US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, facing open criticism from President Donald Trump, vowed on Friday he would post the Hillary Clinton emails eagerly sought by Tory activists ahead of the November 3 election.
Trump, lagging behind in the polls and confined to the White House after a Covid-19 diagnosis, went back on his familiar demands for the emails from his rival from 2016 while she was secretary of state.
Asked about Trump’s rare attack on him for failing to find and publish the emails, Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News: “We’re going to make it happen. We are going to release this information so that Americans can see it. . “
Pressed to see if he would follow up ahead of the vote, Pompeo said: “Do it as quickly as possible. I certainly think there will be more to see ahead of the election.”
If Pompeo asks State Department employees to work on Clinton’s emails, it will likely raise questions of legality, as the Hatch Act of 1939 prohibits federal employees from most political activity.
Clinton – who is not on the ballot this year – admitted to using a private mail server, in violation of regulations, when she was America’s top diplomat from 2009 to 2013.
Then FBI chief James Comey, as the 2016 election approached, found that Clinton was reckless but there was no criminal intent.
The emails stirred up Trump’s voters, who, with his encouragement, chanted “Lock her up!” during its rallies in 2016.
“You will recall that there was classified information on a private server. It should never have been there,” Pompeo said.
“Hillary Clinton should never have done that. It was unacceptable behavior.”
Pompeo – who made a name for himself as a Republican congressman with his fiery Clinton questions about the 2012 deadly attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya – has so far been one of the few assistants to never cross the mercurial Trump and is known for his greedy defenses of him.
But Trump, in an interview with Fox Business on Thursday, said he was “not happy” with Pompeo about the emails. Trump said on Friday that Clinton should be jailed for the emails.
An investigation last year by Democratic House lawmakers found that Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, both advisers to the president, had themselves used personal email for government business. White House.
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