Hillary Clinton’s presidential run faces more controversy as government officials learned that two emails on Clinton’s private, in-home servers ranked as “Top Secret” and “Sensitive Compartmented Information”, two of our nation’s highest security classifications.
The emails were shared among State Department officials via email in 2009 and 2011. Clinton’s team claims the emails had not achieved their security classifications during that period.
The Washington Post said the emails may have originated with the CIA:
“Much of the classified information in the e-mail conversations originated with the CIA, according to two government officials familiar with the records. Some of the information was deemed to be classified by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s classification guidelines. The information included references to information related to satellite images and electronic communications, according to the officials.”
Political intrigue comes standard on the presidential campaign trial, but Clinton, along with GOP candidate Donald Trump find themselves warding off a number enemies trying to stop them in their tracks.
The recent Fox News GOP debates focused on how Republican candidates would fare against the Clinton machine. It’s been presumed — since her primary loss to Barack Obama in 2008 — that Clinton would be the heir to the Democrat throne, however, it seems as though her toxicity has reached levels too much for even Democrats.
“All this means is that Hillary Clinton, in the face of FBI scrutiny, has decided she has run out of options. She knows she did something wrong and has run out of ways to cover it up,” said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
The clock could already be ticking for Clinton. Bernie Sanders — an avowed socialist — appears to be Clinton’s main rival for the Democrat nomination. He recently attracted a massive audience at a rally in California and jumped out to a 7-point lead in New Hampshire polls.
Pundits quickly pointed out that New Hampshire’s primary winners do not go on to win the presidency, but in a year where Americans appear unsettled with “politics as usual”, change may actually be afoot.
If Clinton has lost favor with the Democrat party, who will replace her? Some speculate current vice president Joe Biden will be drafted in. Massachusetts Senator Liz Warren has a support base. The current pack of announced candidates — former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley and former Virgina Senator Jim Webb — are barely registering with the media and the public at this stage.
One thing is clear: the Democrats will favor a nominee capable of continuing Obama’s “transformation”, doctrine and legacy. Clinton and Obama have had a tense and interesting relationship over the years. Some say Obama doesn’t trust her to carry on his policies and it wouldn’t be a surprise to learn that operatives inside the party are helping to undermine Clinton’s cause just as the GOP Establishment attacks its own conservative candidates.