This week, after months of demands from Speaker Boehner, Chairman Gowdy, and others, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton finally turned over her email server to the Justice Department. This development is important progress in our efforts to get to the bottom of what happened in Benghazi, where four Americans lost their lives in a terrorist attack.
Now, Secretary Clinton and her campaign would have you believe that she turned over her server voluntarily – as if, after months of withholding evidence, making false claims, and facing scrutiny from every branch of government, she was suddenly all about being open and transparent.
But “Gowdy’s House committee,” The Wall Street Journal says, “has been indispensable in pressing the server issue." And "had it not been for the investigation,” National Journal notes, “Clinton’s rogue e-mail operation likely would have remained secret."
Indeed, this is just another ruse by Secretary Clinton and her team meant to mislead the American people:
National Journal’s Ron Fournier: “Trying to Claim that She Did This Voluntarily…Is Patently, Obviously Ridiculous” “What’s happened here is her stonewall is crumbling and we’re seeing that the Clintons in a case like this, can’t even do the right thing the right way, that she should have turned – first of all, she shouldn’t even have had the server off the books. As soon as she got caught, she should have turned it over to the I.G. or to some kind of third party source. She had to have it dragged out of her and now they’re trying to claim that she did this voluntarily and of course, that is patently, obviously ridiculous.” (Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier,” 8/12/15)
- Fournier: “Ridiculous Suggestion That Coughing Up the Server and Email Were Voluntary Acts” “How about with the Clinton campaign’s ridiculous suggestion that coughing up the server and email were voluntary acts. We know that’s bunk—because Clinton herself said she wouldn’t surrender the people’s records without a fight.” (National Journal, 8/12/15)
The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza: “If You HAD Voluntarily Turned It Over, Would Your Spokesman Not Comment on Whether You Were Told to Give It Over or Whether You Did It on Your Own? The Answer Is No.” “Clinton will portray her decision to turn over the server as entirely voluntary -- she just wants all the facts out and for this to be resolved. But, she quite clearly was resistant to doing just that as recently as March, insisting, in essence, that there was nothing to see here. Use common sense. If you had your own private e-mail server, would you rather keep it private or allow a third party -- ANY third party -- to inspect it? I mean, come on. Also, if you HAD voluntarily turned it over, would your spokesman not comment on whether you were told to give it over or whether you did it on your own? The answer is no.” (The Washington Post, 8/12/15)
Charles Krauthammer: “The Pressure Was So Intense on Hillary That It Really Had to Happen” “The pressure was so intense on Hillary that it really had to happen. It was only a question of when. I think she decided there was no use in hanging on. She was going to have to eventually release it. But as we said, she is now hostage.” (Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier,” 8/12/15)
Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett: “She Had No Choice.” “So don’t believe for one moment that Clinton’s decision to suddenly ‘cooperate’ was magnanimous. She had no choice. After five months of kicking and screaming in her vow to never hand over the server, she was finally up against the wall. The FBI, which is investigating whether classified information was improperly contained on her private e-mail system, is legally entitled to seize the server as potential evidence. They could do it the ugly way, with a warrant and a highly visible and damning search of the premises. Or they could do it in the least damaging way, with Clinton’s consent. The latter would allow her to spin it in the light most favorable to her.” (Fox News, 8/13/15)
“Hillary Clinton Has Little Choice but to Hand Over Her Server to Authorities” “Hillary Clinton has little choice but to hand over her server to authorities since it now appears increasingly likely that someone on her staff violated federal laws regarding the handling of classified materials. On August 11, after extensive investigation, the intelligence community’s inspector general reported to Congress that it had found several violations of security policy in Clinton’s personal emails. … At a minimum, those suspected of mishandling things like NSA ‘signals intelligence’—intercepts calls, emails, and the like—have their clearances suspended pending the outcome of the investigation into their misconduct. Any personal items—computers, electronics—where federal investigators suspect the classified material wound up, wrongly, will be impounded and searched. If it has TOP SECRET//SI information on it, ‘your’ computer now belongs to the government, because it is considered classified.” (The Daily Beast, 8/12/15)
Shannen Coffin, Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice Civil Division: “She Didn’t Turn It Over Voluntarily” “She didn’t turn it over voluntarily. The FBI is doing an investigation. The FBI’s investigation is looking into possible criminal mishandling of classified information. And in the course of that they’re asking who had access to that server while she was using it, while it was operational? Who’s had access to it since?” (Fox News’ “The Kelly File,” 8/11/15)
Brad Blakeman, Former Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush: “Now, the FBI came to Hillary Clinton - I’m putting on my lawyer hat now - and probably said to her, ‘you can give us your email server or we can get a warrant for it,’ and she didn’t want the warrant. So now the spin is, she’s turning it over voluntarily. Well, it’s hardly voluntarily when the FBI says you can give it to us or we’ll get a warrant, she couldn’t sustain that in the media by them going to the court to get it. The question now is what’s on it, what was on it, what was deleted, if anything was deleted, who maintained it? But the fact that the IG said there was classified information on there, the FBI is going to get to the bottom of it and it’s not going to be pretty.” (Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” 8/12/15)
“Clinton’s Announcement Simply Anticipated by Several Hours the Inevitable FBI Knock on the Door” “So how ‘voluntary’ was Clinton’s pledge to ‘cooperate’? [Clinton attorney David] Kendall, having been determined to be in possession of classified information (on the thumb drives) likely wasn’t exactly given a choice by the FBI. An educated guess would be that Clinton’s announcement simply anticipated by several hours the inevitable FBI knock on the door.” (Boston Herald editorial, 8/13/15)