The FBI has released the report from its investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information through the use of a private email server. Below are ten takeaways from the 47-page report and the separate 11-page report on its interview with Clinton.
1. Hillary Clinton is really incompetent (Part 1)
Hillary Clinton has been a part of the federal government — whether as the first lady, or as a senator or as the secretary of state — for decades. Yet she somehow managed never to learn during all that time that "(C)" on a document means "confidential." She told the FBI she thought "it was referencing paragraphs marked in alphabetical order."
2. Clinton is really incompetent (Part 2)
Clinton's responses to FBI investigators led them to believe that she didn't even know how classifications worked. You'd think she would have learned this during her time as the nation's top diplomat, if not while serving in the Senate, but apparently not. Either that or she was content to play dumb if that's what it took to make investigators go away.
She "could not give an example of how classification of a document was determined" and "did not recall receiving any emails she thought should not be on an unclassified system." Oh, and she also didn't remember receiving any training about how to treat classified material or preserve records.
3. Clinton couldn't recognize potentially classified information
Clinton said she didn't think an email discussing a planned drone strike in Pakistan should have been considered classified. Conversations about the potential drone strike were conducted over her unsecured private email server.
"Clinton stated deliberation over a future drone strike did not give her cause for concern regarding classification," according to FBI notes.
4. Clinton withheld 17,448 work-related emails from the FBI
Clinton had been adamant that she sent over all work-related emails, even though it was impossible for her to be sure about that since she let her lawyers run a search for keywords in order to determine what emails were work-related.
This resulted in 17,448 "unique work-related and personal" emails not being provided to the FBI.
5. Clinton used at least 13 mobile devices to access her emails
Clinton had also said she used the private email server for "convenience" and that she only wanted to use one device to check her emails instead of two. It turns out she used 13 different devices to access her emails.
6. Clinton repeatedly lost those mobile devices
Now Clinton can't find those devices. Her aides said she frequently replaced her Blackberry (hence accessing her email from so many devices) and the location of the former devices would "frequently become unknown." An aide says that he destroyed some of them with a hammer.
7. The State Department regularly warned staff to not use mobile devices
"Clinton and her immediate staff were notified of foreign travel risks and were warned that digital threats began immediately upon landing in a foreign country, since connection of a mobile device to a local network provides opportunities for foreign adversaries to intercept voice and email transmissions," the FBI wrote in its report.
Clearly, Clinton failed to follow her own department's advice.
8. Clinton was never authorized to conduct State Department business on her private server
Clinton was required to seek approval before using her homebrew server to conduct State business, but the FBI found "no evidence" Clinton sought approval.
9. Clinton feared her email had been hacked
Clinton was worried that someone was hacking into her email because she once received an email from an unknown person that contained a link to pornographic material. So yes, someone sent the secretary of state porn.
10. Clinton deleted emails after the New York Times revealed the private server
Three weeks after the New York Times broke the story of Clinton's private email server, Clinton's staff began deleting her emails as part of an "oh ***" moment, according to FBI notes. The staffer claimed this was actually a late response to a request from Clinton's chief of staff Cheryl Mills in 2014. How convenient!
Ashe Schow is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.