Political commentator Dick Morris has said that he believes the scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton and the storage of top secret emails whilst she was Secretary of State, will see her indicted and forced out of the presidential race.
Speaking to Newsmax TV, Morris said, “It’s shocking that she would do this stuff on an unsecured server. And remember that these are two emails out of 40 that were reviewed. There are 30,000 more to go … I believe she will be indicted“.
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Clinton’s alternative email setup first involved a server located at the family’s home in Chappaqua, N.Y. In 2013, shortly after she left the State Department, Clinton gave a Denver-based company — Platte River Networks — control of the server, and it was moved to a data center in New Jersey.
This week, the FBI seized the server, which was apparently wiped clean. Last week, the bureau took a thumb drive from Clinton lawyer David Kendall that contained copies of Clinton’s work-related emails.
Morris thinks Clinton acted in a “reckless” manner. Reports have said top secret content about drones passed through Clinton’s email.
“Who’s the one who’s in charge of deciding what’s secret and what’s not? Hillary Clinton. So if the documents came and they were unclassified, unmarked, it was her duty to mark them and to respect that marking,” Morris says.
“Obviously, drones and the kind of information you’re talking about would be top secret. Hillary was reckless in consigning all this to her personal server because of the very material that the Secretary of State deals with. I believe the evidence will be so overwhelming that she violated the protocols that I don’t think they’re going to have any choice but to go after her.”
Morris sees Clinton getting “forced out of the race,” which will open the door for several other Democrats with presidential aspirations.
“I see her being indicted, I see her being forced out of the race, I see [Vice President Joe] Biden running and I see a lot of pressure ramping up on other Democrats like [Secretary of State John] Kerry and [former Vice President Al] Gore and Deval Patrick in Massachusetts and a bunch of others, Elizabeth Warren, to get into the race. Not as opponents of Hillary but as understudies.”
“The magnitude of the evidence is going to be so overwhelming that it’ll be impossible not to indict her,” Morris says. “So yes, I do believe Hillary Clinton will be indicted and will be forced out of this race.”
Months before Clinton announced her candidacy in April, she had a significant lead in every major national poll over her potential challengers for the Democratic nomination at the time. But with the layers of the email scandal being peeled back rather quickly now, her poll numbers are taking a hit.
Clinton’s main challenger at this point, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, is still well behind her but is making up ground. There’s also talk Biden will join the race, and others, such as former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, are already in the race and could see a boost in their poll numbers if Clinton were to exit.
Bloomberg reported Thursday that the FBI is now investigating whether the data on Clinton’s email server may have been backed up somewhere else. A former Justice Department prosecutor said the FBI might be able to recover data from a server that has been erased.
“Most people don’t understand really what it takes to actually delete things from a computer permanently,” former computer crimes prosecutor Peter Toren told Bloomberg. “The FBI has had a great deal of training and they’re very good about recovering data from computers that people think have been erased or deleted.”
Donald Trump, who leads the crowded field of Republicans vying for the nomination, said this week he thinks the race for the White House will come down to himself and Biden.
“I think Hillary has got huge problems right now,” Trump said. “Is she going to make it? I hear this thing is big league. Why did she do it? You use the server? Because [the Clintons are] always looking to go over the edge, whether it’s Whitewater or anything else. They always want to go over the edge.
“I’m just looking at it saying, ‘What the hell was she doing? You know what she was doing? She was guarding from the president seeing what she doing.”