The investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while Secretary of State is intensifying. Questions are arising about whether she broke the law, committed a felony, and/or jeopardized national security in a way that facilitated the killing of Libyan Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi in 2012. People are wondering if she should withdraw her candidacy for president now, before the Democratic Convention in July.
Should she be nominated prior to the conclusion of the investigation, then it could happen that the Democratic candidate for president is found unfit for the office. If so, her candidacy will be in serious trouble, and her opponent, almost certainly Donald Trump, will have a much better chance of winning.
A group of U.S. intelligence veterans is calling on President Obama to expedite the FBI review of former Secretary of State Clinton's alleged email security violations so the public can assess this issue in a timely fashion.
"If you choose, instead, to give precedence to politics over national security, the American people will be deprived of timely appreciation of the gravity of the harm done; national security officials who do follow the rules will be scandalized; FBI investigators will conclude that that their job is more political than professional; and the noxious impression will grow that powerful people cannot be held accountable when they break the law." "
These officers point out:
"'Anyone who has ever handled classified material knows that there are a number of things that you do not do. You do not take it home with you, you do not copy it and share it with anyone who does not have a clearance and a need-to-know, you do not strip off the classification marks and treat it as unclassified, and you do not transfer it to another email account that is not protected by a government server""http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/05/24/intel-vets-urge-fast-report-clintons-emails
"A scathing inspector general's report this week was just the first in what is likely to be a series of official actions related to (Clinton's) private server stemming from the FBI, a federal courthouse and Capitol Hill"
The State Department's watchdog report was especially damaging, given the official nature of its source. The report claimed that Clinton never sought approval for her "homebrew" email setup, that her use of the system violated the department's record-keeping rules and that it would have been rejected had she brought it up to department officials"
..What is potentially profoundly more damaging for Clinton is the looming FBI investigation, exploring the possibility that she or her aides mishandled classified information.
More than 2,000 emails that Clinton gave the State Department from her private server have been classified at some level, and 22 were marked as "top secret" -- the highest level of classification -- and deemed too dangerous to release publicly even in a highly redacted form. However, none of the emails were marked as classified at the time they were sent, complicating the investigation into whether her setup thwarted any laws"
..Republicans appear primed to cry foul if the FBI closes its investigation without handing down indictments or offering a public explanation. Senior lawmakers have already excoriated the Justice Department for failing to appoint a special prosecutor. "http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/281554-clinton-email-headache-is-about-to-get-worse
Meanwhile, fodder is being provided for the Trump attack. Here are some items that have been circulating through right wing blogs for several years: