Hillary’s Rebuttal to Email ‘Smoking Gun’ Doesn’t Wash

Hillary’s Rebuttal to Email ‘Smoking Gun’ Doesn’t Wash –47gh.,b43

Appearing on “Face the Nation” Sunday morning, Hillary Clinton tried to rebut the charge that she instructed an aide to violate the rules for handling classified information by taking a secure fax message and “turning [a memo] into nonpaper w[ith] no identifying heading and send nonsecure.”

An email to Jake Sullivan gave him that instruction, obviously meaning that he should remove the classified identification on the top of the page and send it as a regular email, a practice that would violate federal law. A document identified as classified cannot technically be sent on State Department email.

Mrs. Clinton defended her action by insisting that the material was never actually sent in the fashion she recommended. She also claimed that she needed information and “was waiting for a secure fax that could give me the whole picture.” But, she adds “often times there’s a lot of information that isn’t at all classified so whatever information can be appropriately transmitted unclassified often was…”

But her email does not suggest anything at all about sending only a nonclassified part of the fax. And the text of the email, as well as the subject line,were redacted, so it was likely discussing classified material. And if it wasn’t classified, it would not have to be sent as a secure fax. Sullivan could have just sent it as an email and there would be no issue about any heading.

Whether it was actually sent or not is not an issue. What is an issue is her apparent familiarity with a procedure to circumvent the security system in place to protect classified information. She responded right away when she was told there would be a delay in sending a secure fax. This from a woman whose emails show she doesn’t know how to operate a fax, an iPad, email, or a TV. She can’t even type and doesn’t keep a computer in her office because she doesn’t know how to use one.

source-dick morris, eileen mcgann

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