Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin has found herself in hot water this week after it was revealed that she may have committed a major crime while her employer was Secretary of State.
Emails that were released to Judicial Watch on Monday suggest that Abedin left classified government information, which should have been burned, in the front seat of her car. Conservative Tribune reported that Abedin wrote an email on July 20 of 2009 to Clinton’s personal assistant Lauren Jiloty asking her to move the documents after realizing what she had done.
“I’m going to have ambassador ride on next drive,” Abedin wrote. “There’s a bunch of burn stuff in the pocket of my front seat. Can u put in trunk?”
Jiloty responded by saying that she had moved the documents as Abedin had requested.
Though the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Manual indicated that only classified material should be burned, a State Department official told The Daily Caller that “sensitive but unclassified” can be put in burn bags as well.
“Material disposed of in ‘burn bags’ is not limited to classified information. As the regulations state, Sensitive But Unclassified and Personally identifiable information documents are often burned,” the official said, referring to another section of the manual.
The Foreign Affairs Manual also said that failing to safely guard personally identifiable information can lead to criminal prosecution and administrative action such as termination. However, given how the mishandling of classified has been treated in the recent past, it is unlikely that Abedin will ever face disciplinary action for what she did.
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