Intelligence Community: Could We Please Suspend Hillary Clinton’s Clearance Now?

Should Hillary Clinton’s security clearance be pulled?

Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal gets worse and worse. As a Monmouth poll from Wednesday returned a 52-41 result in favor of a criminal investigation into her potential criminal misuse of classified information by handling State Department documents on an unsecured private e-mail server, there are now calls to revoke her security clearance as the investigation proceeds.

These are not the things one wishes to have leading the discussion of one’s fitness as a presidential candidate

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Security experts say that if Hillary Rodham Clinton retained her government security clearance when she left the State Department, as is normal practice, it should be suspended now that it is known her unprotected private email server contained top secret material.

“Standard procedure is that when there is evidence of a security breach, the clearance of the individual is suspended in many, but not all, cases,” said retired Army Lt. Gen. William Boykin, who was deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence in the George W. Bush administration. “This rises to the level of requiring a suspension.”

A State Department official declined to comment on whether Mrs. Clinton still holds her clearance or whether it is under review by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, which awards and suspends security clearances.

“The department does not comment on individuals’ security clearance status,” the official said.

Mrs. Clinton is the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. A campaign spokesman did not reply to a query, but she did get a vote of support from a key congressional Democrat.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said Thursday there is no evidence Mrs. Clinton herself sent classified information and that the emails now under scrutiny were not marked classified at the time she sent them.

Feinstein is putting up a brave face in defense of Hillary, and you can see one potential theory forming in her defense – namely, that the classified markings never made it to Ms. Clinton because her underlings had to have removed those markings. Which would paint Hillary as something of a moron – she’d be the Secretary of State who believes she never saw a classified document in all her four years in office – and it would also put her status with the law in the hands of underlings like Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, who might have to take the fall for changing those markings.

Will Huma Abedin go to prison for Hillary Clinton? It might come to that.

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