Judge Nap on New Email Revelations: Hillary's Top Aides Could Be Indicted
Judge Andrew Napolitano gave us his take this morning on the newest revelations in the Hillary Clinton email scandal.
In recent weeks, Fox News has reported that on her private email server, Clinton had information that was even more sensitive than those with the “top secret” classification.
In a new exclusive, Catherine Herridge and Pam Browne reported that at least a dozen email accounts handled the “top secret” intelligence that was recently deemed too damaging for national security to be released.
The official said the accounts include not only Clinton’s but those of top aides – including Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin, Jake Sullivan and Philippe Reines – as well as State Department Under Secretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy and others. There is no public evidence they were authorized to receive the intelligence some of which was beyond Top Secret.
A second source not authorized to speak on the record said the number of accounts involved could be as high as 30 and reflects how the intelligence was broadly shared, replied to, and copied to individuals using the unsecured server.
Judge Napolitano said on America's Newsroom that Clinton's "reckless" handling of top-secret emails leaves her top aides open to possible indictment by the federal government.
"The FBI now has leverage. The Justice Department can indict her top aides and trade with them. What would they want? Testimony against Clinton in return for a deal with them. This is the way the government works," he said.
Napolitano explained that these aides did not have the required security clearances to receive the information contained in these emails.
If the FBI does recommend an indictment against the former secretary of state, it will be up to Attorney General Loretta Lynch to decide whether to proceed with charges.
Napolitano said Clinton's presidential campaign will take a "catastrophic" hit regardless of whether Lynch decides to prosecute.
Watch more of the judge's analysis above.