Posted by DrJohn on 24 July, 2015 at 9:00 am. 34 comments already!

hillary jail

 

Darkness approaches the Clinton campaign. Maybe.

Two Inspectors General have asked the Justice Department to open an investigation  into Hillary’s handling of classified material on her private server.

WASHINGTON — Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state, senior government officials said Thursday.

The request follows an assessment in a June 29 memo by the inspectors general for the State Department and the intelligence agencies that Mrs. Clinton’s private account contained “hundreds of potentially classified emails.” The memo was written to Patrick F. Kennedy, the under secretary of state for management.

 

Originally it was described in the NY Times thusly:

“into whether Hillary Rodham Clinton mishandled sensitive government information on a private email account she used as secretary of state.”

The Clinton campaign called in to complain and the Times was more than happy to oblige, changing it to:

“into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state.”

One could only imagine the NY Times changing a story to improve Donald Trump’s image.

Hillary campaign spokesman Nick Merrill issued this statement:

“Contrary to the initial story, which has already been significantly revised, she followed appropriate practices in dealing with classified materials. As has been reported on multiple occasions, any released emails deemed classified by the administration have been done so after the fact, and not at the time they were transmitted.”

CNBC:

In the course of the email review, State Department officials determined that some information in the messages should be retroactively classified. In the 3,000 pages that were released, for example, portions of two dozen emails were redacted because they were upgraded to “classified status.” But none of those were marked as classified at the time Mrs. Clinton handled them.

 

This is the heart of the matter. Transmission of classified materials on a private server is a violation of Federal law. Between then number of devices and soliciting information from Sid Blumenthal, Clinton has lied repeatedly about her emails.

Clinton DID have classified information on her server.

One is that, despite Clinton’s assurances, she had multiple classified documents on her private server. We know that only because a federal judge required the State Department to begin releasing documents Clinton turned over. On Wednesday, a State Department spokesman told Fox News it would not release some 25 emails (as part of its first batch) because it had determined they were classified.

It is utter and complete nonsense to argue that they weren’t classified when they were on her server. No one in the government had access to those documents and no one could classify them. She obviously knew that.

Ron Fournier:

When she’s not blaming the media, Republicans, bureaucrats, and technology – everything and anything, except the dog who ate her email – Clinton is destroying her credibility.

“There is no classified material,” she said. Wrong.

“Everything I did was permitted,” she said. Wrong.

“People should and do trust me,” she said. Wrong and wrong. A majority of people don’t trust Clinton, because a majority of people aren’t blindly loyal to her or on her payroll.

Most people can sift through the spin, the lies, and the parsing to see the bottom line: She secreted and deleted her email for reasons we may never know. And she’s blaming everybody but the only person responsible for this mess, the only person who can clean it up: Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The guy who probably knows better than anyone else finds her defense “laughable.”

First, while it is accurate for Secretary Clinton to say that when she was in office there was not a flat, categorical prohibition on federal government officials ever using their personal email accounts for the conduct of official business, that’s a far different thing from saying (as she apparently would like to) that a government official could use his or her personal email account exclusively, for all official email communications, as she actually did. In fact, the Federal Records Act dictates otherwise.

Once again, let’s return to Clinton’s own 2007 diatribe- that government officials holding secret email accounts was “shredding the Constitution.”

You know our Constitution is being shredded. We know about the secret wiretaps, about the secret military tribunals, we know about the secret White House email accounts.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DCwmYHr-_M[/youtube]

By her own assertions, Clinton should be put on trial. She absolutely knew what she was doing was wrong. It is virtually a certainty that she erased government-related emails. It is virtually a certainty that she interwove the Clinton Foundation and her role as SoS for financial benefit. She absolutely needs to produce the server and let us see what’s on it and what is classified or not.

There is really no doubt she has violated the law. The only doubt I have is that this wretched and corrupt regime will carry out its duty to investigate a thing.
image courtesy legal insurrection
UPDATE:

She did commit a crime:

WASHINGTON — Government investigators said Friday that they had discovered classified information on the private email account that Hillary Rodham Clinton used while secretary of state, stating unequivocally that those secrets never should have been stored outside of secure government computer systems.

Mrs. Clinton has said for months that she kept no classified information on the private server that she set up in her house so she would not have to carry both a personal phone and a work phone. Her campaign said Friday that any government secrets found on the server had been classified after the fact.

But the inspectors general of the State Department and the nation’s intelligence agencies said the information they found was classified when it was sent and remains so now. Information is considered classified if its disclosure would likely harm national security, and such information can be sent or stored only on computer networks with special safeguards.

“This classified information never should have been transmitted via an unclassified personal system,” Steve A. Linick, the State Department inspector general, said in a statement signed by him and I. Charles McCullough III, the inspector general for the intelligence community.

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