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Hillary Clinton emails - what's it all about?

Anthony Zurcher
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Hillary Clinton has been cleared for a second time by the FBI over her use of a private email server while secretary of state. What's it all about?

In July, an FBI investigation concluded no "reasonable prosecutor" would bring a criminal case against Mrs Clinton, but that she and her aides were "extremely careless" in their handling of classified information.

Then the FBI surprised everyone, 11 days before the election, by announcing it was examining newly discovered emails sent or received by Hillary Clinton.

Two days before voting booths opened across the nation, FBI Director James Comey announced he was standing by his original assessment - that Mrs Clinton should not face criminal charges.

What's the deal with Hillary Clinton's emails?

Shortly before she was sworn in as secretary of state in 2009, Hillary Clinton set up an email server at her home in Chappaqua, New York. She then relied on this server, home to the email address [email protected], for all her electronic correspondence - both work-related and personal - during her four years in office.

She also reportedly set up email addresses on the server for her long-time aide, Huma Abedin, and State Department Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills.

She did not use, or even activate, a state.gov email account, which would have been hosted on servers owned and managed by the US government.

Mrs Clinton's email system became a national story the first week of March 2015, when the New York Times ran a front-page article on the subject. The article said that the system "may have violated federal requirements" and was "alarming" to current and former government archive officials.

According to Mrs Clinton, the primary reason she set up her own email was for "convenience". During a press conference at the UN, she said that she preferred to carry only one smartphone with one email address, rather than have two devices - one for work and one for personal affairs.

At the time, according to reports, government-issued Blackberry phones were unable to access multiple email accounts.

"I thought using one device would be simpler, and obviously, it hasn't worked out that way," she said.

Sceptics have countered that the real reason Mrs Clinton established her own email system was because it gave her total control over her correspondence.

With her email setup, she became the sole arbiter of what should and shouldn't be provided to the government, made public via freedom of information requests or turned over to interested parties, such as the congressional committee investigating the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi.

According to the State Department inspector general report, in 2010 Mrs Clinton told her deputy chief of staff that one of her concerns with email is that she did not "want any risk of the personal being accessible".

An FBI investigation found that Mrs Clinton used "numerous personal devices" while in office and relied on several email servers. Clinton staffers told the FBI that they destroyed some of the replaced devices with a hammer while they could not account for others.

Was this against the law?

Probably not. Mrs Clinton's email system existed in a grey area of the law - and one that has been changed several times since she left office.

When she became secretary of state, the controlling interpretation of the 1950 Federal Records Act was that officials using personal email accounts must ensure that official correspondence is turned over to the government. Ten months after she took office, a new regulation allowed the use of private emails only if federal records were "preserved in the appropriate agency recordkeeping system".

Mrs Clinton maintains that this requirement was satisfied because most of her emails from her personal account went to, or were forwarded to, people with government accounts, so they were automatically archived. Any other emails were turned over to State Department officials when they issued a request to her - and several of her predecessors - in October 2014.

She said it is the responsibility of the government employee "to determine what's personal and what's work-related" and that she's gone "above and beyond" what she was asked to do.

In November 2014 President Barack Obama signed the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments, which require government officials to forward any official correspondence to the government within 20 days. Even under this new law, however, the penalties are only administrative, not criminal.

The State Department inspector general report, released in May 2016, found that Mrs Clinton's email system violated government policy and that she did not receive permission prior to instituting it - approval that would not have been granted had she asked. Such transgressions, however, do not constitute criminal conduct.

FBI director James Comey announced the results of a separate FBI investigation on 5 July and concluded that that while "there is evidence of potential violations" of criminal statues covering the mishandling of classified information, "our judgement is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case". It referred the matter to the Justice Department, which closed the case against Mrs Clinton and her aides with no charges.

The State Department has since resumed its investigation into whether Mrs Clinton or her aides violated government policy in their handling of classified information. If it determines that they did, the punishment could include a formal letter of reprimand or loss of security clearance.

