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There’s no doubt about it, Hillary lied — many times

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Washington, July 11, 2016 | comments
There's no more arguing about it. Hillary Clinton sent and received classified emails on her unsecure, home servers. She lied about it - many times.
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Salem News
By Rep. Bill Johnson
Published July 11, 2016

There's no more arguing about it. Hillary Clinton sent and received classified emails on her unsecure, home servers. She lied about it - many times.

The stories may have changed, some qualifiers have been added from time to time, but the bottom line is that she placed her own personal political security above our country's national security. Many Americans already believed she wasn't being straight with us, a fact now confirmed by FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday.

During his statement, Comey described Clinton's actions as "extremely careless," stating that she violated two federal statutes by knowingly and willfully sending and receiving highly classified information over her private "home brew" network. At least 110 emails on Clinton's servers were classified at the time they were sent or received and that is just what the FBI was able to recover.

It's now known that "hostile agents" unfriendly foreign governments - had access to the emails of many of those who worked for Clintonand it's conceivable those foreign agents had access to Secretary Clinton's.

Think about that. What would stop Russia's Vladimir Putin, or any of America's rivals or enemies, from blackmailing Hillary Clinton if she were to become President? They could threaten her with the release of embarrassing, or highly sensitive e-mails that they've captured if she didn't do what they wanted her to.

Secretary Clinton lied about not having classified information on her server. She falsely claimed her setup was allowed by the State Department. She was not truthful about turning over all of her work emails. Her server was breached. She didn't make a simple mistake because she didn't understand the technology involved; rather, she took very sophisticated steps to avoid accountability. She was warned against doing it, but did it anyway.

We saw this arrogant behavior in the 90's, and we see it again now. Following rules and doing the right thing might be how we are supposed to act, but the Clintons view themselves as above the law. There are rules for everyone else, and then special rules for the Clintons.

In the light of these findings, it is my hope that the American people will do what President Obama has failed to do hold Hillary Clinton accountable to the rule of law. President Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton while she was under investigation, and then campaigned with her the very day the FBI released their damning report! No wonder the public trust in our political class is quickly fading.

I expect our Commander-in-Chief to have many traits. But, one of the most important ones is certainly being able to handle our nation's secrets with the care and respect that the American people expect and our laws demand. Hillary Clinton has failed to meet this minimal standard.

This whole sad episode won't be headed to a trial court but it will be headed to the court of public opinion. Ultimately, the public will decide her fate. It is my hope that the American people, regardless of political party, will decide that Hillary Clinton's actions have disqualified her from being our Commander-in-Chief.

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