Hillary Clinton Directs Aides to Give Email Server and Thumb Drive to the Justice Department

Hillary Rodham Clinton has directed her aides to give the Justice Department an email server that housed the personal account that she used exclusively while secretary of state, along with a thumb drive that contained copies of the emails, her presidential campaign said on Tuesday.

The Justice Department and the F.B.I. have sought the server and the thumb drive as they investigate how classified information was handled in connection with the account. Earlier on Tuesday, the inspector general for the intelligence community told members of Congress that Mrs. Clinton had “top secret” information — the highest classification of government intelligence — in two emails among the 40 from the private account that the State Department has allowed him to review.

The State Department has declined to give the inspector general, I. Charles McCullough III, access to the entire trove of roughly 30,000 emails that Mrs. Clinton handed over to the department last year. Mrs. Clinton deemed those emails work-related, and said she deleted an additional 30,000 messages that were personal.

Since the account was revealed in March, Mrs. Clinton has been widely criticized for creating an email system that she said was more convenient for her, but that also helped shield her correspondence from Congress and the news media. She said she had never had any classified information on the account, though Mr. McCullough’s findings raise questions about that claim.

“I am confident that I never sent or received any information that was classified at the time it was sent and received,” she said at an event in Iowa in July. “What I think you’re seeing here is a very typical kind of discussion, to some extent disagreement among various parts of the government, over what should or should not be publicly released.”

The House committee looking into the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, asked Mrs. Clinton earlier this year to turn over her server to a third party so it could determine whether she had deleted emails that might have included government records.

In late March, Mrs. Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, told the committee that there was no reason to do so because the emails had been deleted from the server. It is unclear whether technical experts could recover any deleted emails.

Mr. McCullough alerted the F.B.I. in July that classified information was on the account. Mrs. Clinton decided to hand over the server and the thumb drive to the authorities after the F.B.I. began investigating the matter.

In a statement on Tuesday, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, Nick Merrill, said that she has “pledged to cooperate with the government’s security inquiry, and if there are more questions, we will continue to address them.”

The campaign did not say whether the server and the thumb drive had been handed over yet to the authorities. And it did not say if the server was the one she had set up in her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., to house the private email account.

In addition to the home server, information was stored with a small technology company in Colorado called Platte River Networks.

Mr. Kendall has told government investigators that the server at Platte River Networks has been wiped clean. Nevertheless, F.B.I. agents went to the company this month to inquire about it.

A spokesman for the F.B.I. declined to comment.

In a letter to the heads of the Senate and House intelligence and judiciary committees and several other members of Congress, Mr. McCullough said that two additional emails he had examined contained classified information. He said that the intelligence in them came from the State Department but that the specific classification level of the information had not yet been determined.

In an attempt to explain why the classified information ended up on Mrs. Clinton’s account, the State Department said in a statement that “department employees circulated these emails on unclassified systems in 2009 and 2011 and ultimately some were forwarded to Secretary Clinton.”

It added that the information was not marked as classified at the time.

Mr. McCullough’s letter was released by the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa.

In a statement, he said it was “a welcome development” that Mrs. Clinton had agreed to hand over the server and the thumb drive. But he added, “That’s a long time for top secret classified information to be held by an unauthorized person outside of an approved, secure government facility.”

“I look forward to the F.B.I. answering my questions so the American people can be assured that everything has been done to protect our national security interests and hold accountable anyone who broke the rules,” Mr. Grassley said.

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Poll Shows Democratic Candidate Will Win 2016 US Elections

Moody’s Analytics survey says the presidential race in November 2016 will be a very close one.

The November 2016 presidential elections in the United States will be won again by a Democratic Party candidate, according to a Moody's Analytics poll published Thursday.

At this point, Hillary Clinton appears to be leading all predictions to become the Democratic Presidential candidate.

According to Moody's, which bases its analysis on electoral results since 1980, the Democratic Party candidate would obtain 270 electoral votes, the minimum to reach the White House. Its rival from the Republican Party would only get 268 votes.

Moody's bases its prediction models on the economic and political situation of each state of the United States and takes into account the most important variable, which is economic growth two years before the elections.