How many emails are we talking about?

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According to Mrs Clinton, she sent or received 62,320 emails during her time as secretary of state. She, or her lawyers, have determined about half of those - 30,490, roughly 55,000 pages, were official and have been turned over to the State Department.

Mrs Clinton said the other emails are private - relating to topics like her daughter's wedding, her mother's funeral and "yoga routines".

At Hillary Clinton's request, the State Department released the first set of emails sent on her private account in May 2015, with many relating to the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi.

In early August 2015, she signed an affidavit swearing she had turned over all copies of government records from her time in office.

The FBI found "several thousand" work-related emails that were not turned over to the State Department, although it concluded that the emails were deleted prior to 2014 and were not intentionally removed "in an effort to conceal them".

About 3,000 emails are expected to be released in the run-up to election day, but many more will not be processed until after 8 November.

Have other politicians engaged in similar activities?

Mrs Clinton is far from alone. Other politicians and officials - both in federal and state governments - sometimes have relied on personal email for official business. Colin Powell, secretary of state under President George W Bush, told ABC he used a personal email account while in office, including to correspond with foreign leaders.

The State Department inspector general report found that many of Mrs Clinton's predecessors - including Mr Powell - were also not in compliance with federal recordkeeping requirements, although the rules governing their actions were less detailed when they were in office.

The New York Times reported that Mr Powell had once advised Mrs Clinton at a dinner party to use private email, although not while handling classified information. But he later denied he had ever done such a thing.

Outside of Washington, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush - a 2016 candidate for the US presidency - relied on a private email address ([email protected]). Like Mrs Clinton, he has selected which correspondence to make public.

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, another former Republican presidential aspirant, faced questions over his staff's use of private email addresses when he was Milwaukee County executive.

Government Executive magazine conducted a poll in February 2015 of 412 high-level federal workers and found that 33% of those surveyed said they use personal email for government business "at least sometimes".

Mrs Clinton differs from these examples not in manner but in extent - because she used her personal email address exclusively. And, unlike Mr Bush and Mr Walker, her actions were governed by federal law.

So why is this a controversy?

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This became a big deal in large part because Mrs Clinton is asking the US public to trust that she is complying with both the "letter and the spirit of the rules", in the words of her spokesperson, Nick Merrill.

The New York Times story was prompted by information provided to the paper by the congressional Benghazi committee, and conservative critics allege that there is no way to prove that she is being forthcoming in providing their investigation with all the relevant material.

Her "convenience" explanation has been difficult for some to swallow, given that as secretary of state she travelled with an extensive entourage capable of carrying her additional phone. And in February 2015, she told a television interviewer that she now carries multiple devices - an iPhone and a Blackberry, as well as an iPad and an iPad mini.

In addition, critics on both the left and the right have expressed concern that her reliance on a "homebrew" email system made her communications more susceptible to hackers and foreign intelligence services.

Exactly how secure was her email?

During her press conference, Mrs Clinton said that that there "were no security breaches" of her server and that robust protections put in place "proved to be effective and secure".

Independent cybersecurity analysts have said that expert hackers can break into email servers without leaving any evidence, however. And commercially available security systems are no match for government-protected systems - but even those aren't invulnerable, as a November 2014 intrusion into the State Department's email system proved.

She has repeatedly said that no classified material was transmitted via her email account and that she sent only one email to a foreign official - in the UK.

But in July 2015, the inspector general of the US intelligence community, Charles McCullough, told Congress she had sent at least four messages that contained information derived from classified material. A month later, Mr McCullough revealed that two of the emails contained information deemed "top secret" - the highest classification level.

Responding to building pressure, Mrs Clinton finally agreed in August 2015 to hand over the private server she used for a preliminary FBI investigation into the security of classified information contained among her emails.

She also said she would hand over memory sticks containing copies of the emails.

