A former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under the Obama administration says Hillary Clinton should "step down" from the presidential race to clear the way for the probe of her private email server by the FBI.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reports in an exclusive interview that Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn (USA-Ret.) thinks the former secretary of state – "for the good of the country" – should quit her run for president and "let this FBI investigation play out."
On February 2, reports The Daily Caller, "the FBI filed a letter before U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan, confirming the Bureau is actively investigating Clinton's use of an unsecured, privately owned email server to send and receive official government communications."
The story further explains the sensitivity of the documents – contained in a secretive program called the Special Access Program (SAP) – that were transferred to Clinton's unclassified home server.
Those documents, says Flynn, "had to be moved off electronically or removed out of the secure site physically, then it had to be put onto an unclassified email system."
"Someone who does this is completely irresponsible, but totally unaccountable and shows a streak of arrogance to the American public that is unworthy of anyone thinking they can run for President of the United States," adds the retired Army officer.
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Judge orders Clinton's last emails public before Super Tuesday
WASHINGTON (AP) (February 11, 2016) — A federal judge has ordered Hillary Clinton's remaining emails from her time as secretary of state to be released by the end of the month, just before the presidential primary day known as Super Tuesday.
The State Department will publish some 550 pages Saturday.
The next installment is set for February 19, a day before Nevada's Democratic caucus. Another comes February 26, a day before South Carolina's primary.
The last of Clinton's 55,000 pages of emails are expected to be made public on February 29. Eleven states will hold a Democratic primary or a caucus on March 1.
J. Christian Adams is a former attorney with Justice Department and now serves as legal editor for PJ Media. He finds Flynn's recommendation quite telling. "The fact that he's coming out now only proves what Americans I think have suspected all along: that Hillary's actions are a serious threat to America's national security," he tells OneNewsNow.
But Adams has serious doubts that the general's comments will convince President Obama that his former secretary of state should be indicted. "When you have a president who seems to support Hillary Clinton, it makes it very hard to get through that bureaucracy to go to the grand jury," says the attorney.
Still, Adams argues that the political fallout of the email scandal is already happening. "I think one of the reasons that Hillary Clinton was trounced by Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire is because she's the wounded animal," he suggests, adding that "[voters] know that the email scandal is serious."
According to Adams, some voters clearly believe Clinton belongs in a federal penitentiary.
Sandy Rios, director of governmental affairs at the American Family Association, calls it "a big deal" for Flynn to make this public declaration.
"The national security experts who are quoted in this Daily Caller piece talk about the lives that have been put in danger by her carelessness," she points out.
Still, Rios doesn't expect Clinton to ultimately be held accountable by the Obama Justice Department. But she does expect Attorney General Loretta Lynch to take her marching orders from the president.
"I don't think Hillary Clinton will step aside – [and] I don't think Barack Obama will ask her to step aside," says Rios. "Jay Carney said this week that Barack Obama wanted her to be the candidate. If he wants her to be the candidate, I don't think there's any way that you can force Loretta Lynch to indict Hillary Clinton."
Flynn served as Obama's DIA director from July 2012 to August 2014.
2-11-2016, 2-12-2016 - AP story and comments from Adams and Rios added after story was originally posted.
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