Another element they take into consideration is Obama's popularity rate, which if it increases, bolsters the voter support for his party's candidate.

Clinton leads the list of Democratic nominees, which include Lincoln Chafee, governor of Rhode Island; Martin O'Malley, Maryland governor, and senators Bernie Sanders and Jim Webb. Vice President Joe Biden has suggested he wants to participate in the presidential election, but has not yet formalized his intentions.

There are 17 Republican hopefuls, who are led by controversial multi-billionaire Donald Trump and by the former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush.

The presidential elections will take place Nov. 8, 2016, when a third of the Senate seats will also be in play, as well as the 435 Lower House seats and about a dozen governorships across the United States.

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FBI Probing Security of Hillary Clinton's E-mail Server

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the security of the private e-mail server that Hillary Clinton used when she was secretary of state.

The FBI has contacted in the past week a technology firm based in Denver, Colorado, that helped manage the unusual system, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing two government officials.

The domestic intelligence and security agency also contacted Clinton's lawyer, David Kendall, with questions about the security of a thumb drive in his possession that contains copies of work emails Clinton sent during her time as the top US diplomat.

"The government is seeking assurance about the storage of those materials. We are actively cooperating," Kendall confirmed. The FBI began inquiring about Clinton's email system after the intelligence community's inspector general referred the issue to the U.S. Justice Department in July.

Senior intelligence officials have expressed concern that some sensitive data that she sent or received was not in the government's possession and could be "compromised." A lawyer for the Denver company, Platte River Networks, declined to comment, as did multiple Justice Department officials.

In 2013, Hillary Clinton hired Platte River to maintain the server's data after the system crashed days after New York was hit by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, while Clinton was secretary of state.

The inquiries are revealing new information about Clinton's use of the system and the lengths to which she went to install a private network of communication outside government control.

Critics say Clinton's private server arrangement made her communications inaccessible to government investigators, congressional committees and courts seeking public records from the U.S. State Department.

The private server, as well as other recent scandals, has emerged as a major obstacle in Clinton's presidential campaign for the Democratic nomination.

More Americans now view the Democratic front-runner negatively than they did a month ago, a new survey reveals. Just 37 percent of all Americans have a positive view of Clinton, versus 48 percent who have a negative view, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Monday.

The figures show a sharp decline in her popularity since June, when she had a 44 percent positive and 40 negative rating.

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Hillary Clinton Calls South Carolina Massacre “Racist Terrorism”

WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on Tuesday called the massacre of nine African-Americans in a Charleston, South Carolina, church an act of “racist terrorism” and urged U.S. companies to stop selling products bearing the image of the controversial Confederate flag.

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Obama Not Ready to Endorse Hillary Clinton as Democratic Candidate

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Barack Obama is not ready to formally endorse his ex-secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, in her bid for the presidency because it is possible that other hopefuls for the post will appear, including other “friends” of the chief executive, the White House said Monday.

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Down and Out With Hillary Clinton

Pity Hillary. Evicted from her home, jobless, and, as she evocatively put it to Diane Sawyer, “dead broke.” Such were the perilous straits of the Clinton family in the early winter months of 2001, as they packed their belongings at the White House, and scurried away like refugees from Washington toward a harsh and uncertain future.

“We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt,” Hillary recalled. “We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy.”

Hillary was on the cusp of middle age and, at this point, for all practical purposes a single mother. She hadn’t had a paying job in years and the prospects of resurrecting her law career were dim. She was emotionally drained, physically debilitated and hounded wherever she went by the dark forces of the right. All in all, her prospects on that cold January morning were grave.

With no life-ring to cling to, Hillary was forced to work furiously to save her family from a Dickensian existence of privation and destitution. Though she spared Sawyer the harrowing details, we can recreate some of her most grueling tasks. This meant giving several speeches a week to demanding audiences for $200,000 a pop, burning the midnight oil to complete her book so that she wouldn’t have to return her $8 million advance, booking Bill’s speeches at $500,000 an appearance and scrutinizing Bill’s $10 million book contract for any troublesome pitfalls.  There were also those tedious documents to sign for Bill’s $200,000 presidential pension and her own $20,000 annual pension for her term as First Lady.

