BREAKING NEWS: Intelligence Community Inspector General Determines At Least 2 Of Hillary Clinton’s Emails On Her Private Server Are Classified — TOP SECRET
Numerous new outlets are reporting this evening (Tue., Aug. 11, 2015), that at least two emails on Hillary Clinton’s private email server have been deemed TOP SECRET. A senior U.S. official, speaking under the condition of anonymity, told U.S. News and World Report, as well as NBC News, that the FBI has confiscated two thumb drives containing the emails from Ms. Clinton’s lawyer — David Kendall.
According to the McClatchy News Bureau, “The Intelligence Community has notified senior members of Congress that two of four private emails discovered on Ms. Clinton’s private server at her New York home contained material deemed to be in one of the highest security classifications — more sensitive than previously known.” McClatchy adds that Ms. Clinton’s two top aides are also “being drawn in on the burgeoning federal inquiry.” The State Department’s Inspector General’s Office acknowledged that it is reviewing the use of “personal communications hardware and software,” — by Ms. Clinton’s former top aides after requests from Congress.” “We will follow the facts wherever they lead, to include former aides, as appropriate,” said David Welty, a spokesman for the State Department’s Inspector General’s office.
McClatchy reports that “at least four top aides have turned over records, including copies of work emails on personal accounts, to the State Department — which is collecting them in response to a subpoena from Capital Hill, according to the department. Lawmakers have demanded records, including personal emails, from six other aides, but it’s unknown whether they used personal email for work.”
Additionally, McClatchy notes, “an impasse remains between the State Department and the Intelligence Community’s Inspector General over whether the Intelligence Community watchdog should be provided copies of emails due to jurisdictional issues. The State Department has provided records to its Inspector General. Ms. Clinton has turned over 30,940 emails to the State Department in response to a request from the agency; but, said she deleted another 31,830 emails that she and her lawyer deemed personal in nature.” It is more than curious however, that in the weeks before the Benghazi attack and Ambassador Steven’s request for more protection and security — there are no emails for about a six week gap.
I. Charles McCullough III, the Inspector General for the Intelligence Community, said State Department officials had warned that there were “potentially hundreds of classified emails,” that have yet to be discovered.
The FBI will have to take possession of Ms. Clinton’s former hard drive that she used during her time as Secretary of State. What remains an open question is — can any of the deleted emails be recovered — or, has the private hard drive already been ‘cleaned?’ it is hard to see this movie getting any better for the former Secretary of State and current Presidential candidate. Especially since former CENTCOM Commander and CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus was prosecuted for essentially doing the same thing. And, what does this say about her judgment — regardless if she is ultimately prosecuted — that either she couldn’t see the potential downside of mixing her personal/private emails with official business; and, that no one on her staff was either brave enough or smart enough to know that a private email server for a sitting Secretary of State had disaster written all over it. V/R, RCP