Hillary’s email testimony, Powell’s facts, and mens rea

New revelations about what Hillary Clinton told the FBI about former secretary of state Colin Powell’s “advising” her on using private email may provide grounds to reopen the case for criminal prosecution against her. Key aspects of the reports of “her story” told to the FBI seem to be disputed or at least called into question by Powell.  These newly known public facts may show her intent to violate the law or her awareness that she was violating the law, which in criminal law terms is called mens rea, otherwise known as the guilty mind. It is being reported that Clinton ally and author Joe Conason’s new book describes part of a welcome-to-the-club dinner conversation between Clinton and Powell this way: “Powell told [Hillary] to use her own email, as he had done, except for classified communications, which he had sent and received via a State Department computer.” Powell’s spokeswoman responded with a statement that...(Read Full Post)