Hillary Clinton

What Will Emails Clinton Thought She Destroyed Reveal?

Some 33,000 emails Hillary Clinton thought she destroyed probably still could be recovered.

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The bad news has continued to cascade onto the Hillary Clinton for President campaign, and none of it has anything to do with Clinton's opinions on issues. It all is about her fitness for office.

Since Labor Day, we have learned that the folks into whose hands Clinton reposed her computer server for safe keeping do not believe it has been wiped clean of all emails, as her lawyer told a federal judge it was. That means the 33,000 emails she thought she destroyed probably still could be recovered. What will they reveal?

And we learned earlier this week that of the emails released thus far—those Clinton did not attempt to destroy—there is a five-month gap for which no emails were produced. For a government official who sent or received about 15,000 emails a year, five months of silence is not believable. Two of those months followed the assassination of the U.S. ambassador to Libya in Benghazi. Where are her emails from that time period?

Why should you care about this?

It is now well established that when she was secretary of state, Clinton refused to use government computers or servers for any of her emails—governmental and personal. She kept all of her emails from the government. That constitutes theft of government property, as it violates a federal law that mandates that the government owns the emails its employees generate in their work, and if an employee commingles her personal emails with the government's, the government owns those, as well.

Clinton said she did this because she believed it would be easier to do all emailing from one hand-held device, even though she eventually used four devices. Instead of accepting a secure government-issued BlackBerry, she had aides buy an off-the-shelf BlackBerry. We now know she was trying to conceal her Middle Eastern escapades—secret wars and personal approvals of arms dealings to terrorists—from the president, from FBI investigators, from State Department colleagues, and from history.

But her most serious crime is her failure to safeguard national secrets. The secretary of state is the nation's chief diplomat. She deals with military, diplomatic, and national security secrets every day. One of the reasons government employees are required by law to use a government-issued hand-held device and a government-owned and secured server for their official work is to safeguard the national security secrets that pass to and from them by securing their emails with government software and encryption.

Why should you care about this?

When she became secretary of state, Clinton told the president she wanted to hire her friend Sidney Blumenthal—whom the press has nicknamed "the prince of darkness" and "grassy knoll"—to work as her senior adviser. The president himself blocked the toxic Blumenthal from working for the State Department, whereupon Clinton had her husband's foundation hire him. She then proceeded to engage with him as if he were a senior adviser and to share top-secret emails with him. Blumenthal did not have any national security clearance, and it was a felony for Clinton to share government secrets with him.

Why should you care about this?

You should care about this because Clinton is running for president. Yet, she is uniquely unqualified for the presidency because she is the moral equivalent of a common crook.

Like a crook, she breaks the law, lies about why she broke the law, sees no wrongdoing in her ways, and expects to get away with it. Though millions of Democrats have dreamed of her in the White House, and are apparently willing to overlook her crimes, her support is beginning to erode.

How can a person with the morals of a crook be the chief law enforcement officer in the land, the commander in chief of the military, and the repository of more lawful power than any person on the planet? How can she be entrusted with national security secrets in the future when she has failed to safeguard them in the past

Because Blumenthal lacked the government's encryption on his email devices and server, he was hacked by foreign agents. Because he was hacked, Clinton was hacked. Because she was hacked, some of the nation's military, diplomatic, and national security secrets in a dangerous world are now in dangerous hands.        

A sailor faces 20 years in federal prison for taking a selfie in front of a radar screen and sending it to his girlfriend, and a courageous Marine who used his Gmail account in an emergency to warn his superiors of the near proximity of an assassin faces 20 years for failing to keep the email about the assassin in a secure venue. Then-CIA Director David Petraeus kept secrets in an unlocked desk drawer in his home, which was guarded 24/7, and he pleaded guilty to failure to safeguard secrets.

Clinton's crimes are far worse, but is she any different legally? Can she get away with her crimes because of her last name? She seems to think so. Last week she apologized for making poor choices— not crimes, but poor choices. And she has given no coherent legal justification for all this.

While all this is going on, Vice President Biden is dreaming about his boss's job because he and many Democrats have come to the realization that Hillary Clinton is utterly unworthy of their trust, and power in her hands might be used for unlawful purposes.

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  1. A sailor faces 20 years in federal prison for taking a selfie in front of a radar screen and sending it to his girlfriend, and a courageous Marine who used his Gmail account in an emergency to warn his superiors of the near proximity of an assassin faces 20 years for failing to keep the email about the assassin in a secure venue.

    Sounds like they should have challenged their questioners what difference at this point it made.

  2. Damn FoE, you got the quote first. Damn you.

      1. …and boozers

        1. well then mark me down

    1. We will probably get stuck with that asshole Joe Biden as our next president. Either that or the jerks, Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders. These people would probably be even worse than Hillary.

      1. If the choices are Clinton, Trump or Biden ol joe doesn’t looks so bad. He’s still on the short list of people I wish would spontaneously combust but still the least bad choice is sometimes the best one you have.

        1. Right, because the safest thing to do is vote for the guy from the party who is protecting Hillary from the consequences that many others face for doing far less.

          Rail against ‘statism’ but reliably pull the lever for the Democrat.

          It’s the Reason way!

          1. What the fuck? The Reason way is to vote Democrat? Are you high?

            1. reason.com/ archives/2008/10/29/ whos-getting-your-vote/

              Yep. Lots of obama voters. Sorry, remove the spaces, I can’t even HTML, bro.

  3. I really can’t see any valid reason she is not facing serious jail time for this. I know the liberal media just glosses over it but if anyone else was doing this they would be in huge trouble. Hell, if it was John Kerry his carer would be history and he would be looking at jail time, no question.

    I really wonder how she has evaded this for so long, an unfortunately I think she will evade it completely.

