Hillary Clinton's Lawyer has Copy of her Classified Emails on a Thumb Drive- Could she be Prosecuted?
On Friday, the Clinton campaign released a cache of tax records going back to 2007, as well as a letter from Hillary Clinton's doctor, saying she's perfectly healthy. Almost simultaneously, yet another round of Clinton emails were released by the State Department.
Fox News reports that 37 of the emails were at least partially redacted in the interest of national security.
Speaking with conservative pundit Hugh Hewitt on Friday, “Meet The Press” host Chuck Todd smelled something fishy:
"I’m glad you’re focused on the emails, because I feel like this is the one time that tax returns and medical records are a diversionary tactic...
...they don’t have a good explanation on these emails. They just don’t...Because look at the backflips and contortions that the current State Department and the administration [are] having in trying to do deal with it."
Todd then compared Clinton's situation with that of David Petraeus:
“The only reason we’re in this situation is because she chose to have this private server...David Petraeus had to do a plea...And he just, you know, his career is changed forever, let’s just say.”
CNN reports that Petraeus “pled guilty in March to one federal charge for giving 5-by-8 inch black notebooks containing some classified information to Broadwell [his biographer].” Petraeus received two years probation, and was fined $100,000—avoiding jail time.
According to Fox News, Clinton's situation may not be that different from Petraeus':
“Classified emails on Hillary Clinton's personal server, and a backup copy on a thumb drive held by her lawyer David Kendall, appear to be a violation of the U.S. code governing the unlawful removal and storage of classified information, according to a leading national security lawyer.”
Fox also notes:
“Under 18 USC 1924 the unlawful removal and storage of classified information is described as when a person 'knowingly removes such documents or materials without authority and with the intent to retain such documents or materials at an unauthorized location.' The law sets punishment of a fine or prison term of 'not more than one year.'”
Is the thumb drive in violation of the law? Clinton defenders are saying that Clinton's attorney has a security clearance, and has been briefed in the proper methods of handling classified material.
Detractors are crying foul, and calling the backup copy comparable to Petraeus' black notebooks.