It all depends on your meaning of the word “certifies.” Hillary Clinton was supposed to have handed over all her government-related emails. At one time she claimed that she had already done so until her emails to and from Sid Blumenthal were outed. Now she has “certified under penalty of perjury” that she has handed them all over:
(CNN) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has told a federal judge that she has turned over all of her work-related emails to the State Department after she was ordered to certify that she had done so, a state department spokesman confirmed to CNN on Sunday.
This follows U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ordering Clinton as well as two former top department aides to state under penalty of perjury they have produced all government records in their possession.
But in classic Clinton tradition:
While the State Department initially said Friday Clinton had not issued her certification, department spokesman Alec Gerlach said when her attorneys sent the document it initially went to officials on leave.
Clinton’s aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin ignored the order:
However, two aides to Clinton appear to have rebuffed parallel requests from U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan that they similarly certify that they’d turned over certain emails and other records in their possession relating to their work at State.
Last week, Sullivan ordered the State Department to ask Clinton, former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills and former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin to personally vouch that they’d turned over all records responsive to a Freedom of Information Act request the conservative group Judicial Watch filed seeking information on Abedin’s employment arrangements.
They know where the bodies are buried.
Now for the usual Hillary bullsh*t:
Clinton’s formal declaration may not satisfy her critics because while she has said she directed that all potential federal records in her private email account be turned over to her former agency, she can’t personally certify that the handover was complete because she left the actual sorting process to her attorneys.
Despite all the formalities, Clinton has certified absolutely nothing. Professor Bill Jacobson:
Let’s take a look as the many potential loopholes and outs Hillary has in the wording:
•“While I do not know what information may be “responsive”” — In other words, everything that follows is qualified by Hillary not knowing what she’s supposed to be producing.
•“I have directed” — so if it doesn’t get done, it’s not Hillary’s fault.
•“on clintonemail.com” — special emphasis on “on” — what does that mean to be “on” and email account?
•” in my custody” — usually I’ve seen wording much broader, “in my custody or under my control” or similar language.
•“were or potentially were federal records to be provided to the Department of State” — so only records that were to be provided by her to DoS are covered, but that’s not necessarily the universe of all federal or potentially federal records.
Any declaration under oath holds great risk. But Hillary’s lawyers have carefully worded her Declaration to admit to nothing, provide multiple ambiguities, and numerous “outs” should she be challenged.
I will continue to remind everyone that in 2007 Hillary asserted that having secret email accounts was “shredding the Constitution.” She knew it was wrong and she did wrong intentionally. Further, the assertion that information on her server wasn’t classified while it was on her server is entirely asinine. There is so much classified information on Clinton’s server the State Department claims it can’t keep up with the ordered release schedule. Anyone else (I.e. a Republican) pulling this would already be facing Federal charges.
Clinton has to hand over the server. That’s it. She is untrustworthy, dishonest and obviously unfit to handle classified information. We’ve had enough mendacity from the President over the last seven years to last anyone’s lifetime.