On Monday, Michael Mukasey, who served as Attorney General of the United States under George W. Bush, told Neil Cavuto of Fox Business News that there was no reason for Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server while Secretary of State.
Mukasey asserted, “Hillary Clinton put classified information on a server that was not secure, She caused it to be put there … Going further, if it’s information that relates to national defense, whether she acted with gross negligence is not a defense. In fact, that’s the standard under that law. That’s a felony.”
Mukasey responded to President Obama’s halting defense of Clinton on Fox News Sunday in which he stated, “There’s a carelessness in terms of managing emails that she has owned and that she has recognized, but I also think it’s important to keep this in perspective. This is somebody that has served her country for four years as secretary of State and has done an outstanding job.”
Mukasey countered, “He didn’t really do her any favors by saying she was negligent. I think he was trying to appeal to what he thought is people’s misunderstanding of the law … I’d like for somebody to ask his press secretary whether he’s getting regular briefings on the investigation. I seriously doubt that he is. If he’s not, then he’s talking through his hat. He doesn’t know whether national security was compromised or not.”
Cavuto responded, “Or he just lying.”
Mukasey, bluntly, “That could be.”
Cavuto pointed out that the Justice Department might not take action even if the FBI investigation gave it sufficient evidence. Mukasey opined, “If that’s the way it plays out, I seriously think you are going to get a lot of leaks from the FBI about what’s there, and perhaps one or more high-level resignations because there are people who will simply not put up with that.”
Mukasey concluded, “What’s at stake here is simply the rule of law; whether laws applies to everybody or only to some people.”
In January, the State Department designated 22 of the messages from Clinton’s private email account “top secret.” Documents are deemed “top secret” by the State Department if they can cause “exceptionally grave” damage to national security when disclosed.