The Obama administration’s nonchalant response to Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of sensitive, classified, and even top secret information extends to its treatment of her lawyers. The Justice Department allowed emails and other sensitive information from Clinton’s server to remain in her lawyers’ hands even though they lack the requisite security clearances.
Now, finally, the Justice Department has taken possession of the thumb drive containing work emails that Clinton’s personal attorney David Kendall improperly held. Yet its nonchalance persists.
Ask yourself what the government would be doing in response to this security breach if the lawyer and the law firm in question weren’t well-connected and Democrat-leaning. A friend (formerly an attorney with a big firm) suggests that the government would be demanding the following, and more:
– Names of all Williams & Connolly personnel who had any role in the review of Clinton’s emails with a listing (by date and/or other identifier) of emails, and names of all persons with whom the reviewing personnel discussed the contents of those emails.
– All computers that any time contained on their hard drives any Clinton documents or material related thereto.
– All paper documents related to the review of Clinton’s documents, including all handwritten notes.
– All precautions Williams & Connolly took to ensure the confidentiality of documents turned over by Clinton and related documents.
Cheryl Mills is represented by another big, well-connected law firm — Paul, Weiss (where Secretary of the DHS Jeh Johnson was a partner). Mills provided its lawyers with emails that likely contain sensitive and perhaps classified (or even top secret) information. Paul, Weiss should also be subject to the procedures described above.
The government has already cut Team Clinton’s lawyers plenty of slack. It’s easy to imagine the Obama Justice Department raiding the offices of lawyers with strong Republican ties who, it believed, possessed classified information. When it finally got around to David Kendall, the DOJ apparently obtained the documents through a request.
I’m not expecting the Obama Justice Department to investigate or otherwise concern itself with the breach of security inherent in the review by Clinton’s lawyers of her State Department emails. But a more serious, less nonchalant DOJ would.