Somehow, we must have missed this in all of the reporting about the Inspector General’s report from CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. If you get all your news from those sources, you would think the report was nothing but 500 pages of IG Michael Horowitz blasting James Comey for costing Hillary Clinton the 2016 election. And then a little addendum confirming that everyone at the FBI did their jobs correctly and there’s no political bias in the Bureau and that Donald Trump should just shut the hell up.
There has certainly been little to no mention of THIS particular bombshell: That Hillary Clinton’s emails were accessed by “foreign actors,” who obtained access to messages that were classified. We had to rely on House Republicans for this information, which is being kept under tight wraps by any and all media reporting on this turn of events. And it’s no secret why: It lays to rest the last of Clinton’s defenses, which is that regardless of how she mishandled classified information, her terrible decision to keep a private server in her basement did not have any tangible effect on our national security. Now we know that’s simply not true.
In a memo from the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees, lawmakers say that Clinton’s bad judgement put our national secrets at considerable risk.
“Documents provided to the Committees show foreign actors obtained access to some of Mrs. Clinton’s emails – including at least one email classified ‘Secret,’” the memo says, as reported by Fox News.
It is not outlined in the memo which country was responsible for the breach, but it does say that the information included in the email could “reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to the national security.”
Oh, but recall: “No reasonable prosecutor” would have ever brought a case against Hillary. Unreal.
In the memo, lawmakers said that the FBI was potentially outside the boundaries of the law when they let Clinton off the hook.
“Officials from both [the FBI and the DOJ] have created a perception they misinterpreted the Espionage Act by stating Secretary Clinton lacked the requisite ‘intent’ for charges to be filed,” they wrote. They concluded that this point of view ignored “meaningful aspects” of the law. Which, to be frank, is an understatement. It ignored the LAW altogether.
It’s once again reassuring that we did not elect this unprofessional, careless idiot President, but we’ll be damned if the Department of Justice under Obama didn’t do everything they could to make sure that we did.