still hasn’t ex­pli­citly said wheth­er she’d re­nom­in­ate Mer­rick Gar­land for the Su­preme Court va­cancy if she were elec­ted, or if she would “opt for a young­er, more pro­gress­ive nom­in­ee, as well as the big­ger con­firm­a­tion fight that would in­vite.” (Bloomberg)

STAR­BUCKS CEO BACKS CLIN­TON. Star­bucks CEO Howard Schultz en­dorsed Clin­ton. (CNN)

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