‘By Craig Andresen – The National Patriot and Right Side Patriots on cprworldwidemedia.net
There was a line of questioning, last Thursday, during Hillary Clinton’s more than 11 hours of testimony before Trey Gowdy’s House Select Committee on Benghazi that went nearly unnoticed…nearly…but I noticed it and you may have as well but it bears highlighting.
It was back in very early August, August 5th I believe, that I wrote of Hillary’s violation of the Espionage Act of 1917 and I went into some detail regarding that violation…
“In that act, it clearly states that…“gross negligence” as per the handling of any information regarding our national defense is a punishable offense…a crime…and as such, should national defense information be removed from or not stored properly…not stored in its “proper place of custody,” the responsible government official would face a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.”
“Hello Hillary Clinton.”
“While one certainly knows that in 1917, the “proper place of custody” was a file cabinet or a safe and that those who wrote and enacted the Act never in their wildest dreams considered the advent of email…government servers, not one’s private servers located in one’s home in Chappaqua N.Y. are the “proper places of custody” today and in that regard…Hillary Clinton and her use of private email addresses and said servers is in breach of the 1917 Act.”
A little later in that August 5th article, I wrote this…
” Remember how, when Hillary finally did turn over that lot of 30,000 emails, that it was she and her staff…her now private staff as she no longer enjoys the title she once held, that went through all her emails…deciding which were to be the property of the Department of State and which were…personal emails?”
“Well…here’s a question which I believe needs to be answered and answered right now…did Hillary’s private staff have security clearance? Let’s face it…Hillary herself…who didn’t have time to read her emails when they were fresh, didn’t pour through more than 60,000 of them in her off time while preparing to run for the 2016 oval office.”
“I’m guessing the answer is no since her staff is HER staff and they do not work for the government which of course begs yet another question…what did they see in those emails? What national security, classified and sensitive information did they read when making the decisions as to what would and would not be turned over?”
Okay…that was me last August 5th and then… the line of questioning from last Thursday’s Hillary Clinton testimony turned to that very topic when Congressman Jim Jordan, from Ohio, fired one question after another, regarding who decided which emails were to be deemed private and which would be deleted toward Hillary Clinton. Jordan wanted to know what search terms and what keywords were used to sort through Hillary’s emails from her private email account and that were kept on her private server.
“So you don’t know?” Jordan asked… “What search terms did you use? Why did you mention the secret service agent?”
During that line of questioning by Jordan, Hillary testified, under oath, that she did not personally search through her emails. She testified…UNDER OATH…that her ATTORNEYS handled going through her emails and that her ATTORNEYS decided, not only what search terms to use but which emails were official government business, which emails related directly to Benghazi and which emails would be deleted or not turned over to the State Department or to the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
Hillary Clinton also…UNDER OATH…testified that her ATTORNEYS read through all the emails…some 60,000 plus of them…in just two months time prompting Congressman Jordan to remark that hers must be the fastest reading attorneys on earth.
Hillary Clinton, in testimony from her own lips and UNDER OATH…admitted that SHE didn’t read through those 60,000 plus emails but she had…SHE HAD her ATTORNEYS do it for her…attorneys that we know lacked the proper security clearances to do so lest they come across sensitive, classified or top secret information and…we also know, for a fact, there were indeed sensitive, classified AND top secret documents contained within Hillary Clinton’s emails.
This tells us two very important things. First, if Hillary had testified that SHE went through all those emails herself, when some that weren’t turned over to the State Department or to the House Select Committee on Benghazi surface, as some already have and others surly will, she and she alone would be at fault and only she would be responsible for withholding evidence. However, by testifying it was her ATTORNEYS who combed through the email mountain…THEY would be responsible as Hillary, or any other Clinton for that matter, is never at fault for anything.
And second…in testifying that it was her attorneys who read each and every email, which would have to include those sensitive, classified and top secret emails, and that she didn’t “stand over their shoulders” while they did so…yes, Hillary offered that she did not monitor her attorney’s as they read those emails and that she did not instruct them in any way…THEY, those attorneys, become responsible for any missing emails or withholding of them but…it now clearly becomes HILLARY CLINTON who has, indeed, violated the Espionage Act of 1917 via …“gross negligence” as per the handling of any information regarding our national defense is a punishable offense…a crime…and as such, should national defense information be removed from or not stored properly…not stored in its “proper place of custody.”
