Clinton’s entanglement in her private server scandal deepens, spurring a former top Obama aide to call on her to suspend her campaign.
The State Department has released more than 1,000 new pages of Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Eighty-one messages were classified, mostly at the lowest level of sensitivity. None was declared top secret.
The department has now released more than 45,000 pages of emails from the private account Clinton used as secretary of state, apparently in breach of the law.
It plans to finish making her emails public on Feb. 29, a day before the critical Super Tuesday primaries when multiple states hold nominating contests.
Clinton has struggled to put the email controversy to rest as she seeks the Democratic presidential nomination. The controversy has heavily shadowed her staff’s attempt to present her as a candidate with a pristine-clean record and a leader with integrity.
Last month, 22 emails were withheld in full because they contained “top secret” material.
The FBI also is examining the security of the home server she maintained for email use while in office.
Republicans have been trying to slow the momentum of Clinton’s campaign by playing up her email issues, saying she played by her own rules when it came to national security.
It’s the potential political costs that are probably of more immediate concern for Clinton. She has struggled in surveys measuring her perceived trustworthiness, and an active federal investigation, especially one buoyed by evidence that top secret material coursed through her account, could negate one of her main selling points for becoming commander in chief: Her national security resume.
Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, insists she never sent or received information on her personal email account that was classified at the time.
‘I Would Have Been Out the Door and Probably in Jail’
In the meantime, a former top Obama aide has called on Clinton to suspend her campaign until the email scandal is cleared on way or another.
President Barack Obama’s former top military intelligence official, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the retired chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), made the call in an interview with CNN on Saturday.
“If it were me, I would have been out the door and probably in jail,” said Flynn, who decried what he said was a “lack of accountability, frankly, in a person who should have been much more responsible in her actions as the secretary of state of the United States of America.”
Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon told CNN the general’s suggestion was “just silly” and pointed to similar FBI probes of former Secretary of State Colin Powell and of aides to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
By: AP and United with Israel Staff