Hmmm: Kerry sent Hillary classified e-mail over his private account

posted at 6:01 pm on February 2, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Apparently, exposing classified information via unsecured communications channels was all the rage among Democrats in 2011. Who knew? Actually, that’s a darned good question arising from the latest release of e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized and non-secure homebrew e-mail server. One newly released communication came from then-Senator John Kerry’s iPad, and some of the content has been redacted with a SECRET classification level, The Hill’s Julian Hattem reports:

As a senator, Secretary of State John Kerry sent at least one email to Hillary Clinton from his personal account that has now been classified as secret, the State Department confirmed on Tuesday.

The largely redacted May 19, 2011, email from Kerry — then the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee — “was sent from a non-official account,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday.

That account, Kirby added “is no longer active.”

The message referenced India, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and was classified for containing information about foreign governments and U.S. foreign relations.

The e-mail in question has four sections redacted in the body, two of which are explicitly marked as SECRET. The declassification date is 5/27/2036, exactly twenty-five years after the original transmission of the message — indicating that the information within it was classified at that time, not by the Inspector General or the State Department as a precaution on its discovery within the system.

And oh, by the way — the top of this document shows Hillary transmitting the classified information to someone in the State Department from her “hrod17” account. That would be another potential violation of 18 USC 793, as well as 18 USC 1924 via the unauthorized retention of this information on Hillary’s private e-mail server in her home. That joins more than 1,300 other examples of violations of the criminal statutes regarding transmission and retention of classified information.

In what is an equally interesting development, Tom Donilon was copied on the same e-mail, and apparently on an official e-mail account. At the time, Donilon worked in the White House as President Obama’s national security adviser, having just succeeded James Jones seven months earlier. Oddly, the Hill’s account fails to mention the CC: to Donilon, but it raises more questions about what the White House knew and when it knew it. Did Donilon object to transmitting sensitive diplomatic via private e-mails? Did he mention Hillary’s use of a private e-mail system for sensitive material to Barack Obama?

This scandal might get uncomfortable for the Obama administration now, too — and force the Department of Justice to consider Rep. Ron DeSantis’ demand for a special counsel.


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Remember, it’s only a crime if you get caught and you’re a Republican.

Kanga on February 2, 2016 at 6:03 PM

Tar.
Feathers.
Repeat as necessary.

CapnObvious on February 2, 2016 at 6:04 PM

This regime is a joke, but a joke with national security stakes.

rbj on February 2, 2016 at 6:06 PM

Lurch is just as corrupt as the rest of them.

maybe it’s just a Sec of State thing.

portlandon on February 2, 2016 at 6:06 PM

The ruling class never eat their own.

darwin on February 2, 2016 at 6:07 PM

Hosted on a server located in an Iranian bathroom?

ShainS on February 2, 2016 at 6:09 PM

This is meaningless trivia in the hands of a Republican-lead Congress.

Why even bother discussing it when we all know nothing will ever come of it?

Nomennovum on February 2, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Stand by for the Everybody does it defense…

Torcert on February 2, 2016 at 6:09 PM

I guess anyone and everyone who has ever gotten into deep $hit over this should be exonerated…

There is no further evidence needed to show that we live in a country governed by the whim of men and not laws.

Now what?

Alinsky on February 2, 2016 at 6:11 PM

The most transparent administration in history hates them some FOIA requests.

antipc on February 2, 2016 at 6:12 PM

I really don’t think these people care about US national security since they aspire to global communism anyway.

darwin on February 2, 2016 at 6:12 PM

Stand by for the Everybody does it defense…

Torcert on February 2, 2016 at 6:09 PM

…….so how can it be illegal.

antipc on February 2, 2016 at 6:14 PM

Stop being suckers. Republican scandalmania of the last 30yrs has gotten you nowhere, but has made the leaders of your party (who you hate) very rich.

everdiso on February 2, 2016 at 4:31 PM

Now I know how to get rich. Protect crooked Democrats.

Neitherleftorright on February 2, 2016 at 6:17 PM

No biggie, it’s only wrong if you are a Republican. The ego and hubris of Lurch makes this no surprise but to be fair anything marked just SECRET is not that big a deal. But that he sent it from a private account just shows how they think they are exempt.

major dad on February 2, 2016 at 6:17 PM

It just gets worse and worse. These folks are criminally incompetent or traitorous, and nobody is going to do a thing about it apparently.

