We constantly hear about the email issue and Hillary Clinton. One of their biggest argument is that she deleted 30,000 emails that could have been “classified” but we don’t know because she claims they were private emails that were not work related.
There have also been at least 12 congressional investigations into Benghazi and what happened there to show she was “responsible” for the four Americans killed there. Of course, there was nothing to find and nothing was found by any of the investigations except there was nothing to be found.
Yesterday, Donald Trump attended one of his rallies in Florida. At that rally, he gave very vivid descriptions about a video had had access to. He gave full accounts of actions and behaviors of what happened in the video.
He claimed that the video was about the money that the U.S. sent back to Iran after world courts ruled in favor of Iran over a contract dispute. See, Iran paid the U.S. about $400 million for arms sales just before the Shah fell. The deal was cancelled but the money was never returned to Iran.
After years of court fights, in January the U.S. sent the money back according to the rulings. I admit the timing of that shipment was horrible. It was right after Iran released some hostages they were holding and was a very bad “coincidence” to the matter like we paid to get the people back.
So, in order to make hay on the matter, Trump gave a full account of a video he claims to have seen about the transfer of the money back to Iran. He painted a very vivid picture of Iran’s response. No one else seems to have seen this video, but that is not the point here. Even if they had seen the video, they would not speak about it.
The reason they would not speak about it, is according to Donald Trump, the video was classified as “Top Secret”! Now, no one else claims that the video exists. Only a video shot not in Iran about the hostages returning to the U.S. But, Trump claims otherwise. He also claims that it was “Top Secret”.
That is very disturbing to anyone who worked in the world of classified material. The very fact that he claims to have seen the video and that it was “top secret” clearly shows that Donald Trump knowingly and willingly released classified material. That is a crime, by the way.
Yet, the conservative side, and most of the “liberal media” are being very quiet about the matter. Where is Paul Ryan declaring that he will start a new committee to “investigate” why Donald Trump released classified material? Where is the conservative backlash against a seemingly traitor?
Their silence means one of two things. First, the video does not exist and Trump lied about it. Second, they are only concern about whether or not Hillary Clinton “may” have compromised classified material and not their own people.
I will give our conservative brethren some credit that the second reason isn’t the reason they are being so silent. Which leads a reasonable person to believe that the video does not exist and Trump lied, again.
But, even if that is the case, it does make one wonder if Donald Trump can really be trusted with classified material. He appeared very comfortable and very willing to share this so-called “top secret” information with people who should not have been “briefed” on the information.
And, please, before you start belching outa defense of Trump based on how small of an incident this may be, don’t forget, “top secret” is “top secret” and you are not allowed to discuss this information without anyone who does not have the proper clearance and the “need to know”. That is clearly laid out in how to handle classified material.
As someone who worked in that world for a very long time, this incident gives me a very tepid confidence about Trump getting any classified information. Yesterday shows he would be very willing to release such information, especially if he thinks it will make him look smart or to gain votes.
If it turns out to be a true video that was really marked “top secret” and Trump released the information are you Trumpies going to start chanting “lock him up”? That is the penalty for releasing “top secret” information. No, you won’t. As one Trumpie idiot said yesterday “Trump can do no wrong”.
The silence is all about double-standards and nothing else.