Hillary Clinton announced Tuesday that she would finally consent to months of demands by handing over the secret email server she used while serving as Secretary of State. However, it is unclear whether or not any useful data remains on the device.
When an investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attack led to the discovery of Clinton’s secret server, the diplomat handed over thousands of pages of emails to the State Department – after deleting over 30,000 emails she considered “personal.”
Many believe America’s top diplomat used the server to send and receive classified information – a suspicion that has been confirmed recently by Inspector General Charles McCullough, who says that at least two of the emails were “Top Secret/SCI level.” “Top Secret” refers to any material that if released could be a threat to national security.
Hillary refutes this claim by explaining that nothing she sent or received was marked “classified” at the time.
Federal investigators have been begging the Democratic candidate for months to give up the questionable server, but it wasn’t until McCullough’s discovery that she finally surrendered.
“This information revealed by the inspector general makes it even more important that the FBI and the State Department secure these documents,” says Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa. “To date, the two agencies most critical to securing this information have failed to assure the American people that they are taking the necessary steps to protect America’s national security interests.”
Clinton’s spokesman Nick Merrill said that both the server and a flash drive with copies of her emails were handed over to the Justice Department. “She pledged to cooperate with the government’s security inquiry, and if there are more questions, we will continue to address them,” said Merrill.
“It’s about time,” says House Speaker John Boehner. “Secretary Clinton’s previous statements that she possessed no classified information were patently untrue. Her mishandling of classified information must be fully investigated.”
“From my perspective the facts are very clear,” says Hillary. “This has all been done in accordance with the rules and the regulations in effect and, you know, I just trust the American people to sort through all of that stuff.”
I believe that Clinton had plenty of time to delete any “sensitive” information before surrendering the server. In fact, she even admitted to wiping the device – so there may be no data left at all.
The State Department was supposed to have finished filtering through Clinton’s emails by now, but the deadline has come and gone. The department, now aided by five intelligence agencies, still has 2,000 more pages of emails to inspect.