This time, bad news for Hillary Clinton is bad news for the whole country.
Citing two sources inside the FBI, Fox News is reporting that federal investigators are virtually certain that — despite what the Clinton camp has claimed — the former secretary of state’s private email server was hacked by foreign intelligence services.
If true, it’s proof Clinton not only put American national security at risk, she put the men and women of the armed forces in harm’s way, too. As one Republican congressman told Fox on Thursday morning, there’s a word for that — and it’s explosive.
Before getting to the “T” word aspect of this increasingly ugly story, a little background…
Fox News anchor Brett Baier broke the news on Wednesday’s “Special Report with Brett Baier,” and it was a blockbuster.
Check it out here:
With less than a week to go before the election, the words must have been the last thing the Clinton campaign wanted to hear.
Baier was even more precise when he appeared moments later on “On the Record with Brit Hume.”
Finally, we learned there is a confidence from these sources that her server had been hacked. And that it was a 99% accuracy that it had been hacked by at least five foreign intelligence agencies, and that things had been taken from that…
There has been some angst about Attorney General Loretta Lynch — what she has done or not done. She obviously did not impanel, or go to a grand jury at the beginning. They also have a problem, these sources do, with what President Obama said today and back in October of 2015…
I pressed again and again on this very issue… The investigations will continue, there is a lot of evidence. And barring some obstruction in some way, they believe they will continue to likely an indictment.
But in an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Thursday, Rep. Michael McCaul, the Texas Republican who chairs the House Committee on Homeland Security, had even worse news for the Democrat nominee and her followers.
What the Fox News report is describing goes well beyond the “extremely careless” handling of the nation’s secrets described by FBI Director James Comey in July.
It’s called “treason,” McCaul said.
— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) November 3, 2016
It’s no exaggeration to say the words are damning.
“This is why you have security protocols, to protect classified information,” McCaul told “Fox & Friends.”
“She exposed it to our enemies, and now our adversaries have this very sensitive information that not only jeopardizes her and national security at home, but the men and women serving overseas.
“In my opinion, quite frankly, it’s treason.”
McCaul didn’t point it out, but treason is a serious, serious charge. It’s one of the few crimes in the U.S. federal code that allows for the death penalty.
No one is suggesting Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin are Julius and Ethel Rosenberg of the 21st century here.
The point is, the Democrat nominee for president has placed herself in a position where she can credibly be accused of committing treason against the country she’s campaigning to lead – and could actually be guilty of it.
This isn’t decade-old locker room talk from a private citizen spouting off to a celebrity reporter. This is the former secretary of state of the United States using a rogue communications setup that was almost certainly penetrated by foreign countries wishing nothing but ill to America.
American foreign policy in the Obama years has been an unrelieved string of setbacks and outright defeats.
Could the reckless disregard for national security shown by the former secretary of state in selfishly using a private email server have something to do with that?
The Fox report is – or should be – bad news for the Clinton campaign. But it’s worse news for the United States.