Emails Are Top Secret and Damaging
One of the more laughable claims Clinton made was that the remaining emails on her server were nothing more than private correspondence and records such as Yoga routines and wedding plans for her daughter. Over the last several months, as the State Department has slowly dribbled out emails, claiming that they lacked personnel to vet the documents, it has become obvious that many of them were top secret documents that were so sensitive that an ordinary citizen who released them would quickly end up in prison for a very long time.
Clinton has claimed she did not know the sensitive nature of any of the top secret documents and proclaimed that she has done nothing wrong. However, the latest information belies that claim.
The intelligence community has deemed some of Hillary Clinton’s emails “too damaging” to national security to release under any circumstances, according to a U.S. government official close to the ongoing review. A second source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, backed up the finding.
The determination was first reported by Fox News, hours before the State Department formally announced Friday that seven email chains, found in 22 documents, will be withheld “in full” because they, in fact, contain “Top Secret” information.
The decision to withhold the documents in full, and not provide even a partial release with redactions, further undercuts claims by the State Department and the Clinton campaign that none of the intelligence in the emails was classified when it hit Clinton's personal server.
The State Department is trying to finish its review and public release of thousands of Clinton emails, as the Democratic presidential primary contests get underway in early February.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, there is an exemption that allows for highly sensitive, and in this case classified, material to be withheld in full — which means nothing would be released in these cases, not even heavily redacted versions, which has been standard practice with the 1,340 such emails made public so far by the State Department.
The State Department was scheduled to release more Clinton emails Friday, while asking a D.C. federal court for an extension.
FBI investigators looking into the emails are focused on the criminal code pertaining to “gross negligence” in the handling and storage of classified information, and “public corruption.”
“The documents alone in and of themselves set forth a set of compelling, articulable facts that statutes relating to espionage have been violated,” a former senior federal law enforcement officer said. The source said the ongoing investigation along the corruption track “also stems from her tenure of secretary. These charges would be inseparable from the other charges in as much as there is potential for significant overlap and correlation.”
Despite Clinton’s recent public statements about not knowing how the technology works, at least one email suggests she directed a subordinate to work around the rules. In a June 2011 email to aide Jake Sullivan, she instructed him to take what appeared to be classified talking points, and “turn into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure.”
It has been suggested that even if the FBI makes a recommendation to indict, President Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch will refuse to move forward in an effort to save the Democratic front runner for president from the possibility of being tried and convicted since it would be a huge black mark on the party.
It is a true travesty of justice that Clinton remains free with such a huge trove of top secret documents already discovered, despite her efforts to obfuscate. And it is truly a damning indictment of the corruption and cynicism of the Democrat party that they would choose such a blatantly dishonest and loathsome person to lead the party, and worse that members of the Democrat party would even choose to vote for such a disgusting person.