REPORT: The FBI put its ‘A-team’ on the ‘extremely serious’ Hillary Clinton …

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Bill Clinton is happy to boost tyrants for cash.

WASHINGTON – Newly surfaced emails show the Clinton Foundation asked the State Department about proceeding with two presumably paid speeches for former President Bill Clinton in North Korea and the Republic of the Congo, despite each engagement’s ties to repressive regimes. A top Republican questioned Friday whether former State Department Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton ran her husband’s speeches by ethics officials within the department, after emails surfaced showing conversations about the speeches didn’t appear to include the right people.A top squad of investigators at the FBI characterized as the agency’s “A-team” is conducting what one intelligence source tells Fox News is an “extremely serious” investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server.One congressional leader is saying there could be a big problem with the group that was tasked with holding Hillary Clinton accountable during her time as secretary of state. In both sets of 2012 emails between the foundation led by Bill Clinton and the department led by wife Hillary Clinton, the former president’s team acknowledged the invitations could raise concerns.

The investigation centers on a section of the Espionage Act that focuses on the “gathering, transmitting or losing defense information,” according to Fox. Using the server was a self-inflicted wound by Clinton, but it’s not something a prosecutor would take to court. “It’s common” that people end up using unclassified systems to transmit classified information, said Jeffrey Smith, a former CIA general counsel who’s now a partner at Arnold & Porter, where he often represents defendants suspected of misusing classified information. “There are always these back channels,” Smith explained. “It’s inevitable, because the classified systems are often cumbersome and lots of people have access to the classified e-mails or cables.” People who need quick guidance about a sensitive matter often pick up the phone or send a message on an open system. Congo’s not quite as bad, but a “mandatory” part of the package there was posing for photos with not one but two dictators — one of them the ruler of the world’s poorest nation, the Democratic Republic of Congo. The FBI took control of Clinton’s server earlier this month after the Intelligence Community Inspector General found two emails it determined contained “top secret” information at the time they were sent. They shouldn’t, but they do. “It’s common knowledge that the classified communications system is impossible and isn’t used,” said one former high-level Justice Department official.

That is, former President William Jefferson Clinton was thinking it might be OK, so long as the $650,000 payoff went to the family “charity” — the one that covers so many of the Clintons’ bills and employs so many of their longtime aides. Clinton’s cache show top department officials debating and approving former President Clinton’s paid speeches, but department ethics officials weren’t part of those email chains. “It appears that the pattern of conduct for reviewing matters for approval may have excluded the agency ethics official,” Mr. Dozens of other emails that Clinton both sent and received contains information that has since been determined to be “confidential,” the lowest classification category. Four days later, Desai sent Mills another email. “Is it safe to assume USG would have concerns about WJC accepting the attached invitation related to North Korea?

Several former prosecutors said flatly that such sloppy, unauthorized practices, although technically violations of law, wouldn’t normally lead to criminal cases. According to a second Fox source, FBI’s investigators are looking into whether Clinton should have known by looking at the information whether it was classified, regardless of whether it was marked as such. An acting inspector general doesn’t have the mandate to lead, and he or she might not be able to withstand pushback from an agency that doesn’t want to cooperate with oversight.” Grassley has requested a slew of record related to the temporary inspector, Harold Geisel, and why he was in charge for so long. Thanks, Ami.” Clinton admitted receiving “some unusual requests” but said “they all went through the process” and, ultimately, the invitations in question were declined. “You might not recall but [President] Obama sent Bill to North Korea to rescue journalists who were captured,” Clinton told reporters. “Every offer we made was rebuffed and we offered many people to go and finally North Koreans said if Bill comes, we will give him two journalists.” In the case of the North Korea invite, while the foundation acknowledged potential concerns, the official followed up in early June after Mills said to decline it.

