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John Yoo: Hillary Should Have Learned 'From Watching Nixon'

Friday, 13 Mar 2015 03:42 PM

Hillary Clinton should have known better when it came to email protocol — especially after working on the Watergate committee probing President Richard Nixon, says John Yoo, a former deputy assistant attorney general.

"Hillary Clinton, if you go back and remember, she got her start in politics as a young lawyer on the Watergate Committee in Congress," Yoo said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"She should've learned from watching President Nixon in Watergate … that I as a former government official, President Nixon as a former government official — we don't own the documents, the papers or the messages we create.

"Those belong to the American people because we're working for the American people. All the papers, documents and emails that any of us officials created when we were in government belong to the United States … [which] keeps them in the archives for historical reasons."

Clinton was a member of the impeachment inquiry advising the House Committee on the Judiciary during the Watergate scandal, which led to Nixon's resignation in August 1974.

Last week, The New York Times revealed Clinton used her personal email account to conduct State Department business and maintained a server at her home in Chappaqua, New York.

The disclosure adds yet another hurdle to clear in the ongoing investigation into exactly what Clinton knew, and when, as it relates to the killing of four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador, in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

Clinton, insisting she has turned over all correspondence she is legally required to, has said she will not allow an independent third party to review some 30,000 emails contained on her home server because they are "personal."

Yoo — a law professor at UC Berkeley and author of "Point of Attack: Preventive War, International Law, and Global Welfare", published by Oxford University Press — said he expected a "rich treasure" of documents from Clinton's stint as secretary of state.

"The point is, you don't get to take those. They're not yours and they're not mine," he told Steve Malzberg, adding that Clinton may be in violation of federal law and subject to prosecution.

Yoo, who worked in the George W. Bush administration and authored the so-called "torture memos" that guided the U.S. in interrogating suspected terrorists — praised the controversial letter 47 senators sent to the Iran government to warn that any nuclear arms deal they make with President Barack Obama could be dissolved by Congress.

"That letter flushed out what the Obama administration was really up to. They were trying to hoodwink Congress essentially into getting this deal with Iran, saying it was legally binding and never sending it to the Congress for approval or the Senate as a treaty," Yoo said.

"[It] was saying any deal President Obama signs is only good as long as President Obama is in office. That's perfectly correct as a matter of American constitutional law.

"And if Iran wants something more permanent, something that goes longer in the next year and half, then they have to get some kind of approval from Congress."

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