Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Thursday that there could be four laws that Hillary Clinton broke by using a private email server that had classified information on it.
As a panelist on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday, Mukasey argued that Clinton may have broken one “that says you can’t put classified information in an unclassified setting.” (RELATED: Justice Department Grants Immunity To Hillary Clinton’s Email Server Technician)
“That’s the one that General Petraeus was convicted of on his own plea. There’s one that says that you can’t expose national secrets through gross negligence. Then there’s one that says you can’t destroy government information. And then there’s one that says you can’t obstruct justice.”
Asked to comment on the news that the IT person contracted to set up Clinton’s server, Bryan Pagliano was granted immunity by the Justice Department, Mukasey said it was so that he will talk to them.
Host Mika Brzezinski asked Mukasey if there are “cases in which [granting immunity] happens and nothing comes of it” and Mukasey said yes.” (VIDEO: FBI Director: ‘I Am Very Close’ To Hillary’s Investigation)
However, Mukasey then argued that in Clinton’s situation, this probably isn’t the case because “there are 16, 17, 1800 classified emails on a non-classified server. Somebody put them on there. And they didn’t all start out that way. The notion that somehow they weren’t marked when they were put on the server is a half-truth and one that’s peculiarly designed to irritate anybody who knows the other half.” (RELATED: Former US Attorney: Hillary Committed ‘Both Misdemeanors And Felonies’ With Email Server)
When asked what troubles him most about Clinton’s email server, Mukasey said, “The way the stuff got from what’s called the SIPRNet, the secret network within the government. And that network doesn’t talk to any other network. So what has to have happened is somebody took it off there and either transcribed it or summarized it and then put it on her server. That’s very troubling.”
[dcquiz] Mukasey later explained “it’s a problem” if Clinton ordered there classified information to be entered into the non-classified system, noting the email is an email where Clinton directed a subordinate to to remove the classification and “send it unclassified.” (RELATED: Bombshell Email Shows Hillary Instructed Adviser To Strip Markings From Sensitive Talking Points)
Pagliano needs immunity in this case because “if he was contracted to set up a server, that he knew was going to carry classified information relating to [Clinton’s] job, and [did] it without telling anybody, then it’s not necessarily that he’s guilty of a crime, but what he’s protected against doing is giving any step that could lead to being charged with a crime,” Mukasey said.