Hillary Clinton, despite Bernie Sanders’ best efforts to minimize the scandal over her “damn emails,” is facing new serious legal challenges.
A Fox News report indicates that an FBI probe is considering whether the former Secretary of State violated the Espionage Act when she used a private server to conduct classified business with the federal government.
Specifically, they’re reviewing facts pertaining to “‘gross negligence in the safekeeping of national defense information” and whether Clinton committed obstruction of justice.
Could we be one step closer to seeing this?
Via Fox News:
Three months after Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email address and server while secretary of state was referred to the FBI, an intelligence source familiar with the investigation tells Fox News that the team is now focused on whether there were violations of an Espionage Act subsection pertaining to “gross negligence” in the safekeeping of national defense information.
Under 18 USC 793 subsection F, the information does not have to be classified to count as a violation. The intelligence source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity citing the sensitivity of the ongoing probe, said the subsection requires the “lawful possession” of national defense information by a security clearance holder 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.
Subsection F also requires the clearance holder “to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer.”A failure to do so “shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.”
The source said investigators are also focused on possible obstruction of justice.”If someone knows there is an ongoing investigation and takes action to impede an investigation, for example destruction of documents or threatening of witnesses, that could be a separate charge but still remain under a single case,” the source said. Currently, the ongoing investigation is led by the Washington Field Office of the FBI.
A former FBI agent claimed that Clinton’s sporadic release of specifically chosen emails may constitute obstruction of justice as well. And while she maintains that any emails deemed classified were only done so after the fact, it isn’t going to fly. A national security defense attorney said, “The fact that something’s not marked or that the person may not know that it was classified would not be relevant at all in a prosecution under the Espionage Act.”
Is Hillary in trouble?
Comment: Do you think Hillary will ever have to face criminal charges for her illegal email server? Will charges lead to answers as to what happened in Benghazi?