DEMOCRATIC FRONTRUNNER IN SERIOUS TROUBLE
|| By FITSNEWS || It’s always “the lie” that gets you, isn’t it? And in the case of presumed 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (wait, can we still call her that?), “the lie” is shaping up as her possible undoing.
And this time, the scandal is drawing blood …
To recap: During her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State from 2009-13, Clinton was required by law to keep a record of the business she conducted (you know, business like this. And, um, this). Did she? No. Clinton maintained an “off the books” email server – the contents of which she later deleted.
An estimated 31,000 work-related Clinton emails have been identified and preserved by the U.S. State Department, while another 30,000 emails deemed by Clinton to be “private and personal” were deleted from her secret server.
Can they be recovered? And if so, what would they reveal?
Clinton’s private server has been turned over to the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ), even though Clinton told reporters back in March that it would “remain private.”
Clinton’s real problem? Her repeated assertions that she never conducted classified, top secret government business on her non-secure “homebrew” network.
“I am confident that I never sent or received any information that was classified at the time it was sent and received,” Clinton told reporters during a campaign swing through Iowa two weeks ago.
Previously, Clinton was even more adamant.
“I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email,” she said in March. “There is no classified material. So, I’m certainly well aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material.”
About that …
According to McClatchy, investigators notified Congress this week that “two of four classified emails discovered on the server Clinton maintained at her New York home contained material deemed to be in one of the highest security classifications – more sensitive than previously known.”
Oh, and that was after a review of only forty of the estimated 30,000 work-related Clinton emails on her secret server.
Not only that, the news service reported a “burgeoning federal inquiry” had expanded to include former Clinton staffers.
“We will follow the facts wherever they lead, to include former aides and associates, as appropriate,” one official told McClatchy.
One employee reportedly under the microscope? Huma Abedin, Clinton’s most famous, most trusted confidante – and the wife of disgraced New York politician Anthony Weiner.
Abedin – the vice-chair of Clinton’s 2016 campaign – was granted “special government employee” status while working at the U.S. State Department, enabling her to moonlight in the private sector. She had her own email address on Clinton’s secret server – meaning she could have continued to receive access to classified information even after leaving the State Department to work as a contractor.
Look: We support efforts to nail Clinton to the wall regarding the alleged mishandling of classified information – to say nothing of her deliberate effort to circumvent transparency (i.e. the secret email server, the mass deletion of email and the lies she’s told to cover all of it up).
But as we’ve said repeatedly, the real scandals here are the corporate cronyism and pay-to-play warmongering Clinton engaged in during her tenure as Secretary of State. In other words as Clinton is held accountable for her lawlessness in conducting public business … we should also hold her accountable for the business she was conducting.
Let’s not lose sight of that …