Every American should demand that the Justice Department immediately appoint special council.
Throughout the email scandal that erupted last year when it was revealed that Hillary Clinton had maintained a private email account on a private email server while Secretary of State, Clinton has maintained her innocence, claiming she has done nothing wrong and hadn’t violated any sort of policies regarding classified information. After months of Clinton pleading ignorance (despite more than 275 emails either partially or fully classified documents already coming to light) for mishandling her emails as Secretary of State, what appears to be the smoking gun has emerged.
“…in one email exchange between Clinton and staffer Jake Sullivan from June 17, 2011, the then-secretary advised her aide on sending a set of talking points by email when he had trouble sending them through secure means.
Part of the exchange is redacted, so the context of the emails is unknown, but at one point, Sullivan tells Clinton that aides “say they’ve had issues sending secure fax. They’re working on it.”
Clinton responds, “If they can’t, turn into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure.”
As you might remember, there were reports back in August that Hillary’s inner circle was removing classification headings from documents before emailing them to her. That they were deliberately breaking the law to illegally send classified documents to Hillary Clinton’s email address. This revelation shows that Hillary was not only complicit in such acts, but directed such violation.
We already know that Clinton stored classified information on her private server, but now there appears undisputed evidence that Hillary Clinton has violated national security law by knowingly and willing instructing aids to strip classification from sensitive documents and send this potentially classified information to Hillary her private email server. I only say potentially because the released documents were redacted such that it is impossible for us to determine the level of classification and the level of sensitivity the talking points document may have contained.
Federal Statute 18 USC Sec. 1924, which outlaws the unauthorized removal and storage of classified information from secure locations, has all appearance of being violated. Penalties can include fines and imprisonment for up to one year.
This is the same statute was used to prosecute retired Army General David Petraeus, a former CIA director who provided classified documents to his mistress and biographer, Paula Broadwell. Petraeus was sentenced to two years’ probation and a $40,000 fine as part of a plea deal last March.
It is clear that the Justice department has clear and compelling evidence that requires further investigation and high probability of charges. As a nation, we must demand that Attorney General Loretta Lynch (@LorettaLynch) take action to apply all laws equally, regardless of the political stature of the potential violator.
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