Hillary Clinton may face indictment from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) following her involvement in the exchange of highly classified emails.
Tom DeLay, who is a former House Majority Leader, said in a TV interview that his friends at the FBI are already “ready to indict” the former Secretary of State.
During her stint as the U.S. Secretary of State from 2009 up to 2013, Clinton, 68, used an unsecured home server, which she provided for the FBI back in August.
However, the agency found out that some emails that passed through her server may be considered highly classified. An inspector general for the agency even added that some emails were more sensitive than Top Secret, which is also called SAP or Special Access Programs.
These types of information are critical because they may provide details about human assets, or disclose the ways of collecting sensitive information. Access to SAP is restricted, and details would only be sent to individuals who have the “need to know.”
Hillary Clinton emails found to contain information classified as more than ‘Top Secret’ https://t.co/9vQNBYERxF
— TIME.com (@TIME) January 20, 2016
Aside from SAP-related emails, a report also revealed that one email also included human spying, or what the FBI calls highly-sensitive human intelligence operations.
An intelligence community inspector general shared the findings with the Senate Intelligence and the Foreign Affairs committees on January 14.
Currently, the FBI are focusing their investigation on the source of the information, as well as Hillary Clinton and her staff. The agency is also meeting with agencies and individuals to identify the classification levels of the information.
“You want to go right to the source,” said former FBI intelligence officer Timothy Gill Sr. “Investigative protocol would demand that.”
According to DeLay, although the FBI cannot make the indictment by itself, it would recommend a grand federal jury to file the case against Hillary Clinton if she is found responsible for mishandling sensitive information that could affect national security and defense.
Former House Majority Leader Says Hillary Clinton Will Be Indicted by the FBI
But what if the attorney general chooses not to indict?
The Texas Republican said that if this is the case, then the FBI would have to make the issue public, under public scrutiny, and in the middle of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.
However, even before Clinton goes to court for trial, her previous use of a home-based network is something that the media will definitely talk about.
“The media’s not gonna be able to ignore this when you got FBI agents and others out there, talking about what they got,” DeLay said.
On the other hand, Hillary Clinton has, time and again, refuted accusations that she sent or received classified information through her personal email account. The Democratic frontrunner’s campaign has also consistently insisted that the issue was only the result of an “interagency dispute.”
Hillary Clinton again defends her use of emails and denies any wrongdoing http://t.co/vQxYMegPzb
— FOX News Radio (@foxnewsradio) August 19, 2015
In total so far, the FBI has identified 1,340 emails that contain classified information.
In relation to the emails, the State Department received a court order to release the 55,000 emails that Hillary Clinton sent to her former agency. While almost every one has been released for investigation, the State Department requested an extension for the remaining 10,000 pages of emails.
Mark Toner, a State Department spokesman, said that it would be difficult for the department to process the remaining batch because it “contains a large amount of material that required interagency review.”
— POLITICO (@politico) January 22, 2016
The Department will make public as many as possible before January ends, but they are asking for a month-long extension that will push back the deadline to February 29.
“The court’s goal for this month’s production represented the largest number of pages to date. The remaining emails are also the most complex to process,” Toner said.
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