Will Huma Fall on Her Sword for Hillary?
They say it's not the crime, but the coverup. But sometimes it's the crime and the coverup. Hillary Clinton's metastasizing email scandal is beginning to look more and more like a case of both.
Back in the seventies, Charles Colson of Watergate fame boasted he would "walk over my own grandmother" to assure the election of Richard Nixon. Hillary Clinton -- who cut her teeth on the very Watergate investigation before she was "let go" by the House Judiciary Committee under disputed circumstances -- now may have to demand the same kind of loyalty from longtime "girl Friday" Huma Abedin. From Politico:
Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s most trusted confidante, is increasingly becoming a central figure in the email scandal that’s haunting her boss on the campaign trail, as Republicans and federal judges seek information about Clinton’s communications while she was running the State Department.
The 2016 Democratic front-runner on Monday told a federal judge that Abedin — long considered her boss’s keeper and even dubbed her “shadow” — had her own email account on Clinton’s now infamous home-brewed server, “which was used at times for government business,” Clinton acknowledged. That’s an unusual arrangement, even for top brass at the State Department.
Unusual? How about extraordinarily unusual? Clinton controlled the entirety of her government email correspondence on her unsecured family server to which, as far as we know now, only she and Huma had access. Bill has assured us he doesn't do email. Cheryl Mills is still a possibility, though less direct.
Now we have learned, despite Hillary's initial protestations, that of the first forty (of tens of thousands) emails to be examined, if they have not been permanently erased, an inspector general found four (one out of ten) contained classified intelligence material. Two of those were considered TOP SECRET and included satellite photos from government, presumably NSA, sources.
Mrs. Clinton, as she is quaintly known in the NYT, is now suddenly claiming she wasn't aware these emails were classified. This was all an accident. She was just a poor, ignorant (daffy?) secretary of state, overwhelmed with detail. Or perhaps the classification markings were expunged from the emails by some eager acolyte anxious to give the former secretary what is known in the parlance as "plausible deniability."
Whatever the case, we don't know yet how many more of these emails existed on her unsecured server or what they say -- and certainly not which foreign intelligence agencies and independent hackers (other than Guccifer, who has made known a small amount of his trove) had access to them. We can assume quite a few. One can safely say if Hillary were a Republican, she would be halfway to prison by now. Maybe she is anyway.