- Hillary Clinton: First presumptive Presidential nominee of a major party to be the subject of an active FBI investigation
- Revelation of criminal probe comes amid reports her use of a private server involved sensitive information on imminent drone strikes
- New poll shows 60% of Americans believe Clinton is lying about her emails
WASHINGTON - Yesterday, the White House admitted for the first time that the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's unprecedented use of a private email server to conduct sensitive State Department business has escalated into a federal criminal investigation.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, "…[T]he president, when discussing this [Clinton investigation] issue in each stage, has reiterated his commitment to this principle that any criminal investigation should be conducted independent of any sort of political interference…"
This slip up by the White House, along with her appearing to reach the requisite number of delegates for a victory in the Democrat Party primary, makes Clinton the first presumptive nominee of a major party to be the subject of an active FBI investigation.
The revelation of the criminal probe comes the same day that the Wall Street Journal broke the news that the investigation of Clinton "centers…[on] a series of emails between American diplomats in Islamabad and their superiors in Washington about whether to oppose specific drone strikes in Pakistan," that were reportedly routed through the private server she kept in her home in suburban New York.
Putting this in perspective, just this morning, Iraqi TV reported that a top-level U.S. terrorist target -- Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi -- had possibly been wounded in a coalition drone strike in northern Iraq. This underscores the sensitivity of the type of communications Clinton exposed on her illicit server, and the potential damage she created to U.S. national security.
"If the reports are true that we have wounded the top ISIS leader in a drone strike, that is great news in the war on terror," said Chris Burnham, former U.S. Under Secretary of State. "Good thing Hillary wasn't still on her private email server as Secretary or our forces might never have had a shot at him."
"Bottom line: there is no justification for the misuse of classified information by anyone in government,” said Burnham, who oversaw all State Department email and technology as in his position. “In Hillary's case, it looks like some of our most sensitive secrets in our war on terror might have been compromised by her insistence on using a private email server. As the FBI appears to recognize, this is not just dangerous -- it could very well be criminal."
In a significant related development, a FOX News poll of registered voters released today showed that:
- By a 60-27 percent margin, they think she’s lying about how her emails were handled while she was secretary of state, and
- By 57-32 percent, they say U.S. safety was at risk because of Clinton’s mishandling of national secrets.
A source no less favorable than The Atlantic's Ron Fournier summed up yesterday her email problems: "most Americans don’t trust her. That happens to be the truth."
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