US Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton faced a major setback Friday when White House spokesman Josh Earnest said: “The White House can’t say with certainty that Hillary Clinton won’t be indicted.” He was responding to the US State Department’s confirmation that 22 emails on her unsecured private server contained “top secret” material and were being withheld. The statement did not say whether the former Secretary of State’s emails were classified when they were sent. These revelations came just three days before the first nominating vote in Iowa ahead of the November presidential election.
DEBKAfile: Former high US officials who faced - and paid for - similar charges were CIA Director Jon Deutsch who was forced to resign in 1996 for taking classified material home and filing it on his personal computer, and Gen. David Petraeus who had to step down as CIA Director in 2012 for “mishandling classified information.”