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    Watchdog Groups Seek Unredacted Subpoenas Issued During Clinton Email Investigation

    Watchdog Groups Seek Unredacted Subpoenas Issued During Clinton Email Investigation

    Free Beacon adds declaration of support in civil case

    BY: Elizabeth Harrington
    July 28, 2017 1:35 pm

    Watchdog groups are suing the State Department and the National Archives for the unredacted grand jury subpoenas issued in the Clinton email investigation.

    Cause of Action and Judicial Watch filed a reply brief in the United States District Court Friday seeking the full record of subpoenas that were issued in an attempt to recover former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails from her BlackBerry.

    "The FBI's revelation that grand jury subpoenas were issued during its investigation of Secretary Clinton's emails revealed a criminal component," said John J. Vecchione, Cause of Action Institute president and CEO. "Details of these subpoenas could be critical to our case to recover those emails."

    E.W. Priestap, the assistant director for the FBI's counterintelligence division, revealed for the first time in a filing in April that grand jury subpoenas were issued in the Clinton investigation. Priestap stated that grand jury subpoenas were obtained for Clinton's BlackBerry e-mail accounts, but they "produced no responsive materials."

    Priestap's declaration was filed in secret, with no Cause of Action or Judicial Watch lawyers present. The declaration is also heavily redacted, leaving out the targets of grand jury subpoenas.

    "But the government has taken a step back behind the curtain and submitted a supplemental declaration, in camera and ex parte, meaning only the judge and the government's lawyers are allowed to see it," Vecchione said. "We can only surmise the declaration shows that the FBI issued subpoenas to the service providers in search of Ms. Clinton's BlackBerry emails."

    Cause of Action and Judicial Watch are seeking Priestap's unredacted declaration that would shed light on the government's attempt to recover Clinton's emails.

    "Without access to the un-redacted declaration, we cannot know the scope of those subpoenas, nor will we be able to contest the relevance of new facts," Vecchione said. "The public interest in learning the extent of the government efforts to recover unlawfully removed records and basic notions of fair play outweigh the need to protect grand-jury secrecy, the existence of which the government has already revealed."

    "The government should not be permitted to use the grand jury information as a sword and also shield it from public view," he added. "Anglo-American law frowns on litigation through secret filings. Accordingly, the Court should require the government to open the curtain, so we can properly respond to the new evidence."

    The civil case is one of several lawsuits filed against the government for failing to properly preserve the emails stored on Clinton's private server. In March, Judicial Watch revealed 29 previously undisclosed emails from Clinton's private server, including several that contained classified information.

    A federal judge will now rule on the motion filed by Cause of Action and Judicial Watch, with no timeframe yet for the decision.

    Washington Free Beacon Editor-in-Chief Matthew Continetti filed a declaration in support of Cause of Action and Judicial Watch because of the "significant public interest" regarding the Clinton email investigation and its implications for national security.

    "It is essential for the public to understand the full scope and breadth of the FBI's investigation into Secretary Clinton's email server for the public to make an informed decision about what transpired during Secretary Clinton's service at the State Department," Continetti said. "I believe the information sought by Plaintiffs would be of significant public interest and of interest to the readers of the Washington Free Beacon."

    "In more than a decade of writing about politics and government affairs, both at the Washington Free Beacon and at other publications, I have seen few issues capture and hold the public interest as extensively as that of Secretary Clinton's emails," Continetti said. "Increased public knowledge about her use of a private server and the FBI's investigation into it will serve well our readers and the public as they make decisions about their government."

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    FBI confirms grand jury subpoenas used in Clinton email probe

    04/27/2017 07:42 PM EDT

    Contrary to widespread reports, federal prosecutors issued grand jury subpoenas in connection with an investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, an FBI official indicated in a court filing this week.

    After FBI Director James Comey announced last July that there were no plans to prosecute Hillary Clinton or her top aides in connection with the exchange of sensitive national security information on her private email system, many Republicans argued that the FBI pulled its punches in the probe, particularly by failing to convene a grand jury that could subpoena records and evidence related to the case.