WTH has happened to the rule of law. SMH.

xNavigator on February 2, 2016 at 6:18 PM

Stand by for the Everybody does it defense…

Torcert on February 2, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Everybody at State gets away with using his official .gov address for personal business, but only those at the highest level get to use their personal e-mail to conduct official business including classified data.

Sound about right?

Christien on February 2, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Everdiso provided a handy link which shows you’re allowed to do this or something something. Besides, Killary said it was all a big misunderstanding and we need to move on, what more do you prigs want?

Bishop on February 2, 2016 at 6:19 PM

I had an uncle (deceased) who was an Intelligence Research Analyst and Consul General among other Foreign Service assignments.

He would have resigned by now if he was still serving.

And he was a Democrat.

Meremortal on February 2, 2016 at 6:19 PM

You mean to tell me that we are paying for all these public servants to have 2 servers each. Even if they call it ‘private’, we still get stuck with the bill.

Kissmygrits on February 2, 2016 at 6:23 PM

Another member of the protected class…

d1carter on February 2, 2016 at 6:24 PM

Bishop on February 2, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Since Hillary took full responsibility and nobody got fired, put me down for “little or no responsibility.”

Christien on February 2, 2016 at 6:24 PM

What domain was Kerry’s email from? Kerryemail.com?

Time for a search warrant for the illegal server in his basement.

BobMbx on February 2, 2016 at 6:25 PM

Don’t worry. The account is no longer active. Teresa traded her iPad in for a Pro and the store ‘geniuses” took care of the rest.

Eleven on February 2, 2016 at 6:25 PM

Time for a search warrant for the illegal server in his basement.

BobMbx on February 2, 2016 at 6:25 PM

I hear Colorado bathrooms are popular with the State Dept.

antipc on February 2, 2016 at 6:29 PM

I love how Dems treat this like “So she hit ‘Reply All’ rather than ‘Reply.'”

Like, y’know, who hasn’t done that?

Christien on February 2, 2016 at 6:29 PM

The reason she hasn’t been charged with anything is because there is no evidence of any wrongdoing, or even of any motive for such.

everdiso on February 2, 2016 at 4:52 PM

The Democrat defense. Say it over and over. Say it loud, say it proud.

Neitherleftorright on February 2, 2016 at 6:29 PM

Perfect!

Kerry, obama, and hillary all in the same cell block, but not allowed to speak to each other. Ever. Then start planting lies about who said this about who, make popcorn, then give them shanks and let them at each other.

I’d pay a fee to see that.

Andy__B on February 2, 2016 at 6:29 PM

Send both to the gallows.

trs on February 2, 2016 at 6:31 PM

I’m loath even to send personal stuff to my buddy’s official state.gov address. Waste of taxpayer resources, in my view.

Christien on February 2, 2016 at 6:31 PM

wow, these politicians are effing dumb. our enemies know all our secrets because these technologically challenged baby boomers cannot follow protocol.

burserker on February 2, 2016 at 6:33 PM

No Harm, No Foul.

Just ask Ambassador Stevens.

Missilengr on February 2, 2016 at 6:34 PM

Clinton and Kerry should end up sharing a unisex cell.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 2, 2016 at 6:36 PM

One thing I’ve wondered to myself is if the reason the Republicans (actual Congressional office holders, not talking heads) have been weirdly silent about this is because they do it too.

You would think that by now, they would have made it at least a misdemeanor to conduct government business using private email, but they haven’t. Why?

I suspect many of them do the same thing – to a lesser degree – as Hillary and they don’t want to stop.

Atlantian on February 2, 2016 at 6:36 PM

DEPSTATE OFFICIAL MSG

Yo Chappaqua Lardass:

Hustler AG Loretta says I can beat the law too for the same payoff fees…

Probably got a better bribe rate than you from JustUs !

Love,

Lurch

P.S. Betcha can’t do the Iowa primary without tampering with the results. We’ll see….

viking01 on February 2, 2016 at 6:37 PM

This is not his fault he thought he was posting to the classifieds.

Neitherleftorright on February 2, 2016 at 6:40 PM

OT: Trump Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Magicjava on February 2, 2016 at 6:22 PM

Excited to hear what Trump supporters think about that.

Immolate on February 2, 2016 at 6:40 PM

Well Obama did promise an open and transparent administration but I thought he meant politically and to the nation.
Jug ears meant open and transparent to the whole world.

