It took nearly a year, but Hillary Clinton and her attorney have finally run out of excuses to not turn over her personal email server.
Late Tuesday, the AP reported Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton finally relented to government investigators and turned over possession of her private email server, as well as several thumb drives.
The investigation began last year when government investigators started looking into the Democratic presidential candidate’s use of a private email server used during her term as Secretary of State. The security of the server and thus, national security were their prime concerns.
There is no evidence she used encryption to shield the emails or her personal server from foreign intelligence services or other potentially prying eyes.
Clinton claimed early on in the investigation she used the private server out of convenience in order to limit the number of electronic devices she carried . . . because everyone carries servers around, right?
In March, Clinton said she exchanged about 60,000 emails in her four years in the Obama administration, about half of which were personal and were discarded.
To that end, Clinton “turned over the other half to the State Department last December.” Sounds good, right? Not if you’re the poor Government Investigator who had to laboriously sift through 55,000 paper copies of those emails for the past eight months! Well luckily, today Clinton’s attorney David Kendall turned over the thumb drives containing electronic copies of those emails.
[David] Kendall gave the thumb drives, containing copies of roughly 30,000 emails, to the FBI after the agency determined he could not remain in possession of the classified information contained in some of the emails, according to a U.S. official briefed on the matter.
Thank goodness for small favors, eh poor Unknown Government Investigator?!
Throughout this investigation, Clinton has repeatedly downplayed the security risk and as recently as July, has even claimed there were no emails containing classified information on the server. Today’s surrender of the server, however, occurred soon after a statement was released by Senator Chuck Grassely, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Grassely stated “that two of the four emails that the office had previously described as ‘above Secret’ were, in fact, classified at the Top Secret/SCI level.” If proven true, that’s an offense punishable by prison time. Ruh-roh!
Stay tuned! It’s getting very interesting, folks!
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