by Bob Stone
18 U.S.C. 1924 reads: (a) Whoever, being an officer, employee, contractor, or consultant of the United States, and, by virtue of his office, employment, position, or contract, becomes possessed of documents or materials containing classified information of the United States, knowingly removes such documents or materials without authority and with the intent to retain such documents or materials at an unauthorized location shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.
As Michael B. Mukasey astutely noted in his article in The Wall Street Journal:
Note that it is the information that is protected; the issue doesn’t turn on whether the document or materials bear a classified marking. This is the statute under which David Petraeus—former Army general and Central Intelligence Agency director—was prosecuted for keeping classified information at home. Mrs. Clinton’s holding of classified information on a personal server was a violation of that law. So is transferring that information on a thumb drive to David Kendall, her lawyer. (Clinton Defies the Law and Common Sense, Michael B. Mukasey, 8/14/2015)
Clinton hit the trifecta under this law by having the server maintained by an IT Firm that was not cleared by the DSS.
While some speculate that a few Clinton loyalists are bound to throw themselves under the bus for Hillary, I confess my ignorance as to how such self-sacrifice would be meaningful much less possible seeing that she instituted the policy by which the classified materials were mishandled.
Perhaps it’s time for Democrats to launch the Biden lifeboat.