The furor over the revelation that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used her private email account linked from her private email server at her home continues to grow. It is actually quite telling that there’s no long line of folks speaking on behalf of Hillary Clinton in this episode. You have to wonder if the liberal progressive media will be able to keep this quiet – it’s not like the Jonathan Gruber case. And just to reiterate, here is chapter and verse regarding Clinton’s alleged crimes:
18 U.S. Code § 2071 – Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally
Current through Pub. L. 113-296, except 113-287, 113-291, 113-295. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.)
(a) Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
(b) Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Now there are more daggers coming out to connect the dots. As reported by Examiner.com, “The media feeding frenzy over the alleged unlawful use by Hillary Clinton of a non-government email system is having an impact on other allegations against the potential Democrat party presidential candidate.”
“This week Tuesday, a former Department of Justice prosecuting attorney said that he believes then Secretary of State — probably using her unofficial and illegal email system — was complicit in the leaking of classified intelligence regarding military operation plans formulated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) to destroy Iran’s nuclear weapons program.”As well, “In a Washington Post front page news story on March 2, 2015, reporter Anne Gearan intimated that the likely reason for the release of Israel’s plans to a New York Times reporter was intended to hurt the Israeli’s war plans, since President Barack Obama and his staff — including his top advisor Valerie Jarrett, herself born in Iran — believed Israel was willing and had the technical and strategic expertise to launch a preemptive sneak attack on Iran in order to eliminate their nuclear threat.”
Ms. Gearan wrote: “Hillary Rodham Clinton used a private e-mail account for her official government business when she was secretary of state and did not routinely preserve and turn over those e-mails for government records collection, the State Department said Monday.” She also wrote: “It was not clear why Clinton, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, created the private account. But the practice appears to bolster long-standing criticism that Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, have not been transparent.”As of Thursday the Associated Press and Judicial Watch announced they’re considering bringing lawsuits against Hillary Clinton. And late last night Clinton decided to release a tweet that only exacerbated the issue, seemingly conveying her disdain for the intellect of the American people. Her message was that she has consented to the State Department release of her emails — well, these are the emails Clinton has already provided to the State Department, since they have no access to her personal account. It appears that this U.S. Code addresses “willful and unlawful concealment” of records.
Here is a hypothetical question. What if the FBI conducts a raid of the Clinton home in Chappaqua, NY and finds that the known servers are gone — or are there but have been swiped? Ok, just work with me on this one, because we all know Eric Holder will do nothing — which leads me to this statement: Loretta Lynch’s nomination should be held until this situation is resolved.
There is no question that illegal activity has been conducted. The only question is what will be done, and c’mon, y’all gonna try and make me believe that the president of the United States didn’t know his own Secretary of State was using a private personal email to do the diplomatic business of the United States?
The Examiner writes, “According to documents obtained by Larry Klayman at Freedom Watch, as a result of his Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, Secretary Clinton and her closest staff members were the likely sources of the leaks to New York Times reporter David Sanger. Klayman also said the FOIA documents show that those leaks were coordinated with the Obama White House’s national security team, which included Susan Rice and Valerie Jarrett.”
Now, we can play the game of trying to dismiss this as some “vast right-wing conspiracy” but this goes far beyond that. At some point we must acknowledge that no one is above the rule of law in our Republic. We’ve already allowed one person to believe he’s in that lofty position — shall we allow another? The precedent that will be established if we allow this abhorrent behavior to permeate will be detrimental to the future of this nation. And please, don’t give me the moral equivalency and try to blame Bush. This use of private email went on for four years — knowingly.
I guess it could all be explained somehow, but the private server in a personal residence — well, seems U.S. code precludes that from being acceptable.