Herb on February 2, 2016 at 6:40 PM

SEAL team SIX could not be reached for comment…

viking01 on February 2, 2016 at 6:41 PM

The only point of redacting this stuff is to keep the American people in the dark. They can’t possibly be proceeding as if all these “secret” emails aren’t read widely by everyone except the America people. Especially foes.

So some nation could disseminate the unredacted emails along with ones they purport to be unreleased and still hidden emails. As long as they have one redacted email they will be believed about any they make up, and there is no way for them to be debunked. They would only not do something like that if they want a Hillary presidency, Which also points to her compromised status.

Buddahpundit on February 2, 2016 at 6:44 PM

“We don’t need a Special Counsel, you ignorant dolts: Can’t you understand that we’ve already decided that no violations occurred?
“Now, begone you miserable little peasants., Oh, and uh, ‘Hope and Change‘, or something.”

–Josh Earnest
–DOJ
—etc.

orangemtl on February 2, 2016 at 6:46 PM

The most transparent administration in history hates them some FOIA requests.

antipc on February 2, 2016 at 6:12 PM

The Hillario! Cultists will tell you that those FOIA requests are irrelevant, because “they are coming from Judicial Watch”, which originated back when her Meal Ticket was Co-pResident.

But they are intentionally ignoring the fact that many of those FOIA requests are NOT coming from Judicial Watch.

No, many of those FOIA requests are coming from Looney Leftist Jason Leopold. He’s as BDS as they come, and then some!

Jason’s 15 minutes of fame came in 2006, when the penny-dreadful site he was working for at the time, truthout.org, ran his Story of the Century. Almost 10 years later, Leopold has never retracted his False Story-and it’s still on the truthout.org website. Enjoy!

Karl Rove Indicted on Charges of Perjury, Lying to Investigators

By Jason Leopold
t r u t h o u t | Report

Saturday 13 May 2006

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald spent more than half a day Friday at the offices of Patton Boggs, the law firm representing Karl Rove.

During the course of that meeting, Fitzgerald served attorneys for former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove with an indictment charging the embattled White House official with perjury and lying to investigators related to his role in the CIA leak case, and instructed one of the attorneys to tell Rove that he has 24 business hours to get his affairs in order, high level sources with direct knowledge of the meeting said Saturday morning.

Robert Luskin, Rove’s attorney, did not return a call for comment. Sources said Fitzgerald was in Washington, DC, Friday and met with Luskin for about 15 hours to go over the charges against Rove, which include perjury and lying to investigators about how and when Rove discovered that Valerie Plame Wilson was a covert CIA operative and whether he shared that information with reporters, sources with direct knowledge of the meeting said.

It was still unknown Saturday whether Fitzgerald charged Rove with a more serious obstruction of justice charge. Sources close to the case said Friday that it appeared very likely that an obstruction charge against Rove would be included with charges of perjury and lying to investigators.

Read the whole thing, it’s Comedy Gold!

LOL+

Del Dolemonte on February 2, 2016 at 6:49 PM

One thing I’ve wondered to myself is if the reason the Republicans (actual Congressional office holders, not talking heads) have been weirdly silent about this is because they do it too.

You would think that by now, they would have made it at least a misdemeanor to conduct government business using private email, but they haven’t. Why?

I suspect many of them do the same thing – to a lesser degree – as Hillary and they don’t want to stop.

Atlantian on February 2, 2016 at 6:36 PM

Well, don’t forget that many Republicans in Congress were also there in the 1990s when Hillario! and her co-pResident, Meal Ticket, stole 900+ FBI files, many of them files on members of Congress.

Those files have no expiration date, and no shelf life.

Del Dolemonte on February 2, 2016 at 6:52 PM

Think of the preposterous Iran deal. Makes more sense when you imagine the Iranians were reading Kerry’s most sensitive emails out loud to him during the negotiations.

Buddahpundit on February 2, 2016 at 6:53 PM

Meanwhile, everdenso remains what Joseph Goebbels would call an easy target…

viking01 on February 2, 2016 at 6:56 PM

That account, Kirby added “is no longer active.”

John Kirby is a prime example of what is wrong with the top military leaders. They’re all politicians in uniform with none of the principles that made previous statements by the generals and admirals mean something. Kirby went from being the spokeswhore of the DoD to being the spokeswhore of State.

No principles are protected in whatever John Kirby says.