Cheryl Mills, Hillary’s chief of staff, e-mailed, “Decline it.” But Team Bill didn’t get “ ‘no’ means ‘no’.” It came back asking for “specific concerns” over the speech — because the player trying to set it up was Tony Rodham, Hillary’s brother. The message said that Hillary Clinton had instructed Stella O’Leary, the head of a pro-Clinton PAC to form a 501c3 organization that would be “flexible” enough to raise funds to be used in “whatever manner WJC and HRC wish in Ireland and Northern Ireland and not restricted to support only the current iteration of the Clinton Centre in Enniskillen.” O’Leary told The Washington Post that she had set up the charity, but it was currently “stagnant”, and she could not recall discussing the matter with Hillary Clinton. “Maybe we can all gather for drinks/dinner and HRC can come join for as long as she can?” Abedin asked in her e-mail.

Desai said the matter came from Tony Rodham, Hillary Clinton’s brother, and they would like to relay “any specific concerns” as Rodham was about to meet with Bill Clinton. They show the speaking engagement in Brazzaville came with a hefty $650,000 speaking fee – one of numerous such engagements through which the former president has made millions since leaving office. Department records released to date show that it took just days for the ethics office to clear the vast majority of Bill Clinton’s worldwide speaking appearances, which earned him tens of millions of dollars during her State Department tenure. In another case, the Post reported that in July 2012, the assistant to a New York banking executive wrote to Abedin to ask for her input on whether the executive should take a job at Teneo.

Grassley pointed to a series of newly released emails obtained through a Freedom of Information lawsuit by the conservative watchdog group Citizens United that he said show no evidence that “the review protocols” were observed. After all, before those rules were in place, Bill was perfectly happy to trot off to Kazakhstan in 2005 to publicly praise dictator Nursultan Nazarbayev — just to please a major Clinton Foundation donor. First, experts say, there’s no legal difference whether Clinton and her aides passed sensitive information using her private server or the official “state.gov” account that many now argue should have been used. If that is the case, the failure to involve the relevant ethics officials directly conflicts with the representations made to Congress and the public. Earlier this week, Fox News reported that an April 2011 e-mail from Abedin contained intelligence from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Security Agency (NSA), and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), which oversees aerial imagery, including satellites.

For that reason we anticipate you will want us to quickly decline.” From there, Desai forwarded the email to Mills, Clinton aide Huma Abedin and other State Department officials saying despite the issues, “WJC wants to know what state thinks of it if he took it 100% for the foundation. We’d welcome your thoughts.” “The emails speak volumes to the ongoing undercurrent that Bill Clinton would take money from anyone,” David Bossie, president of Citizens United, told FoxNews.com on Friday. Potential criminal violations arise when officials knowingly disseminate documents marked as classified to unauthorized officials or on unclassified systems, or otherwise misuse classified materials. Abedin’s reputation by making unsubstantiated allegations that appear to flow from misinformation … provided by an unnamed — and apparently unreliable — source.” Abedin herself issued a more diplomatic denial in a July 2013 letter to Grassley: “I was not asked, nor did I undertake, any work on Teneo’s behalf before the Department (and I should note that it is my understanding that Teneo does not conduct business with the Department of State). John Deutch was pardoned in 2001 for using an unsecured CIA computer at his home to improperly access classified material; he reportedly had been prepared to plead guilty to a misdemeanor.

Grassley noted in his letter that Michael Fuchs, a current State Department employee, was one of the aides to Hillary Clinton receiving the North Korea-related emails. Clinton defended herself Aug. 18 with a carefully worded statement: “I did not send classified material, and I did not receive any material that was marked or designated classified.” Those may sound like weasel words, but they actually go to the heart of what might constitute a criminal case.

Clinton’s emails are being released in installments, and they have raised questions about her practices as secretary, and about the behavior of her top aides. Smith takes the hypothetical example of an assistant secretary who receives a classified cable from, say, Paris, about a meeting with the French foreign minister and wants quick guidance from the secretary. Clinton has said the questions are partisan attacks, and said she did not break classification laws by using her own email account and a server she kept at her home in New York. Similarly, Grassley said, Bill Clinton proposed passing to the foundation a $200,000 fee if the department would allow him to speak at the energy summit with China.

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