It’s not over yet! Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal has come roaring back to life – and this time, it might finally land “Crooked Hillary” in jail.
The Clintons thought they were safe. Donald Trump had, at least publicly, backed off a bit on promises to investigate her, and a judge had shut down efforts to force Hillary to release more e-mails sent from her homebrew e-mail server.
But now, a federal appeals court has ruled that John Kerry should have referred Clinton to the Attorney General, because – by deleting her e-mails – she had possibly concealed or even destroyed official government records.
When Judicial Watch sued for copies of the messages, Kerry asked Hillary if she would voluntarily turn over everything dealing with State Department business. Instead, she withheld and deleted tens of thousands of pages of e-mails that her lawyers said were “personal.”
She turned over her personal server – but only after zapping it with BleachBit to make sure the deleted e-mails were permanently unrecoverable.
That should have triggered serious consequences.
Under the Federal Records Act, Kerry should have asked the Attorney General to take action against her.
But she did nothing – and the Obama administration tried to whitewash it.
An Obama-appointed judge, James Boasberg, ruled that Kerry hadn’t committed a “dereliction of duty,” as long as he had not done “nothing” to try to get the e-mails. Asking her politely was plenty, he ruled.
But a federal appeals court ruled that the law requires more – much more.
And it could end up with Hillary in prison at last.
No matter how much he might want to, John Kerry can’t just “ignore” his “duty” to refer Hillary to the Attorney General, a three-judge panel ruled on December 27. The judges – which included another Obama appointee – said Boasberg’s decision would “flip (the law) on its head,” because government action might “shake loose a few more emails.”
Hillary has never bothered to turn over a single e-mail from the Blackberry she used for the first three months she was Secretary of State, before she had the e-mail server rigged up in the Clintons’ New York mansion.
The State Department is also hiding 30 of the e-mails Hillary turned over, saying they involve “government misconduct.” Judicial Watch wants those e-mails opened to the public.
Once Donald Trump takes office, Attorney General Jeff Sessions will tell Hillary’s lawyers to turn over all her the hidden e-mails that Hillary has “illicitly taken, arguably stolen.” Tom Fitton told the Wall Street Journal.
If she doesn’t – it’s curtains. An investigation, prosecution, and possible jail time could follow.
That may be the real reason why Democrats are fighting so hard against confirming Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.
Sessions’ confirmation hearings could begin immediately after Trump’s inauguration – and Senate liberals have already revealed they plan to smear and slander him to the greatest extent they can.
They’ve already revved up allegations that the Alabama Republican is a deplorable racist. (Who isn’t, as far as they’re concerned?) Sen. Elizabeth Warren demanded that President-elect Trump “reverse his apparent decision to nominate Senator Sessions to be Attorney General of the United States.” Otherwise, he is guilty of “embracing the bigotry that fueled his campaign rallies.”
The Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter warning its chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, that they intend to make the hearings a circusby calling witnesses who will smear Sessions and turn him into a toxic figure, like Robert Bork.
That’s because Sessions has “a long record of doing his job,” Congressman Darrell Issa has said. If he’s appointed, he’ll prosecute Hillary to the full extent of the law.
That has Senate Democrats – and the wealthiest loser in Chappaqua, New York – shaking in their boots.
— The Horn editorial staff