Early in her tenure as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton suggested to an acquaintance she had overcome the opposition of her agency “security hawks” so she could continue using her private email device, according to a newly produced email that appears to conflict with her testimony to the FBI.
Clinton told the FBI in a 2016 interview she could not recall getting any briefings on the State Department Foreign Affairs Manual related to email security.
“Clinton did not recall receiving guidance from State regarding email policies outlined in the Foreign Affairs Manual” and that “no one at State raised concerns regarding Clinton’s use of a private server or email address,” the FBI’s 302 interview report states.
But on March 8, 2009, Clinton wrote an email to an acquaintance suggesting her State Department aides had specific security concerns about her use of her private Blackberry device, where both her private email and her State Department email flowed.
“Against the advice of the security hawks, I still do carry my berry but am prohibited from using it in my office, where I spend most of my time when I’m not on a plane or in a “no coverage” country,” Clinton wrote in an email that was produced and made public Thursday by the conservative legal group Judicial Watch.
Judicial Watch’s various lawsuits have been one of the driving forces in disclosing the extent of classified information that Mrs. Clinton allowed to flow through her private Blackberry and email account.
The FBI declined to pursue criminal charges against Clinton but then Director James Comey concluded her handling of classified emails was reckless and violated procedures.