Politico reports that Hillary Clinton sent her daughter Chelsea an email message that contains information the State Department deems classified. The email, part of a new batch released today, originated with White House Deputy National Security Adviser Michael Froman and was forwarded to the former secretary of state by her policy aide Jake Sullivan. Hillary Clinton sent it along to her daughter’s email account with the notation: “See below.”
The subject matter of the message is unclear. However, Politico reporters Josh Gerstein and Nolan McCaskill suggest that it relates to global climate change negotiations. Their view is based on the fact that (1) Froman sent the first message the day after Hillary Clinton and President Obama took part in talks over a possible international agreement to combat global warming and (2) the first message was sent to White House environmental adviser Carol Browner, among others.
Notations indicate that the email Hillary forwarded to Chelsea was classified because it came from a foreign government or pertained to diplomatic exchanges. It was deemed “confidential,” the lowest classification category.
The fact that Hillary sent Chelsea classified information won’t change James Comey’s legal analysis. Comey declined to recommend prosecution because he found lack of criminal intent on Hillary’s part. As I noted the day he revealed that the investigation is again open, nothing the FBI will find at this point is likely to alter that conclusion.
However, the fact that Hillary casually sent information worthy of a “confidential” designation to her daughter reminds us in an easy to understand way of her recklessness. It also harks back to the fact that she told Chelsea the truth about the Benghazi attacks while lying to the public and the victims’ family members. Finally, given Chelsea’s role with the Clinton Foundation, it reinforces the view that Hillary puts the interests of Clinton, Inc. ahead of the national interest.
Thus, the Politico report, while hardly a game-changer, is not welcome news for the suddenly beleaguered Clinton campaign.