I thought this would be a good time to review Hillary Clinton’s email perfidy.
Huma Abedin still hasn’t sworn under oath that she has turned over all her State Department emails
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton declared Monday under penalty of perjury that she has given the State Department all of her work-related emails from her four years as secretary of state, but her trusted aide Huma Abedin has not yet taken that step – despite a request from a federal judge.
Abedin’s lawyer Karen Dunn told Politico on Thursday that the longtime Clinton insider, who served as deputy chief of staff at State, plans to turn over her work-related emails and other messages from her tenure there by August 28.
But Dunn declined to say whether or not Abedin will ink the same statment Clinton has signed.
Abedin enjoyed a rare but legal status as a ‘Special Government Employee’ during part of her time in government, allowing her to double-dip with a second paycheck in the private sector.
That may not be enough. Abedin and Mills also used their personal accounts to send emails to Clinton.
But they did show that Mrs. Clinton’s top aides at times corresponded with her about State Department matters from their personal email accounts, raising questions about her recent assertions that she made it her practice to email aides at their government addresses so the messages would be preserved, in compliance with federal record-keeping regulations.
Clinton clearly lied about this as well. Her communications show that her biggest concern over Benghazi was her image. And you can’t help but wonder how much of Clinton’s information Abedin shared with Carlos Danger.
This all began in 2013 when Sid Blumenthal’s AOL account was hacked by “Guccifer” and it exposed the existence of Clinton’s personal email account. Four emails sent to Clinton’s personal account were made public. All were labeled “Confidential.”
The most recent memo included in the trove is dated February 16, 2013, and includes intelligence that comes “from extremely sensitive sources and should be handled with care.”
Then we had this nugget:
“Speaking on condition of absolute secrecy,” an individual with sensitive access status spoke out on the attacks in a memo that was given to Blumenthal, sent to Clinton and eventually intercepted by Guccifer. According to that source’s claims, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika “instructed commanders of the Algerian external intelligence service (Direction Generale de la Sécurité Extérieure – DGSE) to provide Libyan intelligence chief, General Salim Hassi, with selected portions of the information obtained in the investigation of the terrorist attack on the facility at In Amenas.”
Subsequently, Clinton decided she better destroy the evidence. She then handed the server over to PRN for safekeeping. The Washington Post laughingly asserts that Clinton was “upgrading” her system. PRN itself has been accused of irregularities.
It’s is now reported that Clinton’s emails contain information about drone operations:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The two emails on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private server that an auditor deemed “top secret” include a discussion of a news article detailing a U.S. drone operation and a separate conversation that could point back to highly classified material in an improper manner or merely reflect information collected independently, U.S. officials who have reviewed the correspondence told The Associated Press.
The sourcing of the information could have significant political implications as the 2016 presidential campaign heats up. Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, agreed this week to turn over to the FBI the private server she used as secretary of state, and Republicans in Congress have seized on the involvement of federal law enforcement as a sign that she was either negligent with the nation’s secrets or worse.
If she failed to realize the secret nature of this information she is a bimbo and a felon. If she did, she’s only a felon and a liar.
One of those who still professes to respect Clinton is more concerned about Bill Clinton and the Lolita Express than he is about national security:
But what concerns me far more is a specific story — one about Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire investor with a taste for sex with underage prostitutes. Lots of them. Perhaps as many as “34 confirmed minors.” (Epstein pled guilty to state charges in 2008. He was sentenced to 18 months and released after serving 13.)
Flight logs from Epstein’s private jet — nicknamed the “Lolita Express” — show at least 10 trips by Bill Clinton, including several on which he flew (according to Gawker) with “a woman who federal prosecutors believe procured underage girls to sexually service Epstein and his friends and acted as a ‘potential co-conspirator’ in his crimes.”
Something Hillary said in March as part of the obfuscation is entertaining:
The server contains personal communications from my husband and me, and I believe I have met all of my responsibilities and the server will remain private …
But Bill Clinton says he’s sent two emails in his life, both as President. It was March of this year and she said “contains”- not “contained.”
About that server- there are a number of unanswered questions. When was it erased? The Daily Mail reports this:
June 2013 – Hillary’s team shifts control of the email domain to an outside IT contractor in Denver called Platte River Networks, and sends the original server hardware to a data center facility in New Jersey, where it is erased.
There is other speculation:
“We do have a little, tiny bit of an idea of when it occurred, according to Clinton’s lawyer and some things that have come up through various House investigations. We have an idea that it happened between December 5th, 2014 and March 27th, 2015.
If that it true, then Clinton is guilty of the destruction of records. Congress first demanded those records in September of 2012.
Here is a timeline of the Clinton obstruction.
The Clinton campaign told us the work-related emails were deleted off the server shortly after they were turned over to the State Department on Dec. 5. They referred us to a letter Clinton’s lawyer David Kendall wrote to Gowdy. The Benghazi committee subpoenaed Clinton’s emails on March 4, 2015, and Gowdy asked for the physical server about two weeks later on March 19.
According to Kendall’s letter, dated March 27, the emails relevant to Benghazi were in the State Department’s possession and the committee had no legal right to the server. What’s more, what Gowdy wanted no longer existed.
There’s a problem with that, as noted by Bill Jacobson. Clinton said the server was transferred to the custody of PRN in 2013.
But as the Professor notes, she transferred it to PRN in 2013:
How could the server be reviewed if Clinton no longer had possession of it? How was the server wiped if Clinton no longer had possession of it? Why would Hillary seek special security for a clean server only after she’d been exposed?
The intelligence community wants Clinton’s security clearance stripped.
Earlier this week a former chairman of the House intelligence committee, former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, charged that Mrs. Clinton had to have known that the information she was emailing was classified, even if it wasn’t so marked at the time.
Bart Bechtel, a former CIA clandestine service officer, said he considers Mrs. Clinton’s security breach greater than that of retired Gen. David Petraeus. The former CIA director pled guilty to mishandling classified material.
“In my opinion, not only should she have any clearances rescinded, she should be prosecuted to a greater extent than Petraeus,” Mr. Bechtel said. “This blatant disregard for regulations and security is egregious. If she does not suffer severe consequences, it will demonstrate how corrupt the entire Obama administration is.”
The DOJ and FBI recommended felony charges against David Petraeus for leaking “confidential” information. None of it was top secret.
I always wondered how the Islamic Jihadists who attacked the compound in Benghazi knew he was there. I believe the massacre of 30 Americans, including 22 SEALs, in 2011 was an ambush. Now I can’t help but wonder whether the then-Secretary of State unwittingly aided those efforts.
Is there anyone stupid enough to think that over four years Clinton neither received nor sent any classified information over her personal email system? If so, what exactly did she do other than plan yoga routines and weddings?
After acquiring the server on Wednesday, agents are attempting to determine whether e-mails may have been backed up on another machine, said the official, who asked for anonymity. The official said it’s one of the next logical steps in the agency’s investigation into whether the former secretary of state’s private e-mail account handled classified information.
Barbara Wells, an attorney for Platte River Networks, a Denver-based company that has managed Clinton’s private e-mail since 2013, said in a phone interview Thursday that the server turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation “is blank and does not contain any useful data.” But Wells added that the data on Clinton’s server was migrated to another server that still exists. She ended the interview when questioned further, declining to say whether the data still exists on that other server and who has possession of it.