During the search of Hillary’s emails, the FBI “missed” plenty of emails clearly marked with a “(C)” for Classified that were marked when she sent and received them.
That means she lied when she told America that they were not marked. That also means that what Comey told us about the emails was also false. I think he should have started his July 5th exoneration speech with “Once upon a time…”
Peter Strzok texted Lisa Page:
“Holy cow, if the FBI missed this, what else was missed?”
“Remind me to tell you to flag for Andy [redacted] emails we (actually ICIG) found that have portion marks (C) on a couple of paras. DoJ was Very Concerned about this.”
“Found on the 30k [emails] provided to State originally. No one noticed. It cuts against ‘I never sent or received anything marked classified.’”
So, it’s obvious that they knew those emails weren’t counted and the only thing they were worried about is if Inspector General Horowitz found out about those emails. Well, he did. This is something else the FBI needs to answer for.
She even said so at major debates, and because the FBI hadn’t caught the letter (C), and therefore never stated its findings, PolitiFact rated the claim “Half True.”
When the FBI belatedly noticed and relayed the truth, the fact-checking site said “Now we know it’s just plain wrong.”
Clinton decided to print out 55,000 pages instead of providing the State Department with her emails in their digital format, a technique sometimes used by lawyers to make searches harder for their opponents. A CTRL-F search for “(C)” could have missed the markings because State had to re-digitize the forms with Optical Character Recognition, which can get tripped up on symbols, perhaps interpreting it as something like “[C]” or a copyright symbol. Nonetheless, the classified marker always appears at the beginning of a paragraph and is visually distinct.
So, if the FBI caught it and it was just an honest mistake, why didn’t they go back and correct it instead of hoping the IG wouldn’t catch it?