July 6, 2016 (WASHINGTON) The following was released by Attorney General Loretta Lynch regarding the email investigation:
“Late this afternoon, I met with FBI Director James Comey and career prosecutors and agents who conducted the investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email system during her time as Secretary of State. I received and accepted their unanimous recommendation that the thorough, year-long investigation be closed and that no charges be brought against any individuals within the scope of the investigation.”
While this closes the legal matter, there is still quite a bit of political fallout. Director James Comey dismantled quite a bit of the story told by Hillary Clinton over the course of the last year. For example. She said that she was not aware that any classified information moved through her email system over the course of the four years she served as Secretary of State. Here is the full statement.
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, which is the lowest level of classification. 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 is troubling since information indeed came and went that in some cases was classified, In some close to the crown jewels if American intelligence. While Comey did not speculate whether her server was breached by foreign actors, he did not discount it either. He also dismissed the second important story line That is that the private home server was secure. Comey actually said that an email account with GMAIL would have been more secure.
So while he did not confirm there were hacks. We know there were hacks, and her use on foreign soil was also problematic. Why? This is due to reasons of foreign intelligence. While there are no charges upcoming, there is still a political hit. Why? The FBI did not fully agree with her claims.
We found this particular troubling:
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).
Those who serve in American intelligence are briefed on these matters. So this shows a level of carelessness that should trouble most people. This politically should be a hit. Moreover, while the explanation for no charges is lack of intent, and this is a crime that would require intent, it is troubling that the person seeing office has no common sense, or did not understand this material was that sensitive.