Skip to comments.Cheryl Mills sent information marked ‘confidential’ to Clinton Foundation in 2012
Posted on 09/28/2015 3:30:45 PM PDT by MarvinStinson
A member of Hillary Clintons staff at the Department of State emailed classified information about the government in Congo to a staffer at the Clinton Foundation in 2012, according to a copy of the correspondence obtained by theWashington Free Beacon.
Cheryl Mills, Clintons chief of staff at the State Department, sent the email to the Clinton Foundations foreign policy director, Amitabh Desai, on July 12, 2012.
The message, which was originally obtained by the group Citizens United through a public records request, is partially redacted because it includes foreign government information that has been classified as Confidential by the State Department.
Although the information was not marked classified by the State Department until this past summer, intelligence sources tell the Free Beacon that it would have been classified at the time Mills sent it because foreign government information is considered classified from inception.
The message could add to concerns from congressional and FBI investigators about whether former Secretary Clinton and her aides mishandled classified information while at the State Department.
The email, which discussed the relationship between the governments in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, was originally drafted by Johnnie Carson, the State Departments assistant secretary for African affairs, who sent it to Mills State Department email address.
Mills later forwarded the full message to Desai along with talking points for Presient [sic] Clinton shortly before Bill Clinton was scheduled to visit the region.
About half of the forwarded message was redacted due to its classified nature before the State Department released it to Citizens United last month. Although it is not clear what the redacted section includes, the State Department said in a court motion filed last week that it concerns both foreign government information and critical aspects of U.S. foreign relations, including U.S. foreign activities carried out by officials of the U.S. Government.
The State Department added that the disclosure of this information has the potential to damage and inject friction into our bilateral relationship with African countries whose cooperation is important to U.S. national security.
The Clinton Foundation and the State Department did not respond to request for comment about the email, or say whether Desaia non-government employee who has worked at the foundation since 2007would have been authorized to view Confidential information.
Mills currently sits on the board of the Clinton Foundation. She previously served on the board until a month after she joined the State Department in 2009.
An attorney for Mills said that she never knowingly transmitted classified information, and would presume that any information sent to her unclassified State Department email addressas opposed to through the departments secure email systemwas unclassified.
When a subject matter sent the information on the unclassified system, [Mills] presumed it was unclassified, said the attorney. She never knowingly transmitted classified information.
Mills spokesperson also disputed the notion that the information would have been classified when it was sent. The attorney said that some information is not deemed classified until it is transmitted outside of the State Department.
Information that is considered unclassified when discussed inside the State Department can later be deemed classified when it is being released outside of the Department, said the attorney.
Intelligence experts have told the Free Beacon and other media outlets that foreign government information is one of the few categories of information that is automatically presumed classified from the time the U.S. government receives it, because it is so diplomatically sensitive.
Foreign government information is born classified, J. William Leonard, a former director of the U.S. Information Security Oversight Office, told Reuters in August.
The controversy over Clintons use of a private email server while at the State Department has been dogging her presidential bid since it was first revealed by the New York Times earlier this spring.
The Democratic frontrunner has turned over many of her emails in response to a State Department request and congressional inquiries. However, she has said that any emails that were deemed personal were deleted from her server.
The FBI is currently attempting to recover the deleted emails as part of an investigation into her server, according to reports.
Clinton declined to say whether the FBI investigation could uncover additional damaging revelations, during an interview with Chuck Todd of Meet the Press on Sunday.
All I can tell you is that when my attorneys conducted this exhaustive process [of deleting personal emails], I did not participate, said Clinton.
Clinton is scheduled to testify before Congress on the email issue in October.
Citizens United president David Bossie said the latest news reveals the ways in which the Clintonss various interests intersect.
The tangled web that is Clinton, Inc.the State Department, the Clinton Foundation, and Teneois coming more and more into focus every day. Classified information moving from the State Department to the Clinton Foundation is extremely problematicwell see if theres a pattern here, Bossie said.
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Why the HELL did she forward it to the Clinton Crime Family SLUSH FUND????? hmmmmmmmm.
“we reasonably believed that any email on an unsecure email system was unclassified”. nice.
The tangled web that is Clinton, Inc.-—
the State Department, the Clinton Foundation, and Teneo
is coming more and more into focus every day.”
Also, did Hillary's attorneys have TS clearances, since SHE claims THEY did all the reading for retention/deletion of her emails (which is also ANOTHER lie).
“Clinton is scheduled to testify before Congress on the email issue in October.”
Oh, Puh-Leeeeeze! She’s going to stroke out before then, feign yet ANOTHER head injury, or plead The Fifth again and again and again. *HIC*
Man, I hate that beotch.
I think some people are getting bamboozled into the belief that secret material must be marked as “Secret” or “Confidential”.
Some communications can’t be ‘marked’ in any way - like a phone conversation for example. If the president of Congo tells Hillary over the phone that his favorite color is red, she can’t tell anybody. Its a secret conversation...and nobody is going to turn her skull inside-out to stamp “Secret” on her memory of the conversation.
Same would apply for details of the Bin Laden mission, which she watched live as it happened. Once again her memory banks contain secret information...yet it is not ‘marked’.
