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Hillary’s email scandal in Trump-induced hibernation, but has not gone away

Hillary’s email scandal in Trump-induced hibernation, but has not gone away

Media obsession with all things Trump can last only so long.

There hasn’t been much talk of Hillary’s multi-level email problem because of the media attention to all things Trump.

But here’s a reminder that Hillary’s email scandal may be in a Trump-induced hibernation, but it has not gone away.

The Hill reports:

A pair of emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server was indeed “top secret” when they passed through her machine, intelligence officials have concluded, according to a pair of reports.

The tentative finding comes despite opposition from the State Department, which had disputed the initial classification level handed down by the Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General.

According to Fox News, one official called the decision to classify the messages at the highest level a “settled matter.”

One of the two emails has since been downgraded to the “secret” level of classification, both Fox and Politico reported.

Still, the intelligence community’s insistence that the emails were “top secret” when they passed through Clinton’s machine is likely to cause new headaches for her front-runner Democratic presidential campaign, which has long battled allegations about Clinton’s exclusive use of a “home brew” email setup throughout her tenure as secretary of State. By using a personal email address housed on a private server, her email correspondence might not have been protected by the same security standards as official government emails, critics have warned, potentially making critical secrets vulnerable to hackers.

In related news, the State Department staffer responsible for helping Hillary set up the home server not only is taking the 5th, his emails are missing:

The State Department has told Senate investigators it cannot find backup copies of emails sent by Bryan Pagliano, the top Hillary Clinton IT staffer who maintained her email server but has asserted his Fifth Amendment right and refused to answer questions on the matter.

State officials told the Senate Judiciary Committee in a recent closed-door meeting that they could not locate what’s known as a “.pst file” for Pagliano’s work during Clinton’s tenure, which would have included copies of the tech expert’s emails, according to a letter Chairman Chuck Grassley sent to Secretary of State John Kerry that was obtained by POLITICO.

And remember how Obama improperly tried to give Hillary a political pass on the seriousness of security issues with regard to her server?

The FBI says Obama isn’t briefed on its investigation, so basically, he was full of it.

FBI Director James Comey said President Obama would “certainly” not have received a briefing from the FBI regarding the status of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn said, “I know that the FBI is currently investigating the private email server of the former Secretary of State. And it’s troubled me, and I know others, when some people have attempted to disparage or otherwise predict the outcome of the ongoing FBI investigation.”

At some point we will awaken from this slumber, and Hillary’s email scandal will be back.


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Let it simmer.

No one’s really paying any attention to Hillary until the GOP picks a candidate.

    ConradCA in reply to clintack. | December 16, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    You should investigate this article and verify it’s assertions. Some of the progressive fascists that I have discussed it with claim that it is all lies. The article doesn’t give there sources so they can lie about it all they want.

    By validating the claims made in this article you could prove that Hillary’s server didn’t meet the requirements of the Federal government for servers that handle classified information.

      ConradCA in reply to ConradCA. | December 16, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      That would make it clear that every email containing classified information on her server was a violation of the espionage act and a serious felony.

So, Comey says that the WH will not interfere with the FBI’s investigation! Accepted. Yet, the concern should be what the DoJ will do when the FBI files its report with it?

Will that FBI report, its conclusions, be made public?

Humphrey's Executor | December 16, 2015 at 12:10 pm

The fix is in. Obama’s pardon pen is ready if necessary. The only unknown is the price did she pay for it.

    pablo panadero in reply to Humphrey's Executor. | December 16, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Obama won’t get out the pardon pen. What he will do is have her indicted between the time she gets enough delegates to win the nomination, but before the convention. Forcing her to pull out under threat of prosecution, there will then be an open convention where the delegates will be free to take any candidate, including unvetted candidates. And the candidate that will be nominated? Michelle Obama.

      I’ve heard this theory bandied about before, and it seems like borderline nutzo stuff to me. But then I never thought we’d have a President do the things this guy has done. Nixon resigned the office for being accused of a small fraction of the things we know Obama has done. The Dims would probably elect her, too. Just the thought of it makes me puke in my mouth a little bit.

    In order for Clinton to be pardon by obama, she must be convicted BEFORE he leaves office…

I’m sorry to say that nothing will come of Hillary’s e-mail crimes until Obama tells his lackey, Loretta Lynch, to indict her. After all this time the FBI has plenty on her. They’re being held back.

Hillary! will not be indicted, much less go to jail. In a banana republic members of the ruling party go to the slammer only if it somehow serves the interest of the party. You have heard of “too big to fail”? Well, Hillary! is too big to indict.

Personally, I am less worried about Hillary!, Obama, and the rest of the MSM/DNC axis than I am with the fact that a sizable portion of the US population is o.k. with their malfeasance and incompetence. As Mark Steyn once noted: sometimes societies become too stupid to survive. Europe reached that point some time ago and is now drowning in an Islamist invasion. The US seems to be just a step behind.

The “all things Trump” media is no accident or coincidence. Its to suppress the news of her complete failure and a person with authority and as a human being.

Nixon was pardoned and was never indicted in a a criminal court just impeachment proceedings.

    rabidfox in reply to dmi60ex. | December 16, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Nixon’s pardon was a political move to ‘heal’ the country and save a trial. It was never questioned by the Democrats but I’m not sure that that pardon would have survived a challenge. A pardon assumes the person receiving the pardon was guilty and I believe the Constitution guarantees that accused people are innocent until PROVEN by a jury trial.

“State officials told the Senate Judiciary Committee in a recent closed-door meeting that they could not locate what’s known as a “.pst file” for Magliano’s work”

Could not locate or didn’t try? The State Department investigating itself is a conflict of interest. If the .pst really is missing somebody is guilty of destruction of evidence and tampering with government property. Slap Pagliano with an obstruction of justice charge.

Trump may be sucking the oxygen out of the room on a lot of things–Hillary’s emails are not one of them.

The headline could easily read:

Hillary’s email scandal in Tuesday-induced hibernation, but has not gone away

They’re stuck because they can’t find a pst file? That’s a storage/backup file that would be on a personal workstation or on a network drive. Any serious organization has software that archives all emails for legal purposes, separate from any client-specific storage or backup files. Therefore this explanation smells.

There are 3 possibilities.

1. The people looking don’t know about the archiving system. (incompetence)
2. There is no archiving system (incompetence).
3. The higher ups are pretending there is no archiving system (corruption).

Which one is more likely?

    ConradCA in reply to irv. | December 22, 2015 at 12:46 am

    The work that Bryan Pagliano did for Clinton was done outside of work. It’s likely that he used his personal email system or texts to communicate with her in addition to meetings with her staff.

I think the news this morning that Sec Def. Carter used his personal email to conduct some personal business, as reported by NYT, is a typical Clintonian ploy: “See, everyone does it. It’s no big deal. Just right-wingers trying to get at Hillary.”

Hillary can be prosecuted and thrown in prison for the next 10,000 years by President Cruz.