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AUSTIN, Texas – Hillary Clinton lashed out at the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago on Friday, calling former President Trump’s handling of the documents “deeply disturbing” while denying that he ever visited his home. But classified information was stored on a private email server.
“He’s gone there, the FBI put it up, so if the stuff was there, I had a right to put it there, and now this latest claim, ‘I declassified it in my mind,'” Clinton told a crowd Friday at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin.
“I’m sick of talking about my email, but I think it’s important to remember at the end of the day, after two halves of the FBI investigation, two separate State Department investigation — one under Tillerson and one under Pompeo, so in the Trump years — they didn’t find a piece of classified paper of any kind marked. Zero.”
Former FBI Director James Comey In 2016 the former secretary of state declined to recommend prosecution, but said at the time that “110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined to contain classified information by a proprietary agency,” The Secret level and 36 chains marked Secret, including the eight chains marked at the top.
Clinton on Friday accused Comey of improvising the 2016 election Telling Congress a few days before voters vote That a new tranche of emails was discovered on Anthony Weiner’s laptop that may contain classified information. He sent a follow-up email two days before the election in which he was cleared of any charges.
“If I were Secretary of State again, I wouldn’t be using another server. I would use an unsecured repeatedly hacked State Department server. That’s what I would do,” Clinton said sarcastically on Friday.
The Justice Department’s inspector general wrote later in 2018 that an investigation found “81 email chains containing approximately 193 individual emails, classified from confidential to top secret levels when the emails were generated on the UNCLASSIFIED system and were sent from Clinton’s personal server.”
The FBI said in court filings that it seized nearly 100 documents with classified information during a search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home on Aug.
Justice Department said it is investigating possible violations of federal laws related to the collection, transmission or loss of defense information; conceal, remove, or distort; and the destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in federal investigations.
Judge Raymond Deary was appointed last week as special master to conduct an independent review of those documents.
“I don’t know how you compare anything to what you found at Mar-a-Lago. I don’t know how you compare to that,” Clinton said Friday. “I don’t know what he’s doing with it, but I can’t help but believe he felt he had some financial or political advantage.”