By the time the final batch of Clinton emails were released in March 2016, the total number of emails receiving an after-the-fact classified designation had surpassed 2,000.

In May 2016 the Romanian hacker Guccifer, in US prison on felony hacking charges, told Fox News that he had successfully accessed Mrs Clinton's email server several times - an assertion the Clinton campaign denies and the State Department and prosecutors said there is no evidence to support.

The July 2016 FBI report found no "direct evidence" of unauthorised access to her email servers, according to James Comey, but that the lack of robust security meant that "it is possible that hostile actors gained access".

Wait, the State Department was hacked?

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Indeed, it was. According to sources cited by CNN, the November 2014 attack was the "worst ever" cyberattack on a government agency , requiring department IT workers to shut down its entire unclassified email system for a weekend.

The US government suspects Russian hackers were behind the attack - and were also responsible for similar efforts against the White House, postal service and other agencies.

Although Mrs Clinton wasn't affected by that particular incident, some of her personal correspondence was revealed in March 2013 when a confidante, Sidney Blumenthal, had his aol.com address compromised by the hacker named Guccifer (later revealed to be a Romanian named Marcel-Lehel Lazar).

Although Guccifer only exposed emails Mr Blumenthal sent to Mrs Clinton, not her replies, it did reveal the secretary of state's private email address two years before the New York Times made it a national story.

What about the new twist?

The FBI announced at the end of October that it had discovered new emails "in connection with an unrelated case... that appear to be pertinent to the investigation".

Director James Comey said investigators would determine whether the emails contain classified information.

It emerged that the newly discovered emails were being examined as part of an FBI investigation into disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Two days before election day, Comey announced he had not changed his original conclusion that Mrs Clinton should not face criminal charges for her handling of classified information, following a review of the newly discovered emails.

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18 revelations from Wikileaks' hacked Clinton emails

Wikileaks has been releasing hacked emails from the account of Hillary Clinton's campaign boss. What do they say?

The anti-secrecy website says it will release tens of thousands more emails between now and election day.

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, whose emails were hacked, has claimed the Russian government was behind the leak and the Trump campaign knew about it in advance.

He has refused to confirm or deny the emails' authenticity, suggesting some could have been doctored, without so far pinpointing any of the correspondence as fake.

These messages are different from the other Clinton email controversy, when she was found to have and broken government rules by exclusively operating a private server from her upstate New York home while secretary of state.

So what has the Wikileaks dump told us?

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'Bill Clinton Inc'

In a 12-page memo written by Doug Band, a longtime aide to Bill Clinton, he describes using his consulting firm to raise money for the Clinton Global Initiative as well as direct personal income for the former president.

Mr Band rallied clients of his firm, Teneo, to contribute directly to Mr Clinton for "in-kind services for the President and his family - for personal travel, hospitality, vacation and the like" referring to that fund as "Bill Clinton Inc".

Several companies directly paid the former president for his speeches or advice, as well as making contributions to the Clinton Global Initiative. Republicans have criticised this, saying it allowed corporations to pay for access to the former president.

One client, Coca Cola, received a face-to-face meeting with the former president at his home in 2009, after contributing millions to the non-profit foundation.

Donald Trump tweeted a link to the Washington Post article about this with his anti-corruption mantra #DrainTheSwamp

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'Terrible instincts'

On the same day that news of a private email server broke, John Podesta, who later became her campaign chairman, emailed Neera Tanden, who worked for the Clinton campaign in 2008 and has remained a close adviser, to complain about Mrs Clinton's "instincts".

"We've taken on a lot of water that won't be easy to pump out of the boat", he wrote in September 2015 as Clinton staff feared that Vice President Joe Biden would join the Democratic primary race.

"Most of that has to do with terrible decisions made pre-campaign, but a lot has to do with her instincts," he wrote, to which Mrs Tanden responded: "Almost no one knows better [than] me that her instincts can be terrible."