    However, a top FBI official revealed in a civil lawsuit this week that investigators used grand jury subpoenas in an unsuccessful attempt to obtain archived copies of some of Clinton's old email messages.

    "The FBI...obtained grand jury subpoenas related to the Blackberry e-mail accounts, which produced no responsive materials, as the requested data was outside the retention time utilized by those providers," FBI Assistant Director for the Counterintelligence Division E.W. Priestap wrote in a declaration filed Monday in federal court in Washington.

    Priestap did not provide details about the subpoenas, although he suggested they were served on AT&T Wireless and a firm it acquired, Cingular.

    The new filing doesn't make clear how extensive the use of the grand jury was in connection with the Clinton probe. It's possible federal prosecutors issued the subpoena without any actual involvement by grand jurors.

    Use of grand jury subpoenas — something lawyers call "mandatory process" — could have been a political cudgel for Republicans if known earlier, since that tool would indicate the investigation was criminal in nature and not simply an intelligence-focused security review, as Clinton aides often claimed.

    While most investigative work in the probe was done via voluntary interviews and provision of evidence, prosecutors and the FBI eventually turned to mandatory process again when the investigation was reactivated weeks before the presidential election. A search warrant was obtained in late October to review copies of additional email messages discovered on a laptop seized from former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The warrant required the FBI to indicate probable cause that the laptop contained evidence of a crime or some sort of contraband.

    Priestap's declaration was filed in connection with lawsuits conservative watchdog groups Judicial Watch and Cause of Action Institute filed against former Secretary of State John Kerry and Archivist of the U.S. David Ferriero in an effort to force the government to take additional steps to try to recover Clinton's work-related messages. Tens of thousands of those messages have been retrieved and have already been made public by the State Department

    The government's new court filing, including Priestap's statement, sought to establish that there is nothing practical officials can do at this point to try to recover more of Clinton's messages.

    However, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said he's puzzled that the FBI revealed the grand jury action at this juncture.

    "The FBI convened a grand jury to investigate Hillary Clinton in 2016. Why is this information being released only now?” said Fitton, whose group publicized the filing to reporters on Thursday. “And it is disturbing that the State Department, Justice Department and FBI are still trying to protect Hillary Clinton. President Trump needs to clean house at all these agencies.”

    Spokespeople for the FBI and the Justice Department declined to comment.

    Comey was pressed on why he had not used a grand jury to obtain access to laptops lawyers used to sift Clinton's emails during a House hearing in September. Instead, the FBI relied on a voluntary agreement with Clinton's attorneys, including a limited form of immunity barring use of information on those computers to prove any charges against the lawyers.

    "Why not impanel an investigative grand jury whereby you have reasonable suspicion that a crime may have been committed, and then you have the ability to get warrants, subpoenas...information, subpoena witnesses before the grand jury under oath?" asked Rep. Tom Marino (R-Penn.), a former U.S. attorney.

    Comey responded by explaining why a subpoena wouldn't have been an efficient approach, although he remained cagey about whether a grand jury had been used at all in the Clinton probe.

    "It's a reasonable question," the FBI director said. "I don't want to talk about grand jury in connection with this case....We know we're never supposed to talk about grand jury publicly."

    "Anytime you're talking about the prospect of subpoenaing a computer from a lawyer, it involves the lawyer's practice of law, you know you're getting into a big megillah," Comey added.

    "Why did you not decide to go to an investigative grand jury? It would have been cleaner. It would have been much simpler," Marino replied.

    "I need to steer clear of talking about grand jury use in a particular matter," Comey said again. "In general, in my experience, you can often do things faster with informal agreements, especially when you're interacting with lawyers."

    Early last year, U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg dismissed the lawsuits seeking additional recovery of the Clinton emails. However, in December, a federal appeals court revived the cases, indicating the government needed to make a more robust showing that it had taken all reasonable steps to find messages that could be considered official records but are no longer in government hands.

    Josh Gerstein is a senior reporter for POLITICO.
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