Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker wrote an op-ed in 2016 saying he would indict former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
FBI Director James Comey announced in July of 2016 that he would not recommend charges against former Secretary of State Clinton over her use of private email servers, and said, “Our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
In a USA Today op-ed titled “I would indict Hillary Clinton: Opposing view,” Whitaker wrote he disagreed with Comey’s judgement.
Whitaker, who was then employed as executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, wrote that Clinton’s emails contained information that was “classified at the time it was sent or received, of which eight email chains contained information that was top secret at the time it was sent.”
He also said the “facts show it was gross negligence” when Clinton used a personal email system and therefore “removed the information from State Department security.”
“A reasonable prosecutor may ask, if on numerous occasions, an unknown State Department employee had taken top secret information from a secured system, emailed that information on a Gmail account, and stored the information on a personal server for years, would that individual be prosecuted?” Whitaker wrote, “I believe they would.”