FBI confident Clinton emails being recovered: source

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AP FACT CHECK: No clear evidence that Clinton aided birthers.

A new front is opening in the battle over Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state, with at least one senator asking for an independent review of the deleted messages the FBI is now recovering from the private server she used while in office.Leaders of the oil and gas industry had long hoped that Hillary Clinton could be an easier president to work with than Barack Obama — but now they have reason to worry.With her announcement Tuesday she now opposes the Keystone XL pipeline, Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton executed a 180-degree backflip on the issue.

When GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump doubled down Wednesday on his previous claim that rival Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton played a key role in sparking “birther” critics who insist President Barack Obama is not a native-born American, his charge was based on little more than a vague Clinton comment from 2008 and old political rumors. “Just remember,” Trump tweeted the night before his speech Wednesday, “the birther movement was started by Hillary Clinton in 2008.Hillary Clinton was among the patients and politicians who voiced outrage this week after it became public that the price of a 62-year-old drug used to treat a life-threatening infection had been raised by more than 5,000 percent. A lawyer for the Democratic presidential candidate provided the device to the FBI last month after he said all emails had been removed and printed copies of all nonpersonal messages provided to the State Department.

But it was only on Tuesday that she finally found a way to oppose it – in cautious language that has almost nothing to do with the pipeline itself and everything to do with internal Democratic Party politics and her sputtering presidential run. Clinton’s email arrangement, has retrieved some portion of the tens of thousands of emails once held on the computer, a person familiar with the matter said. And fossil-fuel supporters are starting to ask whether the Democrat who once struggled to connect with her party’s green base will prove to be a bigger problem for the industry than they had expected.

Sample her awkward declaration and see if you can tell what she really thinks about the long-delayed project to move oil from Canada’s oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries. “I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone pipeline for what I believe it is: a distraction from the important work we have to do to combat climate change and, unfortunately from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward.” That’s the eager-to-please, afraid-to-commit Ms. Clinton we know – and perhaps even the one the American people want to elect, after they’ve had their fling with bolder candidates who readily embrace positions that might bother someone, somewhere. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday that the Justice Department is keeping him in the dark about whether a criminal investigation is underway into Clinton’s use of private email. “You know it is getting a little absurd when someone at the Justice Department is apparently leaking details to the press about an investigation that the department officially refuses to admit to Congress that it is conducting,” Grassley said.

Clinton replied: “No, there is nothing to base that on, as far as I know.” Some critics later suggested Clinton’s hedging “as far as I know” may have lent credence to those who charged Obama was not born in the U.S. — even though the comment referenced his faith, not his birthplace. It’s the only approved treatment for a rare parasitic infection called toxoplasmosis that mainly strikes pregnant women, cancer patients and AIDS patients. Political rumors reported at times during the Democratic primary battle between Obama and Clinton in 2008 also intimated that some die-hard Clinton supporters were anonymously questioning Obama’s faith and U.S. birth. Obama’s lap dog Environmental Protection Agency has since written him an embarrassing two-and-a-half page opinion that reads like a high school essay, arguing if oil prices stay depressed forever, which has never happened, Keystone could someday increase GHG emissions.

The purpose of this flimsy EPA opinion was to give Obama political cover to reject Keystone, which he doesn’t need because the decision is his alone, as it will be for his successor. She is now opposed to Keystone, not because a pipeline is a global warming threat (it isn’t) but because it has become a “distraction” from the real global warming issues. A Turing spokesman told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Turing is committed to “a serious price adjustment,” but hasn’t decided how much or set a timetable.

Regardless of who wins the White House in 2016, “it’s going to be better than what we have now,” American Petroleum Institute director Erik Milito told an audience at April’s Conservative Political Action Conference. A: Companies generally can charge what they want for approved drugs because the U.S. government doesn’t regulate medicine prices, as other countries do. Clinton claims, said Beth Levine, a Grassley spokeswoman. “Allowing an independent authority to search for records that were requested by Congress, the Inspector General, the press, and the public years ago, and then providing the records to the appropriate requesters, would be a welcome move in transparency,” Mr. Milito praised former President Bill Clinton for having “actually signed a piece of positive energy legislation” while in office, the industry-friendly Deepwater Royalty Relief Act. In fact, almost everything Obama says about Keystone these days is a lie, as the Washington Post’s Fact Checker feature noted earlier this year in giving him its worst possible “Four Pinocchios” rating, meaning the president is telling “whoppers”.

