A former intel chief who oversaw the 17 U.S. intelligence agencies says he was threatened and bullied for reporting concerns about Hillary Clinton’s unsecured email server.
“There was personal blowback to me, to my family, to my office,” former Intelligence Community Inspector General, Charles McCullough III, told Fox News. “I was told by members of Congress, ‘You need to be careful. There are people out to get you.’”
McCullough, an Obama appointee, started to receive heavy pressure starting in January 2016, when he told the Senate intelligence and foreign affairs committees that Hillary Clinton had sent and received emails beyond the “Top Secret” level on her unsecured personal email server.
McCullough said even James Clapper, who was then-Director of National Intelligence, was alarmed by his findings. “Clapper said, ‘This is extremely reckless,'” McCullough recalled. “He was as off-put as the rest of us were.”
But ever the dutiful Obama soldier, Clapper was more concerned about how Hillary’s security failures would affect her presidential campaign than how they compromised national security.
“He mentioned something about how the campaign … will have heartburn about that,” McCullough recounted to Fox News.
More than 2,100 classified emails passed through Hillary’s unsecured home email server. Of those, 22 were so top-secret they were deemed too classified to be released to the public.
McCullough was one of the few people who saw the 22 top-secret emails. “There was a very good reason to withhold those emails,” the former Inspector General said. “There would have been harm to national security.”
In March 2016 (three months after he initially raised his concerns to the Senate), Charles McCullough said Democrats on Capitol Hill tried to discredit and marginalize him in an effort to undermine his findings.
Wikileaks emails also showed the Clinton campaign tried to spin the debacle by downplaying the national security threats they posed.
“There was an effort … on the part of the campaign to mislead people into thinking that there was nothing to see here,” McCullough said.
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As Election Day approached, McCullough said the threats against him intensified. Hillary’s campaign told him point-blank that Clinton would fire him (an Obama appointee) as soon as she got elected president.
“It was told in no uncertain terms by a source directly from the campaign, that we would be the first two to be fired with [Clinton’s] administration,” he said.
McCullough said he was merely trying to do his job and protect national security. “I was, in this context, a whistleblower,” he recalled. “I was doing exactly what they had expected me to do … and all of a sudden I was the enemy.”
Hillary still has not been charged with any wrongdoing even though more than 2,100 classified emails passed through her unsecured personal server.
When asked what would’ve happened to him if he had done such a thing, McCullough replied: “I’d be sitting in Leavenworth right now.”
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