Crime

Ex-Attorney General: Clinton May Have Broken Four Laws

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
Former Attorney General Michael MukaseyFormer Attorney General Michael Mukasey

Former Hillary Clinton staffer Bryan Pagliano has been granted immunity in the Justice Department’s investigation into the former secretary of state’s use of private email, sparking controversy and speculation about the outcome. 

Among those weighing in on what Pagliano’s immunity could mean is former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who appeared as a panelist on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on March 3. Mukasey said it’s possible Clinton could have broken four laws by using a private server that contained classified information. Mukasey, a Republican, served under President George W. Bush.

“That’s the one that Gen. [David] Petraeus was convicted of on his own plea. There’s one that says that you can’t expose national secrets through gross negligence. Then there’s one that says you can’t destroy government information. And then there’s one that says you can’t obstruct justice,” Mukasey explained.

When Mukasey was asked what his most serious concerns were abut the investigation, he replied: “The way the stuff got from what’s called the SIPRNet, the secret network within the government. And that network doesn’t talk to any other network. So what has to have happened is somebody took it off there and either transcribed it or summarized it and then put it on her server. That’s very troubling.”

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Clinton and her campaign claim they have nothing to hide. “As we have said since last summer, Secretary Clinton has been cooperating with the Department of Justice’s security inquiry, including offering in August to meet with them to assist their efforts if needed,” Brian Fallon, a spokesman for the Clinton campaign, told The Washington Post in a statement. 

Mukasey may have damaged his credibility in August 2015, when he appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and asserted that Clinton could be barred from taking the White House if her actions proved to be felonious. He later admitted he was wrong, NBC News reported.

Sources: MSNBC, The Washington Post, NBC News / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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