California Democrat Dianne Feinstein says it is time to forget about Hillary Clinton’s misuse of a private email server when she was secretary of state.
“Hillary Clinton is going to win this primary. I say enough is enough. Let’s get to the major problems facing this nation,” she told ABC News on Sunday.
The scandal is not about Clinton’s comprising national security or thumbing her nose at State Department security protocol, according to the 82-year old senator.
Instead of a national security issue, the email scandal is about Clinton’s personal life.
“I think this is a woman who wants a little bit of a private life,” she said. “She wants to be able to communicate with husband, with daughter, with friends and not have somebody looking over her shoulder into her emails.”
In fact, people were looking over her shoulder. According to Inspector General Steve Linick, Clinton’s unsecured email server was hacked on several occasions. Clinton violated department rules by failing to report the attacks.
“Notification is required when a user suspects compromise of, among other things, a personally owned device containing personally identifiable information,” investigators wrote in a report. “However, OIG found no evidence that the Secretary or her staff reported these incidents to computer security personnel or anyone else within the Department.”
After Romanian hacker Marcel Lehel Lazar, aka “Guccifer,” gained access to the email of Clinton confident Sidney Blumenthal, the FBI initiated an investigation into Clinton’s misuse of the email server to determine if classified information was mishandled. “It was like an open orchid on the Internet. There were hundreds of folders,” Lazar told NBC News before he was extradited to the U.S.
According to Feinstein, however, Clinton did nothing wrong. She blamed the State Department for the scandal.
“I read all 42 pages of the report. The conclusion of the report does not say that. What it says is that the department does not handle these electronic platform operations well and needs to do better,” Feinstein said.
“I mean, what do people want?” Feinstein asked. “Having said that, it is what it is and, you know, I don’t think we should make a federal case over it.”
Feinstein did not address the fact Clinton violated Executive Order 13526 and 18 U.S.C Sec. 793(f) of the federal code stating it is unlawful to send or store classified information on personal email. Moreover, she is in violation of Section 1236.22 of the 2009 National Archives and Records Administration requirements.
Feinstein’s forgiveness, however, does not extend to government whistleblowers. In 2013, she accused NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden of treason.
“I don’t look at this as being a whistleblower. I think it’s an act of treason,” she said. “He violated the oath, he violated the law. It’s treason.”
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