In the email exchange, Mr Podesta also complained that Clinton's personal lawyer David Kendall, and former State Department staffers Cheryl Mills and Philippe Reines "sure weren't forthcoming here on the facts here". Mrs Tanden responds "Why didn't' they get this stuff out like 18 months ago? So crazy."

She later answered her own question saying, "I guess I know the answer. They wanted to get away with it."

What Obama knew about Clinton private email

When President Barack Obama told an interviewer that he first learned of Mrs Clinton's private email server at the "same time everybody else learned it, through news reports", the Clinton campaign emailed each other to say that the president was not telling the truth.

The evening after the interview aired Clinton spokesman Josh Schwerin emailed to say "it looks like POTUS just said he found out HRC was using her personal email when he saw it in the news".

"We need to clean this up", Clinton's former chief of staff Cheryl Mills responds.

"He has emails from her - they do not say state.gov", she wrote, implying that Mr Obama was aware that Clinton was using a private email server rather than her State Department-issued email account.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest later clarified to say that the president had exchanged emails with Clinton but that he "was not aware of the details of how that email address and that server had been set up".

Morocco 'quid pro quo'

Mrs Clinton's aide Huma Abedin, usually known for her unflinching loyalty, was blunt in her criticism of her boss over a Clinton Foundation summit in Morocco.

At the time of the meeting in Marrakesh, in May 2015, Mrs Clinton was no longer secretary of state but about to announce her campaign for president. But four months before it took place, Abedin voiced concern about her pulling out. "If HRC was not part of it, meeting was a non-starter," she warned. "She created this mess and she knows it."

The implication from the leaked emails is that a $12m donation from the king of Morocco was dependent on Mrs Clinton attending the summit.

"Her presence was a condition for the Moroccans to proceed so there is no going back on this," Abedin wrote to campaign manager Robbie Mook in a November 2014 email.

In the end, Mrs Clinton decided not to attend and sent husband Bill and daughter Chelsea instead. There is no record of a $12m donation.

Mr Mook on Sunday said there was no evidence of wrongdoing or "quid pro quo", and that his emails with Abedin showed he simply did not want any scheduling distractions for Mrs Clinton.

Sanders is a 'doofus'

In December 2015, Mr Podesta attacked Mrs Clinton's primary election rival Bernie Sanders for criticising the Paris climate change agreement.

"Can you believe that doofus Bernie attacked it?" said Mr Podesta.

When asked on CNN about it, Mr Podesta admitted he was frustrated at the time but he had a very good relationship with the Vermont senator.

Mrs Clinton's campaign considered Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates or his wife Melinda as her running mate, according to the hacked emails.

Mr Podesta drafted a list of nearly 40 names for her potential vice-presidential pick, organising it by what he called "rough food groups", which appeared to refer to demographic coalitions.

The list included Hispanic, white and black men, three former high-ranking military officers, business leaders and female senators.

Among those included were Apple's Tim Cook, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, General Motors' Marry Barra and Starbucks chief exeuctive Howard Schultz.

Senator Bernie Sanders was listed in a group by himself.

'Clintons won't forget'

The Clinton campaign tried to reschedule the Illinois presidential primary to a month later, so as to make it less likely that a moderate Republican would get a boost following the Super Tuesday primaries.

"The Clintons won't forget what their friends have done for them," future Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook wrote in the November 2014 email to Mr Podesta.

But Mr Mook said the vote would be difficult to reschedule because Illinois Democrats "feel forgotten and neglected by POTUS", a reference to President Obama.

The primary was ultimately held on its original date, 15 March this year.

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'Covert' Syrian action

According to the latest leaked emails, Mrs Clinton told a Goldman Sachs conference she would like to intervene secretly in Syria.

She made the remark in answer to a question from Lloyd Blankfein, the bank's chief executive, in 2013 months after she left office as secretary of state.

"My view was you intervene as covertly as is possible for Americans to intervene," she told employees of the bank in South Carolina, which had paid her about $225,000 to give a speech.