The powerful pharmaceutical lobby has repeatedly fended off proposals that would cut into profits, from setting up price controls to allowing Medicare to negotiate discounts on drugs it buys for beneficiaries. The Post tore apart Obama’s false claim Keystone only benefits Canada because the oil it delivers will simply pass through the U.S. before being exported, noting it will also benefit U.S. oil producers in North Dakota and Montana in getting their oil to the Gulf Coast, as well as American companies operating in the oil sands, where they control 30% of production. That means the primary check on medicine prices is large buyers — insurance companies, big hospital chains and group purchasing organizations that negotiate sizable discounts off the manufacturer’s wholesale price. Obama and now Clinton have made it clear that for the sake of their own checkered political careers, they’re prepared to sacrifice America’s best interests, in addition to spitting in the face of a loyal Canadian ally. She’s savvy enough to know how soft and skewed that support really is, but the pipeline will bring skilled construction jobs, and unions have pushed her to back the project.

When patents on popular brand-name drugs expire, multiple generic versions usually go on sale within a year, and then the generics cost much less, as little as 10 percent of the brand-name drug’s price. She acknowledged in a speech that year that touting natural gas “in some places is controversial,” a nod to green groups’ resistance to the fossil fuel with a lower carbon footprint than coal or oil. Johnson said he is hopeful the public will know more about whether Clinton’s decision to rely on a private server compromised national security. “On an issue of such importance, we must fully understand Secretary Clinton’s decision to use a private email server and its consequences to our nation,” he said Wednesday.

That’s led to lengthy shortages for an increasing number of crucial medicines, driving up prices, particularly for drugs for infections, blood pressure and seizures. Both of her Democratic rivals tout their long-standing opposition to Keystone and Arctic drilling as proof that the national front-runner is late to climate activists’ party. The Turing case highlights a recent trend in which a drugmaker buys a smaller one or just its rights to an old brand-name drug, intending to sharply increase the price, said Dr.

May Boeve, executive director of 350 Action, said her green group is “still looking for the rest of Hillary Clinton’s plan — to stand up to fossil fuel companies by committing to keep vast majorities of known carbon reserves underground.” Her comments on oil exports left room for an eventual deal on the issue, so long as any measure to end the 1970s-era ban on overseas crude sales “strikes the right balance.” When a New Hampshire activist pressed her on greens’ campaign to ban drilling on public lands, her positive but vague response mentioned only the possibility of “cutting back over time.” Goldwyn said her approach to national security “understands the importance of a robust production base” for fuel even as “she demands we have serious action on climate at the same time.” Still, as congressional Republicans lambaste Clinton for calling Obama’s EPA emissions regulations “the floor, not the ceiling,” the industry is likely to face its own choice between reaching out to Clinton or criticizing her more directly. Oil interests are “still treating her like they expect her to win and somehow be their friends when she does,” GOP energy lobbyist Michael McKenna said. “They are wrong on both counts.” He said this works only when the drug is essential, there’s little or no competition and no good alternative medicine, and the number of potential patients is too small for a rival drugmaker to spend a few years and tens of millions of dollars to get Food and Drug Administration approval to sell the same drug. Bach noted Canadian drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. twice this year bought heart drugs and then hiked the price threefold or more.

People in the government certainly knew that I was using a personal email.” The FBI’s discovery that the emails weren’t permanently deleted, reported earlier by Bloomberg News, will add fuel to a controversy that has dogged Mrs. A: The higher prices initially mainly hit people paying out of pocket, said Rob Frankil, owner of Sellersville Pharmacy in southeastern Pennsylvania, who testified last fall at a congressional hearing about big increases in generic drug prices.

Over time, the spikes affect the whole health system. “We pay for it in the end,” through rising insurance premiums and deductibles, plus taxes that fund federal health programs, said Frankil, who now regularly sees patients, sticker-shocked by an increase, decide to go without their medication, ration it or switch to a cheaper, less-effective drug. Clinton’s weakened standing in the primary election is feeding calls for Vice President Joe Biden to enter the race and provide the party with an alternative, an option he is weighing.

Clinton’s IT staffers, Bryan Pagliano, asserted his constitutional right against self-incrimination and refused to answer questions about the setup of the server. The issue of what is on the server—and who if anyone besides the FBI will be allowed to see that information—is already a point of contention in one of the Freedom of Information Act lawsuits filed over her emails. The FBI responded to the court-ordered request from State that it couldn’t confirm the existence of any investigation, or provide any additional information.

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