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ICYMI: Clinton’s Email Jeopardy

- March 5, 2016

Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal


By: Editorial Board
Friday, March 4, 2016

"Hillary Clinton’s Super Tuesday victory gives her a clear path to the Democratic presidential nomination, but Bernie Sanders has never been her biggest obstacle to the White House. Her real liability is an email scandal that has put her in legal jeopardy.

"Camp Clinton is arguing that the State Department’s Monday release of the final batch of emails ends the controversy over her private server. Yet that release is merely the end of one judicially mandated exercise overseen by a bureaucracy friendly to the former Secretary of State…

"But even the friendly State Department review has been damaging. Of 30,000 emails Mrs. Clinton turned over to State, we now know that 2,093 were classified as 'confidential' or 'secret.' Another 22 were classified 'top secret'—and State withheld their contents from public release. Mrs. Clinton keeps claiming these were 'retroactively' classified, but that’s been vigorously disputed by intelligence community members, who note that at least some of the top-secret emails refer to intelligence projects classified from the beginning.

"In one email from April 2012, aide Jake Sullivan forwarded Mrs. Clinton a blog post from a jihadist group. Mrs. Clinton replied: 'If not classified or otherwise inappropriate, can you send to the NYTimes reporters who interviewed me today?'

"The fact that Mrs. Clinton had to ask if this one was classified suggests she knew that people were sending sensitive information to her unsecure server…

"Judge Sullivan said he may also issue a subpoena requiring Mrs. Clinton and Ms. Abedin to turn over the entire email system they used…

"All of this is presumably also part of the FBI’s investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s mishandling of classified information…

"One excuse we are likely to hear is that Mrs. Clinton shouldn’t be held responsible for others who sent her classified information. In other words, let Mrs. Clinton’s aides take the fall.

"But those aides—and the country—wouldn’t be in this mess if Mrs. Clinton hadn’t set up an off-grid account to evade disclosure laws and protect her messages from public scrutiny when she ran for President…

"These investigations need to follow their honest course and hold Mrs. Clinton accountable for her actions. The country can handle the political fallout."

Read the full editorial here.

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