During his campaign, Donald Trump agreed that Hillary Clinton should be “locked up” for handling classified material on a private e-mail server. FBI Director, James Comey, said Clinton’s actions, while careless, “didn’t amount to a crime.” A complete evaluation of the e-mail server issue indicated a “less a sinister” but “carefully calculated effort to avoid transparency”. In a Sept 30, 2016 article Politico concluded from reading the FBI’s interviews, that Clinton’s team hardly seemed organized enough to mount any sort of sinister cover-up.
Contrast the attempt to avoid transparency of Hillary to the actions of Former General David Petraeus when he headed the Central Intelligence Agency. Petraeus, a respected four-star general resigned as CIA director in 2012 amid a criminal investigation. He faced potential felony charges and imprisonment, after the FBI discovered he had provided classified information to his mistress Paula Broadwell, and lied to the FBI about it. Let me repeat! The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency intentionally gave information he admitted was classified to a woman he was sleeping with. He didn’t receive cash payment for the classified information, but he was certainly using the classified information to pay for something.
In his plea agreement, Petraeus admitted to mishandling classified information that was contained in personal notebooks. Petraeus told his mistress, Paula Broadwell, that his notebooks contained “highly classified” information, yet gave them to her. The information didn’t appear in the biography.Then, to make matters worse, Petraeus lied to the FBI during the investigation — a felony that’s punishable by up to five years in prison. He told agents that he never provided or facilitated the provision of classified information to his biographer. Petraeus’s actions, including lying to the FBI, “were in all respects knowing and deliberate, and were not committed by mistake, accident or another innocent reason,” according to the statement of facts accompanying the plea agreement. Petreaus’s guilty charge was under Section 1924 of Title 18 of the United States Code. This section prohibits a government officer or employee who possesses documents or materials containing classified information, who “knowingly removes such documents or materials without authority and with the intent to retain such documents or materials at an unauthorized location.”
Clinton’s emails were not marked “classified” at the time they were sent. But officials found “top secret” information in her emails because of a process called “retroactive classification.” That means if there is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information sent on an unclassified system, the State Department can retroactively deem it classified instead of making it public. That means the State Department can categorize something as “classified” for purposes of the FOIA that was not “classified” previously for any other purpose. Thus there is a significant difference between the classified information Petraeus knowingly and deliberately supplied to his mistress, and the e-mails that Hillary sent in the normal course of her position as Secretary of State, that were later classified as classified for purposes of FOIA.
For Donald Trump to seriously consider Petraeus for Secretary of State, the same position held by the person Trump wanted to “lock up,” is outrageous. Petraeus pled guilty to a federal count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material. Petraeus is still on probation, and will be until April of 2017, over two months AFTER the Trump inauguration. Hillary was never charged with a crime, never gave classified documents to anyone who was not allowed to receive them, and never had to serve probation or pay a fine for anything. Trump’s consideration of the admitted criminal as Secretary of State is a clear indication of his ability to judge character. The affair of Patraeus was a breach of his marriage vows and a clear indication of his flawed character that caused Patraeus to violate federal law. As the director of the CIA he was in one of the most trusted positions in the country. By giving classified information to his mistress he violated his obligation to the American public and his oath of office. For Donald Trump to even consider this criminal for the position of Secretary of State is an indication that Trump should be locked up!