Happy Nomad on February 2, 2016 at 6:59 PM

This not just political or criminal. These people have put the country in jeopardy. Is Patrick Fitzgerald available? Off to Federal prison with them.

Mason on February 2, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Oh, come on , people. Give the poor dude a break.

After all….he was in Viet Nam.

And….he spent Christmas in Cambodia.

He’s got the hat to prove it.

.

So, what’s a few national security breaches for a hero like that? Hellz! It could happen to anyone.

Move on. Move on.

Solaratov on February 2, 2016 at 7:01 PM

Remember, it’s only a crime if you get caught and you’re a Republican.

Kanga on February 2, 2016 at 6:03 PM

Thread winner.

talkingpoints on February 2, 2016 at 7:08 PM

Clinton enabler and famous massacre specialist Janet BBQ Reno hastily presented a “They All Do It” defense.

viking01 on February 2, 2016 at 7:09 PM

US foreign policy is melting down like never before. Could it have something to do with the ability of foreign intelligence to access all the classified info that our SoS got electronically?

talkingpoints on February 2, 2016 at 7:10 PM

Geez, even Donilon. The gaping holes in OPSEC and COMMSEC here. And among the highest ranked people in our government.

jake49 on February 2, 2016 at 7:11 PM

she did not forward classified information

everdiso on February 2, 2016 at 4:31 PM

Any despot would love this brain damaged fool to be one of their low level propagandists.

CWforFreedom on February 2, 2016 at 7:12 PM

This is meaningless trivia in the hands of a Republican-lead Congress.

Why even bother discussing it when we all know nothing will ever come of it?

Nomennovum on February 2, 2016 at 6:09 PM

There’s lots of things to criticize about the Republicans in Congress, but this isn’t one of them.

Any prosecution for mishandling classified information is dependent on the Justice Department … which is under the control of Obama’s appointee Loretta Lynch. I’m not aware that Congress can do anything about this but hold hearings.

J.S.K. on February 2, 2016 at 7:17 PM

Oddly, the Hill’s account fails to mention the CC: to Donilon

Oh, please, Ed. You know why they didn’t mention Donilon and it’s not ODD at all. It’s SOP, the same SOP that has the story reporting that, “As a senator, Secretary of State John Kerry sent at least one email to Hillary Clinton from his personal account that has now been classified as secret …” when in fact it was classified as secret when it was sent as evidenced by the expiration date, which the Hill also ignored in the effort to deflect the criminality of the leader of The Hill’s political party.

Dusty on February 2, 2016 at 7:21 PM

QUESTION FOR Killery

if a republican won the white house would it be ok for his cabinet to have their own private servers at their house?

telephone2 on February 2, 2016 at 7:27 PM

What domain was Kerry’s email from? Kerryemail.com?

…don’t get me started…lurchmail.com….haughtyandfrenchlooking.com…
…dontpaymytaxes.com…marriedintomoney.com…

Time for a search warrant for the illegal server in his basement.

BobMbx on February 2, 2016 at 6:25 PM

……it’s on his yacht moored in RI…and we thought he was just evading taxes…

Pelosi Schmelosi on February 2, 2016 at 7:34 PM

QUESTION FOR Killery

if a republican won the white house would it be ok for his cabinet to have their own private servers at their house?

telephone2 on February 2, 2016 at 7:27 PM

…ask everdizzy and Brainloc their thoughts…kudos…

Pelosi Schmelosi on February 2, 2016 at 7:37 PM

I always, always, always, had a gut feeling that liberals would not protect our national security to the extent conservatives would. But I never imagined it would be this gross. And mark my words if the conservatives were to win the presidency and keep the house and the senate they will drop it like a hot potato. What a shame. We want our Country protected from outsiders and insiders. Enforce the law for God’s sake to prevent this from every happening again.

Buckshots on February 2, 2016 at 7:52 PM

With all of these “secrets” floating around, we’ll be in deep doo-doo if we’re ever in another full scale war with a major superpower.

All we can do is hope that we’ve got as many of their secrets as they do of ours.

All the money wasted on technological advancements could just as well have been flushed down the toilet. But the elitist ruling class doesn’t give a crap, it won’t be their lives lost due to all of these leaks.

Oxymoron on February 2, 2016 at 7:53 PM

This scandal might get uncomfortable for the Obama administration now, too — and force the Department of Justice to consider Rep. Ron DeSantis’ demand for a special counsel.

