Hillary Clinton likely committed “treason” by using a private email server that U.S. intelligence sources have told Fox News were almost certainly hacked by five foreign spy agencies, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said on Thursday.
Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, who chairs the Homeland Security Committee, made the hefty charge in an interview on “Fox & Friends” in response to news that two sources with knowledge of the FBI’s investigation of Clinton’s server say that there is a 99 percent chance that Clinton’s server was breached.
“She exposed it to our enemies,” McCaul, a Republican, said of the classified information found on Clinton’s server.
“Now, our adversaries have this very sensitive information that not only jeopardizes her and national security at home, but the men and women serving overseas.”
“This is, in my opinion, quite frankly, treason,” he added, eliciting audible gasps from the “Fox & Friends” crew.
Clinton has insisted that there is “no evidence” that her private server was hacked by foreign agencies. FBI Director James Comey said in July when he announced he would not recommend charges against Clinton that there was no direct evidence of a hack. But he added that it was still “possible” that a breach occurred and that the foreign hackers covered their tracks.
Fox News’ sources said that Comey’s language was not strong enough on the matter. The Obama appointee should have said that there was an “almost certainty” that Clinton’s homebrew server was infiltrated.
McCaul faulted Clinton not only for handling classified information on the server but for ignoring State Department security protocols related to the use of email while traveling overseas.
“The concern I’ve had all along is that she’s had seven special access program on these devices. Those are the most classified, sensitive, secrets in the federal government — many of them covert operations. She took those devices overseas against the State Department’s wishes,” he said.
As a Daily Caller investigation found earlier this year, Clinton used her personal BlackBerry, which was linked to her server, on several trips to Russia and China while she was Secretary of State. The FBI concluded that Clinton may even have exchanged emails with President Obama while she was on one of the Russia trips. (RELATED: Investigation: Hillary Sent Dozens Of Emails From Her BlackBerry While In Russia, China)
“Countries like Russia and China and Iran have the most highly sensitive programs in the United States,” McCaul fumed.
“This is a huge story. It’s far bigger than the accusations against Donald Trump. It goes to the heart of the fitness of character to serve as commander in chief.”