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Back when her husband was president, all a witness for the prosecution had to do was cherchez la femme--follow the woman. Or in his case, women. Now that Clinton et ux. are poised to become co-presidents again, all an appalled observer need do is follow her testimony and compare it to what James Comey, director of the FBI, discovered:

"I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material."--Hillary Clinton, March 10, 2015.

"Seven email chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received. These chains involved Secretary Clinton both sending emails about those matters and receiving emails from others about the same matters."--James Comey, July 5, 2016.

"Nothing I sent was marked classified or that I received was marked classified." --Hillary Clinton, March 7, 2016.

"Even if information is not marked 'classified' in an email, participants who know or should know that the subject matter is classified are still obligated to protect it." --James Comey, July 5, 2016.

"I take classified information very seriously."--Hillary Clinton, Feb. 1, 2016.

"There is evidence that they [Hillary Clinton and her associates in the State Department] were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information."--James Comey, July 5, 2016.

"[I] did not email any classified material ..."--Hillary Clinton.

Mr. Comey refuted her claim by providing the exact and appalling number of classified documents she emailed.

Under the State Department's policy, Ms. Clinton had claimed, having her own private email server was permitted.

Not so. Mr. Comey found that "none of these emails should have been on any kind of unclassified system."

Ms. Clinton claimed she used her personal email server only for the "convenience" of using only one such device.

Mr. Comey found that she had "used numerous mobile devices to view and send email on that personal domain" in addition to many other servers.

Ms. Clinton claimed she'd turned over all her emails as secretary of state as requested.

But the FBI found "several thousand" such emails that she had held back. And so forth and so sadly on.

Here's one more question this whole Clintonesque mess raises: Would anybody else with such a maculate record be given even a security clearance, let alone elected president of the United States?

Editorial on 07/16/2016

Print Headline: The FBI's least wanted

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Archived Comments

  • 23cal
    July 16, 2016 at 7:46 a.m.

    You would think a newspaper editor would have enough reading comprehension skills to discern that "Seven email chains CONCERN MATTERS that were classified" is not the same as "Seven email chains CONTAIN MATERIAL that was classified". Alternatively, you expect that if he discerned the difference he would have the honesty to not conflate the two.
    You would be wrong if you thought that.
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    About "Nothing I sent was marked classified or that I received was marked classified." --Hillary Clinton, March 7, 2016."
    Comey said three emails had “portion markings” on them indicating that they were classified, but they were not properly marked and therefore could have been missed by Clinton. He said the emails were marked as classified with the letter “C” in the body of the email.
    Kirby said the State Department believes that at least two of the emails were mistakenly marked as confidential. He could not speak to the third email, saying ​the department didn’t have​ “all of the records and documents that the FBI used in their investigation.”
    Also, Cartwright, July 7: "So, if Secretary Clinton really were an expert at what’s classified and what’s not classified and we’re following the manual, the absence of a header would tell her immediately that those three documents were not classified. Am I correct in that?:
    Comey: "That would be a reasonable inference."
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    About "[I] did not email any classified material ..."--Hillary Clinton.
    "Mr. Comey refuted her claim by providing the exact and appalling number of classified documents she emailed."
    He did indeed: 3. And then he walked that back to maybe 1.
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    About " Would anybody else with such a maculate record be given even a security clearance, let alone elected president of the United States?" Sure they would, and if they were Republican, you wouldn't be hearing a peep out of this editor....like with Rice, Powell, and Cheney/Bush with the erasure of 22 million government e-mails held on a RNC server.
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    Well, what do we expect from the right wing editor? Ginned up scandals about Clinton because their nominee is a narcissistic, authoritarian, racist, misogynist, xenophobic, ignorant clown with no policies and no governing experience.. As long as they are attacking Clinton, they don't have to address his lack of plans, knowledge, and policy.
    It's the old "Best defense is a good offense" game. If you have nothing, throw mud at your opponent.

  • ann214
    July 16, 2016 at 9:41 a.m.

    What lot of bull and in total denial.

  • Lifelonglearner
    July 16, 2016 at 10:59 a.m.

    As many studies of the government document classification system have shown, too much information is classified as a matter of routine, and because of the ego or status of the originator.
    The other question is, what crimes or misdemeanors would have been discovered if the justification for the 4,000 plus American deaths in Iraq had been given a proportionate investigation to the four(4) deaths in Benghazi?

  • Nodmcm
    July 16, 2016 at 12:07 p.m.

    So Trump would be more careful with our secrets!?! Are you flat-out kidding me!?! Do you have that much faith that Trump is one of the "adults in the room?" Republicans have painted Hillary as a Middle-Eastern terrorist in the Benghazi matter, and then they tried to paint her as a traitor in the email investigation, like Ronald Reagan who secretly sold weapons to our arch-enemy and nemesis Ayatollah Khomeini and Iran's mullahs. I wonder if Don Trump has ever done business with America's enemies, like the various Middle-Eastern dictatorships which apply Sharia Law (YES IS THE ANSWER, MANY TIMES). So you believe Trump will be really, really careful if he becomes president?

  • Morebeer
    July 16, 2016 at 5:57 p.m.

    As the House Majority leader, McCarthy, said a year ago, this probe was about "peeling away at Clinton's poll numbers." It worked, she's lost points in recent polls. However, I think the RNC should reimburse the taxpayers about $8 million for the cost of this charade.

  • carpenterretired
    July 16, 2016 at 6:53 p.m.

    The old joke that that government would classify the time of day may have been indeed true in regard to one of the three (C) notations, however fellows you should feel sorry for the AGD editorial staff as they are in the process of evolution from Obama boogie man to Hillary boogie man.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    July 16, 2016 at 10:52 p.m.

    Or that boogie WOman. See it ??? Now to other matters, ... The fix was in. More to follow.

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