Not likely. This administration has already gone to great lengths to demonstrate how corrupt it is regarding legitimate oversight. Have we seen ANY Fast and Furious prosecutions? ANY prosecutions for IRS corruption involving Lois Lerner? Spare us the hope. We all know that the only indictments we’ll see from the democrat syndicate will be the indictment of historians; and then, only if honest people write the history.

SteveThomas on February 2, 2016 at 8:02 PM

OT: Trump Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Magicjava on February 2, 2016 at 6:22 PM

And Obama won one. What’s your point? That Trump is the new messiah?

Athanasius on February 2, 2016 at 8:05 PM

I’ve always thought that Democrats were/are bigger fans of America’s enemies than America itself. So looking at it through those optics this all makes perfect sense.

Wood Dragon on February 2, 2016 at 8:10 PM

L’etat c’est moi, aussi.

Fleuries on February 2, 2016 at 8:10 PM

“I just don’t get it. How is Putin always one step ahead of us?”

said everyone at the State Department.

Agent of the Cross on February 2, 2016 at 8:14 PM

Yawn … just another day in Hopey-Changey BRUSA (Banana Republic of the USA).

smokeyblonde on February 2, 2016 at 8:24 PM

maybe it’s just a Sec of State thing.

portlandon on February 2, 2016 at 6:06 PM

Maybe it’s a Uniparty thing?

Seriously wondering how many on the GOPe side have the same setup but have been smart enough not to get caught … yet. It certainly would explain the GOPe’s complete disinterest in the topic …

smokeyblonde on February 2, 2016 at 8:27 PM

All the money wasted on technological advancements could just as well have been flushed down the toilet. But the elitist ruling class doesn’t give a crap, it won’t be their lives lost due to all of these leaks.

Oxymoron on February 2, 2016 at 7:53 PM

Maybe we could convince – or bribe – the Russians or Chinese or NorKs or the Iranians to bomb them first since they probably have the Uniparty’s hide-outs whereas us plebes are left in the dark?

How weird would that be? Flyover Country collaborating with the country(s) our oligarchs are at war with? Just an interesting thought experiment …

smokeyblonde on February 2, 2016 at 8:34 PM

OT: How can I get in on this scam? DC bill would pay people stipends not to commit crimes

smokeyblonde on February 2, 2016 at 8:37 PM

What the Congress can do is to stop confirming prostitutes of Obama and the DNC as Attorney General.

viking01 on February 2, 2016 at 8:53 PM

Don’t worry. The account is no longer active. Teresa traded her iPad in for a Pro and the store ‘geniuses” took care of the rest.

Eleven on February 2, 2016 at 6:25 PM

They even “wiped” it with a cloth – so all the data was cleaned off.

Hill60 on February 2, 2016 at 9:01 PM

Kerry sent Hillary classified e-mail over his private account

Paraphrasing a John Kerry comment from the past:

John, How do you ask covert American agents to be the first to die so you can ignore the rules and laws using unsecure email?

RJL on February 2, 2016 at 9:07 PM

The whole lot, down to the D.C. dogcatcher belong in a supermax.

Fortyback on February 2, 2016 at 9:13 PM

The whole lot, down to the D.C. dogcatcher belong in a supermax.

Fortyback on February 2, 2016 at 9:13 PM

Can I vote for Benghazi instead? There’s a certain poetic Schadenfreude in that scenario …

smokeyblonde on February 2, 2016 at 9:20 PM

One thing I’ve wondered to myself is if the reason the Republicans (actual Congressional office holders, not talking heads) have been weirdly silent about this is because they do it too.

You would think that by now, they would have made it at least a misdemeanor to conduct government business using private email, but they haven’t. Why?

I suspect many of them do the same thing – to a lesser degree – as Hillary and they don’t want to stop.

Atlantian on February 2, 2016 at 6:36 PM

Or, if they have stopped, don’t want to be dragged into a food-fight over it.
They don’t need a new law for staff and employees (although Congressmen themselves may have some kind of exemption); IIRC it’s already totally illegal to conduct official business over private lines because it can’t be archived and subjected to FOIA requests – which is where Clinton got into trouble.

AesopFan on February 2, 2016 at 9:39 PM

US foreign policy is melting down like never before. Could it have something to do with the ability of foreign intelligence to access all the classified info that our SoS got electronically?

talkingpoints on February 2, 2016 at 7:10 PM

That was quite a Reset button she pushed.

