The Washington Post says the FBI has 147 agents that are part of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, said a lawmaker who’d been briefed by FBI Director James B. Comey. The FBI is hurrying to avoid announcing any action in the case too close to the presidential election, the report said.
Clinton and her staff were “dedicated addicts” of the BlackBerry device during her tenure as secretary of state, but the device was vulnerable to hacking, reported the Post. Part of the issue revolves around the officials’ attempts to allow Clinton to continue to use the BlackBerry and her personal email account for work.
While Clinton aides and government officials looked into ways to allow her to continue to use the BlackBerry, Clinton continued using it. Officials claim they did not know that it was tied to a personal email server at the Clinton family home in Chappaqua, N.Y., so they did not protect the server against spying, said the Post.
In March 2009, assistant secretary for diplomatic security Eric Boswell sent a memo that said “any unclassified BlackBerry is highly vulnerable in any setting to remotely and covertly monitoring conversations, retrieving e-mails and exploiting calendars.”
Boswell that she read his memo and “gets it.” Then she continued to use her BlackBerry, reported the Post.
The case has perplexed many. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court in Washington is presiding over one of the Freedom of Information Act lawsuits in the case.
He said in a hearing Feb. 23, “Am I missing something? How in the world could this happen?”
The private server’s logs have shown no evidence of hacking, according to Clinton officials. Clinton aide Bryan Pagliano, who maintained the server, cooperated with the Justice Department investigation in exchange for immunity.
Experts interviewed for the Post story said Clinton’s efforts to keep emails secure were not up to par with federal regulations.
The FBI is setting up interviews with a number of Hillary Clinton’s aides as part of its investigation, reports The Los Angeles Times.
Democratic primary voters have “largely dismissed” the issue, said Democratic pollster Mark Mellman and it is a well-known part of the campaign, “baked into the cake for the general electorate.”