The Justice Department once again refused to share information with CIA and FBI overseers on the House Intelligence Committee about a source for alleged information on Russia that they did share with Robert Mueller. This could be leading to a legal and Constitutional showdown between the intelligence agencies and Congress.
In denying the demand for information on the secret source for Mueller’s never-ending, ever-expanding investigation and its resultant questionable FISA court warrants and deep-night raids on private citizens, the DOJ issued this explanation:
“Disclosure of responsive information to such requests can risk severe consequences, including potential loss of human lives, damage to relationships with valued international partners, compromise of ongoing criminal investigations, and interference with intelligence activities.”
Wow! That sounds really, really serious! So I guess if someone had access to the highest level classified information that revealed intelligence sources, and that person cavalierly shared hundreds of such documents on an unsecured private email server that could be easily hacked by America’s enemies so those documents ended up in foreign hands and on highly unsecure laptops of staffers and their felonious spouses, that would be a very serious federal crime that should be thoroughly investigated and then prosecuted to the full extent of the law, wouldn’t it? Or does it all depend on who did that?
On a related note, “Clinton privilege” doesn’t just extend to avoiding investigation and prosecution for improper handling of classified information but also for improper handling of White House interns. It’s the same privilege that was extended to Harvey Weinstein, Al Franken, Eric Schneiderman and other top male Democrats, who long enjoyed an exemption from the rules of decent behavior toward women in private as long as they mouthed the approved feminist dogma in public. It’s good to see women finally standing up and speaking out against that self-serving hypocrisy, and now, add Monica Lewinsky to the list.
Note: the concept of “liberal privilege” also extends beyond sexual behavior and loose email servers.