Despite what appears to be incontrovertible evidence, many of us have feared Hillary Clinton will nonetheless get off scot-free for her apparent criminal mishandling of emails as Secretary of State. She is, after all, a Clinton.Well, while the media frenzied over Ben Carson’s past — courtesy of Politico — you may have missed this leak which may signal what may be the Obama administration’s first step in shutting down the FBI probe into Clinton’s email.
Via the New York Post editorial board:Well, whaddya know? Maybe those Hillary Clinton emails didn’t include top-secret information after all.
At least, that’s the conclusion reportedly drawn by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s office — overruling the finding of Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough that two Clinton emails (from a sample of just 40) contained highly classified info.
Oddly, news of Clapper’s finding got leaked to Politico soon after the Washington Free Beacon reported Clinton did indeed, right after taking over at State, acknowledge her responsibility to properly guard classified info — and that “negligent handling” of it could bring criminal penalties.Until the Beacon broke that news, even the State Department was unclear on whether Clinton ever signed the Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement. By so doing, she promised not to put classified info at risk — by, say, storing it on a home-brewed email server.
Which she immediately turned around and did, because she didn’t want a record of her communications available to . . . the government of the United States of America.
The timing of the leak to Politico about Clapper’s finding — that Clinton’s emails didn’t contain classified info after all — is interesting on a couple of fronts. As the Post notes, it came right on the heels of the Washington Free Beacon’s report of the document Clinton signed acknowledging her responsibility to properly guard classified info — as we reported here — seemingly trying to nullify the Free Beacon’s report. And I can’t help but wonder if the timing of Politico’s now-discredited bombshell story about Ben Carson — also dropped Friday morning — was no accident. Things that make you go hmmm…Speaking of which, as the Post writes:
Hmm. Clapper answers to the president — who issued clear marching orders months ago, announcing that Clinton’s server scam was “not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.”
That said, Clapper’s ruling whitewashes Clinton’s most serious known violations, and could serve as a pretext for shutting down the FBI’s probe into Clinton’s server use. But it shouldn’t.Because her emails still include plenty of “born classified” info — stuff any top official knows must be kept safe.
And any high-ranking official knows those rules. That’s why two former CIA chiefs have faced prosecution for breaking them.
But the Obama administration is plainly bent on seeing that Hillary Clinton will skate for doing the same.
Previously, we might’ve hoped President Obama — known not to be a huge Clinton fan in his heart of hearts (yeah, I realize how awkward that sounds now that I wrote it) — would let justice proceed in Hillary Clinton’s case, even if just as a convenient way to take down Clinton’s bid for the presidency. But now that Vice President Joe Biden has made it official he won’t jump into the race, Hillary Clinton becomes Obama’s next best successor.
Not a positive development for justice in this case. All the more reason for each of us to keep spreading awareness of this issue so the electorate can make an informed choice at the ballot box in 2016.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]