Mrs Clinton - who is accused of being a war hawk by liberal critics - added: "We used to be much better at this than we are now. Now, you know, everybody can't help themselves.

"They have to go out and tell their friendly reporters and somebody else: Look what we're doing and I want credit for it."

Mrs Clinton said in emails that she had told Chinese officials if they were not able or willing to control North Korea's aggression then the US would be forced to put up missile defences in the region.

"So China, come on. You either control them or we're going to have to defend against them," she purportedly told a Goldman Sachs conference in June 2013.

She also remarked that the US would send additional warships to the region to counter the North Korean missile threat.

As secretary of state, Mrs Clinton visited China seven times and helped develop Washington's "pivot" to Asia, which has long been viewed with suspicion by Beijing.

Catholic 'bastardisation'

A 2011 exchange between Mrs Clinton's now-communications director Jennifer Palmieri and liberal think tank fellow John Halpin mocked a magazine article describing media mogul Rupert Murdoch raising his children as Catholics.

Mr Halpin, a self-described Catholic, writes that many of the "most powerful elements of the conservative movement are Catholics... they must be attracted to the systematic thought and [severely] backwards gender relations", adding that "it's an amazing bastardisation of the faith".

Ms Palmieri responds that those people must think it is "the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion". Ms Palmieri recently said she doesn't recognise the emails, adding that "I'm a Catholic".

'A public and a private position'

In excerpts from one of Mrs Clinton's paid speeches to Wall Street bankers, she said: "Politics is like sausage being made. It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be.

"But if everybody's watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position."

She introduced this comment by saying that she had just watched Steven Spielberg's film Lincoln, which shows the political negotiations the US Civil War-era president undertook to pass the 13th amendment to the US constitution, abolishing slavery.

Bernie Sanders, who campaigned against Mrs Clinton during the Democratic primary season, had called repeatedly for Mrs Clinton to release the transcripts of her paid Wall Street speeches.

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Clinton 'was fed a question'

Donna Brazile, the former CNN contributor, notified the Clinton campaign in advance of a question she would be asked at a town hall-style event hosted by the cable network in March, according to the leaked emails.

"From time to time I get the questions in advance," Ms Brazile, now chair of the Democratic National Party (DNC), wrote in the subject line of a 12 March email to Clinton aides.

She went on to paste the text of a question about the death penalty that Mrs Clinton would be asked. The question, with very similar wording, ended up being posed to the White House hopeful at the event.

Hours after WikiLeaks broke the news of the alleged collaboration, Ms Brazile wrote in an statement: "I never had access to questions and would never have shared them with the candidates if I did."

The leaked email has also caused embarrassment for CNN, which Donald Trump has mockingly referred to as the "Clinton News Network".

Ms Brazile took over at the DNC when its former chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz over hacked emails which revealed the party establishment's favouritism towards Mrs Clinton.

The DNC was meant to be neutral in the contest between Mrs Clinton and her Democratic primary season challenger, Bernie Sanders.

While serving as DNC vice-chair in January 2016, Ms Brazile forwarded to Clinton's staff an email revealing the Sanders camp's plan to court African-American voters.

"FYI," Ms Brazile wrote to campaign spokesperson Adrienne Elrod, who responded: "Thank you for the heads up on this Donna."

Justice Department 'collusion'

Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon wrote in a May 2015 email: "DOJ folks inform me there is a status hearing in this case this morning."

He was referring to a Freedom of Information Act request by a journalist seeking disclosure of Mrs Clinton's emails from her time as the secretary of state.

Mr Fallon, who is a former Department of Justice spokesman, was relaying information that was already publicly available and being reported by multiple news outlets.

Nevertheless, Donald Trump seized on the communication between the Clinton campaign and the DOJ, saying, "this is collusion and corruption of the highest order".

Clinton 'wary of refugees'

In a leaked 2013 paid speech to the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, Mrs Clinton said that Jordan and Turkey "can't possibly vet all those refugees so they don't know if, you know, jihadists are coming in along with legitimate refugees".

