Congress working on legislation to override the 'Clinton defense' for mishandling classified material
Republicans in the House have proposed legislation that would eliminate the "Clinton defense," a reference to Hillary Clinton's argument that she should escape prosecution because she did not intend to violate the law when she set up her private email system and mishandled classified information.This clarifies what a disgrace Clinton was when it came to the handling of classified material.
"Someone could argue the law could be called, 'We meant what we said the first time,'" Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe told the Washington Examiner in explaining his proposal, the "Classified Information Protection Act."
His bill is a response to the decision of military personnel to try using the same defense when they face charges under the Federal Records Act and the Espionage Act for exposing classified information. Some of them have argued that like Clinton, they never intended to violate the law.