Imagine a world where you are given access to intelligence documents that are classified beyond ‘top secret’ and then you ran them through your own personal email server. How long would it take before you were sent to prison for years? Not long, right? Well, it turns out that Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III found “special access programs,” or SAP, on the Democrat front-runner’s “home-brew” setup.
McCullough wrote Jan. 14 in a letter to Senior members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and other senior lawmakers:
“To date, I have received two sworn declarations from one [intelligence community] element. These declarations cover several dozen emails containing classified information determined by the IC element to be at the confidential, secret, and top secret/sap levels. According to the declarant, these documents contain information derived from classified IC element sources.”
The letter was received by Fox News earlier in the week and its contents were not disputed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and State Department inspector general.
Hillary Clinton’s response on NPR on Thursday: “I’m just going to leave it up to the professionals at the Justice Department because nothing that this says changes the fact that I never sent or received material marked classified.”
In a different time and a different place, pitchforks, stakes and torches would be out if Mrs. Clinton were not prosecuted for what is obviously a violation of a subsection of the Espionage Act related to “gross negligence” in handling government documents.
When you willfully set up your own email server to avoid Freedom of Information Requests … When you ignore those around you who tell you that is a bad idea … and when the most sensitive intelligence documents in the nation then go through that server, then you are guilty of gross negligence.
Fact. Case closed. There is no way around that.
Fox chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge further explained things on Thursday for those who still do not understand.
“It is the content that is classified – not the format it is in,” said Herridge. “To suggest to people that there is somehow a big rubber stamp with ‘classified’ that’s smacked on every document is completely misleading and that something you only see in the movies. Mrs. Clinton knows better because she had to have special training as secretary of state because she has classification authority.”
Anyone who cares about the rule of law should be shocked and horrified if Mrs. Clinton is not prosecuted by the Department of Justice. Others, including former CIA Director David Petraeus, were prosecuted for far less.
If the former secretary of state is not prosecuted, then it will send a incontrovertible message to millions of Americans that the “right” people are very much above the rule of law. When that happens, all bets are off.