OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE???
STATE DEPARTMENT GOES SLOW
DESPITE COURT DEADLINES
State Department Won’t Commit to Finishing Review of Clinton’s Top-Secret Emails Before General Election
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_________________________________________________________________MATT LEE: So, he does have a point. Maybe it shouldn’t be driven by political deadlines so that the results of the review that the State Department is responsible for come out after the election, but maybe it should be driven by wanting to get it out before the election. In fact, as soon as possible. Can you commit, is the department in a position to commit, to getting the results of this review, into the top secret, into the classified, the one he keeps talking about, before there is a general election in this country?JOHN KIRBY: I’m not going to commit to a specific timeline. The secretary wants this review to be done thoroughly, and accurately and efficiently and he’s not going to allow himself, or the process or the department to be driven by the political calendar on this. The argument that we should be ever mindful of that, and while I don’t agree with the logic, I understand where you are coming from.The counter logic to that would be that we are politicizing what needs to remain a completely apolitical process here. What the American people have a right to know is how these things were handled, and how the State Department has met our obligations in terms of properly preparing these documents for release. There are other agencies involved.LEE: Exactly, no one is questioning that. No one is saying that you should or the FBI or DOJ or whoever else is doing all these reviews or investigations that they need to set a deadline, but the point–the fact of the matter is that today in fact is one of those deadlines in the electoral and political process, and the judge in the FOIA case set deadlines, some of which you made, some of which you didn’t. You made the last one, which was yesterday, and they’re all out. So deadlines whether they’re random, they exist. And they exist in the political calendar as well.KIRBY: Sure, they do. I’m sure you’ve never missed a deadline either or should I call Wendy? Look, it’s one thing to meet a deadline for the distribution of these documents, which as you pointed out, sometimes we made it. Sometimes we didn’t, and the judge was–the judge–LEE: Was not happy.KIRBY: –mandated a subsequent deadline process here for us. But in the case of investigations and reviews, it is not always the case that reviews and investigations are given deadlines to be complete. Specifically, because you want investigators to have the leeway to look at things as deeply and as thoroughly as they need to.LEE: Which is understandable, but at the same time you have to deal with the reality of the year that we’re in. Don’t you? I mean presumably, the building, the people in this building who are voters, want to know all of the information that they can before they go, they go into the voting booth, right?REPORTER: And if you were worried about being accused of politicizing this issue, you run a greater risk of doing that should you release the report after the election than you would if you did it before. That is an opinion. That’s not a question.
New Hillary Clinton Email Undermines Key Argument About Classified Material
BY MORGAN CHALFANT
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One of the emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server released by the State Department Monday shows the former secretary of state checking with staffers about whether one of her emails contained classified information.The message, first reported by ABC News, indicates that Clinton understood that emails not marked classified could still contain information that was classified. In order to brush off controversy surrounding her use of personal email, Clinton has repeatedly insisted that she never sent nor received information marked classified on her unsecured system.“If it’s not classified or otherwise inappropriate, can you send to the NY Times reporters who interviewed me today?” Clinton wrote in the April 2012 email to aides Jake Sullivan and Phillippe Reines, forwarding a message about the State Department’s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications.Clinton checks with staff to see if a message on her email is classified. If not, she says, send to the @nytimes pic.twitter.com/sJTPAL5Rzw— Justin Fishel (@JustinFishelABC) March 1, 2016Sullivan ultimately assessed that the email was not classified or “inappropriate.” It also was not updated with classified markings in the State Department’s latest release. Still, it suggests that Clinton knew that classified material could appear in emails not marked classified.Critics have argued that Clinton’s use of unsecured email to conduct government business compromised national security.The emails released by the agency Monday constituted the last of Clinton’s emails that it has been vetting and releasing to the public over the last 10 months. The State Department has released most of the approximately 30,000 work-related emails that Clinton turned over to the government after it was revealed a year ago that she exclusively used a private email account during her tenure. The emails sent to the State Department last year did not include about 30,000 messages from Clinton’s account that she and aides deemed personal and deleted.The agency was forced to withhold 22 messages from release in January because they contain top secret information. The State Department has said that it is looking into whether those messages contained information that was classified at the time they originated on Clinton’s server.While none of the messages in the final release were upgraded to a top secret classification, the State Department withheld two emails from release, including one that was a correspondence with President Obama.The tally of Clinton emails upgraded to classified now stands at more than 2,000, though the State Department has maintained that the messages were not marked classified when they were sent from or received on Clinton’s email.