As shown below, Hillary Clinton described the FBI investigation of her as being a security inquiry. In the following articles, read what James Comey said about Obama Attorney General, Janet Lynch, and the word “Matter,” instead of “Investigation.” So, let’s take a look at the purpose of the FBI. Is it called the Federal Bureau of Security Inquiries? Or, is it called the Federal Bureau of Matters? Or, is it known as The Federal Bureau of Investigation? It appears that democrats are ambidextrous, and can choose the word that best accomplishes their objectives. Maybe we should use another name, such as, (you can provide your own name).
News sources are selected without prejudice (John 8:32)
Federal Bureau of Investigation
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), formerly the Bureau of Investigation (BOI), is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States, which simultaneously serves as the nation’s prime federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI is concurrently a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A leading U.S. counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes.
What we know about the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails
By Lauren Carroll on Thursday, May 12th, 2016 at 6:01 p.m.
Over the past couple of days, some Hillary Clinton critics have complained over the way her campaign has described the FBI’s probe into her private email server. Clinton and her campaign have called the probe a “security inquiry” regarding information stored on the server, as opposed to a criminal probe.
“I say what I have said now for many, many months: It’s a security inquiry,” she said on CBS May 8.
But on May 11, reporters met with FBI Director James Comey, and he said he is not familiar with the term “security inquiry.” Instead, he said, “we’re conducting an investigation. That’s what we do.”
So is it an “inquiry” or is it an “investigation”? While Clinton might shy away from the word “investigation,” it is truly a distinction without a difference. Inquiry is just another word for investigation.
Clinton’s critics jumped on Comey’s words as proof that the FBI is on track to prosecute Clinton for mishandling classified information. Her campaign continues to deny that the case will ever reach that point.
While serving as secretary of state, Clinton sent and received emails hosted on a private server located in her New York home, outside the State Department’s cyber security fence. Clinton says she did this out of convenience but that, in retrospect, it was a mistake.
Here’s what we know about the investigation so far.
The FBI is conducting an investigation. (It’s the Federal Bureau of Investigation, after all.)
Inspectors General from the State Department and the intelligence community referred the case to the Executive Branch in July 2015. The referral memo made clear that the Inspectors General were not suggesting that anyone involved in Clinton’s email setup committed a crime. Rather, they were following their statutory obligation to inform the intelligence community about any potential security breach — namely, that Clinton possibly held classified information on her email server located outside secure government facilities.
Clinton says she never knowingly sent or received classified information, a possibly criminal action.
In August, the FBI entered the case.
The FBI is determining if criminal activity occurred in connection with the email setup.
We talked to experts in federal criminal investigations, and they told us that the FBI doesn’t look into issues just for the heck of it. They assess cases to find out whether criminal activity occurred.
“We don’t do these because we’re curious,” said Ellen Glasser, a retired FBI special agent who worked on cases regarding mishandled classified information. “There’s a potential that a criminal violation took place.”
Glasser, immediate past president of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, emphasized that she has no inside knowledge about the Clinton case beyond what has been publicly reported.
Clinton’s phrasing — calling it a “security inquiry” — is not necessarily wrong, said Mark Pollitt, former chief of the FBI’s computer forensics program. But it obscures the fact that an investigation can be both security-related and criminal.
A reasonable person might take Clinton’s phrasing to mean the FBI is simply conducting a risk assessment of her server to see whether it’s secure. Agents might do that as part of an investigation, but it’s not the end game, Pollitt said.
Some news organizations have reported that the FBI is also looking into whether the server was hacked.
Clinton is undoubtedly a subject of the investigation, but whether she meets the definition of an official FBI “target” is unknown. That term is reserved for people for whom there is substantial evidence linking them to a crime, according to the prosecutor’s judgment.
Clinton said in March that investigators have not told her that she or any of her staff members are targets of the investigation.
If people ask about their status in an investigation, it’s common practice for the Justice Department to tell them whether they’re targets or not, said Lauren Ouziel, a former federal prosecutor and a professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law.
“If she has been informed by the DOJ that she is presently not a target, then her statement that she is not a target would be accurate,” Ouziel said, noting that she has no non-public knowledge of the case.
But of course, Clinton’s actions are clearly front-and-center in the FBI investigation. Based on her knowledge of how classified information mishandling cases proceed, and her understanding of public reports about Clinton’s role in the email setup, Glasser said the FBI is very likely looking at Clinton specifically.
“My experience tells me that Hillary Clinton is a subject of a criminal investigation,” Glasser said.
The FBI doesn’t open an investigation definitely knowing it will seek charges against someone. If an investigation does not reveal evidence of a crime, or if there is insufficient evidence of criminal conduct, then the investigation will close without any charges filed.
“You don’t know if it’s criminal until you get to the end of it,” Pollitt said.
As part of its investigation, the FBI has looked into the security setup for Clinton’s home server and a thumb drive that has copies of Clinton’s work emails. They have also interviewed several aides, with the Justice Department even granting immunityto the staffer who set up Clinton’s home server.
Agents have not, though, asked Clinton for an interview yet, she said May 8.
The investigation has been going on for nine months now. To Pollitt, that means it’s probably a tough case to pin down.
“If this thing was dead on arrival, nobody would be willing to keep this thing going,” he said.
Loretta Lynch Told Comey He Should Call Clinton Probe a “Matter,” Not An Investigation
Katie PavlichKatie Pavlich|Posted: Jun 08, 2017 10:55 AM
Speaking on Capitol Hill Thursday morning in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, former FBI Director James Comey revealed former Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to call the probe into former Secretary of State and then Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a “matter,” not a criminal investigation.
“She [Lynch] told me to call it a matter, which confused and concerned me. But that was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude I have to step away from the [Justice] Department if we’re to close this case credibly,” Comey said. “We had an open criminal investigation.”
Comey’s revelation came after a question from Chairman Richard Burr, who asked the former director how the June 2016 secret meeting between Lynch and former President Bill Clinton on her private plane effected his decisions surrounding the case. At the time of the meeting, Clinton was under criminal investigation for storing and sharing top secret and classified information on a private server. Lynch claims the discussion was about golf and grand children, not about special treatment for the former First Lady. Days later, Comey announced she would not be referred to the Justice Department of prosecution.
During the 2016 campaign, Clinton and her campaign team repeatedly referred to the criminal investigation as a “security review,” a classification Comey took issue with.
“I don’t even know what that means, a ‘security inquiry.’ We do investigations here at the FBI,” Comey told Fox News’ Catherine Herridge last year, adding that the term is unfamiliar within the Bureau.
Comey added during his testimony Thursday that he became concerned Lynch was aligning herself with the Clinton campaign by using the same language when referring to the criminal investigation.
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Comey: Then-Atty. Gen. Lynch urged that the Hillary Clinton email probe be called a ‘matter,’ not ‘investigation’
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Former FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that then-Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch urged him to refer to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails a “matter” instead of an “investigation.”
Comey said in his Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that he was confused by the request and that it was one of the reasons he felt the need to publicly announce his findings in the Clinton email case.
Comey said the other major factor was Lynch’s meeting with former President Clinton on the tarmac of an Arizona airport. Comey said he had to announce his findings to protect the credibility of the FBI and the Justice Department.