Trump supporters seized on these remarks to criticise her call for the US to accept 65,000 refugees per year, an increase on President Obama's plan to allow 10,000 per year.

Many refugees from Syria transit through Jordan, Turkey, or Lebanon on their way to the West.

Donald Trump has called for a ban on all Muslim immigration, but said in the second debate his plan had "morphed into an extreme vetting from certain areas of the world".

'Open borders' dream

Mrs Clinton's newfound opposition to trade deals contradicts remarks she made in a 2013 paid speech to Brazilian bank Banco Itau.

She said: "My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere."

Critics seized upon those remarks, pointing to Mr Trump's frequent talking point that "without a border, we just don't have a country".

Mrs Clinton reportedly earned over $26m for speeches she gave after leaving the State Department.

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Several Clinton aides discuss what political opinion their candidate should take on the controversial energy pipeline known as Keystone XL.

In May 2015 Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook pointed to a report that the Clinton Foundation had received money from one of the project's backers, emailing that "the enviros may latch onto this going forward. Have we discussed when she will come out against Keystone?"

He also asks if they should wait until after President Obama vetoes the pipeline, which he did in November 2015. Mrs Clinton announced her opposition in September.

When she was asked in 2010 about when the pipeline would be approved, the then-secretary of state said the analysis was not yet complete, "but we are inclined" to approve the project.

Critics said her subsequent opposition to the pipeline was a "flip flop".

Chelsea Clinton a 'brat'

Doug Band, a long-time personal aide to Bill Clinton, complained that Chelsea Clinton was meddling in his consulting firm, where the former president served as a paid adviser, and also interfering with his work at the Clinton Foundation.

In a 2011 email, he wrote "she is acting like a spoiled brat kid who has nothing else to do but create issues to justify what she's doing because she, as she has said, hasn't found her way and has a lack of focus in her life".

Chelsea Clinton, 36, had recently taken a role at the Clinton Foundation, and had complained in emails that Mr Band's consultancy was contacting members of the British Parliament "on behalf of President Clinton".

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'Needy Latinos and 1 easy call'

That's the subject line of an August 2015 email sent by Mr Podesta to Hillary Clinton and one her closest aides, Huma Abedin.

Mr Podesta's email suggests that Mrs Clinton reach out to former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and former Energy Secretary Federico Pena to ask for their support during her primary campaign.

Mr Podesta also uses a profane term to refer to Gov Richardson, who had implied in an earlier email that he would require a phone call in order to provide his support.

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(3.) Mike Cernovich, “Podesta Emails Reveal Clinton’s Inner Circle as Sex Cult with Connections to Human Trafficking,” Danger & Play, November 3, 2016, https://web.archive.org/web/20161104093838/http://www.dangerandplay.com/2016/11/03/podesta-emails-reveal-clintons-inner-circle-as-sex-cult-with-connections-to-human-trafficking/.

(4.) Liam Stack, “Who Is Mike Cernovich? A Guide,” New York Times, April 5, 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/05/us/politics/mike-cernovich-bio-who.html.

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(6.) WikiLeaks, “The Podestas’ ‘Spirit Cooking’ dinner? It’s Not What You Think. It’s Blood, Sperm and Breastmilk. But Mostly Blood.,” Twitter post, November 4, 2016, https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/794450623404113920.

(7.) Cassandra Fairbanks, “Internet Is On Fire With Speculation That Podesta Emails Contain Code for Child Sex,” WeAreChange, November 3, 2016, https://wearechange.org/internet-fire-speculation-podesta-emails-contain-code-child-sex/.

(8.) PleadingtheYiff, “BREAKING: I Believe I Have Connected a Convicted Child Abductor Who Was Caught Stealing Children in Haiti with the Clintons,” Reddit, November 3, 2016, https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/5aupnh/breaking_i_believe_i_have_connected_a_convicted/.

