When her email scandal broke, Hillary Clinton lied furiously to reporters and the American people, claiming that no classified material was placed in jeopardy by passing through her insecure, illicit private mail server.
(Actually, although her friends, donors, and former employees in the media were happy to report her denial in such simple terms, it was actually much more Clintonized than that: what she actually claimed was that nothing classified at the time went through the server, as far as she knew.)
Yesterday’s lawyer-lingo evasions don’t matter any more, because it was all B.S. anyway. When inspectors general discovered hard proof of then-classified material flowing through ClintonMail.com, they referred the matter to the Justice Department… and warned that future public releases of Clinton’s email could be peppered with enough secret information to threaten national security.
Those warnings appear to have been well-founded, according to a bombshell from McClatchy News:
The classified emails stored on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server contained information from five U.S. intelligence agencies and included material related to the fatal 2012 Benghazi attacks, McClatchy has learned.
Of the five classified emails, the one known to be connected to Benghazi was among 296 emails made public in May by the State Department. Intelligence community officials have determined it was improperly released.
Hillary Clinton is such a walking disaster that even discussing what she’s done threatens national security. She couldn’t qualify for the clearance to handle small change at a fast-food restaurant.
Intelligence officials who reviewed the five classified emails determined that they included information from five separate intelligence agencies, said a congressional official with knowledge of the matter.
The Benghazi email made public contained information from the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a spy agency that maps and tracks satellite imagery, according to the official, who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the matter.
The other four classified emails contained information from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the CIA, the official said.
Eat your heart out, Edward Snowden! If you work for an agency that hasn’t been compromised by Hillary Clinton’s reckless need to evade oversight and hide her business dealings from the American people, well, just be patient. We’ve got a lot more mail to sift through.
In fact, McClatchy quotes Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III saying there were “potentially hundreds of classified emails” on Clinton’s server, which she steadfastly refuses to hand over to independent examiners.
It’s also likely most or all of those classified messages ended up on a thumb drive carried by Clinton’s lawyer. “This raises very serious questions and concerns if a private citizen is somehow retaining classified information,” said Senate Judiciary chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA.)
No wonder everyone from Chinese hacker squads to the mullahs of Iran figured they could take America to the cleaners with this Democrat circus act squatting in Washington, throwing every consideration of duty and responsibility aside in their mad dash to amass power, shield themselves from political damage, and make money.
The Hillary Mail scandal has grown bad enough to oblige the current Secretary of State, John Kerry, to lumber over to office for a meeting with the inspector general. “Secretary Kerry has said he’ll be discussing this with his inspector general this week. And I also know that Secretary Kerry wants to get to the bottom of this, hear what the concerns are, and then figure out if they need to take any action,” said White House spokesman Eric Schultz on Wednesday, as quoted by the Wall Street Journal.
Sure, we wouldn’t want to rush into anything, given that this is only the most well-documented, clear-cut violation of Obama Administration policy, State Department policy, and simple common sense by a high official in history.
The Establishment is still doing a little pee pee dance around Clinton, not quite able to deal with the possibility that a member of the Democrat royal court might actually be held accountable for something. “Even if Secretary Clinton or her aides didn’t run afoul of any criminal provisions, the fact that classified information was identified within the emails is exactly why use of private emails . . . is not supposed to be allowed,” McClatchy quotes Washington attorney Bradley Moss opining. “Both she and her team made a serious management mistake that no one should ever repeat.”
“Mistake?” This wasn’t a “mistake,” and everyone knows it.
This was deliberate, carefully planned, and implemented literally the day after Clinton’s confirmation hearings. She didn’t trip over this mail server on the way home from those hearings and decide to bring it home and let it live under her bed because she felt sorry for it. And it wasn’t just Clinton – she took her top aides off the books and put them on this black server, too. (It’s funny how the press has never asked her why she did that, even when she was claiming she only set up her personal account, in defiance of State Department rules, because she didn’t want to carry two cell phones to check two different accounts. Is Huma Abedin also too frail to lug two phones around?)
We’ll soon know if Kerry is serious about investigating Clinton’s email abuse – which would probably end her already uninspiring presidential campaign – or if this is just a setup for another endless stonewall. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon just blew his stack at the State Department for dragging its feet on Freedom of Information Act requests pertaining to Clinton Mail, forcing Administration spokesmen to admit that their computer systems don’t actually require two years to respond to simple data requests. The standard Obama-Clinton tactic of hiding information until it dies of old age may be about to reach its limits.