Accuracy in Media

There have been several bombshell revelations in the Hillary Clinton email investigation in the last week, but you wouldn’t know it if you only paid attention to the mainstream media.

The FBI reversed course in saying the previously unreleased Clinton emails were not of “public interest.” The bureau previously said the public’s interest did not trump Clinton’s privacy concerns. But on Thursday, attorney Ty Clevenger convinced Department of Justice official Sean R. O’Neill to reverse the decision, the Washington Times reported.

“Any records concerning the FBI’s investigation of obstruction of justice are currently being processed by the FBI along with the remainder of the Clinton email investigation file. The FBI is publicly posting all releasable records on a rolling basis,” O’Neill said.

The reversal came just weeks after Clevenger convinced a Maryland state judge to order an investigation into how Clinton’s lawyers handled the former Democratic presidential nominee’s emails, specifically, deleting thousands of private server emails later determined to be official records.

Anne Arundel County, Md., Circuit Court Judge Paul Harris ordered the probe into Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson and David Kendall on Monday in a quest to prove that Clinton committed perjury.

The FBI declined to pursue formal charges against Clinton and her lawyers last year. Former FBI Director James Comey called the behavior “extremely reckless” but stopped short of classifying the actions as potentially criminal.

After news broke in March 2015 that Clinton used a private email server while conducting official business as secretary of state, Clinton’s lawyers turned over thousands of those private server emails to the State Department but deleted thousands of others they deemed “personal” in nature.

But last week, conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch released thousands of pages of new Clinton emails, which it obtained from the State Department. In those emails, Clinton and her lawyers appear to have shared classified information using private server email accounts. Judicial Watch previously sued the State Department in May 2015, demanding that more of Clinton’s emails be released to the public.

The newly published emails appear to contradict Clinton’s previous assertion that “as far as she knew,” all her government-business-related emails had already been turned over to the State Department. 

Among the newly published emails were communications in which Clinton’s longtime aide, Huma Abedin, asked her mother, Saleha Abedin, a sociology professor in Saudi Arabia, for advice on what Clinton should say to female students there during a speech in 2010, Fox News reported.

The emails further show what appears to be even more fodder for those alleging pay-to-play at the Clinton Foundation. In July 2009, for example, Keystone XL lobbyist Gordon Griffin sent an email to Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band. Griffin asked to attend a Council on Foreign Relations dinner, where the then-secretary of state was scheduled to speak. Band forwarded Griffin’s email to Abedin, writing, “Can u get him in?” Abedin responded by assuring Band, “yes, will get him in.”

These revelations only add fuel to the fire in the ongoing Clinton email controversy. Clinton’s critics see the developments as further proof that the former Democratic presidential nominee engaged in illegal activity. For Clinton’s proponents, particularly those in the mainstream media, the latest revelations are not worth mentioning.

For the most part, only conservative news outlets, such as Fox News, the Washington Times, the Washington Examiner, Townhall and the Daily Caller, have reported on the most recent developments.

To its credit, Mediaite also published an article on Sept. 14, titled, “Watchdog group accuses Clinton State Dept of ‘Pay-to-play’ after obtaining new emails in lawsuit.”

Meanwhile, mainstream media outlets such as CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times have published plenty of stories about Clinton’s latest book “What Happened,” in which she blames everything and everyone for her loss to Donald Trump. But a Google search doesn’t return any results from those same outlets when it comes to the newly published emails.

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