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24 January 2016

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BabelFish

Arrogance coupled with the frustration of being a perceived 'second banana' for a lifetime. I saw this regularly in the decades of organizational HR work. People who felt 'blocked' did increasingly illicit and/or illogical actions until they imploded.

Origin

As a constitutional officer responsible for the matters of state, it seems to me the Secretary of State should have the power to decide to simply ignore whether something has been designated"secret" or not if the item is used within the constitutional scope of her office. By using it, she simply declassified it.

Bobo

This is not a Right Wing Conspiracy but most likely her paranoia and lack of administrative skills have placed her in this position. Yup no one else did this but HRC. So assuming she is not dumb i assume her lawyers have been negotiating a settlement where she pleads to a Misdemeanor and then she runs around saying it was just a Technicality. So when this occurs is the question. It is obvious if she does not then one by one her staff will get indicted.
Politics is a filthy business.

cynic

Laws are for the little people. Banksters can just pay a fine and admit no guilt. Her husband apparently spent his last day in office signing pardons for rich crooks. Perhaps Obama will do as much for her! If the usual political and financial pressures on the judicial authorities fail to prevent a prosecution and conviction, perhaps she can flee to Israel, from where there is no extradition. Maybe she could even win the campaign and make a victory speech from there. Is there any constitutional impediment to a convicted felon becoming President? If not, she could even pardon herself!

mbrenner

We might wish to take account of the Obama element. As someone who finds the man insufferable, I should take pains to rein in any impulse to blame him for things indiscriminately. But it is reasonable to consider that his hands-off management style, especially in regard to the big players in his administration (Gates, Brennan, Petraeus, Geithner & Assoc., Clinton), was a facilitating factor which encouraged them to follow their instincts without feel constrained by oversight/accountability from the White House. Hillary's arrogance, as well as ambition, is legendary. That does not mean, though, that she is oblivious to possible constraints or consequences. The justifiable conviction that there were neither constraints nor consequences to be expected from Obama may well have contributed to her recklessness.

Kooshy

One shouldn't be surprised, this lady has acted like this all along in her life. Personal ambitions, and greed came before all else, including respect, integrity, family and country. She will be willing to burn this country and everybody in it if that was the ticket to seal her name in history. At the time, her impersonal and non emotional behavior with her husband' infidelity and publicly lying, scared me. IMO ,For that she was rewarded a senate seat.

DC

I agree HRC is near done. The allegations are incredibly serious yet we don't see front and center reporting by the major tv channels. Bloomberg (and perhaps Biden) wait in the wings (it is no coincidence that Bloomberg is dropping a trial balloon regarding his candidacy right now). Fast forward to the general election, and we may see two multi-billionaires running against a chap with a "socialist" history who refuses to take contributions from the big banks. What a show that would be. What a choice.

turcopolier

origin

IMO your argument would have weight with regard to classifications originating in the State Department, but her de-classifications went far beyond that. pl

JM Gavin

Incorrect. The originator (or originating agency) controls classification in accordance with regulations. Much of the email releases contain material derived from other agencies.

Some information, however, is inherently classified, and the SecState does not have the authority to lower the classification even if DoS is the originator. Theoretically, only the President can unilaterally declassify classified information, but, in practice not even the President can declassify inherently classified information.

The Twisted Genius

I guess we'll soon find out if Hillary could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody without losing voters. The true believers will rationalize this away. Besides, how many candidates won elections from jail?

The Twisted Genius

Maybe this is why Sanders doesn't hammer away at this issue. He's just biding his time as she blows herself up.

Babak Makkinejad

Why are these allegations serious; I confess that I do not grasp what is going on here?

Origin

Certainly, the test would be whether the act was within the scope of her duties and authority. ...even if the item was classified by another department. By the way, in my earlier post, I made an error, the duties of the SOS are not defined in the Constitution, but by statute, so the office in not a "constitutional" office.

rg

Obama and more importantly his globalist-financier handlers have no desire whatsoever to see the Clintons return to the White House. They want Joe Biden to succeed Obama and they will almost certainly get what they want. The stage has been set. Trump, the New Yorker who uses other people's money to build up his phantom billions while occasionally going bankrupt, is probably working for the same handlers, and he is probably correct in saying that Goldman Sachs owns Ted Cruz, meaning that Cruz is working for them, too. The indictment of Hillary will be topped off with more revelations about her and her husband's separate sex lives, and she will quit the race. With Trump and Sanders as the choice, Biden will enter the race, and he will win.

The leak is not designed to prevent Obama from helping Hillary win, it's designed to give him cover for not helping her, and for not wanting to.

turcopolier

Babak

This is a federal felony crime that we are discussing. pl

BabelFish

TTG, Honey Fitz? JFK's grandfather.

Jose

There is another investigation concerning using her office for profit. Leaks are too detailed to be from GOP operative so she is going to jail.

Brunswick

This activity is not uncommon and in the past has often been undertaken to avoid FOI requests.

We have seen this in many levels of Governance, ( in BC one sensitive Government department followed a policy of triple deleting all e-mails to foil and FOI requests or investigations).

It's a symptom of Public Service being suborned to personal service.

It would also be interesting to find out how many of the classified e-mails and their contents, have been retroactively reclassified, another means that many branches of the Government have adopted to foil FOI requests, stall investigations and audits, and "frame" whistleblowers.

Fred

TTG,

If she had shot Bill back in the day I'm sure she would have gotten off just like Dan Sickles did. Heck that might even have helped her get elected.

JM Gavin

While Joe Biden certainly can enter the race, he already can't be on the ballot in 30 states (having missed the filing deadlines).

ToivoS

Exactly right. Not just Sanders but we should note that the Republicans are quite restrained in discussing those emails. They are hoping beyond hope that she gets the nomination so they can then start firing away, if the Justice Dept doesn't take her down before then.

The Twisted Genius

BabelFish,

Here's a few headlines:

Joseph Morrissey, a Virginia politician with a county jail-issued ankle monitor -- accused of having sex with his 17-year-old secretary -- campaigns for re-election, and wins.

The voters of Bridgeport, Connecticut elected Joseph Ganim, who served seven years on corruption charges since the last time he led the city as their mayor

Mark Sanford was censured and nearly impeached as governor of South Carolina over an adultery scandal but won back his old seat in Congress four years later.

Texas State Representative Ron Reynolds with Felony Indictment Wins Re-Election by a Landslide… Then Gets Convicted for Misdemeanor 3 Days Later.

The electorate's standards for their political officials are in the gutter.

doug

More than theoretically. I believe the President, by statute, has the power to declassify on his own authority. Just like he has the unlimited authority to pardon though the latter is explicit in the Constitution. The SoS does not.

readerOfTeaLeaves

TTG, Agree completely.

Bill H

I predict this will all disappear into the infamous "memory hole," and will in no way impede her implacable and inevitable march to occupancy of the White House. Perhaps I am just an incurable fatalist.

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