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Ethics Watchdog on Hillary: People Have Been Prosecuted For Less

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Wednesday, 12 Aug 2015 07:21 PM

Hillary Clinton's culpability in her use of a private server and email account while she was secretary of state depends on how she dealt with any classified data kept on them, says Matthew Whitaker, executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust.

"It's the handling of the classified information that could rise to a criminal level," Whitaker, whose group is a nonpartisan ethics watchdog, said Wednesday to Joe Concha and Rick Ungar, hosts of "The Daily Wrap" on Newsmax TV.

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"In the last year or two, there's been at least two cases where members of the Navy have been prosecuted, convicted and sentenced for mishandling classified information.

"She … had at her house on a private server, the highest level of secret information, which is Special Compartmentalized Information (SCI), which even rises to a new level of top secret."

On Tuesday, Clinton, the leading Democratic presidential candidate, agreed to turn over her private email server to the FBI, which is said to be conducting a criminal inquiry, according to reports.

At least four emails from the server are said to have contained classified information.

"There are very specific statutes, some of them criminal, that say essentially … that the SCI information could only be handled in a skiff, which is a protected location, and if you remove it from the skiff, that was a criminal violation," Whitaker said.

Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney based in Ohio, was also skeptical of Clinton's lawyer having held onto the server.

"You just can't turn any lawyer's office into a skiff. With that being said, the relaying of that information from the former secretary of state to a private citizen who did not have clearance, in it of itself could be a violation," he said.

"And again there have been many people that have been prosecuted for much less than what it appears to have gone on here."

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