(9.) Charley Keyes, “State Department Rebuffs Call for Clinton Intervention in Haiti Case,” February 9, 2010, http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/02/09/haiti.clinton.arrests/index.html; Jill Dougherty and Lonzo Cook, “U.S. Missionaries Sent to Separate Haitian Prisons; No Ruling on Bail,” CNN, February 5, 2010, http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/02/05/haiti.arrests/index.html.

(10.) Evens Sanon, “Haiti Prosecutors Seek 6 Months in Prison for US Woman Who Tried to Remove Kids after Quake,” Associated Press, May 13, 2010, http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/05/13/haiti-prosecutors-seek-months-prison-woman-tried-remove-kids-quake-1947670658.html.

(11.) Andrew Anglin, “Top Right-Wing Tweeter Jared Wyand Goes Full-1488, Condemns Jews,” Daily Stormer, November 21, 2016, https://dstormer6em3i4km.onion.link/top-right-wing-tweeter-jared-wyand-goes-full-1488-condemns-jews/.

(12.) Private communications with a firm that conducted forensic research into Twitter campaigns involving Russian campaigns.

(13.) BedriddenSam, “SOMEONE TELL ME IM WRONG.”

(14.) LiquidRitz, “Official Thread for Leaks and Evidence Regarding the Government Sex Ring: Keep All Posts in This Thread,” Reddit, November 4, 2016, https://www.reddit.com/r/WikiLeaks/comments/5b4xt9/official_thread_for_leaks_and_evidence_regarding/.

(15.) Fairbanks, “Internet Is On Fire.”

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(19.) burninglegs, “Wikileaks Is Dropping a Huge Bombshell on 11/3/2016. This Is the Big One.,” Reddit, November 3, 2016, https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/ (p.416) comments/5axjjh/wikileaks_is_dropping_a_huge_bombshell_on_1132016/. The first Reddit post suggesting that WikiLeaks was about to release email and videos that would probe a pedophilia scandal seems to be have been published on November 3, 4:00 p.m. UTC, that is, late morning on the East Coast in the United States. It began with a screenshot from 4chan, purportedly by WikiLeaks.

(20.) followingthecolors, “[WARNING: GRAPHIC] I Don’t Think You Guys Appreciate the Trauma /Pol/ Is Going through Tracking down the Absolutely off-the-Deep-End Shit Podesta Is Into. Here’s a Small Taste.,” Reddit, November 3, 2016, https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/5b08cy/warning_graphic_i_dont_think_you_guys_appreciate/; TigerClaws, “Wikileaks: Podesta Participates in ‘Spirit Cooking,’ ” Free Republic, November 3, 2016, http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3488913/posts.

(21.) BedriddenSam, “SOMEONE TELL ME IM WRONG!!! This Invite to A ‘pizza Party’ includes the Name Maya Harris, Whose Sister Is Kamal Harris Deputy District Attorney Who SPECIALIZEs IN CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES!!!,” Reddit, November 3, 2016, https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/5azc9k/someone_tell_me_im_wrong_this_invite_to_a_pizza/.

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What 33,000 pages of leaked emails teach us about Hillary Clinton

Fact check: Hillary Clinton was not in court June 2 testifying about child sex trafficking

The claim: Hillary Clinton testified to a U.S. appeals court over 600,000 emails involving child sex trafficking

A June 4 Facebook post shares five screenshots of similar tweets claiming Hillary Clinton testified, in-person, at a U.S. appeals court on June 2.

One of the photos in the post claims the case involves over 600,000 emails sent across a private server during her time as secretary of State. Multiple tweets claim those same emails contain incriminating information about a child sex trafficking cult the Clintons allegedly have long been involved in.

The claim about the content of her emails has been widely shared by many users. Several posts also state Clinton has lost her case in a U.S. appeals court and will return to court to testify in September.

