Spy agencies: Clinton emails contain info which "closely matches" Top Secret documents

Wouldn’t it be nice if this were some sort of groundbreaking, top of page one type story instead of a headline which only appears on days ending in a Y? US intelligence agencies have been reporting to Congress on the material which has turned up in Hillary Clintons private bathroom server and they seem to agree on one point: some of the information found in the emails, no matter what markings they may or may not have once had, closely matches the contents of documents which are guarded at some of the highest levels of classification. (Rueters)

U.S. spy agencies have told Congress that Hillary Clinton’s home computer server contained some emails that should have been treated as “top secret” because their wording matched sections of some of the government’s most highly classified documents, four sources familiar with the agency reports said.

The two reports are the first formal declarations by U.S. spy agencies detailing how they believe Clinton violated government rules when highly classified information in at least 22 email messages passed through her unsecured home server…

Under the law and government rules, U.S. officials and contractors may not transmit any classified information – not only documents – outside secure, government-controlled channels. Such information should not be sent even through the government’s .gov email network.

Clinton’s continued and very carefully worded insistence that she “broke no rules” during her time at State and that none of the documents were marked classified has long since collapsed to little more than fodder for late night comics. Everyone – and I remain convinced that this includes Clinton herself – knows full well that the classification of the material she transmitted and stored has nothing to do with the labels on it. Even the most partisan Democrat in Congress would be hard pressed to try to make that claim when push comes to shove because the rules are so clearly set forth under the law. But even with these continued revelations, what happens when we finally get to the end of this rocky road?

Just yesterday, Ed Morrissey talked about the rather dodgy answers given by the Attorney General when she incorrectly claimed that the Clinton case would receive an independent review before a decision was made as to how to proceed. As Ed noted, this is a patently false assertion. There may be some career law enforcement people conducting the review, but they report through a chain of political appointees (who owe their careers to Democrats) leading up to the President’s own appointee at the top of the food chain. (That being Loretta Lynch herself.) If you’re not taking much comfort from that fact you shouldn’t feel alone. We’ve already seen in the past how an 18 month investigation from the Inspector General’s office resulted in submitting a case of embezzlement against Clinton’s top lieutenant, only to see the Justice Department toss it in the circular file. They didn’t find the case without merit… they simply exercised their option not to pursue it.

Why anyone should have any level of confidence that Lynch will bring a case against Hillary Clinton when it could cost her political party the presidency is a mystery. And if Clinton takes over the Oval Office that will be the last we ever hear of the matter.


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