Good point. It would be fundamentally impossible for her attorney to have all the necessary clearances, since much of the information would be compartmentalized information...’or need to know’. Hillary’s duties may have given her a need to know, but that doesn’t extend to her attorneys.
Yes it is:
We already know that the Clinton Foundation continued to take foreign money even while Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state. We now know this was only the start of the entwining. These email summaries show that the Clinton Foundation was the State Department and the State Department was the Clinton Foundation. All one, big, seamless, Clinton-promoting entity. We would know far more if State released the full emails.
Quite simply, SHE is the QUEEN so she did NOT care ONE BIT about what was or wasn't classified since all her activity was designed to be HIDDEN from EVERYONE using a private server.
How is it that Clinton’s lawyers knew what to delete as personal if she wasn’t involved?
Were these lawyers vetted and cleared to see classified material
Which they would presumably come across as they scanned these files?
It certainly appears that the Clinton Foundation was intimately involved in the day to day running of the State Department. It also shows that the primary objectives of the State Department during Hillary’s reign were not in line with the best interests of America. There must be some severe consequences for this. Everybody involved has to be held to account.
Ken Cuccinelli : Yes, Hillary Clinton broke the law
By Ken Cuccinelli September 27, 2015
Since there has been much evasion and obfuscation about Hillary Rodham Clintons email use, it seems appropriate to step back and simply review what we know in light of the law. Its also instructive to compare Clintons situation to arguably the most famous case of our time related to the improper handling of classified materials, namely, the case of Gen. David Petraeus.
Instead of turning his journals so-called black books over to the Defense Department or CIA when he left either of those organizations, Petraeus kept them at his home an unsecure location and provided them to his paramour/biographer, Paula Broadwell, at another private residence. (None of the classified information in the black books was used in his biography.)
On April 23, Petraeus pled guilty to a single misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or materials under 18 USC §1924.
Many in the intelligence community were outraged at the perceived slap on the wrist he received, at a time when the Justice Department was seeking very strong penalties against lesser officials for leaks to the media.
According to the law, there are five elements that must be met for a violation of the statute, and they can all be found in section (a) of the statute: (1) Whoever, being an officer, employee, contractor, or consultant of the United States, and, (2) by virtue of his office, employment, position, or contract, becomes possessed of documents or materials containing classified information of the United States, (3) knowingly removes such documents or materials (4) without authority and (5) with the intent to retain such documents or materials at an unauthorized location [shall be guilty of this offense].
The Petraeus case meets those conditions. Does Clintons?
Clinton originally denied that any of her emails contained classified information, but soon abandoned that claim. So far, 150 emails containing classified information have been identified on her server, including two that included information determined to be Top Secret.
She then fell back on the claim that none of the emails in question was marked classified at the time she was dealing with them. The marking is not what makes the material classified; its the nature of the information itself. As secretary of state, Clinton knew this, and in fact she would have been re-briefed annually on this point as a condition of maintaining her clearance to access classified information.
Then theres location. Clinton knowingly set up her email system to route 100 percent of her emails to and through her unsecured server (including keeping copies stored on the server). She knowingly removed such documents and materials from authorized locations (her authorized devices and secure government networks) to an unauthorized location (her server).
Two examples demonstrate this point.
When Clinton would draft an email based on classified information, she was drafting that email on an authorized Blackberry, iPad or computer. But when she hit send, that email was knowingly routed to her unsecured server an unauthorized location for both storage and transfer.
Additionally, when Clinton moved the server to Platte River Networks (a private company) in June 2013, and then again when she transferred the contents of the server to her private lawyers in 2014, the classified materials were in each instance again removed to another unsecured location.
Next we have the lack of proper authority to move or hold classified information somewhere, i.e., the unauthorized location.
While its possible for a private residence to be an authorized location, and its also possible for non-government servers and networks to be authorized to house and transfer classified materials, there are specific and stringent requirements to achieve such status. Simply being secretary of state didnt allow Clinton to authorize herself to deviate from the requirements of retaining and transmitting classified documents, materials and information.
There is no known evidence that her arrangement to use the private email server in her home was undertaken with proper authority.
Finally, theres the intent to retain the classified documents or materials at an unauthorized location.
The very purpose of Clintons server was to intentionally retain documents and materials all emails and attachments on the server in her house, including classified materials.
The intent required is only to undertake the action, i.e., to retain the classified documents and materials in the unauthorized fashion addressed in this statute.
It borders on inconceivable that Clinton didnt know that the emails she received, and more obviously, the emails that she created, stored and sent with the server, would contain classified information.
Simply put, Mrs. Clinton is already in just as bad or worse of a legal situation than Petraeus faced.
Does this mean shell be charged? FBI Director James Comey has a long history of ignoring political pressure. So its likely that the FBI will recommend prosecution, and then it will be up to President Obamas Justice Department to decide whether to proceed. Stay tuned.
Ken Cuccinelli is president of Senate Conservatives Fund and the former attorney general of Virginia.
These are cover sheets I use at work ...... sent em to my congress critter for Hillary’s explanations of this mess....
Stay Safe !!
“Ken Cuccinelli is president of Senate Conservatives Fund and the former attorney general of Virginia.”
It is ostensible that we have a fighting chance with this guy.
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