While the State Department defies a federal court order and delays the final batch of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email until AFTER the first primaries, we’re learning that some of her emails will NEVER see the light of day under any circumstances. In the words of intelligence officials, they are “too damaging” to release.
Fox News reports:
The intelligence community has now deemed some of Hillary Clinton’s emails “too damaging” to national security to release under any circumstances, according to a U.S. government official close to the ongoing review. A second source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, backed up the finding.
The decision to withhold the documents in full, and not provide even a partial release with redactions, further undercuts claims by the State Department and the Clinton campaign that none of the intelligence in the emails was classified when it hit Clinton’s personal server.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, there is an exemption that allows for highly sensitive, and in this case classified, material to be withheld in full — which means nothing would be released in these cases, not even heavily redacted versions, which has been standard practice with the 1,340 such emails made public so far by the State Department.
The Obama administration today confirmed this in more detail, as the AP reports:
The Obama administration confirmed for the first time Friday that Hillary Clinton’s unsecured home server contained some of the U.S. government’s most closely guarded secrets, censoring 22 emails with material demanding one of the highest levels of classification. The revelation comes just three days before the Iowa presidential nominating caucuses in which Clinton is a candidate.
“The documents are being upgraded at the request of the intelligence community because they contain a category of top secret information,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told the AP, describing the decision to withhold documents in full as “not unusual.” That means they won’t be published online with the rest of the documents, even with blacked-out boxes.
In other words, there are some emails Hillary Clinton sent or received as secretary of state from her own private server that are so damaging and sensitive that they can never be released, even heavily redacted.
And yet we’re supposed to believe Hillary that none of the information involved was classified? I’ll borrow from Mike Huckabee who said he didn’t understand how anybody with an IQ above plant life would support Sanders’ socialist ideas. Similarly, I don’t understand how anyone with an IQ above plant life can believe Hillary’s lines about her emails — or anything else that comes out of her mouth, for that matter.
Meanwhile, as The Hill reports, the State Department today will release just 2,000 more of Hillary’s emails but will delay the final batch of about 7,000 until late February — after the critical first primaries are in the books.
In a court filing late on Thursday evening, the department insisted that it “regrets” its inability to publish the final 7,000 pages on Friday, as a federal court ordered it to do last year.
Yet it defended the delay, blaming an internal oversight and the snowstorm that crippled Washington in the past week.
As the journalist who sued the department to force the emails’ release pointed out, however, that would be after voters in the first four primary states have gone to the polls.
“[I]f the Court allows State to delay release of thousands of pages of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s official work emails, a substantial portion of the electorate will be forced to vote without the benefit of important information to which it is entitled about the performance of one of the candidates for U.S. President while serving as Secretary of State,” lawyers opposing the department’s schedule claimed earlier this week.
Apparently, the “most transparent administration ever” wasn’t concerned about this tiny little issue of timing.
“Upcoming electoral events, while admittedly important to the public, do not change the fact that State needs this reasonable amount of additional time to complete the final stage of this enormous and complex undertaking,” lawyers representing the State Department wrote.
Apparently, even with the extra staff and a special person appointed to oversee the whole
debacle process — the “Transparency Coordinator” our current rock star of a secretary of state appointed — the State Department can’t keep its court-appointed deadlines. BTW, does anyone remember who that “Transparency Coordinator” — aka “email czar” — is who’s overseeing the process? Oh yeah, that’s right, it’s Janice Jacobs, the one who donated the maximum amount to none other than Hillary Clinton’s campaign just before being appointed to her role in overseeing Hillary’s email scandal. But I’m sure Jacobs’ support of Hillary for president has absolutely nothing to do with her handling of the email release. Right?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]