Ouch that’s gonna leave a mark! What started out as a lousy day for Hillary Clinton got a lot worse as a federal judge wants the State Dept. to get Hillary’s 32,000 private emails and intelligence experts want Clinton to lose her security clearance.
Security experts say that if Hillary Rodham Clinton retained her government security clearance when she left the State Department, as is normal practice, it should be suspended now that it is known her unprotected private email server contained top secret material.
“Standard procedure is that when there is evidence of a security breach, the clearance of the individual is suspended in many, but not all, cases,” said retired Army Lt. Gen. William Boykin, who was deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence in the George W. Bush administration. “This rises to the level of requiring a suspension.”
“I have no doubt she has retained her security clearance,” said a former senior intelligence official who worked in several different national security offices. “It’s almost automatic for somebody in that position for, as a courtesy, to retain full security clearances. And I think it should be suspended immediately until this is cleared up.”
This source said James R. Clapper, the director of national intelligence, has that authority.
That hasn’t happened so I suppose that is the good news. Also breaking this afternoon is a federal judge wants the State Dept. to get the 32,000 emails Hillary deemed as personal and could be erased before anyone got to look at them. This order stems from a Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit.
Late Thursday afternoon Federal judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered the State Department to work with the FBI to try to get access to those 32,000 email, as the courts get more deeply involved in her email practices.
The Judge ordered the State Department (because it’s supposed to be the custodian of her records) to talk with the FBI to see which of those emails it could obtain from the server.
“Further, in light of the State Department’s August 12, 2015 status report, the August 14, 2015 report shall indicate the extent to which the State Department is working with other government agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice, to search Mrs. Clinton’s private email server for information relevant to this lawsuit,” the judge said in an order Thursday afternoon.
Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm, has been trying to get a peek at Mrs. Clinton’s communications for years, but was unknowingly foiled by her email situation, in which she issued herself her own account on a server she kept at her home in New York rather than using the State Department’s usual system.
While there is no guarantee that the FBI will be able to retrieve the emails, or that the emails will contain incriminating evidence, it is clear that both the growing demand for her to lose her clearance, and the judges order that the personal emails should be made available are further blows to Clinton’s credibility (if she has any left).