The only point of redacting this stuff is to keep the American people in the dark. They can’t possibly be proceeding as if all these “secret” emails aren’t read widely by everyone except the America people. Especially foes.

So some nation could disseminate the unredacted emails along with ones they purport to be unreleased and still hidden emails. As long as they have one redacted email they will be believed about any they make up, and there is no way for them to be debunked. They would only not do something like that if they want a Hillary presidency, Which also points to her compromised status.

Buddahpundit on February 2, 2016 at 6:44 PM

Some of our allies would prefer a GOP prex, but I bet a lot of others & all our enemies (sometimes the same countries?) would be happy to continue with the Dems.

AesopFan on February 2, 2016 at 9:41 PM

For your reading enjoyment, the latest on the emails du jour.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/02/02/new-clinton-email-blumenthal-says-former-rep-eric-cantor-may-have-violated-espionage-act/

Hillary Clinton’s close associate, Sidney Blumenthal, told her that former Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) might have committed a felony violation of the Espionage Act by disclosing classified information, according to email correspondence recently released by the State Department.

That’s another problem for Clinton’s team, because it shows they were aware of the laws governing the handling of classified information, even as they were transferring secret data from a closed government network into her home-brew, unprotected email network.

IIRC, a trove of Blumenthal’s emails started this rabbit chase in the beginning.

AesopFan on February 2, 2016 at 9:43 PM

It appears the Democrats, as a whole, could care less about classified information. It’s a pity the Republicans don’t have any leadership and would rather expose all our classified material to hackers. I ashamed, not disappointed, ashamed at how the Republican Party is dealing with this. Of course the Obama administration has a casual disregard for classified material, they’re Democrats, the fact that Republicans don’t want to expose this and rein it in is just astounding.

bflat879 on February 2, 2016 at 10:09 PM

This type of information does perhaps help some to undergird Obama’s claims that his administration would be the most transparent ever.

crowtreboot on February 2, 2016 at 10:10 PM

This type of information does perhaps help some to undergird Obama’s claims that his administration would be the most transparent ever.

crowtreboot on February 2, 2016 at 10:10 PM

Excellent point!

Think we all forgot to ask “Transparent to whom?”

smokeyblonde on February 2, 2016 at 10:21 PM

Among this administration, strong stupid is.

WestTexasBirdDog on February 2, 2016 at 11:11 PM

It is easy to see how someone who works for Prez O’BoutMe would think that rules do not apply.

WestTexasBirdDog on February 2, 2016 at 11:13 PM

Ed, this is not a surprise. From the Solyndra days, it was clear that many Obama officials were illegally using private email accounts. If Comey wants to move against Hillary, he will need to do the same for the whole cabinet. That may be the current dilemma.

virgo on February 3, 2016 at 12:10 AM

Not to give horseface a pass but this is small. But it does point out the ludicrousness of Shrillery using her personal server exclusively. The only way to e-mail classified to her was via public networks. The DOD has physically isolated networks called SIPRNET for SECRET and JWICS for TOP SECRET data. Neither of those networks are capable of sending e-mail to a private server on the public internet.

MJBrutus on February 3, 2016 at 6:27 AM

This is why the email between Clinton and Obama are being covered up. Obama used a private e-mail account.

Watergate…the Nixon Tapes…

What do those emails between Clinton and Obama say?

albill on February 3, 2016 at 8:23 AM

This type of information does perhaps help some to undergird Obama’s claims that his administration would be the most transparent ever.

crowtreboot on February 2, 2016 at 10:10 PM

Keep in mind, “transparent” also means “you can’t see anything at all.

GrumpyOldFart on February 3, 2016 at 8:39 AM

yeah, but, but, but.. I served in Vietnam!

crowmangler on February 3, 2016 at 8:53 AM

Stand by for the Everybody does it defense…

Torcert on February 2, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Sadly, the State Dept has never been very good about security of classified information. A co-worker who used to be in intel mentioned that they all knew that anything they passed to the State Dept would be “unclassified” (that is, leaked) as soon as the information or the person was out of their sight.

GWB on February 3, 2016 at 9:30 AM

I said this about the IRS / Lois Learner business at the time, but it works well here, too.

Find a big fish. Charge it with a capital offense that you can prove, and indite them, and convict them. Having a hangman’s noose around your throat often makes it easier to talk…

Repeat as necessary.

ReggieA on February 3, 2016 at 3:51 PM