Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says in an interview, “It doesn’t appear that I’m going to be the nominee, so I’m not going to be determining the scope of the convention.” However, he has yet to formally end his presidential campaign or endorse Clinton. (The Hill, 6/22/2016)
The State Department releases more of Clinton’s work-related emails, despite Clinton’s claims that she turned over all her work-related emails in December 2014. Judicial Watch asked for the emails which were mentioned in the May 2016 State Department inspector general’s report on Clinton’s email practices.
The emails show that in December 2010, State Department employees struggled to fix a problem that was causing emails from Clinton’s private server to be rejected as spam by the department’s computer network. The spam filtering problem persisted since at least early November, as can be seen in a November 13, 2010 email chain between Clinton and her deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin complaining about them.
As a result, on December 21, 2010, the ScanMail anti-spam security feature for the entire network was disabled, leaving the network more vulnerable. Apparently, the software intended to block “spear phishing” emails that could install malware to infect the network was also disabled around the same time.
On January 9, 2011, Clinton’s server was apparently attacked by hackers at least twice, causing the server to be temporarily shut down. (The Associated Press, 6/22/2016) (US Department of State, 6/20/2016)
Spear phishing was a reoccurring problem for Clinton and the department in 2011. In March 2011, the department warned of “a dramatic increase since January 2011 in attempts by”—[redacted]—“to compromise the private home email accounts of senior Department officials” using the spear phishing method. (US Department of State, 11/5/2015)
In June 2011, the department issued another warning for all employees not to use personal email accounts for work, due to more spear phishing attacks. (The Washington Post, 3/27/2016)
Between May and July 2011, Clinton got three emails that appear to have been spear phishing attacks. Despite this, Clinton continued to exclusively use a private email address for all her work and personal emails. (US Department of State, 10/30/2015) (US Department of State, 5/25/2016)
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says of Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state, “While we may not know what is in those deleted emails, our enemies probably do. So they probably now have a blackmail file over someone who wants to be president of the United States. This fact alone disqualifies her from the presidency. […] We can’t hand over our government to someone whose deepest, darkest secrets may be in the hands of our enemies.” This is part of a speech entirely focusing on criticism of Clinton. (The Hill, 6/22/2016)
He also says, “Hillary Clinton may be the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency of the United States,” and claims she used the State Department as “her own personal hedge fund.” (NBC News, 6/22/2016)
Pagliano has been forcibly deposed by Judicial Watch in a civil suit presided by US District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan. He originally was supposed to be deposed on June 6, 2016, but it was delayed after he revealed he planned to invoke his Fifth Amendment constitutional right against self-incrimination, as well as arguments over the implications of his limited immunity given as part of a deal he made to cooperate with the FBI’s Clinton investigation.
As expected, he pleads the Fifth, doing so more than 125 times, according to Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton. Fitton also says, “On many of the key issues, he took the Fifth. He took the Fifth even on questions about his resume.”
In addition, Pagliano’s lawyers reportedly object to many questions, saying they go beyond the scope of discovery permitted by Sullivan. Fitton says he hopes Sullivan will see Pagliano’s failure to answer any substantive questions as further evidence that Clinton’s private email server set up by Pagliano may have been designed to evade Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. (Politico, 6/22/2016)