These Hillary Clinton emails deserve a closer look
Bernie Sanders might be sick and tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s damn emails, but we can’t get enough of them. The big news on that front, obviously, is that State Department IT staffer Bryan Pagliano, who set up and maintained Clinton’s private email server, has reportedly been talking tothe FBI after being granted immunity from prosecution by the Justice Department.
American Commitment President Phil Kerpen, however, thinks there’s still plenty of items of interest in the final State Department email dump, and points to a post by Republican strategist Rory Cooper.
That’s a good point. That final batch of emails to be releasedwasall but overlooked by the cable and broadcastnetworks as Super Tuesday dominated the news. Cooper’s write-up takes a look at three emails of particular interest.
Twitchy reported on one, in which Secretary of State Clinton is interested in forwarding some good newsto the New York Times, but decides to run it by a handful of staffers to get their opinion ifthe contents are “not classified or inappropriate.” Hey, does this look classified to you?
The New York Times reported yesterday that FBI agents have sought to compare timestamps on classified sources to determine whether Clintons aides reviewed the sources and then retyped the information into emails that were sent or forwarded to her private server.
Second is “the WikiLeaks email,” sent by Clinton toMiddle East Envoy George Mitchell with the subject line,Heres my personal email. Cooper writes:
on the day where thousands of classified documents on U.S. military activity in the Middle East were leaked, Secretary Clinton instructed her Middle East Envoy to have a conversation with Italys Foreign Minister and report it back to her.
Italy had nearly 3,000 troops and a Carrier Battle Group supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. It must be presumed that the discussion between the Middle East Envoy and the Foreign Minister would include discussion of that days historic national security leak that put both countries at risk.
Even under routine circumstances, that conversation is classified at the point of origination. And yet Clinton instructed Mitchell to send the details of this conversation to my personal email.
A third email, theSecret North Korea email, is entirely redacted; what’s interesting is the timing. The email to Clinton from top aide Huma Abedin was sent “a day after North Korea launched short-range missiles and the same day they were launching cyber attacks against the United States, including the White House and Pentagon.”
Cooper asks, “So North Korea is launching missiles and cyber attacks and Hillary Clinton isnt in the least bit squeamish about discussing these matters on her home-brewed email server?” Apparently not.
It’s likely reporters busy covering the election won’t get back to these, unlessPagliano’s chats with the FBI lead to further interviews and an indictment.
Kerpen has dug up some other email gems and posted them on his timeline.
We’re in a distressing, unnecessary and regrettable mess? Nothing secret about that.