Via Ed Henry (who is avoiding trips near Fort Marcy Park)
— Ed Henry (@edhenry) August 31, 2015
Other than the new count of classified emails, we have a little bit of new information. Last week, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey observed that the involvement of the FBI indicated that criminal conduct was under investigation. “The FBI doesn’t investigate machines,” Mukasey, a Bush administration attorney general, told “Fox News Sunday.” “It investigates people.” Later in the week it seemed like Hillary’s attorney David Kendall’s involvement had also drawn the attention of the FBI. The POLITICO has this to offer.
The roiling controversy over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state looks likely to intensify Monday with the State Department set to release the largest batch of her messages made public thus far.
The sheer size of the planned posting on the State Department’s website—at least 6,106 pages, according to a recent court filing—should give Clinton’s critics and her defenders a lot to digest. The volume of emails slated to go public Monday is roughly the same as that of all of Clinton’s messages unveiled up to this point.
One of the most closely watched aspects of Monday’s release will be how many of the messages the State Department and U.S. intelligence agencies deem classified on national security grounds. In previous disclosures, 63 messages have been partially withheld due to classified information. That number seems certain to grow substantially in the new batch.
In addition, the Intelligence Community Inspector General has said at least two emails on Clinton’s account contained “TOP SECRET” information subject to special protection because it was derived from electronic or aerial surveillance. The State Department has disputed that conclusion. The FBI is also conducting an investigation of how the arguably classified material made it onto Clinton’s server.
The last sentence seems to confirm that the focus of the investigation is the stripping of security classifications from information, moving it from a classified environment to an unclassified one and transmitting it. This seems to be aimed more at Clinton’s coterie of catchfarts than at Clinton herself.
In the meantime, Hillary’s supporters are beclowning themselves is a manner that can only be rectified by seppuku. The latest is the Democrat apparatchik who prosecuted David Petraeus. In a USA Today op-ed by:
Anne M. Tompkins is a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and former United States attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. She is a donor to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
This op-ed is notable for the fact that it isn’t spin, it is one unvarnished lie stacked upon another.
Indeed, the State Department has confirmed that none of the information that has surfaced on Clinton’s server thus far was classified at the time it was sent or received. Additionally, the Justice Department indicated that its inquiry is not a criminal one and that Clinton is not the subject of the inquiry.
Here, the inspector general and the Justice Department are following an established protocol when it is determined that there has been an unauthorized disclosure of classified materials — here, by virtue of a potential after-the-fact change in classification. This protocol ensures that any classified information is properly handled going forward.
Actually, as we’ve shown, Justice assumes criminality is involved because the FBI is investigating. They are not a management consulting firm. We also know that at least two documents on Hillary’s server were classified at the highest level and have never been unclassified:
And the FBI seems to be taking it seriously:
An FBI “A-team” is leading the “extremely serious” investigation into Hillary Clinton’s server and the focus includes a provision of the law pertaining to “gathering, transmitting or losing defense information,” an intelligence source told Fox News.
The section of the Espionage Act is known as 18 US Code 793.
A separate source, who also was not authorized to speak on the record, said the FBI will further determine whether Clinton should have known, based on the quality and detail of the material, that emails passing through her server contained classified information regardless of the markings. The campaign’s standard defense and that of Clinton is that she “never sent nor received any email that was marked classified” at the time.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to attribute any innocent motive to the trove of classified information appearing on Hillary’s private server. The fact that the information has migrated from a highly secure facility to a bathroom closet speaks to a deliberate attempt to mishandle classified information. And it is hard to see how the outcome of this affair doesn’t continue to be a major factor in the presidential election.