10-07-2016   News
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Why did the FBI agreed to destroy the laptops of Hillary Clinton's aides involved in the email scandal when those computers may have contained important information and potential pieces of evidence that could be crucial to the Congressional investigations on the Clinton email controversy?

Is the government, through the Department of Justice and FBI, trying to conceal relevant data or killing evidence that could essentially pin down Hillary's imprudent judgment and reckless actions that put in jeopardy our national security?

Those questions remain unanswered, but leading Republican legislators are determined that those puzzling questions need to be answered as they stepped up their inquiry into the dubious agreement  between the FBI and Hillary's aides- her former chief of staff Cheryl Mills  and ex-campaign staffer Heather Samuelson- of destroying those contentious laptops, a move they find very shocking.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif, and Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley, R- Iowa all  believe the deal obstructed congressional investigations as they sent letters to Attorney General Loretta Lynch demanding an explanation why the FBI consented to destroying the laptops and questioning what legal authority FBI possess to destroy records that are " subject to congressional investigations or subpoena." The four lawmakers also indicated in their letters that they wish to specifically know also if the FBI destroyed " evidence" from the laptops or the laptops themselves.

The government has given immunity deals to Clinton's aides. The FBI has also agreed to restrict their record search to no later than January 31, 2015 which basically means that the probers can no longer look into documents for the crucial period after Hillary's use of a private email and server while holding the post of secretary of state.

 It is also curious to note that less than a month after the FBI closed the special deals with Clinton's aides, FBI

 Director James Comey came out with an an announcement that his agency would recommend no filing of charges against

Clinton or her staff.

The Republicans find it disturbing that destroying the laptops meant the computers can no longer be used as evidence in any future legal proceedings, should new information be unearthed or particular relevant circumstances arise.

The whole scandal started after the startling discovery that Hillary Clinton consistently sent classified information over her personal email after leaving the State Department.  An email of Hillary on May 2013 in  particular sent from her private account to State Department officials and aides focused on the "123" US deal with the United Arab Emirates or UAE. The code refers to the 2009 US agreement with the UAE on the sharing of material and technology for nuclear energy. In short, top level  information, and highly- sensitive and extremely confidential national security information.

 It was also revealed that Hillary sent more than 2,100  messages of classified information.

 Republicans see those actions of Hillary as illustrative of her poor judgement sense, - and worse-, low level of  trustworthiness that jeopardized America's national security and diplomatic efforts.

 " Hillary Clinton's terrible judgment shows she can not be trusted with our national security",  Donald Trump's spokesperson Jason Miller said in August.

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