Hillary Clinton has agreed to give the FBI her email server, relinquishing control of an asset containing information that perhaps could ruin her politically and even land her with criminal charges.
I assume this was not done willingly. Either the server was ordered turned over or the Clintonites knew an order was on the way.
The Clinton camp has tried to emphasize that she is not under investigation, and that she is certainly not in legal jeopardy. They even bulldozed the New York Times into changing around its original story on the probe to reflect that the FBI was somehow investigating emails and not the person who sent and received them and that this was not a criminal inquiry.
But such claims, clearly, are nonsense and spin. If the FBI wants your records, you’d better assume you are under criminal investigation, BECAUSE THEY ARE THE POLICE.
Reports today say officials have informed Congress that two of the emails did contain classified information, though it was not marked classified at the time. But that, of course, just points to the reasoning behind not having your own email server for high-level government foreign policy work!
Analyst Mark Halperin gets at the big problem here for Hillary, the one that brings down so many political leaders. That is, it’s not the original sin, it’s the coverup. With the server in hand, the FBI will now get a look at what Hillary erased and be able to show whether she has been lying about what was on the server and whether she sought to hide potentially damaging or criminal information.