A former top intelligence official of the Obama administration has blasted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, suggesting that it should disqualify her from the 2016 presidential race.
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, who had served as President Barack Obama’s director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from July 2012 to August 2014, has called for Clinton to drop her presidential bid.
“I think Hillary Clinton, for the good of the country, should step down and let this FBI investigation play out,” Flynn told The Daily Caller.
The former DIA chief accused Clinton’s team of drawing classified documents from the Special Access Program and sent to her private server, which would have been vulnerable to security hacks.
“Someone who does this is completely irresponsible, but totally unaccountable and shows a streak of arrogance to the American public that is unworthy of anyone thinking they can run for president of the United States,” Flynn said. “This is unbelievable.”
An FBI official sent a letter to the State Department that did confirm the FBI was officially investigating Clinton’s use of a private email server. The letter was filed in a U.S. District Court on Feb. 2.
While the letter did confirm an investigation, it did not give any further details.
The State Department had released 85 percent of Clinton’s emails for public view. The department had until until Jan. 29 to release the remaining 3,700 emails but has asked for an extension, CNN reports.
The department has offered to release 550 of the remaining 3,700 emails on Feb. 13 after Judge Rudolph Contreras, who ordered the release of the email cache, complained about the delays.
During the Feb. 4 Democratic debate, Clinton was asked if her use of a private email should concern voters. She pointed out that former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice also used private servers, according to Time.
“This is a security review that was requested, it is being carried out, it will be resolved,” Clinton said. “But I have to add, if there’s going to be a security review about me, there’s going to have to be security reviews about a lot of other people, including Republican office holders, because we’ve got this absurd situation of retroactive classifications.”