I don’t normally post politics on this site, saving that for “political-woman.com”, however, Hillary’s recent email tranche merits an opinion. Hillary’s prominent in the news again, but not the kind of prominence she was expecting.
The fact that this woman is seriously running for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President shows how thin the bench is on the Democrat side. If her name were anything other than Hillary Clinton, she’d be living in Martha’s old room at Camp Fed Prison in Alderson, West Virginia.
With Friday’s release of another tranche of Hillary’s emails, the State Department, no less, issued a statement censoring some 22 emails from being released, because they deemed them to contain material requiring one of the highest levels of classification.
“The Associated Press learned ahead of the release that seven email chains would be withheld in full for containing “top secret” information. The 37 pages include messages a key intelligence official recently said concerned “special access programs” —highly restricted, classified material that could point to confidential sources or clandestine programs like drone strikes.
And with this latest revelation coming just two days before the Iowa Caucuses, Hillary and her campaign have gone on offense, demanding the release of these emails.
“We firmly oppose the complete blocking of the release of these emails,” Clinton campaign spokesman Brain Fallon said. “Since first providing her emails to the State Department more than one year ago, Hillary Clinton has urged that they be made available to the public. We feel no differently today.”
The statement is followed by Fallon calling this latest brouhaha, “over-classification run amok.” The Clinton campaign can afford to issue such a vacuous statement because it already knows full well the emails will not be released by the Feds, so therefore it can proffer the ‘he said, she said’ argument.
However, given Clinton’s poll numbers and the attendance at her campaign events, the public doesn’t appear to be buying the pablum. Take a gander at her recent campaign appearance in Dubuque, Iowa. I’d sure call that a half-empty room.
And the FBI continues its investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server for official government business, and whether she knowingly mishandled classified materials thus compromising US national security. The keyword here is “knowingly” for many Clinton supporters and allies. However, that in my opinion doesn’t wash.
Hillary Clinton is an attorney, former First Lady, and former Senator from New York, who served on the Senate Armed Services Committee. No one is going to convince me that she didn’t/couldn’t recognize classified, Top Secret, material when she read it.
We’ve already heard Mrs. Clinton change the wording of her statements several times from when she made her first statement on the issue back on March 10 following an appearance at the United Nations, “I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email; there is no classified material” to her July 25 statement while in Iowa, “I am confident that I never sent nor received any information that was classified at the time it was sent and received” to a still later statement August 4, released by her campaign that Mrs. Clinton, “did not send nor receive any emails that were marked classified at the time.” Even the vaunted New York Times, no friend of Republicans and/or Conservatives has been keeping track of Clinton’s changing story.
It has always struck me from the very beginning of the breaking of this story, why Clinton would knowingly send 55,000 pages of her emails rather than the digital electronic versions. If one employs common sense, it’s to increase the difficulty exponentially of anyone trying to ascertain or discover any potential wrongdoing. As people who are in the digital forensics business know, or even the little folk who type daily emails, digital leaves a trail. And for those of us who have followed both Clintons through the years, from Arkansas to the White House, the Clintons don’t like trails.
Finally, prediction time. With the extensive investigation being conducted by the FBI, starting with Clinton’s use of a home-brew server instead of a specially encrypted State Department model, to her handling of classified/Top Secret/Special Access information on this server, to the role of the Clinton Foundation in State Department business while Hillary was Secretary of State, my predictions:
- The FBI will have a strong enough, bullet-proof case to recommend to the DOJ that a grand jury be convened and an indictment.
- The Clintons will get wind of the above, a.k.a., advance notice, and Hillary will bow out of the race, due to …
- Health reasons. More and more stories are floating around that Clinton is not well, from her late arrival back on stage during the Democratic debate, to her almost fainting on her way to the limo after her Benghazi Committee testimony, to her recent coughing fit, to her physician travelling with her everywhere on the campaign trail.
- Joe Biden will enter the race and end up the Democratic nominee, possibly running with Elizabeth Warren as VP.
- Biden/Warren will win? lose? the general election. I won’t write what I’m thinking because I don’t want it to come to fruition.
However, one thing I am certain of, Hillary Clinton is a congenital liar, who has had her eye on the Presidency since she left Yale Law School with Bubba. After all the years of Whitewater, Travelgate, Vince Foster, the commodity futures dealings, Monica and all of Bill’s women trashed in the press, the Benghazi and Libya debacles, along with the Clinton Foundation’s questionable dealings, for Hillary to finally see the brass ring within her grasp and be denied … I believe it’s called Karma.