There has been substantial media coverage of President Biden and former Vice President Pence both removing marked classified documents outside the White House after they left the vice presidency (and, in the case of Biden, also including after he was a U.S. senator). Both insist they did so inadvertently.
Of course, the word “inadvertent” does not apply to former President Trump’s behavior. As we now know from Mr. Trump’s own admission, he knew documents he took to Mar-a-Lago were classified because, he said, he had the right to declassify them. And unlike Mr. Biden and Mr. Pence, who immediately notified the Department of Justice and the National Archives when they found the documents and have fully cooperated since, Mr. Trump resisted and forced a federal judge to issue a search warrant to retrieve dozens of conspicuously marked classified documents.
Recently, pro-Trump/MAGA Republicans and even many in the mainstream media have inaccurately reported that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton transferred identifiable classified information in her emails to her private server.
This is false. Indeed, former FBI Director James Comey, not exactly remembered as helpful to Clinton, confirmed this in congressional testimony.
On July 7, 2016, Comey testified before the House Oversight Committee. He agreed under questioning that the FBI, after reviewing individually the 33,000 Clinton emails in the spring and early summer of 2016, found only three e-mails that had any identifiable classified marking at all. Comey told Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) that only three e-mails contained a lower-case “c” in the middle of a paragraph. (Shortly after the hearing, the actual number was corrected from three to one.) And he stated that even classification experts would not recognize that little “c” as a classified marking.
Asked Cartwright: “So if Secretary Clinton really were an expert at what’s classified and what’s not classified and were following the [Classified Requirements] manual, the absence of a header would tell her immediately that those three documents were not classified. Am I correct in that?”
Replied Comey: “That would be a reasonable inference.”
That’s right: James Comey said under oath that not even one out of 33,000 Hillary Clinton emails would be recognized by a classification expert as classified.
He made this admission, finally, despite more than a year in 2015-16 of multiple accusations by partisan Republicans about Clinton “mishandling classified information” in her emails, tens of thousands of mainstream media mentions and running cable news chyrons about Clinton “mishandling” classified information in her emails while secretary of State; from when the story broke in the New York Times in March 2015; to Comey’s July 5, 2016, improper public description of Clinton’s handling of emails as “extremely careless” — which polling data proved substantially politically harmed her; through Comey’s improper Oct. 28 letter to Congress, 11 days from the presidential election, announcing a “new” “criminal investigation,” in violation of long-standing Department of Justice policies; and, finally, through Comey’s virtual whisper in his Nov. 6, 2016, late Sunday evening letter to Congress, two days before the election, stating, in effect, “Oops — no ’there’ there.”
After all this time and misreporting in the media, once again we need a reminder that, in fact, the FBI found that not one of Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 emails they reviewed contained any recognizable classified information marking.
It would be nice if members of the mainstream media, who have recently referred to Secretary Hillary Clinton’s emails as including marked classified information, would correct the record and apologize. But don’t hold your breath.
I can only imagine Hillary’s eyes falling off the sockets after rolling her eyes in extreme.
Nice admission but way too late.
Imagine what the country could have achieved under Hillary instead of the Orange Criminal Menace.
if you ever wondered how come some Latin America’s countries keep electing terrible leaders, just need to look at the MAGA Republicans to see a parallel.in similar stupidity
Imagine what the country could have achieved if Hillary Clinton had won and notTrump. Are you serious?
We all know Comey was fired from the FBI for covering up all of Crooked Hitlary’s crimes! Also, that she had everything “scrubbed” ! … and likely had a bonfire after FBI started looking for classified documents… and especially hid everything having to do with U.S. Troops deaths in Libya.
Trump was Best President since Eisenhower…
Crooked Hitlary would have been worse than impeached sex-a-holic Bill…
No one knows what Hillary had; she kept it quite secret, in her home. However, we DO know that she will lie about anything and everything if she deems it helpful to her purposes. The worst that could happen to our nation would be to stand under the thumb of a corrupt leader such as she, and we’re under a bad one right now.
She still has a lot of Classified Documents. She is above the Law of the Land, but God will take care of Her Sorry Soul.
There’s no gods so her homes will have to be raided…
NOBODY with a “guilty” assessment is answering the question directly: Did Trump have the authority to declassify documents? Some people mumble something about a process, but nobody says what the process is, or how they know about this supposed process. They simply imply (by means of ignoring the question) that Trump did not declassify the documents, which they cannot possibly know without something definitive to prove it so.