The Hillary Servergate Scandal Just Got Bigger
A U.S. government official close to the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server said that at least a dozen other people saw “top secret” level intelligence within those emails. A second source who spoke off the record to Fox News said as many as 30 individuals may have seen the emails.
The Department of Justice now has leverage against Hillary Clinton: offer her aides a deal in return for testifying against her. “The Justice Department can indict her top aides and trade with them … testimony against Mrs. Clinton in return for a deal with them,” Judge Andrew Napolitano said on Fox News. Whether the Obama DoJ will use the leverage to go after Obama’s former secretary of state is another question.
Hillary Clinton’s top national security and foreign policy staffer Jake Sullivan, who is now a senior policy adviser on her presidential campaign, was the author of several of the top secret emails. The accounts that accessed the emails belonged to her top aides, including Huma Abedin, and there is no public indication any of them were authorized to see the information. Congressional Republicans are trying to find out whether any of the aides were instructed to send sensitive material through the unsecured email system.
At least 22 of the emails have been labeled top secret “and too damaging to release. In January, several dozen of the emails discovered on Clinton’s private server were found to be classified at an even higher level than top secret, known as a SAP level, short for “special access programs.”
Clinton’s defense against the criminal statute that prohibits “gathering, transmitting or losing defense information” is that she didn’t realize she was breaking the law. C. Wallace DeWitt, writing for The Federalist, notes, “One of her excuses is that the information was not marked classified or otherwise privileged, and so she didn’t have the requisite intent to violate the law.” However, over 1,600 of the emails on her private server have been found to be classified. Did she not realize that any of them were classified?
Additionally, a “former senior law enforcement with decades of experience investigating violations of SAP procedures” told Fox News, “There is absolutely no way that one could not recognize SAP material; it is the most sensitive of the sensitive.”
Also, there is a way to step around the issue of what Hillary knew and when. DeWitt points out that Clinton could be convicted of a lesser crime only requiring “gross negligence,” which wouldn’t require intent.
There are about 100 FBI agents currently investigating Clinton. Is a Hillary indictment in the cards? Multiple insiders expect one. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told The Washington Examiner, “I think the FBI director would like to indict both Huma and Hillary as we speak.” Former House Majority leader Tom DeLay said during an interview with Newsmax, “I have friends that are in the FBI, and they tell me they’re ready to indict; they’re ready to recommend an indictment.”
Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn (Ret.), President Barack Obama’s former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, has called for “Hillary Clinton, for the good of the country” to “step down and let this FBI investigation play out.”