Let me be a bit more specific here… it is found, in 18 USC 793 subsection F of the Espionage Act, that should a security clearance holder (Hillary Clinton) allow material to be “removed or abstracted from its proper, secure location” (to draw or take away; remove…as Hillary has now testified under oath her attorney’s did) through “gross negligence” and does not attempt “to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer,” charges could and should be filed. A failure to comply with that section of the Espionage Act of 1917 “shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.”
This brings us to other lines of questioning during last Thursday’s hearing and numerous instances of chiding and scolding by liberals on the House Select Committee on Benghazi regarding them. Lines of questioning such as those regarding Sidney Blumenthal. Hillary Clinton testified, under oath, that Blumenthal was NOT a government employee, that Blumenthal had emails that she didn’t have and that she didn’t know why that was the case. Ahhh…yet another private individual who had…”abstracted” emails from Hillary’s private account and server…an individual without any security clearance whatsoever. Hillary Clinton’s attorney, David Kendell, also without any security clearance as well as Blumenthal turned over emails and documents that obviously were not, in accordance with the Espionage Act of 1917, “properly stored.”
Oh, liberals will cry foul, trying to claim that Hillary didn’t have any top secret OR classified material in her emails as she claimed that none of those top secret or classified documents were marked as such when she either received or sent them but there are 3 facts here that must be cited. First, according to several intel agencies…some of those emails and documents were indeed classified or top secret both then and now…in fact, to date there have been at least 400 such emails and documents discovered on Hillary’s private email account and server and second…and this is very important…
According to the Espionage Act of 1917, 18 USC 793 subsection F, the information does NOT have to be classified to count as a violation. What the Act requires is clear, that the “lawful possession” of national defense information by a security clearance holder (in this case, Hillary Clinton) who “through gross negligence,” (such as the use of an unsecure computer network, permits the material to be removed or abstracted from its proper, secure location) is to be so charged.
And third…liberals will try to make a case that the clause in the Espionage Act of 1917 that allows for the making of a “prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer,” will somehow clear Hillary’s violations however…no such report was ever filed with her superior officer. That superior officer, in Hillary’s case, of course being Obama who stated in March, during a CBS interview that HE first learned of Hillary’s private email account and private server… “the same time everybody else learned it through news reports.”
In fact, not even David Axelrod, Obama’s Chief of Staff knew of Hillary’s private email account or server as HE stated in June, when asked IF he knew… “I confess, I didn’t, I was there, I was the senior adviser. I didn’t know that.”
Even the Obama regime’s Town Liar, Josh Earnest, was asked whether or not Obama ever emailed Hillary Clinton and realized that she had a private email account and private server to which HE responded… “The point that the president was making is not that he didn’t know Secretary Clinton’s email address, he did. But he was not aware of the details of how that email address and that server had been set up or how Secretary Clinton and her team were planning to comply with the Federal Records Act.”
Yes, Hillary Clinton also violated the Federal Records Act by using a private server and private email account.
So, while the liberals on the Committee poo-pooed and boo-hooed every line of questioning regarding Hillary Clinton’s emails, use of a private email account and private server along with each and every line of questioning focused on Sidney Blumenthal there were very good reasons FOR those lines of questioning. That being that Chairman Gowdy and the rest of the Republicans ON that Committee already KNEW the answers to those questions but…they needed Hillary, on record and UNDER OATH, to confirm them and, whether she thought she slicked her way out of it or not, she did exactly that and in doing so, only in regard to Benghazi, Hillary Clinton proved that she was indeed, in violation OF the Espionage Act of 1917 AND the Federal Records Act…the latter being a civil matter while the former is a felony matter punishable by up to 10 years in prison. And while Hillary and her liberal supporters think she got away with it, she also confirmed to the House Select Committee that she both lied about and participated in a cover-up OF Benghazi.
One last thing…there will be no end to liberals claiming that Gowdy and the Committee were targeting Hillary for political reasons, but were they? Recent…VERY recent history should be all that is necessary to answer that question and the answer is no.
If Lois Lerner didn’t target Conservatives and Conservative organizations by using the IRS as a political weapon, which the DOJ says she didn’t, then how could the House Select Committee possibly have targeted Hillary Clinton for political reasons?
During the first democrat/socialist debate, just a couple of weeks ago, when asked what enemy she has made that she is the most proud of, Hillary Clinton stated…”Well, in addition to the NRA, the health insurance companies, the drug companies, the Iranians … probably the Republicans,” and while we’re certainly glad not to be on Hillary’s friends list, we Republicans, nor those Republicans on the House Select Committee are her worst enemies as, due to her sworn testimony, UNDER OATH, it turns out that Hillary Clinton is, in fact, her OWN worst enemy.