Lawyer Says Clinton Has Broken Law on Emails, one Way or Another

Everyone knows that person that never seems to give a clear answer. They either think that they are a philosopher or they are trying to be clever. Either way, we hate having to ask them anything. You know what it will be, and you get agitated before you even speak to them. This is a good way to characterize many politicians, and especially the Clintons. We should not be surprised that Hillary is refusing to give any answers concerning a certain form she was supposed to have signed when she left the State Department.

Fox reports 

Hillary Clinton ignored a question from Fox News on Monday over whether she signed a key document that some say could determine whether she broke the law in leaving the State Department without turning over all official emails.

This is Hillary hoping that this situation will go away, but I believe it is far from over. She has tried to clarify what she has said by stating that her emails were read by her staff. This then would mean that Clinton’s staff would have read over 5500 emails. The staff then determined which ones were personal and which was State Department related.

In a separate report Fox claims

Hillary Clinton’s camp late Sunday issued a significant clarification about the steps they say were taken to review thousands of personal emails before they were deleted, claiming her team individually read ‘every email’ before discarding those deemed private. Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill made the clarification in a written statement to Fox News. This comes after the former secretary of state’s office revealed last week that while more than 30,000 ‘work-related’ emails were turned over to the State Department, nearly 32,000 were deemed ‘private’ and deleted.

Even if there were no emails that would have been considered to have both contents, which is very unlikely, there is the other questions. Did Hillary sign the form that all State Department officials have to sign upon their leaving their position there?

Which form?

That document is known as a “separation” form, which officials are supposed to sign upon leaving the department. It certifies that the person who signs it has turned over all “classified or administratively controlled” materials, as well as all “unclassified documents and papers” relating to official government business.

Given that she has been out of the State Department for nearly two years, it seems unlikely that she would have failed to have signed that form. The form then would prove that Clinton did, in fact, break the law. Because, if she signed that form but had not yet turned over her emails, she would have still been in possession of State Department forms.

Shannen Coffin, a senior lawyer under the George W. Bush administration, first cited the form OF109 in questioning whether Clinton committed a violation by exclusively using personal email as secretary of state, and then not turning over those emails deemed work-related until after leaving the department.

If she indeed signed the document, he told Fox News last week, “there’s no question [she broke the law].”

“Making a false statement in this context, knowingly and willfully — which I can’t imagine anything more knowing and willful than knowing you have 55,000 records sitting in your home — if you do that, it is a felony,” he told Fox News’ “The Kelly File.”

If she did not sign the form, then she violated policy. This seems to be a small and at the same time unlikely thing. But if she signed it then she should be placed on trial. The problem is that she will most likely ride this out, and no charges will be filed. There is no way that the Republicans or anyone else will bring charges against her. That would be like a cop give another cop a ticket. Not very likely to happen.