Watch: Andrea Mitchell, Joe Scarborough Debate Hillary Emails — ‘I Don’t Think There Is Legal Culpability Here’

Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell said that according to her sources, there is no “legal culpability” since there was “no intent” and that a motive would have to proved.

“Honestly, from my sources, and they go pretty high up including — including some of the people who are doing the review for the — inside the intelligence community, I don’t think there is the legal culpability here. I don’t think there is going to be what has been widely reported. For a bunch of reasons. You have to prove intent, you have to prove motive. I mean, you’re a lawyer. I only play one on television.

Scarborough, who prior to being a congressman practiced law in Florida, insisted that wasn’t true and questioned the defense Mitchell offered, which her sources had apparently laid out for her.

Partial transcript as follows:

SCARBOROUGH: You actually don’t. Whoever is telling you that — no, no, whoever is telling you that is not telling you what the statute actually says.

MITCHELL: No, no, no  The statute says —

SCARBOROUGH: The statute also says that if you were reckless in the use of classified — use of information, then that also is an offense.

MITCHELL But here’s the problem with that. The statute says if you’re reckless. Take a look at what happened at the State Department last June, they shut down the State Department computer system for more than a month because it had been hacked. The official system.


MITCHELL: Twenty-two million people who worked for the government or used to work for the government were hacked.

SCARBOROUGH: Are you — but that would only mean that somebody who had a home-brewed server in Chappaqua would be even more vulnerable. Is this their defense?

MITCHELL: Their defense could well be the whole system — the whole damn system is vulnerable. I’m just saying —

SCARBOROUGH: Good luck with the Justice Department on that.

(h/t Newsbusters)

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