WASHINGTON, January 30, 2016 – We may not know the exact date the FBI will ask the Justice Department to drag Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton before a federal grand jury for illegally housing U.S. government secrets on her home computer server, but it will probably happen on a Friday.
When the incompetent bureaucrats of our all-seeing, all-knowing, omnipresent government are required by U.S. law to release information to the public that presents its all-seeing, all-knowing, omnipresent functionaries as idiots or, in the case of Hillary Clinton, criminals, they usually “dump” said information on the dissemblers of the mainstream media on Fridays.
It’s called the “Friday news dump.”
The U.S. State Department has been running interference for Hillary since the day she officially announced her presidential ambitions. They have released her incriminating e-mails drip by drip, finally announcing – last Friday! – that Hillary possessed a 37-page document that contained “a category of top secret information,” said State Department spokesman John Kirby.
Kirby suggested those silly worry-warts in the U.S. intelligence community are to blame for Hillary’s troubles, saying that email “traffic can be sent that’s not marked appropriately for its classification.”
The implication being that the folks at Foggy Bottom are better equipped to decide how classified information should be, well, classified.
Lacking a sense of irony, Kirby failed to see that his position – as well as that of the executive branch department on whose behalf he speaks – was exactly that of former boss, Hillary.
The media would have us believe the controversy between Hillary and the intelligence community is a she-said-they-said situation. That “top secret” is in the eye of the beholder. That such labels represent “overclassification run amok,” as Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon insists.
But there are two venues where such controversies were meant to be settled: a federal grand jury and a criminal court.
In the late 1940s, former Soviet spy turned informant, Whittaker Chambers, told the House Un-American Activities Committee that State Department functionary Alger Hiss had been passing classified State Department documents to his KGB handlers for nearly a decade.
Though a grand jury could not charge Hiss with espionage, because the statute of limitations had run out, it did indict him on two charges of perjury for lying to federal investigators.
When in early January CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Hillary if she had been questioned by the FBI regarding her home email server and its contents, her answer was short and sweet: “No.”
“That [FBI] interview alone,” said Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin on MSNBC, “short of an indictment, short of anything else, that would be a huge political development. it would undermine confidence in some Democrats in the notion of going forward with Secretary Clinton.”
Last September, FBI sources close to the Clinton investigation said forensic experts recovered tens of thousands of deleted emails from Hillary’s server.
When the FBI feels it has more than enough overwhelming evidence in hand, it will drag Hillary in for questioning.
When it does, it will probably be on a Friday.