ANALYSIS – Twice-failed Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton stupidly jumped into the Donald Trump Mar-a-Lago controversy Tuesday when she falsely and shamelessly claimed that, unlike Trump’s holding of classified documents at his home, classified documents were not transmitted on her unsecured private email servers.
She went on to write that she “had zero emails that were classified.”
Why she would make such an outrageous and demonstrably false statement is beyond me, though Nazi propagandist Goebbels comes to mind. Many of her supporters won’t bother reading anything else and will simply take her word for it and repeat her lie.
Hillary’s tweet generated tens of thousands of responses. But the best and most succinct may have come from Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton:
“Fact check: Astonishingly false.”
Recall that former FBI director Jim Comey said in 2016 that Hillary absolutely had classified emails on her server in her basement. In his public statement he noted that:
From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information at the time— that is the lowest level of classification.
Comey added that:
Separate from those, about 2,000 additional e-mails were “up-classified” to make them Confidential; the information in those had not been classified at the time the e-mails were sent.
This means that though they may not have been marked or noted as classified, they should have been. And Hillary, of all people should have known it.
Only a very small number of the e-mails containing classified information bore markings indicating the presence of classified information. But even if information is not marked “classified” in an e-mail, participants who know or should know that the subject matter is classified are still obligated to protect it.
And some contained sensitive information at the highest classified levels – Top Secret/Special Access Programs (SAP).
As Comey stated:
For example, seven e-mail chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received. These chains involved Secretary Clinton both sending e-mails about those matters and receiving e-mails from others about the same matters. There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation. In addition to this highly sensitive information, we also found information that was properly classified as Secret by the U.S. Intelligence Community at the time it was discussed on e-mail (that is, excluding the later “up-classified” e-mails).
This led Comey to conclude that:
Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.
Just like the current accusations against Trump, experts contended that Clinton’s use of a private messaging system and personal servers violated federal law, specifically 18 U.S. Code § 1924, regarding the unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or materials, as well as State Department protocols and procedures, and regulations governing official recordkeeping.
Yet, in another tweet Tuesday, Hillary claimed without proof that: “Comey admitted he was wrong after he claimed I had classified emails.” She added: “Trump’s own State Department, under two different Secretaries, found I had no classified emails.”
I honestly have no idea what she is referring to, and she provides no evidence to back her fantastical claim, other than a link to a September 3, 2022 unsourced, left-wing National Memo story.
What I can gather is that these subsequent State Department reviews she refers to found no specific incidents of Hillary spilling secrets, not that she didn’t have them.
That National Memo story even notes:
Although the second review began with a July 31, 2019 notice from State Department officials that they “suspected” Clinton might be responsible for 12 classified “spillages,” this investigation concluded nine weeks later that she did not “bear any individual culpability” for those incidents.
This is all very legalese and bureaucratese (or Clintonian), but in no way supports Hillary’s claim that she had “zero” classified documents on her private servers. It only says she wasn’t personally culpable for 12 specific classified “spillages.”
What I do know is that a three-year State Department investigation concluded in September 2019 that 38 individuals were “culpable” in 91 instances of sending classified information that reached Clinton’s email account…”
And Fox News reported:
Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III laid out the findings of the Clinton documents review by intelligence agencies that identified “several dozen” additional classified emails – including specific intelligence known as “special access programs” (SAP).
According to a 2018 Department of Justice inspector general’s report, “81 email chains containing approximately 193 individual emails that were classified from the CONFIDENTIAL to TOP SECRET levels at the time the emails were drafted on UNCLASSIFIED systems and sent to or from Clinton’s personal server.”
So, yes, Hillary is lying, yet again. She absolutely had a large number of marked, and unmarked classified documents or information on her private servers. Some as high as Special Access Programs (SAP).
The comparisons to Trump are valid.