Hillary Clinton's "EmailGate" reared its ugly head again last Friday as even more of the former secretary of state's electronic messages were released.
The U.S. State Department specifically released 37 pages' worth from Clinton's former unsecured home server.
Except for 22 emails, that is…
Seven email chains that constitute these 22 correspondences are being safeguarded because they contain information deemed to be "top secret." Even U.S. President Barack Obama's administration admitted, for the first time since the scandal erupted, that certain messages in this latest batch contained some of the U.S. government's most closely guarded secrets.
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, told FOX News on Monday that Clinton had to know what she was dealing with.
"Anyone with the capacity to read and an understanding of American national security, an eighth-grade reading level or above, would understand that the release of this information or the potential breach of a non-secure system presented risk to American national security."
To pose such a risk, Pompeo explained, is a criminal act in and of itself. A federal crime – akin to treason.
But will Hillary Clinton go to jail?
Will Hillary Clinton Go to Jail?On the dissenting side of the debate sits former Inspector General Howard J. Krongard.
Krongard told The New York Post on Monday that the current FBI investigation should be focused on more than just Clinton herself. The federal agency, he explained, should focus on how material made it from the classified email system, known as SIPRNet, to Clinton's unclassified private server. "It can't just jump from one system to the other. Someone had to move it, copy it. The question is who did that?"
Krongard said there are three key individuals on Clinton's team just as culpable as she is: Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin, and Clinton's foreign policy advisor Jake Sullivan.
Though a determination has not been made regarding the classified material and how it wound up crossing from one email system to the other, Krongard suggested these staffers are the culprits. He believes they emailed sensitive information by summarizing previously read material and relaying it.
Clinton has tried to minimize responsibility in "EmailGate" by distancing herself from these staffers. She said to George Stephanopoulos on the Jan. 31 broadcast of "This Week" that identifying material as either "classified or unclassified" is the responsibility of someone else "on down the chain."
And they're all deeply loyal to the former secretary of state.
However, on the assenting side of the "indict Hillary" table sits Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who explained to FOX News host Maria Bartiromo on Jan. 31 the reason why Hillary should be indicted.
"For more than 15 years," Issa said, "during my service in government, I've watched the basis under which U.S. attorneys and the attorney general and, of course, the FBI look for cases in which peoples' judgment… make for good prosecutions. This – if it were anything other than Hillary Clinton – would be that case."
Should Clinton avoid indictment altogether, there's a good chance she'll become president of the United States by the end of 2016. As of right now, she holds 51.8% favorability among Democrats, according to Real Clear Politics.
And as president, she'll face many more firestorms.
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