Judge Jeanine Pirro opened up her Fox News Channel show, “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” by tearing into Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her email scandal.
Pirro asked Clinton why she wiped her server clean and if she delayed handing over her server so she could get rid of all of the evidence, and summed up her monologue by saying, “My verdict, based on the evidence, is guilty.”
“Hillary, why did you wipe your server clean? Did you delay so you could get rid of evidence? If you did, it’s called obstruction and tampering, and, by the way, I don’t know what took the FBI so long to try to get it. But Hillary, if that server has been scrubbed so clean, that even FBI experts cannot reconstruct your emails, that tells me you did everything you possibly could to prevent anyone from knowing what you were doing while you were our secretary of state. My verdict, based on the evidence, is guilty,” she concluded.
Earlier, she said that Clinton’s emails “couldn’t be marked classified, because by not using government servers, she actually prevented the government from reviewing her emails. Had she done so, they would have seen material that was classified, and she would not have been able to hit the send button.”
Throughout the opening, Pirro cited numerous US statutes. She stated, “as secretary of state, she [Hillary] is responsible for making and preserving State Department records under the Federal Records Act of 1950. A few months later, the regulations are updated, requiring that if someone uses a non-agency email, they must ensure they are preserved, CFR 1236.22.” “Did Hillary Clinton make a false statement when she appeared before Congress and said there was no classified information on her emails? Which her lawyer, Cheryl Mills, confirmed in a letter to a federal judge. If it’s a lie, it’s a violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001.” “And if Hillary made classified information available to a person not entitled to receive it, in a manner detrimental to the US, it is a federal Class A felony under 18 U.S.C. 798. If Hillary kept classified information at an unauthorized location, she’s committed a Class a misdeameanor under 18 U.S.C. 1924, the statute, by the way, that was used to prosecute General Petraeus.” “We don’t need intent, it is a federal crime to negligently handle classified information under 18 U.S.C. 1924.”