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Tuesday, July 5, 2016


July 5, 2016

There is no doubt that there were Federal Statutes violated by Secretary Hillary Clinton.  The FBI actually spelled it out for us today.   Yet, despite the fact that there is both an admission of errors by Sec. Clinton, and evidence that supports charges and Prosecution by the Justice Department, there is clearly a double-standard being applied to the former Secretary of State.

Some will undoubtedly be happy about this.  After all, Hillary does have a fairly large fan-base.  But that same fan-base would be protesting at the largest levels if a Republican official was in the same cross-hairs.  We don't see Republicans protesting (yet) even though we all know Hillary is very likely guilty of some fairly significant legal violations.

So what is all of this about?  Is it just because she had a private email server?  No.  It's not. However, had it not been for the efforts of the House Select Committee on Benghazi that we even know there WAS a private email server.  Hillary Clinton, appeared to be just fine prior to that Committee examining this email arrangement, not disclosing that her records of Public Service were in fact hidden and in some cases outright destroyed by the Secretary.  Not to mention the fact that her email was non-secured, likely hacked and she outright lied several times regarding the fact that she never "sent nor received classified emails on her private server."  We all know now, by the FBI, that her statements are not factual.  She lied about this fact repeatedly which was confirmed by FBI Director James Comey today.  

Here is a list as compiled by several sources of just which Federal Codes she may have actually violated (which we firmly believe that she got away simply due to her status):

1. Mishandling Classified Information

Executive Order 13526 and 18 U.S.C Sec. 793(f) of the federal code make it unlawful to send of store classified information on personal email. Casey Harper at The Daily Caller delved into this angle:
“‘By using a private email system, Secretary Clinton violated the Federal Records Act and the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Manual regarding records management, and worse, could have left classified and top secret documents vulnerable to cyber attack,’ Cause of Action Executive Director Dan Epstein said in an email to reporters. 
‘This is an egregious violation of the law, and if it were anyone else, they could be facing fines and criminal prosecution.’”
Harper goes on to point out that multiple violations of this law have been enforced recently, including in 1999, when former CIA Director John M. Deutch’s security clearance was suspended for using his personal email to send classified information.
Additionally, this past week, Gen. David Patraeus pleaded guilty for mishandling classified information by using a Gmail account instead of his official government email.

2. Violation of The 2009 Federal Records Act

Section 1236.22 of the 2009 National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) requirements states that:
“Agencies that allow employees to send and receive official electronic mail messages using a system not operated by the agency must ensure that Federal records sent or received on such systems are preserved in the appropriate agency record keeping system.”
According to the original story on Clinton’s emails published in The New York Times:
“Federal regulations, since 2009, have required that all emails be preserved as part of an agency’s record-keeping system. In Mrs. Clinton’s case, her emails were kept on her personal account and her staff took no steps to have them preserved as part of State Department record.
In response to a State Department request, Mrs. Clinton’s advisers, late last year, reviewed her account and decided which emails to turn over to the State Department.”
The fact that the State Department combs through the 55,000 pages of emails sent on Clinton’s private email account seems to verify that at least some of the emails Clinton sent contained classified information.

3. Violation of the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA)

Veterans for a Strong America has filed a lawsuit against the State Department over potential violations of FOIA. Joel Arends, chairman of the non-profit group, explained to the Washington Examiner that their FOIA request over the Benghazi affair specifically asked for any personal email accounts Secretary Clinton may have used:
“‘At this point in time, I think we’re the only ones that specifically asked for both her personal and government email and phone logs,’ Arends said of his group’s Benghazi-related request.”
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell believes that the use of a personal emails server appears to be a preemptive move, specifically designed to circumvent FOIA:
“‘Hillary Clinton’s system was designed to defy Freedom of Information Act requests, which is designed to defy the law.'”


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