    1. The only reason the DoJ is putting any effort into this is because the Clintons and the Obamas hate each other. But I doubt there’s enough animosity there to get to an indictment. I imagine the idea is to go just far enough to get Hillary out of Biden’s way.

    2. I really can’t see any valid reason she is not facing serious jail time for this

      In a world where leaders are held to the same standards as peons, she’d likely be under indictment already for the TS stuff alone, not to mention having her security clearance immediately revoked. As it stands, despite her cratering numbers she’s still in position to become President, and that’s because the bobbleheads in the Dem rank-and-file and her political enablers in the party leadership and funding structure don’t have any suitable alternatives unless Biden runs.

      I really wonder how she has evaded this for so long

      The Clintons have never been held to the same standards as their contemporaries. Not once. If Hillary had 1/100 of Bill’s smooth personality, this never would have gone as far as it did; it’s only due to Hillary’s blatant lust for power and her appearance as America’s Ex-Wife that the DoJ and FBI ever got involved..

      1. “…because the bobbleheads in the Dem rank-and-file and her political enablers in the party leadership and funding structure don’t have any suitable alternatives.

        That there period is bolded, if’n ya cant tell.

  4. The Queen can do what She wants. She has a Royal Democrat Vagina.

  5. The emails will reveal her lesbian Dom lover.

    1. I’m pretty sure that she’s the Dom.

  6. Obama won’t let the DOJ go after Hillary because she’ll take him down with her. That’s how the game is played.

    The game the Obama people are playing is to never fan the flames per se but to never quite put the fire out either.

    1. And remember that it happened under his watch. Also, how could the White House not have known she wasn’t using the government server? Even they are not THAT dumb. Still, I don’t see how one can be pardoned from a series of treasonable actions given the precedent. Unless she somehow fits in to one of her husband’s teflon suits, that it.

  7. Could Judge N. write with out the question-mark key on his key board?

  8. “Why should you care about this?”

    On this site we do care about it Judge. It is the rest of the country that is the problem.

    1. the rest of the country that hears the truth cares its just not many outlets are telling anything beyond another republican war on woman conspiracy with false flag stories.

  9. Has I recall when Bill Clinton was president most of their staff never received security clearance. This is standard procedure from the Clintons to not care about national secrets because they know best anyway.

  10. These emails will reveal nothing. We already KNEW she’s a stupid, incompetent, aggorant, lawbreaking sack of puss.

    1. Yea, but……Bush ! Vote for Hillary ! Hell, even Reason is pushing Hillary these days.

      1. Look, not only is she an arrogant bitch who thinks the rules don’t apply to her, she’s formidably stupid to boot. I’m not altogether sure that a third tirm of the present jug-eared buffoon wouldn’t be slightly preferable.

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  12. I would love to see Hillary’s reaction if they actually manage to recover those “deleted” emails.

    1. Did you hear the drivel she was trying to pawn off on one of the late night shows?

  13. she had aides buy an off-the-shelf BlackBerry

    Is there any independent source for this? If this is true, that’s another automatic felony, basically. An OTS Blackberry cannot possibly be made secure to the proper standards unless someone capable of making it so configures it and submits it to the DoS equivalent of a DSS audit to verify. There should be documentation on this if it happened (which it didn’t).

  14. Re the question of Clinton’s “fitness for office”, is that really a factor worth consideration??

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  17. So if the NSA is hoovering up everybody’s emails, why don’t the investigators just make a call and ask for a report on her server address? Give ’em a week if they need it.

  18. What really worries Hillary more than the government emails she mishandled is the possibility that her 10+ year affair with Huma Abedin will be revealed. While the LGBT community would rejoice, it’s likely that a greater number of registered Democrats would be turned off. It isn’t that she’s gay that’s the problem. No, it’s decades of deliberate deception about her marriage, her lifestyle, and her integrity.

    1. The realities of her marriage, her lifestyle, and her integrity are pretty obvious to anyone who has bother to look. Not like the gatekeepers won’t find a way to ignore any future revelations.

      And they called Reagan teflon…

  19. Personal email by Hillary can reveal more than breaches of national security. She might be promiscuous which would ruin her political career. Mixing up private and business emails is dangerous. It is estimated that 90% cheat on their spouse and the evidence should be encrypted on a personal phone.

    1. Promiscuous? I think that takes at least one other person… how many could there be? Even Bill won’t do her!

  20. Kudos to the judge for spelling out the crimes Hillary committed that we already know about. A lot of liberal columnists and talking heads can only bring themselves to say “Tut tut, very unwise of Hillary, she showed bad judgment…but now can we get back to talking about what a great president she would make?”

    As damning as the missing emails undoubtedly are, the stuff we ALREADY KNOW ABOUT is appalling and should lead to her prosecution. But she is somewhat protected by the high likelihood that she could burn Obama very badly if he allows her to be indicted.

  21. Correct on every point except the last ….. it’s because she could lose the election. If they (liberals) thought she could win they wouldn’t give a flip if she was (is) the biggest liar, criminal, sleaze, in America.

  22. I’m sorry if I’m dumb but in all of this I have yet to trad an explanation then. Ok. Fine. You never did anything wrong or had any secret confidential classified info either way. I believe you.
    So then what DID you use?
    I have no clearance so genuinely have no idea how that stuff gets around then.
    Because during her time as sos she did at some point have to see or use or created classified information, right?
    But it was all postitnotes.

    1. *read an explanation. Sorry. Told ya I was dumb. But really. I need an explanation as to where and how she did her classified stuff. Because she did have some, right? Seems easy way to explain this whole silly little misunderstanding away to is to explain no, all that was done by xyz. Oooh, ok. Then go ahead. Build yer own server, ya nerd.

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