Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Friday called for criminal charges in Hillary Clinton's email investigation as more missives surfaced from her personal server that were highly classified. He joined two other federal prosecutors expecting such charges.
"The current news, reported in the Journal and elsewhere, is that her server contained information at the highest level of classification, known as SAP, or Special Access Program," Mukasey said in a Wall Street Journal
op-ed. "This is a level so high that even the inspector general for the intelligence community who reported the discovery did not initially have clearance to examine it."
Charges are justified, Mukasey said, pointing to Clinton's "contempt" for security measures and citing a Fox News
report that showed other potential problems, including "the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts and whether regular processes were followed."
"Whatever the findings from that part of the probe, intelligence-community investigators believe it is nearly certain that Mrs. Clinton’s server was hacked, possibly by the Chinese or the Russians," Mukasey said. "This raises the distinct possibility that she would be subject to blackmail in connection with those transactions and whatever else was on that server by people with hostile intent against this country."
Two former U.S. attorneys have already predicted the FBI has developed a strong case in its email investigation that will result in criminal charges
"I expect the FBI to conclude the investigation within 60 to 90 days and make a recommendation to the Justice Department, and I believe they will recommend a series of charges involving the classified information," Joseph diGenova, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia during Ronald Reagan's presidency, told the Washington Free Beacon.
Matthew Whitaker, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa in the George W. Bush administration agreed that the public evidence so far indicates "serious legal violations" have been uncovered by the FBI's look at whether classified information was mishandled by Clinton’s use of private email while she was Secretary of State.
Mukasey likened the situation to that of Gen. David Petraeus, who was charged with disclosing classified information, and he said he expects public officials will do their duty and follow the Clinton situation through to its proper closure, which means criminal charges.
In 2015, Petraeus was sentenced to two years of probation and received a $100,000 fine in connection with his case, CNN
Online, many called for Clinton's indictment, but some also believed it will not happen.
"Let's hope there are some in DC be it the FBI or DOJ who feel it is their duty as Americans and brave enough to put an end to this travesty of a person Hillary, the biggest liar, pandering , power and money seeking politician I have ever seen," one person commented on the WSJ article. "She makes Nixon look like a person who only deserved a slap on the wrist."
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