There was also that rather irksome request from the Banker’s Trust that Hillary authorize them to accept for deposit $1.35 million from a certain Terry McAuliffe to secure the Clinton’s loan for the purchase a five-bedroom house in Chappaqua, New York. She was also tasked with itemizing the $190,000 worth of gifts for the family’s new home that flooded into the White House during the last cruel weeks of the Clinton presidency and arranging moving vans for the $28,000 of White House furnishings the family took with them to their humble new digs in New York.

But Hillary put her nose to the grindstone. She didn’t complain. She didn’t apply for unemployment compensation or food stamps. She simply devoted herself feverishly to the tasks at hand and over the course the next few months the Clinton’s fraught condition began to improve rather dramatically.

By the end of 2001, the Clintons owned two homes: the $5.95 million Dutch Colonial in Chappaqua and the $2.85 Georgian mansion in DC’s bucolic Observatory Circle neighborhood.  Her deft management of the family finances, a feat worthy of Cardinal Mazarin himself, allowed the displaced couple’s bank accounts to swell to more than $20 million. A carefully nourished blind trust also fattened to more than $5 million. In twelve short months, their net worth rose from “dead broke” to a fortune of more than $35 million.  Thus was the Clinton family was saved from a life of poverty.

The Clintons’ rapid reversal of fortune was almost as stunning as Hillary’s miraculous adventures in the commodity market in the 1980s, when with a little guidance from broker (and professional poker player) R.L. “Red” Bone, she shrewdly turned a $1000 investment in cattle futures into a $100,000 payday.

One might call the Clintons’ economic odyssey an American morality tale. It is the story of how a besieged family, staggered by the loss of a home, suddenly without an income and pursued by creditors, can pull themselves up from the gutter through persistence, hard work and a goal-oriented plan for success.

This exemplary narrative of self-salvation must have confirmed in HRC’s mind the righteousness of her decision in 1996 to run interference for Bill’s drive to demolish the federal welfare system. In that fateful season, Hillary assiduously lobbied liberal groups, including her old outfit the Children’s Defense Fund, to embrace the transformative power of austerity for poor women and children.

Over the next four years, more than six million poor families were pitched off the welfare rolls, left with only their own ingenuity to keep them from being chewed apart by the merciless riptides of the neoliberal economy. Politicians cheered the shrinking of the welfare state. Hillary boasted of moving millions from a life of dependency toward an enchanting new era of personal responsibility and economic opportunity.

But what really happened to those marginalized families, did the village rush in to help rear those millions of destitute kids, suddenly deprived of even a few meager dollars a month for food and shelter? Hardly. In 1995, more than 70 percent of poor families with children received some kind of cash assistance. By 2010, less than 30 percent got any kind of cash aid and the amount of the benefit had declined by more than 50 percent from pre-reform levels. During the depths of the current recession, when the poverty level nearly doubled, the welfare rolls scarcely budged at all and even dropped in some states.

More savagely, most of those “liberated” from the welfare system didn’t ascend into the middle class, but fell sharply into the chasm of extreme poverty, trying desperately to live on an income of less than $2 a day.

Still $2 a day is better off than being “dead broke.” Indeed, those forlorn mothers can always put down their last few bucks on the futures market. After all, as HRC reminds us, children are the future.

Hillary Clinton reiterates wish to advance relations with Cuba

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who reportedly is the favourite to be the Democratic candidate for the 2016 presidential elections, reiterated her wish to advance relations with Cuba, according to excerpts of an interview cited by PL news agency.

Clinton defended the idea that the US embargo of Cuba has been a failure, as she expressed in her book Hard Choices, published earlier this year.

She referred to the Cuba travel ban imposed on US nationals by saying that she would like to see a final normalization of relations, as well as visits to Cuba by US citizens.

The US economic, commercial and financial embargo has been maintained by 11 successive US administrations against Cuba over the past 50 years, including the current Obama administration.

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