Former Attorney General: The FBI doesn't investigate machines

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Hillary Clinton and her surrogates have been making a big deal over the fact the FBI, as they claim, is looking at her email server. On FoxNews Sunday, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey (who is a Jeb Bush adviser) had this to say:

Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Sunday that Hillary Clinton is indeed the focus of a Justice Department probe, calling the argument that the investigation is about her private email network when she was secretary of state “ridiculous.”

“The FBI doesn’t investigate machines,” Mukasey, a Bush administration attorney general, told “Fox News Sunday.” “It investigates people.”

“It is not a political witch hunt,” he said.

This should go without saying but the fact that it needed to be said demonstrates the extent to which the media are passive or active fellow travelers of Hillary Clinton. The FBI is not a management consultancy. They don’t show up an seize your email servers because they are trying to find ways to make you more efficient. They are doing it because there is a significant chance that criminal activity occurred because that is what they do.

When the Intelligence Community IG made a referral to the FBI, the IG was not saying, ‘hey, can you send over some nice agents to help this befuddled old lady better manage her personal email server.’ They were saying that at least two emails they had examined contained the highest security classification.

Not only is the FBI looking into it, but Clinton’s fall back positions of ‘security classifications are overused’ and ‘everything is so complicated that someone of Hillary’s age could not be expected to understand it’ look increasingly tenuous. Far from there being some kind of bureaucratic fight over the levels of classification, it seems as though State is probably on the same page as the Intelligence Community:

Former State Department security officials don’t buy Hillary Clinton’s latest alibi that she couldn’t tell that government e-mails — which she improperly, if not illegally, kept for several years on an unsecured home server — contained top-secret information because they lacked official markings and weren’t classified until later.

Such messages contain sensitive “keywords” distinguishing them from unclassified information, even if the material didn’t bear a classified heading as she claims.

The secretary would have known better, the department ­officials say, because she was trained to understand the difference when she was “read in” on procedures to ID and handle classified information by diplomatic-security officials in 2009.

I’m not holding my breath in anticipation of seeing Hillary led off in handcuffs. One thing the past 20 years has taught us is that a Clinton can be as difficult to vanquish as Freddie Krueger. But it is difficult to see how several other Clinton associates, like Huma Abedin, avoid legal jeopardy for their actions. If Clinton cronies start receiving indictments then the email scandal becomes an integral part of her campaign and it is difficult to see how she defends herself against a charge that goes to the heart of her candidacy: her alleged experience and competence.