The left was perfectly happy to let Hillary Clinton sling highly classified information about the internet. They were fine with either she or her inner circle walking this information out of a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) in a calculated violation of security policy and federal law. They didn’t care that her server was not only devoid of cybersecurity measures but someone could have walked into the bathroom closet where it was stored and downloaded the entire contents with no one the wiser. The chuckled when Hillary Clinton lied about the server, its history, how it was used, and what information was stored on it. Back then FBI Director James Comey was a rock star, the model of the hard-nosed-take-no-prisoners-investigator. Today it is different.
Not only is Comey being lambasted we’re seeing the same dishonest bullsh** being spread by Hillary Clinton’s pixies in the media. For instance, Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald, who was voted Mister Douche by his high school senior class, spins this fantasy. This is being circulated on the left as PROOF, PROOF I TELL YOU, that this is a nothingburger.
The truth is much less explosive. There is no indication the emails in question were withheld by Clinton during the investigation, the law enforcement official told Newsweek, nor does the discovery suggest she did anything illegal. Also, none of the emails were to or from Clinton, the official said.
Keep this in mind for a moment.
This new evidence relates to how Abedin managed her emails. She maintained four email accounts—an unclassified State Department account, another on the clintonemail.com domain and a third on Yahoo. The fourth was linked to her husband’s account; she used it to support his activities when he was running for Congress, investigative records show. Abedin, who did not know Clinton used a private server for her emails, told the bureau in an April interview that she used the account on the clintonemail.com domain only for issues related to the Secretary’s personal affairs, such as communicating with her friends. For work-related records, Abedin primarily used the email account provided to her by the State Department.
Because Clinton preferred to read documents on paper rather than on a screen, emails and other files were often printed out and provided to her either at her office or home, where they were delivered in a diplomatic pouch by a security agent. Abedin, like many State Department officials, found the government network technology to be cumbersome, and she had great trouble printing documents there, investigative records show. As a result, she sometimes transferred emails from her unclassified State Department account to either her Yahoo account or her account on Clinton’s server, and printed the emails from there. It is not clear whether she ever transferred official emails to the account she used for her husband’s campaign.
Abedin would use this procedure for printing documents when she received emails she believed Clinton needed to see and when the Secretary forwarded emails to her for printing. Abedin told the FBI she would often print these emails without reading them. Abedin printed a large number of emails this way, in part because, investigative records show, other staff members considered her Clinton’s “gatekeeper” and often sent Abedin electronic communications they wanted the Secretary to see.
Short form. Abedin routinely forwarded official emails to one or more private email addresses. If you can’t see the problem here you aren’t paying attention.
The second paragraph of this pullquote actually contradicts the first pullquote. Many, if not most, of the tens of thousands, yes, you heard that right, tens of thousands of emails that Abedin forwarded to her unsecure accounts were either to or from Clinton. He’s trying to be clever, in a beetle-browed Neanderthal kind of way, by saying that as emails were not sent by Abedin to Clinton or vice versa. This is an not issue. Abedin forwarding the email doesn’t change who sent or received the original email.
And no, government network technology is not cumbersome for printing — most government offices run industrial sized printer banks networked to workstations and the Secretary never has a problem printing — UNLESS you are trying to print out documents from a SCIF workstation, something that is forbidden.
The real howler in here, of course, is that the bizarre statement that Abedin didn’t know that Clinton had a private email server. Not only did Abedin have an address on that server, she worked with the guy, Bryan Pagliano, who was hired to maintain it. I don’t know who Eichenwald is trying to fool with the claptrap other than the most gullible and credulous Hillary Clinton fan girls like himself.
If the FBI determines that any of the documents that ended up on the shared device were classified, Abedin could be deemed to have mishandled them. In order to prove that was a criminal offense, however, investigators would have to establish that Abedin had intended to disclose the contents of those classified documents, or that she knew she was mishandling that information.
If the documents were not classified, no crime was committed. But either way, this discovery has embarrassed Clinton, even though there is no evidence at this point suggesting she has been implicated in any potential wrongdoing.
Neither of these statements is even a lie they are so wrong. While the Obama administration made a political decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton and her entire inner circle, the law does not require intent to mishandle as an element to be proven for a criminal indictment. Intent to mishandled means you are dealing with espionage but the law makes if very clear that “gross negligence”, that is the phrase in the law, is a criminal act. If the documents are not classified and Abedin has said declared that she had no emails to the FBI, then she is guilty of the same felony as Martha Stewart and Scooter Libby.
I have no idea how this will play out. But this story line pushed by Eichenwald is ridiculous and people should be laughing at him rather than taking him seriously.