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Hillary Clinton may be cruising towards her nomination as the Democratic candidate for president, but she has yet to overcome a nagging scandal over her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. As the Democratic convention nears, some hope—and others fear—that she might face criminal prosecution for her handling of sensitive government emails.
When Hillary was appointed to the head of the Department of State, she and her staff requested that she be issued an NSA encrypted Blackberry device, so that she could access her government emails on the go. This request was turned down, and in 2009 she began using a private email server that linked to her standard-issue Blackberry.
Although Clinton claims that she did not send confidential information through her private email system, most observers—including an anonymous source in the State Department—believe that she did. Security experts have stated that it is likely that foreign governments were able to hack into Clinton’s emails system to retrieve this information.
Clinton herself admitted that her actions were in poor judgment, but still insists that she did nothing illegal.
In December 2014, Hillary turned over approximately 30,000 emails, and deleted a further 30,000 that she stated were personal in nature. Some believe that these 30,000 “private” emails may have contained damning information about her actions as Secretary of State.
This may have been a violation of any of the following laws:
The final decision on whether to open a prosecution of Hillary Clinton is up to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who will rely on the results of an ongoing FBI investigation. According to FBI head James Comey, there is no timeframe for the investigation’s conclusion.
It seems unlikely that Clinton will get prosecuted for deleting the emails she deemed to be private. According to a brief by the Department of Justice: “There is no question that Secretary Clinton had authority to delete personal emails without agency supervision – she appropriately could have done so even if she were working on a government server.”
Until the results of the FBI investigation are released, and the Attorney General decides whether or not to prosecute, there’s no telling whether the Clinton email scandal will escalate or blow over. As far as the election is concerned, democratic voters seem to be unfazed by what they perceive to be a politically motivated attack against their favorite candidate.
For others, however, the Clinton scandal shows once again how easy it is for the elites to escape criminal responsibility for their actions. At Luftman, Heck & Associates, we believe that all should be treated equally before the law. If you have been charged with a crime, call the Columbus criminal attorneys of Luftman, Heck & Associates today at for a free and confidential consultation.