It appears likely that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's deleted emails won't be released until after the November election. GOP chairman Reince Priebus called for the State Department to release them before then.
"If the State Department continues to withhold these emails, Hillary Clinton should demand they be released, or release them herself," Priebus said in a statement. "Anything less than a full release of these public records before voting begins will only further prove that we have a rigged system that has one set of rules [for] political elites and another for everyone else."
Which raises the question: what exactly is in Clinton's emails that would cause them not to be released until after the election? Here are five theories.
1. The emails will reveal a series of pay-for-play examples that show that Clinton put her position as Secretary of State for sale in order to benefit the Clintons. Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro lists six examples of this, including the recently reported discovery of Gilbert Chagoury receiving access to the State Department because he was a donor to the Clinton Foundation even though he was previously fined for money laundering. Clinton's deleted emails probably show further examples of the pay-for-play that went on at Clinton's State Department.
2. The emails will reveal that Clinton helped arm Islamic terrorists in Syria. This is what WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange suggested in an interview with Democracy Now!.
"Those Hillary Clinton emails, they connect together with the cables that we have published of Hillary Clinton, creating a rich picture of how Hillary Clinton performs in office, but, more broadly, how the U.S. Department of State operates," Assange said. "So, for example, the disastrous, absolutely disastrous intervention in Libya, the destruction of the Gaddafi government, which led to the occupation of ISIS of large segments of that country, weapons flows going over to Syria, being pushed by Hillary Clinton, into jihadists within Syria, including ISIS, that’s there in those emails.There’s more than 1,700 emails in Hillary Clinton’s collection, that we have released, just about Libya alone."
In other words, the emails would reveal that Clinton armed the likes of al-Qaeda and ISIS in an attempt to take out Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, which may have been what Ambassador Chris Stevens and Co. were doing in Benghazi to begin with.
Speaking of Benghazi...
3. Clinton's emails may reveal what exactly occurred on the night of the Benghazi attacks. We still don't know exactly what Clinton was doing on the night of the terror attacks, nor do we know what President Barack Obama was doing that night. The emails might show what they were doing.
4. The emails may show how her unsecure private email server caused classified information to fall into the grasp of the country's enemies. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) recently revealed that Shahram Amiri, an Iranian spy working for the West, was mentioned in Clinton's emails and it may have been what led to his capture and execution by the Iranian government. The deleted emails may shed more light on this matter and other scenarios of undercover operatives working for the U.S. who may have had their identities compromised by Clinton's unsecure private email server.
5. They might implicate Clinton's aides.
In a deposition, Abedin said that only Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, "had personal clintonemail.com accounts housed on her private server." There have also been reports that the FBI had been investigating if Clinton had provided her aides with her passwords. Clinton ordered aide Jake Sullivan to forward her emails that contained classified information.
Clinton's deleted emails might reveal how much access Clinton's aides had to her private server and if they committed any criminal activity, just as Clinton did.