The Hillary email affair seems to shed new light daily. Fox News reported Wednesday that one of the emails found among those on Hillary Clinton’s server was sent from her aide Huma Abedin that included classified information from three different federal agencies.
It is that very email that prompted the FBI to launch its massive investigation into Clinton’s server according to Fox News. The email in question was sent in April 2011 and included classified intelligence from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Security Agency (NSA), and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).
It is a clear violation of an executive order signed by President Barack Obama, the boss of Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of State. The executive order defines rules for “classifying, safeguarding and declassifying national security information.” That means that only the intelligence agency where the classified information was sent is able to declassify it.
The State Department did indeed release the email in May as part of the documents relating to the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Here comes the rub. The three agencies confirmed with the inspector general that is assigned the task of probing the intelligence community that when that intelligence was sent by Abedin to Clinton’s private email account it was indeed classified and still is. There can be no dispute of this by Clinton or anyone on her campaign staff.
Naturally the Clinton campaign has said that the email on the private server kept at Clinton’s home is not classified. That means to them that whether or not something is classified is a matter of opinion. Huh?
As Clinton said last week, “What you’re seeing now is a disagreement between agencies saying, ‘You know what, they should’ve.’ And the other saying, ‘No they shouldn’t.’ That has nothing to do with me.”
The drama continues to unfold in a sort of Watergate-type scenario. Last Wednesday, State Department spokesman John Kirby said that the federal agency is getting a second opinion on the status of the emails’ classification from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
To add to this mini-drama, Fox News is also reporting that the Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy, who was involved in the controversy surrounding the Benghazi attack, is running interference on Capitol Hill regarding the email controversy. Kennedy reportedly visited lawmakers in July and argued that the Abedin email along with another one sent in 2012 by another Clinton aide, Jake Sullivan, are not classified.
Whether circumstances such as those mentioned above are enough to indict Ms. Clinton remains up-in-the-air. Now it comes down to Attorney General Loretta Lynch to decide if the evidence warrants an indictment. With the landscape changing virtually by the day on this scandal with more and more proof coming out that Ms. Clinton did indeed have classified documents pass through her personal server, an indictment may be inevitable. If that actually happens, her stature as the leading Democratic candidate for her party’s nomination will be in serious doubt, if not impossible.