For many, the question is not whether or not Hillary Clinton should be our next president; for many, the question is: “Should Hillary Clinton be in jail?”
For a moment, let’s put-aside her willingness to sacrifice lives in Benghazi. Let’s put-aside the influence she has been selling to beef-up her campaign war chest. Let’s, for a moment, just focus on the astounding breach of national security she perpetrated over and over again as Secretary of State.
Though Hillary has long maintained that she never sent classified State Department documents over her personal email account on an unsecured server, she was forced to relinquish the server and upon random searches, investigators were quickly able to discover four instances where she did exactly that.
Two of these instances were “top secret” documents.
However, while the mainstream media is now dutifully attempting to downplay this breach, insisting that four measly documents isn’t too big of a deal, in the days since obtaining the server, authorities have been able to retrieve 60 emails where she sent classified documents.
While media coverage has focused on a half-dozen of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s personal emails containing sensitive intelligence, the total number of her private emails identified by an ongoing State Department review as having contained classified data has ballooned to 60, officials told The Washington Times.
That figure is current through the end of July and is likely to grow as officials wade through a total of 30,000 work-related emails that passed through her personal email server, officials said. The process is expected to take months.
The 60 emails are among those that have been reviewed and cleared for release under the Freedom of Information Act as part of an open-records lawsuit. Some of the emails have multiple redactions for classified information.
Among the first 60 flagged emails, nearly all contained classified secrets at the lowest level of “confidential” and one contained information at the intermediate level of “secret,” officials told the Times.
So far, the search of these 30,000 emails has been random. However, out of these random samplings, authorities have already discovered 60 instances where she has sent classified material.
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In really any crime, one must consider the implication of a repeat offense. If Hillary had made a mistake and accidentally sent an email with a classified document attached on an unsecured server a single time, this would be a very-different discussion.
Doing so 60, 100, 500 times- that changes the dynamic. It is no longer a discussion about adhering to national security protocols; it is a discussion about treason.
UPDATE: Just a day after officials declared that a cursory search of Hillary Clinton’s unsecured personal email server had yielded 60 instances where the former Secretary of State had transmitted classified materials, the number has jumped to 305 emails that reportedly contain classified material.
In a federal court filing, the State Department conceded that so far, 305 emails have been flagged for containing sensitive material and are being reviewed by other agencies to determine the extent of vulnerability.
In an email to supporters last week, Hillary campaign Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri repeated Clinton’s denials that she had ever transmitted classified documents over her unsecured email account. “She viewed classified materials in hard copy in her office or via other secure means while traveling, not on email.”
While some might not find the breach of security all that troubling, it should be noted that such a breach of protocol is a tremendous violation for even low-level State Department officials. That the Secretary of State would so casually transmit classified, even top-secret, documents speaks volumes to many about her inability to serve in a higher office.
“Her arrogance is breathtaking,” Republican 2016 contender and current New Jersey governor Chris Christie stated. “I worked for the federal government for seven years as a U.S. attorney. It was made clear to all of us when we walked in the door, official business is done on your official email account.”
Clinton recently joked about the breach of security that could endanger American lives on the campaign trail, stating,
“By the way, you may have seen that I recently launched a Snapchat account. I love it, I love it. Those messages disappear all by themselves,” she said.
The same woman who, apparently, can neither handle national security documents nor having two separate email accounts now wishes to be the president of the United States.