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Former Obama Defense Chief Says Hillary Should Drop Out

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No, this has nothing to do with New Hampshire. A former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should withdraw from the race for president of the United States — her email scandal is that serious.

“I think Hillary Clinton, for the good of the country, should step down and let this FBI investigation play out,” Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn (Ret.) told The Daily Caller. Flynn led the DIA from July 2012 until August 2014. He said anyone who compromised intelligence at this level of classification has no business running for president.

The documents “had to be moved off electronically or removed out of the secure site physically, then it had to be put onto an unclassified email system,” Flynn said. “Someone who does this is completely irresponsible, but totally unaccountable and shows a streak of arrogance to the American public that is unworthy of anyone thinking they can run for President of the United States.”

“This is unbelievable,” Flynn said. “I don’t think anybody should be talking about her being potentially the next President of the United States.”

Flynn was referring to special access programs (SAP) documents, which are at the highest level of classification. Normal classified documents are placed in a storage facility known as a Special Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF). That’s not good enough for SAPs. “Top Secret” clearance is not enough for a government official to see an SAP document, and one SAP clearance does not entitle you to access another SAP program.

“You have to physically do it. You have to willfully violate the law. There is no connectivity in any way between classified and non-classified systems,” Special Forces Col. James Williamson (Ret.) told The Daily Caller.

Col. James Waurishuk, former deputy director of intelligence for the U.S. Central Command, agreed. “In order for Mrs. Clinton to get Top Secret/Special Access Programs onto her private server, numerous, redundant safeguards were deliberately bypassed, probably by unauthorized personnel who where given access to said documents,” Waurishuk told The Daily Caller. “It was a deliberate, intentional act. It just could not happen by accident.”

No word yet on what this says for the potential candidacy of Vice President Joe Biden, but donors are ready.