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State Department Can’t Find Emails For Hillary’s IT Guy

by Chuck Ross     •     The Daily Caller

Hillary Clinton Speaks At Event At Center For American ProgressThe State Department says it cannot find copies or backups of emails from the account of Bryan Pagliano, the State Department IT staffer who was paid by Hillary Clinton to maintain her private email server while she served as secretary of state.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley revealed the finding in a letter sent Friday to Sec. of State John Kerry which was obtained by Politico.

Grassley has considered granting immunity to Pagliano, who invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during testimony in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi in September. Continue reading


State Department belatedly finds 1,300 emails on Anwar Al-Awlaki

By Josh Gerstein     •     Politico

Islamic cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki (pictured in 2008) was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011. | AP Photo

The State Department has belatedly discovered about 1,300 emails relating to deceased Islamic cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki in official accounts belonging to top aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, more than four years after a conservative group requested all such records, a new court filing reports.

At a federal court hearing in Washington last month, Justice Department attorneys assigned to the case brought by Judicial Watch told a federal judge that State‘s “executive secretariat” — the repository of records for the secretary’s office — was searched in response to the initial Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch.

In the new filing Thursday evening, the lawyers representing the State Department said the records of Clinton’s former office were searched initially. The filing (posted here) is vague about whether any responsive records were found at that time. However, it says a batch of emails about Al-Awlaki — who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011 — turned up only during the follow-up search. Continue reading


As Benghazi inquiry fades, Clinton still faces legal questions about emails

by Anita Kumar and Greg Gordon     •     McClatchy DC

Hillary clinton 5Hillary Clinton appears to have overcome an investigation of her role in the 2012 deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, but she still faces a months-long FBI inquiry into the handling of sensitive information while she was secretary of state.

The FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, which opened its review this summer after classified information was found in emails transmitted over Clinton’s private email server, is under pressure to act quickly, as Clinton is in the midst of running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.

Attorneys who have handled classified information cases say the bureau, initially asked to examine whether Clinton’s arrangement compromised national security secrets, ultimately will have to consider whether she and her aides failed to sufficiently safeguard sensitive information. Continue reading


Hillary’s State Dept. Paid Men $16,000+ More Than Women Annually

Even after accounting for education and job category, men were paid more than women

by Ali Meyer     •     Washington Free Beacon

Hillary Clinton’s State Department paid men $16,000 more on average in annual salary than women, according to data from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

An OPM database called FedScope contains data on more than 2 million federal civilian employees and includes information about employment, including gender, age, education level, and pay grade.

The data, which is organized by calendar year, shows that men were paid more than women in each year that Clinton was heading the department as secretary of state. Continue reading


While at State, Clinton chief of staff held job negotiating with Abu Dhabi

by Rosalind Helderman     •     Washington Post

Former Clinton aide Cheryl Mills, second from right, with House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), second from left, and the panel’s top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), left, on Sept. 3, 2015. (Susan Walsh/AP)

For the four years that Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary of state, her longtime friend and adviser Cheryl D. Mills served next to her as chief of staff. Clinton has said Mills helped her run the State Department’s sprawling bureaucracy; oversaw key priorities such as food safety, global health policy and LGBT rights; and acted as “my principal liaison to the White House on sensitive matters.”

During her first four months at the State Department, Mills also held another high-profile job: She worked part time at New York University, negotiating with officials in Abu Dhabi to build a campus in that Persian Gulf city.

At the State Department, she was unpaid in those first months, officially designated as a temporary expert-consultant — a status that allowed her to continue to collect outside income while serving as chief of staff. She reported that NYU paid her $198,000 in 2009, when her university work overlapped with her time at the State Department, and that she collected an additional $330,000 in vacation and severance payments when she left the school’s payroll in May 2009. Continue reading


Obama Admin Moves to Block Restitution for U.S. Terror Victims

Obama admin sides with Palestinians in landmark terror case

by Adam Kredo     •     Washington Free Beacon

Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken / AP

The Obama administration has intervened in a landmark legal case brought by the American victims of Palestinian terrorists, urging the court to limit restitution for the victims out of fear that a sizable payout could collapse the Palestinian government, according to a copy of the court filing.

Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken argued in a filing to a New York City court that a hefty payout to the victims of Palestinian terror crimes could burden the Palestinian Authority (PA) and interfere in Obama administration efforts to foster peace in the region.

The victims are entitled to as much as $655 million from the PA following the conclusion of a decade-long lawsuit that exposed the Palestinian government’s role in supporting and paying for terror attacks in Israel. Continue reading


Judge slams State Department over Hillary Clinton-related records

By Josh Gerstein     •     Politico

Hillary Rodham ClintonA federal judge is lashing out at the State Department for delaying for years in providing responses to Associated Press Freedom of Information Act requests seeking records about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s schedules and her top staffers.

At a contentious hearing last week, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon demanded explanations for why some of the AP’s requests received no reply for four years or more before the wire service filed suit in March.

Leon said he was determined to establish “what has been going on in the State Department for four years dragging their feet, not addressing these issues for four years.”

“I want to find out what’s been going on over there. I should say, what’s not been going on over there,” the judge added. “The State Department, for reasons known only to itself … has been, to say the least, recalcitrant in responding.” Continue reading


State Dept Promotes Muslim Cleric Who Backed Fatwa on ‘Killing of U.S. Soldiers’

Abdallah Bin Bayyahby Adam Kredo

The State Department’s Counter Terrorism (CT) Bureau promoted on Friday a controversial Muslim scholar whose organization has reportedly backed Hamas and endorsed a fatwa authorizing the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

The CT bureau on Friday tweeted out a link to the official website of Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, the vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), a controversial organization founded by a Muslim Brotherhood leader “who has called for the death of Jews and Americans and himself is banned from visiting the U.S.,” according to Fox News. Continue reading


Is Kerry the Worst Secretary of State Ever?

John KerryThough the accomplishments of Kerry’s predecessor, Hillary Clinton, in her four years at the State Department were slim, right now she is starting to look like a foreign-policy giant by comparison. 

by Jonathan S. Tobin

During his first term in office, President Obama was criticized by conservatives for conducting what they dubbed apology tours in which he always seemed to find something in American history for which he felt compelled to make amends. To his surprise, neither apologies nor the magic of his personality and historic status were able to conceal the fact that he was far better at alienating America’s traditional allies than winning new friends. But as awkward as the president proved to be at diplomacy, even that experience did not prepare the world for John Kerry. In less than a year, he has not only already repeated these mistakes but also exceeded them. Currently on yet another apology tour of his own in the Middle East, where he is desperately trying to reassure moderate Arab countries that he has not sold them down the river in his vain quest for a nuclear deal with Iran, American prestige and trust in Washington’s word are at a low point in recent history. Continue reading


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