Democrats are understandably nervous this week as the party’s inarguable frontrunner for the White House is now embroiled in a cover-up scandal that has ballooned much larger than the original infraction.
With echoes to Nixon’s Watergate coverup, Hillary’s decision this week to finally turn over her private email server to federal investigators raises more questions than it answers.
Team Hillary circled the wagons on Wednesday in hopes of pushing back against public criticism while also attempting to ease the angst of donors and supporters. Coupled with the dismissal of the scandal as much ado about nothing, spokesmen reiterated that Hillary conveyed nothing via email that was known to be classified at the time.
But Intelligence Community (IC) officials have spoken in recent weeks with almost unanimous opinion that such an argument defies logic and represents either a gross ignorance of how sensitive information is handled or, worse, is a flagrant disregard for federal regulations.
Among the inspector general’s findings — which came from a review of just 40 among the more than 30,000 emails submitted to the State Department — information that should have been labeled “Top Secret/SI/TK/NOFORN”, which in IC parlance means it is of the most sensitive nature.
That such information made its way to an unsecure, unencrypted server at Hillary’s home is only the beginning of the many questions federal investigators are pursuing.
With the vast majority of the 30,000 emails still yet to be reviewed, the likelihood of the scandal going away is almost nil. What’s more, Hillary’s anticipated October testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi will coincide roughly with the beginning of the Democrat debate season which could mark the beginning of the end of Hillary’s bid for the presidency.