Yet other posts claim Clinton was on trial over the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans died at a U.S. diplomatic compound there after an attack by Islamist terrorist groups.

Old case, new developments

During her 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Clinton admitted she kept and exchanged emails on a private account and server during her time as secretary of State. This led the FBI to conduct an investigation that included an interview with Clinton. It found dozens of messages contained highly classified information, but ultimately recommended against criminal charges.

In July 2016, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that messages and documents in private accounts that are considered government records can be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. Numerous publications then filed FOIA requests for records relating to the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack. 

One of the most active filers has been conservative group Judicial Watch, which, dating back to 2015, has filed FOIA lawsuits involving the private server. According to NBC, the group has been a strong advocate for complete transparency from the former secretary, claiming no search can be complete without a thorough search of every email. 

Initially, the State Department found 69 pages "responsive" to the group's FOIA request. However, Judicial Watch has continually filed requests in hopes of accessing the entire server. Most recently, the group has filed FOIA requests for more emails from Clinton and her longtime aide, Cheryl Mills, both of whom have released thousands of emails so far.

After a long delay, on March 2, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth issued an order that Clinton and Mills would be required to sit for sworn depositions to Judicial Watch about records relating to the 2012 Benghazi attack.

However, immediately after Lamberth's order, both Clinton's and Mills' lawyers petitioned the D.C. Circuit to vacate the order through a writ of mandamus. According to a legal dictionary provided by the Legal Information Institute, a writ of mandamus "is an order from a court, to an inferior government official, ordering the government official to properly fulfill their official duties or correct an abuse of discretion."

What happened on June 2?

On June 2, attorneys for Clinton and Mills attended a telehearing with the D.C. Circuit. Judges heard arguments regarding a petition to reverse Lamberth's March 2 ruling that Clinton and Mills be required to give in-person depositions to Judicial Watch.

No ruling was made on the petition.

Judicial Watch attorney Ramona Cotca argued that by proceeding with the depositions, Clinton and Mills might help clarify where the State Department can broaden its search. Cotca also accused Clinton and Mills of trying to "short-circuit this process by using (Mandamus) the most potent weapon in the judicial arsenal."

However, Clinton's attorney, David Kendall, argued that both Clinton and Mills have turned over tens of thousands of messages and have no more related emails to surrender. He also argues that Judicial Watch is not seeking information about legal or factual issues relating to the FOIA suit but instead ammunition to embarrass Clinton and her allies.

“The real purpose of the depositions is harassment,” Kendall said. “It’s the creation of video footage that can be used for partisan, political attack ads. It’s social media fundraising.”

There is no evidence that Clinton will be appearing in court in September. And there is no evidence that any emails involve sex trafficking. 

Fact check:Ellen, Oprah, many others are not under house arrest for child sex trafficking

Our ruling: False

We rate the claim that Hillary Clinton was in court on June 2 testifying about emails relating to child sex trafficking as FALSE because it is not supported by our research. While Clinton's attorney attended a virtual hearing regarding a petition in a case requesting emails on a private server, Clinton did not testify during the hearing, nor was the case about child sex trafficking. The lawsuit involves records related to the Benghazi attack in 2012.

Our fact-check sources:

  • Legal Information Institute, Wex legal dictionary, Definition of  "mandamus"
  • FBI,com, Online FOIA Library, Documents relating to Hillary R. Clinton email investigation
  • National Law Journal, 'This Is No Longer Secretary Clinton's State Department': Judges Wary of Her Deposition Over Emails
  • NBC, Court Hearings in Clinton Email Cases Set for February
  • Politico, Appeals court mulls making Hillary Clinton testify on emails
  • Politico, Judge order Hillary Clinton disposition in email flap
  • U.S. Department of State, Freedom of Information Act search results re Hillary Clinton litigation
  • YouTube, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D,C. Circuit, June 2 telehearing
  • USA TODAY, "Fact check: Ellen, Oprah, many others are not under house arrest for child sex trafficking"

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