One email definitively proves Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton lied about using her private email server for personal communication only, lied about never sending classified material with it, and lied about handing over all of her government communications to the State Department.
And it wasn't even a hacked email that brought that house of cards down.
The email, dated Dec. 19, 2009, was obtained from the State Department itself as part of a court-ordered Freedom of Information Act release related to a Judicial Watch lawsuit, although it's unclear which one that would be. As WikiLeaks—and now, the hacktivist group Anonymous—pledge even more disastrous details to come ahead of Tuesday's general election, this single email may serve as a microcosm of everything that's disqualifying about Hillary Clinton.
We can't tell you what it says—because that's all been redacted due to being CLASSIFIED—every word of it. The redaction notes in the margin of the email document state the reason for classifying it is that it "contains foreign government information"—sensitive information about a foreign government that would jeopardize national security, or an ally's, if it were made public.
The email was a forwarded message sent to Clinton by her personal foreign policy expert, Jake Sullivan, who at the time would have been her deputy chief of staff. He received it from Michael Froman, who is now the U.S. trade representative, but then was deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs at the National Security Council.
In addition to Sullivan, the email was sent to at least three other officials—it could have been "blind copied" to others—whose email addresses were redacted because they are also CLASSIFIED. The names of those other three were:
- Thomas Donilon—the No. 2 guy at the National Security Council
- Denis McDonough—the No. 3 guy at the National Security Council
- Benjamin Rhodes—the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications
All this means that email likely contained very sensitive information.
This part of the story, however, was already publicly available because it was released as part of a different batch a while back. In that email chain, Clinton told Sullivan in reply to the redacted email:
Wow-- you can't make this up--sorry to have missed all of that Let me know if you learn anything else.
To which Sullivan replied:
Press is more equivocal than the update below. Will let you know what else I learn.
The new twist in the story is that the day after her conversation with Sullivan over the contents of the forwarded email, Clinton forwarded it herself to "Diane Reynolds," who had a "clintonemail.com" address. We know, however, from other emails released by the State Department that "Diane Reynolds" was a pseudonym used by Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, who at the time of the email had a hands-on role at the Clinton Foundation.
Clinton wrote to her daughter:
So, whatever was in the original message from Froman, Clinton felt it was important to the pay-for-play dealings of the Clinton Foundation. There's a legal term used for giving up or selling state secrets for a profit:
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